The Grandville Annotations

The Grandville Mon Amour annotations

Bryan is creating a series of annotations for the Grandville graphic novel series: they explain references and homages to other works. Grandville has had all of its annotations published, and you can now see the annotations for Grandville Mon Amour: batch one covers pages 1 to 20, and batch 2 covers pages 21 to 40, and batch 3 covers pages 41 to 60 and the final batch covers pages 61 to the end.


Grandville Force Majeure and many other Bryan Talbot original artwork now on sale!

Page 54 of Grandville Force Majeure by Bryan Talbot

Grandville Force Majeure original artwork is now available to buy.


Join the Facebook group for Bryan Talbot fans for lots of discussions and special offers announced on Facebook first.

 

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New Grandville miniatures are now available

Grandville miniature figures on sale at Crooked Staff

The Crooked Staff site now has not only LeBrock and Ratzi and Billie miniatures - but also Chance Lucas, Hawksmoor, Koenig and more!



Buy the Heart of Empire Directors Cut

This labour of love from Bryan and myself contains every single page of Heart of Empire in pencil, ink and final full colour format - as well as over 60,000 words of annotation, commentary and explanation from Bryan... - as well as the whole of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright!

Or see the Heart of Empire Directors Cut page for more details.



Also see the Bryan Talbot t-shirt shop! - we've got a vast array of Bryan's images on lots of different t-shirts, as well as other items like mugs and fine art prints: - but if there's anything else you'd like just let us know on Twitter or at the Facebook group.


This is the only place you can buy original Bryan Talbot artwork - except from Bryan in person at a convention.


This is the new version of the Bryan Talbot fanpage
But the whole of the original Bryan Talbot fanpage is still online


Welcome to the official website of Bryan Talbot: writer and artist of comics, graphic novels and illustrations

Sunday 5 August 2018 update:

Final batch of Grandville Mon Amour annotations now live

The final batch of annotations for Grandville Mon Amour are now live.


Sunday 5 August 2018 update:

The third batch of Grandville Mon Amour annotations are live

The third batch of Grandville Mon Amour annotations are now live.


Sunday 29 July 2018 update:

The second batch of Grandville Mon Amour annotations are now live

The second batch Grandville Mon Amour annotations are now live

The second batch of Grandville Mon Amour annotations are now live!


Sunday 22 July 2018 update:

The first Grandville Mon Amour annotations are now live

The first batch of annotations for Grandville Mon Amour are now live

Last Sunday we published the final batch of Grandville annotations... - and so that means that this is the first week of the Grandville Mon Amour annotations!


Tuesday 17 July 2018 update:

Interview with Bryan in The Scrawl

Scrawl

The literary magazine has just posted a new interview with Bryan by Remy Dean.


Monday July 16th 2018 update:

The Lakes International Comics Festival has published their full program!

Bryan is a founding patron of the Lakes International Comics Festivcal - and they have just published their fulll program for this year: including a sneak preview of Bryan and Mary's next collaboration!


Saturday July 14th 2018 update:

The final annotations for Grandville

The final set of annotations has now been published for Grandville.


Wednesday 11th July 2018 update:

A tribute to Steve Ditko

After hearing the sad news about Steve Ditko, Bryan asked me to post this private commission from 2008 as a tribute.

After hearing the sad news about Steve Ditko, Bryan asked me to post this private commission from 2008 as a tribute.


Sunday 8th July 2018 update:

How much are signed books worth?

The different sketches Bryan drew in each of the Grandville books

BBC reporter Duncan Leatherdale has written an article on the subject, inspired by the impending auction of signed Harry Potter books. It includes quotes from Bryan and Mary and photos of him and sketches he has done in the Grandville books.


Sunday 8th July 2018 update:

Page three of the Grandville Annotations is now live!

The painting is, of course, adapted from Eugène Delacroix's famous Liberty Leading the People (1831). It commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled Charles X of France. It's housed in the Louvre. I portray Liberty/Marianne as a chicken again. I portray Liberty/Marianne as a chicken again.

The third installment of the Grandville Annotation is now live - covering pages 41 to 60.


Sunday 1st July 2018 update:

Please vote for the HOAX project!

Ravi Thornton says: "The HOAX Project is based on a poem written by my younger brother Rob, who lived with the mental health condition, schizophrenia. After Rob took his own life aged 31, I turned his poems, with the help of some truly great people, into a stage musical, a graphic novel and an interactive app. The app invited users to take part in research aimed at helping people with psychosis in the future. "

The HOAX Project has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2018!

To win the award HOAX needs public votes. The project with the most votes wins £5,000 to carry on the work, and will be featured on the BBC One show: please vote for the HOAX project here.


Sunday 1st July 2018 update:

New Grandville Annotations released today

Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David

The Grandville Annotations have had their weekly update: see page 19 in the first section - or the entirely new section covering pages 21 to 40 of Grandville.


Saturday 30th June 2018 update:

Bryan Talbot FRSL

Bryan about to sign the roll at the Royal Society of Literature in a proper Big Shirt!

Bryan signing the roll at the Royal Society of Literature, using Lord Byron's pen!

On Wednesday 27th June, Bryan signed the roll of The Royal Society of Literature to formally accept his election as a Fellow of the Society, following a short ceremony of induction.

Earlier, there had been the induction of 40 new Fellows under 40 years old, including Mary and Bryan's friend, comic writer/artist Hannah Berry. He followed his old collaborator, Neil Gaiman, in signing the roll at the event.

New Fellows are offered a choice between TS Eliot's fountain pen, or the dip pens of either George Eliot or Lord Byron. Bryan used Byron's pen and carried out his threat to do so wearing a big Byronic shirt! The event took place in the British Library and was followed by a reception.

See a longer write-up of the day and even more photos over at Mary's site.


Saturday 23rd June 2018 update:

Click here to go to the Grandville Directors Cut homepage

Announcing the launch of the Grandville Annotations!

Bryan and myself are working on the Grandville Annotations, answering the eternal "where do you get your ideas from?" and "what are your influences?" questions.

We will publish a new section once a week or so; unlike the Heart of Empire Directors Cut we are not publishing the original comic alongside the commentary and reference images: this is meant to be an additional bonus for people who have already read Grandville and want to know more about how this amazing world and story was created.

Grandville Annotations homepage


Wednesday 13th June 2018 update:

On a marché sur la Bulle

Mary's posted some photos of the Talbot's recent visit to the Amiens Festival


Tuesday 12th June 2018 update:

Deep Signal - The Illustrated Anthology: Stories from Ken Liu, Aliette de Bodard, Hamid Ismailov, Elaine Lee, Mike Kaluta, Moebius, Christopher Moeller, Bryan Talbot, and more.

Deep Signal - The Illustrated Anthology

Stories from Ken Liu, Aliette de Bodard, Hamid Ismailov, Elaine Lee, Mike Kaluta, Moebius, Christopher Moeller, Bryan Talbot, and more.

Support it now on Kickstarter; and check out the amazing trailer.


Tuesday 5th June 2018 update:

Bryan awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature

On the 4th June, the Royal Society of Literature announced the appointment of its new Fellows, including Bryan, Neil Gaiman and Joff Winterheart. It's only the third time that comic creators have been elected to be Fellows of the RSL, the first two being Posy Simmonds and Raymond Briggs. With his other honorifics, his official title is now "Bryan Talbot Hon. D.A., Hon. D.Litt., FRSL"!

The Society was founded in 1825.

New Fellows sign the RSL roll book using TS Elliot's or George Elliot's fountain pen, or Lord Byron's dip pen. Needless to say that the latter is what Bryan will be using!

See their news page with the announcement.


Saturday 19th May 2018 update:

23rd Rendez-Vous de la Bande Dessinée d'Amiens

La Viege Rouge

Bryan and Mary are guests of the Amiens comic festival On a Marché sur la Bulle, 2nd –3rd June, where they'll be giving a presentation on The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopai on Sunday 3rd at 11.30am., published in France under the title Louise Michel, La Vierge Rouge by La Librairie Vuibert.

More details over on the Amiens festival site.


Thursday 10th May 2018 update:

Grandville Pages up for auction!

Lakes International Comics Festival comic art charity auction

The Lakes International Comics Art Festival auction containing two Grandville pages ends on the 14th May.

Aiming to raise funds for LICAF and the charity OCD Action, the auction showcases original published artwork including pages and covers from Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Dave McKean (Cages), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Glyn Dillon (The Nao of Brown), Sean Phillips (Kill or be Killed), John Higgins (Judge Dredd Unchained) and Michael Cho (Hawk and Dove), to name but a few.

All proceeds will be divided between OCD Action to help continue its excellent work in supporting those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and LICAF to fund future original commissions from comics creators in the UK and overseas.

The auction closes at 5.00pm on 14th May 2018, and can be previewed on Proxibid – you'll need to register on site to bid


Wednesday 2nd May 2018 update:

Red Rosa by Kate Evans

Kate Evans, Frank Quitely and more join Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 line-up

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announce more guests for its Festival weekend (12th - 14th October 2018) in Kendal, including Kate Evans and Frank Quitely.

The latest guests revealed are Hunt Emerson (Calculus Cat, Bloke's Progress), the Etherington Brothers (Long Gone Don, Monkey Nuts), Kate Evans (author of Threads from the Refugee Crisis), New Yorker cartoonist The Surreal McCoy (author of The Wolf of Baghdad), Luke McGarry (Sad Chewie), Frank Quitely (Judge Dredd Megazine, All Star Superman), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Mary Talbot (Dotter of her Father's Eyes) and Emma Vieceli (BREAKS).

Guests announced so far for this year's Festival weekend are Steven Appleby, Yomi Ayeni, Sayra Begum, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Corey Brotherson, Stanley Chow, Guy Delisle, Alan Grant, Ottilie Hainsworth, Rian Hughes, Kripa Joshi, Joe Kelly, Ian Kennedy, Kaisa Leka, Victoria Lomasko, Steve McGarry, Graeme McNee, Mikiko, Emmi Nieminen, Ken Niimura, Ian Rankin, David Silverman, Orijit Sen, Seth and John Wagner.

The Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in one of the country's most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

"We're delighted to be welcoming both new and returning faces to this year's Festival," said Festival Director Julie Tait. "Together with guests already announced, the latest creators to be announced, who include some of our patrons, reflect the wide range of 'comic voices' we want to bring to the attention of both comics fans and the wider public."

"Another great line-up of guests that reflects the diversity always promoted by LICAF," says Festival patron Bryan Talbot of this year's growing guest line-up. "Whatever your taste in comics, you won't be disappointed. This year will be bigger than ever."

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be back in Kendal 12th - 14th October 2018


Saturday 28th April 2018 update:

Event at the Institut Français

Pénélope Bagieu's graphic novel Brazen (Penguin) presents a series of portraits of 30 incredible women such as Josephine Baker, Peggy Guggenheim or Tove Jansson.

As part of the Beyond Words Festival, Pénélope Bagieu's graphic novel Brazen (Penguin) presents a series of portraits of 30 incredible women such as Josephine Baker, Peggy Guggenheim or Tove Jansson.

Penelope will be discussing these rebel ladies with Mary and Bryan Talbot, who revisit the life of anarchist and Communarde Louise Michel in the graphic novel The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia (Jonathan Cape).

They will be joined by DJ Iko Chérie for some Little Trouble Girls sets. Chaired by Paul Gravett.

Tuesday 15 May 2018 6.15pm in English and French £7, conc. £5 at Institut Français 17 Queensberry Pl, Kensington, London SW7 2DT.

Book tickets at the Beyond Words site.


Thursday 19th April 2018 update:

Auction of original comic artwork

Lakes International Comics Festival comic art charity auction

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is running another amazing original art auction, and advance viewing has just opened.

The online auction itself begins on 1st May 2018.

Aiming to raise funds for LICAF and the charity OCD Action, the auction showcases original published artwork including pages and covers from Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Dave McKean (Cages), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Glyn Dillon (The Nao of Brown), Sean Phillips (Kill or be Killed), John Higgins (Judge Dredd Unchained) and Michael Cho (Hawk and Dove), to name but a few.

All proceeds will be divided between OCD Action to help continue its excellent work in supporting those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and LICAF to fund future original commissions from comics creators in the UK and overseas.

The auction opens on 1st May 2018 and closes at 5.00pm on 14th May 2018, and can be previewed on Proxibid – you'll need to register on site to bid


Monday 17th April 2018 update:

Free Grandville comic

Schreiber and Leser, the German publishers of the Grandville series, will be giving away a comic containing the first 35 pages of the first volume as one of their contributions to this year's Free Comic Book Day, Saturday 12th May.

Full details are on the Schreiber and Leser site.


Monday 9th April 2018 update:

Reminder: Bryan is a guest at the British Library "Digital Conversation" event on April 18th.

British Library "Digital Conversation" event in April

The British Library is hosting an event on digital comics on April 18th, as part of its "Digital Conversations" series - and Bryan is one of the guests, providing input on creator rights.

Titled "Venturing off the page: exploring multimedia, animation and new narrative forms" the event is chaired by comics editor and publisher John Freeman and the other guest speakers are Kate Ashwin (creator of "Widdershins"), Yomi Ayeni ("Clockwork Watch") and digital comics agent provocateur Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. This is the first event British comics news site downthetubes has ever been a partner in organising.

Wednesday 18 Apr 2018, 18:30 - 20:30 Full Price: £6.00 Member: £6.00 Under 18: £4.00

There's more information at the Down the Tubes site, or you can simply go ahead and book your seat at the British Library site.


Friday 30th March 2018 update:

Bryan and Mary at the Splash Sagunt Festival

Bryan and Mary have recently returned from Spain, where they have been guests of The Splash Sagunt Festival.

The Spanish editions of their graphic novels are very well-received, with Sally Heathcote, Suffragette recently going into its 7th printing and Grandville Force Majeure hot from the press. While there, they were presented with an award for their collaborations from Festival Director Fran Garcia.

Mary has just posted a blog about the visit here.


Sunday 18th March 2018 update:

Turkish translation of Dotter of her Father's Eyes

Bryan and Mary just received a scan of the cover to the Turkish edition of Dotter of her Father's Eyes ("Fathers and Daughters"), so here's a chance to let you see the other non-English language editions.

Turkish translation of Dotter of her Father's Eyes

And the Spanish hardback edition:

Spanish hardback edition of Dotter of her Father's Eyes

The Spanish softback translation:

The Spanish tranlsation of Dotter of her Father's Eyes

Abd the Serbian translation:

The Serbian translation:

The Polish translation:

The Polish translation of Dotter of her Father's Eyes

Chinese:

The Chinese translation of Dotter of her Father's Eyes


Saturday 17th March 2018 update:

New Grandville miniatures now available!

LeBrock & Ratzi

There is now an entire range of Grandville miniatures available... - and they look AMAZING!


Saturday 10th March 2018 update:

British Library "Digital Conversation" event in April

British Library "Digital Conversation" event in April

The British Library is hosting an event on digital comics in April, as part of its "Digital Conversations" series - and Bryan is one of the guests, providing input on creator rights.

Titled "Venturing off the page: exploring multimedia, animation and new narrative forms" the event is chaired by comics editor and publisher John Freeman and the other guest speakers are Kate Ashwin (creator of "Widdershins"), Yomi Ayeni ("Clockwork Watch") and digital comics agent provocateur Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. This is the first event British comics news site downthetubes has ever been a partner in organising.

Wednesday 18 Apr 2018, 18:30 - 20:30 Full Price: £6.00 Member: £6.00 Under 18: £4.00

There's more information at the Down the Tubes site, or you can simply go ahead and book your seat at the British Library site.


All of the older announcements of news and events have been moved to the old announcements page.