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Panel Borders: Drawing and painting comics

December 2, 2013 1 Comment

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Drawing and painting comics: Starting a month of shows about creators who use fine art in their work, guest presenter Richard Reynolds (FRSA) discusses art techniques used in strips and graphic novels with artists Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, James E Snelling and Vicky Stonebridge.
Al discusses relearning to draw comics after suffering bouts of blindness and hand paralyses, Hannah talks about the fine art training that contributed to her first graphic novel, James explores his parallel art careers in trompe l’oeil interiors and comic books and Vicky demonstrates the use of painting and ceramics in her site specific sculptures, photographs and sequential art. Recorded at Caption Festival, Oxford, Summer 2013. Originally broadcast Monday 2nd December 2013, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

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Today’s show: Drawing and painting comics

December 2, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Drawing and painting comics

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Starting a month of shows about creators who use fine art in their work, guest presenter Richard Reynolds (FRSA) discusses art techniques used in strips and graphic novels with artists Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, James E Snelling and Vicky Stonebridge.
Al discusses relearning to draw comics after suffering bouts of blindness and hand paralyses, Hannah talks about the fine art training that contributed to her first graphic novel, James explores his parallel art careers in trompe l’oeil interiors and comic books and Vicky demonstrates the use of painting and ceramics in her site specific sculptures, photographs and sequential art. Recorded at Caption Festival, Oxford, Summer 2013.

4.30pm, Monday 2nd December 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 5th December 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: From small press to mainstream

April 23, 2013

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemists Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemist’s Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

From small press to mainstream: In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, guest presenter Matt Badham talks to comic creators David Hine, Al Davison, Tom Humberstone and Tony Lee about starting their careers in independent comics, how that influenced their style and choices when breaking into the ‘mainstream’ industry and the advice they have to give creators starting out now. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch (Originally broadcast 22/04/13 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Websites – Tony Lee, Tom Humberstone, David Hine, Al Davison (more…)

Today’s show: From small press to mainstream

April 22, 2013

This morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: From small press to mainstream

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemists Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemist’s Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, guest presenter Matt Badham talks to comic creators David Hine, Al Davison, Tom Humberstone and Tony Lee about starting their careers in independent comics, how that influenced their style and choices when breaking into the ‘mainstream’ industry and the advice they have to give creators starting out now. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

8.30am, Monday 22nd April 2013 / repeated 3pm, Thursday 25th April, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Websites – Tony Lee, Tom Humberstone, David Hine, Al Davison (more…)

Today’s shows: Poe and Lovecraft / Low budget films

December 2, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

I’m ready for my close-up – Pulp Fiction: Low budget British genre films

Simon Burbage, John Thomson and Gavin Molloy in Pulp / Tom Guerrier helps Mark Gatiss get into character for Cleaning Up

Simon Burbage, John Thomson and Gavin Molloy in Pulp / Tom Guerrier helps Mark Gatiss get into character for Cleaning Up

Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Guerrier about his short film Clearing Up, featuring Doctor Who stars Mark Gatiss and Louise Jameson as a hitman and his landlady; and to Adam Hamdy, co-director, and actors Jay Sutherland, Gavin Molloy, Simon Burbage and Lee Ravitz, about Pulp, a caper movie set in the small press comic community. Both films are starting to tour festivals and Alex talks about to their creators about the making of each project and their ambitions to get the films to larger audiences.

Cleaning Up will be screening next on 10/01/12 at the London Short Film Festival at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.
Pulp receives its UK premiere on 02/02/12 at SFX Weekender Sci-Fi convention, Prestatyn Sands, Wales.

5pm, Friday 2nd December, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events

…and on tonight…

Book List: Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft

Alex Fitch, Alice Duke, China Mieville, Denise Mina and Mark Stafford at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Fia Eamónn Wahlin

Alex Fitch, Alice Duke, China Mieville, Denise Mina and Mark Stafford at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Fia Eamónn Wahlin

As everyone likes a good ghost story at Christmas, Alex Fitch chairs a panel discussion on Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, the two American heavyweights of classic horror and fantastic literature, with contributors including novelists China Miéville and Denise Mina, and illustrators Mark Stafford and Alice Duke. 2011 is the 85th anniversary of Lovecraft’s seminal story The Call of Cthulu, the 80th anniversary of the character first appearing in another writer’s fiction (Robert E. Howard’s The Black Stone) and the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue. The panelists discuss the influence of Lovecraft on genre fiction plus the use of the iconography of Poe in Goth culture and detective literature in front of an audience of fans and professionals including David Hine and Al Davison. (Recorded at the British Film Institute as part of this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival).

8pm, Friday 2nd December, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Websites: Cleaning Up / Pulp
China Mieville / Denise Mina / Alice Duke / Mark Stafford

Panel Borders: Comic Book Caption(s)

August 4, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Comic Book Caption(s)

Will Morgan, Al Davison and P.J. Holden sell their wares at Caption and other locations

Will Morgan, Al Davison and P.J. Holden sell their wares at Caption and other locations

Starting a month of shows about comic book shops, we have three interviews recorded at Oxford’s small press comics convention ‘Caption’. Alex Fitch talks to Doctor Who comic illustrator Al Davison, who runs a graphic novels and art supply shop in Coventry and to former Gay Comics writer Will Morgan, one of the proprietors of a comic book shop in Putney which specialises in classic British titles. Also, 2000AD artist P.J. Holden is interviewed by comics journalist Matt Badham, about the shops he frequented while growing up in Belfast.

Read Alex’s article about Caption in The Oxford Journal

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: Will Morgan‘s shop 30th Century Comics, Putney
Will’s profile on prismcomics.org
Buy Prime Cuts by Will Morgan writing as Howard Strangroom from amazon.co.uk

Al Davison‘s shop The Astral Gypsy, Coventry
Al’s Astral Gypsy and Muscle Memory blogs
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Al Davison about Doctor Who comics

P.J. Holden‘s website
Articles about P.J. at Irish Comic News
Additional interview with P.J. by Matt Badham about breaking in to 2000AD

Caption website
Selina Locke’s photos of Caption 2010
Matt Badham’s blog
2000AD online

Recommended events:

Caption Comics festival 2011

Oxford’s small press comics festival is taking place this weekend, the 6th and 7th of August at the East Oxford Community centre.
Guests include Al Davison, Ian Culbard, Kate Brown, Paul Rainey, David O’Connell and Paul Duffield and tickets are a very reasonable five pounds per day, plus workshops on comic book creating, the annual Caption auction featuring original art pages and new pieces by attending creators and much, much more…

Find more info at www.caption.org

New Comic Internship at londonprintstudio for 21-25 Year Olds

Do you enjoy telling tall tales or scribbling stories? Do you love reading graphic novels, comics or picture books? Then look no further!

londonprintstudio is offering five carefully chosen 21-25 year olds the chance to…
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Today’s show: Comic Book Caption(s)

August 4, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Comic Book Caption(s)

Will Morgan, Al Davison and P.J. Holden sell their wares at Caption and other locations

Will Morgan, Al Davison and P.J. Holden sell their wares at Caption and other locations

Starting a month of shows about comic book shops, we have three interviews recorded at Oxford’s small press comics convention ‘Caption’. Alex Fitch talks to Doctor Who comic illustrator Al Davison, who runs a graphic novels and art supply shop in Coventry and to former Gay Comics writer Will Morgan, one of the proprietors of a comic book shop in Putney which specialises in classic British titles. Also, 2000AD artist P.J. Holden is interviewed by comics journalist Matt Badham, about the shops he frequented while growing up in Belfast.

Read Alex’s article about Caption in The Oxford Journal

5pm, Thursday 04/08/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Will Morgan‘s shop 30th Century Comics, Putney
Will’s profile on prismcomics.org
Buy Prime Cuts by Will Morgan writing as Howard Strangroom from amazon.co.uk

Al Davison‘s shop The Astral Gypsy, Coventry
Al’s Astral Gypsy and Muscle Memory blogs
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Al Davison about Doctor Who comics

P.J. Holden‘s website
Articles about P.J. at Irish Comic News
Additional interview with P.J. by Matt Badham about breaking in to 2000AD

Caption website
Selina Locke’s photos of Caption 2010
Matt Badham’s blog
2000AD online

Recommended events:

Caption Comics festival 2011

Oxford’s small press comics festival is taking place this weekend, the 6th and 7th of August at the East Oxford Community centre.
Guests include Al Davison, Ian Culbard, Kate Brown, Paul Rainey, David O’Connell and Paul Duffield and tickets are a very reasonable five pounds per day, plus workshops on comic book creating, the annual Caption auction featuring original art pages and new pieces by attending creators and much, much more…

Find more info at www.caption.org

New Comic Internship at londonprintstudio for 21-25 Year Olds

Do you enjoy telling tall tales or scribbling stories? Do you love reading graphic novels, comics or picture books? Then look no further!

londonprintstudio is offering five carefully chosen 21-25 year olds the chance to…
(more…)

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON

April 29, 2011

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON flyer by Tom Humberstone

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON flyer by Tom Humberstone

A two day festival about the best of British Comics from the last 30 years in a lovely new space – The Blue Room – at BFI Southbank.

DAY ONE: Saturday 30th April
The Blue Room, 1st Floor, BFI Southbank, Waterloo, London

Creators in attendance include Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division), Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures), V.V. Brown, David Allain, John Spelling (all City of Abacus), Lee O’Connor (Ctrl Alt Delete unmasks corruption), Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore, Clio Millett (Manga Jiman winners), Matt Jones (BERG design) and Matthew Sheret (Paper Science)

Doors open at 10am – Small press creators will be around to sell their work and meet visitors

11am – SF comics for kids

Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division) and Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures) discuss creating Science-Fiction and Fantasy comics for kids and having interested children in the format, how to keep their love of comics going. 

BBC Magazines logoChair : Chris Johnson (CBBC)
There will be a free copy of Doctor Who Adventures magazine for every member of the audience.

Followed by a children’s workshop run by Paul Collicutt

12.30pm – City of Abacus
A panel discussion with four of the creators of the serialised graphic novel CITY OF ABACUS including writers V.V. Brown and David Allain and artists Lee O’Connor and John Spelling, who drew issues two and three respectively, looking at the intriguing mix of dystopian SF and fantasy that the comic presents. Chair: Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)

Followed by City of Abacus signing

2pm – Manga Jiman
Three recent finalists – Zarina Liew (Runner-up 2009/2010), Yuri Kore (Winner 2009/2010), Clio Millett (Winner 2010/2011) – of the Japanese Embassy’s ‘Manga Jiman’ (Pride in Manga) competition join one of the judges, to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics. Chair: Karen Rubins (Comic book artist in residence, Victoria and Albert Museum 2010)

3.30pm – The work of Warren Ellis
Editor Matt Jones (principal, BERG design who commission Ellis’ new comic SVK) and writer Matthew Sheret (Solipsistic Pop), whose love of comics started with Warren’s work, discuss the work of comic book / multimedia writer Warren Ellis who has penned some of the most influencial SF comics of the last twenty years. Chair: Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6Music)

Followed by 10 min preview screening of new documentary – “WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS”

5pm – Close

More info at: www.scifilondon.com/festival

DAY TWO: Sunday 1st May
The Blue Room, 1st Floor, BFI Southbank, Waterloo, London

Creators in attendance include Al Davison and Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop), David Hine (Batman), China Miéville (Kraken), Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood), Alice Duke (Self Made Hero), Mark Stafford (Cherubs), Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman), Edward Ross (Parasites!) and Roger Mason (The Mice)

Doors open at 10am – Small press creators will be around to sell their work and meet visitors

11am – Small press to mainstream
Al Davison and Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop) and David Hine (Batman) talk about how working in small press comics has lead to work for mainstream publishers, but also provided a home to publish alternative titles throughout their careers so far. Chair: Matt Badham (Judge Dredd Megazine)

Followed by ‘Drop in and draw’ activities for first time artists wanting encouragement in creating comics, run by Tom Humberstone

12.30am – H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe
Novelists China Miéville (three time Arthur C. Clarke award winner for SF literature) and Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood) alongside artists Alice Duke (Self Made Hero) and Mark Stafford (Cherubs) discuss the influence of American writers Poe and Lovecraft on comic books and the difficulties posed by adapting their stories into strip format. Chair: Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)

2pm – Comics and moving pictures
Comics have been both the basis of and influenced the look of much TV and film over the past few years and so creators Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman, Garth), Edward Ross (Filmish, Parasites!) and Roger Mason (2000AD, The Mice) will be talking about how their interest in both fields has led to cross-pollination in their work and how they see this influencing both media as a whole. Chair: Rich Johnson (Bleeding Cool)

Vision Machine logo

There will be a free signed copy of the new graphic novel Vision Machine by Greg Pak and R.B. Silva for the first 60 members of the audience attending this panel.

3.30pm – Horror and noir
A panel looking at the crossover between two popular genres with guests Denise Mina, graphic novelist Hannah Berry who will be previewing her new book ADAMTIME and David Hine who has written horror themed comics throughout his career from Strange Embrace to Spawn. Chair: Paul Gravett (Comica Festival)

Followed by a preview of The Walking Dead DVD extras, including a filmed interview with Robert Kirkman talking about the comic book and its TV adaptation. (15 mins)

5pm Close

More info at www.scifilondon.com/festival

Further information is available in the May BFI Southbank programme and at www.bfi.org.uk/southbank

This is not a ticketed event, however there will be a sign up sheet on the door, if you would like to reserve a seat for individual panels.

Panel Borders: Doctor Who and The Spiral Cage

November 13, 2009 10 Comments

Panel Borders:

Doctor Who and The Spiral Cage

Edited broadcast 12/11/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Continuing our month look long at ‘British Mavericks’ – interviews with artists whose work brings aspects of the avant-garde to mainstream comics – Alex Fitch talks to artist Al Davison about his career so far, from early graphic novels based on autobiography such as The Spiral Cage and The Minotaur’s Tale which depict Al’s struggle with his identity as an artist with spina bifida to his most recent book Hokusai: Demons which explores Japanese erotic art and bestiaries based on the artist’s dreams; and also writer Tony Lee joins Alex and Al to discuss the latter’s collaboration with the artist on the American Doctor Who comic which depicts David Tennant’s alter-ego having adventures in 1920s Hollywood. Today’s interviews were recorded last month at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham.

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: Al Davison – Official website www.astralgypsy.com
Al’s page at www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Interview with Al in The Coventry Telegraph

Tony Lee – Official website www.tonylee.co.uk
Interview with Tony about Doctor Who at www.comicbookresources.com
Read the first 6 pages of Doctor Who: Silver Scream online

Recommended events:

Signings:

James Jean and Tara McPherson The amazing Fables cover artist, James Jean and spectacular Witching cover artist, Tara McPherson will be signing copies of their comics and art books at Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA on Thursday the 12th of November 2009 from 4-6pm.
Also: Orbital Comics Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of various artists’ contributions to the Solipsistic Pop comics anthology from 14-19 November 2009.

Gilbert Shelton, signing the brand new Fat Freddy’s Cat Omnibus at:
Nostalgia & Comics, 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, Friday 13th November 4 to 5.30pm
Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street, London – Saturday 14th November
A rare chance to meet the legendary American underground creator as Knockabout comics publish an omnibus edition of one of his most famous creations…

Cameron Stewart / Karl Kerschl / Ramón Pérez at Orbital Comics
Cameron Stewart (Seaguy, Batman & Robin), Karl Kerschl (Wednesday Comics: Flash, Teen Titans: Year One) and Ramón Pérez (Resistance, NYX: No Way Home)
will be signing their wares on Thursday 19th November 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00.
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Today’s shows: Davison and Lee on Doctor Who / Rainey, May and Brown on The Alternative Press Fair

November 12, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Doctor Who and The Spiral Cage

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Continuing our month look long at ‘British Mavericks’ – interviews with artists whose work brings aspects of the avant-garde to mainstream comics – Alex Fitch talks to artist Al Davison about his career so far, from early graphic novels based on autobiography such as The Spiral Cage and The Minotaur’s Tale which depict Al’s struggle with his identity as an artist with spina bifida to his most recent book Hokusai: Demons which explores Japanese erotic art and bestiaries based on the artist’s dreams. Alex and Al are also joined by writer Tony Lee to discuss the latter’s collaboration with the artist on the American Doctor Who comic which depicts David Tennant’s alter-ego having adventures in 1920s Hollywood. Today’s interviews were recorded last month at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham.

5pm 12/11/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Al Davison – Official website www.astralgypsy.com
Al’s page at www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Interview with Al in The Coventry Telegraph

Tony Lee – Official website www.tonylee.co.uk
Interview with Tony about Doctor Who at www.comicbookresources.com
Read the first 6 pages of Doctor Who: Silver Scream online

also: Clear Spot – The Alternative Press Fair

Excerpt from The Book of Lists by Paul Rainey and Browner Knowle by Paul Ashley Brown

Excerpt from The Book of Lists by Paul Rainey and Browner Knowle by Paul Ashley Brown

In an hour-long collection of interviews recorded at a couple of events during August’s Alternative Press week in London, ‘zine creator Dickon Harris talks to a trio of small press creators about their work; these include Paul Rainey, whose comic book paperback The Book of Lists sees the writer / artist collating events from his life into thematic order, poet Ceri May who self publishes and performs her work at alt. press events and accomplished illustrator Paul Ashley Brown who creates a bitter sweet, whimsical ‘zine called Browner Knowle based on observation from life. The broadcast compliments the event “Are you ‘zine friendly?” which is taking place at the same time as the programme at The Foundry in Hoxton.

8pm 12/11/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Paul Rainey – Official website
where you can view 5 pages of The Book of Lists online
Review of various Rainey comics on the Propaganda review site

Ceri May – myspace page and blog
Ceri’s video about the small press
Info about the Y Tuesday monthly poetry club on myspace

Paul Ashley Brown – Official website
Blog at
the Concrete Hermit Network
Review of recent ‘zines

Recommended events:

“Are you zine friendly?”, Thursday 12th November, an Alternative Press event at the Foundry in Hoxton, promoting a new small press web resource: the Zine Friendly blog!
86 Great Eastern Street, London. More info: http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com
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