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: Dylan Horrocks and the Magic Pen

July 1, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Dylan Horrocks and the Magic Pen

Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.

Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.

Starting a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to New Zealander cartoonist Dylan Horrocks about his work. Fitch and Horrocks discuss the latter’s run on DC Comics’ Batgirl from 2003-2004, his self-published comics Atlas and Pickle and his latest graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. In this, the protagonist from Hicksville returns in a magical realist tale about artistic fantasies, inspired by the work of pulp writers from the early 20th Century such as Edgar Rice Burroughs.

11am Thursday 2nd July, repeated 7am Saturday 4th July 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Crowd-Funded Comics

June 24, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Crowd-Funded Comics

Crowd-funded Comics by Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley

Crowd-funded Comics by Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley

Concluding a month of shows looking at cartoonists who launch their projects using crowd-funding websites, Alex Fitch talks to comic book creators Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley in a panel on the subject recorded at True Believers Comic Festival, Cheltenham, February 2015. Emma discusses using Patreon to fund her webcomic Breaks, Paul talks about collecting shorter works that were unlikely to find a republisher, while Anastasia and Mike explore the advantages and disadvantages of using Kickstarter to pay for unusual themed anthologies. (With thanks to The Nerds Who Haunted Themselves podcast)

11am Thursday 25th June, repeated 7am Saturday 27th June 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Kickstarting the Riven Seal

June 17, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Kickstarting the Riven Seal

Images from Riven Seal by Amanda Gomes and Julie Wright

Images from Riven Seal by Amanda Gomes and Julie Wright

Continuing a month of shows about comic book creators who have used online fundraising to launch various titles, Alex Fitch talks to Amanda Gomes and Julie Wright about their webcomic Riven Seal – Ars Ianua, which is being collected as a graphic novel via kickstarer funding. Riven Seal is an on-going fantasy narrative set in a bustling port town in the 1860s, where the use of magic, demonic possession and exorcism is common day in an all-ages strip which mixes positive depictions of LGBTQIA characters with manga and anime style art. Amanda and Julie discuss the origin of the comic, their use of sites such as Patreon and the commissioning of branded tea bags to fund their work, and interactions with fans at gaming and comic conventions.

11am Thursday 18th June, repeated 7am Saturday 20th June 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: My So-Called Secret Identity

June 10, 2015 1 Comment

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: My So-Called Secret Identity

Volume 1 finale and character designs for My So-Called Secret Identity, art by Suze Shore

Volume 1 finale and character designs for My So-Called Secret Identity, art by Suze Shore

Continuing a month of shows about comic book creators who have used online fundraising to launch various titles, Alex Fitch, with the help of guest presenter Nicola Streeten, discusses the crowd-funding campaign for the webcomic turned graphic novel series My So-Called Secret Identity with its writer Dr. Will Brooker. Will explains the history of the project, which with Batgirl as inspiration looked to create a new super-heroine for the modern age who uses her wits rather than fists to solve problems; why Kickstarter was used to finish the first volume of the comic and fund the second, and how MSCSI is connected to his research as an academic writer on Batman and other pop culture texts. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, July 2014)

11am Thursday 11th June, repeated 7am Saturday 13th June 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Today’s show: Ten years of new Doctor Who spin-offs

June 5, 2015 1 Comment

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Clear Spot: Ten years of new Doctor Who spin-offs

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Covers of recent Doctor Who books, animation and comics

In an hour long show looking at new Doctor Who novels, comics and animated serials since the programme returned to television in 2005, Alex Fitch talks to novelist Alastair Reynolds about his book The Harvest of Time and to writers / editors Jay Eales and Selina Lock about Faction Paradox, Iris Wildtyme, Senor 105 and other Gallifreyan themed titles published by Obverse and Manleigh Books.
Also: artists David Roach and Mike Collins discuss drawing Doctor Who comics, and writer / producer James Goss talks about the numerous animated serials featuring various incarnations of the Time Lord released on the internet and DVDs over the last decade, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.

8pm Friday 5th June, repeated 9am Monday 8th June 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Martian Comics and Ocular Anecdotes

June 4, 2015

Today at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Martian Comics and Ocular Anecdotes

Promo art for Ocular Anecdotes by Peter Cline / covers of Martian Comics issues 1-3 edited by Julian Darius

Promo art for Ocular Anecdotes by Peter Cline / covers of Martian Comics issues 1-3 edited by Julian Darius

Starting a month of shows about comic book creators who have used crowd funding to launch various titles, Alex Fitch talks to writer Julian Darius and artist Peter Cline about the Kickstarter campaigns for their respective anthologies Martian Comics and Ocular Anecdotes. Alex and Julian discuss the latter’s work for the academic publisher Sequart Organization and comic book imprint Martian Lit, and the cross-over audience between the two, while Peter discusses his background in print making at the London College of Communication and editing titles by other creators published by Otto Press.

11am Thursday 4th June, repeated 7am Saturday 6th June 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Martian comics website and kickstarter
Peter Cline’s website and kickstarter (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Chew Spider-Man

May 27, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Chew Spider-Man

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / CHew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Concluding a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to writers John Layman and Dan Slott about writing American comic books and the appeal of scripting villains. John Layman discusses his terrific creator-owned title Chew, published by Image Comics, which depicts the travails of a psychic cop investigating food related crimes, plus his tenure on other titles such as Mars Attacks and Detective Comics.
Dan Slott explains why he maneuvered Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus into Peter Parker’s brain for an intriguing 33 issue run of the Marvel Comic Superior Spider-Man, and how he managed to slip appearances of the character into other comics he’s written from New Warriors to Ren and Stimpy! (Recorded at London Super Comic Con)

11am Thursday 28th May, repeated 7am Saturday 30th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

May 20, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, talks to a trio of creators whose comics take stuffed bears and other children’s toys and place them in genre adventures. Brett Uren explains the history of his noir themed anthology series TorsoBear, featuring a bear and a wooden policeman investigating crimes in Toyburg while, Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson discuss the webcomic Cogs and Claws, a monochrome, fast paced space opera serial published as a graphic novel by Markosia (recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton).

11am Thursday 21st May, repeated 7am Saturday 23rd May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: TorsoBear website and Kickstarter page
Cogs and Claws website (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Umbral Fuse

May 13, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015.

11am Thursday 14th May, repeated 7am Saturday 16th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Antony Johnston’s website
Info about Johnston’s work for Image Comics
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work

Today’s show: Death of the Artist

May 7, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Death of the Artist

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which occupy the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ titles and independent publishing, guest presenter Tim Pilcher talks to artist Karrie Fransman about her latest graphic novel, Death of the Artist published by Jonathan Cape, which depicts a fateful weekend where five university friends’ hedonistic party leads to tragedy. Tim and Karrie also discuss her first graphic novel The House that Groaned, her comic for the Red Cross – ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ – and the nature of the collaborators involved in her most recent work. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch at Graphic Brighton festival, May 2015.

11am Thursday 7th May, repeated 7am Saturday 9th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Karrie’s website / Tim’s blog
Alex Fitch’s 2011 interview with Karrie Fransman (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Takayo Akiyama

April 29, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Takayo Akiyama in various media

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Concluding a month of show about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and illustrator Takayo Akiyama about her multi-media illustration work, which includes web comics, animation, magazines and textile design featuring characters such as Awesome and Possum and Y-Front Mouse. Alex and Takayo discuss the size and materials of the latter’s original artwork, mixing live action and animation in her music videos and take questions from the Cartoon County audience. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Spring 2015)

11am Thursday 30th April, repeated 7am Saturday 2nd May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Miss Lasko-Gross

April 22, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Miss Lasko-Gross – Autobiography and Fantasy

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to American cartoonist Miss Lasko-Gross about her two volumes of autobiography – Escape from “Special” and A Mess of Everything, plus her new fantasy graphic novel, Henni. Alex and Miss discuss the latter’s developing art style over her career so far, tackling issues of freedom and intolerance in fantasy worlds, rereleasing early self-published work on comixology.com and contributing to the touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women.

11am Thursday 23rd April, repeated 7am Saturday 25th April 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Miss Lasko-Gross’ website
Info about A Mess of Everything, including a 21 page extract on Fantagraphics’ website (more…)

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…)

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