A LOOK BACK AT 2008
Just like I did at the end of last year, I like to take a look at what I’ve done over the past year and what I intend to do in the following year. 2008 was a pretty decent year:

•The second TRIPWIRE Annual did pretty well and we were able to build on the previous one;

Studio Space came out at the end of May, after a four-year wait. It sold briskly at Bristol and it’s gone very well, so well that we are planning another one;

• I have improved my photography again and started to get to grips with my SLR. I got to use the new camera at shows like Wonder Con in San Francisco and San Diego in July;

• We banished the ghost of San Diego 2003 with our table this summer on the Image square. We did pretty well at the table and although it was exhausting, it was worth doing;

• I managed to get work on books since the newspaper and magazine market has shrunk significantly. Working on Guinness World Records Gamers’ Edition and a couple of manuscripts allowed me to expand my CV;

• I got another feature into Time Magazine about Open House London and even though they’ve effectively turned the London office into a bureau, I was glad to get something else into the mag and my experience as a copy editor has been useful. I also got work published in Sci-Fi Now and picked up regular film-reviewing work in Total Politics, something I’ve never managed to do before. I even went back to write something for Death Ray and, if they pay me promptly, I’ll work for them again. I even set up features for the Judge Dredd Megazine, which I haven’t written for since 2005;

So that’s the look back. What would I like to happen next year?

TRIPWIRE becomes more regular. We have already started this process with the planned Superhero Special in March but we would like to get four issues out this year including a couple of genre specials. The Annual for 2009 should be another impressive package as we are planning a Batman anniversary cover and feature. We are looking for a backer and so hopefully someone will come forward and give us some investment to throw into it;

Studio Space 2 will be greenlit so we can improve on what we did in the first one and actually make some money for our efforts;

•I continue to get regular feature work from the magazines I’ve worked for in 2008;

•We’ll do tables at Wonder Con in February in San Francisco and at San Diego in July;

•I don’t have to deal with film company PRs who have no interest in a) the films they’re promoting and b) treating us with any equanimity;

•I get at least two new book proposals off the ground at publishers (Odd London would be a start) so I can develop this different side of my career;

•I continue to use this blog to shamelessly plug my work, review films I’ve been to see and talk drivel about a number of subjects that interest me

This will be my last post of 2008 so everyone who comes here, have a good New Year and I’ll see you in 2009…

A LOOK BACK AND A LOOK FORWARD
Just like I did at the end of 2006, I like to take a look at what I’ve done over the past year and what I intend to do in the following year. 2007 was a pretty decent year:

•We lost our publisher for the studio book but we gained another one at the end of the year, which allowed us to keep the original title and will be a nicer book than it was going to be originally;

•The TRIPWIRE Annual, which wasn’t even definite this time last year, was a proper success. The launch at San Diego sold better than expected, it went into profit and wiped out the horrible memories of San Diego in 2003. And everyone I mentioned it to who I brought it to show was amazed at the level of quality we had managed to achieve;

•The contract at Time allowed me to stop hustling for freelance work for a number of months and guaranteed me income for the first time ever;

•I managed to pick up some more writing work, interviewing Ridley Scott, Jon Favreau, Brian Aldiss and writing pieces on Watchmen the movie, Stardust, Heroes and more for Death Ray and Comics International (although the hash that Death Ray made of the Ridley Scott feature led me to remember why I like writing for my own projects);

•I became a better photographer. Although I’m never going to make a living out of taking photos, buying the SLR has made my shots better;

•The two radio appearances over Christmas came as nice bonuses and I am hoping that I shall be invited back for more radio in 2008

So that’s the look back. What would I like to happen in 2008?

Studio Space comes out in May and I am hoping that it is a lovely book that sells well enough to get some attention for me and Gary and allows me to get some more book projects off the ground as I have a few other titles I would like to make happen. A presence at Bristol with copies of the book hopefully, a panel there and signings at Forbidden Planet, the ICA and even a couple of US bookstore events won’t hurt;

•This year’s TRIPWIRE Annual does even better than last year’s, which seems possible since we will have extra distribution through Borders in the UK and now one has come out, retailers know what it is. It will be on sale on the Image stand at San Diego Comic Con this coming July so I am hoping that the attention that Studio Space gets will get the TRIPWIRE Annual noticed;

•The two TRIPWIRE specials (Heroes in June and Hellboy in November) allows the TRIPWIRE name to increase in recognition again and to continue the momentum we have generated;

Hidden City will get picked up by a publisher, giving me a kick up the arse, so that the public may even see it in 2009;

•I continue to use this blog to shamelessly plug my work, review films I’ve been to see and talk crap about subjects that interest me

This will be my last post of 2007 so have a good New Year and I’ll see everyone in 2008…