Panel Borders: Belgian graphic novelists

Panel Borders: Belgian graphic novelists

Starting a trio of shows about international comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of Belgian graphic novelists about their work. Creator Ivan Petrus discusses The Neuport Gathering, his moving and harrowing tale of Allied soldiers during the First World War, and in an interview recorded at last month’s Comica Comiket, Alex talks to artist Maarten Van Wieleabout his ‘graphic trash novel’ Paris which features sex, drugs and degradation in the French fashion industry.

Excerpt from Paris by Maarten Van Wiele / The Neuport Gathering by Ivan Petrus

Excerpt from Paris by Maarten Van Wiele / The Neuport Gathering by Ivan Petrus

Originally broadcast 06/05/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Links: Ivan Petrus’ website
Buy The Neuport Gathering from ACC Distribution
More publisher Lannoo Books

Maarten Vandewiele’s website
More info about Paris at
Review of Paris and other recent comics and graphic novels on the Forbidden Planet International blog

Recommended events:

Alter-Ego alt. comics art exhibition

7 indie artists depict their alter egos in this week long gallery show at the Red Bull Studios in London.

Artists involved: Waste, Cottonmouth (RichT), Guy McKinley, Klingatron, Robert Ball, Smug, and Warwick Johnson Cadwell, looking at the ideas of being someone else, hero, villain, whatever… Worth attending for WJC and Robert Ball’s depictions of Marvel heroes alone!

10-16th May, 10th May private view starts at 6pm

More info:

Red Bull Gallery, 155-171 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JP

Hugo Tate launch party

Eighteen years after the last panel was drawn, Nick Abadzis’ (Laika) Hugo Tate is reappearing on our shelves. Indie publisher Blank Slate of Nelson fame is finally collecting the entire six-year run of what The Comics Journal called “Britain’s Love & Rockets”.

Gosh! Comics are throwing a launch party for the book on Saturday the 12th of May from 7pm to 9pm. There will be booze and signed copies aplenty! Blank Slate Books are producing a a special bookplate edition for Hugo Tate. There will only ever be 150 copies and we’re going to have just 50 of them. If you’d like to reserve one send us an email to and we’ll make sure you get it.

Nick Abadzis’ Hugo Tate Launch Party: Saturday 12th May, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR 7-9pm


Strange Attractor and Maggs Bros are proud to present ‘Unstable’, an exhibition of new and old work from Battle Of The Eyes (Savage Pencil and Eyeball), Joel Biroco, Julian House and Cathy Ward. All artwork will be for sale, as will new books and other materials from Strange Attractor Press.

Unstable: 8 May – 8 June 2012 (Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 5pm)
Maggs Counterculture and Gallery,
50 Hays Muse, W1J 5QJ, London, UK

Support Badger the movie

A London based documentary and animation team is bringing Howard Hardiman’s beloved comic Badger to life in a new animated film that will also contain footage of the process of making Howard’s comic and its relevance to mental health issues.
You can support fundraising for this project at with various incentives depending on the level of contribution.