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: 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…)

Panel Borders: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

April 15, 2014

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

(Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists: 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 (Originally broadcast Monday 7th April, Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

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…)

Panel Borders: Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies

April 13, 2014

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

Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies: 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 / originally broadcast Monday 7th April, Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Panel Borders: Room for Love

March 13, 2014

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Room for Love: Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Ilya about his latest graphic novel, Room for Love, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts the relationship between a homeless rent boy and the middle aged woman who gives him a place to stay. Fitch and Ilya discuss the project’s history, the artist’s more cartoony style used in the book, and how the story connects to his much loved End of the Century Club comics. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Autumn 2013.
(Originally broadcast 10/03/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Today’s show: Room for Love

March 10, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Room for Love

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Ilya about his latest graphic novel, Room for Love, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts the relationship between a homeless rent boy and the middle aged woman who gives him a place to stay. Fitch and Ilya discuss the project’s history, the artist’s more cartoony style used in the book, and how the story connects to his much loved End of the Century Club comics. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Autumn 2013.

4.30pm, Monday 10th March, repeated 11am, Thursday 13th March 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about the book at www.selfmadehero.com
Info about Ilya at lambiek.net
Cartoon County website (more…)

Panel Borders: Will Eisner week

March 4, 2014 1 Comment

Extracts from A Contract with God, P.S. Magazine and The Plot by Will Eisner

Extracts from A Contract with God, P.S. Magazine and The Plot by Will Eisner

Will Eisner week: Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which depict ordinary life on the page, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about Will Eisner’s autobiographical comics to coincide with International Will Eisner Week, which celebrates the author’s work. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss Eisner’s seminal graphic novel A Contract with God and its sequels, the cartoonist’s work for the army on P.S. Magazine: The Preventive Maintenance Monthly and his final work The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. (Originally broadcast 03/03/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Today’s show: Will Eisner week

March 3, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Will Eisner week

Extracts from A Contract with God, P.S. Magazine and The Plot by Will Eisner

Extracts from A Contract with God, P.S. Magazine and The Plot by Will Eisner

Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which depict ordinary life on the page, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about Will Eisner’s autobiographical comics to coincide with International Will Eisner Week, which celebrates the author’s work. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss Eisner’s seminal graphic novel A Contract with God and its sequels, the cartoonist’s work for the army on P.S. Magazine: The Preventive Maintenance Monthly and his final work The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

4.30pm, Monday 3rd March, repeated 11am, Thursday 6th March 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: The Hartlepool Monkey

February 18, 2014 1 Comment

Excerpt from The Hartlepool Monkey by Wilfrid Lupano and Jérémie Moreau

Excerpt from The Hartlepool Monkey by Wilfrid Lupano and Jérémie Moreau

The Hartlepool Monkey: Continuing a month of shows about French comics or Bande dessinée, Alex Fitch talks to writer Wilfrid Lupano, artist Jérémie Moreau and publisher Tony Bennett about their graphic novel The Hartlepool Monkey (Le Singe de Hartlepool), released in the UK by Knockabout Press. The trio discuss the County Durham legend of a pet monkey washed ashore from a Napoleonic ship and taken to be a French spy by locals, how the graphic novel has gone down in France and their approach to combining various versions of the story to make a cohesive narrative. (Originally broadcast 17/02/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Today’s show: The Hartlepool Monkey

February 17, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: The Hartlepool Monkey

Excerpt from The Hartlepool Monkey by Wilfrid Lupano and Jérémie Moreau

Excerpt from The Hartlepool Monkey by Wilfrid Lupano and Jérémie Moreau

Continuing a month of shows about French comics or Bande dessinée, Alex Fitch talks to writer Wilfrid Lupano, artist Jérémie Moreau and publisher Tony Bennett about their graphic novel The Hartlepool Monkey (Le Singe de Hartlepool), released in the UK by Knockabout Press. The trio discuss the County Durham legend of a pet monkey washed ashore from a Napoleonic ship and taken to be a French spy by locals, how the graphic novel has gone down in France and their approach to combining various versions of the story to make a cohesive narrative.

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

Panel Borders: Régis Loisel and Peter Pan

February 6, 2014

Peter Pan and Jack the Ripper by Régis Loisel

Peter Pan and Jack the Ripper by Régis Loisel

Régis Loisel and Peter Pan: Starting a month of shows about French comics or Bande dessinée, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Régis Loisel about his epic graphic novel adaptation of and prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, published in the UK by Soaring Penguin Press. Fitch and Loisel talk about the artist’s work for Disney in the 1990s, his interest in anthropomorphic characters, and how Jack the Ripper unexpectedly became part of Peter Pan’s origin.

Recorded at the Institut Francais, London, Summer 2013 with translation provided by Justine Goy. (Originally broadcast 03/02/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Links: Régis’ website
Information about Peter Pan at www.soaringpenguinpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Régis Loisel and Peter Pan

February 3, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Régis Loisel and Peter Pan

Peter Pan and Jack the Ripper by Régis Loisel

Peter Pan and Jack the Ripper by Régis Loisel

Starting a month of shows about French comics or Bande dessinée, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Régis Loisel about his epic graphic novel adaptation of and prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, published in the UK by Soaring Penguin Press. Fitch and Loisel talk about the artist’s work for Disney in the 1990s, his interest in anthropomorphic characters, and how Jack the Ripper unexpectedly became part of Peter Pan’s origin.

Recorded at the Institut Francais, London, Summer 2013 with translation provided by Justine Goy.

4.30pm, Monday 3rd February, repeated 11am, Thursday 6th February 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: What is a Superhero?

January 16, 2014

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

What is a Superhero?: Continuing a month of shows about superhero comics, Alex Fitch discusses the new Oxford University Press book ‘What is a Superhero?’ with a couple of the contributors – Richard Reynolds (Central St. Martins School of Art and Design) and Will Brooker (Kingston University) – and two writers of superhero comics – Kieron Gillen (Iron Man) and Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy).
Reynolds and Brooker read from their sections of the anthology and discuss their thoughts on superheroes, pop star culture and technology; while Gillen and Spurrier talk about how they have built on the work of their predecessors while trying to create a voice of their own at Marvel Comics, in titles such as Journey into Mystery and The Punisher. Also, the four authors discuss the nature of cosplay with practitioners in the audience and its relation to the modern superhero identity. Recorded at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, Autumn 2013 as part of Comica Festival. (more…)

Today’s show: What is a Superhero?

January 13, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: What is a Superhero?

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

Continuing a month of shows about superhero comics, Alex Fitch discusses the new Oxford University Press book ‘What is a Superhero?’ with a couple of the contributors – Richard Reynolds (Central St. Martins School of Art and Design) and Will Brooker (Kingston University) – and two writers of superhero comics – Kieron GIllen (Iron Man) and Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy).
Reynolds and Brooker read from their sections of the anthology and discuss their thoughts on the modern superhero identity, while Gillen and Spurrier talk about how they have built on the work of their predecessors while trying to create a voice of their own at Marvel Comics, in titles such as Journey into Mystery and The Punisher. Recorded at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, Autumn 2013 as part of Comica Festival.

4.30pm, Monday 13th January 2014, repeated 11am, Thursday 16th January 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Drawing Daredevils

January 8, 2014 1 Comment

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Drawing Daredevils: Starting a month of shows about Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to a trio of artists who have worked on the title Daredevil at different periods over the last forty years. Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack discuss their various art styles, and their joy in collaborating together on the recent mini series Daredevil: End of days. (Recorded Spring 2013 at London Super Comic Con)

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

Links: Marvel Wiki on Klaus Janson
Bill Sienkiewicz’ website
David Mack’s facebook page
Daredevil fansite: www.manwithoutfear.com (more…)

Today’s show: Drawing Daredevils

January 6, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Drawing Daredevils

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Starting a month of shows about Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to a trio of artists who have worked on the title Daredevil at different periods over the last forty years. Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack discuss their various art styles, and their joy in collaborating together on the recent mini series Daredevil: End of days. (Recorded Spring 2013 at London Super Comic Con)

4.30pm, Monday 6th January 2014, repeated 11am, Thursday 9th January 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Marvel Wiki on Klaus Janson
Bill Sienkiewicz’ website
David Mack’s facebook page
Daredevil fansite: www.manwithoutfear.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Designing comics

December 24, 2013

Comics by Robert M Ball, Rian Hughes, Mike Medaglia and Karen Rubins

Comics by Robert M Ball, Rian Hughes, Mike Medaglia and Karen Rubins

Designing comics: In a coda to a trio of shows about the use of fine art in comics, Alex Fitch looks at graphic design in comics, in a panel discussion with Rian Hughes (2000AD), Karen Rubins (V and A artist in residence), Robert Ball (Winter’s Knight) and Mike Medaglia (The Comix Reader). Hughes talks about his segue from being a comics artist into a full time graphic designer and font creator, Rubins discusses the influence of medieval woodcut design in her comic Blood Magic, Ball examines his move from ‘mondo’ style superhero posters to silent fantasy graphic novels and Medaglia explores the connections between atypical panel layout and Taoist theory in his small press anthology Wu Wei. Recorded at Caption Festival, Summer 2013. (Panel Borders will return in the second week of January, 2014)
For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Designing comics

December 23, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Designing comics

Comics by Robert M Ball, Rian Hughes, Mike Medaglia and Karen Rubins

Comics by Robert M Ball, Rian Hughes, Mike Medaglia and Karen Rubins

In a coda to a trio of shows about the use of fine art in comics, Alex Fitch looks at graphic design in comics, in a panel discussion with Rian Hughes (2000AD), Karen Rubins (V&A artist in residence), Robert Ball (Winter’s Knight) and Mike Medaglia (The Comix Reader). Hughes talks about his segue from being a comics artist into a full time graphic designer and font creator, Rubins discusses the influence of medieval woodcut design in her comic Blood Magic, Ball examines his move from ‘mondo’ style superhero posters to silent fantasy graphic novels and Medaglia explores the connections between atypical panel layout and Taoist theory in his small press anthology Wu Wei. Recorded at Caption Festival, Summer 2013. (Panel Borders will return in the second week of January, 2014)

4.30pm, Monday 23rd December 2013, repeated 11am, Tuesday 24th December 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Book List: Novelizing Doctor Who

December 12, 2013 3 Comments

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Covers of Doctor Who novels by Terrance Dicks, Mark Platt, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Covers of Doctor Who novels by Terrance Dicks, Mark Platt, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Novelizing Doctor Who: In an hour long show looking at the long tradition of Doctor Who novelizations and original novels, Alex Fitch talks to five novelists who have written books and monologues based on all eras of the show: Jenny Colgan, Paul Cornell, Tommy Donbavand, Marc Platt, and script editor (1970-1974) Terrance Dicks. Recorded in front of a live audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Spring 2013.
(Originally broadcast 12/12/13 on Resonance FM)

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

Panel Borders: Drawing and painting comics

December 2, 2013 1 Comment

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Drawing and painting comics: Starting a month of shows about creators who use fine art in their work, guest presenter Richard Reynolds (FRSA) discusses art techniques used in strips and graphic novels with artists Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, James E Snelling and Vicky Stonebridge.
Al discusses relearning to draw comics after suffering bouts of blindness and hand paralyses, Hannah talks about the fine art training that contributed to her first graphic novel, James explores his parallel art careers in trompe l’oeil interiors and comic books and Vicky demonstrates the use of painting and ceramics in her site specific sculptures, photographs and sequential art. Recorded at Caption Festival, Oxford, Summer 2013. Originally broadcast Monday 2nd December 2013, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

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