Friday, 10 August 2012

Unbound Utopias and 20 Years of Tripwire

Until Kickstarter get their act together in the UK, there's another crowd-funding organisation that's doing great things for authors at the moment: Unbound.
I currently have two friends who have projects with Unbound at the moment. The first is "Dr." David Bramwell's excellent The No.9 Bus to Utopia. Based on his popular stage show, this is a must buy. It only has 3 days left to go and only has a quarter of it's funding. You'd be an idiot not to fund this project. I'm not and that's why I'm backing it, and so must you. Now!!
The other important project that's about to close—unless you get off your feckless arses and put your money where your mouths are—is the 20th Anniversary edition of Joel Meadow's Tripwire magzine. For 20 years Joel has doggedly been publishing what has become a stalwart of the British Comics industry. From an annoying little toe-rag with an oversized mic and a popensitity for pissing off just about everyone in the comics biz, to being a respected comics journalist with two decades of bridge-building back under his belt, Joel as been at the forefront of some of the industry's most interesting stories. I'd go so far as to say that he probably knows more people in the biz then me, and I know a LOT! In fact, this is what the impressive line-up for the book looks like:

Mike (Hellboy) Mignola, Alan (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) Moore, Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Grant Morrison (Batman Inc., Joe The Barbarian), Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Justice League Dark), James (Starman, The Shade) Robinson and more. Also, it will feature a lot of brand new material like a selection of features looking at the key trends and issues of the past twenty years like the best and worst comic and genre movies 1992-2012, the twenty comic creators who have come to prominence over the last twenty years and topics like digital comics, the rise of the independent graphic novel and much more. It will also include a gallery of images, a selection of rarely seen and new for the book, from a stellar line-up of the best comic artists and illustrators in the business including:

Howard Chaykin, Dave Dorman, Garen Ewing, Duncan Fegredo, Henry Flint, Phil Hale, Jon Haward, Michael Kaluta, Joe Kubert, Roger Langridge, David Morris, Mike Perkins, Walter Simonson, Drew Struzan, Dave Taylor, Ben Templesmith, and Chris Weston.

As Ian Rankin said, "Still the coolest magazine on the planet, and helping young and old alike fritter away their lives with the best coverage of comics, film, TV, and games. All hail, and here's to the next 20!" 

You should follow the links and pledge as much money as you can immediately. Remember you get your cash back if they don't make their funding so your money's safe, but your life with be spirirtually poorer if the projects don't happen, so spread the word and get your friends, family, pets and complete strangers to pledge as well. If you do, I'll even chuck in some goodies if the books make their targets!

Further information and videos are on the Unbound website. This is the future of publishing. Now go be a part of it.