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Sunday March 1st 2015
Steve Bell announced as latest guest speaker for the U.K. Graphic Novel Expo
Steve joins growing list of speakers including Posy Simmonds, Dave Gibbons, Dylan Horrocks and the Talbots for the very first U.K. Graphic Novel Expo, taking place in Sunderland on Saturday 30th May at the City Space building of Sunderland University.
It's your chance to meet the top UK GN publishers from big names such as Jonathan Cape and SelfMadeHero to small press self-publishers. Entry to both the publishers' Hall and the schedule of talks and panel discussions is free. In the publishers' Hall, Woodrow Phoenix will be presenting his giant graphic novel She Lives and there will be workshops by Metaphrog and Bryan.
Wednesday February 18th 2015 update:
Bryan and Mary are doing several illustrated talks altogether on Sally Heathcote Suffragette, as part of the Read Regional 2015 campaign throughout Yorkshire and the North East:
- Part of an International Women's Day event at Hull Central Library
7th March 3pm
- Wallsend Customer First Centre
25th March 1.30pm
- Part of a World Book Night event at Teesside University
23rd April 7pm
- Skipton Library
29th April 7.30pm
- Part of the Crossing the Tees Book Festival, Stockton Central Library
10th June 6pm
- Newcastle City Library
16th June 6.30pm
- Consett Library
23rd June 2pm
The Art of Alwyn Talbot
In 2011, Bryan and Alwyn collaborated on Caterpillars, a Judge Dredd strip for 2000AD, which you can see on the 2000ad Tumblr.
Alwyn also drew Preparation for Leadership, a 4-page strip for the political satire anthology CROSS, written by Mary Talbot. Download it from the Wounded Leaders site.
Here's the cover to the German edition of Sally Heathcote, the Chinese edition of Dotter of her Fathers' Eye and the back cover to the Spanish edition of Sally published by Ediciones La Cúpula on the 27th February.
There are some sample pages from the Chinese edition of Dotter of her Father's Eyes over on Mary Talbot's site.
Thursday January 29th 2015 update:
The Guardian has published an excellent interview with Bryan, calling him the father of the English graphic novel.
Bryan just sent over the cover of the Spanish Edition of Sally Heathcote, published by Ediciones La Cúpula on the 27th February.
Also: UK fans - make sure you buy the Guardian this Saturday: there is an interview in there with Bryan, mainly about Grandville! I will post a link to it for non-UK fans as soon as possible. (although - don't forget: this is Super Bowl weekend: home of a long-standing weekend long booze-up with some old friends!)
Sunday January 25th 2015 update:
When I posted this image as part of last weeks update to publicise Bryan and Mary going to the Sunderland Comic Con on 21st & 22nd February it was one of those updates that Bryan sent over that I didn't really look at - just hurried up to get onto the site...
Which shows why you should always proof-read everything, as it is not plugging the Sunderland Comic Con but: Storytelling and Adaptation on Sunday March 15th at North Huddersfield Trust School! Also appearing with Bryan and Mary are choreographer Bettina Carpi and composer Gary Lloyd.
Down The Tubes reviewed Grandville: Noël - "Another rip-roaring adventure on one level, crammed with wonderful references and homage to other comic and literary characters, Grandville: Noël also addresses some deep philosophical issues"
- When Bryan first conceived of Grandville, there was a chance that it might be a monthly comic, and so Jordan Smith, Bryan's long-time collaborator and renowned steampunk artist thought that there might be a chance for him to be able to design and create the covers... - and so created these two gorgeous images to send to Bryan so he could see his ideas.
Alas Grandville came out as an all-on-one graphic novel, but one of the great things about the web and running fanpages like this is the chance to showcase outstanding work that would otherwise never see the light of day.
Catch up with Jordans work on Facebook, Twitter, and see his profile on the Steampunk Empire site and the Saatchi art site.
- The Cartoonists Club of Great Britain reviews Grandville: Noel: "Regardless of whether you've discovered them before or are entirely new to the Grandville books, they are undoubtedly some of the most creative and exciting stories being created in British comics today and so deserve your attention."
- Bryan also says to look out for Wonderlands - the U.K. Graphic Novel Expo, a one-off event, Sat 30th May, in Sunderland, free entry. Details to follow!
- And finally: Bryan and Mary are guests at the Sunderland Comic Con, 21st & 22nd February. It will be held at: Seaburn Centre, Whitburn Road, Sunderland, SR6 8AA
Thursday January 8th 2015 update:
- Both Sally Heathcote: Suffragette and Grandville Noël feature in Joe Gordon's best books of 2014, over on the Forbidden Planet International blog.
- Woman and her sphere reviews Sally Heathcote: "I had no hesitation in deciding that Sally Heathcote Suffragette was a winner."
- Simon Chandwick reviews Grandville: Noël: "Talbot is both a skilled writer as well as a talented artist, and he's not afraid to take his story down darker roads or use more challenging material to flesh out his story."
Monday January 5th 2015 update: obligatory "happy New Year everyone" - and "holy cow - have I really been running this fanpage for 18 years now?!" - here's where I announced the launch of the site, back in the days of newsgroups!
Anyway: Bryan sent over a short interview with Pádraig O'Méaloid about Grandville Noël, in which he talks a little about the fifth book.
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.
All of the older announcements of news and events have been moved to the old announcements page.