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Panel Borders: Children of the Atom

September 15, 2011 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

Children of the Atom

Partially broadcast 15/09/11 on Resonance FM

Child of the Atom by Blandy and Inko / Obsolete by Mikkel Sommer / Dougies War by Glass and Turbitt

Child of the Atom by Blandy and Inko / Obsolete by Mikkel Sommer / Dougies War by Glass and Turbitt

Continuing our month of shows about war comics, in a panel discussion recorded at last month’s Comics and Conflicts conference at the Imperial War Museum, London, Paul Gravett talks to Mikkel Sommer about his graphic novella Obsolete, to publisher Adrian Searle and artist Dave Turbitt about Dougie’s War and to film maker David Blandy and illustrator Inko about their project Child of the Atom. Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch.

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

Links: Review of Obsolete at itsallaboutthecomics.blogspot.com
Interview with Mikkel Sommer at nobrow.net

Review of Dougie’s War at downthetubescomics.blogspot.com
Official website: www.dougieswar.com

Interview with David Blandy at the Arts Information Company
Official website: www.davidblandy.co.uk

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Gravett, Blandy and others about the Imperial War Museum Conference

Today’s show: Children of the Atom

September 15, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Children of the Atom

Child of the Atom by Blandy and Inko / Obsolete by Mikkel Sommer / Dougies War by Glass and Turbitt

Child of the Atom by Blandy and Inko / Obsolete by Mikkel Sommer / Dougies War by Glass and Turbitt

Continuing our month of shows about war comics, in a panel discussion recorded at last month’s Comics and Conflicts conference at the Imperial War Museum, London, Paul Gravett talks to Mikkel Sommer about his graphic novella Obsolete, to publisher Adrian Searle and artist Dave Turbitt about Dougie’s War and to film maker David Blandy and illustrator Inko about their project Child of the Atom. Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch.

5pm, Thursday 15/09/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Review of Obsolete at itsallaboutthecomics.blogspot.com
Interview with Mikkel Sommer at nobrow.net

Review of Dougie’s War at downthetubescomics.blogspot.com
Official website: www.dougieswar.com

Interview with David Blandy at the Arts Information Company
Official website: www.davidblandy.co.uk

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Gravett, Blandy and others about the Imperial War Museum Conference

Panel Borders: War (comic), what is it good for?

August 17, 2011 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

War (comic), what is it good for?

Alex Fitch, Ariel Kahn, Paul Gravett, Eileen Cassavetti and Francesca Cassavetti in the studio at Resonance FM, photo by Nick Tesco

Alex Fitch, Ariel Kahn, Paul Gravett, Eileen Cassavetti and Francesca Cassavetti in the studio at Resonance FM, photo by Nick Tesco

In an episode of Panel Borders previously broadcast as a live ‘Clear Spot’ on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett, Ariel Kahn, Eileen Cassavetti, Francesca Cassavetti and David Blandy about about the importance of war comics in culture and bringing the experience of war and conflict to new readers in a way that text alone can’t fully realise, plus the forthcoming Comics and Conflicts conference and events at the Imperial War Museum. Paul and Ariel discuss classic war comics and Francesca and Eileen talk about publishing the latter’s war time diary in comic book format, plus, in excerpts from a couple of classic episodes, Alex talks to Garth Ennis, and Grant Rogers interviews Pat Mills about Charley’s War.

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 the full length interview with Pat Mills about Charley’s War conducted by Garth Rogers

Links: Info about the Comics and Conflicts events at the Imperial War Museum
Book tickets at http://wartime.iwm.org.uk (scroll down to find individual events
Info about Francesca and Eileen Cassavetti at fabtoons.blogspot.com
David Blandy’s film Child of the Atom
Info about War: The Human Cost
Charley’s War website
Wikipedia pages on Garth Ennis’ War Stories and Battlefields

Recommended events:

Comics and Conflicts festival , Imperial War Museum

…will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti(Fabtoons).

On Friday 19th, there is an academic conference, in which University students and writers will be presenting papers on the subject of War Comics throughout the day, followed by a talk by Charley’s War author Pat Mills. There are tickets available for the conference which includes the talk by Pat Mills, or the talk is available as a separate ticket.

On Saturday 20th, there are talks, panels and workshops by small press creators and international authors, including a hour long discussion with Garth Ennis on stage in his first UK appearance at a comics festival in many years.

All Saturday events are £6 / the final event of the weekend, The Comics go to War film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ

Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo) / Elephant and Castle (Northern line, City Branch) / Southwark (Jubilee)

Book tickets at http://wartime.iwm.org.uk

The Comics and Conflicts events form part of a Children’s literature festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children.  For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

Full listing of events at www.panelborders.com/events
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Comics and conflict at the Imperial War Museum

August 13, 2011 6 Comments

Comics and conflict

19th-20th August, 2011

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

iwm logo

The Comics and Conflicts Conference will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti (Fabtoons).

Here’s a run down of the two days of events:

Friday 19th August:

9.00am – War Comics Conference opens; coffee and registration

10.00am – introductory talk by MARTIN BAKER and ROGER SABIN about the depiction of war in the Guardian’s comic strip Doonesbury

11.00am – choice of parallel sessions: REPRESENTING TRAUMA (Chair, Ariel Kahn) / ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM AND REPRESENTATION
(Chair, Paul Gravett)

12.20pm – Lunch

1.20pm – Panel on THE IMAGE AND REALITY OF WAR: (Chair, Garth Ennis) featuring Tim Pilcher, Darin Jensen, Isabelle Delorme

2.40pm – choice of parallel sessions: FORM AND CONTENT: (Chair, Roger Sabin) / CONFLICT AND IDEOLOGY: (Chair, Alex Fitch)

4.00pm – Coffee break

4.20pm – In conversation with PAT MILLS, from Charley’s War to Ayatollah’s Son followed by signing

Listen to the full length interview with Pat Mills about Charley’s War conducted by Garth Rogers in 2008

6.00pm – Close

Please note: ticket cost for the entire day is £30.00 / Students £15.00 including Pat Mills talk or £6 for Mills talk only.

Saturday 20th August

10.30am – Artist DAVID COLLIER talks about his work from American Splendor to Chimo, followed by comic making master class at noon (separate ticket)

11.30am Artists and publishers discuss Trauma and Conflict (Chair, Paul Gravett) with Danish artist MIKKEL SOMMER, writer and illustrator of Obsolete, and ADRIAN SEARLE, the publisher of Dougie’s War, plus artist DAVE TURBITT.

2.00pm Artists and publishers discuss The Personal and the Political (Chair, Alex Fitch) with FRANCESCA CASSAVETTI and her mother, EILEEN CASSAVETTI talking about the latter’s wartime diary which Francesca has published as a comic; joined by SEAN DUFFIELD, publisher of War – the Human Cost plus contributing artists DANIEL LOCKE and BEN NAYLOR; and DAVID BLANDY talking about his short film Child of the Atom.

3.00pm In Conversation with GARTH ENNIS – from Troubled Souls to Battlefields; a rare UK appearance by the writer, followed by signing

Listen to Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott’s 2008 interview with Garth Ennis – part one / part two

4.30pm Film Screening: COMIC BOOKS GO TO WAR, directed by Mark Daniels, which looks at the work of Joe Sacco, Keiji Nakazawa (Barefoot Gen) and Marjane Satrapi among others, featuring new interviews with the creators + short film: CHILD OF THE ATOM by David Blandy, which explores a return visit to Hiroshima by the child of a local man and the representation of Nuclear Holocaust in Japanese animation.

All Saturday events are £6 / the film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ
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Panel Borders: Comic Therapy

June 9, 2011 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Comic Therapy

Partially broadcast 9h June 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Medical comics panellists: Paul Gravett, Philippa Perry, Darryl Cunningham and Brian Fies, photo by Ian Williams

Medical comics panellists: Paul Gravett, Philippa Perry, Darryl Cunningham and Brian Fies, photo by Ian Williams

In a panel discussion recorded at the 2010 Comics and Medicine conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, Paul Gravett talks to Brian Fies, Phillipa Perry and Darryl Cunningham about their work in portraying aspects of medical care and therapy in sequential art. Paul and the panel discuss issues of biography and autobiography on the page, the process of portraying a narrative that has a story structure as well as an element of education to it and what they learned from the experience. (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: Official Mom’s Cancer website
Graphic Medicine website
including info on the 2010 conference
Read Brian Fies’ blog posts about his trip to London and Graphic Medicine 2011

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

Darryl Cunningham’s website: www.darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com
Publisher’s page on Psychiatric Tales

Listen to Philippa Perry talk about her therapy graphic novel Couch Fiction and Brian Fies talk about Mom’s Cancer

Listen to Alex Fitch interview Darryl Cunningham about Psychiatric Tales and his other work

Info about the 2011 Graphic Medicine conference, 9-11 June 2011, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

Today’s show: Comic Therapy

June 9, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Comic Therapy

Medical comics panellists: Paul Gravett, Philippa Perry, Darryl Cunningham and Brian Fies, photo by Ian Williams

Medical comics panellists: Paul Gravett, Philippa Perry, Darryl Cunningham and Brian Fies, photo by Ian Williams

In a panel discussion recorded at the 2010 Comics and Medicine conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, Paul Gravett talks to Brian Fies, Phillipa Perry and Darryl Cunningham about their work in portraying aspects of medical care and therapy in sequential art. Paul and the panel discuss issues of biography and autobiography on the page, the process of portraying a narrative that has a story structure as well as an element of education to it and what they learned from the experience. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

5pm, Thursday 09/06/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Official Mom’s Cancer website
Graphic Medicine website
including info on the 2010 conference
Read Brian Fies’ blog posts about his trip to London and Graphic Medicine 2011

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

Darryl Cunningham’s website: www.darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com
Publisher’s page on Psychiatric Tales

Listen to additional podcasts of Philippa Perry talking about her therapy graphic novel Couch Fiction and to Brian Fies talking about Mom’s Cancer
Listen to Alex Fitch interview
Darryl Cunningham about Psychiatric Tales and his other work

Info about the 2011 Graphic Medicine conference, 9-11 June 2011, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON

April 29, 2011

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON flyer by Tom Humberstone

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON flyer by Tom Humberstone

A two day festival about the best of British Comics from the last 30 years in a lovely new space – The Blue Room – at BFI Southbank.

DAY ONE: Saturday 30th April
The Blue Room, 1st Floor, BFI Southbank, Waterloo, London

Creators in attendance include Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division), Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures), V.V. Brown, David Allain, John Spelling (all City of Abacus), Lee O’Connor (Ctrl Alt Delete unmasks corruption), Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore, Clio Millett (Manga Jiman winners), Matt Jones (BERG design) and Matthew Sheret (Paper Science)

Doors open at 10am – Small press creators will be around to sell their work and meet visitors

11am – SF comics for kids

Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division) and Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures) discuss creating Science-Fiction and Fantasy comics for kids and having interested children in the format, how to keep their love of comics going. 

BBC Magazines logoChair : Chris Johnson (CBBC)
There will be a free copy of Doctor Who Adventures magazine for every member of the audience.

Followed by a children’s workshop run by Paul Collicutt

12.30pm – City of Abacus
A panel discussion with four of the creators of the serialised graphic novel CITY OF ABACUS including writers V.V. Brown and David Allain and artists Lee O’Connor and John Spelling, who drew issues two and three respectively, looking at the intriguing mix of dystopian SF and fantasy that the comic presents. Chair: Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)

Followed by City of Abacus signing

2pm – Manga Jiman
Three recent finalists – 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 one of the judges, to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics. Chair: Karen Rubins (Comic book artist in residence, Victoria and Albert Museum 2010)

3.30pm – The work of Warren Ellis
Editor Matt Jones (principal, BERG design who commission Ellis’ new comic SVK) and writer Matthew Sheret (Solipsistic Pop), whose love of comics started with Warren’s work, discuss the work of comic book / multimedia writer Warren Ellis who has penned some of the most influencial SF comics of the last twenty years. Chair: Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6Music)

Followed by 10 min preview screening of new documentary – “WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS”

5pm – Close

More info at: www.scifilondon.com/festival

DAY TWO: Sunday 1st May
The Blue Room, 1st Floor, BFI Southbank, Waterloo, London

Creators in attendance include Al Davison and Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop), David Hine (Batman), China Miéville (Kraken), Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood), Alice Duke (Self Made Hero), Mark Stafford (Cherubs), Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman), Edward Ross (Parasites!) and Roger Mason (The Mice)

Doors open at 10am – Small press creators will be around to sell their work and meet visitors

11am – Small press to mainstream
Al Davison and Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop) and David Hine (Batman) talk about how working in small press comics has lead to work for mainstream publishers, but also provided a home to publish alternative titles throughout their careers so far. Chair: Matt Badham (Judge Dredd Megazine)

Followed by ‘Drop in and draw’ activities for first time artists wanting encouragement in creating comics, run by Tom Humberstone

12.30am – H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe
Novelists China Miéville (three time Arthur C. Clarke award winner for SF literature) and Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood) alongside artists Alice Duke (Self Made Hero) and Mark Stafford (Cherubs) discuss the influence of American writers Poe and Lovecraft on comic books and the difficulties posed by adapting their stories into strip format. Chair: Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)

2pm – Comics and moving pictures
Comics have been both the basis of and influenced the look of much TV and film over the past few years and so creators Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman, Garth), Edward Ross (Filmish, Parasites!) and Roger Mason (2000AD, The Mice) will be talking about how their interest in both fields has led to cross-pollination in their work and how they see this influencing both media as a whole. Chair: Rich Johnson (Bleeding Cool)

Vision Machine logo

There will be a free signed copy of the new graphic novel Vision Machine by Greg Pak and R.B. Silva for the first 60 members of the audience attending this panel.

3.30pm – Horror and noir
A panel looking at the crossover between two popular genres with guests Denise Mina, graphic novelist Hannah Berry who will be previewing her new book ADAMTIME and David Hine who has written horror themed comics throughout his career from Strange Embrace to Spawn. Chair: Paul Gravett (Comica Festival)

Followed by a preview of The Walking Dead DVD extras, including a filmed interview with Robert Kirkman talking about the comic book and its TV adaptation. (15 mins)

5pm Close

More info at www.scifilondon.com/festival

Further information is available in the May BFI Southbank programme and at www.bfi.org.uk/southbank

This is not a ticketed event, however there will be a sign up sheet on the door, if you would like to reserve a seat for individual panels.

Laydeez do podcasts: Trina Robbins Q and A

February 27, 2011

Laydeez do Podcasts:
Laydeez do podcasts logo

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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Panel Borders: A tour of Hypercomics

August 19, 2010

Panel Borders:

A tour of Hypercomics

The Battersea Pump House Gallery with Hypercomics by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Dave McKean and Warren Pleece beyond

The Battersea Pump House Gallery with Hypercomics by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Dave McKean and Warren Pleece beyond

In an extra additional Summer podcast of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch introduces a walking tour by Paul Gravett of the Hypercomics: The Shapes of Comics exhibition he’s curated at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park, featuring work by Adam Dant, Dave McKean, Warren Pleece and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey who additionally joins Paul to talk about his contribution to the exhibition and poster display outside.

Hypercomics: the shape of comics to come is on now until 26th of September at Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ …

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: Info about the Hypercomics: The Shapes of Comics exhibition at comicafestival.com and pumphousegallery.org.uk
Wikipedia pages on Dave McKean, Adam Dant, Warren Pleece and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Listen to Martin Myrone and Gerald Scarfe’s tour of Rude Britannia at Tate Britain (closes 05/09/10)

Recommended events:

Becky Cloonan at Orbital Comics

The art of American comic book artist Becky Cloonan is on display at Orbital Comics from 20th August to 20th September. Best known for her collaborartions with writer Brian Wood, the exhibtion curated by Tom Humberstone includes around 20 original pieces of work on show as well as some limited screenprints, postcard sets and a hand-painted guitar (only on display the first weekend of the show).
Becky herself will be in London on the 20th and will be available to chat to and sign books/art at the private view (8-10 pm 20th August 2010). There will also, as with all private views, be some free drink.

8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA
www.orbitalcomics.com

Hypercomics events at the Pump House Gallery and nearby

Sunday 22nd August, 12 noon – 6pm: Comiket – a small press comics fair being held in a marquee outside the venue which also features a drop in workshop for kids on character design. FREE
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Today’s show: Lingua Franca

May 6, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Lingua Franca: English language comics in Europe

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Commencing our yearly month long look at ‘Cross Cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett about co-curating a gallery show on Jack Kirby in Lucerne, Switzerland and the film adaptation of the bande dessinée Largo Winch which was shot mainly in English, even though the film is a French / Belgium co-production. Alex also talks to Francesca Cassavetti, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi and Oliver Lambden about their anthology B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. which was created as a survey of the best small press creators in London for dissemination at the Angoulême comics festival in France at the beginning of the year.

5pm 06/05/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links:

B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.blog
Reviews at Midnight Fiction and Forbidden Planet International

Kirby at Fumetto website
More info on Dan Nadel’s blog and comicsbeat.com

Largo Winch at Ciné lumièrescreening times
Buy the English language graphic novels from Cinebooks
Trailer at Daily Motion

Panel Borders: The Atom Style part 2 – Paul Gravett, curating at The Atomium

August 20, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

The Atom Style part 2

Originally broadcast, in an edited version, 06/08/09 as part of the 8pm Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM

Cover of Escape magazine issue 2 by Rian Hughes, edited by Paul Gravett

Cover of Escape magazine issue 2 by Rian Hughes, edited by Paul Gravett

The second of two special episodes of Panel Borders looking at the history and practice of ‘The Atom Style’, which is currently the focus of an exhibtion at The Atomium in Brussels. Alex Fitch talks to comics historian and curator of the Atom Style exhibtion, Paul Gravett about the history of that aesthetic movement and its links with Clair Ligne / Clear Line comics made famous by Herge’s Adventures of Tintin. Paul championed the style and movement in his 1980s magazine Escape and Alex and Paul talk about the British artists he helped discover and the European artists he felt were being neglected by the public, then and now. (part 2 of 2)

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 the companion episode, in which Alex talks to artists Garen Ewing and Woodrow Phoenix

Links: Info about the Atom Style exhibition at brusselscomics.com
Article on the Atom Style at www.paulgravett.com
Wikipedia pages on Paul Gravett, Rian Hughes and Hergé
Info about the Javier Mariscal exhibtion at The Design Museum in London
David O’Connell’s clair ligne webcomic Tozo

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

This year’s Observer / Jonathan Cape and Manga Jiman competions are now on:

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for all three competitions: September 25, 2009

and: Karen Rubins at the V & A

Manga artist Karen Rubins is the comic book artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London and on the 21st of August, you’re welcome to visit her in her studio in The Sackler Centre, watch her create work, browse some books and take part in a comics jam session!

The Sackler Centre,
Victoria and Albert museum,
(closest entrance: Exhibtion Road, off the South Kensington museums ‘tunnel’)
London SW7 2RL

Download the flyer here

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

The group is run by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress is included.

The Sewing Room / The Rag Factory / 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 24th August / Kim L. Pace, artist and curator of ‘Cult Fiction: Art and Comics’ who will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

Today’s shows: Horrible Histories / The Atom Style

August 6, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Horrible Histories

Excerpt from Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Rob Davis, image copyright Scholastic / Imperial War Museum

Excerpt from Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Rob Davis, image copyright Scholastic / Imperial War Museum

Starting children’s comics fortnight on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to writer Terry Deary and cartoonist Martin Brown about their hugely successful range of children’s books, Horrible Histories, which have formed the inspiration for an exhibition called Terrible Trenches that’s just opened at the Imperial War Museum, London.

5pm 06/08/09, repeated 11.30pm 09/08/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Wikipedia pages on Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Horrible Histories
Info about Horrible Histories at scholastic.co.uk
Info about the Terrible Trenches exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London

also:

Clear Spot: In search of the Atom Style

Panels from The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing and Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix

Panels from The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing and Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix

Continuing children’s comics fortnight on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to artists Woodrow Phoenix and Garen Ewing about their work and the influence of the Atom Style / ligne claire tradition on their comics, which was most famously exemplified in the art of Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin. Also, Alex talks to comics historian Paul Gravett about his exhibition on the movement which is currently showing at The Atomium in Brussels until 20th September.

8pm Thursday 06/08/09 / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast 20/08/09 at http://www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Read an extract from Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix in Creative Review
Rainbow Orchid pages at garenewing.co.uk
Info about the Atom Style exhibition at brusselscomics.com
Article on the Atom Style at www.paulgravett.com
Wikipedia pages on Paul Gravett, Woodrow Phoenix and Garen Ewing

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Related news:

Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The Illustration Cupboard is pleased to present the first British exhibition of the world-famous graphic-novel artist Kevin O’Neill.

Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm / Saturday 12pm – 5pm / www.illustrationcupboard.com

Panel Borders: Incredibly Strange Comics

November 6, 2008 10 Comments

Panel Borders: Incredibly Strange Comics
An uncut version of a pair of interviews originally broadcast 06/11/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Parental Advisory StickerIn the first of two belated Halloween specials, Alex Fitch talks to sequential art expert Paul Gravett about his new book “The Leather Nun And Other Incredibly Strange Comics” (sold in America with the even subtler title “Holy Sh*t! The World’s Weirdest Comic Books”) which looks at the weirder and more lurid examples of the genre and to Australian artist Ben Templesmith about his career so far, drawing comics such as the neo-noir title “Fell”, the Matrix inspired “Singularity 7″ and the popular vampire serial “30 days of night” which was adapted as a movie last year. Please note, this is an uncut show with very strong language!

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

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Today’s shows: Ben Templesmith and Paul Gravett’s Incredibly Strange comics / the adventures of Agent 117

November 6, 2008 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Incredibly Strange Comics

In the first of two belated Halloween specials, Alex Fitch talks to sequential art expert Paul Gravett about his new book “The Leather Nun And Other Incredibly Strange Comics” (sold in America with the subtler title “Holy Sh*t! The World’s Weirdest Comic Books”) which looks at the weirder and more lurid examples of the genre and to Australian artist Ben Templesmith about his career so far, drawing comics such as the neo-noir title “Fell”, the Matrix inspired “Singularity 7″ and the popular vampire serial “30 days of night” which was adapted as a movie last year.

5pm 06/11/08, repeated 11.30pm 09/11/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

I’m ready for my close-up: OSS-117, Licence to kill

Massively popular in France but fairly unknown in the UK are the adventures of OSS-117, a cold war secret agent who has appeared in 40 books over the last half century and half a dozen movies. With a new (spoof) version of the Gallic James Bond about to hit our screens, Alex Fitch talks to the director – Michel Hazanavicius – and Bonisseur girl – Bérénice Bejo – of Cairo: Nest of Spies / Le Caire nid d’espions. Although his code number and name seem strangely familiar, apparently 117 predates 007…

10.30pm 06/11/08 repeated 5pm 07/11/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links:
Ben Templesmith - Ben’s blog and online gallery
Buy Ben’s books from www.cafepress.com and IDW Publishing
Wikipedia pages on Ben Templemsith and 30 days of night

Paul GravettWikipedia page on Paul Gravett
Paul’s website
Review of Incredibly strange comics… by Richard Bruton
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Paul Gravett

OSS-117 – Wikipedia pages on the literary life of OSS-117 and Cairo: Nest of Spies
IMDb page on Cairo: Nest of Spies / Official movie website
Buy tickets to see Cairo: Nest of Spiesat the ICA

Comics news: It’s nearly time for Paul Gravett’s annual ComICA festival which runs from 14th to 26th of November and includes talks by Art Spiegelman, Ian Rankin and Dave McKean and is on at the ICA and V & A museum in London. More info at paulgravett.com

ComICA logo
This year’s festival also includes a special Comiket all day event hosted by London Underground Comics

Comiket logo

Comiket logo

Before that, we have Handmade and Bound, which is an independent fair of affordable, handmade artists’ books, comics and zines. An ideal place to meet and buy the work of cutting edge small press creators such as Marc Ellerby, Sean Duffield and Jimi Gherkin…
Saturday 8 November 2008, St Aloysius Social Club, Phoenix Road, London NW1 (nearest tube Euston). 12-6pm. Free entry.
Evening entertainment 8pm-12am: DJs and bands, including The Slim Reaper and Her Magic Powers.
More info at www.handmadeandbound.com and at Jimi Gherkin’s blog…

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction

October 10, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction
originally broadcast as part of Strip!, 09/10/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

It’s the start of Eddie Campbell month on Panel Borders: guest presenter Oli Smith (London Underground Comics) talks to the acclaimed comic book artist and writer about Fast Fiction, the seminal British small press comics stall which promoted European and underground comics at the Westminster Comic Marts in the early 80s. Later in the show Alex Fitch and Oli talk to Paul Gravett about running the stall and its influence on the next generation of small press creators. Please note, we apologise if it is difficult to hear this recording – there is a lot of very loud background chatter, so it may be occasionally difficult to hear the interview. There will be a transcript forthcoming to help listeners follow the conversation.
(with thanks to Nottingham’s premiere comic shop, page 45)

For more info and a variety of formats you can download, please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
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Today’s show: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction

October 9, 2008

Strip!: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction
5pm 09/10/08 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

It’s the start of Eddie Campbell month on Strip!: Oli Smith (London Underground Comics) talks to the acclaimed comic book artist and writer about Fast Fiction, the seminal British small press comics stall which promoted European and underground comics at the Westminster Comic Marts in the early 80s. Later in the show Alex Fitch and Oli talk to Paul Gravett about running the stall and its influence on the next generation of small press creators.
(with thanks to Nottingham’s premiere comic shop, page 45)

Repeated at 11.30pm Sunday 11/10/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Links: Wikipedia pages on Eddie Campbell and Fast Fiction
Page 45, stockists of Eddie Campbell’s new book The Amazing Monsieur Leotard
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Electric Sheep Magazine Autumn 2008

September 12, 2008 3 Comments

Electric Sheep magazine cover Autumn ‘08
The second Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine (co-presenter(s) of the Hectic Peelers cinema nights with Resonance FM) has just been released and is available from various stockists… Electric Sheep is edited by Virginie Sélavy with assistance by Alex Fitch and has reviews / interviews by various Resonance programme makers including Virginie, Philip Winter, James DC (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up) + Paul Gravett and Alex Fitch (Strip!), and features illustrations by Tom Humberstone, Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi plus a comic strip by Mark Stafford (IRFMCU)

Rollerball illustration by Sean Azzopardi

Cube illustration by Oli Smith LFF comic strip by Mark Stafford

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

ES also continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive interviews such as Alex Fitch talking to acclaimed Canadian director Guy Maddin

Panel Borders: The state of Gay Comics (2008) part 1

August 12, 2008 3 Comments

Panel Borders: The state of Gay Comics ( 2008 ) part 1
Originally broadcast 07/08/08 on Resonance FM

The first part of a panel recorded live at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, Alex Fitch hosts a panel of creators and experts on Gay comics and Yaoi manga. Accompanying Alex on the panel are comics expert Paul Gravett, manga artist Yishan Li (Yaoi press) and graphic novelist / Guardian strip illustrator David Shenton (Get Her! / The Shentons). Audience members asking questions include Oli Smith (London Underground Comics / Weekend Friends), Richy Chandler (a.k.a. Tempo Lush) and Bevis Musson (Queen of Diamonds).

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org

Listen to part two

Links: Paul Gravett’s website
Yishan Li’s website
David Shenton’s website

Oli Smith and London Underground Comics’ websites
Tempo Lush myspace page
Bevis’ comic Queen of diamonds and profile page at Prism Comics

“A History of gays in comics” by Perry Moore

Comics news:

London Underground Comics Low Energy Day

London Underground Comics' Low Energy Day

LUC is proud to announce its SECOND festival of the year, Low Energy Day on the 30th of August.
After the success of No Barcodes, with its beautiful atmosphere, universal profit making and footfall of over six hundred visitors we’ve decided to do… well pretty much the same again actually.

Plus a couple of sexy bonuses:

Last time we had twelve tables and fifty two exhibitors, this time we are spread over two areas, meaning we can ditch the tables that weren’t in prime positions. We now have ten tables in the original No Barcodes hall, and another five in the centre of the busy Market Hall next door, allowing us to accommodate more creators than ever before, and hopefully give people who asked for space after we were full before a chance to participate.
DJ Laurence Powell from small press legends Modern Monstrosity (Tales From The Flat) will be entertaining us all day with his comics themed mixes in the middle of the main room.
On top of that expect the usual food discounts for taking part in the event, opportunities to sell comics to a large and unsaturated market, and the chance to meet and make friends new and old in the beautiful and popular Camden Lock Market.

Also: On now until the end of August – “Caption Comics Collective” at the Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Comics artists Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, D’Israeli, David Baillie, Sally Anne Hickman and many more display their artistic wares at this gallery show in Oxford. More info at www.thejamfactoryoxford.com

Today’s show: The state of Gay Comics (2008)

August 7, 2008

Strip!: The state of Gay Comics ( 2008 )

Recorded live at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, Alex Fitch hosts a panel of creators and experts on Gay comics and Yaoi manga. Accompanying Alex on the panel are comics expert Paul Gravett, manga artist Yishan Li (Yaoi press) and graphic novelist / Guardian strip illustrator David Shenton (Get Her! / The Shentons). Audience members asking questions include Oli Smith (London Underground Comics / Weekend Friends), Richy Chandler (a.k.a. Tempo Lush) and Bevis Musson (Queen of diamonds).

5pm Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Paul Gravett’s website
Yishan Li’s website
David Shenton’s website

Oli Smith and London Underground Comics’ websites
Tempo Lush myspace page
Bevis’ comic Queen of diamonds and profile page at Prism Comics

Comics news:

London Underground Comics Low Energy Day

London Underground Comics' Low Energy Day


LUC is proud to announce its SECOND festival of the year, Low Energy Day on the 30th of August.
After the success of No Barcodes, with its beautiful atmosphere, universal profit making and footfall of over six hundred visitors we’ve decided to do… well pretty much the same again actually.

Plus a couple of sexy bonuses:

Last time we had twelve tables and fifty two exhibitors, this time we are spread over two areas, meaning we can ditch the tables that weren’t in prime positions. We now have ten tables in the original No Barcodes hall, and another five in the centre of the busy Market Hall next door, allowing us to accommodate more creators than ever before, and hopefully give people who asked for space after we were full before a chance to participate.
DJ Laurence Powell from small press legends Modern Monstrosity (Tales From The Flat) will be entertaining us all day with his comics themed mixes in the middle of the main room.
On top of that expect the usual food discounts for taking part in the event, opportunities to sell comics to a large and unsaturated market, and the chance to meet and make friends new and old in the beautiful and popular Camden Lock Market.

Panel Borders: Best Crime Comics

July 17, 2008

Panel Borders: Best Crime Comics
Originally broadcast 17/07/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch talks to comics historian and critic Paul Gravett about the new book he’s edited and collated, The Mammoth book of best Crime Comics. Alex and Paul talk about the crime genre in sequential art from the 1930s to the modern day, about Paul’s choices for inclusion in the book and the relationship between crime on film and in graphic novels.

For more info please visit the home of this episode at archive.org

Links: Paul’s website
Publisher’s page on …Best new Crime Comics and the other Mammoth books
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Comics news:

Comics and 'zines flyer

Also: Online now at Manchester Met’ Contemporary Film and Video:

Tales from the Flat: the movie! (sort of)

To quote one of the stars, Oliver Lambden: “Alex Thomson, Jack Tomkins and Jon Hull recently completed their final piece for their film degrees at Manchester Uni and they decided to make a short documentay all about Modern Monstrosity and The Camden Comics Stall. Give it a watch, it’s bloody awesome, the soundtrack’s amazing, it’s only ten minutes long and it’s viewable here…”

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