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Today’s show: Anthropomorphic literature

August 13, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Clear Spot: Anthropomorphic literature

Bryan Talbot talks about Kamandi (photo by Matthew Rees) / cover of Grandville vol. 3 / covers of Varmints by Helen Ward + Marc Craste / Cover and interior spread from Aesops Fables adapted by Ward

Bryan Talbot talks about Kamandi (photo by Matthew Rees) / cover of Grandville vol. 3 / covers of Varmints by Helen Ward + Marc Craste / Cover and interior spread from Aesops Fables adapted by Ward

To complement this month’s series of Panel Borders on anthropomorphic comic books, tonight’s Clear Spot explores the use of animal characters with human characteristics in literature. In the first half of the show, we’re proud to present an extract from one of Bryan Talbot’s lectures on anthropomorphism in children’s books, cartoons and comics, and their relevance to his own graphic novels series Grandville. Alex Fitch also talks to Bryan about his interest in the subject, and to children’s writer and illustrator Helen Ward about her adaptations of Aesop’s Fables for modern audiences.

8pm, Monday 13th August 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at / podcast after broadcast at

Links: Bryan Talbot’s website
Video of Bryan giving his talk in another location on youtube
Buy Grandville as an ebook from Dark Horse Comics

Information about Helen Ward’s titles for Templar Books
Review of Helen’s adaptation of Aesop’s Fables at Publishers Weekly
Watch the animated film of Varmints on vimeo

Wikipedia pages on anthropomorphism and Aesop’s Fables

Listen to Alex’s previous month of shows on anthropomorphic comics

Recommended events:

Laydeez do comics August 2012

Monday 13 August
Day: Monday
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Rag Factory 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Hannah Berry, illustrator, comics artist and author of Britten and Brulightly
Selina Lock and Jay Eales, publishers of anthology, The Girly Comic
Lily Mae Martin, artist

Recommended Read: Adamtine, by Hannah Berry, published by Jonathan Cape

More info:

Caption small press and comics festival

Caption small press and comics festival takes place at the East Oxford Community Centre, in Cowley, Oxford (close to St Clements Street, one of the many stops the Oxford Tube bus drops passengers off)
Guests include Electric Sheep illustrators Hannah Berry, Richy K. Chandler, Rebecca Burgess, Joe Morgan, Jade Sarson and David O’Connell as well as some of the top creators working in comics today including Hunt Emerson, Patrice Aggs, Robin Etherington, Woodrow Phoenix, Darryl Cunningham and Nicola Streeten.
18th / 19th August 2012, East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley, Oxford OX4 1DD
More info at

Support Tripwire 20th anniversary book

Over the last twenty years, TRIPWIRE has been covering comics, TV and film with interviews and columns by now-famous names like Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis. Still running as an annual publication, it continues to run feature-length articles and one-off artwork cover commissions.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of TRIPWIRE, and to commemorate this milestone, Unbound are working with editor-in-chief Joel Meadows to crowd-fund a beautifully bound hardback celebration of the publication. It will be filled with the sort of content that has garnered praise from many of the biggest and best names in genre over its twenty-year existence. Art from genre and comic geniuses Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Drew Struzan (Shawshank Redemption, Indiana Jones), Duncan Fegredo, Frank Quitely, Walter Simonson, Chris Weston, Howard Chaykin and many more. Classic interviews and features that have made TRIPWIRE’s reputation, including Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Peter Milligan and Guillermo Del Toro

This ultra limited hardcover edition will only available through the Unbound website. The more you pledge, the more collectibles you can get your hands on and remember – we can’t do it without your support.

More info at

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