Panel Borders: London / Quebec / Cape Town

Panel Borders: London / Quebec / Cape Town

Originally broadcast 08/10/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Covers from The Comics Creators Guild annual, 10x by Premieres Lignes and Semiotic Cohesion no.3

Covers from The Comics Creators Guild annual, 10x by Premieres Lignes and Semiotic Cohesion no.3

Starting ‘anthologies and collectives’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to three comic book creators who produce anthologies of their wares in a trilogy of interviews recorded at last weekend’s British International Comics Show in Birmingham.
Giovanni Spinella, secretary of the ‘Comic Creators Guild’ discusses their work in helping new creators find their feet in the industry while Christian Quesnel talks about publishing sequential art with ‘Le Studio coopératif Premières Lignes’ and representing Québécoise comics in London. Alex also talks to Tom McNally about his anthology Semiotic Cohesion which publishes strips by the finest comic book creators from Cape Town.

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Links: Giovanni Spinella Comics Creators Guild website
Review of Comics forum, the CCG annual anthology
Review of Giovanni’s horror comic Atrox

Christian Quesnel Le Studio coopératif Premières Lignes website (in French)
Premières Lignes blog (in French)
Christian’s page at
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec website (in English)

Tom McNallySemiotic Cohesion website and blog
Review of issue one at
Info about Camden Lock Market

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Comics news:

BLACK POWERS exhibtion at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

As part of Black History Month, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery presents an exhibition of comics by black creators and of African-American characters in comics. The collection coheres around black representations through the imagery and language of the comic book medium: representation as markers of both historical and contemporary struggles. The theme is developed through archival works from the 1930’s to the present-day and culminates with a display of the singular comic art of Patrice and John Aggs, Paul Peart-Smith, Woodrow Phoenix and Lance Tooks.

09 October – 06 November 2009
Swiss Cottage Library Gallery, 88 Avenue Rd, London, United Kingdom

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

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)

David Petersen /Mouse Guard: David Petersen be signing the gorgeous Mouse Guard Winter 1152 at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 7th November 1 – 2pm

plus: Autumn comics conventions and events…

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 Erskin, Garen Ewing, Andy Diggle, Frank Queitly and many more – more info at