Panel Borders: Blue Pills and Sandcastles

Panel Borders: Blue Pills and Sandcastles

Continuing our month of shows on international creators, Alex Fitch talks to Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters about his latest comic Sandcastle, published by SelfMadeHero and based on a script by filmmaker Pierre-Oscar Lévy. Sandcastle is a Twilight Zone style narrative about a group of strangers trapped on a beach where time moves at different rates; Alex and Frederik talk about the influence of science fiction on his work and his interest in autobiography which led to his award winning graphic novel Blue Pills – A Positive Love Story. (The interview was recorded at Gosh! Comics, London in October 2011)
Originally broadcast 20/05/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpts from Sandcastle and Blue pills - a positive love story by Frederik Peeters

Excerpts from Sandcastle and Blue pills – a positive love story by Frederik Peeters

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Links: More info about Sandcastle at
Reviews of Sandcastle by Ernesto Priego and Richard Bruton
Interview with Frederik Peeters in The Guardian

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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

BD and Comics Passion at the Institut Français

Fans of comic books, graphic novels and bandes dessinées rejoice: the international BD & Comics Passion festival is back in London from 24 to 27 May 2012!

Get ready for four days of fun brought to you by the Institut français in association with Comica Festival, featuring extraordinary creators (Christophe Arleston and Jean-Louis Mourier, David B., Guy Delisle, Karrie Fransman, Tom Gauld, Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill, Luke Pearson, Grzegorz Rosinski, Jonathan Ross aka Wossy), music (Mesparrow), performances (Freeeks Factory), films and the best booksellers (Gosh!, La Page, Cinebook).
With nearly thirty events including live drawing, talks, exhibitions, workshops, a drawing jam with Mesparrow and a dress-up party, this innovative festival will have something for everyone!

24th – 27th May 2012, Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

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MCM Expo Spring 2012

The Docklands’ premier comic book and media convention features a great variety of comic book guests including: Kevin Eastman, Ben McCool, Dax Gordine, Dean Haspiel, Jim Zub, Marv Wolfman, Matt Moylan, Frazer Irving, Lee Bradley, Tony Lee, Al Davison, Emma Vieceli, Rufus Dayglo, Sonia Leong, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Marc Ellerby, Howard Hardiman, Josceline Fenton, Lee Townsend and many more… Guests from the world of film include Anthony Daniels and Danny Devito, with signings and panels taking place throughout the weekend.

25th – 27th May 2012, ExCel Exhibtion Centre, One Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

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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.