Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders: Mad Robot Comics

February 28, 2017

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

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

Mad Robot Comics: The monthly show about comics and graphic novels. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex Fitch explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics. The creators also discuss their serialised graphic novel Last Exit to Brighton, sold in 50p instalments, and Ed’s latest kickstarter project, Skate or Die!
Partially broadcast 1st February 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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

Links: Mad Robot Comics website
Skate or Die! kickstarter page (ends March 9th 2017)

Tomorrow’s show: 40 years of 2000AD

February 28, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: 40 years of 2000AD

D Israeli, Phil Winslade, Mike Collins, Alex Fitch, Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton at Birmingham Comics Festival 2016 (Photos by Nik Vincent-Abnett) / ABC Warriors by Clint Langley and Pat Mills

D’Israeli, Phil Winslade, Mike Collins, Alex Fitch, Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton at Birmingham Comics Festival 2016 (Photos by Nik Vincent-Abnett) / ABC Warriors by Clint Langley and Pat Mills


The monthly show about comics and graphic novels; To celebrate the 40th anniversary of 2000AD, “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic”, Alex Fitch talks to half a dozen of the writers and artists who have worked on the British periodical in recent years. At the Birmingham Comic Festival 2016, Alex talks to D’Israeli, Phil Winslade, Mike Collins, Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton about collaborating together, and at Cartoon County, Brighton, artist Clint Langley talks about his process in creating intricate artwork for strips such as Slaine and ABC Warriors.

5.30pm Wednesday 1st March, repeated 6am Sunday 5th March 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Comics on Film

February 27, 2017

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

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

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

Tomorrow’s show: Obscure films and Conspiracies

February 14, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Obscure films and Conspiracies

Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy at Resonance FM / still from Girl Divers at Spook Mansion / poster for The Creeping Garden

Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy at Resonance FM / still from Girl Divers at Spook Mansion / poster for The Creeping Garden

The monthly show about cult and world cinema. This month Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy look at how to track down obscure films and their links with conspiracy theories; Jasper Sharp discusses the examples of cult Japanese Cinema he will be exploring at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, such as Girl Divers at Spook Mansion, as well as his own documentary film The Creeping Garden, and Alex investigates items in the Resonance fundraising auction including comics by Alan Moore and a limited edition Muppet Wicker Man print. Featuring classic tracks by She Trinity, Baby Washington, Bobby Angelo, Elvis Presley and The Velvets…

5.30pm Wednesday 15th February, repeated 6am Sunday 19th February 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
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Today’s show: Medical Emergencies

February 1, 2017

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Medical Emergencies

Surgeon X creators - Devlin, Kenney, Beger, Roberts at Gosh! / Madhouse cover by Bentley / Cadavers 2 cover by WJC

Surgeon X creators – Devlin, Kenney, Beger, Roberts at Gosh! / Madhouse cover by Bentley / Cadavers 2 cover by WJC

The monthly show about comics and graphic novels; Alex Fitch talks to two teams of creators who use knowledge of medical emergencies to inform sci-fi and fantasy titles. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex explores the Madhouse and Cadavers comics with creators Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley, published by their Worthing based imprint Mad Robot Comics.
Also, in a panel discussion recorded at Gosh! Comics, editor Karen Berger, writer Sara Kenney, colourist James Devlin and medical advisor Dr. Adam Roberts (UCL) discuss their speculative thriller Surgeon X.

5.30pm Wednesday 1st February, repeated 6am Sunday 5th February 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magzine podcast: British Dystopias

January 20, 2017

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

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

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

Today’s show: Comics on Film

January 18, 2017

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Comics on Film

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

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

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

5.30pm Wednesday 18th January, repeated 6am Sunday 22nd January 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
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Tonight’s show: Moore, and Moore on Moore

December 30, 2016

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders special: Moore, and Moore on Moore

Anti-clockwise from top left: Electricomics logo, extracts from Big Nemo by Alan Moore and Coleen Doran, Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century by Alan Moore and Kevin O Neill

Anti-clockwise from top left: Electricomics logo, extracts from Big Nemo by Alan Moore and Coleen Doran, Sway by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Nicola Scott, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

The Panel Borders 2016 Christmas special celebrates ten years of comic book interviews on Resonance FM with a Dickensian look at Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Your present is a digitally remasted presentation of Alex Fitch’s first interview with Alan Moore, originally broadcast January 2007, in which the author talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, collaborating with Malcolm McLaren on the unmade film Fashion Beast and becoming a magician!

In addition, Alex talks to Leah Moore about collaborating with her father on the forward looking iPad app Electricomics, which offers a new platform for strips on tablets, with the potential of interactive graphics and new ways of storytelling.

8pm – 10pm Friday 30th December, repeat TBC, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Today’s show: British Dystopias

December 21, 2016

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: British Dystopias

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

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

The monthly show about world cinema and cult films. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, and to Charles Barker about his virtual reality thriller The Call Up, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.
Also, in a talk recorded at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Maura McHugh discusses David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, in advance of the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. With festive tracks by Tim Phillips, Louis Armstrong, Ambre McLean and the Jive Turkeys.

5.30pm Wednesday 21st December, repeated 1.30pm Saturday 24th December 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Review of Arcadia at flickeringmyth.com
Altitude Film page on The Call Up
Info about the Miskatonic Lecture on Fire Walk with Me
Buy The Call Up and Arcadia from amazon.co.uk

Panel Borders: Storifying Great British Comics

December 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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Tomorrow’s show: Performing Comics

December 6, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Performing Comics

By Gum! exhibition poster / characters by Danny Noble / cover of Dan Dare audio adventures

By Gum! exhibition poster / characters by Danny Noble / cover of Dan Dare audio adventures

In the penultimate Panel Borders of 2016, Alex Fitch looks at the performance of comic strips outside of the pages of magazines. Danny Nobel talks about her comics featuring Oliver Reed and Alan Bates having additional adventures beyond Women in Love, her novel Mary Deadly, and the relationship between her graphics work and her band The Meow Meows, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Also, sound designer Alistair Lock discusses the challenge of creating effects and voices for the new audio adaptation of Dan Dare, and the curators – Hamish McGillvray, Paul Gravett and Peter Hansen – of “The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz!” exhibition at The Lightbox, Woking introduce their display of great UK comics.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th December, repeated 6am Sunday 11th December 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Graphic Brighton 2016 – 9th and 10th Dec

November 30, 2016

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

This year’s Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place at the University of Brighton City Campus on 9th and 10th December, with the theme of war comics and graphic novels about wartime resistance. Guests talking about their work include Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, plus the editors and the creators of “Brighton’s Graphic War” and many more.

On Friday 9th December there is an academic conference in the University’s building on Edward Street, with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Friday evening and all day Saturday are public events; and on the Saturday in the University Main Building on Grand Parade, these include a Manga workshop run by Inko and Chie Kutsawada, a discussion of New Internationalist’s comic book anthologies, Bryan Talbot, Jaime Huxtable and Chris Geary exploring how they make their comics, and an ‘on stage’ interview with Dave McKean about his latest book Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash.

Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand; available from the University of Brighton online shop. (more…)

Panel Borders: Ben Dickson

November 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Investigating Genre

November 29, 2016

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

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

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

Tomorrow’s show: Investigating Genre

November 15, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Investigating Genre

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

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

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

5.30pm Wednesday 16th November, repeated 6am Sunday 20th November 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: LIAF 2016 website
Buy Euro-Western: Reframing Gender, Race and the Other in Film by Lee Broughton and Capsule on DVD from Amazon
Info about Euro-Western at ibtauris.com
Info about Capsule on the British Council website

Panel Borders: Gay Manga

November 4, 2016 1 Comment

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Sketch of the Gay Manga panel by artist Myfanwy Nixon

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

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

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

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

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Death and Beyond

November 2, 2016

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Mayer Vishner in his prime / Fabio Frizzi with his band

Mayer Vishner in his prime / Fabio Frizzi with his band

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

Tomorrow’s show: New to comics

November 1, 2016

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: New to comics

Comics by Mike Stock, Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Jack Devereaux / Excerpt from Just getting old by Eliza Fricker, wallpaper by Baines and Fricker

Cover of The Grand Tour, designed by Mike Stock, promo art for Perfect by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Robin Grenville-Evans and Simon Brett, and interior art from Next Stop Space by Jack Devereaux / Excerpt from Just getting old by Eliza Fricker, wallpaper by Baines and Fricker

In a pair of Q and As recorded live in front of an audience, Alex Fitch interviews a quartet of comic book creators who are relatively new to the medium. In a panel discussion from True Believers Comic Con, Cheltenham, Alex talks to designer and letterer Mike Stock, writer Barnaby Eaton-Jones and artist Jack Devereaux about their self-published and small press comics. Also, in a interview recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Eliza Fricker reads from her debut graphic novel Just Getting Old, and explores the links with her design company Baines and Fricker who make prints and wallpaper for Liberty, Heals and Urban Outfitters.

5.30pm Wednesday 2nd November, repeated 6am Sunday 6th November 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Baines and Fricker website and blog
Barnaby Eaton-Jones’ Chinbeard Books and Comics
Mike Stock’s website
Jack Devereaux’s tumblr site

Today’s show: Death and Beyond

October 19, 2016

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Death and Beyond

Mayer Vishner in his prime / Fabio Frizzi with his band

Mayer Vishner in his prime / Fabio Frizzi with his band

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

5.30pm Wednesday 19th October, repeated 6am Sunday 23rd October 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Official Left on Purpose website
Buy tickets for Fabio Frizzi’s performance at Union Chapel, Oct 29th
Facebook pages for Fabio Frizzi and Left on Purpose
Leeds International Film Festival website

Panel Borders: City Strips

October 9, 2016

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

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

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