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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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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Your Attention Please

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've been reading my blog for years but just totally ignored how often I've said that pdf and files on discs are not/in no way/absolutely not accepted for review purposes.  And links to files hidden away of some online file share service...NO!

CBO only accepts hard copy review books and please I do not want to hear all the whining excuses.  You do not want your book reviewed on a high traffic blog that's your business. I don't care why not or to hear the sob story.

Next, comic shops keep thinking that I am going to mention their latest attempt at promoting a Marvel or DC title or anniversary event.  Why?  Do I get an invite? No.  Do I get a sample of the merchandise or item being promoted?  No.  Why -why should I sit here wasting my time promoting Marvel, DC or a comic shop for free?  Ever heard of paid advertising (on CBO)?  Does the comic shop owner or the PR person at Marvel or DC do their work for free? No.  You want me to do that, though?  Sure. **** you.

I'll always mention comic conventions for the readers out there BUT that does not mean publishing a free lengthy PR every day to promote it. Also, even if I cannot make it an invite is still nice.  But you have to ask how "happy" I am to promote events that keep turning down my applications for tables every year ("Sorry but you never won a table this year!" -really? I'd win a table and not have to pay?  Oh. I would...full price? Then if I was one of the first to apply who got the tables -your pals?).  Those events are off my list.

Kick-starters. No no no no no no no no.  Get it?

And, uh, 'friends' in the business who ask for favours and for me to promote/mention or push their latest book...those 'friends' who will NOT do the same for me...**** you to.

I realised, well after a lot of other people did, that I tend to get used a lot by people who simply never reciprocate.  In fact, this has been going on since the online version of CBO started over 14(?) years ago.

You want a book, a dvd, a t-shirt (large, please), a comic or a book promoted then we barter.  My time and CBO space for goodies -or you pay to advertise.

That's the bastard talking for this fine, sunny day.

Thank you.


  1. Could not agree more. It's a sad fact of the whole world that people ignore you when they should listen, misunderstand you ( wilfully ) when they should think a little more and expect favours ( for no return ) simply SIMPLY because they ask, and don't understand why - indeed, often become beligerent little fuckwit rumour mongers - as a result. Enjoy the sunny day, Terry, it's raining down here.

  2. Well, here in Gods own country its a bit cloudy but still blue sky. And, believe me, I've posted (last count which was about 6 months ago) over 40 times explaining all this. But my 'regulars' still keep coming!