Panel Borders: Gravestown Valentine

Panel Borders: Gravestown Valentine

Continuing this month’s series of shows on horror and dark fantasy comics, Alex Fitch talks to Roger Gibson and Vince Danks, creators of the ‘Fortean’ murder mystery comic Harker and the forthcoming Gravestown and to Alex De Campi, film-maker and writer of the e-comic Valentine.
Alex discusses with the creators the importance of a good location in comics, whether it’s the real world locations of Harker or the fictional haunted every town of Roger and Vince’s new project and the reasons that Alex chose Russia in 1812 as the initial location of Valentine and the various formats you can download the periodical in.
The interview with Roger and Vince was recorded at this year’s British International Comics Show in Birmingham.

3 pages from Valentine by Alex de Campi and Christine Larsen, 3 panels from Harker by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks

3 pages from Valentine by Alex de Campi and Christine Larsen, 3 panels from Harker by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks

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 page on the French invasion of Russia in 1812
Alex De Campi’s blog about creating Valentine at
Alex’s website and youtube channel

Roger Gibson and Vince Danks’ Blog
Interview with Roger and Vince on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Review of Harker on

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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