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Panel Borders: Interactive comics

July 7, 2011 2 Comments

Panel Borders:

Interactive comics

Originally broadcast 7th July 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from the interactive comic Jacks Abstraction by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Extract from the interactive comic Jacks Abstraction by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Starting a month of shows about the cross-over between comic books and video games, Alex Fitch talks to web comics creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey about the latest examples of his experiments in interactive ‘hyper-comics’: including Jack’s Abstraction available on Android devices, and the forthcoming A Duck, which allow comic strip readers to follow differing narrative paths in various directions on the virtual page. Alex and Daniel also talk about other recent examples of the intersection between games and comics including Batman: Arkham Asylum and inFAMOUS 2: THE FAME STRiPS which he designed the flash interface for.

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: Download Jack’s Abstraction from the Android store

Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s website: e-merl.com
Read inFAMOUS 2: THE FAME STRiPS online
Listen to previous interviews with Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

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Today’s show: Interactive comics

July 7, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Interactive comics

Extract from the interactive comic Jacks Abstraction by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Extract from the interactive comic Jacks Abstraction by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Starting a month of shows about the cross-over between comic books and video games, Alex Fitch talks to web comics creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey about the latest examples of his experiments in interactive ‘hyper-comics’: including Jack’s Abstraction available on Android devices, and the forthcoming A Duck, which allow comic strip readers to follow differing narrative paths in various directions on the virtual page. Alex and Daniel also talk about other recent examples of the intersection between games and comics including Batman: Arkham Asylum and inFAMOUS 2: THE FAME STRiPS which he designed the flash interface for.

5pm, Thursday 07/07/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Buy Jack’s Abstraction at the Android store

Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s website: e-merl.com
Read inFAMOUS 2: THE FAME STRiPS online
Listen to previous interviews with Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Panel Borders: A tour of Hypercomics

August 19, 2010

Panel Borders:

A tour of Hypercomics

The Battersea Pump House Gallery with Hypercomics by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Dave McKean and Warren Pleece beyond

The Battersea Pump House Gallery with Hypercomics by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Dave McKean and Warren Pleece beyond

In an extra additional Summer podcast of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch introduces a walking tour by Paul Gravett of the Hypercomics: The Shapes of Comics exhibition he’s curated at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park, featuring work by Adam Dant, Dave McKean, Warren Pleece and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey who additionally joins Paul to talk about his contribution to the exhibition and poster display outside.

Hypercomics: the shape of comics to come is on now until 26th of September at Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ …

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: Info about the Hypercomics: The Shapes of Comics exhibition at comicafestival.com and pumphousegallery.org.uk
Wikipedia pages on Dave McKean, Adam Dant, Warren Pleece and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Listen to Martin Myrone and Gerald Scarfe’s tour of Rude Britannia at Tate Britain (closes 05/09/10)

Recommended events:

Becky Cloonan at Orbital Comics

The art of American comic book artist Becky Cloonan is on display at Orbital Comics from 20th August to 20th September. Best known for her collaborartions with writer Brian Wood, the exhibtion curated by Tom Humberstone includes around 20 original pieces of work on show as well as some limited screenprints, postcard sets and a hand-painted guitar (only on display the first weekend of the show).
Becky herself will be in London on the 20th and will be available to chat to and sign books/art at the private view (8-10 pm 20th August 2010). There will also, as with all private views, be some free drink.

8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA
www.orbitalcomics.com

Hypercomics events at the Pump House Gallery and nearby

Sunday 22nd August, 12 noon – 6pm: Comiket – a small press comics fair being held in a marquee outside the venue which also features a drop in workshop for kids on character design. FREE
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Panel Borders: Necessary Monsters

February 26, 2010 1 Comment

Panel Borders:

Necessary Monsters

Edited version broadcast 25/02/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Concluding webcomics month on the show, Alex Fitch catches up with artist Sean Azzopardi and writer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey as the first series of their epic webcomic Necessary Monsters comes to its conclusion after a total of 125 pages serialised over two years. The series mixes a ‘black ops’ style spy thriller with the tropes of modern horror films and bizarre characters with ultra violence to maximum effect. Alex talks to Daniel and Sean about the progression of the strip, the various ways it’s been published and their collaborations with another webcomics creator – Douglas Noble – on a zombie western (The Rule of Death) and surrealistic thriller (Sightings of Wallace Sendek) respectively.

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: Read Necessary Monsters online from page one, with more info about the cast of characters here
Reviews of chapters one and two and three and four on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Read an illustrated article on the construction of a page of the strip at www.comicmonsters.com

Sean’s website – www.phatcatz.org.uk
Daniel’s website – www.e-merl.com

Listen to Alex’s 2008 interviews with Sean and Daniel

Recommended events:

Five years of the Forbidden Planet International blog

The Forbidden Planet International blog celebrates its 5th birthday today and is an invaluable source of comics book and genre film news and reviews and a great friend of this blog. If you’ve never visited it before – and why not, it’s the 31st most influential blog in the UK according to Cision – now’s as good a time as any, with the latest post seeing the blog writers choosing their favourite authors and other recent posts include animation by Dylan Mercer, a review of Norwegian graphic novelist Jason’s latest book, info on Grant Morrison and Stephen Fry’s TV project and much, much more.

Web: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog
RSS feed: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/feed/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fpinternational

ABC Warriors signing

Saturday 27th February, 1pm meet Pat Mills and Clint Langley signing ‘ABC Warriors: Volgan War Vol.2’

Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR
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Today’s shows: Necessary Monsters / The films of Park Chan-Wook

February 25, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Necessary Monsters

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Concluding webcomics month on the show, Alex Fitch catches up with artist Sean Azzopardi and writer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey as the first series of their epic webcomic Necessary Monsters comes to its conclusion after a total of 125 pages serialised over two years. The series mixes a ‘black ops’ style spy thriller with the tropes of modern horror films and bizarre characters with ultra violence to maximum effect. Alex talks to Daniel and Sean about the progression of the strip, the various ways it’s been published and their collaborations with another webcomics creator – Douglas Noble – on a zombie western (The Rule of Death) and surrealistic thriller (Sightings of Wallace Sendek) respectively.

5pm 25/02/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Read Necessary Monsters online from page one, with more info about the cast of characters here
Reviews of chapters one and two and three and four on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Read an illustrated article on the construction of a page of the strip at www.comicmonsters.com

Sean’s website – www.phatcatz.org.uk
Daniel’s website – www.e-merl.com

Listen to Alex’s 2008 interviews with Sean and Daniel

Also – Lucky Cat: The films of Park Chan-Wook

Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin in the film Thirst by Park Chan-Wook

Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin in the film Thirst by Park Chan-Wook

Today’s episode of Resonance FM’s Asian culture show is a Park Chan-Wook special to coincide with the UK DVD release of the Korean auteur’s vampire film Thirst. Zoë Baxter is joined in the studio by Mira Stout (author of bestselling novel “One Thousand Chestnut Trees”, playwright, and film critic) and Alex Fitch (broadcaster and assistant editor of Electric Sheep film magazine) to discuss Thirst and Chan-Wook’s oeuvre.
Korean tea and snacks will be sampled for the Dim Sum Lunchbox.

7pm 25/02/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online soon at www.luckykitty.blogspot.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Thirst and Park Chan-Wook

Listen to Alex’s appearance on Lucky Cat last year regarding the films of Tetsuya Nakashima
Listen to Alex’s 2008 interview with Park Chan-Wook, also available as an interview in Wheel Me Out magazine

Recommended events:

Five years of the Forbidden Planet International blog

The Forbidden Planet International blog celebrates its 5th birthday today and is an invaluable source of comics book and genre film news and reviews and a great friend of this blog. If you’ve never visited it before – and why not, it’s the 31st most influential blog in the UK according to Cision – now’s as good a time as any, with the latest post seeing the blog writers choosing their favourite authors and other recent posts include animation by Dylan Mercer, a review of Norwegian graphic novelist Jason’s latest book, info on Grant Morrison and Stephen Fry’s TV project and much, much more.

Web: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog
RSS feed: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/feed/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fpinternational
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Reality Check: Sci-Fi Comics part two

December 22, 2009 3 Comments

Reality Check:
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Sci-Fi Comics part two

Clockwise from top left - FreakAngels by Paul Duffield and Warren Ellis, Grandville by Bryan Talbot, Iron Man 2020 by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Kenneth Rocafort, Dark X-Men by Paul Cornell and Jae Lee

Clockwise from top left - FreakAngels by Paul Duffield and Warren Ellis, Grandville by Bryan Talbot, Iron Man 2020 by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Kenneth Rocafort, Dark X-Men by Paul Cornell and Jae Lee

Continuing our podcasts of talks and Q and As recorded live at this year’s Spring Sci-Fi London Film Festival, this is the second half of a two part podcast in which Alex Fitch talks to four practitioners of Science-Fiction comic books about their work; these include Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and MI-13 ), Bryan Talbot (Grandville ), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Iron Man 2020) and Paul Duffield (Freakangels). In this second half, members of the audience ask the panel about the future of comics post Google digitization, their influences from SF literature and the cross-over between different audiences.

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at Sci-Fi London or click here for info on the first half of this podcast.

Links: Paul Cornellblog
Interview about Captain Britain

Bryan Talbotwebsite
Interview about Grandville

Daniel Merlin Goodbreywebsite
Read Iron Man 2020 online

Paul Duffieldwebsite
Read FreakAngels online

Recommended events:

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 & 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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Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Reality Check: Sci-Fi Comics part one

December 3, 2009 3 Comments

Reality Check:
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Sci-Fi Comics part one

Pauls Cornell and Duffield, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Bryan Talbot at Sci-Fi London 8

Pauls Cornell and Duffield, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Bryan Talbot at Sci-Fi London 8

Continuing our podcasts of talks and Q & As recorded live at this year’s Spring Sci-Fi London Film Festival, this is the first half of a two part podcast in which Alex Fitch talks to four practitioners of Science-Fiction comic books about their work; these include Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and MI-13 / Doctor Who), Bryan Talbot (Grandville / The Adventures of Luther Arkwright), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Iron Man 2020) and Paul Duffield (Freakangels). Alex discusses with the panel about using comics as an underated way of telling SF stories and the probable future of the medium via the internet.

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at Sci-Fi London and more info about part two click here

Links: Paul Cornellblog
Interview about Captain Britain

Bryan Talbotwebsite
Interview about Grandville

Daniel Merlin Goodbreywebsite
Read Iron Man 2020 online

Paul Duffieldwebsite
Read FreakAngels

Recommended events:

Woodrow Phoenix at Brighton Library
Woodrow Phoenix, esteemed author of the astonishing graphic road-rage-busting RUMBLE STRIP, and so much else, will be doing his thing at the Jubilee Library this coming Thursday 3rd December at 6pm. His publishers Myriad Editions would be delighted if you could join them for a pre-Christmas drink and to hear Woodrow talk about art, words, life, and his experience of comic workshopping with 150 kids at a go, during his recent British Council tour of India.

Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, BN1 1GE

Thursday 3rd December at 6pm…

Bad Santa screening

Sasquatch Cinema is a monthly film night held at the new Shortwave cinema at 10 Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN (Tel: 0207 357 6845). / nearest tube Borough (Northern line).

We will be showing an eclectic range of films including cult classics and rarities you may not have seen before.

The next film we will be showing is a late night screening of Bad Santa – staring Billy Bob Thornton on Friday, 11th December at 22:30.
The traditional Christmas tale will never be the same after this cleverly twisted and merrily irreverent story of a Santa so bad he’s wickedly funny. This is one of the best Christmas movies of recent years.
The cinema has a bar, and you can even bring your drinks in and watch the film!

The entry fee is £5.00. Tickets are sold on the night on a first come – first served basis. Email: gabzucc[at]yahoo.com for more info.

Please view Sasquatch Cinema’s facebook / myspace pages for more details about the film

Panel Borders: Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s Hypercomics

March 7, 2008 9 Comments

Originally broadcast 06/03/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

In the first of this month’s 40 min specials, Alex Fitch talks to webcomics pioneer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey whose comics work includes everything from Far Side style gag strips, to semi-photographic science-fiction and interactive ‘hypercomics’ and ‘hyperfiction’ on his website which mix elements of computer games, animation and comic strips to beguiling effect. (more…)

Today’s show: Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s Hypercomics

March 6, 2008

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4FMStrip!: Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s Hypercomics

In another hour long special devoted to a single comics creator, we’re looking at the work of webcomics pioneer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey whose comics work includes everything from Far Side style gag strips, to semi-photographic science-fiction and interactive ‘hypercomics’ and ‘hyperfiction’ on his website which mix elements of computer games, animation and comic strips to beguiling effect. In the first
half of the show Alex Fitch interviews Daniel about his work (which will be podcast soon after at panelborders.com)…

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…and then Daniel becomes the host in a repeat of the talk he gave at last year’s ComICA festival called ComICA Collaboratories (which won’t be podcast, so
catch the first half of his talk for the second and final time on’t radio today).

104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.com

Links: Daniel’s website – e-merl.com
Review of Daniel’s work at indiereview.co.uk
Info on the original ComICA performance of Daniel’s talk

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