Panel Borders: Learning from Comics

In a 90 minute Panel Borders Summer Special, airing this Wednesday first on Resonance FM, a variety of artists, writers and educators discuss how sequential art is a valuable medium for imparting information about the world.

In a panel discussion recorded at the British Science Festival, Alex Fitch talks to illustrator Sally Kindberg, writer Alex Frith, graphic novelist Daniel Locke, conservationist Chris Sandom and astrophysicist Kathy Romer about using comics to educate children about science.

Also, in a Q&A recorded at the Myriad Salon, guest presenter Robin Ince talks to cartoonist Darryl Cunningham about his latest book Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful, which considers the history and influence of Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers and others.

• Panel Borders: Learning from Comics airs at 5.00pm Wednesday 5th August 2020, repeated 3.00am Friday 7th August, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) / podcast after broadcast 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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