A study in brilliant
versatility: This book will put most people’s notions about Bryan
Talbot on end.
From the hard grinding Judge Dredd to the elaborate Luther
Arkwright through such completely dissimilar styles as psychedelic
pop star depictions, early underground, all the way to the open light
direct style of The Tale of
One Bad Rat, this book brings together the outstanding diversity of
this under-rated extraordinarily gifted artist.
We’re invited into his artistic home as it were, as Talbot personally
comments on all the pieces presented here with his own anecdotes, insights
For most, this will be a discovery of the many facets of Talbot’s
career, as we most probably know a couple of aspects and may not have
been familiar with all the other myriad ones.
An artist capable of such a wide palette of styles is indeed rare. “Most
great artists have their specific style they are rightly famous for,”
notes NBM publisher Terry Nantier, “but there are a few who reach
the level of a Moebius, or McKean, who can be amazing artistic chameleons
and go from one style to an utterly different one and back again at will.
It’s a dazzling display of talent and this book clearly opens one’s
eyes to Talbot being clearly part of that rarefied atmosphere. Yet Talbot
is, in person, very unassuming and simple, totally unpretentious.”
The book moves along basically chronologically and covers his early underground
work (Chester P. Hackenbush), The
Adventures of Luther Arkwright, one of his most famous series, posters
of and for rock stars, Judge Dredd, classic styled sketches and nude drawings
few have ever seen, the widely acclaimed The Tale of One Bad Rat, Heart
of Empire to his latest Alice in Sutherland
which has gotten a lot of press earlier this year, all peppered with various
notable commissions and illustrations along the way.
Welcome to Bryan’s world as he presents it to you in person.
He is available for interviews. Please the publishers NBM
Also see the cover to
the Art of Bryan Talbot, and buy
this book from Amazon right now.