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HOME FROM THE WEST COAST…
I got back from San Diego late last week but I am still horribly lagged. It was a very enjoyable 10 days and I even got to do some fun things too. I’m hoping that the regular visitors here haven’t all died of boredom and stopped visiting as it’s been almost a month since I last put up a new post. But July and the beginning of August have been very interesting indeed, passing by in the blink of the proverbial. So here’s half a dozen photos from San Diego for you (Bruce Timm, Frank Darabont, some bloke dressed as Death who was on the escalator opposite me, John (Bender) DiMaggio, who I gave a copy of TRIPWIRE to, Matt Groening and Grant Morrison. I’ll be putting up a proper post in the next few days…

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A TRIP THROUGH THE WIRES FOR 2010
The new issue of TRIPWIRE is at the printers now. It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth issue we’ve done with the new format but it’s hopefully our best yet. We’ve got a Futurama feature, an interview with movie poster master Drew Struzan, chats with fantasy veteran writer Michael Moorcock and bestselling author Glen David Gold plus artist, illustrator and photographer Dave McKean talks about his career. We’ve also got anniversary commemorations of DC’s 75th birthday and Captain America’s 70th. It’s thinner than last year’s issue but this is reflected in the price (£6.95 UK or $9.99 US rather than £9.95 UK or $15.95 US). It’ll be out in the second half of this month, available at select Tesco Metros, West End newsagents, Forbidden Planet, Forbidden Planet International, Gosh and Orbital in the UK and through Barnes & Noble and Border in the US plus in Chapters and Indigo in Canada. Here’s a few pages and the cover from it







THE RAW SIDE OF MAUS or CAMDEN ON THE MALL
I went to two more Comica events over the past four days. The first one was Comica Comiket, which was basically the London Underground event which takes place at Camden market transplanted to the ICA.So it had the usual Cmaden crowd selling stuff like Dave Baillie, Douglas Noble, Daniel Goodbrey and quite a few others. It was a valiant attempt but it didn’t quite work as I heard that the rest of the building didn’t know it was happening. I also went to the Art Spiegelman interview and that was more of a success. He was interviewed by Posy Simmonds, a very talented and intelligent cartoonist in her own right, and Spiegleman, who has a new book out, Breakdowns, came across as likeable and self-effacing. In the audience was Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who we have interviewed twice for TRIPWIRE but I have never met or spoken to. So I accosted him briefly and introduced myself. I took a photo of him outside the ICA in the cold London night. Comica ends on Wednesday and it’s been another mix of talks and screenings so it’s likely there’ll be another one. It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London. So here are a few photos including the one of Groening…





TRIPWIRE ANNUAL LATEST
I haven’t posted anything from the Annual in a while so I thought I’d rectify that. It goes to the printers in about three weeks but you’re still able to put your orders in in Previews Vol. XVIII, #5, on page 397 , item number MAY08 4264. It’s such a fantastic lineup this time around:

•With the British sci-fi renaissance in full swing on TV, we look at the history of Doctor Who, providing an invaluable primer for those viewers who have come in late, and cover his history in comics as well as examining series like Life on Mars and Primeval. The Annual will have a brand new painted Tommy Lee Edwards Doctor Who image;
•Michael Moorcock talks about Elric, with a film in the imminent future, and Walt Simonson, Michael Whelan and P. Craig Russell discuss translating Moorcock’s vision to the comics page;
•Matt Groening, David Cohen and Bill Morrison discuss the return of the fan favourite animated series Futurama;
•A look at Pinewood Studios’ new plans, ILM’s company structure and a feature about the career of James Bond storyboard artist Martin Asbury;
•Bryan Fuller spills the beans on Emmy award-nominated hit TV show Pushing Daisies;
•Tim Kring and Jeph Loeb reveals the future of Heroes after the conclusion of the writer’s strike;
•Graphic novelist Posy Simmonds, a regular fixture in The Guardian and always on the bestseller list thanks to books like Tamara Drewe and Gemma Bovary, talks about illustration and her career;
•Marjane Satrapi discusses translating Persepolis from graphic novel to animated film;
•We celebrate two significant anniversaries for 2008: the 70th birthday of the comic industry’s most famous superhero Superman and it’s been 40 years since Marvel’s 1968 revolution;
•A look at Manga Entertainment’s successful UK division

Here are a few pages of design, including the cover again, the first two spreads of the Futurama feature, which is brilliant because Groening and Cohen have fantastic chemistry, the first two pages of our Superman feature and Jeff Carlisle’s pencils for his Doctor Who illo, which also looks amazing. It’s going to top last year’s edition, no question…

TRIPWIRE ANNUAL 2008 IN PREVIEWS
If you pick up the latest Previews (Vol. XVIII #5), May 2008 and turn to page 397, in the magazine section, you’ll find TRIPWIRE Annual 2008. So with the lovely Tommy Lee Edwards Doctor Who cover, there is the following content:

•A look at the history of Doctor Who on TV and in comics, looking at the Doctor’s assistants and his rogues gallery, and examining his renaissance…

•We also talk about Primeval and Ashes To Ashes and Life on Mars, the other current UK genre hit shows…

•In our behind the scenes movie features, we talk to Martin Asbury about his work as a storyboard artist on many of the top movies of the last 25 years, including James Bond, Greystoke, Alien and Legend, we take a look at the plans for the expansion of Pinewood Studios and we examine the way that George Lucas’s ILM is run…

•Matt Groening and David Cohen discuss the return of Futurama…

•Michael Moorcock talks about his extensive writing career…

•A career retrospective on Posy Simmonds…

And lots more including Superman’s 70th anniversary with Grant Morrison and James Robinson and strips from Roger Langridge, Jamie McKelvie and the Punx guys.

So what more do you want for £9.95 or $14.95 for the colonials for 132 pages in colour?

DIAMOND ITEM NUMBER MAY08 4264