tripwire logo (png version) 2TRIPWIRE MAGAZINE is the magazine of genre culture, examining comics, film, music and so much more. It was created by Joel Meadows, back in the day, as an incidental fanzine and evolved into an comprehensive window into the things people love and consume. It is currently in the process of being developed into an online resource – indeed, this very website that you’re reading now! – bear with us while these changes take place, slowly but ever so surely.

Tripwire is also the home of JOEL MEADOWS PHOTOGRAPHY, an archive of images taken of pop culture icons, convention events and the world at large – whatever catches Joel’s eye. The images presented on this website, both on Tripwire Magazine and in the Joel Meadows Photography sub-site, are copyright Joel Meadows; please contact him HERE for usage and licensing.

From the Editor:

From 1992 to 2011 (with a  short break between 2003 and 2007) TRIPWIRE published over fifty issues of our magazine that covered comics, film, TV, novels and related media. We interviewed everyone from Stan Lee to Mike Mignola, Alan Moore to Joss Whedon. In 2013 we decided to wrap up our physical publishing programme and switch to online/ digital. We produced a few digital editions but it got very hard to get readers to pay for content so we decided to have another rethink. This website is the result of that rethink.

TRIPWIRE was always about real, honest journalism and while we did upset a few people early on, we gained the respect of others thanks to our approach. The landscape has changed significantly since we were a regular fixture out there but we are determined to continue to provide quality content for our audience and so we’ll be providing interviews, features, opinion columns and photo galleries here from places like comic conventions. There has been a real proliferation of comic conventions, in the UK and abroad, and we shall do our best to give our readers a small sense of what is out there. There will also be video and audio content here on TRIPWIRE, offering readers the opportunity to listen to the people whose work they admire whether that’s in comics, film, TV or novels.

Our remit is reasonably tight: we won’t be running arbitrary material just because it happens to attract a large audience as that will water down our site. We are only just starting to get to grips with the website format so please accept our apologies if some of our posts are a little bit rough and ready. We shall however make sure that we spell people’s names correctly and get facts right. In some ways, this is a little bit like when we started TRIPWIRE back in 1992, except that I am now a journalist and photographer with over two decades of experience. Thanks for reading and I hope you come back here…

Joel Meadows, editor-in-chief


  1. Marcus A Willman October 18, 2020, 12:01 am

    Hello. I just found your website and I’m enjoying the material you’ve put out. I loyally purchased your magazine through the 90’s up to the most recent years. I do miss it and I’m glad you continue on through this site. Good luck and thanks for letting me share.

  2. I didn’t know you are doing a new print magazine. Would I be able to subscribe to it since I’m from the states?


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