Panel Borders: Movies, toys and graphic design with Alex Cox and James Jarvis

Panel Borders: Movies, toys and graphic design with Alex Cox and James Jarvis

Continuing our month of shows looking at the work of people who aren’t known for their involvement in sequential art, Alex Fitch talks to film director Alex Cox and celebrated toy designer James Jarvis on the importance of comics to their work.

Alex and Alex talk about the prehistory of his classic film Repo Man as a comic book, why its proposed sequel Waldo’s Hawaiian Holiday was turned into a graphic novel and the influence of Dick Tracy on Death and the Compass. Alex and James talk about the latter’s first graphic novel De Profundis and how the style and narratives of comics have influenced his Amos Toys designs and work in general.

(Originally broadcast 12/02/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM / The second half of Alex’s interview with Alex Cox continues in this month’s Electric Sheep Magazine podcast)

Repo Man booklet and original comic by Alex Cox / World of Pain and De Profundis by James Jarvis

Repo Man booklet + comic by Alex Cox / World of Pain + De Profundis by James Jarvis

Visit, for more info and formats you can stream / download.
Links: Alex Cox’s website
Masters of Cinema page on Repo Man
Watch the trailer for Waldo’s Hawaiian Holiday
James Jarvis’ website
Picturebox books page on De Profundis

Recommended events:

Laydeez do Comics NEXT MEETING

Monday 20 February 2012
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Rag Factory 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Guests: Karrie Fransman, Comics artist
Dr Ann Miller, Academic, writer Joint editor of European Comic Art
Emma Mould, Writer and comics collaborator

Recommended Read:
The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

More info:

London Super Comic Convention

The Capital’s newest comic convention, taking place at a familiar location – ExCel Centre, Docklands – features an all star line-up of great comic book guests including Simon Bisley, Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, Howard Chaykin, Paul Cornell, Al Davison, Mike Deodato Jr., Glenn Fabry, Jock, David Lloyd, David Petersen, George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson and in his first British UK convention appearance in decades: Stan Lee!

February 25th / 26th – all tickets must be bought in advance, more info at

Orbital comics…

To coincide with the release of Mary and Bryan Talbot’s long awaited Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, the Orbital Gallery is hosting an exhibition with original artwork from the book from until March 2, 2012.

8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

Gosh! Comics…

The Comix Reader, celebrates the release of its triumphant third issue with a showstopping exhibition and launch party in-store with one of its flagship retailers, Gosh! Comics, in their luxurious Berwick Street premises. Grab an early copy of the new edition, gaze in awe at the original artwork lining the walls and meet the authors behind this beautiful and diverting new paper.

Comix Reader #3 Exhibition and Launch Party, Friday 2nd March, 7pm

Gosh!’re properly chuffed to be hosting the launch of Tom Gauld’s new graphic novel Goliath, a stripped-down, reworking of the David and Goliath myth, published by Drawn & Quarterly.

On Friday the 9th of March, Gauld will be here to sign copies of the book from 6:30pm, then at 7pm we’ll get down to the important business of wetting the baby’s head. Come along and shake his hand! Not only is he one of the finest cartoonists in Britain, he’s a thoroughly lovely chap too. We’ll even have an exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition available on the night which we’ll reveal very, very soon.

Goliath signing and Launch Party, Friday 9th March, 6.30pm

Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR

Storytelling for Comics and Graphic Novels course

You will learn about comic and graphic novel storytelling techniques, and how to create your own visual narrative. Everyone will end the course with one completed comic page, and the skills to continue their work for themselves. We will look at comic and graphic novel art styles, the use of text and images, the “grammar” of comic art, use of sound effects, abstraction, and styles. You provide a story from your own experience, or one you wish to adapt into the medium.

West Dean College, Chichester (Suitable for all levels)
2nd – 4th March 2012
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