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Poster advertising Bryan's Grandville signing session at Forbidden PlanetForbidden Planet - London
Saturday 26th September 2009 1pm to 2:30pm

Bryan will be signing Grandville and “Creatures of the Pool” alongside its author, Ramsey Campbell. Bryan did the cover and the introduction to this new novel from the British master of horror fiction. If you are coming to this signing come on over to the Facebook event page for it and talk to any of the other fans also attending.

179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR


Poster advertising Bryan's signing of Grandville at Orbital Comics September 27th 2009Orbital Comics and Collectibles - London
Sunday 27th September, from 2pm to 4pm

Signing and exhibition of Grandville art. Go and see their site if you need any more contact info. There's a Facebook events page for this signing too: come on over and let us know you're coming!

8 Newport Street London WC2H 7JA, UK


Bryan was at the San Diego Comicon July 23rd - 26th. You'll find him signing at the Dark Horse and NBM booths.

Bryan was a guest at the Bilbolbul Comics Festival in Bologna on Saturday 7th March and was on a panel with comic writer Gianfranco Manfredi at 4.30pm.

On the following day, Sunday 8th, he was on a panel and doing a signing at 11.30 a.m in the bookshop Feltrinelli with Daniele Brolli and Gino Scatasta in the centre of Bologna to promote the new hardback Italian edition of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright.


The Use of Style and storytelling in "The Tale of One Bad Rat"
The talk by Bryan was on Saturday 28th March at 8.00pm, at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP Telephone: 01772 499425 Admission £3 - for more info see the Facebook event page. This event will also mark the start of a one month long exhibition of Bryan's work at the Continental.

Talbot in France!

Bryan will be at the Caen Book Fair Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May. He will also be signing at the following venues:

  • Tuesday 19 May: Arkham in Paris, 7 Rue Broca, 75005 Paris, Tel. 01 43 37 25 33 [email protected]
  • Friday 22 May: Forbidden Zone in Brussels, from 4 to 6 PM 25, rue de Tamines - 1060 Bruxelles +32 2 534 63 67 +32 2 538 85 78
    [email protected]
  • Saturday 23 May: Astro City in Lille, from 4 to 6 PM 74, rue de l'hôpital militairem 59000 Lille tel : 03 20 55 10 10 / fax : 03 20 55 28 38 [email protected]

30th anniversary of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright!

This month is the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the serialisation of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright in the UK adult SF comic Near Myths. The book was not only the first UK graphic novel (the first chapter appearing in October 1978, the same month as what's recognised as the first graphic novel A Contract With God by Will Eisner) but also the first steampunk graphic novel. The new edition by Dark Horse comics features the all-new digitally remastered pages created for the Czech edition, each page markedly clearer than all previous editions!

Check out part one and part two of the interviews with Bryan on the 30th anniversary of Arkwright.


Bryan gave the Bad Rat presentation at Cheshunt Library on 10th November: check out what Cy Dethan said about it, and also what Ferret Fabrications said.


To tie in with the release of the UK hardback edition of The Tale of One Bad Rat as the first in Jonathan Cape's line of "Classic British Graphic Novels", here's a brand new video interview by Alex Fitch with info about the interview on the Panel Borders site.


Monqee charity auction now live!

Check out the Monqee! As part of the 'Match it for Pratchett' appeal, the Forbidden Planet SF and comic store chain are undertaking a unique project to raise money for and awareness of the Alzheimer's Research Trust: "Take one 12" White Vinyl MonQee. Add a host of talent from across the science fiction and fantasy genres. The result? A completely unique, one-off, signed and beautifully decorated piece of Urban Vinyl - a first in Art Toy history.

And this toy could be yours. Yes, they are auctioning it off. Not only is it signed by Neal Asher, Chris 'Fangorn' Baker, Tony Ballantyne, Chaz Brenchley, Holly Black, Ed Buckley, Paul Cornell, David Devereux, Brianna Flynt, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Hemingway, Tanith Lee, Tom Lloyd, Kari Maund, China Miéville, Andy Remic, Justina Robson, Mark Robson, Geoff Ryman, Sarah Singleton , Charles Stross, James Swallow, Freda Warrington, Liz Williams and Frank Wu: Bryan has done a sketch of The Mad Hatter on the back.

See the Forbidden Planet Match it for Pratchett Monqee site for more info.



Read the Naked Artist for free!

The book you1ve all been waiting for! The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends is an outrageous collection of the unreported exploits of comic creators, the stories only usually told late at night between the hallowed walls of convention pro bars! EISNER AWARD WINNER Bryan Talbot brings you the anecdotes, funny, shocking and downright weird, told about your favorite comic writers and artists, from Simon Bisley to Neil Gaiman, from Grant Morrison to Jeff Smith!

Read it online for free right now!


Alice in Sunderland is: "A candidate for greatest graphic novel of all time" - see Top 10 graphic novels by Danny Fingeroth at the Guardian site.

James DeCarteret talks to Bryan Talbot and Mark Stafford about their graphic novel Cherubs! - a podcast with Bryan and Mark.

As mentioned before in this news column, last year Bryan took on the responsibility of being the sole agent for Veronique Tanaka and to find a publisher for her innovative graphic novel METRONOME, an experimental and erotically-charged "visual poem". Well the book is published this month by the New York company NBM. You can buy the book at www.nbmpub.com

There is also made available a 17 minute animated version of the book at http://metronome.shadowgallery.co.uk/

It's quite amazing - frame-by-frame at one second a frame, the book works equally well as an animation, though the experience is very different. In the animation, you can't see the subliminal shapes that the panels make on the page. NBM are offering a free 3 minute excerpt on their site as the animation is usually pay-to-view but we can offer you unlimited access for the limited time of one month. Just go to the site and put in this free access code: 04545


The launch of the Heart of Empire CD-Rom first chapter for free has been getting some really nice reviews! - check out what the nice people at IndieReview, Down The Tubes and Forbidden Planet have to say!

Check out an extensive and excellent interview with Bryan by Paul Gravett.

You can now read the first chapter of the Heart of Empire CD-Rom online for free!

Rare Luther Arkwright artwork for sale for the first time!
Bryan is releasing five pages of original artwork from the first British
graphic novel, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright! These historic pages,
some dating back to 1978, have never been on sale before. The first pages from this batch are on sale in the online shop.

Whatever Comics just published a questionnaire with Bryan; well worth a look!

Click here to see the front cover to the Art of Bryan Talbot at full size."The Art of Bryan Talbot" is mainly a collection of the best magazine and book illustrations Bryan has done over the years, plus some previously unpublished material, such as some examples of his home made comics drawn when he was about 12 and a selection of life drawings. It's 96 pages with a commentary by Bryan and is published by NBM in December. There's an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

See the front cover to the Art of Bryan Talbot and the Art of Bryan Talbot press release, or buy it direct from Amazon.


Bryan got interviewed on a podcast over at the rather excellent Inkstuds site; check it out!

   
Bryan's new book - the Naked Artist - is released!

Alice in Sunderland presentation - in Sunderland!

Bryan will be giving a presentation on Alice in Sunderland and book signing at the Sunderland City Library & Arts Centre on Saturday 13 September at 1.00pm.
It is a free event for the Heritage Open Days series of events, but booking is necessary through the Tourist Information Centre. There will also be a display of the Artwork at the Arts Centre Washington from Monday 8th September to Saturday 13 September.

Official reproductions of Arkwright's vibro-beamers announced!

A fellow fan has secured permission from Bryan to create actual reproductions of Arkwrights vibro-beamer! - check out the vibro-beamer page for more info and see the gorgeous looking prototype vibro-beamer in its presentation box!

Bryan will be speaking with Paul Gravett and Hannah Berry at The Ipswich
Literary Festival Tuesday
1st July and with Alan Grant at the Edinburgh
Literary Festival
at 8.30 on Friday 22nd August. He will also be signing and
sketching at The San Diego Comicon 24 -27th July.
Bryan will be signing and giving a powerpoint presentation about Alice in Sunderland at The Dundee Literary Festival at 4.45pm on Sunday 22 June as part of the Festival's "Comics Day". See the comics homepage at the Dundee festival site for more.

Be there at the launch!

Raymond Briggs and Bryan will be interviewed by Rachel Cooke to celebrate the new UK editions of Gentleman Jim and The Tale of One Bad Rat at the ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH on Saturday 9th August, 2.30 to 3.30pm in the Nash Room. Limited number of tickets, available in advance from 020 7930 3647. £10 / £9 concs. / £8 ICA members

The second Jonathan Cape printing of Alice in Sunderland has sold out! The
book has now gone to its third reprint in seven months. Copies are currently
unavailable in the UK but the new edition should be on sale by mid-December.
This is actually a new edition, rather than a reprint, as Bryan has
corrected the few minor mistakes that managed to creep in to the first
edition.

Fortunately the stores where Bryan is signing in December stocked up well in
advance! The first foreign edition of AIS was published in Italy last week by Comma 22, owned by Danielle Brolli, Bryan's longtime Italian publisher. Editions
in France, Spain and the Czech Republic will appear next year.
BTW, the first Greek edition of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright is published in December.

After being out of print for over 5 years, the trade paperback edition of Heart of Empire is being reprinted by Dark Horse Comics. This will be followed by a new edition of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, using the files digitally remastered for the Czech edition. The pages now have a clarity never before seen in an English language version.

Release dates: Heart of Empire on sale Feb 20, The Adventures of Arkwright March 12.

Both will have new ISBNs. The Adventures of Luther Arkwright: 978-1-59307-725-9 Heart of Empire: 978-1-59307-726-6 Copies of the slipcased delux limited edition hardcover of Heart of Empire are still available from Dark Horse Comics

Release dates! Cherubs! will be in the shops from 13th February, published by Desperado. Heart of Empire, from Dark Horse will be out in March. Jonathan Capes' new UK hardback edition of The Tale of One Bad Rat will be out in April, as will
Dark Horse's new edition of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, using the
all new digitally remastered files.
For any of you in the London area, there's a small do to launch Cherubs! - the new graphic novel written by Bryan and drawn by Mark Stafford - on Friday 13th (gulp) June at the London Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St , London WC1A 2HH. It's a panel discussion, headed by Steve Marchant, followed by a party in a pub. Starts at 6.30. Admission is free. Places are limited so check with the London Cartoon Museum first. Tel 020 7580 8155
Bryan will be signing with Steve Dillon at Waterstone's at 421 Oxford Street, London on Saturday June 14th at 2.00pm - 0207 495 8507.
Bryan is exclusively representing the new graphic novel, Metronome by
Franco-Japanese concept artist Véronique Tanaka:
http://metronome.shadowgallery.co.uk. If you check it out, please let Bryan know what you think of it through the fanpage or our Yahoo group.
The Cartoon Museum in London is running an exhibition of pages of original artwork from Alice in Sunderland on 5th April to the 1 July. called Alice in Sunderland: A Labyrinth of Dreams - An exhibition of original artwork from the graphic novel by Bryan Talbot. There is also a programme of related events - tel 020 7580 8155
Bryan will be signing every day at the Angouleme International Comic festival 25 - 28 January at the Kymera booth. They will be publishing the first of a three volume edition of Heart of Empire in time for the event. For details see: www.bdangouleme.com
The Sunderland Exhibition of artwork from Alice in Sunderland will be at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE from 22 June - 14 April. Tel: 0191 - 5141235 or email [email protected] for details or go to their website for directions.

Announcing the UK signing tour for Alice in Sunderland

Bryan will be touring the UK to publicise and sign copies of Alice in Sunderland; this page will list the dates and venues as and when they are finalised. (this info will be duplicated on the Alice in Sunderland homepage)

See the Alice in Sunderland homepage for a complete listing of the Alice in Sunderland signing tour dates; it is such a big list that I don't want to publish it here too!

Alice in Sunderland sells out!

The UK edition of Alice in Sunderland has completlety sold out within its first month of sale and has now gone to reprint!

The second edition will be available from the 25th of May.

Bryan will be doing three Alice in Sunderland signings in December. These are:

Sunday 9th December 1.00pm - 3-00pm, Page 45, 9 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY, Tel: 0115 9508045: Signing with Guardian artist Posy Simmonds

Saturday 15th December 11.00 - 2.00pm, Waterstones ,31 The Bridges,, Sunderland , SR1 3LB, Tel: 01915674331, Signing with cover artist Jordan Smith

Saturday 22 December 1.00 - 3.00pm, Travelling Man, 43 Grainger Street, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, Tel:0191 2614993. Signing with cover artist Jordan Smith
Free mince pies and mulled wine!

Alice in Sunderland is one of the weekly political magazine The New Statesman's Books of the Year 2007! The third printing of Alice is now available from the publishers, Jonathan Cape. This is actually a new edition, rather than a reprint, as Bryan has taken this opportunity to correct a couple of typos and fine-tune some of the images.

Bryan will be a guest at the Italiawave music festival in Florence: Saturday, July 21st 11.00 am - Feltrinelli Bookshop | Florence

Conference: Bryan Talbot's Alice In Sunderland Sketch-Book: presentation of the exclusive sketch-book produced for Italia Wave Love Festival. 3.00 pm - Italia Wave Love Festival - Osmannoro Sud, Florence

Workshop: Comics Storytelling with Bryan Talbot: 5.00 pm - Italia Wave Love Festival - Osmannoro Sud, Florence

Panel: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of: comics and dreams. With Bryan Talbot, Aleksandar Zograf and other guests. Complete program and details @ www.italiawave.com

   
Bryan will be a guest at Q-Con 13 on the 16th to the 18th June 2006 at Queen's University Belfast. See: www.q-con.org.uk for more info.
 

The Second Edition of the Heart of Empire CD-Rom is now here! Well, we're glad you asked! The first edition contained the entirety of the prequel to Heart of Empire, the Adventures of Luther Arkwright, but Bryan and myself were never 100% happy with the quality of the scans. We added the comic on there for the sake of completeness but never really made a big deal of the fact that it was there. We also were aware that rescanning the whole of Arkwright to the point of "digitally remastering" it would take about six months or so.... And then a fan who is also a publisher in the Czech Republic talked Bryan into lending him all of the original artwork to Arkwright and he literally spent six months doing nothing but scannign it in at massively high resolution. And so the second edition of the CD-Rom was born, with much better quality versions of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright.

It's available to buy right now at Cafe Press for only $18.00..

 
Bryan has now completed Alice in Sunderland and is waiting to sign with a British and American publisher. Watch this space for more info!
 
Bryan and myself are completing work on the Adventures of Luther Arkwright webcomic: very soon now you will be able to read the WHOLE of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright right here on the fanpage at a very high resolution! Watch this space for more info. You will be able to see a free version of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright webcomic at the Bristol comics festival in Bristol, England on May 13th and 14th - which Bryan and myself will both be attending.
 
The French edition of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright was launched at the
Angouleme festival in January. They have a review of the book online and also an interview with Bryan.
 
Bryan and Neil Gaiman did an excellent protest comic against Clause 28 - which is now able to be read online.
 
A fan recently got in touch with Bryan through this site and asked to do an interview with Bryan; the results are online at Leonies blog.
 
Bryan will be a guest at the Norwegian Raptus 2006 Festival on September
8-10
. See: http://www.tib.no/raptus
 

Narwain Comics have recently published the conspiracy theory comic The Great Seals issue 1 with Bryan's cover. Their website is at www.narwain.com.

See the full size version of the cover in thumbnail gallery 18.

 
The French edition of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright was launched at the
Angouleme festival in January. Here's a review of the book: and an interview with Bryan and an image of the cover of the book (warning: HUGE image - horizontal scrolling required!) from Gallery 18.
 
Alice in Sunderland has reached 300 pages completed out of a total of 320! (and the page count has just increased - Bryan is finding more stuff he needs to add!)
 

The Adventures of Luther Arkwright has just been published in the Czech Republic by Comics Centrum. This is an astounding edition and the best ever produced. At a masive 35cm x 24cm, the hardback weighs 2 kilos and is a sumptuous labour of love.

The publisher, Vaclav Dort, has digitally remastered all the artwork and, at long last, all the tonal pages are printed properly. In the past, light areas have bleached out or dark ones filled in but now all the detail is fully visible for the first time.

Add to this a wealth of extra features, including articles, sketches, Bayeau Tapestry endpapers, all the covers of the Valkyrie and Dark Horse editions and a specially written introduction by Bryan and you have the definitive edition. If only it was in English! Check out the cover!

What you can't see here is that the title lettering is in gold.
Comics Centrum will be publishing Heart of Empire next year, followed by The Tale of One Bad Rat. The first French edition of ARKWRIGHT is published this month by Kymera Comics. This is a trade paperback but uses the new digitally remastered artwork and also has a host of extra features.

For anyone looking to buy this comic, it's full details are:
format: 235 x 340 mm (19.5 x 13.4 inches) in hard cover
number of pages: 288
translation: Dana Krejcova
ISBN: 80-86839-05-2
EAN: 978-80-86839-05-9
price: 999,- CZK (40 USD)
Publisher: Comics Centrum

 
Bryan has just done this inked sketch for the Draw the World Together charity project. See: www.drawtheworldtogether.com. The illo will be auctioned online and a limited edition of 5 signed copies will also be on sale.
 
Bryan will be a guest at the Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada da Amadora in Lisbon on the 5th and 6th of November. He'll also have eight pages of artwork, including some from ALICE IN SUNDERLAND, in the dream- themed comic art exhibition which runs from 21th October to 6th November. For more information, email: [email protected]
 
Here's a new interview with Bryan with the Greek comic group http://www.comicdom.gr/interviews_archive.php?id=6&lang=en
 
Bryan has recently done this frontispiece for the Nemi Summer Special. You may have seen the Nemi strip by Lise in the UK Metro Newspaper but she's a phenomenon in Scandinavia. The 100 page special will be out on July 18 and has a theme of elves and fairies. It has a retail price of NOK 49,50 (around four quid, I think) and is availlable in Norway, Sweden and Finland from Egmont Publishing.
 
There is a new interview with Bryan on the BBC Cult TV website! - about the new Luther Arkwright audio CD adventure - check it out! - they were also kind enough to link back here since I got them in touch with Bryan.
 
There is an excellent article on Bryan over at the Comic Book Creators Guild - although the footer to the article says that it was mostly compiled from stuff available here on the fanpage!
 
David Tennant, currently getting quite a bit of attention - including TV ads and a poster campaign - for his portrayal of Casanova in the in the forthcoming BBC serial is playing the part of Luther Arkwright in the imminent Big Finish audio drama adaptation!
 

The Luther Arkwright Audio CD is now available!

Yes! - the first time Luther has appeared anywhere but in a comic format! The publishers of the audio CD - Big Finish - say the following about the CD:

Luther battles against the Disruptors in a parallel world where many things are familiar - but nothing is the same.

The alternative England where Luther fights the Disruptors did not see the monarchy restored after the English Civil War and has been under the rule of the Puritan Parliamentarians for hundreds of years. Lead by a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, England is ripe for the taking by European superpowers that are preparing to invade.

Many in England dream of past glories and an empire ruled by the long exiled Kings and Queens of England. A second Civil war is brewing - its aim to bring Prince Charles to the throne and Luther must help to ensure that the right side wins - not just for the sake of this world, but for all worlds...

When it is launched we will be offering an exclusive Special Edition version which will include a copy of the Heart of Empire CD-Rom! Check back here for details!

Also see the Big Finish website for more info.

 

Heath Ledger's fanpage recently published the following rumour about the Luther Arkwright movie:
"The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright: Aussie production company KouKou has acquired the film rights to the Bryan Talbot-created parallel universes-themed graphic novel series with plans to produce both "Luther" and the sequel "Heart of Empire". "Luther" will be turned into two-live action films with Heath Ledger already being rumoured as a star, whilst that will be followed up by two animated features. 'Luther' follows psychically gifted agents Luther Arkwright and Rose Wylde who are sent to investigate a cosmic conspiracy that threatens to destroy the very fabric of the multiverse.

Producer Sophie Patrick says "It's an intricate adventure story that spans multiple universes, combing the best elements of science fiction, action movies and historical drama. Luther and Rose are not your typical action heroes - and Luther Arkwright isn't going to be your typical buddy action movie. They are complex and fascinating characters, with unique abilities, but who aren't afraid of using deadly force when the fate of the multiverse is at stake". "The Bunker" writer Bruce Mutard will adapt the screenplay. Thanks to 'Pat'."

Bryan is currently asking KouKou for an official statement.... watch this space!

 
Check this out - a Halloween costume based on one of Bryan's illustrations
of Death from Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN
. You have to scroll down to see the illo the outfit's based on. www.livejournal.com/users/gothic_lolita/39731.html
 

On a personal note I am proud to announce the arrival of a new Talbot fan! Kai Luther Frater-Robertson was born Wednesday September 8th, and weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz; mum and baby are both doing well, and before anyone asks, the Luther in the name is for Martin Luther King, and not a certain alternative-travelling white haired Homo Novus.... honest... well, OK then - it is for both Martin Luther King and Luther Arkwright!

 
See Bryan's steampunk illustration especially done for the invitation of the
wedding of Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe:
www.sandm.co.uk/~simon/images/MarySimon.smallJPG.jpg
 
Bryan was commissioned to design a bookplate for the Durham Literature Festival. You can see it at: www.literaturefestival.co.uk/2004/bookplate/index.html It is also available as a PDF file to download and print out.
 
Rosen Publishing, USA is shortly releasing a book on Bryan's graphic novels. Bryan's in good company, as the other books in the series
feature Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman and Collen
Doran. More details to be announced as they come in: check out the rather excellent cover of the book.
 
Latest news about Alice in Sunderland: Bryan tells me that the tentative, but not definite, release date for the first issue of Words and Pictures wherein it'll be serialised is this winter. The book itself, though, it something over a year away.
 

Bryan has a full chapter devoted to him in the forthcoming book, "True Brit."

True Brit is a 200 page book that celebrates the rich history of British comic book artists with a wide selection of breathtaking art, photographs, and intimate interviews with the men who have transformed the comics field to the popular sensation it is today!

From bestsellers like Watchmen to current day sensation The Ultimates, the artists of England have revolutionized the way comics are seen and perceived. This book features interviews, profiles, and art from Leo Baxendale, Frank Bellamy, Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, John M. Burns, Alan Davis, Ron Embleton, Hunt Emerson, Dave Gibbons, Frank Hampson, Bryan Hitch, Syd Jordan, Don Lawrence, David Lloyd, Dave McKean, Mike Noble, Kevin O'Neill, Frank Quitely, KenReid, Bryan Talbot and Barry Windsor-Smith.

Along with over two hundred images and a lavish historical essay, this book is easily the essential book on comic art in Great Britain. Edited by George Khoury (author of Kimota. The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore). Release date is August 19, 2004. Cover Price is $24.95. For more info: www.twomorrows.com.

 
The Spanish edition of HEART OF EMPIRE - "El Corazon del Imperio" - has been nominated for Best Foreign Work at the Salo Internacional del Comic de Barcelona.
 
Big Finish have announced their new audio drama of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright! It will be recorded in March and April of this year; check out the press release on the Big Finish website! Breaking news: the CD is being recorded as we speak, and none other than Paul Darrow is playing Cromwell! Paul Darrow played Avon in the cult classic, Blake's 7!
 

The cover artwork for the forthcoming Luther Arkwright roleplaying game has been released, and (as you would expect, since Bryan created it) it's kind of stunning!

We will run more news and features on this forthcoming game as soon as we get it, but for now check out the publishers site, Hogshead Games.

(click on the image to the left to see it at full size, or go straight to the full size Zero-Zero page in gallery 17)

 

The press releases that goes with the game is as follows: Press release: Hogshead Publishing to publish new Arkwright roleplaying game
This autumn sees the release of "Zero Zero" a role-playing game set in the world of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot. Hogshead Publishing, one of the largest role-playing producers in Europe, has joined forces with Bryan to develop the game. Now under new management, the company is billing this as a flagship product and producing a stream of Zero Zero books for Arkwright fans to savour.

"This is great material for role-playing games," said Mark Ricketts Hogshead’s Director "Arkwright offers a myriad of style, politics and irony which will delight any role-player. Already we have had tremendous interest in this game."

The game will put players right into the Arkwright world in such nefarious roles as "Ruffian" or "Scallywag" or maybe the slightly more heroic incarnations of "empath" and "agent". Soon they will find they have to save the world. Or, in this case, many worlds as Zero Zero is set in a “multiverse” of fun. Packed full of Bryan’s concepts and artwork Zero Zero’s promises to deliver a mix of eclectic technology, historical vandalism, high culture and low morals. Available in all good planes of existence.

Bryan has a blow-up of a frame from ALICE IN SUNDERLAND featuring the
Teacher from THE BASH STREET KIDS in Leo Baxendale's touring exhibition
MINNIE, PLUM AND BASH STREET UR 50! See:
http://www.reaper.co.uk/bax/index.htm for details and venues.
 
Bryan is just back from the Gijon FestivalSpain where the Spanish Edition of Heart of Empire was nominated for two Haxtur Awards, and Bryan won a Haxtur for "Favourite Creator".
 
Bryan has some artwork for sale in the Winter comic festival charity auction at
www.mogwog.com/sites/comicsfestival/winterfest2/winterfest1.html - or check out the main page of the auction site.
 
Big Finish Productions, makers of radio plays and CD audio dramas (Dr Who, Judge Dredd etc) have just bought the rights to adapt The Adventures of Luther Arkwright.
 
For those of you who missed Bryan's House of Death, the 20 page Judge Dredd / Judge Death RPG comic strip written by Pat Mills and originally published in Diceman #1 in 1986, it is reprinted in the brand new 2000ad Extreme Edition 1, on sale at all good UK newsagents now! (this is also where Bryan draws the only known version of Judge Fear's face!)
 
Bryan will be at the Lucca Festival, Tuscany, Italy 31 October / 2 November: see their site at for more info: www.luccacomics.com
Bryan will also be at the Gijon festival, Asturias, N. Spain 7 -11th October
For more info email Sofia Rodríguez at:[email protected]
 

Bryan's artwork for his recent FABLES story, BAG O' BONES is now on sale at KOMIX WORLD.

José Carlos Neves of Ouro Preto in Brazil has just posted a lengthy interview with Bryan, which including some questions on a few unusual subjects. His website is devoted to the comics of Alan Moore, hence the slant of the interview.

Please note that the url to Bryan's prints at the Pod Gallery has changed to http://podgallery.com/talbot

Bryan's "Celtic Hourglass" logo for the SAND writers' group can be seen at the SAND website.

 

Nightjar - the "lost" Bryan Talbot and Alan Moore strip finally sees print!

Did you ever hear of Nightjar - the "lost WARRIOR story?" This was a strip written by Alan Moore before he became a comics megastar. It would have been his first horror strip - way before his SWAMP THING. It was to have been drawn by Bryan, who partially pencilled and inked a few pages before Alan and Dez Skinn, editor/publisher of WARRIOR fell out big time and Alan stopped contributing to the book, leaving NIGHTJAR shelved. Now, 23 years later, AVATAR PRESS has commissioned Bryan to finish the artwork for the first chapter, the only one that Alan wrote.

The piece will be accompanied by the full Alan Moore script text, an article written by Bryan explaining the background and the text of a 10-page letter written to Bryan, in which Alan sets out his thoughts and feelings about the strip he is about to write. This in itself is an important historical
document in comic book terms. Here is a fascinating glimpse into the the creative process of the emerging talent that many now regard as the greatest comic writer of all time as he reinvents the comic book horror genre.

Here is a sample of an unlettered page - pencilled 23 years ago and inked and finished on the computer by Bryan two weeks ago! All the NIGHTJAR material will appear in YUGGOTH CULTURES AND OTHER GROWTHS #1 (of 3) scheduled for a Sept 2003 release from AVATAR. 40 pp book, $3.95 cover price. [also see the more detailed article about Bryan and Alan Moore's collaboration on Yuggoth Cultures.]
 
More news on Bryan's upcoming work, Alice in Sunderland: first of all there is an article by Rich Johnston, originally published at Comic Book Resources, and there are also some images from the comic in gallery 16 - the frontispiece and page 6 and page 39.
 

For immediate release 22/04/2003
Media Release
The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright –
Award-Winning Graphic Novel In New Film Deal


KouKou Productions, a Melbourne-based film production company, today announced plans to develop the award-winning British graphic novel, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright as a feature length film.

“The Adventures of Luther Arkwright is a stunning, quasi-futuristic graphic novel that deserves the big-screen treatment,” says Sophie Patrick, Producer, KouKou Productions.

“It’s an intricate adventure story that spans multiple universes, combing the best elements of science fiction, action movies and historical drama,” explains Sophie.

Most of the action in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright takes place on one of many alternate parallels, where psychically gifted agents Luther Arkwright and Rose Wylde are sent to investigate a cosmic conspiracy that threatens to destroy the very fabric of the multiverse.

“Luther and Rose are not your typical action heroes – and Luther Arkwright isn’t going to be your typical ‘buddy’ action movie,” says Sophie Patrick. “They are complex and fascinating characters, with unique abilities, but who aren’t afraid of using deadly force when the fate of the multiverse is at
stake!”

The Adventures of Luther Arkwright was created by celebrated British writer-artist Bryan Talbot. First published as a nine-issue comic, the series won the prestigious Eagle Awards for “Best New Comic” and “Favourite Character”, before being published in America by Dark Horse comics, where it
became a best-seller.

Melbourne-based comic book writer and artist Bruce Mutard has been commissioned to write the screenplay adaptation. Bruce's writing credits include the forthcoming graphic novel The Bunker which will be released by Image Publishing in America later this year, as well as humorous strips for international comics such as DEE VEE (Australia) and Small Press Expo (USA).

Sophie Patrick, together with her husband Kevin Patrick, is also the
publisher of the popular vintage Australian superhero comic The Panther. KouKou Productions predicts that production of Luther Arkwright will commence in 2004.For further information, please contact Sophie Patrick at [email protected]

This press release is also available as a downloadable Word document - also see Bryan's interview about the movie option at Silver Bullet comics.

 
Bryan has created a logo for the Sand writers group, and their site is online at www.sandwriting.co.uk - obviously with a version of the logo on the site! (this item added on12/5/03)
 

Prints of Bryan's artwork have been available to buy for a long time on the POD Gallery. They've just announced an extension to their product linup as follows:

Starting Tuesday, April 21, POD Gallery will be offering a new type of product on the site: Paper Notecards. These cards are 5 x 7 inches, with blank interiors, and are printed on heavy 12 pt Strathmore cover stock using an Indigo digital printer. The front of the cards will feature the image with a white border (1/4 to 1/2 inch), and the back will have a small PODgallery logo with our standard copyright line including your name. The cards are extremely beautiful and come with envelopes, sealed in poly bags in quantities of a dozen. Retail price will be $36/dozen.

 
A new interview with Bryan has been published to co-incide with the release of Fables: check it out at the Comicon site. Also see the censored panel from the comic!
 

Bryan's image The Censor has been used as the cover of a book on censorship - appropriately enough; this is the press release:

What Right?
The two volumes of What Right? are graphic interpretations of what it means to live in a society where we presumably enjoy the right to free speech, and what happens when, as often happens, that right is challenged. Each book includes an introduction by Mark Macdonald.
ISBN: 1-55152-137-7
Number of Pages: 176
Price Can: $21.95
Price US: $16.95
For much more info see the Arsenal Pulp Press site.

Click here to see this image at full size.

 

This is a sneak preview of what Bryan is currently working on... I will post more info here on the site - in particular the news page - as soon as Bryan releases it....

Check out the full size Alice in Sunderland page in gallery 15.

Bryan is working with creative photography designer Jordan Smith on the wraparound cover, of which this is an element. See Jordan's work at www.darkview.co.uk

 
The Bryan Talbot Fanpage Emporium has now opened! Yes, you can now buy original artwork, Heart of Empire CD-Rom's, merchandise, posters and more, all in the Emporium!
 
It has come to our attention that an up-and-coming Notting Hill Gate rap artist is going by the name of... Chester P. Hackenbush! How cool is that? This just in: Chester P. Hackenbush, the Notting Hill Gate rapper named after Bryan's first comic creation, is growing in popularity and fame. And, apparently, at the next mayoral elections will be standing against Ken Livingston for the office of Mayor of London! You heard it here first! Check out the Lowlife Records site with some of Chesters stuff on it!
 

Octobriana movie announced! A movie has been announced, about the Russian freedom fighter Octobriana! Check out their website for more information at www.octobriana.net. Also check out the publicity still of a live action Octobriana!

Octobriana is featured on the cover of issue three of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright (Dark Horse edition) and also on the cover of issue three of the Valkyrie press edition of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright - the Firefrost Principle.

Octobriana is a "freeware" character: for more information, check out the Beginners guide to Octobriana, and another Octobriana site, revealing the hoax behind her creation...

 
Bryan has given an interview at the Wizard World site, entitiled The Fables of Bryan Talbot. Check it out! It's about Bryan's forthcoming work on Fables: Fables, of course, is Bill Willingham's innovative new series about fairy folk and fairy tales displaced. Check out the interview for more. Also see a spread from the Fables comic in thumbnail gallery 14.
 
Bryan has just got a section dedicated to his work in 2000ad over at their site: check it out! Also on the 2000ad site, be sure to see the gallery of Bryan's 2000ad front covers there.
 
Bryan has a section in the Hip Flask pastiche / satire: check it out - and Bryan says be sure to check out 1978 in the timeline....
 
Josef Rother has written an article on Bryan (in German) and posted the Cold Snap comic on the web (see pages one, two, three and four) I am currently sorting out an English translation for this comic and will have it online here as soon as.
 
A sculptor is currently creating the master versions for some soon to be released Luther Arkwright figurines. We have got some pre-release production shots: check out image one and image two - they look stunning!
 
Some of Bryan's original artwork for Nemesis is available to buy at Komix World right now! I have a few examples of what is for sale in Gallery 13.
 
The Tale of One Bad Rat has been optioned for a movie! Read the full press release, or in short a company has acquired the rights to make the Tale of One Bad Rat into a movie!
 
The Storyteller image has just been reprinted in the Friends of Lulu book Storytime published at $9,95. They have a website at http://www.friends-lulu.org/
 
Bryan will be contributing to the forthcoming Vampires hardcover: check out the article on the Dark Horse site for more info.

Memento - exclusive online comic story comes to the site

Memento is a full colour, "silent" 12 page comic story by Bryan Talbot, to be published in the 2000AD Xmas Special (Prog 2002) on 19th December 2001. By kind permission of the publishers, Rebellion, we are going to be running the strip online, adding a few panels every day, until the whole strip can be viewed in a unique panel-by-panel format, to be completed by the 22nd December.

Start reading Memento online right now.


The Heart of Empire CD-Rom is available for purchase right now, online! Check out the online store at Things From Another World, to buy it right now, or check out the Heart of Empire CD-Rom homepage for more info.

Bryan and myself have just released the Heart of Empire CD-Rom press release: check it out!

 

 
   
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