Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Graphic Brighton podcast: What is a good graphic novel?

July 16, 2014

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 - photos by Paul Slater

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 – photos by Paul Slater

What is a good graphic novel?: In a podcast recording from the May 2014 Graphic Brighton event, David Lloyd, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Eaton and Ian Williams try to answer the question: ‘What makes a good graphic novel?’ in a panel discussion chaired by Alex Fitch.

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 art of Ken Reid

January 30, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Ken Reid

Originally broadcast 29/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70″ feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

After Tezuka at The Barbican

Next week from Wednesday 28th January there’s another multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, starting with a screening of Dororo, introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by screenings of Black Jack and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion the following weekend.

More info at www.barbican.org.uk/film/

plus…

Adrian Tomine at Comica

3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.

In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.

More info at www.ica.org.uk

also…

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat. Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it. THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA

More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Today’s show: The art of Ken Reid

January 29, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The art of Ken Reid

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…

5pm Thursday 29th January, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 1st February, on Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, podcast at podcasts.resonancefm.com and panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70″ feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Adrian Tomine at Comica

3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.

In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.

More info at www.ica.org.uk

also…

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture  for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat.  Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it.  THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA
 
More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Panel Borders: the work of Peter Doherty

January 22, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

The work of Peter Doherty

Originally broadcast 22/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Art from Grendel Tales by Peter Doherty

Art from Grendel Tales by Peter Doherty

In the third of this month’s shows about four generations of British cartoonists, Alex Fitch is talking to an artist who started work in the early 90s on Judge Dredd megazine, illustrating the acclaimed serial Young Death – Boyhood of a superfiend, has worked on a variety of titles in America such as Batman / Superman, The Dreaming and Grendel Tales, before returning to the world of Dredd again more recently. Peter Doherty has worked as a penciller, a fully rendered artist and as a colourist on off beat titles such as Shaolin Cowboy and Grant Morrison’s absurdist Sea Guy. This interview was recorded last November at the Leeds sequential art festival, Thought Bubble

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Buy Peter’s original artwork from The Book Palace
Interview with Peter at 2000ADreview.co.uk
Wikipedia pages on Peter Doherty, Grendel Tales, Young Death, The Dreaming and Shaolin Cowboy

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Tom Humberstone exhibition at Orbital

Should you find yourself in Central London this weekend, there’s the re-opening of the comic shop Orbital which Marc Ellerby waxed lyrical about in last week’s show, who have relocated to 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JF next to the Photographer’s Gallery.

Orbital appropriately now also have an exhibition space, which opens with a selection of new art pages by Tom Humberstone from the latest issue of his Eagle award winning title: How to date a girl in ten days, and that’s from this Saturday the 24th Jan, at 10am

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com

and…

After Tezuka at The Barbican

Next week from Wednesday 28th January there’s another multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, starting with a screening of Dororo, introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by screenings of Black Jack and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion the following weekend.

More info at www.barbican.org.uk/film/

plus…

Love Bites

Drawn from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, Love Bites uses the Bard’s words in a modern performance, with music by Duke Ellington.

An invitation to a party attracts a vibrant collection of characters, with one uniting factor – love. Tender, dangerous, passionate, comic and sweet – will they find, reject, destroy or embrace it?

Love bites features Lisa Bowerman (Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield) and Ortis Deeley (Kidulthood, CBBC)

The Leatherhead Theatre, Church Street, Leatherhead,Surrey, KT22 8DF to Saturday January 24, 7.45pm, Thursday matinee 2pm

Today’s show: The work of Peter Doherty

January 22, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The work of Peter Doherty

Art from Grendel Tales by Peter Doherty

Art from Grendel Tales by Peter Doherty

In the third of this month’s shows about four generations of British cartoonists, Alex Fitch is talking to an artist who started work in the early 90s on Judge Dredd megazine, illustrating the acclaimed serial Young Death – Boyhood of a superfiend, has worked on a variety of titles in America such as Batman / Superman, The Dreaming and Grendel Tales, before returning to the world of Dredd again more recently. Peter Doherty has worked as a penciller, a fully rendered artist and as a colourist on off beat titles such as Shaolin Cowboy and Grant Morrison’s absurdist Sea Guy. This interview was recorded last November at the Leeds sequential art festival, Thought Bubble

5pm Thursday 22th January, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 25th January, on Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, podcast at podcasts.resonancefm.com and panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Buy Peter’s original artwork from The Book Palace
Interview with Peter at 2000ADreview.co.uk
Wikipedia pages on Peter Doherty, Grendel Tales, Young Death, The Dreaming and Shaolin Cowboy

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Tom Humberstone exhibition at Orbital

Should you find yourself in Central London this weekend, there’s the re-opening of the comic shop Orbital which Marc Ellerby waxed lyrical about in last week’s show, who have relocated to 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JF next to the Photographer’s Gallery.

Orbital appropriately now also have an exhibition space, which opens with a selection of new art pages by Tom Humberstone from the latest issue of his Eagle award winning title: How to date a girl in ten days, and that’s from this Saturday the 24th Jan, at 10am

 

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com

 
and…
 
After Tezuka at The Barbican
Next week from Wednesday 28th January there’s another multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, starting with a screening of Dororo, introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by screenings of Black Jack and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion the following weekend.

More info at http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/series.asp?id=379

 
plus…
 
Love Bites

Drawn from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, Love Bites uses the Bard’s words in a modern performance, with music by Duke Ellington.

An invitation to a party attracts a vibrant collection of characters, with one uniting factor – love. Tender, dangerous, passionate, comic and sweet – will they find, reject, destroy or embrace it?

Love bites features Lisa Bowerman (Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield) and Ortis Deeley (Kidulthood, CBBC)

The Leatherhead Theatre, Church Street, Leatherhead,Surrey, KT22 8DF to Saturday January 24, 7.45pm, Thursday matinee 2pm

Panel Borders: The work of Marc Ellerby

January 16, 2009 14 Comments

Panel Borders:

The work of Marc Ellerby

Originally broadcast 15/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

An image from the online diary comic Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby

An image from the online diary comic Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby

In the second of this month’s shows about four generations of British cartoonists, Alex Fitch is talking to artist and writer Marc Ellerby, who has self-published a variety of small press autobiographical comics, drawn Love the way you love by Jamie S. Rich for Oni Press and the back-up strip for the latest issue of Image Comics’ critically acclaimed Phonogram. Marc is currently exhibiting original artwork in the Drawn! exhibition at Brent Museum (until 8th Feb 2009) and throughout last year ran a Manga Club at a bookshop at Lakeside in Essex…

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Marc’s website and online comic strip Ellerbisms
Info about Oni Press’ comic book Love the way you love
Phonogram blog and review at Forbidden Planet International
Image from and review of Put The Book Back On The Shelf: A Belle And Sebastian Anthology
Listen to Alex’s interview with Phonogram creators Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen
Listen to Oliver Lambden’s report from last year’s UK web and mini-comix thing which includes an interview with Marc’s girlfriend!

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Jessica Fostekew and Other Jokers
‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Semi-Finalist 2008, Jessica Fostekew, brings you a bundle of twisted treats!
Stand-up Comedy followed by a sinister and silly tale of character and sketch comedy.
Jessica hit the UK stand-up circuit like a thunderbolt of joy in January 2008. She has appeared at prestigious clubs such as ‘Up The Creek’, ‘The Comedy Café’ and ‘Spank’. Quarter-Finalist in ‘Laughing Horse Competition’ last year, she recently won ‘The Lion’s Den’ in November 2008 and performs regularly all over the country.
We will then delight you with the tale of various freaky folk in an alternate world, a London not entirely different from our own, but one where a few people are on back to front. Starring Jessica Fostekew, Maxine Ridout, Jo Bowis, Toby Williams and Drummond Bowskill.

21 / 22 Jan 2009, 7.30pm Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, Paddington, London, W2 6ND

also…

Sci-Fi London 2009 (29 Apr – 4 May) has been nominated as one of the best things to do this year by The Times, so put it in your diaries now! It’s going to be amazing (and I only know about the events I’m organising!)…
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/news/article5389520.ece

plus…

“Ask Alan Moore…”,

the Forbidden Planet International Blog is inviting people to submit questions for their next interview with Alan Moore (about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century), so visit the blog entry for more info and submit a question…!

Today’s show: The work of Marc Ellerby

January 15, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The work of Marc Ellerby

An image from the online diary comic Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby

An image from the online diary comic Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby

In the second of this month’s shows about four generations of British cartoonists, Alex Fitch is talking to artist and writer Marc Ellerby, who has self-published a variety of small press autobiographical comics, drawn Love the way you love by Jamie S. Rich for Oni Press and the back-up strip for the latest issue of Image Comics’ critically acclaimed Phonogram. Marc is currently exhibiting original artwork in the Drawn! (see below) exhibition at Brent Museum and throughout last year ran a Manga Club at a bookshop at Lakeside in Essex…

5pm Thursday 15th January, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 18th January, on Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, podcast at podcasts.resonancefm.com and panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Marc’s website and online comic strip Ellerbisms
Info about Oni Press’ comic book Love the way you love
Phonogram blog and review at Forbidden Planet International
Image from and review of Put The Book Back On The Shelf: A Belle And Sebastian Anthology
Listen to Alex’s interview with Phonogram creators Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen
Listen to Oliver Lambden’s report from last year’s UK web and mini-comix thing which includes an interview with Marc’s girlfriend!

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Museum Exhibition at Willesden Green Library Centre
Drawn! A graphic art exhibition
Open daily until Sunday 8th February 2009.

Cartoonists, illustrators, students and designers have expressed and interpreted themselves and their view of ‘graphic art’ in Brent Museum‘s latest exhibition Drawn! Test your own understanding of the term and be prepared to draw your own conclusions!

Featuring finished work – comics and large print illustrations, sketchbooks and biographies from…

  • Marc Ellerby
  • Antonia Hazlerigg
  • Drew Hussey
  • Jenika Ioffreda
  • Meiko Kikuta
  • Elena Sainz
  • Adrian Stapleton
  • …and a couple of little-known Hergé illustrations

also…

Jessica Fostekew and Other Jokers
‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Semi-Finalist 2008, Jessica Fostekew, brings you a bundle of twisted treats!
Stand-up Comedy followed by a sinister and silly tale of character and sketch comedy.
Jessica hit the UK stand-up circuit like a thunderbolt of joy in January 2008. She has appeared at prestigious clubs such as ‘Up The Creek’, ‘The Comedy Café’ and ‘Spank’. Quarter-Finalist in ‘Laughing Horse Competition’ last year, she recently won ‘The Lion’s Den’ in November 2008 and performs regularly all over the country.
We will then delight you with the tale of various freaky folk in an alternate world, a London not entirely different from our own, but one where a few people are on back to front. Starring Jessica Fostekew, Maxine Ridout, Jo Bowis, Toby Williams and Drummond Bowskill.

21 / 22 Jan 2009, 7.30pm Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, Paddington, London, W2 6ND

Panel Borders: The Work of Raymond Briggs

January 8, 2009 7 Comments

Panel Borders:

The Work of Raymond Briggs

Originally broadcast 08/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

In the first Panel Borders of 2009, Alex Fitch is talking to the beloved British children’s illustrator Raymond Briggs who in the 1970s created some of the most treasured kids books of the late twentieth century such as The Snowman, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman which were all turned into successful and memorable animated cartoons in the following decade.

If many people only know his work from the cartoons, it’s entirely possible they don’t realise that Briggs has been drawing his books in comic strip format since the early 70s and is one of Britain’s finest and ironically least recognised comic book creators. This has started to change in recent years with the last year alone seeing Briggs talk about his work on stage alongside Brian Talbot at Comica at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, being awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Cartoon Art Trust while Jonthan Cape reissued Gentleman Jim as one of their classic British Graphic Novels…
To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Buy Raymond’s books from: Random House / Jonthan Cape or Penguin books
Read an extract from Gentleman Jim on the New York Magazine website
Watch an extract from When the Wind Blows on youtube
See Raymond and his most famous creation show off a deckchair he designed for charity

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Jessica Fostekew and Other Jokers
‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Semi-Finalist 2008, Jessica Fostekew, brings you a bundle of twisted treats!
Stand-up Comedy followed by a sinister and silly tale of character and sketch comedy.
Jessica hit the UK stand-up circuit like a thunderbolt of joy in January 2008. She has appeared at prestigious clubs such as ‘Up The Creek’, ‘The Comedy Café’ and ‘Spank’. Quarter-Finalist in ‘Laughing Horse Competition’ last year, she recently won ‘The Lion’s Den’ in November 2008 and performs regularly all over the country.
We will then delight you with the tale of various freaky folk in an alternate world, a London not entirely different from our own, but one where a few people are on back to front. Starring Jessica Fostekew, Maxine Ridout, Jo Bowis, Toby Williams and Drummond Bowskill.

21 / 22 Jan 2009, 7.30pm Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, Paddington, London, W2 6ND

Today’s show: The work of Raymond Briggs

January 8, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The work of Raymond Briggs

The UK’s only weekly radio show about comic books returns today after a three week break for Christmas and the theme of this month’s shows is four generations of British cartoonists. Later episodes this month will feature Alex Fitch’s interviews with Peter Doherty (not the Libertine!) who is an underated Judge Dredd artist from the early 1990s to the present day, an up and coming young artist called Marc Ellerby who is currently featured in a group show at Brent Museum and with Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favorite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew classic humour strips such as Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and many other tales in The Dandy and elsewhere.

This week Alex is talking to the beloved British children’s illustrator Raymond Briggs who in the 1970s created some of the most treasured kids books of the late twentieth century such as The Snowman, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman which were all turned into successful and memorable animated cartoons in the following decade.

If many people only know his work from the cartoons, it’s entirely possible they don’t realise that Briggs has been drawing his books in comic strip format since the early 70s and is one of Britain’s finest and ironically least recognised comic book creators. This has started to change in recent years with the last year alone seeing Briggs talk about his work on stage alongside Brian Talbot at Comica at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, being awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Cartoon Art Trust while Jonthan Cape reissued Gentleman Jim as one of their classic British Graphic Novels…

5pm Thursday 8th January, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 11th January, on Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, podcast at podcasts.resonancefm.com and panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Buy Raymond’s books from: Random House / Jonthan Cape or Penguin books
Read an extract from Gentleman Jim on the New York Magazine website
Watch an extract from When the Wind Blows on youtube
See Raymond and his most famous creation show off a deckchair he designed for charity

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Museum Exhibition at Willesden Green Library Centre
Drawn! A graphic art exhibition
Open daily until Sunday 8th February 2009.

Cartoonists, illustrators, students and designers have expressed and interpreted themselves and their view of ‘graphic art’ in Brent Museum’s latest exhibition Drawn! Test your own understanding of the term and be prepared to draw your own conclusions!

Featuring finished work – comics and large print illustrations, sketchbooks and biographies from…

  • Marc Ellerby
  • Antonia Hazlerigg
  • Drew Hussey
  • Jenika Ioffreda
  • Meiko Kikuta
  • Elena Sainz
  • Adrian Stapleton
  • …and a couple of little-known Hergé illustrations
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