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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

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

BilBOlbul Newsletter

Natalie Dormer Adresses Captain Marvel Rumours (Sort Of) ...and that Aint MY Typo!

We're going to read a lot about "who is playing Captain Marvel" so brace yourselves!

Natalie Dormer Adresses Captain Marvel Rumours (Sort Of)

'Game of Thrones' and 'The Hunger Games' actress Natalie Dormer has addressed speculation (albeit indirectly) that she may be a contender for the title role in 'Captain Marvel.'

The 32-year old actress from Reading already has a Marvel movie on her CV, following a small role in ‘Captain America: the First Avenger’ - but this hasn’t kept her name from cropping up frequently on fan-casting lists for the role of USAF officer turned cosmic superheroine Carol Danvers.

Dormer’s roles in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ films have seen her gain an enthusiastic fan following, leaving many to suggest she’s overdue a prominent leading role in a Marvel or DC movie.

Asked about this by Collider, Dormer’s response was diplomatic - and, cannily, did not mention any specific roles.

"I’m not going to comment about potential jobs in the future because that’s a rabbit hole to go down and get caught up in, but all I’ll say is I’ll go where the good scripts are. For me, ‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ all my other work, I’ll just go where the good scripts are. 

"I love being part of huge mega blockbusters and I love being a part of small independent films and small stage. I’m just looking at the material. I want to know the character and I want to know the text, and then the decision I make from there."

Still, should Dormer find herself in contention for any future blockbusters, she certainly wouldn’t be the first ‘Game of Thrones’ star to do so, with Lena Heady (‘300’) and Kit Harington (‘Pompeii’) having enjoyed big screen success. Richard Madden and Emilia Clarke are set to do likewise in ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Terminator: Genisys’ respectively.

On the superhero movie front, ‘Game of Thrones’ alumni Jason Momoa is lined to play DC’s ‘Aquaman,’ whilst 2013’s ‘Thor: the Dark World’ was directed by frequent ‘Game of Thrones’ director Alan Taylor.

Picture Credit: Lionsgate, HBO


Dilettantes and cons.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Of Course, You Realise No One Cares?

Well, I will NOT be going to set up the table for the BCP Expo tonight.  Two things have let me down badly but the main problem is that I'm on the outskirts of Bristol and we have one, very bad, bus service at the moment that I'm told will see BIG delays (if you are in Bristol you will have noticed Bristol Water is ripping up most main roads!) tonight. Last time there were no roadworks on a Friday night and I had to wait almost two hours for a bus (and, no, it is NOT a country service).

So, it is a torrential dsownpour outside and Thursday First Bus removed the bus shelter.  Am I going to stand in the cold, pouring rain HOPING a bus arrives on time?  Feck that. I've used buses since I was a little kid so I KNOW the score.

It looks like tomorrow morning will be my new get-there-early to set up day.  As the rain outside turns to slight hail, I ask -who gives a feff!!

BcP Book Fair and Comic Expo -IT'S TOMORROW!!!

Right, now I do not get any Press Releases on this event so I suggest you check the site link and see if anyone else has been added to the guest or exhibitor list.

Bus services 90, 24, 77, 78  and others stop on Redcliffe Hill so, as this is a Saturday only event, you shouldn't have a problem.  Sunday bus services in Bristol? Oy!

Just So You Do NOT Forget! BCP International Book Fair & Comic Expo Is Where You WILL Find Black Tower!

 Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Bristol UK - 22nd November 2014



Tickets to the BCP International Book Fair & Comic Expo are £5 per person 

Exhibitor tables are £25 per table (includes 2 x guest passes)

  • To order through PayPal please email Kate at:  kate[at]backcoverpromotions.co.uk (Paypal charges are as follows: £5 per table booking and 50p per ticket booking).

  • To order through BACS, Cheque or any other method please email Judy at: judybainbridge46[at]hotmail.co.uk

**Admission to the event will be via proof of purchase receipt, purchaser must have printed copy with them to gain access**
BcP Book Fair and Comic Expo
Panel’s Programme
11.00 – 11.45: ‘Fear and uncertainty and DRM’ (changing from comics
                        to books)
      Chris Lynch
12.15 – 13.15: ‘Breaking into writing’
     Alternative Realities, Matthew Sylvester
13.45 – 14.45: ‘Up close and personal’
                         DeVaughn Lilly
15.00 – 16.00:  Poetry workshop
       Paul Tobin
16.15 – 17.15: ‘The Changing Face of Horror
      Austin Chambers, Adam Millard and Scott Stanford

Event Layout -Where To Find Black Tower

Just a quick note. I'll be at table 35 for the event.  However, having thought about it I will not be taking the Maakika A4 art pieces not the postcard sets to sell.

The reason for this is simply that I do not think that anyone is going to be interested at a book and comic expo.  I don't want to cart a lot of excess items to sell.  No one has shown any interest in buying pieces any way (even though I've received more praise for them than my comic work grrrrrrrrrrrr).

But if you were going to the event to buy pieces then please let me know and I'll take a full set of art and postcards.

To be honest it's going to be hard work selling enough to cover costs at a one day event so I'm gonna hunker down behind a table!!

I should -I have no 100% confirmation yet- be assisted by Darron Northall so if the person behind the table doesn't have a beard and screams at you it's not me!

BcP Book Fair and Comic Expo Floor Plan
Special arrangements
Tony Long – The Comic Man
Austin Chambers - author
Panel 5
Adam Millard - author
Scott Stanford - author
Sophie Sparham - author
Ashley McCook - author
Hannah Collins – Cosmic Anvil
Paul Grist - author
Christine Mcmorran – Paint Can Alley
Simon Williams –artist
Artist in residence
Dave and Wendy Frankcom – Into The Realm
Chris Lynch – graphic novels and indie books
Panel 1
Grayham Puttock – small press writer
Ian Schofield - artist
Tim Perkins – Wizard’s Keep
Graham Bleathman
Simon Brett –artist and poublisher
Jennifer Anne Haugan - illustrator
Chloe Hammond - author
Nigel Mably – SF Collectables
Steve Tanner – Time Bomb comics
Victoria Sommer - artist
Nick Gribbon - illustrator
Kris Carter – Lou Scannon books
“ -  The Pencil Pirates
Vince Hunt and Daniel Marc Chant - authors
Terry Hooper-Scharf – Black Tower comics
Joanne Hall – author
Rianne Rowlands - illustrator
Michael Clipper – Sloth Junk recyclables
Jamie Lambert – Bearded Skull comics
James Dean – graphic artist
Caroline Loughrey –My Geeky Shop
Ian Matthews – Razarhawk comics
Dave Morris – graphic artist and Paul Tobin - poet
Panel 4
Matthew Sylvester – Alternative Realities and One Dotty Duck
Panel 2
Mark Warner – Hellbound Media
“ – Great Escape Books
(5 guests)
Rob Fish – Rob4Fish comics
“ – Rob4Fish merchandise
Tony Cooper - author
DeVaughn Lilly - author
Panel 3
Reception desk
In Birch for panels

  The Collected Phantom Detective  

Black Tower Will have a modest selection of books at the event including

Dr Morg   

Silvermaign:Knight Ghoul Hunter  


The Collected Ben Dilworth   

The Dark Night Detectives  

The Dark Night Detectives

Return Of The Gods   

  The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super Heroes
                                                                                         Merriwether -God's Demon Thumper
The Cross Earths Caper


Tower Tales Of Terror
Tales Of Terror 4

The Iron Warrior Vs Big Bong

The Iron Warrior Vs Big Bong
 Other goodies including Ben Dilworth's hot Dark Hope comics!

And -and- going for £1.00 each are Black Tower Blockbuster! -Bristol Events only tasters to the Black Tower Universe!



And Do Not Forget Time Bomb Comics will be there. too!

Time Bomb Comics
is a British comics company that only publishes one-shots and graphic novels. From historical horror to mind-bending science-fiction each release is a complete story by talented creators.

Based in Birmingham, England, Time Bomb Comics was created in September 2007 and is about one simple thing - good solid comic book entertainment.

From exciting newcomers to established professionals our artists and writers are united with a single aim - Telling Great Stories.

Therefore you can expect comics released under the Time Bomb Comics banner to be wide and diverse in theme, genre and format, and with only a single limitation - the imagination of our creative teams.