Welcome to the official website of Bryan Talbot: writer and artist of comics, graphic novels and illustrations
Wednesday December 10th 2014 update:
Bryan has sent through a whole swathe of updates, so I am gonna have to rely on the ol' standby of a bullet-pointed list (sorry!)
- Metronome, Bryan's 2008 critically-aclaimed experimental graphic novel, released under the pseudonym Veronique Tanaka, is now available digitally from Sequential for only $1.99 (about £1.25)
- New Grandville interview with Teddy Jamieson of The Herald: "When you come down to it, you can't go wrong with a badger with guns."
- Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet reviews Grandville: Noel: "as you read his books you can feel the thought and care that has gone into each panel, even slight touches added with great deftness to achieve just the effect on the reader that is required "
- Page 45 reviews Grandville: Noel: "by gum this is a clever and complex graphic novel, its subplots so intricately interwoven and the implications of its revelations even craftier than you might think."
- Matt Farr at Ramblings of the Easily Distracted reviews Grandville: Noel: "If you're already a fan of Grandville this is, I suspect already a shoe-in to buy, and is certainly a worthy addition to the series. If you're not a fan of Grandville, then go get the first one, become a fan of Grandville, and work your way to this. Go on, do it now!"
- Bookmunch reviews Grandville: Noel: "The only downside to having read the latest Grandville is that the satisfaction of reading is quickly replaced by the interminable anticipation of waiting for the next instalment"
- Comic Bastards reviews Grandville: Noel: "Grandville: Noel is a work of art. It is what comics can really achieve when they try hard enough. It works on every possible level. It is a good story, has deeper ideas while being pulpy on the surface, and works as part four in a larger series of stories while being completely accessible for a new reader. I cannot recommend this comic enough."
Wednesday November 26th 2014 update:
Grandville: Noel was officially launched at an event at the Cartoon Museum in London yesterday, and in the interests of reporting all things Talbot-related, your intrepid webmaster endured the horrors of the English trains to go down there and help launch the fourth installment of DI LeBrocks adventures!
Also there was Lee Harris, who still runs the oldest headshop in London, Alchemy on the Portobello Road, and was Bryan's first ever publisher. I love meeting Lee: his immense pride at being able to help start Bryan on his career is obvious and beautiful, and it is very cool indeed that they are still friends to this day.
There's a few more photos like these on Bryans Facebook fanpage (to be honest uploading them to the Facebook group is a quick point and click: posting them here is more labourious!) and also check out the Cartoon Museum site: definitely worth a visit if you're ever in London!
Also released today is Arkwright Integral: the best ever quality reprinting of the whole of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright and the sequel: Heart of Empire. Get Arkwright Integral from Amazon UKor Amazon in the US.
Also, Metronome, Bryan's 2008 crtiticall-aclaimed experimental graphic novel, released under the pseudonym Veronique Tanaka, is now available digitally from Sequential for only $1.99 (about £1.25)
Monday November 24th 2014 update: check out Wayne's Comics Podcast with an outstanding interview with Bryan.
Wednesday November 19th 2014 update:
- Grandville: Noel gets listed as one of Playboy magazines top 8 books of the winter
- A review of the Comics Creations event in Bristol
- The subject of this months Stockport Comic Collective drawing competition is Luther Arkwright
Monday November 10th 2014 update: On the 23rd October, Bryan, Mary and Kate Charlesworth were guests of the Chester Literary Festival. Here's a photo of them being interviewed on stage at the town hall by culture and arts commentator Mark Lawson (an aficionado of Dotter of Her Father's Eyes and Alice in Sunderland).
After the event was the usual signing session.
Saturday October 25th 2014 update:
Lots of news snippets to publish today!
- Bryan is a trustee of the new Comics Literacy Awareness charity
- Jonathan Cape Graphic Novel night in Bristol: with Bryan and Mary Talbot, Isabel Greenberg, Fumio Obata, Nick Hayes, Steve Bell, Friday 14 November 2014, 18.00-21.15 (with breaks and signings) Watershed, Bristol; see the Festival of Ideas site for more info
- Also on this page for your viewing pleasure are some photos of more badgers spotted in and around the Lakes International Comics fest in Kendal!
- Have a look at what Jess Haigh had to say about Bryan and Mary at the Ilkley Festival: "Bryan Talbot was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of comics and graphic novels, he made me want to find the 80s classics of Watchmen and V for Vendetta."
- Also what JY Savile had to say about the same event: "It was fascinating to hear how Mary had approached writing the script in a similar way to her previous (academic) writing, with meticulous research which both Bryan and Kate continued to ensure their depiction of accurate visuals, from architecture and dress to railway posters and newspapers."
- Henry Jenkins did a fantastically detailed - and just plain fantastic - review of the Graphic Novel Man DVD documentary about Bryan: "The Graphic Novel Man, which was released this summer, similarly, brings a smile to my face because it captures some much of what makes Talbot a wonderful, charming man and a risk-taking artist who is continuing to push himself and his medium to the breaking point."
Sunday October 12th 2014 update
Bryan at the Lakes Festival
Although the screening of The Graphic Novel Man is now sold out, there are still tickets available for Bryan's career interview by Dr Mel Gibson on Sunday 19th October in the Brewery Arts Centre stage 1.
Monday October 6th 2014 update
Bryan sent through a new piece of artwork to add to the Bryan Talbot online shop:
Sunday October 5th 2014 update: Bryan emailed me to say: "I just received an advance copy of the Arkwright Integral collection! If you thought Alice in Sunderland was heavy, this is almost twice the weight!"
And so for your delectation here is the maestro himself holding the first ever copy of Arkwright Integral in the UK!
Also: Grandville: Noel is officially launched on November 27th! As a bonus here are the last 2 pages of the prologue that we are publishing as the free introduction to it!
Thursday 27th November
Presentation: "How I create a Graphic Novel" followed by signing (with Mary Talbot) - The Cartoon Museum - 35 Little Russell St, London WC1A 2HH, United Kingdom - +44 20 7580 8155
Admission free but book here to guarantee a seat.
Monday September 29th 2014 update: Running this site to publicise Bryan's work is quite obviously a huge passion of mine... - the site has been online and up to date since 1996 after all!
So it does my heart proud to not only see an article like this - This Is Bryan Talbot's World, We're Just Lucky Enough To Live In It from the quite consistently excellent Bleeding Cool site - but for Bryan to call it to my attention and note that he's not been interviewed by them directly: nope: they must've pulled all of the necessary details from right here on this very fanpage...
See that? - that's the kind of words a fanpage webmaster lives for!
Saturday September 20th 2014 update:
This year, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival asked seven artists to produce a piece of artwork each for a special limited festival edition of 60 high quality A3 giclee prints on beautiful paper to raise money for the event.
Bryan drew this Alphonse Mucha-inspired poster of Billie from the Grandville series. The other prints are by Sean Phillips, Emma Vieceli, Mark Buckingham, Rian Hughes, Duncan Fegrado, Doug Braithwaite and Junko Mizuno. They will be available from the Brewery Arts Centre during the festival and are available to pre-order now.
Sunday September 14th 2014 update:
DEVCON starts this time next week (that is Saturday September 20th) at Images nightclub Cornwall Street, with a free event Bryan Talbot, showing his new film and a panel with a Q&A hosted by one of the internet major comic websites....Saturday DEVCON starts at 10 am for early bird tickets, still available from stores and on door, 11am for any other ticket, Saturday is after show party Images nightclub startsat 8.30 pm, Sunday 11 am doors open. More info on their Facebook page.
Bryan also said: We're just back from a week fell-walking around Keswick, our first holiday in a couple of years. Mary has some photos of it on her site, including this one, which I thought appropriate for this website!
Here's a video Bryan sent over of a discussion at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August, around the graphic novel Sally Heathocte: Suffragette: check out what happened at the start of the talk: as Bryan says "nobody expects this kind of thing at a literary festival!".
Also today - the Lakes International Comics Festival program for 2014 is now out! The Lakes festival is held every October in Kendal: this year it is on 17 - 19th October. Bryan is a founding patron of the festival: see the Lakes International Comics fest site for more.
Sunday September 7th 2014 update: Bryan just sent through details of another signing session and talk about Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, so I added it to the list of appearances and thought I would reprint them here at the top of the page to make sure they are in the position of prime importance on the site:
Bryan in Sunderland
Murray Library Lecture Theatre, City Campus, Wednesday October 8, 6.30pm: This talk is free, but must be booked via the University Online Store.
Bryan Talbot, University Honorary Graduate, and creator of arguably Sunderland most famous modern export, the graphic novel Alice in Sunderland, presents 'Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition'.
Ilkley Literature Festival
A unique opportunity to be part of a small group as graphic artist Bryan Talbot gives an insiders view on "How I Create a Graphic Novel". Sun 12th October 1:45pm
Manor House Museum - Education Room £10.00 to £15.00
Bryan and Mary Talbot discuss their stunning new graphic novel, Sally Heathcote: Suffragette. Book online here.
New Ways of Writing Sun 12 Oct 4:30PM - Ilkley Playhouse - Wildman - £4.00 to £6.00
Bryan and Mary Talbot, Costa Award-winning authors of Dotter of her Fathr's Eyes, discuss their stunning new graphic novel Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women which follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Known for his work on underground comics and superhero stories (Judge Dredd, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight) Bryan Talbot's books include Alice in Sunderland. Mary Talbot is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power.
£6/4 - book online here.
Durham Book Festival: Bryan and Mary Talbot and Kate Charlesworth: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
Costa Award-winning authors Bryan and Mary Talbot and their collaborator, Kate Charlesworth, present their latest graphic novel: the gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a backdrop of Edwardian Britain,Sally Heathcote: Suffragette follows the fortunes of a maid of all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era.
Saturday 11 October, 1.30pm - 2.30pm Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery) £8/£6: book online here.
Mary and Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth Thursday 23rd October, 7:30pm Chester Town Hall
Tickets: £12.50. Book-It-Now Price: £8.50
Wednesday September 3rd 2014 update: Because the publication date for Grandville: Noel is creeping ever closer here is a special bonus: page 3 and 4 of the prologue!
And to make everyones life easier I am also republishing page 1 and 2 so you can read it from the start.
We are publishing one page per month as a way to promote the comic before publication... - and from the feedback on Twitter and Facebook it seems to be working!
Tuesday August 5th 2014 update:
13th - 18th August
Bryan is a Guest of Honour of Loncon, the World Science Fiction Convention. He and Mary will be appearing on numerous panels, giving presentations and signing and sketching for readers.
22nd August 2014
Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot discuss their graphic novel, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette at the Edinburgh Book Fringe 2014
1pm Word Power Books, Edinburgh, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB, Scotland
23rd August 2014
12.30pm How Women Won the Vote, Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot
Royal Bank of Scotland Garden Theatre £10 (£8) Tickets available here.
8.30pm IDP2043: with Denise Mina, Irvine Welsh and Mary Talbot
ScottishPower Foundation Studio £10 (£8) Tickets available here.
Both part of the Stripped 2014 series of events Edinburgh International Book Festival
19th - 20th September 2014
Bryan is a guest of Devcon in Plymouth. The events will include a screening of The Graphic Novel Man. Details to follow
11th October 2014
Durham Book Festival. Details to follow
12th October 2014
Ilkley Literary Festival. Details to follow
17-19th October 2014
2nd Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal: See Digital Story Engine's trailer
Chester Literary Festival. Details to follow
Monday August 4th 2014 update:
Check out the Lakes Comics fest site for full details of all comics events and join us when we take over all off Kendal for a weekend of celebrating comics!
Also: create your own comic with Kate Charlesworth, artist on Sally Heathcote: Canongate Presents Curious Stories for Curious People at Hendricks Carnival of Knowledge. Thursday 7th
12-1.30pm Create Your Own Comic with Kate Charlesworth, Sian Bevan, Jeremy Dyson and Matt Haig.
Create your very own comic strip in this unique, fun art class, led by celebrated artist Kate Charlesworth, with live models and inspiring stories from authors Jeremy Dyson and Matt Haig, Kate will help you bring your characters to life. All materials will be provided. Includes gin cocktail. Tickets and venue info.
Tuesday July 22nd 2014 update:
Bryan is coming to my hometown of Birmingham as one of the guest speakers at Comics Uncovered on Saturday August 2nd! - it's an event for aspiring comics writers with tickets only available in advance - and it looks very good indeed!
Sunday July 20th 2014 update:
And in a mad attempt to top yesterdays news that Bryan has now finished all work on Grandville: Noel and it will be published in November this year!- here is page 2 of Grandville: Noel published for the first time in a world exclusive!
We decided to publish one page per month as a way of promoting the comic and introducing it to new people: it seems to be a standard way to increase awareness of comics and books - and all of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive!
Do you think the fact that the Graphic Novel Man - the DVD documentary about Bryan and his work - is getting so many glowing reviews might be because it's so damn good?!
Running Bryan's fanpage I got to see it early in production and it is just amazing: the amount of world renowned comic writers and artists that step up and acknowledge their debt to Bryan is frankly astonishing: if you're a fan of Bryan's you should be getting this DVD!
And the image to the right is also a glowing review of the DVD from the people at Comics Heroes.
Saturday July 19th 2014 update:
Check out this this excellent review of the DVD documentary "Graphic Novel Man" about Bryan and his work by Need to Consume: "It’s fascinating to hear people speak of Talbot’s work and how moved they are by his talent. The documentary gives the viewer access to so many well respected writers, artists and publishers views, something that wouldn’t be easily accessible in such volume anywhere else."
The new city square in Sunderland is currently under construction - see the Sunderland Echo news item - and Bryan has designed the "Keel Line" series of 437 flags, some 230 metres long, listing the names of ships built on the River Wear and telling the history of the city in illustrations. As an exclusive for the site, here are a couple of photos of some of the completed sandblasted flags.
Friday 18th July 2014 update:
MAJOR announcement from Bryan: he has now finished all work on Grandville: Noel and it will be published in November!
Monday July 7th 2014 update:
London Film and Comic Convention Collectors' Limited Edtions:
A 48-page collection of artwork published especially for the London Film and Comic Convention. It's a compilation of sketches and illustrations by Bryan drawn over the last 30 years, many of which have never seen print before or only appeared in specialist magazines or as posters or album covers. The book is a real collector's edition, limited to only 250 copies.
Available via Mike Conroy at email@example.com. At the show it'll be £10 . Email orders £15 (including postage in the UK); elsewhere you'll need to enquire of Mike.
Steve Rude, Mark Buckingham, Alan Davis, Jose Delbo, Bryan Talbot, Mike Perkins, Chris Weston and Gary Frank are among the horde of artists from around the world paying tribute to Stan Lee on the occasion of his last European public appearance. Running to 68 pages in colour and black and white, Excelsior is a limited edition of 250 copies.
It is available exclusively at the London Film and Comic Con, priced £10. If you can't make it to the show, copies can be sent to you for £15 each (unsigned) or £80 (signed by Lee) within the UK. Email Mike Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org for full details, to enquire about price if you live elsewhere in the world and to obtain details of the originals that will be auctioned over the weekend as well as how to bid on them.
Saturday 21 June 2014 update:
Masterclasses at the London Film and Comic Convention
A range of these are available by artists and writers including Howard Chaykin and John Higgins covering numerous aspects of comics storytelling extending beyond the basics to include colouring, superhero design and developing a graphic novel, each one-hour class will limited to no more than 30 students. Tickets are available through the Online Store now where there is a full listing. No tickets will be available at the show.
Saturday 12th July 12:30pm
How to create a graphic novel: An examination of the typical creative process Bryan Talbot uses when writing and drawing one of his books from original conception to finished page. It covers research, plotting, story structure, scripting, the use of grids, panel transitions, page composition, layout, use of eye level, lettering and colouring.
Ages 16 and up: Tickets £30
Wednesday 18 June 2014 update: Bryan will be attending the London Film and Comic con Friday 11th July to Sunday 13th July.
Monday 14th July 7.00pm Shoulder to Shoulder with Sally Heathcote, Suffragette
Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot in conversation about the making of the historical graphic novel. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a vividly realised backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is another stunning collaboration from Costa Award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote's lavish pages bring history to life.
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE Telephone: 0191 232 0192
As a way to whet the appetite and build up to publication date, we will be publishing one new page from Grandville: Noel once a week every month on the first Saturday.
This is a global exclusive for the fanpage: Bryan has not released this for publication anywhere else: enjoy!
Monday June 9th 2014 update: the incredibily succesful Lakes International Comics Festival has a video trailer for the next festival - which is now only a few months away, 17 to 19 October 2014.
Saturday May 24th update: Announcing "A Thousand Words" - the illustrations and comic art of Bryan Talbot, Mark Barnes, Joe Decie and Ian Williams: 13th June to 10th August at Rochester Art Gallery - free admission.
There are still grants available to pay for Bryan's Arvon residential course, Creative Writing for Graphic Novels, July 28th - August 2nd. This year's co-tutor is Leah Moore. Grab one before they go!
Friday May 16th 2014 update: Bryan and Mary were on BBC Radio 4's "Womans Hour" yesterday: and you can listen to it online right now!
Reviews of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette:
- The Independent: "Talbot deals with these complexities with a deft hand, weaving a tale around fictional Sally that encompasses both the bright and dark moments of the movement."
- The Guardian: "The suffragettes' struggle reborn as a gripping graphic adventure"
- Down The Tubes: Creating Sally Heathcote: Suffragete
- The Skinny: "As notable for its historical accuracy as it is for its engrossing storyline, this is the sort of book you'll wish you'd read at school."
- The Express: "Never read a graphic novel? Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a great place to start."
- Digital Spy: "their fascinating account of the battle for universal suffrage."
- The Herald Scotland: "an example of how effective the graphic novel form can be"
- Woman and her Sphere: Suffrage Stories: Five Reasons To Love Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
Also see the "Brainstorm: the Art of Bryan Talbot" exhibition at Astley Hall and Art Gallery, Chorley, Saturday July 5th to Sunday September 14th.
Also launched at the event at the British Library was the DVD documentary about Bryan: "Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot" - an essential film on Bryan's life and his work, where it seems that every famous person you've ever heard of or been a fan of in the comics world comes up to say that Bryan has been a massive influence on their work!
Announcing: Hoax Psychosis Blues
Also announcing: Hoax Psychosis Blues - the new graphic novel from Ravi Thornton, with contributions from Bryan Talbot, Hannah Berry, Rian Hughes, Karrie Fransman and more.
Can a potent chemistry of poetry, comics and performance finally be the perfect way to describe the realities of schizophrenia?
This is the question cross-media scriptwriter Ravi Thornton sets out to answer in her latest multi-collaborative project Hoax, comprising graphic novel memoir Hoax Psychosis Blues, and raw dark musical Hoax My Lonely Heart. The project is based on a poem written by Ravi Thornton's younger brother, Rob, who committed suicide in 2008 at the age of 31, after a long battle with schizophrenia.
Both musical and graphic novel are written by Ravi Thornton. The musical, which unfolds a painful love story in the six months prior to Rob's diagnosis as schizophrenic, premieres at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, 4th to 7th June 2014. The graphic novel, which charts Rob's further facts, fictions and altered realities over the nine years after his diagnosis through to his death, is available for pre-order now at www.ziggyswish.com. Limited First Edition of 1000 copies only, all hand-numbered and signed by the author.
Saturday May 3rd 2014 update: check out the photos from last nights Comics Unmasked event at the British Library at the Talbot Facebook group.
And also see the Independents "One minute with Bryan Talbot" interview.
Friday May 2nd 2014 update: please read my cry for help - "why converting the Heart of Empire CD-Rom into an ebook is driving me mad!"
Tuesday April 22nd 2014 update: those wonderful people over at Grandville Miniatures have released a set of LeBrocks enemies! - check out the Grandvillains below and order them online from the Grandville Miniatures online shop!
Wednesday April 16th update:
Arvon calling! - get taught how to write graphic novels by Bryan Talbot!
After a year's absence, while The Hurst, writer John Osbourne's erstwhile house in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, has had a multmillion pound makeover, Bryan's annual 5-day residential creative writing course for Graphic Novels returns July 28th - August 2nd. Now, each student room has its own ensuite bathroom and the learning areas and equipment are brand new and state of the art.
"During this week we will explore the form of the graphic novel, be that far-flung adventure, low-key character-driven stories, reportage, documentary or autobiography. You'll be given the information and skills that you'll need to translate your concepts, of whatever genre, into fully realised scripts for sequential art."
This year, Bryan's co-tutor is comics writer Leah Moore and the visiting speaker is cartoonist, illustrator and storyboard artist Adam Cadwell
The course costs £700, but grants are available to help with the course fee. See the Arvon site for more details and how to book.
Sunday April 13th 2014 update:
- Book launch with Bryan, Mary and Kate
Fri 2 May 2014, 18.30-20.30 Conference Centre, British Library: £8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5
The event begins with a screening of the documentary Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot, followed by Bryan, Mary and Kate Charlesworth in conversation with Rachel Cooke of The Observer.
- Book signing with Bryan, Mary and Kate
Thursday May 8th at 6:00pm at Waterstones, the Bridges, Sunderland
Tickets £3 - redeemable against the cost of a book on the night
- Sally Heathcote Exhibition: Remembering Female Suffrage
12 May 2014 9:00am to 16 May 2014 5:00pm
Peltz Gallery, Ground Floor, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD - No booking required: add to your calendar.
- Book signing
Friday May 16th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at GOSH, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0RD
- Shoulder to Shoulder: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
Saturday 17 May 18.30 - 19.30 Free but booking required
Join Costa Award winners Mary & Bryan Talbot with comic artist Kate Charlesworth for an illustrated talk about their dramatic new graphic novel about women's fight for the vote.
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a vividly realised backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is another stunning collaboration from Costa Award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote's lavish pages bring history to life.
Artwork from the book will be on display in the museum.
Please book through the Cartoon Museum's online shop.
Friday April 11th 2014 update: Mary Talbot and Kate Charlesworth have their guest Director's Commentary on Sally Heathcote: Suffragette up on the Forbidden Planet blog - for those not familiar with that, it's an occasional feature they run where instead of one of them doing review or interview the spot is given to the creators to talk about their new work in their own words. Nice way to give readers some insight into interesting new work and hopefully also get the book onto their reading radar.
Bryan and Ambre Boissevain, daughter of the late Serge and Henriette Boissevain, the publishers of Pssst! Magazine and the first Luther Arkwright graphic novel editions.
Rock Journalist Charles Shaar Murray and Richard Adams, illustrator of underground magazines such as OZ, INK and The Fanatic.
With his niece, actor Laura Atherton.
Designer and comic artist Rian Hughes, writer and editor Tim Pilcher and comic artist Mark Stafford who, among other books, drew Bryan's CHERUBS! graphic novel.
Tuesday April 8th 2014 update: Copies of The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot are now available for pre-order exclusively from www.digitalstoryengine.com
And in order to celebrate the launch of this quite outstanding DVD, the kind people over at Digital Story Engine have also come up with a competition to help publicise it! If you answer all 3 of these questions correctly you will be put into a draw and three people will be selected to win a copy of the DVD each.
The questions are:
- Bryan was born in which town?
- What is the name of Detective Inspector LeBrock's adjunct?
- Which comics festival is he one of the founding patrons of?
Email email@example.com with your answers. The winners will be announced here and on the Digital Story Engine site when the DVD is released on 12th May 2014 and the competition closes on Friday April 25th.
Thursday April 3rd 2014 update:
Annoucing: Arkwright Integral!
Coming in October from Dark Horse Comics, at 556 pages, this will retail at $59.99, around £36. Here's the publicity blurb:
"In a swirling multiverse of endless possibilities and incalculable dangers, malign forces manipulate history through countless timelines and act to wreak destruction across universes. But amongst these infinite existences, their fate depends on one man, an anomaly who exists in but a single universe, a being of vast psychic power capable of travelling between parallel realities - Luther Arkwright!
An adult science-fiction epic of boundless imagination and audacious vision, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and Heart of Empire are brought together for the first time in one essential hardcover volume, with an introduction by Michael Moorcock, afterword by Warren Ellis and a 10-page Luther Arkwright interview with Steve Bissette. Plus a large gallery of Arkwright illustrations and book covers by Bryan and other artists, including Dave Gibbons, Glenn Fabry and Hunt Emerson, and a Heart of Empire back cover gallery. "
On a personal note - this looks STUNNING! - I can't wait to get my copy! - and I hope this answers the questions of the many, many fans who have got in touch with me over the years asking when the Ultimate Edition of Arkwright will be out: sorry I couldn't say anything sooner: when you agree to become a webmaster for a Comics Legend like Bryan there's this oath of secrecy you have to sign!
Wednesday March 26th 2014 update: there are days when being Bryan's webmaster is one of the Best Things In The World - EVER. OK - that's probably every day when I get to say "I'm Bryan Talbots fanpage webmaster y'know!" - but there are some days that are even better than that.
Like today: after one of those days at the Day Job - you know the kind? - I get home and what is waiting for me? - nothing less than my review copy of Sally Heathcote: Suffraggette! - sent to me because Bryan said to his publishers "please add James to the list of people on the review copy list!"
And the fact that the graphic novel is just amazing just adds to it off course! Bryan has asked me to say no more and hold off on reviewing it here on the site until all of the review copies have been sent out and everyone has had a chance to write them, so I will hang back until the embargo is lifted: all I will say is - I think the Talbots should expect some more literary awards after this...
Check out this fine review of the exhibition of the Art of Bryan Talbot by the excellent people at Forbidden Planet: "Bryan Talbot's comics are an incredible pleasure to read and enjoy at any time, so the opportunity of seeing some of his original artwork, up close, while taking in a career of nearly forty years is highly exciting."
The exhibition is at The Muse at 269, 269 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR, www.themuseat269.com from 20th March until 13th April, 12 to 6pm Thursday to Sunday.
Also new today are some photos sent by Bryan: Seen at The Newcastle Film and Comic Convention in March: Detective Inspector LeBrock, Billie (a different one from the Billie who turned up at the Lakes Festival - is this a trend?) and the costume contest-winning Kaya Smith as Legolas. Kaya is Jordan Smith's daughter and posed for the cover of Alice in Sunderland 8 years ago.
Tuesday March 25th 2014 update: The trailer for the upcoming documentary about Bryan is released!
Wednesday March 12th 2014 update: the film-makers making the documentary Graphic Novel Man - the comics of Bryan Talbot have published a press release about the upcoming DVD: it's published on May 12th 2014 and will be available to buy from Digital Story Engine.
Sunday February 23rd 2014 update: A fan over in Canada created a Tumblr about the Tale of One Bad Rat: check it out - very nicely done!
Wednesday February 19th 2014 update: There is an exhibition of some of Kate Charlesworth's finished artwork from the forthcoming Sally Heathcote book, entitled: Sally Heathcote, Suffragette in London at Birkbeck University, starting on May 12th to May 16th: full info over at the Birkbeck site.
Bryan is the guest of Honour at the Swedish Furrycon, Nordic Fuzzcon, 27 February - 2nd March - and whilst he is there he will be delivering his talk about the anthropomorphic tradition. When: Saturday March 1st between 2:30 pm - 4 pm approximately
Where: The stage at Bibliotek Plattan, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergels torg entrance.
Saturday February 15th 2014 update: Bryan and Mary are patrons of the new Sunderland Comics Convention! Check out the news story at the Northern Echo, and also at the Sunderland Echo. The con will be on August 9 and 10 2014 at Sunderland Software Centre in Tavistock Place in the city centre - and also see the Sunderland Comic Con official site!
REWARD! Have you seen this stolen Luther Arkwright page?
About 20 years ago, this celebrated page from The Adventures of Luther Arkwright was stolen while on loan for an exhibition. In all that time it's not resurfaced for sale. It may well be hanging on someone's wall, so we're asking if anyone has spotted it in all this time.
If you have, please email the site with the details. A £100 reward will be given if the information leads to its safe recovery.
Sunday February 9th 2014 update: Bryan just asked me to announce the 24 Hour Comic Marathon at the next Lakes International Comics Festival!
On Thursday the 16th October 2014, as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, six comic artists will enter a room and draw comics non stop for 24 hours.
The 24 Hour Comics challenge was devised by Scott McCloud in 1990 and thousands of artists have risen to this challenge since. The usual format for a 24 hour comic is to disallow planning and preparation beforehand. Some variations include constraints announced at the commencement of the 24 hours to make planing ahead futile. We are going to do this differently. Planning and preparation is not only allowed, but encouraged because we want to be able to tell the very best stories with the short time we have.
More info and a list of all the creators involved over at the Lakes International Comics festival site.
Friday January 31st 2014 update: I just transferred a lot of older updates from here on the homepage over to the "old news and announcements" page.
Saturday January 25th update:
Some news snippets from the inimitable Mr Talbot:
Bryan is the guest of Honour at the Swedish Furrycon, Nordic Fuzzcon, 27 February - 2nd March. Apparently the Swedish furries are huge Grandville fans and this year's theme is "Steampunk Murder Mystery", so Bryan is an obvious choice.
The Talbots in Geordieland: Bryan and Mary Talbot are guests at the Newcastle Film and Comic Convention, 8th and 9th March
The Brainstorm Exhibition comes to London: Most of the exhibition held in Kendal last Octocber will be shown at The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road , 20th March - 13th April
Thursday January 23rd 2014 update: Bryan has a large interview in the current edition of the Sci-Fi Now magazine: still on sale now!
Sunday January 12th 2014 update: Important news about the next Lakes International Comics festival: if you are a creator, publisher or retailer, the Comic Clock Tower, our version of a comics marketplace and artists' alley, is now open for applications. From this year, entry to the clocktower will be free and open to members of the public.
The Badger is back!
With his trusty adjunct, Detective Sergeant Ratzi, away for Christmas, there's no holiday for Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard as he embarks on an investigation into the disappearance of his housekeeper's niece, Bunty Spall.
The trail leads to a growing religious cult, where a charismatic unicorn messiah and his con men cronies, already responsible for mass murder in the United States, are about to lead a crusade for the ethnic cleansing of the French Empire's doughfaces - the derogatory nickname for humans used by the majority, animal-headed population. Teaming up with Chance Lucas, a gun-slinging operative of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and reigniting his steamy love affair with the voluptuous Parisian badger prostitute Billie, LeBrock clashes with both cult fanatics and doughface terrorists, uncovering in the process a centuries-old religious conspiracy that threatens to plunge the world into bloody civil war.
Grandville: Noël signals the welcome return to anthropomorphic steampunk detective fiction of master comics storyteller, graphic novel pioneer and Costa award-winner Bryan Talbot, with the fourth stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award-nominated Grandville series. Containing its trademark fast-paced blend of deduction, humour, artistic pastiche and explosive edge-of-the-seat action, Grandville Noël dramatically raises the bar for the whole series.
With Paris in the grip of the mysterious crime lord, Tiberius Koenig, and an increasingly violent backlash by human extremists, can LeBrock stop the seemingly inevitable slide into fascism? What is the secret of the legendary True Gospels? Can he rescue Bunty Spall from the clutches of the strangely hypnotic unicorn named Apollo? But does Bunty want to be saved? And will LeBrock be back in time for Christmas dinner? No badger does it better!
Grandville: Noël will be published in November 2014
Announcing the Bryan Talbot DVD documentary: "The Graphic Novel Man: the Comics of Bryan Talbot."
Internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning writer/artist Bryan Talbot has been described as 'a dazzling and tireless exponent of the comic art form'. This Digital Story Engine DVD presentation has unprecedented access to behind the scenes material and personal stories. The Graphic Novel Man: the comics of Bryan Talbot provides the definitive Bryan Talbot experience for established fans and first time readers.
Special guests include:
Neil Gaiman, Joe Sacco, Warren Ellis, Gilbert Shelton, Ian Rankin, Kim Newman, David Lloyd, Pat Mills, John Wagner, Charlie Adlard, Carlos Ezquerra, D'Israeli, Doug Braithwaite, Andy Diggle, Simon Fraser, Al Davison, Mary Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Paul Gravett, Mark Stafford, Professor Henry Jenkins, Dr. Mel Gibson, Lee Harris, Dan Charnley, Richard 'Chester' West, and Jordan Smith - and with an introduction by Michael Moorcock.
Produced by: Digital Story Engine
Duration: 150 minutes [approximately]
Release Date: 12 / 05 / 14
The Graphic Novel Man: the Comics of Bryan Talbot is the much anticipated DVD release produced by Digital Story Engine. The DVD features:
The Graphic Novel Man traces not only the life and career of the great artist/writer, but explores the talent and passion that have made Bryan Talbot one of the world's most influential comic creators.
Bryan Talbot emerged in the mid-70s as a major force in British Underground Comix scene with The Adventures of Luther Arkwright - the first UK graphic novel. His work on Batman, 2000AD, Sandman and Hellblazer, laid the creative foundations for his groundbreaking The Tale of One Bad Rat and the 'dream documentary' Alice in Sunderland.
Bryan's innovative collaboration with his wife Mary Talbot, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes won the 2013 Costa Biography Award. His maverick approach to expanding the boundaries of sequential storytelling continues in the best selling Grandville series of anthropomorphic Steam Punk detective thrillers – hailed as Rupert the Bear meets Quentin Tarantino!
Writing pictures and drawing words focuses on Bryan's unique approach to creating comics. The essential comic crafts of Scripting, Layout, Pencilling, Inking, Colouring and Lettering are all discussed and lavishly illustrated in the context of Bryan's career spanning multi-award winning comics and graphic novels with additional expert contributions from other best selling comic artists and writers. .
Grandville: Bete Noire: the evolution of page 94: commentary by Bryan Talbot.
On the 18th of May 2012, Bryan Talbot invited Digital Story Engine to record him at work in his studio. Over the next three days, DSE documented the Pencilling and Inking stages of page 94 of Grandville: Bete Noire - the third volume in the Eisner and Hugo award nominated Grandville series.
Teaser trailer out in February!
Friday January 3rd 2014 update: First of all, the obligatory "Holy cow! - another year of running this fanpage!" - hard to believe it has now been online for 18 years!
Breaking news on the publishing schedules and all other projects:
- Bryan has been commissioned by Sunderland City Council to draw the "Keel Line" in the city's brand new city-center square:
"At 291m the line represents the full length of the Naess Crusader, which is the longest ship ever built in Sunderland. It launched from the James Laing shipyard on December 21, 1972.
The length of the line will include the names of up to 9,000 of the most significant ships built in Sunderland’s shipyards dating back to the early 19th Century.
Artist Bryan Talbot, author of the graphic novel Alice in Sunderland, has been contracted to design how the names of the ships are presented and the illustrations that will run the length of line.
Bryan said today: “I have never done anything like this before, so it’s very exciting.
“The shipbuilding theme will be represented throughout the line."
Bryan said to me: "I've nearly finished all the illustrations, which are going to be sandblasted into granite paving stones for the Keel Line."
More info at the Sunderland Echo site.
- Grandville: Noel is due out in November 2014
- Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is due in May 2014
- And I've just contacted the Arkwright RPG publishers for an update as to when it will be out: will post here as soon as I get it.
- And news on the Luther Arkwright TV series / film: For over a year a British director, and Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, have been trying to get a Game of Thrones style TV series of Arkwright off the ground. Ultimately nothing came of it, due to a change of editorial direction of the broadcaster they were dealing with. So the option for Arkwright is now with Hollywood production company Benderspink, who have 3 months to try and raise interest to get a series or a feature off the ground....
BUT - Bryan also says: "Don't get your hopes up! This has been going on for years."
Also: check out the latest addition to the Bryan Talbot online artwork sale: Nemesis the Warlock in one of the old 2000ad Diceman adventures.
Monday December 30th 2013 update: Sorry updates have been a bit sparse - a combination of Day Job overload and then Christmas off with the family: you know how it is! - "all" I need to do in 2014 is work out a way to make running this site pay me a full time salary and then you will get hourly updates!
Anyway: to business: Talbot related updates and news!
- Bryan sent me through a link to a huge stash of top-notch photos from the recent Lakes International Comics fest.
- Bryan will be Guest of Honour at the Nordic Fuzz Con, 27th February - 2nd March, 2014 Stockholm, Sweden
- There is still time to vote for the Lakes International Comiccs Festival as the best fest of the year! (Bryan is a founding member of the festival and obviously we both think it was the best fest of the year! - but we hope you do too, and if you could vote for it that'd be grand!)
- The nice people over at Comic Squee go "Squee!" over Grandville! - an emotion I can 100% identify with!
- The Naked Artist by Bryan Talbot is now available on Kindle!
If on the night of a comics convention you were to go to the the hotel bar and buy a few drinks for a comic book pro, you'd soon hear stories about his fellow creators - tales of drinking and drugs, of missed deadlines and missing pants, of maniacal editors and crazed fans. These are the urban legends of the comic industry.
Saturday November 30th 2013 update:
Bubu the Murderous Monkey
The first set of this webcomic, written by Hannah and Berkman, and drawn by Bryan's son Alwyn Talbot is now online.
Getxo Comics Festival
All of the older announcements of news and events have been moved to the old announcements page.