Wednesday, 3 November 2010

[401] WAW+P Radio #5: DIY With Edward Ross

It's a new month, so here's a new episode of We Are Words + Pictures radio! This time, my guest is the lovely Edward Ross, creator of Filmish, who was down in London for the biannual MCM Expo. Unlike all other episodes thus-far, we recorded this on Monday afternoon, in a slightly sleepy haze after the convention-shaped madness of the weekend. Nevertheless, we still managed to cover a lot, and listened to some endearingly folky Scottish music as well.

Photograph taken by comics paparazzo Sean Azzopardi

You can listen to the show below, or over at the London Fields Radio Mixcloud profile. Shownotes are also published there, but here's an extract:

Edinburgh-based comics writer/artist Edward Ross was recently in town for the biannual MCM Expo, so We Are Words + Pictures host Michael Leader dragged him into the LFR studio to talk about film theory, autobiography, and doing-it-yourself. They also reflect on the MCM, a massive convention, visited by just shy of 50,000 fans of manga, anime and video games, which also happened to be Ross' first public appearance as a stall-holder - as well as picking through a number of recommendations, news items, and upcoming events from the world of comics.

Our highlighted books this week are Everything Dies by Box Brown, and The Lengths by Howard Hardiman. The latter in particular is one of my favourite recent reads, so I was glad we took some time to pick that apart.

And here's the playlist:

Jimmy Squirrel & Co. - Alexandre Desplat
My Descent Into Madness - Eels
Missionary - King Creosote
Sex Is Boring (Acoustic) - Ballboy
Drive Too Fast - Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern
The Derby Ram - Benjamin Wetherill
The Modern Leper - Frightened Rabbit
Blade Runner (End Titles) - Vangelis

As always, comments, criticism and advice are more than welcome. I'm hoping to fit in 2 or 3 more episodes before the year is out, ending with something a little different. In the meantime, have a listen; I hope you enjoy it.

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