Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Panel Borders: Threads of Red Rosa

December 7, 2018 1 Comment

Cover and interior art from Red Rosa / Title page and interior art from Threads by Kate Evans

Cover and interior art from Red Rosa / Title page and interior art from Threads by Kate Evans

Threads of Red Rosa: Panel Borders presents a Q and A originally recorded at Graphic Brighton (University of Brighton, 2016) – Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Kate Evans about her Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Red Rosa, which illustrates the life of the Polish Revolutionary, and graphic novel Threads: From the Refugee Crisis about her encounters with residents of the Calais ‘jungle’.

Partially broadcast 7th November 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

Links: Kate Evans’ website
Kate Evans’ page at Myriad Editions

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This week’s show: 2000AD Summer Special

July 30, 2018

On Wednesday August 1st at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: 2000AD Summer Special

Visions of Mega City One by Chris Weston, Boo Cook, Clint Langley, Mike McMahon and David Roach, Anderson text by Emma Bebby

Visions of Mega City One by Chris Weston, Boo Cook, Clint Langley, Mike McMahon and David Roach, Anderson text by Emma Bebby

In a two hour special edition of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to half a dozen creators who have worked on “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic”. At Cartoon County, Alex talks to Boo Cook about creating memorable covers for 2000AD and creating a crossover with US comic ElephantMen, and at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Mike McMahon discusses his long tenure on the periodical, drawing Sláine and other characters.

Also, Emma Beeby discusses her new take on Judge Anderson and becoming the first woman to write Judge Dredd, and in a panel discussion at the International Comics Expo, Brighton, Alex talks to Clint Langley, David Roach, and Chris Weston about collaborating with Pat Mills and other writers on strips for the comic…

5.30pm Wednesday 1st August 2018, repeated 3pm Sunday 5th July, 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…)

Tomorrow’s show: Sci-Fi and Satire

July 3, 2018

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Sci-Fi and Satire

Pages from Livestock by Hannah Berry / cartoons by Steven Appleby

Pages from Livestock by Hannah Berry / cartoons by Steven Appleby

In a pair of interviews recorded in front of live audiences, Alex Fitch talks to creators whose work includes elements of Science Fiction and Satire. At Cartoon County, Brighton, Alex talks to Hannah Berry about her latest and possibly final Graphic Novel – Livestock which looks at celebrity culture in a world where cloning is on the rise. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, cartoonist Steven Appleby discusses his Space Hero Captain Star and newspaper strips about family experience such as Loomus and Normal Life.

5.30pm Wednesday 4th July 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 10th July, 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…)

Tomorrow’s show: Martians and Sherwood Forest

May 15, 2018

Tomorrow on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Martians and Sherwood Forest

Covers of Hood, The Martian Invasion of Earth, The Coming of the Martians and Osiris

Covers of Hood, The Martian Invasion of Earth, The Coming of the Martians and Osiris

Continuing the new hour-long series on Resonance FM in which Alex Fitch talks to creators of audio dramas that have been broadcast on radio or released on CD and mp3 download, in a bimonthly slot alternating with the Electric Sheep Film Show.

In this episode Alex talks to a pair of writers / sound effects producers who have created FX for different adaptations of The War of the Worlds and penned dramas set in Sherwood Forest. Martin Johnson discusses The Coming of the Martians, a crowdfunded surround sound adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, and his sci-fi drama Osiris about the discovery of an alien spaceship below Sherwood’s Major Oak. Iain Meadows talks about his revisionist Robin Hood drama – Hood – which imagines the Sheriff of Nottingham as the hero of the saga, and about creating the soundscapes for The Martian Invasion of Earth, World War II drama ATA Girl and the audio version of The Prisoner.

5.30pm Wednesday 16th May 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 22nd May, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Comics on Comics – Stewart Lee and Josie Long

February 7, 2018

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Josie Long tour poster / excerpt from Another Planet / Excerpt from The Property by Lee and Yeowell / from Incredible Hulk #106 with Stewart Lee cameo

Comics on Comics – Stewart Lee and Josie Long: In a pair of interviews featuring comedians celebrating their love of comics, Stewart Lee and Josie Long discuss their appreciation of the medium and forays into creating strips. Alex Fitch converses with Lee about collecting obscure titles, writing the story The Property for CLiNT Magazine and his love for Resonance FM.

Guest presenter Mark Hibbett talks to Long about her comic Another Planet featured in The Guardian and the integration of cartoons into her stand-up routine, in front of an audience at Central St Martins. Also: a survey of the various comic book and genre titles on sale as part of this year’s Resonance FM fundraiser auction.
Originally broadcast 7th February 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…)

Tomorrow’s show: Comics on Comics

February 6, 2018

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Comics on Comics

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Josie Long tour poster / excerpt from Another Planet / Excerpt from The Property by Lee and Yeowell / from Incredible Hulk #106 with Stewart Lee cameo

In a pair of interviews featuring comedians celebrating their love of comics, Stewart Lee and Josie Long discuss their appreciation of the medium and forays into creating strips. Alex Fitch converses with Lee about collecting obscure titles, writing the story The Property for CLiNT Magazine and his love for Resonance FM. Guest presenter Mark Hibbett talks to Long about her comic Another Planet featured in The Guardian and the integration of cartoons into her stand-up routine, in front of an audience at Central St Martins. Also: a survey of the various comic book and genre titles on sale as part of this year’s Resonance FM fundraiser auction.

5.30pm Wednesday 7th February 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 13th February, 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 450: The Magic of Alan Moore (redux)

July 7, 2017

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Excerpts from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Fashion Beast / Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

The Magic of Alan Moore (redux): To celebrate 10 years of Panel Borders, we have a digitally remastered podcast of Alex Fitch’s first interview with Alan Moore, originally broadcast January 26th and 30th on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London). In this ‘feature length’ interview Alex and Alan discuss the (then) upcoming third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the dog days of Swamp Thing, the comics adaptation of Moore’s unfilmed screenplay with Malcolm McClaren – Fashion Beast – and the connections between comics and magic…

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

Links: Order Alan Moore books such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, Lost Girls and Jerusalem from Knockabout
Info about Alan Moore’s comics from Avatar Press, such as Providence and Cinema Purgatorio
Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Alan Moore and Leah Moore (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 1 Comment

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…)

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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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…)

Tonight’s show: Looking East / Thalma Goldman

June 15, 2016

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Looking East / Thalma Goldman

Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF

In this month’s show, Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy talks to East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson, Masonic Temple programmer Josh Saco, and to Evrim Ersoy, programmer and presenter of DukeFest the Third. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses Israeli-born British artist and animator Thalma Goldman with Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy, authors of Thalma, An Artist’s Life. Plus an extract from a conversation between Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) recorded at the ICA. With music by The White Stripes and The Sex Pistols.

8pm Wednesday 15th June, repeated 9am Thursday 16th June 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.) (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: James Bond – Kill Command

June 10, 2016

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Vanessa Kirby and friend in Kill Command / Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre et al. in Casino Royale (1954)

Vanessa Kirby and friend in Kill Command / Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre et al. in Casino Royale (1954)

James Bond – Kill Command: The monthly show about cult and world cinema. In this month’s show, Electric Sheep Assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to the director – Steven Gomez – and cinematographer – Simon Dennis – of a excellent new British Sci-Fi thriller, Kill Command, about robots and drones in an army training exercise going on a murderous rampage, in a Q and A recorded at Hackney PictureHouse as part of SCI-FI-LONDON 2016. Also, University of Reading Professor of Television and Film Jonathan Bignell discusses the influences and connections that 1950s television had on the production of the early James Bond films and novels (Recorded at University of Brighton, Film and Screen Seminar, November 2015). Featuring classic tracks by Pink Floyd, Jimmy Lloyd and Dionne Warwick.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 17th May 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM; The Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am, on Resonance FM.

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

Panel Borders: Exploring Avery Hill

May 10, 2016 2 Comments

Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Exploring Avery Hill: A special episode looking at the output of Avery Hill Publishing: Alex Fitch talks to various creators and staff at this young British Comic Book company about their varied output. In a round table panel discussion Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery discuss moving from self publishing to having a company help promote your work.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 10th May 2016)
For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Exploring Avery Hill

May 10, 2016

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Exploring Avery Hill

Avery Hill logo + art by Rachael Smith, Tillie Walden, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

Avery Hill logo + art by Rachael Smith, Tillie Walden, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery

A special episode looking at the output of Avery Hill Publishing: Alex Fitch talks to various creators and staff at this young British Comic Book company about their varied output. In a round table panel discussion Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery discuss moving from self publishing to having a company to help promote your work.

Also Rachael Smith talks about her latest title The Rabbit and drawing back-up strips for Doctor Who comics, and Tillie Walden discusses her work for the company including The City Inside and The End of Summer plus her Eisner Award nominated graphic novella I Love This Part.

8pm Tuesday 10th May, repeated 9am Wednesday 11th May 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.) (more…)

Reality Check: Building a better High Rise

March 30, 2016

Alex Fitch talks to Dan Martin, Odile Dicks-Mireaux and Mark Tildesley on stage at the British Library after a screening of High Rise

Alex Fitch talks to Dan Martin, Odile Dicks-Mireaux and Mark Tildesley on stage at the British Library after a screening of High Rise

Building a better High Rise: Following a screening of High Rise as part of the symposium J.G. Ballard in the Seventies, Alex Fitch talks to three members of the production team behind Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise. Dan Martin discusses arranging the special effects for the movie and creating realistic gore for Wheatley’s films, Mark Tildesley talks about dressing the set cost effectively and how this compared to working with Michael Winterbottom on Code 46, and Odile Dicks-Mireaux discusses making science-fictional clothes for the cast, including a James Bond style suit for Tom Hiddleston.

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 (more…)

Panel Borders: Action – The Story of a Violent Comic

March 29, 2016 1 Comment

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

The most notorious cover of Action, and the issue never printed / Barker, Mills and McCarthy at Graphic Brighton and Cine-Excess (photo by Lisa Mills) / cover of The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Barker

Action – The Story of a Violent Comic: Guest presenter Professor Martin Barker (University of Aberystwyth) investigates the story of Britain’s notorious Action comic, which was launched on Valentine’s Day and banned by Halloween in 1976. Professor Barker explores the rise and fall of the comic, what elements of the strips were censored and censured, and how the legacy of Action was continued in “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” – 2000AD. Also, in a panel discussion entitled: “Poor, angry white kids”, Barker discusses Action with its writer Pat Mills and 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy. Edited, and recorded at Graphic Brighton / Cine-Excess 2015 by Alex Fitch.

(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 8th March 2016) (more…)

Reality Check: Save Our Skins, Superbob!

February 2, 2016

Poster and still from SOS: Save Our Skins / Superbob poster,  Catherine Tate, Brett Goldstein, Natalia Tena and director John Drever at the Ritzy Q and A with Alex Fitch (photo by Chris Harvey)

Poster and still from SOS: Save Our Skins / Superbob poster, Catherine Tate, Brett Goldstein, Natalia Tena and director John Drever at the Ritzy Q and A with Alex Fitch (photo by Chris Harvey)

Save Our Skins, Superbob!: Alex Fitch talks to the casts and crews of two British Comedy / Science-Fiction films, in Q and As on stage at the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. At Stratford PictureHouse, the director of SOS: Save our Skins, produced by Baby Cow, discusses finding humour in an alien apocalypse, and at the Ritzy Cinema, the creator of SuperBob and members of the cast, including Catherine Tate talk about creating a South London Superhero.

Tenth of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. 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 (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Pop Culture and Honor Blackman

December 29, 2015

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Poster for Alice in Wonderland at the British Library, publicity still for The Avengers with Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman, poster for Future Shock

Poster for Alice in Wonderland at the British Library, publicity still for The Avengers with Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman, poster for Future Shock

Pop Culture and Honor Blackman: Electric Sheep Magazine editor in chief Virginie Sélavy and assistant editor Alex Fitch explore film and pop culture. Celebrating her recent 90th birthday, in an interview recorded at the London Film Museum, Alex talks to legendary British actress Honor Blackman about Goldfinger, Doctor Who and the cult 60s series The Avengers, plus producer Sean Hogan discusses Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD, a documentary that charts the development of the seminal British comic. Also, Virginie chats to curator Helen Melody about the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the British Library, and the varying adapations of Alice on screen over the years; includes classic tracks by The Sonics, Serge Gainsbourg and Jefferson Airplane.
Fifth of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Ersatz Doctors

December 20, 2015

Tomorrow at 8pm on Resonance FM, Clear Spot: The Ersatz Doctors

Sylvester McCoy with Tim Treloar / Carole Ann Ford with John Guilor / David Troughton / Jon Culshaw

Sylvester McCoy with Tim Treloar / Carole Ann Ford with John Guilor / David Troughton / Jon Culshaw

In the last Clear Spot of 2015, Alex Fitch looks at the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on or retired. While the programme has a built in fiction for the constant recasting of the lead role, fans have had a desire to still see and hear new adventures for the 1960s and 70s versions of Doctor Who, and these have begun to be made and licenced by the BBC for broadcast on digital radio, television and download.
Alex talks to impressionist Jon Culshaw about playing Tom Baker – otherwise known as the Fourth Doctor – in Dead Ringers, and audiobooks such as The Ark in Space; to actor David Troughton about channeling his father Patrick as an ersatz Second Doctor on BBC Radio 4extra; to John Guilor about providing a new voice for William Hartnell’s First Doctor in reconstructed ‘missing’ scenes for BBC DVDs; and to Tim Treloar about continuing the adventures of the Third Doctor in Big Finish audio plays, now that Jon Petwee is no longer with us.

8pm Monday 21st December 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)