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: Comics / Activism – Joe Sacco and Myfanwy Tristram

February 6, 2019

Collection of pages from Draw the Line / work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram / Interior art from Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine by Joe Sacco

Collection of pages from Draw the Line / work in progress by Myfanwy Tristram / Interior art from Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine by Joe Sacco

Comics / Activism: This month’s show looks at comics activism, projects that encourage and highlight activism through graphic novels and strips. Alex Fitch talks to Myfanwy Tristram about her crowdfunded anthology Draw the Line, her promotion of Finnish comics on Freedom of Information and their shared interest in raising money for Resonance FM, with info about gigs and auction items in the station fundraiser. Also, guest presenter and cartoonist Aimée de Jongh talks to comics journalist Joe Sacco about his award winning graphic novels such as Palestine and Safe Area Goražde in an interview recorded on stage at the Free University in Amsterdam.
Originally broadcast 6th February 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

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Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Dystopias and Parallel Worlds

January 18, 2019

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Posters for Hidden Reserves, Nothing Really Happens and Alpha Gateway

Posters for Hidden Reserves, Nothing Really Happens and Alpha Gateway

Dystopias and Parallel Worlds: In this month’s Electric Sheep Film Show, Alex Fitch looks at dystopias and parallel worlds on film in three interviews recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International Science Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival. On stage, Alex talks to directors Valentin Hitz and John V. Soto about their films Hidden Reserves (Stille Reserven) and Alpha Gateway which depict worlds where corporations have subjugated humanity and travel between parallels is possible, and in a chat with actor / producer Joseph Graham, the latter discusses the surrealist suburban comedy Nothing Really Happens and his webcomic Monomania. With music selected by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked and the Divine) including future classics by Madge, Hayley Heynderickx, Sylan Esso and Jonathan Bree.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 16th January 2019, on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Rachael Ball – Wolf Tales

January 3, 2019

Art from Wolf / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball - photo by Sam Humphrey

Art from Wolf / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball – photo by Sam Humphrey

Rachael Ball – Wolf Tales: In an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Alex Fitch talks to Rachael Ball about her new book Wolf, published by Self Made Hero. In this graphic novel set in the 1970s, the cartoonist mixes a story from her past with time travel, fantastical beasts and mysterious neighbours rendered in detailed pencil line art that combines charicature, references to children’s illustration and evocative locations from suburbia.
Partially broadcast 2nd January 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Wolves and Warfare

January 2, 2019

Digital and projected art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (Photo by Patrick Walsh) / 2000AD interior art and cover featuring Fiends... and Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor and D'Israeli

Digital and projected art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (Photo by Patrick Walsh) / 2000AD interior art and cover featuring Fiends… and Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor and D’Israeli

Wolves and Warfare: At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to cartoonist The Surreal McCoy about her multimedia project The Wolf of Baghdad and upcoming graphic novel The Collaborator, and Ian Edginton discusses the recently published prequel to 2000AD‘s vampire strip ‘Fiends of the Eastern Front’, and the next instalment of ‘Scarlet Traces’, his sequel to The War of the Worlds.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 2nd January 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Carols and Zombies

December 26, 2018

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Cover for Doctor Who: Jonah and promotional art for The Morpeth Carol and Zombies, Run!

Cover for Doctor Who: Jonah and promotional art for The Morpeth Carol and Zombies, Run!

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.

Carols and Zombies: In this episode, playwright Timothy X Atack and author Naomi Alderman talk about their genre bending work. Fitch and Atack explore the latter’s BBC Radio plays The Morpeth Carol, Phonophone and The Stroma Sessions, plus his Doctor Who audio dramas Jonah and The Wreck of the World. At a conference on Zombie fiction at the University of Brighton, guest presenter Ewan Kirkland talks to Alderman about her scripts for the immersive fitness app Zombies, Run!, which adds an aural survival horror narrative to a runner’s soundtrack as they travel across the landscape. Originally broadcast 19th Decemebr 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: 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…)

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…)