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: Crowd-Funded Comics

June 28, 2015

Crowd-funded Comics by Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley

Crowd-funded Comics by Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley

Crowd-Funded Comics: Concluding a month of shows looking at cartoonists who launch their projects using crowd-funding websites, Alex Fitch talks to comic book creators Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley in a panel on the subject recorded at True Believers Comic Festival, Cheltenham, February 2015. Emma discusses using Patreon to fund her webcomic Breaks, Paul talks about collecting shorter works that were unlikely to find a republisher, while Anastasia and Mike explore the advantages and disadvantages of using Kickstarter to pay for unusual themed anthologies. (With thanks to The Nerds Who Haunted Themselves podcast / Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 25th June 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: Kickstarting the Riven Seal

June 23, 2015 1 Comment

Images from Riven Seal by Amanda Gomes and Julie Wright

Images from Riven Seal by Amanda Gomes and Julie Wright

Kickstarting the Riven Seal: Continuing a month of shows about comic book creators who have used online fundraising to launch various titles, Alex Fitch talks to Amanda Gomes and Julie Wright about their webcomic Riven Seal – Ars Ianua, which is being collected as a graphic novel via kickstarer funding. Riven Seal is an on-going fantasy narrative set in a bustling port town in the 1860s, where the use of magic, demonic possession and exorcism is common day in an all-ages strip which mixes positive depictions of LGBTQIA characters with manga and anime style art. Amanda and Julie discuss the origin of the comic, their use of sites such as Patreon and the commissioning of branded tea bags to fund their work, and interactions with fans at gaming and comic conventions. (Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 18th June 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: My So-Called Secret Identity

June 17, 2015

Volume 1 finale and character designs for My So-Called Secret Identity, art by Suze Shore

Volume 1 finale and character designs for My So-Called Secret Identity, art by Suze Shore

My So-Called Secret Identity: Continuing a month of shows about comic book creators who have used online fundraising to launch various titles, Alex Fitch, with the help of guest presenter Nicola Streeten, discusses the crowd-funding campaign for the webcomic turned graphic novel series My So-Called Secret Identity with its writer Dr. Will Brooker. Will explains the history of the project, which with Batgirl as inspiration looked to create a new super-heroine for the modern age who uses her wits rather than fists to solve problems; why Kickstarter was used to finish the first volume of the comic and fund the second, and how MSCSI is connected to his research as an academic writer on Batman and other pop culture texts. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, July 2014 / Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 11th June 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: Martian Comics and Ocular Anecdotes

June 10, 2015 1 Comment

Promo art for Ocular Anecdotes by Peter Cline / covers of Martian Comics issues 1-3 edited by Julian Darius

Promo art for Ocular Anecdotes by Peter Cline / covers of Martian Comics issues 1-3 edited by Julian Darius

Martian Comics and Ocular Anecdotes: Starting a month of shows about comic book creators who have used crowd funding to launch various titles, Alex Fitch talks to writer Julian Darius and artist Peter Cline about the Kickstarter campaigns for their respective anthologies Martian Comics and Ocular Anecdotes. Alex and Julian discuss the latter’s work for the academic publisher Sequart Organization and comic book imprint Martian Lit, and the cross-over audience between the two, while Peter discusses his background in print making at the London College of Communication and editing titles by other creators published by Otto Press. (Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 4th June 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: Roach and Collins – Doctor Who, Star Trek and other licensed comics

June 7, 2015

Comics by Mike Collins and David A Roach

Comics by Mike Collins and David A Roach

Roach and Collins – Doctor Who, Star Trek and other licensed comics: Concluding a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to British artists Mike Collins and David Roach. Collins and Roach have worked together and seperately on Doctor Who comics as penciller and inker respectively; Mike Collins has also drawn a variety of American comic books including Batman, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and Star Trek, while David Roach is a veteran of the British periodical 2000AD, having drawn classic strips such as Nemesis the Warlock and Judge Anderson. (Recorded at Birmingham International Comic Expo / Originally broadcast as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 5th June 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: Chew Spider-Man

June 4, 2015

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Chew Spider-Man: Continuing a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to writers John Layman and Dan Slott about writing American comic books and the appeal of scripting villains. John Layman discusses his terrific creator-owned title Chew, published by Image Comics, which depicts the travails of a psychic cop investigating food related crimes, plus his tenure on other titles such as Mars Attacks and Detective Comics.
Dan Slott explains why he maneuvered Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus into Peter Parker’s brain for an intriguing 33 issue run of the Marvel Comic Superior Spider-Man, and how he managed to slip appearances of the character into other comics he’s written from New Warriors to Ren and Stimpy! (Recorded at London Super Comic Con / originally broadcast 28th May 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws

May 26, 2015 1 Comment

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

Cover and interior art from Cogs and Claws by Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson / from Torsobear by Brett Uren, Saoirse Louise Towler and others

TorsoBear, Cogs and Claws: Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to a trio of creators whose comics take stuffed bears and other children’s toys and place them in genre adventures. Brett Uren explains the history of his noir themed anthology series TorsoBear, featuring a bear and a wooden policeman investigating crimes in Toyburg while, Brian Bennett and Jimmy Pearson discuss the webcomic Cogs and Claws, a monochrome, fast paced space opera serial published as a graphic novel by Markosia (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton / originally broadcast 21st May 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM).

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

Links: TorsoBear website and Kickstarter page
Cogs and Claws website (more…)

Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

May 20, 2015 1 Comment

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

The Umbral Fuse: Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015 / originally broadcast 14th May 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org
Links: Antony Johnston’s website
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work (more…)

Panel Borders: Death of the Artist

May 13, 2015 1 Comment

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Excerpts from Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman / with Tim Pilcher at Graphic Brighton 2015

Death of the Artist: Starting a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which occupy the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ titles and independent publishing, guest presenter Tim Pilcher talks to artist Karrie Fransman about her latest graphic novel, Death of the Artist published by Jonathan Cape, which depicts a fateful weekend where five university friends’ hedonistic party leads to tragedy. Tim and Karrie also discuss her first graphic novel The House that Groaned, her comic for the Red Cross – ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ – and the nature of the collaborators involved in her most recent work. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch at Graphic Brighton festival, May 2015 / originally broadcast 7th May 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Takayo Akiyama in various media

May 1, 2015 1 Comment

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Images from Y-Front Mouse, Awesome and Possum and Solipsistic Pop no. 4 by Takayo Akiyama

Takayo Akiyama in various media: Concluding a month of show about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and illustrator Takayo Akiyama about her multi-media illustration work, which includes web comics, animation, magazines and textile design featuring characters such as Awesome and Possum and Y-Front Mouse. Alex and Takayo discuss the size and materials of the latter’s original artwork, mixing live action and animation in her music videos and take questions from the Cartoon County audience. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Spring 2015) (Originally broadcast Thursday 30th April, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Miss Lasko-Gross – Autobiography and Fantasy

April 25, 2015 1 Comment

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Promotional art for Graphic Details / exceprts from Henni, A Mess of Everything and Some Short Stories 1994-2014 by Miss Lasko-Gross

Miss Lasko-Gross – Autobiography and Fantasy: Continuing a month of shows about creators whose passion for comics sees them create sequential art in different genres and for different media, Alex Fitch talks to American cartoonist Miss Lasko-Gross about her two volumes of autobiography – Escape from “Special” and A Mess of Everything, plus her new fantasy graphic novel, Henni. Alex and Miss discuss the latter’s developing art style over her career so far, tackling issues of freedom and intolerance in fantasy worlds, rereleasing early self-published work on comixology.com and contributing to the touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women. (Originally broadcast Thursday 23rd April, on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Vellevision – art and comics by Maurice Vellekoop

April 21, 2015 1 Comment

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Comics and book covers by Maurice Vellekoop

Vellevision – art and comics by Maurice Vellekoop: Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to Canadian artist Maurice Vellekoop; Vellekoop is currently the subject of a career retrospective at Space Station 65 gallery in South London and in this interview discusses breaking into the comics industry via strips for Drawn and Quarterly periodical alongside rendering illustrations for Time, GQ and Vogue, and collections of erotic art such as Maurice Vellekoop’s ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer, and The World of Gloria Badcock. (Originally broadcast Thursday 16th April, on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Wikipedia page on Vellekoop (more…)

Panel Borders: Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics

April 10, 2015 1 Comment

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Excerpts from Green Lantern / Green Arrow, Batman: Odyssey and The First X-Men by Neal Adams

Neal Adams’ Relevant Comics: Continuing a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, Alex Fitch talks to legendary creator Neal Adams, one of the defining artists of the Superhero ‘Silver Age’. Adams is best known for his work on Batman and Green Lantern / Green Arrow with writer Dennis O’Neil in the 1970s, dragging the Dark Knight Detective out of the camp 1960s era and adding a strand of social realism to the latter comic, addressing issues of racism, drug abuse and civil unrest. As well as being credited with creating ‘relevant comics’ within the hero genre, Adams also has championed creators rights in the industry and in recent years returned to Batman and the X-Men for celebrated mini-series as writer and artist. (Originally broadcast Thursday 9th April, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders 400: Understanding Scott McCloud

April 3, 2015 1 Comment

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Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Excerpts from Zot!, The Sculptor and Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Understanding Scott McCloud: Starting a month of show about creators whose passion for comics leads them to do more than just create strips for the medium, on the 400th episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Scott McCloud, one of the masters of modern comic books, about his career so far. (more…)

Panel Borders: Seth and the City

March 30, 2015 1 Comment

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Extract from The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth

Seth and the City: Concluding a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to the award winning Canadian cartoonist and designer Seth about his work, from debut graphic novel It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken to the latest issues of his hardcover anthology Palookaville, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Alex and Seth discuss the latter’s increasing use of graphic design in his titles, his recent spate of reprinting diary comics, and depicting the reoccurring fictional city Dominion in The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists and other titles. Recorded at the East London Comic Arts Festival, Summer 2014. (Originally broadcast Thursday 26th March, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

March 23, 2015 1 Comment

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire, Here: Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Richard McGuire about his epic 300 page graphic novel Here, published by Hamish Hamilton / Pantheon Books. Here is told entirely in double page spreads, with the view of the reader never moving from a fixed gaze at the corner of one room, however the narrative moves back and forth in time from the creation of the Earth to the 25th Century, with various eras overlapping through different panels on the page. Alex and Richard discuss the genesis of the project with its origin as a 6 page strip in Raw magazine, how the plotting of the book is influenced by his love of music and how the print version differs from the interactive ebook. (Originally broadcast Thursday 19th March, on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Countryside Comics

March 17, 2015

Owen Michael Johnson and Lizzie Boyle in discussion at LICAF (photo by Alex Fitch)

Owen Michael Johnson and Lizzie Boyle in discussion at LICAF (photo by Alex Fitch)

Countryside Comics: Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, guest presenter Lizzie Boyle (Disconnected Press) talks to writer Owen Michael Johnson about the experience of being a comic book creator in the countryside. Lizzie and Owen also discuss finding the difficulties of comic book communities in rural locations and using the landscape for inspiration. Recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal. Originally broadcast Thursday 12th March 2015, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Sequential City

March 9, 2015 1 Comment

Comic art on display in the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery

Comic art on display in the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery

Sequential City: Starting a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to co-curators Heather Gray and Owen D. Powery, and featured artist Alison Sampson about the exhibition Sequential City, currently on display at Anise Gallery, London. Alex discusses with Heather the challenges of displaying comic book art in a gallery devoted to the aesthetics of architecture, to Owen about his comic Between the Billboards and choice of artists on display, and to Alison about her graphic novella Genesis and the website Think of a City, which invites comic book artists to depict a fictional metropolis. 104.4 FM (London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: More information about the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery (more…)

Panel Borders: The Spirit of Will Eisner

March 3, 2015 1 Comment

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

The Spirit of Will Eisner: Concluding a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s seminal crime comic The Spirit. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss the early days of American adventure comics and the other characters Eisner created in the 1930s, how The Spirit was influenced by film noir, and representations of racial minorities in the author’s work. Originally broadcast 26th Feb 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: The Michael Golden Years

February 19, 2015 3 Comments

Batman Family, The Nam and Micronauts by Michael Golden

Batman Family, The Nam and Micronauts by Michael Golden

The Michael Golden Years: Continuing a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to artist Michael Golden about his work on classic 1980s comic books The Micronauts, The ‘Nam and Bucky O’Hare. Alex and Michael discuss how the latter’s experiences as a commercial artist differed from working on sequential art, how working on Marvel Magazines offered more adult storytelling opportunities than in their traditional comics and how he was hoodwinked into advertising a toy range under the auspices of launching a new Science-Fiction title. Recorded at Bristol Comics Expo, Spring 2014, originally broadcast 19th Feb 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

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