April 29, 2010
Today on Resonance FM:
Strip! – The art of The Losers
The Losers - in print by Jock and Andy Diggle and on film
Concluding our month long look at the crossover between comics and film, Alex Fitch interviews Jock, the main illustrator of The Losers, a 32 issue comic book series that has just been turned into an action film of the same name, based on the first half dozen issues of the comic. Alex also talks to Jock about his career so far, working on such characters as Lenny Zero and Green Arrow with writer Andy Diggle as well as illustrating the world of Judge Dredd, both in print and on the forthcoming movie written by Alex Garland.
5pm 29/04/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…
Links: to follow…
Sci-Fi London 9 – Life in 2050
Starting tonight at the Apollo Piccadilly on Lower Regent Street is Sci-Fi London, the twice yearly festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic film and there are a number of comics related events I’ve organised:
The Hospital of Transfiguration screening
At 6.30 tonight there’s the start of our season on Stanislaw Lem films, a writer best known for penning Solaris, filmed twice by Andrej Tarkovski and Steven Soderberg, but whose other filmic adaptations are rarely seen in this country.
Accompanying the screening of Hospital of Transfiguration is an introduction by graphic novelist Andrzej Kilmowski and he’ll being doing a Q & A after the film with Alex Fitch looking at Polish film making in the 1970s and 80s, something he observed up close as a film poster designer at the time.
6.30pm Thursday 29th April
60 Years of Dan Dare
A panel on 60 years of the lantern jawed space pilot -Alex Fitch will be talking to:
Garry Leach, who drew Dan’s return to print in 2000AD, ten years after the end of the original Eagle, in the late 1970s and more recently covers for Virgin comics’ revival of the ‘Pilot of the future’ in 2008.
Rian Hughes who drew the Eagle inspired comic The Science Service in 1989 and then the Mekon’s final revenge in the Thatcherite satire Dare in the adult comics Revolver and Crisis a year later.
Gary Erskine who drew Dan Dare’s most recent official comic book adventures in the Virgin Comics periodical of the same name.
John Freeman, a comics historian and writer. He previous wrote The Science Service and now writes the strip Ex Astris in the 00s Dan Dare magazine Spaceship Away and
Rod Barzilay the editor and one of the writers of Spaceship Away,
10.30am Saturday 1st May
30 years of MARVEL UK
Alex Fitch hosts a panel on the British arm of the American Superhero publisher, featuring:
Dez Skinn, a pioneering Marvel UK editor who launched titles such as Hulk Comic and Doctor Who Magazine which featured early licensed work by Alan Moore, David Lloyd, Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons.
Dan Abnett, who gave Captain Britain a new, darker spin in the 1990s by adding him to an Arthurian team of heroes with
Gary Erskine, co-creator of the Knights of Pendragon
John Freeman, who designed many of Marvel UK’s early 90s titles such as Death’s Head II, Warheads, Killpower and Motormouth, contributing strips to several issues as well.
Simon Furman, primary writer for Marvel’s Transformers, and a dozen issues of Doctor Who magazine. He created some of Marvel UK’s most memorable SF titles including Dragon Claws and Death’s Head.
11.45 am, Saturday 1st May
A panel chaired by Tom Hunter, organiser of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards for SF literaure on the future of (SF) publishing:
featuring, Paul Rainey a cartoonist, illustrator and creator of diary-comic-strip-in-list-form Book of Lists. He is currently serialising his graphic novel, or ‘thick comic book’, There’s No Time Like The Present.
Gary Gibson; Nova War is his fourth novel and his second Dakota Merrick book, following 2007’s Stealing Light. The third in the series, Empire of Light, is to be published in July.
Dave Bradley, the editor of SFX magazine…
1.00 pm, Saturday 1st May
The Birth of the Modern Doctor Who
A special 2 hour event hosted by Alex Fitch, featuring a panel on directing Doctor Who, with Andrew Morgan who directed Sylvester McCoy’s first serial and returned to helm the 7th Doctor’s finest hour – Remembrance of the Daleks – which finally saw them conquer a flight of stairs.
Charles Palmer who directed four episodes of Doctor Who, including the first appearance of Martha Jones in the series and the two part story Human Nature / The Family of Blood.
Richard Martin who directed 22 episodes of Doctor Who in the 1960s, including most of the first three Dalek serials. Contrasting with the experiences of the more recent Who directors, Richard will give a valuable insight into the early years of the show and how much / how little aspects of filming have changed.
also: a panel on Doctor Who off screen; during periods when the programme was off-air, his adventures continued in books and audio plays. We are very excited to bring together some of the finest writers of these spin-off stories. This group were crucial in shaping the 21st Century Doctor.
Simon Guerrier is a writer of Doctor Who short stories, novels, comic strips and audio plays. He has also written and produced several installments of the audio adventures of the Doctor’s former companion Professor Bernice Summerfield.
Neil Gardner is a producer of several recent Doctor Who audio titles. Neil edited Tom Baker’s long-awaited return to the role after nearly 30 years. He has also directed many of the recent Tenth Doctor talking books.
Alan Stevens is the producer of Kaldor City, a sequel to both Doctor Who: The Robots of Death and Blake’s 7: Weapon.
The session will be followed by a live reading of a short Bernice Summerfield play “Closure” by Paul Cornell, performed by the original cast: Lisa Bowerman and Sarah Mowatt…
1.00 pm Sunday 1st May
Coffee with Gary Erskine
The Popular comics penciller and inker will be holding a signing and sketching session at Sci-Fi London, so if you don’t fancy the Doctor Who event, come along early to get in line!
1.00 pm Sunday 1st May
All the events take place at the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, 19 Lower Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR
More info at http://www.sci-fi-london.com