In a pair of interviews recorded in front of a live audience, Panel Borders investigates the work of a trio of creators who have an interest in combining music and comic book art. At Thought Bubble Festival, Alex Fitch talks to My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way about writing such comics as Doom Patrol, The Umbrella AcademyandThe True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Also, at Caption 2017, cartoonist The Surreal McCoy and musician DJ Food discuss their projects The Wolf of Baghdadand The Search Engine, the former a wordless graphic novel set to Arabic music by 3Ayin, and the latter an album with art by 2000AD artist Henry Flint.
• Panel Borders: Music and Comics airs at 5.30pm, Wednesday 3rd January 2018, repeated 6.00am, Tuesday 9th January on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB, extended podcasts to follow 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.
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.