Panel Borders: Exploring The Murder Mile

Panel Borders: Exploring The Murder Mile

Continuing a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Paul Collicutt about his book The Murder Mile, published by SelfMadeHero, which sets the occurrence of a murder against the spectacle of Roger Banister running the four minute mile, an event that has reached its 60th anniversary this month. Alex and Paul discuss how the book combines the latter’s interests in running and film noir and how the author used a real life event to tell a tale of organised crime and sports betting. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton. (Originally broadcast 19th May 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London)

Excerpt from The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt

Excerpt from The Murder Mile by Paul Collicutt

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Links: Paul Collicutt’s blog
Article on about the 60th anniversary of Bannister’s record
Cartoon County website
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Paul Collicutt about Brighton: The Graphic Novel and Robot City Adventures

Recommended events:

Comics at the AusNZ literary festival

Various Australasian comic book creators are in London and are featured in documentary screenings for the Australia and New Zealand festival of literature and the arts taking place at King’s College from 30th May – 1st June. These include:

Screening: THE SHARP EDGE – The Art of Martin Sharp (Oz magazine illustrator)

Eccentric. Outsider. Artist. Genius. Martin Sharp shaped pop art and culture in Australia and around the world for half a century.

Friday May 30th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Talk: GRAPHIC LIVES – Sarah Laing, Dr Mary Talbot and Evie Wyld

What does working with graphic novels to remember great lives add to the biography genre? Chaired by Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)

Friday May 30th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Talk: WRITING AS THE ‘OTHER’ – Ed Hillyer and LF Bollée

Ed Hillyer and LF Bollée discuss post-colonial indigenous representation in novels and comics with broadcast journalist Alex Fitch.

Saturday May 31st, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Workshop: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMICS with Sarah Laing

Join this award-winning Kiwi fiction writer and graphic artist to create your own comics.

Saturday May 31st, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


This feature documentary goes deep inside the burgeoning graphic novel scene in Melbourne.

Saturday May 31st, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Other guests at the festival include Clive James, John Pilger and Val McDermid talking about their work. Full programme at