- Terry Hooper-Scharf
- 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Well, I've given it a bit of thought and to be honest both DC and Marvel -DISNEY Comics are so far beyond redemption it really is no longer worth covering either of them. I was a Marvelite from about 6-7 years old so 50 years later to just look at what has happened....sad.
The thing is, though, I predicted all of this at the time Disney took over "Marvel UK"/Pannini and warned that UK creators would be out of work. No one listened. I demonstrated the history of what Disney does. "Total rubbish!" When all those long faces came up to me with "Marvel UK arent giving us any more work" I could have laughed. But its wrong to laugh at morons.
I actually posted that Disney were buying Marvel MONTHS before it was officially announced and where were those "nay" sayers when it happened as I said it would? Convenient amnesia. When I told everyone that Disney "promised" (did anyone check for crossed fingers?) NOT to interfere in any way with Marvel comics I pointed out the history again and that Disney WOULD be controlling everything from day one...and yet Marvel COULD have purchased Disney. Sheesh.
Disney Comics is a huge cash-cow. Marvel is dead. Long live the memories!
Friday, 29 August 2014
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From a huge selection of interviews covering the Small Press,Independent Comics from the UK,Europe and US,here are a few of the best from over 25 years. These interviewees include:
PEKKA A. MANNINEN
TANIA DEL RIO
And many others.
Sadly, the ebook version is no longer available
By Terry Hooper-ScharfBlack & White/text
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Marvel, Timely, Atlas, Charlton, ACG, MLJ/Archie Dennis the Menace (US) -one man published them all. Alan Class. Who? Class is legendary for bringing black and white reprints of US comics to a country starved of the medium thanks to a certain war!
From 1959-1989 Suspence, Sinister, Astounding and Uncanny gave us a comic fix for a few pennies. Learn more about the man and how Class Comics came about in the long awaited print version of Terry Hooper's exclusive interview!
And I found this posting by John Squires to be depressing. Very depressing. What next -San Diego Comic Con 2015 Special Celebrity Guest -Honey Boo-Boo?!!
Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers will be skipping forward eight months but no one is sure if that's "Marvel Universe Time" or "Publisher Time"! Oh, and then those titles will be staying there while the rest of the Marvel Universe catches up in April 2015 for the "Times Out Event."
This is what the fans are talking about. In fact, I find it hard to believe or understand just what the confusion is. Avengers and New Avengers of September 2014 will be set in April 2015. Every other title of September will be set in September (schedule).
"Publisher Time" or "Universe Time"??? Uh, that makes no sense. Not unless Disney has discovered time travel and gone ahead, printed and brought back comics from the future. It's
Yes, it is a feckin great mess but all those "Yous" out there....look, I explained it all here: http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/marvel-reboot-on-waywell-duh.html
So, I put all of this to one of the few 'Marvel' Comics fans I could find and his reaction was.....
And it looks like the Marvel Movie Universe may be following the comics crap. Chris Evans contract for three Captain America movies is almost up and there are VERY strong rumours that a black actor will be taking on the Captain America mantle -apparently there have been try-outs.
Reaction so far? I refer you to the face above.
This bastion of the 'industry' (please, I am trying to keep a straight face here) was so successful decades ago because it had its own printers and so everything was "in house". How does Thomson repay the loyal workforce?
This years annuals are, it seems, printed in Italy. But this next bit I found hilarious and I think Subzero at Tales From The Kryptonian will be a bit surprised. The Commando Picture Libraries are now being printed in Germany?? How that will work I do not know -all Swastikas removed from covers?
So, not only is Thomson not a big UK comic company -it barely rates as an Independent these days- but it is sending its books to European printers!
Thomson could, if it so wished and completely restructured its Juvenile department, and that means getting rid of current editorial staff for ones more comic savvy, actually be a force to be reckoned with in comics and that means earning a good profit from comic sales as opposed to the meagre pickings of toys with comics accidentally attached.
Sad. But I've given up hope there.