Panel Borders Podcasts this week….

(with thanks to Alex Fitch): Here some details on the current and upcoming schedule for the comics podcast “Reality Check” which features on and “Panel Borders”, which is broadcast as part of the show “Strip!” on Resonance 104.4 FM and podcast at

On the air: Strip!: Incredibly Strange Comics

In the first of two belated Halloween specials, Alex Fitch talks to sequential art expert Paul Gravett about his new book The Leather Nun And Other Incredibly Strange Comics which looks at the weirder and more lurid examples of the genre, and to Australian artist Ben Templesmith about his career so far, drawing comics such as the neo-noir title “Fell”, the Matrix inspired “Singularity 7” and the popular vampire serial “30 Days of Night” which was adapted as a movie last year.

Airs at 5.00pm 6 November 2008
Repeated 11.30pm 6 November 2008 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
Streamed at Podcast at

I’m Ready For My Close-Up: OSS-117, Licence to Kill

Massively popular in France but fairly unknown in the UK are the adventures of OSS-117, a cold war secret agent who has appeared in 40 books over the last half century and half a dozen movies.

With a new (spoof) version of the Gallic James Bond about to hit our screens, Alex Fitch talks to the director Michel Hazanavicius and Bonisseur girl Bérénice Bejo of Cairo: Nest of Spies / Le Caire Nid d’espions. Although his code number and name seem strangely familiar, apparently 117 predates 007…

Airs at 10.30pm 6 November 2008
Repeated 11.30pm 6 November 2008 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
Streamed at Podcast at

Coming soon: Strip!: The art of Jill Thompson

In the second of two belated Hallowe’en specials and in partnership with Gosh! Comics, Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson, the artist and writer of spooky graphic novellas for

all ages: Magic Trixie and Scary Godmother as well as the illustrator of a popular and acclaimed ten issue run of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman (collected as Brief Lives) and its spin offs At Death’s Door and The Dead Boy Detectives.

Airs at 5.00pm 13 November 2008
Repeated 11.30pm 16 November 2008 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
Streamed at
Podcast 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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