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: Exhibiting comics (2013)

May 20, 2013

page from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman / exhibition launch / Press and Release flyer / photo of gallery

page from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman / exhibition launch / Press and Release flyer / photo of gallery

Exhibiting comics (2013): As part of Panel Borders’ month of shows about fine art and comics, we have our yearly look at how art from comic books is displayed in the gallery space. At OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY, Deptford, Alex Fitch talks to gallery owner / curator Sue Cohen, and artist Sarah Lightman, about the latter’s exhibition “The Book of Sarah”, which previews her forthcoming graphic novel from Myriad Editions.
Also, at Phoenix Brighton, fine art lecturer Sue Gollifer, curator Karin Mori, exhibition designer Ben Thomson, and artist Iain Paxon (Hamilton Yarns) talk about the gallery’s exhibition of artists’ books “Press and Release”.

“The Book of Sarah” is on display at OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY, Enclave 9, Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4NT (Weds – Sat) to 1st June, 2013 / “Press and Release” is on display at Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Pl., Brighton, East Sussex BN2 9NB (Weds – Sun) to 9th June 2013 (Originally broadcast 20/05/13 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Alison Bechdel

January 1, 2013

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Extract from Are you my mother? by Alison Bechdel

Extract from Are you my mother? by Alison Bechdel

An episode of the Laydeez do comics podcast, recorded at Comica Festival 2012 – graphic novelist Alison Bechdel reads from her new book Are you my mother? and answers questions from the audience about her debut Fun Home, and long running comic strip Dykes to watch out for.
(Recorded at Foyles Bookshop, introduced by Nicola Streeten and edited by Alex Fitch) (more…)

Panel Borders: Sussex to South Asia and stops in-between

October 21, 2012

Excerpts from Im never coming back by Julan Hanshaw and Adamtine by Hannah Berry

Excerpts from I’m never coming back by Julan Hanshaw and Adamtine by Hannah Berry

Sussex to South Asia and stops in-between: Continuing a month of shows about travel in comic books and graphic novels, this week’s Panel Borders looks at the work of two young graphic novelists whose work is published by Jonathan Cape. Alex Fitch talks to Julian Hanshaw about his new collection of short stories, I’m Never Coming Back which includes his award winning entry to the Observer / Cape Graphic Short Story Prize, and his previous graphic novel The Art of Pho, which both depict magical-realist stories of travel around the globe.
Also, in a talk given at Laydeez do Comics earlier this year, Hannah Berry discusses her second graphic novel, Adamtime, which tells the tale of a group of people trapped on a mysterious, sedentary train in the middle of the night, the paths that lead them there and their attempts to escape. (Originally broadcast 21/10/12 on Resonance FM) (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Who is Ana Mendieta?

October 3, 2012

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Photos: Jo David and Rachael House + Nicola Streeten, Shelby Sampson, Trina Robbins and Sarah Lightman / interior art and cover of Who is Ana Mendieta?

Photos: Jo David and Rachael House + Nicola Streeten, Shelby Sampson, Trina Robbins and Sarah Lightman / interior art and cover of Who is Ana Mendieta?

Who is Ana Mendieta?: A Q and A recorded at Whitechapel Gallery, in which Laydeez do comics curators Sarah Lightman and Nicola Streeten discuss their work with Christine Redfern, writer of the graphic novel Who is Ana Medieta?, currently the subject of an exhibition at Space Station Sixty Five, Kennington. Introduced by Space Station Sixty Five directors Jo David and Rachael House.
(Recorded by Whitechapel Gallery, edited by Alex Fitch) (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Promoting comics

September 7, 2012 1 Comment

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Charles Hatfield, photo by Reanna Delgadillo, Jay Eales and Selina Lock, photo by Andy Luke

Charles Hatfield, photo by Reanna Delgadillo, Jay Eales and Selina Lock, photo by Andy Luke

Promoting comics: In two talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, the first in a new season of Laydeez do podcasts, Charles Hatfield talks about comics academia and Jay Eales and Selina Lock discuss publishing The Girly Comic. Hatfield is the author of ‘Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature’ and ‘Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby’ and discusses introducing comics to English literature students. Jay and Selina also talk about helming the Caption small press festival in Oxford for a number of years and producing their own small press comics.
(Recorded by Nicola Streeten, edited by Alex Fitch) (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Comic Nurse / Tangles

May 28, 2012 1 Comment

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Panels from a Comic Nurse strip by M.K. Czerwiec and Tangles by Sarah Leavitt

Panels from a Comic Nurse strip by M.K. Czerwiec and Tangles by Sarah Leavitt

Comic Nurse / Tangles. In two talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, M.K. Czerwiec and Sarah Leavitt talk about their work, mixing autobiography and medical comics. M.K. discusses the strips produced by her alter-ego, Comic Nurse and Sarah talks about documenting her mother’s alzheimers disease in Tangles.
(Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch, Q and A session moderated by Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman)

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: M.K. Czerwiec’s website – comicnurse.com and archive of her online comics
Sarah Leavitt’s website and info on Tangles (more…)

Panel Borders: Depicting the personal

April 15, 2012 5 Comments

Paintings by Josephine King on display in Riflemaker Gallery / panel from Please God, find me a husband! by Simone Lia

Paintings by Josephine King on display in Riflemaker Gallery / panel from Please God, find me a husband! by Simone Lia

Depicting the personal: Continuing our month of shows looking at British comics, we have a pair of interviews about artists who examine their personal life and feelings as a subject for their art. Cartoonist Richy K. Chandler talks to Simone Lia about her new graphic novel, Please God, find me a husband!, which explores Simone’s faith and search for a partner. Critic and writer Columba Quigley talks to fine artist Josephine King about her paintings which combine self portrait with text and references to Renaissance narrative art.
Originally broadcast 15/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Simone Lia / Cabanon Press publishing websites
Interview with Josephine King in The Independent (more…)

Today’s show: Depicting the personal

April 15, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM: Panel Borders: Depicting the personal

Paintings by Josephine King on display in Riflemaker Gallery / panel from Please God, find me a husband! by Simone Lia

Paintings by Josephine King on display in Riflemaker Gallery / panel from Please God, find me a husband! by Simone Lia

Continuing our month of shows looking at British comics, we have a pair of interviews about artists who examine their personal life and feelings as a subject for their art. Cartoonist Richy K. Chandler talks to Simone Lia about her new graphic novel, Please God, find me a husband!, which explores Simone’s faith and search for a partner. Critic and writer Columba Quigley talks to fine artist Josephine King about her paintings which combine self portrait with text and references to Renaissance narrative art.

8pm, Sunday 15th April 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Simone Lia / Cabanon Press publishing websites
Interview with Josephine King in The Independent (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Depictions of the female form

March 14, 2012

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Joséphine by Pénélope Bagieu and The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

Joséphine by Pénélope Bagieu and The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

Depictions of the female form. In two talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, Dr. Ann Miller, lecturer and joint editor of European Comic Art journal talks about stereotypical representations of women in bandes dessinées, particularly by Pénélope Bagieu, creator of ‘chic-lit’ comic Joséphine; and Karrie Fransman talks about her new comic The House that groaned, an incisive graphic novel about body dysmorphia and desire in a Victorian tenement house. (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts – Judith Vanistendael: Dance by the light of the moon

January 19, 2012 4 Comments

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Excerpt from Dance by the light of the moon by Judith Vanistendael

Excerpt from Dance by the light of the moon by Judith Vanistendael

Judith Vanistendael: Dance by the light of the moon. In a Q and A recorded at Bar Music Hall in East London as part of Comica Festival, 2010, Paul Gravett talks to Flemish cartoonist Judith Vanistendael about her semi-autobiographical graphic novel Dance by the light of the moon, published in the UK by Self Made Hero.
(Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch, introduced by Sarah Lightman)
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Laydeez do podcasts: Magical realism

December 1, 2011 3 Comments

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Sparky O Hare by Mawil, Nelson by Woodrow Phoenix, Miss Moti by Kripa Joshi

Sparky O Hare by Mawil, Nelson by Woodrow Phoenix, Miss Moti by Kripa Joshi

In a pair of talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, cartoonists Kripa Joshi and Mawil (Markus Witzel) discuss their work, plus Alex Fitch visits Woodrow Phoenix in his studio to discuss his editing of the new graphic novel Nelson. If there is a common theme between the three, it is a sense of magical realism in their art which juxtaposes the ordinary with the out of the ordinary, from Woodrow’s use of road furniture in Rumble Strip, to Kripa’s use of Indian mythology in her tales of domestic incidents and Mawil’s blue collar stories of life in Germany through the lens of his alter-ego Sparky O’Hare.
Recorded by Nicola Streeten and Alex Fitch, introduced and edited 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: Kripa Joshi‘s website and Miss Moti comics
Mawil‘s website
Woodrow Phoenix‘s online portfolio
More info about Nelson

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Laydeez do comics, December 2011

In the last LDC of 2011, Laydeez curators Nicola and Sarah talk about their work and how it has evolved since the first LDC meeting in 2009 + a couple of designers talk about their comics.

Guests:
Rachel Abrams, designer and writer, Brooklyn NY
Sarah Lightman, artist, curator and researcher
Marcia Mihotich, graphic designer and illustrator
Nicola Streeten, illustrator and author of graphic memoir Billy, Me & You

Recommended Read:
Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten, published by Myriad Editions

Monday 5 December
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

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Laydeez do podcasts: Manga Jiman 2011

October 16, 2011 2 Comments

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Manga Jiman 2011

Manga Jiman entries by Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millett

Manga Jiman entries by Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millett

In a panel discussion recorded at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival in April, Zarina Liew (Runner-up 2009/2010), Yuri Kore (Winner 2009/2010), Clio Millett (Winner 2010/2011) – of the Japanese Embassy’s ‘Manga Jiman’ (Pride in Manga) competition join Karen Rubins (Comic book artist in residence, Victoria and Albert Museum 2010) to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics.
(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: Zarina Liew’s website – cobaltcafe.co.uk
Beyond Raging Aves by Clio Millett
Yuri Kore’s website

Read the Laydeez do comics blog
Info about Laydeez do comics – Next meeting Oct 17th / Nov 21st

2010 interview with Zarina Liew, Yure Kore and Manga Jiman runner up David Lander
2009 interview with Karen Rubins
2008 interviews with Manga Jiman finalists Michael Kacar, Asia Alfasi and Gillian Sein Ying Ha

Recommended events:

Anders Nilsen UK tour

Candian cartoonist Anders Nilsen will be signing at:
Gosh! Comics, Berwick street at 6pm on Saturday 15th October, as part of a UK tour that sees him visit
Page 45, Nottingham on Sunday the 16th and
OK Comics, Leeds on Monday the 17th, he then gets a day off before coming back to London to do a Q and A at
Orbital comics on Wednesday 19th of October where he’ll be chatting to British cartoonist Tom Gauld.

More info: www.goshlondon.com / www.comicafestival.com
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Laydeez do podcasts: Female Publishers and their work

September 27, 2011

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Female Publishers and their work

Excerpts from Philip and Helena by Eileen Cassavetti and Playing the Jewish Card by Corinne Pearlman

Excerpts from Philip and Helena by Eileen Cassavetti and Playing the Jewish Card by Corinne Pearlman

In two talks recorded in August and January 2011, we explore the work of female comic book publishers and their work in the medium. In a Q and A recorded at the Imperial War Museum, Alex Fitch talks to Eileen and Francesca Cassavetti, about Eileen’s wartime diary Philip and Helena which Francesca republished recently in comic book format plus in a talk recorded at Laydeez Do Comics, Corinne Pearlman discusses her work for the Jewish Quarterly, her publishing endeavours with Myriad Editions and her design and editorial work for Comic Company, which produces healthcare information in comic strip format.
(Recorded by Allan Morrow and Nicola Streeten, 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: More info about Comics and Conflicts at the Imperial War Museum
Listen to the subsequent discussion by Francesca, Eileen and Alex with the creators of War: The Human Cost
Francesca’s website www.fabtoons.com

Corinne’s website www.comicopera.com
Enjoy Healthcare info in strip format at www.comiccompany.co.uk
More info about Myriad Editions

Read the Laydeez do comics blog
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Laydeez do podcasts: Beyond the page

July 26, 2011 3 Comments

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Beyond the page

Excerpt from Malaak by Joumana Medlej, Jo Tyler and Lobo, Alex Fitch (art by Sarah McIntyre)

Excerpt from Malaak by Joumana Medlej, Jo Tyler and Lobo, Alex Fitch (art by Sarah McIntyre)

In three talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, we’re looking at dissemination of comics beyond the printed page, as University of Bournemouth lecturer Jo Tyler talks about adapting comic books for the radio, interviewer and journalist Alex Fitch talks about his experience of talking to comic book creators for broadcast and podcast and Lebanese cartoonist Joumana Medlej talks about her comic book Malaak: Angel of peace, which is available online and for a variety of devices which allow the reader to explore the language of the comic further than a simple translation.
(Introduced and recorded by Nicola Streeten, edited 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: Radio Production at Bournemouth University
Read an extract of Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
Wikipedia page on Lobo

Interview with Alex Fitch at thecomicsbureau.co.uk
Archive of Alex’s early radio work

Malaak: Angel of Peace website

Read the Laydeez do comics blog
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Laydeez do podcasts: Bristol Cartoonists

July 6, 2011 3 Comments

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Bristol Cartoonists

Self portraits by Andrew Godfrey - sketch at Laydeez do Comics - and Katie Green - cover of Lighter than my shadow

Self portraits by Andrew Godfrey - sketch at Laydeez do Comics - and Katie Green - cover of Lighter than my shadow

In this month’s podcast we have a recording of two cartoonists from Bristol whose work is informed by their medical conditions. Andrew Godfrey talks about his strips The Clichéd Artist and The Selfish Gene which detail his life with Cystic Fibrosis and Katie Green talks about her forthcoming book Lighter than my shadow: A graphic Memoir about battling anorexia, to be published by Jonathan Cape.
(Introduced and recorded by Nicola Streeten, edited 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: Andrew Godfrey’s blog http://itsallaboutthecomics.blogspot.com
Katie Green’s website www.katiegreen.co.uk
Panel Borders’ month of shows on Medical Comics

Read Mike Medaglia’s blog entry about Andrew and Katie’s appearance at Laydeez do Comics
Info about Laydeez do comics

Panel Borders: Doctoring Comics

June 30, 2011 5 Comments

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Doctoring Comics

Originally broadcast 30th June 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Ian Williams at Laydeez do comics, photo by Marcia Mihotich / Fear of Failure by Thom Ferrier

Ian Williams at Laydeez do comics, photo by Marcia Mihotich / Fear of Failure by Thom Ferrier

Concluding our month of shows looking at medical comics, we have a talk by Dr. Ian Williams about his work including curating Graphic Medicine and creating comic strips under the name Thom Ferrier followed by a Q and A session featuring questions by Phillipa Perry and Alex Fitch. (Recorded at Laydeez do Comics, May 2010)

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: Ian Williams’ comics produced as Thom Ferrier at www.disrepute.info

Info about Graphic Medicine
Call for papers (pdf download) for the 2011 Graphic Medicine conference in Leeds

Listen to more podcasts featuring Phillipa Perry

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Manchester Comix Collective: BIG Drink ‘n’ Draw

This month we’re doing something a little more special than usual, the MCC and Sandbar will be hosting the first BIG Drink n’ Draw on the very first day of the Not Part Of Fringe Festival! As always the Drink ‘n’ Draw will be FREE to attend, and we’ll have the usual drawing games, FREE snacks AND pizzas, FREE comics at the Comic…

As part of the BIG Drink ‘n’ Draw we’ll have a LITTLE Comic Fair! We will have tables set aside for selling YOUR comics! We’ll have a few of table for creators with lots to sell and one communal table for anyone’s comics, minis or zines! Tables are FREE but limited, so please leave a comment to show your interest and I’ll be in touch! If you can’t make it but would like to sell your comics, please drop them off at Sandbar with a note saying “For the BIG Drink ‘n’ Draw”.

As if that wasn’t enough Matt Badham will be hosting an informal chat plus Q and A with Andy Diggle, writer of The Losers, Daredevil and former editor of 2000AD! The starting time for this is to be confirmed but will last about an hour.

Manchester Comix Collective,
June 30, 2011 4:00pm pm to July 1, 2011 2:00 am,
Sandbar, 120 Grosvenor St, Manchester, M1 7HL

More info at http://manchestercomixcollective.com

Laydeez do podcasts: London Print Studio Comics Collective

May 23, 2011 2 Comments

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London Print Studio Comics Collective

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In this month’s podcast we have a recording of two talks by the London Print Studio Comics Collective – Isabel Greenberg, Rachel Emily Taylor, William Goldsmith, Joe Kelly and Freya Harrisson – alongside mentor Karrie Franzman and LPS director John Philips. Karrie and her protégés talk about their work, visiting the Angoulême comics festival in France, the process of getting published and how the internship has improved their artistic practice.
(Introduced and edited by Alex Fitch, recorded by Nicola Streeten)

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: London Print Studio Comics Collective blog
London Print Studio website
Panel Borders interviews with Karrie Franzman and Isabel Greenberg

Info about Laydeez do comics
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Laydeez do podcasts: Small press special

March 19, 2011 2 Comments

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Small press special

Ed by Azzopardi, Most Natural thing by Cassavetti and Babel by Miers

Ed by Azzopardi, Most Natural thing by Cassavetti and Babel by Miers

In this month’s podcast we have three recordings of presentations by small press creators given at Laydeez do comics in February 2011 – Sean Azzopardi, Francesca Cassavetti (with Nick Tesco) and John Miers talk about their self published comics and graphic novels, their interaction with the art world, visits to Angouleme and much more. Introduced by Nicola Streeten, recorded and edited 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: Sean Azzopardi’s website
Francesca Cassavetti’s website
John Miers’ website

Info about Laydeez do comics
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Laydeez do podcasts: Trina Robbins Q and A

February 27, 2011

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Trina Robbins Q and A

Laydeez do comics, September 2010, photo by Nicola Streeten

Laydeez do comics, September 2010, photo by Nicola Streeten

Complimenting our inaugural podcast, we have an additional companion recording of the Q and A that veteran Underground Comix creator and historian Trina Robbins gave at Laydeez do Comics in September 2010 with questions by Woodrow Phoenix and Paul Gravett among others. Introduced by Sarah Lightman, recorded and edited 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

Listen to Trina Robbins talk about the history of women in comics

Info about Laydeez do comics

Recommended events:

Glenn Baxter in Cork Street

Beloved British newspaper cartoonist Glenn Baxter has a new exhibition in London of his inimical one panel gags of whimsy and surrealism.
Flowers Central Gallery, 21 Cork Street London W1S 3LZ
8th Feb – 5th March 2011
More info at: www.flowersgalleries.com and www.glenbaxter.com

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Laydeez do podcasts: Couch Fiction

February 10, 2011 7 Comments

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Couch Fiction

Partially broadcast 10th February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Four pages from Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat

Four pages from Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat

Continuing our month of shows about women who create comic books, we’re happy to present another talk + Q and A recorded at the monthly event ‘Laydeez do comics’. Therapist Philippa Perry discusses her graphic novel “Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy”, which presents a fictionalised version of a series of sessions conducted between a Psychotherapist and a patient with additional footnotes that put the words and pictures into context that are useful to anyone with an interest in how the profession and such encounters work and evolve. Philipa talks about her collaboration with artist Junko Graat, her experiences of being a therapist and discusses the work with an audience of comic book fans and creators. (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

Publisher’s page on Couch Fiction
Review by Alain de Botton
Interview with Philippa Perry in The Observer

Info about Laydeez do comics
Marcia Mihotich’s blog about Philippa Perry’s talk in May 2010
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