Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Tomorrow’s show: To End All Wars

October 22, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: To End All Wars

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of war in sequential art, guest presenter John Stuart Clark (who draws under the pen-name Brick) hosts a panel discussion about the new War Comics anthology To End All Wars, published by Soaring Penguin Press, featuring co-editor Jonathan Clode and contributors Selina Locke and Stuart Richards. The two Johns discuss editing the anthology, from commissioning creators to suggesting tweaks that clarify their stories; Selina discusses having to change artists shortly before the deadline and Stuart talks about the sources for his story ‘Il Gatto’. (Recorded by Alex Fitch in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)

11am Thursday 23rd October, repeated 7am Saturday 25th October 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Pat Mills’ Great War comics

October 22, 2014

Covers of Charleys War omnibus and Above the dreamless dead / interior art from Dead Mans Dump / cover of To end all Wars

Covers of Charley’s War omnibus and Above the dreamless dead / interior art from Dead Man’s Dump / cover of To end all Wars

Pat Mills’ Great War comics: Continuing a month of shows about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to Pat Mills, one of the acclaimed masters of the genre. Alex and Pat discuss the completion of Titan Books’ reprints of his classic strip Charley’s War, his adaptation of Isaac Rosenberg’s “Dead man’s Dump” in the war poetry and comics collection Above the Dreamless Dead published by First Second Books, and his introduction to the anthology To End all Wars from Soaring Penguin Press. (Originally broadcast 16th October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Pat Mills’ Great War comics

October 15, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Pat Mills’ Great War comics

Covers of Charleys War omnibus and Above the dreamless dead / interior art from Dead Mans Dump / cover of To end all Wars

Covers of Charley’s War omnibus and Above the dreamless dead / interior art from Dead Man’s Dump / cover of To end all Wars

Continuing a month of shows about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to Pat Mills, one of the acclaimed masters of the genre. Alex and Pat discuss the completion of Titan Books’ reprints of his classic strip Charley’s War, his adaptation of Isaac Rosenberg’s “Dead man’s Dump” in the war poetry and comics collection Above the Dreamless Dead published by First Second Books, and his introduction to the anthology To End all Wars from Soaring Penguin Press.

11am Thursday 16th October, repeated 7am Saturday 18th October 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Commitment to International Aces

October 15, 2014 1 Comment

Interior art and cover of International Aces / Limited edition cover and interior art of Commitment by Chris Geary

Interior art and cover of International Aces / Limited edition cover and interior art of Commitment by Chris Geary

Commitment to International Aces: Continuing a month of shows about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Chris Geary about his series of four comic book short story collections International Aces, which tell the tales of various fighter pilots across the globe from Von Richthofen to Rickenbacker. Fitch and Geary also discuss the latter’s interest in classic war strips, the packaging of the Aces books and his educational graphic novel Commitment, which uses a narrative about a stressed female executive to explain the concept of ‘real options’ analysis. Recorded in front of an audience at ‘Nine Worlds GeekFest‘, Heathrow 2013. (Originally broadcast 9th October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Commitment to International Aces

October 8, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Commitment to International Aces

Interior art and cover of International Aces / Limited edition cover and interior art of Commitment by Chris Geary

Interior art and cover of International Aces / Limited edition cover and interior art of Commitment by Chris Geary

Continuing a month of shows about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Chris Geary about his series of four comic book short story collections International Aces, which tell the tales of various fighter pilots across the globe from Von Richthofen to Rickenbacker. Fitch and Geary also discuss the latter’s interest in classic war strips, the packaging of the Aces books and his educational graphic novel Commitment, which uses a narrative about a stressed female executive to explain the concept of ‘real options’ analysis. (Recorded in front of an audience at ‘Nine Worlds GeekFest‘, Heathrow 2013)

11am Thursday 9th October, repeated 7am Saturday 11th October 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

More info: Chris’ website and publishing imprint
Review of International Aces at the Charley’s War website

Panel Borders: Women at the Front

October 8, 2014

Cover of To Arms and interior art by Francesca Dare, Jessica Martin, Clare Wood and Anna Dowsland / art from Never Again by Heath Robinson and Bruce Barnsfather / art from 1914 by Kate Charlesworth and Posy Simmonds

Cover of To Arms and interior art by Francesca Dare, Jessica Martin, Clare Wood, Anna Dowsland / art from Never Again by Heath Robinson, Bruce Barnsfather / art from 1914 by Kate Charlesworth and Posy Simmonds

Women at the Front: Starting a month of shows about the portrayal of war in comics, Alex Fitch talks to Jessica Martin, Anna Dowsland, Clare Wood, Lauren Murphy and Francesca Dare, five contributors to the new war comics anthology To Arms!, published by Limehouse Comics. Alex also discusses the exhibitions ‘Never Again! World War I in cartoon and comic art’ and ‘1914: Day by day’ with curator Anita O’Brien; the two shows contain a variety of responses to the Great War from the work of Bruce Bairnsfather and W. Heath Robinson to modern day cartoonists Zoom Rockman and Kate Charlesworth, on display until 19th October at The Cartoon Museum, London (Originally broadcast 2nd October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

September 30, 2014 1 Comment

Bryan O'Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea, Michael Cera

Bryan O Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea, Michael Cera

Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea: Concluding his two part interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, Alex Fitch talks to the author about his debut graphic novel Lost at Sea and his seminal six part series Scott Pilgrim. Fitch and O’Malley discuss the film adaptation of the latter, O’Malley’s use of autobiographical incidents which inform his work and pencilling covers for comics by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Also, in a podcast exclusive, the episode includes brief interviews with Edgar Wright and Michael Cera recorded at the London premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Recorded in front of an audience at the British Library, August 2014, and originally broadcast 25th Sep 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Bryan’s website – www.radiomaru.com and wikipedia page
Listen to Alex’s interview with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright (more…)

Today’s show: Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

September 25, 2014

Today at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

Bryan O Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

Bryan O’Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

Concluding his two part interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, Alex Fitch talks to the author about his seminal six part series Scott Pilgrim and his debut graphic novel Lost at Sea. Fitch and O’Malley discuss Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, O’Malley’s use of autobiographical incidents which inform his work and pencilling covers for comics by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. (Recorded in front of an audience at the British Library, August 2014)

11am Thursday 25th September, repeated 7am Saturday 27th September 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

More info: Bryan’s website – www.radiomaru.com and wikipedia page
Listen to Alex’s interview with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright (more…)

Panel Borders: Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds

September 21, 2014 1 Comment

Pages from Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Pages from Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds: Opening a new season of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley in the first of a two part interview about his work. This week Fitch and O’Malley discuss the new graphic novel Seconds, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts the adventures in time and (local) space of a young female chef who encounters a house spirit on the eve of opening her own restaurant. O’Malley talks about the influences on the book from reading Diana Wynne Jones to working in a kitchen while drawing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the challenge of creating his first full colour graphic novel. (Recorded in front of an audience at the British Library, August 2014, and originally broadcast 18th September 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Adapting Don Quixote

September 21, 2014

Excerpts from Don Quixote adapted by Rob Davis

Excerpts from Don Quixote adapted by Rob Davis

Adapting Don Quixote: Concluding a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Rob Davis about adapting Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote as a pair of graphic novels for SelfMadeHero. Fitch and Davis discuss boiling down the novel’s 1000 pages to the shorter length of the graphic novel, how this relates to his Quixotic experience of editing the exquisite corpse project Nelson and his previous work illustrating Doctor Who. Recorded at the Cervantes Institute, Belgravia, Summer 2013. (Originally broadcast 28th July 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Rob Davis’ blog
Info about the Don Quixote graphic novel at www.selfmadehero.com
Cervantes Institute website

Tomorrow’s show: Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds

September 17, 2014

Thursday at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Seconds

Pages from Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Pages from Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Opening a new season of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley in the first of a two part interview about his work. This week Fitch and O’Malley discuss the new graphic novel Seconds, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts the adventures in time and (local) space of a young female chef who encounters a house spirit on the eve of opening her own restaurant. O’Malley talks about the influences on the book from reading Diana Wynne Jones to working in a kitchen while drawing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the challenge of creating his first full colour graphic novel. (Recorded in front of an audience at the British Library, August 2014)

11am Thursday 18th September, repeated 7am Saturday 20th September 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Coming soon

September 9, 2014

Seconds and Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O Malley

Seconds and Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

The new season of Panel Borders starts at 11am, Thursday 18th September on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) with a two part episode featuring Alex Fitch’s interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, recorded at The British Library last month. Repeats are now on Saturday mornings at 7am (hoping to catch parents who like comics!). Podcasts of the last two episodes of the Spring run, featuring Dave McKean, Iain Sinclair and Rob Davis will be online later this week and the start of next.

If you’re a newcomer to the blog, welcome! Recent podcasts you might have missed include interviews with award winning American cartoonist Ben Katchor, Guardian cartoonists Karrie Fransman and Martin Rowson, and novelist Toby Litt, James O’Barr, creator of The Crow, plus editors Nick Newman and Ian Hislop discussing Private Eye(more…)

Today’s show: Adapting Don Quixote

July 28, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Adapting Don Quixote

Excerpts from Don Quixote adapted by Rob Davis

Excerpts from Don Quixote adapted by Rob Davis

Concluding a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Rob Davis about adapting Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote as a pair of graphic novels for SelfMadeHero. Fitch and Davis discuss boiling down the novel’s 1000 pages to the shorter length of the graphic novel, how this relates to his Quixotic experience of editing the exquisite corpse project Nelson and his previous work illustrating Doctor Who. Recorded at the Cervantes Institute, Belgravia, Summer 2013. (Final episode in the current series)

4.30pm, Monday 28th July, repeated 11am, Thursday 31st July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Rob Davis’ blog
Info about the Don Quixote graphic novel at www.selfmadehero.com
Cervantes Institute website (more…)

Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

July 28, 2014

Art from Jamie Hewletts Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art and Anarchy in the British Library: Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Adrian Edwards, co-curator of the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK which is on display at the British Library until August 19th, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County in Brighton. Adrian discusses how he helped put together the exhibition – which looks at over one hundred years of British comics – with co-curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, the marketing of the show and some of the more controversial items on display in the library from Aleister Crowley’s Tarot Cards to examples of comic book erotica. Recorded at Cartoon County, June 2014. (Originally broadcast 14th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Today’s show: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

July 21, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, guest presenter Chiara Ambrosio talks to novelist Iain Sinclair and artist Dave McKean about their collaborations such as Slow Chocolate Autopsy and London Orbital, with additional questions from Alex Fitch and a reading by Sinclair. Recorded at The Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury in July 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 21st July, repeated 11am, Thursday 24th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Dave McKean’s website
Iain Sinclair’s website
The Horse Hospital website (more…)

Graphic Brighton podcast: What is a good graphic novel?

July 16, 2014

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 - photos by Paul Slater

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 – photos by Paul Slater

What is a good graphic novel?: In a podcast recording from the May 2014 Graphic Brighton event, David Lloyd, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Eaton and Ian Williams try to answer the question: ‘What makes a good graphic novel?’ in a panel discussion chaired by Alex Fitch.

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

July 14, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

Art from Jamie Hewletts Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Adrian Edwards, co-curator of the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK which is on display at the British Library until August 19th, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County in Brighton. Adrian discusses how he helped put together the exhibition – which looks at over one hundred years of British comics – with co-curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, the marketing of the show and some of the more controversial items on display in the library from Aleister Crowley’s Tarot Cards to examples of comic book erotica. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 14th July, repeated 11am, Thursday 17th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at http://www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Guardian Lit

July 10, 2014 4 Comments

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

Guardian Lit: Starting a month of shows looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Guardian cartoonists Karrie Fransman and Martin Rowson, and novelist Toby Litt about their processes of comic book creation. Fransman discusses how she broke into the industry before starting Observer Graphic Novel of the Month, The House that Groaned; Rowson looks at how political cartooning lead to his adaptations of classics such as Tristram Shandy, and Litt talks about how his career as a novelist helped him write DC Comics’ new title Dead Boy Detectives. Recorded in front of an audience at Guardian Masterclass, January 2014. (more…)

Today’s show: Guardian Lit

July 7, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Guardian Lit

Excerpts from The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman, Tristram Shandy by Martin Rowson, and Dead Boy Detectives by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham

Excerpts from The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman, Tristram Shandy by Martin Rowson, and Dead Boy Detectives by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham

Starting a month of shows looking at the connections between comic books and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Guardian cartoonsists Karrie Fransman and Martin Rowson, and novelist Toby Litt about their processes of comic book creation. Fransman discusses how she broke into the industry before starting Observer Graphic Novel of the Month, The House that Groaned; Rowson looks at how political cartooning lead to his adaptations of literary classics such as Tristram Shandy, and Litt talks about how his career as a novelist helped him write DC Comics’ new serialised comic book Dead Boy Detectives. Recorded in front of an audience at Guardian Masterclass, January 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 7th July, repeated 11am, Thursday 10th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

July 3, 2014 2 Comments

Excerpts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

Excerpts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

What makes a good graphic novel?: Concluding a month of shows looking at the work of female cartoonists, Alex Fitch hosts a panel discussion with cartoonists Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten to try and answer the question: “What makes a good graphic novel?”, with reference to their own work as writers, artists and commissioning editors and to other publications that have inspired them. Recorded at ‘Graphic Brighton’, University of Brighton, May 2014. Originally broadcast 30th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

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