Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Tomorrow’s show: Young Graphic Novelists, Spring 2013

April 14, 2013

Tomorrow morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Young Graphic Novelists, Spring 2013

Extracts from Frogman by Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis / The Adventures of Leeroy and Popo by Louis Roskosch

Extracts from Frogman by Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis / The Adventures of Leeroy and Popo by Louis Roskosch

Continuing a month of shows looking at small press and independent publishers, Panel Borders looks at two titles that rework familiar pop-culture tropes in new comics by young creators. In an interview recorded at Comica Comiket, Alex Fitch talks to Louis Roskosch about his video game inspired graphic novel The Adventures of Leeroy and Popo, published by Nobrow. Also, Dickon Harris speaks to Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis of ‘Dead Canary Comics’, about their collaborations in the worlds of advertising agencies and comic book creation as they discuss the production of their first superhero title, the Spider-Man spoof Frogman.

Nobrow and Dead Canary Comics will be among dozens of exhibitors at this year’s Comica Comiket, taking place at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, Handyside Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA on Saturday April 20th, 2013 – more info at www.comicafestival.com

8.30am, Monday 15th April 2013 / repeated 3pm, Thursday 18th April, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: European adventure comics

May 13, 2012

Excerpts from Blake and Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine by Yves Sente and André Juillard / Hector Umbra by Uli Oesterle

Excerpts from Blake and Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine by Yves Sente and André Juillard / Hector Umbra by Uli Oesterle

European adventure comics: Continuing our trio of shows looking at international comics we have interviews with a couple of European adventure comics creators. In an interview recorded at last year’s BD & Comics Passion festival at the Institut Français, Dickon Harris talks to Yves Sente, one of the current authors of the classic Franco-Belgian strip Blake and Mortimer, who has penned stories set in the current chronology of the comic as well as flashback tales that depict the characters in their youth. Also, in a pair of interviews recorded at Gosh! comics and Laydeez do comics, Alex Fitch talks to Uli Oesterle about his graphic novel Hector Umbra, a surrealist detective story which follows the travails of a painter who investigates the underworld of modern day Munich.
Originally broadcast 13/05/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Today’s show: European adventure comics

May 13, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Panel Borders: European adventure comics

Excerpts from Blake and Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine by Yves Sente and André Juillard / Hector Umbra by Uli Oesterle

Excerpts from Blake and Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine by Yves Sente and André Juillard / Hector Umbra by Uli Oesterle

Continuing our trio of shows looking at international comics we have interviews with a couple of European adventure comics creators. In an interview recorded at last year’s BD & Comics Passion festival at the Institut Français, Dickon Harris talks to Yves Sente, one of the current authors of the classic Franco-Belgian strip Blake and Mortimer, who has penned stories set in the current chronology of the comic as well as flashback tales that depict the characters in their youth. Also, in a pair of interviews recorded at Gosh! comics and Laydeez do comics, Alex Fitch talks to Uli Oesterle about his graphic novel Hector Umbra, a surrealist detective story which follows the travails of a painter who investigates the underworld of modern day Munich

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

Panel Borders: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

April 22, 2012 4 Comments

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012: As part of our month of episodes on British comics, we have our twice yearly look at a pair of young graphic novelists. Dickon Harris talks to Warwick Johnson Cadwell about his first graphic novel, Gungle, to be published in the near future by Blank Slate Books and Alex Fitch talks to artist Jennie Gyllblad about her collaborations with writer Corey Brotherson, including her just finished The Arrival, the first of a three volume steam-punk graphic novel series Clockwork Watch, curated by film-maker Yomi Ayeni.
Originally broadcast 22/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Animating Tatsumi

January 8, 2012 5 Comments

Still from Tatsumi, directed by Eric Khoo

Still from Tatsumi, directed by Eric Khoo

Animating Tatsumi: Starting a month of shows on biography and autobiography, Alex Fitch and Dickon Harris interview comic creator turned animator Eric Khoo, director of the portmanteau film Tatsumi (released 13/01/12) which is based on the work of mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi, including five of his gekiga short stories with bookends adapting his autobiography A Drifting Life.
Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (Broadcast 10/01/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Buying and selling comics

August 11, 2011 2 Comments

Panel Borders:

Buying and selling comics

Interior of Plan B books, Glasgow and exterior of the Royal National Hotel, London

Interior of Plan B books, Glasgow and exterior of the Royal National Hotel, London

Continuing our month long look at comic book shops, we have interviews with the proprietors of a couple of venues that are unlike your average comic shop. Veteran publisher Mike Lake and colleague Colin Strawbridge talk to Dickon Harris about their regular stall selling classic comics at the monthly Royal National Hotel Comic Mart off Russell Square. Also, in an interview recorded at last week’s Caption festival in Oxford, Alex Fitch talks to comic book creator Pete Renshaw, author of Burke and Hare: The West Port Murders, about Plan B, the graphic novels and coffee shop that he co-owns in Glasgow.

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: Plan B Books, Glasgow
Pete’s myspace blog on Burke and Hare
Info about London Comic Marts
Blog post about Mike Lake and Forbidden Planet

Recommended events:

New Comic Internship at londonprintstudio for 21-25 Year Olds

Do you enjoy telling tall tales or scribbling stories? Do you love reading graphic novels, comics or picture books? Then look no further!

londonprintstudio is offering five carefully chosen 21-25 year olds the chance to…

-Run comic workshops for 16-20 year olds.
-Receive mentoring from top professional comic artists, anthology makers, screenwriters, print makers, comic publishers and art educators.
-Develop your own artistic comic projects with supervision from mentors and feedback from your fellow interns..
-Be introduced to the London comic scene, attend events, give presentations, network and meet publishers, editors and creators in the comic industry.
-Take part in editing, planning and creating work for a comic anthology publication and a comic exhibition at londonprintstudio.

The course is run by professional comic creator Karrie Fransman whose comics have appeared in The Times, The Guardian and who is currently working on her first graphic novel due to be published by Random House.
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Today’s show: Buying and selling comics

August 11, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Buying and selling comics

Interior of Plan B books, Glasgow and exterior of the Royal National Hotel, London

Interior of Plan B books, Glasgow and exterior of the Royal National Hotel, London

Continuing our month long look at comic book shops, we have interviews with the proprietors of a couple of venues that are unlike your average comic shop. Veteran publisher Mike Lake and colleague Colin Strawbridge talk to Dickon Harris about their regular stall selling classic comics at the monthly Royal National Hotel Comic Mart off Russell Square. Also, in an interview recorded at last week’s Caption festival in Oxford, Alex Fitch talks to comic book creator Pete Renshaw, author of Burke and Hare: The West Port Murders, about Plan B, the graphic novels and coffee shop that he co-owns in Glasgow.

5pm, Thursday 11/08/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Plan B Books, Glasgow
Pete’s myspace blog on Burke and Hare
Info about London Comic Marts
Blog post about Mike Lake and Forbidden Planet

Recommended events:

New Comic Internship at londonprintstudio for 21-25 Year Olds

Do you enjoy telling tall tales or scribbling stories? Do you love reading graphic novels, comics or picture books? Then look no further!

londonprintstudio is offering five carefully chosen 21-25 year olds the chance to…

-Run comic workshops for 16-20 year olds.
-Receive mentoring from top professional comic artists, anthology makers, screenwriters, print makers, comic publishers and art educators.
-Develop your own artistic comic projects with supervision from mentors and feedback from your fellow interns..
-Be introduced to the London comic scene, attend events, give presentations, network and meet publishers, editors and creators in the comic industry.
-Take part in editing, planning and creating work for a comic anthology publication and a comic exhibition at londonprintstudio.

The course is run by professional comic creator Karrie Fransman whose comics have appeared in The Times, The Guardian and who is currently working on her first graphic novel due to be published by Random House.
(more…)

Panel Borders: Nobrow Press

April 28, 2011 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Nobrow Press

Partially broadcast 28th April 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Interior of People I have never met by Nick White, Exterior and interior of A Graphic Cosmogony published by Nobrow Press

Interior of People I have never met by Nick White, Exterior and interior of A Graphic Cosmogony published by Nobrow Press

This week’s show concludes our month of shows about comic book anthologies and collectives. In today’s episode Dickon Harris talks to Nick White and Alex Spiro from Nobrow Press in an interview recorded at the launch of their anthology “A Graphic Cosmogony” at the London Print Studio in November 2010 and Dickon is chatting to Nick and Alex about the history of Nobrow and the unique graphic design sensibilities and use of colour by the publishing company. (Edited by Alex Fitch)

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: Original listing of the event at London Print Studio
Nobrow Press website www.nobrow.net
Review of A Graphic Cosmogny at itsnicethat.com

Recommended events:

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON

A two day festival about the best of British Comics from the last 30 years in a lovely new space – The Blue Room – at BFI Southbank.

The event includes panel discussions, workshops, talks, a film preview and signings, with guests including Al Davison (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop), David Hine (Batman), China Miéville (Kraken), Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood), Alice Duke (Self Made Hero), Mark Stafford (Cherubs), Ian Edginton (Victorian Undead), Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman), Edward Ross (Parasites!), Roger Mason (The Mice), Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division), Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures), (Singer / songwriter) V.V. Brown, (film-maker) David Allain, (artist) John Spelling (all City of Abacus), Lee O’Connor (Ctrl Alt Delete unmasks corruption), Zarina LiewYuri KoreClio Millett (Manga Jiman winners), Matt Jones (BERG design) and Matthew Sheret (Paper Science)

The Blue Room, BFI Southbank, 30th April / 1st May, 10am – 5pm

More info at www.scifilondon.com/bficomics

Further information is available in the May BFI Southbank programme and at www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
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Today’s show: Nobrow Press

April 28, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Nobrow Press

Interior of People I have never met by Nick White, Exterior and interior of A Graphic Cosmogony published by Nobrow Press

Interior of People I have never met by Nick White, Exterior and interior of A Graphic Cosmogony published by Nobrow Press

This week’s show concludes our month of shows about comic book anthologies and collectives. In today’s episode Dickon Harris talks to Nick White and Alex Spiro from Nobrow Press in an interview recorded at the launch of their anthology “A Graphic Cosmogony” at the London Print Studio in November 2010 and Dickon is chatting to Nick and Alex about the history of Nobrow and the unique graphic design sensibilities and use of colour by the publishing company. (Edited by Alex Fitch)

5pm, Thursday 28/04/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Original listing of the event at London Print Studio
Nobrow Press website www.nobrow.net
Review of A Graphic Cosmogny at itsnicethat.com

Recommended events:

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON

A two day festival about the best of British Comics from the last 30 years in a lovely new space – The Blue Room – at BFI Southbank.

The event includes panel discussions, workshops, talks, a film preview and signings, with guests including Al Davison (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop), David Hine (Batman), China Miéville (Kraken), Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood), Alice Duke (Self Made Hero), Mark Stafford (Cherubs), Ian Edginton (Victorian Undead), Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman), Edward Ross (Parasites!), Roger Mason (The Mice), Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division), Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures), (Singer / songwriter) V.V. Brown, (film-maker) David Allain, (artist) John Spelling (all City of Abacus), Lee O’Connor (Ctrl Alt Delete unmasks corruption), Zarina LiewYuri KoreClio Millett (Manga Jiman winners), Matt Jones (BERG design) and Matthew Sheret (Paper Science)

The Blue Room, BFI Southbank, 30th April / 1st May, 10am – 5pm

More info at www.scifilondon.com/bficomics

Further information is available in the May BFI Southbank programme and at www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
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Panel Borders: Spring conventions

April 14, 2011 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Spring conventions

Partially broadcast 14th April 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Sprit of Hope cover by Mike Allred, panel from The Bulletproof Coffin by Shaky Kane, cover of Tripwire digital issue 001

Sprit of Hope cover by Mike Allred, panel from The Bulletproof Coffin by Shaky Kane, cover of Tripwire digital issue 001

Continuing our month of shows about anthologies and collectives, we have a trio of interviews recorded at two recent comic book conventions in London. Recorded at Kapow!, Islington Design Centre (April 2011): Alex Fitch talks to editor Alan Cowsill and publisher Tim Pilcher (Comic Book Alliance) about the comic book anthology Spirit of Hope that they’re bringing out to help raise funds to support the people of Japan after the recent Tsunami disaster and to Joel Meadows, editor of Tripwire about the new digital incarnation of his magazine about comics and pop culture. Also in an interview recorded at the London Comic and Small Press Expo, Goldsmiths College (March 2011), Dickon Harris talks to Shaky Kane about his career which has ranged from short pieces in a variety of anthologies such as 2000AD, Escape and Revolver to his serialised graphic novel, The Bulletproof Coffin, written by David Hine.

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: Wikipedia page on Shaky Kane
London Comic & Small Press Expo website

Article about Sprit of Hope at Geek Syndicate
Comic Book Alliance website

Tripwire magazine website
Panel Borders‘ previous interview with Joel Meadows about Tripwire, May 2008

Recommended events:

The London Zine Symposium, April 17th 2011

Workshops, talks and tables from around the world can be found at the 2011 London Zine Symposium, which is all about celebrating zines, small press, comix, radicals and DIY culture.
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Today’s show: Spring conventions

April 14, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Spring conventions

Sprit of Hope cover by Mike Allred, panel from The Bulletproof Coffin by Shaky Kane, cover of Tripwire digital issue 001

Sprit of Hope cover by Mike Allred, panel from The Bulletproof Coffin by Shaky Kane, cover of Tripwire digital issue 001

Continuing our month of shows about anthologies and collectives, we have a trio of interviews recorded at two recent comic book conventions in London. Recorded at Kapow!, Islington Design Centre (April 2011): Alex Fitch talks to editor Alan Cowsill and publisher Tim Pilcher (Comic Book Alliance) about the comic book anthology Spirit of Hope that they’re bringing out to help raise funds to support the people of Japan after the recent Tsunami disaster and to Joel Meadows, editor of Tripwire about the new digital incarnation of his magazine about comics and pop culture. Also in an interview recorded at the London Comic and Small Press Expo, Goldsmiths College (March 2011), Dickon Harris talks to Shaky Kane about his career which has ranged from short pieces in a variety of anthologies such as 2000AD, Escape and Revolver to his serialised graphic novel, The Bulletproof Coffin, written by David Hine.

5pm, Thursday 14/04/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia page on Shaky Kane
London Comic & Small Press Expo website

Article about Sprit of Hope at Geek Syndicate
Comic Book Alliance website

Tripwire magazine website
Panel Borders‘ previous interview with Joel Meadows about Tripwire, May 2008

Recommended events:

The London Zine Symposium, April 17th 2011

Workshops, talks and tables from around the world can be found at the 2011 London Zine Symposium, which is all about celebrating zines, small press, comix, radicals and DIY culture.
(more…)

Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

November 5, 2010 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Team Batman, Robin and Catman

Originally broadcast 4th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Starting a month of shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, this episode is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month. Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but who also draws male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and the Teen Titans and has drawn new female readers to those titles; also: Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott at BICS

Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott at BICS

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

Recommended events:

Panel Borders at Comica:

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
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Today’s show: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

November 4, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Covers of Batman Inc. #2 by Yanick Paquette and Grant Morrison, Teen Titans #89 by Nicola Scott and J.T. Krul

Starting a month of shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, this episode is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month. Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but who also draws male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and the Teen Titans which has drawn new female readers to those titles; also: Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

5pm, 04/11/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Wikipedia pages on Yanick Paquette and Nicola Scott
Art from Batman Inc. #1 and Teen Titans #88 on the DC Universe blog

Recommended events:

Panel Borders at Comica:

Nov 6th: Charlie Adlard and The Walking Dead

Alex Fitch hosts an hour long talk with British artist Charlie Adlard about drawing various strips for 2000AD including Savage, Nikolai Dante and Judge Dredd plus his ongoing commitment to the monthly American survival horror comic The Walking Dead which he has been drawing since 2004 and has just been turned into a new TV series produced by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption). Followed by a signing with the artist.

Saturday, November 6th, 4.30pm
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Rd, London W10 4RE
(nearest tube: Warwick Avenue / Westbourne Park)

Nov 10th: Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicals

Alex Fitch discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU
(nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)
(more…)

Panel Borders: The Sound of Drowning and Gentlemen Corpses

October 7, 2010 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The Sound of Drowning and Gentlemen Corpses

Originally broadcast 7th October 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from The Sound of Drowning #14 by Paul O Connell and Lawrence Elwick and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse volume two by Ben Templesmith

Excerpt from The Sound of Drowning #14 by Paul O'Connell and Lawrence Elwick and cover of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse volume two by Ben Templesmith

In the first of a month of shows looking at horror comics, a pair of guest presenters talk to a couple of independent creators whose comics deal with the darker aspects of the human condition, in interviews recorded earlier this year at comic book conventions which help promote small press creators.
Dickon Harris talks to Paul O’Connell, a UK creator who writes and sometimes draws the anthology title The Sound of Drowning about his remixing of old cowboy comics in his strip The Legend of Johnnny Three Ns and collaborations with Lawrence Elswick such as Charlie Paker, Handyman, in an interview recorded at the Alternative Press Fair.
Liz Lutgendorff talks to Ben Templesmith, an Australian comic book creator best known for his work on titles such as Hellspawn and 30 Days of Night about his creator owned title Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and his interest in religion and mythology, in an interview recorded at the MCM Expo in London’s Docklands. (Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

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: Ben’s website www.templesmith.com
Listen to the complimentary interview with Ben by Liz about his interest in politics on The Pod Delusion
Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Ben at the Autumn 2008 MCM Expo

Paul’s website www.soundofdrowning.com and blog
Read a review of The Sound of Drowning #14 on the Forbidden Planet International blog

Recommended events:

Lecture on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s resident comic book expert Ian Rakoff will be giving a talk on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics from The Yellow Kid to Tarzan at Oxford University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology on Friday 15th October 2010.

Ian looks at representations of race and gender in early American comic strips, taking in Little Orphan Annie, Buster Brown and Little Nemo in Slumberland.

11am, Friday 15th October
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
51/53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE

Pickled Ink’s search for a comics artist

Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.

Working with Jenny, the creator/writer of the TV series Super Gran, who cut her teeth writing strips for the British girls comic Tammy, and comic book author and editor Pat Mills, the agency is searching for an outstanding character-led artist to illustrate Jenny’s first graphic novel script, Party Girls. The winner will be awarded £1000.00 and a contract of representation at Pickled Ink, whose current artists include Hanako Clulow, Hattie Newman, Hannah Bagshaw and many others.
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Today’s show: The Sound of Drowning and Gentlemen Corpses

October 7, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: The Sound of Drowning and Gentlemen Corpses

Excerpt from The Sound of Drowning #14 by Paul O Connell and Lawrence Elwick and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse volume two by Ben Templesmith

Excerpt from The Sound of Drowning #14 by Paul O'Connell and Lawrence Elwick and cover of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse volume two by Ben Templesmith

In the first of a month of shows looking at horror comics, a pair of guest presenters talk to a couple of independent creators whose comics deal with the darker aspects of the human condition, in interviews recorded earlier this year at comic book conventions which help promote small press creators.
Dickon Harris talks to Paul O’Connell, a UK creator who writes and sometimes draws the anthology title The Sound of Drowning about his remixing of old cowboy comics in his strip The Legend of Johnnny Three Ns and collaborations with Lawrence Elswick such as Charlie Paker, Handyman, in an interview recorded at the Alternative Press Fair.
Liz Lutgendorff talks to Ben Templesmith, an Australian comic book creator best known for his work on titles such as Hellspawn and 30 Days of Night about his creator owned title Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and his interest in religion and mythology, in an interview recorded at the MCM Expo in London’s Docklands. (Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

5pm, 07/10/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here after transmission

Links: Ben’s website www.templesmith.com
Listen to the complimentary interview with Ben by Liz about his interest in politics on The Pod Delusion
Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Ben at the Autumn 2008 MCM Expo

Paul’s website www.soundofdrowning.com and blog
Read a review of The Sound of Drowning #14 on the Forbidden Planet International blog

Recommended events:

Lecture on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s resident comic book expert Ian Rakoff will be giving a talk on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics from The Yellow Kid to Tarzan at Oxford University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology on Friday 15th October 2010.

Ian looks at representations of race and gender in early American comic strips, taking in Little Orphan Annie, Buster Brown and Little Nemo in Slumberland.

11am, Friday 15th October
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
51/53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE

Pickled Ink’s search for a comics artist

Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.

Working with Jenny, the creator/writer of the TV series Super Gran, who cut her teeth writing strips for the British girls comic Tammy, and comic book author and editor Pat Mills, the agency is searching for an outstanding character-led artist to illustrate Jenny’s first graphic novel script, Party Girls. The winner will be awarded £1000.00 and a contract of representation at Pickled Ink, whose current artists include Hanako Clulow, Hattie Newman, Hannah Bagshaw and many others.
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Panel Borders: Caught up with a Long Scarfe

June 24, 2010 13 Comments

Panel Borders:

Caught up with a Long Scarfe

Originally broadcast 09/06/10 as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM

Clockwise from top - part of Rude Britannia curated by Gerald Scarfe, a classic drawing of Thatcher by the artist, cover of a zine by Josie Long

Clockwise from top - part of Rude Britannia curated by Gerald Scarfe, a classic drawing of Thatcher by the artist, cover of a zine by Josie Long

In the third of three shows about and inspired by the Tate Britain exhibition ‘Rude Britannia’, Alex Fitch talks to the beloved British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe about his contributions to the exhibition and Dickon Harris talks to comedienne Josie Long about her interest in creating ‘zines and comics for distribution at her stand-up comedy gigs…

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: Rude Britannia microsite
Video tour of the exhibtion on The Telegraph website
Gerald Scarfe‘s website

Josie Long‘s website including her comics archive
Info about The Black Heart, home of Josie’s ‘Lost Treasures’…

Recommended events:

David Hine and Shaky Kane signing and exhibition at Orbital Comics

David Hine (Son of M, X-Men Noir) and Shaky Kane (Soul Sisters, Judge Dredd) willl be signing their new comic, Bulletproof Coffin, at Orbital Comics Thursday 24th June 2010 from 5-7pm.

There is also an exhibition of Shaky Kane artwork in the Orbital Comics Gallery from 14th-30th June.

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA

Comica Argentina

A mini Comica festival for Summer: an exhibition of the cream of Argentine comic art accompanies a trio of events at King’s Place in Somers Town…

July 2nd: Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about the history of comic art in Argentina. 6.30 pm
July 3rd: The Mystery Of The First Animated Movies – Gabriele Zucchelli’s documentary film, made in 2006, explores the making of El Apóstol. 6.30 pm
July 4th: Paul Gravett talks to cartoonist Oscar Grillo and director / animator Gabriele Zucchelli. 6.00 pm

The exhibition is being held at Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ to June 25 and then at King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG from July 1st-4th.

More info at www.comicafestival.com

Today’s show: Rude Britannia!

June 9, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Clear Spot: Rude Britannia!

Clockwise from left - excerpt from Tristram Shandy by Martin Rowson, entrance to the reading room in Rude Britannia at Tate Britain, Thatcher by Gerald Scarfe, zine by Josie Long

Clockwise from left - excerpt from Tristram Shandy by Martin Rowson, entrance to the reading room in Rude Britannia at Tate Britain, Thatcher by Gerald Scarfe, zine by Josie Long

Opening today at Tate Britain in London is the new exhibition ‘Rude Britannia’ which traces the history of British comic art from Hogarth to the present day. In this hour long Clear Spot, looking at the art on display and related topics, you’ll hear an extract of a tour of the gallery conducted by curator Martin Myrone, who with one of the contributors to the exhibition – Gerald Scarfe – is talking to Alex Fitch about the choices that went into curating the show and the crossover between fine art and ‘low brow’ satirical drawings.
Alex also talks to cartoonist Martin Rowson – who is currently exhibiting his illustrations for ‘New Humanist’ magazine at Menier Gallery (51 Southwark Street until June 12th) – about his adaptation of the humorous and experimental Eighteenth century novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman into graphic novel format and Dickon Harris chats to comedienne Josie Long about creating ‘zines and comics for distribution at her gigs and contributing comic strips to Alan Moore’s new magazine Dodgem Logic

8pm, Wednesday 09/06/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Rude Britannia microsite
Video tour of the exhibtion on The Telegraph website
Gerald Scarfe’s website
Guardian archive of Martin Rowson’s cartoons
Info about Tristram Shandy at publisher Self Made Hero’s website
Josie Long’s website including her comics archive
Info about The Black Heart, home of Josie’s ‘Lost Treasures’…

Recommended events:

MARTIN ROWSON: CREATIONS IN BAD FAITH, DRAWINGS FOR NEW HUMANIST MAGAZINE

Since 2002 satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson has been drawing exclusive covers and illustrations for New Humanist magazine. Rowson’s acid nib has provided the perfect visual accompaniment to New Humanist’s cheeky godlessness. Show features more than 50 pieces from a unique collaboration truly made in hell.

8 Jun to 12 Jun

Menier Gallery , 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
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Panel Borders: Manga Jiman 2010

May 20, 2010 8 Comments

Panel Borders:

Manga Jiman 2010

Edited version broadcast 20/05/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Manga Jiman winning entries in 2010 by Yuri Kore, Zarina Liew and David Lander

Excerpts from Manga Jiman winning entries in 2010 by Yuri Kore, Zarina Liew and David Lander

Continuing ‘cross cultural comics month’ on the show, we’re looking at the winners of last year’s Manga Jiman (Pride in Manga) competiton run by the Japanese Embassy in London to find the best new Japanese style comics made in the UK. Dickon Harris talks to the runners up – Zarina Liew and David Lander – about their entries to the competition and the crossover between British small press and manga styles in their work; while Alex Fitch talks to Yuri Kore about her winning entry “The boy who runs from the sun” and drawing comics again, having moved to Britain from the Manhwa industry in Korea.

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 winners on the Embassy of Japan website
Read an ebook about the winners, including extracts from the ten shortlisted comics
Winners’ websites: Yuri Kore / Zarina Liew / David Lander

Listen to Alex’s interviews with the winners of the 2007 competition
Listen to Dickon’s previous interview with David Lander about his work

Recommended events:

City of Abacus at The Book Club

Throughout May at The Book Club cafe and bar in Hoxton, London there is a month long exhibtion of the art from The City of Abacus by VV Brown and David Allain, illustrated by Emma Price and Lee O’Connor.

Opening hours: 8am-late Mon-Fri, 10am-late Sat/Sun
100 Leonard Street, London EC2 4RH
More info at www.wearetbc.com
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Today’s show: Manga Jiman 2010

May 20, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Manga Jiman 2010

Excerpts from Manga Jiman winning entries in 2010 by Yuri Kore, Zarina Liew and David Lander

Excerpts from Manga Jiman winning entries in 2010 by Yuri Kore, Zarina Liew and David Lander

Continuing ‘cross cultural comics month’ on the show, we’re looking at the winners of last year’s Manga Jiman (Pride in Manga) competiton run by the Japanese Embassy in London to find the best new Japanese style comics made in the UK. Dickon Harris talks to the runners up – Zarina Liew and David Lander – about their entries to the competition and the crossover between British small press and manga styles in their work; while Alex Fitch talks to Yuri Kore about her winning entry “The boy who runs from the sun” and drawing comics again, having moved to Britain from the Manhwa industry in Korea.

5pm 20/05/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Info about the winners on the Embassy of Japan website
Read an ebook about the winners, including extracts from the ten shortlisted comics
Winners’ websites: Yuri Kore / Zarina Liew / David Lander

Listen to Alex’s interviews with the winners of the 2007 competition
Listen to Dickon’s previous interview with David Lander about his work

Recommended events:

City of Abacus at The Book Club

Throughout May at The Book Club cafe and bar in Hoxton, London there is a month long exhibtion of the art from The City of Abacus by VV Brown and David Allain, illustrated by Emma Price and Lee O’Connor.

Opening hours: 8am-late Mon-Fri, 10am-late Sat/Sun
100 Leonard Street, London EC2 4RH
More info at www.wearetbc.com
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Panel Borders: Comic Sushi and Public Servants

February 12, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Comic Sushi and Public Servants

Originally broadcast 11/02/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Depressed Cat by Lizz Lunney and Tozo by David O Connell

Excerpts from Depressed Cat by Lizz Lunney and Tozo by David O Connell

Continuing this month’s look at webcomics, Dickon Harris speaks to a couple of creators of very different online strips at the Movies Comics and Manga expo in London’s Docklands. Liz Lunney creates a variety of humourous and cute animal strips under the anthology title ‘Online Comic Sushi’ which she has also printed in collections such as ‘Bears in your Face / The Man with Tetris on his Chin’ and ‘I Love Dinosaurs and they Love Me’ which led to her inclusion in the American Indie publisher Top Shelf’s collection of online comics, Top Shelf 2.0.
David O’Connell also makes family friendly comics in the form of his ongoing web strip ‘Tozo: The Public Servant’, a European ‘Clear line’ style comic reminiscent of Hergé, which tells the tale of a police inspector on the island city of Nova Venezia, who has been ordered to investigate the murder of Luco Lello, an employee of the Financial Exchange. His investigations include the mysterious but troublesome Spider Empire and the Ombra Society, led by the sinister Lady Magdalene, who travel by airship and Tozo is always accompanied by his sidekick, the mecha-golem ‘Klikker’!

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: Lizz Lunney – Website: www.lizzlizz.com
Blog: lizzlizz.blogspot.com
Pages at Top Shelf 2.0
Interview at threadless.com

David O’Connell – Website: http://www.tozocomic.com
Livejournal page: tozocomic.livejournal.com
Read Tozo: The Public Servant from the first page
Interview with David conducted by Garen Ewing
Listen to previews interviews about Clair Ligne comics conducted by Alex Fitch and Dickon Harris

Recommended events:

Alternative Press Fair

It’s going to be a completely FREE event celebrating all things self-published and DIY.
Comics and Zines, Radical Literature, Poetry, Printmaking, Book Arts and even a bit of DIY Fashion will come together in this carnival of modern cottage industry!
There will be a huge variety of things to see and do, including collaborative drawing and live screen printing where you can make your own poster of the day.
In the evening there will be a party to celebrate the first birthday of the Alternative Press Fair with an open mic night for all comers to try, also featuring poetry, spoken word and music. So come along and help us blow out the candles!

I’ts all happening at; St Aloysius Social Club, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA
Nearest tube Euston
13th February, Noon-Midnight…

More info: http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Spend Valentine’s Day with We are Words + Pictures

14th February, at Notting Hill Arts Club
Two very special events brought to you by WAW+P.

3-7pm: Drop In + Draw.
Live art and workshops featuring Jamie McKelvie, Adam Cadwell and Tom Humberstone

Illustrators, writers and animators of all ages come together for an afternoon day of comic book art and fun. Featuring group-draw sessions, comic-themed activities and one-on-one tutorials, Drop In + Draw is open to artists of all abilities. You’ll be joined by Jamie McKelvie (X-Men: Divided We Stand, Suburban Glamour), Adam Cadwell (The Everyday) and Eagle Award-Winner Tom Humberstone (How To Date A Girl in 10 Days, My Fellow Americans), who’ll be on hand for sketches, advice and tips. So even if you can’t tell Batman from Manbat, or don’t know which end of a brush pen to hold, come on down and we’ll get you making comics.

Entry – £1 per person to cover materials.

7.30-late: Modern Romance.
A night of pop and music compered by Robin Ince. Featuring House of Starnge, Dogtanion and Judas Zero

A night of sunshine pop and four-color mayhem, Notting Hill Arts Club will be filled with comic art and live illustration while the bands play on. Compered by very special guest Robin Ince (The Office, Mock The Week, Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Radio 4 regular), the acts include confetti-wielding electro-pop heroes House of Strange, Dogtanion – whose single ‘Heavy Talk’ was one of Drowned in Sound’s ‘Singles of 2009′ – and intergalactic folk hero Judas Zero.

Once the bands have finished the We Are Words + Pictures DJs will play into the night, bringing the likes of M.I.A., Lady Gaga, The Flaming Lips and Los Campesinos! to the dancefloor.

Entry – £5 per person (£4 concessions)

Please note: these events are adults only. Sorry.
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ

More info at http://wearewordsandpictures.com
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