Panel Borders moves nights, interviews David B, Kid Koala

Concluding the Panel Borders radio show’s month of war comics coverage and  four years of broadcasts on Thursday evenings, Alex Fitch talks to French graphic novelist David B about his new book Black Paths, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts a little known footnote to the First World War, as the defeated Austro-Hungarian Empire loses control of the city port of Fiume and we meet various eccentric characters trapped within the city walls.

Alex and David also talk about the latter’s Ignatz Award winning comic book Epileptic and his work with the independent publishing company L’Association.

Starting New British Comics month on Panel Borders in its new Sunday night slot, guest presenter Robin Warren talks to Eric San, better known as Kid Koala, a world-renowned DJ, turntablist and cartoonist hailing from Montreal. Best known for a series of delightfully odd-ball albums released on the UK Ninja Tune label (often including a free comic book), 2011 has seen the publication of his second graphic novel Space Cadet, a labour of love years in the making, complete with bespoke soundtrack album.

The Kid has also been travelling around presenting a series of ‘Music To Draw To’ events of late, where pens and paper are mandatory accessories and the audience sit around drawing to an ‘inspirational’ turntable set. Sketchbook in hand, DJ Robin The Fog attended the recent London leg of his tour to talk etch-boards, robots and the Canadian work-ethic.

• Panel Borders: David B’s Black Paths airs at 5.00pm, Thursday 29th September 2011, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / extended podcast after broadcast at

• Panel Borders: Kid Koala’s Kult Komics airs at 8.00pm, Sunday 2nd October 2011, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / extended podcast after broadcast at

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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