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: Myriad Editions

October 31, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Myriad Editions

Art from Becoming Unbecoming by Una, A Thousand Coloured Castles by Gareth Brookes, Talking to Gina by Ottilie Hainsworth

Art from Becoming Unbecoming by Una, A Thousand Coloured Castles by Gareth Brookes, Talking to Gina by Ottilie Hainsworth

In a special episode looking at graphic novels published by Myriad Editions, Alex Fitch talks to three creators who have had books released by this Brighton based publisher. Una discusses her graphic novel Becoming Unbecoming, a book looking at the travails of growing up as a young woman in the 1970s against the backdrop of widespread misogyny and the crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper, and her self-published comic On Sanity.
Also, in Q and As recorded in front of a live audience, Gareth Brookes and Ottilie Hainsworth discuss their titles A Thousand Coloured Castles and Talking to Gina, the former, rendered in intricate layers of crayon, is a surrealistic comic looking at a woman whose macular degeneration is causing vivid hallucinations, and the latter tells Ottilie’s relationship with her new dog in intimate full page panels of joy and loss. Also includes a performance by WeBop, the all female choir that Ottilie is a member of, performing at her book launch at Phoenix Brighton. (more…)

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Alternative Press (half) Hour podcast

April 23, 2010 1 Comment

Alternative Press (half) Hour:

the Alternative Press Fair Spring 2010

Broadcast 20/04/10 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alternative Press Fair, February 2010

Alternative Press Fair, February 2010

The first of a six week run of 30 min regular instalments from the Alt. Press Scene: Gareth Brookes reports from the Alternative Press Fair, where he talks to Panel Borders’ Alex Fitch about covering comics on the radio and to comic artist Paul Ashley Brown about his work; Peter Lally talks to Brighton Zine Symposium organiser Emma Jane Falconer and there’s music from Shug and Trent Miller.

For more info and to stream / download a variety of formats, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Alternative Press homepage and podcast archive
Comics and zines blog

Recommended events:

Unicomics at the University of Hertfordshire, a 4 day event will be taking place from April 22nd to April 25th with film screenings, talks and panels by Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons , Kevin O’Neill, Gary Erskine, Ian Culbard, and Sarah McIntyre, more info at www.unicomics.co.uk

Solipsistic Pop 2 launch party

MUSIC FROM: SLEEPING STATES // TRISTRAM // DOGTANION
WE ARE WORDS + PICTURES DJ SET

COMEDY FROM ROBIN INCE // LIVE DRAWING
BUY THE BOOK AT A REDUCED PRICE
MEET THE ARTISTS // FREE SCREENPRINTS FOR THE FIRST 20 CUSTOMERS

7PM WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL // £3
THE CROSS KINGS, KINGS CROSS, 126 YORK WAY

SOLIPSISTIC POP 2
Contains 64 pages of sequential art from some of the best comic artists, illustrators and designers working in the UK today. With a 12 page newspaper insert, gorgeous gatefold cover and specially designed tote bag, it’s a must have for any comic fan.

CONTRIBUTORS
Kristyna Baczynski, Becky Barnicoat, Adam Cadwell, Stephen Collins, Joe Decie, Marc Ellerby, Sally Hancox, Anne Holiday, Tom Humberstone, Philippa Johnson, Daniel Locke, Lizz Lunney, Jack Noel, Mark Oliver, Luke Pearson, Octavia Raitt, Anna Saunders, Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret, and Matilda Tristram.

More info at www.solipsisticpop.com

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050 from Wednesday 28th April – Monday 3rd May features a variety of comics panels, on topics such as 60 years of Dan Dare, British Female Manga creators, Comics and film and Marvel UK with guests including Kate Brown, Rian Hughes, Gary Erskine, Emma Viecelli, Dez Skinn, Woodrow Phoenix, Garry Leach, Karen Rubins, Dan Abnett, Cyriak Harris and many more. More info at www.sci-fi-london.com

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050, April 28th - May 3rd, 2010

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050, April 28th - May 3rd, 2010

Panel Borders: Banal Pigs, borrowed toilets and other manly anthologies

October 30, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Banal Pigs, borrowed toilets and other manly anthologies

Edited broadcast 29/10/09 as part of an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Cover of the Banal Pig Landscape anthology by Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brooks

Cover of the Banal Pig Landscape anthology by Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brooks

Continuing ‘anthologies and collectives month’ on the show, in an interview recorded at this year’s Small Press Expo in Bristol, Dickon Harris talks to Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brookes about their self published comics, including The Manly Boys Annual, Can I borrow your toilet? and The Banal Pig Landscape anthology; Dickon then catches up with Gareth again at the Alternative Press Fair Collaborama! in Borough to talk about performing small press comics as poetry.

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: Steve Tillotson’s Banal Pig website
Gareth Brookes’ Appalling Nonsense website
Banal Pig blog
Listen to Gareth read his poems Smell of the Wild and Jolly Bear as part of Gemma Cantlow’s Stand-up Comics
Listen to Dickon’s interview with Gareth Brookes and various other creators at last year’s Handmade and Bound festival

Related events: plus: Autumn comics conventions and events…

5th to the 26th of November: Comica, the three week festival of comics in and around the Institute of Comtemporary Arts in London includes appearances by Eddie Campbell, David Lloyd, Brian Talbot, James Jean and Tara McPherson. – more info at www.comicafestival.com

19th to the 22nd of November: The Thought Bubble sequential art festival in Leeds which includes appearances by Paul Cornell, Gary Erskine, Garen Ewing, Andy Diggle, Frank Quietly and many more – more info at www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

November Small Press events:

Handmade and bound – The Affordable book arts and zine fair, Sunday 1st November at the St Aloysius Social Club, near Euston,

The Small Press Comiket, Sunday 8th November which is part of the fortnight long Comica festival at The ICA, on The Mall, in Central London

Are you zine friendly?”, Thursday 12th November, an Alternative Press event at the Foundry in Hoxton, promoting a new small press web resource: the Zine Friendly blog! And that’s at 86 Great Eastern Street.

For more info about all these events please visit: comicsandzines.wordpress.com
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Today’s show: Banal Pigs and Constabulary Sheep

October 29, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Banal Pigs and Constabulary Sheep

Cover of the Banal Pig Landscape anthology by Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brooks plus the inhabitants of The Fleece Station, inset, by Sarah McIntyre, Gary Northfield and Viviane Schwartz

Cover of the Banal Pig Landscape anthology by Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brooks plus the inhabitants of The Fleece Station, inset, by Sarah McIntyre, Gary Northfield and Viviane Schwartz

Concluding* this month’s series of shows on “collectives and anthologies”, we’re looking at two very different animal themed collectives. In an interview recorded at this year’s Small Press Expo in Bristol, Dickon Harris talks to Steve Tillotson and Gareth Brookes about their self published comics, including The Manly Boys Annual, Can I borrow your toilet? and The Banal Pig Landscape anthology; while in an interview recorded in the Old Police Station, Deptford, Alex Fitch talks to Sarah McIntyre and Viviane Schwartz, who illustrate books for children such as Morris the Mankiest Monster and There are cats in this book respectively, and share a studio with Beano artist Gary Northfield that they affectionately call The Fleece Station
(*an additional clear spot about the Alternative Press Fair will be broadcast in the second week of November)

5pm 29/10/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Steve Tillotson’s Banal Pig website
Gareth Brookes’ Appalling Nonsense website
Listen to Gareth read his poems Smell of the Wild and Jolly Bear as part of Gemma Cantlow’s Stand-up Comics
Listen to Dickon’s interview with Gareth Brookes and various other creators at last year’s Handmade and Bound festival

The Fleece Station blog
Sarah’s website and blog
Viviane’s website
The DFC website / “Save the DFC” blog
Super Comics Adventure Squad blog

Related events: BLACK POWERS exhibtion at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

As part of Black History Month, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery presents an exhibition of comics by black creators and of African-American characters in comics. The collection coheres around black representations through the imagery and language of the comic book medium: representation as markers of both historical and contemporary struggles. The theme is developed through archival works from the 1930’s to the present-day and culminates with a display of the singular comic art of Patrice and John Aggs, Paul Peart-Smith, Woodrow Phoenix and Lance Tooks.

09 October – 06 November 2009
Swiss Cottage Library Gallery, 88 Avenue Rd, London, United Kingdom

and: London signings…

Eddie Campbell / Alex: The Years have pants Signing at Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street – Saturday 7th November – early London availability of the behemoth that is Alec: The Years Have Pants – A Life-Sized Omnibus. Saturday 7th November 2 – 4pm

David Petersen /Mouse Guard: David Petersen be signing the gorgeous Mouse Guard Winter 1152 at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 7th November 1 – 2pm

plus: Autumn comics conventions and events…

5th to the 26th of November: Comica, the three week festival of comics in and around the Institute of Comtemporary Arts in London includes appearances by Eddie Campbell, David Lloyd, Brian Talbot, James Jean and Tara McPherson. – more info at www.comicafestival.com

19th to the 22nd of November: The Thought Bubble sequential art festival in Leeds which includes appearances by Paul Cornell, Gary Erskine, Garen Ewing, Andy Diggle, Frank Quietly and many more – more info at www.thoughtbubblefestival.com
(more…)

Panel Borders: Handmade and Bound

November 20, 2008 6 Comments

Panel Borders: Handmade and Bound
Originally broadcast 20/11/08 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Dickon Harris presents a special report about the affordable ‘zine and comics book fair – Handmade and Bound – and talks to a quintet of small press comics creators: Gareth Brookes, Gavin Burrows, Sean Duffield, Richard Cowdry and Peter Lally. Dickon also talks to one of the founders of Handmade… – Simon Last – about the success of the fair and the small press scene in general…
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Today’s show: Handmade and Bound

November 20, 2008

Strip! – Handmade and Bound

Dickon Harris presents a special report about the affordable ‘zine and comics book fair – Handmade and Bound – and talks to a quintet of small press comics creators: Gareth Brookes, Gavin Burrows, Sean Duffield, Richard Cowdry and Peter Lally. Dickon also talks to one of the founders of Handmade… – Simon Last – about the success of the fair and the small press scene in general…

5pm 20/11/08, repeated 11.30pm 23/11/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Handmade and Bound website
Gareth Brookes’ website
Banal Pig comics blog
Gavin Burrows’ blog
Paper Tiger Comics / Sean Duffield’s website
Peter Lally and Richard Cowdry’s blog – The Bedsit Journal
Listen to Gareth Brookes perform in part 1 of Gemma Cantlow’s Stand-up Comics

Comics news: Paul Gravett’s annual ComICA festival runs from 14th to 26th of November and includes talks by Art Spiegelman, Ian Rankin and Dave McKean and is on at the ICA and V & A museum in London. More info at paulgravett.com

ComICA logo
This year’s festival also includes a special Comiket all day event hosted by London Underground Comics

Comiket logo
Comiket logo

SUNDAY SHOCK THERAPY
SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER, Vibe Live, 2-6pm, FREE: To celebrate the publication of the winter issue of Electric Sheep we’ll be screening a double bill of outrageous Icelandic horror movies, the comic book-style vampire comedy Frostbite (2006) and the classic 50s monster movie Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959). For all those desperate to find eccentric, bizarre, funny, enchanting, beautiful and non-mass-produced Christmas presents, we’ll also have an alternative mini-Christmas market with a film books and DVDs stall from Cinéphilia, London Underground Comics, Where It’s At Is Where You Are records, Sophistikitten retro lingerie, and cakes!
The first 20 people in get a free copy of the new issue of Electric Sheep! You will also have the possibility of winning a year’s subscription to the magazine!

Stand-up comics podcast part 1

August 15, 2008 8 Comments

Stand-up Comics” * part 1
Originally broadcast 14/08/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

The first half of the final one hour edition of Resonance FM’s weekly comic book show Strip!** is a special ‘zine-style show curated by Gemma Cantlow, editor of the ‘zine Layby Perk and features a variety of small press creators performing music and spoken word pieces on the radio.

Stand-Up Comics logo

Stand-Up Comics logo

Here’s the track listing…

1 ) Gareth Brookes (Appalling Nonsense) – “Smell of the wild”
2 ) Steven Tillotson (Banal Pig Comics) – “‘Round Michael Douglas’ House” (performed by Dan Lester / Monkeys Might Puke)
3 ) Gareth Brookes – “Jolly Bear”
4 ) Ambergris / Matthew Thurber (1-800 Mice) – “Anti-Matter / Alma Mater”
5 ) Ambergris / Matthew Thurber – “Ice Water”

For more info and various formats to download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org / Listen to part two

*Alex Fitch is clearly responsible for this pun…
**Strip! will be back in September in half hour instalments…

Comics news:

London Underground Comics Low Energy Day

London Underground Comics' Low Energy Day

LUC is proud to announce its SECOND festival of the year, Low Energy Day on the 30th of August.
After the success of No Barcodes, with its beautiful atmosphere, universal profit making and footfall of over six hundred visitors we’ve decided to do… well pretty much the same again actually.

Plus a couple of sexy bonuses:

Last time we had twelve tables and fifty two exhibitors, this time we are spread over two areas, meaning we can ditch the tables that weren’t in prime positions. We now have ten tables in the original No Barcodes hall, and another five in the centre of the busy Market Hall next door, allowing us to accommodate more creators than ever before, and hopefully give people who asked for space after we were full before a chance to participate.
DJ Laurence Powell from small press legends Modern Monstrosity (Tales From The Flat) will be entertaining us all day with his comics themed mixes in the middle of the main room.
On top of that expect the usual food discounts for taking part in the event, opportunities to sell comics to a large and unsaturated market, and the chance to meet and make friends new and old in the beautiful and popular Camden Lock Market.

Also: On now until the end of August – “Caption Comics Collective” at the Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Comics artists Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, D’Israeli, David Baillie, Sally Anne Hickman and many more display their artistic wares at this gallery show in Oxford. More info at www.thejamfactoryoxford.com

Today’s Show: “Stand-up Comics”

August 14, 2008

Strip!: “Stand-up Comics” *

Today’s final one hour edition of Strip!** is a special ‘zine-style show curated by Gemma Cantlow, editor of the ‘zine Layby Perk and features a variety of small press creators performing music and spoken word pieces on the radio. Here’s the track listing…

Stand-Up Comics logo

Stand-Up Comics logo

1 ) Gareth Brookes (Appalling Nonsense) – “Smell of the wild”
2 ) Steven Tillotson (Banal Pig Comics) – “‘Round Michael Douglas’ House” (performed by Dan Lester)
3 ) Gareth Brookes – “Jolly Bear”
4 ) Ambergris / Matthew Thurber (1-800 Mice) – “Anti-Matter / Alma Mater”
5 ) Ambergris / Matthew Thurber – “Ice Water”
6 ) Daniel Locke (Green) / Ian Murphy – “It was always burning”
7 ) Attack Wave Pestrepeller featuring Savage Pencil – “These with the ash of spiders”
8 ) Mystery Dick / Ed Pinsent and Harley Richardson (Sound Projector) – “St. Joseph of Copertino”
9 ) Matthew Thurber – “Hiawatha’s Underwater Bird”
10) Sylvie Winn (The Director of Tall Buildings) – “Bipolar Bear”
11) Dan Lester (Monkeys Might Puke) – “Usagi Yojimbo
12) Jimi Gherkin (Jimi Gherkin Comics) – “It ain’t gonna work out fine” (+ slight reprise)

5pm 14/08/08 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

*Alex Fitch is clearly responsible for this pun…
**Strip! will be back in September in half hour instalments…

Comics news:

London Underground Comics Low Energy Day

London Underground Comics' Low Energy Day

LUC is proud to announce its SECOND festival of the year, Low Energy Day on the 30th of August.
After the success of No Barcodes, with its beautiful atmosphere, universal profit making and footfall of over six hundred visitors we’ve decided to do… well pretty much the same again actually.

Plus a couple of sexy bonuses:

Last time we had twelve tables and fifty two exhibitors, this time we are spread over two areas, meaning we can ditch the tables that weren’t in prime positions. We now have ten tables in the original No Barcodes hall, and another five in the centre of the busy Market Hall next door, allowing us to accommodate more creators than ever before, and hopefully give people who asked for space after we were full before a chance to participate.
DJ Laurence Powell from small press legends Modern Monstrosity (Tales From The Flat) will be entertaining us all day with his comics themed mixes in the middle of the main room.
On top of that expect the usual food discounts for taking part in the event, opportunities to sell comics to a large and unsaturated market, and the chance to meet and make friends new and old in the beautiful and popular Camden Lock Market.

Also: On now until the end of August – “Caption Comics Collective” at the Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Comics artists Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, D’Israeli, David Baillie, Sally Anne Hickman and many more display their artistic wares at this gallery show in Oxford. More info at www.thejamfactoryoxford.com