The long, dark nights have arrived, but here is our little radio ray of sunshine, Alex Fitch, with news of the latest upcoming shows he’s involved in. As always for more information and links to podcasts of previous shows check the Panel Borders site.
I’m ready for my close-up: Manhwa and Metamorphosis, Friday 9th at 7.30pm on Resonance FM, podcast afterwards on Panel Borders
Two events taking place this weekend are ideal locations for fans of fantasy and science fiction to visit – SCI-FI-LONDON: EAST and Manhwa: Korean Story & Painting – each in venues not known for exploring those genres. Alex Fitch talks to director Chris Swanton about his adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, screening Sunday 11th November at Stratford Picturehouse and to comic book creator Min-Woo Hyung regarding the art he’s exhibiting at the Korean Creative Content Agency, 1-3 The Strand. Alex and Chris discuss why the director chose a hard to translate novel by Kafka as his directorial debut, following a career as an editor on such projects as the BBC’s Ghostwatch, and Min-Woo talks about his career as a Manhwa creator from his debut Chronicle of a Hot-blooded Judo King to his latest project Ghostface and his most famous series Priest, which was adapted as a Sci-Fi blockbuster in 2011.
(Sweet Dream by and (c) Kim Gwangsung, borrowed from the Manhwa exhibition site)
Panel Borders: Writing serialised comics, Sunday 11th November at 8pm, Resonance FM, podcast afterwards on Panel Borders
Continuing Panel Borders’ month of shows looking at the writing of superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to writers Gail Simone, Andy Diggle, Robin Firth and Al Ewing about their work on British and American titles, in a panel discussion recorded at last year’s Thought Bubble festival. Gail and Andy discuss their work for DC Comics and contributing to anthology titles, while Robin talks about adapting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for Marvel Comics and Al discusses moving from 2000AD to his first work on American strips.
Starting a month of shows on Panel Borders about the art of writing superhero comics, Alex Fitch talks to Mark Millar, a 2000AD alumnus who now has his own anthology comic CLiNT, featuring popular alt-superhero saga Kick-Ass and other strips intended for forthcoming movie adaptations. Alex and Mark discuss the latter’s experiences in British and American comics, the relationship of his Catholic faith to strips American Jesus and Saviour, and the genesis of super-villain heist caper Super Crooks with film maker Nacho Vigalondo.
In the last in a month of episodes of Panel Borders looking at depictions of travel in comic books and graphic novels, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose small press and collected comics are all about travelling for the sake for it. Oliver East discusses his Trains are… Mint trilogy of graphic novels, published by Blank Slate Books, which chronicle his walking along train lines from Manchester to Liverpool and across Germany, as well as his latest project Swear Down. Oliver has become part of the landscape itself, with the dissemination of his album covers for Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid and Build a Rocket Boys! on billboards, and Alex and Oliver discuss the marks that people leave on the environment such as these and the artist’s interest in graffiti.
Also, Alex talks to Kayla Marie Hillier about her web / self published comic Galavant which depicted her travels from Toronto to Manchester and back again, via South London, in the Winter of 2009 / 2010 and is available in a collected edition from the author.