Reality Check: Comics vs. film

Reality Check: Comics vs. film

This year’s cinematic interest in comic book adaptations shows no sign of slowing down with adaptations of Scott Pilgrim vs. the world and Tamara Drewe hitting screens over the next few weeks. To coincide with this, we have the next in our series of podcasts recorded in front of a live audience at this year’s Sci-Fi London festival – Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Woodrow Phoenix and film maker Howard Webster about the dialogue between comics, film and TV, looking at Woodrow’s work adapting his comic Pants Ant for the Cartoon Network and Howard’s interactive webcomic The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore. The podcast also features a brief appearance by Marcus Gilbert (Biggles / Army of Darkness) talking about his roles in Howard’s comics…

Clockwise from top left - Dragon Soccer and The many worlds of Jonas Moore directed by Howard Webster, Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix and Pants Ant by Woodrow Phoenix and Louise Evans

Clockwise from top left - Dragon Soccer and The many worlds of Jonas Moore directed by Howard Webster, Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix and Pants Ant by Woodrow Phoenix and Louise Evans

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

Links: Woodrow Phoenix‘s website
Buy Rumble Strip from Myriad Editions
Louis (Felt Mistress) Evans’ felt renderings of Woodrow’s Pants Ant featured on her flickr pages

Howard Webster‘s website featuring the Dragon Soccer promo starring Marcus Gilbert
The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore website featuring the latest ‘Nazi Germany’ promo starring Colin Salmon

Recommended events:

Becky Cloonan at Orbital Comics

The art of American comic book artist Becky Cloonan is on display at Orbital Comics from 20th August to 20th September. Best known for her collaborartions with writer Brian Wood, the exhibtion curated by Tom Humberstone includes around 20 original pieces of work on show as well as some limited screenprints, postcard sets and a hand-painted guitar (only on display the first weekend of the show).

8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

Hypercomics events at the Pump House Gallery and nearby

Sunday 22nd August, 12 noon – 6pm: Comiket – a small press comics fair being held in a marquee outside the venue which also features a drop in workshop for kids on character design. FREE

Thursday 26 August 6.30pm (Clapham Picture House): Film Screening – A Scanner Darkly

Film screening with an introduction by Nick Kaplony, Pump House Gallery.
A SCANNER DARKLY plays like a graphic novel come to life, with live-action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process. Ticktes £8.50 / £7 concessions

Sunday 19 September 1:30pm – 3:30pm: Masked Adventures in Comics!
Draw inspiration from the Hypercomics exhibition to design your own story’s masked heroes and villains. Get behind their masks to discover your characters’ unique personalities and use the Pump House Gallery
setting to bring them to life in a gripping story and leave with your own self-published comic book! This workshop will be led by comic artist Sarah McIntyre. FREE

Thursday 23 September 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Dave McKean Comics Masterclass
Award-winning author, artist and film-maker Dave McKean explains his working practices and processes in the creation of his comics in their various forms, including his new gallery project for Hypercomics.

N.B./ Tickets £15 Booking essential: call 020 8871 7572…

Filmbar70 at The Roxy Bar and Screen

Filmbar70 is the brainchild of two cinema and beer enthusiasts who want to share the joy of wrongfully obscure trash/class world cinema with monthly screenings at the brilliant Roxy Bar and Screen.

The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971)
Director: Sergio Martino
Starring: Edwige Fenech| George Hilton| Ivan Rassimov + ads and action packed trailers!

Wednesday 25th August 2010 – groovy music from 7pm, programme starts 8pm – a night devoted to the wonderful Edwige Fenech and the sinister and sexy world of the giallo…

More info at