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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

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

WWE Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61

Variety has some sad news http://variety.com/2015/biz/obituaries-people-news/roddy-piper-dies-dead-wwe-wrestler-1201554513/

oddy Piper WWE Dead
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WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died after suffering a heart attack in his Hollywood home. He was 61.

Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper joined the WWE in 1984 after getting his start with the NWA in the late 1970s. He and Hulk Hogan met in landmark matchups including MTV’s “The War to Settle the Score” and the first WrestleMania, where Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T.

Piper’s agent Jay Schacter confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, to Variety. “Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Schacter said in an email. “I am shocked and beyond devastated.”
Piper had suffered a bout of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was reportedly deemed cancer-free last November.

“WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Toombs’ family, friends and fans,” WWE said in a statement.

WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon also extended his condolences in a statement. “Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”
The wrestler had also made a foray into film acting, starring in John Carpenter’s sci-fi pic “They Live.”

“Devastated to hear the news of my friend Roddy Piper’s passing today. He was a great wrestler, a masterful entertainer and a good friend,” Carpenter wrote on Facebook.

WWE stars and friends such as Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho and the Iron Sheik also shared their condolences on Twitter.

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He came to chew gum and kick-ass. And he was all out of gum.  A fun actor in The Live and other movies and a great laugh with the old WWF.  Yet another wrestler lost to "heart attack".

Tempus fugit

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Delcourt -Ocelot


 O celot est un magnifique félin qui parcourt le monde en compagnie de sa maîtresse, une jet-setteuse digne de Nabilla, afin de concourir aux plus importants concours de beauté animale. Mais au moment d’un transfert à Roissy, leurs routes se séparent et le voilà secouru par une curieuse bande de chats prêts à tout pour le ramener à son vrai domicile qu’il n’a jamais connu : la jungle sudaméricaine.

http://www.bdgest.com/preview-1755-BD-ocelot-ocelot.html


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Do Not Let The Photo Put You Off

Hi, All!
Apparently, THIS as a passport photo is not allowed. Ridiculous!

In between decorating (the last time was 2004) and feeling VERY guilty about evicting spiders (seriously, it's their home, too, but they WILL love the new decor!) I am working on the big post and with 2000 or so of you visiting the site a day I need to keep you happy!

But, can I ask a favour of all of you who are really -really- interested in Independent comics?

Ignore Amazon and the other big buck businesses you might think of looking at for Black Tower books as I get very little from any sale (in fact, books sold that way are give aways!).

I have an online store front here:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/hoopercomicsuk

Now, I am not saying go and buy something.  What I am asking is that, perhaps, you take a few minutes to just look at the prose books, comic albums and graphic novels that are available. I would recommend Chung Ling Soo and Dene Vernon -drawn by a very popular artist (so he is a creator worth investing in) and, of course, anything by Ben R. Dilworth who, if you know about comics, you will know has been around a while and even drew Mark Millar's Shadowmen back in the 1990s. Dilworth's work tends to get the most reaction from people and he spans the genres -it's why he's called "the spanner" (he has no loose nuts or bolts that I know of).

Sadly, I have very limited work by Paul Ashley Brown or else I would be pushing that like crazy -but he has contributed to one of the Tales of Terror anthologies!

Now, if you like anything you see -then buy!

Support Independent comics, kids!

Now...off to paint!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Monsters In My Pocket -and that is NOT a euphemism it is a request!

Anyone know of -non-rip off- sellers of the Gen2 Monsters In My Pocket playing cards?  Let me know -THANKS!

That's THIS series:

Marvel Will Release a New Netflix Show Every 6 Months



MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL
Barry Wetcher— Netflix, Inc. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil”



Well, Time http://time.com/3975704/marvel-netflix-6-months/ has published an Associated Press news item that ought to have all the so called Marvel fans in a tizzzy.

Jessica Jones will premiere before the end of 2015

Though the next Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War, won’t premiere until May, more Marvel heroes are coming to your streaming queue—and soon. Netflix announced at the Television Critics Association summer meeting on Tuesday that it will be rolling out a new Marvel superhero series every six months.

Marvel and Netflix teamed up to bring five separate shows to the streaming service, focusing on a group of comic book heroes called The Defenders, a street-level Avengers team. The first in the series, Daredevil, premiered in April. Jessica Jones will be the next superhero to get a Netflix treatment before the end of 2015, followed by Iron Fist and Luke Cage, according to the Associated Press. After each has starred in their own series, all four will join forces for a Defenders show.

The announcement comes as anticipation for Jessica Jones, the first female superhero to headline her own Marvel project, grows. “I’ve been coming to Comic-Con for 12 years, and I think a lot of fans here have been eager to see more women onscreen for a long time,” Dawn Keiser, a 30-year-old Californian told TIME at San Diego Comic-Con in early July. “I was really happy to see the characters Karen and Claire become these heroes on Daredevil, but I really can’t wait for Jessica Jones to be the hero of her own show.”
Netflix Confirms Premiere of Marvel’s JESSICA JONES in Late 2015
Krysten Ritter, star of Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 2 (pictured above) as the titular superhero turned private investigator, Jessica Jones will also feature David Tennant as her archenemy Dr. Zebediah Killgrave (a.k.a. The Purple Man) and Mike Colter as the super-powered Luke Cage, Jones’ boyfriend and the eventual father of her child. (Cage will receive his own Netflix series next year.) Jessica Jones co-stars Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval.

If the tone of Daredevil is any indication, Jessica Jones and the other Marvel Netflix shows will be much darker and bloodier than the one audiences know from films like Iron Man and The Avengers.

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All of which sounds like Disney want to get as much out of their Marvel properties as they can before comics and all the add-ons come crashing down.

 It means that you can now say with 100% certainty that there is NO such thing as "continuity" at Disney/Marvel.  As characters in comics changed to reflect the movie versions so they are starting to change to reflect the TV versions.

It's just a mess.  You know when you want to get someone to stop something? Say, eating Cadbury's creme eggs which they "love"?  You buy them creme egg after creme egg and it does not take long before there is no longer any love!!  This is what Disney-Marvel is doing.  Super hero after super hero, comic change after comic change -you will not be able to follow them because one day you'll just say: "Another Marvel super hero TV series....god I miss Happy Days!"

Everything I predicted would happen when Disney took over has happened. I really -REALLY- wish I had been wrong!

Hexagon Comics: STRANGERS 1: STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND





STRANGERS 1: STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND  

by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier and Manuel Garcia, Fernando Blanco, Javioer Pina, Eduardo Alpuente, Peru Bros, cover by Manuel Garcia
 US$34.95/GBP 22.99 
 7x10 tpb, 
160 p. color


Contents
:
- Foreword by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier
- #1. Like an Angel, Feral-Eyed
- #2. In the Shadows of the Night
- #3. Caresses such as Snakes Give
- #4. The Livid Daylights
- #5. Icy Till the Evening
- #6. Rule with Fear
- Portfolio by Alfredo Macall

Homicron, a NASA physicist whose body is inhabited by an alien intelligence, Starlock, the fugitive servant of awesome cosmic entities, Jaydee, a teenage alien metamorph abandoned on Earth, Jaleb, the telepathic agent of the Galactic Federation and Futura, a mysterious woman from another dimension, are gathered together by Tanka, a former jungle lord and agent of Earth's farthest future, to help save our planet from the deadly threats of Astaroth, the Necromancer and Duke Oxian.

Check out all Hexagon titles here:
http://www.hexagoncomics.com/booksbcp.htm 

The BIG Posting Is On Its Way...

Honestly.  Keep the faith as it is turning into a whopper.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Big Post On The Way....

...I Hope!

So long as my eyes hold out I hope to get a longer than the average post out this week.  I have had a great deal of time these past two weeks to think about the current comic situation.  There are many countries out there that are not as well off as the UK but with no real comics industry and I'll be looking at that.

However, the UK, as it is, is dead as far as comics as a business is concerned.  But I'll go into this more later.

So keep checking back!

Browner Knowle -A Sneak Peek and a word to investors!

Paul Ashley Brown
Last Thursday I was strolling through a Bristol book shop and spotted a tubby man with a very -very- bad haircut. "Why, it is Mr Paul Ashley Brown -Bristol's own celebrated artist!" I thought to myself. So I went up and said "Hello" which solicited a rather high pitched and garbled "Please don't hurt me -here's my wallet!"

Poor man.

Anyway, joking aside, during a coffee (which WAS a joke because coffee should not taste that bad) we got on to Mr Brown's publications -Browner Knowle, Anon etc.  It seems that he has almost sold out of all issues with people getting in touch trying to buy copies.

This proves the point that I made that there is far more future investment potential in publishers of short run, no reprint publications.  There will ALWAYS be millions of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image comics out there so future value -not what you paid for them!

But the Small Press creators that are sought after now, such as Mr Brown, will be those you ought to invest in now because there is no "I'll pick up copies off Ebay later" -he uses a printer and never ever uses Ebay.

So, if you see any of his titles grab them or try contacting him via Face Book and see what books are still available.

And, this from Mr Brown:


"Sneak peak at BROWNER-KNOWLE 8 currently in progress; Page 1 of "Missus Necessary", and a panel from the 3 page "The Story of Our Lives". Probably won't see light of day til later in the year."


No Messing Around -The 2016 Clallam Bay Comicon Is Being Organised Now!

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5Qw5q-IgdOA/UmGXktH4swI/AAAAAAAABeU/rMeUNQIVlDw/s1600/CBCC+2014+Seal+Logo+COLOR+WEB.gif
From Donna Barr:
"The fifth annual Clallam Bay Comicon on the way

CLALLAM BAY, WASHINGTON - The fifth annual Clallam Bay Comicon will be held July 9-10, 2016, in the Lion's Club building in Clallam Bay (90 Bogachiel Street), on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Full details at www.donnabarr.com

No admission fee, very low sales table rates; first-come, first-served.
Peninsula businesses and communities are encouraged to offer welcoming specials or events to Comicon attendees.

Contacts: donnabarr01@gmail.com and 360 963 2935"

And, yes, I know that is the 2014 poster but it looks pretty and Pinterest don't take posts without images so there!  :-P