Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders 450: The Magic of Alan Moore (redux)

July 7, 2017

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

The Magic of Alan Moore (redux): To celebrate 10 years of Panel Borders, we have a digitally remastered podcast of Alex Fitch’s first interview with Alan Moore, originally broadcast January 26th and 30th on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London). In this ‘feature length’ interview Alex and Alan discuss the (then) upcoming third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the dog days of Swamp Thing, the comics adaptation of Moore’s unfilmed screenplay with Malcolm McClaren – Fashion Beast – and the connections between comics and magic…

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Order Alan Moore books such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, Lost Girls and Jerusalem from Knockabout
Info about Alan Moore’s comics from Avatar Press, such as Providence and Cinema Purgatorio
Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Alan Moore and Leah Moore (more…)

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Tonight’s show: Moore, and Moore on Moore

December 30, 2016

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders special: Moore, and Moore on Moore

Anti-clockwise from top left: Electricomics logo, extracts from Big Nemo by Alan Moore and Coleen Doran, Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century by Alan Moore and Kevin O Neill

Anti-clockwise from top left: Electricomics logo, extracts from Big Nemo by Alan Moore and Coleen Doran, Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

The Panel Borders 2016 Christmas special celebrates ten years of comic book interviews on Resonance FM with a Dickensian look at Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Your present is a digitally remasted presentation of Alex Fitch’s first interview with Alan Moore, originally broadcast January 2007, in which the author talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, collaborating with Malcolm McLaren on the unmade film Fashion Beast and becoming a magician!

In addition, Alex talks to Leah Moore about collaborating with her father on the forward looking iPad app Electricomics, which offers a new platform for strips on tablets, with the potential of interactive graphics and new ways of storytelling.

8pm – 10pm Friday 30th December, repeat TBC, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders – Alan Moore: The Horrors at Red Hook

December 11, 2011 5 Comments

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Alan Moore: The Horrors at Red Hook

Partially broadcast 11/12/11 on Resonance FM

Wrap covers of The Courtyard and Neonomicon by Alan Moore, Anthony Johnson and Jacen Burrows

Wrap covers of The Courtyard and Neonomicon by Alan Moore, Anthony Johnson and Jacen Burrows

Continuing our month of shows about H.P. Lovecraft, Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore about his final graphic novel that isn’t part of the continuing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen narrative – Neonomicon – which has just been published, along with its prequel The Courtyard, as a graphic novel by Avatar Press. Both comics follow on from Lovecraft’s tale ‘The Horror at Red Hook’ and Alan discusses why he chose that story in particular to explore further, plus the origins of The Courtyard in an abandoned short story collection called ‘Yuggoth Cultures’, and examples of Lovecraftian imagery in his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga.

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

Links: Info about The Courtyard and Neonomicon
Order the short story collections: The Starry Wisdom (prose) and Yuggoth Cultures (comics) featuring Alan Moore and The graphic novel The Courtyard / Neonomicon from amazon.co.uk
Read H.P. Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook
Youtube analysis of Neonomicon: part one / two

Listen to Alex’s discussion with Antony Johnson about adapting The Courtyard and other prose fiction for comics
Download previous interviews with Alan Moore

Recommended events:

Comics Gosh!p

Another monthly event, in which hosts Mike Medaglia and Mark Haylock pick a ‘mainstream’ and small press comic to discuss in this free reading group in Gosh Comics!, Soho

This month they’re looking at “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud and John Miers‘ treatment of The Tower of Babel in his book “A Collection of Comics”
All books will be available at Gosh! and you can read ‘The Tower of Babel’ online (however the book is really nice to have!)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Time: 19:00 until 21:00
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F ODR

More info: http://www.facebook.com/thinkingcomics
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Today’s show – Alan Moore: The Horrors at Red Hook

December 11, 2011

Tonight on Resonance FM

Panel Borders – Alan Moore: The Horrors at Red Hook

Wrap covers of The Courtyard and Neonomicon by Alan Moore, Anthony Johnson and Jacen Burrows

Wrap covers of The Courtyard and Neonomicon by Alan Moore, Anthony Johnson and Jacen Burrows

Continuing our month of shows about H.P. Lovecraft, Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore about his final graphic novel that isn’t part of the continuing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen narrative – Neonomicon – which has just been published, along with its prequel The Courtyard, as a graphic novel by Avatar Press. Both comics follow on from Lovecraft’s tale ‘The Horror at Red Hook’ and Alan discusses why he chose that story in particular to explore further, plus the origins of The Courtyard in an abandoned short story collection called ‘Yuggoth Cultures’, and examples of Lovecraftian imagery in his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga.

8pm, Sunday 11th December, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about The Courtyard and Neonomicon
Order the short story collections: The Starry Wisdom (prose) and Yuggoth Cultures (comics) featuring Alan Moore and The graphic novel The Courtyard / Neonomicon from amazon.co.uk
Read H.P. Lovecraft’s The Horror at Red Hook
Youtube analysis of Neonomicon: part one / two

Listen to Alex’s discussion with Antony Johnson about adapting The Courtyard and other prose fiction for comics
Download previous interviews with Alan Moore

Recommended events:

Comics Gosh!p

Another monthly event, in which hosts Mike Medaglia and Mark Haylock pick a ‘mainstream’ and small press comic to discuss in this free reading group in Gosh Comics!, Soho

This month they’re looking at “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud and John Miers‘ treatment of The Tower of Babel in his book “A Collection of Comics”
All books will be available at Gosh! and you can read ‘The Tower of Babel’ online (however the book is really nice to have!)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Time: 19:00 until 21:00
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F ODR

More info: http://www.facebook.com/thinkingcomics
(more…)

Today’s show: Twisted Tales and the ghosts of Northampton

February 22, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Clear Spot: Twisted Tales and the ghosts of Northampton

George Rainsford and Jonathan Danciger in Twisted Tales plus the opening paragraph of Cold Reading by Alan Moore

George Rainsford and Jonathan Danciger in Twisted Tales plus the opening paragraph of Cold Reading by Alan Moore

In the face of library closures and dropping standards in literacy in the UK, Alex Fitch looks at two examples of authors and fans of the great British short story who are trying to promote access to such work to a wider audience.

Currently on stage at the Lyric, Hammersmith until 28th February is Jeremy Dyson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Twisted Tales”, combining five of his black comedy short stories into an eighty minute play about man’s inhumanity to man and the awkwardness of commuting… In a Q and A recorded after a performance of the production, cast members Jonathan Danciger, Nick Fletcher, Selina Griffiths, Alexandra Maher, Larry McCartney, George Rainsford and Trevor White discuss their love of Dahl, the delicate art of getting the tone right as one tongue in cheek tale rubs up against another that is genuinely disturbing, and playing multiple roles within the production.

Also, recorded at St. James Library in Northampton as part of ‘Save our libraries’ day on February 5th, local author and graphic novelist Alan Moore reads his dark and comedic short story ‘Cold Reading’ from his periodical ‘Dodgem Logic’, which tells the tale of a ghostly encounter recevied by a medium of dubious talents. (Recorded, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

8pm, Tuesday 22/02/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended Alan Moore podcast available now at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Twisted Tales at the Lyric, Hammersmith
Wikipedia page on Roald Dahl
Observer review of the production

Read Cold Reading at newhumanist.org.uk
More info about St. James Library
Local Lib-Dem page on the potential closure
Alan Moore youtube video on the library cuts
Dodgem Logic website

More podcast interviews with Alan Moore and his collaborators
Interview with Josie Long and talk by David Quantick and Savage Pencil about their work in Dodgem Logic
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Panel Borders: Alan Moore, saving local libraries

February 6, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Alan Moore, saving local libraries

Partially broadcast 22nd February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alan Moore and local residents outside St James Library, Northampton

Alan Moore and local residents outside St James Library, Northampton

A special hour long edition of Panel Borders, recorded at St James’ Library in Northampton, February 2011. Alan Moore talks about the closure of local libraries and the loss this will cause for the community and reads the short story ‘Cold Reading’ from his periodical Dodgem Logic followed by a Q and A with members of the audience. Introduced by Graham Croucher, Secretary of the St. James’ Residents Association. Edited and recorded by Alex Fitch.

Death stalks the shelves of St James library

Death stalks the shelves of St James library

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: Sign the petition to save St. James Library
More info about St. James Library
Local Lib-Dem page on the potential closure
Alan Moore youtube video on the library cuts
Dodgem Logic website
Read Cold Reading at newhumanist.org.uk

More podcast interviews with Alan Moore and his collaborators
Interview with Josie Long and talk by David Quantick and Savage Pencil about their work in Dodgem Logic

(more…)

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on Panel Borders

March 8, 2009 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and his other collaborators

Doctor Manhattan by Dave Gibbons

Doctor Manhattan by Dave Gibbons

If you’ve just watched the Watchmen in the cinema and would like to hear interviews with the creators, here’s a list of my interviews with Alan Moore and various artists who have illustrated his scripts including Dave Gibbons and David Lloyd…

Alan Moore

… talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the highs (Kev O’Neill) and lows (Rob Liefeld) of collaborating with comic book artists, his notions of magic and ideaspace and just what giant bald men in nappies had to do with American paranoia in 1950s movies! (Originally broadcast Jan 25th 2007 on Resonance FM)

… talks about magic, Swamp Thing, movies and saving the comics industry.

(Originally broadcast 7pm, Jan 30th 2007 on Resonance FM)

 

… talks about animation, history and DNA….

(Originally broadcast 7.30pm, Jan 30th 2007 on Resonance FM)

Alex Fitch interviews Alan Moore at Gosh! (Photo by Oli Smith)

Click on the image to watch the video, which was filmed by Oli Smith

… talks about his epic graphic novel Lost Girls, from its beginnings – serialised in the horror anthology Taboo – to its final printing 16 years later as a beautiful three volume slipcased hardback published by Top Shelf.

(Originally broadcast 5pm, Feb 14th 2008 on Resonance FM)


… talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman.

(Originally broadcast 5.30pm, Feb 14th 2008 on Resonance FM)



… talks about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul..

(Originally broadcast Oct 23rd 2008 on Resonance FM)



Alan Moore and Pat Mills talk about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…..

(Originally broadcast Jan 29th 2009 on Resonance FM)

Click on the image to watch a video of the interview

Click on the image to watch a video of the interview, which was filmed by Oli Smith

Dave Gibbons talks about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen

(Originally broadcast at 5pm, June 10th 2008 on Resonance FM)

Read an abridged transcript of the interview in Wheel Me Out magazine


Alex Fitch talks to David Lloyd

Alex Fitch talks to David Lloyd

David Lloyd talks about working on V for Vendetta and about the challenges of illustrating graphic novels such as The Horrorist and Kickback….

(Originally broadcast at 5.30pm, June 10th 2008 on Resonance FM)

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Alan Moore

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Alan Moore


Alan Davis and Paul Cornell talk about writing and in Alan’s case, also drawing Captain Britain, a character whose appearance in comics in the early 1980s by Alans Davis and Moore gave the strip a lasting appeal that endures to the current day. Paul Cornell talks about his recent revamp of the character in the new comic Captain Britain and MI:13 which sees the Captain get a 21st Century make-over while encountering such nefarious characters as Count Dracula and Gordon Brown!

(Originally broadcast March 5th 2009 on Resonance FM)

Panel Borders: The art of Ken Reid

January 30, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Ken Reid

Originally broadcast 29/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…

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

Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70” feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

After Tezuka at The Barbican

Next week from Wednesday 28th January there’s another multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, starting with a screening of Dororo, introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by screenings of Black Jack and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion the following weekend.

More info at www.barbican.org.uk/film/

plus…

Adrian Tomine at Comica

3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.

In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.

More info at www.ica.org.uk

also…

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat. Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it. THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA

More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Today’s show: The art of Ken Reid

January 29, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The art of Ken Reid

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…

5pm Thursday 29th January, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 1st February, on Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, podcast at podcasts.resonancefm.com and panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70” feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Adrian Tomine at Comica

3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.

In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.

More info at www.ica.org.uk

also…

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture  for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat.  Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it.  THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA
 
More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Strip! at Christmas…

December 19, 2008

Resonance FM is broadcasting repeats from Monday 22nd December to Sunday January 4th, 2009, so there’ll be no Strip! broadcast Christmas day as I’m sure you’d all rather be watching the Queen’s Speech. However, Strip! will be er… stripped throughout the week after with a daily repeat of the best episodes of the last three months from Monday 29th December – Friday 2nd Jan at 2.30pm daily:

Strip!: Charles Burns’ Fear(s) of the dark
Guest presenter Virginie Sélavy talks to the renowned American comic book artist and writer Charles Burns about Black Holeand the French portmanteau film Fear(s) of the dark…
Originally broadcast September 25th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Monday 29th December 2008

Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore

Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore

Strip!: Alan Moore’s ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography
Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with artist Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul.
Originally broadcast October 23rd 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Tuesday 30th December 2008

Strip: Eddie Campbell – the life and many deaths of the artist
Alex Fitch talks to artist / writer Eddie Campbell about his books The Fate of the Artist, The Black Diamond Detective Agency and The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard.
Originally broadcast October 30th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Wednesday 31st December 2008

Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson

Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson

Strip!: The art of Jill Thompson
Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson about her spooky graphic novellas for all ages: Magic Trixie and Scary Godmother and about drawing DC comics such as Sandman and Wonder Woman…
Originally broadcast November 13th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Thursday 1st January 2009

Strip!: The work of Art Spiegelman
Guest presenter Grant Rogers talks to Pulitzer prize winning author Art Spiegelman about his seminal work Maus and the 30th anniversary republication of Breakdowns, his sophomoric collection of underground strips…
Originally broadcast November 27th 2008, repeat:
2.30pm Friday 2nd January 2009

The next new episode will follow at the usual time and day on January 8th 2009 and Alex Fitch will be talking to acclaimed children’s illustrator and comic book artist Raymond Briggs about his career…

Panel Borders: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography

October 23, 2008 8 Comments

Panel Borders: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography*
Uncut version of an interview originally broadcast 23/10/08, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) as an episode of Strip!

Continuing Eddie Campbell month on Resonance FM… Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul. Alex and Alan talk about the experience of documenting Whitechapel in the past and present and Alan’s growing interest in psychogeography in London and beyond.
(With thanks to Dutch underground filmmaker Theo Lismith** for use of his kitchen to do the recording in…)

*Alex is aware that psychogeography is all one word but as From Hell is all about Geography and the exploits of a Psychopath…
**Oli Smith is aware of this bad joke, which Alex finds amusing…

For more info and a variety of formats you can download, please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
(more…)

Today’s show: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography

October 23, 2008 1 Comment

Strip!: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography*

Continuing Eddie Campbell month on Resonance FM… Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul. Alex and Alan talk about the experience of documenting Whitechapel in the past and present and Alan’s growing interest in psychogeography in London and beyond.
(With thanks to Dutch underground filmmaker Theo Lismith** for use of his kitchen to do the recording in…)

*Alex is aware that psychogeography is all one word but as From Hell is all about Geography and the exploits of a Psychopath…
**This is a bad joke that Oli Smith is aware of…

5pm 23/10/08, repeated 11.30pm 26/10/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on From Hell, Snakes and Ladders / The Birth Caul, Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell and psychogeography
Buy From Hell from www.topshelfcomix.com (U.S) or Knockabout comics (U.K.), who also stock ‘A disease of language’ which reprints Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul
Eddie Campbell’s blog
Join our facebook group

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Discovering Manga

Paul Gravett, the author of the NEO award-winning book Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, invites you to discover secrets behind their most dazzling creators and characters. How can you read manga to enjoy them at their fullest? What gives these stories such power? What’s a good manga in English to start with? Whether you are new to the subject or a serious otaku, this is a fascinating multi-media presentation for everyone to enjoy.
All ticket-holders will receive a 20% discount on Gravett & Stanbury books purchased from the book table.
Thursday, 23rd October 2008, 7pm to 9.30pm
There will be an interval with light refreshments. St Albans Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwin Gardens, London, EC1N 7AB Tube: Chancery Lane.
Tickets and more info available at www.paulgravett.com

London Movie Comic Media Expo

At the London Excel centre on the 25th & 26th October, the worlds of comics, film, games and TV collide as the MCM expo hits London, featuring appearances and panels by the stars of Heroes, Merlin, and Battlestar Galactica plus lumiaries from some of the best comic books and graphic novels currently available such as Charlie Higson, Kev Walker, Ben Templesmith, Oliver Lambden and Laurence Powell.
Tickets and more info available at www.londonexpo.com

Handmade and Bound

Handmade & Bound is an independent fair with affordable, handmade artists’ books, comics and zines. An ideal place to meet and buy the work of cutting edge small press creators such as Marc Ellerby, Sean Duffield and Jimi Gherkin…
Saturday 8 November 2008, St Aloysius Social Club, Phoenix Road, London NW1 (nearest tube Euston). 12-6pm. Free entry.
Evening entertainment 8pm-12am: DJs and bands, including The Slim Reaper and Her Magic Powers.
More info at www.handmadeandbound.com

Also: At Harrods, Knightsbridge, Rich Johnston has curated an exhibtion of original comic book art by industry luminaries such as Sean Phillips and Raymond Briggs, open from now until the end of October…
More info at and at Sean’s blog.

Panel Borders on youtube

August 28, 2008

Here at Panel Borders HQ, we realise that getting video clips onto your xunes, itubes and ephones isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do and while all of our video podcasts have been available to download from archive.org we thought it was high time to get the stuff onto youtube as well.
As this involves divvying up each video into ten min segments, it’s going to take a not small amount of time to copy over all the videos, but all four parts of Alex Fitch’s interview with Dave Gibbons are on youtube now:

(direct link: www.youtube.com/user/PanelBorders / easier interface at alexfitch.com)

with youtube versions of Alex’s interviews with David Lloyd, Alan Moore, Malcolm McDowell, Guy Maddin and Bryan Talbot (online this time-ish next week) to follow…

The site even includes videos by other people that feature Alex in front of and behind the camera,
such as Oli Smith’s latest magnum opus in which Mr Smith goes to Nottingham and meets Eddie Campbell, films Alex eating and Dan Lester dancing, D’Israeli chewing a flyer for ‘Low Energy Day’ while Ian Edgington watches and a bemused Stephen Holland belatedly receives a broken award for his shop…:

And if you enjoyed that…

London Underground Comics Low Energy Day

London Underground Comics' Low Energy Day

LUC is proud to announce its SECOND festival of the year, Low Energy Day on the 30th of August.
After the success of No Barcodes, with its beautiful atmosphere, universal profit making and footfall of over six hundred visitors we’ve decided to do… well pretty much the same again actually.

Plus a couple of sexy bonuses:

Last time we had twelve tables and fifty two exhibitors, this time we are spread over two areas, meaning we can ditch the tables that weren’t in prime positions. We now have ten tables in the original No Barcodes hall, and another five in the centre of the busy Market Hall next door, allowing us to accommodate more creators than ever before, and hopefully give people who asked for space after we were full before a chance to participate.
DJ Laurence Powell from small press legends Modern Monstrosity (Tales From The Flat) will be entertaining us all day with his comics themed mixes in the middle of the main room.
On top of that expect the usual food discounts for taking part in the event, opportunities to sell comics to a large and unsaturated market, and the chance to meet and make friends new and old in the beautiful and popular Camden Lock Market.

Also: On now until the end of August – “Caption Comics Collective” at the Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Comics artists Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, D’Israeli, David Baillie, Sally Anne Hickman and many more display their artistic wares at this gallery show in Oxford. More info at www.thejamfactoryoxford.com

Video podcast: Looking for Lost Girls

February 24, 2008 2 Comments

Panel BordersLooking for Lost Girls (video podcast) Audio version broadcast 14/02/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and Alan Moore

You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Alan Moore about his graphic novels Lost Girls and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and Alan’s depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman.

There are a variety of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including 256kb & 64kb streams and downloads as well as the original 256Mb AVI video. For more info and to see jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video, please visit the home of this podcast (vodcast / vidcast?) at archive.org

Links: Invisible Girls and Phantom Ladies – an article by Alan Moore about the portrayal of women in comics (circa 1983)Alan Moore strips on Scans Daily (perhaps I could have worded that better)Paul Gravett interviews Alan Moore … Alex’s previous interview with Alan part one, part two, part threeExtracts (and a very cool photo) from Alan’s recent interview with Word magazineIndex of Alan Moore interviews available on the webWikipedia page on Lost GirlsTop Shelf productions (publishers of Lost Girls) websiteGosh! Comics website

Comics news…The nominations for this year’s Eagle Awards have started www.eagleawards.co.ukIn the roll of honour – at the risk of being terribly egotistical, may I suggest me, Alex Fitch in the category of “entrepreneur whose achievements have… increased public awareness (of comics)”? (I know it says “in print”, but then I do publicise the show in [electronic] print)… If we can get Oli Smith’s London Underground Comics video podcasts listed under favourite TV / film (going for the loosest definition of the words), that would be great too.

Panel Borders: Looking for Lost Girls part 2

February 24, 2008 2 Comments

Originally broadcast 14/02/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

The second half of Alex Fitch’s 2008 interview with Alan Moore – originally broadcast on Valentine’s day. Alex and Alan discuss Alan’s epic graphic novels Lost Girls and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and look at Alan’s depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman (more…)

Panel Borders: Looking for Lost Girls part 1

February 19, 2008 5 Comments

Originally broadcast 14/02/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

The first half of Alex Fitch’s 2008 interview with Alan Moore – originally broadcast on Valentine’s day. Alex and Alan discuss Alan’s epic graphic novel Lost Girls, from its beginnings – serialised in the horror anthology Taboo – to its final printing 16 years later as a beautiful three volume slipcased hardback published by Top Shelf (more…)

Today’s show: Looking for Lost Girls

February 14, 2008 1 Comment

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4FM – Strip!: Looking for Lost Girls

Alex Fitch and Alan MooreIn an hour long St Cyril’s Day special, Alex Fitch is talking to Alan Moore about his 16 years in the making, 264 page, 3 volume hardback graphic novel Lost Girls in an interview recorded last month at Gosh! comics in Great Russell Street, London. Alan also talks about his Dalek-like domination of artists, showing off his rippling abs on The Simpsons and techno-organic copulation in The Saga of the Swamp Thing. With a ten second cameo by London Underground Comics‘ Oli Smith and a competition to win a copy of Lost Girls, this may be the most romantic thing you’ll hear all day!

104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.com

Links: Invisible Girls and Phantom Ladies – an article on the portrayal of women in comics by Alan Moore (circa 1983)
Alan Moore strips on Scans Daily (perhaps I could have worded that better)
Paul Gravett interviews Alan Moore

Alex’s previous interview with Alan part one, part two, part three

Podcast: The Magic of Alan Moore part two

January 30, 2007

The first half of tonight’s show is now available for download…
(mp3 format, 28mb)

Tonight’s Clear Spot: The Magic of Alan Moore parts two and three

January 30, 2007

Alex Fitch concludes his ‘feature length’ interview with Alan Moore, talking tonight about magic, Swamp Thing, Lost Girls, movies and saving the comics industry. The second half of tonight’s show also includes clips from the Justice League cartoon: ‘For the man who has everything‘ and ‘Snakes & Ladders’, Alan’s meditation on history and DNA…

Links: Wikipedia entry on Alan Moore
Download comics by Alan for free from fourcolorheroes.com

7pm GMT Resonance 104.4FM / www.resonancefm.com