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: Comic Book Crime Lords

December 10, 2018

Photo of Wagner, Rankin and Fitch on stage at LICAF / detail from 100 Bullets by Azzarello

Photo of Wagner, Rankin and Fitch on stage at LICAF / detail from 100 Bullets by Azzarello

Comic Book Crime Lords: In a pair of interviews recorded at recent comic festivals, Alex Fitch talks to three creators who specialise in crime stories. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to Scots writers Ian Rankin and John Wagner about their love of comics, including respectively their graphic novels John Constantine: Dark Entries and A History of Violence, the latter filmed by David Cronenberg. At the MCM London Comic Con, Brian Azzarello discusses his many projects including 100 Bullets, Before Watchmen: Rorschach, and Moonshine , plus the controversies surrounding Batman: Damned and his animated adaptation of The Killing Joke.

Partially broadcast 5th December 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

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Panel Borders: Threads of Red Rosa

December 7, 2018 1 Comment

Cover and interior art from Red Rosa / Title page and interior art from Threads by Kate Evans

Cover and interior art from Red Rosa / Title page and interior art from Threads by Kate Evans

Threads of Red Rosa: Panel Borders presents a Q and A originally recorded at Graphic Brighton (University of Brighton, 2016) – Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Kate Evans about her Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Red Rosa, which illustrates the life of the Polish Revolutionary, and graphic novel Threads: From the Refugee Crisis about her encounters with residents of the Calais ‘jungle’.

Partially broadcast 7th November 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Kate Evans’ website
Kate Evans’ page at Myriad Editions

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Shirkers House

November 26, 2018

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Posters for Shirkers and The House of the Long Shadows

Posters for Shirkers and The House of the Long Shadows

Shirkers House: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, Alex Fitch looks at appropriation and appreciation of films from the past. Director Sandi Tan talks about rediscovering and restoring the surviving footage from her student film Shirkers, a magical realist look at 1990s Singapore, which was stolen by the film’s producer upon completion, and in an interview recorded at Cine-Excess, Birmingham, cult horror director Pete Walker talks about making British B-Movies in the 1970s and 1980s, such as House of Whipcord, House of Mortal Sin and House of the Long Shadows. Plus classic tracks from Joan Baez, Postmodern Jukebox ft. Wayne Brady and Wiesh.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 21st November 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Robin of Sherwood and The Forest of Doom

October 22, 2018

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Covers of Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse / Sanctury / Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Covers of Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse / Sanctury / Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

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

Robin of Sherwood and The Forest of Doom: In this episode Alex talks to the producers of a pair of audio productions which revive popular fantasy franchises from the 1980s. Barnaby Eaton-Jones discusses how he reunited the original cast of Robin of Sherwood for new audio adventures that continue the adventures of both Robins and his band of renegades from the classic TV series, and Richard Fox explains how he has adapted the Fighting Fantasy series of ‘Choose your own adventure’ books such as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and The Forest of Doom for new CD dramas the feature the likes of David Warner and Charlie Higson in the cast. Originally broadcast 17th October 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the podcast. (more…)

Panel Borders: The Art of 2000AD – Mick McMahon and Boo Cook

October 18, 2018

Line art and covers by Boo Cook and Mick McMahon

Line art and covers by Boo Cook and Mick McMahon

The Art of 2000AD: In this episode of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of artists who have illustrated ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’. At Cartoon County, Alex chats to Boo Cook about creating memorable covers for 2000AD and creating a crossover with US comic Elephantmen, plus a cameo by Boo’s frequent collaborator Tom Eglington. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Mike McMahon discusses his long tenure on the periodical, drawing Sláine, Judge Dredd, and other characters, plus his involvement with the revival of Tank Girl.

Partially broadcast 1st August 2018, on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Killing Superman

October 9, 2018

Covers of Superman comics by Frank Quitely and Louise Simonson / Interior art from Pax Americana and Power Pack

Covers of Superman comics by Frank Quitely and Louise Simonson / Interior art from Pax Americana and Power Pack

Killing Superman: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of comic book creators who have been involved in titles which depicted The Death of Superman . In a discussion recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con, Writer Louise Simonson talks about killing the Man of Steel in the 1990s and working on iconic Marvel comics such as Power Pack, X-Factor, and New Mutants featuring Cable, and in an interview recorded outside his 2017 solo show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Frank Quitely discusses drawing eye-popping comics written by fellow Scots such as Grant Morrison and Mark Millar such as All Star Superman, Jupiter’s Legacy and Pax Americana.

Originally broadcast 3rd October 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Unspoken Cultures

October 1, 2018

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Posters for  Forget Winnetou!, The Island and Precognition

Posters for Forget Winnetou!, The Island and Precognition

Unspoken Cultures: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, Alex Fitch looks at films which reveal aspects of culture that are rarely discussed or wilfully ignored by society. Steven Eastwood discusses his documentary The Island which shows the end of life experience of four people in a hospice on the Island of Wight, and Red Hairclow converses about his film Forget Winnetou! which explores the experience of Native Americans living in Germany, and screens at the Native Spirit Festival, London in October.
Also in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Luke Tedder talks about his film Precognition, a ‘Black Mirror’ style thriller which imagines a scenario where people avoid experience of the world they live in via augmented reality, originally crowdfunded as the movie App for Life. Plus classic tracks by Talking Heads, The Langley Schools Music Project, Nena and Tori Amos. (more…)

Panel Borders: Girls Comics

September 19, 2018 1 Comment

Hannah Eaton, Hannah Berry and Jenni Scott discuss Girls Comics at Caption / cover of 2017 Misty special / Mel Gibson interviews Anne Digby at IGNCC / first page of the Tammy adaptation of Trebizon

Hannah Eaton, Hannah Berry and Jenni Scott discuss Girls Comics at Caption / cover of 2017 Misty special / Mel Gibson interviews Anne Digby at IGNCC / first page of the Tammy adaptation of Trebizon

Girls Comics: In a 90 minute special edition of Panel Borders, cartoonist and Graphic Novels editor Corinne Pearlman introduces a pair of interviews about “Girls Comics”, periodicals aimed at young female audiences from the second half of the 20th Century: Comics scholar Mel Gibson interviews the author of the Trebizon novels for Young Adults, Anne Digby, who was also the writer of a variety of strips for Tammy, including “Olympia Jones” and “Tennis Star Tina”.
Also, Jinty appreciation website creator Jenni Scott talks to a pair of female graphic novelists – Hannah Eaton and Hannah Berry – about how girls comics influenced their work, with the latter also involved in the relaunch of Misty as an annual Halloween comic… (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Reimagining Classic Doctor Who

July 25, 2018 1 Comment

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Covers of Dark Times / 1001 Nights / The Caves

Covers of Dark Times / 1001 Nights / The Caves

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

Reimagining Classic Doctor Who: In this episode Alex talks to the writers of audio productions which reimagine the ‘Classic’ era of Doctor Who: Emma Beeby, co-writer of three official audio adventures starring Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy, Christian Erickson from Minnesotan band The Savateem, who have created a concept album called The Caves based on a classic Who serial from 1984, and Brendan Sheppard from Word of Mouth productions who has written a trio of charity audio dramas featuring the first adventures of the Doctor as a teenage boy. Originally broadcast 18th July 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the podcast.

More info about: Word of Mouth Audio Dramas
Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas co-written by Emma Beeby
The Sevateem website with info and links to download The Caves

Tomorrow’s show: Studying Comics

June 5, 2018

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Studying Comics

Books by David Kunzle, Thierry Groensteen, and Maggie Gray

Books by David Kunzle, Thierry Groensteen, and Maggie Gray

In a trio of interviews recorded at academic events, Alex Fitch talks to three writers of academic books about comics. At the IGNCC conference at the University of Dundee, Alex talks to David Kunzle and and Thierry Groensteen about their titles on the history and language of comics, and at the book launch for Alan Moore: Out From the Underground, Maggie Gray discusses her investigation into the early career of one of Britain’s most revered comic book creators.

5.30pm Wednesday 6th June 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 8th May, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Like Wallis Eates

May 21, 2018

Comic book covers and sequential art by Wallis Eates

Comic book covers and sequential art by Wallis Eates

Like Wallis Eates: In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Hove, Alex Fitch introduces a talk and Q and A by artist Wallis Eates who discusses Like an Orange, a crowd-funded collaboration with brain injury survivors, and her various other projects including Chews and Spews, Fear of Mum-Death and the Shadow-Men, Mumoir and Laydeez do Comics.

Partially broadcast 3rd May 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Unbound pages on Like an Orange, and other graphic novels from the publisher
Wallis Eates’ tumblr (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Martians and Sherwood Forest

May 18, 2018 2 Comments

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Covers of Hood, The Martian Invasion of Earth, The Coming of the Martians and Osiris

Covers of Hood, The Martian Invasion of Earth, The Coming of the Martians and Osiris

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

Martians and Sherwood Forest: In this episode Alex talks to a pair of writers / sound effects producers who have created FX for different adaptations of The War of the Worlds and penned dramas set in Sherwood Forest. Martin Johnson discusses The Coming of the Martians, a crowdfunded surround sound adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, and his sci-fi drama Osiris about the discovery of an alien spaceship below Sherwood’s Major Oak. Iain Meadows talks about his revisionist Robin Hood drama – Hood – which imagines the Sheriff of Nottingham as the hero of the saga, and about creating the soundscapes for The Martian Invasion of Earth, World War II drama ATA Girl and the audio version of The Prisoner. Originally broadcast 16th May 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the podcast.

More info about: Osiris and The Coming of the Martians by Sherwood Sound Studios
Big Finish Productions’ The Martian Invasion of Earth and other work by Iain Meadows
Iain’s episodes of Hood and Robin of Sherwood
Listen to Alex’s interview with Jeff Wayne about the musical version of The War of the Worlds

Reality Check: Epigenetics and Chimera

May 4, 2018

Charlotte Mykura talks at SCI-FI-LONDON 18, photo by Alex Fitch

Charlotte Mykura talks at SCI-FI-LONDON 18, photo by Alex Fitch

Reality Check: Epigenetics and Chimera
Alex Fitch introduces a talk by Doctor Charlotte Mykura who discusses the area of epigentics in relationship to human lifespans and health, plus connections with science-fiction in connection with the new SF thriller Chimera. Recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON 18, May 1st, 2018

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Follow Charlotte Mykura on twitter
More info about the Chimera screening at SCI-FI-LONDON

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Uncanny Locations

April 26, 2018

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Posters for Brasilia: Life after design / Caught / I Kill Giants

Posters for Brasilia: Life after design / Caught / I Kill Giants

Uncanny Locations: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast, Alex Fitch looks at films set in uncanny locations. Alex talks to director Bart Simpson about his documentary film Brasília: Life After Design, which is screening at this year’s East End Film Festival, plus his producing role on Moebius Redux and The Corporation.

Also, Graphic novelist turned director Anders Winter explores his adaptation of cult American comic book I Kill Giants which is released on VOD on May 4th, and in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the cast and crew of Caught discuss this new SF thriller, which mixes a classic British cottage under siege film with a John Wyndham style alien invasion.
Plus: classic tracks by David Byrne and Marisa Monte, Dhruva Aliman, and Ivo Meirelles with Funk ‘n Lata. Originally broadcast 18th April 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 80 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Panel Borders: Dundee Comics

April 5, 2018

Cover of Far Out Comix by George Cordeiro / Photo of Ahoy Comics and The Black Hole (June 2017) / cover of Closure by Findlay and Dominiak / photo of Oor Wullie statue in Dundee / cover of Commando #5103

Cover of Far Out Comix by George Cordeiro / Photo of Ahoy Comics and The Black Hole (June 2017) / cover of Closure by Findlay and Dominiak / photo of Oor Wullie statue in Dundee / cover of Commando #5103

Dundee Comics: In a special episode looking at the comics scene in Dundee, Alex Fitch talks to researcher Laura Findlay and artist Zu Dominiak about their comic Closure and the Dundee Comics Creative Space, to proprieters George Cordeiro and Jenny Heubeck of shops ‘The Black Hole’ and ‘Ahoy Comics’, and to departing D.C. Thomson Heritage Brands manager and Commando editor (November 2016 to March 2018), Kirsten Murray.

Originally broadcast 4th April 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: The Inking Woman

April 2, 2018

Rachael House talks about her work at Frame:Works / cartoons by The Surreal McCoy / cover of The Inking Woman

Rachael House talks about her work at Frame:Works / cartoons by The Surreal McCoy / cover of The Inking Woman

The Inking Woman: To celebrate the release of “The Inking Woman – 250 years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain”, published by Myriad Editions, three of the participants in the book talk about their work and love of the medium. Alex Fitch talks to Sandi Toksvig, a patron of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, and to artist The Surreal McCoy who was the artist in residence during Sandi’s lunchtime show on LBC Radio and is a cartoonist for The Sunday Times and The Independent.

Also, in a talk given at Central St. Martin’s School of Art and chaired by comics scholar Guy Lawley, Rachael House discusses her involvement with the queer ‘zine movement over the last twenty years and beyond.

Originally broadcast 7th March 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Sci-Fi Anniversaries

March 26, 2018

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Covers of Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield - Ruler of the Univere, and The Slender-Fingered Cats of Bubastis / Promo art for The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase / Alien: Out of the Shadows

Covers of Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield – Ruler of the Universe, and The Slender-Fingered Cats of Bubastis / Promo art for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase / Alien: Out of the Shadows

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

Sci-Fi Anniversaries: In this episode Alex talks to actress and director Lisa Bowerman about twenty years of playing time travelling archaeologist and former Doctor Who companion Bernice Summerfield, and to producer Dirk Maggs about the fortieth anniversary series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, plus his work on audio versions of Alien and Neverwhere. Originally broadcast 21st March 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the podcast.

More info about: Bernice Summerfield and Jago and Lightfoot at bigfinish.com
Lisa Bowerman’s website
BBC microsite on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, including extended episode of Hexagonal Phase episode one
Dirk Maggs’ website
Listen to Alex’s 2008 interviews with Lisa Bowerman and Dirk Maggs

Audio Dramatics: Comic and Fantasy Sounds

March 19, 2018

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Cover of Dan Dare / Promo art for I, Robot / Dimension podcast art / Photo of Live performance of The Saga of the European King

Promo art for Dan Dare / I, Robot / Dimension / Saga of the European King

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

Comic and Fantasy Sounds: In this episode Alex chairs a panel discussion on creating immersive audio recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, with B7 Media’s Andrew Mark Sewell and Richard Kurti, the adaptors of Dan Dare, and The Martian Chronicles, Jason Haigh-Ellery, CEO of Big Finish Productions, Christina Barsi, creator of the sci-fi narrative podcast Dimension, and Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg who produces 3D virtual reality soundscapes. Also, at Cartoon County, Tom McNally discusses comedic fantasy drama Saga of the European King. (more…)

Panel Borders: Toys and Games

March 8, 2018

Art from Lego Star Wars / Part Robot / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Bob Molesworth / Comic Turns / Macbeth by Karen Rubins

Art from Lego Star Wars / Part Robot / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Bob Molesworth / Comic Turns / Macbeth by Karen Rubins

Toys and Games: In a pair of interviews looking at the connections between toys, games and comics, Alex Fitch talks to artists Karen Rubins and Bob Molesworth about their work. Karen discusses her new comic art card game, Comic Turns, which allows the player to create their own sequential art stories, and her strip Tales to Give You the Shivers in The Phoenix.

In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Bob Molesworth talks about drawing popular kids franchises such as Scooby Doo and Lego Star Wars, small press titles such as Dino Corps, and creating a cyberpunk adult colouring book called Part Robot.
Originally broadcast 7th March 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Books on film – Blade Runner and The Prisoner

February 22, 2018

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Alex Cox discusses I Am (Not) a Number / Excerpt from The Shape of the Final Dog by Hampton Fancher / Stills from Blade Runner  and BR 2049

Alex Cox discusses I Am (Not) a Number / Excerpt from The Shape of the Final Dog by Hampton Fancher / Stills from Blade Runner and BR 2049

Books on film – Blade Runner and The Prisoner: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast, Alex Fitch talks to two exceptional film makers about their writing on film, and adapting classic texts into movies. Alex Cox discusses his book I Am (Not) a Number, which investigates a potential solution to the mystery of The Prisoner, and his films Three Businessmen and Death and the Compass based on the short story by Borges.

Hampton Fancher explains the process of adapting Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep into his scripts for Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, turning the original opening scene from the movie into his short story The Shape of the Final Dog, the potential for future sequels, and writing the films The Mighty Quinn and The Minus Man. Plus classic tracks by Frank Sinatra, The Clash, and The Times. Originally broadcast 21st February 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 79 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)