Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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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…)

Today’s show: Comedies and tragedies

June 16, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Comedies and tragedies

Cover and interior art from House Party, interior art from I am Fire by Rachael Smith / art from photos from the launch of and art from Mumbi and the Long Run and cover of Marta and the missing by Maureen Burdock

Cover and interior art from House Party, interior art from I am Fire by Rachael Smith / art from photos from the launch of and art from Mumbi and the Long Run and cover of Marta and the missing by Maureen Burdock

Continuing a month of shows looking at the work of female comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose work occurs at the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Small press cartoonist Rachael Smith discusses her first graphic novel – House Party – just released by Great Beast Comics, and her back list of humorous self published comics which deal with disenfranchised British teenagers, in an interview recorded at ELCAF (East London Comic Art Festival).
Also, American artist Maureen Burdock talks about the latest installment of her F Word Project, a series of comics about violence against women around the world; Mumbi and the long run tackles the subject of Female Genital Mutilation and the original artwork is on display at Space Station 65 gallery, Kennington until July 7th.

4.30pm, Monday 16th June, repeated 11am, Thursday 19th June 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Graphic Lives

June 9, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Graphic Lives

Extracts from Let me be Frank, Dead Peoples Music, and The fall of light by Sarah Laing / Dotter of her Fathers Eyes and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot

Extracts from Let me be Frank, Dead People’s Music, and The fall of light by Sarah Laing / Dotter of her Father’s Eyes and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot

Continuing a month looking at work of female comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to writers Sarah Laing and Dr. Mary Talbot about their graphic novels which mix biography and autobiography in an extract from a panel discussion recorded at the Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, Kings College. Laing discusses her autobiographical comic Let me be Frank and her novel The Fall of Light which separates the story of an architect recuperating after an accident into silent comics and traditional text; Dr. Talbot talks about her first graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes which juxtaposes her childhood with that of Lucia Joyce and her latest book Sally Heathcote: Suffragette.

4.30pm, Monday 9th June, repeated 11am, Thursday 12th June 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: European Female Voices

June 2, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: European Female Voices

Cover and interior art from Love looks away by Line Hoven / from When David lost his voice by Judith Vanistendael

Cover and interior art from Love looks away by Line Hoven / from When David lost his voice by Judith Vanistendael

Starting a month of shows looking at the work of female comic creators, Alex Fitch talks to German scratch board artist Line Hoven, and Belgian cartoonist Judith Vanistendael about their family drama graphic novels Love looks away published by Blank Slate Books and When David lost his voice, published by Self Made Hero. Hoven discusses her meticulous technique used to render the biography of three generations of her family, including a member of the Hitler Youth, while Vanistendael explores how her various graphic novels have each used a different artistic style, depending on the subject matter she is bringing to the page, in this case about a grandfather who reconnects with his family when diagnosed with throat cancer. Recorded at the British Library exhibition ‘Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK’.

4.30pm, Monday 2nd June, repeated 11am, Thursday 5th June 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Surviving The Crow

May 26, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Surviving The Crow

James O Barr in conversation with Alex Fitch (inset, art from The Crow: Curare) / covers of Dead World 10 and The Crow no.1 by O Barr

James O’Barr in conversation with Alex Fitch (inset, art from The Crow: Curare) / covers of Dead World 10 and The Crow no.1 by O’Barr

Continuing a month of shows about comics and controversy, in the programme’s 365th episode, Alex Fitch talks to James O’Barr, creator of the seminal American independent comic The Crow. Fitch and O’Barr discuss the latter’s upbringing in a rough part of Detroit, the artist’s first comics submitted to various publishers as a teenager and the long gestation of his most famous creation. Recorded in front of an audience at Bristol Comics Expo, Spring 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 26th May, repeated 11am, Thursday 29th May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: The Crow fan website
James O’Barr’s typepad site
Buy the latest Crow graphic novel and digital comics from IDW (more…)

Today’s show: Exploring The Murder Mile

May 19, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Exploring The Murder Mile

Excerpt from The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt

Excerpt from The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt

Continuing a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Paul Collicutt about his book The Murder Mile, published by SelfMadeHero, which sets the occurrence of a murder against the spectacle of Roger Banister running the four minute mile, an event that has reached its 60th anniversary this month. Alex and Paul discuss how the book combines the latter’s interests in running and film noir and how the author used a real life event to tell a tale of organised crime and sports betting. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

4.30pm, Monday 19th May, repeated 11am, Thursday 22nd May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Paul Collicutt’s blog
Article on selfmadehero.com about the 60th anniversary of Bannister’s record
Cartoon County website (more…)

Today’s show: A Cartoon History of Private Eye

May 12, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: A Cartoon History of Private Eye

A classic Gerald Scarfe cover from 1965 / Private Eye: A Cartoon History book cover / recent cartoon by Alexander Williams / inside spread from A Cartoon History

A classic Gerald Scarfe cover from 1965 / Private Eye: A Cartoon History book cover / recent cartoon by Alexander Williams / inside spread from A Cartoon History

Continuing a month of shows about comics and controversy, guest presenter Tom Sutcliffe talks to Nick Newman (author of Private Eye: A Cartoon History) and magazine editor Ian Hislop about memorable and controversial cartoons and strips in the fortnightly periodical. The trio discuss the history of cartoon art in Private Eye from the days of scurrilous Gerald Scarfe covers to the present day, which images have proved unacceptable and potentially libellous and how Hislop’s commissioning process for the magazine works. Recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum, November 2013 and edited by Alex Fitch.

4.30pm, Monday 12th May, repeated 11am, Thursday 15th May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Comics Unmasked

May 5, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Comics Unmasked

Comics Unmasked at the British Library / Oh Boy! by Bob Monkhouse / comics by Dave McKean

Comics Unmasked at the British Library / Oh Boy! by Bob Monkhouse / comics by Dave McKean

Starting a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to three of the creators of a new exhibition at the British Library – Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK – which looks at the cultural and social connections between the last hundred years and more of British comic books and strips. Alex discusses the various titles on display in the library show with curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, which range from an erotic comic drawn by Bob Monkhouse to original annotated scripts by Alan Moore and Mark Millar. Also, in an extract from a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, exhibition designer Dave McKean talks about the look of Comics Unmasked, as well as other comics he created designed specifically for gallery display, which are collected in the forthcoming book Pictures that tick 2: Short Narrative Exhibition.

4.30pm, Monday 5th May, repeated 11am, Thursday 8th May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

Today’s show: Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton

April 28, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton

Cover, photography and interior from Brin and Bent by Ravi Thornton / art from Hoax: Psychosis Blues by Hannah Berry

Cover, photography and interior from Brin and Bent by Ravi Thornton / art from Hoax: Psychosis Blues by Hannah Berry

Concluding a month of shows about the connections between comics and music, graphic novelist and musician Ravi Thornton discusses her books The Tale of Brin & Bent and Minno Marylebone and Hoax: Psychosis Blues with Alex Fitch in a Q and A recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Ravi talks about the musical accompaniment for Minno Marylebone, its connection with ballet and new technology, the numerous artists involved with Hoax and how the graphic novel will be accompanied by a performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in June. The episode also features Hannah Berry talking about her contribution to Psychosis Blues and a pair of songs from Hoax: My Lonely Heart performed by Minute Taker and introduced by singer Ben McGarvey.

4.30pm, Monday 28th April, repeated 11am, Thursday 1st May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

Today’s show: The Worldwide Comix of Jeffrey Lewis

April 21, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: The Worldwide Comix of Jeffrey Lewis

Comics and album covers by Jeffrey Lewis

Comics and album covers by Jeffrey Lewis

Continuing a month of shows looking at the connections between comic books and music culture, guest presenter Conor O’Grady talks to American underground cartoonist and musician Jeffrey Lewis about his comics such as Fuff and The Worldwide Comix Scavenger Hunt. O’Grady and Lewis also discuss the latter’s tools for making strips, the connections between the artist’s short films and static images and his thoughts on delivering comics via new technology.

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

Links: Jeffrey Lewis’ website and music downloads from bandcamp
Buy digital versions of Jeffrey’s comics at lushcomics.com (more…)

Today’s show: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

April 14, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

Excerpts from comics by Owen Johnson, Mark Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney

Excerpts from comics by Owen Johnson, Mark Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney

Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of musicians and music culture in comic books, this week’s episode coincides with our yearly look at the work of young graphic novelists. Alex Fitch talks to Owen Johnson, Mark D Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney about their comics and forming an exhibiting group with three others called Ghosts for an art show at Orbital Comics entitled ‘Cult’. The artists discuss the influences on their comics including the anthology title Waste, how the group was formed and what visitors can expect from the exhibition; includes an extract from the soundtrack to Johnson’s comic Raygun Roads. The exhibition Ghosts: Cult runs at Orbital Comics, London until April 20th.

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

Today’s show: Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies

April 7, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies

Excerpts from Sex Pistols, Ramones, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain graphic novels, written by Jim McCarthy

Excerpts from Sex Pistols, Ramones, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain graphic novels, written by Jim McCarthy

Starting a month of shows about the depiction of musicians and music culture in comic books, Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy about writing graphic novel music biographies of musicians and groups such as Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, The Ramones and Metallica. Fitch and McCarthy talk about the varying difficulties of depicting late musicians on the page, writing authentic voices for real people and taking a docudrama approach to graphic novels. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, January 2014)

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

Today’s show: Ben Katchor, architectural strips

March 31, 2014 2 Comments

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Ben Katchor, architectural strips

Excerpts from Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise and Handdrying in America by Ben Katchor

Excerpts from Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise and Handdrying in America by Ben Katchor

Concluding a month of shows about comics and graphic novels drawn from elements of real life, Alex Fitch talks to award winning American cartoonist Ben Katchor about his weekly newspaper strips on tourism and architecture. Fitch and Katchor discuss the latter’s weekly strip from The Village Voice – Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer – and how it was part of a wave of underground cartoonists in periodicals, collecting his absurdist cartoons on tourism – The Cardboard Valise - and his oversized monthly graphic short story for Metropolis magazine, collected as Hand Drying in America and other stories.

4.30pm, Monday 31st March, repeated 11am, Thursday 3rd April 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Ben Katchor’s website and blog
Katchor’s pages on www.lambiek.net and www.ted.com (more…)

Today’s show: Unusual Origins

March 24, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Unusual Origins

Cover and interior art from Mengelmoes by Willem Samuel and It Girl by Jessica Martin

Cover and interior art from Mengelmoes by Willem Samuel and It Girl by Jessica Martin

Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks two creators who are doing their first work in the field. Jessica Martin, actress turned graphic novelist, discusses her self published comic book biography of Clara Bow – It Girl - and her forthcoming longer work about society and cinema in the 1930s. Willem Samuel talks about the first volume of his autobiography Mengelmoes, published by Soaring Penguin Press, which depicts his childhood in South Africa and how the drawing style and magical realist narration will change over later volumes.

4.30pm, Monday 24th March, repeated 11am, Thursday 27th March 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Oscar Zarate, exploring The Park

March 17, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Oscar Zarate, exploring The Park

Pages from The Park, I keep coming back and La Faille by Oscar Zarate

Pages from The Park, I keep coming back and La Faille by Oscar Zarate

Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Oscar Zarate about his latest graphic novel The Park, an exploration of various characters whose lives intersect on Hampstead Heath, published by SelfMadeHero.
The Park is the first graphic novel illustrated by Zarate that the artist has also written rather than working from someone else’s script, and he discusses the genesis of the project, his previous graphic albums published in France and his rereleased short story anthology It’s Dark in London. (Recorded in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Autumn 2013)

4.30pm, Monday 17th March, repeated 11am, Thursday 20th March 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

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