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: Guardian Lit

July 10, 2014 2 Comments

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

Guardian Lit: Starting a month of shows looking at the connections between comics 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 classics such as Tristram Shandy, and Litt talks about how his career as a novelist helped him write DC Comics’ new title Dead Boy Detectives. Recorded in front of an audience at Guardian Masterclass, January 2014. (more…)

Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

July 3, 2014 2 Comments

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

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

What makes a good graphic novel?: 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 answer 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. Originally broadcast 30th June 2014 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: Freud, Shakespeare and Marx

June 29, 2014 1 Comment

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

Freud, Shakespeare and Marx: 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 a post-apocalyptic Hamlet, and 19th Century Much ado about nothing. Also, in an interview (translated by Alex Spiro) recorded at ELCAF French cartoonist Anne Simon discusses her graphic novel biographies of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, published in English by Nobrow. Originally broadcast 23rd June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Comedies and tragedies

June 20, 2014 1 Comment

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

Comedies and tragedies: 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.

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: Graphic Lives

June 12, 2014 1 Comment

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

Graphic Lives: 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. Originally broadcast Monday 9th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: European Female Voices

June 5, 2014 2 Comments

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

European Female Voices: 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’. Originally broadcast 2nd June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Banned Books

June 1, 2014 1 Comment

Knockabout Comics #4, Fresca Zizi by Melinda Gebbie, Miracleman #9, Swamp Thing sketch by Rick Veitch

Knockabout Comics #4, Fresca Zizi by Melinda Gebbie, Miracleman #9, Swamp Thing sketch by Rick Veitch

Banned Books: Concluding a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to Tony Bennett (Knockabout Books) and Rick Veitch about comic book censorship in a special exclusive podcast edition of Panel Borders. Tony discusses the various brushes with censorship law that he’s endured as a publisher of independent comics and Rick explores the titles he’s worked on that have attracted controversy from Miracleman to Swamp Thing. Recorded at Whitechapel Library Ideas Store as part of their Banned Books festival.

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: Surviving The Crow

May 29, 2014

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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

Surviving The Crow: 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 battles with drug addiction, nearly drawing Batman for DC Comics and the long gestation of his most famous creation. Recorded in front of an audience at Bristol Comics Expo, Spring 2014. (Originally broadcast 26th May 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 (more…)

Panel Borders: Exploring The Murder Mile

May 21, 2014

Excerpt from The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt

Excerpt from The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt

Exploring The Murder Mile: 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. (Originally broadcast 19th May 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 (more…)

Panel Borders: A Cartoon History of Private Eye

May 17, 2014 1 Comment

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

A Cartoon History of Private Eye: 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. (Originally broadcast 12th May 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 (more…)

Panel Borders: Comics Unmasked

May 9, 2014 1 Comment

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

Comics Unmasked: 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. Plus, a recording of the guided tour of Comics Unmasked by Gravett and Dunning, with additional contributions by Adrian Edwards and Tim Pilcher. (Originally broadcast 5th May 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton

May 2, 2014

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

Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton: 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. (Originally broadcast 28th April 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London) (more…)

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 2 Comments

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…)

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