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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Dark Child Trilogy II: Maeve -ONLY Officially Approved Version!

Writer: Terry Hooper
Artist: David Gordon
87 pages
Black & white
20.98 wide x 29.69 cms
Price: £8.00
Ships in 3–5 business days
Part II of The Dark Child Trilogy Maeve longs for the exciting, fast-paced life of the big city. However, she has a greater destiny ahead of her.
While travelling on a train, Maeve is attacked by a servant of The Dark Disciple but is rescued in time by none other than M and J (Two Hot Girls On A Hot Summers Night). The duo have been guided there by the goddess and Maeve takes refuge with them. “Communing” with a pagan witch wasn’t enough and, under M and Js tutelage, Maeve finds herself in Otherworld and becoming lover of the goddess herself. 
Drawn by “The British Manara”, David Gordon, this was his first graphic novel and it abounds in adult adventures in bondage, action and much much more. STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY

Sadly, not allowed to show the more, uh, "racy" images as this is a family friendly site. However, the low res scanned pages that follow are some nice tasters.  As noted, this was David Gordon's first ever graphic novel and he turned the work in so fast -even if his eye-sight was failing through research!

This is the official, Hooper-Gordon published book along with text feature so DO NOT accept lesser copies from any other publisher. Like Two Hot Girls this was a best seller because it was not just for "clunk heads" as the Eros editor called his readers!

And although Maeve is a stand alone book, you can get volumes I and II in one complete book in the same format but 171 pages for £15:


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Maeve and 2HG -Foreign Editions. -Help Stop Creators Being Ripped Off

I'd like to ask all you good folk who visit this site for help.   I am told that, like Two Hot Girls On A Hot Summer's Night that was reprinted in Spanish. So, to make things a little clearer a couple of older articles!

I Still Think It’s A Funny Old Business!

Apparently,illegal downloads of my Eros book Two Hot Girls have reached over 200,000.  For Maeve it’s said to be similar -far higher than I’d previously thought.

Well,even 50p for each illegal download would make me happy.   Apparently the three French editions [THREE??!] and Spanish collection are all  above board and legal contracts signed between the companies and Fantagraphics [the Eros publisher] -two French editions published in France and one in Canada. The contract between myself andFantagraphics clearly reads they have first English language edition rights but no foreign language rights as I’d stipulated.  Anyforeign language editions I was not consulted about or paid for.

Let me make it very clear,my series were reprinted several times against the terms of my contract -I was never told.  The collected books were without my knowledge.

I was told in writing and by phone [before the internet became common usage] that copies of the books had been seized and destroyed in Canada,Australia,New Zealand and the UK so were a financial loss to the company.

Incorrect.  I’ve been checking with customs authorities in those countries on seizure issues and mentioned the series involved.  Some checked back as far as 1989 [?] but all say that no such comic title or book was ever seized and destroyed.  Asking comic industry experts in those countries I learn that the Two Girls series sold “very well” and there was never a shortage of copies.

Myself and Art Wetherell never got royalties for those sales.  Fantagraphics said they weren’t sold there.
Someone asked me whether it was worth publishing your own comics or trying to get a publisher? My response:publish yourself.
It is so annoying that so many individuals make money from a creator while the creator makes a pittance.  Is the comic industry more above board these days? No.

Think very seriously before going into a comic creating career and get everything in writing [even though I did it hasn't helped!].

I’ve found no fewer than six fax copies, four letters and notes on phone conversations to/with Eros Comics re. ‘pirating’ of the books I wrote for then. When I complained that Eros/Fantagraphics were letting these people get away I was told “Fantagraphics is too small to mount a legal pursuit of these people”.  When I got responses from two of the companies stating the books were published under license Gary Groth responded with “More Hooper hyberbole!!”

And then.....

It Was Dead Easy To Be Ripped Off By Publishers

above:Kiss Comix carried a serialisation of Two Hot Girls as Dos Chicos Calientes

Every single ‘illegal’ printed version of the Eros Comix series/graphic novel Two Hot Girls I have come across have all got indeces stating that the books were published under license from Fantagraphic Books (Eros being an imprint).

Quite by accident I have tonight learned that Fantagraphics took money for other foreign editions but never gave Art Wetherell or myself a single cent -they never even told us.

Now, the contracts we had stated that Fantagraphics only had first edition English language rights.  That didn’t stop them from printing second, third or, later, the collected book without telling us or renegotiating.
The contract says, very clearly, that Fantagraphics has NO FOREIGN LANGUAGE RIGHTS. Had their been enquiries we should have been told as the creators.

Apparently Two Hot Girls was published in parts in Kiss Comic. I’d have loved a copy for the archives.  There was a Spanish language collection that missed out the vital link in the story!!

You see, prior to the internet publishers, even if you had a legal contract, got away with a lot and probably hoped never to be caught out.

Every time I found ‘pirate’ editions I told Fantagraphics who told me there was nothing they could do legally. Right.  I’d certainly like to track down other foreign editions…if anyone knows of them (I know about the French editions but there was also a French Canadian edition) let me know please.

below #9 with Two Hot Girls


Now Maeve was published in 1997 and Kim Thomson informed me by email in 2005, when I suggested re-promoting the books, that it, like 2HGs "has had its day"....but Fantagraphic Books, as Eros Comix has continued to sell it and it is STILL listed in Previews catalogue.

Totally without the permission of David Gordon or myself and certainly with no contract and no monies having come from Fantagraphics for years.  Now I learn there was a French edition of Maeve and one in Spanish -possibly under another title but using the original cover image (below).

PLEASE if you know of any non-English versions of these books get in touch -if you know the publisher or have a cover scan that would be great.

Please help support the stopping of creators being ripped off by publishers.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Black Tower and Comic Books For India…My Attempts!

Hmm. Someone pointed out that this old WordPress CBO posting was on the new CBO but not here. Okay.

Looking back at it all now I would never have passed any of these pages fit for print but they were okay as roughs.

So, it was a cold August night and I got an email from an editor at Diamond Comics in India. He had read through a proposal I’d sent to bring Diamond up-to-date and into the super hero age.”Great!” I thought, but then he said: “We need new characters 48 pages in colour” then came the “we’ll need it in four weeks”!
I worked and worked, re-thought some old characters and then told the editor I would produce colour guide roughs for approval before doing final colours -I also lettered everything so Diamond’s translators could see what they would need to translate.
THREE weeks later I sent everything off. Nothing. Sent an email. Nothing. Then phoned…someone would call me. They never did. Gulshan Rai the top man at Diamond was supposed to have okayed this.
The special delivery package HAD been received…after two months I gave up and I never even got paid.
What follows are SOME of the rough colour pages plus, where strips are not complete, the black and white versions plus an assortment of specials for you!
 Sabu the Mystic and his small assistant, Piku, was a bit of fun. I didn’t want everything to
be just dark.
Insecto-Kid. Any resemblance to a certain Fly-man is totally coincidental. In the concept
pages sent to Diamond were the up-dating and costume change due for the character in
issue 2.
Couple of pages of India’s own Fantastic Four…plus 1….India 5. Other pages are
All I can remember about Power Shield is that it fitted in with Black Tower continuity -
characters, etc. Other than that I HATED it. I think it was because I drew and re-drew that
feckin MiG.
I think these were Diamond or Raj(?) comic characters. More of the old project roughs.
Sharp eyed Indian friends will recognise most of the characters. What might have been!!!
Black Fox which was meant for Muthu Comics in Southern India (Tamil). They took my
scans of Robot Archie versus The Spider (sent as a favour to the publisher) then nothing.
Big rule I’ve learnt: never EVER take anything for granted until the contract and a pay cheque is in your hand!