Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

Panel Borders: What makes a good graphic novel?

Concluding a month of shows looking at the work of female cartoonists, Alex Fitch hosts a panel discussion with cartoonists Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten to try and answer the question: “What makes a good graphic novel?”, with reference to their own work as writers, artists and commissioning editors and to other publications that have inspired them. Recorded at ‘Graphic Brighton’, University of Brighton, May 2014; broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, London on 30th June 2014.

Excerpts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

Excerpts from work by Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Nicola Streeten

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

Links: Hannah Berry’s website
Cartoons by Corinne Pearlman
Hannah Eaton’s profile at Myriad Editions
Nicola Streeten’s website

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