Strip!: Fab Toons and Splendid Zines

London’s Resonance FM continues its ongoing coverage of comics with several shows from the Panel Borders team.

Strip! Fab Toons and Splendid Zines
: Starting ‘women in comics’ month on the show, Panel Borders have a couple of interviews with small press creators who are selling their self published periodicals at festivals and competitions around the country. Dickon Harris talks to Bea, a.k.a. Beatrice Lane, in an interview recorded at the Bristol Small Press expo and Alex Fitch talks to Francesca Cassavetti in an interview recorded at “Schmurgen con” in Mile End.

Bea publishes Bear Cave ‘zines on a variety of subjects from short fiction to music reviews, with her latest issue The most splendid bands I know due out shortly, while Francesca’s Fab Toons comics tell a variety of autobiographical stories from her life, in strip format, from her days at art school to dating a former punk star and the birth of her first child.

• Strip! Fab Toons and Splendid Zines airs at 5.00pm Resonance 104.4 FM (London) 03/09/09 / streamed at podcast after transmission at

(N.B. There is no Sunday repeat this week as Resonance is broadcasting live from ‘Pestival’ at The South Bank Centre from Friday evening to Midnight on Sunday)

Recent podcasts from Panel Borders include The Art of Jill Thompson, concluding children’s comics month. It’s the belated podcast of Alex Fitch’s interview with Jill Thompson which sees Alex and Jill talk about her career so far, from drawing popular DC comics such as Wonder Woman and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman to creating her own children’s books, Scary Godmother and Magic Trixie.

Jill also talks about her influences, her early work on Mike Baron’s Badger and her latest project Beasts of Burden.

• The Art of Jill Thompson, arranged in conjunction with Gosh! Comics and originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM can be found here on the Panel Borders web site

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