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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

Friday, 1 August 2014



August, 1st 2014, Malta

Wicked Comics are proud to announce that internationally renowned creators Guillermo Ortego (X-Factor), and Steve Scott (Batman) as well as up and coming independent creator Mickey Lam will be joining Yishan Li (The Clique), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Andrew Wildman (Transformers) as 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.

There are a chosen few conventions out there that are something else, something where money-making is left aside in order to champion human interaction, but still achieve the same level. No distinction between super-hot artists and retired old-glories, no distinction between superhero pencillers and small press manga artists. It's all about the people. People talking comics, people reading comics, people making comics, people discussing comics as if they were deep philosophy.

Avilés, in the north of Spain, was the first place where I experienced this, and Malta, was the second. And it's these kind of shows, these kind of people, that make all the long working hours, the missed weekends and holidays and the angry girlfriends/boyfriends worth our while." (Guillermo Ortego, 2013).

Guillermo Ortego:

A Spanish creator currently residing in London Guillermo first started inking comic books professionally after studying History at university. Also working as a freelance illustrator on the side, he rapidly moved into the American scene breaking into Marvel Comics alongside Paco Díaz Luque on titles such as Wolverine Vs. Thor, Dark Wolverine and Wolverine: Mr. X. Then off to DC Comics with Green Arrow and JLA 80 Page Giant and back to Marvel with Italian artist Emanuela Lupacchino on Peter David’s X-Factor and, after a successful year run on the book, on Brian M. Bendis and Kelly-Sue DeConnick's Castle graphic novel based on ABC's acclaimed TV show. After its release on October 2012, they started working on the second story arc for Valiant Comics’ recently re-launched Archer & Armstrong to move onto Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps on the summer of 2013.

Apart from his monthly covers for Dynamite Comics with penciller Ardian Syaf, he's recently collaborated on Marvel's Infinity #06 and Original Sin #0 with Jim Cheung and DC's Justice League Dark #25-#27, Nightwing #30, Batman Eternal #13 and Grayson #02 with fellow Spaniard Mikel Janín.


Steve Scott:

In his over 18 year career American creator Steve Scott has illustrated titles such as; Batman, X-Men Forever, JLA. Marvel Adventures Hulk and many more while his work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image, Dark Horse, London Knight Studios, Malibu Comics and several independent publishers.

Steve has also worked in TV, Film, and most recently in video games. His work for television was aired in episodes of the popular TV series Smallville and ABC Family’s Kyle XY. In films, Steve illustrated the only adaptation of the 2008 Oscar winning film Batman the Dark Knight and his work was overseen and approved by director Christopher Nolan. This artwork was part of the packaging offered with the Special Blue Ray edition of Batman Begins. In that same year, George Lucas approved Steve to be the artist for Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods. This series, written by Rob Williams, was very popular with Indiana Jones fans and the majority of the art from the series was purchased by Mr. Lucas himself and is now part of his permanent collection.

Steve has also provided graphics for Cognito Comics for their revolutionary interactive graphic novel "Operation Ajax” and in video games he is currently providing work for "The Bane of Yoto" from Leviathan Games.

His most recent work can be found in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's, "The Graveyard Book". Steve was handpicked to be one of the few illustrators involved with this project. Additionally, he has been doing art chores on the IDW series Judge Dredd.


Mickey Lam:

Mickey is a London-based illustrator who also self publishes his own comics ranging from a school teacher who fights aliens to a banana and a strawberry who become best friends.


“I’ve had the pleasure to meet both Steve Scott and Guillermo Ortego, and besides their obvious talent as creators and the high profile work they’ve been involved in they are also fine individuals whom I’m proud/honoured to call friends. This will be Ortego’s third successive appearance as a guest to our show, and that in itself is testament to his ability as a creator as well as his pleasant personality that shines through when spending time with his fans, which has ensured a strong following in Malta. I’m also convinced that like Ortego, Scott will fit right in and his friendly approach and enthusiasm will add to the fun, relaxed and exciting atmosphere prevailing at the Malta Comic Con. He will surely return to the States with a healthy Maltese fan base. The presence of up and coming independent creator Mickey Lam further highlights Wicked Comics’ commitment to welcome guests from all walks of the industry and I’m sure that along with the other guests his participation will inspire local artists to continue to develop their talents and establish the exciting Maltese comics scene further. Consequently, we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their participation and look forward to hosting them here” 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:



Helene Fischer - Atemlos durch die Nacht - Bambi 2013

Thursday, 31 July 2014

I KNOW! Helene Fischer #1 Again! And Why Not?

Künstler Titel
Helene FischerMarathon

Nockalm QuintettDu warst der geilste Fehler meines Lebens

OlafIch gebe Dir mein Wort

Alexander KlawsMorgen explodiert die Welt


Nik P.Geboren um Dich zu lieben

FantasyR.I.O. - Es geht nach Rio De Janeiro

Uwe BusseApplaus für Dich

Patricia GabrielaSaudades

G.G. AndersonNie wieder Goodbye

Die AmigosSommerträume

Claudia JungNicht nur eine Nacht (Wings of Love)

Roland KaiserIch fege die Sterne zusammen

Linda HesseKnutschen (Ich kann nichts dafür)

Oliver FrankBriefe von Sarah

SchwesterherzLass Mich Noch 100.000 Mal

Wolfgang ZieglerLiebe ist Leben

Jörn SchlönvoigtAlle Deine Küsse

Anna-Carina WoitschackAuf einmal ist es wieder Sommer

Norman LangenIch wähl' Deine Nummer



ANTONY JOHNSTON will be signing THE FUSE #1 and UMBRAL VOL. 1 OUT OF THE SHADOWS at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 30th August from 3 - 4pm


Working homicide on an orbiting energy platform, in a five mile long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, and no help from your so-called colleagues back on earth, is more than tough...it's murder. A new crime series with serious attitude!

Exclusive mini-prints by Justin Greenwood and signed by Antony Johnston. Limited to 150.

The young thief called Rascal witnesses the horrific and brutal murder of the royal family-now the world's dark legends will be relived, and only Rascal even knows it's happening!

Exclusive mini-prints by Christopher Mitten and signed by Antony Johnston. Limited to 150.

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games, and books, with titles including WastelandThe FuseUmbral,Shadow of MordorDead SpaceThe Coldest CityZombiU, and more. He has adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout the world and optioned for film. Antony lives and works in England.


And "just in case" anyone from the company involved, or any of the companies who get free mentions here reads this: I am open to receiving prints, books or any other merchandise.  Just saying...

Benidorm actor Kenny Ireland dies from cancer aged 68

From the BBC News Online:

actor kenny ireland Benidorm star Kenny Ireland had been written out of the show as he fought cancer
Actor Kenny Ireland - best known for his role in TV comedy Benidorm - has died, aged 68, following a battle with cancer.

The veteran Scottish actor and director had played swinger Donald Stewart in the ITV show since 2007.
He was also part of Victoria Wood's fictional rep company in the BBC series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.

Mr Ireland was director at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for more than a decade until 2003.
He was written out of the latest series of Benidorm in June so he could concentrate on his cancer treatment.
He and co-star Janine Duvitski played a sex-mad couple who holiday at the Solano hotel in the Spanish resort every year.

Mr Ireland's other TV credits include Taggart, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the UK version of House of Cards, Drop The Dead Donkey and Heartbeat.

actor kenny ireland Kenny Ireland starring in the BBC series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV

Lee James Turnock -Up Yours!

Up Yours!
Lee James Turnock
The Comic Company
32 pages (saddle stitched)
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Sized to 5 ½” x 7 ¼” (perfect for stickin’ in your trenchcoat pockets!)/A5


  Britain's least known Underground cartoonist, Lee James Turnock, unleashes another tidal wave of lovingly delineated vitriol. Part autobiographical, part satirical, UP YOURS! is certain to lace your chuckles with mild unease. The highlights of this corker are Turnock's true life confession: "I Was a Teen-age Pervert", "Stinky Pinky", "What Pisses Him Off", and a deft Chick tract parody.

What can I say about Lee James Turnock?  It seems all the good insults have been done.  Seriously.  I am not kidding.  It appears that a lot of people in the UK 'comic community' (sorry, I laughed then) have absolutely no idea what humour is. Or what an Underground Comix is. Combine the two into one and they get more  cross eyed than a 15 year old who has been slapping the bishop too much.

Look at that cover.  All those runny noses in that brown bag. It's...not noses. Oh.

Anyway, lovely cover with great colours and, apart from the over-exposed blancmanges it's a style that might have graced a UK weekly comic years ago....back in the last century when I was young...young......anyway. 

Any...anyway..you really DO NOT get many of THEM to the £ these days.  The problem with having an alleged "family friendly" site is that you cannot post the absolute filth that Turnock produces. Absolute filthy but very funny.  He does have a blog and you can check out work he has done in the past in the Small Press as well as current work:


In collaboration with (writer?) Dexter Cockburn there is "The Most Common Cartoon-Based Childhood Accidents..." which is outrageous. Even as a kid, though, I knew NOT to look down the barrel of a cannon (but why we had one in the garden...?).  "This was your Life" hmm.  Well I never once considered that Hell might be more fun than Heaven!! "Whattock Hunt" just goes to prove that you really -REALLY- do need to check that the dvd you put on for the kids is, uh, not "bestial" in any way!!!  "What Pisses Him Off!" Yeah, I think most of us would really like to do one of these strips. Yeah, but then the screaming and legal threats start...meh.

What makes this issue so great is the semi-biographical "I Was A Teenage Pervert" which is funny, depressing, filthy, funny all in one big glop.  Porno mags, porno videos and those "know-all-about-sex" morons you knew who, obviously, knew absolutely nothing about sex!

I like the writing and unless it's my imagination, I think Turnock's artwork has improved (I wear glasses by-the-way)! There is some very neat figure work and it all just melds together nicely.  It IS an "adults only" book but unless you are an adult you probably would not understand most of the stuff in here such as why the woman is letting the pig do that to her or the joy of finding two carrier bags full of porn when you are thirteen!

The biggest mystery is WHY Turnock's work is so ignored in the UK? It's ridiculous.  We've had very few real Underground Comix creators in the UK since the 1970s and yet here is one who, were he based in the US, I'm sure would be a comix star and at least earning some good money for his work.

So, order a copy online (it's cheap enough) and have a good read.

I am obliged here to tell you that self-abuse can lead to poor eye-sight and need to wear spectacles.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Joe Sacco’s “The Great War”

My thanks to old Eurocomics stalwart Sebchoq for reminding me of this. The news item from The New Yorker is from November 2013 but this "exhibit" is something to go and see if you are in Paris this Summer!

Joe Sacco’s latest work, “The Great War,” a twenty-four-foot-long panorama that folds like an accordion, illustrates the first day of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in history, which took place on July 1, 1916. The Maltese-American cartoonist is best known for his comics journalism, including works like “Palestine,” “Safe Area Goražde,” and “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (his 2012 New York Times best-selling collaboration with Chris Hedges), but “The Great War” is a purely visual work, homing in on a specific moment in history. We spoke with Sacco about his approach.

When I got a call from an old friend of mine, an editor at Norton, asking me to draw a panorama of the Western front, my first response was “No!” Being a cartoonist, I always think in terms of narrative—but I grew up on Australia, and there the First World War truly gives Australians a sense of national identity. I’ve been reading about it since I was a kid, and I’ve spent so much time thinking about it—I’ve read so many books—that in the end, I thought, Why not?
When you read obsessively about a subject, at some point you begin to wonder about yourself. Why am I reading another book about the First World War? What’s pulling me in? So one of the reasons I agreed to do this panorama was trying to deal with my historical voyeurism: O.K., I should deal with this now, because otherwise, why did I visit the Somme battlefield fifteen years ago? It was almost like a penance for a boyhood interest that had lasted so long.
I don’t feel a separation from the people I read about in history books. Right now, I’m working on a long book on Mesopotamia—that’s years in the making, it’ll take a long time. I’ve been obsessed with the Middle Ages, I’ve been obsessed with the ancient world, I read a lot about different subjects—and to me, they’re all living people, just people who are just no longer with us.
When we first talked about my drawing a panorama of the Western front, the idea seemed static. But immediately I thought of the Bayeux Tapestry [a work probably made in the eleventh century depicting the Norman Conquest], which has a narrative. William the Conqueror in France is getting ready for the invasion; they’re building the boats; they’re crossing the English Channel; then there’s the Battle of Hastings, and you basically read it left to right. It just came to my mind that I could show soldiers marching up to the front, going to the trenches, going over the top, and then returning after they’ve been wounded, back through the lines to the casualty-clearing station behind the front. So it seemed like a very simple idea, and to be honest, I just wanted to draw. On a visceral level, it was just a pleasure to think only in terms of drawing.
It was a relief not to think about words, and to do a different kind of research. I did a lot of image research and I actually had to read a lot of books, because sometimes prose takes you where photography never went. I would read and get images in my head, and it was just a matter of putting them down. I’ve spent a lot of time doing journalism, and I still am interested in it, but I think the artist side of me wants to sort of come out now. And that’s what the Great War was to me, letting myself go in that direction.
I can’t get journalism out of my blood, so even for this First World War drawing, I needed to get everything right about the details. With the Mesopotamia project, which is very historical, I’m interviewing archaeologists, so that’s how my journalism background comes into it—it’s not just about reading and then distilling. I can get to the level where I can ask intelligent questions, but obviously you have to speak to people who really know that sort of stuff and have spent ten years on digs.
When I worked on “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” with Chris Hedges, it grew organically—he and I are good friends. I’d do these little scenes of some of the people we met. I’ve done that in my other work, so I thought, Why not just translate the approach into an American context?
I’ll probably never give up journalism … but I’ve done this for twenty years and I’m not sure I need to go to another conflict zone. You begin to see the similarities in certain human behaviors, and that starts to interest you. There are some things that may be easier to approach artistically than journalistically. I’m not sure I’ll write fiction, but fiction allows a writer to connect the dots while journalists often place the dots down without connecting them. And, I mean, I just need a creative change.
 There are some video links but the videos are in French.


Ahh, There Are Those 'Professionals' Again...

I would like to make it very clear that I do no, in any way, support or comment on comic forums -especially in the UK.  Neither am I interested in commenting on "He said this" or "He said that".  DO NOT CARE.

I lost too much time from writing and drawing over these things before.

I'm writing and drawing comics and trying to sell them while I have the time so please don't send me emails that are just crap trying to stir up trouble.