Panel Borders: Wilson and Wyld

Panel Borders: Wilson and Wyld

Concluding a month of shows about Australasian comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to an Australian writer living in London and a New Zealander artist living in Australia who found fame in Europe… Evie Wyld discusses her collaboration with artist Joe Sumner on her first graphic novel Everything is Teeth, which depicts her childhood fear of sharks in New South Wales, and how it compares to other predators depicted in her novel All the Birds, Singing.

Also, Colin Wilson explores his early comics – Strips and The Adventures of Captain Sunshine – published in New Zealand and explains how he found work in the Northern Hemisphere on European Graphic Albums featuring Lieutenant Blueberry, and American comics such as Star Wars and The Losers. Originally broadcast 30th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Evie Wyld’s website
Colin Wilson’s website
Review of All the Birds, Singing in The Boston Globe
Info about ‘Review Bookshop’, Peckham
Article on Captain Sunshine on From Earth’s End blog
Info about The Young Blueberry by Jean Giraud, Colin Wilson and others on wikipedia

Panel Borders: Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice

Panel Borders: Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice

Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to Melbourne cartoonist Bruce Mutard about his career so far, from his first graphic novel The Bunker to experimental comics such as Alice in Nomansland, and working on a sequel to his World War II graphic novel The Sacrifice. Mutard also discusses titles published by his fledgling imprint Fabilaux, the varied influences on his style from ligne claire to Crumb, and his experience of doing an MA course in comics. Originally broadcast 23rd July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by  Carol Wood and Susan Butcher

Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Bruce Mutard’s website
Info about the crowd funding campaign for Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher published by Mutard
Publisher’s website page on The Sacrifice

Free Lab Radio – Mid Tempo

Free Lab Radio – Mid Tempo by Fari B

Versatile bass music for today.

Playlist (in this order):
Caravan (instrumental) by Flechette.
Dugong – My Heart is Broken
Shamanic Technology – Homeostasis
Zebbler Encanti Experience – Follow the Bubbles (SugarBeats Remix)
AMB – By Myself
Katana – Datsik (Stowey Remix) Sutured
Eden – XO
Michel Herrera – Silhouette
Space Jesus & Esseks – Dream Whirled (Zebbler Encanti Experience Remix)
Star Chiller – Equinox
Soysauce – Broken Record ft Joni Fatora (Louis The Child Remix)

Broadcasts on Resonance104.4FM 11-midnight on www.resonancefm.com
Repeats Thursday 2am

Produced by Fari Bradley
ResonanceFM is UK’s art-music radio station.

www.freelabradio.blogspot.com

Panel Borders: Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures

Panel Borders: Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures

Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose work mixes anthropological characters with unusual situations. New Zealand publisher Richard Fairgray discusses the police procedural dinosaur comic Blastosaurus which he draws and co-writes and his imprint Square Planet Comics, in an interview recorded at London Film and Comic Con (which returns to Olympia today and tomorrow).
Also, Alex talks to Australian artist Nicki Greenberg about her full length adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet, and her shorter comics on being a cartoonist and finding a zombie in your attic! Originally broadcast 16th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.

Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg

Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Square Planet Comics’ website
Nicki Greenberg’s website

Panel Borders: Writing as the Other

Panel Borders: Writing as the Other

Continuing a month of shows about comics that are about or from Australasia, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist turned novelist Ed Hillyer about The Clay Dreaming – his account of an Aborigine Cricket Team in 19th Century Britain, and how writing a book without pictures differs to his experience of writing comics. Alex also talks to French Bande dessinée creator L.F. Bollée about writing the graphic novel Terra Australis, which depicts the conquering of Australia. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Australia / New Zealand Literature Festival 2014.

Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team

Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: The Clay Dreaming on Myriad Editions website
Articles on Terra Australis on SelfMadeHero’s website Continue reading ‘Panel Borders: Writing as the Other’

Clear Spot – 9th July 2015 – Oshwa

Alicia Walter, leader of Chicago Art-Pop band Oshwa, tells Lee Stapleford about her inspiration, motivation and craft.

This is an extended version of the programme originally broadcast on 9th July 2015, Resonance FM, London

 

 

 

Hooting Yard: On Pointy Town

To see properly pointy buildings, of course, one need go no further than Pointy Town. Now there is a place where the architects and builders do not fight shy of true pointiness. There is not an edifice in Pointy Town that is not pointy, certainly pointier than the Shard. Not just buildings, but statues, street appurtenances, people’s hats, even the very landscape itself – all as pointy as can be. For those keen on pointiness, it is very heaven. I am not sure if Pevsner ever went to Pointy Town, but had he done so, he would have been in raptures at the sheer profusion of pointy bits, if, that is, he was pointy-minded, which I am equally unsure whether he was or not. Let us say merely that he damn well ought to have been. “Pevsner”, after all, is a curiously pointy name, at least one suggestive of pointiness, in comparison to a name like, oh I don’t know, Stalin, for example. In spite of its meaning of “steel” or “steely”, which might evoke pointiness, “Stalin” has a softer, more rounded quality than “Pevsner”, to my ear. And Stalin himself was of course pocky, of which more later.

Insufficiently pointy?

Panel Borders: Dylan Horrocks and the Magic Pen

Panel Borders: Dylan Horrocks and the Magic Pen

Starting a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to New Zealander cartoonist Dylan Horrocks about his work. Fitch and Horrocks discuss the latter’s run on DC Comics’ Batgirl from 2003-2004, his self-published comics Atlas and Pickle and his latest graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. In this, the protagonist from Hicksville returns in a magical realist tale about artistic fantasies, inspired by the work of pulp writers from the early 20th Century such as Edgar Rice Burroughs. (Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 2nd July 2015)

Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.

Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Dyaln Horrocks’s website www.hicksvillecomics.com
Wikipedia page on Batgirl
Buy Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen from publishers Knockabout Books
Patch Miller’s website

Six Pillars – The Politics of Tunisian Theatre and Dance

The restored CinéVog building, in a quarter nicknamed 'Aston Villa'

The restored CinéVog, in a quarter nicknamed ‘Aston Villa’

At JAOU Tunis symposium on Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict, we spoke to Moncef Dhouib, Tunisian film director, actor & screenwriter. The symposium was at the Bardo Museum, Tunisia as it had been last year, despite attacks on tourists this March by militants.

Dhouib, a veteran actor, screenwriter, producer and puppeteer is a pioneer in the Tunisian performing arts. Dhouib describes his project CinéVog, a local theatre complex model for theatres which he wants to spread across the Maghreb to bring the performing arts back to the people.

Also young Tunisian dancer and choreographer Wael Maghni describes how he reconciled his dance practice with his belief in Islam and the current state of employment and opportunities for dancers and choreographers in Tunisia today. Maghni was on the symposium roundtable ‘Maghreb Condition Report I: The Choreographed Body in Tunisian Culture’. Interviews are in French.

Broadcasts: on 104.4FM in London Tues 21:30hrs, repeats Thurs 16:00hrs

Six Pillars Podcast: Film Director Moncef Dhouib + Dancer Wael Maghni at JAOU Tunis by 6pillars

Panel Borders: Crowd-Funded Comics

Panel Borders: Crowd-Funded Comics

Concluding a month of shows looking at cartoonists who launch their projects using crowd-funding websites, Alex Fitch talks to comic book creators Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley in a panel on the subject recorded at True Believers Comic Festival, Cheltenham, February 2015. Emma discusses using Patreon to fund her webcomic Breaks, Paul talks about collecting shorter works that were unlikely to find a republisher, while Anastasia and Mike explore the advantages and disadvantages of using Kickstarter to pay for unusual themed anthologies. (With thanks to The Nerds Who Haunted Themselves podcast / Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 25th June 2015)

Crowd-funded Comics by Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley

Crowd-funded Comics by Emma Vieceli, Paul Duffield, Anastasia Catris and Mike Garley

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Website links: emmavieceli.com, paulduffield.co.uk, anastasiacatris.com, mikegarley.com
True Believers Comic Festival
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Emma Vieceli and Paul Duffield