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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

Today’s show: The Phoenix Games Club

June 19, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Midi Clear Spot: The Phoenix Games Club

Descent board game laid out for a session at The Phoenix Games Club

Descent board game laid out for a session at The Phoenix Games Club

Alex Fitch talks to Hugh and Matt, members of The Phoenix Games Club, a group who meet at least once every week at the Black Lion pub in Plaistow to play board games, strategy games and RPGs together. The Phoenix Club is one of many up and down the country who also play games together at regional meets and national ones, so Alex asks the guys about the type of games they play, the demographic of their membership and the social and intellectual aspects of gaming.

2.30pm 19/06/09 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast online at www.sci-fi-london.com now…

Links: Phoenix games club website
Info about the Dragonmeet role playing games convention
The West London board games club
UK Role Players website

Comics news:

LUC @ 176

London Underground Comics’ latest event takes place at the 176 Project Space in Chalk Farm, London and features over 40 of the UK and beyond’s finest small press creators selling their wares in one of north London’s most beautiful gallery spaces.
Free tea and coffee, live DJs, animation projected on the 40 foot wall of the gallery and much more.

Exhibitors include: .
Oli Smith, Oliver Lambden, Sean Azzopardi, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Melody Lee, David Baillie, Douglas Noble, Marc Ellerby, Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, Jake Harold, Dan Lester, Francesca Cassavetti, Sally-Anne Hickman, Richy K Chandler, Josceline Fenton, Phil Spence, Paul Rainey, Howard Hardiman and many more…

27th June, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
More info: londonundergroundcomics.com / www.projectspace176.com

and:

An exhibition of Shaun (The Arrival) Tan’s prints, and 4 original pastels, is on at
The Illustration Cupboard at 22 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL until 22nd June
More info at www.illustrationcupboard.com

plus:

Orbital Manga is hosting a rare and exclusive signing with Manga Artist BENJAMIN (writer and artist for the stunning manga book “Orange” by Tokyopop)

Benjamin is a phenomenal mainland China artist, whose stunning digital art adorns in his Art Book Xiao Pan’s, “FLASH”. His artistic style really catches the eye, and every panel in “Orange” is painted, brush style in colour with great detail.

He’ll be demonstrating his remarkable technique and signing copies of his books including the limited edition landscape-format hardback of “Orange”, his latest lavish art book “Flash”, Chinese Youth, Remember, One Day (in French) and Images and Prints on the day of the signing.

Friday 26th June 5pm – 7pm

Orbital Manga
4c Orion House
Upper St Martins Lane
London WC2H 9NY

and:

LA NOUVELLE BANDE DESSINÉE: ÉMILE BRAVO & EMMANUEL GUIBERT

A new movement, La Nouvelle Bande Dessinée, has swept through French comics – the equivalent of La Nouvelle Vague in cinema – expanding their styles and subjects exponentially. Now two of its most dynamic members, both winners of Angoulême Essentials Awards, have their acclaimed graphic novels in English.

Émile Bravo draws My Mommy about a young son’s yearning for his vanished mother and brings historical relevance and pathos to Belgian classic Spirou.

Biographer Emmanuel Guibert chronicles one American G.I.‘s experiences in Alan’s War. In The Photographer he collaborates with photographer Didier Lefèvre to record his mission in Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders.

In conversation with Comica Festival director Paul Gravett. Followed by book signings.

Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: Saturday, June 20, 2009 – 6.30pm to 8pm
More info at www.comicafestival.com

Today’s show: Little Nellie and the Robot Zoo!

April 26, 2009

Today on Resonance FM
Little Nellie and the Robot Zoo

Illustration of Little Nellie by Edgar Aromin

Illustration of Little Nellie by Edgar Aromin


To coinicide with the current “Bond and Beyond” season at the BFI Southbank / IMAX, Alex Fitch talks to Wing Commander Ken Wallis MBE, RAF (ret’d) about building the famous yellow gyro copter “Little Nellie” featured in You only live twice (1967). Ken also performed as Sean Connery’s stunt double in the film by flying the ‘copter and created a machine for the TV miniseries The Martian Chronicles (1980). [You only live twice is showing at the BFI Southbank 25th / 28th April / 20th May, plus at the BFI IMAX on 3rd May…]
Also, in an interview first podcast at Sci-Fi London, Alex talks to Jo Hatton, keeper of the Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill which presents a collection of robotic and animatronic animals to the public and mixes education with the feel of a traveling carnival.
4.30pm Monday 27th April, Resonance 104.4 FM (London), streamed at www.resonancefm.com, extended podcast (of Ken Wallis interview) 29/04/09 at www.sci-fi-london.com/audio
(extended podcast of Jo Hatton interview online now)

Links: Ken’s homepage
Wikipedia and fan tribute pages on Ken Wallis
www.gyroplanepassion.com
Flixton Aviation Museum
IMDb pages on You only live twice (1967), Dick Smart 2.007 (1967), The Pathfinders (1976) and The Martian Chronicles (1980)

For more info about The Robot Zoo, please visit www.horniman.ac.uk
Wikipedia page on The Horniman Museum

Tonight’s show: The work of Osamu Tezuka

September 18, 2008

Clear Spot: The work of Osamu Tezuka
8pm 18/09/08 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Alex Fitch talks to manga expert Helen McCarthy in front of an audience of comic book readers at Streatham Library about the work of manga and animé pioneer Osamu Tezuka who is the subject of a season now on at The Barbican. Alex and Helen look at Tezuka’s manga work from New Treasure Island to MW and also Tezuka’s career in animé from early experimental shorts to the big budget adaptation of his classic manga comic Metropolis.

The show is available to download now, to give more people a chance to hear my conversation with Helen before the Tezuka season opens at The Barbican tonight. Part one (manga) / part two (animé)

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Helen McCarthy and The Streatham Library Graphic Novels readers group part one / part two

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Starting 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by Helen McCarthy and features screenings of Astro Boy, Kimba the white lion and many of his experimental short films…

Panel Borders: The manga of Osamu Tezuka

September 17, 2008 10 Comments

Panel Borders: The manga of Osamu Tezuka
To be broadcast 18/09/08 as part of a special “Clear Spot” at 8pm on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch talks to manga expert Helen McCarthy in front of an audience of comic book readers at Streatham Library about the work of manga and animé pioneer Osamu Tezuka who is the subject of a season now on at The Barbican. In this episode Alex and Helen look at Tezuka’s manga work from New Treasure Island to MW

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
Listen to the other half of Helen and Alex’s chat about Tezuka, focussing on the artist’s animé work…

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Info on the current Kamishibai tour of the UK
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Helen McCarthy and The Streatham Library Graphic Novels readers group part one / part two

Comics news:

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

From 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by Helen McCarthy, who Alex will be interviewing for a second time at Streatham Library on Monday 15th September, to be broadcast as a clear spot on Resonance FM at 8pm on the 18th…

Plus: The Jonthan Cape / Observer graphic fiction competition is back on, with the deadline being 17/10/09 to design a short story in comic book form to fit two pages of The Observer…

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Also: At Harrods, Knightsbridge, Rich Johnston has curated an exhibtion of original comic book art by industry luminaries such as Sean Phillips and Raymond Briggs, open from now until the end of October…
More info at www.comicbitsonline.com and at Sean’s blog

Podcast: Benjamin Yeoh & Nakamitsu

June 1, 2007 1 Comment

Yesterday evening’s ‘clearspot’ is now available to download… (mp3 format, 14.0mb)

For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

Today’s Clear Spot: Benjamin Yeoh & Nakamitsu

May 31, 2007

Alex Fitch talks to playwright Benjamin Yeoh about his translation of the 14th Century Noh play Nakamitsu – currently being performed at the Gate theatre in Notting Hill – which retains traditional (and bloody) samurai drama and musical interludes but also adds a modern day Yakuza framing device set in a strip club!

5pm BST Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: The Gate Theatre website
Ben’s blog
Wikipedia pages on Ben and Noh theatre in general
Preview of Nakamitsu from The Guardian Guide

Podcast: The Magic of Alan Moore part two

January 30, 2007

The first half of tonight’s show is now available for download…
(mp3 format, 28mb)

Tonight’s Clear Spot: The Magic of Alan Moore parts two and three

January 30, 2007

Alex Fitch concludes his ‘feature length’ interview with Alan Moore, talking tonight about magic, Swamp Thing, Lost Girls, movies and saving the comics industry. The second half of tonight’s show also includes clips from the Justice League cartoon: ‘For the man who has everything‘ and ‘Snakes & Ladders’, Alan’s meditation on history and DNA…

Links: Wikipedia entry on Alan Moore
Download comics by Alan for free from fourcolorheroes.com

7pm GMT Resonance 104.4FM / www.resonancefm.com