Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

Panel Borders: Richard McGuire, Here

Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Richard McGuire about his epic 300 page graphic novel Here, published by Hamish Hamilton / Pantheon Books. Here is told entirely in double page spreads, with the view of the reader never moving from a fixed gaze at the corner of one room, however the narrative moves back and forth in time from the creation of the Earth to the 25th Century, with various eras overlapping through different panels on the page. Alex and Richard discuss the genesis of the project with its origin as a 6 page strip in Raw magazine, how the plotting of the book is influenced by his love of music and how the print version differs from the interactive ebook.
Originally broadcast Thursday 19th March, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

Pages from Here by Richard McGuire

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

Links: Buy Here by Richard McGuire from amazon.co.uk
Info about Here at penguin.co.uk
McGuire’s website
Chris Ware reviews Here in The Guardian
Download the interactive version of Here on iTunes for Apple devices
Listen to Virginie Selavy’s interview with Charles Burns about working on the animated film Fear(s) of the Dark with Richard McGuire

Panel Borders: Countryside Comics

Panel Borders: Countryside Comics

Continuing a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, guest presenter Lizzie Boyle (Disconnected Press) talks to writer Owen Michael Johnson about the experience of being a comic book creator in the countryside. Lizzie and Owen also discuss finding the difficulties of comic book communities in rural locations and using the landscape for inspiration. Recorded at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal. Originally broadcast Thursday 12th March 2015, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Owen Michael Johnson and Lizzie Boyle in discussion at LICAF (photo by Alex Fitch)

Owen Michael Johnson and Lizzie Boyle in discussion at LICAF (photo by Alex Fitch)

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

Links: Owen Michael Johnson’s website
Disconnected Press website
More information about The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Listen to Alex Fitch’s 2014 interview with Johnson and his co-creators who form the Ghosts comic book collective
Info about Johnson’s current exhibition Beast Wagon on display at Orbital Comics, London

Panel Borders: Sequential City

Panel Borders: Sequential City

Starting a month of shows about architecture and landscape in comics, Alex Fitch talks to co-curators Heather Gray and Owen D. Powery, and featured artist Alison Sampson about the exhibition Sequential City, currently on display at Anise Gallery, London. Alex discusses with Heather the challenges of displaying comic book art in a gallery devoted to the aesthetics of architecture, to Owen about his comic Between the Billboards and choice of artists on display, and to Alison about her graphic novella Genesis and the website Think of a City, which invites comic book artists to depict a fictional metropolis. Originally broadcast 5th March 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London).

The exhibition Sequential City – The psychology of architecture in contemporary graphic novels runs until 15th March 2015.

Comic art on display in the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery

Comic art on display in the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery

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

Links: More information about the exhibition Sequential City at Anise Gallery
Heather Gray’s website
Owen D. Pomery’s website
Alison Sampson’s tumblr, ‘Space in Text’ and ‘Think of a City’ sites
Info about Genesis and Between the Billboards

Six Pillars Podcast – And the Dance Goes On

samiraAnd the Dance Goes On.

Fine artist Samira Hodaie at her first solo show in Dubai, speaks to us about her methods, themes and experience. Cube Arts Gallery, DIFC teamed up with AB GALLERY in Switzerland to bring Hodaie over from Iran to show a series of works on canvas, wood panel plus a wall sculpture. Over three floors we peruse the show and look at her version of pointilism, which plays on post-modern themes of pixellation, fracture and contemporary politics – all expressed within a language derived from Persian classicism.

Recorded October 2014 in the UAE.
Find out more about Six Pillars to Persia on www.sixpillars.org

Six Pillars – Samira Hodaie at Cube Gallery, Dubai by 6pillars on Mixcloud

Hooting Yard: On The Raking of Gravel

raked gravel

The raking of gravel in the grounds of a rented country cottage is usually the lot of the handyman-gardener who comes with the property. You will first meet him when he comes to the railway station to meet you off the train. He will load your luggage on to the brake after the briefest greeting, and drive like the clappers along twisting bosky lanes. When he has debouched you outside the cottage, and unloaded the luggage, he will drive off again to park the brake in a nearby barn. You will not see him again for some hours, until evening, when, looking out of the cottage window, you will spot him raking the gravel.

This episode of Hooting Yard was first broadcast on the 28th June 2012.

Panel Borders: The Spirit of Will Eisner

Concluding a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of comics experts and historians about the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner’s seminal crime comic The Spirit. Richard Reynolds (Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins), Ian Rakoff (Lecturer, Victoria and Albert Museum), Guy Lawley (contributor: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and Steve Edgell (co-author: The Complete Cartooning Course) discuss the early days of American adventure comics and the other characters Eisner created in the 1930s, how The Spirit was influenced by film noir, and representations of racial minorities in the author’s work. Originally broadcast 26th Feb 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

Excerpts from The Spirit by Will Eisner, originally published in 1940, 1949, 1952 and 1997

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

Listen to the accompanying podcast on Eisner’s autobiographical comics

Links: Wikipedia pages on Will Eisner and The Spirit
willeisner.com page on The Spirit
Info about Richard Reynolds on Central Saint Martins website
Ian Rakoff’s blog
Info about Guy Lawley on Paul Gravett’s website
Steve Edgell’s bibliography on goodreads.com
Will Eisner week website

Panel Borders: The Michael Golden Years

Panel Borders: The Michael Golden Years

Continuing a month of shows about ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to artist Michael Golden about his work on classic 1980s comic books The Micronauts, The ‘Nam and Bucky O’Hare. Alex and Michael discuss how the latter’s experiences as a commercial artist differed from working on sequential art, how working on Marvel Magazines offered more adult storytelling opportunities than in their traditional comics and how he was hoodwinked into advertising a toy range under the auspices of launching a new Science-Fiction title. Recorded at Bristol Comics Expo, Spring 2014.

Batman Family, The Nam and Micronauts by Michael Golden

Batman Family, The Nam and Micronauts by Michael Golden

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

Links: Info about Michael Golden’s work on comicvine.com
Buy Modern Masters: Michael Golden and Excess: The Art of Michael Golden: Comics Inimitable Storyteller and How He Does It by Rennee Wittetstaetter from amazon.co.uk
Bristol Expo website

Panel Borders: Mike Grell, Freelance

Panel Borders: Mike Grell, Freelance

Continuing a month of shows looking at ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to writer and artist Mike Grell about his career so far. Alex and Mike discuss the latter’s acclaimed run on Green Arrow, which influenced the current TV series, his creator owned title Jon Sable Freelance, and his work on James Bond comics in the late 1980s. (Recorded at London Super Comic Con, Spring 2014; Originally broadcast 12th February 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Jon Sable, Green Arrow, James Bond art by Mike Grell

Jon Sable, Green Arrow, James Bond art by Mike Grell

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

Items in the Resonance FM fundraising charity auction (ends Weds 4pm, 18th Feb): 3 x recent sci-fi novels including Will Dietz

Links: Mike Grell’s website
London Super Comic Con website
Info about Mike Grell’s Green Arrow comics

Panel Borders: The Nexus of Steve Rude

Panel Borders: The Nexus of Steve Rude

Beginning a month of shows looking at ‘Masters of American Comics’, Alex Fitch talks to artist Steve Rude about his ten year run on Nexus comic with Mike Baron and his Harvey Award-winning mini-series Superman / Batman: World’s Finest, written by Dave Gibbons. Alex and Steve discuss the importance of anatomy to the latter’s work, how he enjoys mentoring young artists and his working relationships with writers and inkers. (Recorded at Birmingham International Comics Expo, August 2014; Originally broadcast 5th February 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Nexus and Superman / Batman: Worlds Finest, illustrated by Steve Rude

Nexus and Superman / Batman: World’s Finest, illustrated by Steve Rude

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

Items in the Resonance FM fundraising charity auction (end Weds 11th Feb):
Iron Man volumes 1-4, signed by Kieron Gillen
Young Avengers volumes 1-3, signed by Kieron Gillen
Avengers Assemble: Science Bros graphic novel
11 x recent no.1s American comics including X-Men
3 x recent sci-fi novels including Will Dietz
4 x recent sci-fi novels including Daryl Gregory

Links: Steve Rude’s website
Wikipedia page on Steve Rude
More info about Birmingham International Comics Expo

Panel Borders: Funny Monsters Zoom

Panel Borders: Funny Monsters Zoom

Concluding a month of shows looking at children’s comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists who both publish ‘traditional’ style British anthology comics in the style of The Dandy and other weekly titles. Joe Matthews discusses Funny Monsters Comic, a new periodical that mixes comedy / horror strips featuring zombies and werewolves with child friendly gags, puzzles and text pages.
Also, in an interview recorded at CECAF (Crouch End Comic Art Festival), Alex talks to Zoom Rockman, a teenager who has been publishing his own humour title – The Zoom – since the age of 9, with 10 biannual issues under his belt. The Zoom features satirical strips looking at modern culture and life in London as well as reoccurring characters such as Skanky Pigeon who has also appeared in The Beano. (Originally broadcast 29th January 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

The Zoom no.10, 1914 Day by Day extract,  Haringey People cover by Zoom Rockman / Funny Monsters Comic no.1 and 2, A Christmas Carol by Joe Matthews

The Zoom no.10, 1914 Day by Day extract, Haringey People cover by Zoom Rockman / Funny Monsters Comic no.1 and 2, A Christmas Carol by Joe Matthews

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

Links: Funny Monsters Comic facebook page
The Zoom comic website
Zoom Rockman’s strip for the BBC’s 1914 Day by Day project
Crouch End Comic Art Festival website