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Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Nearest Thing You'll Get To A Comics Industry Pep Talk From Me

Get a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you drink, maybe even a snack. This could go on a bit (in fact, it does and I know that because I wrote this after writing what follows!).

You don't sleep much you get more opportunity to think things through.  In the last week I have binged on comic book blogs as well as vlogs on You Tube.  I have mentioned some of them.  I even read some of the comments people left there -the one in which more abusive language was used seems to be aimed at getting more views and to branch on to production outside You Tube (the vlogger actually states that last part).  What I find worrying is that there is no control over comments -racist and sexist in the extreme and even the typical You Tube racist name calling other commenters.

This is the problem.  Yes, people are finally catching on to the fact that the comics media is promoting the Big Two -don't panic, I am not going into all that again.  The point is that even the "anti Comics media" people are biased for their own reasons. Hurl obscenities and call it "freedom of speech" because you know the people who are going to comment or get attracted to your videos.  In the 1980s the radio "Shock Jocks" used the same tactics. It pulls people in and the ratings go up.  You are not adding anything serious to the argument but who cares -you got your ratings.

I read a comment today "comics are dead"!  No. DC and in the most extreme case, Marvel Comics are comatose and floating in the water.  Neither will go back to pulling in old time editors -jeez, Jim Shooter might even back off from Marvel and he knows the business- who know the creators who can write and can draw (I heard from someone the other day that a Marvel artist almost went into meltdown because his computer based system crashed and he had no idea how to pencil without digital -I have seen this myself several times and one artist even screeched "I'm not a caveman -I can't use paper and pencil!" Don't laugh).

Forget it. I just read Secret Empire #0 (on You Tube of all places) and it's art was...not that good and varied from good to bad to "passable".  The writing and dialogue....Not good at all.

But the media fed comic 'fans' who read articles by journalists who have no idea about comics except what they have been fed -for instance: Stan Lee created The Black Panther in the 1970s.  Or "Lee and Kirby created the first non black stereotype character in comics in the late 1960s".  Firstly, off the top of my head...the Panther was in a June or July 1966 issue of Fantastic Four. Kirby is recorded stating that "Blacks were unrepresented in comics".  He talked to Lee and they came up with The Black Panther....trivia in the back of my brain says at one point he was called the Black Leopard to avoid being seen as endorsing the radical Black Panther movement...also, I think Kirby's original Panther costume was quite colourful.  I am going to need to double check this (I never trust anything I write!).  But, again, wrong on different levels: the first "non stereo-typed black in comics"??  There they, as people with no idea comics exist outside the United States, get it wrong. Black characters appeared in the comics of non US publishers and were not always "stereotyped". Even in US comics there were black characters who were not stereotypes -going back to the 1950s.

And if we are talking just Marvel comics (DC had to wait until the early 1970s before they discovered black people) then how about Pvt Gabriel "Gabe" Jones?  Who?  Sgt Fury And His Howling Commandos saw publication in 1963.....



















Both those companies are surviving based on movies or merchandising -a major portion of merchandise based on comics from the 1980s because that way they get all the profit not any creators.

What I realised is that many real fans do not go by what they see on The Big Bang Theory or on TV shows and movies. Some who have been collecting for 50 years have even come out of You Tube retirement because people are asking them to make more videos and talk more about comics.  These people and their knowledge put many of the cribbing 'experts' in the comic media to shame.  And out of all the YT comic channels I was subscribed to one after another has vanished so from 40 about 4 years ago at the height of the "comics are cool and hip" craze...5 are still going.  Some of the others jumped onto new crazes and became 'experts' on those. Most of the old fans followed Marvel and DC religiously but now, from almost every title a month to selected titles per month...maybe one or two Marvel and DC. That is losing your core fan base.

DC and Marvel don't care. It's the quick buck they want.  Again, let's not go over old ground.

Smaller Independent publishers are vanishing.  Even You Tubers and bloggers have noticed (maybe if they had read CBO over the last ten years....).  "The smaller guys are just vanishing like crazy!" one says.  Yes. Those still going feel they have to compete with what DC and Marvel puts out "because that's what everyone is buying" so you get all types of super hero comics. Black Tower has horror, science fiction and other genres.  Of course there are super heroes but publishing just super hero books...no.  But this is what smaller publishers think they have to do. It doesn't help.

Now, over the past (1997-2017) I have said repeatedly that I will review Small Press or Independent comics.  Whatever arrives I review: that is policy so long as you are not spouting racism or any other type of hatred (oh they have tried).  So why do mainly larger companies such as Cinebook, Titan Books et al send review books?  Well, they know their book will be noticed by a few thousand people (with stats I see how books reviewed even a year ago are still checked out in large numbers).  Also, even if they do not get huge numbers of sales immediately they know their book has been seen and that can pay off in many ways later.

I heard from one small publisher after another how they never think about review copies of their books. Even in the Small Press in the early 1980s we always kept aside review copies, maybe we were more professional!  "I have a pdf" -don't even go there.  Never touch them.  You send a pdf and it does not mean your book is printed.  People send you money.  You vanish and I get "Where's my book? You said...." I learnt very early on and I make sure people know that I will not accept a pdf. Oh, you Mr-I-Have-never-heard-of-you-before, you have a file for me at an online share site? Yeah, 1999 and 2002 taught me where to put your share site (it took others a while and even computer viruses being downloaded on three occasions by one reviewer to learn).

"But postage--"  sigh. Look, no one has to send me a book to review.  You don't want it publicised then don't contact me.  I receive a book I have to give up an hour -a large book 2 hours or more- of my time to read it.  Look through the art and then read it again.  I then have to review the book and include links to the publisher as well as other details some never include (unbelievably, how to buy, price and other basic info many do not include) which means I have to email the publisher or even search online.  Reviewing the book can take 2-3 hours of my time and I do not get paid for that time or get anything out of it other than the trouble of finding a space for one more book on my shelves/floor and reading the book (which is not always a bonus). So you cannot afford the postage to send me a book? And you complain online that "No one will review my books!"

I know that there are horror comics out there. I'm a big horror film/comic buff and you might think someone would look and think to themselves "invite him to this event/send him a copy of my comic" because I tend to promote events I go to, or used to, which means people who might not have WILL read about your event.  They never heard of your comic before but they will now or when they read a review in a month and they are into horror comics.

That is just an example but here is a better one. When Comic Bits, the publication and before it Zine Zone International were going, there was an international readership most fan publications could only dream of.  I was a big fan of AC Comics in its day and I offered publisher Bill Black a no catches free advertising space.  I also suggested he send review copies of books he wanted to promote.  No.  Why not?  I still have the letter in which he states that the US has "about 120 comic companies and there is no point promoting".  People never believed me.  Why in a crowded market would you refuse to accept free publicity because there are a lot of other companies: that would give you an advantage!   I showed the letter and it was read, re-read and read again to see if it was simply just read incorrectly.

You cannot force people to take an opportunity to have free advertising or to get their books reviewed.  It is their choice -if they can't see the benefits then it is not my job to explain it all or tell them how to run a publication (in the past more than a few asked me to do just that!). How serious are you as a publisher? Do you want to do this as a bit of fun? A hobby?  No problem.  Do you want to do this as a serious publisher -stay in it for the long run and, maybe, make money?  Then you take every and any opportunity. There are never any 100% guarantees but if you do not take the opportunities presented then there is no reason to complain later.

Even though I may be limited by languages I know, I would review non-English publications because a comic done correctly will tell you the story in pictures.  I have had publishers how I knew the story if I could not read the language?  Really.  But a covering note explaining story (a typical comic company press release does that)  and where to buy and that's it.

The whole purpose of Zine Zone and Comic Bits/Comic Bits Online was to promote smaller, independent publishers because DC and Marvel get as much free press as they want. Horror, super hero, monster, detective, sci fi, slice of life -I has covered all of that in my reviews since the 1980s. I don't dismiss any genre.  In fact, as some people know, I have given glowing reviews to work by people -writers or artists-  I absolutely hate personally.  I go by what I see and read and though some creators have come close to getting my fist in their teeth in the past that has nothing to do with my job as a reviewer.  People can't see how I do this and I just say it's "because I am a Gemini!"

Take advantage of CBO and its world wide readership.  You may not start being inundated with orders but it gets people to see your book or what your company is doing.  It also means that if you have a web site you can add a link to the review of your book or even take a quote from that review -people still tend to look and see what others think before buying.  If you are a serious small publisher do not go gently into the night -shout and scream!  It doesn't matter whether you are in Australiua, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ludwigshafen or Stockholm -if you have a love of comics and want to publish your own then do it!

The comics scene is what you make it.  You want to publish do it.  If you, as a reader who has a serious interest in comics ("I love comics!" usually means you just read one or the other or both DC and Marvel) then go out to events and see what you can find.  "But its in black and white" -that will not kill you. In fact, I know people who started collecting mainly black and white comics but hated the idea of no colour before.  Some of my favourite comics are odd, obscure things -even b&w- that as a youngster I purchased with my pocket money despite there being Marvel or DC comics on the rack.  Yeah, I should have realised I was doomed even back then.

Buy and try and you may like or even become a fan.

Long and rambling, I know, but I don't script then edit these posts.  It's what I pull out of my mind as I type.  As your mother said when you walked in on her and your dad that time "You don't like it -don't look!"

That sounded so wrong.

It is down to you, the comic buyer.  You, the small publisher.  You are the ones that can keep decent, well written and drawn comics alive and not turn around and insult readers.  That is really all I can write.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Mr Dilworth

Letter just arrived!

Horror & Ghost Stories AND The Phantom Detective!

Dilworth's Horror & Ghost Stories
A4
Black & White
Paperback, 
18 Pages
Price: £4.00 (excl. VAT)Prints in 3-5 business days

Horror comics yes but also some nice illustrated prose from Dilworth in...Dilworth's Horror & Ghost Stories as he returns with twelve illustrated text stories of horror and the ghostly introduced by none other than The Phantom Detective and guest starring Xendragon!


But for the connoisseur those stories were collected together with the Phantom Detective comic strips into The Complete Phantom Detective!
THE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE


Ben R. Dilworthblack & WhiteA4Paperback, 36 PagesPreviewPrice: £6.00 (excl. VAT)Ships in 3–5 business days

Murdering Ghouls. Satanic Masses. Demonic Possession. Werewolves. Poltergeists. Vampires. To many of the uninitiated these are just “things that go bump in the night” -TV or film fantasy. 

In the Victorian era, The Phantom Detective used his decades of occult study to help those in danger from these “things” and he paid the ultimate price…. ….

Yet he continues to help and to observe as best he can for now he is a true... 

PHANTOM DETECTIVE! 

From one of the UK's most under -rated comic creators, Ben R. Dilworth, comes new life breathed into and a new slant given to the adventures of the former mortal who has become one of the Watchers -forbidden to act even to save a life from supernatural forces.  Except "rules are there to be broken or at the very least stretched until you can see through them!"

The much anticipated collection from the co-creator of Peter Wisdom and artist of Mark Millar's The Shadowmen!

Japanese Yokai...Because They Are WEIRD!

DILWORTH WESTERN YOKAI

Japanese Yokai ~Preview

Benjamin R. Dilworth Paperback,  A4 Black and white 32 Pages
Price: £5.00 (excl. VAT)Prints in 3-5 business days
The follow-up to Dilworth's Western Yokai is here!
Text accompanied by some superb illustrations by Ben Dilworth of supernatural beings interwoven in Japanese culture such as "Kappa" the Water Monster; "Azuki Arai"; "Kuchi Saki Onna" (the Big Mouth Woman) and others.
Into ghost stories or ghost comics then this will suit you to a terror!







And Now For Some Pure Golden Age!


And if there is one thing "Herr Professor" loves it is discovering and presenting long lost UK Golden Age (1939-1951) comic strips and characters from publishers such as Gerald Swan, Foldes, Denis M. Reader, Cartoon Art Productions and others.

Scanned and restored as best as can be considering the poor print quality of the rationing years -especially red, orange, yellow, blue and purple ink printing!

Ace Hart The Atomic Man!  The Tornado!  TNT Tom!  Dene Vernon!  Acromaid!  Cat-Girl! Bring 'Em Back Hank! Robert Lovett:Back From The Dead and so many other action heroes and humour strip characters -William A. Ward, Jock McCaill and a host of known and unknown creators contribute -either in single volume " 


Black Tower Gold" albums or all six collected into the 400+ pager -The Ultimate British Golden Age Collection!


The Ultimate British Comics Gold CollectionBlack Tower British Gold Collection 1Black Tower British Gold Collection 2Black Tower British Gold Collection 3UK GOLD COLLECTION 4Black Tower Gold 5:Back From The Deadblack tower gold 6

The Ultimate British Comics Gold Collection


 
 
Ed. Terry Hooper-Scharf
A4
405 pages
Black & White
Perfect bound paperback
Price: £25.00

Combining volumes 1-6 (still available as individual issues but that works out far more expensive) of the BT Golden Age British Comics Collections (minus adverts) this is the ultimate for any Golden Age collector or historian or just plain comic lover.

Features....
Ace Hart
TNT Tom
Electrogirl 
Wonderman 
The Phantom Raider
Captain Comet 
Acro Maid
Phantom Maid
Dene Vernon
The Iron Boy
The Boy Fish
Professor Atom
The Tornado
Powerman
Wonder Boy
Slicksure
Masterman 
Dane Jerrus
Alfie
Tiny Tod
Maxwell The Mighty 
Back From The Dead
Zeno At The Earth's Core
Colonel Mastiff
Ally Sloper
Super Injun
Super Porker  (oo-er, no, Madam, ooh),
Tiger Man
King Of The Clouds
Captain Comet 
and MANY others!

Plus text features defining The Ages OF British Comics (Platignum, Gold, Silver), the artist William A. Ward and more.

If you knew nothing about British comics of the Platinum, Golden and Silver Ages then once you buy and read this book you'll be a goddam omic intellectual dinosaur! Yipes!

All in that beautiful Iron Warrior cover exclusively drawn for Black Tower by that meta-gargantuoso talented Ben R. Dilworth!

I sold my family to be able to get this book out! Help me buy them back by purchasing your very own 
whizz-o copy today!

The Deception Has Begun...Chung Ling Soo Is Here!

Chung Ling Soo: The Curse Of The Jade Dragon

              
Terry Hooper-Scharf (W)  Gavin Stuart Ross (A)                                                                                                                
A4
B&W
30 pages
£6.00

Prints in 3-5 business days

Chung Ling Soo.  World's greatest conjurer and said to be an American stage magician in disguise.  Or was he?

In this story,Chung Ling Soo is called in by Scotland Yard to investigate a gruesome series of deaths -all amongst a party who discovered a Jade Dragon statuette in China.

Is the statuette cursed -and can Chung stop any other deaths?

 The Case Of The Thames Serpent


A4
54 pages
B&W
£6.00
Prints in 3-5 business days

Victorian conjurer and man of mystery and deception, Chung Ling Soo has been marked for death by a Chinese Tong that never fails to get its man.  Will Chung be able to escape death long enough to solve bizarre murders in London'd dockland as well as sightings of a sea serpent in the Thames?

And who is the Dragon Lord and how do his murderous plans fit into things?


The second in the Chung Ling Soo Man Of Mystery series







That scene still gives me chills.  But Chung Ling Soo is dead.  He is dead -right?  But if he was in the cab with Wilberforce HOW could he be the driver and.....buy the book and find out!  :-P

Both books are available as single albums but ....

The Case Book Of Chung Ling Soo


Writer: Terry Hooper-Scharf
Artist: Gavin Stuart Ross
Paperback
A4
84 Pages
Black & white
Price: £8.00 
Ships in 3–5 business days


To many he was simply a stage magician. Others knew the truth –such as Scotland Yard and the very secret Q Bureau.


From a seemingly cursed jade statue bringing gruesome and violent death to those who found it years before to a plot by a Chinese supremacist group hoping to strike and bring terror and destruction to the heart of the British Empire and seemingly unstoppable Tong assassins and an evil warlord willing to betray and murder even his own allies–this is Chung Ling Soo's world.


Sergeant Wilberforce of Scotland Yard was the closest thing to a friend the Magician had yet even he was perpetually stumped by him...and his deaths!

Collecting together Chung Ling Soo And The Curse Of The Jade Dragon And Chung Ling Soo The Case Of The Thames Serpent By Terry Hooper-Scarf and Gavin Stuart Ross in which the deception begins but just what is deception and what truth?




Dene Vernon From The Burning Heart To The Thing From Below

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DENE VERNON -THE THING FROM BELOW!

A4
B&W
54 pages
£8.00
But, in 2011, Vernon featured in his first adventure since 1946.  Who is Dene Vernon?



If any of you out there has purchased Black Tower Golden Age Collection vol.1 you would have found the strip Dene Vernon -The Burning Heart”.  But who is Dene Vernon and why is he important to British comics history?

Firstly,his proper credit was “Dene Vernon. Ghost Investigator”.  In the 1930s and 1940s the work of ghost investigators such as Harry Price [despite what people write about his work at Borley Rectory] and the great Elliott O’Donnell could be found reported on in national newspapers as well as on radio.  

If they could inspire me as a teen to get involved in this type of work imagine the effect on everyday folk in the pre-TV era and before all the faking of Most Haunted and Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures as well as others.
Comic Book Cover For Funnies Album 1949 Part 2
But Amalgamated Press and D.C. Thomson were too “clean” to touch this type of subject unless it was a “real hoot” in a humour strip.

Gerald Swan changed all that.  His comics introduced a whole group of paranormal/occult types fromKrakos The Egyptian to Robert Lovett:Back From The Dead [all subjects of Black Tower collections].    Vernon’s appearance in Thrill Comics No.1,April,1940,marked the very first truly supernatural strip series in British Comics.
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Tall,lean with a high forehead and thinning hair,Vernon bore a resemblance to the young Harry Price in a way.  However,his cases seem to have been pure O’Donnell and in case you are asking who O’Donnell is I give you Wikipedia's somewhat weak entry on the man:

Elliott O’Donnell (February 27, 1872 – May 8, 1965) was an Irish author known primarily for his books about ghosts. He claimed to have seen a ghost, described as an elemental figured covered with spots, when he was five years old. He also claimed to have been strangled by a mysterious phantom in Dublin.

He claimed descent from Irish chieftains of ancient times, including Niall of the Nine Hostages (the King Arthur of Irish folklore) and Red Hugh, who fought the English in the sixteenth century. O’Donnell was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, England, and Queen’s Service Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
In later life he became a ghost hunter, but first he traveled in America, working on a range in Oregon and becoming a policeman during the Chicago Railway Strike of 1894. Returning to England, he worked as a schoolmaster and trained for the theater. He served in the British army in World War I, and later acted on stage and in movies.

His first book, written in his spare time, was a psychic thriller titled For Satan’s Sake (1904). From this point onward, he became a writer. He wrote several popular novels but specialized in what were claimed as true stories of ghosts and hauntings. These were immensely popular, but his flamboyant style and amazing stories suggest that he embroidered fact with a romantic flair for fiction.

As he became known as an authority on the supernatural, he was called upon as a ghost hunter. He also lectured and broadcast (radio and television) on the paranormal in Britain and the United States. In addition to his more than 50 books, he wrote scores of articles and stories for national newspapers and magazines. He claimed “I have investigated, sometimes alone, and sometimes with other people and the press, many cases of reputed hauntings. I believe in ghosts but am not a spiritualist.”

Remember that bit about being strangled by a ghost [not unique in the lore itself]. This is what Denis Gifford wrote about Vernon’s first adventure:

“..Vernon spends the night in a haunted bedroom where a weary wanderer was found on the floor. ‘A gasp of horror came as they gazed on the terror-distorted features of the dead traveller!’  Vernon saves Dick from being throttled by a grinning black monster,chained by its neck since 1785.  But he had to burn the house down to do it.”


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You know, I am quite sure that there is a similar O’Donnell story -though he never burns places down!

The creator of the strip was Jock McCail who also drew oriental detective Ah Wong for Swan’s New Funnies [1940-1949], Darrell King Of The Secret Service in Thrill Comics [1940-48],New Funnies [1949] and Slick Fun [1950].  McCail also drew Get-Your-Man-Gilligan, a Western strip for the Amalgamated Press title Jolly between 1938-39.

Dene Vernon ran as a strip between 1940-1946 so must have been popular -as many of the Swan horror strips were.
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It would be nice to put together a complete Dene Vernon book at some point but these old British comics are very rare to get hold of either as printed items or scans!



Everyone Is Jumping On MY Bandwagon....phew!


I am so glad that other people are now beginning to realise and talk about things in comics that I was getting blasted for over the last ten years!

I posted videos showing how people -comic fans- are now realising what is going on.  How they are being treated as piggy banks for Marvel and DC, being fed one worthless "major cross over event" after another and when the poor writing, poor art and non-existent editing and publishing 'strategy' does not work -the readers are to blame.

This is from the Wikipedia entry on DC Comics:

"DC's extended storylines in which Superman was killedBatman was crippled and superhero Green Lantern turned into the supervillain Parallax resulted in dramatically increased sales, but the increases were as temporary as the hero's replacements. Sales dropped off as the industry went into a major slump, while manufactured "collectibles" numbering in the millions replaced quality with quantity until fans and speculators alike deserted the medium in droves."

Yes, DC never really learnt the lesson but Marvel saw what was going on, or had gone on, and did it anyway. But it was the readers' fault!  Now they made Captain America a Hydra agent and want to use what is going on in American society today as story lines.  Secret Empire 0 came out and here is where you see what I was talking about in my post about the Indiana Jones movie delay.

I just want to point out that Disney/Marvel is just rechurning another old and classic storyline from the 1970s when Captain America (the real one) brought down the Secret Empire.

I stated that: "Disney really do not know or care about the “product” or the investment in a character that fans give.  They only understand money.  So go with the most likely to make big money first and three Star Wars films will do that. After all, interest in them might wane so get them out and money in now.

I think that if Disney could get one Star Wars film out each month they would. It would kill the franchise eventually but they’ll do what they have done with all their other properties –store them in a cupboard and bring them out for special events…."

Disney strategy plan: three out and grab the money as fast as possible. Feck the fans.

So what is Disney/Marvel doing in May? Releasing issues 1, 2 and 3 of Secret Empire in one fell swoop.  Now, can you see it?  "I got #1....oh...#2!  And...uh...#3....jeez this is a lot of money...." And Marvel wants comic store staff to dress up for the event as....Hydra agents. Come on. When the sales following #1 drop....you goddamn fans have let everyone down again you mysogynistic, racist scum!

There is another thing. Fans are finally catching on to the fact that the internet comics media is simply promoting Marvel or DC and in some cases (quite a few actually) outrightly lying to fans or feeding them...nothing...in the hopes it will get them to buy certain books.

Many years ago I had the opportunity to do this with CBO. I even had some nice "benefits" highlighted and all I had to do was publish press releases or the snippets sent to me in my own words "You can quote a 'source' at the company if you like" -the point being that this makes it seem that I have insider info that fans would otherwise never hear about -it was the "hook".  I pointed out that as far as I was concerned, lying to your readers is deceptive and dishonest and if it were ever suggested to me again I would publish the email online. Never heard from them again though I did hear back from someone what they thought of me!

Others take the Devil's Deal.  It makes them seem to be the person or website to go to.  They don't care about lying or deception because it gets them the vital views they need. Bleeding Cool -avoid it. Having done some background research myself I agree it is a "tabloid".  But others take it one step further.  

WARNING there are a lot of obscenities in this video.
I do love the quote in that second video "I am a reporter not a journalist"....HAH!!!  A reporter IS a journalist! But that says a lot.  Leave out the swearing and I think you have good videos but to each their own.

Just check out You Tube over the last month. One after another vlogger or group vlog stating the same thing but with less colourful words.  The alternative? Can there be an alternative to internet 'news'?  Well, the Australians a while back were getting back into printed fanzines -and why not because the 'hot' news you are getting off the mouthpieces is not news at all.   Fans discussing comics away from the trolls or SJW (same thing) infested internet is much more fun. Articles and features, letters of comment (loc) are far more enjoyable to read when you know the next comment is not going to be "You don't like that character because you are a woman hating white supremacist!".  Captain Cummings has plenty to say about SJWs, too.

The print version of Comic Bits had to be cancelled for reasons that most regulars will know about.  But why not?  Why not get back to fanzines unless the only reason you visit the fake news sites is because it is free? After all, sales of printed books are now shooting ahead of digital books so why should printed fanzines not return?

My own opinion is that the fans who are true fans tend to avoid the news sites. They wait for the comic and read it and then decide what they think.  They have an opinion but I think we all know what happens if you politely give your opinion online...

I don't want to make this post too long. But it is nice to see others catching on.  Now we just need real fans to start up the fan press again!

Hamelin Associazione Culturale Newsletter - 28 aprile 2017

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28 APRILE 2017

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HAMELIN 43 - "VISIONE LATERALE. RIFLESSIONI SULLO SGUARDO"

Il nuovo numero di Hamelin torna a parlare di immagini e ancor più del modo in cui le guardiamo, o non guardiamo.

L'indice degli articoli:

- Rendere analfabeti: la genesi del Codex Seraphinianus - Incontro con Luigi Serafini (di Ilaria Tontardini ed Emilio Varrà)

- Omaggio a John Berger. Rilettura di Questione di Sguardi (di Mara D’Arcangelo)

- Lo sguardo cieco (di Rossano Baronciani)

- In contra si van con gran risguardo. Conversazione con Andrea Pinotti e Antonio Somaini (di Katia Mazzucco)

- L’importanza di avere un carattere. L’aspetto della scrittura (di Roberta Contarini)

- Sguardo in camera. Intervista a David Wiesner (di Ilaria Tontardini)

- Spezzare cerchi. Incontro con Beppe Giacobbe (di Damiano Pergolis)

- Dire, fare, guardare. Incontro con Teresa Sdralevich (di Damiano Pergolis ed Emilio Varrà)

Chiudono il numero le segnalazione delle proposte che ci sono sembrate più interessanti in uscita per Bologna Chidren’s Book Fair 2017.

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OBLÒ 1 - GILLES BACHELET

Oblò è una nuova collana di monografie dedicate agli illustratori e alle loro narrazioni per immagini, in cui si intrecciano la voce - quella reale e quella per disegni - dell’autore e contributi critici per orientarsi all’interno della produzione di quest’ultimo. Ogni uscita esplorerà forme e storie, e ripercorrerà la carriera di un disegnatore, giovane o affermato, approfondendone la poetica, lo stile, il metodo e il dietro le quinte del lavoro artistico, le motivazioni più intime del fare illustrazione.

Ci piace avviare la collana con un maestro francese dell’illustrazione e del riso, Gilles Bachelet, che attraverso la sua personalissima geografia di storie, personaggi e riferimenti ci offre un impagabile viatico per immergerci nell’universo delle figure. 

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IMPARIAMO A LEGGERE - PERCORSI DI AGGIORNAMENTO

Impariamo a leggere (romanzi, albi, fumetti, film…) dandoci il tempo di analizzare linguaggi, poetiche e meccanismi, alla ricerca di storie belle e perturbanti, in cui forma e contenuto si corrispondano con forza. Per far questo occorre mettere mano alla nostra cassetta degli attrezzi, da aggiornare e lucidare a dovere. Lo faremo in uno spazio di lavoro prolungato, che superi le classiche tre ore dei corsi di formazione e lasci il tempo alla convivialità, al costruire insieme, al laboratorio, a riflessioni libere e poco strutturate, anche ludiche, nei momenti serali.

Durante i prossimi mesi si alterneranno due tipologie di percorsi:

• Le Rotte: tre residenze lunghe, dal sabato mattina alla domenica a pranzo, per chi – arrivando già con basi solide – è interessato all’approfondimento dei diversi linguaggi.
- Giugno 2017 – Marzabotto (BO) – A partire da un Maestro
- Settembre 2017 – Bologna – Geografie delle poetiche I
- Febbraio 2018 – Bologna – Geografie delle poetiche II

• Le Bussole: tre corsi introduttivi rivolti invece a chi sente la necessità di iniziare un percorso e pensa di avere bisogno delle basi.

- Ottobre 2017 – Graphic Novel
- Ottobre 2017 – Romanzo di formazione
- Gennaio 2108 – Albo illustrato

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