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: (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…)

Today’s show: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

April 14, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

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

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.

4.30pm, Monday 14th April, repeated 11am, Thursday 17th April 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (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…)

Reality Check: John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child

February 17, 2014

Stills from Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child / John Dies at the End

Stills from Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child / John Dies at the End

John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child: Alex Fitch talks to director Don Coscarelli about his new film John Dies at the End, a slacker-apocalypse comedy with guest appearances by Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown. Also, in a Q and A recorded ate last year’s SCI-FI-LONDON, youtube phenomenon Stuart Ashen and director Riyad Barmania discuss their movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: More info about John Dies at the End at www.johndies.com
Stuart Ashen’s youtube channel
Watch full length movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child

Reality Check: Lawrence Miles

December 29, 2013 3 Comments

Novels by Lawrence Miles

Novels by Lawrence Miles

Lawrence Miles: Andrew Hickey talks to Lawrence Miles about his work, including Doctor Who novels Christmas on a Rational Planet and Alien Bodies, plus his Faction Paradox series. Andrew and Lawrence also discuss the latter’s unrealised plans for the nature of ‘The Enemy’ in the BBC Books Time War, the vaguaries of cover design and how his first book was nearly lost down the back of a cupboard!
For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Lawrence Miles’ Beasthouse Blog and The Bestiary of Sherlock Holmes (more…)

Book List: Celebrating Ephemera

May 1, 2013

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Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Celebrating Ephemera: Starting a new series of the bimonthly show on books, Alex Fitch talks to three authors whose work celebrates ephemera and pop culture detritus. ‘Graphic Novelist’ Graham Rawle discusses his latest novel The Card, which follows the journey of a man who believes he is being employed by the secret service to protect Princess Diana, via playing cards, bubble-gum cards and cigarette cards that are left in his path. Rawle is an author and University of Brighton lecturer who uses graphic design and typography in his work, including collage of text from magazines (Woman’s World) and photographic montages (Lost Consonants et al.). Also, Tim Pilcher talks about his crowd-funded memoir Comic Book Babylon which documents his time working at DC Comics’ London office in the 90s, meeting pop culture celebrities such as Grant Morrison, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls and Adam Ant; while Paul Magrs chats about his novels and audio plays set around the fringes of Doctor Who, including his latest release Vince Cosmos, Glam Rock Detective (more…)

Reality Check: Home Invasions

September 18, 2012

Posters for When the lights went out and The harsh light of day

Posters for When the lights went out and The harsh light of day

Home Invasions: With unfortunately apposite timing, following the case of burglars being shot in a Leicestershire break-in at the start of this month, Alex Fitch interviews the directors of two new British horror films that deal with supernatural home invasions and their consequences. Oliver S. Milburn discusses his debut film The Harsh Light of Day which looks at a home owner’s Faustian deal with a vampire to get revenge on the thieves who broke into his home and murdered his wife, and Pat Holden talks about his new movie When the lights went out, starring Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) and produced by Bil Bungar (Moon), which dramatises the story of the 1966 haunting and subsequent exorcism of a semi-detached house in Pontefract. (Expanded podcast of an episode of I’m ready for my close-up, broadcast 19/09/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

When the lights went out was released in cinemas on 14th September and The Harsh Light of Day is released on DVD on 1st October. (more…)

Panel Borders: John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen

April 29, 2012 3 Comments

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen: Concluding our month of shows about British comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer, artist and occasional self-publisher John Higgins about his career so far. Alex and John talk about the latter’s first experiences in comics, being published in Bryan Talbot’s Brainstorm and 2000AD, his landmark collaboration with Alan Moore on Watchmen and his new strip The Crimson Corsair, which is being serialised in prequel series Before Watchmen.
Originally broadcast 29/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Today’s show: John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen

April 29, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Panel Borders: John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

Concluding our month of shows about British comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer, artist and occasional self-publisher John Higgins about his career so far. Alex and John talk about the latter’s first experiences in comics, being published in Bryan Talbot’s Brainstorm and 2000AD, his landmark collaboration with Alan Moore on Watchmen and his new strip The Crimson Corsair, which is being serialised in prequel series Before Watchmen.

8pm, Sunday 29th April 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Reality Check: The work of Warren Ellis

April 24, 2012 2 Comments

Excerpt from SVK by Warren Ellis and Disraeli / Covers of newuniversal: 1959 and Phonogram vs. the fans

Excerpt from SVK by Warren Ellis & D'israeli / Covers of newuniversal: 1959 and Phonogram vs. the fans

The work of Warren Ellis: Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6music) discusses the work of Warren Ellis with Matt Jones (BERG design), Matthew Sheret (We are words + pictures) and Kieron Gillen (X-Men). Jones talks about SVK, the new comic by Ellis and D’Israeli, commissioned by BERG, Sheret discusses how Ellis inspired him to become a writer and Gillen talks about his friendship with the writer and their Marvel collaborations.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Buy SVK by Warren Ellis and Disraeli from BERG design (more…)

Panel Borders: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

April 22, 2012 4 Comments

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012: As part of our month of episodes on British comics, we have our twice yearly look at a pair of young graphic novelists. Dickon Harris talks to Warwick Johnson Cadwell about his first graphic novel, Gungle, to be published in the near future by Blank Slate Books and Alex Fitch talks to artist Jennie Gyllblad about her collaborations with writer Corey Brotherson, including her just finished The Arrival, the first of a three volume steam-punk graphic novel series Clockwork Watch, curated by film-maker Yomi Ayeni.
Originally broadcast 22/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Today’s show: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

April 22, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

As part of our month of episodes on British comics, we have our twice yearly look at a pair of young graphic novelists. Dickon Harris talks to Warwick Johnson Cadwell about his first graphic novel, Gungle, to be published in the near future by Blank Slate Books and Alex Fitch talks to artist Jennie Gyllblad about her collaborations with writer Corey Brotherson, including her just finished The Arrival, the first of a three volume steam-punk graphic novel series Clockwork Watch, curated by film-maker Yomi Ayeni.

8pm, Sunday 22nd April 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Depicting the personal

April 15, 2012 5 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s show: Depicting the personal

April 15, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panel Borders: The art of Tom Gauld

April 8, 2012 4 Comments

Excerpts from Goliath, Hunter and Painter, and Move to the City (French edition) by Tom Gauld

Excerpts from Goliath, Hunter and Painter, and Move to the City (French edition) by Tom Gauld

The art of Tom Gauld: Continuing our month of shows all about British Comics, Alex Fitch interviews cartoonist Tom Gauld about his work, from magazine and newspaper strips such as Move to the City and Hunter and Painter, to small press comics and his new graphic novel, Goliath. Alex and Tom also talk about the latter’s illustration work such as producing a cover for The Three Musketeers and interior art for The Iron Man which lead to his oversized picture book, The Gigantic Robot.
Originally broadcast 08/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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

Links: Tom Gauld’s website and publishing imprint
Reviews of Move to the city and Hunter and Painter at madinkbeard.com
Excerpt from and recommended musical accompaniment to Goliath (more…)

Today’s show: The art of Tom Gauld

April 8, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM: Panel Borders: The art of Tom Gauld

Excerpts from Goliath, Hunter and Painter, and Move to the City (French edition) by Tom Gauld

Excerpts from Goliath, Hunter and Painter, and Move to the City (French edition) by Tom Gauld

Continuing our month of shows all about British Comics, Alex Fitch interviews cartoonist Tom Gauld about his work, from magazine and newspaper strips such as Move to the City and Hunter and Painter, to small press comics and his new graphic novel, Goliath. Alex and Tom also talk about the latter’s illustration work such as producing a cover for The Three Musketeers and interior art for The Iron Man which lead to his oversized picture book, The Gigantic Robot.

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

Links: Tom Gauld’s website and publishing imprint
Reviews of Move to the city and Hunter and Painter at madinkbeard.com
Excerpt from and recommended musical accompaniment to Goliath
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Reality Check: Dan Dare in the 21st Century

April 22, 2011 1 Comment

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Dan Dare in the 21st Century

Dan Dare and the Mekon in Revolver, Virgin Comics Dan Dare and Spaceship Away

The second half of a Q and A recorded at last year’s Sci-Fi London Festival about the 40th anniversary of Britain’s most famous comic book character. John Freeman hosts a panel discussion on Dan Dare with Garry Leach, Rian Hughes, Gary Erskine and Rod Barzilay; with this recording focussing on Hughes’ illustrations for Dare in Revolver and Crisis magazines; Gary Erskine and Garry Leach’s illustrations of Dan Dare for Virgin Comics and Rod Barzilay’s small press magazine about space fleet as featured in The Eagle – Spaceship Away.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com / Listen to the podcast of the first half of the panel recording

Links: Original listing of the event at Sci-Fi London
Wikipedia page on Dan Dare
Spaceship Away magazine website
John Freeman’s British Comics news website – Down the tubes
Rian Hughes’ website www.devicefonts.co.uk
Gary Erskine online
Buy original Garry Leach art from artdroids.co.uk
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I’m ready for my close-up: Hammer and Tongs and a Town called Panic

October 14, 2010 2 Comments

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Hammer and Tongs and a Town called Panic

Broadcast 26/10/10 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Nick Goldsmith and Garth Jennings at the cinema, Cowboy and Indian at the North Pole

Nick Goldsmith and Garth Jennings at the cinema, Cowboy and Indian at the North Pole

Alex Fitch talks to film-makers Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith (a.k.a. Hammer and Tongs) about their promotion of the new Belgian feature length animation A Town called Panic which shows stop frame animated toys going on a wild adventure that involves mermen, mad scientists and a giant robot penguin. Alex also talks to Garth and Nick about the aesthetic of their films Son of Rambow and The Hitch-hiker’s guide to the Galaxy and how the demise of the UK Film Council is affecting their work and promotion of European films in the UK.

To download / stream this radio interview in a variety of formats, please visit www.archive.org

Links: Wikipedia pages on Hammer and Tongs and
Watch A Town called Panic
shorts and movie trailer
Hammer and Tongs’ website
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Garth Jennings about Son of Rambow
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IWM podcast: It is what it is – Jeremy Deller in conversation

September 22, 2010 1 Comment

Imperial War Museum podcast:
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It is what it is – Jeremy Deller in conversation

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Baghdad, 5 March 2007 - the car on display in the atrium of the Imperial War Museum, London, photo by Alex Fitch

Baghdad, 5 March 2007 - the car on display in the atrium of the Imperial War Museum, London

In the second Imperial War Museum podcast, we’re proud to present the recording of an event held at IWM London on 11 September 2010. Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller discusses contemporary war art with the Imperial War Museum’s Head of Art, Roger Tolson, and renowned curator Nato Thompson. Jeremy Deller has worked with the Museum to present a new exhibit, Baghdad, 5 March 2007, a destroyed car salvaged from the bombing of a book market in Iraq.

Roger, Jeremy and Nato discuss the history of cultural artifacts at the Imperial War Museum and the experiences that the artist and curator had on the road in America as they toured the car around the United States. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

For more info about this podcast please visit the home of this episode at www.iwm.org.uk/podcast

Links: Related events at Imperial War Museum London
www.conversationsaboutiraq.org – Jeremy’s website detailing the tour of America he undertook with the ‘Baghdad car’

Related podcasts: the first IWM podcast, about the documentary TV series The Struggles for Poland, featuring interviews with Executive Producer Martin Smith, Writer Neal Ascherson, researcher Wanda Koscia and producer Raye Farr (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Alex Fitch in conversation with author Charlie Higson about setting his latest novel – The Dead – at the Imperial War Museum.

Alex Fitch’s interviews with writer Terry Deary and cartoonist Martin Brown about their series of children’s books, Horrible Histories, which inspired an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum called Terrible Trenches (open until 31st October 2010)

IWM educator Grant Rogers’ interview with writer Pat Mills about his lauded war comics serial Charley’s War

Alex Fitch’s interview with IWM curator James Taylor about the exhibition Ian Fleming and James Bond which was on display at the museum from April 2008 to March 2009

Alex Fitch talks to IWM Cinema programmer Dr. Toby Haggith and National Army Museum historian Andrew Robertshaw about the restoration of the 1916 silent movie The Battle of the Somme

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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