A LOOK FORWARD (AND A LOOK BACK)

As is traditional this time of year (although it’s usually on New Year’s Eve), I use this blog post to take stock of how the year’s been and what will be happening in the next year. 2011 was a very mixed bag:
•We did put out another TRIPWIRE which was a very strong issue but because of the current climate, advertising was significantly down on the previous year.
•We issued two digital issues which did okay but it has made us think that we need to do a little bit of tweaking re: the digital magazine
•In terms of freelance work, I did more work for the Judge Dredd Megazine including pinning down Steve (Preacher, Punisher) Dillon for it and I also got my first feature for Big Issue In The North which has a picture credit for my Michael Moorcock photo with the feature I wrote, which was exciting
•Speaking of photography, I did take a lot of photos in 2011 and feel that my work is developing (pardon the pun) as we go into 2012
•I got my own place to live, which has felt weird but is quite liberating
•There was quite a bit of subbing and copy editing work although I had to cast my net a bit wider
•I ended 2011 having written just over a third of my detective novel, so that’s good news
So for 2012, there’s a lot to build on:
•In March, there’s my first ever photo exhibition, of my comic creator photos at Gosh now in Soho. This feels odd but very exciting
•At Bristol in May we’ll be selling a number of exclusive TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary prints. 2012 is the 20th anniversary of the magazine and there will be a few items to buy at Gosh but it’ll run from March until late summer when we hope to put out a TRIPWIRE 20th book that will top the 10th anniversary one that came out in 2002 with plans for an anniversary evening also at Gosh later in the summer
•We intend to turn TRIPWIRE into a bi-monthly app from the end of February. 2012 will be the first year in the last five years that US Editor Andy Grossberg isn’t going to be involved
•I will finish the first draft of my detective novel sometime in the first half of 2012
•On the photography front, I shall build on whatever occurs at the Gosh event and put out a few more limited run books. I shall also try to get at least one other book project locked down this year, which is hard in the current climate but I live in hope
So it’s looking like a very interesting year…