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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

Sunday, 27 July 2014

(Censored from TV) Really wicked insane TV Show for Kids

Dr Who: Capaldi: No flirting with sidekick

Incoming Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed there will be no flirting with co-star Jenna Coleman in the new series.

The previous Doctor was engaged in a close relationship with his sidekick Clara that even led to a passionate kiss.


But Capaldi, 56, insisted his Time Lord would not be following in predecessor Matt Smith's footsteps by getting intimate with 28-year-old Coleman's character.


"There'll be no flirting, that's for sure," he told The Sunday Times Magazine. "It's not what this Doctor's concerned with. It's quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, 'I want no Papa-Nicole moments'. I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant."

The Papa-Nicole comment relates to a series of 1990s Renault Clio car adverts which hinted at a romance between an older man and a younger woman, before they were revealed to be father and daughter.
Capaldi also had good news for those Doctor Who purists who believe the show's storylines have become over the top in the past few series.


"It's going to be a bit different from what we've seen over recent years. A bit more gravity," he said.
"Some situations are more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I've loved, there has often been a breathless vigour; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer."


Capaldi recalled how his agent called him to tell him he had got the part when he was filming in Prague, and he spent the afternoon wandering around the city humming the Doctor Who theme tune.


"I just didn't think it was something that would happen to me," he admitted.


But the Glaswegian actor did not say yes to the part immediately.


"I didn't want to be Doctor Who in a Doctor Who I didn't like," he said. "I had to be convinced the show was going in a direction I was interested in.


"I had to think carefully about the level of visibility. My life was blessed, but as soon as this happened I had paparazzi outside my house. People spoke to me before and recognised me, but nothing like this.
"I had to decide if I was ready to live with that, because once that genie is out of the bottle, it doesn't go back in."


Doctor Who returns to BBC1 on August 23.

New Hulk Movie To Be Announced......

If -if - you watched that video from SDCC with Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo then this should be no surprise.  When asked about a "stand alone" Hulk movie Evans jumped in an repeated the question to Ruffalo and fooled around -then "cut" and back to normal.

If anything telegraphed something in advance more obviously I have not seen it yet.

So, CBO EXCLUSIVE: NEW HULK MOVIE ANNOUNCED!!!

Chris Evans & Mark Ruffalo 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Exclusive Interview...

BBC News Online: Mark Hamill calls Star Wars return 'a gift'
























"It was certainly unexpected. I already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we'd come back," he told the BBC's Lizo Mzimba.

"To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories. It is just astonishing."


He added that Harrison Ford was recovering well after breaking his leg on set in June.


"I was not on set. It was really terrible but I hear he's doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford," said Hamill, who was speaking on the red carpet of the UK premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy.


The 62-year-old starred in the three original Star Wars films, the first of which was released in 1977.
When the franchise was revived in 2002, the Luke Skywalker character was only seen as a baby in Revenge of the Sith (Episode III).


The new film, which only has the working title Episode VII so far, is due to be released in 2015.


The casting is a mix of original actors, including Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and new faces to the Star Wars universe, such as Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Domhnall Gleeson, whose characters have yet to be named.


George Lucas and Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars Hamill (right) was 25 when he filmed the first Star Wars movie with George Lucas 
 
Speaking about returning to his biggest screen role with Fisher, Hamill said: "It was fantastic. Again - I thought even if they did a third trilogy, we wouldn't be involved, because it is really about the new generation of characters.


"We are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards."


He added that the new generation of actors brought in by director JJ Abrams were impressing him.

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There is an interview with Hamill accompanying this piece at the BBC site:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28466562

Let Someone Else Tell you...SDCC 2014

Apparently I'm too sarcastic when it comes to dishing out DC and Marvel news.  No, really -I just hadn't realised.

So, I'm going to share this item by Jesse Schedeen from IGN which you will find here:
http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/07/25/sdcc-2014-marvels-avengers-now-panel-recap?abthid=53d2ca84f289c31e58000041
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SDCC 2014: Marvel's Avengers NOW! Panel Recap

 
Angela goes solo and the Mighty Avengers live on. 
 
 


Yesterday at the Avengers & X-Men: All-AXIS panel, Marvel focused mainly on the upcoming AXIS event and also announced Rick Remender and Jerome Opena's graphic novel, Avengers: Rage of Ultron. Today's Avengers NOW! panel looked beyond AXIS to some of the projects in the works for late 2014. Remender and fellow writers Jason Aaron, Nathan Edmondson, and Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso were on hand to discuss how the Avengers franchise will evolve moving into 2015.


Two new Avengers comics were announced during the course of the panel. First was Captain America & the Mighty Avengers, from writer Al Ewing and artist Luke Ross. The series is replacing the current Mighty Avengers volume and features the new Captain America (Sam Wilson, in case you haven't heard the news) as team leader. Spider-Man will also be rejoining the team, unaware of the trouble he caused Luke Cage and Jessica Jones during his Superior phase. The series will debut in November 2014.


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Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #1 cover by Luke Ross

The other new book is Angela: Asgard's Assassin from co-writers Kieron Gillen and Maguerite Bennett and artists Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans. As the title suggests, the series spins out of recent revelations in Original Sin about Angela being the long-lost sister of Thor and Loki. The series explores Angela's quest for "a clean slate" after being cast out of the Tenth Realm. This series will also launch in November.


During the panel, Remender discussed how his Captain America run will build towards the upcoming All-New Captain America relaunch. The current arc will explore the relationship between Arnim Zola and Red Skull, while issue #25 will show Sam Wilson earning the mantle. Remender said Sam is the logical choice to replace Steve Rogers because he "speaks to a modern sensibility and audience."


Alonso said that Angela's new series is a way of allowing the character to have her own platform in Marvel's catalog while also showing how she fits into the larger universe. Aaron wouldn't deny the possibility that Angela is also the new female Thor, though he also joked the mystery heroine is really Aunt May. Aaron also said he's been building to the development of Thor being unworthy to wield Mjolnir for a while. Thor will still appear in the new series, but the female Thor (whose identity is a mystery to all but Odin) will be the main focus. Alonso reiterated that this is a status quo change that won't be going away anytime soon.


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Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 cover by Stephanie Hans


Various other Avengers-centric titles and story tidbits were discussed during the course of the panel:
  • Avengers World #10-11 will see the series' plot points "come to a head" and will feature both Black Knight's Euro Force and the Chinese team The Ascendents.
 
  • Obviously, Deathlok's TV debut played a role in Marvel green-lighting the character's new solo series. Edmondson said much of the conflict will revolve round the fact that the main character is completely unaware that he's a deadly cyborg assassin.
 
  • Remender created the "inciting incident" for the Superior Iron Man status quo, and Marvel then turned to Tom Taylor to develop the idea into a new series. Alonso confirmed that a meeting between Iron Man and fellow SF resident Daredevil is "very likely."
 
  • The new female Thor isn't appearing in AXIS because Remender wanted to write a crucial scene involving regular Thor and Odin. A firm timeline has been established among Marvel's writers for where the Avengers NOW! books fall in relation to AXIS.
 
  • A new character will be taking up the mantle of Nomad. This Nomad has ties to Steve Rogers but isn't Steve himself.
 
  • Edmondson feels Black Widow works best as a solo character, but hinted that the Avengers will play a role in her book as they discover some of the questionable actions she's undertaken.
 
  • When asked why Sif wasn't tapped to replace Thor, Aaron said he wanted to create a new Thor and compared it to "the difference between telling a story about Robin and a story about Batman."
 
  • Alonso said Marvel has big plans in mind for Doctor Strange, and they even have a writer lined up for a solo series to be announced down the road. He said there's a reason Strange features so prominently in Original Sin.
 
  • Remender teased that the image of Stephen Colbert becoming the new Falcon is "canon." Whether he's serious remains to be seen.
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Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.

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Wow. A NEW number one Avengers...sorry -TWO new first issues of NEW Avengers titles.  I was sat here thinking just yesterday "What we really need is a couple new Avengers titles" -and look what happens!  Incredible.

"Angela"....?!!  I know they are American and we are talking Marvel Comics (Disney) here but do they realise that Asgard, Thor, Odin, etc., etc., are all Northern European?  I just checked my Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology and no name "Angela" crops up.  I even checked a list of old Nordic names -no Angela.  Tom Brevoort must have been plunging his finger into the Black Hole of Calcutta again -"OOH! OOH! Idea!"

Next, Thor is a GOD. He is ancient. The hammer says someone has to be worthy to YIELD THE POWER of Thor -NOT FUCKING REPLACE HIM AS A GOD AND CHANGE HIS SEX.

Marvel Comics is full of ass-holes and the same applies to the head butt keepers at Disney.  Let's not get in the way of avoiding possible copyright claims (ahh, those nuisance Nordic chroniclers!) and trying to get another "super babe" in comics -just what those sad, nerdy geeks stuck in their rooms need: another comic babe to masturbate to.

I do hope I'm not coming across all angry?

Hey -a black Captain America that can fly and can have a little humour added in. I think that is an absolutely brilliant idea.

Defecate all over the work that established Marvel Comics as THE House of Ideas and turn it into a pile of Disney sludge?   Why not? It is their company after all and Brevoort is over-filled with sludge that needs releasing with all the integrity that only Brevoort can command.

I think Marvel Comics are hitting new heights now and I reall want to polish up my old Merry Marvel Marching Society badge and wear it proudly when I go shopping.

Anyway, I have to rush as it's Sunday Sarcastiball Match day and I'm topped up with "Joy Juice" to replenish my energy.


Friday, 25 July 2014

FIRST GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR MALTA COMIC CONVENTION 2014!‏

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TALENTED MANGAKA YISHAN LI, “TANK GIRL” KING RUFUS DAYGLO and “TRANSFORMERS” MASTER ANDREW WILDMAN FIRST GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR MALTA COMIC CONVENTION 2014! 

July 25th 2014, Malta 
For Immediate Release 

Wicked Comics are proud to announce that internationally renowned mangaka Yishan Li (The Clique), and acclaimed comic creators Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Andrew Wildman as first guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.  


Yishan Li: 

Yishan Li is a professional UK/Chinese manga artist currently living in Scotland. Besides a large number of “how to draw” tutorial books, her work has been published in China, France, the UK and the USA and have also been translated in many languages. Her impressive resume includes L’ Accro du Shopping a French graphic novel adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s famous novel Confessions of a Shopaholic which was also adapted in a movie starring Isla Fisher, Cutie B, Les Contesse du Boudoir Hate’ (which is based on traditional Chinese ghost story book: Liaozhai Zhiyi), The Clique; an adaptation of the #1 the New York Times best selling series of the same name, and Will Supervillians be on the Final. She is currently working on a new graphic novel titled Girl 1 and a new as yet untitled story based on the life of Princess Diana.  


Rufus Dayglo: 

Rufus Dayglo is a Northern Irish professional comic artist based in London and is best known for re-launching Tank Girl back into the world. Before moving into comic art, Rufus worked in the animation industry on feature films, storyboarding and various commercials and was also one of team working on pop promos for the popular band Gorillaz. He has worked for a number of comic book publishers including Image Comics, IDW, 2000 AD, Ankama Editions, Titan books, and DC Vertigo books and on popular titles and characters such as Judge Dredd, Future Shocks, Snaked and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty the graphic novel spin off of the popular video game. He is currently launching his own series, Solid Gold Death Mask in partnership with Ashley Wood’s 3A Company, as well as working on an upcoming split comic with Ashley for IDW Comics. 









Andrew Wildman: 

British creator Andrew Wildman has been an illustrator for Comics, Games and TV for 30 years. He has worked on a number of popular titles including Thundercats, The Real Ghostbusters, Power Rangers, G.I. Joe, the X-Men, Spider-man and Venom but is perhaps best known for his long association with Transformers. TV works includes, character designer for the animated TV show Legend of The Dragon, production designer for the children’s animated TV show The Matt Hatter Chronicles and storyboard artist for the BBC on The Fades, The Interceptor and Doctor Who. He is also currently working for a number of new TV shows including an animated one with Transformers writer Simon Furman. Wildman is also the author and illustrator of a new graphic novel Horizon which has been described by BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz as “An intriguing book that tells a great story in four wonderful dimensions: words, pictures, speech and space”. 




“We’ve heard nothing but praise from previous guests on Li, Dayglo and Wildman, and we cannot help but feel excited that they are going to bring their unique and distinctive talents to our show. The diverse and acclaimed work they have all been involved in will certainly appease the Maltese comic fans and we’re proud to welcome them to the Malta Comic Con family. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for accepting our invitation and for the role they will play in making MCC 2014 the best yet!” said Chris Le Galle co-founder of Wicked Comics.  

As customary Wicked Comics have designed a number of packages for fans wishing to travel to the Malta Comic Con from abroad, which include heavily discounted accommodation rates and local transport from hotel to convention centre. Similarly Wicked Comics have a number of packages tailored for foreign creators who wish to exhibit at the Malta Comic Con including heavily discounted tables. 

More Packages info: 

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Irate Emails.....

Hmm. Just hmmm.

Anyway, I got three -THREE- irate emails from people demanding to know WHY I was not answering messages on Face Book.

Here, just for those dumb-asses, because I've stated this on FB itself weeks ago....

I NO LONGER USE FACE BOOK AND ONLY CBO AUTO FEED GOES TO MY OLD FB BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO STOP IT.

Got that? Good.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Time Bomb Comics

Hmm. Odd. Two requests on the same day asking me what happened to Time Bomb Comics? As far as I know Steve Tanner is still publishing TBC.  I know he goes to events selling books but new...no idea.

]I checked and the last time I reviewed anything from the company was November...2012!  The Last Ride Of Henry Holden.

Just google Time Bomb Comics!