Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Tomorrow’s show: Vellevision

April 15, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Vellevision – art and comics by Maurice Vellekoop

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to Canadian artist Maurice Vellekoop; Vellekoop is currently the subject of a career retrospective at Space Station 65 gallery in South London and in this interview discusses breaking into the comics industry via strips for Drawn and Quarterly periodical alongside rendering illustrations for Time, GQ and Vogue, and collections of erotic art such as Maurice Vellekoop’s ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer, and The World of Gloria Badcock.

11am Thursday 16th April, repeated 7am Saturday 18th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia page on Vellekoop
Buy books by Maurice Vellekoop on Amazon (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics

April 8, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to legendary creator Neal Adams, one of the defining artists of the Superhero ‘Silver Age’. Adams is best known for his work on Batman and Green Lantern / Green Arrow with writer Dennis O’Neil in the 1970s, dragging the Dark Knight Detective out of the camp 1960s era and adding a strand of social realism to the latter comic, addressing issues of racism, drug abuse and civil unrest. As well as being credited with creating ‘relevant comics’ within the hero genre, Adams also has championed creators rights in the industry and in recent years returned to Batman and the X-Men for celebrated mini-series as writer and artist.

11am Thursday 9th April, repeated 7am Saturday 11th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Understanding Scott McCloud

April 1, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Understanding Scott McCloud

Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Starting a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, on the 400th episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Scott McCloud, one of the masters of modern comic books, about his career so far. McCloud is probably best known for his guides about the medium of sequential art such as Understanding Comics (1993), which led to The New York Times describing the artist as “a sort of Marshall McLuhan of comics”. However McCloud is also a great comic book creator in his own right, returning to the medium of fiction with an epic 500 page magical realist graphic novel The Sculptor, recently released by SelfMadeHero, and penning the beloved superhero series Zot! in the 1980s.

11am Thursday 2nd April, repeated 7am Saturday 5th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Seth and the City

March 25, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Seth and the City

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Concluding a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to the award winning Canadian cartoonist and designer Seth about his work, from debut graphic novel It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken to the latest issues of his hardcover anthology Palookaville, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Alex and Seth discuss the latter’s increasing use of graphic design in his titles, his recent spate of reprinting diary comics, and depicting the reoccurring fictional city Dominion in The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists and other titles. Recorded at the East London Comic Arts Festival, Summer 2014.

11am Thursday 26th March, repeated 7am Saturday 28th March 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

March 23, 2015 1 Comment

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire, Here: Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Richard McGuire about his epic 300 page graphic novel Here, published by Hamish Hamilton / Pantheon Books. Here is told entirely in double page spreads, with the view of the reader never moving from a fixed gaze at the corner of one room, however the narrative moves back and forth in time from the creation of the Earth to the 25th Century, with various eras overlapping through different panels on the page. Alex and Richard discuss the genesis of the project with its origin as a 6 page strip in Raw magazine, how the plotting of the book is influenced by his love of music and how the print version differs from the interactive ebook. (Originally broadcast Thursday 19th March, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Richard McGuire, Here

March 18, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Richard McGuire about his epic 300 page graphic novel Here, published by Hamish Hamilton / Pantheon Books. Here is told entirely in double page spreads, with the view of the reader never moving from a fixed gaze at the corner of one room, however the narrative moves back and forth in time from the creation of the Earth to the 25th Century, with various eras overlapping through different panels on the page. Alex and Richard discuss the genesis of the project with its origin as a 6 page strip in Raw magazine, how the plotting of the book is influenced by his love of music and how the print version differs from the interactive ebook.

11am Thursday 19th March, repeated 7am Saturday 21st March 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Countryside Comics

March 11, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Countryside Comics

Owen Michael Johnson and Lizzie Boyle in discussion at LICAF (photo by Alex Fitch)

Owen Michael Johnson and Lizzie Boyle in discussion at LICAF (photo by Alex Fitch)

Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, guest presenter Lizzie Boyle (Disconnected Press) talks to writer Owen Michael Johnson about the experience of being a comic book creator in the countryside. Lizzie and Owen also discuss finding the difficulties of comic book communities in rural locations and using the landscape for inspiration. Recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal.

11am Thursday 12th March, repeated 7am Saturday 14th March 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Owen Michael Johnson’s website
Disconnected Press website (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Sequential City

March 4, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Sequential City

Comic art on display in the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery

Comic art on display in the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery

Starting a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to co-curators Heather Gray and Owen D. Powery, and featured artist Alison Sampson about the exhibition Sequential City, currently on display at Anise Gallery, London. Alex discusses with Heather the challenges of displaying comic book art in a gallery devoted to the aesthetics of architecture, to Owen about his comic Between the Billboards and choice of artists on display, and to Alison about her graphic novella Genesis and the website Think of a City, which invites comic book artists to depict a fictional metropolis.

11am Thursday 5th March, repeated 7am Saturday 7th March 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Spirit of Will Eisner

February 25, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: The Spirit of Will Eisner

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Concluding a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s seminal crime comic The Spirit. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss the early days of American adventure comics and the other characters Eisner created in the 1930s, how The Spirit was influenced by film noir, and representations of racial minorities in the author’s work.

11am Thursday 26th February, repeated 7am Saturday 28th February 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Listen to the accompanying podcast on Eisner’s autobiographical comics (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Michael Golden Years

February 18, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: The Michael Golden Years

Batman Family, The Nam and Micronauts by Michael Golden

Batman Family, The Nam and Micronauts by Michael Golden

Continuing a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to artist Michael Golden about his work on classic 1980s comic books The Micronauts, The ‘Nam and Bucky O’Hare. Alex and Michael discuss how the latter’s experiences as a commercial artist differed from working on sequential art, how working on Marvel Magazines offered more adult storytelling opportunities than in their traditional comics and how he was hoodwinked into advertising a toy range under the auspices of launching a new Science-Fiction title. Recorded at Bristol Comics Expo, Spring 2014.

11am Thursday 19th February, repeated 7am Saturday 21st February 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Mike Grell, Freelance

February 12, 2015

Today at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Mike Grell, Freelance

Jon Sable, Green Arrow, James Bond art by Mike Grell

Jon Sable, Green Arrow, James Bond art by Mike Grell

Continuing a month of shows looking at ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to writer and artist Mike Grell about his career so far. Alex and Mike discuss the latter’s acclaimed run on Green Arrow, which influenced the current TV series, his creator owned title Jon Sable Freelance, and his work on James Bond comics in the late 1980s. (Recorded at London Super Comic Con, Spring 2014)

11am Thursday 12th February, repeated 7am Saturday 14th February 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Please bid on items in the Resonance FM fundraising charity auction (end Thurs 11am, 12th Feb): Iron Man volumes 1-4, signed by Kieron Gillen
Young Avengers volumes 1-3, signed by Kieron Gillen (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Nexus of Steve Rude

February 4, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: The Nexus of Steve Rude

Nexus and Superman / Batman: Worlds Finest, illustrated by Steve Rude

Nexus and Superman / Batman: World’s Finest, illustrated by Steve Rude

Beginning a month of shows looking at ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to artist Steve Rude about his ten year run on Nexus comic with Mike Baron and his Harvey Award-winning mini-series Superman / Batman: World’s Finest, written by Dave Gibbons. Alex and Steve discuss the importance of anatomy to the latter’s work, how he enjoys mentoring young artists and his working relationships with writers and inkers. (Recorded at Birmingham International Comics Expo, August 2014)

11am Thursday 5th February, repeated 7am Saturday 7th February 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Funny Monsters Zoom

January 29, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Funny Monsters Zoom

The Zoom no.10, 1914 Day by Day extract,  Haringey People cover by Zoom Rockman / Funny Monsters Comic no.1 and 2, A Christmas Carol by Joe Matthews

The Zoom no.10, 1914 Day by Day extract, Haringey People cover by Zoom Rockman / Funny Monsters Comic no.1 and 2, A Christmas Carol by Joe Matthews

Concluding a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists who both publish ‘traditional’ style British anthology comics in the style of The Dandy and other weekly titles. Joe Matthews discusses Funny Monsters Comic, a new periodical that mixes comedy / horror strips featuring zombies and werewolves with child friendly gags, puzzles and text pages.
Also, in an interview recorded at CECAF (Crouch End Comic Art Festival), Alex talks to Zoom Rockman, a teenager who has been publishing his own humour title – The Zoom – since the age of 9, with 10 biannual issues under his belt. The Zoom features satirical strips looking at modern culture and life in London as well as reoccurring characters such as Skanky Pigeon who has also appeared in The Beano.

11am Thursday 29th January, repeated 7am Saturday 31st January 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Editing Psycho Gran

January 21, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Editing Psycho Gran

Comics featuring the work of David Leach + Psycho Gran thumbnails

Comics featuring the work of David Leach + Psycho Gran thumbnails

Continuing a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and comic book editor David Leach about his career so far. Alex and David discuss the latter’s most famous character Psycho Gran, her appearances in family comics from Oink! to Aces Weekly, animating Henry’s Cat with Bob Godfrey, and his work editing licenced titles for Marvel UK and Titan Books. (Recorded at Nine Worlds Geek Fest, 2013)

11am Thursday 22nd January, repeated 7am Saturday 24th January 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: David Leach’s profile at www.comicvine.com
Psycho Gran digital comic (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Musical Monsters, Walruses and Snowmen

January 14, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Musical Monsters, Walruses and Snowmen

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow / Popeye / Pinkbeard the Pirate! / Abigail and the Snowman / Snarked by Roger Langridge

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow / Popeye / Pinkbeard the Pirate! / Abigail and the Snowman / Snarked by Roger Langridge

Continuing a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Roger Langridge about his work. Alex and Roger discuss the latter’s work on licensed comics such as Popeye and Rocky and Bullwinkle, his adaptation of Jim Henson’s unproduced script The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow and creator owned titles Snarked and Abigail and the Snowman; plus a guest appearance by Thomas Langridge (9) discussing the self-published comic Pinkbeard the Pirate! (Recorded at Crouch End Comic Art Festival, November 2014)

11am Thursday 15th January, repeated 7am Saturday 17th January 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Roger Langridge’s website Hotel Fred, featuring Pinkbeard the Pirate!
Info about Roger’s comics for Boom! Studios: Snarked, The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow and Abigail and the Snowman (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Bones, Sabre-toothed Tigers and Noir

January 7, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Bones, Sabre-toothed Tigers and Noir

Bone, RASL and Tuki: Save the Humans by Jeff Smith

Bone, RASL and Tuki: Save the Humans by Jeff Smith

Beginning a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to the award-winning American cartoonist Jeff Smith about his work. Alex and Jeff discuss the latter’s fantasy epic Bone which mixes archetypal cartoon characters in the style of Mickey, Goofy and Donald with a mythology akin to The Lord of the Rings, his more adult film noir inspired sci-fi series RASL, and his latest serialised webcomic Tuki: Save the Humans about prehistoric man’s migration from ancient Africa. (Recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014)

11am Thursday 8th January, repeated 7am Saturday 10th January 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Non-Verbal Communication

December 17, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Non-Verbal Communication

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Concluding a trio of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Laura Malacart and artist Daniel Locke about their comic book Yes! which explores the true story of an autistic man who communicates through song, classified technically as non-verbal communication. Daniel and Laura discuss how the comic was developed from the latter’s academic research, how it works as a multi-media project alongside video clips, and the distribution of the story via a free tabloid edition and webcomic. (Recorded at Cartoon County, September 2014)

11am Thursday 18th December, repeated 7am Saturday 20th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

December 11, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Masahiko Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, both on display at The Cartoon Museum

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Tatsumi, on display at The Cartoon Museum

Continuing a month of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist Henny Beaumont about her debut graphic novel A Hole in the Heart, about bringing up a child with Down’s Syndrome, due to be published by Myriad Editions in 2015, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, with translation provided by Takayo Akiyama, Alex interviews Tomohiko Matsumoto about donating examples of his father Matsuhiko’s art to an exhibition of Gekiga – Alternative Manga from Japan – at the Cartoon Museum in London, which runs until Christmas Eve.

11am Thursday 11th December, repeated 7am Saturday 13th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Henny Beaumont’s website and pages
Article on A Hole in the Heart in The Guardian
Cartoon Museum website
Takayo Akiyama’s website (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Probably Nothing

December 3, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Probably Nothing

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Starting a month of shows about untold tales in comics, which is to say stories that are underrepresented in graphic narratives, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and storyboard artist Matilda Tristram about her debut graphic novel Probably Nothing – A diary of your-not-average nine months, that recounts the true story of how her pregnancy coincided with a cancer scare. Alex and Matilda discuss the unusual style of the book, which separates out cartoons and text on the page, her tenure working for Children’s TV producers Ragdoll and the semi experimental art used in her webcomics. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, November 2014).

11am Thursday 4th December, repeated 7am Saturday 6th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Probably Nothing on Penguin’s website
Matilda Tristram’s website
Cartoon County website
Laura Bates on Probably Nothing in The Guardian

Tomorrow’s show: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

November 26, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Concluding a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to writer Fabien Vehlmann and artist Bruno Gazzotti about their graphic album series Alone (Seuls), published by Cinebook. The creators discuss how their serial – about children who wake up in a world without adults – was inspired by classic American dystopia fiction, Vehlmann’s interest in 19th century thrillers which influenced his comic Green Manor, and Gazzotti’s experience on the policier series Soda. (Recorded in front of an audience at the South Ken Kids Festival, Institut Francais, November 2014).

11am Thursday 27th November, repeated 7am Saturday 29th November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about the original event at the South Ken Kids Festival
Info about Alone on CineBook’s website
Read back issues of Spirou et Fantasio featuring Fabien Vehlmann at izneo.com
Info about Bruno Gazzotti and Fabien Vehlmann on lambiek.net

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