Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Next week’s show: Broadcasting Comics

February 28, 2020

On Wednesday, March 4th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Broadcasting Comics

Comics and presentation by Jude Cowan Montague at LDComics / Posters advertising Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures / comic version of Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy drawn by Steve Leialoha

Comics and presentation by Jude Cowan Montague at LDComics / Posters advertising Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures / comic version of Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy drawn by Steve Leialoha

In this month’s show, Alex Fitch investigates the connections between radio and comics. Artist and broadcaster Jude Cowan Montague talks about her forthcoming comics and illustrated poetry shortly to be published, in a Q and A recorded at LDComics at The Cartoon Museum. Montague discusses her graphic novel ‘Love on the Isle of Dogs’ about her husband’s mental illness, and explores how her work on this project relates to her role as a radio presenter. Also, actor Geoff McGivern discusses taking on the role of Dan Dare‘s companion Digby in audio adaptations of the classic Eagle comic strips produced by B7 Media and Big Finish Productions, as well as his experiences playing Ford Prefect in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on BBC Radio.

5.30pm Wednesday March 4th 2020, repeated 2.30am Friday 6th March, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Architecture Culture: Double Vision

February 20, 2020

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Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Double Vision: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two works of fiction involving double vision. Graphic Novelists Anna Mill and Luke Jones discuss their book Square Eyes which depicts a dystopian future where the inhabitants of a city wear augmented reality glasses to see a more idealised version of their environment. Also, director Nathan Catucci explores the uncanny New York landscape of his thriller Impossible Monsters as a psychology professor’s research into sleep disorders leads to deadly results. Interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton and Cine Excess 13, Birmingham City University.

Square Eyes is available now from Jonathan Cape; Impossible Monsters is currently sceeening in US cinemas, with its UK Vimeo / VOD release on March 3rd. (more…)

Next week’s show: Double Vision

February 14, 2020

On Wednesday February 19th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Architecture Culture: Double Vision

Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

Sill and poster from Impossible Monsters / double page spread from Square Eyes

In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two works of fiction involving double vision. Graphic Novelists Anna Mill and Luke Jones discuss their book Square Eyes which depicts a dystopian future where the inhabitants of a city wear augmented reality glasses to see a more idealised version of their environment. Also, director Nathan Catucci explores the uncanny New York landscape of his thriller Impossible Monsters as a psychology professor’s research into sleep disorders leads to deadly results. Interviews recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton and Cine Excess 13, Birmingham City University.

Square Eyes is available now from Jonathan Cape; Impossible Monsters is currently sceeening in US cinemas, with its UK Vimeo / VOD release on March 3rd.

5.30pm, Wednesday 19th February 2020, repeat broadcast 2.30am Friday 21st February, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: For the Love of Comics

February 8, 2020

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

For the Love of Comics: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to veteran comics writer and editor Roy Thomas, and to stand-up comedian Robin Ince about their love of the comic book medium. Thomas discusses his time as a comics historian, editor and writer on such titles as All Star Squadron and Conan the Barbarian, and working in the Marvel Bullpen with Stan Lee in an interview recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con. Ince talks about his formative experiences reading such titles as House of Hammer and 2000AD, contributing to such anthologies as Dodgem Logic and Save Our Souls, and his ongoing support for Resonance FM.

Plus: info about comics and genre entertainment items in the Resonance fundraising auction, which started on 7th February…

Partially broadcast 5th February 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: For the Love of Comics

February 4, 2020

On Wednesday, February 5th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: For the Love of Comics

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

Covers of Justice Society, All Star Squadron, Conan comics written by Roy Thomas / excerpt from Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, covers of Murmurs of Doubt and Billionaires graphic novels

In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to veteran comics writer and editor Roy Thomas, and to stand-up comedian Robin Ince about their love of the comic book medium. Thomas discusses his time as a comics historian, editor and writer on such titles as All Star Squadron and Conan the Barbarian, and working in the Marvel Bullpen with Stan Lee in an interview recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con. Ince talks about his formative experiences reading such titles as House of Hammer and 2000AD, contributing to such anthologies as Dodgem Logic and Save Our Souls, and his ongoing support for Resonance FM.

Plus: info about comics and genre entertainment items in the Resonance fundraising auction, which starts on 6th February…

5.30pm Wednesday February 5th 2020, repeated 2.30am Friday 7th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Researching Comics’ Histories

January 21, 2020 1 Comment

David Huxley being interviewed by Roger Sabin at Comics Forum (photo by Ian Hague) / stills from The Marvel Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Batman (1966) and Spider-Man (1967)

David Huxley being interviewed by Roger Sabin at Comics Forum (photo by Ian Hague) / stills from The Marvel Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Batman (1966) and Spider-Man (1967)

Researching Comics’ Histories: In the second of a pair of podcasts looking at academics’ research into comics, this show looks at different approaches to exploring the history of comics. As part of a panel discussion recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018 hosted by Elle Whitcroft, M. J. Hibbett and Rob Fleay talk about and perform music from animated superhero adventures from the 1960s, including tracks from the Batman TV show and Spider-Man cartoon. Plus, in a Q and A, recorded at Comics Forum (Leeds), Prof. Roger Sabin chats to the first researcher to pursue a doctorate in comics in the 1980s – David Huxley – about the changes in comics research over the last three decades, as well as Huxey’s experiences as a cartoonist on such titles as Oink!… (Edited and recorded by Alex Fitch)

Partially broadcast 1st January 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Architecture Culture: Utopias / Dystopias

January 18, 2020

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Favela Tower print by Toby Melville-Brown and interior of The Book Club, displaying The Future Was Big / Cover of the novel Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth and film poster

Favela Tower print by Toby Melville-Brown and interior of The Book Club, displaying The Future Was Big / Cover of the novel Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth and film poster

Utopias / Dystopias: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to artist Toby Melville-Brown and author Emma Jane Unsworth about their depictions of the city. Toby discusses his Tower series of prints which envision fantastical skyscrapers that absorb existing elements of urban architecture, and his exhibition at The Book Club, Hoxton – ‘The Future was Big’ – which contains sci-fi book cover illustrations of retro futures.

Animals is available now on Blu Ray / DVD / VOD and ‘The Future Was Big’ continues at The Book Club, London until February 16th 2020.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 15th January 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Researching Comics’ Landscapes

January 17, 2020 1 Comment

Art by Jessica Marlton and Lorenzo Mattotti from Barbara Chamberlin's presentation at Portsmouth DarkFest / Cover and interior illustrations from Urban Comics, researched by Dominic Davies

Art by Jessica Marlton and Lorenzo Mattotti from Barbara Chamberlin’s presentation at Portsmouth DarkFest / Cover and interior illustrations from Urban Comics, researched by Dominic Davies

Researching Comics’ Landscapes: In the first of a pair of podcasts looking at academics’ research into comics, this show looks at their explorations of comics in different landscapes. Alex Fitch talks to Dr. Dominic Davies about his work on comics that explore inequality in the Global South in a Q and A recorded at City College, University of London, for the author’s book launch of Urban Comics. Also, as part of a panel discussion on horror comics at Portsmouth DarkFest, Barbara Chamberlin discusses her PhD on depictions of witches and haunted landscapes in comics, and her forthcoming collaborations with artist Jessica Marlton.

Partially broadcast 1st January 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Next week’s show: Utopias / Dystopias

January 11, 2020

On Wednesday January 15th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Architecture Culture: Utopias / Dystopias

Favela Tower print by Toby Melville-Brown and interior of The Book Club, displaying The Future Was Big / Cover of the novel Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth and film poster

Favela Tower print by Toby Melville-Brown and interior of The Book Club, displaying The Future Was Big / Cover of the novel Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth and film poster

In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture and the built environment is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to artist Toby Melville-Brown and author Emma Jane Unsworth about their depictions of the city. Toby discusses his Tower series of prints which envision fantastical skyscrapers that absorb existing elements of urban architecture, and his exhibition at The Book Club, Hoxton – ‘The Future was Big’ – which contains sci-fi book cover illustrations of retro futures.
Emma talks about her Manchester set novel Animals, and writing the screenplay for its film adaption
– which relocates the drama to Dublin – in which two young women explore life in the modern city, with drinks, drugs and toxic relationships.

Animals is available now on Blu-Ray / DVD / VOD, and ‘The Future Was Big’ is on display until Feb 16th at The Book Club, 100–106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

5.30pm, Wednesday 15th January 2020, repeat broadcast 2.30am Friday 17th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Next week’s show: Academics on Comics

December 23, 2019

On Wednesday, January 1st at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Academics on Comics

Cover of Urban Comics by Dominic Davies / Roger Sabin interviews David Huxley (photo by Ian Hague) / St Agnes and Bolster by Jessica Marlton / stills from 1960s superhero cartoons

Cover of Urban Comics by Dominic Davies / Roger Sabin interviews David Huxley (photo by Ian Hague) / St Agnes and Bolster by Jessica Marlton / stills from 1960s superhero cartoons

In a quartet of presentations by academics talking about their research into comics, this show looks at how sequential art is being investigated in Universities. Alex Fitch talks to Dr. Dominic Davies about his work on comics that explore inequality in the Global South, and to Barbara Chamberlin about her PhD on depictions of witches and haunted landscapes in comics which will include collaborations with artist JessicaMarlton. Also, M. J. Hibbert and Rob Fleay talk about and perform music from Marvel Cartoons of the 1960s, and Prof. Roger Sabin chats to the first researcher to pursue a doctorate in comics in the 1980s – David Huxley – about the changes in comics research over the last three decades, plus Huxey’s experiences as a cartoonist on such titles as Oink!(more…)

Architecture Culture: Adapting John Soane

December 20, 2019

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Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Adapting John Soane: In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to architect Charles Holland about how his practice designed exhibition walls and screens to display prints and paintings in the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London for their current Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition, and in a talk recorded at the University of Brighton, James Christian and Bethan Kay from architects firm Projects Office discuss their proposed pavilion for Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, entered into the London Festival of Architecture’s 2019 competition. (more…)

Next week’s show: Adapting John Soane

December 13, 2019

On Wednesday December 18th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Architecture Culture: Adapting John Soane

Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

Charles Holland Architects screens in front of Hogarth collage / Collage of Project Architects proposed pavilion for Dulwich Picture Gallery

In this episode of Resonance’s monthly show on how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch talks to architect Charles Holland about how his practice designed exhibition walls and screens to display prints and paintings in the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London for their current Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition, and in a talk recorded at the University of Brighton, James Christian and Bethan Kay from architects firm Projects Office discuss their proposed pavilion for Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, entered into the London Festival of Architecture’s 2019 competition.

5.30pm, Wednesday 18th December 2019, repeat broadcast 2.30am Friday 20th December, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Formative Experiences

December 4, 2019 1 Comment

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) by Robert Wells

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells

Formative Experiences: In a pair of Q and As recorded at The Cartoon Museum as part of a day raising awareness of the need to preserve comic book archives, from the collections of Peter Hansen and others for the nation, Posy Simmonds and Dave Gibbons talk to academics Julia Round and Philip Vaughan about the first titles they remember reading and enjoying.
Also, Robert Wells discusses his book Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems, and history of self-publishing small press comics, in discussion with Alex Fitch at Cartoon County, Brighton.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 4th December 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Next week’s show: Formative Experiences

November 26, 2019

On Wednesday, December 4th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Formative Experiences

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack and Crack (and Brain) by Robert Wells

Cover of How Comics Work by Gibbons and Pilcher / Posy Simmonds in conversation with Julia Round / cover of Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain) by Robert Wells

In a pair of Q and As recorded at The Cartoon Museum as part of a day raising awareness of the need to preserve comic book archives, from the collections of Peter Hansen and others for the nation, Posy Simmonds and Dave Gibbons talk to academics Julia Round and Philip Vaughan about the first titles they remember reading and enjoying.
Also, Robert Wells discusses his book Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain): A Rather Graphic Novel About Living With Embarrassing Health Problems, and history of self-publishing small press comics, in discussion with Alex Fitch at Cartoon County, Brighton.

5.30pm Wednesday December 4th 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 6th December, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Architecture Culture: (Im)possible Worlds

November 21, 2019

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Maria Smith and Phin Harper juggle ideas at the University of Brighton / Paul Franklin talks Inception at RIBA

Maria Smith and Phin Harper juggle ideas at the University of Brighton / Paul Franklin talks Inception at The Architects Underground (RIBA)

(Im)possible Worlds: In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch presents talks by artists, curators, film-makers and writers about unique representations of architecture in different media. This month, Maria Smith (Interrobang) and Phin Harper (Architecture Foundation) discuss buildings and architectural forms that have less of an impact on the environment and how these ideas have been expressed at the Oslo Architecture Trienniale. Also, Oscar-winning Creative Director and VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin talks about his work helping to visualise and design impossible architecture on screen in Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. Recorded at the University of Brighton School of Architecture, and ‘The Architects Underground’ (RIBA, London), October 2019. (more…)

This week’s show: (Im)possible Worlds

November 18, 2019

On Wednesday November 20th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Architecture Culture: (Im)possible Worlds

Maria Smith and Phin Harper juggle ideas at the University of Brighton / Paul Franklin talks Inception at RIBA

Maria Smith and Phin Harper juggle ideas at the University of Brighton / Paul Franklin talks Inception at The Architects Underground (RIBA)

In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch presents talks by artists, curators, film-makers and writers about unique representations of architecture in different media. This month, Maria Smith (Interrobang) and Phin Harper (Architecture Foundation) discuss buildings and architectural forms that have less of an impact on the environment and how these ideas have been expressed at the Oslo Architecture Trienniale. Also, Oscar-winning Creative Director and VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin talks about his work helping to visualise and design impossible architecture on screen in Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. Recorded at the University of Brighton School of Architecture, and ‘The Architects Underground’ (RIBA, London), October 2019.

5.30pm, Wednesday 20th November 2019, repeat broadcast 2.30am Friday 22nd November, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Genre and Inspiration

November 14, 2019 1 Comment

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Genre and Inspiration: In a pair of recordings looking at how comic creators are inspired by genre and inspiration, guest presenter and comics laureate Hannah Berry talks to Arts Foundation comics prize finalists Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, and Zara Slattery in a panel discussion at The Cartoon Museum, London, plus Alex Fitch talks to Garth Ennis about writing Preacher, The Boys and more recent work in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Originally broadcast Wednesday 6th November 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Next week’s show: Genre and Inspiration

October 31, 2019

On Wednesday, November 6th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Genre and Inspiration

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, Zara Slattery talking at The Cartoon Museum / Garth Ennis interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, and examples of their work

In a pair of recordings looking at how comic creators are inspired by genre and inspiration, guest presenter and comics laureate Hannah Berry talks to Arts Foundation comics prize finalists Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Jess Taylor, and Zara Slattery in a panel discussion at The Cartoon Museum, London, plus Alex Fitch talks to Garth Ennis about writing Preacher, The Boys and more recent work in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

5.30pm Wednesday November 6th 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 8th November, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Architecture Culture: Locating Design in Fantasy Films

October 28, 2019

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Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright in THX1138 and Gattaca / Mackintosh Chair in Blade Runner / Unicorn Tapestry in Harry Potter

Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright in THX 1138 and Gattaca / Mackintosh Chair in Blade Runner / Unicorn Tapestry in Harry Potter

Locating Design in Fantasy Films: In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch presents talks by artists, curators, film-makers and writers about unique representations of architecture in different media. This month, in a panel discussion chaired by National Trust Head Curator Sally-Anne Huxtable, Robyne Calvert (Glasgow School of Art), Ersi Ioannidou (Kingston University) and Xavier Dectot (Keeper of Art and Design, National Museums Scotland) discuss how architecture and interior design by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh help suggest science-fiction and fantasy worlds in genre films including Blade Runner, THX 1138, Gattaca and the Harry Potter film saga. Recorded at the Art History Association conference, University of Brighton, April 2019. (more…)

Next week’s show: Locating Design in Fantasy Films

October 9, 2019

On Wednesday October 16th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Architecture Culture: Locating Design in Fantasy Films

Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright in THX1138 and Gattaca / Mackintosh Chair in Blade Runner / Unicorn Tapestry in Harry Potter

Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright in THX 1138 and Gattaca / Mackintosh Chair in Blade Runner / Unicorn Tapestry in Harry Potter

In a new monthly show looking at how Architecture is represented in Culture, Alex Fitch presents talks by artists, curators, film-makers and writers about unique representations of architecture in different media. This month, in a panel discussion chaired by National Trust Head Curator Sally-Anne Huxtable, Robyne Calvert (Glasgow School of Art), Ersi Ioannidou (Kingston University) and Xavier Dectot (Keeper of Art and Design, National Museums Scotland) discuss how architecture and interior design by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh help suggest science-fiction and fantasy worlds in genre films including Blade Runner, THX 1138, Gattaca and the Harry Potter film saga. Recorded at the Art History Association conference, University of Brighton, April 2019. (more…)