Alex Fitch has just sent us details for the shows he produces that are being broadcast / podcast over the next seven days…
On air: Strip: The work of Art Spiegelman
Guest presenter Grant Rogers talks to Pulitzer Prize winning author Art Speigelman about his classic graphic novel Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and about the 30th anniversary edition of his first collection of strips Breakdowns, which combines the original book with a new autobiographical comic “Portrait of the artist as a young %@&*!”…
Broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 5pm GMT Thursday 27th November, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 30th November, extended podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
On Line: Reality Check: Life during Wartime
Alex Fitch introduces a pair of interviews about modern science fiction takes on warfare which have a classical, yet prescient feel to them: Duncan Nott talks to Garth Ennis about working on the new Virgin Comics version of the classic British sci-fi comic strip Dan Dare which sees Dare called out of retirement as Britain and Earth enter new hostilities with the Mekon due to a corrupt Prime Minister running the country. Also, Tripwire Magazine editor Joel Meadows presents and takes part in a brief press conference with actor Michael Hogan about playing the long suffering character Colonel Tigh in the 21st century reimagining of Battlestar Galactica, which is about to return to our screens shortly for the second half of its final season.
Online from 3rd December: www.sci-fi-london.com/audio
In the cinema: Hectic Peelers: Memories of Matsuko
For the latest Electric Sheep / Resonance FM film club they will be screening Memories of Matsuko, this week’s Time Out magazine cinema critic’s choice of the week, an exuberant bubblegum Japanese melodrama with a dark edge, which pieces together the tragi-comic tale of an eccentric woman who went looking for love in all the wrong places. Saturated colour, moody lighting and musical interludes make the film a pure joy to watch, and it is no surprise that it received the audience award at the Tiger Festival in June 08. Adam Torel, head of Third Window Films, the distributors of the film in the UK, will be in attendance to introduce the film and do a Q & A with Electric Sheep magazine editor Virginie Selavy afterwards.
Tuesday 2nd Decmber: Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB 7:30pm, Free! (This month’s Hectic Peelers is a week early due to Christmas bookings at the Roxy)
In print is the Electric Sheep Magazine Autumn 2008, available in shops now and features reviews of Dark City by Alex Fitch and Tom Humberstone (also available online), a review of Cube by Alex, and his feature on the two versions of Death Race, an excerpt of which you can read here:
The November electronic issue of ESM is now online and includes reviews of Waltz with Bashir by Paul Gravett, Virginie Selavy’s review of A Bloody Aria, Oli Smith’s review of the Future Shorts DVD and a transcript of Alex Fitch’s interview with Peter Greenaway about Nightwatching and his recent multimedia projects. The print magazine also includes illustrations by Smith, Humberstone and Sean Azzopardi plus a comic strip by Mark Stafford.
Available at all good retailers now and from www.electricsheepmagazine.com
Podcast: Panel Borders – Handmade and Bound
Dickon Harris presents a special report about the affordable ‘zine and comics book fair – Handmade and Bound – and talks to a quintet of small press comics creators: Gareth Brookes, Gavin Burrows, Sean Duffield, Richard Cowdry and Peter Lally. Dickon also talks to one of the founders of Handmade and Bound – Simon Last – about the success of the fair and the small press scene in genera…
Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Peter Greenaway and the Raindance Film Festival
This month’s ESM podcast looks at last month’s Raindance film festival and includes 2 Q&As recorded live at the festival with cinema audiences. Alex Fitch talks to short film maker Guy Ducker about his short film Lover’s Lane and to the cast and crew of the British Basketball documentary Midnight Madness. Alex also interviews acclaimed British director Peter Greenaway about his new film Nightwatching and his multimedia project surrounding Rembrandt’s painting The Nightwatch.
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.