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Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK part 2

September 16, 2010 2 Comments

Panel Borders:

Making Marvels in the UK part 2

Originally broadcast 16th September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics, (in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival) Alex Fitch concludes his talk with a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best British action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Alex discusses with artist Gary Erskine and writers Dan Abnett, Simon Furman and John Freeman, the decline in fortunes of Marvel UK as a publisher in the 1990s – despite their creation of memorable titles such as Knights of Pendragon, Dragon’s Claws and popular Transformers spin-off title Death’s Head – due to changing market pressures. (Part 2 of 2)

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 / Listen to part one of the Marvel UK panel

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marvel UK, Dan Abnett, Simon Furman, Gary Erskine and John Freeman
John Freeman’s website on British comics news: www.downthetubes.net
Gary Erskine and Simon Furman’s blogs
Dan Abnett’s website
Gallery of Marvel UK covers at the Grand Comics Database
Marvel UK fanblog: It came from Darkmoor
Read Dan Abnett and Simon Harrison’s unpublished Warheads / Death’s Head II graphic novel Loose Cannons
Interview with Gary Erskine in The Guardian about working in the British comics industry

Listen to Alex’s interviews with Chris Claremont and Alan Davis / Paul Cornell about Captain Britain
Listen to Alex’s interview with Simon Furman about Transformers: part one / part two
(more…)

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Today’s show: Making Marvels in the UK part 2

September 16, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK part 2

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics, (in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival) Alex Fitch concludes his talk with a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best British action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Alex discusses with artist Gary Erskine and writers Dan Abnett, Simon Furman and John Freeman, the decline in fortunes of Marvel UK as a publisher in the 1990s – despite their creation of memorable titles such as Knights of Pendragon, Dragon’s Claws and popular Transformers spin-off title Death’s Head – due to changing market pressures. (Part 2 of 2)

5pm, 16/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marvel UK, Dan Abnett, Simon Furman, Gary Erskine and John Freeman
John Freeman’s website on British comics news: www.downthetubes.net
Gary Erskine and Simon Furman’s blogs
Dan Abnett’s website
Gallery of Marvel UK covers at the Grand Comics Database
Marvel UK fanblog: It came from Darkmoor
Read Dan Abnett and Simon Harrison’s unpublished Warheads / Death’s Head II graphic novel Loose Cannons
Interview with Gary Erskine in The Guardian about working in the British comics industry

Listen to part one of this panel as a podcast
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Chris Claremont and Alan Davis / Paul Cornell about Captain Britain
Listen to Alex’s interview with Simon Furman about Transformers: part one / part two
(more…)

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK part 1

September 9, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Making Marvels in the UK part 1

Originally broadcast 9th September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41,  Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41, Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics for both the American and domestic markets, in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Simon Furman, was (and still is) the primary writer of Transformers, as well as the scribe behind a dozen installments of the Doctor Who comic strip, plus many of Marvel UK’s most memorable SF titles including Dragon Claws and Death’s Head. John Freeman, helped create many of Marvel UK’s early 90s titles such as Death’s Head II, Warheads, Killpower and Motormouth. Dan Abnett and Gary Erskine co-created the Knights of Pendragon, a series which gave UK superhero Captain Britain a new, darker spin in the 1990s by adding him to an Arthurian team of heroes.
Alex and the four creators discuss the rise in popularity of Marvel UK as a producer of original material in the 1980s and some of the memorable comics they founded along the way. (Part 1 of 2)

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 / Listen to part two of the Marvel UK panel

(more…)

Today’s show: Making Marvels in the UK part 1

September 9, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41,  Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41, Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics for both the American and domestic markets, in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Simon Furman, was (and still is) the primary writer of Transformers, as well as the scribe behind a dozen installments of the Doctor Who comic strip, plus many of Marvel UK’s most memorable SF titles including Dragon Claws and Death’s Head. John Freeman, helped create many of Marvel UK’s early 90s titles such as Death’s Head II, Warheads, Killpower and Motormouth. Dan Abnett and Gary Erskine co-created the Knights of Pendragon, a series which gave UK superhero Captain Britain a new, darker spin in the 1990s by adding him to an Arthurian team of heroes.
Alex and the four creators discuss the rise in popularity of Marvel UK as a producer of original material in the 1980s and some of the memorable comics they founded along the way. (Part 1 of 2)

5pm 09/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marvel UK, Dan Abnett, , Gary Erskine and John Freeman
John Freeman’s website on British comics news: www.downthetubes.net
Gary Erskine and Simon Furman’s blogs
Dan Abnett’s website
Gallery of Marvel UK covers at the Grand Comics Database
Marvel UK fanblog: It came from Darkmoor
Interview with Gary Erskine in The Guardian about working in the British comics industry

Listen to Alex’s interviews with Chris Claremont and Alan Davis / Paul Cornell about Captain Britain
Listen to Alex’s interview with Simon Furman about Transformers: part one / part two
(more…)

Today’s show: Classic Childrens’ characters in Comics

December 20, 2007

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4FM – Strip!: Classic Childrens’ characters in Comics

In the last Strip! of the year, Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott are looking at the depiction of beloved children’s characters in comics. First we have our interview with Mark Buckingham about reinventing classic fairy tales in Fables and the challenge of bringing something new to the character in his two year run on Spider-man.

Later in the show we have the first on air broadcast of Alex & Duncan’s conversation with Geoff Senior and Simon Furman on 25 years of Transformers, which was first podcast last summer. This is a change to the show advertised at the end of last week’s episode (which was to be about adaptations of classic literature in comics and will be broadcast in a fortnight) mainly because I accidently left the CD at home this morning…

Links: Wikipedia pages on Mark Buckingham, Simon Furman and Geoff Senior
Lambiek.net pages on Mark and Geoff

Podcast: Transformers – …and now

July 30, 2007 4 Comments

Geoff SeniorWith the new Transformers movie currently in cinemas, Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott conclude their interview with the writer (Simon Furman) and one of the most acclaimed artists (Geoff Senior) of the seminal British Transformers comic from the 1980s looking at Furman’s continuation of the mythos for a variety of publishers, Senior’s new career as a graphic designer and what they think of the live action movie…

In other comics news: The Observer has launched a competition to find new comics artists and writers so if you think you can create a short story using pictures, word balloons and captions that fits on a single page of A4, visit Random House’s Graphic Novels website for more details.

Panel Borders is currently podcast only and you can download this episode now… (mp3 format, 13.5mb)

For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

Links – Wikipedia entries on: Transformers comics, cartoon, Simon Furman and Geoff Senior
Simon’s blog
Geoff’s website
Titan Publishing’s new UK Transformers comic by Simon & Geoff
Dynamite Entertainment’s new Terminator 2 comic by Simon
Underground Online‘s guide to Transformers
Monzo and Jhiaxus’ guide to obscure Transformers comics

Podcast: Transformers – then…

July 23, 2007 6 Comments

This afternoon’s show is now available to download… (mp3 format, 13.8mb)

For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

Today’s show: Transformers – then…

July 23, 2007

Simon FurmanWith a week to go until the release of the new Transformers movie, Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott interview the writer (Simon Furman) and one of the most acclaimed artists (Geoff Senior) of the seminal British Transformers comic from the 1980s which helped cement a love of the robots in disguise for our generation as much as the cartoons and toys the franchise was based on.

In other comics news: The Observer has launched a competition to find new comics artists and writers so if you think you can create a short story using pictures, word balloons and captions that fits on a single page of A4, visit Random House’s Graphic Novels website for more details

4.45pm BST, Resonance 104.4 FM (London)* / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

*In case there are problems with the show being transmitted on Resonance, the podcast will go online at the same time…

Links: Wikipedia entries on:
Transformers comics, cartoon, Simon Furman and Geoff Senior
Simon’s blog
Geoff’s website
Titan Publishing’s new UK Transformers comic by Simon & Geoff
Dynamite Entertainment’s new Terminator 2 comic by Simon
Underground Online‘s guide to Transformers
Monzo and Jhiaxus’ guide to obscure Transformers comics