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 on Comics – Stewart Lee and Josie Long

February 7, 2018

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Josie Long tour poster / excerpt from Another Planet / Excerpt from The Property by Lee and Yeowell / from Incredible Hulk #106 with Stewart Lee cameo

Comics on Comics – Stewart Lee and Josie Long: In a pair of interviews featuring comedians celebrating their love of comics, Stewart Lee and Josie Long discuss their appreciation of the medium and forays into creating strips. Alex Fitch converses with Lee about collecting obscure titles, writing the story The Property for CLiNT Magazine and his love for Resonance FM.

Guest presenter Mark Hibbett talks to Long about her comic Another Planet featured in The Guardian and the integration of cartoons into her stand-up routine, in front of an audience at Central St Martins. Also: a survey of the various comic book and genre titles on sale as part of this year’s Resonance FM fundraiser auction.
Originally broadcast 7th February 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…)

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: 50 Years of The Prisoner

January 19, 2018

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Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

50 Years of The Prisoner: A special two hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic cult TV show The Prisoner. Alex Fitch talks to two editors of the show – Ian Rakoff and John S. Smith – and hosts a live commentary track for the episode Living in Harmony with Smith, Rakoff (who also wrote the episode), Prisoner historian Rick Davy, and Rob Fairclough, writer of The Official Prisoner Companion book.

Living in Harmony was broadcast on 29/12/67, exactly 50 years before the broadcast of this show, and the interviews and live commentary were recorded at the ‘Mind Mash 2015’ event organised by The Unmutual website. If listeners want to watch the episode while listening to the podcast, there’ll be a countdown to pressing play on your DVD player / Amazon video stream. The podcast also features classic tracks by Albert Elms and Ron Grainer from the soundtrack of The Prisoner. Originally broadcast 29th December 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 126 min podcast. To hear the 118 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Panel Borders: Performing The Search Engine and The Wolf of Baghdad

January 16, 2018

The Search Engine performed live in Montreal / original sketch by Henry Flint / Promo art for The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

The Search Engine performed live in Montreal / original sketch by Henry Flint / Promo art for The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

Performing The Search Engine and The Wolf of Baghdad: In a panel chaired by Alex Fitch, in front of a live audience at ‘Graphic Brighton presents: Caption’, cartoonist The Surreal McCoy and musician DJ Food discuss their projects The Wolf of Baghdad and The Search Engine, the former a wordless graphic novel set to Arabic music by 3Ayin, and the latter an album with art by 2000AD artist Henry Flint. The Surreal McCoy talks about the challenges of working on her first long form project and how the music performance will be timed to an animated version of the graphic novel, while DJ Food describes how the artwork from his album is incorporated into the stage version of his sets.
Originally broadcast 3rd January 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: More info about: The Search Engine by DJ Food
Watch an extract from The Search Engine ‘dome projection’ in Montreal
The Wolf of Baghdad blog by The Surreal McCoy
3Ayin’s facebook page
Listen to Robin Warren’s interview with DJ Food about music production
Info about the event on the Graphic Brighton and Caption blogs

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Anglo-Italian Thrillers

January 15, 2018

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Stills from Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key / The Rizen, 14 x 88 Films

Stills from Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key / The Rizen, 14 x 88 Films

Anglo-Italian Thrillers: In this episode of Electric Sheep, Alex Fitch looks at British and Italian thrillers in interviews recorded at Cine-Excess and SCI-FI-LONDON film festivals. At Cine-Excess, Alex talks to film-maker Sergio Martino about his career and directing classic Italian giallo such as Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and to Richard Elliot and James Blower about their British cult film label ’88 Films’. Also, at SCI-FI-LONDON in front of a live audience, an extract from the Q and A with the director and crew of new British zombie thriller The Rizen starring Julian Rhind-Tutt and Sally Phillips. Plus classic tracks from Ilya and Nicolas Kaplan, and Bruno Nicolai. Originally broadcast 20th December 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 78 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Panel Borders: Gerard Way

January 3, 2018 1 Comment

The Umbrella Academy by Way and Ba / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way at Thought Bubble (photo by guccist41n) / Doom Patrol by Way and Derington

The Umbrella Academy by Way and Ba / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way at Thought Bubble (photo by guccist41n) / Doom Patrol by Way and Derington

Gerard Way: In an interview recorded at Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way about writing such comics as Doom Patrol, The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Way also discusses the connections between music and comics in his work, his setting up of the DC Comics imprint ‘Young Animal’, the genres which interest him, and answers questions from the audience.
Partially broadcast 3rd January 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: Gerard Way’s website
Info about DC Young Animal
guccist41n’s instagram post on Gerard Way‘s interview

Audio Dramatics: Approaching Baker’s End

December 20, 2017

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Promotional image for Bakers End / Katy Manning and Colin Baker / Cover of The Happenstance Pox

Promotional image for Baker’s End / Katy Manning and Colin Baker / Cover of The Happenstance Pox

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.

Approaching Baker’s End: In this episode Alex talks to the cast and crew of a comedy folk horror series entitled Baker’s End and produced by Bafflegab Productions. Lead actor Colin Baker discusses playing a fictionalised version of himself, Katy Manning explores being a companion of two Bakers and one Pertwee, following the departure of Tom in this serial and her tenure as a Doctor Who companion, and Ewan Bailey talks about joining the cast as the hysterical Reverend Ailing. Also writer Paul Magrs and director Simon Barnard discuss the history and genesis of the series. Originally broadcast 15th November 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Halloween Horrors

October 24, 2017

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Retro advert for Video Dungeon by Tom Hodge / Posters for The Final Girls tour and Anti Matter

Retro advert for Video Dungeon by Tom Hodge / Posters for The Final Girls / Anti Matter

Halloween Horrors: In this month’s Halloween themed episode of Electric Sheep, Virginie Selavy talks to Kim Newman about his new collection of reviews and essays, ‘Video Dungeon’, published by Titan Books and to cinema programmer Anna Bogutskaya about co–curating a tour of short horror films directed by women: ‘The Final Girls – We Are the Weirdos’.
Also, at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival, Alex Fitch talks to director Keir Burrows about his Oxford set Sci–Fi thriller Anti Matter which concerns the terrifying consequences of taking part in University science experiments. Plus classic tracks from Roy Clark, Gin Gillette, Lord Luther, and Larry and the Blue Notes. Originally broadcast 18th October 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 76 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Panel Borders: Joe Kelly – Deadpool, I Kill Giants

October 12, 2017

Stills from Deadpool and I Kill Giants, covers of comics written by Joe Kelly

Stills from Deadpool and I Kill Giants, covers of comics written by Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly – Deadpool, I Kill Giants: The latest Panel Borders podcast includes two uncut interviews hosted by Alex Fitch with popular American comic book writer Joe Kelly covering his 20 years in the business, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal. In the first interview, recorded in front of an audience at a screening of the 2016 movie, Alex and Joe discuss the latter’s contributions to the Deadpool franchise, writing the Merc with a Mouth’s first ongoing series in 1997 and creating the character of Blind Al.
Off stage, Alex also talks to Joe about writing superhero comics such as Spider-Man and Justice League, and the graphic novel I Kill Giants which is currently being adapted for the cinema.
Joe also talks about his involvement with the group ‘Man of Action’ who co-created animation titles such as Ben 10 and Disney’s reimagining of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6.
Originally broadcast 3rd May / 4th October 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Lowlife Lost Girls, Born in Flames

October 6, 2017

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Posters for Lost Girls, Lowlife, Born in Flames

Posters for Lost Girls, Lowlife, Born in Flames

Lowlife Lost Girls, Born in Flames: Starting a new series of the monthly show about cult cinema. Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Selavy talks to the cast and crew of a new American thriller about organ harvesting – Lowlife – at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal; assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Lizzie Borden about her low budget feminist dystopian classic Born in Flames, after a screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival; and German genre critic Marcelle Perks discusses her contributions to the book “Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin” published by Spectacular Optical. Featuring classic tracks by Philippe Bréjean, Philippe Sissmann, Carl Perkins and Otis Redding. Originally broadcast 20th September 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 77 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Reality Check: Patrick Tatopoulos – Into the Unknown

August 22, 2017

Original designs by Patrick Tatopoulos for Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice, Independence Day, Riddick

Original designs by Patrick Tatopoulos for Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice, Independence Day, Riddick

Patrick Tatopoulos – Into the Unknown Alex Fitch talks to production designer Patrick Tatopoulos about his work on such films as Godzilla (1998), Justice League, Alien vs. Predator, the Riddick saga and many more. Patrick also discusses his contributions to the “Into the Unknown – A Journey through Science Fiction” exhibition at the Barbican in the City of London, which includes props and recreations of his work on Stargate and I, Robot.

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

Links: Patrick Tatopoulos’ Instagram site
More info about Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction at The Barbican (until September 1st 2017)
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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Summer Exhibitions

August 7, 2017 1 Comment

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Art from Anime Architecture and Into the Unknown exhibitions / Stills from Daughters of the Dust and Nemiepeba's Instagram page

Art from Anime Architecture and Into the Unknown exhibitions / Stills from Daughters of the Dust and Nemiepeba’s Instagram page

Summer Exhibitions: The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch looks at the connections between art and film, on display in current Summer Exhibitions. Alex talks to Patrick Gyger and Stefan Riekeles, the curators of Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction at The Barbican and Anime Architecture at House of Illustration respectively.

Also American cinematographer Arthur Jafa discusses how he lensed Daughters of the Dust and curated work on display at the Serpentine Sackler gallery, and Instagram artist Nemiepeba talks about seeing her work on display as part of his exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions. Featuring classic tracks by David Bowie, The Lovin Spoonful and Aretha Franklin. Originally broadcast 19th July 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 87 min podcast. To hear the 58 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Summer Festivals

July 18, 2017

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Posters for Beatriz at Dinner / Okja / Marjorie Prime

Posters for Beatriz at Dinner / Okja / Marjorie Prime

Summer Festivals: The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch interviews a trio of independent film directors whose latest movies have premiered at recent festivals. At the London Sundance Film Festival, Alex talks to Miguel Arteta about his film Beatriz at Dinner, a drama about class conflict and environmentalism featuring John Lithgow and Salma Hayek, and to Michael Almereyda about his elegiac science-fiction movie Marjorie Prime adapted from the play of the same name and starring Lois Smith and Tim Robbins.

Plus: with translation by Jason Yu, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho discusses his latest film Okja, which proved controversial when screened at Cannes, and features Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal in an uproarious tale of GM food. Alex and Bong also discuss Jon Ronson’s involvement in the film, the theme of man vs. nature running through his filmography including The Host and Snowpiercer plus Netflix’s funding of the movie. Featuring classic tracks by The Mamas and the Papas, Regina Spektor, James Taylor and Jimmy Cliff. (more…)

Panel Borders 450: The Magic of Alan Moore (redux)

July 7, 2017

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

The Magic of Alan Moore (redux): To celebrate 10 years of Panel Borders, we have a digitally remastered podcast of Alex Fitch’s first interview with Alan Moore, originally broadcast January 26th and 30th on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London). In this ‘feature length’ interview Alex and Alan discuss the (then) upcoming third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the dog days of Swamp Thing, the comics adaptation of Moore’s unfilmed screenplay with Malcolm McClaren – Fashion Beast – and the connections between comics and magic…

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

Links: Order Alan Moore books such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, Lost Girls and Jerusalem from Knockabout
Info about Alan Moore’s comics from Avatar Press, such as Providence and Cinema Purgatorio
Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Alan Moore and Leah Moore (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Dangerous Consumption

June 4, 2017

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Posters for The Girl with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge / Flora / Cast and crew of Flora talk to Alex Fitch at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Chris Harvey

Posters for The Girl with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge / Flora / Cast and crew of Flora talk to Alex Fitch at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Chris Harvey

Dangerous Consumption: The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. This month we’re looking at poisonous plants and post apocalyptic cannibalism, with two ‘revenge of nature’ film Q and As recorded at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Sasha Louis Vukovic, actors Teresa Marie Doran and William Aaron, Cinematographer Eric Irvin, and editor Erica Gulliver about their Canadian period Sci-Fi drama Flora, which depicts an expedition by 1920s botanists into uncharted territory…
Also, guest presenter and host of the Arthur C Clarke Awards, Tom Hunter discusses the film adaptation of acclaimed British zombie drama The Girl with all the Gifts and its print prequel The Boy on the Bridge with author Mike Carey. Featuring classic tracks by Nora Jones, The Beach Boys and C.W. Stoneking. Originally broadcast 16th May 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Leah Moore – Electricomics

June 4, 2017

Electricomics title menu / excerpt from Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott

Electricomics title menu / excerpt from Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott

Leah Moore – Electricomics: Alex Fitch talks to Leah Moore about her Electricomics app for iPads which offers a new way of reading and distributing online comics to readers and a new platform for creators. Alex and Leah discuss the various titles available to read on the app, including Sway by herself, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, Big Nemo by Alan Moore and Colleen Dora, and how the project came about as part of a multimedia project envisioned by her father. Originally broadcast 30th December 2016 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: Leah Moore and John Reppion’s website
Electricomics website
Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Alan Moore and Leah Moore
Download the Electicomics app from the iTunes app store

Panel Borders: Theatrical Comics

May 10, 2017

Cover and Interior art from Cher Ami by Ivan Petrus / Interior art from City of Glass by David Mazzucchelli / Photo of Lyric, Hammersmith

Cover and Interior art from Cher Ami by Ivan Petrus / Interior art from City of Glass by David Mazzucchelli / Photo of Lyric, Hammersmith

Theatrical Comics: At the Oxford Comic Con, Alex talks to graphic novelist Ivan Petrus Adriaenssens about the differences between the collected edition and touring production of Cher Ami, a collection of wordless comics about animals in The Great War, with music by Yuko.

Also, Alex interviews director Leo Warner about the theatre production of City of Glass, based on both the novel by Paul Auster and the graphic novel adaptation by David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik, which uses virtual realty, video projection and stage magic to recreate the metaphysical noir story on stage. Partially broadcast 2nd May 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / DAB (London)

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

Links: Info about the stage production of City of Glass
Cher Ami website
Listen to Alex’s 2012 interview with Ivan Petrus about The Neuport Gathering

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Independent Cinema

April 27, 2017

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Posters for Mad to be Normal / The White King / The Eyes of My Mother

Posters for Mad to be Normal / The White King / The Eyes of My Mother

Independent Cinema: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. In this episode we’re looking at the work of four independent filmmakers whose work celebrates eclectic personalities and mixes genres to beguiling effect. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to husband and wife directing team Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht about their dystopian debut film The White King starring Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn, and to Nicolas Pesce about the influences on his monochrome thriller The Eyes of my Mother, from Béla Tarr to Tobe Hooper.

Also, in a Q&A recorded at Chichester Cinema, Film Festival programmer Roger Gibson interviews Robert Mullen about his exploration of R.D. Laing’s anti-establishment psychiatric facility Kingsley Hall in Mad to be Normal. With music by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Puddles Pity Party, The Ramones and The Zombies. Originally broadcast 19th April 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Women in Horror

April 17, 2017

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Deranged DVD cover / Diabolique magazine Summer 2017 / Boston Underground film festival poster

Deranged DVD cover / Diabolique magazine Summer 2017 / Boston Underground film festival poster

Women in Horror: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy talks to Nicole McControversy, director of the Boston Underground Film Festival, to Kat Ellinger, editor in chief of horror magazine Diabolique, and to Brazilian-born actress and producer Marcia do Vales about her latest film Deranged. Plus tunes by gutsy ladies, including Tina Turner and Prentice Moreland. Originally broadcast 15th March 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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

Links: Boston Underground Film Festival website
Diabolique magazine website
Buy Deranged on DVD from Amazon UK

Panel Borders: Seeking Opportunities

April 17, 2017

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Seeking Opportunities: Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Will Volley about The Opportunity, his ‘film noir’ style exploration of the lives of door to door salesmen, published by Myriad Editions. Alex and Will also discuss the latter’s art for adaptations of classic literature including An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet, recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Partially broadcast 14th June 2016 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: Info about The Opportunity on Myriad Editions’ website
Buy Will Volley’s books from Amazon UK

Panel Borders: George Hardie – Before and After

April 5, 2017

Wish you were here sticker / Mr Feed em menu / The Same Difference print / Word Salad album / Varoom! art by George Hardie

Wish you were here sticker / Mr Feed em menu / The Same Difference print / Word Salad album / Varoom! art by George Hardie

George Hardie – Before and After: Coinciding with a career retrospective at University of Brighton Gallery, Alex Fitch talks to George Hardie about the influence of comics on his illustrations and design work for clients such as Pink Floyd. Alex and George discuss the appearance of characters such as Tintin and Popeye in the latter’s work and how ‘before and after’ images use the language of sequential art to add surrealism to everyday objects. Originally broadcast 5th April 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

The exhibition “George Hardie: 50 Odd Years” is on display at University of Brighton gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton until Friday April 7th.

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

Links: Info about George Hardie’s retrospective at the University of Brighton
Interview with George at itsnicethat.com