Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Today’s show: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

July 14, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

Art from Jamie Hewletts Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Adrian Edwards, co-curator of the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK which is on display at the British Library until August 19th, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County in Brighton. Adrian discusses how he helped put together the exhibition – which looks at over one hundred years of British comics – with co-curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, the marketing of the show and some of the more controversial items on display in the library from Aleister Crowley’s Tarot Cards to examples of comic book erotica. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 14th July, repeated 11am, Thursday 17th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / podcast after broadcast at

Links: Info about the Comics Unmasked exhibition on the British Library website
Cartoon County website
British Library pages on comic book imagery in Medieval manuscripts / Holkham Bible Picture Book

Recommended events:

The International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference

Taking place over three days at the British Library, to accompany the current Comics Unmasked exhibition, the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference allows academics to present their papers on comic book research and practitioners to discuss their work. Guests include Steve Bell, Posy Simmonds, Hayley Campbell, David Baillie and Michael Carey.

Fri 18 Jul 2014, 10.00–17.00 / Sat 19 Jul 2014, 10.00–17.00 / Sun 20 Jul 2014, 11.30–16.00
British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

More info at

Support Breaks and Muscle Memory on Patreon

Patreon is a crowd funding site that allows fans of artists and writers to fund their new projects one page at a time. Two notable comic projects are currently on Patreon:

Muscle Memory by Al Davison – probably best known for the graphic memoir THE SPIRAL CAGE, which explored his experiences growing up with Spina-Bifida, a condition Al was born with and wasn’t expected to survive. MUSCLE MEMORY: A survivors tale, is even more of a challenge than the first volume, as it not only continues to look at disability issues, but also addresses experiences of physical child abuse. This is not a story of victimization, but a story of survival and of winning against the odds.

Breaks by Emma Vieceli and Malin Ryder – Everyone wears a mask. What we see of people on the surface is so rarely what’s ticking underneath. And, in Cortland Hunt’s case, what he’s hiding might just be more than Ian Tanner is prepared for. BREAKS is the story of two young adults coming to terms with who they were, who they are and who they’ll become.

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