Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders: Myriad Authors – Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan

April 2, 2020

Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan present their work

Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan present their work at Cartoon County / LDComics

Myriad Authors: In this month’s show, two female artists discuss their forthcoming graphic novels about exclusion and inclusion, inspired by history and untold family traumas. In a Q and A hosted by Alex Fitch and recorded at Cartoon County, Hannah Eaton discusses the folk horror and factual influences on her forthcoming graphic novel Blackwood, and in a presentation recorded at an LDComics event at the Cartoon Museum, Sabba Khan relates how her culture, family history and background as an architect are combined in her forthcoming book Pluralism. Both creators were shortlisted for the First Graphic Novel Competition run by Myriad Editions, and will see their books published by the company over the next year.

Partially broadcast 1st April 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Double Vision

February 20, 2020

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Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Double Vision: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two works of fiction involving double vision. Graphic Novelists Anna Mill and Luke Jones discuss their book Square Eyes which depicts a dystopian future where the inhabitants of a city wear augmented reality glasses to see a more idealised version of their environment. Also, director Nathan Catucci explores the uncanny New York landscape of his thriller Impossible Monsters as a psychology professor’s research into sleep disorders leads to deadly results. Interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton and Cine Excess 13, Birmingham City University.

Square Eyes is available now from Jonathan Cape; Impossible Monsters is currently sceeening in US cinemas, with its UK Vimeo / VOD release on March 3rd. (more…)

Panel Borders: Formative Experiences

December 4, 2019 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

Panel Borders: European Comics

October 4, 2019

FOI diary comic by Myf Tristram / cover and interior art from Last Words by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula / web comic by Boulet / sketchbook page by Mattias Adolfsson

FOI diary comic by Myf Tristram / cover and interior art from Last Words by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula / web comic by Boulet / sketchbook page by Mattias Adolfsson

European Comics: In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, we have British, Finnish, French and Swedish comic creators talking about their work. Alex Fitch talks to artists Boulet and Mattias Adolfsson about their drawing techniques and styles in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and guest presenter and cartoonist Myfanwy Tristram discusses the Freedom of Information graphic novel – Last Words – with its creators Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 2nd October 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Comic Collaborators

September 9, 2019

Interior art from Bizarre Romance / Guantanamo Kid / The Bad, Bad Place

Interior art from Bizarre Romance / Guantanamo Kid / The Bad, Bad Place

Comic Collaborators: In the second of two special 90 min episodes, this month’s programme looks at pairs of creators who collaborate together. Alex Fitch talks to Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell about their illustrated short story collection Bizarre Romance.

Also, David Hine and Mark Stafford discuss their graphic novels The Bad, Bad Place and Lip Hook in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, and Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc explore their bande dessinée biography Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani in a discussion recorded at London Book Fair.

Originally broadcast Saturday 7th September 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Inspired by Autobiography

July 4, 2019

Excerpts from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman and The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Excerpts from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman and The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Inspired by Autobiography In a feature length episode looking at how personal experience can inform the content of graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Ian Williams about his books The Bad Doctor and The Lady Doctor which are inspired by his parallel career as a GP, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton; guest presenter Philippa Perry discusses The Book of Sarah with its author, artist Sarah Lightman, and how the book’s mix of fine art drawings and diary entries tell a tell of faith, motherhood and upbringing, in an interview recorded at Waterstones, Hampstead.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 3rd July 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Apollo and other Space Adventures

June 7, 2019

Interior art and cover from Apollo by Fitch, Baker and Collins / Interiors of Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel by Julian Hanshaw

Interior art and cover from Apollo by Fitch, Baker and Collins / Interiors of Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel by Julian Hanshaw

Apollo and other Space Adventures In a feature length episode looking at depictions of astronauts and close encounters on the comic book page to coincide with the imminent 50th anniversary of the first American Moon Landing, Alex Fitch talks to writers Matt Fitch and Chris Baker about their graphic novel adaptation of Armstrong and Aldrin’s adventures – Apollo – and to graphic novelist Julian Hanshaw regarding his books Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel about alien encounters in remote locations. Interviews recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con and Cartoon County in front of a live audience.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 5th June 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: The Name’s Bond…

May 4, 2019

Excerpt from Ghost Walk with Me by Trini Howard and Philip Bond / Philip Bond reads Bob Bond / Carl Puttnam, Will Potter and Shelly Bond  / Extract from Both Legs Down One Knicker by Bob Bond

Excerpt from Ghost Walk with Me by Trini Howard and Philip Bond / Philip Bond reads Bob Bond / Carl Puttnam, Will Potter and Shelly Bond / Extract from Both Legs Down One Knicker by Bob Bond

The Name’s Bond… In this feature-length podcast, Alex Fitch talks to three members of the same family who are involved with making comics. In an interview recorded at the Portsmouth Comic Con, Shelly and Philip Bond discuss editing and drawing comics published by Vertigo and IDW, their love of Deadline Magazine, and collaborating with Cüd’s Will Potter and Carl Puttnam on stories for Black Crown Quarterly. In a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Bob Bond talks about his six decades as a sports cartoonist, collected in such anthologies as 1966 and All That! and Both Legs Down One Knicker.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 1st May 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Inspired By Music

April 5, 2019 1 Comment

Various publication by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Various publications by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Inspired By Music: In a feature length podcast, Alex Fitch talks to two comic creators whose publications are inspired by music. Zine creator Holly Casio discusses her various Bruce Springsteen inspired titles including Queers on the edge of town in a Q and A recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018, and writer / publisher Ricky Miller talks about Metroland his comic about British pop music and time travel, mainly illustrated by Julia Scheele, and the various titles he’s overseen as co-publisher of Avery Hill, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 3rd April 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Rachael Ball – Wolf Tales

January 3, 2019

Art from Wolf / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball - photo by Sam Humphrey

Art from Wolf / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball – photo by Sam Humphrey

Rachael Ball – Wolf Tales: In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Alex Fitch talks to Rachael Ball about her new book Wolf, published by Self Made Hero. In this graphic novel set in the 1970s, the cartoonist mixes a story from her past with time travel, fantastical beasts and mysterious neighbours rendered in detailed pencil line art that combines charicature, references to children’s illustration and evocative locations from suburbia.
Partially broadcast 2nd January 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: The Art of 2000AD – Mick McMahon and Boo Cook

October 18, 2018

Line art and covers by Boo Cook and Mick McMahon

Line art and covers by Boo Cook and Mick McMahon

The Art of 2000AD: In this episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of artists who have illustrated ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’. At Cartoon County, Alex chats to Boo Cook about creating memorable covers for 2000AD and creating a crossover with US comic Elephantmen, plus a cameo by Boo’s frequent collaborator Tom Eglington. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Mike McMahon discusses his long tenure on the periodical, drawing Sláine, Judge Dredd, and other characters, plus his involvement with the revival of Tank Girl.

Partially broadcast 1st August 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Unbound Barking

October 3, 2018

Pages from Barking and sketch of Brighton Palace Pier by Lucy Sullivan

Pages from Barking and sketch of Brighton Palace Pier by Lucy Sullivan

Unbound Barking: In a pair of interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Hove, Alex Fitch looks at the output of new Graphic Novel publisher Unbound. Commissioning Editor Lizzie Kaye talks about the history of the company and how they are trying to create a new way of publishing comics, and artist Lucy Sullivan discusses her crowd funded graphic novel about mental illness: Barking, a dramatic and phantasmagorical look at depression.

Partially broadcast 2nd May 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Unbound pages on Barking, and other graphic novels from the publisher
Lucy Sullivan’s website
Cartoon County website and twitter

Panel Borders: Sci-Fi and Satire

July 29, 2018

Pages from Livestock by Hannah Berry / cartoons by Steven Appleby

Pages from Livestock by Hannah Berry / cartoons by Steven Appleby

Sci-Fi and Satire: In a pair of interviews recorded in front of live audiences, Alex Fitch talks to creators whose work includes elements of Science Fiction and Satire. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex talks to Hannah Berry about her latest and possibly final Graphic Novel – Livestock which looks at celebrity culture in a world where cloning is on the rise. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, cartoonist Steven Appleby discusses his Space Hero Captain Star and newspaper strips about family experience such as Loomus and Normal Life. (more…)

Panel Borders: Like Wallis Eates

May 21, 2018

Comic book covers and sequential art by Wallis Eates

Comic book covers and sequential art by Wallis Eates

Like Wallis Eates: In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Hove, Alex Fitch introduces a talk and Q and A by artist Wallis Eates who discusses Like an Orange, a crowd-funded collaboration with brain injury survivors, and her various other projects including Chews and Spews, Fear of Mum-Death and the Shadow-Men, Mumoir and Laydeez do Comics.

Partially broadcast 3rd May 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Unbound pages on Like an Orange, and other graphic novels from the publisher
Wallis Eates’ tumblr (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Comic and Fantasy Sounds

March 19, 2018

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Cover of Dan Dare / Promo art for I, Robot / Dimension podcast art / Photo of Live performance of The Saga of the European King

Promo art for Dan Dare / I, Robot / Dimension / Saga of the European King

An hour-long bimonthly podcast series in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas broadcast on radio or released on CD / download.

Comic and Fantasy Sounds: In this episode Alex chairs a panel discussion on creating immersive audio recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, with B7 Media’s Andrew Mark Sewell and Richard Kurti, the adaptors of Dan Dare, and The Martian Chronicles, Jason Haigh-Ellery, CEO of Big Finish Productions, Christina Barsi, creator of the sci-fi narrative podcast Dimension, and Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg who produces 3D virtual reality soundscapes. Also, at Cartoon County, Tom McNally discusses comedic fantasy drama Saga of the European King. (more…)

Panel Borders: Toys and Games

March 8, 2018

Art from Lego Star Wars / Part Robot / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Bob Molesworth / Comic Turns / Macbeth by Karen Rubins

Art from Lego Star Wars / Part Robot / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Bob Molesworth / Comic Turns / Macbeth by Karen Rubins

Toys and Games: In a pair of interviews looking at the connections between toys, games and comics, Alex Fitch talks to artists Karen Rubins and Bob Molesworth about their work. Karen discusses her new comic art card game, Comic Turns, which allows the player to create their own sequential art stories, and her strip Tales to Give You the Shivers in The Phoenix.

In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Bob Molesworth talks about drawing popular kids franchises such as Scooby Doo and Lego Star Wars, small press titles such as Dino Corps, and creating a cyberpunk adult colouring book called Part Robot.
Originally broadcast 7th March 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Seeking Opportunities

April 17, 2017

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Seeking Opportunities: Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Will Volley about The Opportunity, his ‘film noir’ style exploration of the lives of door to door salesmen, published by Myriad Editions. Alex and Will also discuss the latter’s art for adaptations of classic literature including An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet, recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Partially broadcast 14th June 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Info about The Opportunity on Myriad Editions’ website
Buy Will Volley’s books from Amazon UK

Panel Borders: Mad Robot Comics

February 28, 2017

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Mad Robot Comics: The monthly show about comics and graphic novels. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex Fitch explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics. The creators also discuss their serialised graphic novel Last Exit to Brighton, sold in 50p instalments, and Ed’s latest kickstarter project, Skate or Die!
Partially broadcast 1st February 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Mad Robot Comics website
Skate or Die! kickstarter page (ends March 9th 2017)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Comics on Film

February 27, 2017

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Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Comics on Film: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to actress Jessica Martin about her comic book tributes to Hollywood starlets and graphic novel Elsie Harris, Picture Palace about the Golden age of Cinema in an interview recorded at Cartoon County. Next, artist Paul O’Connell discusses his remixing of images from The Matrix and other films to create satirical fumetti strips.
Also, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex talks to Alex talks to director Gene Ivery, and composer Gustavo Izquierdo of immortality drama Tourbillon. Featuring classic tracks by Nick Lowe, The Traits and Jenny Rock…
Originally broadcast: 18th January 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Storifying Great British Comics

December 17, 2016

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Storifying Great British Comics: Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of periodicals.
Sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and Corinne Pearlman talks to Hamish McGillivray about co-curating “Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! – The Story of British Comics So Far” at The Lightbox, Woking, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, co-curator Paul Gravett and donor Peter Hansen introduce the exhibition of great UK comics

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

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