Coming Up – Panel Borders: Drawn from Experience

Coming up on the Panel Borders radio show and podcast this week, Alex Fitch talks to creators of autobiographical comics and graphic novels inspired by life, about depicting their own experiences on the page.

In a panel discussion recorded at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, Steven Appleby, Sayra Begum, Rachael Smith and Matt Smith talk about their titles Drag Man, Mongrel, Quarantine Comix, and You’re Stuck with Me Now, in front of a live audience.

Panel Borders: Drawn from Experience

Also, as part of the Academic Comics conference ‘L’Enfance de l’Art: Jeuness et Bandes dessinées’ (The Childhood of Art: Youth and Comics) hosted at Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow) discusses his person experiences of observing depictions of disability in comics for children and adults.

• Panel Borders: Drawn from Experience airs at 5.30pm, Wednesday 5th January 2022, repeated 11.00am Sunday 9th January, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London), streamed at; more info and podcast at

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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