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 (Episode 501): Anticipating the Future

July 10, 2021

Images from Full Tilt Boogie and Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future written by Alex DeCampi / Images from Infinitum: An Afrofuturism Tale and Matty’s Rocket

Anticipating the Future: In the 501st episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of creators who work on Science-Fiction Comics. In a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, writer Alex DeCampi discusses her YA serial Full Tilt Boogie serialised in 2000AD and recently collected as a book, and working with director Duncan Jones on adapting his unmade film Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future as a graphic novel. Also, Alex chats to artist Tim Fielder about his epic graphic novel Infinitum: An Afrofuturism Tale which covers millennia in the life of an immortal who observes the rise and fall of humanity, and his ‘diesel-punk’ comics series Matty’s Rocket.

Originally broadcast 7th July 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

Links: For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org
Info about Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future on publisher Z2 Comics website, and Full Tilt Boogie on 2000AD website
Info about Infinitum: An Afrofuturism Tale on Harper Collins’ website
Tim Fielder’s
website, including page on Matty’s Rocket
Alex DeCampi’s website (more…)

Panel Borders (Episode 500): Discerning The Past

June 3, 2021

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Mike Lake, Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), Will Eisner, Nick Landau (Titan Books) and Stan Nicholls (FP manager), June 1980 (photo by Richard Bruton) / Contributors to The Inking Woman including Streeten (in purple) and Tate (in red, photo by Jakki Brown)

Discerning The Past: In the 500th episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch takes a nostalgic look back at important moments in the history of comics. Alex discusses anthology title The Inking Woman with two of its editors – Dr. Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate – and how they compiled the book’s survey of 250 years of female cartoonists. Also, co-founder of the Forbidden Planet chain of shops – Mike Lake – talks about his involvement in the birth of the British ‘direct market’ in the UK which inaugurated organised distribution of American comics in the UK in the 1970s.

Originally broadcast 2nd June 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org

Links: More info about The Inking Woman published by Myriad Editions and profile of Cath Tate
Mike Lake’s website
Nicola Streeten’s website (more…)

25 out of 500

May 21, 2021

With the 500th episode of Panel Borders fast approaching, if you’d like to catch up on memorable interviews with past guests, here’s a selection of 25 interviewees from the first 500 episodes…

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Various chats with Alan Moore
A trio of Q and As with Neil Gaiman
A couple of conversations with Audrey Niffenegger
Raymond Briggs on the reissue of Gentleman Jim
Bryan and Mary Talbot on working together
Art Spiegelman on Maus and Breakdowns
Mariko Tamaki on This One Summer and She-Hulk
Stan Sakai on Usagi Yojimbo
Julie Hollings on Beryl the Bitch and Dire Streets
Toshio Maeda on Urotsokidoji
Doug Braithwaite on Earth X and Justice
Jim Starlin on Thanos and crowdfunding The Return of Dreadstar
Gerald Scarfe on Rude Britannia
Sarah McIntyre on moving between comics and illustrated books for children
Woodrow Phoenix on moving between comics and animation
Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis
Film-maker Nic Roeg on his love of comics
Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell on moving between political cartoons and comics for kids
Comics Laureates: Dave Gibbons, Charlie Adlard and Hannah Berry on their practice
Comics Robin Ince, Stewart Lee, and Sandi Toksvig on their love of sequential art…

Panel Borders: Fantastical Visions

May 5, 2021

Art from Coma by Zara Slattery / Captain America by Declan Shalvey / Avengers by Staz Johnson

Art from Coma by Zara Slattery / Captain America by Declan Shalvey / Avengers by Staz Johnson

Fantastical Visions: In an episode celebrating great comic book art, Alex Fitch talks to three artists who bring wonderous visions to the page. In a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Zara Slattery discusses her graphic novel Coma which depicts her experiences of extreme medical intervention as a journey through a fantastical dreamscape. Plus, in a ‘live draw’ session recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Declan Shalvey and Staz Johnson discuss their influences and inspirations for working on such titles as Injection and 2000AD.

Originally broadcast 5th May 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org

Links: More info about Coma published by Myriad Editions
Zara Slattery’s website
Wikipedia pages on Declan Shalvey and Staz Johnson
Staz Johnson’s blog
Declan Shalvey’s tumblr
Listen to Alex and Zara discuss classic video games in a show about the Vectrex games console
More info about support for survivors of Necrotising Fasciitis

Panel Borders: Defensive Animals

April 7, 2021 2 Comments

Images from Tummy Bugs by Leomi Sadler / Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

Images from Tummy Bugs by Leomi Sadler / Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

Defensive Animals: In the second of two programmes looking at anthropomorphic comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of comic creators about their titles featuring combative animal characters. Leomi Sadler discusses her strips about insects, gargoyles, bacteria and other creatures battling against adversity, featured in a new collection – Tummy Bugs – published by Breakdown Press.

Also, in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, veteran cartoonist Stan Sakai chats about his long running comic Usagi Yojimbo which chronicles the adventures of a samurai rabbit…

Originally broadcast 7th April 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org

Links: More info about Tummy Bugs on Breakdown Press’ website
Interview with Leomi Sadler on the Creative Review website
Stan Sakai’s website
Usagi Yojimbo website
More interviews with creators of anthropomorphic comics including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman

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)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org

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 1 Comment

 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.

If you enjoy Panel Borders, please consider donating some money towards the running costs of Resonance FM, during February – more info at https://www.resonancefm.com/donate

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 1 Comment

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 2 Comments

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)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org

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 2 Comments

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 1 Comment

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…)