Panel Borders: Room for Love

ILYA: Room for LoveContinuing a month of shows on Britain’s only regular on air comics show Panel Borders about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to writer / artist Ilya about his latest graphic novel, Room for Love.

Published by SelfMadeHero, Room for Love depicts the relationship between a homeless rent boy and the middle aged woman who gives him a place to stay. Fitch and Ilya discuss the project’s history, the artist’s more cartoony style used in the book, and how the story connects to his much loved End of the Century Club comics.

The interview was recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, Autumn 2013.

• Panel Borders: Room for Love airs at 4.30pm, Monday 10th March, repeated 11.00am, Thursday 13th March 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / extended podcast 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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