Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Women in Horror

April 17, 2017

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Deranged DVD cover / Diabolique magazine Summer 2017 / Boston Underground film festival poster

Deranged DVD cover / Diabolique magazine Summer 2017 / Boston Underground film festival poster

Women in Horror: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy talks to Nicole McControversy, director of the Boston Underground Film Festival, to Kat Ellinger, editor in chief of horror magazine Diabolique, and to Brazilian-born actress and producer Marcia do Vales about her latest film Deranged. Plus tunes by gutsy ladies, including Tina Turner and Prentice Moreland. Originally broadcast 15th March 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Boston Underground Film Festival website
Diabolique magazine website
Buy Deranged on DVD from Amazon UK

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Panel Borders: Seeking Opportunities

April 17, 2017

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Covers and interior art from The Opportunity, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet by Will Volley

Seeking Opportunities: Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Will Volley about The Opportunity, his ‘film noir’ style exploration of the lives of door to door salesmen, published by Myriad Editions. Alex and Will also discuss the latter’s art for adaptations of classic literature including An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet, recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. Partially broadcast 14th June 2016 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: Info about The Opportunity on Myriad Editions’ website
Buy Will Volley’s books from Amazon UK

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Obscure films and conspiracies

April 12, 2017

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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

Obscure films and conspiracies: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy look at how to track down obscure films, their links with conspiracy theories and talk to Jasper Sharp about 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. Featuring classic tracks by She Trinity, Baby Washington, Bobby Angelo, Elvis Presley and The Velvets…
Originally broadcast: 16th February 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Panel Borders: George Hardie – Before and After

April 5, 2017

Wish you were here sticker / Mr Feed em menu / The Same Difference print / Word Salad album / Varoom! art by George Hardie

Wish you were here sticker / Mr Feed em menu / The Same Difference print / Word Salad album / Varoom! art by George Hardie

George Hardie – Before and After: Coinciding with a career retrospective at University of Brighton Gallery, Alex Fitch talks to George Hardie about the influence of comics on his illustrations and design work for clients such as Pink Floyd. Alex and George discuss the appearance of characters such as Tintin and Popeye in the latter’s work and how ‘before and after’ images use the language of sequential art to add surrealism to everyday objects. Originally broadcast 5th April 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

The exhibition “George Hardie: 50 Odd Years” is on display at University of Brighton gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton until Friday April 7th.

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

Links: Info about George Hardie’s retrospective at the University of Brighton
Interview with George at itsnicethat.com

Tomorrow’s show: Collecting Souls and Brighton Rock

April 4, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Collecting Souls and Brighton Rock

Comic style art by George Hardie / Cover of Collecting Sticks by Joe Decie / Interior art from Adamtine by Hannah Berry

Comic style art by George Hardie / Cover of Collecting Sticks by Joe Decie / Interior art from Adamtine by Hannah Berry

The monthly show about comics and graphic novels. Celebrating the output of three artists associated with the City of Brighton and Hove, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelists Joe Decie and Hannah Berry, and graphic designer George Hardie about their work. Coinciding with a career retrospective at University of Brighton Gallery, George Hardie discusses the influences of comics and sequential art on his illustrations and design work for clients such as Pink Floyd; at a conference on the Gothic at Manchester Metropolitan University, Hannah Berry talks about Adamtine which depicts travellers on an evocative haunted train, and at Cartoon County, Brighton, Joe Decie talks about his first full length graphic novel Collecting Sticks, published by Jonathan Cape.

5.30pm Wednesday 5th April, repeated 6am Sunday 9th April 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Reality Check: Interactive Literature and Rural Horror

March 27, 2017 1 Comment

The Kraken Wakes website / The Eyes of My Mother poster

The Kraken Wakes website / The Eyes of My Mother poster

Interactive Literature and Rural Horror
Alex Fitch talks to director Nicholas Pesce about his monochrome rural horror film The Eyes of My Mother and Guy Gadney discusses the forthcoming interactive game of John Wyndham’s The Kraken Wakes.

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: More info about The Eyes of My Mother at www.parkcircus.com
The Kraken Wakes website

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…)