Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Today’s shows: Queer Press Grant and Michael Winterbottom

December 11, 2008

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Queer Press Grant winners

Continuing gay comics month on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to the winners of last year’s Queer Press Grant – Justin Hall and Tommy Roddy about their comics “Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super Tranny” and “Pride High” respectively. “Glamazonia” tells the tale of a transgender super-heroine fighting mythical creatures, serial killers and old fashioned super hero origin stories while “Pride High” is a hipper version of the “X-Men” which allows the gay characters of a super hero school take centre stage, while dealing with issues of oppression and mortal enemies.

Glamazonia

Glamazonia

Pride High #6

Pride High #6

5pm GMT, Thursday 11th December, repeated at 11.30pm Sunday 14th
December, Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at http://www.resonancefm.com

Individual half hour edits of the two interviews will be podcast
after transmission here and at http://podcasts.resonancefm.com

I’m ready for my close-up: Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46, 10.30pm Thurs 11th December

During a special Architecture foundation screening of Code 46 at the Barbican centre, Alex Fitch caught up with director Michael Winterbottom in the foyer of the cinema and discussed issues of British Science Fiction, unreliable narrators and the importance of location in Sci-Fi films. Alex and Michael also look at issues of psychogeography, breaking the fourth wall in 24 hour party people and A cock and bull story and why Spielberg’s Minority Report is a ludicrous attempt to make realistic SF! (Podcast: here)

(with thanks to the Barbican and the Architecture Foundation – next screening: Los Angeles plays itself on 21st Jan 2009)

Links: Tommy Roddy – Profile at www.prismcomics.org
Wikipedia page on Pride High
Buy Pride High from www.pridecomics.com

Justin Hall – youtube video of Justin reading Glamazonia
Justin’s livejournal page, website and profile on prismcomics.org
Comics Bulletin report on Justin & Tommy winning the Queer Press Grant

Michael Winterbottom – Article on Code 46 at www.indiewire.com
IMDb and Wikipedia pages on Code 46
Official United Artists website for the movie
Article on the Barbican screening of Code 46 at bldgblog

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Today’s show: Predicting the present with Cory Doctorow

September 25, 2009

Midi Clear spot: Predicting the present with Cory Doctorow

Photo of Cory Doctorow by Joi Ito (joi.ito.com), licensed CC-BY

Photo of Cory Doctorow by Joi Ito (joi.ito.com), licensed CC-BY

In a one off half hour show on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to writer Cory Doctorow about his work, focussing on his novel Little Brother and short story collection Over Clocked.
Alex and Cory also talk about the latter’s interest in technology and disseminating information plus the kinds of science fiction that interested him as a developing writer from George Orwell to William Gibson.
The podcast includes Jessica Fostekew‘s reading of his short story Printcrime….

10pm 25/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online now at Sci-Fi London

In association with: Sci-Fi London logo

Links: More info about Cory’s work can be found at his website www.craphound.com
Also read his essays and technology links at www.boingboing.net
Read PrintCrime online at www.craphound.com/overclocked
Check out Jess’ CV online at www.comedycv.co.uk/jessicafostekew
Visit Joi Ito’s website who photographed Cory Doctorow (shared under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence)

SF / comics news:

London comic book signings…

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

We Are Words + Pictures Market Stall

We Are Words + Pictures are pleased to announce that their first stall date will be Sunday 27th September in Brick Lane’s new Tea Rooms market, just around the corner from the old Truman Brewery. Comics by Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and others + original artwork by Tom Humberstone

More info at www.wearewordsandpictures.com

The Spider Moon on stage

Experience a whole new landscape of vibrant colour, breathtaking adventure and thrilling animation in a show to live on in the memory…The world premiere of Kate Brown’s adventure created for The DFC and now taking the journey of Bekka to an all new level in a heroic epic of discovery, magic and conflict set as an entire world moves towards doomsday.
The Spider Moon celebrates Playbox Theatre’s 10 years at The Dream Factory in Warwick, West Midlands.
Performances:
Friday 25th September / Saturday 26th September, Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October
Tickets: £10.50, £7.50 concessions
More info: http://www.playboxtheatre.com
(more…)

Panel Borders: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

September 24, 2009 10 Comments

Panel Borders:

Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Originally broadcast 24/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Continuing ‘women in comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to Emma Vieceli, illustrator of the Manga Shakespeare adaptations of Hamlet and Much ado about nothing who has also contributed to the graphic anthology “Comic Book Tattoo” which adapts the songs of Tori Amos into strip format. Alex and Emma also talk about the crossover between traditional Western comics and Manga as a new generation of small press creators in the UK experiment with both forms, a practice that is encouraged by the ‘Artists Alley’ that Emma helps organise at the twice yearly MCM Expos in the Docklands and the publishing collective ‘Sweatdrop studios’ that she’s a member of.
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: Emma’s website and livejournal
Listen to Emma’s music at garageband.com
More info about Manga Shakespeare
‘Sweatdrop studios’: website and Manga day at the V & A
Vote for Sweatdrop and Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show in the NEO Awards

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

London signings…

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

We Are Words + Pictures Market Stall

We Are Words + Pictures are pleased to announce that their first stall date will be Sunday 27th September in Brick Lane’s new Tea Rooms market, just around the corner from the old Truman Brewery. Comics by Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and others + original artwork by Tom Humberstone

More info at www.wearewordsandpictures.com

The Spider Moon on stage

Experience a whole new landscape of vibrant colour, breathtaking adventure and thrilling animation in a show to live on in the memory…The world premiere of Kate Brown’s adventure created for The DFC and now taking the journey of Bekka to an all new level in a heroic epic of discovery, magic and conflict set as an entire world moves towards doomsday.
The Spider Moon celebrates Playbox Theatre’s 10 years at The Dream Factory in Warwick, West Midlands.
Performances:
Friday 25th September / Saturday 26th September, Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October
Tickets: £10.50, £7.50 concessions
More info: http://www.playboxtheatre.com
(more…)

Today’s show: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

September 24, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Continuing ‘women in comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to Emma Vieceli, illustrator of the Manga Shakespeare adaptations of Hamlet and Much ado about nothing who has also contributed to the graphic anthology “Comic Book Tattoo” which adapts the songs of Tori Amos into strip format. Alex and Emma also talk about the crossover between traditional Western comics and Manga as a new generation of small press creators in the UK experiment with both forms, a practice that is encouraged by the ‘Artists Alley’ that Emma helps organise at the twice yearly MCM Expos in the Docklands and the publishing collective ‘Sweatdrop studios’ that she’s a member of.

5pm 24/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Emma’s website and livejournal
More info about Manga Shakespeare
‘Sweatdrop studios’: website and Manga day at the V & A
Vote for Sweatdrop and Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show in the NEO Awards

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for both competitions: September 25, 2009

plus: The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

Deadline: 19th October 2009

and: London signings…

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here

Panel Borders: In the company of women

September 17, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

In the company of women

Originally broadcast 17/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Continuing “women in comics” month on the show – we have two interviews with creators whose comics are set in worlds featuring primarily female characters. Alex Fitch talks to Pam Harrison, the Queer Press Award winning creator of “House of the Muses – the latter days of Sappho of Lesbos” while (Eagle Award winner) Tom Humberstone talks to Pia Guerra, artist of “Y: The Last Man” who won the 2008 Eisner Award and 2006 Joe Shuster Award for her work on the title.
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: Pam Harrison’s House of the Muses website and Prism Comics profile
Interview with Pam on the Prism website
Buy House of the Muses from amazon.co.uk
Alex’s interviews with 2007’s Queer Press Grant winners
Info about this year’s grant (deadline October 1st)

Pia Guerra’s website
Pages on Pia’s work on the comic book database and wikipedia
Interviews with Pia about drawing Y – The last man and Doctor Who: The Forgotten at comicbookresources.com

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

This year’s Observer / Jonathan Cape and Manga Jiman competions are now on:

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for all three competitions: September 25, 2009

London signings:

Pat Mills: Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

The group is run by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress is included.

The Sewing Room / The Rag Factory / 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 21th September / Rosalind B Penfold, creator of ‘Dragonslippers’ will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

and: Karen Rubins at the V & A

Manga artist Karen Rubins is the comic book artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London and on the 11th, 18th-20th and 25th of September you’re welcome to visit her in her studio in The Sackler Centre, watch her create work, browse some books and take part in a comics jam session!

The Sackler Centre,
Victoria and Albert museum,
(closest entrance: Exhibtion Road, off the South Kensington museums ‘tunnel’)
London SW7 2RL

More info here…

Today’s show: In the company of women

September 17, 2009 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: In the company of women

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Continuing “women in comics” month on the show – we have two interviews with creators whose comics are set in worlds featuring primarily female characters. Alex Fitch talks to Pam Harrison, the Queer Press Award winning creator of “House of the Muses – the latter days of Sappho of Lesbos” while (Eagle Award winner) Tom Humberstone talks to Pia Guerra, artist of “Y: The Last Man” who won the 2008 Eisner Award and 2006 Joe Shuster Award for her work on the title.

5pm 17/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Pam Harrison’s House of the Muses website and Prism Comics profile
Interview with Pam on the Prism website
Buy House of the Muses from amazon.co.uk
Alex’s interviews with 2007’s Queer Press Grant winners
Info about this year’s grant (deadline October 1st)

Pia Guerra’s website
Pages on Pia’s work on the comic book database and wikipedia
Interviews with Pia about drawing Y – The last man and Doctor Who: The Forgotten at comicbookresources.com

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

This year’s Observer / Jonathan Cape and Manga Jiman competions are now on:

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for all three competitions: September 25, 2009

and: London signings…

Pat Mills: Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

The group is run by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress is included.

The Sewing Room / The Rag Factory / 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 21th September / Rosalind B Penfold, creator of ‘Dragonslippers’ will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

and: Karen Rubins at the V & A

Manga artist Karen Rubins is the comic book artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London and on the 11th, 18th-20th and 25th of September you’re welcome to visit her in her studio in The Sackler Centre, watch her create work, browse some books and take part in a comics jam session!

The Sackler Centre,
Victoria and Albert museum,
(closest entrance: Exhibtion Road, off the South Kensington museums ‘tunnel’)
London SW7 2RL

More info here…

Panel Borders: Justin Hall and Glamazonia

December 12, 2008 2 Comments

Panel Borders:

Justin Hall and Glamazonia

Partially broadcast 11/12/08 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Glamazonia sings the blues by Justin Hall

Glamazonia sings the blues by Justin Hall

Continuing gay comics month on Panel Borders: in the second of two shows about the Queer Press Grant, Alex Fitch talks to one of the winners of last year’s grant – Justin Hall about his comic “Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super Tranny”, which tells the tale of a transgender super-heroine fighting mythical creatures, serial killers and old fashioned super hero origin stories

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: youtube video of Justin reading Glamazonia
Justin’s livejournal page, website and profile on prismcomics.org
Comics Bulletin report on Justin winning the Queer Press Grant

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

CELEBRATE LUXmas AT THE ALPHABET BAR

Alphabet Bar, 61-63 Beak Street, Soho, London, W1F 9FL
Saturday 13th December, 1pm til late (exhibition open 13/12/08 – 20/12/08)
To celebrate the end of London Underground Comics’ epic 75 week run in Camden Lock Market over the past year… and Christmas as well.
There will be DJs from 6pm til late, drinking, merriment, a large communal comics table exhibiting the finest of British small press as well as an exhibition of original art by the core members of the LUC team which will run until the 20th of December.
Exhibitors who will be displaying (and selling) their original art as well as their comics include: Oli Smith, Sean Azzopardi, Jake Harold, Oliver Lamden, Dan Lester, Sally-Anne Hickman, Phil Spence, Francesca Cassavetti, Emma Price, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, David Baillie and Tim Keable

More info at http://londonundergroundcomics.com

Panel Borders: Tommy Roddy and Pride High

December 11, 2008 8 Comments

Panel Borders:

Tommy Roddy and Pride High

Partially broadcast 11/12/08 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Pride High #6

Pride High #6

Continuing gay comics month on Panel Borders; in the first of two shows, Alex Fitch talks to one of the winners of last year’s Gay Press Grant – Tommy Roddy about his comic “Pride High” which is a hipper version of the “X-Men” that allows the gay characters of a super hero school take centre stage, while dealing with issues of oppression and mortal enemies.

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Profile at www.prismcomics.org
Wikipedia page on Pride High
Buy Pride High from www.pridecomics.com
Comics Bulletin report on Tommy winning the Queer Press Grant

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

DAVID LLOYD AT THE NEW END GALLERY, HAMPSTEAD

Kickback – an exhibtion of the sequential art of David Lloyd, including work from Night Raven, Kickback and V for Vendetta is the latest show at The New End Gallery in Hampstead following their current exhibition of Pink Floyd cover artist Storm Thorgerson. All the pages on display will be for sale…

Tues- Sun 04/12/08 – 23/12/08, New end gallery, 27 Carnegie House, Hampstead, London NW3 1JE

More info at www.newendgallery.com