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: 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…)

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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

Reality Check: Interactive Literature and Rural Horror

March 27, 2017 1 Comment

The Kraken Wakes website / The Eyes of My Mother poster

The Kraken Wakes website / The Eyes of My Mother poster

Interactive Literature and Rural Horror
Alex Fitch talks to director Nicholas Pesce about his monochrome rural horror film The Eyes of My Mother and Guy Gadney discusses the forthcoming interactive game of John Wyndham’s The Kraken Wakes.

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: More info about The Eyes of My Mother at www.parkcircus.com
The Kraken Wakes website

Panel Borders: Mad Robot Comics

February 28, 2017

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Covers of Last Exit to Brighton and Madhouse by Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley / variant cover for Cadavers by Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Interior art from Skate or Die by Ed Bentley

Mad Robot Comics: The monthly show about comics and graphic novels. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex Fitch explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics. The creators also discuss their serialised graphic novel Last Exit to Brighton, sold in 50p instalments, and Ed’s latest kickstarter project, Skate or Die!
Partially broadcast 1st February 2017 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: Mad Robot Comics website
Skate or Die! kickstarter page (ends March 9th 2017)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Comics on Film

February 27, 2017

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Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Comics on Film: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to actress Jessica Martin about her comic book tributes to Hollywood starlets and graphic novel Elsie Harris, Picture Palace about the Golden age of Cinema, and to artist Paul O’Connell about remixing images from The Matrix and other films to create satirical fumetti strips.
Also, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex talks to Alex talks to director Gene Ivery, and composer Gustavo Izquierdo of immortality drama Tourbillon. Featuring classic tracks by Nick Lowe, The Traits and Jenny Rock…
Originally broadcast: 18th January 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Electric Sheep Magzine podcast: British Dystopias

January 20, 2017

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DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

Episode 50 – British Dystopias: The 50th episode of the monthly show about world cinema and cult films. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, and to Charles Barker about his virtual reality thriller The Call Up, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.
Also, in a talk recorded at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Maura McHugh discusses David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, and the novel The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer in advance of the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. With festive tracks by Tim Phillips, Louis Armstrong, Ambre McLean and the Jive Turkeys.
Originally broadcast: 21st December 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Storifying Great British Comics

December 17, 2016

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Posters for Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! / Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures

Storifying Great British Comics: Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of periodicals.
Sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and Corinne Pearlman talks to Hamish McGillivray about co-curating “Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! – The Story of British Comics So Far” at The Lightbox, Woking, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Also, co-curator Paul Gravett and donor Peter Hansen introduce the exhibition of great UK comics

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

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Panel Borders: Ben Dickson

November 29, 2016

Comics written by Ben Dickson - Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Comics written by Ben Dickson – Fight the Power, Slum Droid, Falling Sky, Santa Claus vs. the Nazis

Ben Dickson: At Cartoon County in Brighton, Ben Dickson talks to Alex Fitch about his satirical sci-fi comics Slumdroid and Falling Sky and his contributions to political anthologies Fight the Power and Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption.

Ben will be appearing at Graphic Brighton on December 10th to discuss Fight the Power alongside artist Inko who has worked on the follow-up title by New Internationalist.

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 4th October 2016)

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

Links: Ben Dickson’s website and page at Scar Comics
Info about Fight the Power at New Internationalist (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Investigating Genre

November 29, 2016

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Capsule poster / Cover of Euro-Western by Lee Broughton / LIAF promotional image by Ed Bulmer

Capsule poster / Cover of Euro-Western by Lee Broughton / LIAF promotional image by Ed Bulmer

Investigating Genre: The monthly show about world cinema and cult releases. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to Lee Broughton about his book Euro-Western, published by I.B. Tauris, which uncovers progressive attitudes to women and minorities in European Westerns, and to the director (Andrew Martin) and lead actor (Edmund Kingsley) about their excellent Cold War SF thriller Capsule, in a Q and A recorded at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.
Also, Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy discusses December’s London International Animation Festival with festival director Nag Vladermersky, plus classic tracks from David Bowie, Nicola Di Bari, Shonen Knife, and Gianfranco and Giampiero Reverberi.
Originally broadcast: 16th November 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: Gay Manga

November 4, 2016 1 Comment

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Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

Gay Manga: Alex Fitch talks to Ilya, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada and Emma Vieceli about gay representation in manga and Japanese style comics, including the phenomenon of Yaoi, titles that have inspired them, and LGBT characters in their own work. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2015, University of Brighton

(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 12th July 2016)

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

Links: Emma Vieceli’s blog
Inko’s blog
Chie Kutsuwada’s blog
Page on Ilya on the British Council website

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Death and Beyond

November 2, 2016

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Mayer Vishner in his prime / Fabio Frizzi with his band

Mayer Vishner in his prime / Fabio Frizzi with his band

Death and Beyond: Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy talks to Death Waltz Records’ Spencer Hickman and composer Fabio Frizzi about the latter’s scores for such classic Italian horror films as The Beyond and Zombi 2, recorded at Frightfest 2016.
Also, ESM assistant editor Alex Fitch takes part in a Q and A with director Justin Schein about his film Left on Purpose which documents the life and death of ‘Yippie’ activist Mayer Vishner, recorded at Leeds International Film Festival 2015. Plus classic tracks from Frizzi’s film scores…
Originally broadcast: 19th October 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: City Strips

October 9, 2016

Covers of City Strips 2, 4 and 5 / comparison with Amazing Spider-Man #95 / poster, cover and interior of Sub Dogma 13 #3

Covers of City Strips 2, 4 and 5 / comparison with Amazing Spider-Man #95 / poster, cover and interior of Sub Dogma 13 #3

City Strips: Alex Fitch talks to Goldsmiths College Design lecturer Stuart Bannocks about his ‘zine City Strips which collages panels from superhero comics with the hero removed, to create a travelogue of fictional cities such as Batman’s Gotham and Superman’s Metropolis. Alex and Stuart discuss the second edition of City Strips: Amazing City which reconstructs issue 95 of Amazing Spider-Man from 1971, featuring the webslinger’s trip to London, and also explore Stuart’s cinema trailer project Sub Dogma 13. (more…)

Panel Borders: The Last Driver of Insect Cowboys

September 20, 2016

Excerpts from The Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane and Cowboys and Insects by Kane and David Hine / Kane, Fitch and Baker at Safari Festival

Excerpts from The Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane and Cowboys and Insects by Kane and David Hine / Kane, Fitch and Baker at Safari Festival

The Last Driver of Insect Cowboys: In the first episode of the tenth series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Chris Baker and Shaky Kane about their comic The Last Driver from Dead Canary Comics, currently on Kickstarter, which combines 1960s road movies with giant irritated monsters. Kane also discusses his latest collaboration with David Hine – Cowboys and Insects – which is about to receive a new print edition; interview recorded at Safari Festival, August 2016.
(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 7th September 2016)

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Last Driver Kickstarter campaign
Review of David Hine and Shaky Kane’s Cowboys and Insects