Alex’s audio roundup

Published On December 9, 2010 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Film TV & Theatre, Podcast

Put down those snow shovels and kick off your ice encrusted boots, settle back with a hot cuppa and tune into some of the shows Alex Fitch has for us to enjoy; as ever check the Panel Borders site for more details and links to podcasts of previous shows:

Panel Borders: Mature animal comics, tonight at 5pm on Resonance FM, podcast afterwards on Panel Borders

Continuing this month’s series of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics Alex Fitch talks to a pair of writer / artists whose latest projects deal with animal / human hybrids in adult situations: Howard Hardiman whose new project is The Lengths, a black and white comic about male sex workers, based on interviews he conducted in London and funded via IndieGoGo and an Arts Council Grant, while in an interview recorded at The Cartoon Museum, Bryan Talbot discusses Grandville Mon Amour, the second volume of his steampunk graphic album series set in a violent turn of the century Paris.

Online magazine: ELECTRIC SHEEP ONLINE Issue 46

THEME: FREEZE
Iced up Santa, freeze frames, Antarctic creatures. Read about the real evil Santa in his ice prison in twisted Finish fairy tale Rare Exports, frozen bodies in horror movies, chilled emotions in American independent cinema, freeze frames and stasis in La jetée, Lovecraftian ice monsters + a Reel Sounds column about The Shining’s soundtrack.

This month sees the release of the much talked-about A Serbian Film, which was heavily cut by the British censors – read the interview with director Srdjan Spasojevic. Norwegian black metal documentary Until the Light Takes Us also provoked controversy at festival screenings this year. Also out is Mathieu Amalric’s acidic burlesque comedy On Tour and Alex Fitch reviews charming British sci-fi romance Monsters.

In the DVDs, we review Jacques Tati’s Mon oncle and Playtime, and we have a Comic Strip Review of Boudu Saved from Drowning by David Bailie. Our Online Movies column looks at the wonderful Horse Glue, Short Cuts focuses on Tom Browne’s football gorilla nightmare Aston Gorilla while in Alter Ego author Sarah Moss is Filippa in Babette’s Feast.

We have an interview with one of pinku eiga’s Four Devils, Hisayasu Sato, and a feature on Spanish pioneer Segundo de Chomón. You can read festival reports on Zipangu and Cine-City in the Blog while retro popsters The Loves pick their favourite films in the Film Jukebox. For a look back at the year in film, check out our review of 2010.

The December content will be updated throughout the month. If you subscribe to our Twitter feeds, you will be notified every time a new piece is published.

Recent podcasts:

I’m ready for my close-up (uncut): Guerrilla filming and fleeing Monsters

(Radio edit broadcast 03/12/10 on Resonance FM)

In a Q and A recorded live at this year’s Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest, Alex Fitch talks to British director Gareth Edwards about his genre crossing feature film Monsters, which features a photo journalist escorting a spoilt rich girl across Mexico following an alien invasion.

Alex and Gareth discuss his use of special effects that vary from the obvious – creating bio-luminescent  floating giant squid – to the invisible – distressed posters advertising the quarantine zone – and the pros and cons of shooting guerrilla style with a small cast and crew South of the Border.

Panel Borders: The man who painted cats

Starting a month of shows about anthropomorphic or ‘funny animal’ comics we’re proud to present a panel recorded at this year’s Comica festival: TV / BBC Radio comedy writer David Quantick and underground cartoonist Edwin Pouncey, a.k.a. Savage Pencil talk about their graphic novel, currently serialised in Alan Moore’s magazine Dodgem Logic, which concerns the life of Louis Wain, Edwardian painter of cats whose work became increasingly experimental as his mental health deteriorated.

The two creators discuss their interest in Wain, the depiction of his life and his cats in their comic, and the important use of Feline Ophthalmology and wallpaper in fine art! (Recorded, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk'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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