Panel Borders: The man who painted cats

Panel Borders: The man who painted cats

Starting a month of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics we’re proud to present a panel recorded at this year’s Comica festival: TV / BBC Radio comedy writer David Quantick and underground cartoonist Edwin Pouncey, a.k.a. Savage Pencil talk about their graphic novel, currently serialised in Alan Moore’s magazine Dodgem Logic, which concerns the life of Louis Wain, Edwardian painter of cats whose work became increasingly experimental as his mental health deteriorated. The two creators discuss their interest in Wain, the depiction of his life and his cats in their comic, and the important use of Feline Ophthalmology and wallpaper in fine art! (Recorded, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

Savage Pencil and David Quantick in front of pages from their comic about Louis Wain in Dodgem Logic #7

Savage Pencil and David Quantick in front of pages from their comic about Louis Wain in Dodgem Logic #7

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: Dodgem Logic website
Savage Pencil’s website
Wikipedia pages on funny animal comics, David Quantick and Savage Pencil
Blog entries on Louis Wain’s ‘normal years’ and art produced while suffering from schizophrenia

Listen to Dickon Harris’ interview with Josie Long about contributing to Dodgem Logic

Recommended events:

Comica, London week five

David Bircham: Alien Ink
Mingle with a rising talents of the UK comics scene, experience talks and attend a comic masterclass.
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, W10
Saturday, 4 December – Noon to 5pm

More info / book tickets at

Funny animals at Streatham Library

In the last Streatham Library Graphic novel reading group of 2010, they’ll be discussing anthropomorphic comics, with guest Gary Northfield, who’ll be discussing his popular Beano strip, Derek the Sheep

7.30pm (free), Monday 6th December, Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN
More info:

Christmas screenings at The Alibi

Tron (1982) on 6th December
Elf (2003) on 13th December
Die Hard (1988) on 20th December
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) 27th December

Free screenings of some classic movies at a friendly bar – The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston – at 8pm every Monday!

More info:

Help the Comic Book Alliance raise money for charity

The Comic Book Alliance (CBA) are offering comic fans some very special Christmas treats this week with their very first fundraising auction — including the chance to star alongside Batman in his new comic, Batman Inc!

Grant Morrison will write the winning bidder into an issue of Batman Inc. featuring their name and likeness, courtesy of DC Comics.

Not only that, but Frank Quitely, winner of four 2010 Eagle Awards and one of the hottest artists in comics (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin) will draw a personalised portrait of a winning bidder!

Plus, there are dozens of signed books, comics and graphic novels from high profile creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen), Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Charles Vess (Stardust), and John Wagner (Judge Dredd).

And there’s original comic art and signed limited prints by the cream of British artists including zombie art work by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Sean Phillips (Criminal), John McCrea (Hitman), David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Garen Ewing (The Rainbow Orchid).

The auction starts at 19:00 on Thursday 2 December and runs until at 19:00 on Saturday 11 December on