Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Today’s show: Political comics

October 4, 2016

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Panel Borders: Political comics

Covers of Fight the Power and Slumdroid #2 by Ben Dickson / promotional poster for Falling Sky / Covers of Guide to Life by Steven Appleby and If... The Graphic Novel by Steve Bell

Covers of Fight the Power and Slumdroid #2 by Ben Dickson / promotional poster for Falling Sky / Covers of Guide to Life by Steven Appleby and If… The Graphic Novel by Steve Bell

In a pair of Q and As recorded live in front of an audience, Alex Fitch interviews a trio of artists who have dealt with politics in their work. At the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex discusses newspaper cartoons and strips such as If… and Loomus with The Guardian’s Steve Bell and Steven Appleby while they draw new installments of their work. Also, at Cartoon County in Brighton, Ben Dickson talks about his satirical sci-fi comics Slumdroid and Falling Sky and his contributions to political anthologies Fight the Power and Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption.

5.30pm Wednesday 5th October, repeated 6am Sunday 9th October 2016, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Ben Dickson’s website and page at Scar Comics
Info about Fight the Power at New Internationalist
Alex’s interview with Lightspeed Champion and Laura Ford about Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption
Steve Bell’s website
Steven Appleby’s website

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Panel Borders: Ben Katchor, architectural strips

April 1, 2014 2 Comments

Excerpts from Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise and Handdrying in America by Ben Katchor

Excerpts from Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise and Handdrying in America by Ben Katchor

Ben Katchor, architectural strips: Concluding a month of shows about comics and graphic novels drawn from elements of real life, Alex Fitch talks to award winning American cartoonist Ben Katchor about his weekly newspaper strips on tourism and architecture. Fitch and Katchor discuss the latter’s weekly strip from The Village Voice – Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer – and how it was part of a wave of underground cartoonists in periodicals, collecting his absurdist cartoons on tourism – The Cardboard Valise – and his oversized monthly graphic short story for Metropolis magazine, collected as Hand Drying in America and other stories.
(Originally broadcast 31/03/14 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…)

Today’s show: Ben Katchor, architectural strips

March 31, 2014 2 Comments

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Ben Katchor, architectural strips

Excerpts from Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise and Handdrying in America by Ben Katchor

Excerpts from Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise and Handdrying in America by Ben Katchor

Concluding a month of shows about comics and graphic novels drawn from elements of real life, Alex Fitch talks to award winning American cartoonist Ben Katchor about his weekly newspaper strips on tourism and architecture. Fitch and Katchor discuss the latter’s weekly strip from The Village Voice – Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer – and how it was part of a wave of underground cartoonists in periodicals, collecting his absurdist cartoons on tourism – The Cardboard Valise – and his oversized monthly graphic short story for Metropolis magazine, collected as Hand Drying in America and other stories.

4.30pm, Monday 31st March, repeated 11am, Thursday 3rd April 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Ben Katchor’s website and blog
Katchor’s pages on www.lambiek.net and www.ted.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Social realism and magical realism in comics

March 31, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

Social realism and magical realism in comics

Partially broadcast 31st March 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, Locas by Jaime Hernandez

Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, Locas by Jaime Hernandez

Concluding this month’s theme of shows about newspaper comics, Alex Fitch introduces a talk recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in which Ian Rakoff discusses social realism and magical realism in the newspaper strip Little Orphan Annie and the international comic books Corto Maltese and Love and Rockets and how the three sagas are related.

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: Ian’s blog
Articles on Little Orphan Annie from 1935-1945 and 1970-2000
Victoria and Albert Museum website
Wikipedia pages on Little Orphan Annie, Corto Maltese and Love and Rockets

Today’s show: Social realism and magical realism in comics

March 31, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Social realism and magical realism in comics

Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, Locas by Jaime Hernandez

Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, Locas by Jaime Hernandez

Concluding this month’s theme of shows about newspaper comics, Alex Fitch introduces a talk recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in which Ian Rakoff discusses social realism and magical realism in the newspaper strip Little Orphan Annie and the international comic books Corto Maltese and Love and Rockets and how the three sagas are related.

5pm, Thursday 31/03/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Ian’s blog
Articles on Little Orphan Annie from 1935-1945 and 1970-2000
Victoria and Albert Museum website
Wikipedia pages on Little Orphan Annie, Corto Maltese and Love and Rockets

Panel Borders: British Strip Heroes – Garth, Wallace and Gromit

March 24, 2011 5 Comments

Panel Borders:

British Strip Heroes – Garth, Wallace and Gromit

Partially broadcast 24th March 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Wallace and Gromit written by Richy K Chandler with art by Mychailo Kazybrid and Garth / Freeman by Huw J Davies

Wallace and Gromit written by Richy K Chandler with art by Mychailo Kazybrid and Garth / Freeman by Huw J Davies

Continuing this month’s theme of shows about newspaper comics, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of creators working on newspaper strips featuring popular British science-fiction characters. Richy K Chandler is a member of a writing team penning new adventures of Wallace and Gromit for The Sun newspaper, including this week’s story ‘Paper Hound’ and talks about his interest in humour strips and writing licensed characters. Writer / artist Huw J Davies was approached by The Daily Mirror in 2007 to update their classic adventure strip Garth for the 21st Century and he talks about his problems in achieving this goal and how it lead to a reimagining of the character in his graphic novel Freeman.

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: Buy Wallace and Gromit strips online at http://gb.zinio.com
Richy K Chandler’s website www.tempolush.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Richy about his small press work
Info about Huw’s art master classes at The London Film Museum
Info about Freeman at www.markosia.com
Download Freeman from www.graphicly.com
Articles about Garth at scifipulse.net
Wikipedia pages on Wallace and Gromit and Garth

Today’s show: British Strip Heroes

March 24, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: British Strip Heroes

Wallace and Gromit written by Richy K Chandler with art by Mychailo Kazybrid and Garth / Freeman by Huw J Davies

Wallace and Gromit written by Richy K Chandler with art by Mychailo Kazybrid and Garth / Freeman by Huw J Davies

Continuing this month’s theme of shows about newspaper comics, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of creators working on newspaper strips featuring popular British science-fiction characters. Richy K Chandler is a member of a writing team penning new adventures of Wallace and Gromit for The Sun newspaper, including this week’s story ‘Paper Hound’ and talks about his interest in humour strips and writing licensed characters. Writer / artist Huw J Davies was approached by The Daily Mirror in 2007 to update their classic adventure strip Garth for the 21st Century and he talks about his problems in achieving this goal and how it lead to a reimagining of the character in his graphic novel Freeman.

5pm, Thursday 24/03/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Buy Wallace and Gromit strips online at http://gb.zinio.com
Richy K Chandler’s website www.tempolush.com
Info about Huw’s art master classes at The London Film Museum
Info about Freeman at www.markosia.com
Articles about Garth at scifipulse.net
Wikipedia pages on Wallace and Gromit and Garth

Panel Borders: Audrey Niffenegger – Librarians and other time travellers in print

March 17, 2011 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

Audrey Niffenegger: Librarians and other time travellers in print

Partially broadcast 17th March 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from the Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger as printed in The Guardian

Extract from the Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger as printed in The Guardian

Continuing our month of shows looking at newspaper comics, Alex Fitch talks to author and fine artist Audrey Niffenegger about her graphic novella The Night Bookmobile which was serialised in The Guardian in 2008 and is now available as a hardback collected edition from Jonathan Cape. Alex and Audrey also talk about her picture books for adults – The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress – and the relationship between The Time Traveller’s Wife and the depiction of non-linear storytelling in comics, Doctor Who and the work of Jorge Luis Borges. (The interview was recorded via an Audyssey SoMA iPhone dock)

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: read The Night Bookmobile as serialised in The Guardian
Info about the limited bookplate edition from Gosh! comics
Buy books by Audrey Niffenegger from Jonathan Cape
Read The door in the wall by H.G. Wells, which was an influence on The night bookmobile
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Today’s Show: Audrey Niffenegger – Librarians and other time travellers in print

March 17, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Audrey Niffenegger – Librarians and other time travellers in print

Extract from the Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger as printed in The Guardian

Extract from the Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger as printed in The Guardian

Continuing our month of shows looking at newspaper comics, Alex Fitch talks to author and fine artist Audrey Niffenegger about her graphic novella The Night Bookmobile which was serialised in The Guardian in 2008 and is now available as a hardback collected edition from Jonathan Cape. Alex and Audrey also talk about her picture books for adults – The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress – and the relationship between The Time Traveller’s Wife and the depiction of non-linear storytelling in comics, Doctor Who and the work of Jorge Luis Borges. (The interview was recorded via an Audyssey SoMA iPhone dock)

5pm, Thursday 17/03/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: read The Night Bookmobile as serialised in The Guardian
Info about the limited bookplate edition from Gosh! comics
Buy books by Audrey Niffenegger from Jonathan Cape
Read The door in the wall by H.G. Wells, which was an influence on The night bookmobile

Recommended events:

2nd Leeds Alternative Comics fair

Buy the cream of Northern England’s comic creators’ recent output and meet the artists at the 2nd Leeds Alternative Comics fair, including Hugh Raine, Steve Tillotson, Gareth Brookes, Adam Cadwell, John Allison, Nikki Marie Jackson and Tommy Eugene Higson…

Saturday 19th March, noon – 6pm, ‘A nation of shopkeepers’ cafe / bar, 27 – 37 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AG
More info at leedsalternativecomics.wordpress.com
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Panel Borders: The art of Karrie Fransman

March 10, 2011 10 Comments

The art of Karrie Fransman

Partially broadcast 10th March 2011 onĀ Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from The Night I lost my love by Karrie Fransman, originally printed in The Times

Extract from The Night I lost my love by Karrie Fransman, originally printed in The Times

Continuing our month of shows looking at newspaper comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Karrie Fransman about her work which has been serialised in The Guardian and The Times. Karrie started her comics career making self published autobiographical titles and these transferred to the G2 in 2008 as a weekly strip followed by a more ambitious David Lynch inspired full page comic in Times2 a year later. Alex and Karrie talk about all these projects as well as her mentoring of interns at the London Print Studio and her forthcoming graphic novel The House that Groaned being published by Random House.

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: Karrie’s website
London Print Studio Comics Collective blog
Interview with Karrie Fransman on University of York Student Website
Karrie’s Twinkle Toes serial from The Girly Comic
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Today’s show: The art of Karrie Fransman

March 10, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: The art of Karrie Fransman

Extract from The Night I lost my love by Karrie Fransman, originally printed in The Times

Extract from The Night I lost my love by Karrie Fransman, originally printed in The Times

Continuing our month of shows looking at newspaper comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Karrie Fransman about her work which has been serialised in The Guardian and The Times. Karrie started her comics career making self published autobiographical titles and these transferred to the G2 in 2008 as a weekly strip followed by a more ambitious David Lynch inspired full page comic in Times2 a year later. Alex and Karrie talk about all these projects as well as her mentoring of interns at the London Print Studio and her forthcoming graphic novel The House that Groaned being published by Random House.

5pm, Thursday 10/03/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Karrie’s website
London Print Studio Comics Collective blog
Interview with Karrie Fransman on University of York Student Website
Karrie’s Twinkle Toes serial from The Girly Comic

Recommended events:

London Comic and Small Press Expo March 12th, 2011

“The capital’s Bohemian comic show” brings you “all the best that the Indie, Small Press and Web Comix world has to offer.” – David Hine and Shaky Kane will be talking about their work and exhibitors include Yuri Kore, Timothy Winchester, David O’Connell, Sarah McIntyre, Hugh Raine, Luke Pearson, Edward Ross, Rob Jackson, Dan Berry, Douglas Noble and many more…

Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London
March 12, 2011- 10am to 5pm – more info: www.thefallenangel.co.uk

followed by…
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Panel Borders: The art of Glen Baxter

March 3, 2011 6 Comments

Panel Borders:

The art of Glen Baxter

Partially broadcast 3rd March 2011 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Drawings by Glen Baxter on display in Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, March 2011

Drawings by Glen Baxter on display in Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, March 2011

Starting a months of shows about Newspaper Comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist and writer Glen Baxter about his work from entering the world of self publishing in the 1970s to building an international audience via gallery shows in the 1980s and his first graphic novel – The Billiard Table Murders – in 1990, which has just entered preliminary preproduction as an animated film. Alex and Glen talk about the latter’s current exhibition, running at Flowers Gallery in Cork Street until March 5th and why he doesn’t like to be called a ‘cartoonist’…

The Hepworths might be slowing us down by Glen Baxter

The Hepworths might be slowing us down by Glen Baxter, on display in Cork Street, London, Spring 2011

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 and Comic House pages on Glen Baxter
Flowers Gallery website
Review of Baxter’s second graphic novel Loomings over the Suet in The Observer
Buy Speech with Humans, Loomings Over the Suet, Trundling Grunts and Blizzards of Tweed from amazon.co.uk
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Today’s show: The art of Glen Baxter

March 3, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: The art of Glen Baxter

Drawings by Glen Baxter on display in Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, March 2011

Drawings by Glen Baxter on display in Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London, March 2011

Starting a months of shows about Newspaper Comics, Alex Fitch talks to artist and writer Glen Baxter about his work from entering the world of self publishing in the 1970s to building an international audience via gallery shows in the 1980s and his first graphic novel – The Billiard Table Murders – in 1990, which has just entered preliminary preproduction as an animated film. Alex and Glen talk about the latter’s current exhibition, running at Flowers Gallery in Cork Street until March 5th and why he doesn’t like to be called a ‘cartoonist’…

5pm, Thursday 03/03/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Wikipedia and Comic House pages on Glen Baxter
Flowers Gallery website
Review of Baxter’s second graphic novel Loomings over the Suet in The Observer
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