Windsurfing in on the recent gales comes Alex Fitch with news of the comics, film and sci-fi aural goodness with this new shows for the New Year; as ever check the (newly redesigned) Panel Borders site for more details and links to podcasts of previous shows:
Alex Fitch talks to three directors of innovative new animated films. Alex talks to Oscar Winner (2011 co-director Short Animated film) Shaun Tan about the adaptation of his acclaimed picture book The Lost Thing and to web animator Jonti Picking about his cult animated series Weebl and Bob as well as his adverts for Cadbury’s Creme Eggs (is it that time of year already?) and Anchor Butter.
Alex is joined by Dickon Harris for an interview with comic book creator turned animator Eric Khoo who has directed a portmanteau film called Tatsumi (reviewed recently on the blog here), based on the work of Yoshihito Tatsumi, including five of his short stories and bookends adapting his autobiography A Drifting Life.
Electric Sheep Magazine, issue fifty-nine
Fake Documentaries: Political satires, media manipulation, horror trickery
We start off the year with the real truths behind fake documentaries to mark the Blu-ray release of Peter Watkins’s incendiary Punishment Park, whose denunciation of the US government’s repression of dissent remains powerfully relevant 40 years later. We also have articles on the Joaquin Phoenix hoax I’m Still Here, Danish political satire AFR, the infamous BBC live ghost-hunting show simulation Ghostwatch, and a comic strip on The Blair Witch Project, plus Norwegian monster mockumentary Troll Hunter is out on DVD.
At the cinema, we review Jean Vigo’s poetic gem L’atalante, Steve McQueen’s much anticipated study of sex addiction Shame, Tatsumi, an animated film on the life and work of the eponymous manga artist, and financial thriller Margin Call. In the DVDs we look at legendary road movie Two-Lane Blacktop and we have an interview with director Monte Hellman about his latest film, Road to Nowhere.
We also review Teuvo Tulio’s flamboyant melodrama Cross of Love, and we have a feature on films in which everybody dies. In Short Cuts we preview the London Short Film Festival. Musician Barry Adamson of Magazine and the Bad Seeds fame picks his favourites in the Film Jukebox while writer Tom Benn is Blade Runner’s Roy Batty in Alter Ego.
Concluding our series of shows about H.P. Lovecraft, Alex Fitch talks to three creators who have recently penned comics inspired by his monsters and scenarios. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning talk about adding a Lovecraftian twist to Marvel Superheroes in their titles Realm of Kings and The Thanos Imperative, which feature alternative versions of Captain Marvel and the Avengers possessed by the ‘Many-angled Ones’. Also Ed Brubaker discusses Fatale, his latest collaboration with artist Sean Phillips, following Sleeper, Criminal and Incognito, which mixes noir storytelling with occult ceremonies and tentacle faced Nazis.
Continuing our month of shows about H.P. Lovecraft, Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore about his final graphic novel that isn’t part of the continuing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen narrative – Neonomicon – which has just been published, along with its prequel The Courtyard, as a graphic novel by Avatar Press. Both comics follow on from Lovecraft’s tale ‘The Horror at Red Hook’ and Alan discusses why he chose that story in particular to explore further, plus the origins of The Courtyard in an abandoned short story collection called ‘Yuggoth Cultures’, and examples of Lovecraftian imagery in his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga.
Filmed in London and presented by Lian Cooper, SCI-FI-LONDON’s monthly podcast about SF throughout the media features interviews by Alex Fitch with comic book creators Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning about their combination of Space Opera and superheroes for Marvel & Rebekah Isaacs about her Buffy spin-off series Angel and Faith. Also, Transformers special effects creator Scott Farrar talks about his work and Christopher Paolini (Eragon) discusses the latest book in his Inheritance Cycle of books with Chris Patmore, plus there are trailers for forthcoming games and films…