Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Book List: Time Lord Spin-offs

June 9, 2015

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Covers of Doctor Who spin-off books

Covers of Doctor Who spin-off books

Time Lord Spin-offs: In a show looking at new Doctor Who novels, short story antholgies and ebooks since the programme returned to television in 2005, Alex Fitch talks to novelist Alastair Reynolds about his book The Harvest of Time, and to writers / editors Jay Eales and Selina Lock about Faction Paradox, Iris Wildtyme, Senor 105 and other Gallifreyan themed titles published by Obverse and Manleigh Books in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. (Partially broadcast as a Clear Spot, 05/06/15 on Resonance FM)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other formats you can download / stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org (more…)

Panel Borders: Roach and Collins – Doctor Who, Star Trek and other licensed comics

June 7, 2015

Comics by Mike Collins and David A Roach

Comics by Mike Collins and David A Roach

Roach and Collins – Doctor Who, Star Trek and other licensed comics: Concluding a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to British artists Mike Collins and David Roach. Collins and Roach have worked together and seperately on Doctor Who comics as penciller and inker respectively; Mike Collins has also drawn a variety of American comic books including Batman, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and Star Trek, while David Roach is a veteran of the British periodical 2000AD, having drawn classic strips such as Nemesis the Warlock and Judge Anderson. (Recorded at Birmingham International Comic Expo / Originally broadcast as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 5th June 2015) (more…)

Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

May 20, 2015 1 Comment

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

The Umbral Fuse: Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015 / originally broadcast 14th May 2015 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: Antony Johnston’s website
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Umbral Fuse

May 13, 2015

Tomorrow at 11am on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Covers and interior art from The Fuse, Umbral and Wasteland written by Antony Johnston

Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and Sci-Fi detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015.

11am Thursday 14th May, repeated 7am Saturday 16th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Antony Johnston’s website
Info about Johnston’s work for Image Comics
Alex’s 2009 interview with Johnston about his work

Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

July 28, 2014

Art from Jamie Hewletts Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art and Anarchy in the British Library: Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Adrian Edwards, co-curator of the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK which is on display at the British Library until August 19th, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County in Brighton. Adrian discusses how he helped put together the exhibition – which looks at over one hundred years of British comics – with co-curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, the marketing of the show and some of the more controversial items on display in the library from Aleister Crowley’s Tarot Cards to examples of comic book erotica. Recorded at Cartoon County, June 2014. (Originally broadcast 14th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM) (more…)

Today’s show: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

July 21, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, guest presenter Chiara Ambrosio talks to novelist Iain Sinclair and artist Dave McKean about their collaborations such as Slow Chocolate Autopsy and London Orbital, with additional questions from Alex Fitch and a reading by Sinclair. Recorded at The Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury in July 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 21st July, repeated 11am, Thursday 24th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Dave McKean’s website
Iain Sinclair’s website
The Horse Hospital website (more…)

Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

July 3, 2014 2 Comments

Excerpts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

Excerpts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

What makes a good graphic novel?: Concluding a month of shows looking at the work of female cartoonists, Alex Fitch hosts a panel discussion with cartoonists Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten to try and answer the question: “What makes a good graphic novel?”, with reference to their own work as writers, artists and commissioning editors and to other publications that have inspired them. Recorded at ‘Graphic Brighton’, University of Brighton, May 2014. Originally broadcast 30th June 2014 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 (more…)

Today’s show: What makes a good graphic novel?

June 30, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

Exceprts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

Exceprts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

Concluding a month of shows looking at the work of female cartoonists, Alex Fitch hosts a panel discussion with cartoonists Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten to try and the question: “What makes a good graphic novel?”, with reference to their own work as writers, artists and commissioning editors and to other publications that have inspired them. Recorded at ‘Graphic Brighton’, University of Brighton, May 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 30th June, repeated 11am, Thursday 3rd July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

April 15, 2014 3 Comments

Excerpts from comics by Owen Johnson, Mark Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney

Excerpts from comics by Owen Johnson, Mark Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney

(Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists: Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of musicians and music culture in comic books, this week’s episode coincides with our yearly look at the work of young graphic novelists. Alex Fitch talks to Owen Johnson, Mark D Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney about their comics and forming an exhibiting group with three others called Ghosts for an art show at Orbital Comics entitled ‘Cult’. The artists discuss the influences on their comics including the anthology title Waste, how the group was formed and what visitors can expect from the exhibition; includes an extract from the soundtrack to Johnson’s comic Raygun Roads. The exhibition Ghosts: Cult runs at Orbital Comics, London until April 20th (Originally broadcast Monday 7th April, 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 (more…)

Today’s show: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

April 14, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: (Ghosts of) Young Graphic Novelists

Excerpts from comics by Owen Johnson, Mark Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney

Excerpts from comics by Owen Johnson, Mark Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney

Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of musicians and music culture in comic books, this week’s episode coincides with our yearly look at the work of young graphic novelists. Alex Fitch talks to Owen Johnson, Mark D Penman, James Lawrence and Andrew Tunney about their comics and forming an exhibiting group with three others called Ghosts for an art show at Orbital Comics entitled ‘Cult’. The artists discuss the influences on their comics including the anthology title Waste, how the group was formed and what visitors can expect from the exhibition; includes an extract from the soundtrack to Johnson’s comic Raygun Roads. The exhibition Ghosts: Cult runs at Orbital Comics, London until April 20th.

4.30pm, Monday 14th April, repeated 11am, Thursday 17th April 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Room for Love

March 13, 2014

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Room for Love: Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Ilya about his latest graphic novel, Room for Love, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts the relationship between a homeless rent boy and the middle aged woman who gives him a place to stay. Fitch and Ilya discuss the project’s history, the artist’s more cartoony style used in the book, and how the story connects to his much loved End of the Century Club comics. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Autumn 2013.
(Originally broadcast 10/03/14 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 (more…)

Reality Check: John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child

February 17, 2014

Stills from Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child / John Dies at the End

Stills from Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child / John Dies at the End

John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child: Alex Fitch talks to director Don Coscarelli about his new film John Dies at the End, a slacker-apocalypse comedy with guest appearances by Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown. Also, in a Q and A recorded ate last year’s SCI-FI-LONDON, youtube phenomenon Stuart Ashen and director Riyad Barmania discuss their movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: More info about John Dies at the End at www.johndies.com
Stuart Ashen’s youtube channel
Watch full length movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child

Reality Check: Lawrence Miles

December 29, 2013 6 Comments

Novels by Lawrence Miles

Novels by Lawrence Miles

Lawrence Miles: Andrew Hickey talks to Lawrence Miles about his work, including Doctor Who novels Christmas on a Rational Planet and Alien Bodies, plus his Faction Paradox series. Andrew and Lawrence also discuss the latter’s unrealised plans for the nature of ‘The Enemy’ in the BBC Books Time War, the vaguaries of cover design and how his first book was nearly lost down the back of a cupboard!
For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Lawrence Miles’ Beasthouse Blog and The Bestiary of Sherlock Holmes (more…)

Book List: Celebrating Ephemera

May 1, 2013 3 Comments

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Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Celebrating Ephemera: Starting a new series of the bimonthly show on books, Alex Fitch talks to three authors whose work celebrates ephemera and pop culture detritus. ‘Graphic Novelist’ Graham Rawle discusses his latest novel The Card, which follows the journey of a man who believes he is being employed by the secret service to protect Princess Diana, via playing cards, bubble-gum cards and cigarette cards that are left in his path. Rawle is an author and University of Brighton lecturer who uses graphic design and typography in his work, including collage of text from magazines (Woman’s World) and photographic montages (Lost Consonants et al.). Also, Tim Pilcher talks about his crowd-funded memoir Comic Book Babylon which documents his time working at DC Comics’ London office in the 90s, meeting pop culture celebrities such as Grant Morrison, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls and Adam Ant; while Paul Magrs chats about his novels and audio plays set around the fringes of Doctor Who, including his latest release Vince Cosmos, Glam Rock Detective (more…)

Reality Check: Home Invasions

September 18, 2012

Posters for When the lights went out and The harsh light of day

Posters for When the lights went out and The harsh light of day

Home Invasions: With unfortunately apposite timing, following the case of burglars being shot in a Leicestershire break-in at the start of this month, Alex Fitch interviews the directors of two new British horror films that deal with supernatural home invasions and their consequences. Oliver S. Milburn discusses his debut film The Harsh Light of Day which looks at a home owner’s Faustian deal with a vampire to get revenge on the thieves who broke into his home and murdered his wife, and Pat Holden talks about his new movie When the lights went out, starring Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) and produced by Bil Bungar (Moon), which dramatises the story of the 1966 haunting and subsequent exorcism of a semi-detached house in Pontefract. (Expanded podcast of an episode of I’m ready for my close-up, broadcast 19/09/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

When the lights went out was released in cinemas on 14th September and The Harsh Light of Day is released on DVD on 1st October. (more…)

Panel Borders: John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen

April 29, 2012 3 Comments

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen: Concluding our month of shows about British comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer, artist and occasional self-publisher John Higgins about his career so far. Alex and John talk about the latter’s first experiences in comics, being published in Bryan Talbot’s Brainstorm and 2000AD, his landmark collaboration with Alan Moore on Watchmen and his new strip The Crimson Corsair, which is being serialised in prequel series Before Watchmen.
Originally broadcast 29/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Today’s show: John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen

April 29, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Panel Borders: John Higgins – Before (and after) Watchmen

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

Future Shock, Judge Dredd, Watchmen and Before Watchmen art by John Higgins (copyright Rebellion / DC Comics 2012)

Concluding our month of shows about British comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer, artist and occasional self-publisher John Higgins about his career so far. Alex and John talk about the latter’s first experiences in comics, being published in Bryan Talbot’s Brainstorm and 2000AD, his landmark collaboration with Alan Moore on Watchmen and his new strip The Crimson Corsair, which is being serialised in prequel series Before Watchmen.

8pm, Sunday 29th April 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Reality Check: The work of Warren Ellis

April 24, 2012 2 Comments

Excerpt from SVK by Warren Ellis and Disraeli / Covers of newuniversal: 1959 and Phonogram vs. the fans

Excerpt from SVK by Warren Ellis & D'israeli / Covers of newuniversal: 1959 and Phonogram vs. the fans

The work of Warren Ellis: Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6music) discusses the work of Warren Ellis with Matt Jones (BERG design), Matthew Sheret (We are words + pictures) and Kieron Gillen (X-Men). Jones talks about SVK, the new comic by Ellis and D’Israeli, commissioned by BERG, Sheret discusses how Ellis inspired him to become a writer and Gillen talks about his friendship with the writer and their Marvel collaborations.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Buy SVK by Warren Ellis and Disraeli from BERG design (more…)

Panel Borders: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

April 22, 2012 4 Comments

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012: As part of our month of episodes on British comics, we have our twice yearly look at a pair of young graphic novelists. Dickon Harris talks to Warwick Johnson Cadwell about his first graphic novel, Gungle, to be published in the near future by Blank Slate Books and Alex Fitch talks to artist Jennie Gyllblad about her collaborations with writer Corey Brotherson, including her just finished The Arrival, the first of a three volume steam-punk graphic novel series Clockwork Watch, curated by film-maker Yomi Ayeni.
Originally broadcast 22/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Today’s show: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

April 22, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM: Young graphic novelists, Spring 2012

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Excerpts from Clockwork Watch: The Arrival by Jennie Gyllblad, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson / Gungle by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

As part of our month of episodes on British comics, we have our twice yearly look at a pair of young graphic novelists. Dickon Harris talks to Warwick Johnson Cadwell about his first graphic novel, Gungle, to be published in the near future by Blank Slate Books and Alex Fitch talks to artist Jennie Gyllblad about her collaborations with writer Corey Brotherson, including her just finished The Arrival, the first of a three volume steam-punk graphic novel series Clockwork Watch, curated by film-maker Yomi Ayeni.

8pm, Sunday 22nd April 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

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