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Today’s show: Comics and the outside world

May 8, 2008

Strip!: Comics and the outside world
In today’s show we’re looking at periodicals that look at the crossover between comics and the outside world.
In the first of today’s interviews, guest presenter Grant Rogers (a former animator on such shows as Tales of Beatrix Potter and Dogtanian and now an educator at the Imperial War Museum) is interviewing Pat Mills about his critically acclaimed serial about the 1st World War – Charley’s War – which was serialised in the pulp war comic Battle Picture weekly in the late 1970s and is now being reprinted in lavish hardback volumes by Titan Books.
Then, Duncan Nott and Alex Fitch are talking to Joel Meadows, publisher and editor of Tripwire magazine which ran for ten years and now exists as an annual publication and features the links between comic books and multimedia from films to TV shows and animation. He has also written a new book – Studio Space – about the work of comic book artists, which is released tomorrow.

Thursday 08/05/08 5pm, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at

Links: Wikipedia pages on Charley’s War and Pat Mills
Grant’s website
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Grant about his career working on great British Cartoons and his favourite film of 2006
Listen to Alex and Duncan’s interview with Pat Mills about 2000AD
Info on Tripwire X and Tripwire annual 2007,
Extract from the Alan Moore interview in Tripwire
Order Studio Space from Forbidden Planet International
Joel’s blog
Join our facebook group…

Comics news:

Tonight, 08/05/08 6.15pm at the Centre for new drawing in London:

The Centre for Recent Drawing presents Diary Drawing, an exhibition curated by Sarah Lightman. Diary Drawing brings together disparate types of visual journals and autobiographical graphic novels to examine drawing and diary making as process of thinking and acting, fundamental to human experience. Diary Drawing explores the application of line as a means of documenting, rendering and transcribing intimate and individual histories to a public audience. The exhibition features the work of Gabrielle Bell, David Blandy, Oliver East, Alex Fox, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, Lady Lucy, Mio Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Ariel Schrag, Rebecca Swindell
A panel discussion with Paul Gravett and exhibiting artists: 6.15-7pm 8th May, Private view 7-9pm, 8 May 2008, Open: 9-23 May 2008 12- 6pm
More info at

Tomorrow 09/05/08 – Sunday 11/05/08

The Bristol International Comics Expo takes place at the British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall. Guests include Walt and Louise Simonson, Jim Starlin, Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis, Mark Buckingham, Mike Ploog and many others. More info at

Including: 11/05/08 1.30pm: 2008 Gay Comics Panel – As gay comics seem to have increasing presence on bookshelves following 2007’s release of Fun Home and a great many Yaoi titles, host Alex Fitch talks to experts and comic creators about whether increasing gay representation is just a flash in the pan or signals genuine mainstream interest. The panel includes Paul Gravett (Great British Comics), David Shenton (Get Her!, The Shentons) and Yishan Li (Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2).

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