Panel Borders: Banned Books

Panel Borders: Banned Books

Concluding a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to Tony Bennett (Knockabout Books) and Rick Veitch about comic book censorship in a special exclusive podcast edition of Panel Borders. Tony discusses the various brushes with censorship law that he’s endured as a publisher of independent comics and Rick explores the titles he’s worked on that have attracted controversy from Miracleman to Swamp Thing. Recorded at Whitechapel Library Ideas Store as part of their Banned Books festival.

Knockabout Comics #4, Fresca Zizi by Melinda Gebbie, Miracleman #9, Swamp Thing sketch by Rick Veitch

Knockabout Comics #4, Fresca Zizi by Melinda Gebbie, Miracleman #9, Swamp Thing sketch by Rick Veitch

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Links: Knockabout Comics website
Rick Veitch’s website
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Tony Bennett and with Veitch’s regular collaborator Steve Bissette

Recommended events:

Comic book events at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Cartoonist and comedienne Josie Long interviews Mark Kermode

Gala Opening Evening featuring Mark Kermode and an Arts Emergency showcase, hosted by one of our favourite comedians, Josie Long. Arts Emergency take to the stage at 7pm with performances by Joe Dunthorne (Submarine, Wild Abandon), Nikesh Shukla (Meatspace, Coconut Unlimited), Schmoovy & more. After an interval, at around 8:15pm, Mark will talk about his brilliant new book Hatchet Job: Hate Critics, Love Movies.

£10. Time – 19.00, Friday 4th June. Venue – Stoke Newington Town Hall
More info:

Living and Loving in London: Oscar Zarate and Ilya

Broadcast journalist Alex Fitch talks to cartoonists Oscar Zarate and Ilya about their London set graphic novels The Park and Room for Love.

£6. Time – 14.30, Saturday. Venue – Stoke Newington Library Gallery

Urban Sketching with James Hobbes

Join the ever-growing international urban sketching movement and see Stoke Newington in a new light, discovering overlooked corners of the neighbourhood with James Hobbs, the author of the newly published Sketch Your World.

FREE. Time – 12.00 , Sunday. Venue – Stoke Newington Town Hall

Book tickets and view the full programme of talks and workshops at