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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, 21 August 2014

"Sexualised" Comic Art and Covers

 


A few people have voiced concerns over this Spider-Woman image. Yep, obviously drawn naked with the costume painted on.  Now just hold on a minute. Do a Google search for "Spider-Woman" and look at the images. THIS is tame.

What I do not -cannot- understand is that people are mentioning this now??????

Hey -THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS!!

Check out DC and Marvel (and Independent companies) and their female characters with heaving cleavage, panties up their "Khyber Pass" and the MANY poses that years ago you would have only seen in soft core porn.  But this is "empowering"...I've even heard female fans say so.

The Black Widow in the movies.  Is her cleavage bursting from an overly tight, near opened to the navel suit? Nope. In comics....suuuure.

And let me say something else.  THIS pose I have seen You Tube videos of -female cos-players in "private photo areas" (WTF???) at various cons.  Dressed as Wonder Woman, Spider-Woman, Cat Woman...held at gun-point? No.  Then again, where are the cheese-cake photos of male cos-players?

Comics, even those published by family companies like Disney (I ain't saying Marvel anymore) are aimed at immature males who spend a great deal of time with their hands studying these images. 

Let's get this straight.  Women -and men- of all body-shapes cosplay.  Why not? I love all that stuff. There are the female cos-players, however, who, interviewed (just check You Tube you'll find them there) and want to draw attention to their "boobs" and/or "butts" -their words.  There are some slimy interviewers who  love this and do not object -if you are male and do then, obviously, "yer a gay!"

There is nothing wrong with admiring a costume that has taken weeks or months to put together.  There is nothing wrong with admiring a great body whether you are male or female.  That is perfectly normal and if the cos-players -male or female - say they never considered someone might think they looked "hot" in an outfit then they need a carer.

I'm sure male cos-players get eyed up by gay conventioneers a lot.  I know two who admit to having been chatted up by gay men -hell: they considered that meant they were good!!!  It's normal sexuality.

BUT where things go wrong are the immature geeks who spend all their time gaming or reading comics in their rooms and have no idea how to behave.  Okay, a few years back my bottom was pinched by an attractive female cos-player who was quite flirty.  Someone said "report her -that's sexual assault!"  I'm an adult and believe me I had no reason to complain!  But never ever would I have done that to a female whether cos-playing or not.  Absolutely NEVER.

It comes down to being brought up properly -and in a mainly female household/workplace -and if you are male and the only one working with 40 women of all ages you soon learn about sexual harassment!!!. These comic geeks, however, may go to a convention and its their big event of the year.  They've seen all the comic art and covers and to then see that in the flesh....they have NO SOCIAL REFERENCE ON BEHAVIOUR.  Do they deserve to be beaten up?

Here's an example.  A good few years back a young man who thought he was gods gift to women, put his hand up the short skirt of a co-worker.  She slapped him.  'Obviously' she was a lesbian.  A few days later a group of ten women from the workplace grabbed the idiot, stripped him naked, covered him in scent and pushed him out a door into the street after groping him.  He never misbehaved again. He was very respectful.

Better to just grab someone who sexually assaults a female cos-player, take his photo and plaster over the internet AFTER you have called in the police (and you really should call in the police)? I think yes but after that there is the humiliation that goes on.

Who am I to judge?

Anyway, just remember that female cos-players -even ones you might say like to "flaunt it" are NOT consenting to be sexually assaulted.  They want to dress up, meet friends and have a good time not be groped. 

But, in 2014 it is far, far, far too late to shout out "have you seen how sexualised this image is?"  I was writing and talking about this in the mid-1990s.  It's nothing new. Disney do not care.  DC do not care. Indie companies for the most part do not care.

 To put it in the words of a former comic editor I knew: "Tits and ass make 'em by the books!"  He also said: "If it gives me a boner it'll sell!"  Thankfully I've not heard from him in years.

We're talking comics and the money men do not care.  If it offends you DO NOT buy it. Seriously. 





The Thinker: In Space No One Can Hear....well....


GoBo Looks At World Peace


Mr Stransky

Package received -LOVE the flick book!!!

Oh, to avoid confusion NOT Ward's Bat but this one (red):

http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/who-or-what-was.html 

I'm A Genuine Media Genius. meh

Now, I have a Google+ account that gets, some times, in excess the number of CBO hits.  So CBO items get seen by a good few thousand a day (and yet I'm still poor!).

Any old how, I checked Google+ yesterday and got a few surprises.  Okay, quite a few have started posting pretty obscure items that I never saw on Google+  before but I post them and a few days later -voila!

How many weeks have I been writing that there is a Hulk movie on the way?  NOW people are writing that there seems a very strong possibility a Hulk movie is on the way. Wow.

How long ago did I write that the Wonder Woman photo from the "Superman v Batman" movie was not the one you'll see in the movie?  Did I not say that this was actually the FIRST Justice League movie and that the movie might get a name change?  Now everyone is chipping in with these as facts and "very strong" rumour.

So am I a genius?

No. In fact, it's all VERY obvious if you know anything about comics and the companies behind the movies.  Its like the "life long DC fan" who was stumped when I mentioned National Periodical Publications....DCs old name. "DC had another name???"

meh.  I'd be happy to be getting money for this!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free

Apparently, I am told, I am "unemployable" as an artist/creator because I insist on being paid when asked to do a graphic novel or draw a comic series. Well, no money from not working is the same as no money from doing A LOT of work.

The creator involved in this online article simply did what a lot of us have been doing over the years: outing these creeps who want work for free.

So, not an original stand but very worthwhile!

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/meet-hero-designer-who-publicly-shamed-showtime-asking-him-work-free-159579

Lakes Festival: Viz Unmasked!

VIZ UnMasked - or, "It's not all over until the fat lady sings..."

VIZ UnMasked Exhibition Poster
The ever-irreverent VIZ team are promoting their Lakes Festival exhibition plans with this satirical take on the British Library's recent Comics UnMasked poster by Jamie Hewlett. Image: Graham Dury/Simon Thorp
Kendal, UK, 18th August 2014:  Hot on the heels of the British Library's "Comics UnMasked" exhibition comes the Lakes International Comic Art Festival's very own homage to art and anarchy in the UK - "VIZ Unmasked".

VIZ Unmasked will, amongst other things, reveal the dark art of how a VIZ comic is made through a fully interactive, animatronic, state-of-the-art museum experience.

"It's been a long-held ambition by the VIZ team to create and present this unique installation," notes Festival Director Julie Tait, "and they are delighted that LICAF has enabled this dream to be realised.

"I suggested they could do a spoof poster of Comics Unmasked," Julie says of the tongue-in-cheek promotional image from Graham Dury and Simon Thorp. "They went for it – I just hope Comics UnMasked's co-curator Paul Gravett and artist Jamie Hewlett appreciate it!"

The exhibition will form a major part of a new, and still emerging,"Pop Up" Fringe over the Festival weekend (17th - 19th October 2014), aiming to reinforce its distinctiveness and respond the creative ideas of its supporters and collaborators.

VIZ have also lent their name to this year's special Comic Festival beer inspired by their long-running Biffa Bacon, the label art drawn by Graham Dury and Simon Thorp. The beer will be on sale during the Festival weekend at select outlets, including the Brewery Arts Centre, Castle Green, Wetherspoons, Ruskins and still-to-be-revealed venue for the "Pop Up Fringe".
VIZ Beer - "Fighter Fluid"
Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and exhibitions and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com

• Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! Web: www.comicartfestival.com

About the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October 2014) is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres. Events include a 24 Hour Comic Marathon, children’s comic workshops, talks, signings, Great War in Comics art exhibition and a Comics Fair. 
The huge line up of guests at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival include the acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Storm Dogs and UNITY artist Doug BraithwaiteFables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez SkinnWatchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; digital comics pioneer Scott McCloud; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; Drowntown co-creator Robbie Morrison; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; the creator of the multi-award winning Bone Jeff Smith; and Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, one of the Festival's patrons alongside Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, will also join other comic creators for Kendal's second comics extravaganza.

• Visit the Festival web site for the full guest list announced so far

24 Hour Comic Marathon

The 24 Hour Comic Marathon creative team is: Dan Berry, Marathon curator and producer; Kristyna Baczynski (NME), Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Tank Girl), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) Sarah McIntyre (Oliver and the Seawigs, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014), Fumio Obata (author of the graphic novel Just So Happens) and Jack Teagle.

• For more information about the 24 Hour Comic Marathon visit: www.comicartfestival.com/competitions

Festival Sponsors and Benefactors

The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli.

The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.

Commercial sponsors include the Westmorland Shopping Centre, SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout.

Have You Heard About Moses Telling You That Jesus Is Watching You?

Come on -anyone knows me KNOWS I had -HAD- to share this one!


A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, ‘Jesus knows you’re here.’ He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued. 

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard a voice....say, ‘Jesus is watching you.’ Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. 

Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. ‘Did you say that?’ he hissed at the parrot. ‘Yep’, the parrot confessed, then squawked, ‘I’m just trying to warn you that he is watching you.’ The burglar relaxed. ‘Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?’

‘I'm Moses.’ replied the bird. ‘Moses?’ the burglar laughed. ‘What kind of people would name a bird Moses?’


‘The same kind of people that would name their Rottweiler Jesus.’




roll on snare drum please!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mockingbird In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2


The Executive Producers of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." have sent a Morse code to say they've found their Mockingbird!

Adrianne Palicki will appear as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, in the second season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."--but whether she'll play friend or foe to Coulson and his team, we can't say. Known for her work in "Friday Night Lights" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," Palicki most recently appeared in several episodes of "About a Boy."

Adrianne Palicki set to appear as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (photo by Getty Images)

Palicki joins a number of new characters and guest stars on the series' second season, which premieres Tuesday, September 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Joining Palicki will be the previously announced Lucy Lawless (Agent Isabelle Hartley), Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Henry Simmons (Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie), and Kyle MacLachlan (Skye's father), alongside the returning cast of Clark Gregg (Director Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Agent May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Agent Fitz), and Chloe Bennet (Agent Skye).

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is Executive Produced by Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot co-writers ("Dollhouse," "Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"); Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias"); and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Lost," "Heroes").

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

Wow. Now that got you very excited...didn't it?  I know -'big' announcement with less info than a hobo zonked out on diesel.

We all remember Palicki was in that failed Wonder Woman TV series, right?  Anyway, below is (I believe) a current incarnation of Agent Barbara "Bobbi" Morse,
Barbara Morse (Earth-616) 0001

Black Tower Comics: Journey Of The ID:The Dr Morg Trilogy

Terry Hooper-Scharf
A4
Black & White
Paperback, 
52 Pages 
Price: £6.00
Metapsychophysics meets comics. Its the next natural evolutionary step in comic books! 
For the first time all three parts of the highly acclaimed Dr. Morg Trilogy are combined into one volume:

WORDS WITHIN WORLDS

AFTER ORWELL

 and the final explosive 

THE DEATH OF DR. MORG!

Where is Jack Flash in this prequel to both Return Of The Gods and The Green Skies - is he in yesterday?  Today?  Tomorrow? Is he even on Earth any more or is he travelling through time and space?

In the second story, techno-detective Johnny Neg pays a visit to a night club that never closes where the past, present and future seem to exist and conversations are definitely beyond anything Orwell ever invented!

Dr Morg reveals the secret of Jack Flash and Johnny Negs "journeys" and the dark secret of what he has unleashed in the name of science.....

The final words of Jack Flash from Return of the Gods find true meaning here....or do they?