Panel Borders: Blank Slate Publishing

Panel Borders: Blank Slate Publishing

Originally broadcast 12/04/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Sparky Hare by Mawil (published in English by Blank Slate)

Sparky O'Hare by Mawil (published in English by Blank Slate)

Continuing comic book publishing month on Panel Borders: Alex Fitch interviews Kenny Penman who runs Blank Slate books, a new British publishing company that has been around for just under a year and have 4 books to their name so far including Ignatz award nominee Trains are mint. Alex and Kenny talk about what factors decide the choice of books he publishes, the travails of finding a market for new graphic novels in the middle of a credit crunch and how his history as one of the founders of Forbidden Planet International has helped his new career as a publisher.

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Links:Blank Slate’s website
Trains are mint website and blog
Mawil’s website (click on the word ‘welcome’ in the top left hand corner for the English version)

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Comics / sci-fi news: Strength from Adversity: A Contemporary Japanese Cinema and Art Festival – 15-17 April 2009

The National Gallery is pleased to be hosting this celebration of contemporary Japanese cinema. Includes screenings of Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen), Fudeko: Sono Ai – Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko and the Angel’s Piano), Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro and Okuribito (Departures)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

and… (while we’re on the subject) is now live, being a resource for Japan’s performance art of telling stories with sequential images, including info on the next London performance of the form on May 31st…

also: Sci-Fi London 8

From Wednesday 29th April – Monday 4th May , at The Apollo Picadilly, Lower Regent Street, London, it’s the 8th London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film which includes premieres of The Hunt for Gollum, 20th Century Boys part 2, Stingray Sam, The Clone Returns Home, Cyborg She and many more.

Comic book events include a screening of Hardware preceeded by an extended, illustrated Q & A with Alex Fitch interviewing Kevin O’Neill, a Q & A with Marc Caro following a screening of The City of Lost Children and a panel discussion with Paul Cornell, Bryan Talbot and Paul Duffield.

More info at