(with thanks to Alex Fitch): Here some details on the current and upcoming schedule for the comics podcast “Reality Check” which features on www.sci-fi-london.com and “Panel Borders”, which is broadcast as part of the show “Strip!” on Resonance 104.4 FM and podcast at www.panelborders.com
On the air: Strip!: Incredibly Strange Comics
In the first of two belated Halloween specials, Alex Fitch talks to sequential art expert Paul Gravett about his new book The Leather Nun And Other Incredibly Strange Comics which looks at the weirder and more lurid examples of the genre, and to Australian artist Ben Templesmith about his career so far, drawing comics such as the neo-noir title “Fell”, the Matrix inspired “Singularity 7” and the popular vampire serial “30 Days of Night” which was adapted as a movie last year.
I’m Ready For My Close-Up: OSS-117, Licence to Kill
Massively popular in France but fairly unknown in the UK are the adventures of OSS-117, a cold war secret agent who has appeared in 40 books over the last half century and half a dozen movies.
With a new (spoof) version of the Gallic James Bond about to hit our screens, Alex Fitch talks to the director Michel Hazanavicius and Bonisseur girl Bérénice Bejo of Cairo: Nest of Spies / Le Caire Nid d’espions. Although his code number and name seem strangely familiar, apparently 117 predates 007…
Coming soon: Strip!: The art of Jill Thompson
In the second of two belated Hallowe’en specials and in partnership with Gosh! Comics, Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson, the artist and writer of spooky graphic novellas for all ages: Magic Trixie and Scary Godmother as well as the illustrator of a popular and acclaimed ten issue run of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman (collected as Brief Lives) and its spin offs At Death’s Door and The Dead Boy Detectives.