Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders: Aces Weekly

September 23, 2012 7 Comments

Clockwise from top left, art from Aces Weekly by: David Lloyd, David Leach, Kev Hopgood and John McCrea

Clockwise from top left, art from Aces Weekly by: David Lloyd, David Leach, Kev Hopgood and John McCrea

Aces Weekly: Continuing our month of shows about anthologies, Alex Fitch talks to the creator and co-editor – David Lloyd – of a new weekly digital comics anthology, Aces Weekly. Alex also talks to three of the other contributors – David Leach, John McCrea and Kev Hopgood – about their new strips which will feature in the title and how the creators hope this will open up a new market for British comics in a brand new format.

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Aces Weekly official website and facebook page (more…)

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Today’s show: Aces Weekly

September 23, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Panel Borders: Aces Weekly

Clockwise from top left, art from Aces Weekly by: David Lloyd, David Leach, Kev Hopgood and John McCrea

Clockwise from top left, art from Aces Weekly by: David Lloyd, David Leach, Kev Hopgood and John McCrea

Continuing our month of shows about anthologies, Alex Fitch talks to the creator and co-editor – David Lloyd – of a new weekly digital comics anthology, Aces Weekly. Alex also talks to three of the other contributors – David Leach, John McCrea and Kev Hopgood – about their new strips which will feature in the title and how the creators hope this will open up a new market for British comics in a brand new format.

8pm, Sunday 23rd September 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Aces Weekly official website and facebook page (more…)

Panel Borders: The shop around the corner

August 18, 2011 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

The shop around the corner

Image from Hitman by John McCrea / They Walk Among Us, Richmond, photo by Rich Johnston

Image from Hitman by John McCrea / They Walk Among Us, Richmond, photo by Rich Johnston

Continuing our month of shows looking at comic book shops, Alex Fitch talks to the former proprietors of comic shops that existed in the 80s and 90s and have left lasting impression on their fans. Dark Horizons opened in the back of Terri Hooley’s cult record shop Good Vibrations, Belfast in 1985 before graduating into a shop in its own right; in its first incarnation, the store was co-owned by John McCrea who went on to become a popular comic book artist on such titles as Troubled Souls, Hitman and Herogasm, written by Garth Ennis. At much the same time in Richmond, Jon Browne opened They walk among us, a store he co-owned for 22 years which found fame as the comic shop featured on TV in Spaced and in the most recent series of Red Dwarf. Alex talks to John and Jon about their memories of running comic shops, the vagueries of stocking popular titles and how one shop burned down and the other became absorbed into a chain in the 2000s.

For more info and a variety of formats you can stream or listen to this podcast in, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Article about the closure of They Walk Among Us in The Twickenham Times
Jon’s ebay shop

Article on John McCrea leaving Marvel UK
Info about Dark Horizons on Irish Comics Wiki

Recommended events:

Comics and Conflicts festival , Imperial War Museum

…will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti(Fabtoons).

On Friday 19th, there is an academic conference, in which University students and writers will be presenting papers on the subject of War Comics throughout the day, followed by a talk by Charley’s War author Pat Mills. There are tickets available for the conference which includes the talk by Pat Mills, or the talk is available as a separate ticket.

On Saturday 20th, there are talks, panels and workshops by small press creators and international authors, including a hour long discussion with Garth Ennis on stage in his first UK appearance at a comics festival in many years.

All Saturday events are £6 / the final event of the weekend, The Comics go to War film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ

Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo) / Elephant and Castle (Northern line, City Branch) / Southwark (Jubilee)

Book tickets at http://wartime.iwm.org.uk

The Comics and Conflicts events form part of a Children’s literature festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children.  For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

Full listing of events at www.panelborders.com/events

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Today’s show: The shop around the corner

August 18, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: The shop around the corner

Image from Hitman by John McCrea / They Walk Among Us, Richmond, photo by Rich Johnston

Image from Hitman by John McCrea / They Walk Among Us, Richmond, photo by Rich Johnston

Continuing our month of shows looking at comic book shops, Alex Fitch talks to the former proprietors of comic shops that existed in the 80s and 90s and have left lasting impression on their fans. Dark Horizons opened in the back of Terri Hooley’s cult record shop Good Vibrations, Belfast in 1985 before graduating into a shop in its own right; in its first incarnation, the store was co-owned by John McCrea who went on to become a popular comic book artist on such titles as Troubled Souls, Hitman and Herogasm, written by Garth Ennis. At much the same time in Richmond, Jon Browne opened They walk among us, a store he co-owned for 22 years which found fame as the comic shop featured on TV in Spaced and in the most recent series of Red Dwarf. Alex talks to John and Jon about their memories of running comic shops, the vagueries of stocking popular titles and how one shop burned down and the other became absorbed into a chain in the 2000s.

5pm, Thursday 18/08/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Article about the closure of They Walk Among Us in The Twickenham Times
Jon’s ebay shop

Article on John McCrea leaving Marvel UK
Info about Dark Horizons on Irish Comics Wiki

Recommended events:

Comics and Conflicts festival , Imperial War Museum

…will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti(Fabtoons).

On Friday 19th, there is an academic conference, in which University students and writers will be presenting papers on the subject of War Comics throughout the day, followed by a talk by Charley’s War author Pat Mills. There are tickets available for the conference which includes the talk by Pat Mills, or the talk is available as a separate ticket.

On Saturday 20th, there are talks, panels and workshops by small press creators and international authors, including a hour long discussion with Garth Ennis on stage in his first UK appearance at a comics festival in many years.

All Saturday events are £6 / the final event of the weekend, The Comics go to War film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ

Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo) / Elephant and Castle (Northern line, City Branch) / Southwark (Jubilee)

Book tickets at http://wartime.iwm.org.uk

The Comics and Conflicts events form part of a Children’s literature festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children.  For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

Full listing of events at www.panelborders.com/events

(more…)

Podcast: The art of John McCrea

August 20, 2007 6 Comments

John McCreaAlex Fitch interviews artist John McCrea about his work, his love of superhero comics which has now lead to work in Saudi Arabia and collaborating with writer Garth Ennis on such projects as Troubled Souls.
As Panel Borders is currently podcast only, you can download today’s show now… (mp3 format, 14.4mb)
For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on John McCrea, Garth Ennis and Fleetway publishing’s Crisis comics anthology
John’s Middle Eastern comic The 99
Lambiek page on John McCrea, showing examples of his artwork

Podcast: The art of Glenn Fabry

August 13, 2007 12 Comments

Glenn Fabry self portraitAlex Fitch interviews artists Glenn Fabry and John McCrea, two very different artists who have worked on comics in Britain and America and have both illustrated strips by writer Garth Ennis. The majority of today’s show is concerned with Glenn’s work from his seminal run on Sláine in 2000AD to his epic run of painted covers for DC comics’ Preacher which are available in a coffee table book.

Towards the end of the show Alex talks to John McCrea about the 60 issues he drew of Ennis’ superhero satire Hitman (and their interview continues next week).
As Panel Borders is currently podcast only, you can download today’s show now… (mp3 format, 18mb)
For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Glenn Fabry , John McCrea, Sláine, Preacher and Hitman
Glenn’s website