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: Joe Kelly – Deadpool, I Kill Giants

October 12, 2017

Stills from Deadpool and I Kill Giants, covers of comics written by Joe Kelly

Stills from Deadpool and I Kill Giants, covers of comics written by Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly – Deadpool, I Kill Giants: The latest Panel Borders podcast includes two uncut interviews hosted by Alex Fitch with popular American comic book writer Joe Kelly covering his 20 years in the business, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal. In the first interview, recorded in front of an audience at a screening of the 2016 movie, Alex and Joe discuss the latter’s contributions to the Deadpool franchise, writing the Merc with a Mouth’s first ongoing series in 1997 and creating the character of Blind Al.
Off stage, Alex also talks to Joe about writing superhero comics such as Spider-Man and Justice League, and the graphic novel I Kill Giants which is currently being adapted for the cinema.
Joe also talks about his involvement with the group ‘Man of Action’ who co-created animation titles such as Ben 10 and Disney’s reimagining of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6.
Originally broadcast 3rd May / 4th October 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

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Panel Borders 450: The Magic of Alan Moore (redux)

July 7, 2017

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

The Magic of Alan Moore (redux): To celebrate 10 years of Panel Borders, we have a digitally remastered podcast of Alex Fitch’s first interview with Alan Moore, originally broadcast January 26th and 30th on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London). In this ‘feature length’ interview Alex and Alan discuss the (then) upcoming third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the dog days of Swamp Thing, the comics adaptation of Moore’s unfilmed screenplay with Malcolm McClaren – Fashion Beast – and the connections between comics and magic…

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

Links: Order Alan Moore books such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, Lost Girls and Jerusalem from Knockabout
Info about Alan Moore’s comics from Avatar Press, such as Providence and Cinema Purgatorio
Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Alan Moore and Leah Moore (more…)

Panel Borders: Leah Moore – Electricomics

June 4, 2017

Electricomics title menu / excerpt from Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott

Electricomics title menu / excerpt from Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott

Leah Moore – Electricomics: Alex Fitch talks to Leah Moore about her Electricomics app for iPads which offers a new way of reading and distributing online comics to readers and a new platform for creators. Alex and Leah discuss the various titles available to read on the app, including Sway by herself, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, Big Nemo by Alan Moore and Colleen Dora, and how the project came about as part of a multimedia project envisioned by her father. Originally broadcast 30th December 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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

Links: Leah Moore and John Reppion’s website
Electricomics website
Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Alan Moore and Leah Moore
Download the Electicomics app from the iTunes app store

Panel Borders: Theatrical Comics

May 10, 2017

Cover and Interior art from Cher Ami by Ivan Petrus / Interior art from City of Glass by David Mazzucchelli / Photo of Lyric, Hammersmith

Cover and Interior art from Cher Ami by Ivan Petrus / Interior art from City of Glass by David Mazzucchelli / Photo of Lyric, Hammersmith

Theatrical Comics: At the Oxford Comic Con, Alex talks to graphic novelist Ivan Petrus Adriaenssens about the differences between the collected edition and touring production of Cher Ami, a collection of wordless comics about animals in The Great War, with music by Yuko.

Also, Alex interviews director Leo Warner about the theatre production of City of Glass, based on both the novel by Paul Auster and the graphic novel adaptation by David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik, which uses virtual realty, video projection and stage magic to recreate the metaphysical noir story on stage. Partially broadcast 2nd May 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / DAB (London)

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

Links: Info about the stage production of City of Glass
Cher Ami website
Listen to Alex’s 2012 interview with Ivan Petrus about The Neuport Gathering

Panel Borders: Seeking Opportunities

April 17, 2017

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Seeking Opportunities: Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Will Volley about The Opportunity, his ‘film noir’ style exploration of the lives of door to door salesmen, published by Myriad Editions. Alex and Will also discuss the latter’s art for adaptations of classic literature including An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet, recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Partially broadcast 14th June 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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

Links: Info about The Opportunity on Myriad Editions’ website
Buy Will Volley’s books from Amazon UK

Panel Borders: George Hardie – Before and After

April 5, 2017

Wish you were here sticker / Mr Feed em menu / The Same Difference print / Word Salad album / Varoom! art by George Hardie

Wish you were here sticker / Mr Feed em menu / The Same Difference print / Word Salad album / Varoom! art by George Hardie

George Hardie – Before and After: Coinciding with a career retrospective at University of Brighton Gallery, Alex Fitch talks to George Hardie about the influence of comics on his illustrations and design work for clients such as Pink Floyd. Alex and George discuss the appearance of characters such as Tintin and Popeye in the latter’s work and how ‘before and after’ images use the language of sequential art to add surrealism to everyday objects. Originally broadcast 5th April 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

The exhibition “George Hardie: 50 Odd Years” is on display at University of Brighton gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton until Friday April 7th.

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

Links: Info about George Hardie’s retrospective at the University of Brighton
Interview with George at itsnicethat.com

Panel Borders: Mad Robot Comics

February 28, 2017

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Mad Robot Comics: The monthly show about comics and graphic novels. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex Fitch explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics. The creators also discuss their serialised graphic novel Last Exit to Brighton, sold in 50p instalments, and Ed’s latest kickstarter project, Skate or Die!
Partially broadcast 1st February 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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

Links: Mad Robot Comics website
Skate or Die! kickstarter page (ends March 9th 2017)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Comics on Film

February 27, 2017

Electric Sheep podcast logo

Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Comics on Film: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to actress Jessica Martin about her comic book tributes to Hollywood starlets and graphic novel Elsie Harris, Picture Palace about the Golden age of Cinema, and to artist Paul O’Connell about remixing images from The Matrix and other films to create satirical fumetti strips.
Also, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex talks to Alex talks to director Gene Ivery, and composer Gustavo Izquierdo of immortality drama Tourbillon. Featuring classic tracks by Nick Lowe, The Traits and Jenny Rock…
Originally broadcast: 18th January 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Storifying Great British Comics

December 17, 2016

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Storifying Great British Comics: Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of periodicals.
Sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and Corinne Pearlman talks to Hamish McGillivray about co-curating “Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! – The Story of British Comics So Far” at The Lightbox, Woking, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, co-curator Paul Gravett and donor Peter Hansen introduce the exhibition of great UK comics

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

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Panel Borders: Ben Dickson

November 29, 2016

Comics written by Ben Dickson - Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Comics written by Ben Dickson – Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Ben Dickson: At Cartoon County in Brighton, Ben Dickson talks to Alex Fitch about his satirical sci-fi comics Slumdroid and Falling Sky and his contributions to political anthologies Fight the Power and Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption.

Ben will be appearing at Graphic Brighton on December 10th to discuss Fight the Power alongside artist Inko who has worked on the follow-up title by New Internationalist.

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 4th October 2016)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

Links: Ben Dickson’s website and page at Scar Comics
Info about Fight the Power at New Internationalist (more…)

Panel Borders: Gay Manga

November 4, 2016 1 Comment

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Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

Gay Manga: Alex Fitch talks to Ilya, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada and Emma Vieceli about gay representation in manga and Japanese style comics, including the phenomenon of Yaoi, titles that have inspired them, and LGBT characters in their own work. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2015, University of Brighton

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 12th July 2016)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at wwww.archive.org

Links: Emma Vieceli’s blog
Inko’s blog
Chie Kutsuwada’s blog
Page on Ilya on the British Council website

Panel Borders: City Strips

October 9, 2016

Covers of City Strips 2, 4 and 5 / comparison with Amazing Spider-Man #95 / poster, cover and interior of Sub Dogma 13 #3

Covers of City Strips 2, 4 and 5 / comparison with Amazing Spider-Man #95 / poster, cover and interior of Sub Dogma 13 #3

City Strips: Alex Fitch talks to Goldsmiths College Design lecturer Stuart Bannocks about his ‘zine City Strips which collages panels from superhero comics with the hero removed, to create a travelogue of fictional cities such as Batman’s Gotham and Superman’s Metropolis. Alex and Stuart discuss the second edition of City Strips: Amazing City which reconstructs issue 95 of Amazing Spider-Man from 1971, featuring the webslinger’s trip to London, and also explore Stuart’s cinema trailer project Sub Dogma 13. (more…)

Panel Borders: The Last Driver of Insect Cowboys

September 20, 2016

Excerpts from The Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane and Cowboys and Insects by Kane and David Hine / Kane, Fitch and Baker at Safari Festival

Excerpts from The Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane and Cowboys and Insects by Kane and David Hine / Kane, Fitch and Baker at Safari Festival

The Last Driver of Insect Cowboys: In the first episode of the tenth series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Chris Baker and Shaky Kane about their comic The Last Driver from Dead Canary Comics, currently on Kickstarter, which combines 1960s road movies with giant irritated monsters. Kane also discusses his latest collaboration with David Hine – Cowboys and Insects – which is about to receive a new print edition; interview recorded at Safari Festival, August 2016.
(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 7th September 2016)

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Last Driver Kickstarter campaign
Review of David Hine and Shaky Kane’s Cowboys and Insects

Panel Borders: Summer Rabbits

July 19, 2016

Covers from A City Inside, The End of Summer and I Love this Part by Tillie Walden / The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers and Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor 2.1 by Rachael Smith

Covers from A City Inside, The End of Summer and I Love this Part by Tillie Walden / The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers and Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor 2.1 by Rachael Smith

Summer Rabbits: Continuing our two part look at the work of Avery Hill Publishing, Alex Fitch talks to Rachael Smith about her latest title The Rabbit and drawing back-up strips for Doctor Who comics, and Tillie Walden discusses her work for the company including The City Inside and The End of Summer plus her Eisner Award nominated graphic novella I Love This Part.
(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the second half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 10th May 2016)

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Avery Hill website
Tillie Walden’s
website
Rachael Smith’s blog
Listen to Alex’s interview with Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery

Panel Borders: Exploring Avery Hill

May 10, 2016 2 Comments

Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Exploring Avery Hill: A special episode looking at the output of Avery Hill Publishing: Alex Fitch talks to various creators and staff at this young British Comic Book company about their varied output. In a round table panel discussion Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery discuss moving from self publishing to having a company help promote your work.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 10th May 2016)
For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: The Arab of the Future

May 2, 2016

Cover and interior of The Arab of the Future and poster for Jacky in the Kingdom of Women by Riad Sattouf

Cover and interior of The Arab of the Future and poster for Jacky in the Kingdom of Women by Riad Sattouf

The Arab of the Future: Alex Fitch talks to Charlie Hebdo alumnus Riad Sattouf about the first volume of his autobiographical strips about growing up in France, and the Middle East published as The Arab of the Future by Two Roads Books. Alex and Riad explore how the book relates to the latter’s experiences as a film-maker on such movies as Jacky in the Kingdom of Women plus his interest in Victorian serialised entertainment by Dickens, and children’s adventure comics by Hergé.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the second half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 12th April 2016)
For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Space Dumplings

April 19, 2016

Cover and interior art from Space Dumplings by Craig Thompson / extract from “Conversation” by James Kochalka and Thompson

Cover and interior art from Space Dumplings by Craig Thompson / extract from “Conversation” by James Kochalka and Thompson

Space Dumplings: Alex Fitch talks to Eisner Award winning artist Craig Thompson about his first full colour graphic novel Space Dumplings, an uproarious depiction of adventure and galactic travel published by Faber, in which the daughter of an interstellar salvage man goes on a trip of her own meeting aliens, giant robots and space whales. Fitch and Thompson also discuss the latter’s collaborations with other creators such as James Kochalka and Theo Ellsworth and how this might predict more work in the future, including a sequel to …Dumplings.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 12th April 2016) (more…)

Panel Borders: Action – The Story of a Violent Comic

March 29, 2016 1 Comment

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

Action – The Story of a Violent Comic: Guest presenter Professor Martin Barker (University of Aberystwyth) investigates the story of Britain’s notorious Action comic, which was launched on Valentine’s Day and banned by Halloween in 1976. Professor Barker explores the rise and fall of the comic, what elements of the strips were censored and censured, and how the legacy of Action was continued in “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” – 2000AD. Also, in a panel discussion entitled: “Poor, angry white kids”, Barker discusses Action with its writer Pat Mills and 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy. Edited, and recorded at Graphic Brighton / Cine-Excess 2015 by Alex Fitch.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 8th March 2016) (more…)

Panel Borders: The Inflatable Woman, Rachael Ball

March 8, 2016

Interior art and cover of The Inflatable Woman, Wolf Man and Lisa + Lulu by Rachael Ball

Interior art and cover of The Inflatable Woman, Wolf Man and Lisa + Lulu by Rachael Ball

The Inflatable Woman, Rachael Ball: Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Rachel Ball about her graphic novel The Inflatable Woman, a magical realist tome loosely based on her experiences with breast cancer and dating, featuring talking penguins and unreliable lighthouse keepers! Fitch and Ball also discuss the latter’s tenure on Deadline Magazine and her next project Wolf Man. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, January 2016.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 9th February 2016)
For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Rachael Ball’s tumblr site
Info about The Inflatable Woman and other Bloomsbury Graphic Novels

Panel Borders: Comix Creatrix and The Black Feather Falls

February 11, 2016 1 Comment

Covers of Undertow and The Black Feather Falls by Ellen Lindner, photo of The House of Illustration, covers of Supreme: Blue Rose #1 and Vision #2 by Tula Lotay

Covers of Undertow and The Black Feather Falls by Ellen Lindner, photo of The House of Illustration, covers of Supreme: Blue Rose #1 and Vision #2 by Tula Lotay

Comix Creatrix and The Black Feather Falls: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of comic book creators featured in the all female exhibition Comix Creatrix, on display at House of Illustration, Granary Square, London which includes work by 100 artists from the Eighteenth Century to the present day.

Ellen Lindner discusses her latest graphic novel, the Edwardian Murder Mystery The Black Feather Falls published by Soaring Penguin Press, in a Q and A recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, in Brew Brothers Tea Shop, Kendal.

Also: Tula Lotay (a.k.a. Lisa Wood) explores her work in serialised comics such as Image Comics’ Elephantmen and Supreme: Blue Rose, her stewardship of the Leeds comics festival, Thought Bubble, and her thoughts on the importance of the Comix Creatrix Exhibition. (more…)