Comics fan or Comic Film aficionado? Help Kickstart this: TRIPWIRE 21st Anniversary Book

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Wednesday, April 10, 2013

tripwire magazineEven though it is the comic reader's preferred comics and genre magazine you may not have heard of TRIPWIRE, as they play it fairly low key - run by passionate people (mainly Joel Meadows ) and focusing on bringing great articles and insightful editorial to the fore rather than banging on about how great they are and inundating your social media presence with constant messaging.

I was fortunate enough to acquire a copy of TRIPWIRE X10 their 10th Anniversary edition full of engaging insight, relevant discussion with comic writers and artists as well as glorious artwork signed by some comic greats - it has taken pride of place in my collection. Flash forward 11 years and TRIPWIRE are gearing up for a TRIPWIRE 21st anniversary book and looking for some crowdsourced funding to get the book into production  (there's 4 days left and they are at 65%). Now this might be the most selfish post I have ever written as I plead you to please head over to and make a pledge because  I really want TRIPWIRE 21.

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Tripwire X10 1992 - 2002 10 Years of Tripwire

Video: TRIPWIRE 21 Kickstarter video

2013 is a milestone year for TRIPWIRE. This year, the magazine celebrates twenty-one years of publication, moving from a primitive stapled fanzine to a full colour lavish magazine with high production values. In its two decades of existence, they have interviewed every major mover and shaker in the world of comics and genre, from Alan Moore to Frank Miller, Joss Whedon to Guillermo Del Toro and back again.


We have made it our mission to reflect and analyse in an accessible and intelligent way the major trends in comics, film, TV and genre. So when we decided to commemorate the anniversary of TRIPWIRE, we wanted to do something that would be really special and would reflect the continuing ethos of the magazine. So TRIPWIRE 21st anniversary will be a must-buy book, a limited edition hardcover through crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and in paperback also available at your local comic shop, - editor-in-chief Joel Meadows revealed.
Clocking in at 176 pages and A4 in size, the book will include classic TRIPWIRE interviews with creators like Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Alan Moore (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Grant Morrison (Batman Inc., Joe The Barbarian), Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Justice League Dark), James Robinson (Starman, The Shade) and more.

Also, it will feature a lot of brand new material like a selection of features looking at the key trends and issues of the past twenty years like the best and worst comic and genre movies 1992-2012, the twenty comic creators who have come to prominence over the last twenty years and topics like digital comics, the rise of the independent graphic novel and much more. It will also include a gallery of images, a selection of rarely seen and new for the book, from a stellar line-up of the best comic artists and illustrators in the business including:


Tim Bradstreet, Howard Chaykin, Dave Dorman, Garen Ewing, Duncan Fegredo, Henry Flint, Phil Hale
, Jon Haward, Michael Kaluta, Joe Kubert, Roger Langridge, David Morris, Mike Mignola, Mike Perkins, Sean Phillips, Frank Quitely, Greg Ruth, Walter Simonson, Drew Struzan !!!!!!!!, Dave Taylor
, Ben Templesmith, Chris Weston.

It will be a celebration of both 21 years of acclaimed magazine TRIPWIRE but also a look back at the seismic changes that have occurred in the comics industry. We have always loved comics and genre and with the current huge cultural impact that comics has thanks to the huge success of Avengers and Batman on the big screen and The Walking Dead on TV, we thought it was the perfect time to bring this out.

So here is the URL on Kickstarter:

We are already nearly halfway through our Kickstarter campaign in terms of our target but we need everyone’s help to get us there. We have a number of exciting events planned in May including a launch at the Bristol Comic Expo the weekend of 11th -12th May and a TRIPWIRE 21 evening with Christopher Fowler, Peter Milligan, Roger Langridge and Mike Carey on 16th May. It is going to be the best thing we've ever put out, -  Meadows continues.

“TRIPWIRE has been, for more than two decades the touchstone of comic book culture in the UK and one of the leading periodicals dedicated to this narrative art form. Incisive, smart and always relevant.”-  GUILLERMO DEL TORO

"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

"TRIPWIRE has been, for more than two decades the touchstone of comic book culture in the UK and one of the leading periodicals dedicated to this narrative art form. Incisive, smart and always relevant."- Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim

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