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Hitchcock, Hyde and Houdini – the Magic of Classics January 29, 2009

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Electric Sheep podcast: Hitchcock, Hyde and Houdini – the Magic of Classics

Image from Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock (c) BFI 2009

Image from Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock (c) BFI 2009

In an interview / Q & A recorded live at the Roxy Bar and Screen, Alex Fitch talks to magician Granville Markland about depictions of magic and magicians on the big screen, focussing on the work of Harry Houdini in such films as The Man from Beyond (1922) and the more recent blurring of fact and fiction in movies like The Prestige and The Illusionist. Also, Alex talks to musician and comedy writer Robin Warren from the band Liberation Jumpsuit about the recent BFI cinema rereleases of Hitchcock’s Notorious and Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde (1931) which combine suspense and eroticism to beguiling effect.

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org
To find out more about Electric Sheep Screenings, please click here and for the magazine, please visit www.electricsheepmagazine.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Hitchcock’s Notorious, Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Harry Houdini
Book tickets for Notorious at the BFI Southbank

Robin’s band: Liberation Jumpsuit
Download Robin’s kids radio show the Yummy Mummy School Run from www.archive.org
Info about Granville’s performances at the Imperial War Museum

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers: Alternative Press Fair

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat. Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it. THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).
This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere. A day to live long in the memory – come along.
When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late) Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA

More info at http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com


Tom Humberstone exhibition at Orbital

The comic shop Orbital which Marc Ellerby waxed lyrical about in last week’s Panel Borders, have relocated to 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JF (previously the Photographer’s Gallery).
Orbital appropriately now also have an exhibition space, which opened with a selection of new art pages by Tom Humberstone from the latest issue of his Eagle award winning title: How to date a girl in ten days.

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com / www.ventedspleen.com


After Tezuka at The Barbican

Continuing the Barbican’s current multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, there are screenings of Black Jack + Q&A with Helen McCarthy Akira, and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion this weekend 31st Jan & 1st Feb.

More info at www.barbican.org.uk


Today on Resonance FM – Lucky Cat: The films of Tetsuya Nakashima January 13, 2009

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Today on Resonance FM:

Lucky Cat: The films of Tetsuya Nakashima

Extract from Kamikaze Girls review by Dan Lester

Extract from Kamikaze Girls review by Dan Lester

For a change, I’m a guest on someone else’s show today and along with cartoonist Dan Lester, who supplied a comic strip review of ‘Kamikaze Girls / Shimotsuma monogatari’ to the most recent issue of Electric Sheep Magazine, we’re discussing with host Zoe Baxter, the films of Tetsuya Nakashima, director of ‘Memories of Matsuko / Kiraware Matsuko no isshô’.
‘Lucky Cat’ is Resonance FM’s weekly show about Asian Culture and also includes Zoe’s selection of Asian music that’s caught her interest recently and live food tasting from her home made ‘Dim Sum Lunch Box’ (an item that has featured cameos by Alex Fitch in the past!)…

Links: Dan’s website
Zoe’s Lucky Cat blog which includes podcasts and info about the show including her November special about Byron Lee, who contributed music to the soundtrack of Dr. No
Info about the latest issue of Electric Sheep Magazine
Info about Memories of Matsuko and Kamikaze Girls
Watch Nakashima’s short film Rolling bomber special on youtube
Listen to a 2006 episode of I’m ready for my close-up in which Zoe talks to Asian film expert Annie Kwan

Listen to Alex’s interview with Dan about his comic book work

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Museum Exhibition at Willesden Green Library Centre
Drawn! A graphic art exhibition
Open daily until Sunday 8th February 2009.

Cartoonists, illustrators, students and designers have expressed and interpreted themselves and their view of ‘graphic art’ in Brent Museum’s latest exhibition Drawn! Test your own understanding of the term and be prepared to draw your own conclusions!

Featuring finished work – comics and large print illustrations, sketchbooks and biographies from…

  • Marc Ellerby
  • Antonia Hazlerigg
  • Drew Hussey
  • Jenika Ioffreda
  • Meiko Kikuta
  • Elena Sainz
  • Adrian Stapleton
  • …and a couple of little-known Hergé illustrations
Sci-Fi London 2009 (29 Apr – 4 May) has been nominated as one of the best things to do this year by The Times, so put it in your diaries now! It’s going to be amazing (and I only know about the events I’m organising!)…

Electric Sheep Magazine Winter 2008 January 13, 2009

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Electric Sheep Magazine Winter 2008 cover

Electric Sheep Magazine Winter 2008 cover

The third Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine (co-presenter(s) of the Hectic Peelers cinema nights with Resonance FM) has just been released and is available from various stockists… Electric Sheep is edited by Virginie Sélavy with assistance by Alex Fitch and has reviews / interviews by various Resonance programme makers including Virginie, Alex and James DC (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up / Strip!), and features illustrations by Strip! guests Tom Humberstone, Dan Lester, Mark Stafford (left to right below), and future Strip! guest Lee O’Connor.

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

Illustration by Tom Humberstone of Traci Lords in Cry Baby

Extract from Kamikaze Girls review by Dan LesterDeadly night by Mark Stafford

Lady Snowblood illustration by Lee O' Connor

ES also continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive interviews like Alex Fitch talking to acclaimed Britsh directors Peter Greenaway and Michael Winterbottom and reviews such as Oli Smith looking at The Mindscape of Alan Moore