TRIPWIRE has been Britain's only features-driven comics and genre magazine which has published since 1992 and with 2013 being the magazine's 21st anniversary, its coming of age if you like, we thought it would be remiss if we didn't do something to commemorate this.
The book will come in regular paperback and in a limited hardcover edition. Between its covers will be a selection of new material, including art either never seen before or rarely seen from the likes of Drew Struzan (poster artist for Indiana Jones, The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Phil Hale (award-winning portrait painter), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, The Shadow, Blackhawk),Frank Quitely (Batman & Robin, All-Star Superman), Walter Simonson (Elric, Thor), Dave Taylor (Batman, Tongue Lash) and many more. Additionally, it will include features looking at the trends and issues that have played a major part in comics and genre over the past 21 years, including the best and worst comic and genre movies 1992-2013, the 21 most important creators to come to the fore in the last twenty-one years, the 21 best graphic novels (mainstream and independent) and much more. It will also include the best content from twenty-one years of TRIPWIRE, a magazine which covered the cream of comics and genre and will include the likes of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Guillermo Del Toro, Mike Mignola, Joss Whedon, Joe Kubert, Will Eisner to name but a few. It will also include a selection of photos pulled from the magazine of genre movers and shakers. It will be a must-buy for fans and aficionados of comics and genre, approached with the same level of professionalism and quality that people have come to expect from the magazine.
"Hard to believe Tripwire is already 21 - and looking more youthful than ever. Still the coolest magazine on the planet, and helping young and old alike fritter away their lives with the best coverage of comics, film, TV, and games. All hail, and here's to the next 21!"- IAN RANKIN, author Rebus
"TRIPWIRE really is a breath of fresh air. Its layouts are superb, with great well-written features perfectly set off by the pictures, adding clarity and intelligence to every page. And it keeps on doing it. Amazing, Gratifying. A pleasure to look at, a pleasure to read..." MICHAEL MOORCOCK, fantasy legend (Elric, Hawkmoon)
"TRIPWIRE is pop-culture champagne, the one-stop must-have magazine for all that’s cool and classy in comics, film & TV. I’d be an uncultured loon without it."- CHRISTOPHER FOWLER, writer, Bryant & May, Roofworld
"TRIPWIRE is essential reading — one of the best on the market!"- MARK VERHEIDEN, TV writer, Falling Skies
Risks and challenges
I feel confident we can make TRIPWIRE 21 the best project we have put out. I have been editor-in-chief of TRIPWIRE since 1992 and we have overcome a series of seemingly insurmountable problems like greedy distributors, unwilling interview subjects and a very difficult market for magazines and print. We have learnt that you just have to think laterally and we have survived for two decades thanks to this attitude. Of course, even if it does get funded, we shall need to find the correct outlets to sell and promote the publication but because of the huge amount of contacts that we have garnered over the past twenty years, I am confident we can make sure it gets noticed. We are planning talks, exhibitions and events including something at the Bristol Comic Expo in May to kick things off. And we are building in two months for production on the book and since I shall be designing and editing the book, we should be able to deliver within this time scale. I have put together over fifty issues of TRIPWIRE myself so I know I can deliver.
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