Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
In 1992, I was still at sixth form college up in Barnet but it was the year that I started TRIPWIRE. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the magazine and so I thought, just like back in 2002, that we should do something special to mark this milestone. TRIPWIRE 20th Anniversary will be a must-buy book featuring art, rarely seen and new, from the likes of Frank Quitely, Mike Mignola, Walter Simonson, Phil Hale, Howard Chaykin, Drew Struzan, Dave Taylor, Duncan Fegredo, Chris Weston, Jon Haward, Henry Flint and more. It will also represent the cream of the interviews and features of two decades of TRIPWIRE, with everyone from Alan Moore to Frank Miller, Mike Mignola to Guillermo Del Toro featured in its pages. Additionally, TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary will include the best writing on subjects and trends that have shaped and influenced comics and its related media from 1992 to now like the best and worst comic movies, digital comics, creators who have left us, the 20 most iconic TRIPWIRE covers and the best graphic novels 1992 to 2012. Whenever I put a book together, I try to make it the sort of book that, if I wasn't doing it, I would buy myself.
And we are putting it out in a different way to the recent Annuals and magazine issues. I had been following Unbound for a few months as I was curious about the crowdfunding model. Unbound is crowdfunding just for books, so it allows writers, authors and creative people the opportunity to get their work out there without the traditional trappings of big monolithic publishers.
TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary is up on Unbound now and we can't publish it without people's support. Pledges start at a very reasonable £10 for UK pledgers. That's only about three cups of coffee these days and you'd be supporting us;). The more you pledge, the more unique collectibles you get. We are planning a Foyles event in September to commemorate this with special guests and panels.
Here's a work in progress version of the cover design, a few interior images from some of the great artists we have in the book and a few classic TRIPWIRE covers.
If you're at the Bristol Comic Expo this weekend (12th -13th May), then we'll be set up so you can come by and pick up our exclusive anniversary print by Duncan Fegredo (his magnificent painting to TRIPWIRE Annual 2007)
Don't forget: We can't do it without you…
Labels: Alan Moore, Bristol comic expo, comics, comics history, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, Frank Miller, genre, Guillermo Del Toro, Hellboy, Howard Chaykin, Joss Whedon, Mike Mignola, movies, TRIPWIRE anniversary, Unbound
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Carol Reed, director of The Third Man and Oliver!, didn't make many classic films in his career. Outcast of The Islands, made just after The Third Man, is an odd curio of a movie: based on a Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness) novel, it has just been released on DVD by StudioCanal. The film follows the fortunes of chancer Peter Willems (Trevor Howard) in Southeast Asia, when he finds himself on a remote island in the Pacific after some poor business decisions. It has a fantastic supporting cast with British 1950s stalwarts Robert Morley and Ralph Richardson offering very solid performances. Reed was a great director even if he didn't make great films all the time and Outcast of The Islands is an intriguing snapshot of British filmmaking in the 1950s. It isn't quite as compelling as something like The Third Man and the plot does lose cohesion in the second half of the film but Reed is helped by an excellent cast and it's hard to go wrong with source material like Joseph Conrad. For aficionados of British cinema, Outcast of The Islands is worth checking out on DVD…