Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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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

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…)

Panel Borders: Chris Riddell

October 7, 2015

Political and non-political Alienography, Antrobus and Coraline by Chris Riddell

Political and non-political Alienography, Antrobus and Coraline by Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell: Alex Fitch talks to Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell about newspaper cartoons, Goth Girl and illustrating Coraline. Chris and Alex also discuss the artist’s different takes on Alienography for political cartoons and children’s books, plus his memories of encountering David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta at a young age. (Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM. Recorded at Graphic Brighton)

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Chris Riddell’s website
Info about Riddell’s illustrated books at bloomsbury.com
Biography at cartoons.ac.uk

Panel Borders: Dave Gibbons, Comics Laureate

September 23, 2015 2 Comments

Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1

Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1

Dave Gibbons, Comics Laureate: In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to ‘Comics Laureate’ Dave Gibbons about his career so far, from Doctor Who Weekly strips to Watchmen, Give me Liberty to Kingsman / The Secret Service. Recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014. Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org (more…)

Today’s show: Laureates

September 15, 2015

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Laureates

Dave Gibbons in discussion with Alex Fitch at LICAF / Antrobus by Chris Riddell

Dave Gibbons in discussion with Alex Fitch at LICAF / Antrobus by Chris Riddell

Starting a new series of Panel Borders as an hour long monthly show, Alex Fitch talks to comics laureate Dave Gibbons about his early career from drawing the comic strip in Doctor Who Weekly to Watchmen, and to children’s laureate Chris Riddell about newspaper cartoons, Goth Girl and illustrating Coraline. Recorded at Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Graphic Brighton)

Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.

8pm Tues 15th September, repeated 9am Wednesday 16th September 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Interview with Dave Gibbons about becoming Comics Laureate
Chris Riddell’s website
2008 video interview with Dave Gibbons

Book List: Time Lord Spin-offs

June 9, 2015

Book List logo

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

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