Strip!: Ed Pinsent and Fast Fiction

Continuing comic book publishing month on his Strip! radio show on London-based art radio station Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to comics creator Ed Pinsent, the second editor of the 1980s small press anthology Fast Fiction which was a ground breaking publication in the history of British comics.

As well as the magazine and small press distribution service – a precursor to today’s Smallzone, run by Shane Chebsey – Fast Fiction also had a regular stand at the legendary Westminster Comic Marts in the 1980s, selling the small press works of the likes of Warren Ellis, SMS, Glen Dakin, Phil Elliott, Rian Hughes and many other top talents. It helped launch their careers in comics and illustration.

Alex talks to Ed about his comic book work then and now, his processes of including work in the Fast Fiction anthology and the reasons it came to an end.

Pinsent has written and drawn his own small press comics since 1982, including characters such as Primitif, Henrietta and Windy Wilberforce. His work also appeared in Escape Magazine, Knockabout Comix, and Fox Comics in Australia. He took over Fast Fiction in 1987, the name taken from a Classics Illustrated knock-off spotted in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. After Fast Fiction closed the mailing list was passed on to Luke Walsh and Mike Kidson, who used it to launch the small press comics review zine Zum!.

He also publishes The Sound Projector Music Magazine, devoted to reviews of experimental music, which launched in 1996.

This episode also features a competition to win a complete set of Dare Comics’ The Hunter: tune in / download the podcast for more details!

• Strip! Ed Pinsent and Fast Fiction airs at 5.00pm tonight (Thursday 23rd April) and is repeated at 11.30pm Sunday 26th April on Resonance 104.4 FM (London), streamed at www.resonancefm.com. An extended podcast tonight at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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