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Reality Check: Future Publishing? part 1

November 26, 2010 4 Comments

Reality Check:
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Future Publishing? part 1

Clockwise from top left: comics by Paul Rainey, Futurismic blog by Paul Graham-Raven, SFX magazine cover, various novels by Gary Gibson

Clockwise from top left: comics by Paul Rainey, Futurismic blog by Paul Graham-Raven, SFX magazine cover, various novels by Gary Gibson

Tom Hunter (Award Administrator for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature) chairs a panel on the future of publishing in the digital age:

The publishing industry is coming under assault from all sides. Are Kindles, iPads and smartphones signalling the end of traditional paper publishing? How will the publishing industry re-shape itself for 2050?
Panelists include: Paul Graham-Raven, a freelance writer, editor and webgeek, genre fiction reviewer and editor-in-chief of the near-future science fiction webzine Futurismic; Paul Rainey, a cartoonist, illustrator and creator of serialised web and print comics The Book of Lists and There’s No Time Like The Present; novelist Gary Gibson, Nova War is his fourth book and his second Dakota Merrick title, following 2007’s Stealing Light; Dave Bradley, Editor-in-Chief of SFX magazine, Europe’s best-selling sci-fi and fantasy periodical. With questions addressed to the panel by John Freeman (Doctor Who Magazine) and Alex Fitch (Panel Borders). (part 1 of 2)

Recorded live at the Apollo Piccadilly cinema, Spring 2010 (recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

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

Links: Paul Rainey’s website
Gary Gibson’s blog
SFX magazine website
Paul Raven’s Futurismic website
Arthur C. Clark awards website

Listen to Alex’s interview with Paul Rainey about his work
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Panel Borders: Spandex!

November 25, 2010

Panel Borders:

Spandex!

Originally broadcast 25th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Continuing our month of shows looking at unusual depictions of superheroes, in an interview recorded at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Martin Eden about his small press comics The O Men and Spandex, the latter featuring the world’s only all gay superhero team. Alex and Martin talk about distribution of small press comics, his experiences with the media’s interest in his new comic when it launched last year and representations of gay characters in sequential art.

This show was recorded live at Thought Bubble, Leeds

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: Martin’s blog – spandexcomic.wordpress.com
The O Men website and blog

Listen to Alex’s interview with Tommy Roddy about his gay themed Superhero comic Pride High

Recommended events:

Alternative Press Fair: Sunday 28th November 2010

Comix, zines, self published art books, poetry workshop, illustration photo booth and over 100 titles from the world of small press. A chance for newcomers to sell their work on a communal table and for those interested to find out what the scene has to offer. Alternative Press will also be announcing details of next year’s Alternative Press Festival.

St. Aloysius’ Social Centre (Corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road) London NW1 1TA Nearest Tube: Euston
Sunday 28th November 2010, 12pm to 6pm

ALSO: There are some flyer designs up on the comicsandzines blog. We want you to recreate the flyers in your own style!

More info: comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Demons screening

Prior to its DVD re-release from Arrow Video, Midnight Movies presents a special screening of Dario Argento’s classic gory 80s horror Demons on Friday 26 November 2010 at Curzon Soho. One fateful night in a Berlin cinema, art imitates life as one by one the audience are possessed by blood-hungry, puss-filled demons. More details on Curzon Cinemas’ website.

Erika Moen – Signing and Exhibition

Erika Moen (Dar Comics) will be in London for the opening of her show at Orbital Comics! Come see herpaintings in real life and maybe get a book signed or something!

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:00

Comica, London week four

Paul Gravett: From Escape To Now
Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about his lifelong passion for comics, from the 80s Escape Magazine to now.
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1
Monday, 29 November – 6.30pm to 9.30pm
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Today’s show: Spandex!

November 25, 2010 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Spandex!

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Spandex group shot by Martin Eden

Continuing our month of shows looking at unusual depictions of superheroes, in an interview recorded at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Martin Eden about his small press comics The O Men and Spandex, the latter featuring the world’s only all gay superhero team. Alex and Martin talk about distribution of small press comics, his experiences with the media’s interest in his new comic when it launched last year and representations of gay characters in sequential art.

This show was recorded live at Thought Bubble, Leeds

5pm, 25/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Martin’s blog – spandexcomic.wordpress.com
The O Men website and blog

Listen to Alex’s interview with Tommy Roddy about his gay themed Superhero comic Pride High

Recommended events:


Alternative Press Fair: Sunday 28th November 2010

Comix, zines, self published art books, poetry workshop, illustration photo booth and over 100 titles from the world of small press. A chance for newcomers to sell their work on a communal table and for those interested to find out what the scene has to offer. Alternative Press will also be announcing details of next year’s Alternative Press Festival.

St. Aloysius’ Social Centre (Corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road) London NW1 1TA Nearest Tube: Euston
Sunday 28th November 2010, 12pm to 6pm

ALSO: There are some flyer designs up on the comicsandzines blog. We want you to recreate the flyers in your own style!

More info: comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Demons screening

Prior to its DVD re-release from Arrow Video, Midnight Movies presents a special screening of Dario Argento’s classic gory 80s horror Demons on Friday 26 November 2010 at Curzon Soho. One fateful night in a Berlin cinema, art imitates life as one by one the audience are possessed by blood-hungry, puss-filled demons. More details on Curzon Cinemas’ website.

Comica, London week four

Sarah Ardizzone & Ros Schwartz: The Little Prince
A dialogue between two translators looking back at the biggest selling French language book.
Institut Francais, 17 Queensberry Place, London
Thursday, 25 November – 7.30pm

Paul Gravett: From Escape To Now
Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about his lifelong passion for comics, from the 80s Escape Magazine to now.
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1
Monday, 29 November – 6.30pm to 9.30pm
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Panel Borders: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

November 18, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

Originally broadcast 18th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Continuing our month long look at unusual depictions of superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and graphic designer J. H. Williams III about his work from early forays into the superhero genre for DC’s imprint ‘Milestone’ to his acclaimed renditions of female characters in Chase, Detective Comics and Alan Moore’s epic Promethea. Alex and Jim talk about the latter’s approach to creating sequential art, from the layout of a page to the relation of a sequence to its surrounding comic or graphic novel and the delegation of work on his new ongoing Batwoman comic.

This show was recorded live at Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

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: J.H. William III’s website
Info about Jim’s forthcoming comics on the DC comics blog
Article on Jim’s Promethea illustrations from a fine art point of view

Recommended events:

Comica, London week three

Storytelling: The Future is Graphic: A free talk by Paul Gravett on new developments in visual and verbal narratives on and off the page.

London College of Communication , Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB, November 19, 2010 – 10am to 11am

Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats
BBC and Channel 4 broadcaster and comedy writer David Quantick explores the life and work of the Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain with underground cartoonist Savage Pencil.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 23, 2010 – 7pm to 8pm

Comica Argentina: Thomas Dassance, Carlos Nine & Oscar Zarate, Explore the rich traditions and vital current scene of comics in Argentina. London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 24, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

More info about all the above and more at www.comicafestival.com

Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds Nov 18-21

Thought Bubble begins on:
Thurs 18th November with a 2 day conference on comic books – Thursday’s theme is Women in comics and features talks by Suzy Varty who published the UK’s first all woman comic book ‘Heroine’ in 1977, Maureen Burdock creator of the ‘F word project’ and the Danish comics group ‘Pennevenider’ including artists Karen Hansen, Monica Hee Eun Jensen and Rikke Hollaender. The theme of the…

Friday 19th conference is the ties between the production and scholarship of comics and includes talks on the work of Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes.

Saturday 20th sees a one day comics convention take over the Royal Armouries and Alea Casino in Leeds and guest include Becky Cloonan, Kick Ass artist John Romita Junior and reknowned Starman and Ex Mechina artist Tony Harris. Finally on…

Sunday 21st, London based small press group We are Words + Pictures join forces with the Manchester Comics Collective to host a day of art and writing workshops and a free drop in and draw session for people of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there are additional talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions around Leeds and there’s info about all the above on their website www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Today’s show: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

November 18, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Continuing our month long look at unusual depictions of superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and graphic designer J. H. Williams III about his work from early forays into the superhero genre for DC’s imprint ‘Milestone’ to his acclaimed renditions of female characters in Chase, Detective Comics and Alan Moore’s epic Promethea. Alex and Jim talk about the latter’s approach to creating sequential art, from the layout of a page to the relation of a sequence to its surrounding comic or graphic novel and the delegation of work on his new ongoing Batwoman comic.

This show was recorded live at Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

5pm, 18/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: J.H. William III’s website
Info about Jim’s forthcoming comics on the DC comics blog
Article on Jim’s Promethea illustrations from a fine art point of view

Recommended events:

Comica, London week three

Storytelling: The Future is Graphic: A free talk by Paul Gravett on new developments in visual and verbal narratives on and off the page.

London College of Communication , Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB, November 19, 2010 – 10am to 11am

Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats
BBC and Channel 4 broadcaster and comedy writer David Quantick explores the life and work of the Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain with underground cartoonist Savage Pencil.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 23, 2010 – 7pm to 8pm

Comica Argentina: Thomas Dassance, Carlos Nine & Oscar Zarate, Explore the rich traditions and vital current scene of comics in Argentina. London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 24, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

More info about all the above and more at www.comicafestival.com

Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds Nov 18-21

Thought Bubble begins on:
Thurs 18th November with a 2 day conference on comic books – Thursday’s theme is Women in comics and features talks by Suzy Varty who published the UK’s first all woman comic book ‘Heroine’ in 1977, Maureen Burdock creator of the ‘F word project’ and the Danish comics group ‘Pennevenider’ including artists Karen Hansen, Monica Hee Eun Jensen and Rikke Hollaender. The theme of the…

Friday 19th conference is the ties between the production and scholarship of comics and includes talks on the work of Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes.

Saturday 20th sees a one day comics convention take over the Royal Armouries and Alea Casino in Leeds and guest include Becky Cloonan, Kick Ass artist John Romita Junior and reknowned Starman and Ex Mechina artist Tony Harris. Finally on…

Sunday 21st, London based small press group We are Words + Pictures join forces with the Manchester Comics Collective to host a day of art and writing workshops and a free drop in and draw session for people of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there are additional talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions around Leeds and there’s info about all the above on their website www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Panel Borders: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

November 11, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

Originally broadcast 11th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Continuing our month long look at unusual takes on superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to artist Becky Cloonan about her work, focusing on the series Demo, written by Brian Wood which is a more down to earth look at the problems teenagers with superpowers might face in the real world. Alex and Becky also talk about her horror collaboration project Pixu with Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and Vasilis Lolos and her foray into manga with East Coast Rising.

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 Becky Cloonan
Becky’s website and blog
Articles on Becky at the Vertigo blog
Info about Becky’s next collaboration with Brian: Northlanders: The girl in the ice

Buy East Coast Rising Volume 1, Pixu: The Mark of Evil, American Virgin vol. 1, Demo: vol. 1 and Channel Zero: Jennie One from amazon.co.uk

Recommended events:

One dot zero festival, London Nov 10-14

Pioneering festival onedotzero_adventures in motion returns this year to London’s BFI Southbank from 10 – 14 November 2010, presenting the most exciting international moving image work, from the offbeat to the radical, aiming to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and technological wonder.

Highlights include:

Superhero Me + Steve Sale Q and A
UK 2010. Dir Steve Sale. 84min

This entertaining and warm-hearted fly on the wall documentary follows film maker Steve Sale on his journey to becoming the real life superhero known as SOS. With unique cinematography shot on any available format, from a digital handheld to a mobile phone.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3

Chico & Rita
Spain-UK 2010. 94 min. Courtesy of CinemaNX

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. This animated ballad from Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal will play alongside a making of short film.
Sat 13 Nov | 15:50 | NFT3

Short film programme includes:

wow + flutter: Innovative and experimental shorts forecasting the future of moving image.
Thurs 11 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sat 13 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1

wavelength: Visually progressive, radical and offbeat new directions in music video.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Fri 12 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1

j-star: An audiovisual blast from japan’s finest moving image-makers.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Sat 13 Nov | 10:00 | NFT3

robotica: Diverse visions of a future dominated by robots and androids.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sat 13 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:40 | Studio
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Today’s show: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

November 11, 2010 3 Comments

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Continuing our month long look at unusual takes on superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to artist Becky Cloonan about her work, focusing on the series Demo, written by Brian Wood which is a more down to earth look at the problems teenagers with superpowers might face in the real world. Alex and Becky also talk about her horror collaboration project Pixu with Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and Vasilis Lolos and her foray into manga with East Coast Rising.

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

Links: Wikipedia page on Becky Cloonan
Becky’s website and blog
Articles on Becky at the Vertigo blog
Info about Becky’s next collaboration with Brian: Northlanders: The girl in the ice

Buy East Coast Rising Volume 1, Pixu: The Mark of Evil, Head (American Virgin), Demo: v. 1 and Channel Zero: Jennie One from amazon.co.uk

Recommended events:

One dot zero festival, London Nov 10-14

Pioneering festival onedotzero_adventures in motion returns this year to London’s BFI Southbank from 10 – 14 November 2010, presenting the most exciting international moving image work, from the offbeat to the radical, aiming to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and technological wonder.

Highlights include:

Superhero Me + Steve Sale Q and A
UK 2010. Dir Steve Sale. 84min

This entertaining and warm-hearted fly on the wall documentary follows film maker Steve Sale on his journey to becoming the real life superhero known as SOS. With unique cinematography shot on any available format, from a digital handheld to a mobile phone.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3

Chico & Rita
Spain-UK 2010. 94 min. Courtesy of CinemaNX

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. This animated ballad from Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal will play alongside a making of short film.
Sat 13 Nov | 15:50 | NFT3

Short film programme includes:

wow + flutter: Innovative and experimental shorts forecasting the future of moving image.
Thurs 11 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sat 13 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1

wavelength: Visually progressive, radical and offbeat new directions in music video.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Fri 12 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1

j-star: An audiovisual blast from japan’s finest moving image-makers.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Sat 13 Nov | 10:00 | NFT3

robotica: Diverse visions of a future dominated by robots and androids.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sat 13 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:40 | Studio
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Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

November 5, 2010 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Team Batman, Robin and Catman

Originally broadcast 4th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Starting a month of shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, this episode is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month. Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but who also draws male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and the Teen Titans and has drawn new female readers to those titles; also: Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott at BICS

Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott at BICS

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

Recommended events:

Panel Borders at Comica:

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
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Today’s show: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

November 4, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Starting a month of shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, this episode is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month. Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but who also draws male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and the Teen Titans which has drawn new female readers to those titles; also: Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

5pm, 04/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Wikipedia pages on Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott
Art from Batman Inc. #1 and Teen Titans #88 on the DC Universe blog

Recommended events:

Panel Borders at Comica:

Nov 6th: Charlie Adlard and The Walking Dead

Alex Fitch hosts an hour long talk with British artist Charlie Adlard about drawing various strips for 2000AD including Savage, Nikolai Dante and Judge Dredd plus his ongoing commitment to the monthly American survival horror comic The Walking Dead which he has been drawing since 2004 and has just been turned into a new TV series produced by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption). Followed by a signing with the artist.

Saturday, November 6th, 4.30pm
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Rd, London W10 4RE
(nearest tube: Warwick Avenue / Westbourne Park)

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
(more…)

Electric Sheep podcast: Dangerous Women and Foxy Heroes

November 2, 2010 1 Comment

Electric Sheep podcast:
Electric Sheep podcast logo
Dangerous Women and Foxy Heroes
Recorded live at the Prince Charles Cinema on 14th July and 11th August 2010

Pam Grier in Foxy Brown, Ziyi Zhang in Hero

Pam Grier in Foxy Brown, Ziyi Zhang in Hero

To compliment this month’s online theme of dangerous and desperate women in the online print magazine, we’re happy to present in the podcast a pair of Q&As recorded at Electric Sheep film club screenings. Alex Fitch talks to Zoe Baxter, the presenter of Resonance FM’s radio show about Asian culture in the UK and discuss the epic ‘wuxia’ film Hero which featured memorable roles for female action heroes Maggie Cheung and Ziyi Zhang, and in the main interview, Electric Sheep magazine editor Virginie Selavy talks to Brixton based film maker Rebecca Johnson about the classic ‘blaxploitation’ film Foxy Brown starring Pam Grier and the various themes and depictions of race and gender that are present in the film.

More for more information and a variety of formats you can stream / download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

In association with

Links: IMDb pages on Foxy Brown and Hero

Wikipedia pages on ‘wuxia’ and ‘blaxploitation’

Zoe’s website: http://luckykitty.blogspot.com
More info about Rebecca Johnson’s film Top Girl

Recommended events:

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
(more…)