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Saturday, 25 March 2017

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Green Skies

Yesterday I managed to scan..30 pages of Green Skies art. I decided that lettering ~the only thing in a comic I do not do by hand~ each section or chapter, albeit in no particular order, was the best way to go.

60 pages already complete and once these new pages are lettered that will make 90 pages in total. Not rushing things because if volume 1 of the Invasion Earth Trilogy (Return of the Gods ~Twilight of the Super Heroes) and volume 2 (The Cross Earths Caper) are not selling I cant see there being lots of people screaming for volume 3!!

And I have to try to live by scraping by and comic work is not a priority since everyone seems to want their graphic novels drawn for free!!!

Impressionen, Rundgang, Buchmesse, Leipzig, 24.03.2017

Expelliarmus! - Nerdzig auf der MCC 2017 Tag 2

Friday, 24 March 2017

Guy Delisle - Geisel

Hamelin Newsletter 24 MARZO 2017


CONTENUTI

  • Le pubblicazioni di Hamelin per Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017
  • Hamelin 43 - Visione laterale. Riflessioni sullo sguardo
  • Oblò 1 - Gilles Bachelet
  • Le carte - romanzo di formazione

LE PUBBLICAZIONI DI HAMELIN PER BOLOGNA CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR 2017 

Come sempre in occasione di Bologna Children’s Book Fair (3/6 aprile 2017), Hamelin presenterà in Fiera (ma tutte le pubblicazioni saranno poi acquistabili presso la nostra sede in via Zamboni, sul sito internet e in tutte le librerie convenzionate) alcune entusiasmanti nuove uscite: 
il numero 43 della rivista dell'associazione, intitolato"Visione laterale. Riflessioni sullo sguardo", con copertina di David Wiesner;

il primo numero di Oblò, una nuova collana dimonografie dedicate agli illustratori e alle loro narrazioni per immagini, che approfondisce l'opera diGilles Bachelet;

Le carte del romanzo di formazione, un agile mazzo di carte che possa fungere da guida nell'analisi della letteratura per ragazzi (e non).

Per informazioni: www.hamelin.net

HAMELIN 43 - "VISIONE LATERALE. RIFLESSIONI SULLO SGUARDO"

Il nuovo numero di Hamelin torna a parlare di immaginie 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 conAndrea 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 di quest’anno.

Per informazioni e abbonamenti: www.hamelin.net

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.
Gilles Bachelet sarà inoltre uno dei protagonisti di Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017:

- presso CuBO Unipol (Piazza Vieira De Mello 3/5),martedì 4 aprile, alle ore 17.30, si terrà la lezione/evento con l'autore Di gatti, funghi, conigli ed elefanti:

- presso la galleria ABC Arte Bologna Cultura sarà possibile vedere Missioni Compiute (via Alessandrini 11, 6-22 aprile), mostra in cui saranno esposte per intero le tavole originali degli ultimi libri dell’autore, per immergersi nelle storie seguendo la vena ironica che attraversa tutta la sua produzione (inaugurazione: Mercoledì 5 aprile, ore 18.30); 

- presso la sede di Hamelin invece sarà possibile entrare “nella testa di Gilles Bachelet” e vedere il folle backstage del suo lavoro di creazione, Distrattegie  (Via Zamboni 15, 6 aprile - 5 maggio) vuole ricostruire il metodo con cui Bachelet guarda e rappresenta il mondo attraverso le sue catalogazioni, gli accumuli di oggetti, gli autoritratti, i riferimenti letterari e artistici che popolano il suo universo di storie e i tanti personaggi inventati dall’autore (inaugurazione: Mercoledì 5 aprile, ore 19.30). 

Per informazioni: www.hamelin.net

LE CARTE - ROMANZO DI FORMAZIONE

Sono naturalmente le Carte di Propp il riferimento primo di questo mazzo, che nasce come strumento giocoso di lavoro, come prima bussola per orientarsi nella lettura.

Abbiamo pensato che un metodo simile fosse adatto per lavorare sul romanzo di formazione, che in qualche modo è un’evoluzione dei riti di passaggio, pur essendone anche l’opposto: al centro c’è infatti il tempo, la durata necessaria alla trasformazione, gli incontri e i pensieri, che sostituiscono il magico varcare la soglia.

Alcune Carte sono vere e proprie domande, bivi che servono per alimentare la rifl essione, e per mettere in luce affi nità, divergenze, trasformazioni tra le diverse fasi storiche del bildungsroman classico.

Le 21 carte sono illustrate da Giulia Tudori, accompagnate da un comodo astuccetto e un breve testo di presentazione.

Le troverete presso lo stand di Hamelin (A3 - padiglione 25) in Fiera.

Per informazioni: www.hamelin.net

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Want to see How Marvel Comics Looked In Germany?

Pop over to Tales From The Kryptonian (link on the blogroll).

Memories!

This was at 1500 hrs UK Time update

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These Books Will NOT Be Available When I Am Dead You Know.

Another 576 views of the Black Tower Face Book page and 1000 views of the BTCG books post.

WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO BUY A FECKIN BOOK??

Give a fella a break.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Die besten deutschen Comics - Comic-Initative macht Dorf zum Ausflugsziel

2017 Clallam Bay Comicon - The Sixth Year


CLALLAM BAY - The Clallam Bay Comicon is being held for the sixth yearin Clallam Bay, on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula.

Dates are July 8 and 9, 2017.

Featured guest creative Diana Kennedy travels from France to share hercomic books, graphic novels and animation with visitors, fans andfellow comics creators.

For full show, travel and contact information, go to http://www.donnabarr.comEmail:  donnabarr01@gmail.com

Cycle of the Werewolf Interview- Bernie Wrightson and Original Comic Art!

Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, dies aged 86 (1930-2017)

Colin Dexter
The deaths just keep on coming and I tend not to mention all of them (2-3 a day at times) but I know Colin Dexter has a lot of fans.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39342698

BILBOLBUL Newsletter - 21 marzo 2017


21 MARZO 2017

BBB17 - FUMETTO A BOLOGNA CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR (3/9 APRILE)

Tante le novità nella formula del festival che vi annunceremo a breve, ma l’obiettivo è che BilBOlbul sia sempre di più un presidio costante e continuo sul fumetto, l’illustrazione e il racconto per immagini.

Un festival che si snoda e sviluppa nel corso di tutto l’anno, con appuntamenti che vi accompagneranno da qui a novembre.

In occasione di Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017 (3/6 aprile presso Bologna Fiere, con numerosi altri eventi che si svolgono nel centro città fino a domenica 9 aprile), vi presentiamo alcuni eventi strettamente legati al fumetto.

"LE MERAVIGLIE" - MOSTRA DI ISABELLE ARSENAULT E WORKSHOP

Per la prima volta in Italia, dal 5 aprile al 7 maggio 2017, il Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna ospita la mostra Le Meraviglie, personale di Isabelle Arsenault, che racconta l’universo raffinato e sospeso della talentuosa illustratrice canadese.

In mostra saranno esposte le tavole originali del primo romanzo grafico dell’artista, Jane, la volpe e io, insieme a quelle del suo ultimo lavoro Louis e i suoi fantasmi (in uscita per Mondadori), realizzati entrambi con la scrittrice canadese Fanny Britt. Uno spazio particolare verrà dato anche alle due biografie di artiste illustrate dall’autrice.

Inaugurazione: martedì 4 aprile - ore 19.30

Per informazioni: www.hamelin.net

Nei giorni della fiera Isabelle Arsenault sarà protagonista di diversi incontri e un workshop per giovani illustratori che si terrà domenica 2 aprile 2017. Ci sono ancora pochissimi posti disponibili.

Per informazioni: www.hamelin.net

#LAVIAZAMBONI - 7 APRILE

Alle 10 si disegna, alle 5 si prende il the. Lunga circa 1 km, via Zamboni, che parte dalle due Torri e arriva fino a Porta San Donato, attraversa tutta la zona universitaria. Da secoli è sede di tantissime istituzioni culturali e teatri di un'inesauribile vitalità. Una via con tanti abitanti, anche piccoli. A loro è dedicata questa edizione speciale de #LaViaZamboni, in occasione di Bologna Children's Book Fair.

La geografia della via si ridisegna a misura di bambino, mettendo in dialogo illustratori e istituzioni culturali e aprendo spazi per un pubblico di giovani lettori.
Gli incontri del mattino sono riservati alle classi.

Programma:

Ore 9.30 - Foyer Rossini del Teatro Comunale - Rigoletto raccontato ai piccoli (con immagini, parole e suoni)

Ore 10.00 - Palazzo Malvezzi de' Medici - Sai chi sono le muse ispiratrici? (visita guidata)

Ore 10.00 - Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna - Sono rimasto di gesso (visita guidata)

Ore 10.00 - Museo Ebraico di Bologna - Il portico d'Ottavia (laboratorio)

Ore 11.00 - Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna - Io sono una cerca-cose (Incontro con Beatrice Alemagna)

Ore 17.00 - Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna - Un fantastico bestiario (visita guidata)

Ore 17.30 - Hamelin Associazione Culturale - Un the con la signora Coniglio Bianco (merenda e laboratorio in mostra)

#LaViaZamboni è un progetto promosso da Comune di Bologna e Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna.

Per informazioni: dalla settimana prossima su Bologna Agenda Cultura.

EN TRÀNSIT (IN VIAGGIO) - MOSTRA DI PROGETTI DI ILLUSTRAZIONE DEGLI ISTITUTI D'ARTE DELLA CATALOGNA

In occasione del viaggio a Bologna di 150 allievi di tutte le scuole di illustrazione della Catalogna e delle Isole Baleari, è stato organizzato un concorso di taccuini di viaggio degli studenti, che diventerà una mostra itinerante per tutte le scuole di illustrazione.

Collaborano le scuole: Illa (Sabadell), Illes Balears, La Industrial (Barcellona), Leandre Cristòfol (Ileida), Llotja (Barcellona), Manresa, Massana (Barcellona), Olot, Pau Gargallo (Badalona), Sant Cugat, Serra i Abella (Hospitalet), Tarragona.

La mostra si tiene presso il Centro Studi Didattica delle Arti (Via Cartoleria, 9) del Liceo Artistico Arcangelidal 3 al 5 aprile.

Incontro: mercoledì 5 aprile - ore 19.00
Orari: ore 17.00 - 21.00

A cura di Escoles d'Illustraciò de Catalunya
In collaborazione con Liceo Artistico Arcangeli

Per informazioni: www.liceoarcangeli.gov.it

CANICOLA BAMBINI CON SOPHIA MARTINECK E MARTOZ

Hansel e Gretel - Mostra di Sophia Martineck
3 aprile - 5 maggio
Biblioteca MAMbo -  Museo d'arte moderna di Bologna

In mostra le tavole realizzate da Sophia Martineck per la sua interpretazione a fumetti del grande classico dei fratelli Grimm. Un racconto senza tempo filtrato da uno sguardo contemporaneo. L'illustratrice e fumettista tedesca rilegge la storia con lirismo e leggerezza.

Inaugurazione: domenica 2 aprile - ore 17.30
Incontro con l'autrice: domenica 2 aprile - ore 16.00, CorrainiMAMbo artbookshop
Laboratorio: martedì 4 aprile - ore 17.00

A cura di Canicola associazione culturale
In collaborazione con Goethe Institut-Rom e Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna

La mela mascherata - Mostra di Martoz
3-18 aprile
Adiacenze

Una mostra di Martoz con disegni originali, tavole a fumetti e maschere di cartapesta, attorno all'universo narrativo de La mela mascherata. Alla base del racconto ci sono leggende popolari, aneddoti e vite di strani personaggi.

Inaugurazione: martedì 4 aprile - ore 19.00
Incontro con l'autore: lunedì 3 aprile - ore 15.30, Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna - Aula Magna

A cura di Canicola associazione culturale
In collaborazione con Comune di Cotignola, Museo Civico Luigi Varoli e Adiacenze

Per informazioni: www.canicola.net

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Bernie Wrightson 1948 ~2017


Sad news from the Bernie Wrightson Face Book page.

From Liz:
Austin, TX - 3-18-2017
Legendary comic book artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson has lost his long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, stepson Thomas, and countless friends and fans. We will have a celebration of life for him later this year. His full obituary can be found here: www.berniewrightson.com
Thank you for the many years of love and support! <3


A fantastic illustrator and a personal  favourite.

Tempus fugit


Sucking Eggs - How to spray PVA

Black Tower Stores

  I know its like flogging a dead lamp post but I live in hope that someone MIGHT buy something.



The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super Heroes

TALES OF TERROR III



T-Shirts, Mugs, Caps, Comics and more -Black Tower Stores



All Black Tower comic albums (that is A4 format) are in black & white.  Once you've had black and white you won't go back to colour, baby.

BTCG has specialised in presenting original material covering super heroes, crime, adventure, sci fi, horror as well as illustrated prose -not to mention ground breaking books on "world mysteries" and wildlife.  Oh, and even a huge book of interviews with comic creators and publishers.

All the books are, naturally, available for overseas licence -but we cannot translate work: that will be up to any licensed publisher.

What follows is a brief glimpse at some books but you can visit the online store to see more details and books at:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/hoopercomicsuk

You  can also find some on Amazon and other sources but they do not make me much money so, come on, buy from the online store and remember that at least these books will be collectibles! 



To contact me please check out "About" at the top of the page -thanks! 






The Hooper Interviews

The Hooper Interviews!  

 To celebrate, at the time of publication, over 25 years of interviewing comic creators -writers, artists and publishers- this 365 pages book was produced.

Interviewees included Yishan Li, Marv Wolfman, Dave Ryan, John Cooper, Mike Western, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, Sonia Leong, Emma Vieceli, Pekka A. Manninen, Alan Class, Karen Rubins, Kate Glasheen, Ron Fortier, Jon Haward, Franco Francavilla, Rick Geary, Tania Del Rio, The Etherington Brothers, Olivier Cadic (Cinebook the 9th Art), Holly Golightly and MANY others.

Profusely illustrated with art and photographs!

Reduced in price until October to £16.80 -an odd price but it's what the printer and lulu.com earn -I get zilch!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/terry-hooper-scharf/the-hooper-interviews/paperback/product-22078000.html



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Black Tower Comics began in 1984 as a Small Press publisher of A5 (US -Digest size) titles such as Adventure,Presents,Windows and Hanley's Garage.  Then came the news, reviews, previews and interviews publication backed up by the mart and mail order service -Zine Zone (later Zine Zone International).

In 2009, with the innovation in publishing of Print On Demand (POD), Black Tower jumped in head first!

One of the first titles to see print in the new comic album format (A4) was The Bat Triumphant! This saw the complete story, begun in Black Tower Adventure vol. 1.  William A. Ward's long lost 1940s character once again saw print as he fought a host of  enemies in an attempt to reclaim his homeland.


THE BAT TRIUMPHANT!

And while The Bat may have fought fist and nail to reclaim his homeland, another 1940s Ward creation, Krakos the Egyptian, seemed far from willing to claim a new Egyptian Empire as promised to him by the Gods.  Tackling a number of foes and even encountering the Many-Eyed One, Krakos turned his back on the gods and the final panel of Krakos -Sands Of Terror, delivered a true twist!

Krakos -Sands Of Terror!


Of course, the flag-ship title had to return!  And so Black Tower Adventure -eventually reaching new heights when the legendary Ben Dilworth jumped on board!  Volume 2 consisted of  ten issues. Just look at these covers....

Black Tower Adventure 1Black Tower Adventure 2BLACK TOWER ADVENTURE 3Black Tower Adventure 4Black Tower Adventure 5Black Tower Adventure 6ADVENTURE 7Black Tower Adventure 8BLACK TOWER ADVENTURE 9Black Tower Adventure 10

And, with something like 40 years worth of files and investigation reports could all that much delving into UFOs, lake and sea creatures and many other mysteries not result in a book or two...or three? Some Things Strange & Sinister, Some More Things Strange & Sinister as well as Pursuing The Strange and Weird: A Naturalist's Viewpoint set a precedence.

Whereas for decades those involved in "UFOlogy", "Cryptozoology" and "Forteana" declared many mysteries, that photographs were lost "to history" and so on, these three books swiped away the false claims.  Alleged lost photographs -found.  'Mysteries' solved by doing actual research work and reading the sources -something others had never done.
Some Things Strange & SinisterSome More Things Strange & SinisterPursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

And, of course, mention natural history and Black Tower Books broke new ground with that in The Red Paper: Canids.


The Red Paper: CANIDS

But not all the prose books covered mysteries and wildlife.


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

Another great love is Centaur Comics from the United States.  Right at the very start of the American Golden Age of Comics Centaur had creators who were ahead of the others!  Before Plastic Man there was Plymo!  Before The Human Bomb there was TNT Todd! Before Green Arrow and waaaaaaay before Hawkeye there was the mysterious red hooded archer called The Arrow!  And, to just break your comic mind world there was even a Black Panther -decades before Kirby came up with his character of the same name.

The Eye Sees All.  The Owl. The Iron Skull.  Amazing Man. The King of Darkness.  The Invisible Terror. The Blue Lady. The Shark. Mini Midget & Kitty.  Mighty Man. Super Anne.  The company may have been short-lived but it's characters -oh boy!

The two volume Centaur Heroes Collection has been compiled into one sweet 140 page comic collection!
The Ultimate Centaur Collection 2011

Horror. Ghost stories.  The twist-in-the tale.  Did you think that a publisher who is a big horror comic/film fan would ignore these?

Nope.  Each year since 2010, BTCG has published a Tales Of Terror anthology album and 2014s included some fun and spooky lost Swan Comic strips.  I mean how can you go wrong -even Ben Dilworth is in these!

 Tower Tales Of TerrorTales Of Terror 2TALES OF TERROR IIITales Of Terror 4

The Church Of England has it's own basher of dark forces in the Reverend Merriwether -"God's Demon0-Thumper" as the press billed him.  From an ancient Egyptian demon to a village of the damned and Varney the Vampyre, werwolves and a final confrontation with Satan himself -Merriwether pulls no punches and offers no compromise.  And in those last few seconds between life and death, Merriwether's mind recalls past cases -thanks to Ben Dilworththe Tall Man of Osaka.

Merriwether: God's Demon Thumper and Merriwether: The Test Of Satan are available as individual comic albums or in one swanky book The Collected Merriwether: God's Demon Thumper.

 Merriwether:God's Demon-ThumperMerriwether:The Test Of SatanMerriwether: Gods Demon Thumper

Oh, did I forget to mention Dene Vernon -British comics' first investigator of the supernatural and strange mysteries?  I did? Unbelievable since Gavin Stuart Ross drew the 1948 based Dene Vernon: The Thing Below!

 Dene Vernon:The Thing Below

Dene Vernon From The Burning Heart To The Thing From Below

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!

But, in 2011, Vernon featured in his first adventure since 1946.  Yes, post-war Britain was the setting for…

DENE VERNON -THE THING FROM BELOW!

A4
B&W
54 pages
£8.00
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I think over 60 years was a long enough rest for him -and THE THING FROM BELOW was enough of atough task for him but...well, his final fate in The Green Skies is really ...."gutting"

hehehehehe er, Sorry.

But maybe an appearance in Black Tower Super Heroes before that?  I can't really say -I don't want to spoil the fun!!

Remember the name, though: Dene Vernon!

 And did you know Ross also drew the two adventures of Victorian mystery man Chung Ling Soo? Chung Ling Soo: The Curse Of The Jade Dragon and Chung Ling Soo: The Case Of The Thames Serpent were two cracking tales of magic, adventure, murder and deception -still available as single comic albums or collected together to form The Adventures Of Chung Ling Soo!



Chung Ling Soo: The Curse Of The Jade Dragon


        
           Chung Ling Soo 1                                    
    
Terry Hooper-Scharf (W)  Gavin Stuart Ross (A)
                                                                                                                
A4
B&W
30 pages
£6.00

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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

Chung Ling Soo Man Of Mystery
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54 pages
B&W
£6.00
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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


mWriter: 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?



THE CASE BOOK OF CHUNG LING SOO

Ben Dilworth is no slouch either!  Chung Ling Soo's police "counter-foil" isnone other than old London "Jack" (police man) Inspector Wilberforce and when Dilworth says "Here's a Wilberforce one-off: PUBLISH IT!" you do not argue!

Wilberforce



And did you know you can be a Gold Master of Japanese Haiku?  Well, neither did I -but guess what?  Ben Dilworth is such a master and his Osaka Brutal features his Haiku in English!

 Osaka Brutal

Old saleman that he is, Dilworth just keeps on going.  He produced Aesop's Fables -a darker version of the childrens tales and then went on to write two well illustrated prose albums looking at spirits and demons -Dilworth's Japanese Yokai and Dilworth'sWestern Yokai.  Osaka and the Yokai books were combined with Aesop's Fables into the one volume The Collected Ben R. Dilworth -though the single volumes are also still available.

The Collected Ben R. DilworthDilworth's Japanese YokaiDILWORTH WESTERN YOKAIDilworths Aesop's Fables


Horror comics yes but also some nice illustrated prose from Dilworth in...Dilworth's Horror & Ghost Stories but for the connoisseur those stories were collected together with the Phantom Detective comic strips into The Complete Phantom Detective!
Dilworth's Horror & Ghost StoriesTHE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE



THE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE
Ben R. Dilworth
black & White
A4
Paperback, 
36 Pages
Price: £6.00 (excl. VAT)
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!

And could anyone forget the sensational Iron Warrior Versus Big Bong:When Giants Fought? But add to that the various Iron Warrior strips from Adventure and you get The Iron Warrior Collection -When Giants Fought!  In the 1940s, William A. Ward's creation was to be the most graphically violent comic strip seen until the 1970s.  That is some legacy. It continues....with a touch of fun!

The Iron Warrior Vs Big BongTHE IRON WARRIOR COLLECTION

In case you are wondering, yes, obviously there are super heroes.  Mix in ancient pantheons of gods, giant robot, alien invasion, Lovecraftian dark ones and so much more that the book runs to over 320 pages then you have part 1 of Terry Hooper-Scharf'sInvasion Earth Trilogy" or as it is titled Return Of The Gods: Twilight Of The Super Heroes!  And epic ending with the words: "Dr Morg has killed us all" -and if you have never read the mind altering counter actuality that is The Dr Morg Trilogy you may be saying "What? Who-?"

And part 2 of the trilogy The Cross Earths Caper ought to get you in the mood for 2015's big 31st Anniversary third part of the trilogy The Green Skies.


 The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super HeroesTHE CROSS EARTHS CAPERJourney Of The ID:The Dr Morg Trilogy

If you pass the ESTC (Epileptic Seizure Test Cover) on Dr Morg well, you are fit and healthy enough to read it and to check out all the Black Tower Comics and Books at the online store -see why we are the UKs largest publisher of  Independent Comics!
Currently working on a few more Men t-shirts but also including designs for Women t-shirts.

Yes, now the Black Tower T-shirt online store is open!

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Journey of the ID: The Dr Morg Trilogy

Another book due for deletion at the end of February is this one. Like other deleted books the files will be destroyed with only a certain number of copies in my own collection.

The only version of this book will be the newly designed layout and expansion that you will find in The Green Skies. In Europe this book was understood and got rave reviews. But that was Europe and in the UK "comic intellectualism" is defined as reading The Dandy while sat on the lavatory.

The history of this book is covered elsewhere but for now.....



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 Metapsychophysics meets comics. Its the next inevitable natural evolutionary step in comic books!

For the first time all three parts of the highly acclaimed Dr. Morg Trilogy are combined into one volume:

WORDS WITHIN WORLDS

AFTER ORWELL

and the final explosive 

THE DEATH OF DR. MORG!

Is it all just hallucination -a scientific test gone wrong? What is the "Brotherhood of Sleep"? What immobilizes and creepily studies people in their sleep?  Jack Flash, Johnny Neg -and others all feel the chilling, unstoppable evil that Dr Morg's experiments seems to have awoken.

"It has our DNA!"  But WHAT has our DNA??

The spine-tingling words of Jack Flash on the final page of The Return of the Gods said it: 
                                                           "Dr Morg has killed us all!"

The Small Press zine trilogy was put into one scrumptious edition with a new cover designed by internationally renowned artist Paul Ashley Brown  to smash into your optical nerves like an Abrams Tank smashing through a brick wall with guns blazing..

In Europe this book got rave reviews and they understood it. They liked what they saw and read while, in the UK, the definition of "comic intellectualism" is reading The Beano while seated on the toilet.  

Are YOU intellectual enough for this? 

Or space out enough? 

Man this will blast your lower intestinal track like last week's curry.

The Hooper Interviews

From a huge selection of interviews covering the Small Press, Independent and mainstream Comics from the UK, Europe and US. Here are a few of the best interviews from 30 years.

 


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Perfect Bound
A4 (cms=20.98 wide x 29.69 tall)
B&W
365 pages
profusely illustrated with art and photographs.
£20.00
ISBN  9781326210113
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 Someone referred to it as “Comics 101” –background info on creators, how they got started, what tools and even paper/board they use.  Damn near damaged my wrist because it is a BIG book. And Who exactly is interviewed in this book? 

Karen Rubins  -The Dark, The Witch and other books
Alan Class        -the man behind the Class Comics series
Kate Glasheen -the incredibly talented artist on Hybrid Bastards, Bandages and other works
Tom Pinchuck -writer of Hybrid Bastards
Dave Ryan       -the artist/writer behind War of The Independents
Jon Haward    -UK artist who worked of Tales of the Buddha, Dan Dare and more
Ron Fortier     -the man behind Mr Jig-Saw and Airstrip 27 books
Michael Cho  -creator of Max Finder Mysteries and some really cool art

Then there are a bunch of interviews related to The Black Coat that was published by Ape Entertainment -Francavilla may be a name familiar to DC and Marvel comic fans these days:
Jeremy Colwell
Ben Lichius
Adam Cadogan
Franco Frankavilla

The comic character Gumby also returned to comics and that created another series of interviews titled: The Gumby Interviews (Gumby, himself, was never interviewed)

Mel Smith
Paul H. Birch
Rick Geary

Joe Martino -from Ripperman to Shadow Flame
Yishan Li    -Seriously, do I have to explain who Yishan Li is? DCs Blue Beetle, the Buffy comic and much more!
Pekka Manninen -As far as I am concerned, Finland's top comic creator and I'm not saying that because I am the UKs top Kapteeni Kuolio (Captain Gangrene) fan!

Lauren Watton -Pink Apple Jam and Sweatdrop Studios
Willie Hewes      -Amaranth and Itch! publishing
Emma Vieceli     -come on. Star of stage and musicals not to mention one of the UKs top Manga artists -Manga Shakespeare, Dragon Heir and more.
Sonia Leong      -another noted UK Manga artist whose credits include Romeo and Juliet for Manga Shakespeare.
Nick Defina -the man behind Septagon Studios and Scorn
Donna Barr  -The Desert Peach and so much more that you can check up on at her Midnight Library blog.  She's a comic book Goddess.
Roberta Gregory -The other comic book Goddess and pioneering female creator.  Roberta created Bitchy Bitch and many other characters.
Jeff Brooks  -the man behind the UK editions of Classics Illustrated
Matt (D'Israeli) Brooker -from zines to "proper comics" including Deadline in the 1980s
Tania Del Rio -Sabrina the teenage Witch and more for Archie Comics
Holly Golightly -Broadsword Comics, Archie, Schoolbites and much more (below)
Vanessa Wells -superb creator of a comic I loved titled Shrouded and much more these days -http://www.vanessa.withbits.com
Marv Wolfman -Yes. The Marv Wolfman.
Morag Lewis -another UK Manga artist who worked with Sweatdrop Studios
The Etherington Brothers -if you've ever been to a good UK event you will have seen the duo behind Malcolm Magic, The 8th Moon Sketchbook,  Moon and more.
Nicole Damon -CBOs favourite fantasy art model. Nicole has worked with Ben Uriegas, Loprenzo Sperlonga, Greg Hildebrandt and others.
Olivier Cadic -the man who brought Franco-Belgian comics to the English language readers via Cinebook The 9th Art!  Everything you need to know.
Mike Western -"The Guv'nor" of British comics with strips such as The Wild Wonders, The Leopard From Lime Street and so many more to his name they would need a book to list.

John Cooper -Again, a creator who worked on many UK comic strips from Judge Dredd, One-Eyed Jack, Johnny Red and many others.

Mystery Canids, Chupacabra, Strange Sea Creatures, UFOs and much MUCH More!



The Red Paper: Foxes, Coyotes, Jackals, Arctic Foxes and Wolves in the UK

 One for those interested in Wildlife -or cryptozoology!
  
The Red Paper:CANINES vol.1
 Terry Hooper
The Red Paper: Canids
Paperback, 
A4 
(21 x 30cms)
202 Pages 
Photographs, illustrations and maps

By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries.  The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting and "country folk" were very far from "happy" -some even threatening local hunts -one intending to release a wolf for a hunt- with legal and other consequences. The summation of over 40 years research by the noted naturalist and former UK police forces exotic wildlife consultant reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows. Private menageries, or single exotic "pets" as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events such as the 1905 "vampiric" sheep killer of Badminton, the mystery hounds of Cavan and Coyotes of Epping Forest.

The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail -was it a tiger? A Tasmania Thylacine? This book gives the exact facts and details for the first time. Up-dated 2013 edition includes a section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.
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Some Things Strange & Sinister (2013 -up-dated)


Some Things Strange & Sinister
A4 Format
B&W
Paperback
358 pages
Heavily illustrated
£20.00


After more than 40 years as an investigator and more than fifty as a naturalist,the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as..  

The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints Church, Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen.  

PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack!  Photographs, maps, line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister.  

Cryptozoologist,Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean:this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!   

ContentsForeword by Travis L. Whitehurst
Introduction        de occultis non judicat ecclesia                                                                            
The Bristol Rocking Horse        
The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn        
The Coonian Ghost        
The Ghosts Of All Saints Church        
His Luminous Chamber        
The Late Reverend Dr. Blomberg        
And More Ghost Stories        
The Thomas B. Cumpston Case        
The Chupacabra        
The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle        
What’s Tall,Hairy And Vanishes?        
Mystery Beasts Of Ireland        
The Creature Of The Dump        
The Strange Creature Of Repton Woods        
The Bizarre Legends,Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack        
The Black Beast Of Darmstadt        
The Nameless Thing Of Berkley Square        
The Terrifying Case Of The U.S. Naval Transport        
The Case Of The Ghost Lear Jet        
Ghost Planes,Crashes And Dead Aquatic Creatures        
The Mitchison Loch Ness Monster Video        
From The Deep Below To The Air Above –USOs        
Aerial Encounters Over Austria        
A Crashed UFO In 1790?        
Angel Hair        
Quimper-Corentin:Where “Thunder Fell”        
Strange Aliens From Space        
The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ And Other Crash Retrievals        
Transient Lunar Phenomena,Alien Structures And Moon Vegetation        
Whiddon Down-Saint-Jean-du-Guard:Impossible Correlations?        
The Venezuelan HorrorA Final Word.





Alleged piece of crashed UFO from Berwyn Mountains, Wales.
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 Some More Things Strange & Sinister 



Some More Things Strange & Sinister

Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback,
A4
327 Pages 
Heavily illustrated
£20.00
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Follow-up to Some Things Strange & Sinister. For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general. The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially  'discovered'. 

The history of  the Wild men of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture"  Very pop culture and totally forgotten today! Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence?  

No sitting on the fence here -the Patterson-Gimlin film is looked at as well as other evidence.  The Author's conclusions? 

You might be surprised. Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult 'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the creature in the 19th century -one of which was actually brought to London?   Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK.  In fact, far more than even the Author had thought . And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no longer exists: The Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary 'lost' photograph taken of it.

 This and much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs.
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Pursuing The Strange And Weird -A Naturalist's Viewpoint (2014 up-date)



Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint


Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback,
A4
249 Pages
£20.00

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UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans.


There is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage.

Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered. The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja.

Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results.

Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle. Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird
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  The Bizarre Legends, Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack (2014


The Truth About Spring-Heeled Jack  
Terry Hooper-Scharf
Paperback, 
53 Pages  
Dimensions (centimetres) 20.98 wide x 29.69 tall  (A4)
fully illustrated and referenced
£10.00http://www.lulu.com/shop/terry-hooper-scharf/the-truth-about-spring-heeled-jack/paperback/product-21259526.html

The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.”  

By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him.  

Spring-heeled Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the 2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of books, for both children and adults.  

But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten except for some half-truths and fanciful theories.  

Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack