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: Melancholic Animals

March 4, 2021

Art from I Killed Adolf Hitler and Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason / Haway Man, Klaus by Richard Short

Art from I Killed Adolf Hitler and Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason / Haway Man, Klaus by Richard Short

Melancholic Animals: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of creators of anthropomorphic comics whose work features stories of animals in melancholic situations. Richard Short discusses the various publications featuring his popular feline character, including the latest graphic novel Haway Man, Klaus, published by Breakdown Press. Also, in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex chats to Norwegian cartoonist Jason about his work, including such genre titles as such as I Killed Adolf Hitler and Werewolves of Montpellier.

Originally broadcast 3rd March 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Links: More info about Haway Man, Klaus on Breakdown Press’ website
Interview with Richard Short on The Comics Journal website
Info about books by Jason on Fantagraphics’ website
Jason’s biography on Sundero Gallery site
More interviews with creators of anthropomorphic comics

Panel Borders: Retro Anthologies

February 4, 2021

 Covers of Blazer and The Mighty One written by Steve MacManus / Interior art by Julie Hollings from Beryl the Bitch and Dire Streets / Covers of Hot Jazz by Hunt Emerson and Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament by Emerson, Hollings and friends

Covers of Blazer and The Mighty One written by Steve MacManus / Interior art by Julie Hollings from Beryl the Bitch and Dire Streets / Covers of Hot Jazz by Hunt Emerson and Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament by Emerson, Hollings and friends

Retro Anthologies: In a pair of interviews, Alex Fitch talks to comic book editor Steve MacManus about his new retro comic book anthology Blazer, plus his tenure on 2000AD and other classic titles, and to Julie Hollings and Hunt Emerson about their work on music themed comics such as Revolver and Hot Jazz, plus anthology Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament including work by both, in a Q and A recorded at the 2018 Graphic Brighton conference at the University of Sussex.

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Originally broadcast 3rd February 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Educating Comics

January 9, 2021

Hannah Berry, Elle Whitcroft, Nick Cannan, Catherine Moran, Charlotte Semlyen, Tania Suryabandara, Judith Biddlestone and Ottilie Hansworth at Graphic Brighton / interior and exterior art from The Curious Case of Leonardos Bicycle by Brick

Hannah Berry, Elle Whitcroft, Nick Cannan, Catherine Moran, Charlotte Semlyen, Tania Suryabandara, Judith Biddlestone and Ottilie Hansworth at Graphic Brighton / interior and exterior art from The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle by Brick

Educating Comics: In a 2 hour Panel Borders Winter Special, comics creators discuss using the medium as an educational resource. Comics academic Elle Whitcroft introduces Ottilie Hansworth and her students Charlotte Semlyen, Catherine Moran, Tania Suryabandara, Judith Biddlestone and Nick Cannan regarding their creation of a strip anthology about The Theatre Royal, Brighton featuring untold tales of orphans, psychic cleaners and Marlene Dietrich! Also, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Brick about his book The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle, which looks at unreliable Da Vinci research in the 20th Century, and to Comics Laureate Hannah Berry about her activities in the role. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2019, and University of Brighton Central Media Services.

Originally broadcast 6th January 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Dramatising the Real

December 6, 2020

Excerpts from Scene and Heard by David Ziggy Greene, and The Red Virgin / Sally Heathcote by Mary and Bryan Talbot

Excerpts from Scene and Heard by David Ziggy Greene, and The Red Virgin / Sally Heathcote by Mary and Bryan Talbot

Dramatising the Real: In a pair of interviews looking at comic creators who dramatise real life events, Alex Fitch talks to Bryan and Mary Talbot about their graphic novels Sally Heathcote: Suffragette and The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia on French revolutionary Louise Michel in a Q and A recorded at Graphic Brighton, and to David Ziggy Greene about his fortnightly strip in Private EyeScene and Heard – and editing collections of graphic reportage in Save Our Souls, recorded at Cartoon County.

Originally broadcast 2nd December 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Eclectic Horrors

November 4, 2020

Art from Urotsokidoji by Toshio Maeda / Project Immortality by Coco Kirkland / Sticky Monsters by John Kenn Mortensen

Art from Urotsokidoji by Toshio Maeda / Project Immortality by Coco Kirkland / Sticky Monsters by John Kenn Mortensen

Eclectic Horrors: In a belated Halloween special, Alex Fitch talks to three creators of very different horror themed comics. In a pair of interviews recorded at Copenhagen Comics Festival 2019, legendary creator Toshio Maeda explores his grotesque erotic manga Urotsokidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, and John Kenn Mortensen discusses his Edward Gorey inspired sketches of nightmares on post-it notes: Sticky Monsters. Also in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Coco Kirkland chats about his cartoon inspired zombie / ghost graphic novel Project: Immortality.

Originally broadcast 4th November 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Clear Spot: Vectrexians

October 29, 2020

Onscreen graphics for Galaxy Wars / Space Launcher and Every Day is Halloween by Binary Star Software and Glowing Pumpcart Cassette + Box cover for Vextrexians and graphics with overlay for Vector Patrol

Onscreen Vectrex graphics for “Galaxy Wars / Space Launcher” and “Every Day is Halloween” and Glowing Pumpcart Cassette by Binary Star Software + Box cover for “Vextrexians” and graphics with overlay for “Vector Patrol” by Tutsoft, Zara plays Vectrex

Vectrexians: In a Clear Spot looking at the continuing good fortunes of the Vectrex games console, an arcade style machine distributed in the UK by Milton Bradley in 1983, Alex Fitch talks to programmers Chris Malcolm and Kristof Tuts about their new games for the console, and to graphic novelist Zara Slattery about her experiences of playing the Vectrex and teenage years in arcades.

Partially broadcast 29th October 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Links: Kristof Tuts’ website
Chris Malcolm’s website and ebay page
Zara Slattery’s website
Vectrex fandom website including page on International Play Your Vectrex Day
Vectrex ProGaming Boards pages on International Play Your Vectrex Day and the week long competition – ‘Vector War X’ (31st Oct – Nov 7th) (more…)

Panel Borders: Ladies of the Lakes

October 11, 2020

Interior and cover of Sonic the Comic, and interior art from Care Bears, edited by Deborah Tate / covers of This One Summer, Skim and She-Hulk vol. 2, written by Mariko Tamaki

Ladies of the Lakes: In the first episode of a new series of the monthly radio show about graphic novels and sequential art, Alex Fitch talks to two female creators working in the comic book industry, in Q and As recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Deborah Tate discusses her role as editor on the much loved Marvel UK titles for children – Sonic the Comic and Care Bears – working with artist Mick McMahon and writer Mark Miller, and her inititatives to bring eco-friendly messages to both content of the titles, and their physical production. Writer Mariko Tamaki talks about working on independent graphic novels with her cousin Jillian, including Skim and This One Summer, and writing superhero titles such as She-Hulk and Wonder Woman.

This year’s online version of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival – LICAF LIVE – takes place from 9th-11th October at www.comicartfestival.com
Originally broadcast 7th October 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Uncanny Landscapes

September 3, 2020

Excerpt from Mauretania by Chris Reynolds / Vicious Creatures by Sarah Gordon / Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

Uncanny Landscapes: In the 2 hour Panel Borders Autumn Special, Alex Fitch talks to three comic creators whose work explores uncanny locations. In a pair of Q and As recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Chris Reynolds discusses the retro-futuristic aesthetic of his Mauretania Comics, set in post-industrial landscapes, and Sarah Gordon chats about the evocative folk horror and folktales inhabiting her collection Vicious Creatures.
Also, Alex interviews lecturer and graphic novelist Nick Sousanis about his book Unflattening which uses Edwin Abbott Abbott’s Flatland as a jumping off point for an examination of human communication.
Originally broadcast 2nd September 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Architecture Culture: Architecture and Comics

August 28, 2020

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Cover of The Voice of the Hall / Sean Azzopardi drawing on Waterstones Crouch End Window /  Enrique Bordes at TORCH / Cover of Cómic, arquitectura narrativa

Cover of The Voice of the Hall / Sean Azzopardi drawing on Waterstones Crouch End Window (photo by Kate Lennard) / Enrique Bordes at TORCH / Cover of Cómic, arquitectura narrativa

Architecture and Comics: In the last of the current series of the monthly show about culture and the built environment, a pair of writers investigate the depiction of architecture in sequential art. Alex Fitch talks to Sean Azzaopardi about his graphic novel The Voice of the Hall which depicts the history of Hornsey Town Hall, from its conception as a public building to the present day. Also, Enrique Bordes Cabrera discusses his book Cómic, arquitectura narrativa, which investigates the many depictions of architecture in comics and graphic novels throughout the 20th Century in a talk compèred by Enrique Del Rey Cabero. Recorded at Waterstones, Crouch End, and TORCH, Oxford.

Partially broadcast Wednesday 15th July 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Learning with Comics

August 18, 2020

Covers of books by Sally Kindberg and Alex Frith / Rewilding Sussex comic by Chris Sandom and Daniel Locke / Darryl Cunningham and Robin Ince discuss Billionaires

Covers of books by Sally Kindberg and Alex Frith / Rewilding Sussex comic by Chris Sandom and Daniel Locke / Darryl Cunningham and Robin Ince discuss Billionaires

Learning with Comics: In the Panel Borders 90 minute Summer Special, Alex Fitch talks to illustrator Sally Kindberg, ecologist Chris Sandom, children’s writer Alex Frith, graphic novelist Daniel Locke and astrophysicist Kathy Romer about using comics for educational purposes in a panel discussion recorded at the British Science Festival. Also, guest presenter Robin Ince talks to cartoonist Darryl Cunningham about his latest work of graphic journalism Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful, in a Q and A hosted by Corinne Pearlman and recorded at the Myriad Salon, Brighton.
Originally broadcast 5th August 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Pride in Comics

July 1, 2020

Details from the UK and US covers of The Times I Knew I Was Gay and excerpt from The Ghosts In My House by Eleanor Crewes / Covers of Queer: A Graphic History and Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele plus interior art

Details from the UK and US covers of The Times I Knew I Was Gay and excerpt from The Ghosts In My House by Eleanor Crewes / Covers of Queer: A Graphic History and Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele plus interior art

Pride in Comics: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of zine creators turned graphic novelists about their work on gender and sexuality. Eleanor Crewes discusses her forthcoming book The Times I Knew I Was Gay an autobiographical title which dramatised her experiences of coming out, and Dr. Meg-John Barker explores writing their non-fiction books Queer: A Graphic History and Gender: A Graphic Guide, which have revitalised Icon Books’ Introducing… series in a larger format, with a greater amount of sequential art. Recorded at Brighton Illustration Fair and Cartoon County, Hove.

Originally broadcast 1st July 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Architecture Culture: Female Flâneurs

June 17, 2020

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Pages from Walking Distance by Lizzy Stewart / Excerpts from Wakefield Walkbooks and RCA installation by Peony Gent

Pages from Walking Distance by Lizzy Stewart / Excerpts from Wakefield Walkbooks and RCA installation by Peony Gent

Female Flâneurs: In the monthly show about culture and the built environment, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of artists whose work is influenced by their experience of exploring the urban landscape. Lizzy Stewart discusses her book Walking Distance, an illustrated essay on the experience of being a woman out walking, merging the personal and the political aspects of this activity, and Peony Gent explores her Wakefield Walkbooks – a couple of ‘maps’ of the town which mix her observational drawings and poetry, commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture International’s Index Festival. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, and Design Star Residential Event, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Partially broadcast Wednesday 20th May 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Panel Borders: Euro Noir – Igort and Jordi Bernet

June 4, 2020

Pages from Torpedo and Jonah Hex by Jordi Bernet / Stills from the film adaptation of 5 is the Perfect Number by Igort and page from the original graphic novel

Euro Noir: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of veteren European artists who specialise in comics influenced by Film Noir. Alex chats to Igort about directing the film adaptation of of his classic graphic novel 5 is the Perfect Number, and how it differs from and homages the original comic. Also, in a Q and A translated by Miguel A. Domínguez, Jordi Bernet dicusses drawing the 1930s gangster saga Torpedo and American Western drama Jonah Hex. Recorded at the Institut Français, London and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Originally broadcast 3rd June 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Visions of the Past and Future

May 21, 2020

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Images from BinToGather project by Erect Architecture / Drawing of Tradescant tomb / Painting of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens / examples of Closer Than We Think by Arthur Radeburgh

Images from BinToGather project by Erect Architecture / Drawing of Tradescant tomb / Painting of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens / examples of Closer Than We Think by Arthur Radeburgh

Visions of the Past and Future: In the monthly show about culture and the built environment, architect Susanne Tutsch (Erect Architecture) discusses green and inclusive designs influenced by the work of John Tradescant and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and using the language of comics to communicate designs for a communal recycling project in a lecture recorded at the University of Brighton.
Also, Alex Fitch talks to documentary film-maker Brett Ryan Bonowicz about his film on the work of cartoonist Arthur Radebaugh who designed visions of the future in his 1950s newspaper strip Closer Than We Think, which influenced visual futurists such as Syd Mead, recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON 18. (more…)

Panel Borders: Epic Crowdfunding – Jim Starlin and Ahmed Alameen

May 8, 2020

Cover and interior art from The Epics of Enkidu and Dreadstar Returns

Cover and interior art from The Epics of Enkidu and Dreadstar Returns

Epic Crowdfunding: In this month’s show, two international graphic novelists discuss their crowdfunding campaigns for sequels to epic narratives. Ahmed Alameen talks about his comic The Epics of Enkidu, a sequel to the Mesopotamian legend of Gilgamesh reimaged with an autistic hero and set in the modern day, and creating motion comic Team Genesis. Also, veteran creator Jim Starlin explores The Return of Dreadstar, a new graphic novel follow-up to his classic 1980s comic; Jim also discusses working on The Death of Captain Marvel and titles featuring his beioved character Thanos.

Originally broadcast 6th May 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Charles Dickens and EcoCities

April 16, 2020

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Poster of and image included in Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition / Cover and interior art from smartcities, resilient landscapes + ecowarriors by C.J. Lim and Ed Liu, C.J. Lim lecturing at University of Brighton

Poster of and image included in Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition / Cover and interior art from smartcities, resilient landscapes + ecowarriors by C.J. Lim and Ed Liu, C.J. Lim lecturing at University of Brighton

Charles Dickens and EcoCities: Alex Fitch talks to architects, curators and practitioners who promote architecture in wider culture. This month: exhibition designer Rebecca Simpson discusses the creation of ‘Childhood in Dickensian London’ at Senate House Library, the process of chosing images for display and collaborating with curators.
Also, architect C.J. Lim talks about his visual explorations of EcoCities and other futuristic concerns in a variety of illustrated books
, which incorporate comic strips, diagrams and models, including such titles as smartcities, resilient landscapes + ecowarriors, and his Realms of Impossibility trilogy. (more…)

Panel Borders: Myriad Authors – Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan

April 2, 2020

Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan present their work

Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan present their work at Cartoon County / LDComics

Myriad Authors: In this month’s show, two female artists discuss their forthcoming graphic novels about exclusion and inclusion, inspired by history and untold family traumas. In a Q and A hosted by Alex Fitch and recorded at Cartoon County, Hannah Eaton discusses the folk horror and factual influences on her forthcoming graphic novel Blackwood, and in a presentation recorded at an LDComics event at the Cartoon Museum, Sabba Khan relates how her culture, family history and background as an architect are combined in her forthcoming book Pluralism. Both creators were shortlisted for the First Graphic Novel Competition run by Myriad Editions, and will see their books published by the company over the next year.

Partially broadcast 1st April 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Broadcasting Comics

March 4, 2020

Comics and presentation by Jude Cowan Montague at LDComics / Posters advertising Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures / comic version of Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy drawn by Steve Leialoha

Comics and presentation by Jude Cowan Montague at LDComics / Posters advertising Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures / comic version of Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy drawn by Steve Leialoha

Broadcasting Comics: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch investigates the connections between radio and comics. Artist and broadcaster Jude Cowan Montague talks about her forthcoming comics and illustrated poetry shortly to be published, in a Q and A recorded at LDComics at The Cartoon Museum. Montague discusses her graphic novel ‘Love on the Isle of Dogs’ about her husband’s mental illness, and explores how her work on this project relates to her role as a radio presenter. Also, actor Geoff McGivern discusses taking on the role of Dan Dare‘s companion Digby in audio adaptations of the classic Eagle comic strips produced by B7 Media and Big Finish Productions, as well as his experiences playing Ford Prefect in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on BBC Radio.

Partially broadcast 4th March 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Double Vision

February 20, 2020

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Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Double Vision: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two works of fiction involving double vision. Graphic Novelists Anna Mill and Luke Jones discuss their book Square Eyes which depicts a dystopian future where the inhabitants of a city wear augmented reality glasses to see a more idealised version of their environment. Also, director Nathan Catucci explores the uncanny New York landscape of his thriller Impossible Monsters as a psychology professor’s research into sleep disorders leads to deadly results. Interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton and Cine Excess 13, Birmingham City University.

Square Eyes is available now from Jonathan Cape; Impossible Monsters is currently sceeening in US cinemas, with its UK Vimeo / VOD release on March 3rd. (more…)

Panel Borders: For the Love of Comics

February 8, 2020 2 Comments

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

For the Love of Comics: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to veteran comics writer and editor Roy Thomas, and to stand-up comedian Robin Ince about their love of the comic book medium. Thomas discusses his time as a comics historian, editor and writer on such titles as All Star Squadron and Conan the Barbarian, and working in the Marvel Bullpen with Stan Lee in an interview recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con. Ince talks about his formative experiences reading such titles as House of Hammer and 2000AD, contributing to such anthologies as Dodgem Logic and Save Our Souls, and his ongoing support for Resonance FM.

Plus: info about comics and genre entertainment items in the Resonance fundraising auction, which started on 7th February…

Partially broadcast 5th February 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)