Trip Out Out In London On May 16th
What, in all honesty, does a fiver buy you?
It doesn’t quite cover the cost of a pint of lager and a packet of nuts.
But on May 16th you can turn this fiver into something cool.
Back in 1992, TRIPWIRE started out with a mission to become the UK’s leading comics/ genre magazine. Its emphasis on British comics and creators and quirky genre work has garnered it fans around the world. Its friends include Joss Whedon and Guillermo del Toro, and its contributors read like a who’s who of the fantastic.
This year it turns 21, and to commemorate their birthday a special edition, TRIPWIRE 21, is being published. It’s a celebration and an accumulation of all these years of the graphically stunning publication.
To mark the event, on Thursday 16th May at 6:30pm Foyles (the original flagship bookstore on Charing Cross Rd) is presenting a gathering that includes Michael Moorcock (Mother London), Peter Milligan (Hellblazer), Mike Carey (The Unwritten, X-Men), Roger Langridge (The Muppets) and my good self in discussion with the magazine’s editor.
There are still some tickets available for the evening, and it’s a unique chance to get work signed by everyone in one space, plus you get to hear us talk about changes in the UK genre landscape over the decades, and probably rabbit on about weird London stuff. Mr Moorcock is one of my great heroes – his astonishingly wide-ranging work influenced me heavily in the early days of my career, but I have never met him, so I’m really looking forward to the event too.
Mr Moorcock’s avatar, Jerry Cornelius, traversed the future world with a blithe hipsterism before the word was even coined, but his SF is also the stuff of legend – and he’s a Londonhead; his novel ‘Mother London’ proved that. I used to read his work sitting on the floor of Compendium Books in Camden Town, when I was a broke student (that wonderful store is now, of course, a T-shirt shop.)
It’s much harder to keep this kind of magazine alive in the UK these days, and at a fiver for the evening it’s knockout value. You’ll also be helping to support a magazine that really deserves to continue in a physical, collectable form, so bang it into your diary now! (That was the hard sell part).
Tickets can still be reserved online by hitting this link, here.