Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Star Gazing

July 26, 2019

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Alex Fitch talks to Marcel Barion after a screening of The Last Land / posters for Astronaut / Fonotune / After We Leave

Alex Fitch talks to Marcel Barion after a screening of The Last Land / posters for Astronaut / Fonotune / After We Leave

Star Gazing: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, Alex Fitch talks to four directors about their films on rockets and space exploration. Shelagh McLeod discusses Astronaut starring Richard Dreyfuss, Fint talks about his eclectic musical drama Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale, and Aleem Hossain explores his revenge and redemption saga After We Leave. Also director Marcel Barion, production designer Johannes Bade and Assistant director Carolin Utsch discuss surrealistic sci-fi movie The Last Land, in an interview recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON. Plus classic tracks by Iron Horse, Rilo Kiley and Commander Chris Hatfield. Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB on Weds 17th July at 5.30pm. (more…)

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Panel Borders: Inspired by Autobiography

July 4, 2019

Excerpts from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman and The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Excerpts from The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman and The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Inspired by Autobiography In a feature length episode looking at how personal experience can inform the content of graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Ian Williams about his books The Bad Doctor and The Lady Doctor which are inspired by his parallel career as a GP, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton; guest presenter Philippa Perry discusses The Book of Sarah with its author, artist Sarah Lightman, and how the book’s mix of fine art drawings and diary entries tell a tell of faith, motherhood and upbringing, in an interview recorded at Waterstones, Hampstead.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 3rd July 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Groundbreaking Podcasts

June 20, 2019

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Promotional Images for Wooden Overcoats and Forest 404

Promotional Images for Wooden Overcoats and Forest 404

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.

Groundbreaking Podcasts: In this episode, Alex Fitch talks to the writers of two drama podcasts which dig beneath two very different landscapes. Timothy X Atack discusses the sci-fi saga Forest 404, a dystopian series about an aural archivist discovering sounds of nature which could change her society forever – available on BBC Sounds, and starring Pearl Mackie, Pippa Heywood and Tanya Moodie, with accompanying documentaries and soundscapes. David K Barnes talks about his award winning comedy drama Wooden Overcoats which concerns the misadventures of a funeral director and his team of misfits on a small island in the North Sea, and his Doctor Who serials, The Dalek Occupation of Winter and Daughter of the Gods starring Peter Purves. (more…)

Panel Borders: Apollo and other Space Adventures

June 7, 2019

Interior art and cover from Apollo by Fitch, Baker and Collins / Interiors of Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel by Julian Hanshaw

Interior art and cover from Apollo by Fitch, Baker and Collins / Interiors of Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel by Julian Hanshaw

Apollo and other Space Adventures In a feature length episode looking at depictions of astronauts and close encounters on the comic book page to coincide with the imminent 50th anniversary of the first American Moon Landing, Alex Fitch talks to writers Matt Fitch and Chris Baker about their graphic novel adaptation of Armstrong and Aldrin’s adventures – Apollo – and to graphic novelist Julian Hanshaw regarding his books Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel about alien encounters in remote locations. Interviews recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con and Cartoon County in front of a live audience.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 5th June 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: The Name’s Bond…

May 4, 2019

Excerpt from Ghost Walk with Me by Trini Howard and Philip Bond / Philip Bond reads Bob Bond / Carl Puttnam, Will Potter and Shelly Bond  / Extract from Both Legs Down One Knicker by Bob Bond

Excerpt from Ghost Walk with Me by Trini Howard and Philip Bond / Philip Bond reads Bob Bond / Carl Puttnam, Will Potter and Shelly Bond / Extract from Both Legs Down One Knicker by Bob Bond

The Name’s Bond… In this feature-length podcast, Alex Fitch talks to three members of the same family who are involved with making comics. In an interview recorded at the Portsmouth Comic Con, Shelly and Philip Bond discuss editing and drawing comics published by Vertigo and IDW, their love of Deadline Magazine, and collaborating with Cüd’s Will Potter and Carl Puttnam on stories for Black Crown Quarterly. In a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Bob Bond talks about his six decades as a sports cartoonist, collected in such anthologies as 1966 and All That! and Both Legs Down One Knicker.
Partially broadcast Wednesday 1st May 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Innovation in Animation

April 28, 2019

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Posters for Francis and Doozy directed by Richard Squires / Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie and Isle of Dogs, line produced by Simon Quinn

Posters for Francis and Doozy directed by Richard Squires / Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie and Isle of Dogs, line produced by Simon Quinn

Innovation in Animation: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of films which revisit old forms of animation in new and innovative ways. Director Richard Squires discusses Doozy, his semi-animated documentary about actor / Hanna-Barbera voice artist Paul Lynde, and short films Francis and Ontologically Anxious Organism, in an interview recorded at Fabrica, Brighton. Animation Line Producer Simon Quinn talks about working on classic British TV animated shows such as the turn of the century revivals of Fireman Sam and The Wombles, and stop-motion features including Frankenweenie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Isle of Dogs. The hour long broadcast of this show will be on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB on Weds 15th May at 5.30pm, repeated Fri 17th May at 2.30am. (more…)

Panel Borders: Inspired By Music

April 5, 2019 1 Comment

Various publication by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Various publications by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Inspired By Music: In a feature length podcast, Alex Fitch talks to two comic creators whose publications are inspired by music. Zine creator Holly Casio discusses her various Bruce Springsteen inspired titles including Queers on the edge of town in a Q and A recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018, and writer / publisher Ricky Miller talks about Metroland his comic about British pop music and time travel, mainly illustrated by Julia Scheele, and the various titles he’s overseen as co-publisher of Avery Hill, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 3rd April 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Documentary / Art

April 4, 2019

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Photo of The Tent as displayed in University of Brighton gallery / stills from promotional video for Frames of Representation at the ICA

Photo of The Tent as displayed in University of Brighton gallery / stills from promotional video for Frames of Representation at the ICA

Documentary / Art: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast, Alex Fitch looks at the presentation of documentaries in art galleries. Director Kannan Arunasalam discusses his films The Tent, Kerosene and Paper being displayed in the Grand Parade Galleries, University of Brighton and at The Tetley Gallery, Leeds, which depict the effect of the Civil War on everyday life in Sri Lanka in the years that followed; ICA Cinema and Film Programme Manager Nico Marzano talks about this year’s Frames of Representation festival, which focuses on political and aesthetic approaches to documentary film. With music curated by Kieron Gillen, including tracks by Imarhan, La Luz, and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 20th March 2019, on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Panel Borders: Inking and Painting Women

March 13, 2019

Astrid Schmetterling discusses the work of Charlotte Salomon at the Jewish Museum, London / Cover of The Inking Woman / Selection of Cath Tate Cards

Astrid Schmetterling discusses the work of Charlotte Salomon at the Jewish Museum, London / Cover of The Inking Woman / Selection of Cath Tate Cards

Inking and Painting Women: Celebrating International Women’s Day, in this “feature-length” podcast, guest presenter Corinne Pearlman introduces three talks about female comic creators, recorded at Laydeez Do Comics. WIth an invitation from Sarah Lightman, Visual Cultures lecturer Astrid Schmetterling (Goldsmiths, University of London) explores the life and work of painter Charlotte Salomon, whose series “Life? or Theatre?” is now being reconsidered as the first graphic novel by a woman, Cath Tate talks about how her card company commissions greeting cards by female cartoonists, and Corinne discusses the creation of her strip “Playing the Jewish Card” and publishing the anthology “The Inking Women: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain”.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 6th March and Friday 8th March 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Classic Characters, New Adventures

March 1, 2019

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Promotional images for Tales Of A Timelord episodes 2 and 1 / Covers of Shilling and Sixpence Investigate and Doctor Who: The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs

Promotional images for Tales Of A Timelord episodes 2 and 1 / Covers of Shilling and Sixpence Investigate and Doctor Who: The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs

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.

Classic Characters, New Adventures: In this episode, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of audio dramas that bring classic characters back to life in new adventures: actor / director ‘Invokal’ and writer R.R. Molyneux discuss their fan produced Doctor Who audio serial Tales of a Timelord, a series of nine stories spread over 22 episodes which tell the tale of an incarnation of the Doctor around their 20th regeneration, returning to adventures after a millennium in solitary confinement.
Plus: writer, actor and director Nigel Fairs discusses his series Shilling and Sixpence Investigate, a pastiche of Agatha Christie with David Warner and Celia Imrie, spun off from his long running saga ‘The Morlington Mysteries’, which is performed live at various venues around the country. Alex and Nigel also look at the latter’s scripts for new audio episodes of Sapphire and Steel, The Tomorrow People and Doctor Who for Big Finish Productions. (more…)

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…)

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 2 Comments

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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

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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…)

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

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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…)