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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Up-date

Hi.
Don't think Terry has internet now. Just about housed but he checks his email once a week.
Frank

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Publishing/Comic Work

Looking for work within comics or related media "vastly over qualified creative" -Editor, artist, scripter (TV/Radio/Comics and graphic novels), author.

Paying work only

Contact for Cv hoopercomicsuk@yahoo.com

Friday, 2 December 2016

Its Probably now going to be 250, 000 Plus 1

If you read the posts here you'll know what I mean.

Crunch time.

BEWARE SPOILERS!!!!!! Citizen Steel, Vixen & Heat Wave Try To Capture A Dominator | Legends of...

In case you have not seen this yet I suggest you go look at the pretty green sky.

Not the INVASION I remember from the comics!!

In My Continuing Quest.....

...to find work in publishing because I need to eat and pay bills, I sent my Cv to a couple of UK publishers.  One told me that I had more qualifications in my background than him...and he ran the company.  The other person to respond told me I was "too well qualified to be looking for anything other than senior management positions" in publishing.

Both asked whether I had tried the United States?

I really just cannot win.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 2x07 Sneak Peek #2 "Invasion!" (HD) Season 2 Ep...

More than 250,000 are homeless in England

Homeless person
I try to veer away from politics on this blog but with organisations such as the BBC not telling too much truth in its TV news (this subject was covered in about 15 seconds while negative UK Government news was spun out as "great" for over ten minutes).

There is an article here at the BBC news site and if anyone in the UK can help local homeless charities please do and remember there are hundreds not included in this homeless figure because they live in woodland and forests, along canal banks and for various reason do not want charities bothering them -a bigger fear is attack from yobs so a low profile helps.

With temperatures at -2 to -8 c PLEASE if you can help do!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38157410

SOME NOTES ON THE OFTEN ODD WORLD OF INDIAN COMICS!

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This post has gathered items from my old IndoPakBang Comics site which was going in 2007.  For that reason a lot re prices could be out of date but it gives a basic guide to the newbie!
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 In 2014 Indian comics greatest creator, Pran, passed away.  Here is what I posted at the time.


Cartoonist Pran, creator of Chacha Chaudhary, dies at 75

IndiaToday.in  New Delhi
Cartoonist Pran
Pran was included in People of the year 1995 by Limca Book of Records for popularizing comics in India. (Photo: www.animationxpress.com)
Pran Kumar Sharma, creator of iconic comic book characters like Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu, is dead. He was 75, his family said Wednesday.


Better known as Pran, he was suffering from colon cancer and died at 9.30 p.m. Tuesday, his daughter-in-law Jyoti Pran said.


"His condition was extremely critical in the last 15-20 days and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Gurgaon," she said.


His cremation will take place in Punjabi Bagh at 2.30 p.m.

He is survived by his wife Asha, son Nikhil Pran and daughter Shaily Pran.

Pran is also the creator of other characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, and Chachi.

Born in Kasur near Lahore, he began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for a Delhi-based newspaper. He had created the character of Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine "Lotpot".

He had also received a Lifetime Achievement Award 2001 from Indian Institute of Cartoonists and he was included in list of "People of the year 1995" by Limca Book of Records for popularising comics in India.

And FirstPost.com:

Cartoonist Pran, the creator of the iconic Indian comic book character Chacha Chaudhary, died today in New Delhi. He was 75 years old.

Pran Kumar Sharma, according the website www.chachachaudhary.com, was the first Indian artist-writer to come up with comic books whose protagonists were characters rooted deep in Indian rural and middle class ethos. His most popular creation was of course Chacha Chaudhary, a short, frail-looking man in a huge red pagdi, who fought everyone from thugs to pretty crooks with elan. He had for company a giant man called Saboo, apparently from Jupiter.

Chacha Chaudhary, created in 1971, was a landmark work given how it fused sci-fi, filmy action and Indian middle class oddities, to offer a wholesome entertainer for people across ages.

Pran was born in Kasur near Lahore, in undivided India. He completed his bachelors degree in political science from Gwalior. He then went on to study art in the JJ School of Art in Mumbai, but left the course midway.

He began working as a cartoonist in 1960 in Indian dailies.

Pran's body of work includes other comics like Billoo, Pinki, Raman, Shrimatiji. He later created a separate series of comics on Saboo, Chacha Chaudhary's assistant.

All his characters had one thing in common. They were superheroes in their own small ways - while Billoo was an insufferably naughty boy, he was extremely sharp and could wriggle out of any soup he was in. Pinki, another of Pran's character, was again a small girl, who was extremely brave and ready to take up challenges. Chaudhary, famously, was said to have a brain 'which worked faster than a computer'.
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Pran's superheroes were complete antithetical to the construct of the superhero popularised by say a Marvel Comics in the West. Most of Pran's characters did not possess any super-powers - they were average humans who used their brains well. Chaudhary's superheroes, essentially, were ideal human beings and looked and sounded like any of us. No wonder then, they were household names and were loved by generations of comic book lovers in India.

Later, several of Pran's works were animated, turned into cartoon films etc. However, his works still draw sustenance from the comic book format and is hugely popular among the middle classes.

The Chacha Chaudhary website says about Pran, "He travelled widely over the globe including countries like America, England, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, China, S.Korea etc he delivered speeches to the gatherings of cartoonists on the subject wherever he went."

Pran, the website quotes, had said, "If I could put a smile on the face of people, I would consider my life successful."

Chances are he will continue being a success, long after he is gone.
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Above: Fleetway legends are still stars in Tamil Ccomics -The Spider and the Steel Claw!
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There can be little doubt that to many outside India comics from the subcontinent can be very confusing.

There is The Phantom and Mandrake The Magician -Tamil language Muthu Comics published the adventures of both because,, obviously, no other publisher was translating either into Tamil. The Phantom will be dealt with elsewhere on this site but the publishing history is very complex.

Comic Sizes are weirder!
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Most from Muthu are smaller than A5 at 12 x 18 cms -some even sized 10x13 cms- the latter have something like 242 pages while the former 74-122 pages.

Unusually, the adventures of the Steel Claw, Spider, Barracuda and Mandrake at these sizes does not affect the artwork. They are little gems.

Even at the larger 12x18 cms size, and in landscape format to boot, Blueberry still looks good. How could it not look good!
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Gotham Comics are full colour and publish DC and Marvel material and are A5/Digest sized. Excellent quality with it. Gotham, of course, created the 4 part Marvel limited series Spider-Man India.
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Indrajal Comics are roughly US comic book size and full colour.

Raj Comics are full colour and just a wee bit shorter than A5/Digest.

Diamond Comics are similar in size to Raj Comics and colour throughout, though not as great in colour quality as Raj or Gotham. They used to look as though a basic PC colouring/Fill program was being used
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A major problem is that with some Muthu comics you can find pages uncut so that you have to do this yourself. Bulky sizes, some fast and loose stapling and crooked covers are drawbacks. Muthu relies on cheap printing and this can show from time-to-time but most fans do not care -they are happy to see the books.
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Amar Chitra Katha ("Immortal Captivating (or Picture) Stories") is one of India's largest selling comic book series, with more than 90 million copies sold in 20 Indian languages. Amar Chitra Katha are US sized and full colour and tend to concentrate on Indian myths and history.

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Virgin Comics lasted as long as I predicted they would -Branson did his usual get the money quick and run routine -as he did with Viz comic in the UK.
COVER PRICING

A rough guide to cover prices and Indian-US-UK-CANADIAN currency is as follows (I just up-dated that as a lot has changed since 2077!):

1 USD =  0.793234 GBP  =86.2259 INR =1.19027 EUR


Given this you can see that comics such as Raj at 10 INRs are very cheap to Western visitors who are into comics.....though few comic fans seem to holiday there or bring Indian comics back -or am I wrong?
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Violence

Death is part of every day life to Indians.  And children there encounter death more often than in the West...as the news shows us frequently. And we have to remember that Indian comics reflect the national situation. 

Fighting against evil Pakistani plots is not uncommon and before anyone complains -UK comics have done this as have comics from other countries and let's not get into the USA, its comics, "Commies", "Arab threats" etc.. It happens in all comics.
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Indian comics can be very violent. In one issue of Raj Comics excellent Doga, the character goes on a revenge spree making the Punisher look absolutely tame. Doga, taking revenge along the "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil" lines,  cuts away one persons lower eye-lid so his eyes cannot be closed; another has his ear chopped off and, most chillingly, we see a knife slicing through another’s tongue!  

There's also a decapitation of a villain by a Captain America style shield thrown by a hero. Come on, if Disney could get away with Captain America doing that....
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In Diamond's MAHABALI SHAKA & THE URANIUM THIEVES, the hero hands over a crook to police and they string up the prisoner by his feet while he is cut with a knife. In an issue of Dynamite, the character shoots someone in the face.
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However, having written that, there is nothing I would not let a child of 8 or 9 years see. It is, after all, comic art work.

I LOVE these comics!

Bangladeshi Comics

Every example of Bangladeshi comics I have so far seen are reprints of Diamond Comics such as Chacha Chaudhary but there are others such as Tin-Tin (example shown below is Tin-Tin And The Picaros).
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Gotham Comics…..Just In case you were wondering.....





Just in case you didn't know! Gotham comics are the people who produced the 4 issue limited series Spider-Man India for Marvel Comics. The company publishes full colour A5/Digest sized comics reprinting both Marvel and DC comics titles.
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A SMALL SELECTION OF INDRAJAL COMICS

I owe a major thank you to my friend Vineeth Abraham in New Delhi who has supplied me with so many Indian comics -including those on this page.

Without Vineeth's help this whole web site would not exist and the joys of Indian comics would not be open to us all!




The "Indian Saint"?

Bahadur was a kind of Indian Simon Templar who wandered around the country fighting bandit gangs, pirates and other menaces.  Though not pursued by Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal!

Bahadur and the...
........Oh,come on! Do you really need an explanation of what goes on in this issue??





Although seemingly pen drawn rather than by brush,the art is quite effective.

Bahadur dealt with bandits,dacoits,pirates and was a heart throb to all the girls.  Who needed Shaft,man?

"Shaft? John Shaft? Who's he?"

Secret Agent Phil Corrigan. A popular character in Indian comics also has a publishing history with Indrajal Comics as well as Muthu as Secret Agent X-9 -and why not!
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Anyone never hear of PHILIP CORRIGAN? Certainly he's popular with Muthu Comic fans.

 
MAIKOO MUCHANDAR!


Well, if Diamond Comics can have a short, turban-wearing magician -who shall remain nameless on this page - why couldn't Indrajal?

Anyone with a knowledge of comics history will know turbanned magicians-cum-crime fighters have been popular for decades...and continues today with Black Tower's duo, Kotar and Sabuta!

CHIMPOO by SHEHAB
 

"Chimpoo" could be a boy,or he could be a man. In fact he could be--no,lets not go there!

I know as much about Shehab as I do about other Indian creators -zero! I'm hoping to change that however!

HENRY
 

When I first saw this it reminded me of something early King Features Syndicate but just could not place it.

Then I looked at the side of panel [c] which read:"King Features Syndicate"!

Y'know, it doesn't take a lot to tell you how old you are getting....or to wear your spectacles!!

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And there you go. Reading this and looking at Indian/Bangladeshi comics (I've seen no examples of a comic from Pakistan) I realise why I love comics!



BilBolBul 1 DICEMBRE 2016


BILBOLBUL. FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI FUMETTO - GRAZIE DI TUTTO, A TUTTI!

Con la sua decima edizione, appena terminata, BilBOlbul ha riconfermato Bologna come centro nevralgico di quella scena fumettistica nazionale ed europeache fa della ricerca  e della sperimentazione artistica il proprio principale obiettivo. Possiamo davvero ritenerci soddisfatti del risultato, confortati dalla quantità di pubblico – aumentato di almeno un terzo rispetto alle edizione precedenti -, dalla riconoscenza e dai ringraziamenti da parte degli autori, dall’attenzione della stampa e dei media, dall’interesse e soddisfazione di partners ed editori.

La presenza di Chris Ware, eccezionale per la levatura artistica e la rarità di poterne vedere l’opera in Europa, non ha affatto adombrato gli altri ospiti, anzi è stata la punta di diamante di una programmazione che è riuscita a promuovere il lavoro di altri grandi maestri - da Marco Corona a David Wiesner, da Gipi ad Anna Brandoli e Renato Queirolo -; a mostrare per la prima volta autori internazionali ancora sconosciuti in Italia (Gabriel Delmas, Matthias Lehmann, Audrey Spiry); a confermare l’opera di autori con Tuono Pettinato, Yocci, Nicola Mari, Laurent Moreau; a offrire occasioni inedite di ibridazione tra linguaggi con il video (Lelemarcojanni), il teatro (Teatro Rebis e Maicol e Mirco), la musica e la danza (Sorge e Marino Neri, Sequoyah Tiger e Sonia Brunelli);  a far conoscere l’opera di alcune autoproduzioniprovenienti dalla Francia e dalla Spagna (Editiones Valientes, Jorge Parras, La Camaraderie, Arbitraire, Los Bravù, Central Vapoeur); a dare la giusta visibilità a esordi preziosi come quelli di Elena Guidolin e Federico Manzone; a promuovere i giovani artisti attraverso il Premio Farben promosso da Arci, il concorso di Coop For Word, la retrospettiva del decennale di Flashfumetto, la mostra di alcuni studenti del corso di Fumetto e Illustrazione dell’Accademia di Belle Arti.

L’attenzione, la curiosità e la concentrazione del pubblico è stata davvero una costante durante gli incontri e nelle mostre, segno che il festival è riuscito negli anni a far comprendere e a condividere gli obiettivi per cui è nato: l’analisi e l’approfondimento del valore artistico e culturale degli autori ospiti e del linguaggio su cui sperimentano, la messa in evidenza dell’eccezionalità di una città come Bologna che ha risposto con l’offerta di più di venti mostre nel circuito off; il lavoro di promozione culturale che ha nelle offerte per bambini e ragazzi un nodo centrale.

Tutto ciò è stato reso possibile da una vera e propria costellazione di collaborazioni e contributi a partire da quelli istituzionali e privati che ci hanno accompagnato per tutti questi dieci anni: Comune di BolognaRegione Emilia-RomagnaFondazione del MonteFondazione Cassa di Risparmio di BolognaGruppo Hera; e coloro che più recentemente hanno condiviso il progetto: Unicredit e Fabriano

Ma altrettanto significativi sono stati gli oltre 50 partner(a partire dall’Università di Bologna e l’Accademia di Belle Arti) che hanno dato vita al programma, la disponibilità di autori ed editori, il lavoro inestimabile di oltre ottanta volontari che ci hanno aiutato nelle settimane prima e durante la manifestazione. Tutti, diversi nei ruoli e nei pesi, ben consapevoli degli obiettivi da raggiungere, del loro significato culturale, della cura necessaria a realizzarli. Per questo la riconoscenza da parte di tutto noi non sarà mai abbastanza.

BilBOlbul termina, ma senza finire del tutto: moltissime sono infatti le mostre che rimarranno visitabili ben oltre il termine del 27 novembre. Il palazzo della memoria di Chris Ware (Fondazione del Monte, via delle Donzelle, 2) prosegue fino al 7 gennaio 2017. 

Si ha tempo fino al 18 dicembre per immergersi nei mondi di Marco Corona, in mostra con il suo Il canguro pugilatore presso la Pinacoteca Nazionale (via Belle Arti, 56), e fino al 27 gennaio per E se fosse tutto normale? di David Wiesner (Cinnoteca di Bologna, via Riva di Reno, 72). Per i bambini si segnala anche Il re della torta di carote e altre storie di Yocci, fino al 15 gennaio prossimo presso CORRAINIMAMbo ARTBOOKSHOP (via Don Minzoni, 14).

E ancora fino al 20 dicembre L’arcobaleno e il nero di Renato Queirolo e Anna Brandoli, due outsider del fumetto nazionale tra gli anni Settanta e Ottanta (Accademia delle Belle Arti, via Belle Arti, 54). Le oltre 200 tavole de La terra dei figli di Gipi rimarranno esposte presso Squadro Galleria Stamperia d’arte (via Nazario Sauro 27/b) fino al 10 dicembre, così comeCar’odiario di Tuono Pettinato presso Adiacenze (vicolo Spirito Santo 1/b). Da non perdere Le città hanno gli occhi, del collettivo Lele Marcojanni, installazione incentrata sul rapporto tra la città di Bologna e il fumetto,fino al 16 dicembre allo Spazio Labò (Strada Maggiore 29).

Fino al 18 dicembre in mostra anche gli incubi di Gabriel Delmas in Xuwwuu (Spazio &, via Guerrazzi, 1) e In silenzio di Audrey Spiry (Zoo, Strada Maggiore, 50/a). Passando agli esordienti, fino al 4 dicembresaranno esposti i disegni de L’ultimo paese di Federico Manzone (L’altro spazio, via Nazario Sauro, 24/f) e de I segni addosso. Storie di ordinaria tortura di Elena Guidolin (RAM Hotel, via San Valentino 1/f); la mostraPrime Visioni con i lavori degli allievi della Scuola di Fumetto di Bologna sarà visibile presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti fino al 20 dicembre; mentre fino al 22 dicembre i lavori dei vincitori del Premio Farben 2016 Disegnare la paura (Circolo Arci Ritmolento, via San Carlo 12/a).

Resteranno invece le pubblicazioni: il volume che accompagna la mostra di Chris Ware, edito da Coconino Press Fandango, e che segna l’apparizione del primo strumento critico per comprendere l’opera del grande artista americano; il saggio I graphic novel da leggere a vent’anni, curato da Hamelin e pubblicato dalle Edizioni dell’Asino per tracciare attraverso oltre cento titoli la mappa del graphic novel contemporaneo; il numero 42 della rivista "Hamelin. Storie, figure, pedagogia" che ripercorre, attraverso la lente di dieci edizioni del festival, le trasformazioni e i cambiamenti del fumetto. E il progetto per bambini Ritorno sulla terrarealizzato dal collettivo Blanca per Gruppo Hera.

BilBOlbul. Festival Internazionale di fumetto - X edizione | Bologna, 24 - 27 novembre 2016 a cura di Hamelin Associazione Culturale


Con il sostegno di Comune di Bologna, Regione Emilia-Romagna - Assessorato alla cultura, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna - Scuola di lettere e beni culturali, Accademia di Bell Arti di Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

Main Partner UniCredit Spa

Founder Partner Gruppo Hera


Partner: Coop Alleanza 3.0, Arci Bologna, Albergo Al Cappello Rosso, WE_Bologna, Fabriano, CUBO Centro Unipol Bologna

Festival partner: ARF! Festival di storie, segni e disegni, Cheap on Board, Bologna Jazz Festival, La Violenza illustrata, Live Arts Week, Treviso Comic Book Festival, Viva i fumetti.


BilBOlbul fa parte della Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna.
BilBOlbul è una tappa di TRANSBOOK- Children’s literature on the move, un progetto Europa Creativa 2014/2020 coordinato da Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (Francia) in partenariato con Europäische Kinder- und Jugendbuchmesse Saarbrücken (Germania), Tantàgora (Spagna), Arts Basics for Children (Belgio), Nobrow Ltd (UK), Literárne informačné centrum (Slovacchia), Hamelin Associazione Culturale (Italia).

Per informazioni sulle mostre e sulle pubblicazioni:www.bilbolbul.net.

Hmm. The Joker Is Crafty. He Sneaked Right In!

Here's a puzzle. Out of all of the lengthy post content going on to CBO so which post do you think has reached No. 1 position in the vews list -in fact, has received some record high hits for the last two days?

Ah, Joker, Joker, Joker yep. A photo of Jared Leto as The Joker from Empire Magazine that I posted in October 2015.

Why?  Am I missing something -cosplayers needing a reference?

Oh you people!