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: On the Brink of a Brass Sun

August 26, 2015

Tomorrow at 11.30am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: On the Brink of a Brass Sun

Covers of Wilds End, Brass Sun and Celeste, interior art from The King in Yellow by I.N.J. Culbard

Covers of Wilds End, Brass Sun and Celeste, interior art from The King in Yellow by I.N.J. Culbard

Concluding a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to artist I.N.J. Culbard about his work for 2000AD on strips such as ‘clock-punk fantasy’ serial Brass Sun and the forthcoming Brink. Ian also explains his unusual method for drawing Dan Abnett’s anthropomorphic adaptation of The War of the WorldsWild’s End published by Boom! – plus his recent graphic novels for SelfMadeHero: Celeste and The King in Yellow.
(Last in the current series – Panel Borders will return in a new slot and format in September)

11.30am Thursday 27th August, repeated 7am Saturday 29th August 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about I.N.J. Culbard on SelfMaderHero’s website
Buy Brass Sun volume one from 2000AD online

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

Tomorrow’s show: Outlier and other 3rillers

August 12, 2015

Tomorrow at 11.30am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Outlier and other 3rillers

Paper craft by Tom Eglington, art from Outlier, covers of 2000AD and The Spellbound Hotel

Paper craft by Tom Eglington, art from Outlier, covers of 2000AD and The Spellbound Hotel

Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to writer Tom Eglington about writing strips for 2000AD including Judge Dredd and “Tharg’s 3rillers”, plus the serial he originated, Outlier, a space-set revenge saga continuing the periodical’s tradition of weird looking protagonists!

Alex and Tom also discuss the latter’s forays in children’s books such as The Spellbound Hotel, making cut-out paper craft, and his entry into Myriad Editions’ First Fictions competition, Amber Sands. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2015.

11.30am Thursday 13th August, repeated 7am Saturday 15th August 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Tom Eglington’s instagram site
Fantastic Fiction page on Eglington
2000AD website
Cartoon County website
Interview with Tom on The Streets Today website

Tomorrow’s show: 2000AD alumni

August 6, 2015

Today at 11.30am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: 2000AD alumni

Cover and interior art from 2000AD by Colin Wilson / Cover of Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and interior art from Food Chain by Jim Alexander and Pete Woods

Cover and interior art from 2000AD by Colin Wilson / Cover of Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and interior art from Food Chain by Jim Alexander and Pete Woods

Starting a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to a writer and an artist about their work in and after 2000AD. Colin Wilson discusses getting his first work on the periodical and drawing Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper strips in the early 1980s, while, in an interview recorded at Bristol Comic Expo 2014, writer Jim Alexander and artist Pete Woods discuss titles published by Alexander’s imprint ‘Planet Jimbot’, including Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and Food Chain.

11.30am Thursday 6th August, repeated 7am Saturday 8th August 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Jim Alexander’s blog
Pete Woods’ website
Planet JimBot shop
Colin Wilson’s website and profile at 2000ad.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Wilson and Wyld

July 29, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Wilson and Wyld

Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Concluding a month of shows about Australasian comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to an Australian writer living in London and a New Zealander artist living in Australia who found fame in Europe… Evie Wyld discusses her collaboration with artist Joe Sumner on her first graphic novel Everything is Teeth, which depicts her childhood fear of sharks in New South Wales, and how it compares to other predators depicted in her novel All the Birds, Singing.
Also, Colin Wilson explores his early comics – Strips and The Adventures of Captain Sunshine – published in New Zealand and explains how he found work in the Northern Hemisphere on European Graphic Albums featuring Lieutenant Blueberry, and American comics such as Star Wars and The Losers.

11am Thursday 30th July, repeated 7am Saturday 1st August 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice

July 22, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice

Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by  Carol Wood and Susan Butcher

Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher

Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to Melbourne cartoonist Bruce Mutard about his career so far, from his first graphic novel The Bunker to experimental comics such as Alice in Nomansland, and working on a sequel to his World War II graphic novel The Sacrifice. Mutard also discusses titles published by his fledgling imprint Fabilaux, the varied influences on his style from ligne claire to Crumb, and his experience of doing an MA course in comics.

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

Links: Bruce Mutard’s website
Info about the crowd funding campaign for Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher published by Mutard
Publisher’s website page on The Sacrifice

Tomorrow’s show: Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures

July 15, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures

Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg

Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg

Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose work mixes anthropological characters with unusual situations. New Zealand publisher Richard Fairgray discusses the police procedural dinosaur comic Blastosaurus which he draws and co-writes and his imprint Square Planet Comics, in an interview recorded at London Film and Comic Con (which returns to Olympia this weekend).

Also, Alex talks to Australian artist Nicki Greenberg about her full length adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet, and her shorter comics on being a cartoonist and finding a zombie in your attic!

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

Tomorrow’s show: Writing as the Other

July 8, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Writing as the Other

Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team

Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team

Continuing a month of shows about comics that are about or from Australasia, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist turned novelist Ed Hillyer about The Clay Dreaming – his account of an Aborigine Cricket Team in 19th Century Britain, and how writing a book without pictures differs to his experience of writing comics. Alex also talks to French Bande dessinée creator L.F. Bollée about writing the graphic novel Terra Australis, which depicts the conquering of Australia. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Australia / New Zealand Literature Festival 2014.

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

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

doctor_who_ebooks_comics_animated

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…)

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