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: The Spirit of Will Eisner

March 3, 2015

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 1 Comment

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…)

Panel Borders: Mike Grell, Freelance

February 13, 2015 1 Comment

Jon Sable, Green Arrow, James Bond art by Mike Grell

Jon Sable, Green Arrow, James Bond art by Mike Grell

Mike Grell, Freelance: Continuing a month of shows looking at ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to writer and artist Mike Grell about his career so far. Alex and Mike discuss the latter’s acclaimed run on Green Arrow, which influenced the current TV series, his creator owned title Jon Sable Freelance, and his work on James Bond comics in the late 1980s. (Recorded at London Super Comic Con, Spring 2014; Originally broadcast 12th February 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

Items in the Resonance FM fundraising charity auction (ends Weds 4pm, 18th Feb): 3 x recent sci-fi novels including Will Dietz

Links: Mike Grell’s website (more…)

Panel Borders: The Nexus of Steve Rude

February 10, 2015 1 Comment

Nexus and Superman / Batman: Worlds Finest, illustrated by Steve Rude

Nexus and Superman / Batman: World’s Finest, illustrated by Steve Rude

The Nexus of Steve Rude: Beginning a month of shows looking at ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to artist Steve Rude about his ten year run on Nexus comic with Mike Baron and his Harvey Award-winning mini-series Superman / Batman: World’s Finest, written by Dave Gibbons. Alex and Steve discuss the importance of anatomy to the latter’s work, how he enjoys mentoring young artists and his working relationships with writers and inkers. (Recorded at Birmingham International Comics Expo, August 2014; Originally broadcast 5th February 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

Items in the Resonance FM fundraising charity auction (end Thurs 11am, 12th Feb): Iron Man volumes 1-4, signed by Kieron Gillen
Young Avengers volumes 1-3, signed by Kieron Gillen (more…)

Panel Borders: Funny Monsters Zoom

January 30, 2015 1 Comment

The Zoom no.10, 1914 Day by Day extract,  Haringey People cover by Zoom Rockman / Funny Monsters Comic no.1 and 2, A Christmas Carol by Joe Matthews

The Zoom no.10, 1914 Day by Day extract, Haringey People cover by Zoom Rockman / Funny Monsters Comic no.1 and 2, A Christmas Carol by Joe Matthews

Funny Monsters Zoom: Concluding a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists who both publish ‘traditional’ style British anthology comics in the style of The Dandy and other weekly titles. Joe Matthews discusses Funny Monsters Comic, a new periodical that mixes comedy / horror strips featuring zombies and werewolves with child friendly gags, puzzles and text pages.
Also, in an interview recorded at CECAF (Crouch End Comic Art Festival), Alex talks to Zoom Rockman, a teenager who has been publishing his own humour title - The Zoom - since the age of 9, with 10 biannual issues under his belt. The Zoom features satirical strips looking at modern culture and life in London as well as reoccurring characters such as Skanky Pigeon who has also appeared in The Beano. (Originally broadcast 29th January 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Editing Psycho Gran

January 28, 2015

Comics featuring the work of David Leach + Psycho Gran thumbnails

Comics featuring the work of David Leach + Psycho Gran thumbnails

Editing Psycho Gran: Continuing a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and comic book editor David Leach about his career so far. Alex and David discuss the latter’s most famous character Psycho Gran, her appearances in family comics from Oink! to Aces Weekly, animating Henry’s Cat with Bob Godfrey, and his work editing licenced titles for Marvel UK and Titan Books. (Recorded at Nine Worlds GeekFest, 2013 / originally broadcast Thursday 22nd January 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

Links: David Leach’s profile at www.comicvine.com
Psycho Gran digital comic (more…)

Panel Borders: Musical Monsters, Walruses and Snowmen

January 17, 2015 1 Comment

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow / Popeye / Pinkbeard the Pirate! / Abigail and the Snowman / Snarked by Roger Langridge

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow / Popeye / Pinkbeard the Pirate! / Abigail and the Snowman / Snarked by Roger Langridge

Musical Monsters, Walruses and Snowmen: Continuing a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Roger Langridge about his work. Alex and Roger discuss the latter’s work on licensed comics such as Popeye and Rocky and Bullwinkle, his adaptation of Jim Henson’s unproduced script The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow and creator owned titles Snarked and Abigail and the Snowman; plus a guest appearance by Thomas Langridge (9) discussing the self-published comic Pinkbeard the Pirate! (Recorded at Crouch End Comic Art Festival, November 2014, originally broadcast Thursday 15th January 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: Bones, Sabre-toothed Tigers and Noir

January 11, 2015 1 Comment

Bone, RASL and Tuki: Save the Humans by Jeff Smith

Bone, RASL and Tuki: Save the Humans by Jeff Smith

Bones, Sabre-toothed Tigers and Noir: Beginning a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to the award-winning American cartoonist Jeff Smith about his work. Alex and Jeff discuss the latter’s fantasy epic Bone which mixes archetypal cartoon characters in the style of Mickey, Goofy and Donald with a mythology akin to The Lord of the Rings, his more adult film noir inspired sci-fi series RASL, and his latest serialised webcomic Tuki: Save the Humans about prehistoric man’s migration from ancient Africa. (Recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014, originally broadcast Thursday 8th January 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

Links: Jeff Smith’s website (more…)

Panel Borders: Non-Verbal Communication

January 4, 2015

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Cover and interior art from Yes! by Laura Malacart and Daniel Locke

Non-Verbal Communication: Concluding a trio of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Laura Malacart and artist Daniel Locke about their comic book Yes! which explores the true story of an autistic man who communicates through song, classified technically as non-verbal communication. Daniel and Laura discuss how the comic was developed from the latter’s academic research, how it works as a multi-media project alongside video clips, and the distribution of the story via a free tabloid edition and webcomic. (Recorded at Cartoon County, September 2014, originally broadcast Thursday 18th December 2014 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: A Hole in the Heart of Manga

December 16, 2014

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Masahiko Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, both on display at The Cartoon Museum

Pages from A Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont / Cover of Suspense no. 3 by Matsumoto and art from A Drifting Life by Tatsumi, on display at The Cartoon Museum

A Hole in the Heart of Manga: Continuing a month of shows about ‘untold tales’, narratives not normally depicted in comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist Henny Beaumont about her debut graphic novel A Hole in the Heart, about bringing up a child with Down’s Syndrome, due to be published by Myriad Editions in 2015, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, with translation provided by Takayo Akiyama, Alex interviews Tomohiko Matsumoto about donating examples of his father Masahiko’s art to an exhibition of Gekiga – Alternative Manga from Japan – at the Cartoon Museum in London, which runs until Christmas Eve. (Originally broadcast 4th December 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, recorded at Cartoon County and The Cartoon Museum, Autumn 2014)

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: Probably Nothing

December 5, 2014

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Art from Probably nothing, and web comics by Matilda Tristram

Probably Nothing: Starting a month of shows about untold tales in comics, which is to say stories that are underrepresented in graphic narratives, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and storyboard artist Matilda Tristram about her debut graphic novel Probably Nothing – A diary of your-not-average nine months, which recounts the true story of how her pregnancy coincided with a cancer scare. Alex and Matilda discuss the unusual style of the book, which separates out cartoons and text on the page, her tenure working for Children’s TV producers Ragdoll and the semi experimental art used in her webcomics. (Originally broadcast 4th December 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, November 2014)

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: Vehlmann and Gazzotti

November 30, 2014 1 Comment

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Cover, interior art and serialised cover of Alone (Seuls) / covers of Green Manor and Beautiful Darkness written by Fabien Vehlmann / cover of Soda drawn by Bruno Gazzotti

Vehlmann and Gazzotti: Concluding a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and media in their art, Alex Fitch talks to writer Fabien Vehlmann and artist Bruno Gazzotti about their graphic album series Alone (Seuls), published by Cinebook. The creators discuss how their serial – about children who wake up in a world without adults – was inspired by classic American dystopia fiction, Vehlmann’s interest in 19th century thrillers which influenced his comic Green Manor, and Gazzotti’s experience on the policier series Soda. Recorded in front of an audience at the South Ken Kids Festival, Institut Francais, November 2014. (Originally broadcast 27th November 2014 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: Ricky Rouse has a Gun

November 19, 2014 1 Comment

Ricky Rouse meets Alex Fitch (photo by Sam Humphrey) / images from ...has a Gun

Ricky Rouse meets Alex Fitch / images from …has a Gun

Ricky Rouse has a Gun: Continuing a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and mediums in their work, Alex Fitch talks to playwright and film maker Jörg Tittel about writing his debut graphic novel Ricky Rouse has a Gun, a satire on Western movie violence and China’s ‘knock-off economy’, published by SelfMadeHero. Fitch and Tittel discuss how the project evolved from a film script to a graphic novel, the process of working with artist John Aggs and whether the writer’s own background of an upbringing in different cultures fed in to the story on the page. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, September 2014; originally broadcast 13th November 2014 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: …there is Joost Swarte

November 12, 2014 1 Comment

Covers and comic strips by Joost Swarte

Covers and comic strips by Joost Swarte

…there is Joost Swarte: Starting a month of shows about the work of comic book creators who mix together different cultures and mediums in their work, Alex Fitch talks to acclaimed Dutch cartoonist and graphic designer Joost Swarte about his career so far. Fitch and Swarte discuss the latter’s covers for The New Yorker and RAW magazine (also reprinted as the front of the Tate coffee table book Comics Art), the Fantagraphics collection of his strip work “Is that all there is?” and the artist’s work in designing children’s books, theatrical architecture and stained glass windows.
(Recorded in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014, originally broadcast 6th November 2014 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: Joost’s website (more…)

Panel Borders: Join the Army Fear Channel

November 5, 2014

Art from Join the Army, Below and Fear Channel by Darren Cullen

Art from ‘Join the Army’, ‘Below’ and ‘Fear Channel’ by Darren Cullen

Join the Army Fear Channel: Concluding a month of episodes about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to fine artist Darren Cullen about his comics Join the Army and Below, the first a satirical look at Military propaganda from the Bayeux Tapestry to the present day and the latter updating the genre of subterranean Sci-Fi invented by Verne and Rice Burroughs. Fitch and Cullen also discuss the Fear Channel collage website and current interactive installation ‘Pocket Money Loans’ at Atom Gallery in Finsbury Park. (Originally broadcast 30th October 2014 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: Darren’s website and shop
Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives and Darren Cullen’s art tumblr sites
Article about Pocket Money Loans in The Independent

Panel Borders: To End All Wars

October 28, 2014 4 Comments

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

Cover and interior pages from To End All Wars by Brick, Jonathan Clode, Stuart Richards and Selina Lock

To End All Wars: Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of war in sequential art, guest presenter John Stuart Clark (who draws under the pen-name Brick) hosts a panel discussion about the new War Comics anthology To End All Wars, published by Soaring Penguin Press, featuring co-editor Jonathan Clode and contributors Selina Locke and Stuart Richards. The two Johns discuss editing the anthology, from commissioning creators to suggesting tweaks that clarify their stories; Selina discusses having to change artists shortly before the deadline and Stuart talks about the sources for his story ‘Il Gatto’. (Recorded by Alex Fitch in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, originally broadcast 23rd October 2014 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: Pat Mills’ Great War comics

October 22, 2014

Covers of Charleys War omnibus and Above the dreamless dead / interior art from Dead Mans Dump / cover of To end all Wars

Covers of Charley’s War omnibus and Above the dreamless dead / interior art from Dead Man’s Dump / cover of To end all Wars

Pat Mills’ Great War comics: Continuing a month of shows about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to Pat Mills, one of the acclaimed masters of the genre. Alex and Pat discuss the completion of Titan Books’ reprints of his classic strip Charley’s War, his adaptation of Isaac Rosenberg’s “Dead man’s Dump” in the war poetry and comics collection Above the Dreamless Dead published by First Second Books, and his introduction to the anthology To End all Wars from Soaring Penguin Press. (Originally broadcast 16th October 2014 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: Commitment to International Aces

October 15, 2014 1 Comment

Interior art and cover of International Aces / Limited edition cover and interior art of Commitment by Chris Geary

Interior art and cover of International Aces / Limited edition cover and interior art of Commitment by Chris Geary

Commitment to International Aces: Continuing a month of shows about war comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Chris Geary about his series of four comic book short story collections International Aces, which tell the tales of various fighter pilots across the globe from Von Richthofen to Rickenbacker. Fitch and Geary also discuss the latter’s interest in classic war strips, the packaging of the Aces books and his educational graphic novel Commitment, which uses a narrative about a stressed female executive to explain the concept of ‘real options’ analysis. Recorded in front of an audience at ‘Nine Worlds GeekFest‘, Heathrow 2013. (Originally broadcast 9th October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Women at the Front

October 8, 2014

Cover of To Arms and interior art by Francesca Dare, Jessica Martin, Clare Wood and Anna Dowsland / art from Never Again by Heath Robinson and Bruce Barnsfather / art from 1914 by Kate Charlesworth and Posy Simmonds

Cover of To Arms and interior art by Francesca Dare, Jessica Martin, Clare Wood, Anna Dowsland / art from Never Again by Heath Robinson, Bruce Barnsfather / art from 1914 by Kate Charlesworth and Posy Simmonds

Women at the Front: Starting a month of shows about the portrayal of war in comics, Alex Fitch talks to Jessica Martin, Anna Dowsland, Clare Wood, Lauren Murphy and Francesca Dare, five contributors to the new war comics anthology To Arms!, published by Limehouse Comics. Alex also discusses the exhibitions ‘Never Again! World War I in cartoon and comic art’ and ‘1914: Day by day’ with curator Anita O’Brien; the two shows contain a variety of responses to the Great War from the work of Bruce Bairnsfather and W. Heath Robinson to modern day cartoonists Zoom Rockman and Kate Charlesworth, on display until 19th October at The Cartoon Museum, London (Originally broadcast 2nd October 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Panel Borders: Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea

September 30, 2014 1 Comment

Bryan O'Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea, Michael Cera

Bryan O Malley and Alex Fitch, Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea, Michael Cera

Scott Pilgrim, Lost at Sea: Concluding his two part interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, Alex Fitch talks to the author about his debut graphic novel Lost at Sea and his seminal six part series Scott Pilgrim. Fitch and O’Malley discuss the film adaptation of the latter, O’Malley’s use of autobiographical incidents which inform his work and pencilling covers for comics by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Also, in a podcast exclusive, the episode includes brief interviews with Edgar Wright and Michael Cera recorded at the London premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Recorded in front of an audience at the British Library, August 2014, and originally broadcast 25th Sep 2014 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: Bryan’s website – www.radiomaru.com and wikipedia page
Listen to Alex’s interview with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright (more…)

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