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: Eclectic Horrors

November 4, 2020

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

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)

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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

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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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…)

Audio Dramatics: Companion Chronicles – Louise Jameson and Carole Ann Ford

May 8, 2020

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Covers of ATA Girl + Doctor Who audio drams featuring Louise Jameson / Doctor Who and Susan's War featuring Carole Ann Ford

Covers of ATA Girl + Doctor Who audio drams featuring Louise Jameson / Doctor Who and Susan’s War featuring Carole Ann Ford

An hour-long seasonal podcast series in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas broadcast on radio or released on CD/mp3.

Groundbreaking Podcasts: In this episode, a look at the return of classic Doctor Who companions in new audio dramas on radio and download, Alex Fitch chats to actresses Carole Ann Ford and Louise Jameson. Jameson talks about reprising the role of Tom Baker’s companion Leela, and appearing in audio dramas Survivors, The Omega Factor and WII saga ATA Girl, which she also writes for and co-created. Ford discusses playing the Doctor’s granddaughter in stories that range from monologues to full cast adventures, which revive the William Hartnell era of the programme, and also depict an adult version of the character taking part in The Time War alongside Paul McGann. Originally broadcast 8th May 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Epic Crowdfunding – Jim Starlin and Ahmed Alameen

May 8, 2020

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…)

Architecture Culture: Charles Dickens and EcoCities

April 16, 2020

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Poster of and image included in Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition / Cover and interior art from smartcities, resilient landscapes + ecowarriors by C.J. Lim and Ed Liu, C.J. Lim lecturing at University of Brighton

Poster of and image included in Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition / Cover and interior art from smartcities, resilient landscapes + ecowarriors by C.J. Lim and Ed Liu, C.J. Lim lecturing at University of Brighton

Charles Dickens and EcoCities: Alex Fitch talks to architects, curators and practitioners who promote architecture in wider culture. This month: exhibition designer Rebecca Simpson discusses the creation of ‘Childhood in Dickensian London’ at Senate House Library, the process of chosing images for display and collaborating with curators.
Also, architect C.J. Lim talks about his visual explorations of EcoCities and other futuristic concerns in a variety of illustrated books
, which incorporate comic strips, diagrams and models, including such titles as smartcities, resilient landscapes + ecowarriors, and his Realms of Impossibility trilogy. (more…)

Panel Borders: Myriad Authors – Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan

April 2, 2020

Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan present their work

Hannah Eaton and Sabba Khan present their work at Cartoon County / LDComics

Myriad Authors: In this month’s show, two female artists discuss their forthcoming graphic novels about exclusion and inclusion, inspired by history and untold family traumas. In a Q and A hosted by Alex Fitch and recorded at Cartoon County, Hannah Eaton discusses the folk horror and factual influences on her forthcoming graphic novel Blackwood, and in a presentation recorded at an LDComics event at the Cartoon Museum, Sabba Khan relates how her culture, family history and background as an architect are combined in her forthcoming book Pluralism. Both creators were shortlisted for the First Graphic Novel Competition run by Myriad Editions, and will see their books published by the company over the next year.

Partially broadcast 1st April 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Vivariums and Architecture on Film

March 20, 2020

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Posters for Little Joe and Vivarium / Mark Kermode photo by Adam Prosser

Posters for Little Joe and Vivarium / Mark Kermode photo by Adam Prosser

Vivariums and Architecture on Film:
In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, we explore examples of architecture on film. Alex Fitch talks to director Jessica Hausner about her psychological thriller Little Joe, which explores the effects of a genetically modified plant designed to alter people’s emotions, plus her movies about uncanny locations such as Hotel, Lourdes and Amour Fou. Alex also chats to Lorcan Finnegan about his film Vivarium that depicts the fortunes of a couple trapped in a maze of identical suburban houses, after a young couple get lured in by a creepy estate agent.

Plus, Mark Kermode discusses depictions of Architecture in such films as Blade Runner and The Shining in a lecture recorded at the University of Brighton. (more…)

Panel Borders: Broadcasting Comics

March 4, 2020

Comics and presentation by Jude Cowan Montague at LDComics / Posters advertising Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures / comic version of Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy drawn by Steve Leialoha

Comics and presentation by Jude Cowan Montague at LDComics / Posters advertising Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures / comic version of Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy drawn by Steve Leialoha

Broadcasting Comics: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch investigates the connections between radio and comics. Artist and broadcaster Jude Cowan Montague talks about her forthcoming comics and illustrated poetry shortly to be published, in a Q and A recorded at LDComics at The Cartoon Museum. Montague discusses her graphic novel ‘Love on the Isle of Dogs’ about her husband’s mental illness, and explores how her work on this project relates to her role as a radio presenter. Also, actor Geoff McGivern discusses taking on the role of Dan Dare‘s companion Digby in audio adaptations of the classic Eagle comic strips produced by B7 Media and Big Finish Productions, as well as his experiences playing Ford Prefect in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on BBC Radio.

Partially broadcast 4th March 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Double Vision

February 20, 2020

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Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Double Vision: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two works of fiction involving double vision. Graphic Novelists Anna Mill and Luke Jones discuss their book Square Eyes which depicts a dystopian future where the inhabitants of a city wear augmented reality glasses to see a more idealised version of their environment. Also, director Nathan Catucci explores the uncanny New York landscape of his thriller Impossible Monsters as a psychology professor’s research into sleep disorders leads to deadly results. Interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton and Cine Excess 13, Birmingham City University.

Square Eyes is available now from Jonathan Cape; Impossible Monsters is currently sceeening in US cinemas, with its UK Vimeo / VOD release on March 3rd. (more…)

Panel Borders: For the Love of Comics

February 8, 2020 2 Comments

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

For the Love of Comics: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to veteran comics writer and editor Roy Thomas, and to stand-up comedian Robin Ince about their love of the comic book medium. Thomas discusses his time as a comics historian, editor and writer on such titles as All Star Squadron and Conan the Barbarian, and working in the Marvel Bullpen with Stan Lee in an interview recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con. Ince talks about his formative experiences reading such titles as House of Hammer and 2000AD, contributing to such anthologies as Dodgem Logic and Save Our Souls, and his ongoing support for Resonance FM.

Plus: info about comics and genre entertainment items in the Resonance fundraising auction, which started on 7th February…

Partially broadcast 5th February 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Researching Comics’ Histories

January 21, 2020 1 Comment

David Huxley being interviewed by Roger Sabin at Comics Forum (photo by Ian Hague) / stills from The Marvel Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Batman (1966) and Spider-Man (1967)

David Huxley being interviewed by Roger Sabin at Comics Forum (photo by Ian Hague) / stills from The Marvel Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Batman (1966) and Spider-Man (1967)

Researching Comics’ Histories: In the second of a pair of podcasts looking at academics’ research into comics, this show looks at different approaches to exploring the history of comics. As part of a panel discussion recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018 hosted by Elle Whitcroft, M. J. Hibbett and Rob Fleay talk about and perform music from animated superhero adventures from the 1960s, including tracks from the Batman TV show and Spider-Man cartoon. Plus, in a Q and A, recorded at Comics Forum (Leeds), Prof. Roger Sabin chats to the first researcher to pursue a doctorate in comics in the 1980s – David Huxley – about the changes in comics research over the last three decades, as well as Huxey’s experiences as a cartoonist on such titles as Oink!… (Edited and recorded by Alex Fitch)

Partially broadcast 1st January 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Utopias / Dystopias

January 18, 2020

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Favela Tower print by Toby Melville-Brown and interior of The Book Club, displaying The Future Was Big / Cover of the novel Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth and film poster

Favela Tower print by Toby Melville-Brown and interior of The Book Club, displaying The Future Was Big / Cover of the novel Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth and film poster

Utopias / Dystopias: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to artist Toby Melville-Brown and author Emma Jane Unsworth about their depictions of the city. Toby discusses his Tower series of prints which envision fantastical skyscrapers that absorb existing elements of urban architecture, and his exhibition at The Book Club, Hoxton – ‘The Future was Big’ – which contains sci-fi book cover illustrations of retro futures.

Animals is available now on Blu Ray / DVD / VOD and ‘The Future Was Big’ continues at The Book Club, London until February 16th 2020.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 15th January 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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Architecture Culture: Adapting John Soane

December 20, 2019

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Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Adapting John Soane: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to architect Charles Holland about how his practice designed exhibition walls and screens to display prints and paintings in the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London for their current Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition, and in a talk recorded at the University of Brighton, James Christian and Bethan Kay from architects firm Projects Office discuss their proposed pavilion for Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, entered into the London Festival of Architecture’s 2019 competition. (more…)