Panel Borders: The Sound of Drowning and Gentlemen Corpses
In the first of a month of shows looking at horror comics, a pair of guest presenters talk to a couple of independent creators whose comics deal with the darker aspects of the human condition, in interviews recorded earlier this year at comic book conventions which help promote small press creators.
Dickon Harris talks to Paul O’Connell, a UK creator who writes and sometimes draws the anthology title The Sound of Drowning and most recently became an internet cause célèbre with his fumetti style mash-up of two very different British cult favourites in A Muppet Wicker Man, in an interview recorded at the Alternative Press Fair.
Liz Lutgendorff talks to Ben Templesmith, an Australian comic book creator best known for his work on titles such as Hellspawn and 30 Days of Night about his creator owned title Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and his interest in religion and mythology, in an interview recorded at the MCM Expo in London’s Docklands.
Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch.
(Originally broadcast 7th October 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org
Links: Ben’s website www.templesmith.com
Listen to the complimentary interview with Ben by Liz about his interest in politics on The Pod Delusion
Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Ben at the Autumn 2008 MCM Expo
Lecture on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics
The Victoria and Albert Museum’s resident comic book expert Ian Rakoff will be giving a talk on Ethnicity in 20th Century American Comics from The Yellow Kid to Tarzan at Oxford University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology on Friday 15th October 2010.
Ian looks at representations of race and gender in early American comic strips, taking in Little Orphan Annie, Buster Brown and Little Nemo in Slumberland.
11am, Friday 15th October
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
51/53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE
Pickled Ink’s search for a comics artist
Art illustration agency Pickled Ink has launched a new award in a bid to find an artist to draw a new graphic novel by Super Gran creator and writer Jenny McDade.
Working with Jenny, the creator/writer of the TV series Super Gran, who cut her teeth writing strips for the British girls comic Tammy, and comic book author and editor Pat Mills, the agency is searching for an outstanding character-led artist to illustrate Jenny’s first graphic novel script, Party Girls. The winner will be awarded £1000.00 and a contract of representation at Pickled Ink, whose current artists include Hanako Clulow, Hattie Newman, Hannah Bagshaw and many others.
In brief, they’re asking for: character design of two lead characters; and a 20 frame sample sequence and a front cover design. The winning artist must be an existing or recent graduate from the last 12 months only, able to draw modern fashion, facial expression, great storytelling, and be generally ‘2011’.