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Graphic Brighton festival

April 1, 2014

Widescreen Graphic Brighton logo by Daniel Locke

A one day event, being held at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, May 24th 2014, curated by Paul Slater, Barbara Chamberlin and Alex Fitch. Guests include Chris Riddell, David Lloyd, John Higgins, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Daniel Locke, Joe Decie, Neil Evans (a.k.a. Nelson Evergreen), Lawrence Elwick, Ian Williams, Paul O’Connell, Nye Wright, Hannah Eaton, Paul Collicutt and Tim Pilcher.

The day will comprise talks, panel discussions, workshops and much more, and is only a five minute walk from the sea front for a lunchtime barbeque!

Tickets are £8 / £5 concessions and must be bought in advance from http://arts.brighton.ac.uk

9.30 – 5.30, Saturday 24th May 2014,
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts
, 56-58 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
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Panel Borders: Alan Moore, saving local libraries

February 6, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Alan Moore, saving local libraries

Partially broadcast 22nd February 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Alan Moore and local residents outside St James Library, Northampton

Alan Moore and local residents outside St James Library, Northampton

A special hour long edition of Panel Borders, recorded at St James’ Library in Northampton, February 2011. Alan Moore talks about the closure of local libraries and the loss this will cause for the community and reads the short story ‘Cold Reading’ from his periodical Dodgem Logic followed by a Q and A with members of the audience. Introduced by Graham Croucher, Secretary of the St. James’ Residents Association. Edited and recorded by Alex Fitch.

Death stalks the shelves of St James library

Death stalks the shelves of St James library

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: Sign the petition to save St. James Library
More info about St. James Library
Local Lib-Dem page on the potential closure
Alan Moore youtube video on the library cuts
Dodgem Logic website
Read Cold Reading at newhumanist.org.uk

More podcast interviews with Alan Moore and his collaborators
Interview with Josie Long and talk by David Quantick and Savage Pencil about their work in Dodgem Logic

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Panel Borders: Tales of Diversity

December 31, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Tales of Diversity

Partially broadcast 17/12/09 as part of an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson, Benefit Fraud by Chantelle Beckford and Rosalee Noel and The Dollhouse by Leke Adekanbi and Shantel Cherebin

Excerpts from Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson, Benefit Fraud by Chantelle Beckford and Rosalee Noel and The Dollhouse by Leke Adekanbi and Shantel Cherebin

In the last of this month’s shows looking at the use of comics in education, Sarah Lightman visits the Eastside Educational Trust in Hackney and talks to two of the tutors / mentors from the organisation – Rakhee Jasani and Truly Johnston – who have set up a project called ‘Graphic Truths’ as a way of engaging young people with comic book creation to tell stories that are personal to them. Sarah also talks to four of the young creators – Chantelle, Shantel, Leke and Nickita – who have worked on the project and are seeing their comics printed in an anthology called ‘Tales of Diversity’ being launched next month.

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: Eastside Educational Trust info about the Graphic Truths project on their website
Download Tales of Diversity as a PDF
Graphic Truths blog
Rag Factory website where the magazine is being launched on 16/01/10

Sarah Lightmanwebsite
Info about Sarah’s monthly comics discussion group – Laydeez do Comics

Recommended events:

Comixmas exhibition

ComiXmas: When Worlds Collide is an exhibition of fantastic images from contemporary comic books and graphic novels, featuring work by the best contemporary comic book artists, along with images from past great masters of the genre. On display in the exhibition are prints reproduced at a strikingly larger scale by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, one of the fathers of Japanese manga and anime; Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin; Woodrow Phoenix, creator of the award winning Rumble Strip; Andrzej Klimowski, illustrator of The Master & Margarita; Reinhard Kleist, illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness; From Hell creators Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and many other artists. This free exhibition runs from 11 December 2009 to 6 February 2010 at the LondonPrintStudio Gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London.

Additionally, Paul Gravett will be hosting a free panel discussion How A Comic Is Made at the LondonPrintStudio on Thursday 21 January 2010, where you can discover the secrets behind writing and drawing comics, graphic novels and manga, revealed by creators featured in the ComiXmas Exhibition: Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (Master and Margarita), Nana Li (Twelfth Night), Pat Mills (Nemesis, Slaine, Requiem) and Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). Followed by book signings and reception.

More info at www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Panel Borders: Visiting the Cartoon Classroom

December 18, 2009

Panel Borders:

Visiting the Cartoon Classroom

Partially broadcast 17/12/09 as part of an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

A new painting of V by David Lloyd and logo + self portrait by Steve Marchant to help promote Cartoon Classroom

A new painting of V by David Lloyd and logo + self portrait by Steve Marchant to help promote Cartoon Classroom

Continuing our month of shows on comics and education, Alex Fitch talks to V for Vendetta illustrator David Lloyd and cartoonist Steve Marchant about the project – Cartoon Classroom – they’ve set up with the help of Paul Gravett; a not-for-profit website that aims to inspire the next generation of cartoonists and make the art form more accessible to children and adults who want to be more proficient at creating comic-strips and drawing cartoons. www.cartoonclassroom.co.uk is also designed as a gateway and information resource for studying cartoon and sequential art in schools, colleges, libraries and museums across the UK and Ireland and so Steve and David talk about the genesis of the project, its roots in the London Cartoon Centre and their own experiences both as comic book tutors and when they first broke into the industry.

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: Cartoon Classroom website
More info about Cartoon Classroom on Down the tubes
Buy Steve’s comic Stupidface at urban75.org
Steve’s online portfolio at www.cartoonstock.com
David’s website www.lforlloyd.com
Buy a painted V for Vendetta sketch by David off ebay and help support Cartoon Classroom
Info about the Cartoon Museum in London
Fanzine article about Andy Roberts’ experiences at the London Cartoon Centre
Listen to Alex’s interview with David about his comics career so far

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Today’s show: Cartoons in the classroom

December 17, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Cartoons in the classroom

Extract from Tales of Diversity: Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson and Cartoon Classroom logo and self portrait by Steve Marchant

Extract from Tales of Diversity: Blood in Stones by Nickita Patterson and Cartoon Classroom logo and self portrait by Steve Marchant

In the last of this month’s shows looking at the use of comics in education, we have interviews with a variety of practitioners and tutors with an interest in the subject. Sarah Lightman visits the Eastside Educational Trust in Hackney and talks to two of the tutors / mentors from the organisation – Rakhee Jasani and Truly Johnston – who have set up a project called ‘Graphic Truths’ as a way of engaging young people with comic book creation to tell stories that are personal to them. Sarah also talks to four of the young creators – Chantelle, Shantel, Leke and Nickita – who have worked on the project and are seeing their comics printed in an anthology called ‘Tales of Diversity’ being launched next month.
Also, Alex Fitch talks to V for Vendetta illustrator David Lloyd and cartoonist Steve Marchant about the project Cartoon Classroom they’ve set up with the help of Paul Gravett; a not-for-profit website that aims to inspire the next generation of cartoonists and make the art form more accessible to children and adults who want to be more proficient at creating comic-strips and drawing cartoons. http://www.cartoonclassroom.co.uk is also designed as a gateway and information resource for studying cartoon and sequential art in schools, colleges, libraries and museums across the UK and Ireland.

N.B./ A 25 min edit of Alex’s conversation with David and Steve will be podcast tonight and a 35 min edit of Sarah’s interviews with the mentors and students of the Eastside Trust will be podcast 31/12/09

5pm 17/12/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Eastside Educational Trust info about the Graphic Truths project on their website
Download Tales of Diversity as a PDF
Graphic Truths blog
Rag Factory website where the magazine is being launched on 16/01/10

Cartoon Classroomwebsite
More info about Cartoon Classroom on Down the tubes
Buy Steve’s comic Stupidface at urban75.org
Steve’s online portfolio at www.cartoonstock.com
David’s website www.lforlloyd.com
Buy a painted V for Vendetta sketch by David off ebay and help support Cartoon Classroom
Listen to Alex’s interview with David about his comics career so far

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Panel Borders: Depicting the darkness in Johnny Cash

December 10, 2009 2 Comments

Panel Borders:

Depicting the darkness in Johnny Cash

Broadcast 10/12/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Johnny Cash meets Bob Dylan in a couple of panels from I see a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist

Johnny Cash meets Bob Dylan in a couple of panels from I see a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist

Continuing ‘Education and comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist about his book Johnny Cash: I see a darkness, an epic 224 page graphic novel that tells the life and times of the hell-raising American Country singer from early success to his iconic show at Folsom Prison and beyond. Alex and Reinhard chat about the artist’s varying style from project to project, his love of Americana and the travails of doing such a project in the nascent German comics scene. Continuing ‘Education and comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist about his book Johnny Cash: I see a darkness, an epic 224 page graphic novel that tells the life and times of the hell-raising American Country singer from early success to his iconic show at Folsom Prison and beyond. Alex and Reinhard chat about the artist’s varying style from project to project, his love of Americana and the travails of doing such a project in the nascent German comics scene.

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: Watch a 14 min edit of Alex’s interview with Reinhard, accompanied by the latter sketching Cash at the ICA
More info about Johnny Cash: I see a darkness at http://www.selfmadehero.com
Interview with Reinhard Kleist at http://www.paulgravett.com
Info on the iPhone edition of the Graphic Novel at the Forbidden Planet blog

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Today’s show: Depicting the darkness in Johnny Cash

December 10, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip!: Depicting the darkness in Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash meets Bob Dylan in a couple of panels from I see a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist

Johnny Cash meets Bob Dylan in a couple of panels from I see a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist

Continuing ‘Education and comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist about his book Johnny Cash: I see a darkness, an epic 224 page graphic novel that tells the life and times of the hell-raising American Country singer from early success to his iconic show at Folsom Prison and beyond. Alex and Reinhard chat about the artist’s varying style from project to project, his love of Americana and the travails of doing such a project in the nascent German comics scene. Continuing ‘Education and comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist about his book Johnny Cash: I see a darkness, an epic 224 page graphic novel that tells the life and times of the hell-raising American Country singer from early success to his iconic show at Folsom Prison and beyond. Alex and Reinhard chat about the artist’s varying style from project to project, his love of Americana and the travails of doing such a project in the nascent German comics scene.

5pm 10/12/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Watch a 14 min edit of Alex’s interview with Reinhard, accompanied by the latter sketching Cash at the ICA
More info about Johnny Cash: I see a darkness at http://www.selfmadehero.com
Interview with Reinhard Kleist at http://www.paulgravett.com
Info on the iPhone edition of the Graphic Novel at the Forbidden Planet blog

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Panel Borders: Apostolos Doxiadis’ Logicomix

December 3, 2009 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Apostolos Doxiadis’ Logicomix

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

Panels from Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis et al.

Panels from Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis et al.

Alex Fitch talks to to author Apostolos Doxiadis about the graphic novel Logicomix – An epic search for truth which he co-wrote with computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou from the University of California in Berkeley. The graphic novel centres around the life of Bertrand Russell and explores the history of mathematics in the 20th century, intertwined with the story of the authors grappling with the project’s creation. Alex and Apostolos are looking at the interesting structure of the graphic novel and how this relates to its subject matter as well as the nature of modern biographical comic books.

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: Offical Logicomix website
Apostolos’ website
youtube video about the making of Logicomix
Reviews of the book in The Guardian and the New York Times

Related events:

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match any amount donated x 2!


Get your stocking fillers from Neil and donate to a good cause….

More info here

Today’s show – Apostolos Doxiadis’ Logicomix

December 3, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip! – Apostolos Doxiadis’ Logicomix

Panels from Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis et al.

Panels from Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis et al.

The first of this month’s series of shows looking at links between “education and comic books”. Alex Fitch talks to to author Apostolos Doxiadis about the graphic novel Logicomix- An epic search for truth which he co-wrote with computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou from the University of California, in Berkeley. The graphic novel centres around the life of Bertrand Russell and explores the history of mathematics in the 20th century, intertwined with the story of the authors grappling with the project’s creation. Alex and Apostolos are looking at the interesting structure of the graphic novel and how this relates to its subject matter as well as the nature of modern biographical comic books.

5pm 03/12/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast online tonight…

Links: Offical Logicomix website
Apostolos’ website
youtube video about the making of Logicomix
Reviews of the book in The Guardian and the New York Times

Related events: Christmas (comic) markets

As it’s December there are a myriad of opportunities to buy the work of small press comics in different locations. At Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street from the 3rd to the 6th of December the East End arts club will be running a Christmas fair called Take the biscuit, featuring art by comic book creators such as Daniel Locke and a variety of low fi street artists – more info at eastendartsclub.co.uk

Also in the east end and also from the 3rd to the 6th of December there’s the Guest Projects Christmas Market at Yinka Shonibare’s Space, 1 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QL featuring zines such as Impulsive Random platform – see www.guestprojects.com for details.