Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Audio Dramatics: Groundbreaking Podcasts

June 20, 2019

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Promotional Images for Wooden Overcoats and Forest 404

Promotional Images for Wooden Overcoats and Forest 404

An hour-long bimonthly podcast series in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas broadcast on radio or released on CD/mp3.

Groundbreaking Podcasts: In this episode, Alex Fitch talks to the writers of two drama podcasts which dig beneath two very different landscapes. Timothy X Atack discusses the sci-fi saga Forest 404, a dystopian series about an aural archivist discovering sounds of nature which could change her society forever – available on BBC Sounds, and starring Pearl Mackie, Pippa Heywood and Tanya Moodie, with accompanying documentaries and soundscapes. David K Barnes talks about his award winning comedy drama Wooden Overcoats which concerns the misadventures of a funeral director and his team of misfits on a small island in the North Sea, and his Doctor Who serials, The Dalek Occupation of Winter and Daughter of the Gods starring Peter Purves. (more…)

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This week’s show: Groundbreaking Podcasts

June 17, 2019

This week on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Groundbreaking Podcasts

Promotional Images for Wooden Overcoats and Forest 404

Promotional Images for Wooden Overcoats and Forest 404

In this episode of the bimonthly show about radio and audio drama, Alex Fitch talks to the writers of two drama podcasts which dig beneath two very different landscapes. Timothy X Atack discusses the sci-fi saga Forest 404, a dystopian series about an aural archivist discovering sounds of nature which could change her society forever – available on BBC Sounds, and starring Pearl Mackie, Pippa Heywood and Tanya Moodie, with accompanying documentaries and soundscapes. David K Barnes talks about his award winning comedy drama Wooden Overcoats which concerns the misadventures of a funeral director and his team of misfits on a small island in the North Sea, and his Doctor Who serial, The Dalek Occupation of Winter starring Peter Purves and Maureen O’Brien.

5.30pm Wednesday 19th June 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 21st June, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Audio Dramatics: Classic Characters, New Adventures

March 1, 2019

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Promotional images for Tales Of A Timelord episodes 2 and 1 / Covers of Shilling and Sixpence Investigate and Doctor Who: The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs

Promotional images for Tales Of A Timelord episodes 2 and 1 / Covers of Shilling and Sixpence Investigate and Doctor Who: The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs

An hour-long bimonthly podcast series in which Alex Fitch talks to actors and creators of audio dramas broadcast on radio or released on CD / mp3.

Classic Characters, New Adventures: In this episode, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of audio dramas that bring classic characters back to life in new adventures: actor / director ‘Invokal’ and writer R.R. Molyneux discuss their fan produced Doctor Who audio serial Tales of a Timelord, a series of nine stories spread over 22 episodes which tell the tale of an incarnation of the Doctor around their 20th regeneration, returning to adventures after a millennium in solitary confinement.
Plus: writer, actor and director Nigel Fairs discusses his series Shilling and Sixpence Investigate, a pastiche of Agatha Christie with David Warner and Celia Imrie, spun off from his long running saga ‘The Morlington Mysteries’, which is performed live at various venues around the country. Alex and Nigel also look at the latter’s scripts for new audio episodes of Sapphire and Steel, The Tomorrow People and Doctor Who for Big Finish Productions. (more…)

Panel Borders: Wolves and Warfare

January 2, 2019

Digital and projected art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (Photo by Patrick Walsh) / 2000AD interior art and cover featuring Fiends... and Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor and D'Israeli

Digital and projected art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy (Photo by Patrick Walsh) / 2000AD interior art and cover featuring Fiends… and Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor and D’Israeli

Wolves and Warfare: At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to cartoonist The Surreal McCoy about her multimedia project The Wolf of Baghdad and upcoming graphic novel The Collaborator, and Ian Edginton discusses the recently published prequel to 2000AD‘s vampire strip ‘Fiends of the Eastern Front’, and the next instalment of ‘Scarlet Traces’, his sequel to The War of the Worlds.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 2nd January 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

Tomorrow’s Show: Wolf Tales

January 1, 2019

On Wednesday, January 2nd at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Wolf Tales

excerpt from Fiends... by Edginton and Dave Taylor / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball / Performance of The Wolf of Baghdad - photos by Patrick Walsh and Sam Humphrey

excerpt from Fiends… by Edginton and Dave Taylor / Alex Fitch interviews Rachael Ball / Performance of The Wolf of Baghdad – photos by Patrick Walsh and Sam Humphrey

In a 90 minute mid-winter special, Alex Fitch talks a trio of creators of comics who involve wolves in their narratives. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex talks to cartoonist The Surreal McCoy about her multimedia project The Wolf of Baghdad and upcoming graphic novel The Collaborator, at Cartoon County, Rachael Ball discusses her book Wolf which mixes time travel, fantastical beasts and mysterious neighbours in 1970s suburbia, and Ian Edginton describes his research for penning a prequel to 2000AD‘s vampire strip “Fiends of the Eastern Front”, plus the next instalment of “Scarlet Traces”, his sequel to The War of the Worlds.

The next Wolf of Baghdad performance will take place on February 18th

5.30pm Wednesday 2nd January 2019, repeat 12 noon Sunday 6th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

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

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…)

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 4 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…)