Panel Borders: Bulldogs and an itinerant Shirtlifter

Panel Borders: Bulldogs and an itinerant Shirtlifter

Starting a month of shows about Lesbian and Gay comics and graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to a British illustrator and a couple of Canadian cartoonists about their work in the field. Steve MacIsaac discusses his Xeric Award-winning comic Shirtlifter which collects autobiographical tales of his experience of moving from Canada to Japan and back to North America, with shorter fictional stories of modern gay life by himself and other creators including Ilya and Justin Hall. Also, artists Chas Hunter (from Toronto) and Si Arden (from Plymouth) discuss their collaboration on the art for a new digital wordless erotic comic called Bulldogs written by Dale Lazarov. Originally broadcast 1st July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Cover and interior art from Shirtlifter by Steve MacIsaac / Cover and interior art from Bulldogs, illustrated by Chas Hunter and Si Arden

Cover and interior art from Shirtlifter by Steve MacIsaac / Cover and interior art from Bulldogs, illustrated by Chas Hunter and Si Arden

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Links: Steve MacIsaac’s website
Download Bulldogs from Ribbon
Chas Hunter’s website

Listen to Alex’s 2008 interview with Dale Lazarov

Recommended Events:

David Shenton Exhibition

These Foolish Things: Shenton’s cartoons are often camp but they’re not just camp, and they’re not that awful apolitical offensive camp, but a light, knowing, meaningful camp; their first task is to entertain and to make the audience laugh – and often they do much more because the liberation politics that informs his work means that with the laugh there is an acerbic point – a wry observation on how we live or a satirical comment about society and a wider political context, contained in the lives and musings of plausible and likeable characters. Or sometimes it’s just a silly joke.

1 June to 27 July 2013

Space Station 65 Gallery, Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS

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Orbital comics exhibitions

Atomic Mojo

Jason Atomic‘s Satanic Mojo Comix takes its inspiration from the underground comix, counterculture & occult revival of the late 1960s. The comic and exhibition include original art by Jason Atomic, Shaky Kane, Garry Leach and more. The show also includes hand printed t-shirts, black light art, posters, badges, patches and hand finished ceramics.

June 13th – July 11th 2013

Cats and comics

Some at Orbital claim this forthcoming exhibition is a combination of two of the best things ever (cats and comics!). The exhibition features some of the top names in alternative comics with a whole lot of kitties too.

The show includes work by: Jeffrey Brown, Lucy Knisley, James Kochalka, Liz Prince, Sara McHenry, Gemma Correll, John Porcellino, Lizz Lunney, Dan Berry, Rus Hudda, Sara Lindo, Yasmine Surovec, Seo Kim, and Martin Tomsky.

July 13th – August 12th 2013

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA

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Steadman @77 exhibition

The Cartoon Museum is proud to present a selection of Ralp Steadman’s iconic cartoons to celebrate his 77th birthday. To accompany the exhibition there is a programme of events and talks, these include:

Brian Sibley talks about steadman’s adaptations of classic texts such as Alice in Wonderland – 27th June, 6.30pm

Anita O’Brien discusses the use of the weird in Steadman’s work – 4th July / 3rd September, 6.30pm

Exhibition continues until Autumn 2013, more info at

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH

Tripwire 21 now available to order

TRIPWIRE 21 is a must-buy for all fans and aficionados of comics and genre. Clocking in at 180 pages and oversized trade paperback format, the book includes classic TRIPWIRE interviews with creators like Mike (Hellboy) Mignola, Alan (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) Moore, Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Grant Morrison (Batman Inc., Joe The Barbarian), Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Justice League Dark), James (Starman, The Shade) Robinson and more. It also includes an introduction from renowned writer Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies).

It also includes a gallery of images, a selection of rarely seen and new for the book, from a stellar line-up of the best comic artists and illustrators in the business including: Tim Bradstreet, Howard Chaykin, Dave Dorman, Garen Ewing, Duncan Fegredo, Henry Flint, Phil Hale, Michael Kaluta, Joe Kubert, Roger Langridge, Mike (Hellboy) Mignola, Mike Perkins, Sean Phillips, Frank Quitely, Walter Simonson, Drew Struzan (Indiana Jones, Shawshank Redemption posters), Ben Templesmith and Chris Weston

TRIPWIRE 21 is available to order through the direct market to comic shops through Previews June 2013 on page 378 in the book section, item number JUN131448.

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