Panel Borders: Doctor Who and The Spiral Cage

Panel Borders: Doctor Who and The Spiral Cage

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Excerpt from Doctor Who - The Silent Scream by Al Davison

Continuing our month look long at ‘British Mavericks’ – interviews with artists whose work brings aspects of the avant-garde to mainstream comics – Alex Fitch talks to artist Al Davison about his career so far, from early graphic novels based on autobiography such as The Spiral Cage and The Minotaur’s Tale which depict Al’s struggle with his identity as an artist with spina bifida to his most recent book Hokusai: Demons which explores Japanese erotic art and bestiaries based on the artist’s dreams; and also writer Tony Lee joins Alex and Al to discuss the latter’s collaboration with the artist on the American Doctor Who comic which depicts David Tennant’s alter-ego having adventures in 1920s Hollywood. Today’s interviews were recorded last month at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham.

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: Al Davison – Official website
Al’s page at
Interview with Al in The Coventry Telegraph

Tony Lee – Official website
Interview with Tony about Doctor Who at
Read the first 6 pages of Doctor Who: Silver Scream online

Recommended events:

Orbital Comics Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of various artists’ contributions to the Solipsistic Pop comics anthology from 14-19 November 2009.

Gilbert Shelton, signing the brand new Fat Freddy’s Cat Omnibus at:
Gosh! Comics, Great Russell Street, London – Saturday 14th November
A rare chance to meet the legendary American underground creator as Knockabout comics publish an omnibus edition of one of his most famous creations…

Cameron Stewart / Karl Kerschl / Ramón Pérez at Orbital Comics
Cameron Stewart (Seaguy, Batman & Robin), Karl Kerschl (Wednesday Comics: Flash, Teen Titans: Year One) and Ramón Pérez (Resistance, NYX: No Way Home)
will be signing their wares on Thursday 19th November 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00.

Reinhard Kleist signing Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness Saturday 21 November 13:00 – 14:00
Reinhard Kleist will be signing his graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 21st November 1- 2pm
Johnny Cash was a seventeen-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music. Already a bestseller and award-winner in Europe, JOHNNY CASH: I SEE DARKNESS vividly portrays the unpredictable, turbulent life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music business rebel with all the drama and character befitting the man who became a legend in his own lifetime.


COMICA week two (all events at the ICA, The Mall, London unless noted otherwise):

James Jean and 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 Dr. Mel Gibson, Paul Gravett, Marcia Williams and David Fickling.
Froebel College, Roehampton University, Surrey November 14, 2009

Create Your Own True Stories with Phillip Marsden
Comic book creating workshop with cartoonist Phillip Marsden
Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond, November 14, 2009 – 1pm to 4pm

Arts Foundation: Graphic Novelist Award 2010
The judges discuss the graphic novel’s ascendancy and announce the finalists for the £10,000 prize. Judges include: Posy Simmonds, illustrator cartoon strip in the Guardian & author of graphic novels such as Tamara Drew, Pat Mills, best known for creating 2000 AD and playing a major part in the development of Judge Dredd plus Comica Director Paul Gravett
November 15, 2009 – from 7.30pm

New Trends In Superhero Comic Books
Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl and Ramon Perez share their passion for the superhero genre. November 16, 2009 – from 7.30pm

Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Political Poster-Making Workshop
The young peoples charity and publishers of the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption anthology present a workshop on making your own agit-pop posters.
The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, London, EC2A 4RH, November 18, 2009 – from 7pm

More info:


‘Dawn of the Dead’ Screening, Sasquatch Cinema at Shortwave, Tuesday 17 November @ 7.15pm.
Sasquatch Cinema is a monthly film night held at the new Shortwave cinema in Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN (Tel: 0207 357 6845)

We will be showing an eclectic range of films including cult classics and rarities you may not have seen before.

The next film we will be showing is George Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (Blu ray release) on Tuesday, 17 November at 19:15. The entry fee is £5.00 and zombie dress is optional. Tickets are sold on the night on a first come – first served basis.

Please view the Sasquatch Cinema facebook / myspace pages for more details about the film…