I’m not sure if this is an intentional policy of Bleeding Cool to gather the voices in comic books that most annoy comics industry figures all in one place – but if so, it’s working. Today, Bleeding Cool is proud to announce that Hannibal Tabu, formerly of CBR’s The Buy Pile for the past thirteen years – and reporting for them since 2003, and is now joining us as our new Head Comics Reviewer, starting today. Go on, let’s have his writing bio.
Hannibal Tabu began his career as a professional writer as an intern at the Los Angeles Sentinel, the “oldest Black-owned newspaper in the West.” (founded in 1933, doncha know). By that time he had already worked two frustrating years at USC’s Daily Trojan, been entertainment editor of an anarchist campus publication called V, and was actually pretty well versed in the technical part of publications. Under the tutelage of the paper’s three main reporters Dennis Schatzman, Marsha Mitchell (now Marsha Bray) and James Bolden, Hannibal began to take things more seriously, to really enjoy the craft and develop the tools to become a professional.
He always ended up returning to creative writing after majoring in it at that den of sin an iniquity called USC, doing forms of creative writing most of his life. At age eight, Hannibal wrote a “novel” (that term is being used loosely) on more than 200 college ruled notebook paper sheets, a tale of gods and petty struggles, one so terrible it’s best not to mention it. At the age of ten, Hannibal started trying to make my own comic books, which are so badly drawn that they may actually cause retinal damage.
In the late 1990s, Hannibal studied at The World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop, discovering precision and word economy that helped improve his prose considerably. Despite being an anti-social bastard with a superiority complex that borders on megalomania, he was able to win the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt and continued on to write for Aspen Comics, New Paradigm Studios and Legend Press and other entities. He’s best known for writing his column The Buy Pile at Comic Book Resources.
Every creative endeavor he does is produced through the independent studio The Operative Network.
And now… Bleeding Cool. He is known as an outspoken, fearless and unassailable comics reviewer – or more negative words if he said something mean about your work. If you want to talk to him about reviewing your comic book a) be ready to place your head in the crocodile’s jaws and b) contact him here. Internet, you are welcome.