The Power of Poison is a new exhibition that’s running at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane and I got to see a press preview of it last Thursday. It ran in the US at the American Museum of Natural History and it has been transferred to the UK. We were lucky enough to have its US curator Mark Siddall present when we were getting a sneak preview of the exhibition. The Power of Poison looks at the roles that poison plays in everyday life, in medicines, in nature and in literature over the centuries and it is intended to make people more knowledgeable about the subject, demistifying it and pointing out the different roles it plays. It covers poison in history and also in books like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. The exhibition is a mix of models and live animals like the tiny frogs used by South American natives to tip their arrows in poison. They hadn’t quite finished setting up but it is an impressive exhibition, perfect for school kids but with enough here to interest adults…
MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF YOURSELF
The TRIPWIRE 21 book is at the printers and will be back with us around 9th May. We’re very proud of the way it’s looking. But we are celebrating TRIPWIRE’s anniversary in a few other ways as well. Firstly, we shall be having an exhibition of TRIPWIRE-related photos and images up at the gallery at Foyles on Charing Cross Road in London. Kicking off the morning of 16th May, it’s absolutely free and it will give you the opportunity to see a selection of our magazine covers, photographs and art at a bigger size than you would normally, so it’s a very exciting opportunity for us.
Secondly, also on 16th May is our TRIPWIRE 21 evening. Starting at 6.30pm, I am joined by Michael Moorcock (Elric, fantasy legend), Mike (Hellblazer, The Unwritten) Carey, Roger Langridge (Muppets, Snarked!), Peter Milligan (Hellblazer) and Christopher (Bryant & May, Roofworld) to talk about 21 years of TRIPWIRE and 21 years of comics. We’ll also be making copies of TRIPWIRE 21 in paperback and limited hardcover available to buy at the event and get signed. It’s going to be a great evening and tickets are still available from Foyles. Lastly, we’ll be at the Bristol Comic Expo from 11th to 12th May, with a table selling TRIPWIRE 21 paperbacks and hardcovers and a panel at 12noon. So May is going to be a crazy month for us but we are pleased at last that an anniversary book will be seeing the light of day. The paperback will also be solicited in the June Previews so that our colonial friends will be able to buy the book too…
Bristol Comic Expo
TRIPWIRE 21 evening
TRIPWIRE 21 exhibition
MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF MYSELF
The last couple of weeks have been crazily busy but I said I would put something up about my Gosh exhibition, which opens today. It’s a selection of 16 images taken over the last few years of subjects like Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock, Grant Morrison and more. As well as seeing the photos in a huge format up on the walls at Gosh, you can also pick up a book to commemorate the exhibition, Portraits, which retails at £9.99. And prints are available of all 15 shots. If you go to Gosh, you can leave your name and details on a sign up sheet. So here’s four shots that will be up there and the book cover…
So feel free to pop by tonight, 10th March, or if you can’t make it, it’ll be on until 29th March.