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. email@example.com
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parcourt le monde en compagnie de sa maîtresse, une jet-setteuse digne
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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
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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!).
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!
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.”
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.
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!
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
- 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.
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.
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!"
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."
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
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