Panel Borders: Surviving The Crow

Panel Borders: Surviving The Crow

Continuing a month of shows about comics and controversy, in the programme’s 365th episode, Alex Fitch talks to James O’Barr, creator of the seminal American independent comic The Crow. Fitch and O’Barr discuss the latter’s battles with drug addiction, nearly drawing Batman for DC Comics and the long gestation of his most famous creation. Recorded in front of an audience at Bristol Comics Expo, Spring 2014. (Originally broadcast 26th May 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London)

James O Barr in conversation with Alex Fitch (inset, art from The Crow: Curare) / covers of Dead World 10 and The Crow no.1 by O Barr

James O’Barr in conversation with Alex Fitch (inset, art from The Crow: Curare) / covers of Dead World 10 and The Crow no.1 by O’Barr

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at

Links: The Crow fan website
James O’Barr’s typepad site
Buy the latest Crow graphic novel and digital comics from IDW

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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 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?

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