As is traditional here, at the end of the year I talk about what I’ve done and what I hope to do. 2009 was a very strange year for me: work, especially subbing work was thin on the ground and while the writing was there, it wasn’t enough to replace the subbing that I had before. But some good things did happen:

•We got another two issues of TRIPWIRE out, the Superhero Special in February and the Annual 2009 at the very end of July. They are two issues that I am very proud of. It was disappointing that Diamond US chose not to carry the 2009 Annual but it’s a decision I couldn’t take personally as the business environment in 2009 was extremely tough and so they made choices that they wouldn’t have done in previous years

•I cemented my writing portfolio and my cuttings. In 2009 I got pieces published in Big Issue In The North, Sci Fi Now and did a load of work for the Judge Dredd Megazine, which will continue into 2010. I did some work for online genre publications, something I haven’t really pursued much. I got to interview Terry Gilliam and Genndy Tartakovsky, two people whose work I have admired for years. I also interviewed Guillermo Del Toro again when The Strain came out and was able to build up my relationship with him and Richard Taylor at Weta, a relationship that I intend to continue to build upon

•I finally came to the conclusion that the photos I take are just as valid as the photos that established photographers take. In fact, I now consider myself to be a photographer as I finally put my money where my mouth is and put out my first photography book, Town & Country (available now from I have improved the shots I take and at the end of this year have taken some photos I am truly proud that I have taken

•I wrote and completed a prose short story, The Hanging Man, which is something I’ve not done since I was at university. I entered it into a competition and it was a great exercise for me as a writer

So looking back, it wasn’t a total washout as a year. Studio Space, which came out in 2008, didn’t do anything more and I came to realise that it served its purpose but if we wanted the book to make more of an impact, myself and Gary needed to do the promotion ourselves. I would still like to do a followup but I’ve put that to the back of my mind at present because I am going to devote time to book projects aimed at a more general readership. So here’s what I plan to do in 2010:

•Publish a photography book a month. Town & Country was the first but it will be followed by a new title every month. London Eye will be out in January, then we’ll have a book on London Cemeteries, London Pubs, Statues and much more. I aim to come to the end of 2010 with around a dozen photo books with my name on them. You will also be able to buy prints of my photos too. To that end, I’m going to be starting a new blog that will just talk about my photography sometime in January…

•Hopefully one of the book proposals I have in with traditional book publishers will happen. I don’t know which and I don’t want to jinx it, so I won’t mention the subject of any of them in case none of them happen…

•I shall write more fiction. I was very chuffed I managed to finish my short in 2009 and there’ll be lots more projects like that. We’ll have some Dee For Detective out in some shape or form in 2010 and I may even pursue some other comic writing opportunities…

•There will be more TRIPWIRE. Even though the market is bloody hard at the moment with shops closing and magazines teetering on the edge, the plan is to produce at least a TRIPWIRE Annual as a physical entity in 2010. It’s the 75 anniversary of DC as well as the 20th of The Simpsons, so we plan to be there in some shape and form to document what’s going on. We are also going to attempt to update the website far more regularly…

•I am also going to build up my writing portfolio and get into even more magazines, newspapers and publications that I’ve not been in before…

So 2009 was a pretty dodgy year but it had some highlights. I believe that 2010 will be a better year…

So to everyone who reads this blog, have a great New Year and I’ll see you on the other side…

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…