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: Action – The Story of a Violent Comic

March 29, 2016 1 Comment

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

Action – The Story of a Violent Comic: Guest presenter Professor Martin Barker (University of Aberystwyth) investigates the story of Britain’s notorious Action comic, which was launched on Valentine’s Day and banned by Halloween in 1976. Professor Barker explores the rise and fall of the comic, what elements of the strips were censored and censured, and how the legacy of Action was continued in “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” – 2000AD. Also, in a panel discussion entitled: “Poor, angry white kids”, Barker discusses Action with its writer Pat Mills and 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy. Edited, and recorded at Graphic Brighton / Cine-Excess 2015 by Alex Fitch.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 8th March 2016) (more…)

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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…)

Tomorrow’s show: Pat Mills’ Great War comics

October 15, 2014

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Pat Mills’ Great War comics

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

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.

11am Thursday 16th October, repeated 7am Saturday 18th October 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Comics and conflicts: Pat Mills on Charleys War

February 8, 2012

Comics and Conflicts logo by Peter Stanbury

Charleys War by Joe Colquhoun and Pat Mills

Charleys War by Joe Colquhoun and Pat Mills

Pat Mills on Charleys War: Imperial War Museum educator Grant Rogers talks to Pat Mills about his seminal wartime strip Charley’s War, serialised in Battle Action comic in the 1970s and 80s. Grant and Pat Mills discuss the history of the strip, working with Joe Colquhoun and the real life events that influenced the comic. (Recorded in front of an audience at the 2011 Comics and Conflicts conference at the Imperial War Museum, London.)

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.
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Today’s show: War (comic) what is it good for?

August 16, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Clear Spot: War (comic) what is it good for?

Covers of Charleys War by Mills and Colquhoun, War: The Human Cost by Duffield, Parkard et al. and Philip and Helena by Eileen Cassavetti

Covers of Charleys War by Mills and Colquhoun, War: The Human Cost by Duffield, Parkard et al. and Philip and Helena by Eileen Cassavetti

In advance of the Comics and Conflicts two day festival at the Imperial War Museum on 19th and 20th August 2011, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett, Ariel Kahn, Eileen and Francesca Cassavetti about the importance of war comics in culture and bringing the experience of war and conflict to new readers in a way that text alone can’t fully realise. The show will also include extracts from episodes of Panel Borders featuring Garth Ennis and Pat Mills who are both talking at the IWM comics events.

8pm, Tuesday 16/08/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about the Comics and Conflicts events at the Imperial War Museum
Book tickets at http://wartime.iwm.org.uk (scroll down to find individual events
Info about Francesca and Eileen Cassavetti at fabtoons.blogspot.com
Info about War: The Human Cost
Charley’s War website
Wikipedia pages on Garth Ennis’ War Stories and Battlefields

Recommended events:

Comics and Conflicts festival , Imperial War Museum

…will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti(Fabtoons).

On Friday 19th, there is an academic conference, in which University students and writers will be presenting papers on the subject of War Comics throughout the day, followed by a talk by Charley’s War author Pat Mills. There are tickets available for the conference which includes the talk by Pat Mills, or the talk is available as a separate ticket.

On Saturday 20th, there are talks, panels and workshops by small press creators and international authors, including a hour long discussion with Garth Ennis on stage in his first UK appearance at a comics festival in many years.

All Saturday events are £6 / the final event of the weekend, The Comics go to War film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ

Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo) / Elephant and Castle (Northern line, City Branch) / Southwark (Jubilee)

Book tickets at http://wartime.iwm.org.uk

The Comics and Conflicts events form part of a Children’s literature festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children.  For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

Full listing of events at www.panelborders.com/events
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Comics and conflict at the Imperial War Museum

August 13, 2011 6 Comments

Comics and conflict

19th-20th August, 2011

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

iwm logo

The Comics and Conflicts Conference will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti (Fabtoons).

Here’s a run down of the two days of events:

Friday 19th August:

9.00am – War Comics Conference opens; coffee and registration

10.00am – introductory talk by MARTIN BAKER and ROGER SABIN about the depiction of war in the Guardian’s comic strip Doonesbury

11.00am – choice of parallel sessions: REPRESENTING TRAUMA (Chair, Ariel Kahn) / ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM AND REPRESENTATION
(Chair, Paul Gravett)

12.20pm – Lunch

1.20pm – Panel on THE IMAGE AND REALITY OF WAR: (Chair, Garth Ennis) featuring Tim Pilcher, Darin Jensen, Isabelle Delorme

2.40pm – choice of parallel sessions: FORM AND CONTENT: (Chair, Roger Sabin) / CONFLICT AND IDEOLOGY: (Chair, Alex Fitch)

4.00pm – Coffee break

4.20pm – In conversation with PAT MILLS, from Charley’s War to Ayatollah’s Son followed by signing

Listen to the full length interview with Pat Mills about Charley’s War conducted by Garth Rogers in 2008

6.00pm – Close

Please note: ticket cost for the entire day is £30.00 / Students £15.00 including Pat Mills talk or £6 for Mills talk only.

Saturday 20th August

10.30am – Artist DAVID COLLIER talks about his work from American Splendor to Chimo, followed by comic making master class at noon (separate ticket)

11.30am Artists and publishers discuss Trauma and Conflict (Chair, Paul Gravett) with Danish artist MIKKEL SOMMER, writer and illustrator of Obsolete, and ADRIAN SEARLE, the publisher of Dougie’s War, plus artist DAVE TURBITT.

2.00pm Artists and publishers discuss The Personal and the Political (Chair, Alex Fitch) with FRANCESCA CASSAVETTI and her mother, EILEEN CASSAVETTI talking about the latter’s wartime diary which Francesca has published as a comic; joined by SEAN DUFFIELD, publisher of War – the Human Cost plus contributing artists DANIEL LOCKE and BEN NAYLOR; and DAVID BLANDY talking about his short film Child of the Atom.

3.00pm In Conversation with GARTH ENNIS – from Troubled Souls to Battlefields; a rare UK appearance by the writer, followed by signing

Listen to Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott’s 2008 interview with Garth Ennis – part one / part two

4.30pm Film Screening: COMIC BOOKS GO TO WAR, directed by Mark Daniels, which looks at the work of Joe Sacco, Keiji Nakazawa (Barefoot Gen) and Marjane Satrapi among others, featuring new interviews with the creators + short film: CHILD OF THE ATOM by David Blandy, which explores a return visit to Hiroshima by the child of a local man and the representation of Nuclear Holocaust in Japanese animation.

All Saturday events are £6 / the film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ
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Panel Borders: Pat Mills’ Infamous comics and games

July 21, 2011 1 Comment

Panel Borders:

Pat Mills’ Infamous comics and games

Partially broadcast 21st July 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Panels from inFAMOUS: the fame strips by Pat Mills and (left to right) Ellen Lindner, Luke Pearson, Kate Brown and Fay Dalton

Panels from inFAMOUS: the fame strips by Pat Mills and (left to right) Ellen Lindner, Luke Pearson, Kate Brown and Fay Dalton

Continuing our month of shows about the crossover between games and comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Pat Mills about the series of seven online comic strips he’s written to accompany the release of the new PlayStation game inFAMOUS 2. In the comic strips, riffing on the idea of fame and infamy, Pat and editor Howard Marks are satirising modern celebrities and also giving them and their companions the kind of powers you might find in the game. Alex and Pat talk about writing these strips, his previous experiences in writing interactive comics in the form of 2000AD spin off title The Dice Man and his thoughts on web comics and strips available for ebook readers.

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

Links: Read inFAMOUS: the fame strips at www.infamousthegame.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Pat Mills
Ellen Linder’s website
Luke Pearson’s website
Kate Brown’s website
Fay Dalton’s website

Recommended events:

Pub Fiction presents…

The regular ‘Pub Fiction’ slot at the Lass O’Gowrie pub in Manchester presents Q and As with popular British comic book and fantasy writers:

Al Ewing, July 22nd, 6.30pm (£2 / ticket)
Bryan Talbot, July 23rd, 5pm (£5 / ticket)
Stephen Gallagher, July 23rd, 6.30pm (£5 / ticket)
Paul Magrs and George Mann, July 24th, 5pm (£2 / ticket)

Buy tickets at We Got Tickets or pay on the door.

Part of The Lass O’Gowrie‘s LassFest.

The Lass O’Gowrie
36 Charles Street
Manchester
M1 7DB
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Panel Borders: British bande dessinée

May 13, 2010 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

British bande dessinée

Edited version broadcast 13/05/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Requiem Vampire Knight illustrated by Olivier Ledroit and Inspector Ryan by John Hicklenton, written by Pat Mills

Excerpts from Requiem Vampire Knight illustrated by Olivier Ledroit and Inspector Ryan by John Hicklenton, written by Pat Mills

Continuing our month long look at ‘cross-cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to veteran British comic book writer Pat Mills about his forays into the French market over the last 15 years, writing such titles as Sha and Requiem Vampire Knight illustrated by Olivier Ledroit which have only been released in English in the last couple of years. Alex and Pat also talk about the latter’s collaborations with the late artist John Hicklenton which have found a greater and more appreciative audience in Europe, translated into French and other European languages and released as Graphic Albums, than they did in their country of origin.

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

Links: Wikipedia pages on Requiem Vampire Knight, Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit and John Hicklenton
Pat’s French language comics company: Nickel Editions
Read (the French language version of) Inspector Ryan by Mills and Hicklenton at 2000AD online
Read Pat’s eulogy to John on the Forbidden Planet blog
Listen to Pat’s previous appearances on the show

Recommended events:

City of Abacus at The Book Club

At The Book Club cafe and bar in Hoxton, London there is a month long exhibtion of the art from The City of Abacus by VV Brown and David Allain, illustrated by Emma Price and Lee O’Connor.

Opening hours: 8am-late Mon-Fri, 10am-late Sat/Sun
100 Leonard Street, London EC2 4RH
More info at www.wearetbc.com

Solipsistic Pop 2 at Orbital Comics

Pencil artwork from Solipsistic Pop 2 cover

Pencil artwork from Solipsistic Pop 2 cover

Original artwork from books one and two of Solipsistic Pop will be on display in the Orbital Comics Gallery from May 14 – 28. The exhbition will last for two weeks.
Contributors: Kristyna Baczynski, Becky Barnicoat, Adam Cadwell, Stephen Collins, Joe Decie, Marc Ellerby, Sally Hancox, Anne Holiday, Tom Humberstone, Philippa Johnson, Daniel Locke, Lizz Lunney, Jack Noel, Mark Oliver, Luke Pearson, Octavia Raitt, Anna Saunders, Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret, and Matilda Tristram.
There is a private view on the opening night where many artists will be available to talk to and sign books. Prints, comics and original artwork will be on sale from the majority of contributors, plus there will be music and refreshments.
Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA

Today’s show: British bande dessinée

May 13, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – British bande dessinée

Excerpts from Requiem Vampire Knight illustrated by Olivier Ledroit and Inspector Ryan by John Hicklenton, written by Pat Mills

Excerpts from Requiem Vampire Knight illustrated by Olivier Ledroit and Inspector Ryan by John Hicklenton, written by Pat Mills

Continuing our month long look at ‘cross-cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to veteran British comic book writer Pat Mills about his forays into the French market over the last 15 years, writing such titles as Sha and Requiem Vampire Knight illustrated by Olivier Ledroit which have only been released in English in the last couple of years. Alex and Pat also talk about the latter’s collaborations with the late artist John Hicklenton which have found a greater and more appreciative audience in Europe, translated into French and other European language and released as Graphic Albums than they did in their country of origin.

5pm 13/05/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Wikipedia pages on Requiem Vampire Knight, Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit and John Hicklenton
Pat’s French language comics company: Nickel Editions
Read (the French language version of) Inspector Ryan by Mills and Hicklenton at 2000AD online
Read Pat’s eulogy to John on the Forbidden Planet blog
Listen to Pat’s previous appearances on the show

Recommended events:

City of Abacus at The Book Club

At The Book Club cafe and bar in Hoxton, London there is a month long exhibtion of the art from The City of Abacus by VV Brown and David Allain, illustrated by Emma Price and Lee O’Connor.

Opening hours: 8am-late Mon-Fri, 10am-late Sat/Sun
100 Leonard Street, London EC2 4RH
More info at www.wearetbc.com

Panel Borders: Doctor Who comics by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons

July 23, 2009 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Doctor Who comics then

Originally broadcast 23/07/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Dogs of Doom by Mills / Wagner and Gibbons

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Dogs of Doom by Mills / Wagner and Gibbons

Alex Fitch talks to two of the creators of Marvel UK’s seminal Who comic strip printed in Doctor Who Weekly. Pat Mills co-wrote the first 43 instalments of the weekly Doctor Who strip with fellow 2000AD cohort John Wagner, bring to the page such outlandish tales as The Iron Legion and The Star Beast about a Robot Roman army and a psychotic cute alien who befriends children. Dave Gibbons drew 56 of the first 60 instalments of the Marvel comic, making him the most iconic artist to be associated with Tom Baker’s Doctor in comic strip format and drew the first episode of Peter Davison’s run, as his swan song. Alex talks to Pat and Dave about their work on the comic and also about Pat’s forays into Who on the radio, writing scripts for Colin Baker and Paul McGann.

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

Listen to last week’s show, featuring Leah Moore, John Reppion and Rich Morris talking about their recent Doctor Who comics

Links: Wikipedia pages on Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons and Doctor Who Magazine
Info on the Doctor Who audio plays The Scapegoat, Dead London and The Space Whale at http://www.bigfinish.com
Info about Dave’s Watchmen graffiti project on the South Bank
Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Related news:

Pho and Muc: comics and photos at the Arts Bar, Camberwell

Julian Hanshaw, winner of the 2008 Observer graphic short story competition for his comic strip “Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms”, exhibits images from his forthcoming travelogue / Thai cookery graphic novel “The Art of Pho”, alongside photos by Rob Athill of Saigon’s late night food vendors…

20th-26th July 5.30pm – late
Arts Bar (above Funky Munky),
25 Camberwell Church Street,
London SE5 8TR

Meet the artists at a special squid party night on the 23rd…!

also: Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The Illustration Cupboard is pleased to present the first British exhibition of the world-famous graphic-novel artist Kevin O’Neill.

Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm / Saturday 12pm – 5pm / www.illustrationcupboard.com

and: Alternative Press Festival 2009

Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August 2009

A festival of events over five days celebrating the small press, self publishing and being creative in the print media.

Anthology Book launch / Wednesday 29th July / 7pm – 9pm

Free / Housmans radical booksellers / 5 Caledonian road / London / N1 9DX / www.housmans.com

Are you zine friendly? / Thursday 30th July / 7pm – late

Free / The Foundry / 86 Great Eastern Street / London / EC2A 3JL / www.foundry.tv

Spoken Word night out! / Friday 31st July / 7pm – Late

Free / The Griffin / 93 Leonard Street / London / EC2A 4RD

Collaborama! / Saturday 1st August / 11am – Late

Free / The Miller / 96 Snowsfields road / London Bridge / SE1 3SS / www.themiller.co.uk

Alternative Press Fair / Sunday 2nd August / 11am- 7pm

Free / St Aloysius Social Club / 20 Phoenix road / London / NW1 1TA

More info about all events at comicsandzines.wordpress.com and www.alternativepress.org.uk

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works
based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

Launching the first meeting in July 2009 the group is being set up by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress will also be included.

The Sewing Room / The Rag Factory / 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 27 July / Guest Speaker: Sarah McIntyre, creator of Vern & Lettuce comic

More info here…

Panel Borders: The art of Ken Reid

January 30, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Ken Reid

Originally broadcast 29/01/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70” feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

After Tezuka at The Barbican

Next week from Wednesday 28th January there’s another multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, starting with a screening of Dororo, introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by screenings of Black Jack and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion the following weekend.

More info at www.barbican.org.uk/film/

plus…

Adrian Tomine at Comica

3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.

In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.

More info at www.ica.org.uk

also…

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat. Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it. THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA

More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Today’s show: The art of Ken Reid

January 29, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The art of Ken Reid

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

Excerpt from Jonah by Ken Reid (c) 2009 D.C. Thompson

In the last of this month’s quartet of shows about four generations of British Cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to writers Alan Moore and Pat Mills about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…

5pm Thursday 29th January, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 1st February, on Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, podcast at podcasts.resonancefm.com and panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Page from Jonah, April 1959, as featured on the BBC’s Comics Britannia
Page from Jonah, November 1959, as featured at enterthestory.com
Ken Reid tribute page at www.comicsuk.co.uk
Page from Dare-a-day-Davy at Peter Gray’s Ken Reid fan page
“The Beano at 70” feature in The Scotsman
Visit The Cartoon Museum to (currently) see a couple of original pages of Jonah artwork on display in the museum…

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Adrian Tomine at Comica

3 February 2009, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London

Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s and lauded by Nick Hornby for his “writer’s eye for the truth,” Adrian Tomine started young by self-publishing his comics anthology Optic Nerve as a teenager in Sacramento. Nearly two decades later, his penetrating, crisply drawn portraits of young adults’ longing and alienation have made him one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists.

In conversation with Toby Litt on his first UK appearance, Tomine discusses his recent works, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde, and the collected manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which he is editing. Followed by book signing.

More info at www.ica.org.uk

also…

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture  for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat.  Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it.  THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA
 
More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Panel Borders: Charley’s War

May 14, 2008 6 Comments

Panel Borders: Charley’s War
Originally broadcast 08/05/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

An extended version of guest presenter Grant Rogers‘ (a former animator on such shows as Tales of Beatrix Potter and Dogtanian and now an educator at the Imperial War Museum) interview with Pat Mills about his critically acclaimed serial about the 1st World War – Charley’s War – which was serialised in the pulp war comic Battle Picture weekly in the late 1970s and is now being reprinted in lavish hardback volumes by Titan Books

For more info, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Wikipedia pages on Charley’s War and Pat Mills
Grant’s website
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Grant about his career working on great British Cartoons and his favourite film of 2006
Listen to Alex and Duncan’s interview with Pat Mills about 2000AD

Read Steven Beeny’s Rebellion 1920 (as advertised by Pat!)

Comics news:

On now at the Centre for Recent drawing in London:

Diary Drawing, an exhibition curated by Sarah Lightman. Diary Drawing brings together disparate types of visual journals and autobiographical graphic novels to examine drawing and diary making as process of thinking and acting, fundamental to human experience. Diary Drawing explores the application of line as a means of documenting, rendering and transcribing intimate and individual histories to a public audience. The exhibition features the work of Gabrielle Bell, David Blandy, Oliver East, Alex Fox, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, Lady Lucy, Mio Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Ariel Schrag, Rebecca Swindell
Open: 9-23 May 2008 12- 6pm
More info at www.c4rd.org.uk

From Friday 16th May at La Galleria, 5b Pall Mall, London, Grant Rogers will be exhibiting Works on Wallpaper – drawings and mixed media works about the diversity of wildlife to be found on the world’s largest island, Australia, and the social diversity / Hotel chic to be found in the guest houses of Alice Springs, Yulara and Daintree.

From Saturday 17th May at The Railway Tavern, Station Rise, Tulse Hill, occasional Strip! contributor (and Bryan Talbot’s Cherubs illustrator) Mark Stafford will be exhibiting Pandemonium Carnivale; A series of unfortunate paintings

Today’s show: Comics and the outside world

May 8, 2008

Strip!: Comics and the outside world
In today’s show we’re looking at periodicals that look at the crossover between comics and the outside world.
In the first of today’s interviews, guest presenter Grant Rogers (a former animator on such shows as Tales of Beatrix Potter and Dogtanian and now an educator at the Imperial War Museum) is interviewing Pat Mills about his critically acclaimed serial about the 1st World War – Charley’s War – which was serialised in the pulp war comic Battle Picture weekly in the late 1970s and is now being reprinted in lavish hardback volumes by Titan Books.
Then, Duncan Nott and Alex Fitch are talking to Joel Meadows, publisher and editor of Tripwire magazine which ran for ten years and now exists as an annual publication and features the links between comic books and multimedia from films to TV shows and animation. He has also written a new book – Studio Space – about the work of comic book artists, which is released tomorrow.

Thursday 08/05/08 5pm, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Charley’s War and Pat Mills
Grant’s website
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Grant about his career working on great British Cartoons and his favourite film of 2006
Listen to Alex and Duncan’s interview with Pat Mills about 2000AD
Info on Tripwire X and Tripwire annual 2007,
Extract from the Alan Moore interview in Tripwire
Order Studio Space from Forbidden Planet International
Joel’s blog
Join our facebook group…

Comics news:

Tonight, 08/05/08 6.15pm at the Centre for new drawing in London:

The Centre for Recent Drawing presents Diary Drawing, an exhibition curated by Sarah Lightman. Diary Drawing brings together disparate types of visual journals and autobiographical graphic novels to examine drawing and diary making as process of thinking and acting, fundamental to human experience. Diary Drawing explores the application of line as a means of documenting, rendering and transcribing intimate and individual histories to a public audience. The exhibition features the work of Gabrielle Bell, David Blandy, Oliver East, Alex Fox, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, Lady Lucy, Mio Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Ariel Schrag, Rebecca Swindell
A panel discussion with Paul Gravett and exhibiting artists: 6.15-7pm 8th May, Private view 7-9pm, 8 May 2008, Open: 9-23 May 2008 12- 6pm
More info at www.c4rd.org.uk

Tomorrow 09/05/08 – Sunday 11/05/08

The Bristol International Comics Expo takes place at the British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall. Guests include Walt and Louise Simonson, Jim Starlin, Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis, Mark Buckingham, Mike Ploog and many others. More info at www.comicexpo.net

Including: 11/05/08 1.30pm: 2008 Gay Comics Panel – As gay comics seem to have increasing presence on bookshelves following 2007’s release of Fun Home and a great many Yaoi titles, host Alex Fitch talks to experts and comic creators about whether increasing gay representation is just a flash in the pan or signals genuine mainstream interest. The panel includes Paul Gravett (Great British Comics), David Shenton (Get Her!, The Shentons) and Yishan Li (Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2).

Podcast: 2000AD – …and now

March 3, 2007 5 Comments

Last night’s show is now available to download… (mp3 format, 27.2mb)

For more info, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

In comics related news: Sparks are sure to fly when two divas of the US underground scene finally meet: Aline Kominsky Crumb will be talking about her dazzling, massive graphic memoir Need More Love with Melinda Gebbie, co-creator of Lost Girls, at the ICA on Sunday March 11th from 4pm, followed by a screening of the classic 1987 BBC Arena documentary The Confessions of Robert Crumb. An unmissable countercultural encounter! Book here…
The same day, previous I’m ready… guest, Paul Gravett’s profile/interview with Aline will appear in the Sunday Review Magazine of the Independent… Find more info at www.paulgravett.com

Tonight’s show: 2000AD: …and now

March 1, 2007

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the venerable British periodical 2000AD, Duncan Nott and Alex Fitch present the second of two programmes about the popular comic book anthology. Tonight’s guest is Matt Smith, the current editor who talks about the present and future of the comic…

10.30pm GMT Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: 2000AD Online
Wikipedia pages on 2000AD and Matt Smith
Stream audio adventures of Strontium Dog and Judge Dredd from bbc.co.uk
Buy Strontium Dog: Down to Earth from Big Finish Productions

Podcast: 2000AD – Then…

February 22, 2007 4 Comments

Tonight’s show is now available to download… (mp3 format, 26.9mb)

N.B./ Downloads are now housed at www.archive.com

Tonight’s show: 2000AD – Then…

February 22, 2007

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the venerable British comic book 2000AD, Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott present the first of two programmes about the popular anthology. This week’s guest is Pat Mills, the founder and original editor of the comic who has written such great strips as Judge Dredd, Sláine, Nemesis the Warlock and A.B.C. Warriors.

10.30pm GMT Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: 2000AD Online
Wikipedia pages on 2000AD and Pat Mills