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Tripwire 30

by Tripwire

Tripwire celebrates its 30th anniversary with a lavish 224 page limited hardcover book featuring the best art and features from the magazine's history.

This campaign will be fulfilled out of the UK


supported of $5,000



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Digital copy

PDF format 224 pages





8.5 x 11", 224 pages


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Signed Hardcover

8.5 x 11", 224 pages. Signed by Frank Quitely, Liam Sharp, Walter Simonson, Martin Simmonds, Shawn M...




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David Mack high end art print

8.5 x 11 limited edition Kabuki giclee




Liam Sharp StarHenge high end art print

8.5 x 11 giclee




Walter Simonson Star Slammers high end art print

8.5 x 11 giclee




Bill Sienkiewicz high end art print

8.5 x 11 giclee, Jimi Hendrix




Andy Bennett high end art print

8.5 x 11 giclee, Sherlock Holmes




Tripwire magazine covers high end art print

8.5 x 11 giclee




Set of four Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders high end prints

Four pages from the three Holmes strips by Andy Bennett




Signed copies of Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders Prey script

Signed by the co-creators

The Book


This campaign will fund a lavish limited edition hardcover of Tripwire 30, our 224-page celebration of Tripwire hitting our milestone this year. The book with a dustjacket and a red ribbon features all kinds of cool original and classic material:


• A brand new foreword by Image’s Dirk Wood


• An introduction by Previews editor Marty Grosser


• Features looking at the dominance of Marvel movies, the rise and fall of DC’s Vertigo imprint, the 30 graphic novels you should read, 30 years of Image Comics, Lost Tales, how Comic Cons have changed over the years, and interviews with the likes of Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Mike Mignola taken from the magazine’s history.


• Full page art from the likes of Jock (Batman), Frank Quitely (Jupiter’s Legacy, Batman), Drew Struzan (Indiana Jones), Frank Miller (Sin City, Dark Knight), Walter Simonson (Thor, Ragnarok), Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight, Batman), Laurence Campbell (Hellboy), Frazer Irving (Gutsville, Batman), Simon Davis (2000AD), Roger Langridge (Fred The Clown, The Muppets) and many others.


• The debut of the latest acclaimed Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders comic strip by Tripwire editor-in-chief Joel Meadows and artist Andy Bennett, running with the first two comic shorts.


The only place people will be able to get a signed limited edition Tripwire 30 hardcover is here on Zoop. The book will truly be a unique celebration of Tripwire and a look at three decades of genre and pop culture through our magazine’s unique journalistic prism.


Thanks so much for your support over the years!


- Joel Meadows, Editor-in-Chief, Tripwire












Tripwire has attracted a range of industry movers and shakers as its fans over the years:


“Tripwire is research done right celebrating and investigating the love of comic books.” – writer/ artist Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Jonah Hex, Pop Kill, Paper Films)


“Tripwire is a vibrant part of entertainment coverage – specifically comics and geek culture. Supporting them, we support ourselves.” – Alex Segura (writer, Pete Fernandez book series)


“Tripwire is always well-researched and enthusiastic, by people who truly care about the importance of story. It’s analytical without losing heart.” – JH Williams III (artist, Echolands, Promethea, Batwoman)


”Tripwire has been for 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.” – Guillermo del Toro (Oscar winning director, The Shape Of Water)


“Tripwire covers such a wide variety of topics in the world of news, entertainment and the arts, and covers them so well, that it’s pretty much become my go-to source for what’s going on in media. I know if Tripwire is covering a subject, it’s not only interesting, fun and informative, it’s also legit.” – Bill Sienkiewicz (legendary artist and illustrator)


“A comics journalism institution hitting its third decade is an incredible thing. Applause.” Kieron Gillen (writer, Wicked + The Divine, Once & Future)


“A huge congratulations to all the team at Tripwire, especially Joel! It’s a great accomplishment to have hit this anniversary but its no surprise as it has been a fabulous magazine with ongoing high quality content from a dedicated group of pop culture enthusiasts. Cheers to you all” Richard Taylor, Weta (Lord Of The Rings, Planet Of The Apes)


‘We need Tripwire. We need serious magazines about this remarkable medium, that celebrate its practitioners and document its ancient yet fledgeling tropes. If the medium is to keep growing it must be taken seriously. Tripwire does that with heart.’ – Liam Sharp, StarHenge, Green Lantern


“Wired for comics, sound & vision for 30 years and counting!” – Shelly Bond, Editor, Filth & Grammar: The Comic Book Editor’s (Secret) Handbook, Off Register Press & Vertigo


“If you’re a media fan, Tripwire has you covered. With articles and reviews full of insight covering the entire range of pop culture, and interviews with folks like Howard Chaykin, the Prince of Comics, Tripwire dissects, analyses, and reconstructs the world in which we all live.” –Walter Simonson (veteran writer and artist, Thor, Ragnarok, Manhunter)


“In an industry and a world full of uncertainty, the constants that Tripwire offers in all its forms – great reporting, interesting information captivatingly presented, beautiful graphic design – are always a welcome thing.Joel Meadows and his team never fail to remind me why I love comics as much as I do, and why I feel the same about Tripwire, too.” – Chris Ryall (Syzygy Publishing, Image Comics imprint, writer and former President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, IDW Publishing)


Tripwire is proper comics journalism, covering the worlds of comics, film and TV with depth and knowledge while remaining accessible


Tripwire has supported comics and genre since it started back in 1992. We have been covering the cream of comics and genre for three decades with proper journalism. We have also interviewed every mover and shaker in the worlds of comics, film, TV and genre like Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape Of Water), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Drew Struzan (legendary movie artist). Tripwire has always shone a light on everything that’s cool in the worlds of genre.


Editor-in-chief Joel Meadows is a journalist and writer with over three decades of experience in newspapers, magazines, and books. His CV includes some of the most renowned publications in the world, including Time magazine, the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Observer. He has also written extensively about comics, film, TV, and culture for publications such as Variety, Empire, Big Issue in the North, and the Jewish Chronicle. He is the editor-in-chief of Tripwire, the UK’s  preeminent online and print publication that covers comics, film, TV, and related subjects. He is also the author of two books on comic artists and their studios, Studio Space in 2008 from Image Comics and Masters Of Comics from Insight Comics in 2019. He was also one of the producers of the Portsmouth International Comic Con. Tripwire and Meadows have celebrated the art of comics and genre since it launched back in 1992. The publication returned to print in 2020 and has published two 144 page lavish print magazines.

Stretch Goals

Once we hit our target here, we have two rather cool stretch goals planned:


If we hit $6000 then everyone gets a digital version of the 2020 and 2021 Tripwire print specials, two massive 148 page magazines featuring classic interviews with Joe Kubert, Mike Mignola and Frank Miller plus brand new features on Daniel Craig’s James Bond, 80 Years of The Flash and The Joker, a look back at Darwyn Cooke with his friend and fellow comics professional Jimmy Palmiotti and much more



If we hit $7000 then everyone gets a digital version of the first three issues of Tripwire, which were published way back in 1992 and 1993. These were our most primitive issues, fanzines produced when I was only 19 years old and they are fascinating snapshots of the industry at the time and amazing to look at them and compare them with what we put out these days.



If we hit $8000 then we shall be offering a digital stripwire best of collection which features the likes of Roger Langridge, William Simpson, Andy Bennett and more!


The book is completed and copies of the hardcover will be back by the end of October. We should be able to fulfill the rewards and the books by the beginning of December.
There are risks here of course as we may not hit our target for our campaign, and the current financial climate in the UK could make things challenging. But we have successfully run five crowdfunding campaigns elsewhere so we feel confident that we can hit our target here.

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