Friday, February 29, 2008





PERKS OF THE JOB PART TWO
And because blogger has this five image maximum, here are photos of Jon Favreau from my Iron Man roundtable at Wonder Con and a photo of Steve Carrell from my Get Smart roundtable also at the show…



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PERKS OF THE JOB
Being a freelance journo means you don't know where your money is coming from sometimes and you're always chasing magazines for money even when you've done the work but there are perks. You get to meet interesting people as I did roundtable interviews at Wonder Con on 10,000 BC with its director Roland Emmerich, rather attractive female co-star Camille Belle and its male lead, Steven Strait, and I got to do a roundtable on Get Smart with its director Peter Segal (about to start directing Shazam), and its stars Steve Carrell and the also delectable Anne Hathaway.

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HIGH FLYER?
TRIPWIRE is on the Eagle Awards nominations list in the Favourite Magazine About Comics Category. Being really cheeky, I'd like the regular visitors to this blog to take 10 minutes and go and vote for us.

www.eagleawards.co.uk/nominate.asp

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Thursday, February 28, 2008


MAKING SPACE
If you go to page 146 of the latest Previews, Volume 18 #3, Item Codes Mar082059 and Mar082060, you will find Studio Space in softcover and hardcover, priced at $29.99 and $49.99 respectively and Gems of the Month. It's very exciting it's listed at last. Here is the page from Previews

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008






ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The trip from LA to San Francisco with Andy and Susie was lots of fun as I got lots of great, dramatic, interesting photos of the scenery along the way. The terrain in California is very diverse, with parts of Central and Northern California looking a lot like England. So here are a few shots from that trip up…

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Saturday, February 23, 2008





HEROIC BEHAVIOUR
I was out in LA from last Sunday until Thursday morning and unfortunately Frank Miller fell through (too busy with the Spirit movie) and I never met with Grant Morrison either as I didn't hear back from him. But on Tuesday, I went with Andy Grossberg to see Tim Kring and Jeph Loeb at the Heroes production office. Kring's assistant told me we'd have half an hour but we ended up with a whole hour, which was great. Some of the content will end up in Sci-Fi Now, some of it in this year's Annual and the rest in the Heroes oneshot we'll publish next year.
Here are a few photos of Kring and Loeb…

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Saturday, February 16, 2008



TRIPWIRE ANNUAL LATEST DESIGN MOCKUP
Off to the States tomorrow (to LA and then San Francisco for Wonder Con). I'm doing my Tim Kring (Heroes) interview for TRIPWIRE Annual and Sci-Fi Now when I'm over there and possibly meeting up with Grant Morrison and then interviewing Jon Favreau at Wonder Con. I'll post while I'm away but in the meantime, here is the latest mockup cover of the TRIPWIRE Annual
By the way, our Heroes oneshot is back on with the end of the writers' strike, so expect to see that around February next year…

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Friday, February 15, 2008






WAPPING WASTE OF TIME PART FOUR
Finally, here's the back of the Tower of London, Shad Thames across the river from Wapping, bird flying by Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge from Wapping and a church in Wapping through its churchyard…

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Thursday, February 14, 2008






WAPPING WASTE OF TIME PART THREE
This time, we have a boat moored near Tower Bridge, a platform permanently in the river also by Wapping, stairs at Wapping that lead into the river (Wapping used to be very popular with pirates, a fact that is commemorated by pub called the 'Captain Kidd'), a fountain in the shadow of Tower Bridge and a sundial also located next to the bridge…

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WAPPING WASTE OF TIME PART TWO
And here's a view looking across to Tower Bridge, one of the many stairs that lead into the river at Wapping, Wapping Pier Head, looking up at a church in Wapping and a view of Canary Wharf from the river at Wapping…

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WAPPING WASTE OF TIME
This week I was supposed to be subbing at one place but the paper chose to cancel my shifts (which they had booked weeks ago) halfway through Wednesday. So it wasn't a good week but because I had the afternoon to myself and I had my camera, I decided to walk through Wapping by the river and take some photos as the weather was perfect, so here's part one of four with some of the photos I have taken this week at Tower Hill and Wapping…

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Sunday, February 10, 2008


THREE-DIMENSIONAL THINKING
It's not often that I'm invited to something unusual for a press screening but when I received the email invite for U2 3D at the IMAX at Waterloo, I thought I'd give it a try. It's, as it sounds, an 85-minute concert film featuring Bono and the band filmed in 3D for the entire length. And it was a very odd experience at first: sitting in your seats while people throw virtual beer and Adam Clayton seemingly stands three inches from your seat. I admit that I don't like all of U2's musical catalog and some of the songs here like 'Love and Peace' and 'Bullet The Blue Sky' were in danger of disappearing up Bono's fundament but the versions of 'The Fly' and 'Vertigo' were absolutely electric. U2 3D is a totally immersive experience and it really does feel like you are at the concert with the tens of thousands of Argentinians filmed here except without the difficult parking and the exorbitant ticket prices. This film takes concert footage to a new level and points the way to the future of the form. Directors Mark Pellington (Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road) and Catherine Owens, with Director of Photography Tom Krueger and Director of 3-D Photography Peter Anderson, have managed to pull off an impressive and memorable event. If you have an IMAX cinema then you could do worse than check this out but you do need to be a little bit of a fan of the band…

www.U23D.co.uk

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Saturday, February 09, 2008


STUDIO SPACE FOREWORD
And the weekend started pretty well too. Checking my inbox this morning, I found Guillermo Del Toro's foreword to Studio Space. We have been talking about this for quite a while now but, with him finishing off Hellboy 2 and being so busy, I didn't know if this was going to happen. Suffice to say, it's a great foreword and will cap off the book nicely with Mike Moorcock's afterword.
The summer is going to be great, hopefully…


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Friday, February 08, 2008

A PLEASANT SURPRISE
The week has ended very well indeed. After a week juggling freelance work and still chasing money from two invoices dating back to October, my friend Glen Levy at Time emailed me and told me to go to this URL: http://time-blog.com/nerd_world/2008/02/
alan_moore_in_tripwire_a_magaz.html

I sent Lev Grossman a copy of the Annual and didn't expect anything like this. So we've been covered in Time now which is amazing.
It all bodes very well for the next edition as we've also firmed up our Grant Morrison interview in the Annual.

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Monday, February 04, 2008


TRIPWIRE ANNUAL COVER MOCKUP
Here's my first run at a mockup cover for the Annual, which I'm quite pleased with…


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Saturday, February 02, 2008



THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW
I came back from the Moore signing only to find a lo-res version of Tommy Lee Edwards' Doctor Who cover image for this summer's TRIPWIRE Annual. It's a gorgeous image and easily the equal of Duncan Fegredo's magnificent painting from last year. So here it is with a detail crop of David Tennant…

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MOORE OR LESS?
Today Gosh held a Lost Girls signing. Now available in the UK two years after its release in the States, Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie were scheduled to sign at the London shop. But sadly Melinda was taken ill and so it was just Alan. Moore hasn't signed at a UK comic shop in about 20 years so it attracted a queue in the hundreds. I went along to take some new photos of Alan and get a quote off him for the Michael Moorcock feature for the TRIPWIRE Annual. I bumped into Dez Vylenz, who made the Mindscape of Alan Moore documentary which was a pleasant surprise as well as a few other people I hadn't seen in a while like Barry, who used to be manager of Gosh who left it a few years ago.
So here are some photos of the signing, the queue that snaked around outside and the man himself…

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