I've been writing this blog for a whole year now and I've found it a great exercise for a writer and journalist. Having to come up with something to discuss in it makes you write regularly and helps you to crystalise your thoughts on a number of different subjects that interest you as a writer. 2006 has been a great year for me (and apologies if I'm telling you what you already know as regular visitors to Walls and Bridges but it seemed like a good time to take stock :)):
•I finished the book Studio Space, which became Creating Heroes
•I added lots of new cuttings to my portfolio (Another piece in The Times, a feature in Saga Magazine, something in Variety, Empire and two pieces in Time Magazine). When TRIPWIRE finished in 2003, things seemed really awful and I wouldn't have dreamt I could have got work published in such prestigious publications. Three years gives you perspective
•I improved my work as a photographer, which is still something I'd like to use in a professional capacity but haven't quite found the right place for it yet. However, Creating Heroes will feature a number of artists' photos that I shot (Frank Miller, George Pratt, Walt Simonson, Joe Kubert and Tommy Lee Edwards) so that's a step forward
•I got myself regular work, something that you dream of as a freelancer: my six month copy editing contract at Time Magazine
So now I'm thinking about what I want to do in 2007. The book will be out in October, so I'm already considering marketing and promotional ideas to tie in with it (including a book launch over here and hopefully some events featuring some of the artists here and in the States). But I've also decided to put my money where my mouth is and publish a TRIPWIRE Annual for this coming Summer. 120 pages, probably full colour with all new features, interviews and some artwork and it'll contain pieces on creators like Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Jeph Loeb, Guillermo Del Toro, Mike Mignola and characters like Judge Dredd (who celebrates its 30th anniversary this year), Hellboy 2 and Sin City 2. Expect to see that out at the end of July 2007. I'm also considering a couple of other book projects, so watch this space. I also intend to get the proposal out for Hidden City, the supernatural comic series, drawn by Dave Morris.
With any luck, I'll still have your attention here in the New Year too. I'll continue to review new films and books that take my fancy.
Have a great New Year and I'll see you in 2007.