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

Panel Borders: Diverse Superheroes

September 1, 2021

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Interior art from The ME Generation / Photos of Eve Greenwood and Colin Brake / Interior art from Inhibit

Diverse Superheroes: In the first of two early Autumn specials, Alex Fitch chats to the creators of superhero comics with diverse ensemble casts. Eve Greenwood talks about their superhero webcomic Inhibit and LGBT+ publishing house Quindre Press, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County.
Also, former Eastenders writer Colin Brake discusses the history of his kickstarted comic The ME Generation to be drawn by artist Yishan Li, and how he nearly became the Doctor Who script editor in the early 1990s.

N.B./ The ME Generation kickstarter ends Wednesday September 8th / Quindrie Press’ When I Was Me kickstarter ends September 29th 2021

Partially broadcast 1st September 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

Links: For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit archive.org
Eve Greenwood website, including page on Inhibit
More info about
Quindrie Press
Info about Colin Brake on Wikipedia and IMDb filmography

Next week’s show: Ensemble Casts

August 25, 2021

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Interior art from Biscuits, Marble Cake, Inhibit and The ME Generation, photos of Jenny Robins, Scott Jason Smith, Eve Greenwood and Colin Brake

In a two hour early Autumn special, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of comics with ensemble casts. Jenny Robins discusses her graphic novel Biscuits (Assorted), which presents a snapshot of the intertwining lives of modern women from diverse backgrounds; Scott Jason Smith explores his book Marble Cake, a magical realist look at a community in South London; Eve Greenwood converses about their superhero webcomic Inhibit and LGBT+ publishing house Quindre Press; and former Eastenders and Doctor Who writer Colin Brake explains the history of his kickstarted comic The ME Generation to be drawn by artist Yishan Li.

Interviews with Robins, Smith and Greenwood recorded via Cartoon County online / The ME Generation kickstarter ends Wednesday September 8th, 2021.

5pm, Wednesday 1st September 2021, repeat broadcast 11am, Sunday 5th September, Resonance 104.4 FM + DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Biscuits (Assorted) from publisher Myriad Editions
Jenny Robins website
More info about Marble Cake from publisher Avery Hill
Scott Jason Smith website
Eve Greenwood website, including page on Inhibit
More info about
Quindrie Press
Info about Colin Brake on Wikipedia and IMDb filmography

Panel Borders: Ladies of the Lakes

October 11, 2020 2 Comments

Interior and cover of Sonic the Comic, and interior art from Care Bears, edited by Deborah Tate / covers of This One Summer, Skim and She-Hulk vol. 2, written by Mariko Tamaki

Ladies of the Lakes: In the first episode of a new series of the monthly radio show about graphic novels and sequential art, Alex Fitch talks to two female creators working in the comic book industry, in Q and As recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Deborah Tate discusses her role as editor on the much loved Marvel UK titles for children – Sonic the Comic and Care Bears – working with artist Mick McMahon and writer Mark Miller, and her inititatives to bring eco-friendly messages to both content of the titles, and their physical production. Writer Mariko Tamaki talks about working on independent graphic novels with her cousin Jillian, including Skim and This One Summer, and writing superhero titles such as She-Hulk and Wonder Woman.

This year’s online version of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival – LICAF LIVE – takes place from 9th-11th October at www.comicartfestival.com
Originally broadcast 7th October 2020 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

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

Next week’s show: Ladies of the Lakes

October 2, 2020

On Wednesday October 7th at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Ladies of the Lakes

Interior and cover of Sonic the Comic, and interior art from Care Bears, edited by Deborah Tate / covers of This One Summer, Skim and She-Hulk vol. 2, written by Mariko Tamaki

In the first episode of a new series of the monthly radio show about graphic novels and sequential art, Alex Fitch talks to two female creators working in the comic book industry, in Q and As recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Deborah Tate discusses her role as editor on the much loved Marvel UK titles for children – Sonic the Comic and Care Bears – working with artist Mick McMahon and writer Mark Miller, and her inititatives to bring eco-friendly messages to both content of the titles, and their physical production. Writer Mariko Tamaki talks about working on independent graphic novels with her cousin Jillian, including Skim and This One Summer, and writing superhero titles such as She-Hulk and Wonder Woman.

This year’s online version of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival – LICAF LIVE – takes place from 9th-11th October at www.comicartfestival.com

5.30pm, Wednesday 7th October 2020, repeat broadcast 2.30am, Friday 9th October, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Killing Superman

October 9, 2018

Covers of Superman comics by Frank Quitely and Louise Simonson / Interior art from Pax Americana and Power Pack

Covers of Superman comics by Frank Quitely and Louise Simonson / Interior art from Pax Americana and Power Pack

Killing Superman: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of comic book creators who have been involved in titles which depicted The Death of Superman . In a discussion recorded at Portsmouth Comic Con, Writer Louise Simonson talks about killing the Man of Steel in the 1990s and working on iconic Marvel comics such as Power Pack, X-Factor, and New Mutants featuring Cable, and in an interview recorded outside his 2017 solo show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Frank Quitely discusses drawing eye-popping comics written by fellow Scots such as Grant Morrison and Mark Millar such as All Star Superman, Jupiter’s Legacy and Pax Americana.

Originally broadcast 3rd October 2018 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 (more…)

Panel Borders: Joe Kelly – Deadpool, I Kill Giants

October 12, 2017 2 Comments

Stills from Deadpool and I Kill Giants, covers of comics written by Joe Kelly

Stills from Deadpool and I Kill Giants, covers of comics written by Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly – Deadpool, I Kill Giants: The latest Panel Borders podcast includes two uncut interviews hosted by Alex Fitch with popular American comic book writer Joe Kelly covering his 20 years in the business, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal. In the first interview, recorded in front of an audience at a screening of the 2016 movie, Alex and Joe discuss the latter’s contributions to the Deadpool franchise, writing the Merc with a Mouth’s first ongoing series in 1997 and creating the character of Blind Al.
Off stage, Alex also talks to Joe about writing superhero comics such as Spider-Man and Justice League, and the graphic novel I Kill Giants which is currently being adapted for the cinema.
Joe also talks about his involvement with the group ‘Man of Action’ who co-created animation titles such as Ben 10 and Disney’s reimagining of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6.
Originally broadcast 3rd May / 4th October 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: Chew Spider-Man

June 4, 2015

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Chew Spider-Man: Continuing a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to writers John Layman and Dan Slott about writing American comic books and the appeal of scripting villains. John Layman discusses his terrific creator-owned title Chew, published by Image Comics, which depicts the travails of a psychic cop investigating food related crimes, plus his tenure on other titles such as Mars Attacks and Detective Comics.
Dan Slott explains why he maneuvered Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus into Peter Parker’s brain for an intriguing 33 issue run of the Marvel Comic Superior Spider-Man, and how he managed to slip appearances of the character into other comics he’s written from New Warriors to Ren and Stimpy! (Recorded at London Super Comic Con / originally broadcast 28th May 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Chew Spider-Man

May 27, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Chew Spider-Man

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / CHew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Excerpts from Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and various / Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Concluding a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to writers John Layman and Dan Slott about writing American comic books and the appeal of scripting villains. John Layman discusses his terrific creator-owned title Chew, published by Image Comics, which depicts the travails of a psychic cop investigating food related crimes, plus his tenure on other titles such as Mars Attacks and Detective Comics.
Dan Slott explains why he maneuvered Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus into Peter Parker’s brain for an intriguing 33 issue run of the Marvel Comic Superior Spider-Man, and how he managed to slip appearances of the character into other comics he’s written from New Warriors to Ren and Stimpy! (Recorded at London Super Comic Con)

11am Thursday 28th May, repeated 7am Saturday 30th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel

January 27, 2014 1 Comment

Covers of various comics by Kelly DeConnick

Covers of various comics by Kelly DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel: Concluding a month of shows looking at Marvel Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kelly Sue DeConnick about her work on their Avengers Assemble, Osborne and Captain Marvel titles. Alex and Kelly Sue discuss how the author got her first work at Marvel, how her interest in aviation history leads to portrayals of female heroes from the real world in Captain Marvel, and how her writing collaboration with Warren Ellis on recent issues of Avengers Assemble came about. (Originally broadcast 27/01/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Links: Kelly Sue’s website
Listen to Kieron Gillen’s interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick
Listen to Alex’s interview with Matt Fraction about his work (more…)

Today’s Show: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel

January 27, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel

Covers of various comics by Kelly DeConnick

Covers of various comics by Kelly DeConnick

Concluding a month of shows looking at Marvel Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kelly Sue DeConnick about her work on their Avengers Assemble, Osborne and Captain Marvel titles. Alex and Kelly Sue discuss how the author got her first work at Marvel, how her interest in aviation history leads to portrayals of female heroes from the real world in Captain Marvel, and how her writing collaboration with Warren Ellis on recent issues of Avengers Assemble came about.

4.30pm, Monday 27th January 2014, repeated 11am, Thursday 30th January 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Kelly Sue’s website
Listen to Kieron Gillen’s interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick
Listen to Alex’s interview with Matt Fraction about his work (more…)

Panel Borders: Kieron Gillen, Now.1

January 23, 2014 1 Comment

Covers of various comics by Kieron Gillen

Covers of various comics by Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen, Now.1: Continuing a month of shows about Superhero Comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kieron Gillen about his recent titles published under the Marvel Now banner, including Iron Man and Young Avengers, his collaborations with writer Matt Fraction, thoughts on online and interactive comics, and his forays into ‘mature readers’ titles such as Uber. Recorded at Nine Worlds GeekFest, London 2013.

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

Links: Kieron Gillen’s website and tumblr
Info on Kieron’s work at marvel.com

Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Kieron Gillen about his work (more…)

Today’s show: Kieron Gillen, Now.1

January 20, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Kieron Gillen, Now.1

Covers of various comics by Kieron Gillen

Covers of various comics by Kieron Gillen

Continuing a month of shows about Superhero Comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Kieron Gillen about his recent titles published under the Marvel Now banner, including Iron Man and Young Avengers, his collaborations with writer Matt Fraction, thoughts on online and interactive comics, and his forays into ‘mature readers’ titles such as Uber. Recorded at Nine Worlds GeekFest, London 2013.

4.30pm, Monday 20th January 2014, repeated 11am, Thursday 23rd January 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Kieron Gillen’s website and tumblr
Info on Kieron’s work at marvel.com

Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Kieron Gillen about his work

Panel Borders: What is a Superhero?

January 16, 2014 3 Comments

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

What is a Superhero?: Continuing a month of shows about superhero comics, Alex Fitch discusses the new Oxford University Press book ‘What is a Superhero?’ with a couple of the contributors – Richard Reynolds (Central St. Martins School of Art and Design) and Will Brooker (Kingston University) – and two writers of superhero comics – Kieron Gillen (Iron Man) and Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy).
Reynolds and Brooker read from their sections of the anthology and discuss their thoughts on superheroes, pop star culture and technology; while Gillen and Spurrier talk about how they have built on the work of their predecessors while trying to create a voice of their own at Marvel Comics, in titles such as Journey into Mystery and The Punisher, and more revisionist stories elsewhere such as Extermination and Uber. Also, the four authors discuss the nature of cosplay with practitioners in the audience and its relation to the modern superhero identity. Recorded at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, Autumn 2013 as part of Comica Festival. (more…)

Today’s show: What is a Superhero?

January 13, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: What is a Superhero?

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

Covers of What is a Superhero? by OUP / books by Will Brooker, Richard Reynolds, Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier

Continuing a month of shows about superhero comics, Alex Fitch discusses the new Oxford University Press book ‘What is a Superhero?’ with a couple of the contributors – Richard Reynolds (Central St. Martins School of Art and Design) and Will Brooker (Kingston University) – and two writers of superhero comics – Kieron GIllen (Iron Man) and Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy).
Reynolds and Brooker read from their sections of the anthology and discuss their thoughts on the modern superhero identity, while Gillen and Spurrier talk about how they have built on the work of their predecessors while trying to create a voice of their own at Marvel Comics, in titles such as Journey into Mystery and The Punisher. Recorded at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, Autumn 2013 as part of Comica Festival.

4.30pm, Monday 13th January 2014, repeated 11am, Thursday 16th January 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Drawing Daredevils

January 8, 2014 1 Comment

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Drawing Daredevils: Starting a month of shows about Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to a trio of artists who have worked on the title Daredevil at different periods over the last forty years. Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack discuss their various art styles, and their joy in collaborating together on the recent mini series Daredevil: End of days. (Recorded Spring 2013 at London Super Comic Con)

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

Links: Marvel Wiki on Klaus Janson
Bill Sienkiewicz’ website
David Mack’s facebook page
Daredevil fansite: www.manwithoutfear.com (more…)

Today’s show: Drawing Daredevils

January 6, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Drawing Daredevils

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Art from Daredevil: End of Days by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack

Starting a month of shows about Superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to a trio of artists who have worked on the title Daredevil at different periods over the last forty years. Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack discuss their various art styles, and their joy in collaborating together on the recent mini series Daredevil: End of days. (Recorded Spring 2013 at London Super Comic Con)

4.30pm, Monday 6th January 2014, repeated 11am, Thursday 9th January 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Marvel Wiki on Klaus Janson
Bill Sienkiewicz’ website
David Mack’s facebook page
Daredevil fansite: www.manwithoutfear.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Writing Misfits

November 26, 2012 10 Comments

Misfits logo

Misfits logo

Writing Misfits: Concluding a month of shows about writing superhero stories, Panel Borders moves its attention from the comic book page to the small screen as Alex Fitch talks to Howard Overman about Misfits, E4’s award winning drama about teenagers with superpowers doing community service. Alex and Howard talk about the genesis of the show, writing episodes that engage with other genres such as time travel and ‘zombie noir’, his experiences on other shows such as Dirk Gently and Vexed, the travails of having to write certain characters out and introduce new ones, and the latest news on the Misfits movie. (Originally broadcast 25th November 2012 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (more…)

Today’s show: Writing Misfits

November 25, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM – Panel Borders: Writing Misfits

Misfits logo

Misfits logo

Concluding a month of shows about writing superhero stories, Panel Borders moves its attention from the comic book page to the small screen as Alex Fitch talks to Howard Overman about Misfits, E4’s award winning drama about teenagers with superpowers doing community service. Alex and Howard talk about the genesis of the show, writing episodes that engage with other genres such as time travel and ‘zombie noir’, his experiences on other shows such as Dirk Gently and Vexed, and the travails of having to write characters out and introduce new ones.

8pm, Sunday 25th November 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: The work of Gail Simone

November 18, 2012

Comics by Gail Simone: Treehouse of Horror / Welcome to Tranquility / Wonder Woman / Secret Six / Batgirl

Comics by Gail Simone: Treehouse of Horror / Welcome to Tranquility / Wonder Woman / Secret Six / Batgirl

The work of Gail Simone: In a Q and A recorded at last Autumn’s MCM Expo, Alex Fitch talks to comic book writer Gail Simone about her career so far, from breaking into the industry via her influential blog ‘Women in Refrigerators’ and early strips for Bongo Comics to her recent runs on Birds of Prey and Secret Six. Gail discusses the changes to Batgirl in the DC New 52 range of comics, her acclaimed superhero retirement story Welcome to Tranquillity and her co-authorship of Firestorm with writer Ethan van Sciver.

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

Links: Gail Simone’s tumblr site / twitter page
MCM Expo website
Listen to Alex’s interview with Gail’s regular collaborator Nicola Scott and the 2011 Thought Bubble panel on writing comics featuring Gail, Andy Diggle, Robin Furth and Al Ewing (more…)