Friday, 22 March 2019

Roman Legionnaire Quickpaint Guide

Wie werde ich ein guter Cosplayer? - Nerdzig auf der Manga Comic Con 2019

A Few Words

Posted on the Black Tower Face Book page today:

"Why don't you get some of your comic buddies to mention your books on their blogs?"
I apologise if my mind has totally forgotten you but as far as I am aware I do not have any "comic buddies"....not in the UK. The people I know in comics in Europe or the US i do mention and share posts from.
Even people who are comic fans I share their posts. As I see it the problem is that you cannot make someone mention you. I would NEVER guilt trip people into doing anything. Also...I think 95% of those people don't even read my FB posts let alone CBO posts -"social media" is about self not your "friends".
CBO has had around 7 million views and some Black Tower posts are seen or checked out hundreds of times and some times thousands of times. That is a world wide audience -apart from Antarctica and the Arctic views come from everywhere. The POD (Print On Demand) store does not operate simply out of the UK -there are printers for most countries and so the postal costs are local to you. You are NOT buying from the UK and having to pay huge postal charges (I keep pointing this out).
The problem is that if you have had over 7 million views of your blog and about 5 million on the now going Google Plus -and there are many many more views that could be added to these but you get the point. 12 million views of CBO and from that -no questions, VERY rare comments and no sales.
I sold far, far more small press zines with only occasional mentions and word of mouth in the old days than I am selling top quality books in the internet age. Of course, the UK has a 'vibrant and very strong comic industry'!
Selling books is essential since that means I then have the money to go to events (small ones) in Europe Belgium, Netherlands and Germany (let's not mention Brexit here).
I see pretty poor art and books selling well (or so we are told) but I am not here to criticise others or their skills or publications. My books tend to be far cheaper, though! So all I can ask is that if any of you have blogs PLEASE mention BTC&Bs and pass the word around.
For 2019, even though it is only March, there is no possibility of getting out to events (unless local and, believe it or not, I don't even get invited to them) is zero. 2020 -if I am still here- is what I need to plan for so.....
You never know.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Listen very carefully -I shall only say this once!

I fell asleep at 0430 hours and woke at 0625 hours and realised that Theresa May really is the Prime Minister this country needs.  Like Robert the Bruce and that bloody spider it seems the Brexit Plan rejected twice is going for a third vote.  I then checked all the other news and decided that escaping into a world of comics and figure painting was  best.

Comic drawing has been non-existent, however. This is the position my hand/fingers are currently in.

Yes, my stiff little chubby sausages are stuck like that so I have been trying to see whether I can get them to hold pens and pencils again by painting miniature figures.  Imagine someone stamping on your hand continuously after you've drawn a panel on a page -you'll be getting there. My increasing difficulty in walking means I am perfectly suited to sitting on my arse drawing though.

Hopefully this answers two questions; why haven't I produced any new art and why do  I keep pushing Black Tower books (I am the publisher for one thing) it is my only income -and having sold one book in February it's nothing to survive on.

So you now know a little more.  That and $200,000,000 will make you rich!!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Invasion Earth Trilogy I-The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super Heroes

I -The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super Heroes

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331 Pages
Price: Reduced to £20.00 (excl. VAT) That's 331 pages for £20!!!Prints in 3-5 business days

It begins slowly.  It always does. It's a deception that everything in the world is as it should be and that never changes.

Earth’s heroes and crime-fighters are 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 psychics around the world have been sensing something.  A "something" that sends feelings of sheer terror through their psyches.

There is a huge alien Mother-ship near the Moon. Undetected by deep-space radar and other instruments, only a few on Earth have sensed it and they cannot penetrate the hull but only feel psychic screams and....worse.

And then it begins: strange orange spheres isolate and chase some of Earth’s heroes who then vanish into thin air –are they dead?  An attack by an old foe or foes -?

Black, impenetrable domes cover cities world-wide. 

Then it becomes clear to those within the domes what is going on: 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! 

No one suspects the driving force behind the events.  One single evil guiding events.  Events that could cause destruction and chaos throughout the multiverse.

Assaulted on all fronts can Earth’s defenders succeed or will they this truly the end? 

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Tom Elmes' TRUE STORIES - Offer

Black & White
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Another of Tom Elmes’ classic self published comics was TRUE STORIES.  However, it was never completed -until now!

Tom Elmes, legendary “King of the Zine Nasties” is back! One of the most under-rated British comic creators returns with True Stories –a continuation of his 1980s comic. If you wondered what happened -waiting is over! Over 50+ pages of new art and a 1990 interview with the man himself-the only one ever.

This 59 page book now only contains the sensational appearance of the Blue Cephalopod Man but an interview with Tom from 1990!

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