Totally ignoring online criticism the Expo organisers have just released this: “Firstly, the BCExpo team would like to thank all our guests, exhibitors and fantastic visitors for making BCE 2013 our most successful show to date! The atmosphere was electric all weekend and a huge amount of fun was had! We’re just collecting all [...]
Author Archives: Terry
Comic Book Writer,Artist,Editor & Publisher -Black Tower Cg and author of Some Things Strange And Sinister.
On Leaving education in 1974 I went to work for H. Tanner & Son, a small printing firm based in Southmead,Bristol. When I moved to Manston,Kent,in 1977,I began working as a paste-up assistant to Philips Printers;this involved designing and then laying out/pasting up newsletters,commercial flyers,etc.,etc.. From 1980-84 I worked for Bennings Printers and Stationers,Keynsham,where I put together publications as well as advertising material until the company ceased trading in 1984.
During 1977 I also began writing articles on astronomy,meteorological phenomena,space exploration and other general subjects –something I have continued up until this date in the UK and Europe as well as United States. In the UK the main market has been the County Magazine trade.
During the mid to late 1970s,I was employed as a sales rep helping to promote toys such as The Micronauts,Atlantic Soldiers ,Action Force figures and sets and other products. This involved visiting retailers,setting up displays,propmotional material and so on. This led to my designing a series of toy soldier style sets for Hong Kong manufacturers such as “Dawn of Man” and “Space Frontier”. Privately,this led to taking part in Games Workshop events and even war-gaming.
From 1982-84 I took over the running of Comic Haus comic store in Detmold,Germany,which was failing badly in the market. I made the store a profit maker and was then put in charge of the Hameln Comic Haus,whose situation I turned around;both stores made such profits that the owner sold for a bigger profit!
Between 1984-1994 I worked freelance as a writer/artist/editor/agent in comics as well as comics journalism for MU Press,Blue Comet Press,Fantagraphic Books,Eros Comics,Dorne,Fleetway,IPC and others in the United States,UK and Europe. During this period I also produced large numbers of single panel gag cartoons for agencies in Germany such as Boiselle-Lohmann and Baaske Agency –these going to magazines and publications around Europe. I also worked as a freelance editor in comics and publications ranging from wildlife,astronomy and science fiction magazines.
From 1984-2004 I was also self publishing comics as well as publications on a wide variety of subjects under the Black Tower banner.
I have also produced packages of work for companies in India,Hong Kong and China. I have also been working as an industry advisor for smaller companies in countries such as India,Canada,Singapore,China,Europe and the US.
I am also recognised as a British comics historian,having met and interviewed many of the creators who worked for comics here,and also traced the history of UK publishers.
I have a good knowledge of current UK,US and European comics as well as those being prepared for future release. Between 1978-1983 I worked at Silver Surfer Comics shop,Totterdown,Bristol.
As a talent spotter I helped various creators break into the comic industry such as John Royle,Jon Haward,Duncan Fegredo,Art Wetherell et al.
Lee Davis,as an introduction to an interview of myself in IMAGINEERS magazine,noted that I was “…a near legendary figure in the British comics industry”.
In the U.S. industry publication,AMAZING HEROES,Hal Hargitt described me as “…The hardest working man in comics!”.
Gerd Hamer,in a German comic magazine described me as “The father of European super heroes…”
Apart from writing and drawing comics I have,since 1986,been attempting to promote European comics and creators in the UK. My interest reflected in a collection of Russian,Chinese,Czech,Polish,Hungarian,German,Finnish,Belgian,Australian,New Zealand and,naturally,British and American comic books.
Outside of comics I have worked with companies such as Yorkshire Television and HTV to create ideas and programmes for TV,such as a Channel 4 “Carry On” Film weekend in 1999. I have also featured in documentaries or TV/Radio news programmes in my capacity as a veteran naturalist and Police Consultant.
Currently working on the comic and 3D animated series,The Paranormals as well as a series of short TV horror stories,Tales From The Grave. Other projects are currently optioned for TV.
I am also an historian specialising in Pre-Roman and Roman Britain,Celts and rediscovered ‘lost’ history.
On both wildlife and history I have published numerous papers between 1979-2004.
Between 1992-2004 I published an Annual Report On The British Comics Industry looking at trends and sales as well as predicting trends,carrying out comic buyer surveys and so on. These began with 75% accuracy but by 1997 were between 89-97% accurate on predictions and trends.
Only an idiot, of course,would interview one member of a comic-strip creating team and forget to interview the other partner. So, just to prove my not interviewing Sheila for CB#3 was part of an over-all strategy -here’s the interview! [I wonder if anyone bought that excuse?] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TH:Sheila,thank you for taking the time out to [...]
Terry was interviewed in COMIC BITS #3 and 5 as those with long memories will remember. I’ve never posted this online and it was, sadly, not included in The Hooper Interviews book. But for posterity…here you go! _____________________________________________ TH:Now,Terry,you went along to see Cos [Albert Cosser,Editor of WHAM!] over at Odhams when you were in [...]
This is going to be lengthy. It cannot be done any other way but it is important to make certain points. I doubt I’ll make friends -what’s new there! The first major point is this: the UK has no actual “comics industry” and this has been true for a number of years. The “Big [...]
Cinebook Ltd: Franco-Belgian Graphic Novels in English Attention Indian fans! In two weeks, Cinebook will be present at Comic Con Express, Bengaluru, Koramangala Stadium. It’ll be the first time we travel to this part of the world, and we’re looking forward to meeting all our local fans! Distance and logistics are dictating some of our [...]
A concerned resident has reported seeing a wormhole in Montreal Road, Hanover, in Brighton (Picture: Google Maps) Brighton could be the centre of an invasion from dimension-hopping snakes if a report from a resident that a wormhole exists in the city is anything to go by. According to The Argus a concerned local reported the [...]
Largo Winch – The Way and the Virtue PAPERBACK Authors: Francq & Van Hamme Age: 15 years and up Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm full colour Number of pages: 48 colour pages ISBN: 9781849181549 Price: £6.99 inc. VAT Publication: April 2013 Largo has disappeared. His friends and employees are trying to find him while they [...]
PAPERBACK Authors: LEO Age: 15 years and up Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm Number of pages: 48 colour pages Publication: March 2013 ISBN: 9781849181501 Price: £6.99 inc. VAT Bad luck, shoddy equipment and hostile fauna have stranded Kim and her companions thousands of miles from the Antares expedition’s base camp. Abandoned to their fate by the [...]
Valerian & Laureline 5: Birds Of The Master PAPERBACK Authors: Mézières & Christin Age: 12 years and up Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm Number of pages: 48 colour pages Publication: March 2013 ISBN: 9781849181525 Price: £6.99 inc. VAT Valerian and Laureline’s ship has crash-landed on an uncharted planetoid. The two castaways quickly discover a vast ship [...]
PAPERBACK Author: Edgar P. Jacobs Age: 10 years and up Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm Number of pages: 64 colour pages ISBN: 9781849181488 Price: £8.99 inc. VAT Publication: February 2013 In a past almost, but not entirely, like ours, the world lives in dread of a new power, an empire centred in Tibet and led by [...]