Panel Borders: Talking Teabags and Wishing Wells

Panel Borders: Talking Teabags and Wishing Wells

Originally broadcast 01/10/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extracts from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry and Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman

Extracts from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry plus Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman

Concluding ‘women in comics month’ on the show, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of illustrators about their genre bending work. Hannah Berry‘s debut graphic novel Britten and Brülightly tells the tale of a harried private detective with the nickname of ‘The Heartbreaker’ whose final case sees his career catch up with him, in a terrific comic book that combines the tenets of noir with gentle surrealism – his confidant is his pet teabag, Stewart – and assured cinematic visuals. Sally-Anne Hickman is a self-published comic book artist and writer whose work ranges from affectionate parodies of pop culture icons such as Spider-man and the Powerpuff Girls to intricate diary comics that give an intimate portrayal of the self-publishing world, packaged as collectible items with textured covers that incorporate fur, metallic sparkle and googly puppet eyes.

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Links: Read Fried Egg and Cherry Cake by Sally-Anne Hickman online at Paper Tiger Comix and early comics (2002-2004) at Cheese Comics’ website
Reviews of Sex, drawn and Rock and Roll & A Smelly Tail at the Forbidden Planet International blog

Interview with Hannah Berry at the Forbidden Planet International blog
Review of Britten and Brülightly at Down the Tubes

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Deadline: 19th October 2009

and: London signings…

Bryan Talbot: The second Autumnal signing at Gosh! Comics is Bryan Talbot; hotly anticipating Grandville, his return to world of steampunk. The publisher, Jonathan Cape, are supplying a pre-release of the book for this signing on Saturday the 10th of October, from 2-4pm.

Avatar comics signing: An all-star line up will be signing at Orbital Comics courtesy of Avatar Press on Tuesday the 27th of October from 4:30 to 7:00. Paul Duffield (Freakangels), Jacen Burrows (Crossed, 303), William Christensen (Editor-In-Chief of Avatar), Kieron Gillen (Phonogram), Si Spurrier (Judge Dredd, Gutsville) and Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool Blogsite)

plus: Autumn comics conventions and events…

October 3rd and 4th: The British Comics show at the Millenium Think Tank centre in Birmingham includes guests such as Howard Chaykin, David Lloyd, Charlie Adlard, Duncan Fegredo, Sean Phillips, Hunt Emerson, Rufus Dayglo, Garry Leach and Alan Davis – more info at

October 24th and 25th: The MCM Expo at the Excel centre in London’s Docklands includes appearances by Andy Diggle, Jock, Leigh Gallagher, Alan Grant, Ben Templesmith, Kieron Gillen and Emma Vieceli – more info at

Also on Sunday October 25th, there’s the Women in Comics one-day conference at Murray Edwards College New Hall in Cambridge: which includes Belgian-based artist Dominique Goblet in conversation with Paul Gravett, Corrine Pearlman and Woodrow Phoenix discussing autobiographical comics work, Helen McCarthy on women and gender roles in the work of Osamu Tezuka, and other talks by Sarah McIntyre and Asia Alfasi. More info at

5th to the 26th of November: Comica, the three week festival of comics in and around the Institute of Comtemporary Arts in London includes appearances by Eddie Campbell, David Lloyd, Brian Talbot, James Jean and Tara McPherson. – more info at

19th to the 22nd of November: The Thought Bubble sequential art festival in Leeds which includes appearances by Paul Cornell, Garey Erskine, Garen Ewing, Andy Diggle, Frank Queitly and many more – more info at