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Panel Borders: Zine-age Kicks!

April 3, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Zine-age Kicks!

Originally broadcast 02/04/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

A selection of zines and limited edition art books by George Cullen

A selection of zines and limited edition art books by George Cullen

Starting a month of shows about comic book publishing on Panel Borders: Dickon Harris conducts three interviews with small press creators at the Brighton ‘Zine fest and at the “Zine-age kicks” event at Trap 2 Gallery in London. Dickon talks to Jimi Gherkin about his new ‘zine “Electric baby,” which includes advice for ‘zine and comic book creators on how to screenprint and self publish their own comics and also about the upcoming anthology Jimi’s editing and how anyone in the small press can submit items to be included. Dickon’s also talking to Dutch artist Kala Newman about her zine – “Impulsive random platform” – which she creates with fellow students from the Slade school of art and to George Cullen about his self published title “Throw away” which mixes cryptography with typography to beguiling effect.

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: Jimi Gherkin
Jimi’s blog – comicsandzines.wordpress.com including info on The Alternative Press anthology
Interview with Jimi at www.spoonfed.co.uk
Info on Brighton ‘zine-fest
Listen to Alex Fitch’s Summer 2008 interview with Jimi and to Jimi perform the song “It ‘aint gonna work out fine” as part of our show on performances by small press creators

Kala Newman
Info on Impulsive Random Platform at myspace
The IRP blog
Info about IRP music at www.thesladeaudioclub.com

George Cullen
George’s website and blog
Info on Trap 2 Gallery

Fuselit list of ‘zines and journals
www.wemakezines.com
Paul Gravett’s list of forthcoming comics events
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Comics / sci-fi news: Strength from Adversity: A Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Art Festival – 15-17 April 2009

The National Gallery is pleased to be hosting this celebration of contemporary Japanese cinema. Includes screenings of Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen), Fudeko: Sono Ai – Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko and the Angel’s Piano), Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro and Okuribito (Departures)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

and… (while we’re on the subject)

Kamishibai.org is now live, being a resource for Japan’s performance art of telling stories with sequential images, including info on the next London performance of the form on May 31st…

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Today’s show – Strip!: Zineage kicks

April 2, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Zineage kicks

A selection of zines and limited edition art books by George Cullen

A selection of zines and limited edition art books by George Cullen

Starting a month of shows about comic book publishing on Strip!: Dickon Harris conducts three interviews with small press creators at the Brighton ‘Zine fest and at the “Zine-age kicks” event at Trap 2 Gallery in London. Dickon talks to Jimi Gherkin about his new ‘zine “Electric baby,” which is a guide for ‘zine and comic book creators on how to screenprint and self publish their own comics and also about the upcoming anthology Jimi’s editing and how anyone in the small press can submit items to be included. Dickon’s also talking to Dutch artist Kala Newman about her zine – “Impulsive random platform” – which she creates with fellow students from the Slade school of art and to George Cullen about his self published title “Throw away” which mixes cryptography with typography to beguiling effect.

5pm 02/04/09, repeated 11.30pm 05/04/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Jimi Gherkin
Jimi’s blog – comicsandzines.wordpress.com including info on The Alternative Press anthology
Interview with Jimi at www.spoonfed.co.uk
Info on Brighton ‘zine-fest
Listen to Alex Fitch’s Summer 2008 interview with Jimi and to Jimi perform the song “It ‘aint gonna work out fine” as part of our show on performances by small press creators

Kala Newman
Info on Impulsive Random Platform at myspace
The IRP blog
Info about IRP music at www.thesladeaudioclub.com

George Cullen
George’s website and blog
Info on Trap 2 Gallery

Fuselit list of ‘zines and journals
www.wemakezines.com
Paul Gravett’s list of forthcoming comics events

Comics / sci-fi news: Strength from Adversity: A Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Art Festival – 15-17 April 2009

The National Gallery is pleased to be hosting this celebration of contemporary Japanese cinema. Includes screenings of Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen), Fudeko: Sono Ai – Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko and the Angel’s Piano), Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro and Okuribito (Departures)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

and… (while we’re on the subject)

Kamishibai.org is now live, being a resource for Japan’s performance art of telling stories with sequential images, including info on the next London performance of the form on May 31st…

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

Panel Borders: Comics and ‘zines

July 4, 2008 6 Comments

Panel Borders: Comics and ‘zines
Orignally broadcast 03/07/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

In a pair of interviews about the crossover between comics and
(maga)zines, Alex Fitch investigates a love of retro horror comics with the editor of the EC Comics tribute magazine ‘From the Tomb’ plus, in a sneak preview of the forthcoming Comics and Zines celebration in Museum Street on the 19th of July, Alex talks to organiser and small press creator Jimi Gherkin about the event.

For more info, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Comics and ‘zines blog
Jimi’s myspace page
Paper Tiger comics website, which Jimi contributes to

Soaring Penguin, publishers of ‘From the tomb’
Interview with Peter Normanton, co-creator of ‘From the tomb’
Wikipedia page on EC comics, publishers of classic horror titles

Comics news:

Comics and \'zines flyer

Also: Online now at Manchester Met’ Contemporary Film and Video:

Tales from the Flat: the movie! (sort of)

To quote one of the stars, Oliver Lambden: “Alex Thomson, Jack Tomkins and Jon Hull recently completed their final piece for their film degrees at Manchester Uni and they decided to make a short documentay all about Modern Monstrosity and The Camden Comics Stall. Give it a watch, it’s bloody awesome, the soundtrack’s amazing, it’s only ten minutes long and it’s viewable here…”

(For the sake of accuracy, I’d like to point out that my car is grey and not red; little did I know that I was driving Indiana Jones to the Temple Meads of Doom…)

Today’s show: Widening genres

July 3, 2008 2 Comments

Strip!: Widening genres
5pm 03/07/08 Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

In our penultimate collection of interviews (before we get to broadcasting panels) from this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo we have a smorgasbord of interviews with creators and curators of a variety of genres. Our new roving reporter Dickon Harris talks to legendary humour cartoonist Hunt Emerson and to Top Shelf publisher Chris Staros, while Alex Fitch investigates a love of retro horror comics with the editor of the EC Comics magazine ‘From the Tomb’. Also, in a sneak preview of the forthcoming Comics and Zines celebration in Museum Street on the 19th of July, Alex talks to organiser Jimi Gherkin about the event.

Links: to follow

Comics news:

Online now at Manchester Met’ Contemporary Film and Video:

Tales from the Flat: the movie! (sort of)

To quote one of the stars, Oliver Lambden: “Alex Thomson, Jack Tomkins and Jon Hull recently completed their final piece for their film degrees at Manchester Uni and they decided to make a short documentay all about Modern Monstrosity and The Camden Comics Stall. Give it a watch, it’s bloody awesome, the soundtrack’s amazing, it’s only ten minutes long and it’s viewable here…”

(For the sake of accuracy, I’d like to point out that my car is grey and not red; little did I know that I was driving Indiana Jones to the Temple Meads of Doom…)

Also:

Comics and \'zines flyer