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: Room for Love

March 10, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Room for Love

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Panels from Room for Love by Ilya

Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Ilya about his latest graphic novel, Room for Love, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts the relationship between a homeless rent boy and the middle aged woman who gives him a place to stay. Fitch and Ilya discuss the project’s history, the artist’s more cartoony style used in the book, and how the story connects to his much loved End of the Century Club comics. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Autumn 2013.

4.30pm, Monday 10th March, repeated 11am, Thursday 13th March 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Info about the book at www.selfmadehero.com
Info about Ilya at lambiek.net
Cartoon County website (more…)

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Reality Check: Counter Measures

August 31, 2012 1 Comment

Counter Measures poster and still from Remembrance of the Daleks featuring Pamela Salem and Simon Williams

Counter Measures poster and still from Remembrance of the Daleks featuring Pamela Salem and Simon Williams

Counter Measures: In the second of a pair of podcasts about Doctor Who audio spin-offs, Alex Fitch talks to actor John Banks, producer David Richardson and director Ken Bentley about Counter Measures, a new Nigel Kneale influenced audio drama that continues the story of the supporting cast from Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks. Alex also talks to actress Pamela Salem about reprising her Daleks role for the new series as well as her history of appearing in British telefantasy such as Blake’s 7 and Into the Labyrinth as well as her role of Miss Moneypenny in the Bond film Never Say Never Again. (Expanded podcast of the second half of a ‘Clear Spot’, broadcast 17/08/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: More info on Counter Measures at bigfinish.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Comic stamps

April 1, 2012

Comic book stamps released by the Royal Mail, March 2012

Comic stamps: Starting a month of shows all about British Comics, Alex Fitch interviews Richard Scholey, from design company The Chase, and Philip Parker, Head of Stamps strategy, Royal Mail, about their new range of comic book stamps which have just been released and feature art and covers from such classic titles as 2000AD, The Beano, The Eagle and The Dandy. Alex talks to Richard and Philip about their choice of covers, the design process and how the range of special stamps takes in high and low brow art throughout the year.
Originally broadcast 01/04/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Buy stamps from www.royalmail.com
Info about The Chase design company (more…)

Today’s show: Comic stamps

April 1, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM: Panel Borders: Comic stamps

Comic book stamps released by the Royal Mail, March 2012

Starting a month of shows all about British Comics, Alex Fitch interviews Richard Scholey, from design company The Chase, and Philip Parker, Head of Stamps strategy, Royal Mail, about their new range of comic book stamps which have just been released and feature art and covers from such classic titles as 2000AD, The Beano, The Eagle and The Dandy. Alex talks to Richard and Philip about their choice of covers, the design process and how the range of special stamps takes in high and low brow art throughout the year.

8pm, Sunday 1st April 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast of after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Buy stamps from www.royalmail.com
Info about The Chase design company (more…)

Panel Borders: Gleaming the Silver Surfer

September 30, 2010 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

Gleaming the Silver Surfer

Originally broadcast 30th September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Panel from Silver Surfer: In thy name by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat

Panel from Silver Surfer: In thy name by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat

Concluding our month of shows looking at British writers of superhero titles, Alex Fitch talks to comic book writer and novelist Simon Spurrier about the Marvel comics character the Silver Surfer, who he penned in a recent mini-series called ‘In Thy Name’. Alex and Simon will be discussing the character’s origins on and off the page, the genius of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original creation and aspects of space opera and messianic eschatology in his appearances!
Recorded in front of a live audience as part of a fund raising night to support London radio station Resonance FM, themed around the subject of silver, at The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London

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: Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Simon
Wikipedia pages on Simon Spurrier and the Silver Surfer

Recommended events:

Lecture on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s resident comic book expert Ian Rakoff will be giving a talk on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics from The Yellow Kid to Tarzan at Oxford University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology on Friday 15th October 2010.

Ian looks at representations of race and gender in early American comic strips, taking in Little Orphan Annie, Buster Brown and Little Nemo in Slumberland.

11am, Friday 15th October
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
51/53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE

Pickled Ink’s search for a comics artist

Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.

Working with Jenny, the creator/writer of the TV series Super Gran, who cut her teeth writing strips for the British girls comic Tammy, and comic book author and editor Pat Mills, the agency is searching for an outstanding character-led artist to illustrate Jenny’s first graphic novel script, Party Girls. The winner will be awarded £1000.00 and a contract of representation at Pickled Ink, whose current artists include Hanako Clulow, Hattie Newman, Hannah Bagshaw and many others.

In brief, they’re asking for: character design of two lead characters; and a 20 frame sample sequence and a front cover design. The winning artist must be an existing or recent graduate from the last 12 months only, able to draw modern fashion, facial expression, great storytelling, and be generally ‘2011’.

The deadline for entries is Monday 8th November 2010, more info at www.pickledink.com where you can download a PDF of the full rules and conditions

Today’s show: Gleaming the Silver Surfer

September 30, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Gleaming the Silver Surfer

Panel from Silver Surfer: In thy name by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat

Panel from Silver Surfer: In thy name by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat

Concluding our month of shows looking at British writers of superhero titles, Alex Fitch talks to comic book writer and novelist Simon Spurrier about the Marvel comics character the Silver Surfer, who he penned in a recent mini-series called ‘In Thy Name’. Alex and Simon will be discussing the character’s origins on and off the page, the genius of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original creation and aspects of space opera and messianic eschatology in his appearances!
Recorded in front of a live audience as part of a fund raising night to support London radio station Resonance FM, themed around the subject of silver, at The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London

5pm, 30/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here at 5.30pm

Links: Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Simon
Wikipedia pages on Simon Spurrier and the Silver Surfer

Recommended events:

Lecture on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s resident comic book expert Ian Rakoff will be giving a talk on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics from The Yellow Kid to Tarzan at Oxford University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology on Friday 15th October 2010.

Ian looks at representations of race and gender in early American comic strips, taking in Little Orphan Annie, Buster Brown and Little Nemo in Slumberland.

11am, Friday 15th October
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
51/53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE

Pickled Ink’s search for a comics artist

Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.

Working with Jenny, the creator/writer of the TV series Super Gran, who cut her teeth writing strips for the British girls comic Tammy, and comic book author and editor Pat Mills, the agency is searching for an outstanding character-led artist to illustrate Jenny’s first graphic novel script, Party Girls. The winner will be awarded £1000.00 and a contract of representation at Pickled Ink, whose current artists include Hanako Clulow, Hattie Newman, Hannah Bagshaw and many others.

In brief, they’re asking for: character design of two lead characters; and a 20 frame sample sequence and a front cover design. The winning artist must be an existing or recent graduate from the last 12 months only, able to draw modern fashion, facial expression, great storytelling, and be generally ‘2011’.

The deadline for entries is Monday 8th November 2010, more info at www.pickledink.com where you can download a PDF of the full rules and conditions

Panel Borders: AC / DC (Paul Cornell and David Hine)

September 23, 2010 3 Comments

Panel Borders:

AC / DC

Originally broadcast 23rd September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Action Comics #690 and 691 by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods, Detective Comics #864 and 867 by David Hine, Jeremy Haun and Scott McDaniel

Action Comics #690 and 691 by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods, Detective Comics #864 and 867 by David Hine, Jeremy Haun and Scott McDaniel

Continuing our month of shows looking at British writers of superhero titles, Alex Fitch talks to the current writers of two of the longest running American comics – Action Comics (which normally features Superman) and Detective Comics (which generally features Batman), Paul Cornell and David Hine.
Alex talks to Paul about his sojourn on the book which will detail a year long quest by Lex Luthor to gain superpowers and about his forthcoming titles Knight and Squire – a British set spin off of Batman – and Soldier One, a Science-Fiction title for Boom! comics, based on an idea by Stan Lee, and to David about exploring light and darkness in Gotham City, the joy of writing the psychopaths in Arkham Asylum and his surrealistic pop art Image comic The Bulletproof Coffin.

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 Paul Cornell, David Hine, Action Comics and Detective Comics

David’s Strange Embrace website
Paul’s website

Read an interview with Paul about Knight and Squire
Read an article about Action Comics #894 featuring ‘Death
Read 6 pages of Soldier Zero #1 by Paul Cornell, Stan Lee and Javier Pina

Read an interview with David about Batman: Arkham Reborn
Read the whole of The Bulletproof Coffin #1 online

Related podcasts:
Alex’s previous interview with David Hine (and Frazer Irving) about X-Men: The 198, Silent War, Spawn and Shaun of the dead.

Alex’s panel discussion on Sci-Fi comics with Paul Cornell, Bryan Talbot, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Paul Duffield.

Alex’s interviews with Paul Cornell and Alan Davis about Captain Britain

Alex’s interview with Neil Gaiman about Stardust

Recommended events:

Pickled Ink‘s search for a comics artist

Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.
(more…)

Today’s show: AC / DC (Paul Cornell and David Hine)

September 23, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: AC / DC (Paul Cornell and David Hine)

Action Comics #690 and 691 by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods, Detective Comics #864 and 867 by David Hine, Jeremy Haun and Scott McDaniel

Action Comics #690 and 691 by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods, Detective Comics #864 and 867 by David Hine, Jeremy Haun and Scott McDaniel

Continuing our month of shows looking at British writers of superhero titles, Alex Fitch talks to the current writers of two of the longest running American comics – Action Comics (which normally features Superman) and Detective Comics (which generally features Batman), Paul Cornell and David Hine.
Alex talks to Paul about his sojourn on the book which will detail a year long quest by Lex Luthor to gain superpowers and about his forthcoming titles Knight and Squire – a British set spin off of Batman – and Soldier One, a Science-Fiction title for Boom! comics, based on an idea by Stan Lee, and to David about exploring light and darkness in Gotham City, the joy of writing the psychopaths in Arkham Asylum and his surrealistic pop art Image comic The Bulletproof Coffin.

5pm, 23/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast here at 10.30pm 23/09/10

Wikipedia pages on Paul Cornell, David Hine, Action Comics and Detective Comics

David’s Strange Embrace website
Paul’s website

Read an interview with Paul about Knight and Squire
Read an article about Action Comics #894 featuring ‘Death
Read 6 pages of Soldier Zero #1 by Paul Cornell, Stan Lee and Javier Pina

Read an interview with David about Batman: Arkham Reborn
Read the whole of The Bulletproof Coffin #1 online

Recommended events:

Pickled Ink’s search for a comics artist

Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.

Working with Jenny, the creator/writer of the TV series Super Gran, who cut her teeth writing strips for the British girls comic Tammy, and comic book author and editor Pat Mills, the agency is searching for an outstanding character-led artist to illustrate Jenny’s first graphic novel script, Party Girls. The winner will be awarded £1000.00 and a contract of representation at Pickled Ink, whose current artists include Hanako Clulow, Hattie Newman, Hannah Bagshaw and many others.

In brief, they’re asking for: character design of two lead characters; and a 20 frame sample sequence and a front cover design. The winning artist must be an existing or recent graduate from the last 12 months only, able to draw modern fashion, facial expression, great storytelling, and be generally ‘2011’.

The deadline for entries is Monday 8th November 2010, more info at www.pickledink.com where you can download a PDF of the full rules and conditions

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK part 2

September 16, 2010 2 Comments

Panel Borders:

Making Marvels in the UK part 2

Originally broadcast 16th September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics, (in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival) Alex Fitch concludes his talk with a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best British action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Alex discusses with artist Gary Erskine and writers Dan Abnett, Simon Furman and John Freeman, the decline in fortunes of Marvel UK as a publisher in the 1990s – despite their creation of memorable titles such as Knights of Pendragon, Dragon’s Claws and popular Transformers spin-off title Death’s Head – due to changing market pressures. (Part 2 of 2)

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 / Listen to part one of the Marvel UK panel

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marvel UK, Dan Abnett, Simon Furman, Gary Erskine and John Freeman
John Freeman’s website on British comics news: www.downthetubes.net
Gary Erskine and Simon Furman’s blogs
Dan Abnett’s website
Gallery of Marvel UK covers at the Grand Comics Database
Marvel UK fanblog: It came from Darkmoor
Read Dan Abnett and Simon Harrison’s unpublished Warheads / Death’s Head II graphic novel Loose Cannons
Interview with Gary Erskine in The Guardian about working in the British comics industry

Listen to Alex’s interviews with Chris Claremont and Alan Davis / Paul Cornell about Captain Britain
Listen to Alex’s interview with Simon Furman about Transformers: part one / part two
(more…)

Today’s show: Making Marvels in the UK part 2

September 16, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK part 2

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 80s and early 90s - Dragon's Claws #1, Death's Head #9, The Knights of Pendragon #6, Warheads #1

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics, (in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival) Alex Fitch concludes his talk with a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best British action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Alex discusses with artist Gary Erskine and writers Dan Abnett, Simon Furman and John Freeman, the decline in fortunes of Marvel UK as a publisher in the 1990s – despite their creation of memorable titles such as Knights of Pendragon, Dragon’s Claws and popular Transformers spin-off title Death’s Head – due to changing market pressures. (Part 2 of 2)

5pm, 16/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marvel UK, Dan Abnett, Simon Furman, Gary Erskine and John Freeman
John Freeman’s website on British comics news: www.downthetubes.net
Gary Erskine and Simon Furman’s blogs
Dan Abnett’s website
Gallery of Marvel UK covers at the Grand Comics Database
Marvel UK fanblog: It came from Darkmoor
Read Dan Abnett and Simon Harrison’s unpublished Warheads / Death’s Head II graphic novel Loose Cannons
Interview with Gary Erskine in The Guardian about working in the British comics industry

Listen to part one of this panel as a podcast
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Chris Claremont and Alan Davis / Paul Cornell about Captain Britain
Listen to Alex’s interview with Simon Furman about Transformers: part one / part two
(more…)

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK part 1

September 9, 2010 4 Comments

Panel Borders:

Making Marvels in the UK part 1

Originally broadcast 9th September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41,  Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41, Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics for both the American and domestic markets, in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Simon Furman, was (and still is) the primary writer of Transformers, as well as the scribe behind a dozen installments of the Doctor Who comic strip, plus many of Marvel UK’s most memorable SF titles including Dragon Claws and Death’s Head. John Freeman, helped create many of Marvel UK’s early 90s titles such as Death’s Head II, Warheads, Killpower and Motormouth. Dan Abnett and Gary Erskine co-created the Knights of Pendragon, a series which gave UK superhero Captain Britain a new, darker spin in the 1990s by adding him to an Arthurian team of heroes.
Alex and the four creators discuss the rise in popularity of Marvel UK as a producer of original material in the 1980s and some of the memorable comics they founded along the way. (Part 1 of 2)

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 / Listen to part two of the Marvel UK panel

(more…)

Today’s show: Making Marvels in the UK part 1

September 9, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Making Marvels in the UK

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41,  Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

4 covers of Marvel UK titles from the late 70s to mid 80s - Hulk Comic #41, Captain Britain #1, Transformers #8, Action Force #24

Continuing our month long look at British creators who have written and drawn superhero comics for both the American and domestic markets, in a panel recorded in front of a live audience at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of Marvel UK luminaries who were responsible for some of the best action / adventure titles in the 1980s and 90s.
Simon Furman, was (and still is) the primary writer of Transformers, as well as the scribe behind a dozen installments of the Doctor Who comic strip, plus many of Marvel UK’s most memorable SF titles including Dragon Claws and Death’s Head. John Freeman, helped create many of Marvel UK’s early 90s titles such as Death’s Head II, Warheads, Killpower and Motormouth. Dan Abnett and Gary Erskine co-created the Knights of Pendragon, a series which gave UK superhero Captain Britain a new, darker spin in the 1990s by adding him to an Arthurian team of heroes.
Alex and the four creators discuss the rise in popularity of Marvel UK as a producer of original material in the 1980s and some of the memorable comics they founded along the way. (Part 1 of 2)

5pm 09/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marvel UK, Dan Abnett, , Gary Erskine and John Freeman
John Freeman’s website on British comics news: www.downthetubes.net
Gary Erskine and Simon Furman’s blogs
Dan Abnett’s website
Gallery of Marvel UK covers at the Grand Comics Database
Marvel UK fanblog: It came from Darkmoor
Interview with Gary Erskine in The Guardian about working in the British comics industry

Listen to Alex’s interviews with Chris Claremont and Alan Davis / Paul Cornell about Captain Britain
Listen to Alex’s interview with Simon Furman about Transformers: part one / part two
(more…)

Today’s event: Gleaming the Silver Surfer

September 7, 2010

Live on stage at The Vortex Jazz Club:


Panel Borders – Gleaming the Silver Surfer

Panel from Silver Surfer: In thy name by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat

Panel from Silver Surfer: In thy name by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat

As part of a fund raising night to support London radio station Resonance FM, themed around the subject of silver, Alex Fitch will be talking to comic book writer and novelist Simon Spurrier about the Marvel comics character the Silver Surfer, who he penned in a recent mini-series called ‘In Thy Name’.
Alex and Simon will be discussing the character’s origins on and off the page and aspects of space opera and eschatology in his appearances.

Other guests on the night will include representatives of the V&A’s silver collection on the socio-economic and historical role silver played in British Imperialism; the BBC’s central Asia correspondent on the geo-politics of silver; London’s Pétanque society; a panel of art critics discussing Belgian surrealist René Magritte’s portrayal of silver and Mark Pilkinson on silver in relation to contemporary mythology and sci-fi.

8.30pm, The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ

N.B./ the London Underground strike should be finished well before the start time, however London Overground & DLR services should be unaffected anyway…

Links: Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Simon
Wikipedia pages on Simon Spurrier and the Silver Surfer

Panel Borders: eXpat Heroes

September 2, 2010 8 Comments

Panel Borders:

 – eXpat Heroes

Originally broadcast 2nd September 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

New Mutants and Captain Britain by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis

New Mutants and Captain Britain by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis

Starting a new podcast series of the UK’s only weekly radio show about comics, Panel Borders has a month of shows looking at the ‘British Invasion’ of UK creators who have worked on American and American-style superhero titles.

Alex Fitch talks to Chris Claremont, a veteran comics writer born in London who became one of the most prolific and popular American comic book writers of the 20th century, most famous for a 16 year sojourn writing the Uncanny X-Men from 1975 – 1991, with his last few issues selling in the region of eight million copies each.

In this episode, recorded at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, we’re focussing on a superhero Chris created for the UK market – Captain Britain – in 1976, the character’s relocation to America via the monthly comic Excalibur in 1988 and his more experimental X-Men spin off – New Mutants – which Chris created in 1982 and returned to writing last 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: Wikipedia pages on Chris Claremont and Captain Britain
Article on New Mutants Forever at newsarama.com

Listen to Alex’s interviews with Alan Davis and Paul Cornell about drawing and writing Captain Britain respectively
(more…)

Today’s show: eXpat Heroes by Chris Claremont

September 2, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: eXpat Heroes by Chris Claremont

New Mutants and Captain Britain by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis

New Mutants and Captain Britain by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis

Starting a new series of the UK’s only weekly radio show about comics, now under a new (old) name, Panel Borders has a month of shows looking at the ‘British Invasion’ of UK creators who have worked on American and American-style superhero titles.

In this week’s show, Alex Fitch talks to Chris Claremont, a veteran comics writer born in London who became one of the most prolific and popular American comic book writers of the 20th century, most famous for a 16 year sojourn writing the Uncanny X-Men from 1975 – 1991, with his last few issues selling in the region of eight million copies each.

In the interview, recorded at this year’s Bristol International Comics Expo, we’re focussing on a superhero Chris created for the UK market – Captain Britain – in 1976, the character’s relocation to America via the monthly comic Excalibur in 1988 and his more experimental X-Men spin off – New Mutants – which Chris created in 1982 and returned to writing last month.

Also, in a pair of 60 second (!) interviews recorded at the premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in London, Alex talks to British director Edgar Wright, creator Bryan O’Malley and star Michael Cera about bringing a different kind of superhero to the screen.

5pm 02/09/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Chris Claremont and Captain Britain
Article on New Mutants Forever at newsarama.com

Listen to Alex’s interviews with Alan Davis and Paul Cornell about drawing and writing Captain Britain respectively

Recommended events:

Mark Millar and Jonathan Ross signing

Mark Millar and Jonathan Ross are signing copies of the first issue of the new British comic CLiNT, today at W.H.Smiths in Victoria Station, a monthly periodical which features superhero strips Nemesis and Kick Ass II by Millar plus aliens and Vampire gangsters in Turf by Ross.

4.30pm, W.H.Smiths, Victoria Station, London SW1V 1JT

David Hine signing at Forbidden Planet

DAVID HINE will be signing FVZA: THE FEDERAL VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE AGENCY at Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue in London today, with additional copies of the sold out Bulletproof Coffin available to buy as well…

6pm, Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR

Pat Mills’ Electric Picnic

Graphic Content: The Big Comics Chat… A chaotic and fun-stuffed rocket ride through the inner and outer reaches of the comics and cartooning universes. Our intrepid and esteemed panel – Pat Mills (2000 AD), Steve Bell (Guardian), Emma Vieceli (Manga Shakespeare), Phil Barrett (Matter) and Mel Gibson (Northumbria University) – will cheerily dissect and debate the “sequential art” scene as it and was: offering thoughts, opinions and recollections on a wide range of topics, including: Classic British comics, Manga, Bande dessinée, Girls’ comics, John Major’s underpants, the Irish small presses, and much, much more. Masked and caped crusaders may also get an occasional mention…

Friday 3rd September, 5.30pm, Stradbally Hall Estate, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Eire