Panel Borders: Writing serialised comics

Panel Borders: Writing serialised comics

Continuing Panel Borders’ month of shows looking at the writing of superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to writers Gail Simone, Andy Diggle, Robin Furth and Al Ewing about their work on British and American titles, in a panel discussion recorded at last year’s Thought Bubble festival. Gail and Andy discuss their work for DC Comics and contributing to anthology titles, while Robin talks about adapting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for Marvel Comics and Al discusses moving from 2000AD to his first work on American strips.

Thought Bubble 2012 runs from 11th – 18th November, culminating with a two day comics convention on 17th and 18th November at Royal Armouries, Leeds.

Covers of Green Arrow by Andy Diggle, Batgirl by Gail Simone, Jennifer Blood by Al Ewing and The Dark Tower by Robin Furth

Covers of Green Arrow by Andy Diggle, Batgirl by Gail Simone, Jennifer Blood by Al Ewing and The Dark Tower by Robin Furth

Links: Andy Diggle’s website
Gail Simone’s tumblr site
Al Ewing’s blog
Page on Robin Furth at The Dark Tower wiki
Thought Bubble website

Recommended events:


SCI-FI-LONDON movies its yearly satellite event (formerly Oktoberfest) a month later and a few miles East, as the Stratford Picturehouse hosts this post-apocolympic event… Premières include a new feature adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis starring Maureen Lipman, there’s another chance for anyone who missed Brandon Cronenberg’s debut film Antiviral at the London Film festival to catch up with the this excellent body-horror thriller and the usual MST3K and Anime all-nighters.

9th-11th November 2012, Stratford Picturehouse, Theatre Square, Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1BX

More info at

Comica Festival 2012 week two

Line Hoven: Scraperboard Workshop
Learn to make your own scraperboard illustrations from the acclaimed German graphic novelist.
Where: Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH
When: November 11, 2012 11am to 5pm

Laydeez do comics present: Alison Bechdel
Acclaimed American graphic novelist Alison Bechdel talks about her new book Are you my mother? with the Laydeez do comics team
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 12, 2012 6pm to 8pm

Posy Simmonds: Comedies of English Manners
For forty years, The Guardian cartoonist has chronicled Britain’s ever-changing society with laser-sharp precision.
Where: Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 14, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start

Oliver Frey: The Graphic Gay Gaze
Meet Britain’s most provocative artist & storyteller of adults-only homoerotic fantasies
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 15, 2012 6pm for 6.30pm start

Comics: Refreshing Parts Other Literature Can’t Reach!
Hannah Berry curates a special comics night with Glyn Dillon, Simone Lia, Sarah McIntyre, Dave McKean & more.
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: November 19, 2012 7pm

More info about all events at

The Ballad of Halo Jones in Leeds

Lass O’Gowrie Productions and Scytheplays are incredibly excited to announce that their much-lauded adaptation of writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson’s comic book series, The Ballad of Halo Jones, is to be re-staged as part of Thought Bubble, the week-long comic arts festival held in Leeds from Sunday 11th to Sunday 18th November.
The Production is officially sanctioned by the publishers of 2000AD, Rebellion and has the blessing of both original writer Alan Moore, and artist Ian Gibson who created the memorable 50th century landscapes in the strip.

Location: Leeds’ The Library Scream Pub
Dates: Sunday November 11th (7.30pm), Monday November 12th (7.30pm) and Saturday November 17th (12.30pm and 2.45pm).

Tickets are £10.00 each, 50% discount for concessions. Tickets are available online at or on the door.

Idle Hands Comix indiegogo campaign

Short film maker and illustrator Paul Cheshire is launching a new annual British comics anthology for 2013 and needs your help to fund it. Examples of his SF / LSD inspired work can be found at and ‘perks’ for funding the 100-150 page anthology can be found at