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Electric Sheep / Wheel Me Out magazines Spring 2009

March 18, 2009 2 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
Electric Sheep podcast logo

The Fourth Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine has just been released and focuses on Tainted Love to celebrate the release of the sweet and bloody pre-teen vampire romance Let the Right One In, with articles on incestuous cinematic siblings, François Ozon’s tales of tortuous relationships, destructive passion in Nic Roeg’s Bad Timing, Julio Medem’s ambiguous lovers and nihilistic tenderness from Kôji Wakamatsu. Also Alex Fitch reviews Timecrimes and looks at the similarities between Wall-E and the Planet of the Apes (!), Tania Glyde discusses her ‘alter-ego’ in The Last Seduction and Virginie Selavy interviews Tomas Alfredson, author of Let the Right one in

In good bookshops now and available online (with a 15% discount) at www.wallflowerpress.co.uk and features illustrations by Oli Smith, Emma Price and Tom Humberstone and a new comic strip by Mark Stafford.
It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

 

Let the right one in illustration by Tom Humberstone

Let the right one in illustration by Tom Humberstone

WALL-E and EVE on the Planet of the Apes illustration by Oli Smith

WALL-E and EVE on the Planet of the Apes illustration by Oli Smith

The Red Squirrel illustration by Emma Price  

The Red Squirrel illustration by Emma Price

Watchmen article illustration by Mark Stafford

Watchmen article illustration by Mark Stafford

 

ESM continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive content such as Alex Fitch’s article on the West London Fantastic Film society and Virginie Selavy’s interview with Kim Ji Woon

Also:

Cover of Wheel Me Out magazine #3

Cover of Wheel Me Out magazine #3

The third issue of the new online magazine Wheel Me Out has just been released and features transcripts of Alex Fitch’s interviews with comic book creators Dave Gibbons and Bryan Talbot plus audio drama scribe Mark Wright. WMO also features Ananda Pellerin’s interviews with Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh and DJ Max Tundra
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Sunday Shock Therapy: Revisiting the Superhero Apocalypse!

March 10, 2009 1 Comment

Evil Brain from Outer Space (from Something Weird Video)

Evil Brain from Outer Space (from Something Weird Video)

This Sunday (15/03/09) at “Vibe Live” above the Vibe Bar at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Electric Sheep Magazine is proud to present our FREE quarterly screening event to help promote the new print issue of the magazine. To compliment and offer alternate programming to the apocalyptic superhero movie currently in UK cinemas, Electric Sheep Magazine offers diverting afternoon entertainment, which includes an offbeat superhero movie and an apocalyptic short!

Evil Brain from Outer Space [Sūpā Jaiantsu – Uchū Kaijin Shutsugen]…features the final exploits of Japanese Superhero Starman in a mission to save the Earth from a marauding brainlike alien creature created by a mad scientist with the help of an alien army!
78 mins, black and white, 1964
(with thanks to Something Weird for permission to show the film)

The End is Cow…is a new short comedy film about mankind being threatened by an invasion of cephalopods cows who want to destroy us with their evil lactation!
[Cast and crew will be in attendance]
30 min, colour, 2008

Doors open at 2pm with music from DJ Lucky Cat and a stall selling London Underground Comics (featuring the work of Oli Smith and Emma Price) + comics by Tom Humberstone and Mark Stafford…
What else are you going to do on a cold Sunday afternoon in East London?
The first 10 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!

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

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)

Sunday Shock Therapy: Swedish Horror and alternative Christmas Fayre

December 5, 2008

This Sunday at “Vibe Live” above the Vibe Bar at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Electric Sheep Magazine is proud to present the return of our FREE quarterly screening event to help promote the new print issue of the magazine. In keeping with the print issue’s theme of snow, we have a couple of Swedish horror movies “Frostbite(n)” (2006) and “Terror in the Midnight Sun / Rymdinvasion i Lappland” (1959) starting at 2pm and an alternative Christmas Fayre featuring products from CinéphiliaLondon Underground Comics (featuring the work of Oli Smith, Dan Lester and Sean Azzopardi + comics by Tom Humberstone and Mark Stafford), Where It’s At Is Where You Arerecords, Sophistikitten retro lingerie, and cakes!
What else are you going to do on a cold Sunday afternoon in East London?
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!

Sunday Shock therapy flyer

Sunday Shock therapy flyer

Today’s screening: Civic Life and Weekend Friends

November 11, 2008

It’s time for the latest Hectic Peelers screening at the Roxy bar and Screen. Resonance FM and Electric Sheep Magazine are proud to present the theatrical premiere of acclaimed comic book artist Oli Smith‘s short film Weekend Friends and to host a screening of the director’s cut of the portmanteau film Civic Life by Desperate Optimists.

Weekend Friends (click above for the first three mins) with cameos by Mr Alex Fitch and the crème de la crème of the British Underground comics scene, tells the story of the lead up to Oli’s most recent mini-convention, Low Energy Day at Camden Market and the come down afterwards, shot by himself and collaborator Sean Azzopardi.
Oli will introduce the screening tonight and be available to answer questions and sell / sign copies of the prequel comics

Civic LifeCivic Life is a series of short films that span the width and breadth of the UK made with the help and participation of local people and range in length from 5 to 17 minutes, all of which comprise a single, uncut take. The version showing tonight is the new director’s cut which includes excerpts from Desperate Optimists’ subsequent film Daydream. Co-director Christine Molloy will be in attendance to intoduce the film and do a Q & A afterwards with Electric Sheep Magazine’s assistant editor, Alex Fitch…

7.30pm, Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB

Copies of the Autumn ’08 issue of Electric Sheep featuring art by Smith and Azzopardi will be available to buy at the venue…

Links: Listen to Alex’s interview with the other director of Civic Life, Joe Lawlor
Desperate Optimists’ website
For more info on where to get Oli and Sean’s comics please check out www.londonundergroundcomics.com
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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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Electric Sheep Magazine Autumn 2008

September 12, 2008 3 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
Electric Sheep podcast logo

The second Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine (co-presenter(s) of the Hectic Peelers cinema nights with Resonance FM) has just been released and is available from various stockists… Electric Sheep is edited by Virginie Sélavy with assistance by Alex Fitch and has reviews / interviews by various Resonance programme makers including Virginie and Philip Winter (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up) + Paul Gravett and Alex Fitch (Strip!), and features illustrations by Tom Humberstone, Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi plus a comic strip by Mark Stafford (IRFMCU)

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

ES also continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive interviews such as Alex Fitch talking to acclaimed Canadian director Guy Maddin

Panel Borders on youtube

August 28, 2008

Here at Panel Borders HQ, we realise that getting video clips onto your xunes, itubes and ephones isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do and while all of our video podcasts have been available to download from archive.org we thought it was high time to get the stuff onto youtube as well.
As this involves divvying up each video into ten min segments, it’s going to take a not small amount of time to copy over all the videos, but all four parts of Alex Fitch’s interview with Dave Gibbons are on youtube now:

(direct link: www.youtube.com/user/PanelBorders / easier interface at alexfitch.com)

with youtube versions of Alex’s interviews with David Lloyd, Alan Moore, Malcolm McDowell, Guy Maddin and Bryan Talbot (online this time-ish next week) to follow…

The site even includes videos by other people that feature Alex in front of and behind the camera,
such as Oli Smith’s latest magnum opus in which Mr Smith goes to Nottingham and meets Eddie Campbell, films Alex eating and Dan Lester dancing, D’Israeli chewing a flyer for ‘Low Energy Day’ while Ian Edgington watches and a bemused Stephen Holland belatedly receives a broken award for his shop…:

And if you enjoyed that…

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: The state of Gay Comics (2008) part 2

August 26, 2008 2 Comments

Panel Borders: The state of Gay Comics ( 2008 ) part 2
Originally broadcast 07/08/08 on Resonance FM

The second part of a panel recorded live at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, Alex Fitch hosts a panel of creators and experts on Gay comics and Yaoi manga. Accompanying Alex on the panel are comics expert Paul Gravett, manga artist Yishan Li (Yaoi press) and graphic novelist / Guardian strip illustrator David Shenton (Get Her! / The Shentons). Audience members asking questions include Oli Smith (London Underground Comics / Weekend Friends), Richy Chandler (a.k.a. Tempo Lush) and Bevis Musson (Queen of Diamonds). This is an extended version of the panel recording as broadcast on Resonance FM.

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org

Listen to part one

Links: Paul Gravett’s website
Yishan Li’s website
David Shenton’s website

Oli Smith and London Underground Comics’ websites
Tempo Lush myspace page
Bevis’ comic Queen of diamonds and profile page at Prism Comics

“A History of gays in comics” by Perry Moore

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: The state of Gay Comics (2008) part 1

August 12, 2008 3 Comments

Panel Borders: The state of Gay Comics ( 2008 ) part 1
Originally broadcast 07/08/08 on Resonance FM

The first part of a panel recorded live at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, Alex Fitch hosts a panel of creators and experts on Gay comics and Yaoi manga. Accompanying Alex on the panel are comics expert Paul Gravett, manga artist Yishan Li (Yaoi press) and graphic novelist / Guardian strip illustrator David Shenton (Get Her! / The Shentons). Audience members asking questions include Oli Smith (London Underground Comics / Weekend Friends), Richy Chandler (a.k.a. Tempo Lush) and Bevis Musson (Queen of Diamonds).

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org

Listen to part two

Links: Paul Gravett’s website
Yishan Li’s website
David Shenton’s website

Oli Smith and London Underground Comics’ websites
Tempo Lush myspace page
Bevis’ comic Queen of diamonds and profile page at Prism Comics

“A History of gays in comics” by Perry Moore

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: The state of Gay Comics (2008)

August 7, 2008

Strip!: The state of Gay Comics ( 2008 )

Recorded live at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, Alex Fitch hosts a panel of creators and experts on Gay comics and Yaoi manga. Accompanying Alex on the panel are comics expert Paul Gravett, manga artist Yishan Li (Yaoi press) and graphic novelist / Guardian strip illustrator David Shenton (Get Her! / The Shentons). Audience members asking questions include Oli Smith (London Underground Comics / Weekend Friends), Richy Chandler (a.k.a. Tempo Lush) and Bevis Musson (Queen of diamonds).

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

Links: Paul Gravett’s website
Yishan Li’s website
David Shenton’s website

Oli Smith and London Underground Comics’ websites
Tempo Lush myspace page
Bevis’ comic Queen of diamonds and profile page at Prism Comics

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.

Reality Check: The Truth is (still) out there

August 1, 2008 5 Comments

Reality CheckReality Check logo: The Truth is (still) out there

Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two new science-fiction dramas that deal with issues of body augmentation, morality, religion and new technology.

Writer / director Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz discuss their new film The X-Files: I want to believe, which reunites iconic 90s TV characters Mulder and Scully on the big screen. The interview was recorded by Oli Smith.

Chris Carter, the day before yesterday! Photo taken by Oli Smith.

Chris Carter, three days ago! Photo taken by Oli Smith.

We also have an interview with Rachel Welch, the writer of the new play Involution, which is set in the near future and deals with human rights and themes of identity in a world where genome mapping dictates people’s lifestyles as well as featuring shadowy government agents and robot pleasure companions.
Involution is on at The Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh every day at noon from 31/07/08 to 25/08/08…
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Video podcast: The art of Dave Gibbons (being Dave… part 1)

July 10, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders – The art of Dave Gibbons (being Dave… part 1) video podcast
Audio version to be broadcast at 5pm, 10/07/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and Dave Gibbons

You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Dave Gibbons about his work with writer Alan Moore on one of his most famous comic book serials. Dave drew the revered graphic novel Watchmen which is currently being turned into a multi-million dollar blockbuster and has also drawn a variety of seminal comics on both sides of the Atlantic from Green Lantern to Dan Dare. Alex talks to Dave about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen.

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

There are a couple of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video…
Video filmed by Oli Smith (who features in a couple of blink and you’ll miss ’em cameos!)

Links: Links: Wikipedia pages on Dave, Watchmen and The Originals
Page on Dave’s work at Lambiek and 2000AD online
Watch Fitch and Gibbons in a youtube video advertising Oli Smith’s LUC stall
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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…”

Panel Borders: Autobiographical comics

May 23, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders: Autobiographical comics
Originally broadcast 22/05/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch talks to a couple of small press comic book creators who work in autobiographical comics – Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi – about their continuing success selling comics in Camden Market and beyond; about their recent diary work (Weekend Friends and the collected version of 12 Hour Shift respectively) and how they’re both now collaborating with other comic book creators (Oliver Lambden and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey) to produce work in the fantasy genre.

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

Alex Fitch interviews Oli Smith, photo taken by Sean Azzopardi
Links: Oli Smith’s website (warning: contains adult language!)
Sean Azzopardi’s blog
London Underground Comics website, where you can find info on buying Oli and Sean’s comics
<- Alex interviewing Oli Smith, photo taken by Sean Azzopardi…

Today’s show: Diary Drawings and autobiographical comics

May 22, 2008

Strip!: Diary Drawings and autobiographical comics
Alex Fitch talks to curator Sarah Lightman and gallery director Andrew Hewish about the Diary Drawings exhibition at the Centre for recent drawing in Islington, London. Alex and Sarah discuss the various styles of diary drawing in the exhibtion from the most literal examples, to blog entries and gag strips while Alex discusses with Andrew the history of the gallery and the necessity to have an exhibition space that concentrates on artists’ drawings in particular. Artists in the group show being discussed include Gabrielle Bell, David Blandy, Oliver East, Alex Fox, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, Lady Lucy, Mio Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Ariel Schrag and Rebecca Swindell.
Alex also talks to a couple of small press comic book creators who work in autobiographical comics – Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi – about their continuing success selling comics in Camden Market and beyond; about their recent diary work (Weekend Friends and the collected version of 12 Hour Shift respectively) and how they’re both now collaborating with other comic book artists to produce work in the fantasy genre.
Thursday 22/05/08 5pm, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com
If you can’t wait ’til 5pm to hear Alex’s interviews with Sarah and Andrew, they’re online now…


Alex Fitch interviews Oli Smith, photo taken by Sean Azzopardi
Links: The Centre for recent drawing’s website
Time Out review of the exhibition
The drawing research network
Oli Smith’s website (warning: contains adult language!)
Sean Azzopardi’s blog
London Underground Comics website, where you can find info on buying Oli and Sean’s comics
<- Alex interviewing Oli Smith, photo taken by Sean Azzopardi…

Today on Radio 4…!

April 29, 2008 2 Comments

Today on Radio 4, I’m guesting on Michael Rosen’s show “Word of Mouth” which is looking at comic books (natch). A couple of weekends ago Word of Mouth sent a roving reporter to interview Oli Smith in his natural habitat (Camden Market) and he kindly let myself and David Baillie tag along, so the BBC got a few words from us too! I don’t know whether I’ll end up with more than just a sound bite on the show or a good couple of minutes or so, tune in to find out! The show also includes interviews with Paul Gravett, Posy Simmonds, Anita O’Brien and Martin Rowson.
Radio 4, 92 – 95 FM / various digital methods at 4pm 29/04/08

If you miss the ‘live’ transmission, it’ll be available to stream on the show’s ‘Listen again’ page for the next 7 days

Comics news:
Last reminder… As part of the ICA and Paul Gravett’s continuing ComICA festival, there’s an event today (29 April) at the ICA in London at 8pm…
A screening and performance from Pakito Bolino of France’s Le Dernier Cri publishing house. A series of short animated films created by 30 artists, Les Religions Sauvages “devours the rotting meat of our civilisation, regurgitating it in a relentless bombardment of imagery,” which will, according to its creators, “purge, cleanse and purify our jaded, pornographic imaginations.” Bolino will be joining UK artists in a live improvised sound performance to accompany a DVD projection of the film.

If you’d like to know more about this event please go to www.paulgravett.com or ww.ica.org.uk

Today’s show: Breaking conventions

April 24, 2008

Today’s show is all about breaking conventions. Not just because I like a good pun but also because half of today’s interviews were recorded at conventions over the easter weekend last month, while Virginie Selavy’s interview later in the show is with cartoonist and film maker Marjane Satrapi whose film and graphic novel Persepolis breaks with convention in terms of depictions of the middle east, comic book adaptations and autobiography.
Over the Easter weekend there were two very different conventions going on in London, both of which mixed industry, professionals and fans. Alex attended Orbital, the sci-fi literary convention held at a hotel near heathrow and interviewed a variety of fans and sci-fi professionals about their interests and trade.
You can hear all 8 of the interviews from Orbital at www.sci-fi-london.com but as two of the writers featured are also comic creators you can hear Alex Fitch’s interviews with Neil Gaiman and last week’s guest, Bryan Talbot on today’s show.
Before that, in order to record the show in two places at once, small press creator, Oliver Lambden, who draws the popular indie comic Tales from the flat, interviews a variety of creators and one girlfriend at the post pub get-together after the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing, a comic book convention for self published and internet comic creators which was held in Mile End. At the same time as that, a rival mini comix protest was held in Camden, so Oliver talked to attendees of both, about what they got from either attending the East End convention or boycotting the event and heading west.

Thursday 24/04/08 5pm, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links – Selavy / Satrapi:
Random House page on the Persepolis graphic novels
Review round up”
Wikipedia page on Marjane Satrapi
Print version of Virginie’s interview at Electric Sheep Magazine

Lambden / UK Web & Mini Comix Thing
Info on comics by… Oliver Lambden & Laurence Powell, Jake Harold, David Baillie, Mike Rouse-Deane, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi, Oli Smith, Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby
Small Press Info blog – bugpowder.com
London Underground Comics – distributor of small press titles @ Camden Market on Saturdays

Fitch / Orbital
Orbital Eastercon website
Bryan Talbot’s ‘official fanpage’
Neil Gaiman and Paul Cornell’s blogs
Listen to the complete Eastercon coverage at Sci-Fi London

Panel Borders: The UK Web and Mini Comix Thing

April 17, 2008 8 Comments

Panel Borders: The UK Web and Mini Comix Thing
To be broadcast 24/04/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Guest presenter Oliver (Tales from the Flat) Lambden interviews various fans and small press creators who attended and boycotted the UK Web and Mini Comix thing including Jake Harold, David Baillie, Mike Rouse-Deane, Dan Lester, Laurence Powell, Sean Azzopardi, Oli Smith, Adam Cadwell and Anna Petterson (Marc Ellerby’s girlfriend!)…
Edited by Alex Fitch
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Video podcast: Looking for Lost Girls

February 24, 2008 2 Comments

Panel BordersLooking for Lost Girls (video podcast) Audio version broadcast 14/02/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and Alan Moore

You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Alan Moore about his graphic novels Lost Girls and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and Alan’s depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman.

There are a variety of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including 256kb & 64kb streams and downloads as well as the original 256Mb AVI video. For more info and to see jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video, please visit the home of this podcast (vodcast / vidcast?) at archive.org

Links: Invisible Girls and Phantom Ladies – an article by Alan Moore about the portrayal of women in comics (circa 1983)Alan Moore strips on Scans Daily (perhaps I could have worded that better)Paul Gravett interviews Alan Moore … Alex’s previous interview with Alan part one, part two, part threeExtracts (and a very cool photo) from Alan’s recent interview with Word magazineIndex of Alan Moore interviews available on the webWikipedia page on Lost GirlsTop Shelf productions (publishers of Lost Girls) websiteGosh! Comics website

Comics news…The nominations for this year’s Eagle Awards have started www.eagleawards.co.ukIn the roll of honour – at the risk of being terribly egotistical, may I suggest me, Alex Fitch in the category of “entrepreneur whose achievements have… increased public awareness (of comics)”? (I know it says “in print”, but then I do publicise the show in [electronic] print)… If we can get Oli Smith’s London Underground Comics video podcasts listed under favourite TV / film (going for the loosest definition of the words), that would be great too.