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Panel Borders: Daredevil by Maleev and Irvine

March 27, 2009 8 Comments

Panel Borders:

Daredevil by Maleev and Irvine

Originally broadcast 26/03/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Daredevil by Alex Maleev

Daredevil by Alex Maleev

Classic heroes month continues on Panel Borders with a look at the red-suited vigilante Daredevil – blind lawyer by day and superhero by night. Trying to break the record for the largest number of people called Alex in any one episode of the show, Alex Fitch talks to the Bulgarian artist Alex Maleev who with writer Brian Bendis brought the periodical back to the forefront of Marvel Comics’ line in an award winning four year run on the title in the mid 2000s. Alex also talks to novelist Alex Irvine whose anachronistic reimagining of the comic – Dardevil Noir – starts next month and combines the Chandleresque storytelling of Frank Miller’s iconic run on the title with the look and feel of classic Film Noir, relocating the adventures of Matt Murdock to Hell’s Kitchen in the 1930s…

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

Links: Wikipedia pages on Daredevil, Alex Maleev and Alex Irvine
Daredevil and Alex Maleev fansites
Alex Irvine’s blog and website
Read the first five pages of Daredevil Noir at www.comicbookresources.com
Buy Alex Irvine’s graphic novel: Hellstorm, Son of Satan – Equinox

Comics / Sci-Fi News:

At the Memorabilia cult TV weekend, you can meet stars of classic television such as Robert Vaughn (Hustle, The Man from UNCLE), Craig Charles and Robert Llewllyn (Red Dwarf), Richard Briars (The Good Life), Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and Colin Baker (Doctor Who).

9am – 5pm, 28th & 29th March, The NEC, Birmingham
More info at www.memorabilia.co.uk

also:

This Saturday 28th March sees rival small press comics events in Mile End, London

The U.K. Web and Mini Comix Thing happens in Queen Mary University’s Great Hall on Mile End Road. Guests include Sarah McIntyre and Roger Langridge… Admission is £4 at the door
www.ukwebcomixthing.co.uk

Schmurgen Con takes place at the New Globe on Mile End Road, around 1PM, provided that they can get the pub open in time. Guests include Dan Lester and David Baillie… Admission is free.
www.schmurgenjonerhaffs.blogspot.com

and…

Strength from Adversity: A Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Art Festival – 15-17 April 2009

The National Gallery is pleased to be hosting this celebration of contemporary Japanese cinema. Includes screenings of Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen), Fudeko: Sono Ai – Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko and the Angel’s Piano), Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro and Okuribito (Departures)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

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Today’s shows: Daredevil by Maleev & Irvine / New World Cinema

March 26, 2009 5 Comments

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Daredevil by Alex Maleev and Alex Irvine

Daredevil by Alex Maleev

Daredevil by Alex Maleev

Classic heroes month continues on Strip! with a look at the red-suited vigilante Daredevil – blind lawyer by day and superhero by night. Trying to break the record for the largest number of people called Alex in any one episode of the show, Alex Fitch talks to the Bulgarian artist Alex Maleev who with writer Brian Bendis brought the periodical back to the forefront of Marvel Comics’ line in an award winning four year run on the title in the mid 2000s. Alex also talks to novelist Alex Irvine whose anachronistic reimagining of the comic – Dardevil Noir – starts next month and combines the Chandleresque storytelling of Frank Miller’s iconic run on the title with the look and feel of classic Film Noir, relocating the adventures of Matt Murdock to Hell’s Kitchen in the 1930s…

5pm 26/03/09, repeated 11.30pm 29/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Daredevil, Alex Maleev and Alex Irvine
Daredevil and Alex Maleev fansites
Alex Irvine’s blog and website
Read the first five pages of Daredevil Noir at www.comicbookresources.com

also:

I’m ready for my close-up extra: New World Cinema

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

In a special extra edition of I’m ready for my close-up, heralding the start of Spring, Alex Fitch and Jessica Fostekew look at two new critically acclaimed World Cinema releases. Alex interviews the director (Christophe Van Rompaey) and star (Jurgen Delnaet) of the new Belgian rom-com “Moscow, Belgium / Aanrijding in Moscou“, while Jess talks to director Paolo Sorrentino about his new film “Il Divo“, which chronicles the life of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti who has been tried for murder and ties to the Mafia, but acquitted due to the 24 year gap of getting the case before the courts.
(N.B. this is an extra edition of IRFMCU in addition to the regular 10.30pm show)

6pm 26/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast 31/03/09 at www. electricsheepmagazine.wordpress.com

Links: IMDb pages on Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium
Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium official websites
Wikipedia pages on
Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium
European Cinema info site
Londonnet’s guide to all the times and locations of all films currently showing in the Capital’s cinemas
Listen to Jess’ previous appearance on IRFMCU: delivering a Sweeney Todd monologue
Jess’ pages at
spotlight.com, castingcallpro.com and comedycv.co.uk

Jess’s film reviews: in (electronic) print and podcast

 

 

Panel Borders: The Mighty Thor by Walt Simonson

March 18, 2009 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

The Mighty Thor by Walt Simonson

Originally broadcast 12/03/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Beta Ray Bill, the alien Thor by Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor #337)

Beta Ray Bill, the alien Thor by Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor #337)

Continuing ‘classic heroes’ month on Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to artist and writer Walter Simonson, whose exceptional 4 year run on the Marvel comic The Mighty Thor in the early 80s remains the most appreciated version of the character since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought the Viking hero to Marvel comics a generation before. Alex and Walt talk about combining European mythology and space opera, esoteric character design (why does Beta Ray Bill have a face like a horse’s skull?), turning the Norse god of war into a talking frog and the joy of revisiting classic heroes.

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

Links: Wikipedia pages on Walter Simonson and The Mighty Thor
lambiek.net entry on Walt
Extract from The Mighty Thor #361, in which our hero is turned into a frog!

Comics / Sci-Fi News:

At the Memorabilia cult TV weekend, you can meet stars of classic television such as Robert Vaughn (Hustle, The Man from UNCLE), Craig Charles and Robert Llewllyn (Red Dwarf), Richard Briars (The Good Life), Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and Colin Baker (Doctor Who).

9am – 5pm, 28th & 29th March, The NEC, Birmingham
More info at www.memorabilia.co.uk

Today’s show: Strip! – The Mighty Thor by Walt Simonson

March 12, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: The Mighty Thor by Walt Simonson

Beta Ray Bill, the alien Thor by Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor #337)

Beta Ray Bill, the alien Thor by Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor #337)

Continuing ‘classic heroes’ month on Strip!, Alex Fitch talks to artist and writer Walter Simonson, whose exceptional 4 year run on the Marvel comic The Mighty Thor in the early 80s remains the most appreciated version of the character since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought the Viking hero to Marvel comics a generation before. Alex and Walt talk about combining European mythology and space opera, esoteric character design (why does Beta Ray Bill have a face like a horse’s skull?), turning the Norse god of war into a talking frog and the joy of revisiting classic heroes.

5pm 12/03/09, repeated 11.30pm 15/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Walter Simonson and The Mighty Thor
lambiek.net entry on Walt
Extract from The Mighty Thor #361, in which our hero is turned into a frog!

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on Panel Borders

March 8, 2009 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and his other collaborators

Doctor Manhattan by Dave Gibbons

Doctor Manhattan by Dave Gibbons

If you’ve just watched the Watchmen in the cinema and would like to hear interviews with the creators, here’s a list of my interviews with Alan Moore and various artists who have illustrated his scripts including Dave Gibbons and David Lloyd…

Alan Moore

… talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the highs (Kev O’Neill) and lows (Rob Liefeld) of collaborating with comic book artists, his notions of magic and ideaspace and just what giant bald men in nappies had to do with American paranoia in 1950s movies! (Originally broadcast Jan 25th 2007 on Resonance FM)

… talks about magic, Swamp Thing, movies and saving the comics industry.

(Originally broadcast 7pm, Jan 30th 2007 on Resonance FM)

 

… talks about animation, history and DNA….

(Originally broadcast 7.30pm, Jan 30th 2007 on Resonance FM)

Alex Fitch interviews Alan Moore at Gosh! (Photo by Oli Smith)

Click on the image to watch the video, which was filmed by Oli Smith

… talks about his epic graphic novel Lost Girls, from its beginnings – serialised in the horror anthology Taboo – to its final printing 16 years later as a beautiful three volume slipcased hardback published by Top Shelf.

(Originally broadcast 5pm, Feb 14th 2008 on Resonance FM)


… talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier and depictions of procreation in Swamp Thing and Miracleman.

(Originally broadcast 5.30pm, Feb 14th 2008 on Resonance FM)



… talks about collaborating with Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul..

(Originally broadcast Oct 23rd 2008 on Resonance FM)



Alan Moore and Pat Mills talk about their favourite cartoonist, the late Ken Reid who drew Roger the Dodger in the 1950s Beano and a variety of underrated strips in children’s comics such as Wham! and Whoopee! including the creepy classics Faceache and Frankie Stein, up to the 1980s…..

(Originally broadcast Jan 29th 2009 on Resonance FM)

Click on the image to watch a video of the interview

Click on the image to watch a video of the interview, which was filmed by Oli Smith

Dave Gibbons talks about his career so far, working on more personal projects such as The Originals and his thoughts on the current Hollywood adaptation of Watchmen

(Originally broadcast at 5pm, June 10th 2008 on Resonance FM)

Read an abridged transcript of the interview in Wheel Me Out magazine


Alex Fitch talks to David Lloyd

Alex Fitch talks to David Lloyd

David Lloyd talks about working on V for Vendetta and about the challenges of illustrating graphic novels such as The Horrorist and Kickback….

(Originally broadcast at 5.30pm, June 10th 2008 on Resonance FM)

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Alan Moore

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Alan Moore


Alan Davis and Paul Cornell talk about writing and in Alan’s case, also drawing Captain Britain, a character whose appearance in comics in the early 1980s by Alans Davis and Moore gave the strip a lasting appeal that endures to the current day. Paul Cornell talks about his recent revamp of the character in the new comic Captain Britain and MI:13 which sees the Captain get a 21st Century make-over while encountering such nefarious characters as Count Dracula and Gordon Brown!

(Originally broadcast March 5th 2009 on Resonance FM)

Panel Borders: Captain Britain

March 5, 2009 15 Comments

Panel Borders:

Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Paul Cornell

Originally broadcast 05/03/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excalibur by Alan Davis featuring Captain Britain and X-Men

Excalibur by Alan Davis featuring Captain Britain and X-Men

It’s the start of ‘classic heroes’ month on Panel Borders and to kick off, Alex Fitch is talking to two of the creators of the UK’s very own superhero – Captain Britain. Alex talks to Alan Davis, the artist and writer of the strip in the early 80s, who together with help from writers Alan Moore and Jamie Delano rescued the character from oblivion with esoteric storylines, a great supporting cast and a terrific new costume. Alex also talks to author Paul Cornell about his recent revamp of the character in the new comic Captain Britain and MI:13 which sees the Captain get a 21st Century make-over while encountering such nefarious characters as Count Dracula and Gordon Brown!

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

Links: Wikipedia pages on Captain Britain, Alan Davis and Paul Cornell
For Paul’s blog, please click
here
Buy
Captain Britain and MI:13 from Forbidden Planet International
More info about The Bristol International Comics Expo (May 9th / 10th 2009) and
D.R. and Quinch
Alan Davis’ website
Star Wars: the comic book by Alan Davis and Alan Moore

Today / Tomorrow’s shows: Captain Britain by Paul Cornell and Alan Davis / State of the art adaptation

March 5, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Paul Cornell

Excalibur by Alan Davis featuring Captain Britain and X-Men

Excalibur by Alan Davis featuring Captain Britain and X-Men

It’s the start of ‘classic heroes’ month on Strip! and to kick off, Alex Fitch is talking to two of the creators of Britain’s very own superhero – Captain Britain. Alex talks to Alan Davis, the artist and writer of the strip in the earlier 80s, who together with help from writers Alan Moore and Jamie Delano rescued the character from oblivion with esoteric storylines, a great supporting cast and a terrific new costume. Alex also talks to author Paul Cornell about his recent revamp of the character in the new comic “Captain Britain and MI13” which sees the Captain get a 21st Century make-over while encountering such nefarious characters as Count Dracula and Gordon Brown!

5pm 05/03/09, repeated 11.30pm 08/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Captain Britain, Alan Davis and Paul Cornell
For Paul’s blog, please click here
More info about The Bristol International Comics Expo and D.R. and Quinch
Alan’s website

Tomorrow on Resonance FM:

Micro Clear Spot: State of the Art adaptation

Iain Banks and Paul Cornell at Newcon 4

Iain Banks and Paul Cornell at Newcon 4

Alex Fitch talks to writer Paul Cornell about dramatising Iain M Banks’ novella “The State of the Art” for the afternoon play on Radio 4 (to be broadcast 2.15pm 05/03/09) with a cast including such luminaries as Anthony Sher and Patterson Joseph…

7.30pm 06/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / / extended podcast online now at http://www.sci-fi-london.com/audio

Links: For more info about BBC radio’s SF season, please click here
For Paul’s blog, please click here
Wikipedia pages on Paul Cornell, Iain Banks and The Culture

For more podcasts with Paul Cornell, as guest and interviewer, please click here