The new edition of comics magazine Tripwire 0.01 is now available completely free and online. A 44MB download gives you a 54 page pdf file with the usual mix of comics (2000AD, Pat Mills, Graphic Novel reviews, Hellraiser and a look back at the pre comic code work of JB Cole) and movies (Brannagh’s new big budget Thor movie, Duncan Jones’ Source Code).
And it shouldn’t be a surprise to discover that it’s very much the high quality, full of variety, well written and well designed magazine that Tripwire always was in print (see here for the last print version).
Although I’m no fan of reading online, I do make a distinction between my distaste for reading long form writing, whether it’s in comics or prose, with the concept of reading shorter works onscreen. I’ve thought from the very beginning of this whole digital print revolution that the formats most likely to disappear completely in the next decade would be newspapers and magazines. And something as well produced as Tripwire really does reinforce that. However, reading a portrait orientated magazine page on a landscape orientated monitor still really annoys my eyes. But I imagine those of you with tablets and iPads will find this a great reading experience.
There’s also a 16 page Stripwire section featuring the comics of Roger Langridge, Roman Muradov, and the 9 page Hellraiser preview from Boom with art by Leonardo Manco. Langridge, as you might well expect, is brilliant:
According to the Tripwire website, the digital version is meant to be on a bi-monthly schedule, 40 pages, and issue 1 is now available to download, completely free, at the Tripwire website.