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established 1st January 2006.
2014 JANUARY (27th Janaury)
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Around the middle
of next month we hope to provide the date for the release of a book. By
late February, some original artwork of John's will be on sale here and
elsewhere. By March, this website will hopefully have a new look!
Also, in case you didn't know, John is on Twitter and Facebook if you want to add him to your own accounts there.
John's blog is to be revived. His work has been such that it has been
neglected for quite a while but the weekly blog posts are to return
I've been pestering John to try Kickstarter or similar for upcoming
animations projects. He isn't keen due to lack of knowledge of such
sites. If anyone can provide any details of their personal experience
of using them, it might change his mind. I've suggested that funders be
given original artwork from the animation and a copy of the final film.
Constructive views on my idea are welcome.
2013 DECEMBER (17th December)
SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL.
your fingers crossed because it may be the case that we can resume
publishing books next February beginning with the Merrick book (we hope).
Although it was time consuming, we were able to win against those
committing copyright piracy. There's still a few small fish to deal
with but that's all in hand. It's been an educating experience.
In the new year, more art prints will become available from more than one of the projects from the past number of years.
Also, a small number of John Helvin's oil paintings - the real thing
and not canvas prints - will become available for sale at reduced
prices. They are not part of any project and it was decided to sell
them rather than recycle the canvas. John tends to destroy any artwork
done that's not part of a project. He was, for once, convinced to do
The updating of this site had been delayed due to my own commitments on
other web projects. John has been very understanding about this, bless
him, and I intend to catch up on the planned changes very soon.
Merry Christmas to you all!
2013 OCTOBER NEWS (12th October)
took a while, the Google Books entry for our edition of the Thomas Hill
book was corrected (and yet still has few minor errors not worth
There have been some further attempts at exploiting our publication.
These are in the form of people advertising that they stock the book
and, unknown to the customer, are charging £50 to £80 extra to the
genuine retail price of the book of £10.
These people do not stock the book at all; what they do if they get an
order is buy the book for £10 and rip off their customers for an extra
£50 to £80.
These people have, as expected, not replied to any correspondence.
Since their contact details are known, any attempt on their part to buy
a copy of the book from us will be refused. Hopefully, they will not be
able to con any of their customers.
This is not unique in regard to our Thomas Hill book. The same people
have a large stocklist of books of other publishers for which they do
they same thing. The internet sites on which they do business have been
informed of this, by us and other publishers. While they are slow to
anything about such people, they do nevertheless get around to doing
something - especially when enough publishers and book distributors
complain to them.
Changes to our website.
Over the next month there will be work done on our website. Minor changes are being made and it shouldn't interrupt anyone's viewing of our site.
2013 JULY NEWS (17th July)
JOHN HELVIN'S LATEST ARTICLE IS IN JULY'S EDITION OF THE LABAL.
The July issue of The LaBaL is now out and contains Helvin's article "A Single Picture."
2013 JUNE NEWS (28th June)
TOMMY COOPER PRINTS NEARLY ALL GONE!
There are not many copies left of the Tommy Cooper Limited Edition
Prints. Those available for sale can be found at this
We have received a claim
today that John Helvin's book may have been pirated again. This is
being checked. Allegedly, those concerned are not simply printing the
book "as is", they have changed the publishers name to their
own. They are supposedly using the name BPR Publishers.
An initial check has revealed, so far, that there was only one 'BPR
Publishers' and they ceased trading in 2002 (the company was
liquidated). Also, the Google Books entry has changed the name of the
publisher from John Helvin to BPR
A possibility is that copyright pirates are using the name to hide
their real identity. They also claim to be the publisher of a number of
other books; whether they are or not is being checked. If those are
also fraudulent then the correct publishers will be informed and
invited to join any prosecution that may take place.
MAY NEWS (14th May)
TOMMY COOPER LIMITED
EDITION PRINTS ARE NOW ON SALE!
You can buy one on
this site by visiting this page
or here on Ebay (link no longer available).
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