This week’s Panel Borders: “The Umbral Fuse” featuring writer Antony Johnston

Umbral Trade Paperback Volume 2: The Dark Path
Continuing a month of shows about creators whose work sits in the middle ground between ‘mainstream’ and independent comics, Alex Fitch talks to writer Antony Johnston about his career so far. Fitch and Johnston discuss the latter’s comics published by Image: fantasy saga Umbral and SF detective drama The Fuse, the author’s parallel career as a video game scripter and his experiences writing Daredevil titles for Marvel.
Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games, and books, with titles that also include WastelandShadow of MordorThe Coldest CityDead SpaceZombiU and more.

He has also adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel’s flagship character Wolverine for manga. (For a full list, check out his Work index page).

Antony’s work has been translated throughout the world, and optioned for film and television and recently launched SILENCAEON, a new dark ambient music project. The first release, Thorn, is now available at Bandcamp.

“Most people know I’m a big old metalhead in my spare time, he says of the project on his blog, “but less well known is my love for experimental, ambient, and drone (Not least because it’s great writing music!).

The interview was recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, April 2015.
• Panel Borders: The Umbral Fuse airs at 11.00am Thursday 14th May, repeated 7am Saturday 26th May 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com   / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
• Atony Johnston is online at: http://antonyjohnston.com | Follow Atony on Twitter @antonyjohnston | Tumblr

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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