Panel Borders: Buying and selling comics

Panel Borders: Buying and selling comics

Continuing our month long look at comic book shops, we have interviews with the proprietors of a couple of venues that are unlike your average comic shop. Veteran publisher Mike Lake and colleague Colin Strawbridge talk to Dickon Harris about their regular stall selling classic comics at the monthly Royal National Hotel Comic Mart off Russell Square. Also, in an interview recorded at last week’s Caption festival in Oxford, Alex Fitch talks to comic book creator Pete Renshaw, author of Burke and Hare: The West Port Murders, about Plan B, the graphic novels and coffee shop that he co-owns in Glasgow.

Interior of Plan B books, Glasgow and exterior of the Royal National Hotel, London

Interior of Plan B books, Glasgow and exterior of the Royal National Hotel, London

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: Plan B Books, Glasgow
Pete’s myspace blog on Burke and Hare
Info about London Comic Marts
Blog post about Mike Lake and Forbidden Planet

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New Comic Internship at londonprintstudio for 21-25 Year Olds

Do you enjoy telling tall tales or scribbling stories? Do you love reading graphic novels, comics or picture books? Then look no further!

londonprintstudio is offering five carefully chosen 21-25 year olds the chance to…

-Run comic workshops for 16-20 year olds.
-Receive mentoring from top professional comic artists, anthology makers, screenwriters, print makers, comic publishers and art educators.
-Develop your own artistic comic projects with supervision from mentors and feedback from your fellow interns..
-Be introduced to the London comic scene, attend events, give presentations, network and meet publishers, editors and creators in the comic industry.
-Take part in editing, planning and creating work for a comic anthology publication and a comic exhibition at londonprintstudio.

The course is run by professional comic creator Karrie Fransman whose comics have appeared in The Times, The Guardian and who is currently working on her first graphic novel due to be published by Random House.

2 days (14 hours) per week for a six-months. Interns will receive a travel and food expenses budget for two days per week. All londonprintstudio staff and volunteers are required to have a Criminal Records Bureau Check.

Deadline for return of application form: Monday 5th September 2011
Interviews: Tuesday 13th September 2011
Start date: Tuesday 20th September 2011

For job description and application click here:
For more information on the project click here:

Gosh! comics events

Gosh! Comics have outgrown their happy home of 25 years and are moving to new, bigger premises in Soho!

In their second event in the new venue, acclaimed indie comics creator Luke Pearson will be launching his new title Everything We Miss, a book about the breakdown of a relationship and the infinitesimal events we would notice if our attention wasn’t directed elsewhere.

6pm – 8pm, Saturday 13th August, 2011

1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR

More info:

Comics and Conflicts festival , Imperial War Museum

…will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti(Fabtoons).

On Friday 19th, there is an academic conference, in which University students and writers will be presenting papers on the subject of War Comics throughout the day, followed by a talk by Charley’s War author Pat Mills. There are tickets available for the conference which includes the talk by Pat Mills, or the talk is available as a separate ticket.

On Saturday 20th, there are talks, panels and workshops by small press creators and international authors, including a hour long discussion with Garth Ennis on stage in his first UK appearance at a comics festival in many years.

All Saturday events are £6 / the final event of the weekend, The Comics go to War film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ

Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo) / Elephant and Castle (Northern line, City Branch) / Southwark (Jubilee)

Book tickets at

The Comics and Conflicts events form part of a Children’s literature festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children. For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

Full listing of events at