Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Desert Island Comics: Greg Rucka

October 19, 2021

Alex Fitch interviews Greg Rucka

Alex Fitch interviews Greg Rucka

Desert Island Comics: Greg Rucka If you missed this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and would like to get a taste of the event, you can watch Alex Fitch’s video interview with comics writer Greg Rucka about the five titles he would want to have with him, if marooned on a desert island, including classics by Brian Bolland, Matt Wagner, Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Fraction and Jen Van Meter.

Alex and Greg also talk about the comics which inspired the writer in his formative years, including Marvel Digest collections, and the importance of minority representation in his comics Batwoman and The Old Guard

Links: Watch Desert Island Comics: Greg Rucka on youtube
Watch Alex interview Garth Ennis, Simon Spurrier and Rob Williams in a panel discussion on writing comics at LICAF
Other youtube videos on the Lakes International Comic Art Festival channel

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Star Gazing

July 26, 2019

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Alex Fitch talks to Marcel Barion after a screening of The Last Land / posters for Astronaut / Fonotune / After We Leave

Alex Fitch talks to Marcel Barion after a screening of The Last Land / posters for Astronaut / Fonotune / After We Leave

Star Gazing: In this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, Alex Fitch talks to four directors about their films on rockets and space exploration. Shelagh McLeod discusses Astronaut starring Richard Dreyfuss, Fint talks about his eclectic musical drama Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale, and Aleem Hossain explores his revenge and redemption saga After We Leave. Also director Marcel Barion, production designer Johannes Bade and Assistant director Carolin Utsch discuss surrealistic sci-fi movie The Last Land, in an interview recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON. Plus classic tracks by Iron Horse, Rilo Kiley and Commander Chris Hatfield. Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB on Weds 17th July at 5.30pm. (more…)

Panel Borders: Unnamable horrors in genre comics by Brubaker, Abnett and Lanning

December 18, 2011 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Unnamable horrors in genre comics

Partially broadcast 18/12/11 on Resonance FM

Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the Marvel Cancerverse by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in Realm of Kings, drawn by Leonardo Manco and The Thanos Imperative drawn by Miguel Sepulveda

Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the Marvel Cancerverse by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning in Realm of Kings, drawn by Leonardo Manco and The Thanos Imperative drawn by Miguel Sepulveda

Concluding our series of shows about H.P. Lovecraft, Alex Fitch talks to three creators who have recently penned comics inspired by his monsters and scenarios. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning talk about adding a Lovecraftian twist to Marvel Superheroes in their titles Realm of Kings and The Thanos Imperative, which feature alternative versions of Captain Marvel and the Avengers possessed by the ‘Many-angled Ones’. Also Ed Brubaker discusses Fatale, his latest collaboration with artist Sean Phillips, following Sleeper, Criminal and Incognito, which mixes noir storytelling with occult ceremonies and tentacle faced Nazis.

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

Alex Fitch interviews Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Alex Fitch interviews Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Also available: video podcast with Abnett and Lanning about their Marvel ‘Space Opera’ titles

Links: Wikipedia pages on Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Realm of Kings and The Thanos Imperative

Buy Realm of Kings, The Thanos Imperative, Criminal, Incognito and Sleeper from amazon.co.uk

Previous interviews about H.P. Lovecraft: Alan Moore, I.N.J. Culbard, panel discussion featuring China Mieville and Denise Mina

Reality Check: Fringe Event / The Pulse: Shaun Tan, Cyborg Ward

October 4, 2011

Reality Check:
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Fringe Event

Promo images for Fringe and The Event

Promo images for Fringe and The Event

In this edition, hosted by Chris Patmore, we really do take a reality check on two popular TV series that have just come out on DVD. For Fringe Season 3 we speak with Oxford University quantum physicist David Deutsch about the possible existence of parallel universes. For the release of The Event we speak with psychologist Dr Patrick Lehman about the fascination with conspiracy theories

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: Buy Fringe Season 3 and The Event

Also, the pilot episode of SCI-FI-LONDON’s new video magazine show The Pulse is now online…

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Featured in the first episode are Chris’ interviews with Lyndsy Fonseca about John Carpenter’s The Ward and with bona fide cyborg Rob Spence who demonstrates his ‘camera’eye’ plus Alex Fitch catches up with Oscar winning animator Shaun Tan who talks about his short film The Lost Thing and his collection of sketches, The Bird King.

For more info, please go to www.sci-fi-london.com/pulse where you can also download longer edits of the three interviews.

Panel Borders: Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes – the deconstructed American male

January 20, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes – the deconstructed American male

Originally broadcast 20th January 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Alex Fitch interviews Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes

Alex Fitch interviews Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes

Continuing Panel Borders’ month long look at depictions of Masculinity in American Comics, Alex Fitch talks to award winning graphic novelists Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes who both publish their work first as chapters in periodicals Acme Novelty Library and Eightball respectively. Ware’s graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, won the Guardian First Book Award in 2001, while Clowes’ Art School Confidential and Ghost World have both been adapted as American Independent films, the latter seeing the author nominated for his Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2002 Academy Awards…

Please note: a video podcast of this interview is also available at http://www.youtube.com/panelborders

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: Daniel Clowesonline bibliography
BBC online interview with illustrations and screensaver
More info about Wilson, Ice Haven and Ghost World at randomhouse.co.uk

Chris Ware‘s animations from This American Life
Unofficial ACME Novelty library website
More info about Jimmy Corrigan, the smartest kid on Earth and Quimby the Mouse at randomhouse.co.uk
Wikipedia pages on Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes

Recommended events:

Laydeez do Comics January meeting

Guest Speakers:

Corinne Pearlman: Cartoonist, designer and illustrator.
Co-coordinator of Cartoon County, the Sussex Association of Cartoonists and Comic Strip Artists.
Creative Director of Comic Company, and Myriad Editions

Erica Smith: Editor and Creator of Girl Frenzy, the UK’s only underground girl zine. First Published in ’91.

Ilya: British comic book writer and artist.
Creator of Bic who appeared in a self-published series of comics (now collected as Skidmarks). His first (not graphic) novel The Clay Dreaming was published in 2010.

Monday 24 January 2011, 6.30-9.30pm, The Rag Factory, Henage Street (off Brick Lane), London E1 5LJ

More info at: www.laydeezdocomics.com

Panel Borders: Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

November 18, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Chase Promethea, Batwoman!

Originally broadcast 18th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Two 2 page spreads from Promethea and Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Continuing our month long look at unusual depictions of superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to comic book artist and graphic designer J. H. Williams III about his work from early forays into the superhero genre for DC’s imprint ‘Milestone’ to his acclaimed renditions of female characters in Chase, Detective Comics and Alan Moore’s epic Promethea. Alex and Jim talk about the latter’s approach to creating sequential art, from the layout of a page to the relation of a sequence to its surrounding comic or graphic novel and the delegation of work on his new ongoing Batwoman comic.

This show was recorded live at Orbital Comics, 8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

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: J.H. William III’s website
Info about Jim’s forthcoming comics on the DC comics blog
Article on Jim’s Promethea illustrations from a fine art point of view

Recommended events:

Comica, London week three

Storytelling: The Future is Graphic: A free talk by Paul Gravett on new developments in visual and verbal narratives on and off the page.

London College of Communication , Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB, November 19, 2010 – 10am to 11am

Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats
BBC and Channel 4 broadcaster and comedy writer David Quantick explores the life and work of the Edwardian cat artist Louis Wain with underground cartoonist Savage Pencil.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 23, 2010 – 7pm to 8pm

Comica Argentina: Thomas Dassance, Carlos Nine & Oscar Zarate, Explore the rich traditions and vital current scene of comics in Argentina. London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE, November 24, 2010 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm

More info about all the above and more at www.comicafestival.com

Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds Nov 18-21

Thought Bubble begins on:
Thurs 18th November with a 2 day conference on comic books – Thursday’s theme is Women in comics and features talks by Suzy Varty who published the UK’s first all woman comic book ‘Heroine’ in 1977, Maureen Burdock creator of the ‘F word project’ and the Danish comics group ‘Pennevenider’ including artists Karen Hansen, Monica Hee Eun Jensen and Rikke Hollaender. The theme of the…

Friday 19th conference is the ties between the production and scholarship of comics and includes talks on the work of Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes.

Saturday 20th sees a one day comics convention take over the Royal Armouries and Alea Casino in Leeds and guest include Becky Cloonan, Kick Ass artist John Romita Junior and reknowned Starman and Ex Mechina artist Tony Harris. Finally on…

Sunday 21st, London based small press group We are Words + Pictures join forces with the Manchester Comics Collective to host a day of art and writing workshops and a free drop in and draw session for people of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there are additional talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions around Leeds and there’s info about all the above on their website www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Panel Borders: The Tale of One Bad Rat

September 11, 2008 1 Comment

Panel Borders: The Tale of One Bad Rat
Originally broadcast 04/09/08 on Resonance FM

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After a two week haitus, Resonance’s weekly podcast about comic books – Panel Borders – is back for a 2nd series…
Alex Fitch and Bryan Talbot…starting with an interview by Alex Fitch with graphic novelist Bryan Talbot about the new printing of his classic book The Tale of One Bad Rat which tells the story of an abused homeless girl who finds solace in the works of Beatrix Potter…

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org or watch it as a two part youtube video

Listen to Alex’s earlier chats with Bryan about The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and his experiences at Sci-Fi conventions

Links: Wikipedia pages on Bryan Talbot, The Tale of One Bad Rat and
Jonathan Cape’s
‘Graphic Novels minisite’

Comics news:

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

From 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by Helen McCarthy, who Alex will be interviewing for a second time at Streatham Library on Monday 15th September, to be broadcast as a clear spot on Resonance FM at 8pm on the 18th…

Plus: The Jonthan Cape / Observer graphic fiction competition is back on, with the deadline being 17/10/09 to design a short story in comic book form to fit two pages of The Observer…

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Also: At Harrods, Knightsbridge, Rich Johnston has curated an exhibtion of original comic book art by industry luminaries such as Sean Phillips and Raymond Briggs, open from now until the end of October…
More info at www.comicbitsonline.com and at Sean’s blogyoxford.com

Panel Borders on youtube

August 28, 2008

Here at Panel Borders HQ, we realise that getting video clips onto your xunes, itubes and ephones isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do and while all of our video podcasts have been available to download from archive.org we thought it was high time to get the stuff onto youtube as well.
As this involves divvying up each video into ten min segments, it’s going to take a not small amount of time to copy over all the videos, but all four parts of Alex Fitch’s interview with Dave Gibbons are on youtube now:

(direct link: www.youtube.com/user/PanelBorders / easier interface at alexfitch.com)

with youtube versions of Alex’s interviews with David Lloyd, Alan Moore, Malcolm McDowell, Guy Maddin and Bryan Talbot (online this time-ish next week) to follow…

The site even includes videos by other people that feature Alex in front of and behind the camera,
such as Oli Smith’s latest magnum opus in which Mr Smith goes to Nottingham and meets Eddie Campbell, films Alex eating and Dan Lester dancing, D’Israeli chewing a flyer for ‘Low Energy Day’ while Ian Edgington watches and a bemused Stephen Holland belatedly receives a broken award for his shop…:

And if you enjoyed that…

London Underground Comics Low Energy Day

London Underground Comics' Low Energy Day

LUC is proud to announce its SECOND festival of the year, Low Energy Day on the 30th of August.
After the success of No Barcodes, with its beautiful atmosphere, universal profit making and footfall of over six hundred visitors we’ve decided to do… well pretty much the same again actually.

Plus a couple of sexy bonuses:

Last time we had twelve tables and fifty two exhibitors, this time we are spread over two areas, meaning we can ditch the tables that weren’t in prime positions. We now have ten tables in the original No Barcodes hall, and another five in the centre of the busy Market Hall next door, allowing us to accommodate more creators than ever before, and hopefully give people who asked for space after we were full before a chance to participate.
DJ Laurence Powell from small press legends Modern Monstrosity (Tales From The Flat) will be entertaining us all day with his comics themed mixes in the middle of the main room.
On top of that expect the usual food discounts for taking part in the event, opportunities to sell comics to a large and unsaturated market, and the chance to meet and make friends new and old in the beautiful and popular Camden Lock Market.

Also: On now until the end of August – “Caption Comics Collective” at the Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Caption Collective exhibition at The Jam Factory

Comics artists Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, D’Israeli, David Baillie, Sally Anne Hickman and many more display their artistic wares at this gallery show in Oxford. More info at www.thejamfactoryoxford.com

Electric Sheep video podcast: Guy Maddin and My Winnipeg

July 18, 2008 7 Comments

Electric Sheep video podcast: Guy Maddin and My Winnipeg

Electric Sheep podcast:
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An episode of The Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast – Alex Fitch talks to Guy Maddin about his new film “My Winnipeg” and about his career so far from Tales of the Gimli Hospital to The Saddest music in the world.

You can stream the show by clicking here and pressing the play button or right click here to save the mp4 file direct to your computer… (mp4 format, 27mins / 252mb)
This podcast is also available in an audio only format which includes an additional interview with Kinga P, a former resident of Winnipeg…

Links: Electric Sheep Magazine
IMDb and wikipedia pages on My Winnipeg
Transcript of Alex’s interview with Guy Maddin + Alex’s article on the film and the director’s career
Alex’s interview with Cecilia Araneda, director of the Winnipeg Film Group

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Video podcast: The art of David Lloyd (being Dave… part 2)

July 11, 2008 1 Comment

Panel Borders – The art of David Lloyd (being Dave… part 2) video podcast
Audio version broadcast at 5.35pm, 10/07/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and David Lloyd

A special video edition of Panel Borders – In the second of two podcasts about artists called Dave who worked with writer Alan Moore, Alex Fitch talks to artist David Lloyd about his career, about working with Alan on V for Vendetta and about the challenges of illustrating graphic novels such as The Horrorist and Kickback.”

There are a couple of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video…
For the audio version of this podcast, click here

Links: Wikipedia pages on David and V for Vendetta
David’s website – lforlloyd.com
Why not join our facebook group?

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 documentay 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…”

Video podcast: The art of Dave Gibbons (being Dave… part 1)

July 10, 2008 4 Comments

Panel Borders – The art of Dave Gibbons (being Dave… part 1) video podcast
Audio version to be broadcast at 5pm, 10/07/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and Dave Gibbons

You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Dave Gibbons about his work with writer Alan Moore on one of his most famous comic book serials. Dave drew the revered graphic novel Watchmen which is currently being turned into a multi-million dollar blockbuster and has also drawn a variety of seminal comics on both sides of the Atlantic from Green Lantern to Dan Dare. Alex talks to Dave about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen.

Read an abridged transcript of the interview in Wheel Me Out magazine

There are a couple of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video…
Video filmed by Oli Smith (who features in a couple of blink and you’ll miss ’em cameos!)

Links: Links: Wikipedia pages on Dave, Watchmen and The Originals
Page on Dave’s work at Lambiek and 2000AD online
Watch Fitch and Gibbons in a youtube video advertising Oli Smith’s LUC stall
Why not join our facebook group?

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 documentay 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…”

Video podcast: Looking for Lost Girls

February 24, 2008 2 Comments

Panel BordersLooking for Lost Girls (video podcast) Audio version broadcast 14/02/08 on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch and Alan Moore

You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Alan Moore about his graphic novels Lost Girls and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and Alan’s depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman.

There are a variety of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including 256kb & 64kb streams and downloads as well as the original 256Mb AVI video. For more info and to see jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video, please visit the home of this podcast (vodcast / vidcast?) at archive.org

Links: Invisible Girls and Phantom Ladies – an article by Alan Moore about the portrayal of women in comics (circa 1983)Alan Moore strips on Scans Daily (perhaps I could have worded that better)Paul Gravett interviews Alan Moore … Alex’s previous interview with Alan part one, part two, part threeExtracts (and a very cool photo) from Alan’s recent interview with Word magazineIndex of Alan Moore interviews available on the webWikipedia page on Lost GirlsTop Shelf productions (publishers of Lost Girls) websiteGosh! Comics website

Comics news…The nominations for this year’s Eagle Awards have started www.eagleawards.co.ukIn the roll of honour – at the risk of being terribly egotistical, may I suggest me, Alex Fitch in the category of “entrepreneur whose achievements have… increased public awareness (of comics)”? (I know it says “in print”, but then I do publicise the show in [electronic] print)… If we can get Oli Smith’s London Underground Comics video podcasts listed under favourite TV / film (going for the loosest definition of the words), that would be great too.

Video Podcast: Malcolm McDowell and Lindsay Anderson

November 17, 2007 2 Comments

I’m ready for my close-upMalcolm McDowell & Lindsay Anderson
(video podcast) Audio version partially broadcast on 14/11/07 on Resonance FM


You can download now the video of Alex Fitch’s interview with Malcolm McDowell & Mike Kaplan about their film Never Apoloigise – a personal visit with Lindsay Anderson.
There are a variety of versions of the video available to download at archive.org including 256kb & 64kb streams and downloads as well as the original 3.8Gb video. For more info and to see jpg screen grabs and an animated gif of the video, please visit the home of this podcast (vodcast / vidcast?) at archive.org

Links: Book tickets for Never Apologise at the BFI

Further screenings of Never Apologize throughout the U.K.
Info on Never Apologize (sic), Lindsay Anderson and Malcolm McDowell at the IMDb
Info on Malcolm McDowell, Lindsay Anderson and The Whales of August (produced by Mike Kaplan) at wikipedia.org
Official website: neverapologize.com