Resonance FM, the London based radio station which Panel Borders is broadcast from, is currently running a fundraiser that’s going on until 21st February.
The Arts Council funding of the station only goes so far (and no programme makers, including Alex Fitch and Marks Pilkington and Stafford, are paid for their time in making shows), so the station has an annual fundraiser the week following Valentine’s Day to raise additional cash for studio refurbishment, new equipment and so on.
Currently on offer: a Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars hardcover omnibus, in which David Lloyd has sketched The Hulk (chosen with thanks for the task, since he drew Hulk Comic back in the late 1970s):
A variety of signed comics, including Batgirl and Firestorm signed by Gail Simone, America’s got Powers signed by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch, Bedlam signed by Frazer Irving, The Secret Service signed by Dave Gibbons and more (all in plastic frames):
Bundle 1: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/b3-Comic-book-bundle (Firestorm / America’s got Powers / The Secret Service)
Bundle 2: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/b4-Signed-copy-of-issue-1-2012-of-Batgirl-comic (Batgirl / Bedlam / Black Panther / The Hunter)
John Higgins has sketched in a first edition UK TPB of Watchmen (awaiting image as the book is currently somewhere in the post between his home in Sussex and Resonance’s studio in Borough)
An original comic book page from Shoot by Paul Trevillion (Roy of the Rovers) – www.ebay.co.uk/itm/a4-An-original-You-are-the-Ref-artwork-from-Shoot-early-1960s
Other auction items include:
A fragment of The Wicker Man – www.ebay.co.uk/itm/o2-An-original-piece-of-the-Wicker-Man
A painting by Pete Fowler (Monsterism) – www.ebay.co.uk/itm/a2-An-original-bespoke-painting-by-legendary-Monsterist-Pete-Fowler
…and loads of records, holiday experiences and weird and wonderful items; full list here: resonancefm.com/auction2013
If people would prefer just to donate a few quid via paypal, that’s very much appreciated too, info here: resonancefm.com/support
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.