Alex Fitch talks to Goldsmiths College Design lecturer Stuart Bannocks about his ‘zine City Strips which collages panels from superhero comics with the hero removed, to create a travelogue of fictional cities such as Batman’s Gotham and Superman’s Metropolis. Alex and Stuart discuss the second edition of City Strips: Amazing City which reconstructs issue 95 of Amazing Spider-Man from 1971, featuring the webslinger’s trip to London, and also explore Stuart’s cinema trailer project Sub Dogma 13.
(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Partially broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 7th September 2016)
Covers of City Strips 2, 4 and 5 / comparison with Amazing Spider-Man #95 / poster, cover and interior of Sub Dogma 13 #3
Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy talks to Steven Shainberg about his new film Rupture and takes part in a Q and A with director Guillermo del Toro about the documentary Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex, recorded at Fantasia Festival, Montreal. Also, ESM assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses the comprehensive history of ‘Tarzan on Film’ published by Titan Books, with author Scott Tracy Griffin. Plus classic tracks from Carlos Casal Jr, Johnny Burnette, The Deadly Ones and Glenn Reeves!
Originally broadcast, 21st September 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Cover of Tarzan on Film, posters for Creature Designers and Rupture
In the first episode of the tenth series of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to Chris Baker and Shaky Kane about their comic The Last Driver from Dead Canary Comics, currently on Kickstarter, which combines 1960s road movies with giant irritated monsters. Kane also discusses his latest collaboration with David Hine – Cowboys and Insects – which is about to receive a new print edition; interview recorded at Safari Festival, August 2016.
(Panel Borders continues on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, repeated the following Sunday at 6am. Originally broadcast as the first half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 7th September 2016)
Excerpts from The Last Driver by Chris Baker and Shaky Kane and Cowboys and Insects by Kane and David Hine / Kane, Fitch and Baker at Safari Festival
Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch presents a couple of interviews regarding films to chill the soul during the summer heatwave. Suture directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel discuss their classic 90s neo-noir as it sees a new release on Blu-Ray in the UK from Arrow, and FrightFest founder and programmer Alan Jones explores the various examples of international gore screening in this year’s festival at Vue Shepherd’s Bush. Plus classic tracks from Can, Tom Jones and Salsa Picante.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 20th July 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Still and Blu-Ray cover of Suture / Frightfest 2016 poster
Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Looking East / Thalma Goldman
Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy talks to East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson, Masonic Temple programmer Josh Saco, and to Evrim Ersoy, programmer and presenter of DukeFest the Third. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses Israeli-born British artist and animator Thalma Goldman with Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy, authors of Thalma, An Artist’s Life. Plus an extract from a conversation between Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) recorded at the ICA. With music by The White Stripes and The Sex Pistols.
Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF
Continuing our two part look at the work of Avery Hill Publishing, Alex Fitch talks to Rachael Smith about her latest title The Rabbit and drawing back-up strips for Doctor Who comics, and Tillie Walden discusses her work for the company including The City Inside and The End of Summer plus her Eisner Award nominated graphic novella I Love This Part.
(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the second half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 10th May 2016)
Covers from A City Inside, The End of Summer and I Love this Part by Tillie Walden / The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers and Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor 2.1 by Rachael Smith
Freakishly tall, draped in a soutane, my brain pounding, I found myself standing before a trench full of sludge. In each hand, I discovered I was holding a bucket of pungent goo. My feet were encased in sturdy plastic bootees and at least two pairs of socks. I squelched across the trench, each step expelling from the sludge noisome fumes that wafted in the air behind me, shimmering and stinking. After some minutes, I clambered on to the other side, and rested the buckets upon the ground. Sulphurous fires ablaze within my skull, I had made the crossing from LIFE into DEATH. Eternity was before me.
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: James Bond – Kill Command
The monthly show about cult and world cinema. In this month’s show, Electric Sheep Assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to the director – Steven Gomez – and cinematographer – Simon Dennis – of a excellent new British Sci-Fi thriller, Kill Command, about robots and drones in an army training exercise going on a murderous rampage, in a Q and A recorded at Hackney PictureHouse as part of SCI-FI-LONDON 2016. Also, University of Reading Professor of Television and Film Jonathan Bignell discusses the influences and connections that 1950s television had on the production of the early James Bond films and novels (Recorded at University of Brighton, Film and Screen Seminar, November 2015). Featuring classic tracks by Pink Floyd, Jimmy Lloyd and Dionne Warwick.
Originally broadcast 17th May 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
Vanessa Kirby and friend in Kill Command / Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre et al. in Casino Royale (1954)
A special episode looking at the output of Avery Hill Publishing: Alex Fitch talks to various creators and staff at this young British Comic Book company about their varied output. In a round table panel discussion Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery discuss moving from self publishing to having a company to help promote your work.
Avery Hill logo + art by Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen Pomery
Alex Fitch talks to Charlie Hebdo alumnus Riad Sattouf about the first volume of his autobiographical strips about growing up in France, and the Middle East published as The Arab of the Future by Two Roads Books. Alex and Riad explore how the book relates to the latter’s experiences as a film-maker on such movies as Jacky in the Kingdom of Women, plus his interest in Victorian serialised entertainment by Dickens, and children’s adventure comics by Hergé.
Cover and interior of The Arab of the Future and poster for Jacky in the Kingdom of Women by Riad Sattouf