Continuing a month of shows looking at the work of female comic book creators on the Panel Borders comic radio show, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of cartoonists whose work occurs at the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Small press cartoonist Rachel Smith discusses her first graphic novel – House Party – just released by Great Beast Comics, and her back list of humorous self published comics which deal with disenfranchised British teenagers, in an interview recorded at ELCAF (East London Comic Art Festival).
Also, American artist Maureen Burdock talks about the latest installment of her F Word Project, a series of comics about violence against women around the world; Mumbi and the long run tackles the subject of Female Genital Mutilation. Original artwork from that project is on display at the Space Station 65 gallery, Kennington until 7th July.
• Rachel Smith http://rachaelsmithillustration.blogspot.co.uk
• Great Beast Comics: www.greatbeastcomics.com
• Maureen Burdock: www.maureenburdock.com
• Space Station Sixty Five: http://spacestationsixtyfive.com
• Panel Borders: Comedies and Tragedies airs at 4.30pm Monday 16th June, repeated 11am Thursday 19th June on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
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.