Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Panel Borders: Formative Experiences

December 4, 2019 1 Comment

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) by Robert Wells

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells

Formative Experiences: In a pair of Q and As recorded at The Cartoon Museum as part of a day raising awareness of the need to preserve comic book archives, from the collections of Peter Hansen and others for the nation, Posy Simmonds and Dave Gibbons talk to academics Julia Round and Philip Vaughan about the first titles they remember reading and enjoying.
Also, Robert Wells discusses his book Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems, and history of self-publishing small press comics, in discussion with Alex Fitch at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 4th December 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Next week’s show: Formative Experiences

November 26, 2019

On Wednesday, December 4th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Formative Experiences

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) by Robert Wells

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells

In a pair of Q and As recorded at The Cartoon Museum as part of a day raising awareness of the need to preserve comic book archives, from the collections of Peter Hansen and others for the nation, Posy Simmonds and Dave Gibbons talk to academics Julia Round and Philip Vaughan about the first titles they remember reading and enjoying.
Also, Robert Wells discusses his book Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems, and history of self-publishing small press comics, in discussion with Alex Fitch at Cartoon County, Brighton.

5.30pm Wednesday December 4th 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 6th December, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Dave Gibbons, Comics Laureate

September 23, 2015 2 Comments

Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1

Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1

Dave Gibbons, Comics Laureate: In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to ‘Comics Laureate’ Dave Gibbons about his career so far, from Doctor Who Weekly strips to Watchmen, Give me Liberty to Kingsman / The Secret Service. Recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014. Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Laureates

September 15, 2015

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Laureates

Dave Gibbons in discussion with Alex Fitch at LICAF / Antrobus by Chris Riddell

Dave Gibbons in discussion with Alex Fitch at LICAF / Antrobus by Chris Riddell

Starting a new series of Panel Borders as an hour long monthly show, Alex Fitch talks to comics laureate Dave Gibbons about his early career from drawing the comic strip in Doctor Who Weekly to Watchmen, and to children’s laureate Chris Riddell about newspaper cartoons, Goth Girl and illustrating Coraline. Recorded at Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Graphic Brighton)

Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.

8pm Tues 15th September, repeated 9am Wednesday 16th September 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Interview with Dave Gibbons about becoming Comics Laureate
Chris Riddell’s website
2008 video interview with Dave Gibbons

Panel Borders: Wagner and Gibbons

August 20, 2015 1 Comment

Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner

Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner

Wagner and Gibbons: Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to another writer and artist about their work in and after 2000AD. In an extract from a Q and A recorded on stage at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex Fitch talks to artist Dave Gibbons about his early years, drawing such strips as a reimagined Dan Dare for a 1980s audience. Also, Alex talks to writer John Wagner about scripting Judge Dredd on and off since 1977 and other projects that have been adapted to the screen such as A History of Violence (recorded at London Super Comic Con).
Originally broadcast 20th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Wagner and Gibbons

August 19, 2015

Tomorrow at 11.30am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Wagner and Gibbons

Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner

Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner

Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to another writer and artist about their work in and after 2000AD. In an extract from a Q and A recorded on stage at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex Fitch talks to artist Dave Gibbons about his early years, drawing such strips as a reimagined Dan Dare for a 1980s audience. Also, Alex talks to writer John Wagner about scripting Judge Dredd on and off since 1977 and other projects that have been adapted to the screen such as A History of Violence (recorded at London Super Comic Con).

11.30am Thursday 20th August, repeated 7am Saturday 22nd August 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Watchmen wikia page on Dave Gibbons
Info about the forthcoming reprint of Dan Dare as featured in 2000AD
Comics DataBase page on John Wagner
Info about the Judge Dredd Mega Collection from Hachette
2000AD online website
Article on The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Panel Borders: Doctor Who comics by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons

July 23, 2009 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Doctor Who comics then

Originally broadcast 23/07/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Dogs of Doom by Mills / Wagner and Gibbons

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Dogs of Doom by Mills / Wagner and Gibbons

Alex Fitch talks to two of the creators of Marvel UK’s seminal Who comic strip printed in Doctor Who Weekly. Pat Mills co-wrote the first 43 instalments of the weekly Doctor Who strip with fellow 2000AD cohort John Wagner, bring to the page such outlandish tales as The Iron Legion and The Star Beast about a Robot Roman army and a psychotic cute alien who befriends children. Dave Gibbons drew 56 of the first 60 instalments of the Marvel comic, making him the most iconic artist to be associated with Tom Baker’s Doctor in comic strip format and drew the first episode of Peter Davison’s run, as his swan song. Alex talks to Pat and Dave about their work on the comic and also about Pat’s forays into Who on the radio, writing scripts for Colin Baker and Paul McGann.

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

Listen to last week’s show, featuring Leah Moore, John Reppion and Rich Morris talking about their recent Doctor Who comics

Links: Wikipedia pages on Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons and Doctor Who Magazine
Info on the Doctor Who audio plays The Scapegoat, Dead London and The Space Whale at http://www.bigfinish.com
Info about Dave’s Watchmen graffiti project on the South Bank
Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Related news:

Pho and Muc: comics and photos at the Arts Bar, Camberwell

Julian Hanshaw, winner of the 2008 Observer graphic short story competition for his comic strip “Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms”, exhibits images from his forthcoming travelogue / Thai cookery graphic novel “The Art of Pho”, alongside photos by Rob Athill of Saigon’s late night food vendors…

20th-26th July 5.30pm – late
Arts Bar (above Funky Munky),
25 Camberwell Church Street,
London SE5 8TR

Meet the artists at a special squid party night on the 23rd…!

also: Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The Illustration Cupboard is pleased to present the first British exhibition of the world-famous graphic-novel artist Kevin O’Neill.

Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm / Saturday 12pm – 5pm / www.illustrationcupboard.com

and: Alternative Press Festival 2009

Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August 2009

A festival of events over five days celebrating the small press, self publishing and being creative in the print media.

Anthology Book launch / Wednesday 29th July / 7pm – 9pm

Free / Housmans radical booksellers / 5 Caledonian road / London / N1 9DX / www.housmans.com

Are you zine friendly? / Thursday 30th July / 7pm – late

Free / The Foundry / 86 Great Eastern Street / London / EC2A 3JL / www.foundry.tv

Spoken Word night out! / Friday 31st July / 7pm – Late

Free / The Griffin / 93 Leonard Street / London / EC2A 4RD

Collaborama! / Saturday 1st August / 11am – Late

Free / The Miller / 96 Snowsfields road / London Bridge / SE1 3SS / www.themiller.co.uk

Alternative Press Fair / Sunday 2nd August / 11am- 7pm

Free / St Aloysius Social Club / 20 Phoenix road / London / NW1 1TA

More info about all events at comicsandzines.wordpress.com and www.alternativepress.org.uk

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.

Launching the first meeting in July 2009 the group is being set up 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 will also be included.

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

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 27 July / Guest Speaker: Sarah McIntyre, creator of Vern & Lettuce comic

More info here…

Today’s show: Doctor Who comics by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons

July 23, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Doctor Who comics then

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Dogs of Doom by Mills / Wagner and Gibbons

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Dogs of Doom by Mills / Wagner and Gibbons

Alex Fitch talks to two of the creators of Marvel UK’s seminal Who comic strip printed in Doctor Who Weekly. Pat Mills co-wrote the first 43 instalments of the weekly Doctor Who strip with fellow 2000AD cohort John Wagner, bring to the page such outlandish tales as The Iron Legion and The Star Beast about a Robot Roman army and a psychotic cute alien who befriends children. Dave Gibbons drew 56 of the first 60 instalments of the Marvel comic, making him the most iconic artist to be associated with Tom Baker’s Doctor in comic strip format and drew the first episode of Peter Davison’s run, as his swan song. Alex talks to Pat and Dave about their work on the comic and also about Pat’s forays into Who on the radio, writing scripts for Colin Baker and Paul McGann.

5pm 23/07/09, repeated 11.30pm 26/07/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Wikipedia pages on Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons and Doctor Who Magazine
Info on the Doctor Who audio plays The Scapegoat, Dead London and The Space Whale at http://www.bigfinish.com
Info about Dave’s Watchmen graffiti project on the South Bank
Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Related news:

Pho and Muc: comics and photos at the Arts Bar, Camberwell

Julian Hanshaw, winner of the 2008 Observer graphic short story competition for his comic strip “Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms”, exhibits images from his forthcoming travelogue / Thai cookery graphic novel “The Art of Pho”, alongside photos by Rob Athill of Saigon’s late night food vendors…

20th-26th July 5.30pm – late
Arts Bar (above Funky Munky),
25 Camberwell Church Street,
London SE5 8TR

Meet the artists at a special squid party night on the 24th…!

also: Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The Illustration Cupboard is pleased to present the first British exhibition of the world-famous graphic-novel artist Kevin O’Neill.

Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm / Saturday 12pm – 5pm / www.illustrationcupboard.com

and: Alternative Press Festival 2009

Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August 2009

A festival of events over five days celebrating the small press, self publishing and being creative in the print media.

Anthology Book launch / Wednesday 29th July / 7pm – 9pm

Free / Housmans radical booksellers / 5 Caledonian road / London / N1 9DX / www.housmans.com

Are you zine friendly? / Thursday 30th July / 7pm – late

Free / The Foundry / 86 Great Eastern Street / London / EC2A 3JL / www.foundry.tv

Spoken Word night out! / Friday 31st July / 7pm – Late

Free / The Griffin / 93 Leonard Street / London / EC2A 4RD

Collaborama! / Saturday 1st August / 11am – Late

Free / The Miller / 96 Snowsfields road / London Bridge / SE1 3SS / www.themiller.co.uk

Alternative Press Fair / Sunday 2nd August / 11am- 7pm

Free / St Aloysius Social Club / 20 Phoenix road / London / NW1 1TA

More info about all events at comicsandzines.wordpress.com and www.alternativepress.org.uk

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.

Launching the first meeting in July 2009 the group is being set up 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 will also be included.

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

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 27 July / Guest Speaker: Sarah McIntyre, creator of Vern & Lettuce comic

More info here…

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 Dave Gibbons

July 10, 2008 7 Comments

Panel Borders: The art of Dave Gibbons
Orignally broadcast 10/06/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch and Dave GibbonsIn the first of two podcasts about artists called Dave who worked with writer Alan Moore, Alex Fitch talks to artist Dave Gibbons about his career from humour strips to 2000AD, Dan Dare to Green Lantern. Alex talks to Dave about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen.

Read an abridged transcript of the interview in Wheel Me Out magazine
(more…)

Video podcast: The art of Dave Gibbons (being Dave… part 1)

July 10, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders – The art of Dave Gibbons (being Dave… part 1) video podcast
Audio version to be broadcast at 5pm, 10/07/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and Dave Gibbons

You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Dave Gibbons about his work with writer Alan Moore on one of his most famous comic book serials. Dave drew the revered graphic novel Watchmen which is currently being turned into a multi-million dollar blockbuster and has also drawn a variety of seminal comics on both sides of the Atlantic from Green Lantern to Dan Dare. Alex talks to Dave about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen.

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

There are a couple of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video…
Video filmed by Oli Smith (who features in a couple of blink and you’ll miss ’em cameos!)

Links: Links: Wikipedia pages on Dave, Watchmen and The Originals
Page on Dave’s work at Lambiek and 2000AD online
Watch Fitch and Gibbons in a youtube video advertising Oli Smith’s LUC stall
Why not join our facebook group?

Comics news:

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Also: Online now at Manchester Met’ Contemporary Film and Video:

Tales from the Flat: the movie! (sort of)

To quote one of the stars, Oliver Lambden: “Alex Thomson, Jack Tomkins and Jon Hull recently completed their final piece for their film degrees at Manchester Uni and they decided to make a short documentay all about Modern Monstrosity and The Camden Comics Stall. Give it a watch, it’s bloody awesome, the soundtrack’s amazing, it’s only ten minutes long and it’s viewable here…”