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Tales from the Sunderland


This article was originally published by Rich Johnston at Comic Book Resources on Monday June 2nd 2003 at this address, and was added to this site on Tuesday June 3rd 2003.

Bryan Talbot's "Alice In Sunderland" is a project without a publisher. From the author of the acclaimed "Luther Arkwright," one of the most borrowed graphic novels in libraries, "A Tale Of One Bad Rat," and the inspiration for the likes of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, Bryan Talbot goes deeper into his muse with this most remarkable book.

If you're an American publisher with an interest in putting out a colour graphic novel for the masses, e-mail Bryan via

"Alice In Sunderland" is a 250 page black and white with spot colour graphic novel, Bryan describes as a "Portmanteau Comic" and hopes it's "like nothing you've seen before."

Bryan continues, "The theme is Lewis Carroll and his muse, Alice Liddell, told in a dream-logic documentary style, but the book really is about history and storytelling and contains many other stories running a gamut of styles, all intricately interwoven and using the framing device of an Edwardian Music Hall. Beneath its seeming stream-of-consciousness surface is a rock-solid structure.

"Although I have been working in comics and graphic novels for many years, this will be only the second non-genre, ie mainstream fiction, book I've done. The first one was The Tale Of One Bad Rat a graphic novel using a Beatrix Potter theme to explore the psychological after-effects of child sexual abuse.

"'Alice' is very different in style and content."

Also see the Alice in Sunderland homepage where the issues about Alice's lack of a publisher mentioned by Rich above is addressed.

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