Panel Borders: Books of Magic and Spirits of the Earth

Panel Borders: Books of Magic and Spirits of the Earth

Continuing our month of shows looking at horror and dark fantasy comics, in a pair of interviews recorded at this year’s British International Comics Show in Birmingham, Alex Fitch talks to artists Charles Vess and Peter Gross about their work. Charles is the World Fantasy Award winning illustrator of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust (adapted into a film in 2007), two issues of Sandman featuring William Shakespeare and an unusual graphic novel that saw Marvel Comics’ most famous character visit Scotland in Spider-man: Spirits of the Earth. Peter was the main artist (and later writer) of the much loved American fantasy series The Books of Magic which was probably a major influence on Harry Potter and more recently has worked on Vertigo titles Lucifer and The Unwritten with Mike Carey.
(Originally broadcast 21st October 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Rose by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess plus The Unwritten by Mike Carey, Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly

Rose by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess plus The Unwritten by Mike Carey, Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly

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: Wikipedia pages on The Books of Magic, Peter Gross, Charles Vess, Stardust

Charles’ book and art websites

Listen to Alex’s interview with Neil Gaiman about writing Stardust

Peter’s solo website / on collaborations with Mike Carey
Interview with Peter Gross and Mike Carey about The Unwritten at Comic Book Resources – part one / part two

Recommended events:

Laydeez do comics: Erotic art and graphic literature

The monthly meeting for female comics creators, fans of female comic creators and men who don’t feel intimidated by a reading group dominated by women!

This month’s subject: Art, erotica or p0rn…Discuss!

Monday 25 October, 6.30-9.30pm
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5L
Cost: £1.50 payable on the door

Guest Speakers:

American comics artist and author. Contributor to Wimmen’s Comix, Collaborator on ‘Lost Girls’ with Alan Moore.

Lisa Gornick
London based filmmaker who keeps a blog of daily drawings about her film making.

Sina Shamsavari
Autobiographical comics artist currently working on a PhD about queer alternative comics at Goldsmiths College, London.

More info at:

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’.

The deadline for entries is Monday 8th November 2010, more info at where you can download a PDF of the full rules and conditions