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: 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

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…)

Panel Borders: Researching Comics’ Histories

January 21, 2020 1 Comment

David Huxley being interviewed by Roger Sabin at Comics Forum (photo by Ian Hague) / stills from The Marvel Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Batman (1966) and Spider-Man (1967)

David Huxley being interviewed by Roger Sabin at Comics Forum (photo by Ian Hague) / stills from The Marvel Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Batman (1966) and Spider-Man (1967)

Researching Comics’ Histories: In the second of a pair of podcasts looking at academics’ research into comics, this show looks at different approaches to exploring the history of comics. As part of a panel discussion recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018 hosted by Elle Whitcroft, M. J. Hibbett and Rob Fleay talk about and perform music from animated superhero adventures from the 1960s, including tracks from the Batman TV show and Spider-Man cartoon. Plus, in a Q and A, recorded at Comics Forum (Leeds), Prof. Roger Sabin chats to the first researcher to pursue a doctorate in comics in the 1980s – David Huxley – about the changes in comics research over the last three decades, as well as Huxey’s experiences as a cartoonist on such titles as Oink!… (Edited and recorded by Alex Fitch)

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

Panel Borders: Researching Comics’ Landscapes

January 17, 2020 1 Comment

Art by Jessica Marlton and Lorenzo Mattotti from Barbara Chamberlin's presentation at Portsmouth DarkFest / Cover and interior illustrations from Urban Comics, researched by Dominic Davies

Art by Jessica Marlton and Lorenzo Mattotti from Barbara Chamberlin’s presentation at Portsmouth DarkFest / Cover and interior illustrations from Urban Comics, researched by Dominic Davies

Researching Comics’ Landscapes: In the first of a pair of podcasts looking at academics’ research into comics, this show looks at their explorations of comics in different landscapes. Alex Fitch talks to Dr. Dominic Davies about his work on comics that explore inequality in the Global South in a Q and A recorded at City College, University of London, for the author’s book launch of Urban Comics. Also, as part of a panel discussion on horror comics at Portsmouth DarkFest, Barbara Chamberlin discusses her PhD on depictions of witches and haunted landscapes in comics, and her forthcoming collaborations with artist Jessica Marlton.

Partially broadcast 1st January 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Architecture Culture: Adapting John Soane

December 20, 2019

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Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Adapting John Soane: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to architect Charles Holland about how his practice designed exhibition walls and screens to display prints and paintings in the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London for their current Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition, and in a talk recorded at the University of Brighton, James Christian and Bethan Kay from architects firm Projects Office discuss their proposed pavilion for Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, entered into the London Festival of Architecture’s 2019 competition. (more…)

Panel Borders: Formative Experiences

December 4, 2019 1 Comment

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) by Robert Wells

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells

Formative Experiences: In a pair of Q and As recorded at The Cartoon Museum as part of a day raising awareness of the need to preserve comic book archives, from the collections of Peter Hansen and others for the nation, Posy Simmonds and Dave Gibbons talk to academics Julia Round and Philip Vaughan about the first titles they remember reading and enjoying.
Also, Robert Wells discusses his book Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems, and history of self-publishing small press comics, in discussion with Alex Fitch at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 4th December 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Genre and Inspiration

November 14, 2019 1 Comment

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Genre and Inspiration: In a pair of recordings looking at how comic creators are inspired by genre and inspiration, guest presenter and comics laureate Hannah Berry talks to Arts Foundation comics prize finalists Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, and Zara Slattery in a panel discussion at The Cartoon Museum, London, plus Alex Fitch talks to Garth Ennis about writing Preacher, The Boys and more recent work in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 6th November 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: European Comics

October 4, 2019

FOI diary comic by Myf Tristram / cover and interior art from Last Words by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula / web comic by Boulet / sketchbook page by Mattias Adolfsson

FOI diary comic by Myf Tristram / cover and interior art from Last Words by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula / web comic by Boulet / sketchbook page by Mattias Adolfsson

European Comics: In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, we have British, Finnish, French and Swedish comic creators talking about their work. Alex Fitch talks to artists Boulet and Mattias Adolfsson about their drawing techniques and styles in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and guest presenter and cartoonist Myfanwy Tristram discusses the Freedom of Information graphic novel – Last Words – with its creators Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 2nd October 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Architecture Culture: Anise Gallery / Amiens Cathedral

September 21, 2019

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Photo of Anise Gallery / Kiosk zine by Owen D. Pomery / Bleecker Art by Alison Samson / Amiens BD festival posters by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Guillaume Bouzard and Milo Manara

Photo of Anise Gallery / Kiosk zine by Owen D. Pomery / Bleecker Art by Alison Samson / Amiens BD festival posters by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Bouzard, and Manara

Anise Gallery / Amiens Cathedral: In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to artists, curators, film-makers and writers who have contributed to unique representations of architecture in different media. This month Jacquelyn Jubert and Joe Robson (founders of Anise Gallery, Shad Thames) and artists Owen D. Pomery and Alison Samson discuss the representation of architecture in graphic arts, and academic Justin Wadlow (University of Picardy Jules Verne) talks about the posters he’s helped curate for Amiens BD festival, which include representations of the city’s Cathedral and other architectural landmarks (recorded at Graphic Brighton, May 2019). (more…)

Panel Borders: Comic Collaborators

September 9, 2019

Interior art from Bizarre Romance / Guantanamo Kid / The Bad, Bad Place

Interior art from Bizarre Romance / Guantanamo Kid / The Bad, Bad Place

Comic Collaborators: In the second of two special 90 min episodes, this month’s programme looks at pairs of creators who collaborate together. Alex Fitch talks to Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell about their illustrated short story collection Bizarre Romance.

Also, David Hine and Mark Stafford discuss their graphic novels The Bad, Bad Place and Lip Hook in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, and Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc explore their bande dessinée biography Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani in a discussion recorded at London Book Fair.

Originally broadcast Saturday 7th September 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Nineteenth Century Comics

September 2, 2019 2 Comments

Cover of Marie Duval by Grennan, Sabin and Waite / Christina Meyer talks about The Yellow Kid / cover of The Goat Getters by Eddie Campbell

Cover of Marie Duval by Grennan, Sabin and Waite / Christina Meyer talks about The Yellow Kid / cover of The Goat Getters by Eddie Campbell

Nineteenth Century Comics In the first of two 90 min programmes, this special episode looks at Nineteenth Century Comics. Alex Fitch talks to artist turned historian Eddie Campbell about The Goat Getters, which covers innovative American sports cartoonists such as Goldberg, Tad, and Herriman at the turn of the century.
And, in a Q and A recorded at Materialities of Comics (Aarhus University, 2019), Christina Meyer discusses the classic 1890s strips Hogan’s Alley and McFadden’s Row of Flats by rival creators Outcault and Luks.

Also, Roger Sabin and Simon Grennan explore the establishment of the online Marie Duval Archive at the University of Chester, which offers a high resolution resource of work of Ally Sloper‘s co-creator from the 1870s and 1880s (more…)

Panel Borders: Inspired by Autobiography

July 4, 2019

Excerpts from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman and The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Excerpts from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman and The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Inspired by Autobiography In a feature length episode looking at how personal experience can inform the content of graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Ian Williams about his books The Bad Doctor and The Lady Doctor which are inspired by his parallel career as a GP, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton; guest presenter Philippa Perry discusses The Book of Sarah with its author, artist Sarah Lightman, and how the book’s mix of fine art drawings and diary entries tell a tell of faith, motherhood and upbringing, in an interview recorded at Waterstones, Hampstead.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 3rd July 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)