Panel Borders: European adventure comics

Panel Borders: European adventure comics

Continuing our trio of shows looking at international comics we have interviews with a couple of European adventure comics creators. In an interview recorded at last year’s BD & Comics Passion festival at the Institut Français, Dickon Harris talks to Yves Sente, one of the current authors of the classic Franco-Belgian strip Blake and Mortimer, who has penned stories set in the current chronology of the comic as well as flashback tales that depict the characters in their youth. Also, in a pair of interviews recorded at Gosh! comics and Laydeez do comics, Alex Fitch talks to Uli Oesterle about his graphic novel Hector Umbra, a surrealist detective story which follows the travails of a painter who investigates the underworld of modern day Munich.

Excerpts from Blake and Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine by Yves Sente and André Juillard / Hector Umbra by Uli Oesterle

Excerpts from Blake and Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine by Yves Sente and André Juillard / Hector Umbra by Uli Oesterle

Originally broadcast 13/05/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Links: Buy Hector Umbra from Hector Umbra from Blank Slate books
Uli Oesterle’s blog

Official Blake and Mortimer website
Info about Blake and Mortimer at

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


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

Kapow! comics convention

For its second year, Kapow! returns to the Islington Design Centre on May 19th and 20th, celebrating Clint magazine and the best of international comics talent. Guests include Mark Millar, Joe Quesada, Jonathan Ross, Warren Ellis, Jonathan Ross, Scott Snyder, Sara Pichelli, Olivier Coipel, Terry Dodson, Charlie Adlard, Bryan Hitch, and Dave Gibbons.
Alex Fitch will be hosting a Q & A with Steve Parkhouse and Peter Hogan about their new Dark House comic Resident Alien which features a ‘grey’ alien becoming a doctor in small town USA, on Sunday 20th May, time TBC.

More info and tickets at

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.