It’s time for our regular look at the latest shows Alex Fitch is involved with – as ever check the Panel Borders site for more details and for a rich archive of podcasts of previous shows:
Panel Borders: Parasites, stem cells and microbes!, Monday 10th June at 8.30 am on Resonance FM, podcast afterwards on Panel Borders
Continuing our series of shows looking at depictions of illness and medicine in sequential art, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Edward Ross and noted science fiction novelist Ken MacLeod about their comic Hope Beyond Hype, an educational title about “stem cell therapies from lab bench to hospital bedside”, funded by the European Community Research and Development Information Service. Edward also discusses his other medical comics Parasites! and Malaria: The battle against a microscopic killer, while Ken talks about the similarities between comics and science-fiction novels as a way of presenting science fact to the general public.
Panel Borders: Naming Monsters and Minotaurs, Monday 2nd June at 8.30am on Resonance FM, podcast afterwards on Panel Borders
In the first of a series of shows looking at depictions of illness and medicine in comics, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two recent graphic novels that deal with these themes. In a panel discussion recorded at Crawley WordFest, Alex talks to Nye Wright and Hannah Eaton about their graphic novels Things to do in a retirement home trailer park and Naming Monsters, with an introduction to the work of publisher Myriad Editions by editor Holly Ainley. Nye’s graphic novel depicts the last months of his relationship with his father as the latter dies of emphysema, with the comic book versions of the pair depicted as anthropomorphic characters; Hannah’s is a psychological exploration of a young woman coming to terms with her mother’s death and the contrasts and connections between her vignettes and British folklore stories. (Hannah was one of the nominees for the First Graphic Novel Award who took part in a series of guest posts on the blog, you can read her Commentary here)
Living in Byzantium: In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex Fitch talks to producer Stephen Woolley, writer Moira Buffini and star Daniel Mays about the new British vampire movie Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan, which depicts the back story and current lives of a pair of female vampires living in modern day Hastings. (Byzantium is released in the UK on 31st May). (Originally broadcast 24th May 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
In the last of a series of shows about the relationship between fine art and comics, Alex Fitch talks to three artists about their recreations of fine art in comic book pages and vice versa. Simon Russell discusses his small press comics Roy and That’s not my Merkin!, Dutch artist Typex illuminates his graphic novel about Rembrandt, and Jason Atomic talks about his contribution to the ‘Image Duplicator’ show at Orbital Comics which deconstructs the work of Roy Lichtenstein. (our own James Bacon posted a review and photos from the exhibition here on the blog recently)