Panel Borders: Ed Pinsent and Fast Fiction

Panel Borders: Ed Pinsent and Fast Fiction

Originally broadcast 23/04/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Fast Fiction issue 11, cover art by Ed Pinsent

Fast Fiction issue 11, cover art by Ed Pinsent

Continuing comic book publishing month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to Ed Pinsent, the second editor of the 1980s small press anthology and market stall Fast Fiction, (following Phil Elliott and Paul Gravett respectively) which was a ground breaking publication in the history of British comics. Alex talks to Ed about his comic book work then and now, his processes of including work in the anthology and the reasons it came to an end.
Also in this episode we have a competition to win a complete set of Dare Comics’ The Hunter, so tune in / download the podcast for more details!

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Links: Ed’s comics website –, and music magazine The Sound Projector
Listen to Ed’s bands, Mystery Dick and Pestrepeller on our musical cousin Stand Up Comics
Listen to Eddie Campbell and Paul Gravett talk about Fast Fiction

Comics / sci-fi news: 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…


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 and A with Alex Fitch interviewing Kevin O’Neill, a Q and 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.

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at Orbital comics:

A new exhibition of the art of Brendan McCarthy is being shown at London’s newest comic book store, ORBITAL COMICS. The show features images of Brendan’s comic book work for both UK and US publishers from over the last twenty years. Featuring a lost image from the graphic novel SKIN, some drawings from a new comic project, DREAMTREES, a number of published ARTOONS from the CRISIS period of the early 90’s and more pictures from Brendan’s archive of unpublished art.
Brendan is currently working on a new Spider-Man/Dr Strange mini series for Marvel Comics, out later this year.

ORBITAL COMICS is the UK’s newest major comic book store, located just off London’s famous Leicester Square.
Orbital Comics and Collectibles, 8 Great Newport Street, London, England WC2H 7JA
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at Gosh! comics:

Fans of Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill will not want to pass up an opportunity to meet these comics giants when they sign at Gosh! Comics on 2nd May, 2pm-5pm, to celebrate the release of the much anticipated League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910.
The first in a triptych of tales, each standing alone but together forming the backbone of a 216-page narrative spanning 1910-2008, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910 is an 80-page squarebound. Priced at an eminently reasonable £5.95, with 72 pages of comics and a serialised prose back-up, the return of the series doesn’t disappoint, leaving a thirst for further adventures to come. Gosh will fly in a limited quantity of 500 copies of the book especially for the event. As such, sadly, there will be a strict 2-copy limit on each customer, and we won’t be able to reserve books for those not attending – these 500 copies will be available only on the day of the signing, while stocks last. The book will see general UK release in late May.

For those craving a sneak-peek at this much anticipated series, an exhibition of original artwork from 1910 is now on display at Gosh!, where it will remain until the end of May. Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to see original art from one of the UK’s most original artists.

Gosh! Comics, 39 Great Russell St, WC1B 3NZ, on 2nd May, 2pm-5pm
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The London Zine Symposium

The London Zine Symposium is a annual event where people interested in zines, small-press, comics and/ or radical culture can get together, buy or sell zines and share ideas with each other. The idea is to build a stronger DIY network and community by having people meet up, chat, maybe participate in a workshop or two but definitely have a good time.
12-6pm, Sunday 3rd May 2009 @ the Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street (off Brick Lane, East London)
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