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: Medical Emergencies

February 1, 2017

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Medical Emergencies

Surgeon X creators - Devlin, Kenney, Beger, Roberts at Gosh! / Madhouse cover by Bentley / Cadavers 2 cover by WJC

Surgeon X creators – Devlin, Kenney, Beger, Roberts at Gosh! / Madhouse cover by Bentley / Cadavers 2 cover by WJC

The monthly show about comics and graphic novels; Alex Fitch talks to two teams of creators who use knowledge of medical emergencies to inform sci-fi and fantasy titles. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics.
Also, in a panel discussion recorded at Gosh! Comics, editor Karen Berger, writer Sara Kenney, colourist James Devlin and medical advisor Dr. Adam Roberts (UCL) discuss their speculative thriller Surgeon X.

5.30pm Wednesday 1st February, repeated 6am Sunday 5th February 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magzine podcast: British Dystopias

January 20, 2017

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DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

Episode 50 – British Dystopias: The 50th episode of the monthly show about world cinema and cult films. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, and to Charles Barker about his virtual reality thriller The Call Up, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.
Also, in a talk recorded at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Maura McHugh discusses David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, and the novel The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer in advance of the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. With festive tracks by Tim Phillips, Louis Armstrong, Ambre McLean and the Jive Turkeys.
Originally broadcast: 21st December 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Storifying Great British Comics

December 17, 2016

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

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

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

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Tomorrow’s show: Performing Comics

December 6, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Performing Comics

By Gum! exhibition poster / characters by Danny Noble / cover of Dan Dare audio adventures

By Gum! exhibition poster / characters by Danny Noble / cover of Dan Dare audio adventures

In the penultimate Panel Borders of 2016, Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of magazines. Danny Nobel talks about her comics featuring Oliver Reed and Alan Bates having additional adventures beyond Women in Love, her novel Mary Deadly, and the relationship between her graphics work and her band The Meow Meows, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Also, sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and the curators – Hamish McGillvray, Paul Gravett and Peter Hansen – of “The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz!” exhibition at The Lightbox, Woking introduce their display of great UK comics.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th December, repeated 6am Sunday 11th December 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Graphic Brighton 2016 – 9th and 10th Dec

November 30, 2016

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

This year’s Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place at the University of Brighton City Campus on 9th and 10th December, with the theme of war comics and graphic novels about wartime resistance. Guests talking about their work include Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, plus the editors and the creators of “Brighton’s Graphic War” and many more.

On Friday 9th December there is an academic conference in the University’s building on Edward Street, with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Friday evening and all day Saturday are public events; and on the Saturday in the University Main Building on Grand Parade, these include a Manga workshop run by Inko and Chie Kutsawada, a discussion of New Internationalist’s comic book anthologies, Bryan Talbot, Jaime Huxtable and Chris Geary exploring how they make their comics, and an ‘on stage’ interview with Dave McKean about his latest book Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash.

Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand; available from the University of Brighton online shop. (more…)

Panel Borders: Ben Dickson

November 29, 2016

Comics written by Ben Dickson - Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Comics written by Ben Dickson – Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Ben Dickson: At Cartoon County in Brighton, Ben Dickson talks to Alex Fitch about his satirical sci-fi comics Slumdroid and Falling Sky and his contributions to political anthologies Fight the Power and Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption.

Ben will be appearing at Graphic Brighton on December 10th to discuss Fight the Power alongside artist Inko who has worked on the follow-up title by New Internationalist.

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 4th October 2016)

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

Links: Ben Dickson’s website and page at Scar Comics
Info about Fight the Power at New Internationalist (more…)

Panel Borders: Gay Manga

November 4, 2016 1 Comment

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Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

Gay Manga: Alex Fitch talks to Ilya, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada and Emma Vieceli about gay representation in manga and Japanese style comics, including the phenomenon of Yaoi, titles that have inspired them, and LGBT characters in their own work. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2015, University of Brighton

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 12th July 2016)

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

Links: Emma Vieceli’s blog
Inko’s blog
Chie Kutsuwada’s blog
Page on Ilya on the British Council website

Tomorrow’s show: New to comics

November 1, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: New to comics

Comics by Mike Stock, Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Jack Devereaux / Excerpt from Just getting old by Eliza Fricker, wallpaper by Baines and Fricker

Cover of The Grand Tour, designed by Mike Stock, promo art for Perfect by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Robin Grenville-Evans and Simon Brett, and interior art from Next Stop Space by Jack Devereaux / Excerpt from Just getting old by Eliza Fricker, wallpaper by Baines and Fricker

In a pair of Q and As recorded live in front of an audience, Alex Fitch interviews a quartet of comic book creators who are relatively new to the medium. In a panel discussion from True Believers Comic Con, Cheltenham, Alex talks to designer and letterer Mike Stock, writer Barnaby Eaton-Jones and artist Jack Devereaux about their self-published and small press comics. Also, in a interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Eliza Fricker reads from her debut graphic novel Just Getting Old, and explores the links with her design company Baines and Fricker who make prints and wallpaper for Liberty, Heals and Urban Outfitters.

5.30pm Wednesday 2nd November, repeated 6am Sunday 6th November 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Baines and Fricker website and blog
Barnaby Eaton-Jones’ Chinbeard Books and Comics
Mike Stock’s website
Jack Devereaux’s tumblr site

Tomorrow’s show: Recycling Americana

September 6, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Recycling Americana

Extract from Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane / photo of Kane, Fitch and Baker / excerpt from City Strips issue 4 by Stuart Bannock

Extract from Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane / photo of Kane, Fitch and Baker / excerpt from City Strips issue 4 by Stuart Bannock

Alex Fitch talks to a trio of comic book creators who recycle ideas and art from American pop culture to create new stories and comics. In an interview recorded at Safari Festival, Alex talks to Chris Baker and Shaky Kane about their comic The Last Driver from Dead Canary Comics, currently on Kickstarter, which combines 1960s road movies with giant irritated monsters. Kane also discusses his comic Cowboys and Insects which is about to receive a new print edition. Also: Stuart Bannocks discusses his ‘zine City Strips which collages panels from superhero comics with the hero removed, to create a travelogue of fictional cities such as Batman’s Gotham.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th September, repeated 6am Sunday 11th September 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
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Today’s show: Gay Manga

July 12, 2016

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Gay Manga

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Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

Alex Fitch talks to Ilya, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada and Emma Vieceli about gay representation in manga and Japanese style comics, including the phenomenon of Yaoi, titles that have inspired them, and LGBT characters in their own work. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2015, University of Brighton

8pm Tuesday 12th July, repeated 9am Wednesday 13th July 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.)

Links: Emma Vieceli’s blog
Inko’s blog
Chie Kutsuwada’s blog
Page on Ilya on the British Council website

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Looking East / Thelma Goldman

June 22, 2016

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Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

Looking East / Thelma Goldman: In this month’s show, Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy talks to East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson, Masonic Temple programmer Josh Saco, and to Evrim Ersoy, programmer and presenter of DukeFest the Third. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses Israeli-born British artist and animator Thalma Goldman with Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy, authors of Thalma, An Artist’s Life. Plus an extract from a conversation between Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) recorded at the ICA. With music by The White Stripes and The Sex Pistols.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 15th June 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (more…)

Tonight’s show: Looking East / Thalma Goldman

June 15, 2016

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Looking East / Thalma Goldman

Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

In this month’s show, Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy talks to East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson, Masonic Temple programmer Josh Saco, and to Evrim Ersoy, programmer and presenter of DukeFest the Third. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses Israeli-born British artist and animator Thalma Goldman with Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy, authors of Thalma, An Artist’s Life. Plus an extract from a conversation between Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) recorded at the ICA. With music by The White Stripes and The Sex Pistols.

8pm Wednesday 15th June, repeated 9am Thursday 16th June 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Words and Pictures

June 13, 2016

Tomorrow at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Words and Pictures

Art from The Opportunity, An Android Awakes, Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley /  An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown

Art from The Opportunity, An Android Awakes, Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley / An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown

Alex Fitch talks to Will Volley about his new noir tinged graphic novel The Opportunity published by Myriad Editions and creating art for adaptions of Romeo and Juliet, and An Inspector Calls for Classical Comics. Also Mike French and Karl Brown discuss their illustrated novel An Android Awakes which mixes short stories and comics to create a hybrid between text and sequential art. (Interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton)

8pm Tuesday 14th June, repeated 9am Wednesday 15th June 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.)

Links: An Android Awakes website
Info about The Opportunity on Myriad Editions website
Info about Romeo and Juliet and An Inspector Calls on Classical Comics website

Panel Borders: Exploring Avery Hill

May 10, 2016 2 Comments

Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Exploring Avery Hill: A special episode looking at the output of Avery Hill Publishing: Alex Fitch talks to various creators and staff at this young British Comic Book company about their varied output. In a round table panel discussion Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery discuss moving from self publishing to having a company help promote your work.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 10th May 2016)
For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Exploring Avery Hill

May 10, 2016

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Exploring Avery Hill

Avery Hill logo + art by Rachael Smith, Tillie Walden, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Avery Hill logo + art by Rachael Smith, Tillie Walden, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

A special episode looking at the output of Avery Hill Publishing: Alex Fitch talks to various creators and staff at this young British Comic Book company about their varied output. In a round table panel discussion Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery discuss moving from self publishing to having a company to help promote your work.

Also Rachael Smith talks about her latest title The Rabbit and drawing back-up strips for Doctor Who comics, and Tillie Walden discusses her work for the company including The City Inside and The End of Summer plus her Eisner Award nominated graphic novella I Love This Part.

8pm Tuesday 10th May, repeated 9am Wednesday 11th May 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.) (more…)

Panel Borders: Action – The Story of a Violent Comic

March 29, 2016 1 Comment

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

Action – The Story of a Violent Comic: Guest presenter Professor Martin Barker (University of Aberystwyth) investigates the story of Britain’s notorious Action comic, which was launched on Valentine’s Day and banned by Halloween in 1976. Professor Barker explores the rise and fall of the comic, what elements of the strips were censored and censured, and how the legacy of Action was continued in “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” – 2000AD. Also, in a panel discussion entitled: “Poor, angry white kids”, Barker discusses Action with its writer Pat Mills and 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy. Edited, and recorded at Graphic Brighton / Cine-Excess 2015 by Alex Fitch.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 8th March 2016) (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Ballard and the Seventies

March 29, 2016 2 Comments

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Still from Crash by Harley Cokeliss / Memory Box: About my Father by Fay Ballard / Still from High-Rise

Still from Crash by Harley Cokeliss / ‘Memory Box: About my Father’ by Fay Ballard / Still from High-Rise

Ballard and the Seventies: The March episode of the Electric Sheep Film Show is a J.G. Ballard special: ESM editor in chief Virginie Sélavy talks to his daughter, artist Fay Ballard, to director Harley Cokeliss, who made a version of Crash featuring J.G. Ballard for the BBC in 1971, and to director Ben Wheatley about his new adaptation of High-Rise, which is out in cinemas on 18 March. With classic tracks by The Shangri-Las, The Residents and The Specials. (Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch) (more…)

Today’s show: Action – The Story of a Violent Comic

March 8, 2016

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Action – The Story of a Violent Comic

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

Guest presenter Professor Martin Barker (University of Aberystwyth) investigates the story of Britain’s notorious Action comic, which was launched on Valentine’s Day and banned by Halloween in 1976. Professor Barker explores the rise and fall of the comic, what elements of the strips were censored and censured, and how the legacy of Action was continued in “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” – 2000AD. Also, in a panel discussion entitled: “Poor, angry white kids”, Barker discusses Action with its writer Pat Mills and 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy. Edited, and recorded at Graphic Brighton / Cine-Excess 2015 by Alex Fitch.

8pm Tuesday 8th March, repeated 9am Wednesday 9th March 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) (more…)

Book List: McKean and Sinclair

February 14, 2016

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Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy (Photo by Alex Fitch)

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy (Photo by Alex Fitch)

McKean and Sinclair: Guest presenter Chiara Ambrosio talks to psycho-geographer and novelist Iain Sinclair and artist Dave McKean about their collaborations such as Slow Chocolate Autopsy and London Orbital, their inspirations and their working methods. The podcast also includes additional questions from Alex Fitch and others, plus readings by Sinclair and McKean of their short stories The Articulate Head and The Coast Road. Recorded at The Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury in July 2014. (Partially broadcast as an episode of Panel Borders, 21/07/14 on Resonance FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Drawn from life

January 30, 2016

Excerpts from Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua, Behind the Curtain by Klimowski and Schejbal

Excerpts from Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua, Behind the Curtain by Klimowski and Schejbal

Drawn from life: In the first Panel Borders of 2016, Alex Fitch talks to three cartoonists who work in biography and autobiography. Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal discuss their memoir about life in 1970s communist Warsaw – Behind the Curtain – and Sydney Padua explores her fictionalised account of the birth of computing – The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage – in a panel discussion recorded at Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 2015. (Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 14th January 2016)

Seventh of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Info about the event at Stoke Newington Literary Festival (more…)