Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders: Inspired By Music

April 5, 2019

Various publication by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Various publications by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Inspired By Music: In a feature length podcast, Alex Fitch talks to two comic creators whose publications are inspired by music. Zine creator Holly Casio discusses her various Bruce Springsteen inspired titles including Queers on the edge of town in a Q and A recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018, and writer / publisher Ricky Miller talks about Metroland his comic about British pop music and time travel, mainly illustrated by Julia Scheele, and the various titles he’s overseen as co-publisher of Avery Hill, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County.
Originally broadcast Wednesday 3rd April 2019 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) (more…)

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Tomorrow’s show: Inspired by Music

April 2, 2019

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Inspired by Music

Various publication by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Various publications by Holly Casio / Covers and interior art from Metroland by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele

Alex Fitch talks to two comic creators whose publications are inspired by music. Zine creator Holly Casio discusses her various Bruce Springsteen inspired titles including Queers on the edge of town in a Q and A recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018, and writer / publisher Ricky Miller talks about Metroland his comic about British pop music and time travel, mainly illustrated by Julia Scheele, and the various titles he’s overseen as co-publisher of Avery Hill, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County.

5.30pm Wednesday 3rd April 2019, repeated 2.30am Friday 5th April, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Holly Casio’s Zines and Comics / her bigcartel webstore
More info about the academic book Holly contributed to (more…)

Panel Borders: Performing The Search Engine and The Wolf of Baghdad

January 16, 2018 1 Comment

The Search Engine performed live in Montreal / original sketch by Henry Flint / Promo art for The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

The Search Engine performed live in Montreal / original sketch by Henry Flint / Promo art for The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

Performing The Search Engine and The Wolf of Baghdad: In a panel chaired by Alex Fitch, in front of a live audience at ‘Graphic Brighton presents: Caption’, cartoonist The Surreal McCoy and musician DJ Food discuss their projects The Wolf of Baghdad and The Search Engine, the former a wordless graphic novel set to Arabic music by 3Ayin, and the latter an album with art by 2000AD artist Henry Flint. The Surreal McCoy talks about the challenges of working on her first long form project and how the music performance will be timed to an animated version of the graphic novel, while DJ Food describes how the artwork from his album is incorporated into the stage version of his sets.
Originally broadcast 3rd January 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: More info about: The Search Engine by DJ Food
Watch an extract from The Search Engine ‘dome projection’ in Montreal
The Wolf of Baghdad blog by The Surreal McCoy
3Ayin’s facebook page
Listen to Robin Warren’s interview with DJ Food about music production
Info about the event on the Graphic Brighton and Caption blogs

Panel Borders: Gerard Way

January 3, 2018 1 Comment

The Umbrella Academy by Way and Ba / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way at Thought Bubble (photo by guccist41n) / Doom Patrol by Way and Derington

The Umbrella Academy by Way and Ba / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way at Thought Bubble (photo by guccist41n) / Doom Patrol by Way and Derington

Gerard Way: In an interview recorded at Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way about writing such comics as Doom Patrol, The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Way also discusses the connections between music and comics in his work, his setting up of the DC Comics imprint ‘Young Animal’, the genres which interest him, and answers questions from the audience.
Partially broadcast 3rd January 2018 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London)

For more audio formats to download and stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Gerard Way’s website
Info about DC Young Animal
guccist41n’s instagram post on Gerard Way‘s interview

Tomorrow’s show: Music and Comics

January 2, 2018

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Music and Comics

Cover of DJ Food: The Search Engine by Henry Flint / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way (photo by guccist41n) / art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

Cover of DJ Food: The Search Engine by Henry Flint / Alex Fitch interviews Gerard Way (photo by guccist41n) / art from The Wolf of Baghdad by The Surreal McCoy

In a pair of interviews recorded in front of a live audience, the first episode of Panel Borders in 2018 investigates the work of a trio of creators who have an interest in combing music and comic book art. At Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way about writing such comics as Doom Patrol, The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Also, at ‘Graphic Brighton presents: Caption’, cartoonist The Surreal McCoy and musician DJ Food discuss their projects The Wolf of Baghdad and The Search Engine, the former a wordless graphic novel set to Arabic music by 3Ayin, and the latter an album with art by 2000AD artist Henry Flint.

5.30pm Wednesday 3rd January 2018, repeated 7am Tuesday 9th January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / broadcast streamed at www.resonancefm.com / Resonance Replay stream on mixcloud.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton

May 2, 2014

Cover, photography and interior from Brin and Bent by Ravi Thornton / art from Hoax: Psychosis Blues by Hannah Berry

Cover, photography and interior from Brin and Bent by Ravi Thornton / art from Hoax: Psychosis Blues by Hannah Berry

Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton: Concluding a month of shows about the connections between comics and music, graphic novelist and musician Ravi Thornton discusses her books The Tale of Brin & Bent and Minno Marylebone and Hoax: Psychosis Blues with Alex Fitch in a Q and A recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Ravi talks about the musical accompaniment for Minno Marylebone, its connection with ballet and new technology, the numerous artists involved with Hoax and how the graphic novel will be accompanied by a performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in June. The episode also features Hannah Berry talking about her contribution to Psychosis Blues and a pair of songs from Hoax: My Lonely Heart performed by Minute Taker and introduced by singer Ben McGarvey. (Originally broadcast 28th April 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London) (more…)

Today’s show: Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton

April 28, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Tales and hoaxes by Ravi Thornton

Cover, photography and interior from Brin and Bent by Ravi Thornton / art from Hoax: Psychosis Blues by Hannah Berry

Cover, photography and interior from Brin and Bent by Ravi Thornton / art from Hoax: Psychosis Blues by Hannah Berry

Concluding a month of shows about the connections between comics and music, graphic novelist and musician Ravi Thornton discusses her books The Tale of Brin & Bent and Minno Marylebone and Hoax: Psychosis Blues with Alex Fitch in a Q and A recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Ravi talks about the musical accompaniment for Minno Marylebone, its connection with ballet and new technology, the numerous artists involved with Hoax and how the graphic novel will be accompanied by a performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in June. The episode also features Hannah Berry talking about her contribution to Psychosis Blues and a pair of songs from Hoax: My Lonely Heart performed by Minute Taker and introduced by singer Ben McGarvey.

4.30pm, Monday 28th April, repeated 11am, Thursday 1st May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

Panel Borders: Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies

April 13, 2014

Excerpts from Sex Pistols, Ramones, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain graphic novels, written by Jim McCarthy

Excerpts from Sex Pistols, Ramones, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain graphic novels, written by Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies: Starting a month of shows about the depiction of musicians and music culture in comic books, Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy about writing graphic novel music biographies of musicians and groups such as Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, The Ramones and Metallica. Fitch and McCarthy talk about the varying difficulties of depicting late musicians on the page, writing authentic voices for real people and taking a docudrama approach to graphic novels. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, January 2014 / 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: Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies

April 7, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Jim McCarthy, Music Biographies

Excerpts from Sex Pistols, Ramones, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain graphic novels, written by Jim McCarthy

Excerpts from Sex Pistols, Ramones, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain graphic novels, written by Jim McCarthy

Starting a month of shows about the depiction of musicians and music culture in comic books, Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy about writing graphic novel music biographies of musicians and groups such as Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, The Ramones and Metallica. Fitch and McCarthy talk about the varying difficulties of depicting late musicians on the page, writing authentic voices for real people and taking a docudrama approach to graphic novels. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, January 2014)

4.30pm, Monday 7th April, repeated 11am, Thursday 10th April 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

I’m ready for my close-up: Comics and film by Javier Mariscal

May 27, 2011 1 Comment

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Comics and film by Javier Mariscal

Partially broadcast 27th May 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Still from Chico and Rito by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba

Still from Chico and Rito by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba

Alex Fitch talks to internationally renowned designer Javier Mariscal about his career so far from drawing sketches in bars which got picked up by the design community as the basis of everything from chairs to Olympic Mascots to his comic strip Los Garriris, the subject of a recent exhibition in Brussels. Alex and Javier also discus the designer’s recent role as animator and co-director of the cartoon feature film Chico and Rita and how the movie was subsequently adapted into a graphic novel.

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

Links: Info about the Chico and Rita graphic novel from Self Made Hero
Chico and Rita official film website
Wikipedia pages on Javier Mariscal and Chico and Rita
Info about Mariscal’s Los Garriris exhibition in Brussels

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Today’s show: Comics and film by Javier Mariscal

May 27, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

I’m ready for my close-up: Comics and film by Javier Mariscal

Still from Chico and Rito by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba

Still from Chico and Rito by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba

Alex Fitch talks to internationally renowned designer Javier Mariscal about his career so far from drawing sketches in bars which got picked up by the design community as the basis of everything from chairs to Olympic Mascots to his comic strip Los Garriris, the subject of a recent exhibition in Brussels. Alex and Javier also discus the designer’s recent role as animator and co-director of the cartoon feature film Chico and Rita and how the movie was subsequently adapted into a graphic novel.

5pm 27/05/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Info about the Chico and Rita graphic novel from Self Made Hero
Chico and Rita official film website
Wikipedia pages on Javier Mariscal and Chico and Rita
Info about Mariscal’s Los Garriris exhibition in Brussels

(more…)

Panel Borders: Small Press Soundtracks

May 26, 2011 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Small Press Soundtracks

Partially broadcast 26th May 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Sioux Warrior cover and interiors by Sam Gardner, Jake Rowlinson and Lee O Connor / Hilarious Consequences by Babak Ganjei

Sioux Warrior cover and interiors by Sam Gardner, Jake Rowlinson and Lee O Connor / Hilarious Consequences by Babak Ganjei

Continuing our month of shows about the crossover between music and comics, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of a couple of small press publications which feature music in their stories and contain a soundtrack to listen to while you read the comic.
Writer Sam Gardner and artists Jake Rowlinson and Lee O’Connor talk about Sioux Warrior, a new comic about a mysterious hero who is one part Sitting Bull and one part Phantom of the Opera and while enjoying his adventures, the reader is serenaded by a sound chip built into the publication itself. Alex also chats to Babak Ganjei about his graphic novel Hilarious Consequences, an irreverent but touching autobiographical book in which the author documents his travails in being a singer-songwriter and father while breaking the fourth wall in humorous asides to the reader; the book contains a compilation CD of tracks from Babak’s label, Records Records Records Records…

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: More info about Sioux Warrior at www.capefearcomics.com
More info about Hilarious Consequences at www.recordsrecordsrecordsrecords.com

Read Jake’s 24 Hour Comic
Listen to Lee O’Connor et. al talk about City of Abacus
(more…)

Today’s show: Small Press Soundtracks

May 26, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Small Press Soundtracks

Sioux Warrior cover and interiors by Sam Gardner, Jake Rowlinson and Lee O Connor / Hilarious Consequences by Babak Ganjei

Sioux Warrior cover and interiors by Sam Gardner, Jake Rowlinson and Lee O Connor / Hilarious Consequences by Babak Ganjei

Continuing our month of shows about the crossover between music and comics, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of a couple of small press publications which feature music in their stories and contain a soundtrack to listen to while you read the comic.
Writer Sam Gardner and artists Jake Rowlinson and Lee O’Connor talk about Sioux Warrior, a new comic about a mysterious hero who is one part Sitting Bull and one part Phantom of the Opera and while enjoying his adventures, the reader is serenaded by a sound chip built into the publication itself. Alex also chats to Babak Ganjei about his graphic novel Hilarious Consequences, an irreverent but touching autobiographical book in which the author documents his travails in being a singer-songwriter and father while breaking the fourth wall in humorous asides to the reader; the book contains a compilation CD of tracks from Babak’s label, Records Records Records Records…

5pm, Thursday 26/05/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: More info about Sioux Warrior at www.capefearcomics.com
More info about Hilarious Consequences at www.recordsrecordsrecordsrecords.com
(more…)

Panel Borders: City of Abacus

May 12, 2011 9 Comments

Panel Borders:

City of Abacus

Partially broadcast 12th May 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

V.V. Brown and David Allain discuss City of Abacus, Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON, BFI Southbank. Photo by Fia Eamónn Wåhlin

V.V. Brown and David Allain discuss City of Abacus, Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON, BFI Southbank. Photo by Fia Eamónn Wåhlin

Continuing our month of shows about the connections between music and comic-books, singer / song-writer V.V. Brown and film maker David Allain talk about their serialised graphic novel City of Abacus, a comic which fuses elements of fantasy films and dystopian science-fiction, in a presentation of their work recorded in The Blue Room, BFI Southbank as part of Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON, April 2011.

City of Abacus issue 2 by V.V. Brown, David Allain and Lee O'Connor

City of Abacus #2 by V.V. Brown, David Allain + Lee O Connor

V.V. and David are then joined by moderator Alex Fitch and artists Lee O’Connor and John Spelling for a panel discussion about the project.

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: Official City of Abacus website with links to iTunes downloads and back issues
Wikipedia pages on V.V. Brown and Lee O’Connor
Interview with V.V. in Amelia’s Magazine
Info about Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON

Recommended events:

Kate Brown and Paul Duffield exhibition

A new exhibition by Paul (FreakAngels) Duffield and Kate (The Spider Moon) Brown is currently on display in the Orbital Gallery….
The show will include both original artwork and prints from Freakangels, Signal and Fish + Chocolate. (Until 26/05/11)
More info at www.orbitalcomics.com

Bristol Small Press Expo

Although the main Bristol International Comics expo is sold out, there are still tickets for the Small Press Expo at Mercure Hotel, Bristol 14+15th May, 2011 featuring panels on Image Comics and ComX plus talks on creating Weeble and Bob and The Walking Dead with the following creators in attendance: Paul Grist, Sean Phillips, Boo Cook, Richard Starkings, Charlie Adlard, Andi Ewington, Ian Churchill and many more.
More info at: www.spexpo.co.uk

Today’s show: City of Abacus

May 12, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: City of Abacus

V.V. Brown and David Allain discuss City of Abacus, Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON, BFI Southbank. Photo by Fia Eamónn Wåhlin

V.V. Brown and David Allain discuss City of Abacus, Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON, BFI Southbank. Photo by Fia Eamónn Wåhlin

Continuing our month of shows about the connections between music and comic-books, singer / song-writer V.V. Brown and film maker David Allain talk about their serialised graphic novel City of Abacus, a comic which fuses elements of fantasy films and dystopian science-fiction, in a presentation of their work recorded in The Blue Room, BFI Southbank as part of Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON, April 2011.

City of Abacus issue 2 by V.V. Brown, David Allain and Lee O'Connor

City of Abacus #2 by V.V. Brown, David Allain + Lee O Connor

V.V. and David are then joined by moderator Alex Fitch and artists Lee O’Connor and John Spelling for a panel discussion about the project.

5pm, Thursday 12/05/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Official City of Abacus website with links to iTunes downloads and back issues
Wikipedia pages on V.V. Brown and Lee O’Connor
Interview with V.V. in Amelia’s Magazine
Info about Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON

Recommended events:

Kate Brown and Paul Duffield exhibition

A new exhibition by Paul (FreakAngels) Duffield and Kate (The Spider Moon) Brown is currently on display in the Orbital Gallery….
The show will include both original artwork and prints from Freakangels, Signal and Fish + Chocolate. (Until 26/05/11)
More info at www.orbitalcomics.com

Bristol Small Press Expo

Although the main Bristol International Comics expo is sold out, there are still tickets for the Small Press Expo at Mercure Hotel, Bristol 14+15th May, 2011 featuring panels on Image Comics and ComX plus talks on creating Weeble and Bob and The Walking Dead with the following creators in attendance: Paul Grist, Sean Phillips, Boo Cook, Richard Starkings, Charlie Adlard, Andi Ewington, Ian Churchill and many more.
More info at: www.spexpo.co.uk

Panel Borders: Beatles in Black (and White)

May 5, 2011 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

Beatles in Black (and White)

Partially broadcast 5th May 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from Babys in black by Arne Bellstorf

Extract from Babys in black by Arne Bellstorf

Starting a month of shows about the crossover between comics books and music, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Arne Bellstorf about his new book, Baby’s in black which retells the story of Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe in cartoon form. Alex and Arne talk about the travails of depicting 1960s Hamburg on the page, what led to the creation of the graphic novel and his use of cinematic pacing in the book.

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: Arne Bellstorf’s webiste
More info about Baby’s in Black at www.selfmadehero.com including photos from the London and Glasgow launches

Recommended events:

Free Comic Book Day Signings

(May 7, 1:00pm – 2:30pm) with 2000AD’s Dan Abnett, Al Ewing and Robbie Morrison. Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street, London (opposite The British Museum)

We’ll also have stacks of free comics to give away from Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf, and even some local small press folk.

More info at: goshlondon.blogspot.com

(May 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm) with Shaky Kane and David Hine + film screening by Steven Cook about Shaky’s work. Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London (near Leicester Square)

Also: Paul (FreakAngels) Duffield and Kate (The Spider Moon) Brown exhibition on display in the Orbital Gallery….

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com

Today’s show: Beatles in Black (and White)

May 4, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Beatles in Black (and White)

Extract from Babys in black by Arne Bellstorf

Extract from Babys in black by Arne Bellstorf

Starting a month of shows about the crossover between comics books and music, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Arne Bellstorf about his new book, Baby’s in black which retells the story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe in cartoon form. Alex and Arne talk about the travails of depicting 1960s Hamburg on the page, what led to the creation of the graphic novel and his use of cinematic pacing in the book.

5pm, Thursday 05/05/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Arne Bellstorf’s webiste
More info about Baby’s in Black at www.selfmadehero.com including photos from the London and Glasgow launches

Recommended events:

Free Comic Book Day Signings

(May 7, 1:00pm – 2:30pm) with 2000AD’s Dan Abnett, Al Ewing and Robbie Morrison. Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street, London (opposite The British Museum)

We’ll also have stacks of free comics to give away from Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf, and even some local small press folk.

More info at: goshlondon.blogspot.com

(May 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm) with Shaky Kane and David Hine + film screening by Steven Cook about Shaky’s work. Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London (near Leicester Square)

Also: Paul (FreakAngels) Duffield and Kate (The Spider Moon) Brown exhibition on display in the Orbital Gallery….

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com