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: Formative Experiences

December 4, 2019

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) by Robert Wells

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells

Formative Experiences: In a pair of Q and As recorded at The Cartoon Museum as part of a day raising awareness of the need to preserve comic book archives, from the collections of Peter Hansen and others for the nation, Posy Simmonds and Dave Gibbons talk to academics Julia Round and Philip Vaughan about the first titles they remember reading and enjoying.
Also, Robert Wells discusses his book Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems, and history of self-publishing small press comics, in discussion with Alex Fitch at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 4th December 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Architecture Culture: (Im)possible Worlds

November 21, 2019

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Maria Smith and Phin Harper juggle ideas at the University of Brighton / Paul Franklin talks Inception at RIBA

Maria Smith and Phin Harper juggle ideas at the University of Brighton / Paul Franklin talks Inception at The Architects Underground (RIBA)

(Im)possible Worlds: In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch presents talks by artists, curators, film-makers and writers about unique representations of architecture in different media. This month, Maria Smith (Interrobang) and Phin Harper (Architecture Foundation) discuss buildings and architectural forms that have less of an impact on the environment and how these ideas have been expressed at the Oslo Architecture Trienniale. Also, Oscar-winning Creative Director and VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin talks about his work helping to visualise and design impossible architecture on screen in Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. Recorded at the University of Brighton School of Architecture, and ‘The Architects Underground’ (RIBA, London), October 2019. (more…)

Panel Borders: Genre and Inspiration

November 14, 2019

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Genre and Inspiration: In a pair of recordings looking at how comic creators are inspired by genre and inspiration, guest presenter and comics laureate Hannah Berry talks to Arts Foundation comics prize finalists Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, and Zara Slattery in a panel discussion at The Cartoon Museum, London, plus Alex Fitch talks to Garth Ennis about writing Preacher, The Boys and more recent work in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 6th November 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Architecture Culture: Locating Design in Fantasy Films

October 28, 2019

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Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright in THX1138 and Gattaca / Mackintosh Chair in Blade Runner / Unicorn Tapestry in Harry Potter

Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright in THX 1138 and Gattaca / Mackintosh Chair in Blade Runner / Unicorn Tapestry in Harry Potter

Locating Design in Fantasy Films: In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch presents talks by artists, curators, film-makers and writers about unique representations of architecture in different media. This month, in a panel discussion chaired by Natural Trust Head Curator Sally-Anne Huxtable, Robyne Calvert (Glasgow School of Art), Ersi Ioannidou (Kingston University) and Xavier Dectot (Keeper of Art and Design, National Museums Scotland) discuss how architecture and interior design by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh help suggest science-fiction and fantasy worlds in genre films including Blade Runner, THX 1138, Gattaca and the Harry Potter film saga. Recorded at the Art History Association conference, University of Brighton, April 2019. (more…)

Panel Borders: European Comics

October 4, 2019

FOI diary comic by Myf Tristram / cover and interior art from Last Words by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula / web comic by Boulet / sketchbook page by Mattias Adolfsson

FOI diary comic by Myf Tristram / cover and interior art from Last Words by Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula / web comic by Boulet / sketchbook page by Mattias Adolfsson

European Comics: In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, we have British, Finnish, French and Swedish comic creators talking about their work. Alex Fitch talks to artists Boulet and Mattias Adolfsson about their drawing techniques and styles in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and guest presenter and cartoonist Myfanwy Tristram discusses the Freedom of Information graphic novel – Last Words – with its creators Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 2nd October 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Architecture Culture: Anise Gallery / Amiens Cathedral

September 21, 2019

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Photo of Anise Gallery / Kiosk zine by Owen D. Pomery / Bleecker Art by Alison Samson / Amiens BD festival posters by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Guillaume Bouzard and Milo Manara

Photo of Anise Gallery / Kiosk zine by Owen D. Pomery / Bleecker Art by Alison Samson / Amiens BD festival posters by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Bouzard, and Manara

Anise Gallery / Amiens Cathedral: In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to artists, curators, film-makers and writers who have contributed to unique representations of architecture in different media. This month Jacquelyn Jubert and Joe Robson (founders of Anise Gallery, Shad Thames) and artists Owen D. Pomery and Alison Samson discuss the representation of architecture in graphic arts, and academic Justin Wadlow (University of Picardy Jules Verne) talks about the posters he’s helped curate for Amiens BD festival, which include representations of the city’s Cathedral and other architectural landmarks (recorded at Graphic Brighton, May 2019). (more…)

Panel Borders: Comic Collaborators

September 9, 2019

Interior art from Bizarre Romance / Guantanamo Kid / The Bad, Bad Place

Interior art from Bizarre Romance / Guantanamo Kid / The Bad, Bad Place

Comic Collaborators: In the second of two special 90 min episodes, this month’s programme looks at pairs of creators who collaborate together. Alex Fitch talks to Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell about their illustrated short story collection Bizarre Romance.

Also, David Hine and Mark Stafford discuss their graphic novels The Bad, Bad Place and Lip Hook in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, and Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc explore their bande dessinée biography Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani in a discussion recorded at London Book Fair.

Originally broadcast Saturday 7th September 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Nineteenth Century Comics

September 2, 2019 2 Comments

Cover of Marie Duval by Grennan, Sabin and Waite / Christina Meyer talks about The Yellow Kid / cover of The Goat Getters by Eddie Campbell

Cover of Marie Duval by Grennan, Sabin and Waite / Christina Meyer talks about The Yellow Kid / cover of The Goat Getters by Eddie Campbell

Nineteenth Century Comics In the first of two 90 min programmes, this special episode looks at Nineteenth Century Comics. Alex Fitch talks to artist turned historian Eddie Campbell about The Goat Getters, which covers innovative American sports cartoonists such as Goldberg, Tad, and Herriman at the turn of the century.
And, in a Q and A recorded at Materialities of Comics (Aarhus University, 2019), Christina Meyer discusses the classic 1890s strips Hogan’s Alley and McFadden’s Row of Flats by rival creators Outcault and Luks.

Also, Roger Sabin and Simon Grennan explore the establishment of the online Marie Duval Archive at the University of Chester, which offers a high resolution resource of work of Ally Sloper‘s co-creator from the 1870s and 1880s (more…)

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…)

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 2 Comments

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…)