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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, 18 September 2014

Avengers Versus X-Men, Zenith Phase III and absolutely NOT a shameless plug for anything I've done.

Heroes on the run as super heroes become possessed by a dark force/entity.  The world changing about them as the heroes mount a last ditch resistance.  Using a pan-dimensional device to get from one point to the other. Eventually defeating the god-like opposition.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Avengers Vs X-Men...2012.


What does Wikipedia say?

"Avengers vs. X-Men (abbreviated AvX) is a 2012 crossover event that was featured in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The event, consisting of an eponymous limited series and numerous tie-in books, involves the return of the Phoenix Force and the subsequent war between the Avengers and the X-Men. The 12-issue twice-monthly series was first published in April 2012, and features a storyline by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction, with a rotating team of artists including John Romita, Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert."

Now, let me explain what happened.  I was walking through a book store in Bristols Union Street when I saw some, presumably, sale item trades.  One was Avengers Vs X-Men and had a price of £5.99.  The book has 372 pages and  collects Avengers Versus X-Men #0 and 1-12.  On Ebay some crooks are asking for £45-70 which is $73-122.00 or 57-97 E:-   Am I going to say "no"?

A clue to the answer is: (1) I've ready everything I have so many times its monotonous. (2) I bought the book.

So I sat down at 21:00 hrs and read the book in one long session --finishing about 01:00 hrs since I look at the art and don't just read through!  All the way through the book I kept thinking "I'm sure I've seen this all before?"  

Now, I have mentioned before that Avengers versus X-Men is not a new idea -1960s, 1970s, 1980s.  But this time round it was 'different' but let's not get into that.  Somewhere on this blog, if you can find it, you can read it.   But let's deal with the 'epic' itself.

Were this another comic company using its own characters then it might have all worked. In fact, part through I just switched off 'Marvel' and continued.  Then no real problem.  But, seriously, far from being a "landmark pop-culture event" it was more akin to a "landmark slap-it-all-together-and-see-how-it-turns-out" event.

Firstly, we have Prince Namor The Sub-Mariner.  I have a run of the 1960s series and just one story from that run wipes this AvX crap into the pan.  Namor is treated as one of the "big guns" of the X-Men since he was "Marvels First Mutant"  (no, I am NOT going there).  Well, in fact he is treated a little like Aquaman is said to have been treated -as a joke. 

The Thing and Luke Cage are smashing the crap out of Namor's face (UNDERWATER TO BOOT!!! W T F????) and what does the Scion of Atlantis do? He limply starts saying "Imperius Rex".  I am NOT kidding.  Cue another fight and Namor again getting the crap beaten out of him.  His response? "Imperius Rex" but it gets worse.  At another point he is transported by a pan-dimensional/Einstein-Rosenberg Bridge/Boom Tube type device to another location and as he looks up he says...."Imperius Rex". 

 I say there and, almost stunned.  This is the best that such 'Great' writers could come up with? Let me give you an equation here:

Luke Cage invulnerability/strength v Sub-Mariner. Invulnerable, flies, super-super strength =Luke Cage delivered home in a doggy bag.  Fact.

Ben Grimm aka The Thing -tough but has never beaten the Hulk.  Namor has pummeled the Hulk and even fought him to a stand-still underwater and on solid ground.  The Thing -again- has never beaten the Hulk. So...Thing v Sub-Mariner =Thing sent home in a doggy bag.  Underwater Cage + Thing =Sub-Mariner delivered back to Fishy Al's in Atlantis is a dogfish bag.

No FECKIN way!!

Namor is treated like some inferior third rate hanger-on. Even with the "phoenix force" he is.....crap.

Very very very poor characterisation.  However, as Bendis et al have shown they have no real interest in the characters what can you expect.  It's all ego massaging and pay cheques to them.

Dr Strange Master of the Mystic Arts is tricked in the most dumb-ass way by young Illyana and gets creamed.  This is, I assume, NOT the Dr Strange who defeated Nightmare, Mephisto and any other number of demons and supernatural threats? NOT the Dr Strange who was involved in the Sise-Neg Genesis? Or any of the major stories you'll find in his Marvel Premiere, Strange Tales or Dr Strange comics? Again, the Sorceror Supreme is a third rate character.

If you are going to throw in so many characters get a writer who CAN handle them --Kurt Busiek for one. Oh, I was forgetting that he has integrity.

The story-telling was very shaky and odd. I actually read this twice which is why it took me so long. Pacing seemed to be all over the place at times. I'll not mention characterisation again. Nova -another cast off character.  

In one scene, Wanda The Scarlet Witch is invited back to Avengers Mansion.  Here her 'ex'(?) husband, the synthezoid Vision, tears into her telling her it is no longer her home and she is no longer welcome.  Now, she was invited back there BY Avengers and Tony Stark (I assume he still owns Avengers Mansion?) stands by as one of his oldest friends is told to "go feck off" but just says to, after: "I get it. I just always liked them together"....well, feck you, Tony.

Oh, and the kicker to this is that (I'm sobbing now -see that tear running down my cheek?) the Vision has his back turned to the others and is 'crying' -how poignant.  No, not really. Just a bad...er..."hommage" to the famous "Even An android can cry" panel from Avengers v.1, no.58

When I saw that page (Avengers 58) first it really had an impact on me.  Even decades later I consider that to be one of the most iconic images from the comic.  In A v X it had no impact what-so-ever.  I'd call it "naff".



The art.  Well, there was not a great deal wrong there. Oddly, John Romita Jnr art shone through. Figures, colour -all seemed to work well.  Frank Cho -well, he's Frank Cho!  But this book showed the major problem if you have more than one artist.  Yes, pick a good artist for pencils (if they use pencils any more) and a good inker. Give them the script and get to work. Yes, I know, two books BUT it's not a race to see how many crises a year you can produce....is it?

I had to keep checking while reading as Illyana looked different depending on who drew her, Emma Frost -ditto. And what the Hell was this costume -lack-of-design that was going on? Okay, Emma Frost (the character with the odd, changing personality) doesn't wear that much BUT it looked like they were trying to outdo Cher's outfit from the "Turn Back Time" video!

The focus of the story, the character Hope, attacks the Serpent Society during a robbery and this line is part of the dialogue:

"You mean your friend with the tail and big spiky arms? Did you guys know those arms are cybernetic?  I didn't.  Until i cut them off."

And then I got it:



Above: page 61 (in sequence) of Zenith Phase III: War In Heaven, 1988

Coincidence?  

Hmm. The Lloigor defeat and take over the bodies of heroes.  Heroes from other parallels are fighting these creatures as the world changes around them.  They use an Einstein-Rosen Bridge to travel from one point to another.

Hey, Wikipedia -whaddaya say?

Zenith Phase III involved a multi-dimensional war against the Lloigor utilizing comic-book characters from other British comics from the '50s, '60s and '70s (using either the actual characters or analogs, depending on their legal status). The Lloigor, close to "ascending" and dominating the universe(s), were waiting for the infinite alternate universes to align and form a universe-sized crystal –- the "Omnihedron". The multi-universal heroes destroed several alternate Earths to introduce a flaw into the Omnihedron and prevent the alignment, but discovered that they had been betrayed by Maximan: the destruction of the worlds removed a flaw already present in the Omnihedron. Only at the last moment did they succeed by destroying the alternate Earth that the Lloigor were using to ascend. Due to the vast cross-dimensional body count incurred in this series, a surviving superhero commented that it may have been "...a pyrrhic victory".

Hmm. A bit like the end to the whole Avengers Versus X-Men thing, you mean?

Now, Zenith ran in 2000 ADand it was criticised by some as consisting of "scratchy" artwork.  Sheer and utter crap.  Steve Yeowell produced a comic strip and art that is truly "of the time" -Punk, New Wave, Acid House --it's all there.  Phase III, from which the art here is taken was probably the best of the stories.  Series writer, Grant Morrison described it, modestly, as "I think it is one of the greatest superhero crossover events ever."

Hmm. It is good. I'd say Crisis On Infinite Earth at #1 with Zenith at #2 but that's comparing it to American comics.  By itself I think Zenith Phase III can't really be beaten.  Yes, I know, there are certain people now calling me all sorts of names!  I am not a big Grant Morrison fan.  I like some of his books just as I like some of Alan Moore's...but, no, I just ain't getting into that arguement.


You know, there are so many comparisons that I keep thinking "What are the chances?"  Well, I have said it before, written it ad nauseum so let's add a bit more nauseum to the ad shall we?



There are in most genres, 6-7 story plots.  Or basic ideas.  The difference comes in how you develop and use those genre plots. Yeas, folk can say Zenith was "like" Crisis On Infinite Earths but it was also quite different.

The gathering of heroes to go on a quest or fight a powerful foe is millenia old -Jason and the Argonauts is possibly the most famous but you also have Homer's The Illiad, set in the last weeks of the Trojan War -sigh.  The movie "Troy" in case you don't read the Classics.  So that is part of story-telling -whether the ancient or Medieval (such as Arthur and the Round Table) or even the modern super hero.  The main hero in a group  is also a common theme -Robin Hood, Hector and so on.

Now, unless I want to get out all my old 2000 ADs and read the Zenith strips the difference is that Crisis was collected into a trade paperback so you can read it in one book.  Avengers Versus X-Men was collected into a trade (unbelievably there is a 140pp version with "expanded fight scenes"???).  Zenith, however, has only appeared in no longer available Titan Books (someone is 'willing to sell' one of these for £400!!). And Rebellion Studios released a very -VERY- over-priced collection, and I know there are plans for single volumes but....

Off topic.  Back to topic.





 Having read the entire Avengers Versus X-Men trade I can say that it is NOT that well written considering the writers are over-hyped as "Today's modern masters of comic book story-telling".  If that's true "We're fecked, mate!"  Characterisation is not good.  As I've already noted, if this were an Indie comic company book I'd be more impressed but it isn't.  This is from what used to be Marvel Comics.  And they still use the "House of Ideas" blurb?!

It's what happens if you have five hyped egoes who then get their stories turned into a script by one of their number -Bendis in this case.  And here is what I like as the punchline for a story that comes out as passable.

Two Assistant Editors
One Associate Editor
One Editor  (come on, Tom Brevoort -who I used to respect- couldn't edit his lunch!)
One Consulting Editor
One Editor In Chief
One Chief Creative Officer snicker
One Executive Producer

That's five -FIVE- editors!  "Chief Creative Officer" -if ever a job title said "Yes- man -free lunches"  it's that one.  "Executive Producer".....WTF???  Did he have the "casting couch" for the characters cus that might explain WHY Namor was treated like crap. He ain't biting the pillow for anyone.  He likes his women!  Executive Producer: "You don't put out you don't get, Namor"  Namor:"Im...per...ius....Rex"

I may be a bit cruel.  If you don't have any interest in the decades long history of the characters and a good read that won't challenge you then this is it.  I'm sure many did enjoy this book.  Really, people, do yourself a favour and go buy Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek (a GOOD writer) and Carlos Pachecco -a great artist!  You'll see epic story-telling.

There's that other book.... a 330 pages thick epic somewhere -gods, sci fi, robots, super heroes, magic, alien invasion, Lovecraftian dark old ones...no. Can't remember what it's called again.

Ah -THAT'S THE JOHNNY!


Editor Terry Hooper-Scharf
Writer  Terry Hooper-Scharf
Penciller Terry Hooper-Scharf
Inker Terry Hooper-Scharf
Lettewring  Terry Hooper-Scharf   :-)
Design  Terry Hooper-Scharf
Publisher Terry Hooper-Scharf
Medication  Terry Hooper-Scharf
A4
Black & White
Paperback
331 Pages
STAND ALONE BOOK -no tie-ins to buy!!
Price: £15.00
It begins slowly with Earth’s heroes going about their daily tasks –fighting a giant robot controlled by a mad scientist’s brain , attackers both human and mystical -even alien high priests of some mysterious cult and their zombie followers and, of course, a ghost and a young genius lost in time.
 Pretty mundane. 
But there is a huge alien Mother-ship near the Moon and strange orange spheres chase some of Earth’s heroes who vanish into thin air –are they dead? 
Then black, impenetrable domes cover cities world-wide. 
Alien invasion of Earth! 
A war between the Dark Old Gods and the pantheons that followed! 
Warriors from Earth’s past having to battle each day and whether they die or not they are back the next day! 
And no one suspects the driving force behind the events that could cause destruction and chaos throughout the multi-verse —assaulted on all fronts can Earth’s defenders succeed or will they fail...is this truly the end?



And, crypticaly, might I add -Andrew Hope should remember this: The Wonderland Effect

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Disney Is Sticking It To Marvel Comic Buyers -And They Just Take It (again)

Now, when I publish this sort of thing people ask if I am joking. However, I am not.  Disney saw how much money they could make out of the Avengers movie and comics with anything "Avenger" in/on them.  So, amassing £370m in world-wide box office takings from Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney executives stopped flagellating themselves over the sales figures and came up with an exploitation idea.

And it is exploitation but I've gone over this before.

Anyway, two of the stars of Guardians Of The Galaxy-Rocket Raccoon and Groot will be taking over the covers of the releases for November, featuring art from some the premier artists working today. Yes, in November they will appear with NINETEEN VARIANT COVERS!


Marvel’s press release…
Build Up Your Variant Collection With Marvel ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT Variants!
New York, NY – September 17th, 2014 – The breakout comic book characters of the year are taking over the covers of your favorite Marvel titles this November! That’s right True Believer, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANTS are coming, featuring some of the best and brightest talents in the industry! Not only will you get to see so many great artists putting their own spin on Rocket & Groot, but 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one-of-a-kind variants depicting some of the most classic of covers!
  • All-New Captain America #1
  • All-New X-Men #34
  • Amazing Spider-Man #9
  • Amazing X-Men #13
  • Avengers #38
  • Avengers World #15
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
  • Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1
  • Deadpool #37
  • Guardians 3000 #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #21
  • Hulk 8
  • Legendary Star-Lord #5
  • New Avengers #26
  • Rocket Raccoon #5
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Spider-Woman #1
  • Superior Iron Man #1
  • Thor #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #28
“People everywhere can’t seem to get enough Rocket & Groot!” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “As soon as we came up with the concept to do Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants, the ideas just started pouring in. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty creating some really fantastic cover homages. This program is really the best of both worlds and we know it will really excite old and new fans everywhere.”


Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers as they hit comic shelves through the month of November. No fan will want to miss the chance to see these fan-favorite Marvel characters in a whole new way when the ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANTS hit store shelves worldwide this November!


Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #2 (variant cover, Sandford Greene)
Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #2 (variant cover, Sandford Greene)
Captain America & The Mighty Avengers  #1 (variant cover, Ulises Farinas)
Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1 (variant cover, Ulises Farinas)
Guardians Of The Galaxy #21 (variant cover, Dustin Nguyen)
Guardians Of The Galaxy #21 (variant cover, Dustin Nguyen)
image - Hulk #8 (variant cover, Tom Fowler)
Superior Iron Man #1 (variant cover, Tom Fowler)
Superior Iron Man #1 (variant cover, Tom Fowler)
Thor #2 (variant cover, James Stokoe)
Thor #2 (variant cover, James Stokoe)
Avengers #38 (variant cover, Chip Zdarsky)
Avengers #38 (variant cover, Chip Zdarsky)


And do you know something?  Fan-boys and girls are already counting their pennies in anticipation.  They are Disneys "Money Bitches".  This is just a sheer insult to Marvel fans.
I'm pretty sick of explaining all this to people. You stupid? Go buy ALL the books!

Doctor Strange...yes, The 'secret' movie I was talking about a while back.

Doctor Strange Release Date Set For 2016

Marvel are in “advanced negotiations” to film ‘Doctor Strange’ in the UK next year ahead of a planned July 2016 release date, according to reports.

Screen Daily believe that Marvel Studios is in the process of assembling a crew - led by director Scott Derrickson - which will move into Shepperton in late 2014 or early 2015 for a shoot tentatively pencilled in for May.

The 8 July, 2016 release date Marvel announced for an unnamed project has long been assumed to belong to ‘Doctor Strange’ given that it is the only forthcoming Marvel film beyond 2015’s Ant-Man and April 2016’s ‘Captain America 3’ with a known director.

'Doctor Strange' will tell the story of Marvel's sorcerer supreme, a neurosurgeon whose life is torn apart by an injury, but who soon becomes well-versed in the ways of magic and mysticism.

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Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix has been linked to the starring role multiple times as Marvel continue their pursuit of a leading man. 

While not yet officially announced by Marvel, the ‘Doctor Strange’ film has been public knowledge since Variety broke the news of Derrickson’s hiring back in June. Since then the director has made numerous references to the film on social media, even mentioning it in his Twitter bio

The film’s script is being written by Jon Spaihts, who is working from previous drafts by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

'Doctor Strange' is set for release on 8 July 2016. 
Doctor Strange Movie Gets Sinister Director

Jon Pertwee being hilarious

GO FOR IT!!!!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Official Synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Yup, just in case you may have forgotten there is an Avengers movie on the way, Disney (yes, Disney NOT Marvel) have sent this release out.
New Promotional Art for Avengers: Age of Ultron Showcases the Team in Action

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.


Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Wow. If I'd been living in a coma for months I'd not already know this.  But it is nice that Marvel Disney thinks about the little folk out in movie land now and then....


As the Wasp said in AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES: "That's one heck of a feckin lot of feckin Ultrons!"  I may have paraphrased there. And added something.  But it WAS a great scene and animated TV series.

Well, Do I Look Dumb?

Just got a double email. One from Blogger and one from Google+ to tell me that combined views for CBO are at 2,387,561.

I may be just getting a bit snappy but I can read numbers.

Google+ have offered me a premium membership which involves linking CBO into Google+ BUT this is quite convoluted and there are aspects of control and lack of certain controls I currently have on Blogger that I do not want to give up.  Of course, Google+ would be happy as it adds a lot of views there!

But, no, things have worked out well so far so why change something that is not broken?

I do note that neither Google nor Blogger offered me money.  Where's all this internet monet Southpark told me about???

Oh....I have to be a You Tube sensation first???? (CAUTION -adults only!)#

The Great Escape actor Angus Lennie dies aged 84

Angus Lennie in Monarch of the Glen  
Angus Lennie in his last acting role from BBC drama Monarch of the Glen
 
Scottish actor Angus Lennie, who was famous for roles in The Great Escape and ITV show Crossroads, has died in a London nursing home aged 84.


Born in Glasgow, he played a huge range of roles across stage, TV and film.


As Archibald "the Mole" Ives, Lennie performed opposite Hollywood icon Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Director and co-star Richard Attenborough cast him again in Oh! What A Lovely War.

Lennie also had roles in Doctor Who and Monarch of the Glen.

For soap fans, he was Shughie McFee the chef in the ITV's Crossroads.

Lennie was also cast as a bagpipe-playing innkeeper during several appearances in Doctor Who.
He frequently returned to Scotland to appear in pantomime, often as a double act with his friend Stanley Baxter.

His last acting role was in Monarch of the Glen, before ill health forced his

Hamelin Newsletter 16 settembre 2014

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NEWSLETTER del 16/9/2014

RIAPERTE LE ISCRIZIONI A
"LA SOTTILE LINEA SCURA"
Sono ufficialmente riaperte le iscrizioni a La sottile linea scura - Convegno internazionale su adolescenza e lettura, che si terrà il 25 settembre 2014 presso il Cinema Arlecchino (via Lame 57, Bologna).

A tutti coloro che si sono prenotati alla lista d’attesa chiediamo di saldare al più presto la quota di partecipazione.


LA MOSTRA SOTTOSOPRA A LOSANNA
La mostra Sottosopra. Voci contemporanee dell'illustrazione svedese sarà presentata a Losanna presso Bibliomedia Lausanne dal 19 settembre al 18 ottobre 2014 con il titolo Sens dessus dessous.
L'esposizione è stata realizzata per la Fiera del libro di Bologna 2013 in occasione di Svezia Paese ospite, promossa da Swedish Istitute.

L'inaugurazione sarà giovedì 18 settembre alle ore 18.30.
Venerdì 19 settembre alle ore 14 Karin Cyrén e Emelie Östergren, due delle autrici esposte, saranno le protagoniste di una tavola rotonda sull'illustrazione svedese.

DECENNALE XANADU
Giovedì 18 settembre si chiude a Trento, presso la Sala Verde della Provincia, il corso per bibliotecari "Adolescenza e libri imperdibili. Il meglio dell'editoria contemporanea", organizzato dall' Ufficio per il Sistema bibliotecario trentino all'interno delle attività del Decennale Xanadu. Dieci anni di giovani lettori ostinati.

I prossimi appuntamenti a Rovigo, il 29 settembre presso l'Accademia dei Concordi, e a Verbania, il 4 ottobre.

VIII EDIZIONE DI SOME PREFER CAKE
Mercoledì 17 settembre, al Nuovo Cinema Nosadella (Via Lodovico Berti 2/7, Bologna) prende il via la VIII edizione del festival di cinema lesbico, Some Prefer Cake.

Una delle protagoniste dell'edizione di quest'anno è Tove Jansson. In occasione del centenario della nascita della grande illustratrice, verrà proiettato il documentario Haru, Island of the Solitary (venerdì 19 settembre, ore 18), a cui farà seguito l'incontro con Boel Westin, biografa dell'artista.

Hamelin Associazione Culturale ha voluto partecipare all'evento mettendo a disposizione la mostra Mumin e i suoi amici, che ha animato la V edizione di BilBOlBul, Festival Internazionale di Fumetto. La mostra sarà visibile per tutta la durata di Some Prefer Cake, che si chiuderà domenica 21 settembre.

HAMELIN FA PARTE DI IBBY ITALIA
International Board on Books for Young People è una rete internazionale di persone, che provengono da 77 paesi e promuove la cooperazione internazionale attraverso i libri per bambini, creando ovunque per l'infanzia l'opportunità di avere accesso a libri di alto livello letterario e artistico e incoraggiando la pubblicazione e la distribuzione di libri di qualità per bambini specialmente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo.
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Comic Event Organisers Please Take Note!

I think the time has come to put a stop to absolute freebie advertising of events. CBO gets thousands of hits per day and comic event news are amongst the most popular items.  However, I am quite willing to sacrifice those views.

Do I get invited as a guest to these events? NO!
Do I ever get offered a table at these events for the promotional work I put in for them?  NO!
Do I ever succeed in getting a table at these events? NO!

What do I get out of all the work I put in for these UK events?  Absolutely nothing.  Organisers seem to think they are doing me a favour by deeming to grace me with their press releases.

No. It stops.  Time for me to be 'selfish' -I'm a person who publishes -biggest publisher of Independent comics in the UK.  Yes, but I don't know so-and-so.  I get invited to vote in the Harvey Awards and others -and I get invitations from outside the UK.

All my years promoting UK comics, the Small Press, my work, my publishing means nothing to a convention organiser which, let's put it mildly, is a bloody outright insult.  So why should their events mean anything to me?

From now on there are no more freebies -and please don't say you never saw this posting as its going out to you by mail also.  £20.00 a posting of a Press Release from an event organiser or you can pay £50.00 each year to have all your PRs on site rather than individual charges.

That's it.