Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Tomorrow’s show: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

May 20, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, talks to a trio of creators whose comics take stuffed bears and other children’s toys and place them in genre adventures. Brett Uren explains the history of his noir themed anthology series TorsoBear, featuring a bear and a wooden policeman investigating crimes in Toyburg while, Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson discuss the webcomic Cogs and Claws, a monochrome, fast paced space opera serial published as a graphic novel by Markosia (recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton).

11am Thursday 14th May, repeated 7am Saturday 16th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: TorsoBear website and Kickstarter page
Cogs and Claws website (more…)

Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

May 20, 2015

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

The Umbral Fuse: Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015.

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
Links: Antony Johnston’s website
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Umbral Fuse

May 13, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015.

11am Thursday 14th May, repeated 7am Saturday 16th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Antony Johnston’s website
Info about Johnston’s work for Image Comics
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work

Panel Borders: Death of the Artist

May 13, 2015 1 Comment

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Death of the Artist: Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which occupy the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ titles and independent publishing, guest presenter Tim Pilcher talks to artist Karrie Fransman about her latest graphic novel, Death of the Artist published by Jonathan Cape, which depicts a fateful weekend where five university friends’ hedonistic party leads to tragedy. Tim and Karrie also discuss her first graphic novel The House that Groaned, her comic for the Red Cross – ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ – and the nature of the collaborators involved in her most recent work. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch at Graphic Brighton festival, May 2015. (more…)

Today’s show: Death of the Artist

May 7, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Death of the Artist

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which occupy the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ titles and independent publishing, guest presenter Tim Pilcher talks to artist Karrie Fransman about her latest graphic novel, Death of the Artist published by Jonathan Cape, which depicts a fateful weekend where five university friends’ hedonistic party leads to tragedy. Tim and Karrie also discuss her first graphic novel The House that Groaned, her comic for the Red Cross – ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ – and the nature of the collaborators involved in her most recent work. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch at Graphic Brighton festival, May 2015.

11am Thursday 7th May, repeated 7am Saturday 9th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Karrie’s website / Tim’s blog
Alex Fitch’s 2011 interview with Karrie Fransman (more…)

Panel Borders: Takayo Akiyama in various media

May 1, 2015 1 Comment

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Takayo Akiyama in various media: Concluding a month of show about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and illustrator Takayo Akiyama about her multi-media illustration work, which includes web comics, animation, magazines and textile design featuring characters such as Awesome and Possum and Y-Front Mouse. Alex and Takayo discuss the size and materials of the latter’s original artwork, mixing live action and animation in her music videos and take questions from the Cartoon County audience. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Spring 2015) (Originally broadcast Thursday 30th April, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Takayo Akiyama

April 29, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Takayo Akiyama in various media

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Concluding a month of show about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and illustrator Takayo Akiyama about her multi-media illustration work, which includes web comics, animation, magazines and textile design featuring characters such as Awesome and Possum and Y-Front Mouse. Alex and Takayo discuss the size and materials of the latter’s original artwork, mixing live action and animation in her music videos and take questions from the Cartoon County audience. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Spring 2015)

11am Thursday 30th April, repeated 7am Saturday 2nd May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Graphic Brighton 2015

April 25, 2015

Graphic Brighton poster 2015

This year’s Graphic Brighton event takes place on 1st and 2nd May at the  University of Brighton,
58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

Now part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, where you can book tickets;

The Friday night sees a panel on Gay Manga, Yaoi and Japanese style art in LGBT themed comics followed by a ‘Pecha Kucha’ style presentation by a dozen local cartoonists sponsored by Myriad Editions.

Images from GoGoMetro by Inko and Chie + Breaks by Emma Vieceli

On Saturday, there are seven panels to choose from on subjects such as:

Non-Visual Autism, Pregnancy, depictions of Ethnic minorities and Elderly in comics, the History of Marginalised groups in comic strips and much more.

Extracts from Over Under Sideways Down by Karrie Fransman and The Boss by Patrice Aggs

Full details here: www.graphicbrighton.com
Buy tickets here: boxoffice.brightonfringe.org
(Fri free / Sat £10/£6 conc.)

Advanced booking advised (more…)

Panel Borders: Miss Lasko-Gross – Autobiography and Fantasy

April 25, 2015 1 Comment

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Miss Lasko-Gross – Autobiography and Fantasy: Continuing a month of shows about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to American cartoonist Miss Lasko-Gross about her two volumes of autobiography – Escape from “Special” and A Mess of Everything, plus her new fantasy graphic novel, Henni. Alex and Miss discuss the latter’s developing art style over her career so far, tackling issues of freedom and intolerance in fantasy worlds, rereleasing early self-published work on comixology.com and contributing to the touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women. (Originally broadcast Thursday 23rd April, 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…)

Tomorrow’s show: Miss Lasko-Gross

April 22, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Miss Lasko-Gross – Autobiography and Fantasy

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to American cartoonist Miss Lasko-Gross about her two volumes of autobiography – Escape from “Special” and A Mess of Everything, plus her new fantasy graphic novel, Henni. Alex and Miss discuss the latter’s developing art style over her career so far, tackling issues of freedom and intolerance in fantasy worlds, rereleasing early self-published work on comixology.com and contributing to the touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women.

11am Thursday 23rd April, repeated 7am Saturday 25th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Miss Lasko-Gross’ website
Info about A Mess of Everything, including a 21 page extract on Fantagraphics’ website (more…)

Panel Borders: Vellevision – art and comics by Maurice Vellekoop

April 21, 2015 1 Comment

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Vellevision – art and comics by Maurice Vellekoop: Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to Canadian artist Maurice Vellekoop; Vellekoop is currently the subject of a career retrospective at Space Station 65 gallery in South London and in this interview discusses breaking into the comics industry via strips for Drawn and Quarterly periodical alongside rendering illustrations for Time, GQ and Vogue, and collections of erotic art such as Maurice Vellekoop’s ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer, and The World of Gloria Badcock. (Originally broadcast Thursday 16th April, 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

Links: Wikipedia page on Vellekoop (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Vellevision

April 15, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Vellevision – art and comics by Maurice Vellekoop

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to Canadian artist Maurice Vellekoop; Vellekoop is currently the subject of a career retrospective at Space Station 65 gallery in South London and in this interview discusses breaking into the comics industry via strips for Drawn and Quarterly periodical alongside rendering illustrations for Time, GQ and Vogue, and collections of erotic art such as Maurice Vellekoop’s ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer, and The World of Gloria Badcock.

11am Thursday 16th April, repeated 7am Saturday 18th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia page on Vellekoop
Buy books by Maurice Vellekoop on Amazon (more…)

Panel Borders: Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics

April 10, 2015 1 Comment

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics: Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to legendary creator Neal Adams, one of the defining artists of the Superhero ‘Silver Age’. Adams is best known for his work on Batman and Green Lantern / Green Arrow with writer Dennis O’Neil in the 1970s, dragging the Dark Knight Detective out of the camp 1960s era and adding a strand of social realism to the latter comic, addressing issues of racism, drug abuse and civil unrest. As well as being credited with creating ‘relevant comics’ within the hero genre, Adams also has championed creators rights in the industry and in recent years returned to Batman and the X-Men for celebrated mini-series as writer and artist. (Originally broadcast Thursday 9th April, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics

April 8, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to legendary creator Neal Adams, one of the defining artists of the Superhero ‘Silver Age’. Adams is best known for his work on Batman and Green Lantern / Green Arrow with writer Dennis O’Neil in the 1970s, dragging the Dark Knight Detective out of the camp 1960s era and adding a strand of social realism to the latter comic, addressing issues of racism, drug abuse and civil unrest. As well as being credited with creating ‘relevant comics’ within the hero genre, Adams also has championed creators rights in the industry and in recent years returned to Batman and the X-Men for celebrated mini-series as writer and artist.

11am Thursday 9th April, repeated 7am Saturday 11th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders 400: Understanding Scott McCloud

April 3, 2015 1 Comment

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Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Understanding Scott McCloud: Starting a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, on the 400th episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Scott McCloud, one of the masters of modern comic books, about his career so far. (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Understanding Scott McCloud

April 1, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Understanding Scott McCloud

Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Starting a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, on the 400th episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Scott McCloud, one of the masters of modern comic books, about his career so far. McCloud is probably best known for his guides about the medium of sequential art such as Understanding Comics (1993), which led to The New York Times describing the artist as “a sort of Marshall McLuhan of comics”. However McCloud is also a great comic book creator in his own right, returning to the medium of fiction with an epic 500 page magical realist graphic novel The Sculptor, recently released by SelfMadeHero, and penning the beloved superhero series Zot! in the 1980s.

11am Thursday 2nd April, repeated 7am Saturday 5th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Seth and the City

March 30, 2015 1 Comment

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Seth and the City: Concluding a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to the award winning Canadian cartoonist and designer Seth about his work, from debut graphic novel It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken to the latest issues of his hardcover anthology Palookaville, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Alex and Seth discuss the latter’s increasing use of graphic design in his titles, his recent spate of reprinting diary comics, and depicting the reoccurring fictional city Dominion in The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists and other titles. Recorded at the East London Comic Arts Festival, Summer 2014. (Originally broadcast Thursday 26th March, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Seth and the City

March 25, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Seth and the City

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Concluding a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to the award winning Canadian cartoonist and designer Seth about his work, from debut graphic novel It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken to the latest issues of his hardcover anthology Palookaville, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Alex and Seth discuss the latter’s increasing use of graphic design in his titles, his recent spate of reprinting diary comics, and depicting the reoccurring fictional city Dominion in The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists and other titles. Recorded at the East London Comic Arts Festival, Summer 2014.

11am Thursday 26th March, repeated 7am Saturday 28th March 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

March 23, 2015 1 Comment

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire, Here: Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Richard McGuire about his epic 300 page graphic novel Here, published by Hamish Hamilton / Pantheon Books. Here is told entirely in double page spreads, with the view of the reader never moving from a fixed gaze at the corner of one room, however the narrative moves back and forth in time from the creation of the Earth to the 25th Century, with various eras overlapping through different panels on the page. Alex and Richard discuss the genesis of the project with its origin as a 6 page strip in Raw magazine, how the plotting of the book is influenced by his love of music and how the print version differs from the interactive ebook. (Originally broadcast Thursday 19th March, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Richard McGuire, Here

March 18, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Richard McGuire about his epic 300 page graphic novel Here, published by Hamish Hamilton / Pantheon Books. Here is told entirely in double page spreads, with the view of the reader never moving from a fixed gaze at the corner of one room, however the narrative moves back and forth in time from the creation of the Earth to the 25th Century, with various eras overlapping through different panels on the page. Alex and Richard discuss the genesis of the project with its origin as a 6 page strip in Raw magazine, how the plotting of the book is influenced by his love of music and how the print version differs from the interactive ebook.

11am Thursday 19th March, repeated 7am Saturday 21st March 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

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