Panel Borders: Spring conventions

Panel Borders: Spring conventions

Continuing our month of shows about anthologies and collectives, we have a trio of interviews recorded at two recent comic book conventions in London. Recorded at Kapow!, Islington Design Centre (April 2011): Alex Fitch talks to editor Alan Cowsill and publisher Tim Pilcher (Comic Book Alliance) about the comic book anthology Spirit of Hope that they’re bringing out to help raise funds to support the people of Japan after the recent Tsunami disaster and to Joel Meadows, editor of Tripwire about the new digital incarnation of his magazine about comics and pop culture. Also in an interview recorded at the London Comic and Small Press Expo, Goldsmiths College (March 2011), Dickon Harris talks to Shaky Kane about his career which has ranged from short pieces in a variety of anthologies such as 2000AD, Escape and Revolver to his serialised graphic novel, The Bulletproof Coffin, written by David Hine.

Sprit of Hope cover by Mike Allred, panel from The Bulletproof Coffin by Shaky Kane, cover of Tripwire digital issue 001

Sprit of Hope cover by Mike Allred, panel from The Bulletproof Coffin by Shaky Kane, cover of Tripwire digital issue 001

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 Shaky Kane
London Comic & Small Press Expo website

Article about Sprit of Hope at Geek Syndicate
Comic Book Alliance website

Tripwire magazine website
Panel Borders‘ previous interview with Joel Meadows about Tripwire, May 2008

Recommended events:

The London Zine Symposium, April 17th 2011

Workshops, talks and tables from around the world can be found at the 2011 London Zine Symposium, which is all about celebrating zines, small press, comix, radicals and DIY culture.

Workshops include:
Computers make zines, presented by Tom Fiction (Last Hours) –

Cut n paste massacre, presented by Kathleen Teadrinker (Scratch that Itch) –

Risograph adventures, Presented by Joe Kessler (Rolling Sea) –

Exhibitors include: 56A infoshop, Appalling nonsense / banal pig, APE (Art Paper Editions), Bear Cave, Girls who Draw, Hey Monkey Riot, Hoojemaflap, Landfill Editions, Last Hours, Lizz Lunney, Monster Emporium Press, Nobrow press, Other Asias, Paper Tiger Comics, Princesa Pirata, Ricochet! Ricochet!, Shebang, Shoreditch Misery, Storm in a Teacup, Teiera (Italian for teapot), Vampire Sushi distro, Walrus zines and many more

Sunday April 17th, The Rag Factory, Heneage Street, off Brick Lane, London
12noon – 6pm
More info:

25 years of John Constantine: Hellblazer at SCI-FI-LONDON

To belatedly celebrate the 25th anniversary of the start of the ongoing Hellblazer comic, for the inaugural event of this year’s London International Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival, Sci-Fi London is proud to present a panel of Constantine creators – Jamie Delano, David Lloyd, Andy Diggle and Peter Milligan – in an on stage Q and A about their experiences of working on the comic and related graphic novels.
The panel is followed by a screening of the movie Constantine (2005).
5pm, Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London.

Tickets / more info:


A two day festival about the best of British Comics from the last 30 years in a lovely new space – The Blue Room – at BFI Southbank.

The event includes panel discussions, workshops, talks, a film preview and signings, with guests including Al Davison (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop), David Hine (Batman), China Miéville (Kraken), Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood), Alice Duke (Self Made Hero), Mark Stafford (Cherubs), Ian Edginton (Victorian Undead), Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman), Edward Ross (Parasites!), Roger Mason (The Mice), Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division), Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures), (Singer / songwriter) V.V. Brown, (film-maker) David Allain, (artist) John Spelling (all City of Abacus), Lee O’Connor (Ctrl Alt Delete unmasks corruption), Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore, Clio Millett (Manga Jiman winners), Matt Jones (BERG design) and Matthew Sheret (Paper Science)

The Blue Room, BFI Southbank, 30th April / 1st May, 10am – 5pm

More info at

Further information is available in the May BFI Southbank programme and at

Comics @ SCI-FI-LONDON is part of SCI-FI-LONDON 10, The London International Festival of Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film which takes place at various venues throughout London from 23rd April – 2nd May, full listing of events at