Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Today’s show: Drawing and painting comics

December 2, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Drawing and painting comics

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Pages of comics by Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, Vicky Stonebridge, James E Snelling

Starting a month of shows about creators who use fine art in their work, guest presenter Richard Reynolds (FRSA) discusses art techniques used in strips and graphic novels with artists Al Davison, Hannah Eaton, James E Snelling and Vicky Stonebridge.
Al discusses relearning to draw comics after suffering bouts of blindness and hand paralyses, Hannah talks about the fine art training that contributed to her first graphic novel, James explores his parallel art careers in trompe l’oeil interiors and comic books and Vicky demonstrates the use of painting and ceramics in her site specific sculptures, photographs and sequential art. Recorded at Caption Festival, Oxford, Summer 2013.

4.30pm, Monday 2nd December 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 5th December 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: After 2000AD

November 25, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: After 2000AD

Babble / Judge Dredd by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle / Bad Company by Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins and Jim McCarthy / Rogan Gosh by Milligan and Brendan McCarthy

Babble / Judge Dredd by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle / Bad Company by Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins and Jim McCarthy / Rogan Gosh by Milligan and Brendan McCarthy

Concluding a month of shows about comic book creators who collaborate together, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of 2000AD fanzine contributors and a quartet of acclaimed 1980s 2000AD alumni about their work. Dogbreath and Zarjaz contributors – Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle – discuss their first graphic novel, Babble, which tells the tale of how researchers into ancient languages accidentally release a virus that turns the human race into psychopaths.
Also, in a tag team discussion recorded after a signing in Gosh! Comics, Brendan McCarthy, Peter Milligan, Jim McCarthy and Brett Ewins talk about their work in “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic”, the new Dark Horse collection The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, and the various ways they broke into comics.

4.30pm, Monday 25th November 2013, repeated TBCam, Thursday 28th November 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Doctor Who and the graphic novels

November 18, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Doctor Who and the graphic novels

Doctor Who comics by artists Adrian Salmon, Mark Buckingham, and writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray

Doctor Who comics by artists Adrian Salmon, Mark Buckingham, and writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray

Continuing a month about comic book creators who collaborate together, Alex Fitch looks at Doctor Who comic strips in the 50th anniversary week of the TV show. In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, artists Adrian Salmon and Mark Buckingham plus writers Scott Gray and Andrew Cartmel (also the TV script editor from 1987-1989) discuss the various adventures of the Doctor in sequential art, including the ‘wilderness years’ when the show was off air in the 1990s and comics were the only continuing visual adventures of the Time Lord.

4.30pm, Monday 18th November 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 21st November 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Brighton – The Graphic Novelists

November 11, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Brighton – The Graphic Novelists

Brighton - the graphic novel, cover by Bryan Talbot, interior art by Ottilie Hainsworth, Nye Wright and Jaime Huxtabel

Brighton – the graphic novel, cover by Bryan Talbot, interior art by Ottilie Hainsworth, Nye Wright and Jaime Huxtabel

Continuing a month of shows looking at comic book creators who collaborate together, Alex Fitch talks to thirteen creators who contributed to Brighton: The Graphic Novel, a new anthology which tells vignettes from Brighton’s history over the last 300 years, published by QueenSpark Books; these include writers and illustrators Jim Holland, Maria Parra, Ottilie Hainsworth, Nye Wright, Rosanna Lowe, Jules Craig, Jonathan Stearn, Chris Hagan, Rob Simpson, Jaime Huxtable and Ian Buchanan, plus art mentor / letterer Paul Collicutt, and editor / writing coach Tim Pilcher.
N.B./ Panel Borders repeats during late October and early November are at 2am on Thursdays due to Resonance’s morning broadcasts from Void Festival, Londonderry / Derry

4.30pm, Monday 11th November 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 14th November 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Bad Planets and Misguided Islands

November 4, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Bad Planets and Misguided Islands

Covers of Oliver and the Seawigs, Bad Planet volume one and The Lycan

Covers of Oliver and the Seawigs, Bad Planet volume one and The Lycan

Starting a month of shows about comic book creators who collaborate together, Alex Fitch talks to two pairs of creators who come from outside the world of comics. In an interview recorded at the MCM Expo, London October 2013, actor turned writer Thomas Jane and illustrator Tim Bradstreet talk about their work on comics and graphic novels such as Bad Planet and The Lycan. Also, in an interview recorded at Daunt Books, Marylebone, children’s writers and illustrators Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve discuss swapping roles on various projects including The Phoenix comic and their latest book Oliver and the Seawigs, which is about moving, sentient islands and their headwear!
N.B./ Panel Borders repeats during late October and early November are at 2am on Thursdays due to Resonance’s morning broadcasts from Void Festival, Londonderry / Derry

4.30pm, Monday 4th November 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 7th November 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Bad Planet can be found at www.rawstudios.com
More info about Oliver and the Seawigs can be found at www.jabberworks.co.uk (more…)

Today’s show: Great British Horror Comics

October 28, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Great British Horror Comics

David Hine, I.N.J. Culbard, Alex Fitch and Hannah Berry at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival / Alex interviews Gareth Brookes

David Hine, I.N.J. Culbard, Alex Fitch and Hannah Berry at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival / Alex Fitch interviews Gareth Brookes

Today’s show concludes a month of episodes looking at horror comics, and includes interviews with a quartet of British creators who work in that genre. Alex Fitch talks to David Hine, author of Strange Embrace and writer of a variety of horror comics for American publishers, I.N.J. Culbard, the illustrator of Self Made Hero’s H.P.Lovecraft adaptations and Hannah Berry, whose second graphic novel Adamtine is a claustrophobic tale of terror set on a train, in a panel recorded at the first Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Also, Gareth Brookes discusses his extraordinary graphic novel The Black Project, illustrated via linocut and embroidery, which tells the story of an unusual young man who makes his girlfriends out of found materials, and mixes The Silence of the Lambs with arts and crafts magazines.
N.B./ Panel Borders repeats during late October and early November are at 2am on Thursdays due to Resonance’s morning broadcasts from Void Festival, Londonderry / Derry

4.30pm, Monday 28th October 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 31st October 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Spirit animals – Hannah Eaton and Dan White

October 21, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Spirit animals – Hannah Eaton and Dan White

Cindy and Biscuit by Dan White / Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton

Cindy and Biscuit by Dan White / Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton

Continuing a month of shows on horror and fantasy comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of writer / artists about their work in these genres which mix tales of adolescent girls with English legends, spirit animals and weird occurrences. Hannah Eaton discusses her folkloric graphic novel Naming Monsters, recently published by Myriad Editions and a result of her entering the 2012 First Fictions Competition. Dan White talks about his self published comics Terminus and Cindy and Biscuit, the latter combining the adventures of a Little Orphan Annie type character and her dog with Lovecraftian horrors. Both interviews were recorded live at Cartoon County, Brighton, Summer 2013, with additional questions by David Lloyd, Corinne Pearlman, Glenn Fabry, Dave Stone and others.

N.B./ Panel Borders repeats during late October and early November are at 2am on Thursdays due to Resonance’s morning broadcasts from Void Festival, Londonderry / Derry

4.30pm, Monday 21th October 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 24th October 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Mute, Glenn Fabry

October 14, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Mute, Glenn Fabry

Art from Mute by Duncan Jones, More Kev by Garth Ennis, Lot 13 by Steve Niles, illustrated by Glenn Fabry

Art from Mute by Duncan Jones, More Kev by Garth Ennis, Lot 13 by Steve Niles, illustrated by Glenn Fabry

Continuing a month of shows looking at horror and fantasy comics, Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and illustrator Glenn Fabry about his graphic novel adaptation of Duncan Jones’ yet to be filmed sequel to Moon, a Philip K Dick style drama called Mute. Glenn discusses the differences between illustrating adaptions of film scripts and regular comics, his collaboration with Steve Niles on the horror serial Lot 13, drawing Garth Ennis’ “funniest script” for The Authority: Kev, and his plans for more personal work in the future. Recorded in front of a live audience at Cartoon County, Brighton, Summer 2013.

4.30pm, Monday 14th October 2013, repeated 8am, Sunday 21st October 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Glenn Fabry’s work at www.glennfabry.co.uk
Discover Cartoon County at www.cartooncounty.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Glenn (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: 100 issues of The Walking Dead

October 6, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: 100 issues of The Walking Dead

Charlie Adlard signs art from The Walking Dead 106 / alternative cover for the issue / interior art

Charlie Adlard signs art from The Walking Dead 106 / alternative cover for the issue / interior art

Starting a month of shows on horror and fantasy comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist Charlie Adlard about drawing 100 issues of The Walking Dead. Alex and Charlie discuss the various storylines the artist has rendered since 2004, coming up with new character designs for humans and zombies alike, how the TV show compliments and diverges from the original comic, and drawing variant covers for the title to help support his local comic book shop.

Recorded in front of a live audience at Infinity and Beyond Comics, Shrewsbury, Autumn 2012.

4.30pm, Monday 7th October 2013, repeated 11am, Thursday 10th October 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson – filmmakers talk comics

September 30, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson – filmmakers talk comics

Pastiche of Performance poster featuring Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson

Pastiche of Performance poster featuring Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson

Concluding a month of shows on the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert museum, Alex Fitch talks to two filmmakers who are regular attendees at Ian Rakoff’s comic book lectures at the V and A. Acclaimed film director Nic Roeg discusses his interest in comics and museum culture, how he nearly directed the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon and why the BBC wouldn’t let him choose Desert Island Discs for Radio 4′s Cultural Exchange. American Producer Sandy Lieberson, who worked with Roeg on Performance, talks about his love of classic newspaper strips, distinctions between high and low art and his involvement in The Magic Roundabout movie, Dougal and the Blue Cat.

4.30pm, Monday 30th September 2013, repeated 11am, Thursday 3rd October 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Today’s show: Storing comics / awarding illustration

September 23, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Storing comics / awarding illustration

The National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum / attendees at the Illustration Awards / display case from On Eagles Wings exhibition

The National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum / attendees at the Illustration Awards / display case from ‘On Eagles Wings’ exhibition

In the fourth of a series of shows looking at the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Alex Fitch talks to three of the people involved in promoting the collection. Martin Flynn, Head of Access at the V & A talks about the museum’s annual illustration awards, how comic book creators are beginning to submit their work and the process of doing so. Ian Rakoff, founder of the Rakoff comic book collections and Marc Ward, serials librarian at the National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum, discuss the storing of comics at the NAL, in the museum’s climate controlled basement and elsewhere, how these titles are categorised and how members of the public can access them.

4.30pm, Monday 23rd September 2013, repeated 11am, Thursday 26th September 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Preserving comics

September 16, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Preserving comics

Tools used by Anne Bancroft at the Victoria and Albert Museum / art by Andy Roberts from 1997 Caption programme, Linus website, RRR zine 2005

Tools used by Anne Bancroft at the Victoria and Albert Museum / art by Andy Roberts from 1997 Caption programme, Linus website, RRR zine 2005

Continuing a month of shows about the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Alex Fitch talks to V and A conservator Anne Bancroft and comic book creator Jenni Scott about some of the more unusual items in the collection. Anne discusses the preservation and conservation of comics at the V and A, including methods to display items in touring exhibitions and the creation of bespoke storage folders suitable for fragile printed materials.
Also, a few days after what would have been his fiftieth birthday, Jenni describes the donation of the Andy Roberts collection to the V and A which followed his untimely passing in 2005; the collection includes boxes of British comics and self published zines by Andy himself and others, that the small press creator and musician had amassed during his life.

4.30pm, Monday 16th September 2013, repeated 11am, Thursday 19th September 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Collecting comics at the National Art Library

September 9, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Collecting comics at the National Art Library

Photo of the National Art Library

Photo of the National Art Library

Continuing a month of shows looking at the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Alex Fitch talks to Jan van der Wateren (former chief librarian and Keeper of the National Art Library,) and Ian Rakoff (founder of the Rakoff Collection) about the collecting and acquisition of comics at the V & A. Jan and Ian talk about the history of the Rakoff collection, how it relates to other comic book collections in the archive at the National Art Library – such as the Krazy Kat Arkive and Walt Disney comics collection – and various efforts over the years to highlight their existence. Also, Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the V & A, talks about the museum’s cultural remit and how that relates to comics, periodicals and popular culture.

4.30pm, Monday 9th September 2013, repeated 11am, Thursday 12th September 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Today’s show: Illustrating the Memory Palace

September 2, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Illustrating the Memory Palace

Photo of Memory Palace exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Photo of Memory Palace exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

In the first of a new series of Panel Borders in new time slots (same weekdays), we have the start of a month of shows looking at the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Alex Fitch talks to curator Ligaya Salazar and artist Robert Hunter about the exhibition Memory Palace which runs at the V and A until 20th October and depicts a post apocalyptic London where memory and speech are being legislated and curtailed by the state. Salazar discusses the creation of the exhibition with her co-curator Laurie Britton Newell and how the short story by Hari Kunzru which forms the basis of the show has been illustrated by artists from various media, including comics, illustration and sculpture. Hunter talks about his silent comic strip in the book of the exhibition which reimagines its creation within the walls of the museum and elsewhere.

4.30pm, Monday 2nd September 2013, repeated 11am, Thursday 5th September 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Today’s show: Spike Lee on crowdfunding

August 16, 2013

Today at 4pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, I’m ready for my close-up: Spike Lee on crowdfunding

Still of Spike Lee from Kickstarter campaign video + an example of what his new film is not about

Still of Spike Lee from Kickstarter campaign video + an example of what his new film is not about

In a special episode of I’m ready for my close-up, Alex Fitch talks to American film maker Spike Lee about his Kickstarter campaign to fund a new movie about ‘blood addiction’ (which ends on August 21st). They also discuss his forthcoming remake of Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy, Lee’s thoughts on blaxplotation films such as Blacula and the director’s continuing enjoyment of being a film tutor.

4pm, Friday 16th August, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events after broadcast (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: What’s normal anyway?

July 28, 2013

Tomorrow morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: What’s normal anyway?

Excerpt from Whats normal anyway? by Morgan Boecher

Excerpt from What’s normal anyway? by Morgan Boecher

Concluding a month about LGBT comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Morgan Boecher about his humorous webcomic What’s normal anyway? which depicts the travails of a transgender male. Morgan discusses the autobiographical elements of his comic, his history as an artist and future plans for the narrative. (Last in the current series)

8.30am, Monday 29th July 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: What’s normal anyway? website
Blog posts by Morgan Boecher on www.paradigmshiftnyc.com
Interview with Morgan at www.bilerico.com (more…)

Today’s show: Reconstructing Nightbreed

July 26, 2013

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, I’m ready for my close-up: Reconstructing Nightbreed

Cast publicity shot from Nightbreed

Cast publicity shot from Nightbreed

Ahead of its tour of America, in a panel discussion recorded in Welwyn Garden City, actors Simon Bamford (Ohnaka) and Nick Vince (Kinski) plus restoration producer Russell Cherrington and restoration editor Jimmy Johnson discuss the reconstruction of the director’s cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, which is being presented at various venues to help fund a high definition print. The panel discuss the edits imposed on Barker by the studio, the disappointment felt by many regarding the bowdlerised version released in 1990 and how with the help of various formats and sources, a reedit of all the existing footage was mounted to restore the film to its original version.

Nightbreed: the Cabal Cut will be screening in various venues across America from 27th July, with an additional Australian showing in Melbourne in August. More info at http://www.occupymidian.com/screenings

5pm, Friday 26th July, repeated 8am Tuesday 30th July, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast at www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events after broadcast

Links: Occupy Midian website
Info on a new Nightbreed short story collection (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Educating with autobiography – Comic Nurse and Erika Moen

July 21, 2013

Tomorrow morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Educating with autobiography – Comic Nurse and Erika Moen

Excerpts from Comic Nurse by M.K. Czerwiec and Dar! by Erika Moen

Excerpts from Comic Nurse by M.K. Czerwiec and Dar! by Erika Moen

Continuing a month of shows about lesbian and gay comics, Alex Fitch talks to MK Czerwiec and Erika Moen about their work. MK discusses her alter-ego Comic Nurse and narratives about nursing in her sequential art which include elements of autobiography and how this has led to curating zines and illustration work about her home city of Chicago. Erika talks about her webcomic Dar! which gave her a space to discuss her relationships and sexuality on the net, plus her collaborations with Jeff Parker on Bucko, published by Dark Horse, and Matthew Nolan on sex education strips.

8.30am, Monday 22nd July 2013 / repeated 3pm, Thursday 25th July, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Erika Moen’s website
M.K. Czerwiec’s website
Listen to M.K.’s presentation at Laydeez do Comics (more…)

Today’s show: Small press gay comics and zines

July 15, 2013

This morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Small press gay comics and zines

Photo of David Shenton: Those Foolish things exhibition at Space Station Sixty Five / Various comics by Sina Sparrow

Photo of David Shenton: Those Foolish things exhibition at Space Station Sixty Five / Various comics by Sina Sparrow

Continuing a month of shows about gay and lesbian comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonists David Shenton and Sina Sparrow about their work. Shenton discusses his plans for new cartoon work and his current exhibition “Those Foolish Things”, on display at Space Station Sixty-Five gallery in Kennington, South London; and Sparrow talks about his zine Art Fag and contributing to the forthcoming anthology QU33R.

8.30am, Monday 15th July 2013 / repeated 3pm, Thursday 18th July, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: David Shenton’s website
Sina Sparrow’s website
(more…)

Today’s show: Reinventing the portmanteau film

July 12, 2013

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, I’m ready for my close-up: Reinventing the portmanteau film

Stills from T is for Toilet and Jimmys End

Stills from T is for Toilet and Jimmy’s End

Alex Fitch talks to two directors of short films – Lee Hardcastle and Mitch Jenkins – about contributing to longer portmanteau works. Lee discusses his seminal short “Pingu’s The Thing” and “T is for Toilet”, his contribution to the new horror movie The ABCs of Death. Mitch talks about his collaborations with Alan Moore on the photo novella Unearthing and series of short films Jimmy’s End which he’s currently using a kickstarter campaign to fund its concluding chapter “His Heavy Heart”.

The ABCs of Death is released on DVD / Blu-Ray on 22nd July / The His Heavy Heart fundraising campaign ends on 17th July

5pm, Friday 12th July, repeated 8am Tuesday 16th July, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast at www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events after broadcast

Links: Director websites – www.leehardcastle.com / www.mitchjenkins.com
His Heavy Heart fundraising campaign
The ABCs of Death website (more…)

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