Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on Panel Borders

March 8, 2009 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and his other collaborators

Doctor Manhattan by Dave Gibbons

Doctor Manhattan by Dave Gibbons

If you’ve just watched the Watchmen in the cinema and would like to hear interviews with the creators, here’s a list of my interviews with Alan Moore and various artists who have illustrated his scripts including Dave Gibbons and David Lloyd…

Alan Moore

… talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the highs (Kev O’Neill) and lows (Rob Liefeld) of collaborating with comic book artists, his notions of magic and ideaspace and just what giant bald men in nappies had to do with American paranoia in 1950s movies! (Originally broadcast Jan 25th 2007 on Resonance FM)

… talks about magic, Swamp Thing, movies and saving the comics industry.

(Originally broadcast 7pm, Jan 30th 2007 on Resonance FM)

 

… talks about animation, history and DNA….

(Originally broadcast 7.30pm, Jan 30th 2007 on Resonance FM)

Alex Fitch interviews Alan Moore at Gosh! (Photo by Oli Smith)

Click on the image to watch the video, which was filmed by Oli Smith

… talks about his epic graphic novel Lost Girls, from its beginnings – serialised in the horror anthology Taboo – to its final printing 16 years later as a beautiful three volume slipcased hardback published by Top Shelf.

(Originally broadcast 5pm, Feb 14th 2008 on Resonance FM)


… talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman.

(Originally broadcast 5.30pm, Feb 14th 2008 on Resonance FM)



… talks about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul..

(Originally broadcast Oct 23rd 2008 on Resonance FM)



Alan Moore and Pat Mills talk about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…..

(Originally broadcast Jan 29th 2009 on Resonance FM)

Click on the image to watch a video of the interview

Click on the image to watch a video of the interview, which was filmed by Oli Smith

Dave Gibbons talks about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen

(Originally broadcast at 5pm, June 10th 2008 on Resonance FM)

Read an abridged transcript of the interview in Wheel Me Out magazine


Alex Fitch talks to David Lloyd

Alex Fitch talks to David Lloyd

David Lloyd talks about working on V for Vendetta and about the challenges of illustrating graphic novels such as The Horrorist and Kickback….

(Originally broadcast at 5.30pm, June 10th 2008 on Resonance FM)

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Alan Moore

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Alan Moore


Alan Davis and Paul Cornell talk about writing and in Alan’s case, also drawing Captain Britain, a character whose appearance in comics in the early 1980s by Alans Davis and Moore gave the strip a lasting appeal that endures to the current day. Paul Cornell talks about his recent revamp of the character in the new comic Captain Britain and MI:13 which sees the Captain get a 21st Century make-over while encountering such nefarious characters as Count Dracula and Gordon Brown!

(Originally broadcast March 5th 2009 on Resonance FM)

Strip! at Christmas…

December 19, 2008

Resonance FM is broadcasting repeats from Monday 22nd December to Sunday January 4th, 2009, so there’ll be no Strip! broadcast Christmas day as I’m sure you’d all rather be watching the Queen’s Speech. However, Strip! will be er… stripped throughout the week after with a daily repeat of the best episodes of the last three months from Monday 29th December – Friday 2nd Jan at 2.30pm daily:

Strip!: Charles Burns’ Fear(s) of the dark
Guest presenter Virginie Sélavy talks to the renowned American comic book artist and writer Charles Burns about Black Holeand the French portmanteau film Fear(s) of the dark…
Originally broadcast September 25th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Monday 29th December 2008

Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore

Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore

Strip!: Alan Moore’s ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography
Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with artist Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul.
Originally broadcast October 23rd 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Tuesday 30th December 2008

Strip: Eddie Campbell – the life and many deaths of the artist
Alex Fitch talks to artist / writer Eddie Campbell about his books The Fate of the Artist, The Black Diamond Detective Agency and The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard.
Originally broadcast October 30th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Wednesday 31st December 2008

Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson

Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson

Strip!: The art of Jill Thompson
Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson about her spooky graphic novellas for all ages: Magic Trixie and Scary Godmother and about drawing DC comics such as Sandman and Wonder Woman…
Originally broadcast November 13th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Thursday 1st January 2009

Strip!: The work of Art Spiegelman
Guest presenter Grant Rogers talks to Pulitzer prize winning author Art Spiegelman about his seminal work Maus and the 30th anniversary republication of Breakdowns, his sophomoric collection of underground strips…
Originally broadcast November 27th 2008, repeat:
2.30pm Friday 2nd January 2009

The next new episode will follow at the usual time and day on January 8th 2009 and Alex Fitch will be talking to acclaimed children’s illustrator and comic book artist Raymond Briggs about his career…

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell – the life and many deaths of the artist

October 30, 2008 3 Comments

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell – the life and many deaths of the artist
An uncut version of an interview originally broadcast 30/10/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

In the fourth of four episodes of Panel Borders looking at the work of artist Eddie Campbell, Alex Fitch talks to Eddie about his books The Fate of the Artist, The Black Diamond Detective Agency and The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard. Alex and Eddie also touch on film to comic adaptations and vice versa and the lack of heroes at the beginning on the twenty first century via consideration of his comics From Hell, Bacchus and Alec
(With thanks to Oli Smith for putting Alex in touch with Eddie Campbell)

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

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Panel Borders: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography

October 23, 2008 8 Comments

Panel Borders: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography*
Uncut version of an interview originally broadcast 23/10/08, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) as an episode of Strip!

Continuing Eddie Campbell month on Resonance FM… Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul. Alex and Alan talk about the experience of documenting Whitechapel in the past and present and Alan’s growing interest in psychogeography in London and beyond.
(With thanks to Dutch underground filmmaker Theo Lismith** for use of his kitchen to do the recording in…)

*Alex is aware that psychogeography is all one word but as From Hell is all about Geography and the exploits of a Psychopath…
**Oli Smith is aware of this bad joke, which Alex finds amusing…

For more info and a variety of formats you can download, please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
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Today’s show: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography

October 23, 2008 1 Comment

Strip!: ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography*

Continuing Eddie Campbell month on Resonance FM… Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul. Alex and Alan talk about the experience of documenting Whitechapel in the past and present and Alan’s growing interest in psychogeography in London and beyond.
(With thanks to Dutch underground filmmaker Theo Lismith** for use of his kitchen to do the recording in…)

*Alex is aware that psychogeography is all one word but as From Hell is all about Geography and the exploits of a Psychopath…
**This is a bad joke that Oli Smith is aware of…

5pm 23/10/08, repeated 11.30pm 26/10/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on From Hell, Snakes and Ladders / The Birth Caul, Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell and psychogeography
Buy From Hell from www.topshelfcomix.com (U.S) or Knockabout comics (U.K.), who also stock ‘A disease of language’ which reprints Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul
Eddie Campbell’s blog
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Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Discovering Manga

Paul Gravett, the author of the NEO award-winning book Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, invites you to discover secrets behind their most dazzling creators and characters. How can you read manga to enjoy them at their fullest? What gives these stories such power? What’s a good manga in English to start with? Whether you are new to the subject or a serious otaku, this is a fascinating multi-media presentation for everyone to enjoy.
All ticket-holders will receive a 20% discount on Gravett & Stanbury books purchased from the book table.
Thursday, 23rd October 2008, 7pm to 9.30pm
There will be an interval with light refreshments. St Albans Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwin Gardens, London, EC1N 7AB Tube: Chancery Lane.
Tickets and more info available at www.paulgravett.com

London Movie Comic Media Expo

At the London Excel centre on the 25th & 26th October, the worlds of comics, film, games and TV collide as the MCM expo hits London, featuring appearances and panels by the stars of Heroes, Merlin, and Battlestar Galactica plus lumiaries from some of the best comic books and graphic novels currently available such as Charlie Higson, Kev Walker, Ben Templesmith, Oliver Lambden and Laurence Powell.
Tickets and more info available at www.londonexpo.com

Handmade and Bound

Handmade & Bound is an independent fair with affordable, handmade artists’ books, comics and zines. An ideal place to meet and buy the work of cutting edge small press creators such as Marc Ellerby, Sean Duffield and Jimi Gherkin…
Saturday 8 November 2008, St Aloysius Social Club, Phoenix Road, London NW1 (nearest tube Euston). 12-6pm. Free entry.
Evening entertainment 8pm-12am: DJs and bands, including The Slim Reaper and Her Magic Powers.
More info at www.handmadeandbound.com

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

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell and the art of the raconteur

October 17, 2008 5 Comments

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell and the art of the raconteur
Exclusive podcast to compliment the Resonance FM radio show, Strip!

In the second of four podcasts about comic book artist Eddie Campbell, Alex Fitch introduces a monologue by the artist in which Eddie tells the tale of his long suffering typesetter Mick Evans who has cameoed in a variety of his comics. Later in the show, Alex talks to Eddie about the nature of the artist’s role as a raconteur in titles such as Alec and Bacchus. Please note, we apologise if it is difficult to hear this recording – there is a lot of very loud background chatter, so it may be occasionally difficult to hear the interview. There will be a transcript forthcoming to help listeners follow the conversation.
(with thanks to Oli Smith and Nottingham’s premiere comic shop, page 45)

For more info and a variety of formats you can download, please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
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Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction

October 10, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction
originally broadcast as part of Strip!, 09/10/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

It’s the start of Eddie Campbell month on Panel Borders: guest presenter Oli Smith (London Underground Comics) talks to the acclaimed comic book artist and writer about Fast Fiction, the seminal British small press comics stall which promoted European and underground comics at the Westminster Comic Marts in the early 80s. Later in the show Alex Fitch and Oli talk to Paul Gravett about running the stall and its influence on the next generation of small press creators. Please note, we apologise if it is difficult to hear this recording – there is a lot of very loud background chatter, so it may be occasionally difficult to hear the interview. There will be a transcript forthcoming to help listeners follow the conversation.
(with thanks to Nottingham’s premiere comic shop, page 45)

For more info and a variety of formats you can download, please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
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Today’s show: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction

October 9, 2008

Strip!: Eddie Campbell on Fast Fiction
5pm 09/10/08 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

It’s the start of Eddie Campbell month on Strip!: Oli Smith (London Underground Comics) talks to the acclaimed comic book artist and writer about Fast Fiction, the seminal British small press comics stall which promoted European and underground comics at the Westminster Comic Marts in the early 80s. Later in the show Alex Fitch and Oli talk to Paul Gravett about running the stall and its influence on the next generation of small press creators.
(with thanks to Nottingham’s premiere comic shop, page 45)

Repeated at 11.30pm Sunday 11/10/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Links: Wikipedia pages on Eddie Campbell and Fast Fiction
Page 45, stockists of Eddie Campbell’s new book The Amazing Monsieur Leotard
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