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: Frankenstein revived / Superman Lives

February 17, 2016

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Electric Sheep Film Show: Frankenstein revived / Superman Lives

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Blu-Ray cover for Frankenstein (2015) / Asia House Film Festival flyer / Jon Schnepp interviewed by Alex Fitch at BFI Southbank / The Death of Superman Lives poster

In the February episode of the Electric Sheep Film Show, Electric Sheep Magazine editor assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to Jasper Sharp, artistic director of the Asia House Film Festival, which runs from 22 February, to actor Tony Todd about Bernard Rose’s new adaptation of Frankenstein, and to the director (Jon Schnepp) and producers (Holly Payne, Robert Pierce) of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives. With classic tracks by The Clique, Klark Kentt and The Crystals.
The Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.

8pm Wednesday 17th February, repeated 9am Thursday 18th February 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

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Tomorrow’s show: The Ersatz Doctors

December 20, 2015

Tomorrow at 8pm on Resonance FM, Clear Spot: The Ersatz Doctors

Sylvester McCoy with Tim Treloar / Carole Ann Ford with John Guilor / David Troughton / Jon Culshaw

Sylvester McCoy with Tim Treloar / Carole Ann Ford with John Guilor / David Troughton / Jon Culshaw

In the last Clear Spot of 2015, Alex Fitch looks at the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on or retired. While the programme has a built in fiction for the constant recasting of the lead role, fans have had a desire to still see and hear new adventures for the 1960s and 70s versions of Doctor Who, and these have begun to be made and licenced by the BBC for broadcast on digital radio, television and download.
Alex talks to impressionist Jon Culshaw about playing Tom Baker – otherwise known as the Fourth Doctor – in Dead Ringers, and audiobooks such as The Ark in Space; to actor David Troughton about channeling his father Patrick as an ersatz Second Doctor on BBC Radio 4extra; to John Guilor about providing a new voice for William Hartnell’s First Doctor in reconstructed ‘missing’ scenes for BBC DVDs; and to Tim Treloar about continuing the adventures of the Third Doctor in Big Finish audio plays, now that Jon Petwee is no longer with us.

8pm Monday 21st December 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: The Female Gaze, the Forbidden Room

September 27, 2015

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Still from Nasty by Prano Bailey-Bond, Sight and Sound September 2015 cover, still from The Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin

Still from Nasty by Prano Bailey-Bond, Sight and Sound September 2015 cover, still from The Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin

The Female Gaze, the Forbidden Room: In the start of a new series, Electric Sheep Magazine editor in chief Virginie Sélavy and assistant editor Alex Fitch preview the London Film Festival and talk to filmmaker Prano Bailey-Bond, whose short film NASTY is screening as part of the Cult section. Sight and Sound production editor Isabel Stevens joins them to talk about the new Female Gaze issue of the magazine. Plus extracts from Evan Johnson’s interview with Guy Maddin, whose latest, The Fobidden Room, is showing at LFF; a sample of William Fowler’s lecture on guerrilla filmmaker Antony Balch at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and classic tracks by Hank Mizell, Shirley Ellis, Nina Simone and Piney Brown. (more…)

Today’s show: Novelizing Doctor Who

December 12, 2013 1 Comment

Today at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Clear Spot: Novelizing Doctor Who

Covers of Doctor Who Novels by Terrance Dicks, Lawrence Miles, Marc Platt, Paul Cornell, J.T. Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Covers of Doctor Who Novels by Terrance Dicks, Lawrence Miles, Marc Platt, Paul Cornell, J.T. Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

In an hour long show looking at the long tradition of Doctor Who novelizations and original novels, Alex Fitch talks to five novelists who have written books and monologues based on all eras of the show: Jenny Colgan, Paul Cornell, Tommy Donbavand, Marc Platt, and script editor (1970-1974) Terrance Dicks. Also, critic Andrew Hickey talks to writer Lawrence Miles about his Who novels from the late 90s and early 2000s and his spin off series Faction Paradox.

8pm, Thursday 12th December 2013, repeated 9am, Friday 13th December 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Jenny Colgan’s facebook page
Paul Cornell’s website
Tommy Donbavand’s website
Wikipedia pages on Marc Platt and Terrance Dicks
Lawrence Miles’ blog and books published by Mad Norwegian Press (more…)

Today’s show: Alternate Histories

September 3, 2013

Today at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Clear Spot: Alternate Histories

Covers of World War Z and Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks, Intrusion and The Human Front by Ken MacLeod, The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stoss, Rapture of the nerds by Stross and Doctorow

Covers of World War Z and Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks, Intrusion and The Human Front by Ken MacLeod, The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stoss, Rapture of the nerds by Stross and Doctorow

Alex Fitch looks at the science-fiction sub genre of Alternate History, talking to three novelists about their works that imagines the past and near future if historical events had taken a different path. Charles Stross discusses his parallel worlds series “Merchant Princes” which depicts travel between various 21st Centuries where Europe is still feudal or has only just seen the industrial revolution plus his collaboration with Cory Doctorow “Rapture of the nerds”; Max Brooks talks about “World War Z” which depicts the present day Earth after twenty years of a war with zombies; and Ken MacLeod discusses his novella “The Human Front” and novel “Intrusion” which look at the kinds of police states that might exist in this county if various political movements had access to more advanced technology.

8pm, Tuesday 3rd September, repeated 9am, Wednesday 4th September 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Charles Stross’ website
Max Brooks’ website
Ken MacLeod’s blog
Listen to Alex’s interview with Ken MacLeod and Edward Ross about their stem cell comic book (more…)

Today’s show: Celebrating Ephemera

May 1, 2013

Today at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Clear Spot: Celebrating Ephemera

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Starting a new series of the bimonthly show on books, Alex Fitch talks to three authors whose work celebrates ephemera and pop culture detritus. ‘Graphic Novelist’ Graham Rawle discusses his latest novel The Card, which follows the journey of a man who believes he is being employed by the secret service to protect Princess Diana, via playing cards, bubble-gum cards and cigarette cards that are left in his path. Rawle is an author and University of Brighton lecturer who uses graphic design and typography in his work, including collage of text from magazines (Woman’s World) and photographic montages (Lost Consonants et al.). Also, Tim Pilcher talks about his crowd-funded memoir Comic Book Babylon which documents his time working at DC Comics’ London office in the 90s, meeting pop culture celebrities such as Grant Morrison, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls and Adam Ant; while Paul Magrs chats about his novels and audio plays set around the fringes of Doctor Who, including his latest release Vince Cosmos, Glam Rock Detective where a Ziggy Stardust style pop star turns out to be engaged in an on-going war with aliens on Earth. Magrs also discusses his popular ‘Brenda and Effie’ series of books about the Bride of Frankenstein and a white witch running a B+B in Whitby.

8pm, Wednesday 1st May 2013, repeated 9am, Thursday 2nd May, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Today’s show: Magical Realism

October 11, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Clear Spot: Magical Realism

Covers of Telegraph Avenue and Manhoof for Amateurs by Michael Chabon, The Boy who Sawm with Piranhas by David Almond and This Moose belongs to me by Oliver Jeffers

Covers of Telegraph Avenue and Manhoof for Amateurs by Michael Chabon, The Boy who Sawm with Piranhas by David Almond and This Moose belongs to me by Oliver Jeffers

In this month’s Book List Clear Spot, Alex Fitch talks to author Michael Chabon about his latest novel Telegraph Avenue and his collection of autobiographical essays, Manhood for Amateurs, which both display the writer’s love of collectables and ephemera from comic books to lego, Blaxploitation films to classic funk records.
Also in a Q and A recorded at Waterstones, Piccadilly, Sarah McIntyre talks to author David Almond and illustrator Oliver Jeffers about their collaboration on The Boy who swam with Piranhas and Jeffers’ latest picture book, This Moose belongs to me, which combines the artist’s use of painting, collage and word balloons to create a fable about collectivism for younger readers!

8pm, Thursday 11th October 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: 35 years of 2000AD

September 26, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Clear Spot: 35 years of 2000AD

Covers of 2000AD progs 1799 and 1800 featuring a promotional image from Dredd and art by Chris Weston and Simon Bisley

Covers of 2000AD progs 1799 and 1800 featuring a promotional image from Dredd and art by Chris Weston and Simon Bisley

In an hour long programme to compliment this month’s series of Panel Borders on comic book anthologies, tonight’s Clear Spot looks at “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic”, 2000AD in its 35th anniversary year, alongside the release of a new Dredd movie, featuring the comic’s longest running character.

Alex Fitch discusses the recently released 1800th issue of the comic with editor Matt Smith; the process of writing Future Shocks with small press creator David Baillie; the drawing of memorable strips such as Harlem Heroes and Nemesis the Warlock with artists Kev Hopgood and Henry Flint; and the art of putting words in the mouth of indestructible lawman Judge Dredd with letterer Annie Parkhouse.

8pm, Wednesday 26th September 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / two extended podcasts after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Out of the Whoniverse

August 17, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Clear Spot: Out of the Whoniverse

Promotional images for The Minister of Chance and Kaldor City, cover of Counter Measures

Promotional images for The Minister of Chance and Kaldor City, cover of Counter Measures

In an hour long show looking at the further adventures of companions and supporting characters from Doctor Who episodes, Alex Fitch talks to a selection of writers, actors and producers about two audio based spin-offs from a pair of 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) adventures in particular: The Minister of Chance which continues the story of a character from Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time, and Counter Measures which explores further alien and paranormal encounters dealt with by the supporting cast of Remembrance of the Daleks. Alex also discusses Kaldor City, a continuation of the Tom Baker serial, The Robots of Death.
Actors interviewed in the show include Paul Darrow (Blake’s 7), Pamela Salem (Miss Moneypenny in Never Say Never Again) and Doctor Who audio regular John Banks, plus producers and directors Dan Freeman, David Richardson and Ken Bentley.

8pm, Friday 17th August 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Minister of Chance podcast online 20th August Counter Measures podcast on line 30th August at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Anthropomorphic literature

August 13, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Clear Spot: Anthropomorphic literature

Bryan Talbot talks about Kamandi (photo by Matthew Rees) / cover of Grandville vol. 3 / covers of Varmints by Helen Ward + Marc Craste / Cover and interior spread from Aesops Fables adapted by Ward

Bryan Talbot talks about Kamandi (photo by Matthew Rees) / cover of Grandville vol. 3 / covers of Varmints by Helen Ward + Marc Craste / Cover and interior spread from Aesops Fables adapted by Ward

To complement this month’s series of Panel Borders on anthropomorphic comic books, tonight’s Clear Spot explores the use of animal characters with human characteristics in literature. In the first half of the show, we’re proud to present an extract from one of Bryan Talbot’s lectures on anthropomorphism in children’s books, cartoons and comics, and their relevance to his own graphic novels series Grandville. Alex Fitch also talks to Bryan about his interest in the subject, and to children’s writer and illustrator Helen Ward about her adaptations of Aesop’s Fables for modern audiences.

8pm, Monday 13th August 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: Young Adult authors

July 23, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM…

Clear Spot: Young Adult authors

Cover + interior illustration of Between the lines, cover of Wonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult / covers of Mortal Engines + Goblins by Philip Reeve, promotional art for Seawigs by Reeve + McIntyre

Cover + interior illustration of Between the lines, cover of Wonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult / covers of Mortal Engines + Goblins by Philip Reeve, promotional art for Seawigs by Reeve + Sarah McIntyre

With many kids now on their summer holidays, Alex Fitch looks at two authors who are writing books aimed at the ‘tweenage’ audience. Philip Reeve discusses his award winning Mortal Engines series, his interest in steampunk fiction and his new novel Goblins!; Jodi Picoult talks about her first Young Adult novel, Between the Lines, co-written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer, as well as her interest in comic books as displayed in her novel The Tenth Circle and her short run on Wonder Woman.

8pm, Monday 23rd July 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Philip Reeve’s blog, including info on Goblins! and his forthcoming collaborations with Sarah McIntyre
Jodi Picoult’s website, including info on Wonder Woman and Between the lines (more…)

Today’s show: The problem with autobiography

March 8, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM…

Clear Spot: The problem with autobiography

Covers of Interpreters and The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein, Billy, me and you by Nicola Streeten and Things to do in a retirement home trailer park by Aneurin Wright

Covers of Interpreters and The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein, Billy, me and you by Nicola Streeten and Things to do in a retirement home trailer park by Aneurin Wright

In a panel discussion recorded at the First Fiction festival (Sussex University, January 2012) author Sue Eckstein discusses the problems inherent in creating autobiographies with graphic novelists Nicola Streeten and Anuerin Wright and how creators can subvert and overcome these. Nicola’s book Billy, me and you and Aneurin’s Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park couldn’t be more different in their approaches, with the former combining cartoons, diary drawings and scrapbook montage and the latter depicting the author’s friends and family as anthropomorphic creatures in domestic settings. Recorded by Nicola Streeten, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch.
8pm, Thursday 8th March 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com. (more…)

Today’s show: Childrens book illustrators

January 31, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM…

Clear Spot: Childrens book illustrators

Mr Benn by David McKee, The Magic of Reality by Dave McKean and Richard Dawkins, A Monster Calls by Jim Kay and Patrick Ness

Mr Benn by David McKee, The Magic of Reality by Dave McKean and Richard Dawkins, and A Monster Calls by Jim Kay and Patrick Ness

In an hour long show about children’s book illustration, Alex Fitch talks to three generations of illustrators: David McKee, creator of Mr Benn, King Rollo and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant; Dave McKean, artist of graphic novels and picture books by Neil Gaiman, young adult books by David Almond, and Richard Dawkins’ first science book for children The Magic of Reality; and Jim Kay, illustrator of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls and Toby Forward’s Flaxfield Quartet of novels about dragons.
Also includes an extract from Dave McKean’s presentation of his work from The Magic of Reality at the book launch in Foyles, September 2011.

8pm, Tuesday 31st January 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com.
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Today’s shows: Poe and Lovecraft / Low budget films

December 2, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

I’m ready for my close-up – Pulp Fiction: Low budget British genre films

Simon Burbage, John Thomson and Gavin Molloy in Pulp / Tom Guerrier helps Mark Gatiss get into character for Cleaning Up

Simon Burbage, John Thomson and Gavin Molloy in Pulp / Tom Guerrier helps Mark Gatiss get into character for Cleaning Up

Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Guerrier about his short film Clearing Up, featuring Doctor Who stars Mark Gatiss and Louise Jameson as a hitman and his landlady; and to Adam Hamdy, co-director, and actors Jay Sutherland, Gavin Molloy, Simon Burbage and Lee Ravitz, about Pulp, a caper movie set in the small press comic community. Both films are starting to tour festivals and Alex talks about to their creators about the making of each project and their ambitions to get the films to larger audiences.

Cleaning Up will be screening next on 10/01/12 at the London Short Film Festival at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.
Pulp receives its UK premiere on 02/02/12 at SFX Weekender Sci-Fi convention, Prestatyn Sands, Wales.

5pm, Friday 2nd December, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events

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Book List: Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft

Alex Fitch, Alice Duke, China Mieville, Denise Mina and Mark Stafford at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Fia Eamónn Wahlin

Alex Fitch, Alice Duke, China Mieville, Denise Mina and Mark Stafford at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Fia Eamónn Wahlin

As everyone likes a good ghost story at Christmas, Alex Fitch chairs a panel discussion on Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, the two American heavyweights of classic horror and fantastic literature, with contributors including novelists China Miéville and Denise Mina, and illustrators Mark Stafford and Alice Duke. 2011 is the 85th anniversary of Lovecraft’s seminal story The Call of Cthulu, the 80th anniversary of the character first appearing in another writer’s fiction (Robert E. Howard’s The Black Stone) and the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue. The panelists discuss the influence of Lovecraft on genre fiction plus the use of the iconography of Poe in Goth culture and detective literature in front of an audience of fans and professionals including David Hine and Al Davison. (Recorded at the British Film Institute as part of this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival).

8pm, Friday 2nd December, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Websites: Cleaning Up / Pulp
China Mieville / Denise Mina / Alice Duke / Mark Stafford

Today’s show: Romance, thrillers and real life crime

October 25, 2011

Tonight on Resonance FM

Book list: Romance, thrillers and real life crime

Covers of books by Fiona Harper, Ed Hillyer, Sean Cregan / John Rickards

Covers of books by Fiona Harper, Ed Hillyer, Sean Cregan / John Rickards

A new, hour-long, monthly show about authors, publishers and readers; in this first episode of Book List, Alex Fitch talks to Fiona Harper, author of Mills and Boon titles: Swept Off Her Stilettos, Three Weddings and a Baby, and Blind Dates and Other Disasters and to thriller writer John Rickards (a.k.a. Sean Cregan) about his new novel The Razor Gate.
Also in an extract from a presentation of his book at Westminster Library, Ed Hillyer (a.k.a Ilya) talks about his novel The Clay Dreaming, which retells the true story of the traffic of felons and kidnapped aborigines between England and Australia in Regency and Victorian London.

8pm, Wednesday 26th October, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: John Rickards‘ blog – www.namelesshorror.com
Buy Sean Cregan books: The Levels and The Razor Gate from Hodder Headline

www.myriadeditions.com
Ed Hillyer page on wikipedia.com

Fiona Harper‘s website
Author’s page at www.millsandboon.co.uk

Recommended events:

Mike and Laura Allred signing

At Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street in London, on Sunday 29th October, Mike and Laura Allred will be doing a signing of their work, including the pop art classics Madman and X-Statics

5pm, 29th October, Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street

Nobrow anthology launch

On Thursday November 3rd at the impossibly fashionable bar Jaguar Shoes, 32 Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, the pubishers of Luke Pearson’s books Nowbrow press will be launching their new anthology from 6.30pm.

More info: www.comicafestival.com

Today’s show: Zombies, gamers and franchises

September 17, 2010 5 Comments

Today on Resonance FM

Clear Spot: Zombies, gamers and franchises – genre entertainment for young adult readers

Book covers of Kraken by China Mieville, For the Win by Cory Doctorow, The Dead and The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Book covers of Kraken by China Mieville, For the Win by Cory Doctorow, The Dead and The Enemy by Charlie Higson

In this hour long show, Alex Fitch looks at current trends in young adult literature which show an influence from horror films, science fiction and video game culture. Alex interviews comedian and writer Charlie Higson – who found fame as a novelist with his ‘Young Bond’ series of books – about his pair of zombie novels for teenagers, The Enemy and The Dead, plus in a Q and A recorded in Clerkenwell Tales‘ ecclesiastical annex (The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer) on Exmouth Market, English PEN campaigns manager Robert Sharp talks to Cory Doctorow and China Miéville about their latest novels, For the win and Kraken.

8pm, 17/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Charlie Higson, China Miéville, Cory Doctorow and English PEN
English PEN website
Cory Doctorow’s websites: www.boingboing.net
and www.craphound.com, where you can read For the win online
China Miéville’s page at www.panmacmillan.com
Charlie Higson’s website / The Enemy website
Robert Sharp’s website
Info about the original event and Clerkenwell Tales bookshop
Listen to Alex Fitch’s Autumn 2009 interview with Cory Doctorow, featuring a reading by Jessica Fostekew of his short story Printcrime
Listen to China Miéville accept and talk about his 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award for The City and the City

Recommended events:

Charlie Higson signing

Charlie Higson is doing an exclusive one off London signing of his new novel The Dead at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, where he will be dicing with dismemberment by retrieving a copy of the book from a live Piranha tank!
Saturday 18 September 2pm, Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 0EB
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Today’s show: 42 years of The Prisoner

January 25, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Clear Spot – Not a number: 42 years of The Prisoner

clockwise from left, Number 6, painting by Simon Palmer, Patrick McGoohan on the set of Living in Harmony, Ian Rakoff at Comica, Michael Epstein and  Sophia Cacciola a.k.a. Do not forsake me oh my darling; and the cover of the novel Miss Freedom; by Andrew Cartmel

clockwise from left, 'No.6', painting by Simon Palmer, Patrick McGoohan on the set of Living in Harmony, Ian Rakoff at Comica, Michael Epstein and Sophia Cacciola a.k.a. 'Do not forsake me oh my darling' and the cover of the novel 'Miss Freedom' by Andrew Cartmel

Alex Fitch talks to a trio of creators about the influence Patrick McGoohan’s classic TV show, The Prisoner has had on their lives and work. Author and 1980s Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel talks about his Prisoner novel ‘Miss Freedom’; Sophia Cacciola from the American band ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ talks about recording an album influenced by The Prisoner, with each of the 17 tracks inspired by one of the episodes of the classic TV series; Alex interviews writer, editor and raconteur Ian Rakoff about his experiences working on The Prisoner 42 years ago including the bowdlerisation of his script for ‘Living in Harmony’ plus actress Jessica Fostekew reads from the first chapter of Andrew’s novel ‘Miss Freedom’.

8pm 25/01/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended Ian Rakoff podcast online now, Andrew & Sophia to follow…

Links: to follow…

Recommended events:

Ladeez love comics

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 25 January 2010
The monthly discussion group for women who enjoy comics and men who enjoy intelligent discussion with women who enjoy comics!

Guest Speaker: Karrie Fransman, creator of ‘My Peculiar World’ Comic strip
http://www.karriefransman.com

Recommended Read: ‘ Blankets’ by Craig Thompson

The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Directions:
Nearest Tube: Aldgate East. Follow the exit which directs you to the Whitechapel Art Gallery
Turn LEFT out of the tube into Whitechapel High Street.
Take the first left into Osborne Street and carry straight on into Brick Lane.
Take the fourth turning on the right into Heneage Street and The Rag Factory is a little way up, on the right.

Arthur Ransom at Orbital Comics Gallery

14 January- 14 February

Orbital Comics is pleased to present British comics legend, Arthur Ranson’s, premiere exhibition, showing art spanning throughout his prolific career from 2000AD and beyond and depictions of beloved characters such as Judge Anderson, PSI and Button Man…
8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

Comixmas exhibition

ComiXmas: When Worlds Collide is an exhibition of fantastic images from contemporary comic books and graphic novels, featuring work by the best contemporary comic book artists, along with images from past great masters of the genre. On display in the exhibition are prints reproduced at a strikingly larger scale by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, one of the fathers of Japanese manga and anime; Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin; Woodrow Phoenix, creator of the award winning Rumble Strip; Andrzej Klimowski, illustrator of The Master & Margarita; Reinhard Kleist, illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness; From Hell creators Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and many other artists. This free exhibition runs from 11 December 2009 to 6 February 2010 at the LondonPrintStudio Gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London.

Additionally, Paul Gravett will be hosting a free panel discussion How A Comic Is Made at the LondonPrintStudio on Thursday 21 January 2010, where you can discover the secrets behind writing and drawing comics, graphic novels and manga, revealed by creators featured in the ComiXmas Exhibition: Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (Master and Margarita), Nana Li (Twelfth Night), Pat Mills (Nemesis, Slaine, Requiem) and Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). Followed by book signings and reception.

More info at www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

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Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Spend your Christmas money on Neil’s collection and donate to a good cause…

More info here

Panel Borders: The art of Paul Ashley Brown

November 17, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Paul Ashley Brown

Broadcast 12/11/09 as half of a ‘clear spot’ on Resonance 104.4 FM

Image from Browner-Knowle by Paul Ashley Brown

Image from Browner-Knowle by Paul Ashley Brown


In the second of two interviews recorded during the Alternative Press Fair, Dickon Harris talks to comic book writer and artist Paul Ashley Brown about his work outside the St. Aloysius Social Club in Somers Town, London. Dickon and Paul discuss the latter’s latest small press comic – Browner Knowle – and the small press scene in London from Fast Fiction in the 1980s to the present day.
For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Official website
Blog at
the Concrete Hermit Network
Review of recent ‘zines
Info about Alternative Press fair events
Listen to the companion episode, recorded at the Alternative Press Fair Collaborama!, in which Dickon talks to comic book creator Paul Rainey and poet Ceri May

Recommended events:

Signings:

Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA will be hosting an exhibition of various artists’ contributions to the Solipsistic Pop comics anthology from 14-19 November 2009.

Cameron Stewart / Karl Kerschl / Ramón Pérez at Orbital Comics
Cameron Stewart (Seaguy, Batman & Robin), Karl Kerschl (Wednesday Comics: Flash, Teen Titans: Year One) and Ramón Pérez (Resistance, NYX: No Way Home)
will be signing their wares on Thursday 19th November 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00.

Reinhard Kleist signing Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness Saturday 21 November 13:00 – 14:00
Reinhard Kleist will be signing his graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 21st November 1- 2pm
Johnny Cash was a seventeen-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music. Already a bestseller and award-winner in Europe, JOHNNY CASH: I SEE DARKNESS vividly portrays the unpredictable, turbulent life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music business rebel with all the drama and character befitting the man who became a legend in his own lifetime.

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COMICA week two (all events at the ICA, The Mall, London unless noted otherwise):

Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Political Poster-Making Workshop
The young peoples charity and publishers of the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption anthology present a workshop on making your own agit-pop posters.
The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, London, EC2A 4RH, November 18, 2009 – from 7pm

More info: http://www.comicafestival.com
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Today’s shows: Davison and Lee on Doctor Who / Rainey, May and Brown on The Alternative Press Fair

November 12, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Doctor Who and The Spiral Cage

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Continuing our month look long at ‘British Mavericks’ – interviews with artists whose work brings aspects of the avant-garde to mainstream comics – Alex Fitch talks to artist Al Davison about his career so far, from early graphic novels based on autobiography such as The Spiral Cage and The Minotaur’s Tale which depict Al’s struggle with his identity as an artist with spina bifida to his most recent book Hokusai: Demons which explores Japanese erotic art and bestiaries based on the artist’s dreams. Alex and Al are also joined by writer Tony Lee to discuss the latter’s collaboration with the artist on the American Doctor Who comic which depicts David Tennant’s alter-ego having adventures in 1920s Hollywood. Today’s interviews were recorded last month at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham.

5pm 12/11/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Al Davison – Official website www.astralgypsy.com
Al’s page at www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Interview with Al in The Coventry Telegraph

Tony Lee – Official website www.tonylee.co.uk
Interview with Tony about Doctor Who at www.comicbookresources.com
Read the first 6 pages of Doctor Who: Silver Scream online

also: Clear Spot – The Alternative Press Fair

Excerpt from The Book of Lists by Paul Rainey and Browner Knowle by Paul Ashley Brown

Excerpt from The Book of Lists by Paul Rainey and Browner Knowle by Paul Ashley Brown

In an hour-long collection of interviews recorded at a couple of events during August’s Alternative Press week in London, ‘zine creator Dickon Harris talks to a trio of small press creators about their work; these include Paul Rainey, whose comic book paperback The Book of Lists sees the writer / artist collating events from his life into thematic order, poet Ceri May who self publishes and performs her work at alt. press events and accomplished illustrator Paul Ashley Brown who creates a bitter sweet, whimsical ‘zine called Browner Knowle based on observation from life. The broadcast compliments the event “Are you ‘zine friendly?” which is taking place at the same time as the programme at The Foundry in Hoxton.

8pm 12/11/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Paul Rainey – Official website
where you can view 5 pages of The Book of Lists online
Review of various Rainey comics on the Propaganda review site

Ceri May – myspace page and blog
Ceri’s video about the small press
Info about the Y Tuesday monthly poetry club on myspace

Paul Ashley Brown – Official website
Blog at
the Concrete Hermit Network
Review of recent ‘zines

Recommended events:

“Are you zine friendly?”, Thursday 12th November, an Alternative Press event at the Foundry in Hoxton, promoting a new small press web resource: the Zine Friendly blog!
86 Great Eastern Street, London. More info: http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com
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Today’s shows: Horrible Histories / The Atom Style

August 6, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Horrible Histories

Excerpt from Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Rob Davis, image copyright Scholastic / Imperial War Museum

Excerpt from Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Rob Davis, image copyright Scholastic / Imperial War Museum

Starting children’s comics fortnight on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to writer Terry Deary and cartoonist Martin Brown about their hugely successful range of children’s books, Horrible Histories, which have formed the inspiration for an exhibition called Terrible Trenches that’s just opened at the Imperial War Museum, London.

5pm 06/08/09, repeated 11.30pm 09/08/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Wikipedia pages on Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Horrible Histories
Info about Horrible Histories at scholastic.co.uk
Info about the Terrible Trenches exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London

also:

Clear Spot: In search of the Atom Style

Panels from The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing and Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix

Panels from The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing and Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix

Continuing children’s comics fortnight on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to artists Woodrow Phoenix and Garen Ewing about their work and the influence of the Atom Style / ligne claire tradition on their comics, which was most famously exemplified in the art of Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin. Also, Alex talks to comics historian Paul Gravett about his exhibition on the movement which is currently showing at The Atomium in Brussels until 20th September.

8pm Thursday 06/08/09 / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast 20/08/09 at http://www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Read an extract from Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix in Creative Review
Rainbow Orchid pages at garenewing.co.uk
Info about the Atom Style exhibition at brusselscomics.com
Article on the Atom Style at www.paulgravett.com
Wikipedia pages on Paul Gravett, Woodrow Phoenix and Garen Ewing

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Related news:

Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The Illustration Cupboard is pleased to present the first British exhibition of the world-famous graphic-novel artist Kevin O’Neill.

Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm / Saturday 12pm – 5pm / www.illustrationcupboard.com