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: Non-Verbal Communication

December 17, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Non-Verbal Communication

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Concluding a trio of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Laura Malacart and artist Daniel Locke about their comic book Yes! which explores the true story of an autistic man who communicates through song, classified technically as non-verbal communication. Daniel and Laura discuss how the comic was developed from the latter’s academic research, how it works as a multi-media project alongside video clips, and the distribution of the story via a free tabloid edition and webcomic. (Recorded at Cartoon County, September 2014)

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

Links: Laura’s website
Dan’s website
Cartoon County website
Read Yes! online

Today’s show: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

December 11, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Masahiko Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, both on display at The Cartoon Museum

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Tatsumi, on display at The Cartoon Museum

Continuing a month of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist Henny Beaumont about her debut graphic novel A Hole in the Heart, about bringing up a child with Down’s Syndrome, due to be published by Myriad Editions in 2015, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, with translation provided by Takayo Akiyama, Alex interviews Tomohiko Matsumoto about donating examples of his father Matsuhiko’s art to an exhibition of Gekiga – Alternative Manga from Japan – at the Cartoon Museum in London, which runs until Christmas Eve.

11am Thursday 11th December, repeated 7am Saturday 13th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Henny Beaumont’s website and pages
Article on A Hole in the Heart in The Guardian
Cartoon Museum website
Takayo Akiyama’s website (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Probably Nothing

December 3, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Probably Nothing

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Starting a month of shows about untold tales in comics, which is to say stories that are underrepresented in graphic narratives, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and storyboard artist Matilda Tristram about her debut graphic novel Probably Nothing – A diary of your-not-average nine months, that recounts the true story of how her pregnancy coincided with a cancer scare. Alex and Matilda discuss the unusual style of the book, which separates out cartoons and text on the page, her tenure working for Children’s TV producers Ragdoll and the semi experimental art used in her webcomics. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, November 2014).

11am Thursday 4th December, repeated 7am Saturday 6th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Probably Nothing on Penguin’s website
Matilda Tristram’s website
Cartoon County website
Laura Bates on Probably Nothing in The Guardian

Tomorrow’s show: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

November 26, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Concluding a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to writer Fabien Vehlmann and artist Bruno Gazzotti about their graphic album series Alone (Seuls), published by Cinebook. The creators discuss how their serial – about children who wake up in a world without adults – was inspired by classic American dystopia fiction, Vehlmann’s interest in 19th century thrillers which influenced his comic Green Manor, and Gazzotti’s experience on the policier series Soda. (Recorded in front of an audience at the South Ken Kids Festival, Institut Francais, November 2014).

11am Thursday 27th November, repeated 7am Saturday 29th November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about the original event at the South Ken Kids Festival
Info about Alone on CineBook’s website
Read back issues of Spirou et Fantasio featuring Fabien Vehlmann at izneo.com
Info about Bruno Gazzotti and Fabien Vehlmann on lambiek.net

Today’s show: Graphic Details

November 20, 2014

Today at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Graphic Details

Exterior of Space Station 65 gallery / Ariel Schrag discusses her work / excerpt from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman

Exterior of Space Station 65 gallery / Ariel Schrag discusses her work / excerpt from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman

Continuing a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to gallery owners Jo David and Rachel House, and artist Ariel Schrag about the exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, currently on display at Space Station 65, Kennington, South London. Also, Graphic Details curator Sarah Lightman talks about her work and introduces artists Miriam Katin, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman and Ilana Zeffren who describe the examples of their autobiographical strips which are featured in the exhibition. (Recorded at Space Station 65 Kennington, November 2014)

11am Thursday 20th November, repeated 7am Saturday 22nd November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Space Station 65 website
Graphic Details blog
Ariel Schrag’s website

Tomorrow’s show: Ricky Rouse has a Gun

November 12, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Ricky Rouse has a Gun

Ricky Rouse meets Alex Fitch (photo by Sam Humphrey) / images from ...has a Gun

Ricky Rouse meets Alex Fitch / images from …has a Gun

Continuing a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and mediums in their work, Alex Fitch talks to playwright and film maker Jörg Tittel about writing his debut graphic novel Ricky Rouse has a Gun, a satire on Western movie violence and China’s ‘knock-off economy’, published by SelfMadeHero. Fitch and Tittel discuss how the project evolved from a film script to a graphic novel, the process of working with artist John Aggs and whether the writer’s own background of an upbringing in different cultures fed in to the story on the page. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, September 2014)

11am Thursday 13th November, repeated 7am Saturday 15th November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Ricky Rouse website (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: …there is Joost Swarte

November 5, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: …there is Joost Swarte

Covers and comic strips by Joost Swarte

Covers and comic strips by Joost Swarte

Starting a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and mediums in their work, Alex Fitch talks to acclaimed Dutch cartoonist and graphic designer Joost Swarte about his career so far. Fitch and Swarte discuss the latter’s covers for The New Yorker and RAW magazine (also reprinted as the front of the Tate coffee table book Comics Art), the Fantagraphics collection of his strip work “Is that all there is?” and the artist’s work in designing children’s books, theatrical architecture and stained glass windows.
(Recorded in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014)

11am Thursday 6th November, repeated 7am Saturday 8th November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Joost’s website
More info about Fantagraphics’ collection Is that all there is?
Page about the event on the LICAF website

Tomorrow’s show: Join the Army Fear Channel

October 29, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Join the Army Fear Channel

Art from Join the Army, Below and Fear Channel by Darren Cullen

Art from ‘Join the Army’, ‘Below’ and ‘Fear Channel’ by Darren Cullen

Concluding a month of episodes about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to fine artist Darren Cullen about his comics Join the Army and Below, the first a satirical look at Military propaganda from the Bayeux Tapestry to the present day and the latter updating the genre of subterranean Sci-Fi invented by Verne and Rice Burroughs. Fitch and Cullen also discuss the Fear Channel collage website and current interactive installation ‘Pocket Money Loans’ at Atom Gallery in Finsbury Park.

11am Thursday 30th October, repeated 7am Saturday 1st November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

More info: Darren’s website and shop
Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives and Darren Cullen’s art tumblr sites
Article about Pocket Money Loans in The Independent

Tomorrow’s show: To End All Wars

October 22, 2014 1 Comment

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…)

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…)

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

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Today’s show: What makes a good graphic novel?

June 30, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

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

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

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 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.

4.30pm, Monday 30th June, repeated 11am, Thursday 3rd July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Freud, Shakespeare and Marx

June 23, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Freud, Shakespeare and Marx

Much ado about nothing and Hamlet, drawn by Emma Vieceli / Freud and Marx by Anne Simon

Much ado about nothing and Hamlet, drawn by Emma Vieceli / Freud and Marx by Anne Simon

Continuing a month of shows looking at the work of female cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of artists whose graphic novels have covered the work of masters of theatre, philosophy and psychoanalysis. In a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival, Emma Vieceli discusses her work on SelfMadeHero’s Manga Shakespeare line, drawing adaptations of Hamlet, relocated to a post-apocalyptic future, and Much ado about nothing, set in the 19th Century. Also, in an interview (translated by Alex Spiro) recorded at ELCAF – East London Comics Arts Festival – French cartoonist Anne Simon discusses her graphic novel biographies of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, published in English by Nobrow.

4.30pm, Monday 23rd June, repeated 11am, Thursday 26th June 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

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