Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Laydeez do podcasts: Small press special

March 19, 2011 2 Comments

Laydeez do Podcasts:
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Small press special

Ed by Azzopardi, Most Natural thing by Cassavetti and Babel by Miers

Ed by Azzopardi, Most Natural thing by Cassavetti and Babel by Miers

In this month’s podcast we have three recordings of presentations by small press creators given at Laydeez do comics in February 2011 – Sean Azzopardi, Francesca Cassavetti (with Nick Tesco) and John Miers talk about their self published comics and graphic novels, their interaction with the art world, visits to Angouleme and much more. Introduced by Nicola Streeten, recorded and edited by Alex Fitch

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Sean Azzopardi’s website
Francesca Cassavetti’s website
John Miers’ website

Info about Laydeez do comics
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Panel Borders: Lingua Franca

May 6, 2010

Panel Borders:

Lingua Franca: English language comics in Europe

Edited version broadcast 06/05/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Commencing our yearly month long look at ‘Cross Cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett about co-curating a gallery show on Jack Kirby in Lucerne, Switzerland and the film adaptation of the bande dessinée Largo Winch which was shot mainly in English, even though the film is a French / Belgium co-production. Alex also talks to Francesca Cassavetti, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi and Oliver Lambden about their anthology B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. which was created as a survey of the best small press creators in London for dissemination at the Angoulême comics festival in France at the beginning of the year.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links:

B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.blog
Reviews at Midnight Fiction and Forbidden Planet International
Review of Francesca’s comic book on Angoulême

Kirby at Fumetto website
More info on Dan Nadel’s blog and comicsbeat.com
Paul’s guide to the Kirby exhibition

Largo Winch at Ciné lumièrescreening times
Buy the English language graphic novels from Cinebooks
Trailer at Daily Motion
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Today’s show: Lingua Franca

May 6, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Lingua Franca: English language comics in Europe

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Display from the Jack Kirby exhibtion in Lucerne + extract from the cover of B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. by Francesca Cassavetti

Commencing our yearly month long look at ‘Cross Cultural comics’, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett about co-curating a gallery show on Jack Kirby in Lucerne, Switzerland and the film adaptation of the bande dessinée Largo Winch which was shot mainly in English, even though the film is a French / Belgium co-production. Alex also talks to Francesca Cassavetti, Dan Lester, Sean Azzopardi and Oliver Lambden about their anthology B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. which was created as a survey of the best small press creators in London for dissemination at the Angoulême comics festival in France at the beginning of the year.

5pm 06/05/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links:

B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.blog
Reviews at Midnight Fiction and Forbidden Planet International

Kirby at Fumetto website
More info on Dan Nadel’s blog and comicsbeat.com

Largo Winch at Ciné lumièrescreening times
Buy the English language graphic novels from Cinebooks
Trailer at Daily Motion

Today’s screening: Guy Maddin Double Bill – Careful + The Saddest Music in the World

March 10, 2010

Electric Sheep Film Club: Careful (1992) + The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

We celebrate the genius of Guy Maddin, who over the last two decades has developed an entirely personal and always enchanting world, poetic, macabre and playful in equal measures.

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A delirious silent-style homage to the German mountain films of the 1920s, Careful takes place in a village whose inhabitants must talk in whispers for fear of triggering an avalanche. In such a repressed environment, forbidden passions and incestuous desires dangerously come close to boiling point. This is a very rare occasion to not only see Maddin’s feverish mountain extravaganza on the big screen but in Britain at all, as the film is yet to be released on DVD in this country…

In The Saddest Music in the World, a musical set in Winnipeg with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the day), Isabella Rossellini’s crippled baroness holds a contest to find the saddest music performer on earth. Eccentric musical interludes alternate with a convoluted story of complicated love triangles, familial rivalries and buried past traumas, the outlandish melodrama shot through with exquisitely strange details (glass legs filled with beer!) and deadpan humour.

Hilarious, dreamlike and full of wonders, these are films like no others. Watch and be amazed!

Price: single film – £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Double bill: £11/£7 PCC members
Certificate 15
Dir: Guy Maddin, Canada 1992 / 2003

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Careful or The Saddest Music in the World and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. We are delighted to announce that Greg Klymkiv, the producer of Careful, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 25 March. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in April. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club.

Links: Reviews of Careful and The Saddest Music in the World in Electric Sheep Magazine
Video / podcast of Alex Fitch’s interview with Guy Maddin
Alex’s reviews of Maddin’s Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary and My Winnipeg

In association with

electricsheepmagazine.co.uk avoids industry chit-chat and cheap abuse. The writing is confident and well-informed and the scope encompasses everywhere from Spain to South Korea. It writes about film for people who like film: a classic approach.
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Panel Borders: Necessary Monsters

February 26, 2010 1 Comment

Panel Borders:

Necessary Monsters

Edited version broadcast 25/02/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Concluding webcomics month on the show, Alex Fitch catches up with artist Sean Azzopardi and writer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey as the first series of their epic webcomic Necessary Monsters comes to its conclusion after a total of 125 pages serialised over two years. The series mixes a ‘black ops’ style spy thriller with the tropes of modern horror films and bizarre characters with ultra violence to maximum effect. Alex talks to Daniel and Sean about the progression of the strip, the various ways it’s been published and their collaborations with another webcomics creator – Douglas Noble – on a zombie western (The Rule of Death) and surrealistic thriller (Sightings of Wallace Sendek) respectively.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Read Necessary Monsters online from page one, with more info about the cast of characters here
Reviews of chapters one and two and three and four on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Read an illustrated article on the construction of a page of the strip at www.comicmonsters.com

Sean’s website – www.phatcatz.org.uk
Daniel’s website – www.e-merl.com

Listen to Alex’s 2008 interviews with Sean and Daniel

Recommended events:

Five years of the Forbidden Planet International blog

The Forbidden Planet International blog celebrates its 5th birthday today and is an invaluable source of comics book and genre film news and reviews and a great friend of this blog. If you’ve never visited it before – and why not, it’s the 31st most influential blog in the UK according to Cision – now’s as good a time as any, with the latest post seeing the blog writers choosing their favourite authors and other recent posts include animation by Dylan Mercer, a review of Norwegian graphic novelist Jason’s latest book, info on Grant Morrison and Stephen Fry’s TV project and much, much more.

Web: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog
RSS feed: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/feed/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fpinternational

ABC Warriors signing

Saturday 27th February, 1pm meet Pat Mills and Clint Langley signing ‘ABC Warriors: Volgan War Vol.2’

Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR
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Today’s shows: Necessary Monsters / The films of Park Chan-Wook

February 25, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Necessary Monsters

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Cowboy 13 does his thing in the start of the three page epilogue to volume one of Necessary Monsters by Sean Azzopardi and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Concluding webcomics month on the show, Alex Fitch catches up with artist Sean Azzopardi and writer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey as the first series of their epic webcomic Necessary Monsters comes to its conclusion after a total of 125 pages serialised over two years. The series mixes a ‘black ops’ style spy thriller with the tropes of modern horror films and bizarre characters with ultra violence to maximum effect. Alex talks to Daniel and Sean about the progression of the strip, the various ways it’s been published and their collaborations with another webcomics creator – Douglas Noble – on a zombie western (The Rule of Death) and surrealistic thriller (Sightings of Wallace Sendek) respectively.

5pm 25/02/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Read Necessary Monsters online from page one, with more info about the cast of characters here
Reviews of chapters one and two and three and four on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Read an illustrated article on the construction of a page of the strip at www.comicmonsters.com

Sean’s website – www.phatcatz.org.uk
Daniel’s website – www.e-merl.com

Listen to Alex’s 2008 interviews with Sean and Daniel

Also – Lucky Cat: The films of Park Chan-Wook

Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin in the film Thirst by Park Chan-Wook

Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin in the film Thirst by Park Chan-Wook

Today’s episode of Resonance FM’s Asian culture show is a Park Chan-Wook special to coincide with the UK DVD release of the Korean auteur’s vampire film Thirst. Zoë Baxter is joined in the studio by Mira Stout (author of bestselling novel “One Thousand Chestnut Trees”, playwright, and film critic) and Alex Fitch (broadcaster and assistant editor of Electric Sheep film magazine) to discuss Thirst and Chan-Wook’s oeuvre.
Korean tea and snacks will be sampled for the Dim Sum Lunchbox.

7pm 25/02/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online soon at www.luckykitty.blogspot.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Thirst and Park Chan-Wook

Listen to Alex’s appearance on Lucky Cat last year regarding the films of Tetsuya Nakashima
Listen to Alex’s 2008 interview with Park Chan-Wook, also available as an interview in Wheel Me Out magazine

Recommended events:

Five years of the Forbidden Planet International blog

The Forbidden Planet International blog celebrates its 5th birthday today and is an invaluable source of comics book and genre film news and reviews and a great friend of this blog. If you’ve never visited it before – and why not, it’s the 31st most influential blog in the UK according to Cision – now’s as good a time as any, with the latest post seeing the blog writers choosing their favourite authors and other recent posts include animation by Dylan Mercer, a review of Norwegian graphic novelist Jason’s latest book, info on Grant Morrison and Stephen Fry’s TV project and much, much more.

Web: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog
RSS feed: www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/feed/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fpinternational
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Today’s screening: Rollerball (1975)

October 7, 2009

Electric Sheep Film Club: Rollerball (1975)

For the sixth meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, we’re proud to be showing the classic SF movie:

Rollerball (1975)

Electric Sheep podcast:
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One of the best dystopian sci-fi movies to come out of the 70s, Rollerball focuses on an ultra-violent sport used to keep an overpopulated planet under control and probes its links to politics, the media and big conglomerates. When a star player refuses to obey the owners of his team, the stage is set for a Gladiator-like confrontation between a rebellious individual and the corporate power that seeks to crush him.

With thanks to Park Circus. The film will be followed by informal discussion with Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy and other writers from the magazine in the bar.

Price: £5/£3.50 Prince Charles members
Certificate 15
Dir: Norman Jewison, USA 1975

Wednesday 7th October, 8pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com and www.electricsheepmagazine.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
We are launching a new competition in connection with our Prince Charles film club for film students and aspiring film writers: to enter the competition, you need to write a 200-word review of Rollerball and send it to ladyvengeance (at) electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. An ‘industry’ expert will select the best review, in this case SCI-FI-LONDON director Louis Savy. Deadline: October 21. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website. This is to be a regular addition to the Electric Sheep Film Club.

IMDb page for Rollerball

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

Also, the October 2009 online issue of Electric Sheep is now available and includes Alex Fitch’s interview with with Marc Price about his ‘£45’ Zombie film Colin , our round-up of the 2009 Frightfest including mini-reviews of Pontypool, Triangle and Trick ‘r Treat plus Alex’s article on ‘Retrofitting the future’ in Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Evangelion 1.0

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Recommended events: Autumn comics conventions and events…

5th to the 26th of November: Comica, the three week festival of comics in and around the Institute of Comtemporary Arts in London includes appearances by Eddie Campbell, David Lloyd, Brian Talbot, James Jean and Tara McPherson. – more info at www.comicafestival.com

19th to the 22nd of November: The Thought Bubble sequential art festival in Leeds which includes appearances by Paul Cornell, Gary Erskine, Garen Ewing, Andy Diggle, Frank Quietly and many more – more info at www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

November Small Press events:

Handmade and bound – The Affordable book arts and zine fair, Sunday 1st November at the St Aloysius Social Club, near Euston,

The Small Press Comiket, Sunday 8th November which is part of the fortnight long Comica festival at The ICA, on The Mall, in Central London

Are you zine friendly?”, Thursday 12th November, an Alternative Press event at the Foundry in Hoxton, promoting a new small press web resource: the Zine Friendly blog! And that’s at 86 Great Eastern Street.

For more info about all these events please visit: comicsandzines.wordpress.com

Electric Sheep Magazine Summer 2009

June 4, 2009 18 Comments

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The latest edition of Electric Sheep magazine has just been released and is available from various stockists… Electric Sheep is edited by Virginie Sélavy with assistance by Alex Fitch and has reviews / interviews by various Resonance programme makers including Virginie, Alex and Philip Winter (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up)…

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription; ESM is in good bookshops now and available online (with a 15% discount) at www.wallflowerpress.co.uk

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

This month’s illustrators include: Sean Azzopardi Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978) / The Invasion (2007 – not shown), Douglas NobleHardware (1990), comic strip review – and Daniel LockeWestworld (1973) / I, Robot (2004 – not shown) and articles on the work of ‘Beat’ Takeshi, Joseph Losely and Patricia Highsmith’s (talented) Mr. Ripley plus interviews with Marc Caro, Ole Bornedal and Helen McCarthy…

ESM also continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive interviews like Alex Fitch talking to acclaimed Britsh directors Peter Greenaway and Michael Winterbottom and reviews such as Mark Stafford looking at The Good, the bad and the weird

Illustration news:

LUC @ 176

The one month countdown starts now!

London Underground Comics’ latest event takes place at the 176 Project Space in Chalk Farm, London and features over 40 of the UK and beyond’s finest small press creators selling their wares in one of north London’s most beautiful gallery spaces.
Free tea and coffee, live DJs, animation projected on the 40 foot wall of the gallery and much more.

Exhibitors include: .
Oli Smith, Oliver Lambden, Sean Azzopardi, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Melody Lee, David Baillie, Douglas Noble, Marc Ellerby, Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, Jake Harold, Dan Lester, Francesca Cassavetti, Sally-Anne Hickman, Richy K Chandler, Josceline Fenton, Phil Spence, Paul Rainey, Howard Hardiman and many more…

27th June, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
More info: londonundergroundcomics.com / www.projectspace176.com

also:

An exhibition of Shaun (The Arrival) Tan’s prints, and 4 original pastels, is on at
The Illustration Cupboard at 22 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL until 22nd June
More info at www.illustrationcupboard.com

Panel Borders: Autobiographical comics

May 23, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders: Autobiographical comics
Originally broadcast 22/05/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch talks to a couple of small press comic book creators who work in autobiographical comics – Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi – about their continuing success selling comics in Camden Market and beyond; about their recent diary work (Weekend Friends and the collected version of 12 Hour Shift respectively) and how they’re both now collaborating with other comic book creators (Oliver Lambden and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey) to produce work in the fantasy genre.

For more info, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Alex Fitch interviews Oli Smith, photo taken by Sean Azzopardi
Links: Oli Smith’s website (warning: contains adult language!)
Sean Azzopardi’s blog
London Underground Comics website, where you can find info on buying Oli and Sean’s comics
<- Alex interviewing Oli Smith, photo taken by Sean Azzopardi…