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TRIPWIRE BACK IN PREVIEWS
After a gap of two years, TRIPWIRE will be available to order from Diamond US in Previews. If you go to page 351 of Previews May 2011, you can order TRIPWIRE#55, item code MAY111336. For £6.95 UK/ $9.99 US, you can get 124 pages in full colour. Here’s info on what’s going to be in it

Under an exclusive painted cover by illustrator David Michael Beck, we celebrate Michael Moorcock’s Elric anniversary by talking to Moorcock himself, looking back at the past of the character in comics and what Boom! has planned for it. We also profile movie location scouting company Sarah Eastel plus London fantasy author Christopher (Bryant & May) Fowler talks about his career. It’s fifty years since Fantastic Four #1 so we commemorate this with a look back at Marvel’s first family with the help of some of the creators who’ve been part of FF history. Then there’s STRIPWIRE, like an entire 22 page comic inside a magazine with artists like Roger Langridge and Kev Mullins, a profile of classic artist LB Cole, the return of old favourites like the Power List and the Graphic Novel roundup and a look at the success of Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG.

Here’s Beck’s magnificent cover image…














DESIGNS FOR LIFE
On Thursday, I went to see designer Peter Saville speak at the Logan Hall near Russell Square. Part of the D&AD series of Presidents talks, I have been to see Chip Kipp, James Jarvis and Christopher Frayling in the past as part of this same occasional series. Saville was the guy who designed the album covers for Joy Division, New Order and OMD and is now in charge of creating a brand for the city of Manchester. I sometimes enjoy seeing people other than writers and artists speak and Saville was an interesting, erudite and self-assured subject who had some telling things to say. I know I pissed off some of the audience by taking tons of photos at the talk but you have to take loads as most of them you’ll have to ditch. And you can only become a better photographer by continually shooting while becoming more and more aware of things like composition and light. I am a much better photographer now than I was even as recently as a year ago. So here are a few photos I took at the event…