Welcome to the official website of Bryan Talbot: writer and artist of comics, graphic novels and illustrations
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.