Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Reality Check: Vampire Academy comic Breaks

July 3, 2014 1 Comment

Cover of Dragon Age / interior art from Vampire Academy and Breaks, illustrated by Emma Vieceli

Cover of Dragon Age / interior art from Vampire Academy and Breaks, illustrated by Emma Vieceli

Vampire Academy comic Breaks: Continuing a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, as part of SCI-FI-LONDON 14, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Emma Vieceli about illustrating the comic book adaptations of the first three Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead. Emma also discusses her new webcomic Breaks and forthcoming work on the Alex Rider graphic novel range.
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 (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Depictions of the female form

March 14, 2012

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Joséphine by Pénélope Bagieu and The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

Joséphine by Pénélope Bagieu and The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

Depictions of the female form. In two talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, Dr. Ann Miller, lecturer and joint editor of European Comic Art journal talks about stereotypical representations of women in bandes dessinées, particularly by Pénélope Bagieu, creator of ‘chic-lit’ comic Joséphine; and Karrie Fransman talks about her new comic The House that groaned, an incisive graphic novel about body dysmorphia and desire in a Victorian tenement house. (more…)

Laydeez do podcasts: Manga Jiman 2011

October 16, 2011 2 Comments

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Manga Jiman 2011

Manga Jiman entries by Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millett

Manga Jiman entries by Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millett

In a panel discussion recorded at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival in April, 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 Karen Rubins (Comic book artist in residence, Victoria and Albert Museum 2010) to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics.
(Recorded, edited and introduced 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: Zarina Liew’s website – cobaltcafe.co.uk
Beyond Raging Aves by Clio Millett
Yuri Kore’s website

Read the Laydeez do comics blog
Info about Laydeez do comics – Next meeting Oct 17th / Nov 21st

2010 interview with Zarina Liew, Yure Kore and Manga Jiman runner up David Lander
2009 interview with Karen Rubins
2008 interviews with Manga Jiman finalists Michael Kacar, Asia Alfasi and Gillian Sein Ying Ha

Recommended events:

Anders Nilsen UK tour

Candian cartoonist Anders Nilsen will be signing at:
Gosh! Comics, Berwick street at 6pm on Saturday 15th October, as part of a UK tour that sees him visit
Page 45, Nottingham on Sunday the 16th and
OK Comics, Leeds on Monday the 17th, he then gets a day off before coming back to London to do a Q and A at
Orbital comics on Wednesday 19th of October where he’ll be chatting to British cartoonist Tom Gauld.

More info: www.goshlondon.com / www.comicafestival.com
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Laydeez do podcasts: Trina Robbins Q and A

February 27, 2011

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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: Women of Caption

February 24, 2011 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Women of Caption

Partially broadcast 24th February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Jeremy Day and Philippa Rice prepare activities at Caption, photos by Selina Lock

Jeremy Day and Philippa Rice prepare activities at Caption, photos by Selina Lock

Concluding Women in Comics month on Panel Borders, Alex Fitch presents three interviews conducted at the small press comics convention Caption held in Oxford last Summer. Selina Lock and Jeremy Day discuss the history of the convention, how it has changed over the years and the various events they’ve been involved with at the East Oxford Community Centre. Alex also talks to Philippa Rice, creator of the comic My Cardboard Life, who was one of the people involved in running a collectible dinosaur sticker game at this convention and at other comics events.

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: Caption website
Jeremy Day’s website
Selina Lock’s flickr page
Fact or Fiction Press website
Philippa Rice’s webcomic: mycardboardlife.com

Recommended events:

Young Graphic Novel Festival, Islington

Childrens’ workshops:

Sally Kindberg – Saturday February 26 ,11am – 12, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
North Library, Manor Gardens, N7 6JX 020 7527 7840
More info: http://www.islington.gov.uk/Education/Libraries/whatsnewlibraries

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Today’s show: Women of Caption

February 24, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Women of Caption

Jeremy Day and Philippa Rice prepare activities at Caption, photos by Selina Lock

Jeremy Day and Philippa Rice prepare activities at Caption, photos by Selina Lock

Concluding Women in Comics month on Panel Borders, Alex Fitch presents three interviews conducted at the small press comics convention Caption held in Oxford last Summer. Selina Lock and Jeremy Day discuss the history of the convention, how it has changed over the years and the various events they’ve been involved with at the East Oxford Community Centre. Alex also talks to Philippa Rice, creator of the comic My Cardboard Life, who was one of the people involved in running a collectible dinosaur sticker game at this convention and at other comics events.

5pm, Thursday 24/02/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Caption website
Jeremy Day’s website
Selina Lock’s flickr page
Fact or Fiction Press website
Philippa Rice’s webcomic: mycardboardlife.com

Recommended events:

Young Graphic Novel Festival, Islington

Childrens’ workshops:

Sally Kindberg – Saturday February 26 ,11am – 12, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
North Library, Manor Gardens, N7 6JX 020 7527 7840
More info: http://www.islington.gov.uk/Education/Libraries/whatsnewlibraries

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Panel Borders: The art of Melinda Gebbie

February 17, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Melinda Gebbie

Partially broadcast 17th February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Comics containing art by Melinda Gebbie: Wimmens Comix #7, Lost Girls #1, Tomorrow stories #5

Comics containing art by Melinda Gebbie: Wimmens Comix #7, Lost Girls #1, Tomorrow stories #5

Continuing this month’s series of shows about female comic creators, we’re proud to broadcast a talk given by American comic book artist Melinda Gebbie about her work, from being featured in the renowned underground comics anthology Wimmen’s Comix in the 1970s to working as an animator in the 1980s on such films as When the wind blows to her collaborations with Alan Moore such as Lost Girls and Cobweb from the 1990s to the present day. Recorded at the Oxford Small Press Comics festival, Caption in Summer 2010. Interview conducted by Jenni Scott, edited and introduced 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: Wikipedia page on Melinda Gebbie
Lambiek page on Wimmen’s Comic
Sarah McIntyre’s report about Caption 2011
Caption website
Read posts by Jenni Scott at factorfictionpress.co.uk

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Alan Moore about Lost Girls: part one / part two / video

Recommended events:

Young Graphic Novel Festival, Islington

Childrens’ workshops:

Gary Northfield – Thursday February 24, 10.30am – 12, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
John Barnes Library, 275 Camden Rd., N7 0JN 020 7527 7900
+ Thursday February 24, 2.30pm – 4, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
Finsbury Library, 245 St. John St., EC1V 4NB 020 7527 7960

Sally Kindberg – Saturday February 26 ,11am – 12, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
North Library, Manor Gardens, N7 6JX 020 7527 7840
More info: http://www.islington.gov.uk/Education/Libraries/whatsnewlibraries

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Today’s show: The art of Melinda Gebbie

February 17, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: The art of Melinda Gebbie

Comics containing art by Melinda Gebbie: Wimmens Comix #7, Lost Girls #1, Tomorrow stories #5

Comics containing art by Melinda Gebbie: Wimmens Comix #7, Lost Girls #1, Tomorrow stories #5

Continuing this month’s series of shows about female comic creators, we’re proud to broadcast a talk given by American comic book artist Melinda Gebbie about her work, from being featured in the renowned underground comics anthology Wimmen’s Comix in the 1970s to working as an animator in the 1980s on such films as When the wind blows to her collaborations with Alan Moore such as Lost Girls and Cobweb from the 1990s to the present day. Recorded at the Oxford Small Press Comics festival, Caption in Summer 2010. Interview conducted by Jenni Scott, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

5pm, Thursday 17/02/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia page on Melinda Gebbie
Lambiek page on Wimmen’s Comic
Sarah McIntyre’s report about Caption 2011
Caption website
Read posts by Jenni Scott at factorfictionpress.co.uk

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Alan Moore about Lost Girls: part one / part two / video

Recommended events:

Young Graphic Novel Festival, Islington

Childrens’ workshops:

Gary Northfield – Thursday February 24, 10.30am – 12, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
John Barnes Library, 275 Camden Rd., N7 0JN 020 7527 7900
+ Thursday February 24, 2.30pm – 4, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
Finsbury Library, 245 St. John St., EC1V 4NB 020 7527 7960

Sally Kindberg – Saturday February 26 ,11am – 12, Ages 8 – 11, 10 places
North Library, Manor Gardens, N7 6JX 020 7527 7840
More info: http://www.islington.gov.uk/Education/Libraries/whatsnewlibraries

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Laydeez do podcasts: Couch Fiction

February 10, 2011 7 Comments

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Couch Fiction

Partially broadcast 10th February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Four pages from Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat

Four pages from Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat

Continuing our month of shows about women who create comic books, we’re happy to present another talk + Q and A recorded at the monthly event ‘Laydeez do comics’. Therapist Philippa Perry discusses her graphic novel “Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy”, which presents a fictionalised version of a series of sessions conducted between a Psychotherapist and a patient with additional footnotes that put the words and pictures into context that are useful to anyone with an interest in how the profession and such encounters work and evolve. Philipa talks about her collaboration with artist Junko Graat, her experiences of being a therapist and discusses the work with an audience of comic book fans and creators. (Edited and introduced 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

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

Info about Laydeez do comics
Marcia Mihotich’s blog about Philippa Perry’s talk in May 2010
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Today’s show: Couch Fiction

February 10, 2011 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Philippa Perry’s Couch Fiction

Four pages from Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat

Four pages from Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry and Junko Graat

Continuing our month of shows about women who create comic books, we’re happy to present another talk + Q and A recorded at the monthly event ‘Laydeez do comics’. Therapist Philipa Perry discusses her graphic novel “Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy”, which presents a fictionalised version of a series of sessions conducted between a Psychotherapist and a patient with additional footnotes that put the words and pictures into context that are useful to anyone with an interest in how the profession and such encounters work and evolve. Philipa talks about her collaboration with artist Junko Graat, her experiences of being a therapist and discusses the work with an audience of comic book fans and creators. (Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

5pm, 10/02/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online after transmission

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

Info about Laydeez do comics
Marcia Mihotich’s blog about Philippa Perry’s talk in May 2010

Recommended events:

Young Graphic Novel Workshop Festival, Islington
More than Words Can Say: 21st Century Comics – a Talk by Paul Gravett – Thursday 10 February 2011, 6pm.
What do you read after Akira, Maus, Watchmen or Persepolis? Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life and director of the Comica Festival, explains how comics worldwide are broadening their content, techniques and ambition and developing into 21st century graphic literature, both on the printed page and in digital media.
The Gallery, Central Library 2 Fieldway Crescent, London N5 1PF
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Panel Borders: Trina Robbins, Female comic creators and Underground Comix

February 3, 2011 1 Comment

Panel Borders:

Trina Robbins, Female comic creators and Underground Comix

Partially broadcast 3rd February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Woodrow Phoenix and Trina Robbins at Laydeez do Comix, photo by Lisa Gornick

Woodrow Phoenix and Trina Robbins at Laydeez do Comix, photo by Lisa Gornick

Starting a month of shows about female comic book creators, Panel Borders is proud to present a talk recorded at ‘Laydeez do Comics’ in September 2010. Veteran ‘Underground Comix’ creator and historian Trina Robbins talks about the history of women in comics and her six decades of working in the industry, creating and publishing titles that challenged the mainstream, as well as her flirtations with populist sex symbols Wonder Woman and Vampirella. (Edited and introduced 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

In association with:
Laydeez do podcasts logoLinks: Wikipedia pages on Trina Robbins and Underground Comix
Recent interview with Trina Robbins at comicsbeat.com
Info about Laydeez do comics
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Today’s show: Trina Robbins’ Underground Comix

February 3, 2011 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Trina Robbins’ Underground Comix

Woodrow Phoenix and Trina Robbins at Laydeez do Comix, photo by Lisa Gornick

Woodrow Phoenix and Trina Robbins at Laydeez do Comix, photo by Lisa Gornick

Starting a month of shows about female comic book creators, Panel Borders is proud to present a talk recorded at ‘Laydeez do Comics’ in September 2010. Veteran ‘Underground Comix’ creator and historian Trina Robbins talks about the history of women in comics and her six decades of working in the industry, creating and publishing titles that challenged the mainstream, as well as her flirtations with populist sex symbols Wonder Woman and Vampirella. (Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

5pm, 03/02/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast

Links: Wikipedia pages on Trina Robbins and Underground Comix
Recent interview with Trina Robbins at comicsbeat.com
Info about Laydeez do comics

Recommended events:

Orbital Comics exhibition and signings

Jim Zubkavich Signing

Jim Zubkavich, creator of Skull Kickers will be signing at Orbital Comics, Great Newport Street, London on Saturday 5th Feb, 4pm

Pauls Cornell and Rainey panel

Paul Cornell (Action Comics / Captain Britain) and Paul Rainey (There’s no time like the present / The Book of Lists) will be involved in a panel discussion about their work in Orbital, preceeded by a signing of their work. Saturday 19th Feb, 4pm / 7pm

Mark Stafford exhibition

Artist Mark Stafford (Bryan Talbot’s Cherubs / Electric Sheep Magazine) is exhibiting his work in the Orbital gallery, including images from his forthcoming contribution to Self Made Hero’s H.P. Lovecraft anthology… 18th Jan 2011 – 13th Feb 2011

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com

Collected Comics Library podcast #300

Reaching the grand number of 300 episodes, the excellent Collected Comics Library podcast interviews Charles Pelto of Classic Comics Press for their anniversary podcast, conducted by regualr presenter Chris Marshall…

http://www.collectedcomicslibrary.com/ccl-podcast-300-charles-pelto-classic-comics-press

Panel Borders: Talking Teabags and Wishing Wells

October 1, 2009 7 Comments

Panel Borders:

Talking Teabags and Wishing Wells

Originally broadcast 01/10/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extracts from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry and Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman

Extracts from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry plus Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman

Concluding ‘women in comics month’ on the show, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of illustrators about their genre bending work. Hannah Berry‘s debut graphic novel Britten and Brülightly tells the tale of a harried private detective with the nickname of ‘The Heartbreaker’ whose final case sees his career catch up with him, in a terrific comic book that combines the tenets of noir with gentle surrealism – his confidant is his pet teabag, Stewart – and assured cinematic visuals. Sally-Anne Hickman is a self-published comic book artist and writer whose work ranges from affectionate parodies of pop culture icons such as Spider-man and the Powerpuff Girls to intricate diary comics that give an intimate portrayal of the self-publishing world, packaged as collectible items with textured covers that incorporate fur, metallic sparkle and googly puppet eyes.

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: Read Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman online at Paper Tiger Comix and early comics (2002-2004) at Cheese Comics’ website
Reviews of Sex, drawn and Rock and Roll & A Smelly Tail at the Forbidden Planet International blog

Interview with Hannah Berry at the Forbidden Planet International blog
Review of Britten and Brülightly at Down the Tubes

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

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

Deadline: 19th October 2009
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Today’s show: Talking Teabags and Wishing Wells

October 1, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Talking Teabags and Wishing Wells

Extracts from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry and Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman

Extracts from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry plus Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman

Concluding ‘women in comics month’ on the show, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of illustrators about their genre bending work. Hannah Berry‘s debut graphic novel Britten and Brülightly tells the tale of a harried private detective with the nickname of ‘The Heartbreaker’ whose final case sees his career catch up with him, in a terrific comic book that combines the tenets of noir with gentle surrealism – his confidant is his pet teabag, Stewart – and assured cinematic visuals. Sally-Anne Hickman is a self-published comic book artist and writer whose work ranges from affectionate parodies of pop culture icons such as Spider-man and the Powerpuff Girls to intricate diary comics that give an intimate portrayal of the self-publishing world, packaged as collectible items with textured covers that incorporate fur, metallic sparkle and googly puppet eyes.

5pm 01/10/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Read Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman online at Paper Tiger Comix and early comics (2002-2004) at Cheese Comics’ website
Reviews of Sex, drawn and Rock and Roll & A Smelly Tail at the Forbidden Planet International blog

Interview with Hannah Berry at the Forbidden Planet International blog
Review of Britten and Brülightly at Down the Tubes

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

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

Deadline: 19th October 2009
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Panel Borders: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

September 24, 2009 10 Comments

Panel Borders:

Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Originally broadcast 24/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Continuing ‘women in comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to Emma Vieceli, illustrator of the Manga Shakespeare adaptations of Hamlet and Much ado about nothing who has also contributed to the graphic anthology “Comic Book Tattoo” which adapts the songs of Tori Amos into strip format. Alex and Emma also talk about the crossover between traditional Western comics and Manga as a new generation of small press creators in the UK experiment with both forms, a practice that is encouraged by the ‘Artists Alley’ that Emma helps organise at the twice yearly MCM Expos in the Docklands and the publishing collective ‘Sweatdrop studios’ that she’s a member of.
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: Emma’s website and livejournal
Listen to Emma’s music at garageband.com
More info about Manga Shakespeare
‘Sweatdrop studios': website and Manga day at the V & A
Vote for Sweatdrop and Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show in the NEO Awards

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

London signings…

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

We Are Words + Pictures Market Stall

We Are Words + Pictures are pleased to announce that their first stall date will be Sunday 27th September in Brick Lane’s new Tea Rooms market, just around the corner from the old Truman Brewery. Comics by Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and others + original artwork by Tom Humberstone

More info at www.wearewordsandpictures.com

The Spider Moon on stage

Experience a whole new landscape of vibrant colour, breathtaking adventure and thrilling animation in a show to live on in the memory…The world premiere of Kate Brown’s adventure created for The DFC and now taking the journey of Bekka to an all new level in a heroic epic of discovery, magic and conflict set as an entire world moves towards doomsday.
The Spider Moon celebrates Playbox Theatre’s 10 years at The Dream Factory in Warwick, West Midlands.
Performances:
Friday 25th September / Saturday 26th September, Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October
Tickets: £10.50, £7.50 concessions
More info: http://www.playboxtheatre.com
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Today’s show: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

September 24, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Continuing ‘women in comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to Emma Vieceli, illustrator of the Manga Shakespeare adaptations of Hamlet and Much ado about nothing who has also contributed to the graphic anthology “Comic Book Tattoo” which adapts the songs of Tori Amos into strip format. Alex and Emma also talk about the crossover between traditional Western comics and Manga as a new generation of small press creators in the UK experiment with both forms, a practice that is encouraged by the ‘Artists Alley’ that Emma helps organise at the twice yearly MCM Expos in the Docklands and the publishing collective ‘Sweatdrop studios’ that she’s a member of.

5pm 24/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Emma’s website and livejournal
More info about Manga Shakespeare
‘Sweatdrop studios': website and Manga day at the V & A
Vote for Sweatdrop and Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show in the NEO Awards

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
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 both competitions: September 25, 2009

plus: 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

Deadline: 19th October 2009

and: London signings…

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here

Panel Borders: In the company of women

September 17, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

In the company of women

Originally broadcast 17/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Continuing “women in comics” month on the show – we have two interviews with creators whose comics are set in worlds featuring primarily female characters. Alex Fitch talks to Pam Harrison, the Queer Press Award winning creator of “House of the Muses – the latter days of Sappho of Lesbos” while (Eagle Award winner) Tom Humberstone talks to Pia Guerra, artist of “Y: The Last Man” who won the 2008 Eisner Award and 2006 Joe Shuster Award for her work on the title.
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: Pam Harrison’s House of the Muses website and Prism Comics profile
Interview with Pam on the Prism website
Buy House of the Muses from amazon.co.uk
Alex’s interviews with 2007’s Queer Press Grant winners
Info about this year’s grant (deadline October 1st)

Pia Guerra’s website
Pages on Pia’s work on the comic book database and wikipedia
Interviews with Pia about drawing Y – The last man and Doctor Who: The Forgotten at comicbookresources.com

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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

London signings:

Pat Mills: Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info 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 21th September / Rosalind B Penfold, creator of ‘Dragonslippers’ will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

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 11th, 18th-20th and 25th of September 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

More info here…

Today’s show: In the company of women

September 17, 2009 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: In the company of women

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Continuing “women in comics” month on the show – we have two interviews with creators whose comics are set in worlds featuring primarily female characters. Alex Fitch talks to Pam Harrison, the Queer Press Award winning creator of “House of the Muses – the latter days of Sappho of Lesbos” while (Eagle Award winner) Tom Humberstone talks to Pia Guerra, artist of “Y: The Last Man” who won the 2008 Eisner Award and 2006 Joe Shuster Award for her work on the title.

5pm 17/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Pam Harrison’s House of the Muses website and Prism Comics profile
Interview with Pam on the Prism website
Buy House of the Muses from amazon.co.uk
Alex’s interviews with 2007’s Queer Press Grant winners
Info about this year’s grant (deadline October 1st)

Pia Guerra’s website
Pages on Pia’s work on the comic book database and wikipedia
Interviews with Pia about drawing Y – The last man and Doctor Who: The Forgotten at comicbookresources.com

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: London signings…

Pat Mills: Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info 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 21th September / Rosalind B Penfold, creator of ‘Dragonslippers’ will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

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 11th, 18th-20th and 25th of September 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

More info here…

Panel Borders: The art of Karen Rubins

September 10, 2009 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Karen Rubins

Originally broadcast 10/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Tales by Ghost Light by Karen Rubins

Excerpt from Tales by Ghost Light by Karen Rubins

Continuing ‘Women in comics’ month, Alex Fitch talks to artist Karen Rubins about being the Comic Book Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, being visited by members of the public and their collaborating on a strip displayed in her studio. Alex and Karen also discuss the latter’s career so far from drawing goth-styled comics for the small press to creating short manga pieces in “The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2″ and “Manga Jiman 150″.

If you’d like to visit Karen at the Victoria and Albert museum, her studio is open to visitors this month from 1-4 pm on Fridays 11th & 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.
There will be more Open Studios during the London Design Festival between the 19th and 25th September; her studio is located in the V and A’s Sackler Centre, the nearest entrance being in the tunnel that runs underneath Exhibition road from South Kensington tube.

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: Karen’s website, blog and page at the V & A website
Interview with Karen at Comic Bits Online
Buy Karen’s manga from Itch publishing

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

Pat Mills London signings:

2000 AD‘s latest graphic novel releases of the strips Defoe, ABC Warriors and Flesh with artists Clint Langley and Leigh Gallagher at Orbital just off Charing Cross Road on 12th September

Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Today’s show: The art of Karen Rubins

September 10, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: The art of Karen Rubins

Excerpt from Tales by Ghost Light by Karen Rubins

Excerpt from Tales by Ghost Light by Karen Rubins

Continuing ‘Women in comics’ month, Alex Fitch talks to artist Karen Rubins about being the Comic Book Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, being visited by members of the public and their collaborating on a strip displayed in her studio. Alex and Karen also discuss the latter’s career so far from drawing goth-styled comics for the small press to creating short manga pieces in “The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2″ and “Manga Jiman 150″.
If you’d like to visit Karen at the Victoria and Albert museum, her studio is open to visitors this month from 1-4 pm on Fridays 11th & 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.

There will be more Open Studios during the London Design Festival between the 19th and 25th September; her studio is located in the V and A’s Sackler Centre, the nearest entrance being in the tunnel that runs underneath Exhibition road from South Kensington tube.

5pm 10/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Karen’s website, blog and page at the V & A website
Interview with Karen at Comic Bits Online
Buy Karen’s manga from Itch publishing

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

Pat Mills London signings:

2000 AD‘s latest graphic novel releases of the strips Defoe, ABC Warriors and Flesh with artists Clint Langley and Leigh Gallagher at Orbital just off Charing Cross Road on 12th September

Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

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