Monday, July 30, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY THIRTY
To finish off our thirty days of TRIPWIRE images, here's not one but two images: our covers to TRIPWIRE Volume 1 #13 by Frank Quitely with Flex Mentallo  from Summer 1996 and the cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 4 #11 by Tim Seelig featuring Alan Moore from June/ July 2002...



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Sunday, July 29, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-NINE
Here's Alex Ross's Uncle Sam cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 2 #2 from way back in November 1997…


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

JUST TOYING WITH US?
Seth MacFarlane has made a career out of going seemingly beyond the pale with animation and trying to shock as many people as he can. Family Guy, after being given the chop by its network, managed to claw its way back and it's now a regular fixture on TV. So when I went to see Ted, his film starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, it was going to be interesting to see if he could maintain his own brand of shock humour for ninety minutes. Ted is the story of John Bennett (Wahlberg) who made a wish as a young boy for his teddy bear to come to life but the problem is that Benett's a man in his thirties now and his teddy bear has become this degraded, potty-mouthed pervert who he can't seem to shake. Ted is as over-the-top and as foul-mouthed as Family Guy and MacFarlane as the voice of Ted shows his talent for crude humour and Kunis (from Family Guy) as Bennett's long-suffering girlfriend Lori Collins shows that she continues to be a talented comic actress, whether as voice talent or when we see her on screen. There isn't much of a plot here, but you didn't really think there would be, did you? Ted is filthy fun and Wahlberg shows he does have a little bit of a talent for comedy, so maybe it's something he should do a little more often and MacFarlane's Ted is a likeable comic creation. It's a refreshing antidote to the hordes of maudlin kid's films that flood the market each year and it's filled with enough slightly uncomfortable laughs to pass ninety minutes in a pleasant way…

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AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-EIGHT
Here's Darwyn Cooke's Catwoman image which ran in the TRIPWIRE 10th anniversary book, way back in 2002…


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Friday, July 27, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-SEVEN
Here's the Futurama cover we ran on TRIPWIRE #54, back in July 2010…
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-SIX
Here's Mark Chiarello's Shadow piece which he did for our TRIPWIRE 10th anniversary book back in 2002…


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS IN PAPERBACK
It's not just in hardback through Unbound that we're planning to commemorate TRIPWIRE's 20th anniversary. In the latest Previews #286, on page 362, Item number JUL121370, you'll find a TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary paperback. It will be packed with loads of great stuff:

•New and rarely seen art from many of the industry's greatest artists like Howard Chaykin, Frank Quitely, Mike Mignola, Walter Simonson, Joe Kubert, Dave Dorman, Mike Perkins, Roger Langridge, Drew Struzan, Chris Weston, Andy Bennett, Michael Kaluta and more
•Classic TRIPWIRE features and interviews with people like Alan Moore, Mike Mignola, Peter Milligan, Frank Miller, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon, Joe Kubert and many more
•It will also feature new writing, including the best and worst comics movies of the past twenty years, creators, indie and mainstream, who have come up 1992 to 2012, creators we have lost in the last twenty years, the rise of digital and web comics and lots more
For aficionados of comics and genre, this will be a must buy book. And if you'd like the book but don't mind getting it in paperback, then it'll be $24.95/ £14.99 well spent for you.
Here's a few of the images from the book and if you like what you see, you can order it from your local comic shop…



















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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-FIVE
Here's Phil Wagstaff's Brett Anderson from Suede caricature, which ran in TRIPWIRE Volume 1#15, back in winter 1996…


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Monday, July 23, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-FOUR
Here's the cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 1 #14, from way back in Mid summer 1996, our first Mike Mignola Hellboy cover and interview…


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AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-THREE
Here's an Alan Moore photo I took in Gosh in July 2011, which ran in this year's Portraits book, which was released as part of TRIPWIRE's 20th anniversary, and which also featured in the exhibition at Gosh which ran in March of this year…
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-TWO
Here's Tony Harris's Doctor Strange cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 2 #7, from Oct/November 1998…
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

WARNING SPOILERS



NICE KNIGHT FOR IT?
After a four-year gap, we have the third film in Christopher Nolan's Batman, The Dark Knight Rises. This year has already seen Marvel's Avengers (Assemble), which had a record-breaking box office internationally. The Dark Knight was a very impressive effort, not least because of the late Heath Ledger's Joker performance. So Nolan had set the bar pretty high for this third film. The Dark Knight Rises opens eight years later. Batman has disappeared because he has been accused of the murder of Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne has become a Howard Hughes-like recluse. Enter Bane (Tom Hardy), an enigmatic mercenary figure, determined to take over Gotham City. We are also introduced to Selina Kyle/ Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), a thief whose motives are a little unclear. Bane seems to be a force of a nature, a character who appears to be unstoppable and when Batman tries, he is physically incapacitated and left to rot in a prison in a mystery country. There are returning characters here: Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Michael Caine as Alfred are all back but we also have Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), whose role becomes more pivotal as the film progresses, and Matthew Modine as policeman Foley and Joseph Gordon Leavitt as police detective Blake. So The Dark Knight Rises deals with redemption and whether Batman, with the aid of people like Blake, Gordon and Fox, can help Gotham City rise phoenix-like from the ashes of what Bane has created: a city locked down under his control. Its running time is nearly three hours and I admit before I saw it, this did give me a little cause for concern. But Nolan has managed to craft a tale which is epic, cinematic and which mostly holds your attention. There are still flaws here: the audio for Tom Hardy's Bane makes it impossible to make out everything he says and sometimes Bale's gruff Bat-voice can be a little grating. But these are minor quibbles: The Dark Knight Rises feels like a film made by a grown-up, proper filmmaker where everything is there for a reason. It's impossible not to compare this with The Avengers (Assemble) and, while Marvel's team film was very enjoyable and a lot of fun, Nolan's effort feels more like a real cinematic experience. Nolan manages to wrap up the story of Batman on screen with style and panache while leaving things open for further adventures. Both he and Bale have stated publicly that this will be the last Batman film from them but this means, presumably, that there will be a Spider-man-style reboot in about three years, which would be a real shame as Nolan has planted the seeds for a truly intriguing potential future for the character. It's not perfect, and it's not quite as well-made as The Dark Knight, but The Dark Knight Rises is a worthy addition to Nolan's work as well as a great showcase for what can be done on the big screen these days…

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Friday, July 20, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY-ONE
Here's the Ted McKeever cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 1 #4, from way back in August 1993…


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AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWENTY
Here's Chris Weston's Frankenstein vs the Nazis image for TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary book, out hopefully later this year…



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Thursday, July 19, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY NINETEEN
Here's the Sean Phillips Sleeper cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 4 #10, From March/ April 2002…


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY EIGHTEEN
Here's Jock's Hellblazer piece that ran in TRIPWIRE 10th anniversary book back in 2002…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY SEVENTEEN
Here's the cover, a JH Williams image in a montage, from TRIPWIRE Spring Special from way back in 2001...




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Monday, July 16, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY SIXTEEN
Here's Duncan Fegredo's cover image to TRIPWIRE Annual 2007, published in July 2007…



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Sunday, July 15, 2012

IMAGE A DAY DAY FIFTEEN
Here's a photo I took of writer Christopher Fowler for TRIPWIRE back in February 2011....


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Friday, July 13, 2012

IMAGE A DAY DAY FOURTEEN
Here's a Brian Bolland cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 1#2 published way back in September 1992...



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AN IMAGE A DAY DAY THIRTEEN
Here's a Frank Quitely Nick Cave caricature we ran in TRIPWIRE back in the 1990s…
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TWELVE
Here's Frank Quitely's 2020 Visions cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 1 #16 from Spring 1997…


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY ELEVEN
Here's a Tim Sale Batman piece taken from TRIPWIRE's 10th anniversary book back in 2002…
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY TEN
Here's our Matt Wagner Mage cover to TRIPWIRE Summer Special 1997…




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Monday, July 09, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY NINE
Here's a Frazer Irving Judge Death image from TRIPWIRE 10th anniversary book back in 2002…
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

A NEW SPIN?
It's been five years since the disaster that was Spider-man 3 and so much has changed in the cinematic landscape that it was inevitable that Marvel would want to offer the world a different Spider-man to the one that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire created in the three films last decade. It has been ten years since Raimi's first Spider-man film and we've seen the successful big-screen transfer of Marvel creations like Thor, The Avengers and Captain America. The Amazing Spider-man, directed by Marc (500 Days of Summer) Webb has a different approach to Raimi: this film has a lighter and younger feel than Raimi's efforts. Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker feels younger than Maguire's portrayal and he even looks a little younger, even though in reality the actor is actually 28 years old. The story is the familiar one: Parker, losing his parents at a young age, he goes to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Sally Field and Martin Sheen, respectively). Parker is a science geek and finds himself in the offices of Oscorp, whose chief scientist Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) is searching for a way to regrow his lost arm via experiments with other species. Parker finds himself in one of their secret labs and unwittingly ends up being bitten by a radioactive spider. When his Uncle is cruelly murdered in a street robbery, Parker makes it his mission to use his newfound powers for good. Meanwhile, the desperate Connors turns his own experiments on himself with disastrous consequences. Director Webb has a lightness of touch here and Garfield plays the gawky Parker with style and panache. The supporting cast are also pretty decent including the gorgeous Emma Stone as police captain Stacy's daughter Gwen and Dennis Leary as her father. Ifans was an intriguing choice to play Connors and he mostly carries it off. The action sequences are well-handled but the running time is about forty minutes too long and shaving a chunk off would have made it a stronger film and occasionally some of the swinging scenes look a little too artificial but these are minor quibbles. Feeling like a Saturday morning cartoon, The Amazing Spider-man has mostly removed the bad taste that Spider-man 3 left and set things up nicely for future cinema adventures with Parker. The 3D is pretty pointless however and cinemagoers should see it in 2D as the 3D lends nothing to the experience. It is slightly less sophisticated than Thor and Avengers (Assemble) but still worth seeing. Marvel have done what they needed to do to make Spider-man a viable Hollywood franchise again…

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AN IMAGE A DAY DAY EIGHT
Here's our Frank Miller Dark Knight Strikes Again cover to TRIPWIRE from December 2001…


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Saturday, July 07, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY SEVEN
Here's the Mike Mignola Hellboy image we used for a TRIPWIRE cover back in 2001…


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Friday, July 06, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY SIX
Here's a Tim Bradstreet Unknown Soldier image from TRIPWIRE 10th anniversary book from back in 2002…
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Thursday, July 05, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY FIVE
Here's Howard Chaykin's Martha Wayne image for our forthcoming TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary book…
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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY FOUR
For today's image, here's the cover to TRIPWIRE Volume 4 #2, from way back in 2001, by Ashley Wood…

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

AN IMAGE A DAY DAY THREE
Here's a photo I took of Dave McKean when I went down to see him to interview him for TRIPWIRE #54 back in April 2010…
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