Since 2015, the UK’s pre-eminent magazine about comics and genre Tripwire has built up a sizeable presence online. From May of this year, as well as continuing that online presence, Tripwire will be returning to the format which garnered its international reputation and prestige.
Tripwire Spring Special 2020 will be a 144 page, full colour squarebound, retailing at £7.99 UK/ $12.99 US.
“We are very excited to be returning to print,” Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows revealed. “We enjoy publishing and updating the website, which has got us a lot of new fans, but there is something that’s hard to beat about bringing out our content in print.”
The first print issue since 2011, Tripwire Spring Special is packed full of exciting and original content:
For the direct comic market and UK newstrade under an exclusive Flash 80th anniversary cover by acclaimed illustrator David Michael Beck, the special includes:
•A look at the history of DC’s The Flash in the year he celebrates his 80th birthday
•An exclusive Kieron Gillen interview with him talking about Once & Future, Die and more
•Commemorating the 80th anniversary of Batman’s most dangerous villain, The Joker
•70 years since EC Comics changed the face of US comics forever and looks at how they influenced the horror comics of the 1980s and beyond like Swamp Thing and The Sandman
•A feature looking at the long career of best-selling fantasy comics writer and author Neil Gaiman
•A career interview with Louise Simonson, whose CV includes working on Marvel’s Star Wars comics, editing seminal horror anthologies Eerie and Creepy and more
•A look at the career of indie filmmaker Richard Stanley, who is back with new Nicolas Cage horror Color Out Of Space, including an exclusive interview with Stanley
•A preview of eagerly awaited sequel Wonder Woman 1984 and a look back at the history of the character
•Looking at how comic artists like Frank Quitely, Jock and others use Wacom and Cintiq tablets to create their art
For those who support us on Indiegogo, there is a Once & Future cover by Dan Mora, tying in with the exclusive Kieron Gillen interview.
Tripwire has garnered many fans over the years:
Oscar winning director and writer Guillermo Del Toro said this about Tripwire:”Tripwire has been for nearly three decades the touchstone of comic book culture in the U.K and one of the leading periodicals dedicated to this narrative art form. Incisive, smart and always relevant.”
Best selling author Ian Rankin (Rebus) was equally effusive: “ still the coolest magazine on the planet, and helping young and old alike fritter away their lives with the best coverage of comics, film and TV.”
Legendary TV writer and producer Mark Verheiden was also one of our biggest fans: “TRIPWIRE is essential reading – one of the best on the market”
Finally fantasy grandmaster Michael Moorcock had this to say about us: “TRIPWIRE really is a breath of fresh air. Its layouts are superb, with great well-written features perfectly set off by the pictures, adding clarity and intelligence to every page. And it keeps on doing it. Amazing, gratifying. A pleasure to look at, a pleasure to read.”
Meadows hopes this will act as a springboard for a regular return: “The plan is that if this works, Tripwire will be back on a quarterly basis from this October.”
Tripwire can be supported on Indiegogo here