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: Lingua Franca

May 6, 2010

Panel Borders:

Lingua Franca: English language comics in Europe

Edited version broadcast 06/05/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Commencing our yearly month long look at ‘Cross Cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett about co-curating a gallery show on Jack Kirby in Lucerne, Switzerland and the film adaptation of the bande dessinée Largo Winch which was shot mainly in English, even though the film is a French / Belgium co-production. Alex also talks to Francesca Cassavetti, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi and Oliver Lambden about their anthology B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. which was created as a survey of the best small press creators in London for dissemination at the Angoulême comics festival in France at the beginning of the year.

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:

B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.blog
Reviews at Midnight Fiction and Forbidden Planet International
Review of Francesca’s comic book on Angoulême

Kirby at Fumetto website
More info on Dan Nadel’s blog and comicsbeat.com
Paul’s guide to the Kirby exhibition

Largo Winch at Ciné lumièrescreening times
Buy the English language graphic novels from Cinebooks
Trailer at Daily Motion
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Today’s show: Lingua Franca

May 6, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Lingua Franca: English language comics in Europe

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Commencing our yearly month long look at ‘Cross Cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett about co-curating a gallery show on Jack Kirby in Lucerne, Switzerland and the film adaptation of the bande dessinée Largo Winch which was shot mainly in English, even though the film is a French / Belgium co-production. Alex also talks to Francesca Cassavetti, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi and Oliver Lambden about their anthology B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. which was created as a survey of the best small press creators in London for dissemination at the Angoulême comics festival in France at the beginning of the year.

5pm 06/05/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links:

B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.blog
Reviews at Midnight Fiction and Forbidden Planet International

Kirby at Fumetto website
More info on Dan Nadel’s blog and comicsbeat.com

Largo Winch at Ciné lumièrescreening times
Buy the English language graphic novels from Cinebooks
Trailer at Daily Motion

Panel Borders: Tales of Diversity

December 31, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Tales of Diversity

Partially broadcast 17/12/09 as part of an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson, Benefit Fraud by Chantelle Beckford and Rosalee Noel and The Dollhouse by Leke Adekanbi and Shantel Cherebin

Excerpts from Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson, Benefit Fraud by Chantelle Beckford and Rosalee Noel and The Dollhouse by Leke Adekanbi and Shantel Cherebin

In the last of this month’s shows looking at the use of comics in education, Sarah Lightman visits the Eastside Educational Trust in Hackney and talks to two of the tutors / mentors from the organisation – Rakhee Jasani and Truly Johnston – who have set up a project called ‘Graphic Truths’ as a way of engaging young people with comic book creation to tell stories that are personal to them. Sarah also talks to four of the young creators – Chantelle, Shantel, Leke and Nickita – who have worked on the project and are seeing their comics printed in an anthology called ‘Tales of Diversity’ being launched next month.

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: Eastside Educational Trust info about the Graphic Truths project on their website
Download Tales of Diversity as a PDF
Graphic Truths blog
Rag Factory website where the magazine is being launched on 16/01/10

Sarah Lightmanwebsite
Info about Sarah’s monthly comics discussion group – Laydeez do Comics

Recommended events:

Comixmas exhibition

ComiXmas: When Worlds Collide is an exhibition of fantastic images from contemporary comic books and graphic novels, featuring work by the best contemporary comic book artists, along with images from past great masters of the genre. On display in the exhibition are prints reproduced at a strikingly larger scale by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, one of the fathers of Japanese manga and anime; Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin; Woodrow Phoenix, creator of the award winning Rumble Strip; Andrzej Klimowski, illustrator of The Master & Margarita; Reinhard Kleist, illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness; From Hell creators Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and many other artists. This free exhibition runs from 11 December 2009 to 6 February 2010 at the LondonPrintStudio Gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London.

Additionally, Paul Gravett will be hosting a free panel discussion How A Comic Is Made at the LondonPrintStudio on Thursday 21 January 2010, where you can discover the secrets behind writing and drawing comics, graphic novels and manga, revealed by creators featured in the ComiXmas Exhibition: Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (Master and Margarita), Nana Li (Twelfth Night), Pat Mills (Nemesis, Slaine, Requiem) and Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). Followed by book signings and reception.

More info at www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

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Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Panel Borders: The art of Dan Lester

July 31, 2008 9 Comments

Panel Borders: The art of Dan Lester
Originally broadcast 24/07/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch is talking to cartoonist Dan Lester about his humour comics such as Monkeys might puke and use of satire and reoccurring characters in gag strips. Dan is also writing a new murder mystery comic that’s being drawn by Oliver Lambden, so Alex and Dan talk about the similarities between humour and crime fiction and solving the problems of both on the page.

Top half of Dan Lesters Mad detective review from Electric Sheep Magazine

Top half of the Mad Detective review by Dan Lester from Electric Sheep Magazine

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

Links: Dan Lester’s website www.monkeysmightpuke.com
Buy Dan’s comics at www.londonundergroundcomics.com
Short fiction by Dan at the daily writing blog “Elephant Words”

Join the Panel Borders group on facebook

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.

Today’s show: Alternative British heroes

June 19, 2008

Strip!: Alternative British heroes

Alex Fitch is talking to half a dozen British writers and artists who have created comics books and strips that bring a new angle to fantasy and superhero comics, in a series of interviews recorded at this year’s Bristol International comics expo. In the show we have Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen, the artist and writer of the fantasy comic Phonogram, which mixes magic and ‘Britpop’ to produce a very modern yet nostalgic package, Adam Hamdy and David Golding, creators of the horror/ superhero comic The Hunter which is influenced by the West’s so called ‘war on terror’, and Alex Morgan who writes and draws Captain Bristol, a strip in the local listings magazine ‘suityourself’. Alex also catches up with Oliver Lambden, creator of Tales from the flat, a superhero sitcom which casts himself and his friends as the characters in the story.

5pm 19/06/08, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.com

N.B./ The second half of today’s show was podcast as last week’s Panel Borders, so you can listen to it now, if you like…

Links: Official Phonogram website
Wikipedia pages on Phonogram, Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen
Jamie’s website, blog and flickr page
Kieron’s blog and interview at strip-for-me.com

Olvier’s website – modernmonstrosity.com – and myspace page
Listen to Alex’s first interview with Oliver, concentrating on the Camden stall and Oliver’s report from Easter’s UK Web and Mini Comix Thing
London Underground Comics, where you can meet Oliver on Saturdays in Camden Market and buy his comics

The Hunter / Dare Comics’ website and blog

Captain Bristol in Suityourself magazine and on myspace

Join our facebook group

Comics news:

Mark Stafford's Pandaemonium Carnivale

On now at The Railway Tavern, Station Rise, Tulse Hill, occasional Strip! contributor (and Bryan Talbot’s Cherubs illustrator) Mark Stafford is exhibiting Pandemonium Carnivale; A series of unfortunate paintings…

Panel Borders: Underground Heroes

June 12, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders: Underground Heroes
To be broadcast 19/06/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Continuing our series of reports from this year’s Bristol International comics Expo; In this episode of ‘Panel Borders’, Alex Fitch is talking to a quartet of underground writers and artists who have created comics books and strips that bring a new angle to British superhero comics. In the podcast we have Adam Hamdy and David Golding, creators of the horror/ superhero comic The Hunter which is influenced by the West’s so called ‘war on terror’, and Alex Morgan who writes and draws Captain Bristol, a strip in the local listings magazine ‘suityourself’. Alex also catches up with Oliver Lambden, creator of Tales from the flat, a superhero sitcom which casts himself and his friends as the characters in the story.

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

Links: Olvier’s website – modernmonstrosity.com – and myspace page
Listen to Alex’s first interview with Oliver, concentrating on the Camden stall and Oliver’s report from Easter’s UK Web and Mini Comix Thing
London Underground Comics, where you can meet Oliver on Saturdays in Camden Market and buy his comics
The Hunter / Dare Comics’ website and blog
Captain Bristol in Suityourself magazine and on myspace
Join our facebook group

Comics news:

Mark Stafford's Pandaemonium Carnivale

Joe Gordon, author of Forbidden Planet International’s blog and all round lovely guy, is reviewing The Incredible Hulk and Superhero Movie on Movie cafe on BBC radio Scotland today at 1.15 pm and it’ll be available as a ‘listen again’ stream for a week at:
www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/radioscotland/programmes/moviecafe

On now at The Railway Tavern, Station Rise, Tulse Hill, occasional Strip! contributor (and Bryan Talbot’s Cherubs illustrator) Mark Stafford is exhibiting Pandemonium Carnivale; A series of unfortunate paintings

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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Panel Borders: The London Underground Comics Stall

January 31, 2008 6 Comments

Originally broadcast 31/01/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch talks to Oli (Hazy Thursday) Smith and Oliver (Tales from the Flat) Lambden about their self published comics and the London Underground Comics stall they run every Saturday at Camden Market.
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Today’s show: New Comic creators

January 31, 2008

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4FM – Strip!: New Comic Creators

As it’s Imbolc Day tomorrow (the first day of Spring), we’re looking at new comic book creators. In the first half of the show Alex Fitch talks to Oli (Hazy Thursday) Smith and Oliver (Tales from the Flat) Lambden about their self published comics and the London Underground Comics stall they run every Saturday at Camden Market. Then, in a trio of interviews recorded at the Japanese Embassy, Alex talks to Michael Kacar, Asia Alfasi and Gillian Sein Ying Ha – the winners of the Manga Jiman (Pride in Manga) competition to find new British Manga creators (the accompanying exhibition is on at the Embassy until the end of March).

104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.com

Links: London Underground Comics
Oli Smith’s website
Oliver Lambden’s website
Bugpowder reviews of Hazy Thursday and Tales from the Flat
List of all the Manga Jiman winners
Gillian Ha’s website
Asia’s blog
Michael’s blog