Panel Borders: The art of Brendan McCarthy

Panel Borders: The art of Brendan McCarthy

Edited broadcast 05/11/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from pages 45 and 51 of the 1988 2000AD annual by Brendan McCarthy

Excerpts from pages 45 and 51 of the 1988 2000AD annual by Brendan McCarthy

Starting ‘British Mavericks’ month on the show – a series of conversations with illustrators whose work is surprisingly avant-garde for mainstream comics – we have an interview with pop art surrealist Brendan McCarthy. Appropriately for Guy Fawkes’ Night, Brendan’s work is the comic strip equivalent of fireworks, mixing lurid colours with hallucinogenic rendering that he has managed to smuggle into British periodicals such as 2000AD and Crisis and more recently has led to work in the field of film and animation design, working on TV series such as Reboot and the new film Mad Max 4: Fury Road. Today’s interview was conducted by author and librarian Pedro Galvao in front of an audience of Graphic Novel fans at Minet libraryin Camberwell as part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival during the summer. (The episode was recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Brendan McCarthy ‘fansite’
Buy Brendan’s art from Koch Comic Art
Info about The Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival 2009
Info about Minet library
Info about Mad Max 4: Fury Road on wikipedia

Related events: 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

and while we’re on the subject: VOTE FOR PHOENIX!

Woodrow Phoenix’ acclaimed graphic novel Rumble Strip is up for an award – The People’s Book Prize – so please go to and cast your vote!

COMICA FESTIVAL – various events at the ICA, The Mall, London and environs:

Week one:
(all events are at the ICA unless otherwise noted)

Heavy Pencil: David Lloyd
David Lloyd leads this month’s Heavy Pencil session for a V For Vendetta themed evening. November 5, 2009 – 8pm to midnight

Little Pencil: Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre (Vern & Lettuce, Morris The Mankiest Monster) joins the drawing to music workshop for children. November 6, 2009 – 4.30pm to 6pm

The Birth Of American Comics Fandom In Britain
Brian Bolland and Dave Gibbons bring to life the startling story of how fandom exploded in the Sixties. November 7, 2009 – from 2.30pm

Bryan Talbot: Grandville & The Anthropomorphic Tradition
Bryan Talbot gives his only London presentation of his illuminating illustrated lecture. November 7, 2009 – 4.30pm to 6pm

Eddie Campbell: The Years Have Pants
Eddie Campbell discusses his latest book, Alec: The Years Have Pants. November 7, 2009 – 7pm to 9pm

Getting Graphic: Starting Out In Graphic Novels
Bryan Talbot, Julian Hanshaw and Simone Lia reveal the secrets of making comics and getting published. November 8, 2009 – from 2.30pm

Helen McCarthy: A Guide To Osamu Tezuka
A guide through the life and career of the God of manga and anime, Osamu Tezuka. November 8, 2009 – from 4.30pm

Real-Fi: Student Workshop
Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption hosts a student workshop with Bryan Talbot, Pat Mills and others. November 8, 2009 – 12.30pm to 6.30pm

Political Comics: Comic Art Propaganda
A panel discussion with Fredrik Strömberg, Pat Mills, Sean Duffield, Asia Alfasi and Polyp. November 8, 2009 – from 6.30pm

Kevin O’Neill: League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Kevin O’Neill discusses co-creating the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Alan Moore. Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, London
November 9, 2009 – 6pm to 8pm

Manga In The Museum: Solving Myths & Mysteries
Paul Gravett introduces the works of manga master Hoshino Yukinobu. British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
November 10, 2009 – 1.15pm to 2pm

Ctrl Alt Shift Unmask Corruption: Music and Comics Night Ctrl.Alt.Shift and Comica present an evening of live music and djs to celebrate the release of their ‘Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption’ comic, featuring over 30 contributions from the world’s best comic artists and graphic novelists, including Bryan Talbot, Dave McKean and Pat Mills, who have each explored the subject of corruption. Featuring live performances from Blood Orange, the latest project of Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion / Test Icicles), plus Celestial Bodies (Ferry Gouw, comic book contributor) plus a DJ set from comic artist Woodrow Phoenix and more to be announced. Tuesday 10 November, 7pm – 1am

Apostolos Doxiadis: Logicomix
Learn the secrets behind Logicomix, mathematics, Bertrand Russell and his peers.
November 12, 2009 – from 7pm

James Jean & Tara McPherson
Join James Jean and Tara McPherson for an evening discussion and illustrated presentation.
November 13, 2009 – from 7pm

Conference: Comics & Graphic Novels For Young People
Including keynote speakers Mel Gibson, Paul Gravett, Marcia Williams and David Fickling. Froebel College, Roehampton University, Surrey November 14, 2009

More info:

plus: Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption – Comics and Politics Exhibition
6 – 28 November 2009
Lazarides Gallery, Greek Street, London

The exhibition will feature an eclectic and powerful range of political stories created by some of the world’s best comic and graphic artists such as Dave McKean, Pat Mills, Peter Kuper and Dan Goldman. It will also include a collaborative piece of work by acclaimed musician and writer Dev Hynes (aka Lightspeed Champion) and Luke Pearson, the winner of the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption Competition which ran back in August. More info:

also: London signings…

Eddie Campbell / Alex: The Years have pants Signing at Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street – Saturday 7th November – early London availability of the behemoth that is Alec: The Years Have Pants – A Life-Sized Omnibus. Saturday 7th November 2 – 4pm

David Petersen / Mouse Guard: David Petersen will 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

Gilbert Shelton / Fat Freddy’s Cat Omnibus, Signing at Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street – Saturday 14th November Gilbert Shelton. He’s no stranger to the hallowed Gosh! basement but hasn’t been here in well over a year. In that time we’ve seen hundreds of copies of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus fly off the shelf and the brand new Fat Freddy’s Cat Omnibus promises to do much the same thing. Saturday 14th November 3 – 5pm