Panel Borders: Incredibly Strange Comics
An uncut version of a pair of interviews originally broadcast 06/11/08 as part of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
In the first of two belated Halloween specials, Alex Fitch talks to sequential art expert Paul Gravett about his new book “The Leather Nun And Other Incredibly Strange Comics” (sold in America with the even subtler title “Holy Sh*t! The World’s Weirdest Comic Books”) which looks at the weirder and more lurid examples of the genre and to Australian artist Ben Templesmith about his career so far, drawing comics such as the neo-noir title “Fell”, the Matrix inspired “Singularity 7” and the popular vampire serial “30 days of night” which was adapted as a movie last year.
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Ben Templesmith – Ben’s blog and online gallery
Buy Ben’s books from www.cafepress.com and IDW Publishing
Wikipedia pages on Ben Templemsith and 30 days of night
Paul Gravett – Wikipedia page on Paul Gravett
Review of Incredibly strange comics… by Richard Bruton
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Paul Gravett
Comics news: It’s nearly time for Paul Gravett’s annual ComICA festival which runs from 14th to 26th of November and includes talks by Art Spiegelman, Ian Rankin and Dave McKean and is on at the ICA and V & A museum in London. More info at paulgravett.com
This year’s festival also includes a special Comiket all day event hosted by London Underground Comics
Before that, we have Handmade and Bound, which is an independent fair of affordable, handmade artists’ books, comics and zines. An ideal place to meet and buy the work of cutting edge small press creators such as Marc Ellerby, Sean Duffield and Jimi Gherkin…
Saturday 8 November 2008, St Aloysius Social Club, Phoenix Road, London NW1 (nearest tube Euston). 12-6pm. Free entry.
Evening entertainment 8pm-12am: DJs and bands, including The Slim Reaper and Her Magic Powers.
More info at www.handmadeandbound.com and at Jimi Gherkin’s blog…