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: The Spirit of Will Eisner

March 3, 2015 1 Comment

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

The Spirit of Will Eisner: Concluding a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s seminal crime comic The Spirit. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss the early days of American adventure comics and the other characters Eisner created in the 1930s, how The Spirit was influenced by film noir, and representations of racial minorities in the author’s work. Originally broadcast 26th Feb 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Spirit of Will Eisner

February 25, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: The Spirit of Will Eisner

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Concluding a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s seminal crime comic The Spirit. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss the early days of American adventure comics and the other characters Eisner created in the 1930s, how The Spirit was influenced by film noir, and representations of racial minorities in the author’s work.

11am Thursday 26th February, repeated 7am Saturday 28th February 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Listen to the accompanying podcast on Eisner’s autobiographical comics (more…)

Panel Borders: Editing Psycho Gran

January 28, 2015

Comics featuring the work of David Leach + Psycho Gran thumbnails

Comics featuring the work of David Leach + Psycho Gran thumbnails

Editing Psycho Gran: Continuing a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and comic book editor David Leach about his career so far. Alex and David discuss the latter’s most famous character Psycho Gran, her appearances in family comics from Oink! to Aces Weekly, animating Henry’s Cat with Bob Godfrey, and his work editing licenced titles for Marvel UK and Titan Books. (Recorded at Nine Worlds GeekFest, 2013 / originally broadcast Thursday 22nd January 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: David Leach’s profile at www.comicvine.com
Psycho Gran digital comic (more…)

Panel Borders: Non-Verbal Communication

January 4, 2015

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Non-Verbal Communication: Concluding a trio of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Laura Malacart and artist Daniel Locke about their comic book Yes! which explores the true story of an autistic man who communicates through song, classified technically as non-verbal communication. Daniel and Laura discuss how the comic was developed from the latter’s academic research, how it works as a multi-media project alongside video clips, and the distribution of the story via a free tabloid edition and webcomic. (Recorded at Cartoon County, September 2014, originally broadcast Thursday 18th December 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Non-Verbal Communication

December 17, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Non-Verbal Communication

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Concluding a trio of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Laura Malacart and artist Daniel Locke about their comic book Yes! which explores the true story of an autistic man who communicates through song, classified technically as non-verbal communication. Daniel and Laura discuss how the comic was developed from the latter’s academic research, how it works as a multi-media project alongside video clips, and the distribution of the story via a free tabloid edition and webcomic. (Recorded at Cartoon County, September 2014)

11am Thursday 18th December, repeated 7am Saturday 20th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

December 16, 2014 3 Comments

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Masahiko Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, both on display at The Cartoon Museum

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Tatsumi, on display at The Cartoon Museum

A Hole in the Heart of Manga: Continuing a month of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist Henny Beaumont about her debut graphic novel A Hole in the Heart, about bringing up a child with Down’s Syndrome, due to be published by Myriad Editions in 2015, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, with translation provided by Takayo Akiyama, Alex interviews Tomohiko Matsumoto about donating examples of his father Masahiko’s art to an exhibition of Gekiga – Alternative Manga from Japan – at the Cartoon Museum in London, which runs until Christmas Eve. (Originally broadcast 4th December 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, recorded at Cartoon County and The Cartoon Museum, Autumn 2014)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

December 11, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Masahiko Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, both on display at The Cartoon Museum

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Tatsumi, on display at The Cartoon Museum

Continuing a month of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist Henny Beaumont about her debut graphic novel A Hole in the Heart, about bringing up a child with Down’s Syndrome, due to be published by Myriad Editions in 2015, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, with translation provided by Takayo Akiyama, Alex interviews Tomohiko Matsumoto about donating examples of his father Matsuhiko’s art to an exhibition of Gekiga – Alternative Manga from Japan – at the Cartoon Museum in London, which runs until Christmas Eve.

11am Thursday 11th December, repeated 7am Saturday 13th December 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Henny Beaumont’s website and pages
Article on A Hole in the Heart in The Guardian
Cartoon Museum website
Takayo Akiyama’s website (more…)

Panel Borders: Probably Nothing

December 5, 2014

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Probably Nothing: Starting a month of shows about untold tales in comics, which is to say stories that are underrepresented in graphic narratives, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and storyboard artist Matilda Tristram about her debut graphic novel Probably Nothing – A diary of your-not-average nine months, which recounts the true story of how her pregnancy coincided with a cancer scare. Alex and Matilda discuss the unusual style of the book, which separates out cartoons and text on the page, her tenure working for Children’s TV producers Ragdoll and the semi experimental art used in her webcomics. (Originally broadcast 4th December 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, November 2014)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

November 30, 2014 1 Comment

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Vehlmann and Gazzotti: Concluding a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to writer Fabien Vehlmann and artist Bruno Gazzotti about their graphic album series Alone (Seuls), published by Cinebook. The creators discuss how their serial – about children who wake up in a world without adults – was inspired by classic American dystopia fiction, Vehlmann’s interest in 19th century thrillers which influenced his comic Green Manor, and Gazzotti’s experience on the policier series Soda. Recorded in front of an audience at the South Ken Kids Festival, Institut Francais, November 2014. (Originally broadcast 27th November 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

November 26, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Concluding a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to writer Fabien Vehlmann and artist Bruno Gazzotti about their graphic album series Alone (Seuls), published by Cinebook. The creators discuss how their serial – about children who wake up in a world without adults – was inspired by classic American dystopia fiction, Vehlmann’s interest in 19th century thrillers which influenced his comic Green Manor, and Gazzotti’s experience on the policier series Soda. (Recorded in front of an audience at the South Ken Kids Festival, Institut Francais, November 2014).

11am Thursday 27th November, repeated 7am Saturday 29th November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about the original event at the South Ken Kids Festival
Info about Alone on CineBook’s website
Read back issues of Spirou et Fantasio featuring Fabien Vehlmann at izneo.com
Info about Bruno Gazzotti and Fabien Vehlmann on lambiek.net

Panel Borders: Graphic Details

November 25, 2014 4 Comments

Exterior of Space Station 65 gallery / Ariel Schrag discusses her work / excerpt from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman

Exterior of Space Station 65 gallery / Ariel Schrag discusses her work / excerpt from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman

Graphic Details: Continuing a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to gallery owners Jo David and Rachel House, and artist Ariel Schrag about the exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, currently on display at Space Station 65, Kennington, South London. Also, Graphic Details curator Sarah Lightman talks about her work and introduces artists Miriam Katin, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman and Ilana Zeffren who describe the examples of their autobiographical strips which are featured in the exhibition. (Recorded at Space Station 65 Kennington, November 2014; originally broadcast 20th November on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Graphic Details

November 20, 2014

Today at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Graphic Details

Exterior of Space Station 65 gallery / Ariel Schrag discusses her work / excerpt from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman

Exterior of Space Station 65 gallery / Ariel Schrag discusses her work / excerpt from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman

Continuing a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to gallery owners Jo David and Rachel House, and artist Ariel Schrag about the exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, currently on display at Space Station 65, Kennington, South London. Also, Graphic Details curator Sarah Lightman talks about her work and introduces artists Miriam Katin, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman and Ilana Zeffren who describe the examples of their autobiographical strips which are featured in the exhibition. (Recorded at Space Station 65 Kennington, November 2014)

11am Thursday 20th November, repeated 7am Saturday 22nd November 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Space Station 65 website
Graphic Details blog
Ariel Schrag’s website

Panel Borders: Ricky Rouse has a Gun

November 19, 2014 1 Comment

Ricky Rouse meets Alex Fitch (photo by Sam Humphrey) / images from ...has a Gun

Ricky Rouse meets Alex Fitch / images from …has a Gun

Ricky Rouse has a Gun: Continuing a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and mediums in their work, Alex Fitch talks to playwright and film maker Jörg Tittel about writing his debut graphic novel Ricky Rouse has a Gun, a satire on Western movie violence and China’s ‘knock-off economy’, published by SelfMadeHero. Fitch and Tittel discuss how the project evolved from a film script to a graphic novel, the process of working with artist John Aggs and whether the writer’s own background of an upbringing in different cultures fed in to the story on the page. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, September 2014; originally broadcast 13th November 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: To End All Wars

October 28, 2014 4 Comments

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

To End All Wars: Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of war in sequential art, guest presenter John Stuart Clark (who draws under the pen-name Brick) hosts a panel discussion about the new War Comics anthology To End All Wars, published by Soaring Penguin Press, featuring co-editor Jonathan Clode and contributors Selina Locke and Stuart Richards. The two Johns discuss editing the anthology, from commissioning creators to suggesting tweaks that clarify their stories; Selina discusses having to change artists shortly before the deadline and Stuart talks about the sources for his story ‘Il Gatto’. (Recorded by Alex Fitch in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, originally broadcast 23rd October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: To End All Wars

October 22, 2014 1 Comment

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: To End All Wars

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of war in sequential art, guest presenter John Stuart Clark (who draws under the pen-name Brick) hosts a panel discussion about the new War Comics anthology To End All Wars, published by Soaring Penguin Press, featuring co-editor Jonathan Clode and contributors Selina Locke and Stuart Richards. The two Johns discuss editing the anthology, from commissioning creators to suggesting tweaks that clarify their stories; Selina discusses having to change artists shortly before the deadline and Stuart talks about the sources for his story ‘Il Gatto’. (Recorded by Alex Fitch in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)

11am Thursday 23rd October, repeated 7am Saturday 25th October 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Women at the Front

October 8, 2014

Cover of To Arms and interior art by Francesca Dare, Jessica Martin, Clare Wood and Anna Dowsland / art from Never Again by Heath Robinson and Bruce Barnsfather / art from 1914 by Kate Charlesworth and Posy Simmonds

Cover of To Arms and interior art by Francesca Dare, Jessica Martin, Clare Wood, Anna Dowsland / art from Never Again by Heath Robinson, Bruce Barnsfather / art from 1914 by Kate Charlesworth and Posy Simmonds

Women at the Front: Starting a month of shows about the portrayal of war in comics, Alex Fitch talks to Jessica Martin, Anna Dowsland, Clare Wood, Lauren Murphy and Francesca Dare, five contributors to the new war comics anthology To Arms!, published by Limehouse Comics. Alex also discusses the exhibitions ‘Never Again! World War I in cartoon and comic art’ and ‘1914: Day by day’ with curator Anita O’Brien; the two shows contain a variety of responses to the Great War from the work of Bruce Bairnsfather and W. Heath Robinson to modern day cartoonists Zoom Rockman and Kate Charlesworth, on display until 19th October at The Cartoon Museum, London (Originally broadcast 2nd October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

September 30, 2014 1 Comment

Bryan O'Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea, Michael Cera

Bryan O Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea, Michael Cera

Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea: Concluding his two part interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, Alex Fitch talks to the author about his debut graphic novel Lost at Sea and his seminal six part series Scott Pilgrim. Fitch and O’Malley discuss the film adaptation of the latter, O’Malley’s use of autobiographical incidents which inform his work and pencilling covers for comics by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Also, in a podcast exclusive, the episode includes brief interviews with Edgar Wright and Michael Cera recorded at the London premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Recorded in front of an audience at the British Library, August 2014, and originally broadcast 25th Sep 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Bryan’s website – www.radiomaru.com and wikipedia page
Listen to Alex’s interview with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright (more…)

Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

July 28, 2014

Art from Jamie Hewletts Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art and Anarchy in the British Library: Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Adrian Edwards, co-curator of the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK which is on display at the British Library until August 19th, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County in Brighton. Adrian discusses how he helped put together the exhibition – which looks at over one hundred years of British comics – with co-curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, the marketing of the show and some of the more controversial items on display in the library from Aleister Crowley’s Tarot Cards to examples of comic book erotica. Recorded at Cartoon County, June 2014. (Originally broadcast 14th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Today’s show: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

July 21, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, guest presenter Chiara Ambrosio talks to novelist Iain Sinclair and artist Dave McKean about their collaborations such as Slow Chocolate Autopsy and London Orbital, with additional questions from Alex Fitch and a reading by Sinclair. Recorded at The Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury in July 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 21st July, repeated 11am, Thursday 24th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Dave McKean’s website
Iain Sinclair’s website
The Horse Hospital website (more…)

Graphic Brighton podcast: What is a good graphic novel?

July 16, 2014

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 - photos by Paul Slater

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 – photos by Paul Slater

What is a good graphic novel?: In a podcast recording from the May 2014 Graphic Brighton event, David Lloyd, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Eaton and Ian Williams try to answer the question: ‘What makes a good graphic novel?’ in a panel discussion chaired by Alex Fitch.

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

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