Panel Borders: On Air, at ComICA…

Wonder Woman drawn by
Nicola Scott

Starting a month of radio shows looking at unique renderings of superheroes, Panel Border latest episode – Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman – is about depictions of masculinity in superhero comics via a pair of interviews recorded at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham last month.

Alex Fitch talks to Nicola Scott, an Australian artist who has previously drawn half a dozen issues of Wonder Woman but whose depictions of male characters such as anti-hero Catman in the Secret Six and Teen Titans have drawn new female readers to those titles. Meanwhile, Dickon Harris talks to Canadian artist Yanick Paquette, who is also associated with drawing iconic male comic book characters such as Wolverine and Batman and is continuing his burgeoning association with Grant Morrison on the new title Batman Incorporated which launches this month.

Panel Borders: Team Batman, Robin and Catman airs at 5.00pm tonight (4th November)on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / podcast after transmission at

Panel Borders is also heavily involbved in the upcoming ComICA in London. Here’s a run down of the events to check out.

Transitions Conference at Birkbeck College
Friday 5th November, 1.30pm (TBC) / conference starts at 9.30am
Birkbeck College, Clore Centre, 25-27 Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL (nearest tube: Russell Square / Goodge Street)

Alex Fitch will be chairing a session on comics and academia at the Transitions multi-disciplinary research conference on comics and graphic novels with Laydeez do Comics’ Sarah Lightman and Nicola Streeten.

Frames of Mind: Brick and Darryl Cunningham
Saturday 6th November, 2.30pm
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Rd, London W10 4RE (nearest tube: Warwick Avenue / Westbourne Park)

What role can comics play in mental illness? A conversation between Brick, author of Depresso, and Darryl Cunningham, author of Psychiatric Tales, about their moving (semi) autobiographical graphic novels dealing with depression and other issues and how creating these comics has helped both themselves and others.

Charlie Adlard and The Walking Dead
Saturday, November 6th, 4.30pm
London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Rd, London W10 4RE (nearest tube: Warwick Avenue / Westbourne Park)

Alex hosts an hour long talk with British artist Charlie Adlard about drawing various strips for 2000AD including Savage, Nikolai Dante and Judge Dredd plus his ongoing commitment to the monthly American survival horror comic The Walking Dead which he has been drawing since 2004 and has just been turned into a new TV series produced by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption). Followed by a signing with the artist.

Comica Comiket: Independent Comics Fair
Sunday 7th November, 2010 – Noon to 5pm
Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H ODG (Nearest tube: Euston / St. Pancras)

Comica Comiket, the independent comics fair, teams up with the popular, long-running National Collectors Marketplace at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, and taking over its own dedicated space, the plush Ellis Room. The legendary Fast Fiction Table was started by Paul Gravett at the Westminster Central Hall Comic Marts in 1981 and grew into the regular hub of the UK small press scene of the 1980s and birthplace of Escape Magazine.  Charlie Adlard, Darryl Cunningham, Paul Duffield, Hunt Emerson, Garen Ewing, Paul Grist, Roger Langridge, Ellen Lindner, Woodrow Phoenix and others will draw live and sign books during the afternoon. The public are admitted free.

Comic Cuts – controversial comic books and banned periodicalsWednesday 10th November, 6pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU (nearest tube: Whitechapel / Bethnal Green)

Alex discusses examples of banned and censored comic books in the last quarter of the 20th Century with publisher Tony Bennett and (via speaker phone) writer / artist Rick Veitch.

Tony’s publishing company Knockabout has seen its titles seized by British Customs, has been taken to court for publishing “drug related titles”, and for promoting the work of Robert Crumb. Knockabout have also commissioned comic book adaptations of previously banned novels such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

Rick is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, including the drawing of an issue of Moore’s Miracleman comic in the 1980s which was withdrawn from many shops due to its “graphic depictions of childbirth” and then when he took over as writer on another Moore comic – Swamp Thing – left the periodical when the publisher refused to print a certain issue.

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