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THE UKs LARGEST INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHER Between 1984-1994 I worked freelance as a writer/artist/editor/agent in comics as well as comics journalism for MU Press,Blue Comet Press,Fantagraphic Books,Eros Comics,Dorne,Fleetway,IPC and others in the United States,UK and Europe. During this period I also produced large numbers of single panel gag cartoons for agencies in Germany such as Boiselle-Lohmann and Baaske Agency –these going to magazines and publications around Europe. I also worked as a freelance editor in comics and publications ranging from wildlife,astronomy and science fiction magazines. From 1984 to present I've been self publishing comics as well as publications on a wide variety of subjects under the Black Tower banner. I have also produced packages of work for companies in India,Hong Kong and China. I have also been working as an industry advisor for smaller companies in countries such as India,Canada,Singapore,China,Europe and the US. hoopercomicsuk@yahoo.com

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Newsletter Hamelin 2 ottobre 2014

NEWSLETTER del 2/10/2014

È andata benissimo, ci pare. Grazie a tutti per la grande partecipazione, davvero sorprendente. Contiamo di proseguire insieme il percorso iniziato.

Qui le foto della giornata.

Qui scaricabili gratuitamente materiali di approfondimento su lettura e adolescenza.

Stiamo lavorando agli atti del convegno, in uscita sul prossimo numero della rivista.

Da oggi, uno alla volta, gli 11 nuovi percorsi Xanadu, con i libri "titolari".
Il primo: le storie d'amore.
Romanzo di riferimento sarà Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë.
E da lì partiranno due strade, ognuna con altri libri, fumetti, film: il rapporto tra amore e morte e l'importanza del corpo.
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

BilBOlbul newsletter 1/10/2014

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 hits comic stores on October 15.


Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1
Offering shocks, surprises, and galaxy-shaking revelations, seasoned TARDIS pilot Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, The Authority, 2000AD, Nikolai Dante) and New York Times-bestselling artist Dave Taylor (Batman: Death by Design; 2000AD) mark the start of their first five-issue run by diving headfirst into the console room and pulling all the levers they can – spinning the new Doctor off to his most challenging destination yet!

New Face! New Doctor! New Beginning! Get in on the ground floor of this amazing ongoing series!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Markus - Ich bin nicht Spiderman (offizielles Video)

I Am NOT On Face Book

The requests to "friend" me on Face Book.  I forward links to news items from CBO but I am NOT using FB.  Please note that and do not send friend requests.

Thank You

Cinebook The 9th Art: Barracuda 3 -Duel

Authors: Jérémy & Dufaux
Age: 15 years and up
Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm
Number of pages: 64 colour pages
Publication: July 2014
ISBN: 9781849182041
Price: £8.99 inc. VAT
On Puerto Blanco, life goes on. Captain Flynn is dead, murdered by his old nemesis. Emilio mourns his mentor and lover, yet finds unexpected companionship in Maria and Raffy. The three children left behind by the Barracuda have grown and found each other, but the dangers are many: De La Loya and his Spanish expedition; Ferrango, Maria’s cuckolded husband; Flynn’s killer; a scorned woman with a talent for poisons… And above all, a cursed diamond that carries madness and death.

 Great looking cover.  Nice story and the interior art is what you would expect -Great.  But my review opinion probably does not count with the company so I'll just say it's a great book.

Oh Dear, Some People Are Just Dumb-Asses

I posted that all free event publicity was over.  I even forwarded the link as well as the item to event organisers.  They are still trying to get free publicity -they deny me a table (that I'm willing to pay for) or a free press pass but they want me to do free work for them.  No.  Just no.

Then we have the 'friends' still trying to cadge free publicity and free feedback on their new books.  These are the 'friends' who NEVER read CBO or Face Book because "I'm too busy. I have 160/200 friends and I don't check all of them" -great friends to have.

I point out again that I have asked these people as friends and people who I have helped a lot in their early careers and later without ever asking for anything in return.  But when I ask for just a mention or a link on their blogs/pages every excuse going comes forth.

No. "Friends" help each other out.

You want to name call at events where you think no one knows me or tells me what goes on then just carry on. I've spent over three decades helping other people now I'd like some return.


Opus 21: “Quality Birds” a.k.a. “The Wisdom of the Colonel”

Peter Lally
Opus 21
 To purchase a copy contact Peter at:

It appears that last Friday Mr Paul Brown was gamboling about London.  And while gamboling met up with Lord Peter Lally -adventurer, treasure seeker and international man of mystery. "Give this to Hooper -and if you are questioned you know nothing!" were the words I apparently made him utter for comedic effect here.

So, on the Saturday I noticed Mr Brown skipping along the lane toward my house. Once in the house and seated, he excitedly produced "Quality Birds" by Lord Lally.  To calm him down from a sugar-rush created excitement, I promised to do a review.

Well, I sat down and looked through this one. The production is incredible and must have cost a few quid. Nice crisp and shiny.  Now the thing is that Peter is NOT Jack Kirby.  He is NOT John Byrne. But this is why I think the Small Press works -there are no huge egotistical pretensions.  What I look for is the "feel" of a book and, yes, you can "feel" if a story or comic was just chucked together for fun or whether it was just chucked together and **** what it ends up like.

I got part way through this creation of the man who brought us Mind Your Manners: The Donald Hamilton Story and just chuckled.  I also uttered the words: "What are you on, Lally?"  Seriously, I thought that this was going to be some huge attack on the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.  Instead it was....funny.  Take a look at the pages below -particularly the first!  Pure genius.  And do you know what?  While shopping in Tesco (I feel it my duty to help them get back that £25m) I passed the frozen chickens* and thought "Ooh. There's a quality bird!  Oo-er!"  And, yes, I did have to stifle a loud laugh.

I will never be able to look at a frozen or fresh chicken again without that feeling of....arousal.  Lally caused that!

Seriously, you need to read the whole book. It does make me wonder just Miss Millie  is trying to impart...no, I don't want to go there.

If you want a fun read then this is it.  If you don't buy a copy...well, it really is your loss!!

*I ought to point out that I've been a vegetarian for 35(?) years now so was passing the chicken section and not deliberately heading there to check out the "talent".

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Alan Moore, Listen -There Are A LOT Of Young Creative People Out There (and me)

It was nice to see Small Pressers comment on the usual Alan Moore rantings -this time his claim that comics at all levels suck.

See what the people at The water Closet say:


Moore, like a few others who rose to "fame" (fleeting bastard that it is) in the 1980s and he did work with fanzines.  He shows that he does not grasp what is going on in the all encompassing term "comic industry". The Small Press used to be where you honed your skills before moving on to mainstream comics.  In the 1970s it was a rather small group of people. 

In the 1980s it quite literally exploded because photocopying allowed a faster way of publishing and it was a bloody sight quicker and cleaner than using a Gestetner!!

It’s Not About The Money
By Raphael Salimena

By the mid-1990s there seemed to be a slight stagnation because Small Pressers found their main selling points, Fast Fiction and later Zine Zone gone. Comic marts seemed to decline also.  Getting a table at one of the new conventions was going to cost more than your rent!

Then computers became more common and desk top publishing moved from putting together a comic at home and handing it to a printer to being able to do small print runs yourself at home. Print on Demand also helped would-be publishers. And then the Small Press/Alternative Press events kicked in.  People like Peter Lally and Jimi Gherkin literally blasted a major Alternative Press community -community NOT "industry"- onto London.

Today there are more Small Press events going on in the UK than major comic conventions -many of which still look down at Small Pressers but are all smiles to take their money for a table.

Most of the creators have no idea about comics.  They never read comics.  They are trying things out.  Being inventive. They are not looking at making big money, most seem to enjoy the work -or pleasure- of putting these books together and seem amazed if anyone buys their book!

They are not "appropriating" characters and ideas from old literature.  They are not claiming any Messianic power.

They are having fun.

I am an aging curmudgeon and if I smile it might just be me farmers playing me up.  They are young, fresh faced and doe-eyed. I'd sooner sit in a room full of them than in a luxury suite with Mr. Moore.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

What Ever Happened To Blake & Mortimer?

I had a couple of queries from people who have searched CBO (believe me this is a site with well over 2000 posts so they deserve medals!) looking for specific Cinebook reviews. I checked and they are quite correct in that certain books were not reviewed because I never received them!

Blake & Mortimer 12 and 17 for instance. I think I noted in the review of 13 and then 18 that I was a wee bit confused and it seems that was because I missed the previous books. I just checked the bookcase in front of me with all the Cinebooks and, yes, there are a few volumes from various series missing.

Its odd because I get a book to review and I assume that I have reviewed the previous one.  Even when that nagging voice is whispering in my head!

But you can go over to the Cinebook site where all the books are listed!

So apologies if any of you have tried looking for a certain book and cannot find it -publishers send books that they want to send and I accept what I receive so its beyond my control!