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.


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

 

The Bryan Talbot fanpage is also on Twitter - so give us a follow and join in the conversation!



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


Monday 20th November 2017

What writers are saying about Grandville

"Wow! Force Majeure is astonishing - sumptuous art, a whole alternate universe made real, rollicking storytelling, lovely little details and puns and in-jokes/references. The best Grandville yet!!"
Ian Rankin

"More than a furry steampunk uchronia, Grandville is a smart and brilliant view of the human past... and maybe of his future. It's the kind of graphic novel I love!"
Juan Días Canales, Writer of Blacksad

'Welcome to Grandville -- vivid, vicious and visceral.'
Val McDermid


Friday 17th November 2017

Bryan Talbot signing Grandville Force Majeure

Bryan will be at the Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on Saturday 18th November from 1 – 2pm to sign copies of Grandville: Force Majeure. They are also hosting a display of Bryan's original artwork in their gallery from November 1st.

And Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool reviews Grandville Force Majeure - and says that it is his favourite comic of 2017!


Thursday 16th November 2017

Bryan Talbot presentation and signing in Waterstones Sunderland

Signing in Sunderland tonight

Bryan will be giving a presentation and signing copies of Grandville Force Majeure at Waterstones, the Bridges shopping Centre, Sunderland tonight!

James Bacon reviews the Talbot artwork exibition at Orbital Comics

"This is something with Bryan Talbot’s work that appeals so much, intrigues and excites. There is often much more to it all than at first one realises."


Monday 13th November 2017

Grandville Force Majeure officially launches tonight!

Bryan Talbot - Grandville Force Majeure launch and signing event at Orbital comics

Bryan will be signing copies of Grandville Force Majeure at the exhibition's launch at Orbital Comics in London on tonight 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Full details are over on the Orbital Comics site!


Monday 13th November 2017

Grandville Force Majeure signing events

Bryan will be at these events this week to launch Grandville Force Majeure and sign copies:

  • Orbital Comics in London are hosting an exhibition of Bryan's art running from now until December 5th, and Bryan will be there on Wednesday 15th November 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Bryan will be giving a presentation and signing copies of Grandville Force Majeure at Waterstones in Sunderland, 6 - 8pm Thursday 16th November
  • Bryan will be at the Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on Saturday 18th November from 1 – 2pm to sign copies of Grandville: Force Majeure . They are also hosting a display of Bryan's original artwork in their gallery from November 1st.

Sunday 12th November 2017

The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas

The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas

Bryan has been interviewed for a short documentary to be shown at the Newcastle Book Festival during the event The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 from 6:00pm at the City Library. Free admission.

Author Daniel James will be talking about his biography about the artist in which Bryan was interviewed about his brief collaboration with Maas in the early nineties.


Friday 10th November 2017

The Orbital Comics exhibition of Bryan's artwork looks amazing!

Bryan Talbots artwork ecxhibition at Orbital Comics

Bryan Talbots artwork ecxhibition at Orbital Comics

Bryan Talbots artwork ecxhibition at Orbital Comics

Here's some images of the exhibition of Bryan's artwork in Orbital Comics in London - running from now until December 5th.

And don't forget - Bryan will be there on Wednesday 15th November to launch Grandville Force Majeure and for a signing session.


Thursday 9th November 2017

The Bryan Talbot fanpage is older than the BBC News site!

BBC News website front page from 1998

The BBC ran an article today on the 20th anniversary of the BBC News site... - which made me realise - this fanpage is a year older!

Here's a post announcing the launch site in newsgoups back in 1996! (who else remembers newsgroups?!)


Tuesday November 7th 2017 update:

Grandville Force Majeure review from Forbidden Planet: "A masterful finale"

Joe Gordon over at Forbidden Planet reviews Grandville Force Majeure: "To say I’ve been looking forward to this book for some time is an understatement... - I really don’t want to get any further into the plot here, because this is a doozy, this is something that has been building to a head over the previous volumes, and I don’t want to ruin it... -

And we’re in the hands of a master of the medium here, this is glorious, rich art but not merely for adornment or show, this is all in the service of the story and the characters."


Sunday 5th November 2017 update:

Grandville Force Majeure signed copies all sold out!

Update: all sold out now! - many thanks to everyone who bought one and if you didn't manage to then keep checking out this site: we will list Bryan's appearance all all events and signing sessions here first.


Friday 3rd November 2017 update:

Limited edition of 20 signed copies of Grandville Force Majeure available here on Sunday November 5th at 12 noon

So many fans have been clamouring for a signed copy of Grandville Force Majeure that we have secured a stock of 20 copies that we will sell this Sunday, November 5th at 12 noon GMT.

Bryan will also draw a quick sketch in each one. We will be able to post them out to the UK and US only.

There's only 20 copies available so it will be a first-come first-served basis.

The link will be published right here on Sunday at midday and nowhere else.


Thursday 2nd November 2017 update:

Sally in Spain

The award winning Spanish edition of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette has just gone into its sixth printing!

Grandville Force Majeure is comic of the week over at Broken Frontier

Grandville Force Majeure is the staff pick for comic of the week on Broken Frontier


Wednesday 1st November 2017 update:

One of those days with a batch of various updates:

Signing in Sunderland

Bryan will be giving a presentation and signing copies of Grandville Force Majeure at Waterstones, the Bridges shopping Centre, Sunderland at 6 - 8pm Thursday 16th November


Grandville Force Majeure Interview

Bryan is interviewed by Byron Brewer for the comic fan website Dynamic Forces.


Orbital Comics Artwork Exhibition

From November 6th to December 5th there will be an exhibition of Bryan's artwork in Orbital Comics in London, and Bryan will be there on Wednesday 15th November to launch Grandville Force Majeure and for a signing session.


Grandville Force Majeure video trailer


And a repost of the Grandville video trailer... - why? - well - mainly because it's so damn good!


Monday 23rd October 2017 update:

Deconstructing Comics Podcast

Bryan is interviewed by Koom Kankesan over the telephone from a noisy New York office!


Saturday 21st October 2017 update:

Mary has blogged about the 5th Lakes International Comics Festival.


Tuesday 17th October update:

Badgers in The Guardian

Patrick Barkham, who mentions Grandville in his book Badgerlands, has written about Grandville Force Majeure in yesterday's Guardian.

(and - might I add - holy cow! - a mention and link in the Guardian!)


Sunday October 8th 2017 update:

Exclusive breaking news: Grandville Optioned for TV series!

The rights option for a proposed Grandville TV series have been bought by Euston Films.

The series would be a mixture of live action, with CGI for animal and other effects. They say 'Writer Julian Simpson is working on the development of a TV adaptation of Bryan Talbot's ground breaking series of graphic novels with Euston Films (part of FremantleMedia UK), under the collective title Grandville.' They are currently in the process of attaching a director.

You heard it here first!


Friday October 6th 2017 update:

Bryan to sign at Forbidden Planet Newcastle

Bryan will be signing Grandville: Force Majeure (and any of his other comics you happen to buy!) at the Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on Saturday 18th November from 1 – 2pm.

They are also hosting a display of Bryan's original artwork in their gallery from November 1st.

Check out their site for full details.


Thursday October 5th 2017 update:

Grandville window display

As part of this year's Lakes International Comics Art Festival, the annual Kendal comic window trail in which participating high street shops feature comic-related displays, Bryan has designed a Grandville display for the window of the St John's Hospice furniture store, Highgate. The display will remain in place until the 30th October.


Wednesday October 4th 2017 update:

The Grandville Costume Challenge

These are the two pages of Grandville artwork, worth about £350 each, that are being offered as prizes for the two best costumes based on characters from the Grandville books worn at the Lakes International Comics Art festival on Saturday 14th October.

If you want to enter, simply turn up at "Grandville, the Last Chapter" at 1.15pm in the Malt Room, Brewery Arts Centre and the pages will be awarded at the end of the event.


Sunday October 1st 2017 update:

Page 11 of Grandville: Force Majeure

To count down until the launch of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October we are publishing a new page each month: and here is page 11!

It will be officially published in November, but the special launch event is at the Lakes Festival. Until the official publication date this will be your only way to get a copy!

You might notice a break in the sequence from page 6 to page 9: that's because pages 7 and 8 are the title pages.

Also see page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 9 and page 10.


Tuesday September 26th 2017 update:

New Down the Tubes interview with Bryan

LICAF 2017 Kendal Calling - Bryan Talbot

As part of the series of "Kendal Calling" interviews, Down the Tubes has just posted this new interview with Bryan. Mary will be featured on the site tomorrow.


Friday September 22nd 2017 update:

Bryan and Mary announce their new Graphic Novel: "Rain"

RAIN by Bryan and Mary Talbot - Page 7 Top

Bryan and Mary Talbot have announced they have gained funding from the Arts Council for another project together – RAIN, a 150 page graphic novel tackling environmental issues to be published by Jonathan Cape, probably in late 2019.

“In a complete departure from our previous ones, this new collaboration is neither biographical nor historically distant,” says Mary. “It deals instead with the here and now of environmental degradation that threatens us all.

See the full article over on Down the Tubes.

RAIN by Bryan and Mary Talbot - Page 7 Bottom


Tuesday September 19th 2017 update:

Go and read the interview with Bryan from Pádraig Ó Méalóid interview right now.


The inimitable Pádraig Ó Méalóid interview Bryan about Grandville
, over at the Forbidden Planet blog - and it's a cracking interview: very in-depth and fascinating.



Tuesday September 12th 2017 update:

The full Grandville: Force Majeure video trailer

Here is the full, final version of the Grandville: Force Majeure video trailer from longtime Talbot collaborator Jordan Smith of Darkview fame.


Thursday September 8th 2017 update:

The Grandville Window Display!

As readers who have attended the Lakes International Comic Art Festival will attest, one of the attractions of the town of Kendal en fête, apart from the banners in the street and the Bat sign on a flag fluttering from the Comixology Comic Clock Tower, is the Comic Art Trail – the number of establishments that host a comic-related display in their windows for the month of October.

To tie in with the official launch of Grandville Force Majeure at the festival, along with the special "Grandville the Last Chapter" event, followed by a signing at Page 45's room in the Clock Tower, and the Grandville costume competition, this year Bryan is designing a Grandville display for the window of the St John's Hospice shop.

This is in an excellent position with regard to the festival, as it's half-way between the Brewery Arts Centre and the Clock Tower.

See the Lakes International Comic Art Festival page for more details on the comic art trail.


Friday September 1st 2017 update:

Page 10 of Grandville: Force Majeure

To count down until the launch of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October we are publishing a new page each month: and here is page 10!

It will be officially published in November, but the special launch event is at the Lakes Festival. Until the official publication date this will be your only way to get a copy!

You might notice a break in the sequence from page 6 to page 9: that's because pages 7 and 8 are the title pages.

Also see page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6 and page 9.


Wednesday August 23rd 2017 update:

Lakes International Comic Art Festival: Two Months To Go, Full Program Online!

The countdown to this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival has begun! Get set for a celebration of comic art from across the world now by checking out our full, final programme, available, to read online or download as a PDF.

The weekend-long festival (running Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October 2017), celebrating the amazing world of comics, takes over the scenic town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District.

For full details see the Lakes Internationa Comic Art Festival site.


Monday August 21st 2017 update:

Grandville: Force Majeure launch and signing at Orbital Comics - Wednesday November 15th 2017

Bryan will be signing copies of Grandville: Force Majeure at the exhibition's launch at Orbital Comics in London on Wednesday November 15th 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Full details are over on the Orbital Comics site!

This marks the beginning of the Orbital Comics Grandville art exhibition and celebrates the official publication of the book Grandville: Force Majeure. The Grandville, The Last Chapter event at the Lakes International Comics Festival on October 14th is the official launch where you can buy Grandville: Force Majeure - but the book is not on general release until this event at Orbital.


Saturday August 19th 2017 update:

Grandville: Force Majeure teaser trailer!

A teaser trailer for Grandville: Force Majeure by the insanely talented Jordon Smith. And yes - he IS on Twitter and Facebook! - and check out his site too.


Friday August 18th 2017 update:

A new novel featuring British comic book legend Bryan Talbot needs your support


The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas is crowdfunding now through Dead Ink Books and needs your support to become a reality.

The debut novel by Newcastle writer and journalist Daniel James, The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas is a compelling and suspenseful postmodern mystery about a journalist searching for the truth about the reclusive artist of the title who has disappeared without a trace.

Among those interviewed by Daniel in the novel is Bryan Talbot who discusses the challenges of working with the enigmatic Ezra Maas in the 1980s on a joint comic book project. Daniel said: “I had no idea about the connection between Bryan Talbot and Ezra Maas until I was deep into research for the novel. Bryan is a legendary writer and artist and the father of the British graphic novel so it was a pleasure to interview him in his studio about his recollections of Maas from their work together.

“Maas was first famous in the 1960s alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, but was incredibly reclusive and refused to give interviews or have photographs taken. He worked with some very famous collaborators during his career, but by the 1980s was only communicating via telephone from his studio mansion.”

Buy The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas now in hardback, paperback, and e-book formats, with limited edition, signed and numbered copies and original artwork also available.

Pre-order the novel and help crowdfund Daniel’s book at the Dead Ink site.


Thursday August 17th 2017 update:

Lakes International Comic Art Festival honours Leo Baxendale with unique print installation in Kendal

Honouring the acclaimed comics creator Leo Baxendale, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to announced a specially-made print - "Baby Basil Does His Bit" - is now on permanent display in Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre.

The installation is a a permanent tribute to an extraordinary and influential creator who died earlier this year. Leo donated the print as a lasting memorial to his work, which included creating much-loved characters such as the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx for The Beano and was a powerful advocate of creator's rights.

See the full story over at the Lakes International Comics Art Festival site.


Tuesday August 15th 2017 update:

Full version of the interview by Natasha Sutton-Williams

We recently linked out to the wonderful interview Natasha Sutton-Williams did with Bryan - which is still online for you to read.

Bryan also asked me to publish the full version here before it was edited down, and so here it is!


Natasha: Your career covers the spectrum of little known underground comics to widely read projects like Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Do you have any personal favourites?

Bryan: In general, the books that I write and draw myself. It's very satisfying to be in control of all aspects of a creative project. In particular, I'm still very fond of The Tale of One Bad Rat, not only because it was my first non-genre graphic novel and I think the storytelling's very good, but also because of the response I've had from readers. It's well over twenty years since it was first published, but I still get letters and emails from people who were and are deeply affected by it. It's still in print, in several countries, and is still used in some child abuse survivor centres as reading therapy.

Natasha: You work in a range of different art styles. How do you determine the best visual approach for a project?

Bryan: It's mostly intuitive, I think. I always try to illustrate a story in the style that I feel is most appropriate, as the actual drawing style, as well as the style of page and panel composition, is a major part of the storytelling in comics. A highly-polished, dramatic adventure style, such as I used for the Grandville books, would give totally the wrong atmosphere to a book such as, for example, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, a biography of the anarchist revolutionary Louise Michel, which needed a gritty, sombre and subtler style.

Natasha: You recently provided an illustration for Catastrophe a translated poem about mass migration by Weedhsame, a leading Somali poet. What attracted you to this project?

Bryan: I do enjoy making artwork for different sorts of projects, but I rarely get asked to draw for something other than comics, though I've recently designed and done the illustrations for a 230-metre long strip of granite pavement, and may be illustrating a stage set next year. Also, this commission seemed to me to be a very worthwhile publication, bringing the experiences and feelings of refugees to, I hope, the general public.

Natasha: How did you go about distilling Catastrophe, a 168 line poem, deeply rooted in the Somali experience of mass migration into a single striking image?

Bryan: This is a very easy question to answer, as I drew exactly what the publishers suggested – a boat filled with refugees capsizing in the mediterranean. I did send them a rough sketch of an alternative concept, but they went with the original idea. I also drew and painted the front cover, which is a simple picture of a Somalian refugee mother and her two children, and a couple of other pictures that the Poetry Translation Centre are using on their Kickstarter page as incentives to contributors

Natasha: Sometimes you work as an artist in collaboration with a writer, sometimes you work as both artist and writer. Do you find yourself easy to work with?

Bryan: No! As a writer, I'm very demanding with myself as artist, a total bastard in fact. I'm always scripting hard-to-draw, very detailed images, such as crowd scenes, which I hate drawing. Still, I know exactly what the writer is picturing in his mind, so there are never any misunderstandings!

Natasha: You have worked closely with your wife Mary M. Talbot on critically acclaimed projects like the Costa Award winning Dotter of Her Fathers Eyes. What is your collaborative process like?

Bryan: We get asked this a lot and people always seem very surprised when we say that it's very smooth and natural. We've been together for over forty years and it's just like a continuation of everyday life. After working in two different worlds for most of that time, it's great, ever since Mary took early retirement from academia, to be able to work on projects together. In the comic industry, a writer/artist collaboration usually means that someone writes the story, which then gets sent to an artist, who draws it.

As you can imagine, by living in the same house, our collaborations have been extremely close, with both of us having input into all aspects of the process. We'll discuss the stories over the months that Mary writes them, I'll act as script editor, suggesting changes when I think fit, and Mary has a good look at the artwork several times a day while it's being drawn, gives feedback and suggests improvements.

Natasha: Your Luther Arkwright series has been cited as an early example of the steam punk aesthetic. What inspired the retro futuristic look of these stories?

Bryan: I think it's because I was a young teenager during the 60s when, for several years, all things Victorian were considered extremely cool. Movies, such as The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Wrong Box, were fashionable, Douglas Wilmer's Sherlock Holmes and Adam Adamant, the Victorian adventurer in swinging London, were on TV, songs like "I was Kaiser Bill's Batman" were in the hit parade and Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Mick Jagger sported hussar's jackets, sold by boutiques such as "Lord Kitchener's Valet". Then, in the early 70s, I read Michael Moorcock's Captain Oswald Bastable stories, which blended Victoriana with science fiction. Although there had been earlier forms of retro-science fiction stories in the SF pulp magazines, it's Mike who created what we now call the steampunk genre.

Natasha: The Grandville story features anthropomorphic animals living in the Socialist Republic of Britain. This world and its alternative history are richly detailed. What was your research process for this work?

Bryan: On the steampunk side, I visited quite a few museums of technology, such as the ones in Manchester and Birmingham, that have many examples of steam-powered machines, the transport museum in Munich, the Railway Museum in York and the Victorian water-pumping station in Sunderland, taking hundreds of photographs.

I've snapped many photos in different areas of Paris, the setting for most of the stories, and visited the police museums in Paris and Manchester. Plus, I've accumulated a small collection of second-hand books with old photos or illustrations of Belle Epoch Paris.

As for animal references, I've been to the natural history museums in Dublin, Milan and Helsinki, and Kendal Museum, all of which have large collections of stuffed animals, and I have a box full of realistic toy animal figurines that I can pose.

Natasha: Force Majeure, the fifth Volume of the Grandville series, is coming out in October. Can you reveal anything about the story?

Bryan: It's the final story, and certainly the longest. Although I structured the individual books as stand-alone stories, there has been a story arc slowly building in the background, and it all comes to fruition in this volume. It's also the darkest, with many plot twists, and is a huge homage to the dectective-thriller genre. Basically, Detective Inspector LeBrock is wanted for murder, alone and on the run from both the police and the vicious gangster overlord Tiberius Koenig, who is hell-bent on the destruction of LeBrock and anyone he holds dear.

Natasha: You and Mary helped set up the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Now in its fifth year the festival will be held in Kendal this October 13-15. What are this year's highlights?

Bryan: LICAF is always special, with it being the only European-style comics festival in the U.K., something that I'd dreamt of for years, so it was amazing when festival-organiser Julie Tait first approached me to ask whether I though a comic festival would be a good idea. Kendal is small enough for us to take over the centre, with events in the town hall, arts centre, library, shopping mall, bars and other buildings.

There are banners in the streets and comic exhibitions in the town's shop windows. There's even the bat sign flying from the clock tower, though all kinds of comics are celebrated there, from children's comics to serious graphic novels. There are exhibitions, an academic conference and a comic-themed film season. There's even a festival beer. Apart from being a town "en fête", the big difference with the usual fan-oriented comic or media cons is that we are non-profit-making and welcome many members of the public each year who wouldn't usually attend a comic event.

Sorry – got a bit carried away there, but it really is something that we're proud to be part of. To answer your question, this year, we have, as usual, artists from all around the world, including a large contingent from Australia, many from the United States, such as the legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragones, and many top names from the U.K. and the rest of Europe. Two of the themes this year are Tove Janssen's The Moomins and 2000AD's 40th birthday celebration.

Natasha: Will you be continuing your collaboration with Véronique Tanaka?

Bryan: Ha ha! I shouldn't think so, as Metronome, the only graphic novel I created under that nom-de-plume, sold very poorly, despite it being named as one of the top ten graphic novels of the year in the New York Times Magazine. It was an experimental comic in storytelling terms and putting it out under a different name, one that was as far removed from mine as I thought I could get, was another part of the experiment. It was produced in a style I thought of as "existentialist manga", which mustn't have been very commercial!


Friday August 11th 2017 update:

First artwork from the Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia for sale

We are proud to announce that the first original artwork from The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia is now available to purchase!

Pages 28 and 29: (two page spread) ink and watercolour: £350

 

Delivery options

See the whole list of original Bryan Talbot artwork for sale here.


Thursday August 10th 2017 update:

New original artwork for sale!

Bryan has some new artwork for sale in the shop - the first one is The Tale of One Bad Rat: page 39: Black line acetate overlay over watercolour painting.

£300 to the UK - £350 to the rest of the world

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For the rest of Bryan's original artwork available to buy, check out the shop.


Monday August 7th 2017 update:

Bryan Talbot: An Interview with the Legendary British Comic Book Artist

Bryan Talbot: An Interview with the Legendary British Comic Book Artist

An interview with Bryan published at London Calling: "Bryan Talbot, one of the most influential and experimental British comic book artists and writers to date, has been producing work since 1969. Best known for The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and the Grandville series, London Calling went to find out more about the man behind the pencil."

Read the full interview by Natasha Sutton-Williams at London Calling.


Sunday 30th July 2017 update:

Page 9 of Grandville: Force Majeure

To count down until the launch of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October we are publishing a new page each month: and here is page 9!

It will be officially published in November, but the special launch event is at the Lakes Festival. Until the official publication date this will be your only way to get a copy!

Observant fans may have noticed 2 things:

  1. This is page 9 and the previous free page we posted was page 6: that's because page 7 and 8 are the tiles and credits page.
  2. It's not yet the first of August - and we said we would post these pages on the first of every month so they are early... - but I am off on holiday as of tomorrow morning so I thought people would appreciate seeming them early instead of late!

Also see page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, and page 6.


Saturday 29th July 2017 update:

Catastrophe ­ Galiilyo, an Illustrated Poem

'Catastrophe' is an electrifying poem by the Somali poet Xasan Daahir Weedhsame, published by the Poetry Translation Centre.

A howl of anguish about the displacement of the Somali people, it's a dual-language poem-poster, including an English translation by BBC Radio 4 poet-in-residence Daljit Nagra and scholar Martin Orwin and two illustrations by Bryan Talbot.

The original artwork of the cover, the large interior illustration, two extra illustrations (all in full watercolour) and a signed edition of 10 line prints are all being offered for sale to raise funds for publication.

You can back the project at Indiegogo.


Friday 28th July 2017 update:

Down The Tubes has an excellent feature on the Grandville cosplay challenge!


Wednesday 19th July 2017 update:

Grandville Costume Challenge!

To celebrate the special pre-publication launch of Grandville Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 13 –15 October, you are invited to turn up at the "Grandville – The Last Chapter" event, 1.15pm on Saturday 15th in the Malt Room, Brewery Arts Centre, dressed as any character from the Grandville canon. The wearers of the best two costumes will each be awarded a signed page of Grandville artwork.

Here are some Grandville characters seen at previous events.


Thursday 13th July 2017 update:

Ever seen a review of Bryan and Mary's "The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia" in a reportage video-blog style format...? - well: now you have!

This is from the rather excellent Internal Combustion blog: go check it out and tell him I sent you!


Friday 7th July 2017 update:

Into The Unknown – a Journey Through Science Fiction

This exhibition covers all aspects of SF, from its 19th century beginnings to its present day incarnations.

It's a multi-media event where you can see first editions of classic books, development sketches for movies, such as the original King Kong and Star Wars, robots, pulp magazine covers, many screens, small and large, showing clips of outstanding SF movies, costumes, models of space ships, in fact everything from Alien sculptures by HR Giger to a full set of the original Mars Attacks bubble-gum cards and…the above: Bryan's classic 2000AD cover featuring Nemesis the Warlock.

The exhibition is on until the 1st September and will then tour internationally for three years.

The full entry fee is £14.50, with a range of concessions and discounts. at The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS.

Tickets are available from the Barbican site.


Sunday July 2nd 2017 update:

Grandville Force Majeure Update

Bryan has now completely finished the 164 pages of artwork and the afterword.

It will be published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Dark Horse Books in the USA in November, with a special launch with advance copies in October at The Lakes International Comics Art Festival.


Saturday July 1st 2017 update:

Page 6 of Grandville: Force Majeure

To count down until the launch of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October we are publishing a new page each month: and here is page 6!

It will be officially published in November, but the special launch event is at the Lakes Festival. Until the official publication date this will be your only way to get a copy!

Also see page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4 and page 5.

Tuesday June 13th 2017 update:

Don't forget - Bryan is a guest at the Pisa steamcon convention 23rd – 25th June!


Thursday June 1st 2017 update:

Page 5 of Grandville: Force Majeure

To count down until the publication of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October we are publishing a new page each month: and here is page 5!

Also see page 1, page 2, page 3 and page 4.


Sunday May 28th 2017 update:

Mega City Book Club podcast on the Tale of One Bad Rat

Eamonn Clarke and Owen Watts spend a highly enjoyable hour talking about the Tale of One Bad Rat at the Mega City Book Club.

Highly recommended: go give it a listen - and then if you realise you need to buy the Tale of One Bad Rat: well then - our work here is done!


Saturday May 27th 2017 update:

Page 45 announces the first Grandville Force Majeure signing at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October

The last, longest and final volume in the Grandville series of anthropomorphic steampunk detective thrillers will be launched at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October, where Bryan will be signing and sketching in the books for free! Don't miss it and stay tuned for a competition offering Grandville artwork as prizes.

The Date: Saturday October 14th 2017
The Time: 3.30pm until Clock Tower closes
The Venue: Upstairs in Kendal Comics Clock Tower (lift access, yes!)

Full details, photos and more are over at the Page 45 site.

"More than a furry steampunk uchronia, grandville is a smart and brilliant view of the human past... and maybe of his future. It's the kind of graphic novel I love!" - Juan Días Canales, Writer of Blacksad.

"I have greatly enjoyed the Grandville books. I think they're superbly designed, beautifully conceived, admirably written – everything about them is terrific. They really show what the form can do. A graphic novel built on the solid foundation of a strong story." - Philip Pullman.

"Bryan Talbot has an infectious enthusiasm for the Graphic Novel form. I like writers and artists who surprise me. I open one of his books and I don't know what I'm going to get until I am there on the page. I love the fact that I can dive into the very beautiful, very lush, very colourful world of Grandville." - Ian Rankin.

And don't forget the interview and panel with Bryan, entitled "Grandville: the Last Chapter" beforehand at 1:15 - 2:15pm in the Malt Room at the Brewery Arts Centre: "come and find out more about Bryan’s journey to this final chapter alongside LICAF patron and comics expert Peter Kessler."


Tuesday May 23rd 2017update:

The Lakes International Comics Festival has announced it's full program of events - with the launch of the last Grandville being amongst them!


Thursday 11th May 2017 update:

Mary Talbot has posted a blog on her and Bryan's recent visit to France and the 16th Arras Book Fair.


Monday May 1st 2017 update:

Page 4 of Grandville: Force Majeure

To cound down until the publication of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October we are publishing a new page each month: here is page 4.

Also see page 1, page 2 and page 3.


Sunday April 30th 2017 update:

The first campaign pack for the Adventures of Luther Arkwright roleplay game is now available: Parallel Lines

A Mythras Supplement for Luther Arkwright

At last, the eagerly awaited campaign pack for Luther Arkwright...

Join Valhalla's Mjollnir Section and take part in eight separate missions investigating planar anomalies and nefarious Disruptor schemes. How far has the Disruptor Knight known as Loki gone in his bid to bring about global war? What is the source of strange psychic emanations in the New England area? How can Kyland the Warlord be stopped before he destroys Aigues Mortes? What sinister forces are at work on the Trans-Siberian Express and the airship 'Empress Katerina'?

All these and more form the missions of Parallel Lines, taking the team from the New England swamps to a dystopian London, via post apocalyptic landscapes, industrial hells, an undersea arcology and an Edinburgh on the verge of revolution. Each mission is self contained but can thread together to form a vast campaign with recurring characters and villains.

The front cover artist is Brian Koschak.

So: join the war against the Disruptors; get your copy of Parallel Lines without delay!

172 pages, softcover, Print: $24.99 (with free PDF), PDF only $12.99. Order from:


Saturday April 29th 2017 update:

Bryan's tribute to Leo Baxendale in Grandville: Force Majeure

With the sad news of the death of Leo Baxendale, Bryan included this tribute to him in Grandville: Force Majeure.

The script for this panel was written about 5 years ago, the page penciled and inked about 18 months ago, and coloured in January, and it is a scene that takes place in Madame Tussaud's

See the full article over at the indespensible Down the Tubes.


Wednesday April 19th 2017 update:

The Talbots in France

Bryan and Mary are signing at the bookstore Cultura in Roubaix, near Lille on the afternoon of the 29th April and on the 1st of May, they are guests at the 16th Arras book fair, Coleres du present.


Saturday April 15th 2017 update:

Barcelona 2017

Mary Talbot has written up the tale of her and Bryan's visit to the Barcelon Comics Festival.


Friday April 14th 2014 update:

Wonderlands 2017

The Graphic Novel Expo returns, and the website is finally up! This year, it's on Saturday 3rd June, CitySpace building, Chester Road, Sunderland.

Free entry, as usual and a bunch of guests, including John Wagner, John Higgins, the Guardian's Martin Rowson, Hannah Berry and Jade Sarsen and, of course, Bryan and Mary.

Details at the Wonderlands site


Thursday April 13th 2017 update:

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is delighted to reveal top artist Michael Cho's artwork for this year's Festival in October.

Michael is of course best known for his Silver and Bronze age superhero comics aesthetics and his recent reprint collection covers which have wowed the comic art world and beyond. His own graphic novel, Shoplifter, was a New York Times best seller on release.

"We are proud that he has designed LICAF's 2017 artwork," says Festival Director Julie Tait.


Saturday April 8th 2017 update:

Red Virgin nominated for a Reuben Award

Bryan and Mary Talbot's The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia is one of the three nominations in the graphic novel section of the US's National Cartoonist's Society Reuben Awards, an annual event now in its 71st year. The Winners will be announced on May 27th at the NCS Reuben Awards dinner in Portland, Oregon.


Friday April 7th 2017 update:

Mary and Bryan Talbot on The Red Virgin in conversation with Charles Forsdick.

Recorded at the Francospheres of Resistance and Revolution conference, London University, 3rd April 2017. Also see a more in-depth write-up on Mary's blog.


Thursday April 6th 2017 update:

The countdown to Grandville: Force Majeure continues with page 3!

We are counting down to the publication of Grandville: Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comics Festival in October, with a new page published here each month.

Below is page 3: also see page 1 and page 2.


Tuesday March 30th 2017 update:

New original artwork for sale! - Torquemada, as seen in the recent 2000ad 40th anniversary special!

This has now been sold: sorry!


Tuesday March 21st 2017 update:

Upcoming signings and appearances:

  • 25th International Comic Fair in Barcelona
    Bryan and Mary are guests of the 35th Barcelona International Comic Fair – From March 30th to April 2nd, 2017. Luther Arkwright, Heart of Empire, Bad Rat and the Grandville books are published in Spain by Astiberri Books, the books he's worked on with Mary are published by Edicions La Cupula and they will be doing signings at the booths of both companies.

  • On the 3rd April they will be at the conference "Francosperes of Resistance and Revolution" at the University of London: at 16:15 they are in conversation with Charles Forsdick on The Red Virgin.

  • Signing at the bookstore Cultura in Roubaix, near Lille on the afternoon of the 29th April

  • 16th Arras book fair
    On the 1st of May, Bryan and Mary are guests at the 16th Arras book fair, Coleres du present

  • Bryan is a guest at the Pisa steamcon convention 23rd – 25th June.

I've also set up a Google Calendar with all of Bryan's events on it that you can subscribe to.


Monday March 6th 2017 update:

Bryan is giving his "Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition" talk this Saturday in Newcastle

Bryan Talbot: comic artist and author

In this presentation, Bryan discusses his Grandville graphic novel series of steampunk detective thrillers and the venerable and ongoing tradition of anthropomorphic characters in illustration and comics from which they have grown, pointing out references to this tradition and 19th century art within the Grandville books themselves.

The steampunk exhibition, Fabricating Histories, is on at the museum until the 21st May and full details and tickets for Bryan's talk are on the Discovery Museum site.

  • Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4JA, (0191) 232 6789
  • Saturday 11th March 2017: 2:00 - 3:15pm
  • £2 booking fee

Thursday March 2nd 2017 update:

The countdown to Grandville: Force Majeure continues! - behold - page 2!

As promised we are publishing one new page from the new Grandville: Force Majeure graphic novel each month: below is page 2 - if you'd like to be reminded of what page 1 looks like first then it is still available to see here.

Grandville Force Majeure will be published in October 2017 and we are publishing 1 page per month right here on the fanpage.


Friday February 24th 2017 update:

Guests announced for the 5th Lakes International Comics Art Festival!

Taking place in various venues in the picturesque town of Kendal, Cumbria, 13th – 15th October, the guest list is positively stellar, with artists and writers converging on the festival from all over the world.

These include Sergio Aragones, Benoit Peeters, Brendan McCarthy, Charlie Adlard, Bruce Mutard , Hannah Berry, Duncan Fegrado, Michael Cho and Stan Sakai. And, of course, it is the venue for the launch of Bryan's Grandville Force Majeure, the fifth and last volume of the adventures of Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard.

See the full list over at the Lakes International Comics Art Festival guests page.


Thursday February 16th 2017 update:

The Badger is back!

A gang war rages as, wanted for murder, truly alone and outside the law, Detective Inspector LeBrock is on the run from both the police and gangster assassins, the victim of a diabolical scheme to annihilate himself and everyone he holds dear, engineered by mastermind crime lord Tiberius Koenig, one of the most despicable villains in the history of detective fiction.

A fiendishly ingenious story of love, tenacity, treachery and tragedy, this fifth, final and longest stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award nominated Grandville series by master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot is a veritable roller coaster of a detective thriller, featuring Grandville's trademark fusion of high-octane excitement and humour, plus deduction on a Holmesian scale as we finally meet LeBrock's mentor, Stamford Hawksmoor, and discover LeBrock's untold backstory.

Fan favourite characters, Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi and LeBrock's vivacious fiancée, Parisian prostitute Billie, are joined by a new badger in town! Enter Tasso, an Italian badger who's bigger, meaner and uglier than LeBrock - but is he a force for good - or evil? A battle royale ensues as LeBrock fights against truly outrageous odds. How can he possibly survive?

Prepare to be royally badgered!

"I have greatly enjoyed the Grandville books. I think they're superbly designed, beautifully conceived, admirably written – everything about them is terrific. They really show what the form can do. A graphic novel built on the solid foundation of a strong story." - Philip Pullman

"Bryan Talbot has an infectious enthusiasm for the Graphic Novel form. I like writers and artists who surprise me. I open one of his books and I don't know what I'm going to get until I am there on the page. I love the fact that I can dive into the very beautiful, very lush, very colourful world of Grandville." - Ian Rankin

Grandville: Force Majeure will be launched at the Lakes International Comics Festival in Kendal, England on October 13th 2017.

The schedule hasn't been announced yet, so stay tuned for news about Grandville events at the festival, including a competition for the best costumes based on Grandville characters, with pages of Grandville artwork going to the winners.


Thursday February 10th 2017 update:

Remastered version of the Papist Affair

I have remastered the Papist Affair strip and reposted it - it is now at 1,000 pixels wide and it looks amazing!

This is the first ever appearance of Luther Arkwright in print: Bryan says: "This was an excuse to do a "ground-level" strip in line and water-colour wash and was directly inspired by the Jerry Cornelius stories of Michael Moorcock. After this, Arkwright took on his own personality and I developed his own milieu , but this was his very first appearance."


Wednesday February 9th 2017 update:

Lakes International Comic Art Festival won two awards at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards.

We're delighted to announce the Lakes International Comic Art Festival won two awards at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards this weekend.

Core team members Aileen McEoy and Carole Tait were among those on hand to collect the awards for Festival of the Year and another award, Event of the Year, for the world premiere performance of artist Dave McKean's Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash.

In all, there were 75 finalists for the second Cumbria Life Culture Awards announced at an event. Compered by radio personality Stuart Maconie at Theatre by the Lake, chosen to represent the best of Cumbrian culture.

LICAF was up against some amazing events and festivals in the categories, so we really are (as you might be able to tell) both giddy and proud to be part of key cultural events taking place in Cumbria.

In the style of all good award ceremonies, we would like to thank you, our amazing Festival goers; our incredible team at Festival HQ (we may be few in number but everyone works with such dedication and passion for the medium that is Comic Arts); and our volunteers, the Red T Squadron – without them we couldn't run the festival.

Plus, our amazing Patrons – Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli, Boulet, Stephen Holland of Page 45 fame – our funders, local partnerships… so many others and all of those who come and visit the festival.The fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 13th-15th October 2017, celebrating great comic art from across the world. The first announced guest for 2017 is MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, who will be presenting the first ever NCS Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art.

The full guest list will be announced later this month.

The Festival's plans for next year also include special tributes to Will Eisner, creator of "The Spirit" and Tove Jansson, creator of "The Moomins".

Lakes International Comics Art Festival.


Tuesday February 7th 2017 update:

New printings by Ediciones La Cúpula

Mary and Bryan Talbot's Spanish publisher is publishing a new edition of Dotter of her Father's Eyes and their 5th edition of Sally Heathcote Suffragette, the winner of two major Spanish graphic novel awards. See more at the Ediciones La Cúpula site.


Wednesday February 1st 2017 update:

The countdown to Grandville: Force Majeure has begun! - behold - page 1!

As promised we are beginning the countdown to the publication of the last Grandville graphic novel - Grandville: Force Majeure - right now!

Grandville Force Majeure will be published in October 2017 and we will publish 1 page per month right here on the first of each month.


Wednesday January 25th 2017 update:

Slings and Arrows have just posted brand new reviews of all 4 Grandville books:

  • Grandville - "At some points the characters look deceivingly cuddly and cute before the story punches you in the guts and drags you along by the throat, Talbot’s solid storytelling driving the tale. There is far more to Grandville than just what you read in the dialogue or see in the foreground."

  • Grandville: Mon Amour - "After his introduction to Grandville, Bryan Talbot takes a much darker road for Mon Amour, exploring the steam-punk genre’s capacity as a setting for grimy thrillers both literary and artistic. He employs more frames per page in sporadic fashion, using swathes of glossy black shadows to create an eerie tension that simmers throughout the book. The detail is meticulous, the violence graphic and brutal, the environment claustrophobic."

  • Grandville: Bete Noire - "Artistically Talbot is also expanding, with even more action, angry crowds bristling with agitation, tempers flaring at arrogant statements,and rank upon rank of automatons menacing frightened and panicked observers."

  • Grandville: Noel - "Talbot’s narrative remains riveting even as he continues to explore new horizons for his creation... Grandville is a superbly written series that looks equally great. The smart, individually coloured and engraved hardcovers have both visual and tactile appeal, complimenting the work within."

Tuesday January 24th 2017 update:

Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition

Bryan Talbot: comic artist and author

In this presentation, Bryan discusses his Grandville graphic novel series of steampunk detective thrillers and the venerable and ongoing tradition of anthropomorphic characters in illustration and comics from which they have grown, pointing out references to this tradition and 19th century art within the Grandville books themselves.

The steampunk exhibition, Fabricating Histories, is on at the museum until the 21st May and full details and tickets for Bryan's talk are on the Discovery Museum site.

  • Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4JA, (0191) 232 6789
  • Saturday 11th March 2017: 2:00 - 3:15pm
  • £2 booking fee

Thursday January 19th 2017 update:

The Cartoon Museum is hosting an exhibition celebrating 40 years of 2000AD.

Needless to say, Bryan has some work in there!


Monday January 16th 2017 update:

Prepare to be royally badgered!

Grandville Force Majeure will be published next October.

To whet your appetite for the 5th and last volume, 9 pages of the artwork will be exclusively previewed on this site! Starting on the 1st of February, the first 9 pages of the 164 page story will be posted right here, one a month until the book is released.


Friday January 13th 2017 update:

The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia is in The Herald's best Graphic Novels of the Year list.

They say:
"This is an astonishingly ambitious work, using the story of French revolutionary feminist Louise Michel as a way to discuss ideas of utopia, the city and revolutionary action.

There is a remarkable level of craft on display here from both the author and her artist husband. "


Thursday January 12th 2017 update:

Ha! - you know you are doing SOMETHING right when the world-famous comic artist and author you run a fanpage for likes the new t-shirt design to the point where he's going to buy one!

Bryan emailed to ask me to add an image of the Grandville logo shirt to the site as they look so good.

Of course - it always helps if the source of the images you are putting onto t-shirts actually is a world-famous comic artist!


Tuesday January 10th 2017 update:


I've just revamped 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.

Almost any image of Bryan's can be added to any of their products.


Monday January 9th 2017 update:

The Return of Torquemada!

2000AD celebrates its 40th anniversary in February and Bryan was commissioned to produce a new full-page Torquemada illustration for the special birthday prog.

The original artwork will appear on this site's online shop shortly thereafter!


Wednesday January 4th 2017 update:

As is now traditional, it falls to me to say at New Year: "good grief - is it really 21 years I have been running the Bryan Talbot fanpage? - and yes: yes it is!

And now - an invitation to join us at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (or "LICAF") in 2017:

Apart from that there is not much news from Bryan: he says "sorry - I'm staying home and keeping my head down, colouring Grandville".

However - there is an interview with Mary at She Works.


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