This week’s comics and SF listening from Alex

Published On May 15, 2008 | By Joe Gordon | Animation, Comics, Conventions and events, Film TV & Theatre, Podcast

It’s Thursday (already?) and Alex Fitch has supplied us with a feast of comics and science fiction audio delights coming up over the next week or so on the radio and online, from big names like Dave Gibbons to some of our faves from the Brit small press scene like Oliver East; as ever check Alex’s Panel Borders blog for more details and a link-o-rama of good audio articles and interviews:

Strip!: Jack Kirby remembered (the next generation), tonight at 5pm on Resonance FM

Guest presenter James DeCarteret hosts the second of this month’s live shows on comic-book legend Jack Kirby – the legendary genius who co-created 60 years worth of classic comic strips; his most famous period being the Marvel Comics revolution in the 1960s with creations such as The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. James is joined by comics artists and alumni Dave Gibbons, Gary Leach, Mike Lake and other special guests, to talk about Kirby’s legacy and the recently published Abrams book ‘Kirby, King Of Comics’

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Panel Borders: Diary Drawings

In case anyone’s missing a dose of Panel Borders this week and to give people an extra week to hear more about the show in question; Alex Fitch talks to curator Sarah Lightman and gallery director Andrew Hewish about the Diary Drawings exhibition at the Centre for recent drawing in Islington, London. Alex and Sarah discuss the various styles of diary drawing in the exhibtion from the most literal examples, to blog entries and gag strips while Alex discusses with Andrew the history of the gallery and the necessity to have an exhibition space that concentrates on artists’ drawings in particular. Artists in the group show being discussed include Gabrielle Bell, David Blandy, Oliver East, Alex Fox, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, Lady Lucy, Mio Matsumoto, Rutu Modan, Ariel Schrag and Rebecca Swindell. (These interviews will be broadcast in next week’s Strip!)

Reality Check: Humour at Sci-Fi London, online on the 17th at Sci-Fi London

Alex Fitch talks to a quartet of sci-fi fans who have used a mixture of the fantasy genre and comedy in their work, Guillaume Ivernel and Arthur Qwak – directors of the new feature length French cartoon ‘Dragon Hunters’ (in a Q & A recorded live in front of a cinema audience at SFL) plus the unexpected double act of Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh) and Dean Haglund (The X-Files).

Previous podcasts of interest –

Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy talk about this year’s Sci-Fi London Film Festival in an episode of I’m ready for my close-up.

Grant Rogers talks to Pat Mills about his seminal 1st World War comic book serial Charlie’s War (a special extended version of last week’s broadcast show).

Coming soon:

Reality Check: Zombies at Sci-Fi London

In the first of three special hour long Reality Checks, Alex Fitch talks to Sean and Matthew Kohnen, creators of the new American Indie Zombie comedy Wasting Away (in a Q & A recorded live in front of a cinema audience at SFL); online at Sci-Fi London on the 21st of this month

Strip: Diary Drawings, Resonance FM on the 22nd at 5pm

Alex Fitch talks to the curator and to the director of the Centre for recent drawing in Islington (see above) and also to a couple of small press comic book creators who work in autobiographical comics – Oli Smith and Sean Azzopardi.

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Joe Gordon is’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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