Feast your eyes on Tripwire 21

Tripwire 21Orders for a very special 21st anniversary issue of British independent media magazine TRIPWIRE are now being solicited through Diamond – and the title will be available to order in bookshops at the end of this month.

The special edition, which kicked off with a book launch at London’s top bookshop Foyles last month is a very special issue as the title celebrates 21 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.

Clocking in at a whacking 180 pages and in oversized trade paperback format, introduced by renowned writer Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies), the book includes classic TRIPWIRE interviews with creators like Mike (Hellboy) Mignola, Alan (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) Moore, Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Grant Morrison (Batman Inc., Joe The Barbarian), Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Justice League Dark), James (Starman, The Shade) Robinson and more.

TRIPWIRE 21 also features a lot of brand new material like a selection of features looking at the key trends and issues of the past 21 years like the best and worst comic and genre movies 1992-2013, the 21 most significant 2000AD creators of the past 21 years and topics like digital comics, the rise of the independent graphic novel and much more.

One of the most impressive aspects is a gallery of stunning images: a selection of the 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, Michael Kaluta, Joe Kubert, Roger Langridge, Mike Mignola, Mike Perkins, Sean Phillips, Frank Quitely, Walter Simonson, Drew Struzan, Ben Templesmith and Chris Weston.

Art by Duncan Fegredo featured in Tripwire 21

Hellboy art by Duncan Fegredo featured in Tripwire 21 – one of many amazing pieces in the issue

Editor and publisher Joel Meadows has kindly sent downthetubes a copy of the book – and it’s fantastic. Just the art pages alone make it well worth the price of entry, but the features, some looking back over the way the comics industry has changed in the past 21 years, some, like the digital comics feature, looking forward, making for a terrific package. (The tribute to creators lost is a nice touch, too).

The special comes crammed with Joel Meadows photography of key comic creators such as Alan Moore. Photo © Joel Meadows

The special comes crammed with Joel Meadows photography of key comic creators such as Alan Moore. Photo © Joel Meadows


This is a must-own book for aficionados of comics and genre as every major player in this world is represented within its pages.

• TRIPWIRE 21 will be available for general purchase from 26th June 2013. Retailing at only £14.99 UK/ $24.99. It is available to order through the direct market to comic shops through Diamond Previews June 2013, item number JUN131448.

It is also being carried to the UK booktrade through Turnaround and the US booktrade through SCB Distribution to outlets like Barnes & Noble, Chapters and Indigo.

• TRIPWIRE Web: www.tripwire-magazine.com

What's not to like about a Magazine that features Chris Weston art like this? You know you want it!

What’s not to like about a Magazine that features Chris Weston art like this? You know you want it!

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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