CALIFORNIA SCHEMING
So I’m back home now, still horribly lagged. The trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco was definitely worth doing. I landed in LA on Monday 23rd February and whizzed through US Immigration and Customs. I stayed with my mum’s friend Adele and her bloke Joel again in Sherman Oaks. So on Tuesday, Andy Grossberg swung by to pick me up and we went to Heroes at Sunset Gower to drop off copies of the TRIPWIRE Superhero Special to Mark Verheiden, Bryan Fuller and Tim Kring. It was the first time we’d seen Bryan since Pushing Daises ended and he seemed happy to be back at Heroes. We chatted about the series and lots of other genre and TV shows, then we went to find Mark Verheiden where we also chatted for a while. We saw Tim Kring last and it was nice to catch up with him. We were at the studios for about two and a half hours altogether and we passed Zachary Quinto (Sylar) and Greg Grunberg (Parkman) wandering around the backlot. So the only photos I took there were of Kring, Verheiden and Fuller. They have just finished shooting Heroes webisodes, which were written and directed by Kring’s asssistant, Jim Martin, who we had a natter with too. Then we went to have late lunch with photographer Mark Berry, originally from Bristol but who now lives in LA. It was cool to catch up with him as he has a baby daughter now. So my first day in LA was fun and productive. Here are a few shots I didn’t put up on the previous post…










GO WEST
I’m still out in the US, having a great trip so I’ll start to put some posts up about my short time in LA and how things have gone in San Francisco. But in the meantime, here are some photos of Tim Kring and Mark Verheiden at Heroes and a few of Sunset near the Heroes offices…








LA CONFIDENTIAL PART TWO
On Tuesday of my trip, I went to see Tim Kring and Mark Verheiden at the Heroes backlot at Sunset-Gower Studios. Unfortunately Jeph Loeb had been let go from the show so I wouldn’t be seeing him there. Kring was a good interview as ever, talking about the future of serialised TV, and Verheiden was also a decent subject as we got onto Battlestar Galactica as well, since he used to be on that series. He has also written for genre TV and comics for years so it was useful to get his perspective on the current genre boom. The Kring and Verheiden stuff will be in the Superhero oneshot from TRIPWIRE out next March. Because Andy didn’t feel great, he dropped me at the studio and our friend Pat McGreal and his wife Carol were kind enough to come and grab me and we had lunch at an Indian restaurant on Melrose and popped into comic shop Golden Apple. In the evening, I went with Joel (Bagelman) to see Jenji Kohan, the creator/ showrunner of the TV series Weeds being interviewed at Writers Guild of America West, which was fairly interesting. So here are some photos…


A FINAL TRIP THROUGH THE WIRES
Amazingly I have finished the TRIPWIRE Annual and the pages go to Andy Grossberg for subbing over the weekend. I’m really chuffed with the way they look and so I thought I’d give everyone a sneek peek. I’ll put up another post with some designs in the next couple of days…
I also wanted to say that I’ve been thinking a lot about Andy Grossberg because he lost his dad this week.





HEROIC BEHAVIOUR
I was out in LA from last Sunday until Thursday morning and unfortunately Frank Miller fell through (too busy with the Spirit movie) and I never met with Grant Morrison either as I didn’t hear back from him. But on Tuesday, I went with Andy Grossberg to see Tim Kring and Jeph Loeb at the Heroes production office. Kring’s assistant told me we’d have half an hour but we ended up with a whole hour, which was great. Some of the content will end up in Sci-Fi Now, some of it in this year’s Annual and the rest in the Heroes oneshot we’ll publish next year.
Here are a few photos of Kring and Loeb…

TRIPWIRE ANNUAL LATEST DESIGN MOCKUP
Off to the States tomorrow (to LA and then San Francisco for Wonder Con). I’m doing my Tim Kring (Heroes) interview for TRIPWIRE Annual and Sci-Fi Now when I’m over there and possibly meeting up with Grant Morrison and then interviewing Jon Favreau at Wonder Con. I’ll post while I’m away but in the meantime, here is the latest mockup cover of the TRIPWIRE Annual
By the way, our Heroes oneshot is back on with the end of the writers’ strike, so expect to see that around February next year…


NO MORE HEROES?
We’ve started the new year by deciding to put back the TRIPWIRE Heroes oneshot. The future of the series is too uncertain at this point because of the writers’ strike and there’s only 11 episodes of Season 2 to show over here, so we have decided to come back to it later in the year. There will be Heroes material though in the Annual again this year with a Tim Kring feature looking at the future of the series…