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Savage Pencil's Trip Or Squeek's Big Amplifier in The Wire bookshop

Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil has just compiled a book of his Trip Or Squeek comic strips, all of which originally appeared in the pages of The Wire.

According to Pouncey, the roots of the strip, which first appeared in The Wire 216 February 2002, "are deeply embedded in the late 70s, during the time that punk happened. Urged by music journalist Vivien Goldman to show my cartoons to Sounds editor Alan Lewis, I was somewhat astonished and thrilled when he started tearing out pages from my sketchbook and laying them out for the next edition." After Sounds folded in 1991, Pouncey took the strip – titled Rock N' Roll Zoo – to Tower Record's house journal Top, until that too went under.

Pouncey relates how The Wire's Tony Herrington then asked him to contribute a new cartoon strip to the magazine: "'Do whatever you want' was his only demand. How could I possibly refuse such a generous invitation. It was almost akin to to Mega Therion Aleister Crowley's command 'Do What Thou Whilt'."

Trip Or Squeek's Big Amplifier is published by Strange Attractor Press, and contains more than 100 strips from the past ten years, an ‘illuminated’ introduction by Gary Panter and a special Trip Or Squeek discography. The Wire book shop now has copies of the book in stock, all exclusively embossed and signed by Savage Pencil. Click here to buy.