Panel Borders: …for travel’s sake

Panel Borders: …for travel’s sake

In the last in a month of episodes of Panel Borders looking at depictions of travel in comic books and graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose small press and collected comics are all about travelling for the sake for it.
Oliver East discusses his Trains are… Mint trilogy of graphic novels, published by Blank Slate Books, which chronicle his walking along train lines from Manchester to Liverpool and across Germany, as well as his latest project Swear Down. Oliver has become part of the landscape itself, with the dissemination of his album covers for Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid and Build a Rocket Boys! on billboards, and Alex and Oliver discuss the marks that people leave on the environment such as these and the artist’s interest in graffiti.
Also, Alex talks to Kayla Marie Hillier about her web / self published comic Galavant which depicted her travels from Toronto to Manchester and back again, via South London, in the Winter of 2009 / 2010 and is available in a collected edition from the author.

Covers of Trains are... mint and Proper go well high by Oliver East / Galavant: January and collected edition by Kayla Hiller

Covers of Trains are… mint and Proper go well high by Oliver East / Galavant: January and collected edition by Kayla Hiller

(Originally broadcast 28/10/12 on Resonance FM)

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Links: Oliver East’s website
Blank Slate Books’ pages on trains… are mint, Proper go well high and Berlin and that
Wikipedia pages on Elbow’s The Seldom seen kid and Build a rocket boys!

Kayla Hillier’s website
Galavant website
Examples of Kayla’s appearances in Marc Ellerby’s Ellerbisms and Adam Cadwell’s The Everyday

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