Another Thursday, the end of summer (such as it is in the UK) approaches with the oncoming bank holiday weekend, but our constant audio ray of sunshine Alex Fitch brings us more comics goodness. As ever check the Panel Borders site for more details and links to podcasts of previous shows.
Panel Borders: Gosh! It’s Electric Man! Tonight at 5pm on Resonance FM, podcast afterwards on Panel Borders
Concluding our month of shows looking at comic book shops, Alex Fitch talks to Josh Palmano and Andrew Salmond, the proprietors of Gosh! Comics in London which, after 25 years, has relocated from Great Russell Street to the heart of Soho and to Dave Barras, director, and Scott Mackay, co-writer, of the new UK comedy film Electric Man about a rare stolen comic, set in the Edinburgh independent shop, Deadhead comics… (film reviewed here on the blog)
Continuing our month of shows looking at comic book shops, Alex Fitch talks to the former proprietors of comic shops that existed in the 80s and 90s and have left lasting impression on their fans. Dark Horizons opened in the back of Terri Hooley’s cult record shop Good Vibrations, Belfast in 1985 before graduating into a shop in its own right; in its first incarnation, the store was co-owned by John McCrea who went on to become a popular comic book artist on such titles as Troubled Souls, Hitman and Herogasm, written by Garth Ennis. At much the same time in Richmond, Jon Browne opened They walk among us, a store he co-owned for 22 years which found fame as the comic shop featured on TV in Spaced and in the most recent series of Red Dwarf. Alex talks to John and Jon about their memories of running comic shops, the vagueries of stocking popular titles and how one shop burned down and the other became absorbed into a chain in the 2000s.
In an episode of Panel Borders previously broadcast as a live ‘Clear Spot’ on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to Paul Gravett, Ariel Kahn, Eileen Cassavetti, Francesca Cassavetti and David Blandy about about the importance of war comics in culture and bringing the experience of war and conflict to new readers in a way that text alone can’t fully realise. Paul and Ariel discuss classic war comics and Francesca and Eileen talk about publishing the latter’s war time diary in comic book format, plus, in excerpts from a couple of classic episodes, Alex talks to Garth Ennis, and Grant Rogers interviews Pat Mills about Charley’s War.