Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders: Discussing Derek the Sheep

December 31, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Discussing Derek the Sheep

Partially broadcast 16th December 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from Derek the Sheep by Gary Northfield

Extract from Derek the Sheep by Gary Northfield

Concluding our month long look at anthropomorphic / funny animal comics Alex Fitch leads a discussion recorded at the Streatham library graphic novel readers group about Derek the Sheep and other funny animal comics with creator Gary Northfield and colourist Ellen Lindner.

(Please note Panel Borders will be back on air 13/01/11 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Links: For more info about Gary’s comics please visit his website www.garynorthfield.co.uk
Ellen Lindner’s comics website: www.littlewhitebird.com
Pedro Galvao’s blog: http://sequentialscripts.blogspot.com
For more about the Streatham Library graphic novels reading group, please go to http://community.livejournal.com/lambeth_comics

To hear more discussions of comics, manga and graphic novels recorded at Streatham Library, click here

Call for Mechanical Elephant strips

As part of their ‘First Fridays’ events, Marine Studios in Margate are putting together an exhibition that looks at comics, graphic novels and sequential art.

Featuring work from a range of local and international artists and writers, live talk from guest speaker Paul Gravett, more comics than you can stand, and the chance to discuss your work and ideas.

To kick start proceedings prior to the show they are inviting submissions for a two page comic under the title: ‘Mechanical Elephant’. All ideas are welcome to inspire, amuse, terrify and entertain. There are no limits other than sticking to the two page rule (206 x 280 mm each, in either portrait or landscape), and of course, don’t forget the Mechanical Elephant!
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O.S.T.: Sesame Street special 2010

December 23, 2010

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O.S.T.: Sesame Street special 2010

Orignally broadcast 27th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

LP covers of Susan Sings Sesame Street, Multiplication Rock and The Electric Company OST

LP covers of Susan Sings Sesame Street, Multiplication Rock and The Electric Company OST

This weekly programme is dedicated to film, TV and library music, and is hosted by Jonny Trunk. But this week Jonny’s got the builders in, so long-standing OST engineer Robin the Fog is taking the hotseat to present a two-hour smorgasbord of the funky, the strange and the diabolically instructional. Features a world exclusive from Basil Kirchin, the wonderful Loretta Long, a tour of Jim Henson’s brain, an overly-perky gent known only as the K-Tel Exercise Man; an awful lot of awkward 1960s small-talk and some screaming. Also features Alex Fitch, host of Resonance’s Panel Borders show discussing the merits of Cilla Black. Fun for all the family!

Appears here ‘warts-and-all’ as it originally went out on 27/11/2010, so feel free to skip through the talky bits.

Includes tracks from the LPs ‘Susan Sings Songs from Sesame Street’, Scepter Records, (1970), ‘Multiplication Rock’, Captiol, (1973), ‘The Electric Company OST’, CTW, (1972), ‘BBC Sounds Effects vol. 13 – Sounds of Death and Horror’. BBC Records, (1977) and Les Chanteurs et L’Orchestre De Michel Triventi performing the original French version of Ulysse(s) ’31 (from ‘Hit Parade des Enfants’, label and date unknown), plus much, much more…

Recorded, mixed and edited by Robin Warren

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

Links: Listen to episodes of Robin’s childrens show The Yummy Mummy School Run
Regular OST presenter Johnny Trunk’s label Trunk Records
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Panel Borders: Comical Animal

December 23, 2010 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Comical Animal

Partially broadcast 16th December 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Comical Animal workout by Jim Medway

Comical Animal workout by Jim Medway

Continuing a series of shows about anthropomorphic comics, Alex Fitch talks to Jim Medway about his new online web comic magazine Comical Animal. Alex and Jim talk about the latter’s influences from Richard Scarry to kitchen sink drama, creating the popular strip Crab Lane Crew in The DFC and curating a bimonthly magazine that features the likes of Woodrow Phoenix, Gary Northfield and Sarah McIntyre…

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

Links: www.comicalanimal.com
Wikipedia pages on anthropomorphic comics
Jim Medway’s website and blog

Recommended events:

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see her paintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub

Panel Borders: Joining the Mouse Guard

December 16, 2010 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

Joining the Mouse Guard

Partially broadcast 16th December 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Panel from Mouse Guard by David Petersen

Panel from Mouse Guard by David Petersen

Continuing a series of shows about anthropomorphic comics, Alex Fitch talks to David Petersen about his popular Mouse Guard serial, published as bimonthly comics by Archaia in the USA and collected in hardback by Titan Books in the UK. Alex and David talk about the latter’s influences, his experiences growing up in Flint, Michigan, exchanging drawings with Stan Sakai and the process of creating each issue (with thanks to Audyssey Technology for use of their South of Market iPhone speaker dock)…

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

Links: Wikipedia pages on anthropomorphic comics and Mouse Guard
Official Mouse Guard website
David Petersen’s blog
Info about the British editions of Mouse Guard, published by Titan

Recommended events:

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see her paintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

Die Hard (1988) on 20th December
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub

Today’s show: Derek the sheep, the Mouse Guard and other Comical Animals

December 16, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Derek the sheep, the Mouse Guard and other Comical Animals

Extracts from Comical animals by Jim Medway, Mouse Guard by David Petersen and Derek the Sheep, or rather Norbert le Mouton, by Gary Northfield

Extracts from Comical animals by Jim Medway, Mouse Guard by David Petersen and Derek the Sheep, or rather Norbert le Mouton, by Gary Northfield

In a packed final show for 2010, Alex Fitch concludes his look at anthropomorphic comics, with a survey of recent titles for all ages – Gary Northfield’s ‘Derek the sheep’ who appears in The Beano and Beano Max comics; Mouse Guard, a series of adventure comics and graphic novels by David Petersen; and ‘Comical Animal’, a new website devoted to funny animal strips, curated by Jim Medway. The show features interviews with all three creators, recorded variously in Streatham Library, near Euston Station and via transatlantic phone line… (with thanks to Audyssey Technology for use of the South of Market iPhone speaker dock)

Each of the three interviews will be available here as extended half hour podcasts between now and the end of the year…

5pm, 16/12/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Derek the Sheep and Mouse Guard

Comical Animal website
Jim Medway’s website and blog

Official Mouse Guard website
David Petersen’s blog
Info about the British editions of Mouse Guard, published by Titan

Derek the Sheep‘s blog
Gary Northfield’s website
Info about the French edition: Norbert le Mouton

Recommended events:

Comica, London week six

Girls Comics: Pat Mills and Jenny McDade
Writers Pat Mills and Jenny McDade will be discussing the world of girls’ comics.
London Print Studios, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Thursday, 16 December – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

More info / book tickets at www.comicafestival.com

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see her paintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

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Panel Borders: Mature animal comics

December 9, 2010

Panel Borders:

Mature animal comics

Originally broadcast 9th December 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Panels from The Lengths by Howard Hardiman and Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot

Panels from The Lengths by Howard Hardiman and Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot

Continuing this month’s series of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics Alex Fitch talks to a pair of writer / artists whose latest projects deal with animal / human hybrids in adult situations: Howard Hardiman whose new project is The Lengths, a black and white comic about male sex workers, based on interviews he conducted in London and funded via IndieGoGo and an Arts Council Grant, while in an interview recorded at The Cartoon Museum, Bryan Talbot discusses Grandville Mon Amour, the second volume of his steampunk graphic album series set in a violent turn of the century Paris.

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

Links: Howard’s website www.cutebutsad.co.uk
Grandville page on Bryan’s website www.bryan-talbot.com
Wikipedia pages on Grandville and funny animal comics
Buy Grandville and Grandville Mon Amour from amazon.co.uk

Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Howard Hardiman and Bryan Talbot

Recommended events:

Comica, London week six

The final two events of Comica 2010 include:

Film screening: Grant Morrison – Talking With Gods
A fascinating documentary detailing the vision of one of the most popular and controversial writers. Followed by a signing with Steve Cook, Rian Hughes and Frazer Irving.
ICA, The Mall, London
Sunday, 12 December – 4pm

Girls Comics: Pat Mills & Jenny McDade
Writers Pat Mills and Jenny McDade will be discussing the world of girls’ comics.
London Print Studios, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Thursday, 16 December – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

More info / book tickets at www.comicafestival.com

Posy Simmonds at Laydeez do Comics

Guest Speaker: Posy Simmonds MBE
British illustrator and writer. Creator of graphic novels, Gemma Bovery (2000) and Tamara Drewe (2005–2006) recently made into a film.

ALSO please bring along one thing you have worked on this year for everyone to look at during the break. If you are not an artist please bring something else!

We will be serving home made mince pies and mulled wine.

Recommended Reads: Gemma Bovery / Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

Guest Blogger: Ellen Lindner

Monday 13 December 2010, 6.30-9.30pm, The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see her paintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

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Today’s show: Mature animal comics

December 9, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Mature animal comics

Panels from The Lengths by Howard Hardiman and Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot

Panels from The Lengths by Howard Hardiman and Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot

Continuing this month’s series of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics Alex Fitch talks to a pair of writer / artists whose latest projects deal with animal / human hybrids in adult situations: Howard Hardiman whose new project is The Lengths, a black and white comic about male sex workers, based on interviews he conducted in London and funded via IndieGoGo and an Arts Council Grant, while in an interview recorded at The Cartoon Museum, Bryan Talbot discusses Grandville Mon Amour, the second volume of his steampunk graphic album series set in a violent turn of the century Paris.

5pm, 09/12/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Howard’s website www.cutebutsad.co.uk
Grandville page on Bryan’s website www.bryan-talbot.com
Wikipedia pages on Grandville and funny animal comics

Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Howard Hardiman and Bryan Talbot

Recommended events:

Comica, London week six

The final two events of Comica 2010 include:

Film screening: Grant Morrison – Talking With Gods
A fascinating documentary detailing the vision of one of the most popular and controversial writers. Followed by a signing with Steve Cook, Rian Hughes and Frazer Irving.
ICA, The Mall, London
Sunday, 12 December – 4pm

Girls Comics: Pat Mills & Jenny McDade
Writers Pat Mills and Jenny McDade will be discussing the world of girls’ comics.
London Print Studios, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Thursday, 16 December – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

More info / book tickets at www.comicafestival.com

Posy Simmonds at Laydeez do Comics

Guest Speaker: Posy Simmonds MBE
British illustrator and writer. Creator of graphic novels, Gemma Bovery (2000) and Tamara Drewe (2005–2006) recently made into a film.

ALSO please bring along one thing you have worked on this year for everyone to look at during the break. If you are not an artist please bring something else!

We will be serving home made mince pies and mulled wine.

Recommended Reads: Gemma Bovery / Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

Guest Blogger: Ellen Lindner

Monday 13 December 2010, 6.30-9.30pm, The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see her paintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

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I’m ready for my close-up: Guerrilla film-making and fleeing Monsters

December 8, 2010 3 Comments

I’m ready for my close-up:
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Guerrilla film-making and fleeing Monsters

Broadcast 03/12/10 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Scoot McNairy in Monsters

Scoot McNairy in Monsters

In a Q and A recorded live at this year’s Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest, Alex Fitch talks to British director Gareth Edwards about his genre crossing feature film Monsters, which features a photo journalist escorting a spoilt rich girl across Mexico following an alien invasion.
Alex and Gareth discuss the latter’s use of special effects that vary from the obvious – creating bio-luminescent floating giant squid – to the invisible – distressed posters advertising the quarantine zone – and the pros and cons of shooting guerrilla style with a small cast and crew South of the Border.

To download / stream this radio interview in a variety of formats, please visit www.archive.org

Links: IMDb page on Monsters
Official website
Watch Gareth Edwards’ 48 hour film challenge short Factory Farmed

Listen to Chris Patmore’s interview with Gareth concentrating on the Special Effects of Monsters

Recommended events:

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

Elf (2003) on 13th December
Die Hard (1988) on 20th December
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub
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Today’s show: Guerrilla film-making and fleeing Monsters

December 3, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

I’m ready for my close-up – Guerrilla film-making and fleeing Monsters

Scoot McNairy in Monsters

Scoot McNairy in Monsters

In a Q and A recorded live at this year’s Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest, Alex Fitch talks to British director Gareth Edwards about his genre crossing feature film Monsters, which features a photo journalist escorting a spoilt rich girl across Mexico following an alien invasion.
Alex and Gareth discuss the latter’s use of special effects that vary from the obvious – creating bio-luminescent floating giant squid – to the invisible – distressed posters advertising the quarantine zone – and the pros and cons of shooting guerrilla style with a small cast and crew South of the Border.

5pm 03/12/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: IMDb page on Monsters
Official website
Watch Gareth Edwards’ 48 hour film challenge short Factory Farmed

Listen to Chris Patmore’s interview with Gareth concentrating on the Special Effects of Monsters

Recommended events:

Comica, London week five

David Bircham: Alien Ink
Mingle with a rising talents of the UK comics scene, experience talks and attend a comic masterclass.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Saturday, 4 December – Noon to 5pm

More info / book tickets at www.comicafestival.com

Funny animals at Streatham Library

In the last Streatham Library Graphic novel reading group of 2010, they’ll be discussing anthropomorphic comics, with guest Gary Northfield, who’ll be discussing his popular Beano strip, Derek the Sheep

7.30pm (free), Monday 6th December, Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN
More info: www.lambeth.gov.uk

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

Tron (1982) on 6th December
Elf (2003) on 13th December
Die Hard (1988) on 20th December
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub

Help the Comic Book Alliance raise money for charity

The Comic Book Alliance (CBA) are offering comic fans some very special Christmas treats this week with their very first fundraising auction — including the chance to star alongside Batman in his new comic, Batman Inc!

Grant Morrison will write the winning bidder into an issue of Batman Inc. featuring their name and likeness, courtesy of DC Comics.

Not only that, but Frank Quitely, winner of four 2010 Eagle Awards and one of the hottest artists in comics (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin) will draw a personalised portrait of a winning bidder!

Plus, there are dozens of signed books, comics and graphic novels from high profile creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen), Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Charles Vess (Stardust), and John Wagner (Judge Dredd).

And there’s original comic art and signed limited prints by the cream of British artists including zombie art work by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Sean Phillips (Criminal), John McCrea (Hitman), David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Garen Ewing (The Rainbow Orchid).

The auction starts at 19:00 on Thursday 2 December and runs until at 19:00 on Saturday 11 December on www.ebay.co.uk

Panel Borders: The man who painted cats

December 3, 2010 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The man who painted cats

Originally broadcast 2nd December 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Savage Pencil and David Quantick in front of pages from their comic about Louis Wain in Dodgem Logic #7

Savage Pencil and David Quantick in front of pages from their comic about Louis Wain in Dodgem Logic #7

Starting a month of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics we’re proud to present a panel recorded at this year’s Comica festival: TV / BBC Radio comedy writer David Quantick and underground cartoonist Edwin Pouncey, a.k.a. Savage Pencil talk about their graphic novel, currently serialised in Alan Moore’s magazine Dodgem Logic, which concerns the life of Louis Wain, Edwardian painter of cats whose work became increasingly experimental as his mental health deteriorated. The two creators discuss their interest in Wain, the depiction of his life and his cats in their comic, and the important use of Feline Ophthalmology and wallpaper in fine art! (Recorded, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

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

Links: Dodgem Logic website
Savage Pencil’s website
Wikipedia pages on funny animal comics, David Quantick and Savage Pencil
Blog entries on Louis Wain’s ‘normal years’ and art produced while suffering from schizophrenia

Listen to Dickon Harris’ interview with Josie Long about contributing to Dodgem Logic

Recommended events:

Comica, London week five

David Bircham: Alien Ink
Mingle with a rising talents of the UK comics scene, experience talks and attend a comic masterclass.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Saturday, 4 December – Noon to 5pm

More info / book tickets at www.comicafestival.com

Funny animals at Streatham Library

In the last Streatham Library Graphic novel reading group of 2010, they’ll be discussing anthropomorphic comics, with guest Gary Northfield, who’ll be discussing his popular Beano strip, Derek the Sheep

7.30pm (free), Monday 6th December, Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN
More info: www.lambeth.gov.uk

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

Tron (1982) on 6th December
Elf (2003) on 13th December
Die Hard (1988) on 20th December
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub

Help the Comic Book Alliance raise money for charity

The Comic Book Alliance (CBA) are offering comic fans some very special Christmas treats this week with their very first fundraising auction — including the chance to star alongside Batman in his new comic, Batman Inc!
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Today’s show: The man who painted cats

December 2, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: The man who painted cats

Savage Pencil and David Quantick in front of pages from their comic about Louis Wain in Dodgem Logic #7

Savage Pencil and David Quantick in front of pages from their comic about Louis Wain in Dodgem Logic #7

Starting a month of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics we’re proud to present a panel recorded at this year’s Comica festival: TV and BBC Radio comedy writer David Quantick and underground cartoonist Edwin Pouncey, a.k.a. Savage Pencil talk about their graphic novel, currently serialised in Alan Moore’s magazine Dodgem Logic, which concerns the life of Louis Wain, Edwardian painter of cats whose work became increasingly experimental as his mental health deteriorated. The two creators discuss their interest in Wain, the depiction of his life and his cats in their comic, and the important use of Feline Ophthalmology and wallpaper in fine art! (Recorded, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

5pm, 02/12/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Dodgem Logic website
Savage Pencil’s website
Wikipedia pages on funny animal comics, David Quantick and Savage Pencil
Blog entries on Louis Wain’s ‘normal years’ and art produced while suffering from schizophrenia

Listen to Dickon Harris’ interview with Josie Long about contributing to Dodgem Logic

Recommended events:

Comica, London week five

Gonzo
You’re invited to the launch party of Gonzo by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10
December 2, 2010 – 6.30pm to 9.30pm

David Bircham: Alien Ink
Mingle with a rising talents of the UK comics scene, experience talks and attend a comic masterclass.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Saturday, 4 December – Noon to 5pm

More info / book tickets at www.comicafestival.com

Funny animals at Streatham Library

In the last Streatham Library Graphic novel reading group of 2010, they’ll be discussing anthropomorphic comics, with guest Gary Northfield, who’ll be discussing his popular Beano strip, Derek the Sheep

7.30pm (free), Monday 6th December, Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN
More info: www.lambeth.gov.uk

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

Tron (1982) on 6th December
Elf (2003) on 13th December
Die Hard (1988) on 20th December
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info: www.thealibilondon.co.uk/filmclub

Reality Check: Future Publishing? part 1

November 26, 2010 4 Comments

Reality Check:
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Future Publishing? part 1

Clockwise from top left: comics by Paul Rainey, Futurismic blog by Paul Graham-Raven, SFX magazine cover, various novels by Gary Gibson

Clockwise from top left: comics by Paul Rainey, Futurismic blog by Paul Graham-Raven, SFX magazine cover, various novels by Gary Gibson

Tom Hunter (Award Administrator for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature) chairs a panel on the future of publishing in the digital age:

The publishing industry is coming under assault from all sides. Are Kindles, iPads and smartphones signalling the end of traditional paper publishing? How will the publishing industry re-shape itself for 2050?
Panelists include: Paul Graham-Raven, a freelance writer, editor and webgeek, genre fiction reviewer and editor-in-chief of the near-future science fiction webzine Futurismic; Paul Rainey, a cartoonist, illustrator and creator of serialised web and print comics The Book of Lists and There’s No Time Like The Present; novelist Gary Gibson, Nova War is his fourth book and his second Dakota Merrick title, following 2007’s Stealing Light; Dave Bradley, Editor-in-Chief of SFX magazine, Europe’s best-selling sci-fi and fantasy periodical. With questions addressed to the panel by John Freeman (Doctor Who Magazine) and Alex Fitch (Panel Borders). (part 1 of 2)

Recorded live at the Apollo Piccadilly cinema, Spring 2010 (recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Paul Rainey’s website
Gary Gibson’s blog
SFX magazine website
Paul Raven’s Futurismic website
Arthur C. Clark awards website

Listen to Alex’s interview with Paul Rainey about his work
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Panel Borders: Spandex!

November 25, 2010

Panel Borders:

Spandex!

Originally broadcast 25th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Continuing our month of shows looking at unusual depictions of superheroes, in an interview recorded at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Martin Eden about his small press comics The O Men and Spandex, the latter featuring the world’s only all gay superhero team. Alex and Martin talk about distribution of small press comics, his experiences with the media’s interest in his new comic when it launched last year and representations of gay characters in sequential art.

This show was recorded live at Thought Bubble, Leeds

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

Links: Martin’s blog – spandexcomic.wordpress.com
The O Men website and blog

Listen to Alex’s interview with Tommy Roddy about his gay themed Superhero comic Pride High

Recommended events:

Alternative Press Fair: Sunday 28th November 2010

Comix, zines, self published art books, poetry workshop, illustration photo booth and over 100 titles from the world of small press. A chance for newcomers to sell their work on a communal table and for those interested to find out what the scene has to offer. Alternative Press will also be announcing details of next year’s Alternative Press Festival.

St. Aloysius’ Social Centre (Corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road) London NW1 1TA Nearest Tube: Euston
Sunday 28th November 2010, 12pm to 6pm

ALSO: There are some flyer designs up on the comicsandzines blog. We want you to recreate the flyers in your own style!

More info: comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Demons screening

Prior to its DVD re-release from Arrow Video, Midnight Movies presents a special screening of Dario Argento’s classic gory 80s horror Demons on Friday 26 November 2010 at Curzon Soho. One fateful night in a Berlin cinema, art imitates life as one by one the audience are possessed by blood-hungry, puss-filled demons. More details on Curzon Cinemas’ website.

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see herpaintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

Comica, London week four

Paul Gravett: From Escape To Now
Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about his lifelong passion for comics, from the 80s Escape Magazine to now.
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1
Monday, 29 November – 6.30pm to 9.30pm
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Today’s show: Spandex!

November 25, 2010 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Spandex!

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Continuing our month of shows looking at unusual depictions of superheroes, in an interview recorded at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Martin Eden about his small press comics The O Men and Spandex, the latter featuring the world’s only all gay superhero team. Alex and Martin talk about distribution of small press comics, his experiences with the media’s interest in his new comic when it launched last year and representations of gay characters in sequential art.

This show was recorded live at Thought Bubble, Leeds

5pm, 25/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Martin’s blog – spandexcomic.wordpress.com
The O Men website and blog

Listen to Alex’s interview with Tommy Roddy about his gay themed Superhero comic Pride High

Recommended events:


Alternative Press Fair: Sunday 28th November 2010

Comix, zines, self published art books, poetry workshop, illustration photo booth and over 100 titles from the world of small press. A chance for newcomers to sell their work on a communal table and for those interested to find out what the scene has to offer. Alternative Press will also be announcing details of next year’s Alternative Press Festival.

St. Aloysius’ Social Centre (Corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road) London NW1 1TA Nearest Tube: Euston
Sunday 28th November 2010, 12pm to 6pm

ALSO: There are some flyer designs up on the comicsandzines blog. We want you to recreate the flyers in your own style!

More info: comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Demons screening

Prior to its DVD re-release from Arrow Video, Midnight Movies presents a special screening of Dario Argento’s classic gory 80s horror Demons on Friday 26 November 2010 at Curzon Soho. One fateful night in a Berlin cinema, art imitates life as one by one the audience are possessed by blood-hungry, puss-filled demons. More details on Curzon Cinemas’ website.

Comica, London week four

Sarah Ardizzone & Ros Schwartz: The Little Prince
A dialogue between two translators looking back at the biggest selling French language book.
Institut Francais, 17 Queensberry Place, London
Thursday, 25 November – 7.30pm

Paul Gravett: From Escape To Now
Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about his lifelong passion for comics, from the 80s Escape Magazine to now.
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1
Monday, 29 November – 6.30pm to 9.30pm
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Panel Borders: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

November 18, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

Originally broadcast 18th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Continuing our month long look at unusual depictions of superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and graphic designer J. H. Williams III about his work from early forays into the superhero genre for DC’s imprint ‘Milestone’ to his acclaimed renditions of female characters in Chase, Detective Comics and Alan Moore’s epic Promethea. Alex and Jim talk about the latter’s approach to creating sequential art, from the layout of a page to the relation of a sequence to its surrounding comic or graphic novel and the delegation of work on his new ongoing Batwoman comic.

This show was recorded live at Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

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

Links: J.H. William III’s website
Info about Jim’s forthcoming comics on the DC comics blog
Article on Jim’s Promethea illustrations from a fine art point of view

Recommended events:

Comica, London week three

Storytelling: The Future is Graphic: A free talk by Paul Gravett on new developments in visual and verbal narratives on and off the page.

London College of Communication , Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB, November 19, 2010 – 10am to 11am

Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats -
BBC and Channel 4 broadcaster and comedy writer David Quantick explores the life and work of the Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain with underground cartoonist Savage Pencil.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 23, 2010 – 7pm to 8pm

Comica Argentina: Thomas Dassance, Carlos Nine & Oscar Zarate, Explore the rich traditions and vital current scene of comics in Argentina. London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 24, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

More info about all the above and more at www.comicafestival.com

Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds Nov 18-21

Thought Bubble begins on:
Thurs 18th November with a 2 day conference on comic books – Thursday’s theme is Women in comics and features talks by Suzy Varty who published the UK’s first all woman comic book ‘Heroine’ in 1977, Maureen Burdock creator of the ‘F word project’ and the Danish comics group ‘Pennevenider’ including artists Karen Hansen, Monica Hee Eun Jensen and Rikke Hollaender. The theme of the…

Friday 19th conference is the ties between the production and scholarship of comics and includes talks on the work of Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes.

Saturday 20th sees a one day comics convention take over the Royal Armouries and Alea Casino in Leeds and guest include Becky Cloonan, Kick Ass artist John Romita Junior and reknowned Starman and Ex Mechina artist Tony Harris. Finally on…

Sunday 21st, London based small press group We are Words + Pictures join forces with the Manchester Comics Collective to host a day of art and writing workshops and a free drop in and draw session for people of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there are additional talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions around Leeds and there’s info about all the above on their website www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Today’s show: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

November 18, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Continuing our month long look at unusual depictions of superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and graphic designer J. H. Williams III about his work from early forays into the superhero genre for DC’s imprint ‘Milestone’ to his acclaimed renditions of female characters in Chase, Detective Comics and Alan Moore’s epic Promethea. Alex and Jim talk about the latter’s approach to creating sequential art, from the layout of a page to the relation of a sequence to its surrounding comic or graphic novel and the delegation of work on his new ongoing Batwoman comic.

This show was recorded live at Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

5pm, 18/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: J.H. William III’s website
Info about Jim’s forthcoming comics on the DC comics blog
Article on Jim’s Promethea illustrations from a fine art point of view

Recommended events:

Comica, London week three

Storytelling: The Future is Graphic: A free talk by Paul Gravett on new developments in visual and verbal narratives on and off the page.

London College of Communication , Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB, November 19, 2010 – 10am to 11am

Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats -
BBC and Channel 4 broadcaster and comedy writer David Quantick explores the life and work of the Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain with underground cartoonist Savage Pencil.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 23, 2010 – 7pm to 8pm

Comica Argentina: Thomas Dassance, Carlos Nine & Oscar Zarate, Explore the rich traditions and vital current scene of comics in Argentina. London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 24, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

More info about all the above and more at www.comicafestival.com

Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds Nov 18-21

Thought Bubble begins on:
Thurs 18th November with a 2 day conference on comic books – Thursday’s theme is Women in comics and features talks by Suzy Varty who published the UK’s first all woman comic book ‘Heroine’ in 1977, Maureen Burdock creator of the ‘F word project’ and the Danish comics group ‘Pennevenider’ including artists Karen Hansen, Monica Hee Eun Jensen and Rikke Hollaender. The theme of the…

Friday 19th conference is the ties between the production and scholarship of comics and includes talks on the work of Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes.

Saturday 20th sees a one day comics convention take over the Royal Armouries and Alea Casino in Leeds and guest include Becky Cloonan, Kick Ass artist John Romita Junior and reknowned Starman and Ex Mechina artist Tony Harris. Finally on…

Sunday 21st, London based small press group We are Words + Pictures join forces with the Manchester Comics Collective to host a day of art and writing workshops and a free drop in and draw session for people of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there are additional talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions around Leeds and there’s info about all the above on their website www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Panel Borders: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

November 11, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

Originally broadcast 11th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Continuing our month long look at unusual takes on superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to artist Becky Cloonan about her work, focusing on the series Demo, written by Brian Wood which is a more down to earth look at the problems teenagers with superpowers might face in the real world. Alex and Becky also talk about her horror collaboration project Pixu with Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and Vasilis Lolos and her foray into manga with East Coast Rising.

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

Links: Wikipedia page on Becky Cloonan
Becky’s website and blog
Articles on Becky at the Vertigo blog
Info about Becky’s next collaboration with Brian: Northlanders: The girl in the ice

Buy East Coast Rising Volume 1, Pixu: The Mark of Evil, American Virgin vol. 1, Demo: vol. 1 and Channel Zero: Jennie One from amazon.co.uk

Recommended events:

One dot zero festival, London Nov 10-14

Pioneering festival onedotzero_adventures in motion returns this year to London’s BFI Southbank from 10 – 14 November 2010, presenting the most exciting international moving image work, from the offbeat to the radical, aiming to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and technological wonder.

Highlights include:

Superhero Me + Steve Sale Q and A
UK 2010. Dir Steve Sale. 84min

This entertaining and warm-hearted fly on the wall documentary follows film maker Steve Sale on his journey to becoming the real life superhero known as SOS. With unique cinematography shot on any available format, from a digital handheld to a mobile phone.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3

Chico & Rita
Spain-UK 2010. 94 min. Courtesy of CinemaNX

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. This animated ballad from Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal will play alongside a making of short film.
Sat 13 Nov | 15:50 | NFT3

Short film programme includes:

wow + flutter: Innovative and experimental shorts forecasting the future of moving image.
Thurs 11 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sat 13 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1

wavelength: Visually progressive, radical and offbeat new directions in music video.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Fri 12 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1

j-star: An audiovisual blast from japan’s finest moving image-makers.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Sat 13 Nov | 10:00 | NFT3

robotica: Diverse visions of a future dominated by robots and androids.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sat 13 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:40 | Studio
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Today’s show: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

November 11, 2010 3 Comments

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Continuing our month long look at unusual takes on superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to artist Becky Cloonan about her work, focusing on the series Demo, written by Brian Wood which is a more down to earth look at the problems teenagers with superpowers might face in the real world. Alex and Becky also talk about her horror collaboration project Pixu with Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and Vasilis Lolos and her foray into manga with East Coast Rising.

5pm, 11/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Wikipedia page on Becky Cloonan
Becky’s website and blog
Articles on Becky at the Vertigo blog
Info about Becky’s next collaboration with Brian: Northlanders: The girl in the ice

Buy East Coast Rising Volume 1, Pixu: The Mark of Evil, Head (American Virgin), Demo: v. 1 and Channel Zero: Jennie One from amazon.co.uk

Recommended events:

One dot zero festival, London Nov 10-14

Pioneering festival onedotzero_adventures in motion returns this year to London’s BFI Southbank from 10 – 14 November 2010, presenting the most exciting international moving image work, from the offbeat to the radical, aiming to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and technological wonder.

Highlights include:

Superhero Me + Steve Sale Q and A
UK 2010. Dir Steve Sale. 84min

This entertaining and warm-hearted fly on the wall documentary follows film maker Steve Sale on his journey to becoming the real life superhero known as SOS. With unique cinematography shot on any available format, from a digital handheld to a mobile phone.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3

Chico & Rita
Spain-UK 2010. 94 min. Courtesy of CinemaNX

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. This animated ballad from Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal will play alongside a making of short film.
Sat 13 Nov | 15:50 | NFT3

Short film programme includes:

wow + flutter: Innovative and experimental shorts forecasting the future of moving image.
Thurs 11 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sat 13 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1

wavelength: Visually progressive, radical and offbeat new directions in music video.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Fri 12 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1

j-star: An audiovisual blast from japan’s finest moving image-makers.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Sat 13 Nov | 10:00 | NFT3

robotica: Diverse visions of a future dominated by robots and androids.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sat 13 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:40 | Studio
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Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

November 5, 2010 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Team Batman, Robin and Catman

Originally broadcast 4th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Starting a month of shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, this episode is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month. Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but who also draws male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and the Teen Titans and has drawn new female readers to those titles; also: Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott at BICS

Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott at BICS

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

Recommended events:

Panel Borders at Comica:

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
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Today’s show: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

November 4, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Starting a month of shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, this episode is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month. Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but who also draws male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and the Teen Titans which has drawn new female readers to those titles; also: Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

5pm, 04/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Wikipedia pages on Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott
Art from Batman Inc. #1 and Teen Titans #88 on the DC Universe blog

Recommended events:

Panel Borders at Comica:

Nov 6th: Charlie Adlard and The Walking Dead

Alex Fitch hosts an hour long talk with British artist Charlie Adlard about drawing various strips for 2000AD including Savage, Nikolai Dante and Judge Dredd plus his ongoing commitment to the monthly American survival horror comic The Walking Dead which he has been drawing since 2004 and has just been turned into a new TV series produced by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption). Followed by a signing with the artist.

Saturday, November 6th, 4.30pm
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Rd, London W10 4RE
(nearest tube: Warwick Avenue / Westbourne Park)

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
(more…)

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