SAN DIEGO BOUND
With about three days to go until I get on the plane to go to San Diego for another week of madness (my 11th show there), this will be the last post I write in London until I get back. I always look forward to San Diego because sometimes it’s the only place I see certain people all year. Although in past years, I have done a lot of reporting and writing on film stuff for magazines and newspapers but this year, it seems that the press are being frozen out by the film companies. I know of several high-profile roundtables that I am not invited to and so it means that I’ll mainly be behind the TRIPWIRE table. Speaking of which, if anybody is at San Diego, please feel free to come by to our table, Small Press S07, where we’ll have the Annual 2009 hot off the presses. Since Diamond US won’t carry us, it may be the only chance you have to grab one. We are also selling copies of 2008’s Annual, what with a sizeable Doctor Who presence at the show in the shape of Russell T Davies and David Tennant. We also have a panel on Thursday 23rd July in Room 3 from 10.30am. We’ll have BleedingCool’s Rich Johnston on that as well as myself, Editor-US Andy Grossberg and possibly artist Kody Chamberlain. So I am excited to see the magazine, since I won’t see it until I get to the hotel in San Diego on Monday evening West Coast time, and looking forward to catching up with people like Jim Johnson and loads of others. I’ll be posting entries here while I’m away, so expect to see lots of activity at Walls and Bridges…

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

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…

TRIPWIRE ANNUAL FEATURE RUNDOWN
Okay to start off the year, here is a rundown of the features in this year’s TRIPWIRE Annual. Some of them may change:

Doctor Who/ Torchwood British sci-fi TV renaissance including a look at the history of Doctor Who, Doctor Who comics, its finest episodes and a guide to all of the Doctors so far;

•Superman at 70 years old including the best Superman stories of all time, an interview with Grant Morrison and some of the current Superman creators;

•40th anniversary of Marvel’s 1968 launches;

Akira‘s 20th anniversary with a look at its influence ever since;

•Posy Simmonds feature;

•Michael Moorcock and Elric;

•Tim Kring discusses the future of Heroes with the continuing writers’ strike;

•David Cohen and Matt Groening on the return of Futurama;

•A look at the current batch of genre TV including Battlestar Galactica, Sarah Conner and Jericho;

•Graphic Novels for people who don’t read comics;

•Genre movie roundup including Iron Man, The Escapist, Star Trek, taking Persepolis from graphic novel to screen;

•A day in the life of Pinewood Studios;

•The concept art of Indiana Jones;

•Power List

•STRIPWIRE featuring the Punks guys, Jamie McKelvie, Mike Collins

and more…

Same format, 132 pages or so, with a brand new full colour Tommy Lee Edwards Doctor Who cover…

Out for this year’s San Diego…