Concluding the Panel Borders radio show’s month of war comics coverage and four years of broadcasts on Thursday evenings, Alex Fitch talks to French graphic novelist David B about his new book Black Paths, published by SelfMadeHero, which depicts a little known footnote to the First World War, as the defeated Austro-Hungarian Empire loses control of the city port of Fiume and we meet various eccentric characters trapped within the city walls.
Alex and David also talk about the latter’s Ignatz Award winning comic book Epileptic and his work with the independent publishing company L’Association.
Starting New British Comics month on Panel Borders in its new Sunday night slot, guest presenter Robin Warren talks to Eric San, better known as Kid Koala, a world-renowned DJ, turntablist and cartoonist hailing from Montreal. Best known for a series of delightfully odd-ball albums released on the UK Ninja Tune label (often including a free comic book), 2011 has seen the publication of his second graphic novel Space Cadet, a labour of love years in the making, complete with bespoke soundtrack album.
The Kid has also been travelling around presenting a series of ‘Music To Draw To’ events of late, where pens and paper are mandatory accessories and the audience sit around drawing to an ‘inspirational’ turntable set. Sketchbook in hand, DJ Robin The Fog attended the recent London leg of his tour to talk etch-boards, robots and the Canadian work-ethic.
• Panel Borders: David B’s Black Paths airs at 5.00pm, Thursday 29th September 2011, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
• Panel Borders: Kid Koala’s Kult Komics airs at 8.00pm, Sunday 2nd October 2011, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast 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.