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: Fumio Obata

February 1, 2016

Excerpts from webcomics by Fumio Obata, at Cartoon County with Alex Fitch (photo by Corinne Pearlman), Observer competition entry and cover of Just So Happens

Excerpts from webcomics by Fumio Obata, at Cartoon County with Alex Fitch (photo by Corinne Pearlman), Observer competition entry and cover of Just So Happens

Fumio Obata: In a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex Fitch talks to Fumio Obata about his graphic novel Just so happens, which fictionalises his experiences of working as an artist in England and Japan, and his web comics about the Fukushima disaster. (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, 14th January 2016)

Ninth of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Fumio Obata’s website
Review of Just So Happens in The Guardian
Listen to Paul Gravett discussing webcomics with P.J. Holden, Liz Lunney, Tim Winchester, Philipa Rice, David O’Connell and Sydney Padua

Panel Borders: Drawn from life

January 30, 2016

Excerpts from Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua, Behind the Curtain by Klimowski and Schejbal

Excerpts from Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua, Behind the Curtain by Klimowski and Schejbal

Drawn from life: In the first Panel Borders of 2016, Alex Fitch talks to three cartoonists who work in biography and autobiography. Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal discuss their memoir about life in 1970s communist Warsaw – Behind the Curtain – and Sydney Padua explores her fictionalised account of the birth of computing – The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage – in a panel discussion recorded at Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 2015. (Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 14th January 2016)

Seventh of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Info about the event at Stoke Newington Literary Festival (more…)

Panel Borders: Drawing The Beano

December 29, 2015

Laura Howell draws Minnie the Minx (photo by Coventry Express and Star) / excerpts from Ratz, Little Plum and Freds Bed

Laura Howell draws Minnie the Minx (photo by Coventry Express and Star) / excerpts from Ratz, Little Plum and Freds Bed

Drawing The Beano: Alex Fitch talks to writers / artists Laura Howell and Hunt Emerson who have contributed a number of strips to The Beano since 2002, including Little Plum, Ratz, Minnie the Minx and more, in an interview recorded at Caption comics festival, Coventry. Laura discusses moving from the small press to mainstream comics, and Hunt talks about the challenges of drawing kids comics after a career of adaptations of adult literature. (Originally broadcast as the second half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 8th December 2015)

Fourth of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Hunt Emerson’s website
Laura Howell’s website
The Beano website (more…)

Panel Borders: Star Wars and autobiography

December 26, 2015

Covers and interior art from various books by Jeffrey Brown including Jedi Academy

Covers and interior art from various books by Jeffrey Brown including Jedi Academy

Star Wars and autobiography: In a seasonal edition of Panel Borders, guest presenter (and cartoonist) Marc Ellerby talks to American graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown whose work varies from self-deprecating autobiographical titles such as Cats are Weird and A Matter of Life, to a variety of Star Wars illustrated books for kids including Jedi Academy and Vader’s Little Princess, in a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, London. (Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 8th December 2015)

Second of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Jeffrey Brown’s blog
Info about Brown at starwars.com
Marc Ellerby’s website
Listen to Alex’s 2009 interview with Marc Ellerby
Buy Jeffrey Brown books at amazon.co.uk

Panel Borders: Canadian Comics

December 7, 2015

Cover of Fear Itself by Stuart Immonen, interior art from HellCat by Immonen and Immonen, cover and interior art from Russian Olive by Immomen and Immonen, cover and interior art from Its hard to be a girl by Bach

Cover of Fear Itself by Stuart Immonen, interior art from HellCat by Immonen and Immonen, cover and interior art from Russian Olive by Immomen and Immonen, cover and interior art from Its hard to be a girl by Bach

Canadian Comics: In a pair of interviews recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, Alex Fitch talks to a trio of Canadian comic book creators about their work. Husband and wife team Stuart and Kathryn Immonen discuss working together and apart on such Marvel comic books as NextWave, Heralds, HellCat and Fear Itself, and on their more personal projects including the webcomic Moving Pictures and their latest graphic novel Russian Olive To Red King.

Plus, in a live Q and A recorded in front of a select audience, Alex also talks to Quebec based cartoonist Estelle Bachelard, who draws under the pen-name Bach, about her first graphic novel from Soaring Penguin press – It’s Hard to be a Girl – which collects her humorous autobiographical facebook strips, taped in Brew Brothers Tea Shop, Kendal. (Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 9th November 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Kate Beaton – Step Aside, Pops!

November 26, 2015

Covers of Step Aside, Pops and The Princess and the Pony by  Kate Beaton, Beaton and Alex Fitch at LICAF, photo by Leonard Sultana (An Englishman in San Diego)

Covers of Step Aside, Pops and The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, Beaton and Alex Fitch at LICAF, photo by Leonard Sultana (An Englishman in San Diego)

Kate Beaton – Step aside, Pops!: Alex Fitch talks to New York Times best selling author Kate Beaton about the latest collection of her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant: Step Aside, Pops, plus her children’s book The Princess and the Pony in front of a live audience at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2015. Fitch and Beaton also discuss how the latter started making and disseminating webcomics and the influence of Canadian ‘infomercials’ on her work. (Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 9th November 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: Hark! A Vagrant website and Kate Beaton’s tumblr site
Buy The Princess and the Pony from Walker Books
Round up of LICAF 2015, day 2 by Leonard Sultana on his An Englishman in San Diego website
More info about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Panel Borders: Big Punch Studios

November 2, 2015 2 Comments

Issues 1-3 of Big Punch Magazine / Alice White, Nich Angell, (Jon Lock) and Alex Fitch discuss Big Punch studios at True Believers Comic Festival, Cheltenham

Issues 1-3 of Big Punch Magazine / Alice White, Nich Angell, (Jon Lock) and Alex Fitch discuss Big Punch studios at True Believers Comic Festival, Cheltenham

Big Punch Studios: Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of young graphic novelists – Nich Angell, Lucy Brown, Jon Lock and Alice White – who publish together under the umbrella of Big Punch Studios discuss Big Punch Magazine, and other titles created together and apart, in a panel discussion from the ‘True Believers’ Comic Festival in Cheltenham. Nich and Jon discuss they beginning of their collaborations via the crossover The Heavenly Cord, which mixes their comics 7String and Afterlife Inc., while Lucy explores her story 99 Swords and Alice talks about her design work on the anthology. (Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 12th October 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Panel Borders: Erica Smith – Girl Frenzy

October 25, 2015 1 Comment

Issues 3 - 5 of Girl Frenzy, Erica Smith holds GF annual (photo by Sarah McIntyre), anti-UKIP beer mats designed by Smith

Issues 3 – 5 of Girl Frenzy, Erica Smith holds GF annual (photo by Sarah McIntyre), anti-UKIP beer mats designed by Smith

Erica Smith – Girl Frenzy: Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Erica Smith recalls her influential zine Girl Frenzy, made by Brightonians in the 1990s, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Hove. Alex and Erica also discuss the anti-UKIP beer mats the artist designed for distribution in the South East before the General Election and her contributions to “Julia Kay’s Portrait Party”.(Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 12th October 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: Interview with Erica Smith about portrait art
Article by Smith on her anti-UKIP beer mat design
Article by Charlotte Cooper on her contributions to Girl Frenzy

Panel Borders: Chris Riddell

October 7, 2015

Political and non-political Alienography, Antrobus and Coraline by Chris Riddell

Political and non-political Alienography, Antrobus and Coraline by Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell: Alex Fitch talks to Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell about newspaper cartoons, Goth Girl and illustrating Coraline. Chris and Alex also discuss the artist’s different takes on Alienography for political cartoons and children’s books, plus his memories of encountering David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta at a young age. (Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM. Recorded at Graphic Brighton)

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

Links: Chris Riddell’s website
Info about Riddell’s illustrated books at bloomsbury.com
Biography at cartoons.ac.uk

Panel Borders: Dave Gibbons, Comics Laureate

September 23, 2015 2 Comments

Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1

Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1

Dave Gibbons, Comics Laureate: In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to ‘Comics Laureate’ Dave Gibbons about his career so far, from Doctor Who Weekly strips to Watchmen, Give me Liberty to Kingsman / The Secret Service. Recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014. Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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

Panel Borders: On the Brink of a Brass Sun

August 29, 2015

Covers of Wilds End, Brass Sun and Celeste, interior art from The King in Yellow by I.N.J. Culbard

Covers of Wilds End, Brass Sun and Celeste, interior art from The King in Yellow by I.N.J. Culbard

On the Brink of a Brass Sun: Concluding a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to artist I.N.J. Culbard about his work for 2000AD on strips such as ‘clock-punk fantasy’ serial Brass Sun and the forthcoming Brink. Ian also explains his unusual method for drawing Dan Abnett’s anthropomorphic adaptation of The War of the WorldsWild’s End published by Boom! – plus his recent graphic novels for SelfMadeHero: Celeste and The King in Yellow. (Last in the current series – Panel Borders will return in a new slot and format in September)
Originally broadcast 27th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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

Panel Borders: Wagner and Gibbons

August 20, 2015 1 Comment

Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner

Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner

Wagner and Gibbons: Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to another writer and artist about their work in and after 2000AD. In an extract from a Q and A recorded on stage at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex Fitch talks to artist Dave Gibbons about his early years, drawing such strips as a reimagined Dan Dare for a 1980s audience. Also, Alex talks to writer John Wagner about scripting Judge Dredd on and off since 1977 and other projects that have been adapted to the screen such as A History of Violence (recorded at London Super Comic Con).
Originally broadcast 20th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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

Panel Borders: Outlier and other 3rillers

August 18, 2015 1 Comment

Paper craft by Tom Eglington, art from Outlier, covers of 2000AD and The Spellbound Hotel

Paper craft by Tom Eglington, art from Outlier, covers of 2000AD and The Spellbound Hotel

Outlier and other 3rillers: Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to writer Tom Eglington about writing strips for 2000AD including Judge Dredd and “Tharg’s 3rillers”, plus the serial he originated, Outlier, a space-set revenge saga continuing the periodical’s tradition of weird looking protagonists!
Alex and Tom also discuss the latter’s forays in children’s books such as The Spellbound Hotel, making cut-out paper craft, and his entry into Myriad Editions’ First Fictions competition, Amber Sands. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2015. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2015)
Originally broadcast 13th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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

Panel Borders: 2000AD alumni

August 10, 2015 1 Comment

Cover and interior art from 2000AD by Colin Wilson / Cover of Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and interior art from Food Chain by Jim Alexander and Pete Woods

Cover and interior art from 2000AD by Colin Wilson / Cover of Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and interior art from Food Chain by Jim Alexander and Pete Woods

2000AD alumni: Starting a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to a writer and an artist about their work in and after 2000AD. Colin Wilson discusses getting his first work on the periodical and drawing Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper strips in the early 1980s, while, in an interview recorded at Bristol Comic Expo 2014, writer Jim Alexander and artist Pete Woods discuss titles published by Alexander’s imprint ‘Planet Jimbot’, including Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and Food Chain. Originally broadcast 6th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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

Panel Borders: Wilson and Wyld

August 1, 2015 4 Comments

Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Wilson and Wyld: Concluding a month of shows about Australasian comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to an Australian writer living in London and a New Zealander artist living in Australia who found fame in Europe… Evie Wyld discusses her collaboration with artist Joe Sumner on her first graphic novel Everything is Teeth, which depicts her childhood fear of sharks in New South Wales, and how it compares to other predators depicted in her novel All the Birds, Singing. Also, Colin Wilson explores his early comics – Strips and The Adventures of Captain Sunshine – published in New Zealand and explains how he found work in the Northern Hemisphere on European Graphic Albums featuring Lieutenant Blueberry, and American comics such as Star Wars and The Losers. Originally broadcast 30th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM. (more…)

Panel Borders: Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice

July 23, 2015 1 Comment

Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by  Carol Wood and Susan Butcher

Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher

Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice: Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to Melbourne cartoonist Bruce Mutard about his career so far, from his first graphic novel The Bunker to experimental comics such as Alice in Nomansland, and working on a sequel to his World War II graphic novel The Sacrifice. Mutard also discusses titles published by his fledgling imprint Fabilaux, the varied influences on his style from ligne claire to Crumb, and his experience of doing an MA course in comics. Originally broadcast 23rd July 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: Bruce Mutard’s website
Info about the crowd funding campaign for Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher published by Mutard (more…)

Panel Borders: Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures

July 18, 2015 1 Comment

Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg

Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg

Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures: Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose work mixes anthropological characters with unusual situations. New Zealand publisher Richard Fairgray discusses the police procedural dinosaur comic Blastosaurus which he draws and co-writes and his imprint Square Planet Comics, in an interview recorded at London Film and Comic Con (which returns to Olympia today and tomorrow).
Also, Alex talks to Australian artist Nicki Greenberg about her full length adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet, and her shorter comics on being a cartoonist and finding a zombie in your attic! Originally broadcast 16th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM. (more…)

Panel Borders: Writing as the Other

July 15, 2015

Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team

Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team

Writing as the Other: Continuing a month of shows about comics that are about or from Australasia, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist turned novelist Ed Hillyer about The Clay Dreaming – his account of an Aborigine Cricket Team in 19th Century Britain, and how writing a book without pictures differs to his experience of writing comics. Alex also talks to French Bande dessinée creator L.F. Bollée about writing the graphic novel Terra Australis, which depicts the conquering of Australia. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Australia / New Zealand Literature Festival 2014, and broadcast 9th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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

Panel Borders: Dylan Horrocks and the Magic Pen

July 5, 2015 1 Comment

Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.

Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.

Dylan Horrocks and the Magic Pen: Starting a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to New Zealander cartoonist Dylan Horrocks about his work. Fitch and Horrocks discuss the latter’s run on DC Comics’ Batgirl from 2003-2004, his self-published comics Atlas and Pickle and his latest graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. In this, the protagonist from Hicksville returns in a magical realist tale about artistic fantasies, inspired by the work of pulp writers from the early 20th Century such as Edgar Rice Burroughs. (Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 2nd July 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: Crowd-Funded Comics

June 28, 2015 1 Comment

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…)

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