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Borderline Press And The Reputation Of Phill Hall

When I began writing a regularish column detailing comic industry rumours online over twenty years ago, it was noted that the same stories stories seemed to appear in British trade magazine Comics International. After a couple of phone calls, it was made official, my columns would be excerpted for the magazine for a column called […]

Not My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall

“He was fed up with pool and we went and sat at a quiet booth. I didn’t really expect the tirade I was about to receive. There was no warning, he just launched into it. I’ll remember it to my dying day because I can’t believe I didn’t glass him and walk out.” For the […]

My Monthly Curse #22 by Phill Hall – Comics International Playboy

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. iv) Adventures in Comics Journalism, part one. Pain is an odd thing. It apparently […]

My Monthly Curse #21 by Phill Hall – The Cloying Embrace Of The Comics Fan

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. Let’s wrap this up… Retailers, especially the independent ones, tend to be mavericks, but […]

My Monthly Curse #18 by Phil Hall – Bring On The Racists

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. Comics Lesson 11: How many kinds of comics are there? Generally you have in […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #17 – Getting In Deep

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. There were others who helped me out over the three and a bit years […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #16 – And Partner

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. It’s difficult enough to tell a linear story about Squonk!! mainly because of its […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall – Summer Special

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. June 2011 It dawned on me several days ago, while re-editing recently published sections […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #15 – A Tale Of Three Jacks

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. It would be easy for me to list a bunch of my old customers, […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #14 – The Way We Look Now

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. But now he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. Just why did comics get such a bad press in this country and the […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #13 – The Drugs Do Work

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. Now, however, he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. I’ve told you about the draconian methods the distributors and publishers impose on retailers. […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #11 – Those Spider-Man Blues

Phill Hall used to be a comics retailer and the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline – then abandoning comics altogether. Now, however, he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. Spider-Man #1 just wouldn’t go away and as a measure of how desperate some […]


My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #8 – Brokeback Mutant

Phill Hall used to be the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline before abandoning comics altogether. Now, however, he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. 1991 started well. As the owner of a shop I was happy with sales and making enough money to […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #5 – The Value Of Everything

Phill Hall used to be the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline before abandoning comics altogether. Now, however, he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. When the average (non-comic fan) person thinks of comics he usually thinks either of the latest glut of superhero […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #4 – Skinning Up

Phill Hall used to be the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline before abandoning comics altogether. Now, however, he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. As I alluded to, Dez Skinn is known in comics fandom (a concept explained later) as ‘The British Stan […]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #2 – Infected Again

Phill Hall used to be the News editor for Comics International before launching the PDF comics magazine Borderline before abandoning comics altogether. Now, however, he is going to look back on it all for Bleeding Cool. By 1981, I no longer had any link with comics whatsoever. In 1983 I met the woman who would […]