If the late William F. Buckley had been a fan of comics, I imagine he'd have sounded a lot like Andy Grossberg, the U.S. Editor of Tripwire Magazine. Andy led Tripwire's panel at San Diego Comic Con (Thursday, July 23) and what a far-reaching philosophical discussion it was.
The conversation between Andy, Editor-in-Chief Joel Meadows, Kody Chamberlain and Rick Johnston ranged from the future of comics in a digital age to the evolutionary efficacy of monotheism. (I kid you not!)
These dudes take their comics seriously!
Andy gave us the first report on Jeb Loeb's address to the CBAG on Wednesday where Loeb discussed how Hollywood is accepting comics as a genre not just a medium.
Some interesting tidbits:
-- "30 Days of Night" started out as a comic for a Hollywood pitch meeting for a movie. It came out as a comic then a movie five years later.
-- The director of "Road to Perdition" didn't know it was a comic (graphic novel).
Where will comics be at the 70th SDCC (30 years from now)?
-- The consensus was that they'll be the same but with a different delivery system, like web comics and a Kindle-like reader in full color.
-- Kody Chamberlain is convinced that people will embrace the web comics technology as soon as e-paper has a higher resolution than print.
-- Comics publishers and creators will rely on viral marketing over traditional.
Tripwire the magazine is every bit as interesting a read as you'd expect from such a erudite bunch of comics enthusiasts. Look for a detailed review by Michael of Tripwire's 2009 Annual in an upcoming blog.
Until then you can check out their current and past issues at their web site: http://www.tripwire-magazine.com
~ Tina LoSasso (Guest Blogger)
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And yes, I will be blogging my review of the 2009 Tripwire Annual that Joel Meadows is holding in a future blog. Still reading it at the time of this posting. Not enough time to read its massive amount of pages in just a few sittings. Especially since I have a deadline to meet on a writing assignment for an upcoming book! Thanks Tina for 'guest blogging' again today so I can continue working on the book chapter!
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