Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Today’s show: From small press to mainstream

April 22, 2013

This morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: From small press to mainstream

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemists Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemist’s Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, guest presenter Matt Badham talks to comic creators David Hine, Al Davison, Tom Humberstone and Tony Lee about starting their careers in independent comics, how that influenced their style and choices when breaking into the ‘mainstream’ industry and the advice they have to give creators starting out now. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

8.30am, Monday 22nd April 2013 / repeated 3pm, Thursday 25th April, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Websites – Tony Lee, Tom Humberstone, David Hine, Al Davison (more…)

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Panel Borders: Tales of Diversity

December 31, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Tales of Diversity

Partially broadcast 17/12/09 as part of an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson, Benefit Fraud by Chantelle Beckford and Rosalee Noel and The Dollhouse by Leke Adekanbi and Shantel Cherebin

Excerpts from Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson, Benefit Fraud by Chantelle Beckford and Rosalee Noel and The Dollhouse by Leke Adekanbi and Shantel Cherebin

In the last of this month’s shows looking at the use of comics in education, Sarah Lightman visits the Eastside Educational Trust in Hackney and talks to two of the tutors / mentors from the organisation – Rakhee Jasani and Truly Johnston – who have set up a project called ‘Graphic Truths’ as a way of engaging young people with comic book creation to tell stories that are personal to them. Sarah also talks to four of the young creators – Chantelle, Shantel, Leke and Nickita – who have worked on the project and are seeing their comics printed in an anthology called ‘Tales of Diversity’ being launched next month.

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: Eastside Educational Trust info about the Graphic Truths project on their website
Download Tales of Diversity as a PDF
Graphic Truths blog
Rag Factory website where the magazine is being launched on 16/01/10

Sarah Lightmanwebsite
Info about Sarah’s monthly comics discussion group – Laydeez do Comics

Recommended events:

Comixmas exhibition

ComiXmas: When Worlds Collide is an exhibition of fantastic images from contemporary comic books and graphic novels, featuring work by the best contemporary comic book artists, along with images from past great masters of the genre. On display in the exhibition are prints reproduced at a strikingly larger scale by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, one of the fathers of Japanese manga and anime; Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin; Woodrow Phoenix, creator of the award winning Rumble Strip; Andrzej Klimowski, illustrator of The Master & Margarita; Reinhard Kleist, illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness; From Hell creators Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and many other artists. This free exhibition runs from 11 December 2009 to 6 February 2010 at the LondonPrintStudio Gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London.

Additionally, Paul Gravett will be hosting a free panel discussion How A Comic Is Made at the LondonPrintStudio on Thursday 21 January 2010, where you can discover the secrets behind writing and drawing comics, graphic novels and manga, revealed by creators featured in the ComiXmas Exhibition: Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (Master and Margarita), Nana Li (Twelfth Night), Pat Mills (Nemesis, Slaine, Requiem) and Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). Followed by book signings and reception.

More info at www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

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Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Panel Borders: Eclectic Micks and stars of Solipsistic Pop!

October 22, 2009 8 Comments

Panel Borders:

Eclectic Micks and stars of Solipsistic Pop!

Edited broadcast 22/10/09 as part of an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Cover of Solipsistic pop volume one by Philippa Johnson and cover of the Eclectic Micks sketchbook by various

Cover of Solipsistic pop volume one by Philippa Johnson and cover of the Eclectic Micks sketchbook by various

Continuing ‘anthologies and collectives month’ on the show, in an interview recorded at last month’s British International Comics Show in Birmingham, Alex Fitch talks to four members of a group of Irish comic book artists – Stephen Mooney, PJ Holden, Will Sliney and Declan Shalvey – who work for a variety of British and American comic publishers and collectively promote their work through a blog with the title “Eclectic Micks”.
Alex also talks to the creator and editor – Tom Humberstone – and some of the contributors – Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and Stephen Collins – of the new anthology “Solipsistic Pop” which intends to bring the sensibilities of high-end American Indie comic anthologies to the under represented world of British small press creators. Julia and Matthew also talk about disseminating their own self published comics – “We are words and pictures” – to the public via market stalls and club nights.
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: Solipsistic Pop … group website
Individual websites for Tom Humberstone, Matthew Sheret, Julia Scheele, Stephen Collins and Philippa Johnson
We are words and pictures website
Info about this year’s Comica Comiket, curated by Sol. Pop and WAW+P

Eclectic Micks… group blog
Individual blogs for Stephen Mooney, PJ Holden, Will Sliney and Declan Shalvey
Info about the Eclectic Micks sketchbook

Related events: Hunterian Museum Film Screening – Medical Miniaturisation – Thursday 22 October, 7pm

Join us for our first ever Hunterian Museum film screening of two works on the theme of medical miniaturisation. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce the classic 1963 anime Astroboy: Mighty Microbe Army about the robot boy miniaturised to fight bacteria inside the body, followed by the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage inspired by one of Osamu Tezuka’s early Manga works ‘The Monster on the 38th Parallel’. The museum and the exhibition ‘Sci-Fi Surgery: Medical Robots’ will be open from 6pm so that you can see the mini-bots that turn fantasy into reality. Screenings supported by the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society and Right Stuf, Inc. FREE, booking essential on 0207 869 6560

plus: BLACK POWERS exhibtion at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

As part of Black History Month, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery presents an exhibition of comics by black creators and of African-American characters in comics. The collection coheres around black representations through the imagery and language of the comic book medium: representation as markers of both historical and contemporary struggles. The theme is developed through archival works from the 1930’s to the present-day and culminates with a display of the singular comic art of Patrice and John Aggs, Paul Peart-Smith, Woodrow Phoenix and Lance Tooks.

09 October – 06 November 2009
Swiss Cottage Library Gallery, 88 Avenue Rd, London, United Kingdom
(more…)

Today’s show: Eclectic Micks and stars of Solipsistic Pop!

October 22, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Eclectic Micks and stars of Solipsistic Pop

Cover of Solipsistic pop volume one by Philippa Johnson and cover of the Eclectic Micks sketchbook by various

Cover of Solipsistic pop volume one by Philippa Johnson and cover of the Eclectic Micks sketchbook by various

Continuing ‘anthologies and collectives month’ on the show, in an interview recorded at last month’s British International Comics Show in Birmingham, Alex Fitch talks to four members of a group of Irish comic book artists – Stephen Mooney, PJ Holden, Will Sliney and Declan Shalvey – who work for a variety of British and American comic publishers and collectively promote their work through a blog with the title “Eclectic Micks”.
Alex also talks to the creator and editor – Tom Humberstone – and some of the contributors – Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and Stephen Collins – of the new anthology “Solipsistic Pop” which intends to bring the sensibilities of high-end American Indie comic anthologies to the under represented world of British small press creators. Julia and Matthew also talk about disseminating their own self published comics – “We are words and pictures” – to the public via market stalls and club nights.

5pm 22/10/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Solipsistic Pop … group website
Individual websites for Tom Humberstone, Matthew Sheret, Julia Scheele, Stephen Collins and Philippa Johnson
We are words and pictures website
Info about this year’s Comica Comiket, curated by Sol. Pop and WAW+P

Eclectic Micks… group blog
Individual blogs for Stephen Mooney, PJ Holden, Will Sliney and Declan Shalvey
Info about the Eclectic Micks sketchbook

Related events: Hunterian Museum Film Screening – Medical Miniaturisation – Thursday 22 October, 7pm

Join us for our first ever Hunterian Museum film screening of two works on the theme of medical miniaturisation. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce the classic 1963 anime Astroboy: Mighty Microbe Army about the robot boy miniaturised to fight bacteria inside the body, followed by the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage inspired by one of Osamu Tezuka’s early Manga works ‘The Monster on the 38th Parallel’. The museum and the exhibition ‘Sci-Fi Surgery: Medical Robots’ will be open from 6pm so that you can see the mini-bots that turn fantasy into reality. Screenings supported by the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society and Right Stuf, Inc. FREE, booking essential on 0207 869 6560

plus: BLACK POWERS exhibtion at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

As part of Black History Month, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery presents an exhibition of comics by black creators and of African-American characters in comics. The collection coheres around black representations through the imagery and language of the comic book medium: representation as markers of both historical and contemporary struggles. The theme is developed through archival works from the 1930’s to the present-day and culminates with a display of the singular comic art of Patrice and John Aggs, Paul Peart-Smith, Woodrow Phoenix and Lance Tooks.

09 October – 06 November 2009
Swiss Cottage Library Gallery, 88 Avenue Rd, London, United Kingdom
(more…)

Panel Borders: In the company of women

September 17, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

In the company of women

Originally broadcast 17/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Continuing “women in comics” month on the show – we have two interviews with creators whose comics are set in worlds featuring primarily female characters. Alex Fitch talks to Pam Harrison, the Queer Press Award winning creator of “House of the Muses – the latter days of Sappho of Lesbos” while (Eagle Award winner) Tom Humberstone talks to Pia Guerra, artist of “Y: The Last Man” who won the 2008 Eisner Award and 2006 Joe Shuster Award for her work on the title.
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: Pam Harrison’s House of the Muses website and Prism Comics profile
Interview with Pam on the Prism website
Buy House of the Muses from amazon.co.uk
Alex’s interviews with 2007’s Queer Press Grant winners
Info about this year’s grant (deadline October 1st)

Pia Guerra’s website
Pages on Pia’s work on the comic book database and wikipedia
Interviews with Pia about drawing Y – The last man and Doctor Who: The Forgotten at comicbookresources.com

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

This year’s Observer / Jonathan Cape and Manga Jiman competions are now on:

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for all three competitions: September 25, 2009

London signings:

Pat Mills: Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

The group is run by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress is included.

The Sewing Room / The Rag Factory / 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 21th September / Rosalind B Penfold, creator of ‘Dragonslippers’ will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

and: Karen Rubins at the V & A

Manga artist Karen Rubins is the comic book artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London and on the 11th, 18th-20th and 25th of September you’re welcome to visit her in her studio in The Sackler Centre, watch her create work, browse some books and take part in a comics jam session!

The Sackler Centre,
Victoria and Albert museum,
(closest entrance: Exhibtion Road, off the South Kensington museums ‘tunnel’)
London SW7 2RL

More info here…

Today’s show: In the company of women

September 17, 2009 1 Comment

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: In the company of women

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Pages from House of the Muses by Pam Harrison and Y The Last Man with pencil art by Pia Guerra

Continuing “women in comics” month on the show – we have two interviews with creators whose comics are set in worlds featuring primarily female characters. Alex Fitch talks to Pam Harrison, the Queer Press Award winning creator of “House of the Muses – the latter days of Sappho of Lesbos” while (Eagle Award winner) Tom Humberstone talks to Pia Guerra, artist of “Y: The Last Man” who won the 2008 Eisner Award and 2006 Joe Shuster Award for her work on the title.

5pm 17/09/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Pam Harrison’s House of the Muses website and Prism Comics profile
Interview with Pam on the Prism website
Buy House of the Muses from amazon.co.uk
Alex’s interviews with 2007’s Queer Press Grant winners
Info about this year’s grant (deadline October 1st)

Pia Guerra’s website
Pages on Pia’s work on the comic book database and wikipedia
Interviews with Pia about drawing Y – The last man and Doctor Who: The Forgotten at comicbookresources.com

Join our facebook group / follow Panel Borders on twitter

Comics news:

Comics competitions

This year’s Observer / Jonathan Cape and Manga Jiman competions are now on:

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for all three competitions: September 25, 2009

and: London signings…

Pat Mills: Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

The group is run by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress is included.

The Sewing Room / The Rag Factory / 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 21th September / Rosalind B Penfold, creator of ‘Dragonslippers’ will be discussing her work and the book ‘New York Diary’ by Julie Doucet…

More info here…

and: Karen Rubins at the V & A

Manga artist Karen Rubins is the comic book artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London and on the 11th, 18th-20th and 25th of September you’re welcome to visit her in her studio in The Sackler Centre, watch her create work, browse some books and take part in a comics jam session!

The Sackler Centre,
Victoria and Albert museum,
(closest entrance: Exhibtion Road, off the South Kensington museums ‘tunnel’)
London SW7 2RL

More info here…

Electric Sheep / Wheel Me Out magazines Spring 2009

March 18, 2009 2 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
Electric Sheep podcast logo

The Fourth Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine has just been released and focuses on Tainted Love to celebrate the release of the sweet and bloody pre-teen vampire romance Let the Right One In, with articles on incestuous cinematic siblings, François Ozon’s tales of tortuous relationships, destructive passion in Nic Roeg’s Bad Timing, Julio Medem’s ambiguous lovers and nihilistic tenderness from Kôji Wakamatsu. Also Alex Fitch reviews Timecrimes and looks at the similarities between Wall-E and the Planet of the Apes (!), Tania Glyde discusses her ‘alter-ego’ in The Last Seduction and Virginie Selavy interviews Tomas Alfredson, author of Let the Right one in

In good bookshops now and available online (with a 15% discount) at www.wallflowerpress.co.uk and features illustrations by Oli Smith, Emma Price and Tom Humberstone and a new comic strip by Mark Stafford.
It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

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

 

Let the right one in illustration by Tom Humberstone

Let the right one in illustration by Tom Humberstone

WALL-E and EVE on the Planet of the Apes illustration by Oli Smith

WALL-E and EVE on the Planet of the Apes illustration by Oli Smith

The Red Squirrel illustration by Emma Price  

The Red Squirrel illustration by Emma Price

Watchmen article illustration by Mark Stafford

Watchmen article illustration by Mark Stafford

 

ESM continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive content such as Alex Fitch’s article on the West London Fantastic Film society and Virginie Selavy’s interview with Kim Ji Woon

Also:

Cover of Wheel Me Out magazine #3

Cover of Wheel Me Out magazine #3

The third issue of the new online magazine Wheel Me Out has just been released and features transcripts of Alex Fitch’s interviews with comic book creators Dave Gibbons and Bryan Talbot plus audio drama scribe Mark Wright. WMO also features Ananda Pellerin’s interviews with Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh and DJ Max Tundra

Sunday Shock Therapy: Revisiting the Superhero Apocalypse!

March 10, 2009 1 Comment

Evil Brain from Outer Space (from Something Weird Video)

Evil Brain from Outer Space (from Something Weird Video)

This Sunday (15/03/09) at “Vibe Live” above the Vibe Bar at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Electric Sheep Magazine is proud to present our FREE quarterly screening event to help promote the new print issue of the magazine. To compliment and offer alternate programming to the apocalyptic superhero movie currently in UK cinemas, Electric Sheep Magazine offers diverting afternoon entertainment, which includes an offbeat superhero movie and an apocalyptic short!

Evil Brain from Outer Space [Sūpā Jaiantsu – Uchū Kaijin Shutsugen]…features the final exploits of Japanese Superhero Starman in a mission to save the Earth from a marauding brainlike alien creature created by a mad scientist with the help of an alien army!
78 mins, black and white, 1964
(with thanks to Something Weird for permission to show the film)

The End is Cow…is a new short comedy film about mankind being threatened by an invasion of cephalopods cows who want to destroy us with their evil lactation!
[Cast and crew will be in attendance]
30 min, colour, 2008

Doors open at 2pm with music from DJ Lucky Cat and a stall selling London Underground Comics (featuring the work of Oli Smith and Emma Price) + comics by Tom Humberstone and Mark Stafford…
What else are you going to do on a cold Sunday afternoon in East London?
The first 10 people in get a free copy of the new issue of Electric Sheep! You will also have the possibility of winning a year’s subscription to the magazine!

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Panel Borders: The work of Adrian Tomine

February 12, 2009 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

The work of Adrian Tomine

Originally broadcast 12/02/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

Extract from Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

Continuing Indie comics month on Panel Borders: Eagle Award winning writer and artist Tom Humberstone talks to American comic book creator Adrian Tomine who writes and draws the comic book Optic Nerve, originally self published and now serialised by Drawn and Quarterly. Collections of short stories from the comic, entitled Summer Blonde and Sleepwalk, have just been published in the UK by Faber and Faber.
Adrian is also the editor of a series of collections of the work of underground manga creator Yoshihiro Tatsumi including Abandon the old in Tokyo and The Push Man and other stories. Tom and Adrian talk about working in comics, Adrian’s artistic influences and interests, his graphic novel Shortcomings and his involvement in bringing Tatsumi’s work to the attention of a new generation in the West.

To download or stream the show in a variety of different formats, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Adrian’s website
Buy Adrian’s books from Drawn and Quarterly, Faber and Faber and Forbidden Planet International
Article on Summer Blonde in Time Magazine
Wikipedia page on Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Tom’s website
This podcast is part of our occasional Creators Talking series in which one comic book creator talks to another…
Listen to Alex Fitch and Tom Humberstone chat about David Lynch, Dark City and Tom’s comics

Comics news:

Here’s Johnny Screening on More4

The excellent documentary Here’s Johnny about artist John (Nemesis the Warlock, Judge Dredd) Hicklenton’s battle with multiple sclerosis is being shown next tuesday at 10pm on More4. The film includes great examples of his work and interviews with the likes of Pat Mills and Glenn Fabry…
More info about the film on its official site.

and…

Brighton ‘zine fest February 2008

…will be taking place over the weekend of 21st/22nd February. Workshops, talks and bands will be on the Saturday (@ The Cowley Club) and zine stalls, acoustic acts and a few other mystery things will be on the Sunday (@ West Hill Hall).

More info at www.brightonzinefest.co.uk

Today’s shows: Tom Humberstone talks to Adrian Tomine / The short films of Jeff Keen‏

February 12, 2009 2 Comments

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: The work of Adrian Tomine

Extract from Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

Extract from Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

Continuing Indie comics month on Strip!: Eagle Award winning writer and artist Tom Humberstone will be talking to American comic book creator Adrian Tomine who writes and draws the comic book Optic Nerve, originally self published and now serialised by Drawn and Quarterly. Collections of short stories from the comic, entitled Summer Blonde and Sleepwalk, have just been published in the UK by Faber and Faber.
Adrian is also the editor of a series of collections of the work of underground manga creator Yoshihiro Tatsumi including Abandon the old in Tokyo and The Push Man and other stories. Tom and Adrian talk about working in comics, Adrian’s artistic influences and interests, his graphic novel Shortcomings and his involvement in bringing Tatsumi’s work to the attention of a new generation in the West.

5pm 12/02/09, repeated 11.30pm 15/02/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Adrian’s website
Buy Adrian’s books from Drawn and Quarterly, Faber and Faber and Forbidden Planet International
Article on Summer Blonde in Time Magazine
Tom’s website
Listen to Alex Fitch and Tom Humberstone chat about David Lynch, Dark City and Tom’s comics

I’m ready for my close-up: The strange short films of Jeff Keen

A Home Movie by Jeff Keen

A Home Movie by Jeff Keen

For one night only (unless we inveigle them into doing more), the team of Resonance’s long missed Sunday night show Midnight Sex Talk are reunited on air for a special episode of I’m ready for my close-up
Alex Fitch talks to Tania Glyde and Kim Morgan about the films of experimental film maker Jeff Keen, whose work is about to be showcased in 4 programmes at the BFI Southbank over the next couple of weeks and in a definitive DVD box set. Keen’s work ranges from comic book inspired free-for-alls featuring cameos by The Flash, The Spirit and Mickey Mouse, to vaguely erotic scenes of debauchery in squats, and apocalyptic visions in ancient quarries.
Tania, Kim and Alex look at the variety of images and found footage in Keen’s work and try to answer the inevitable question: “What does it all mean?”…

10.30pm 12/02/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at http://www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast 18/02/09 at http://www.electricsheepmagazine.wordpress.com

Links: More info on the BFI’s Jeff Keen season and DVD box set
Listen to Kim’s previous film reviews
Tania’s blog and info about her book Cleaning up, how I gave up drinking and lived
Alex’s early radio appearances on episodes of Midnight Sex Talk concerning “Movies”, “Censorship”, “Death” and “Psychos”!
Visit the archive of Tania and Kim’s previous shows at www.midnightsextalk.com

Electric Sheep Magazine Winter 2008

December 16, 2008 3 Comments

Electric Sheep Magazine Winter 2008 cover

Electric Sheep Magazine Winter 2008 cover

The third Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine (co-presenter(s) of the Hectic Peelers cinema nights with Resonance FM) 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 James DC (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up / Strip!), and features illustrations by Strip! guests Tom Humberstone, Dan LesterMark Stafford (left to right below), and future Strip! guest Lee O’Connor.

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

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

 

Illustration by Tom Humberstone of Traci Lords in Cry Baby

 
Extract from Kamikaze Girls review by Dan LesterDeadly night by Mark Stafford

Lady Snowblood illustration by Lee O' Connor

ES 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 Oli Smith looking at The Mindscape of Alan Moore

Sunday Shock Therapy: Swedish Horror and alternative Christmas Fayre

December 5, 2008

This Sunday at “Vibe Live” above the Vibe Bar at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Electric Sheep Magazine is proud to present the return of our FREE quarterly screening event to help promote the new print issue of the magazine. In keeping with the print issue’s theme of snow, we have a couple of Swedish horror movies “Frostbite(n)” (2006) and “Terror in the Midnight Sun / Rymdinvasion i Lappland” (1959) starting at 2pm and an alternative Christmas Fayre featuring products from CinéphiliaLondon Underground Comics (featuring the work of Oli Smith, Dan Lester and Sean Azzopardi + comics by Tom Humberstone and Mark Stafford), Where It’s At Is Where You Arerecords, Sophistikitten retro lingerie, and cakes!
What else are you going to do on a cold Sunday afternoon in East London?
The first 20 people in get a free copy of the new issue of Electric Sheep! You will also have the possibility of winning a year’s subscription to the magazine!

Sunday Shock therapy flyer

Sunday Shock therapy flyer

Electric Sheep podcast: Cutting Edge Animation

October 23, 2008 6 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: Cutting Edge Animation
(Charles Burns interview previously broadcast 25/09/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM as an episode of “Strip!”)

Following on from last month’s look at Osamu Tezuka’s classic animé, the Electric Sheep Podcast is exploring more experimental animation from 1970s surrealism to the very latest French comic strip inspired cartoons.
Tom (How to date a girl in ten days) Humberstone and Alex Fitch chat about the early films of David Lynch which mixed animation and live action to beguiling effect and how Lynch may have been influenced by his peers such as Terry Gilliam and Jan Švankmajer. Also: Virginie Sélavy talks to Charles Burns about his contribution to the French portmanteau film Fear(s) of the dark and about his acclaimed graphic novel “Black Hole”…

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

Links: Wikipedia pages on David Lynch, Charles Burns and Fear(s) of the dark
Tom’s website

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Electric Sheep Magazine Autumn 2008

September 12, 2008 3 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
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The second Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine (co-presenter(s) of the Hectic Peelers cinema nights with Resonance FM) 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 and Philip Winter (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up) + Paul Gravett and Alex Fitch (Strip!), and features illustrations by Tom Humberstone, Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi plus a comic strip by Mark Stafford (IRFMCU)

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

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

ES also continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive interviews such as Alex Fitch talking to acclaimed Canadian director Guy Maddin

Electric Sheep podcast: (Re)visiting Dark City

August 29, 2008 3 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: (Re)visiting Dark City

Electric Sheep podcast:
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An episode of The Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast – Alex Fitch talks to Eagle Award winning comic book artist Tom Humberstone about Dark City – the underrated 1998 sci-fi film noir which has been recently rereleased in an extended director’s cut.

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

Links: Read a print extract at Electric Sheep Magazine
Tom’s website ventedspleen.com
Official Dark City website

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Panel Borders: The art of Tom Humberstone

July 17, 2008 2 Comments

Panel Borders: The art of Tom Humberstone
Originally broadcast 17/07/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alex Fitch talks to Tom Humberstone about the various illustrated endeavours he’s been involved with such as comics which range from Art school scum to Everything you never wanted to know about Crohn’s disease and the Eagle award winning How to date a girl in ten days. Tom also runs a pen club in South East London which allows amateurs and professionals to meet in a friendly pub and draw together and most recently illustrated the blog / sold out graphic novella My Fellow Americans about the democratic nomination process earlier this year.

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

Links: Tom’s website
My Fellow Americans blog
Join the Pen Club group and Panel Borders group on facebook

Comics news:

Comics and 'zines flyer

Also: Online now at Manchester Met’ Contemporary Film and Video:

Tales from the Flat: the movie! (sort of)

To quote one of the stars, Oliver Lambden: “Alex Thomson, Jack Tomkins and Jon Hull recently completed their final piece for their film degrees at Manchester Uni and they decided to make a short documentary all about Modern Monstrosity and The Camden Comics Stall. Give it a watch, it’s bloody awesome, the soundtrack’s amazing, it’s only ten minutes long and it’s viewable here…”

Today’s show: Crime and Penmanship

July 17, 2008

Strip!: Crime and Penmanship*

On today’s episode of Strip! – broadcast at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) – Alex Fitch is talking to Paul Gravett about the new book he’s edited and collated, The Mammoth book of best Crime Comics. Alex and Paul talk about the crime genre in sequential art from the 1930s to the modern day, about Paul’s choices for inclusion in the book and the relationship between crime on film and in graphic novels.
Also: Alex is talking to Tom Humberstone about the various illustrated endeavors he’s been involved with such as comics which range from Art school scum to Everything you never wanted to know about Crohn’s disease and the Eagle award winning How to date a girl in ten days. Tom also runs a pen club in South East London which allows amateurs and professionals to meet in a friendly pub and draw together and most recently illustrated the blog come sold out graphic novella My Fellow Americans about the democratic nomination process earlier this year.
5pm, Resonance 104.4 FM 17/07/08

(*yeah, I know! Sorry…)

Links: Paul’s website
Publisher’s page on …Best new Crime Comics and the other Mammoth books
Tom’s website
My Fellow Americans blog
Join the Pen Club group and Panel Borders group on facebook

Comics news:

Comics and 'zines flyer

Also: Online now at Manchester Met’ Contemporary Film and Video:

Tales from the Flat: the movie! (sort of)

To quote one of the stars, Oliver Lambden: “Alex Thomson, Jack Tomkins and Jon Hull recently completed their final piece for their film degrees at Manchester Uni and they decided to make a short documentary all about Modern Monstrosity and The Camden Comics Stall. Give it a watch, it’s bloody awesome, the soundtrack’s amazing, it’s only ten minutes long and it’s viewable here…”