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: The Worldwide Comix of Jeffrey Lewis

April 22, 2014

Comics and album covers by Jeffrey Lewis

Comics and album covers by Jeffrey Lewis

The Worldwide Comix of 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. Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch. (Originally broadcast 21st April 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London)

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

Recommended events:

Comics at SCI-FI-LONDON

Dave McKean doesn’t really need an introduction here – from his Sandman covers to Arkham Asylum to his books with Neil Gaiman, through to his own books and illustration and graphic work, he has shaped and changed the look of comics for decades. Apart from his well-known photo collage work, he is also extremely adapt at the good ol’ ink and brushwork.

Alex Fitch will be interviewing Dave McKean at Gosh! on Saturday, the 26th of April, from 7.30pm onwards.

Emma Vieceli, you may know from SelfMadeHero’s Manga Shakespeare adaptations, Young Avengers, her work on ambitious webcomics The Thrill Electric for Channel Four with John Reppion and Leah Moore and Breaks with Malin Rydén, plus most recently in print, the graphic novel adaptations of the ever-popular Vampire Academy series.

Emma will be conversation with Alex on Sunday, the 27th of April, from 7.30pm, Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR

Nearest tube for Gosh! is Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square

Mike Carey is a much loved contributor to Vertigo Comics’ John Constantine: Hellblazer title, he also enjoyed a seven year tenure as the writer of the Lucifer comic. He will be discussing his career so far, plus his latest acclaimed horror novel The Girl with all the gifts and graphic novel X-Men: No more humans.

Saturday 3rd May, 2.30pm, The Club Room, 2nd Floor, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Nearest tube to Conway Hall is Holborn on the Central and Piccadilly Lines.

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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…)

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: Ben Katchor, architectural strips

April 1, 2014 1 Comment

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

Ben Katchor, architectural strips: 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.
(Originally broadcast 31/03/14 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…)

Panel Borders: Unusual Origins

March 28, 2014

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

Unusual Origins: 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. Recorded at London Super Comic Con, Spring 2014
(Originally broadcast 24/03/14 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…)

Panel Borders: Oscar Zarate, exploring The Park

March 20, 2014

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

Oscar Zarate, exploring The Park: 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) (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…)

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…)

Panel Borders: Rabbis and Humanoids

February 27, 2014

Extracts from The Rabbis Cat and Tokyo by Joann Sfar and covers of three forthcoming releases from Humanoids UK

Extracts from The Rabbis Cat and Tokyo by Joann Sfar and covers of three forthcoming releases from Humanoids UK

Rabbis and Humanoids: Concluding a month of shows about French comics or Bande dessinée, Alex Fitch talks to Tim Pilcher about his new role as UK Liaison at Humanoids Publishing, bringing translations of French graphic novels to Britain, and to Graphic Novelist and filmmaker Joann Sfar about his titles The Rabbi’s Cat (Le Chat du Rabbin) and Tokyo.

Fitch and Pilcher discuss the launch titles available from Humanoids UK in the Spring, including work by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Nicolas de Crecy, and Sfar discusses how he adapts his style for different audiences and age groups, as well as for the cinema as the director of Gainsbourg: Vie héroïque (2010). (Originally broadcast 24/02/14 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…)

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…)

Panel Borders: Translating Snowpiercer

February 11, 2014 1 Comment

Excerpt from Snowpiercer vol. 1 by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, translated by Virginie Sélavy

Excerpt from Snowpiercer vol. 1 by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, translated by Virginie Sélavy

Translating Snowpiercer: Continuing a month of shows about French comics or Bande dessinée, Alex Fitch talks to Virginie Sélavy about her translation of Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette’s French graphic novel Snowpiercer (Le Transperceneige) for its new two volume UK edition published by Titan Comics. Fitch and Sélavy also discuss Bong Joon-ho’s forthcoming film adaptation of Snowpiercer, other French translations that Titan have planned for 2014, and about the various comics and graphic novels that are available in the Resonance FM fundraising auction. (Originally broadcast 10/02/14 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…)

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…)

Panel Borders: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel

January 27, 2014 1 Comment

Covers of various comics by Kelly DeConnick

Covers of various comics by Kelly DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel: Concluding a month of shows looking at Marvel Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kelly Sue DeConnick about her work on their Avengers Assemble, Osborne and Captain Marvel titles. Alex and Kelly Sue discuss how the author got her first work at Marvel, how her interest in aviation history leads to portrayals of female heroes from the real world in Captain Marvel, and how her writing collaboration with Warren Ellis on recent issues of Avengers Assemble came about. (Originally broadcast 27/01/14 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: Kelly Sue’s website
Listen to Kieron Gillen’s interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick
Listen to Alex’s interview with Matt Fraction about his work (more…)

Panel Borders: Kieron Gillen, Now.1

January 23, 2014 1 Comment

Covers of various comics by Kieron Gillen

Covers of various comics by Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen, Now.1: Continuing a month of shows about Superhero Comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kieron Gillen about his recent titles published under the Marvel Now banner, including Iron Man and Young Avengers, his collaborations with writer Matt Fraction, thoughts on online and interactive comics, and his forays into ‘mature readers’ titles such as Uber. Recorded at Nine Worlds GeekFest, London 2013.

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: Kieron Gillen’s website and tumblr
Info on Kieron’s work at marvel.com

Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Kieron Gillen about his work (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…)

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…)

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…)

Panel Borders: The Books of Shrigley

December 19, 2013

Sculptures and cartoons by David Shrigley

Sculptures and cartoons by David Shrigley

The Books of Shrigley: Concluding a trio of show about comics and fine art practice, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and fine artist David Shrigley about his work, from self published books of cartoons sold in pubs, to his recent nomination for the Turner Prize. Alex and David also discuss the links between the artist’s cartoons and sculptures, such as his short listed proposal for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, his work as a spoken word artist and the vagaries of publishing. Originally broadcast Monday 16th December 2013, on Resonance 104.4 FM (Last in the current series, Panel Borders should 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

Links: David Shrigley’s website
Vote for the sculpture to go on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square
Article on the 2013 Turner Prize competition from The Guardian
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Panel Borders: Medusa, The Golem and other phantoms of fine art

December 12, 2013 1 Comment

Covers and interior art from Medusa and The Golem by Chirs Kent

Covers and interior art from Medusa and The Golem by Chirs Kent

Medusa, The Golem and other phantoms of fine art: Continuing a month of shows looking at the use of fine art techniques in comics and graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Chris Kent about his pair of self published books Medusa and The Golem, rendered using traditional fine art techniques. Medusa takes a metaphorical approach to the legend of the creature that turns witnesses to stone, while The Golem is a more literal approach as a turn of the century magician uses the Jewish creature of vengeance in his stage show to devastating effect. Originally broadcast Monday 9th December 2013, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

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: Chris Kent’s website (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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