• Dickon Harris presents a trio of interviews recorded at last autumn’s Comica festival in London at the ICA on Resonance FM (London) today, talking to the winner – Julian Hanshaw – and runner-up – Isabel Greenberg – of 2008’s Observer / Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story competition, which attracted some 240 entries. Julian won the second annual contest with his haunting seaside tale Sand Dunes & Sonic Booms, which you can read online on The Observer web site. He’ll also be talking to Tim Pilcher about his books on Erotic Comics. The show is broadcast at 5.00pm, repeated on Sunday (8th) at 11.30pm and streamed at www.resonancefm.com and podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com.
Also on air tonight, at 10.30pm Alex Fitch talks to director Julien Temple about his film of The Eternity Man, the modern opera by Dorothy Porter and Jonathan Mills. The film tells the true story of Arthur Stace who wandered the streets of Sydney for two generations, writing the word “Eternity” in chalk on a myriad of surfaces and Temple’s film vividly brings to life this modern avatar of the Wandering Jew. Alex and Julien also talk about the director’s other work, from Absolute Beginners to Pandaemonium and notions of combining fact and fiction on screen.
• Over on the Birmingham Mail‘s web site, Paul Birch has published a shortt interview with Duncan Fegredo in his latest Speech Balloons column. Fegredo talks about his current work on US title Hellboy, speaking enthusiastically of his creative relationship with its creator, Mike Mignola.
“As both a fan of Mike’s work and a professional artist I couldn’t be happier,” he says. “I hesitate to gush overly as it’d embarrass Mike! I get to play in Hellboy‘s rich and textured world and even to expand it to areas we haven’t visited yet, meet old friends and enemies, and make new ones too. As a fan that’s exciting, as a pro it’s enriching.”
• For more information on Duncan Fegredo visit: www.fegredo.com and www.cafepress.com/fegredo and to purchase original art by Duncan Fegredo visit: www.splashpageart.com For more information on Hellboy visit: www.Hellboy.com
• Forbidden Planet International reports that many of the prize pieces from the extraordinary collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror memorabilia, props, books and collectables of the late, great Forrest J Ackerman will be auctioned off during April. Hollywood specialists Profiles in History will be handling the sale.