Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Next week’s show: Classic Characters, New Adventures

February 14, 2019

Next week on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Classic Characters, New Adventures

Promotional images for Tales Of A Timelord episodes 2 and 1 / Covers of Shilling and Sixpence Investigate and Doctor Who: The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs

Promotional images for Tales Of A Timelord episodes 2 and 1 / Covers of Shilling and Sixpence Investigate and Doctor Who: The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs

In this episode, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of audio dramas that bring classic characters back to life in new adventures: actor / director ‘Invokal’ and writer R.R. Molyneux discuss their fan produced Doctor Who audio serial Tales of a Timelord, a series of nine stories spread over 22 episodes which tell the tale of an incarnation of the Doctor around their 20th regeneration, returning to adventures after a millennium in solitary confinement.
Plus: writer, actor and director Nigel Fairs discusses his series Shilling and Sixpence Investigate, a pastiche of Agatha Christie with David Warner and Celia Imrie, spun off from his long running saga ‘The Morlington Mysteries’, which is performed live at various venues around the country. Alex and Nigel also look at the latter’s scripts for new audio episodes of Sapphire and Steel, The Tomorrow People and Doctor Who for Big Finish Productions.

5.30pm Wednesday 20th February 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 22nd February, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) (more…)

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Panel Borders: Comics / Activism – Joe Sacco and Myfanwy Tristram

February 6, 2019

Collection of pages from Draw the Line / work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram / Interior art from Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine by Joe Sacco

Collection of pages from Draw the Line / work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram / Interior art from Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine by Joe Sacco

Comics / Activism: This month’s show looks at comics activism, projects that encourage and highlight activism through graphic novels and strips. Alex Fitch talks to Myfanwy Tristram about her crowdfunded anthology Draw the Line, her promotion of Finnish comics on Freedom of Information and their shared interest in raising money for Resonance FM, with info about gigs and auction items in the station fundraiser. Also, guest presenter and cartoonist Aimée de Jongh talks to comics journalist Joe Sacco about his award winning graphic novels such as Palestine and Safe Area Goražde in an interview recorded on stage at the Free University in Amsterdam.
Originally broadcast 6th February 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Comics / Activism

February 5, 2019

On Wednesday, February 6th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Comics / Activism

Collection of pages from Draw the Line / work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram / Interior art from Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine by Joe Sacco

Collection of pages from Draw the Line / work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram / Interior art from Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine by Joe Sacco

This month’s show looks at comics activism, projects that encourage and highlight activism through graphic novels and strips. Alex Fitch talks to Myfanwy Tristram about her crowdfunded anthology Draw the Line, her promotion of Finnish comics on Freedom of Information and their shared interest in raising money for Resonance FM, with info about gigs and auction items in the station fundraiser. Also, guest presenter and cartoonist Aimée de Jongh talks to comics journalist Joe Sacco about his award winning graphic novels such as Palestine and Safe Area Goražde in an interview recorded on stage at the Free University in Amsterdam.

5.30pm Wednesday 6th February 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 8th February, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Dystopias and Parallel Worlds

January 18, 2019

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Posters for Hidden Reserves, Nothing Really Happens and Alpha Gateway

Posters for Hidden Reserves, Nothing Really Happens and Alpha Gateway

Dystopias and Parallel Worlds: In this month’s Electric Sheep Film Show, Alex Fitch looks at dystopias and parallel worlds on film in three interviews recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International Science Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival. On stage, Alex talks to directors Valentin Hitz and John V. Soto about their films Hidden Reserves (Stille Reserven) and Alpha Gateway which depict worlds where corporations have subjugated humanity and travel between parallels is possible, and in a chat with actor / producer Joseph Graham, the latter discusses the surrealist suburban comedy Nothing Really Happens and his webcomic Monomania. With music selected by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked and the Divine) including future classics by Madge, Hayley Heynderickx, Sylan Esso and Jonathan Bree.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 16th January 2019, on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Next week’s show: Dystopias and Parallel Worlds

January 12, 2019

On Wednesday 16th January at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Dystopias and Parallel Worlds

Posters for Hidden Reserves, Nothing Really Happens and Alpha Gateway

Posters for Hidden Reserves, Nothing Really Happens and Alpha Gateway

In this month’s Electric Sheep Film Show, Alex Fitch looks at dystopias and parallel worlds on film in three interviews recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International Science Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival. On stage, Alex talks to directors Valentin Hitz and John V. Soto about their films Hidden Reserves (Stille Reserven) and Alpha Gateway which depict worlds where corporations have subjugated humanity and travel between parallels is possible, and in a chat with actor / producer Joseph Graham, the latter discusses the surrealist suburban comedy Nothing Really Happens and his webcomic Monomania. With music selected by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked and the Divine) including future classics by Madge, Hayley Heynderickx, Sylan Esso and Jonathan Bree.

5.30pm Wednesday 16th January 2018, repeated 2.30am Friday 18th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Rachael Ball – Wolf Tales

January 3, 2019

Art from Wolf / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball - photo by Sam Humphrey

Art from Wolf / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball – photo by Sam Humphrey

Rachael Ball – Wolf Tales: In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Alex Fitch talks to Rachael Ball about her new book Wolf, published by Self Made Hero. In this graphic novel set in the 1970s, the cartoonist mixes a story from her past with time travel, fantastical beasts and mysterious neighbours rendered in detailed pencil line art that combines charicature, references to children’s illustration and evocative locations from suburbia.
Partially broadcast 2nd January 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Wolves and Warfare

January 2, 2019

Digital and projected art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (Photo by Patrick Walsh) / 2000AD interior art and cover featuring Fiends... and Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor and D'Israeli

Digital and projected art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (Photo by Patrick Walsh) / 2000AD interior art and cover featuring Fiends… and Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor and D’Israeli

Wolves and Warfare: At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to cartoonist The Surreal McCoy about her multimedia project The Wolf of Baghdad and upcoming graphic novel The Collaborator, and Ian Edginton discusses the recently published prequel to 2000AD‘s vampire strip ‘Fiends of the Eastern Front’, and the next instalment of ‘Scarlet Traces’, his sequel to The War of the Worlds.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 2nd January 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Tomorrow’s Show: Wolf Tales

January 1, 2019

On Wednesday, January 2nd at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Wolf Tales

excerpt from Fiends... by Edginton and Dave Taylor / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball / Performance of The Wolf of Baghdad - photos by Patrick Walsh and Sam Humphrey

excerpt from Fiends… by Edginton and Dave Taylor / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball / Performance of The Wolf of Baghdad – photos by Patrick Walsh and Sam Humphrey

In a 90 minute mid-winter special, Alex Fitch talks a trio of creators of comics who involve wolves in their narratives. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to cartoonist The Surreal McCoy about her multimedia project The Wolf of Baghdad and upcoming graphic novel The Collaborator, at Cartoon County, Rachael Ball discusses her book Wolf which mixes time travel, fantastical beasts and mysterious neighbours in 1970s suburbia, and Ian Edginton describes his research for penning a prequel to 2000AD‘s vampire strip “Fiends of the Eastern Front”, plus the next instalment of “Scarlet Traces”, his sequel to The War of the Worlds.

The next Wolf of Baghdad performance will take place on February 18th

5.30pm Wednesday 2nd January 2019, repeat 12 noon Sunday 6th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Carols and Zombies

December 26, 2018

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Cover for Doctor Who: Jonah and promotional art for The Morpeth Carol and Zombies, Run!

Cover for Doctor Who: Jonah and promotional art for The Morpeth Carol and Zombies, Run!

An hour-long bimonthly podcast series in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas broadcast on radio or released on CD / download.

Carols and Zombies: In this episode, playwright Timothy X Atack and author Naomi Alderman talk about their genre bending work. Fitch and Atack explore the latter’s BBC Radio plays The Morpeth Carol, Phonophone and The Stroma Sessions, plus his Doctor Who audio dramas Jonah and The Wreck of the World. At a conference on Zombie fiction at the University of Brighton, guest presenter Ewan Kirkland talks to Alderman about her scripts for the immersive fitness app Zombies, Run!, which adds an aural survival horror narrative to a runner’s soundtrack as they travel across the landscape. Originally broadcast 19th Decemebr 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the podcast. (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Carols and Zombies

December 18, 2018

Tomorrow on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Carols and Zombies

Cover for Doctor Who: Jonah and promotional art for The Morpeth Carol and Zombies, Run!

Cover for Doctor Who: Jonah and promotional art for The Morpeth Carol and Zombies, Run!

Continuing the new hour-long series on Resonance FM in which Alex Fitch talks to creators of audio dramas that have been broadcast on radio or released on CD and mp3 download, in a bimonthly slot alternating with the Electric Sheep Film Show.

In this episode, playwright Timothy X Atack and author Naomi Alderman talk about their genre bending work. Fitch and Atack explore the latter’s BBC Radio plays The Morpeth Carol, Phonophone and The Stroma Sessions, plus his Doctor Who audio dramas Jonah and The Wreck of the World. At a conference on Zombie fiction at the University of Brighton, guest presenter Ewan Kirkland talks to Alderman about her scripts for the immersive fitness app Zombies, Run!, which adds an aural survival horror narrative to a runner’s soundtrack as they travel across the landscape.

5.30pm Wednesday 19th December 2018, repeated 2.30am Friday 21st December, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Comic Book Crime Lords

December 10, 2018

Photo of Wagner, Rankin and Fitch on stage at LICAF / detail from 100 Bullets by Azzarello

Photo of Wagner, Rankin and Fitch on stage at LICAF / detail from 100 Bullets by Azzarello

Comic Book Crime Lords: In a pair of interviews recorded at recent comic festivals, Alex Fitch talks to three creators who specialise in crime stories. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to Scots writers Ian Rankin and John Wagner about their love of comics, including respectively their graphic novels John Constantine: Dark Entries and A History of Violence, the latter filmed by David Cronenberg. At the MCM London Comic Con, Brian Azzarello discusses his many projects including 100 Bullets, Before Watchmen: Rorschach, and Moonshine , plus the controversies surrounding Batman: Damned and his animated adaptation of The Killing Joke.

Partially broadcast 5th December 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Threads of Red Rosa

December 7, 2018 1 Comment

Cover and interior art from Red Rosa / Title page and interior art from Threads by Kate Evans

Cover and interior art from Red Rosa / Title page and interior art from Threads by Kate Evans

Threads of Red Rosa: Panel Borders presents a Q and A originally recorded at Graphic Brighton (University of Brighton, 2016) – Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Kate Evans about her Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Red Rosa, which illustrates the life of the Polish Revolutionary, and graphic novel Threads: From the Refugee Crisis about her encounters with residents of the Calais ‘jungle’.

Partially broadcast 7th November 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Kate Evans’ website
Kate Evans’ page at Myriad Editions

Tomorrow’s Show: Comic Book Crime Lords

December 4, 2018

On Wednesday, December 5th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Comic Book Crime Lords

Photo of Wagner, Rankin and Fitch on stage at LICAF / detail from 100 Bullets by Azzarello

Photo of Wagner, Rankin and Fitch on stage at LICAF / detail from 100 Bullets by Azzarello

In a pair of interviews recorded at recent comic festivals, Alex Fitch talks to three creators who specialise in crime stories. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to Scots writers Ian Rankin and John Wagner about their love of comics, including respectively their graphic novels John Constantine: Dark Entries and A History of Violence, the latter filmed by David Cronenberg. At the MCM London Comic Con, Brian Azzarello discusses his many projects including 100 Bullets, Before Watchmen: Rorschach, and Moonshine , plus the controversies surrounding Batman: Damned and his animated adaptation of The Killing Joke.

5.30pm Wednesday 5th December 2018, repeat 2.30am Friday 7th December, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Shirkers House

November 26, 2018

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Posters for Shirkers and The House of the Long Shadows

Posters for Shirkers and The House of the Long Shadows

Shirkers House: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, Alex Fitch looks at appropriation and appreciation of films from the past. Director Sandi Tan talks about rediscovering and restoring the surviving footage from her student film Shirkers, a magical realist look at 1990s Singapore, which was stolen by the film’s producer upon completion, and in an interview recorded at Cine-Excess, Birmingham, cult horror director Pete Walker talks about making British B-Movies in the 1970s and 1980s, such as House of Whipcord, House of Mortal Sin and House of the Long Shadows. Plus classic tracks from Joan Baez, Postmodern Jukebox ft. Wayne Brady and Wiesh.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 21st November 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Shirkers and the House of Walker

November 20, 2018

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Shirkers and the House of Walker

Posters for Shirkers and The House of the Long Shadows

Posters for Shirkers and The House of the Long Shadows

In this month’s Electric Sheep Film Show, Alex Fitch looks at appropriation and appreciation of films from the past. Director Sandi Tan talks about rediscovering and restoring the surviving footage from her student film Shirkers, a magical realist look at 1990s Singapore, which was stolen by the film’s producer upon completion, and in an interview recorded at Cine-Excess, Birmingham, cult horror director Pete Walker talks about making British B-Movies in the 1970s and 1980s, such as House of Whipcord, House of Mortal Sin and House of the Long Shadows.

5.30pm Wednesday 20th November 2018, repeated 2.30am Friday 22nd November, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Pete Walker and Shirkers
Netflix page on Shirkers
Info about Cine-Excess XII, where the interview with Pete was recorded

Panel Borders: Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash

November 7, 2018 1 Comment

Images from Black Dog by Dave McKean including performance in Amiens

Images from Black Dog by Dave McKean including performance in Amiens

Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash: To coincide with Armistice Week, Panel Borders presents a Q and A originally recorded at Graphic Brighton (University of Brighton, 2016).Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist and filmmaker Dave McKean about his book and multimedia live production Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash which dramatises the life of the talented war artist, made in association with 14-18 Now, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Amiens BD festival.

Black Dog will next be performed at Macready Theatre, Rugby on November 9th / 10th 2018.

Partially broadcast 7th November 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Dave McKean’s website
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with McKean
Watch an extract from Black Dog performed at Amiens comics festival

Next week’s show: Legacies of The Great War

November 2, 2018

On Wednesday, November 7th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Legacies of The Great War

Interior art from Black Dog by Dave McKean / promotional art and interior art from Red Rosa by Kate Evans

Interior art from Black Dog by Dave McKean / promotional art and interior art from Red Rosa by Kate Evans

To coincide with Armistice Week, Panel Borders is proud to present a couple of interviews recorded at Graphic Brighton (University of Brighton, 2016), in which Alex Fitch talks to the creators of a pair of graphic novels that illuminate the lives of two notable people affected by The Great War. Dave McKean discusses his Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash made in association with 14-18 Now, and the touring musical presentation of the book; Kate Evans explores her Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Red Rosa, which illustrates the life of the Polish Revolutionary.

Black Dog will next be performed at Macready Theatre, Rugby on November 9th / 10th 2018.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th November 2018, repeat 2.30am Friday 9th November, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Robin of Sherwood and The Forest of Doom

October 22, 2018

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Covers of Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse / Sanctury / Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Covers of Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse / Sanctury / Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

An hour-long bimonthly podcast series in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas broadcast on radio or released on CD / download.

Robin of Sherwood and The Forest of Doom: In this episode Alex talks to the producers of a pair of audio productions which revive popular fantasy franchises from the 1980s. Barnaby Eaton-Jones discusses how he reunited the original cast of Robin of Sherwood for new audio adventures that continue the adventures of both Robins and his band of renegades from the classic TV series, and Richard Fox explains how he has adapted the Fighting Fantasy series of ‘Choose your own adventure’ books such as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and The Forest of Doom for new CD dramas the feature the likes of David Warner and Charlie Higson in the cast. Originally broadcast 17th October 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the podcast. (more…)

Panel Borders: The Art of 2000AD – Mick McMahon and Boo Cook

October 18, 2018

Line art and covers by Boo Cook and Mick McMahon

Line art and covers by Boo Cook and Mick McMahon

The Art of 2000AD: In this episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of artists who have illustrated ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’. At Cartoon County, Alex chats to Boo Cook about creating memorable covers for 2000AD and creating a crossover with US comic Elephantmen, plus a cameo by Boo’s frequent collaborator Tom Eglington. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Mike McMahon discusses his long tenure on the periodical, drawing Sláine, Judge Dredd, and other characters, plus his involvement with the revival of Tank Girl.

Partially broadcast 1st August 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Robin of Sherwood and The Forest of Doom

October 16, 2018

Tomorrow on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Robin of Sherwood and The Forest of Doom

Covers of Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse / Sanctury / Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Covers of Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse / Sanctury / Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Continuing the new hour-long series on Resonance FM in which Alex Fitch talks to creators of audio dramas that have been broadcast on radio or released on CD and mp3 download, in a bimonthly slot alternating with the Electric Sheep Film Show.

In this episode Alex talks to the producers of a pair of audio productions which revive popular fantasy franchises from the 1980s. Barnaby Eaton-Jones discusses how he reunited the original cast of Robin of Sherwood for new audio adventures that continue the adventures of both Robins and his band of renegades from the classic TV series, and Richard Fox explains how he has adapted the Fighting Fantasy series of ‘Choose your own adventure’ books such as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and The Forest of Doom for new CD dramas the feature the likes of David Warner and Charlie Higson in the cast.

5.30pm Wednesday 17th October 2018, repeated 2.30am Friday 19th October, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)