Earlier this week, I ran a piece previewing the Tripwire Annual 2009, shipping next month. Tripwire is a long-running occasional comics-and-film magazine, with a unique style and design. It’s an accessible intelligent product. A good read, an engaging tone, even a collectable item in its own right, if you’re into that kind of thing.
But its latest issue, the Tripwire 2009 Annual has hit a snag. Its two hundred orders shy of the Diamond Comics Distribution minimum order. Which is a problem. Now I think Tripwire is a worthy publication. I think it’s deserving of your support. Here’s the feature list for the Annual:
•Stan Lee on Marvel’s 70th anniversary plus a look at the future of Marvel movies
• Solomon Kane history feature including a look at Dark Horse’s Robert E Howard line
•Guillermo Del Toro on his novel The Strain
•A look at the sleeper hit of the year, British low budget sci fi movie Moon with director Duncan Jones
•Joe Kubert on returning to Tor after years away
•30th anniversary of Alien feature
•Profile of Flesk Publications plus interviews with Mark Schultz and Gary Gianni
•A look at Tintin in the year of his 80th birthday
•Celebrate Batman’s 70th anniversary with a look back at the character’s history plus Frank Quitely interview
•Ian Rankin on Dark Entries, his graphic novel for the new Vertigo Crime line plus Vertigo’s chief Karen Berger on the new line
•DC’s Wednesday Comics series
•Bill Morrison talking about Bongo in the runup to The Simpsons’ 20th anniversary
•Interview with fine artist and illustrator Phil Hale, the man who painted Tony Blair’s leaving portrait for the House of Commons
•Bieng Human feature looking at the hit UK genre series
•Strips from Roger Langridge, Punx, Kevin Mullins and David Hitchcock
Worth ordering a copy? Worth ordering a few more if you’re a retailer? Stephen Grant said ““Considering the ground they cover, the intelligence of the writing, and the professionalism of the design (mostly), TRIPWIRE might be the best franchise culture magazine going today.”
I’d certainly hate to see it end. Consider this Tripwire’s last chance to remain a Diamond distributed magazine. The Diamond order code is: MAY091149.
Rough cover to annual courtesy of Tripwire.