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Thursday, 13 June 2019

The ONLY UFO Books You Will Ever Need


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Since 1947 it has been claimed that UFOs/flying saucers are evidence of aliens visiting the Earth.  Since the 1950s claims of encounters with landed craft and alien beings were talked about but not taken seriously.

In the 1960s the subject of UFO abduction was a "slow-burner" until the whole "Grey" abduction phenomenon and claims made by researchers such as Budd Hopkins, Prof. John Mack and Dr David Jacobs and Whitley Streiber.

But is there evidence to back up any of the claims -and what about those encountering Alien Entities but who were not abducted?
Are these people all hoaxers, psychotic or suffering from some other mental illness as some claim?
Are those people who were exposed by Ufologists against their wishes, people who wanted to report what happened and then just get back to their everyday lives -thrust into the media glare against their will?

And if US authorities were so interested that in one case at least they broke into the home of two abductees and this was later proven -why?
Why did a hard core of these people never want publicity or to make money from what happened to them?
Above all, why did a major UFO landing incident take place on a US Inbterstate road in front of a large number of observers (all willing to talk to investigators) never get investigated? If it were not for a radio presenter interviewing and taking notes we would know nothing of the case -it would be labelled "insubstantial".

James and Coral Lorensen -the Scopolamine Kids; using a very notorious "truth drug" on alleged UFO witnesses and selling stories to newspapers.  An investigator (a veteran) showing a witness images of "aliens" encountered in other cases before any memories were retrieved.  Worst of all, the constant "pissing competition" and breaches of trust between UFO investigators.

2017 is the time to assess the past evidence and look at the faults within Ufology.

Not everyone is going to be happy -debunkers or ufologists.

 


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Second Book in the series

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The follow up to the comprehensive book "UFO Contact?"

The Author spent 1974 to 2018 specializing in the investigation and research of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) and alien entity cases; the former involving an Unidentified Flying Object and the latter, apparently, involving none.

Previously unreported cases as well as 'lost' cases are looked at as well as the possibility that some percients suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after their encounters.

A must read for those with a serious interest in UFOs

Some of the contents:
 The Nottinghamshire UFO Crash of 1987…or 1988                                   
 The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ and Berwyn Mountains ‘UFO’ Crash Retrieval 
 Strange Pennsylvania Entity Encounter                                                        
 UFO Abductees and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome                             
 The UFO That Landed On A US Highway                                                   
 My Encounters With The Men In Black                                                        
 A Previously Un-noted Alien Entity Type                                                   Early 20th Century UK Close Encounters of the Third Kind                     
 Close Encounter with a Boggart                                                                      
 Some Odd and Unusual Cases                                                                       
 Rosa Lotti and the Happy Entities                                                                
 The Strange Case of the Woollaton Gnomes and the Mince-pie Martians
 What Happened on the Isle of Wight and at Felixstowe?                           
 The ‘Lost’ Belgian UFO Landing Case                                                      
 Strange Aliens from Outer Space?                                                             Encounter with Black Aliens and Landed UFO                                         Preliminary UK CE3K/Alien Entity Catalogue 


Third Book in the Series
These cover everything from UFOs and Close Encounters of the Third Kind to encounters with unidentified humanoid creatures, ghosts, poltergeists, mysterious and unidentified creatures at sea, on land as well as bizarre carcasses washed ashore.  Loch Ness, Sasquatch, previously thought lost photographs of a city in the sky and others.

And if you want to concentrate solely on alleged alien abductions or encounters then UFO Contact? (receiving some praise from the Centre for UFO Studies) and the follow up, Unidentified-Identified are the books you need

Contact! Encounters With Extra Terrestrial Entities?




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The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) says that we may have to wait many thousands of years before any signals sent gets a response if they are detected.

The real SETI may already have established the there is alien life –and it has been visiting Earth for at least 70 years.
Once the mass of reports of 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind and entity encounters are sifted there remains a strong core of cases that defy logical explanation and suggest that these encounters have resulted in physiological effects and post traumatic stress.

Terry Hooper-Scharf of the CE3K/AE Project has led research into these reports for over 40 years and in this work takes a look at rare or obscure reports as well as cataloguing encounters from Germany and Portugal and focuses in on correlations in the reports and how the Dandenong (Kelly Cahill) encounter could be the best case ever reported.

Have the serious investigators and researchers looking into UFOs been unearthing better evidence of extra terrestrial life and contact with humans than established SETI ?

Silvermaigne:Knight Ghoul Hunter Ben R. Dilworth's Classic

I created the character but Dilworth's twist ending...!!!

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The Silvermaigne line is said to go back to the time of the Ancient Britons. 

Silvermaignes ancestors were part of a druidic clan based in the great forest that is today known as Leigh Woods, overlooking the River Severn entering (today) Bristol. All the members of the tribe had white hair from birth and they were known as the mwng arian (Silver Manes). Even the druids bowed to their knowledge of demons, spirits and things of the darkness. 

But at a point several centuries ago the family split and took two paths -one embraced magik for its own fight against evil.  The other renounced the use of personal magik so as not to become tainted and seduced by it.

For the first time Ben Dilworth looks at the latter branch of the Silvermaigne family and what one of them endures to keep the fight Holy! 


The Hooper Interviews!




A must-have for anyone interested in comic history?

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


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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

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.

The Collected Ben R. Dilworth


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Collecting together the best selling illustrated prose of Ben Dilworth. In Osaka Brutal, the Haiku Gold Belt holder presents his own personal Haiku. In Aesop's Fablesthe childhood favourites become rather darker and threatening. In Western and Japanese Yokai, Dilworth looks at a mixture of strange, sinister and deadly demons and spirits each story illustrated.

British Super Heroes, "Ethnics" and Comics


I have no remembrance of this item from Downthetubes in 2011:
http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.com/p/classic-british-comics-collected.html

In fact, the link it gives takes you to a page for Japanese real estate trouble lawmaker. Almost poetic in a way.

Anyway, this is how the Downthetubes post reads:

Black Tower Adventure Volume 1
BLACK TOWER 
The Black Tower Gold Collection - the brainchild of Terry Hooper, who edits the ComicBitsOnline web site-  covers the forgotten British Golden Age (1939-1951).

Terry uses lulu.com to publish the collections.

"While people have continued writing and talking about the Beano and Dandy from this period it seems that no one is really interested in the comics of the other companies," feels Terry, "Gerald Swan and Swan Comics, Secret Service Comics, Soloway, Cartoon Art Productions and others.

"This period saw the creation of Britains first occult detective, Dene Vernon (soon to feature in a new book of his own) not to mention Robert Lovett in Back From The Dead. Some may have heard of the British super-man Ace Hart (even if his continuity is a bit odd), but there was Wonder Man, Bring ‘Em Back Hank (a sort of time-travelling Tomb Raider); TNT Tom, given super powers by aliens he rescued. Tiger Man, who got cat-like powers after fighting a tiger… in Africa. The axe-wielding Iron Warrior – one of the bloodiest strips in British comics up until Action.

"There are also Cat Girl, Phantom Maid, Skybolt Kid, Speed Gale, The Phantom Raider, Streamline, Super Stooge and many others including some humour strips.

"The strips were printed in orange, red, purple, blue and even green and considering the throw-away attitude the quality was not perfect," Terry notes. "In some cases it has taken a month of work to remove sellotape repairs, foxing and just plain decayed pages. Quality ranges from high to medium - but then, if you are interested in this period or a comic historian these collections are about the only place you’ll find the strips and cover prices are low (ignoring all the work put into the books).

"They are a labour of love and definitely not big money-makers!

"The Iron Warrior, Krakos the Egyptian as well as The Bat have all returned in new stories but if you want to see British super heroes and crime-fighters as they appeared in the 1940s up to 1950 then these books are for you."


Wow. How could any true comics fan ignore that?  Uh...they did. I know -unbelievable, right?

If you do a standard internet search then you'll be led to believe that the only British (ie. Welsh, Scottish, Irish (North of Ireland) and English) super heroes were created by Marvel Comics...and a few later quirky ones by DC.  It is why I posted the feature The Ultimate Improbability Of The British Super Hero -recently updated:

http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.com/2017/04/yes-return-of-improbability-of-british.html

Forget the odd -rare- stupid You Tube or blog post in which someone who has little imagination tells you how silly British super heroes seem to be. Oh, also, according to Geordie on one of my Yahoo groups, ignore the five blogs or so that have blatantly ripped off what I have written as well as the images (to be fair it is hard to find images of genuine British super heroes) they have used from CBO.

These are the same people -the comics 'intelligencia'- who will tell you that France and Europe "NEVER!" had super hero comics. These days I could point them to the posts on when Vulcan became (in Germany) Kobra or all those European reprints from the  early 1960s on of Mytek the Mighty, Steel Claw, Kelly's Eye, Leopard from Lime Street and many, many more.  The same people who tell you -as 'experts'- that Germany "NEVER!" (yes, they do tend to shout it at you) had comics from the 1930s to 1940s -I first posted on that subject in 2012, then 2013 and 2015 before updating it again:

 http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.com/2016/11/german-comic-book-history-there-were.html

Hey, anyone remember Pete Cannon? A teacher cum vigilante? The Avenger? He appeared in 26 (?) issues of the new Eagle comic starting with issue 259 on 7th March,1987. 


Where did the character go? What happened? The threat of legal action is what happened as it was one step too far as far as I was concerned. My Avenger character had been around (published) since 1984 and at one point he took to riding around on a motorbike to patrol and the similarities were very striking and when I visited Gil Page the Managing Editor I took the pages with me pointing out that he had copies of the pages in question. Mike Western told me that he had never seen those pages.  Gil later got in touch to say that "there might have been a mix0up as an editor had "picked up the file by mistake".

No more Fleetway Avenger.

When I wrote about D-Gruppe  (created in the 1960s and still Germany's only super hero team) I pointed out that folk tales and much more could be incorporated to give it a distinct German feel. Super heroes without the skyscrapers.  The same applies to the UK and most other countries -American folklore originated from all over Europe via people looking for a new life there.  German, Irish, Dutch, French...it goes on but all the folklore went with those emigres.

With the UK there is no need for the skyscraper settings.  I mean, really, what idiot decided that you could only have super heroes if your country had skyscrapers? Does that mean that the Philippines, Malaysia and any non-US country cannot have them? If so, someone had better inform them because they do have super heroes!

Turning old British characters into uninspiring flops that "have" to be rebooted and feature in what are the same old same old stories we've seen in US comics for three decades now is NOT going to make them hip, cool or whatever other gibbering hipster term you want to use. The whole reason these characters were so popular is that they were British in setting, speech and stories. NOT American clones.

When I first published Black Tower comics as a Small Press effort there were gay, Asian, black, Chinese, Japanese and other people represented.  That was in 1984 and when I tried to interest Fleetway and that Scottish company whose name must not be spoken in black and asian characters there was an outright "no" from Scotland while Fleetway's response was a wishy-washy "Well, I don't think those characters would be interesting to readers as we don't have many ethnic readers".

Yes: "ethnic readers".  I did control myself and point out that "ethnics" I went to school with had read weekly comics and there were plenty of "ethnics" reading comics then. I also pointed out that whatever the background they were British -their "ethnic" backgrounds and folklore should provide story inspiration.

No. "It doesn't work like that.  Mainly white kids read comics".  Well, that attitude and the morons who got into comics in the UK is what sealed the fate of the 'industry'.  What was it that Scottish company came up with -Dreadlock Holmes??

For comics to be healthy and sell they HAVE to reflect those people in society who read them and the racist and sexist attitudes of the 'nice guys' (usually hidden when talking to someone face-to-face) in what were British comics have to be washed away.,

I would always tell anyone who wants to get into comics to forget it. There are too many negatives. If you are determined to draw or create comics then do so as a self publisher and for goodness sake ignore the UK comic forums and media like contageous leprosy. 

Where did we begin? Oh, UK Golden Age comics.  They are still there as single volumes or a huge trade. 

Famous but poor!


Wow. The photo date stamp tells me that this photo taken while I was drawing Worlds Within Words(Part 1 of The Doctor Morg Trilogy) is from 2005.



This is the original and very limited print run Small Press version as opposed to the complete story in Journey of the ID:The Dr Morg Trilogy.

Probably the saddest thing in this photo is my hair. I have no idea where it all went. One day I am the luxuriant, flowing locks and "Samson of Comics" then...Elmer Fudd.

Of course, if I went back to 2005 I'd tell me not to faint and that it really is not worth all the effort drawing mind boggling psychological stories...so to stick with comics.

I was asked once why I do not have any of my own art hanging in The Hallway of Art and the answer is simple -I am not that egot. Sales I appreciateistical as to think MY art deserves to be alongside that of Terry Bave, Mike West, ern, John Cooper, Donna Barr and others.

It's rather like my comics -I once astounded someone by not knowing the detail he was yapping about on page 25!  Working on a book is intense and you can throw away (recycle actually) pages before something looks right. You may juggle the pages about to make a story work better and then there are the hours of editing before publishing by which time I want to tear up and burn every page (I ain't the only artist feels that way). So, a year or two or even five along the line you think I am going to remember page 25 of one book out of...90(?).

The other problem is that I do not really like my own work. Ben Dilworth once said: "You are going to create a comics masterpiece one day and say 'it looks  okay' and next day you'll say 'it's utter s****!'"  Well, Mr Dilworth...all of my comics are masterpieces!!!!  Ahem.

There is one thing that I cannot stand and it embarrasses the hell out of me -praise. I was shocked to find out that a well known writer was a "fan" of my work,  He even asked for a sketch so I sent a page and he was "blown away"...?!  In fact, I know three writers who are all fairly well known and regularly appear on TV who are fans. I don't get it and you cannot really be rude to people who say these things. Another writer has a blog image I was asked to draw.

Of course, none of that matters because, despite their having mentioned my work on their blogs, there have been no sales. Sales I appreciate! :-)

I have been in conference with university professors and had at least two have asked "Are you the Terry Hooper publishes the comics? My students said I must ask" and another asked me to sign a copy of an old zine of mine.

So, my big question is this: Why am I not rich?

Even "moderately well off" will do.

Hey, Bruce Lee Understood


A message appeared in my Yahoo mail account.  I know. It happens, right? But, generally speaking I tend not to get any emails.

Worrying

I sat there looking at it and wondered what I was supposed to do. I bit the bullet and decided to open up this email.

It turns out that it was a message from a member of my Yahoo Chinese Manhua group. I took a deep breath as it was shocking to find someone was still on the group. It turned out to be someone who had contacted me a very long time ago when he was trying to write a paper on Chinese Manhua for his university paper (back in the days when I helped all those students etc writing papers who then gave mne no credit).

In the message was a list of online blogs and web pages where my posts on Chinese Manhua and Korean Manhwa had been ripped off. Actual paragraphs just copied and pasted and images used (you won't see how but I do add an identifying mark to all images I post).  So what was the point?  He thought I ought to know how widely copied my posts were not to mention my work going uncredited.

Look, we are talking about the internet here.  Do you know how much my British comic posts have been ripped off -a lot. It makes the thief -if you give credit you are just using the material but crediting the original source: use it without credit and you are a thief- look very knowledgeable but if you ask them to post some art from the books they mention you hit a brick wall because they do not have those books.  I do. They are on the shelves right in front of me.

I know a good few artists who have found their work used on T-shirts, etc. -these internet thieves have no idea.  They think "It's online so it's fair game" but they soon discover that they face legal action for using copyrighted material without permission. "Oh, I thought it was free to use" no longer works. I know creators who, even after an item has been withdrawn from sale, pursue legal action because once internet thieves realise they will be having to pay for what they did -one even had a visit from law enforcement in the US as copyright infringement was  deemed very serious.  Good.

I have found a number of sites dealing with UFOs and strange creature reports using my illustrations with no credit. Do I contact them and ask that they credit or remove the art? Yes.

Even chunks of my posts on the Anomalous Phenomena blog get stolen. I was reading an item on another blog and thought "This is like something I looked into years ago" but it wasn't because it was sensationalist and a lot of facts were wrong. Then I found that it was something I had investigated and written about. I contacted the blog owner who responded that what he had presented were the facts and he was not backing down as he knew the investigator.  No. He did not know me. He did not even look at my name on the email when he told me "Terry Hooper sent me this case".  No. I NEVER send people a case report. I gave him a link to my blog and to the book the item was published in and told him I would be writing a "big post" exposing what he had done. Within two hours the item was gone from his blog.

People do not research or read books. They will look on the internet and think "Hey, that'll get my blog noticed!" and then copy and paste.  The galling part is people will then comment and congratulate these thieves on 'their' work.  I tell you -there ain't no goddam respect! :-)

You have to expect that anything you have researched or written and posted online will be stolen in some way.  Do that to my art and I will pursue the matter (as some have found out).  I tend not to add lots of reference sources (though main sources do get mentioned) because people never read those but if they want the sources I DO pass them on.

I used to get angry about the "British comics experts" who used chunks of my work but then I started chuckling.  You see, these people -mainly the British comics 'nice guys'- will spread lies and worse about me but have to copy my work to make themselves look good. And the thing is that they know that I know they have done this. No one else who reads their blog will probably know but I and they do.  You have to see the funny side of that!

So if you use the internet to post and publish research or what you know then be aware that Intellectual Property theft is rife.  Don't get bitter or scream about feeling like you've been "raped" (yes, one immature blogger actually wrote that ).

The 'nice guys' want to attack me on private forums with their pals (I'm quite sure that's like a sexual thing) let them. They mean nothing to me. They don't know me. Some have low esteem and ego problems.  Do what I do. Read the words of the Master and be wise.