In the first of a new series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to ‘Comics Laureate’ Dave Gibbons about his career so far, from Doctor Who Weekly strips to Watchmen, Give me Liberty to Kingsman / The Secret Service. Recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 2014. Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.
Dave Gibbons interviewed by Alex Fitch at LICAF, interior art from The Iron Legion, covers of Doctor Who #17 and Watchmen #1
Concluding a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to artist I.N.J. Culbard about his work for 2000AD on strips such as ‘clock-punk fantasy’ serial Brass Sun and the forthcoming Brink. Ian also explains his unusual method for drawing Dan Abnett’s anthropomorphic adaptation of The War of the Worlds – Wild’s End published by Boom! – plus his recent graphic novels for SelfMadeHero: Celeste and The King in Yellow. (Last in the current series – Panel Borders will return in a new slot and format in September)
Originally broadcast 27th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Covers of Wilds End, Brass Sun and Celeste, interior art from The King in Yellow by I.N.J. Culbard
Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to another writer and artist about their work in and after 2000AD. In an extract from a Q and A recorded on stage at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Alex Fitch talks to artist Dave Gibbons about his early years, drawing such strips as a reimagined Dan Dare for a 1980s audience. Also, Alex talks to writer John Wagner about scripting Judge Dredd on and off since 1977 and other projects that have been adapted to the screen such as A History of Violence (recorded at London Super Comic Con).
Originally broadcast 20th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.
Rogue Trooper and Dan Dare drawn by Dave Gibbons, A History of Violence, Judge Dredd and The Bogie Man written by John Wagner
Continuing a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to writer Tom Eglington about writing strips for 2000AD including Judge Dredd and “Tharg’s 3rillers”, plus the serial he originated, Outlier, a space-set revenge saga continuing the periodical’s tradition of weird looking protagonists!
Alex and Tom also discuss the latter’s forays in children’s books such as The Spellbound Hotel, making cut-out paper craft, and his entry into Myriad Editions’ First Fictions competition, Amber Sands. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2015. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, June 2015 / Originally broadcast 13th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
Paper craft by Tom Eglington, art from Outlier, covers of 2000AD and The Spellbound Hotel
Starting a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to a writer and an artist about their work in and after 2000AD. Colin Wilson discusses getting his first work on the periodical and drawing Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper strips in the early 1980s, while, in an interview recorded at Bristol Comic Expo 2014, writer Jim Alexander and artist Pete Woods discuss titles published by Alexander’s imprint ‘Planet Jimbot’, including Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and Food Chain. Originally broadcast 6th August 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.
Cover and interior art from 2000AD by Colin Wilson / Cover of Amazing and Fantastic Tales, and interior art from Food Chain by Jim Alexander and Pete Woods
Concluding a month of shows about Australasian comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to an Australian writer living in London and a New Zealander artist living in Australia who found fame in Europe… Evie Wyld discusses her collaboration with artist Joe Sumner on her first graphic novel Everything is Teeth, which depicts her childhood fear of sharks in New South Wales, and how it compares to other predators depicted in her novel All the Birds, Singing.
Also, Colin Wilson explores his early comics – Strips and The Adventures of Captain Sunshine – published in New Zealand and explains how he found work in the Northern Hemisphere on European Graphic Albums featuring Lieutenant Blueberry, and American comics such as Star Wars and The Losers. Originally broadcast 30th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.
Cover of Strips and interior art from Captain Sunshine and Blueberry by Colin Wilson / Cover and interior art from Everything is Teeth and cover of All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
Panel Borders: Bruce Mutard – from The Bunker to The Sacrifice
Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to Melbourne cartoonist Bruce Mutard about his career so far, from his first graphic novel The Bunker to experimental comics such as Alice in Nomansland, and working on a sequel to his World War II graphic novel The Sacrifice. Mutard also discusses titles published by his fledgling imprint Fabilaux, the varied influences on his style from ligne claire to Crumb, and his experience of doing an MA course in comics. Originally broadcast 23rd July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.
Interior art and cover from The Sacrifice, interior art from Alice in Nomansland and The Bunker by Bruce Mutard, cover and interior strip from Art is a Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher
Panel Borders: Blastosaurus, The Great Gatsby and other fantastical creatures
Continuing a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose work mixes anthropological characters with unusual situations. New Zealand publisher Richard Fairgray discusses the police procedural dinosaur comic Blastosaurus which he draws and co-writes and his imprint Square Planet Comics, in an interview recorded at London Film and Comic Con (which returns to Olympia today and tomorrow).
Also, Alex talks to Australian artist Nicki Greenberg about her full length adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet, and her shorter comics on being a cartoonist and finding a zombie in your attic! Originally broadcast 16th July 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM.
Covers and interior art from Blastosaurus by Richard Fairgray / Cover and interior art from The Great Gatsby and zombie comic by Nicki Greenberg
Continuing a month of shows about comics that are about or from Australasia, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist turned novelist Ed Hillyer about The Clay Dreaming – his account of an Aborigine Cricket Team in 19th Century Britain, and how writing a book without pictures differs to his experience of writing comics. Alex also talks to French Bande dessinée creator L.F. Bollée about writing the graphic novel Terra Australis, which depicts the conquering of Australia. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Australia / New Zealand Literature Festival 2014.
Cover and interior art from Terra Australis by L.F. Bollee and Philippe Nicloux / Cover of The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer / photo of 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team
Starting a month of shows about Australasian comics, Alex Fitch talks to New Zealander cartoonist Dylan Horrocks about his work. Fitch and Horrocks discuss the latter’s run on DC Comics’ Batgirl from 2003-2004, his self-published comics Atlas and Pickle and his latest graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. In this, the protagonist from Hicksville returns in a magical realist tale about artistic fantasies, inspired by the work of pulp writers from the early 20th Century such as Edgar Rice Burroughs. (Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 2nd July 2015)
Alex Fitch interviews Dylan Horrocks, drawing by Patch Miller / covers of Sam Zabel and Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks / cover of Batgirl vol. 1 no. 49 by James Jean, Horrocks et al.