Talbot signing Alice in Sunderland at Eastercon in England, March 25, 2008
24 February 1952 |
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colorist|
|Notable works||The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
Heart of Empire
Alice in Sunderland
The Tale of One Bad Rat
|Awards||Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint (1996)
Haxtur Award for Best Long Comic Strip (1999)
Inkpot Award (2000)
Costa biography award (2012)
Bryan Talbot (born 24 February 1952) is a British comic book artist and writer, best known as the creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and its sequel Heart of Empire. He collaborated with his wife, Mary M. Talbot to produce Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, which won the 2012 Costa biography award.
Early life 
Bryan Talbot was born in Wigan, Lancashire, on 24 February 1952. He attended Wigan Grammar School, the Wigan School of Art, and Harris College in Preston, Lancashire, from which he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design.
Talbot began his comics work in the underground comix scene of the late 1960s. In 1969 his first work appeared as illustrations in Mallorn, the British Tolkien Society magazine, followed in 1972 by a weekly strip in his college newspaper.
He continued in the scene after leaving college, producing Brainstorm Comix, the first three of which formed The Chester P. Hackenbush Trilogy (a character reworked by Alan Moore as Chester Williams for Swamp Thing).
He started The Adventures of Luther Arkwright in 1978. It was originally published in Near Myths and continued on over the years in other publications. It was eventually collected together into one volume by Dark Horse. Along with When the Wind Blows it is one of the first British graphic novels.
Talbot moved to the American market in the 1990s, principally for DC, on titles like Hellblazer, Sandman and Batman. He also produced the art for The Nazz by Tom Veitch and worked with Tom's brother Rick Veitch on Teknophage, one of a number of mini-series he drew for Tekno Comix.
Talbot has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.
In 2006, he announced the graphic novel Metronome, an existential, textless erotically-charged visual poem, written under the pseudonym Véronique Tanaka. He admitted that he was the author in 2009.
In 2007 he released Alice in Sunderland, which documents the connections between Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and the Sunderland and Wearside area. He also wrote and drew the layouts for Cherubs!, which he describes as "an irreverent fast-paced supernatural comedy-adventure."
His upcoming work includes a sequel to 2009's Grandville, which Talbot says is "a detective steampunk thriller" and Paul Gravett calls it "an inspired reimagining of some of the first French anthropomorphic caricatures". It is planned as the first in a series of four or five graphic novels.
- The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (various publishers: 1978-1989, ISBN 1-56971-255-7)
- Brainstorm: The Complete Chester P.Hackenbush and Other Underground Classics (Alchemy Publications, 1982, ISBN 0-9508487-0-0 reprinted 1999, ISBN 0-9508487-1-9)
- Tharg's Future Shocks: "The Wages of Sin" (with Alan Moore, in 2000 AD #257, 1982)
- Ro-Busters: "Old Red Eyes is Back" (with Alan Moore, in 2000AD Annual 1983, 1982)
- Nemesis the Warlock (with Pat Mills):
- "The Gothic Empire (Book IV)" (in 2000 AD #390-406, 1984–1985)
- "Vengeance of Thoth (Book V)" (in 2000 AD #435-445, 1985)
- "Torquemurder (Book VI) Part 1" (in 2000 AD #482-487, 1986)
- "Torquemurder (Book VI) Part 2" (in 2000 AD #500-504, 1986–1987)
- Sláine: "The Time Killer" (with Pat Mills, in 2000 AD #431, 1985)
- Judge Dredd:
- "House of Death" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in Dice Man #1, 1986)
- "Last Voyage of the Flying Dutchman" (with John Wagner/[Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #459, 1986)
- "Judge Dredd and the Seven Dwarves" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1987, 1986)
- "Ladies' Night" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000AD Annual 1987, 1986)
- "Caterpillars" (script by Michael Carroll, coloured by Alwyn Talbot, in 2000 AD #1730, April 2011)
- "Alien Enemy" (with script and pencils Mike Matthews, in 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1987)
- "Memento" (in 2000 AD prog 2002, 2001)
- Sandman (with Neil Gaiman):
- The Tale of One Bad Rat (Dark Horse, 4-issue mini-series, 1995, ISBN 1-56971-077-5)
- Neil Gaiman's Phage: Shadow Death (script, with pencils by David Pugh and inks by Tim Perkins, 6-issue limited series, Tekno Comix, June–November 1996)
- Batman: Dark Legends (reprints Legends of the Dark Knight #39 - 40, 50, 52 - 54, 1996, ISBN 1-85286-723-X)
- The Dreaming #9-12 (writer, with artists Dave Taylor (#9) and Peter Doherty (#10-12), DC, February–May, 1997)
- Heart of Empire: Or the Legacy of Luther Arkwright (Dark Horse, 9-issue limited series, 1999, ISBN 1-56971-567-X)
- Hellblazer Annual #1 (Hellblazer Annual story: "The Bloody Saint", interior art only.)
- The Dead Boy Detectives (with Ed Brubaker, Vertigo, 4 issue mini-series, 2001)
- "Nightjar" (with Alan Moore, in Alan Moore's Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #1, Avatar, 2003)
- Fables: Storybook Love (with Bill Willingham, Vertigo, 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0256-X)
- Alice in Sunderland (graphic novel, Jonathan Cape, April 2007, ISBN 978-0-224-08076-7)
- The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends. Calumet, Illinois: Moonstone. ISBN 1-933076-25-9.
- Cherubs! (with Mark Stafford, graphic novel, 104 pages, Desperado Publishing, November 2007, ISBN 0-9795939-9-9)
- The Art of Bryan Talbot (96 pages, NBM Publishing, December 2007, ISBN 1-56163-512-X)
- Metronome (as Véronique Tanaka, 64 pages, NBM Publishing, May 2008, ISBN 1-56163-526-X)
- Grandville (graphic novel, 104 pages, Jonathan Cape, ISBN 0-224-08488-7, October 2009, Dark Horse Comics, ISBN 1-59582-397-2, November 2009)
- Grandville Mon Amour (graphic novel, 104 pages, Jonathan Cape, ISBN 0-224-09000-3, December 2010)
- Dotter of Her Father's Eyes (with his wife Mary Talbot, graphic novel, 88 pages, Dark Horse Comics)
- Grandville Bête Noire (graphic novel, 104 pages, Jonathan Cape, ISBN 0-224-09624-9, December 2012, Dark Horse Comics, ISBN 1-59582-890-7, December 2012)
Awards and recognition 
- 1984 Eagle Award for Best Character for Torquemada, from Nemesis the Warlock
- 1987 Eagle Award for Favourite Artist (British)
- 1993 a couple of Eagle Awards, for The Tale of One Bad Rat
- 1996 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint, for The Tale of One Bad Rat
- 1999 Haxtur Award, for Best Long Comic Strip for The Tale of One Bad Rat
- 2000 Inkpot Award
- 2008: Nominated for "Best Painter or Multimedia Artist (interior art)" Eisner Award.
- 2010: Nominated for "Favourite Original Graphic Novel Published During 2009" Eagle Award for Grandville
- "Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Costa novel prize". BBC News. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Bryant Talbot: biography". The Official Bryan Talbot website. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- Irvine, Alex (2008). "John Constantine Hellblazer". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 102–111. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015
- Irvine, Alex (2008). "Fables". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 72–81. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015
- A Graphic Poem (Online), Down The Tubes
- Metronome sequence, Lying in the Gutters, Comic Book Resources
- "Shaved her leg and then he was a she", Forbidden Planet blog, 14 April 2009
- Robertson, Ross (27 March 2007). "News focus: Alice in Pictureland". Sunderland Echo. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
- Bryan Talbot: An Artistic Wonder From Wearside, interview with Paul Gravett
- Manning, Shaun (12 June 2009). "Bryan Talbot Talks "Grandville"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- Arrant, Chris (2 July 2009). "The Grandville Tour: Talking to Bryan Talbot". Newsarama. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- Lamar, Andre (2 July 2009). "Bryan Talbot: Creating an Anthropomorphic Thriller in that Ol' Steampunk Style". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- "2008 Eisner Award Nominees Named". Newsarama. 14 April 2008
- "University honour for comic book artist". Sunderland Echo. 18 July 2009
- "Honour for ground-breaking writer and artist". Northumbria University. 17 July 2012
- Bryan Talbot at the Grand Comics Database
- Bryan Talbot at 2000 AD online
- Bryan Talbot at Lambiek's Comiclopedia
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Bryan Talbot|
- Bryan Talbot at the Comic Book DB
- Official site
- The Preston Speculative Fiction Group biography
- Pod Comix bio
- Memento, "silent" comic available free online
- From honey to homogenous, free online comic: a collaboration by Talbot and Neil Gaiman campaigning against homophobic legislation in the UK.
- The Moorcock Effect by Bryan Talbot, Heliotrope 5, 2008
- The Life of Bryan, Comics Bulletin, 16 June 2000
- British Comics Month - Bryan Talbot speaks, Forbidden Planet, 26 July 2006
- Talbot Deconstructs Alice and Lewis, Publishers Weekly, 21 November 2006
- Engraving the Void and Sketching Parallel Worlds: An Interview with Bryan Talbot, ImageTexT, Winter 2007
- The Many Layers of Bryan Talbot, Comics Bulletin, 21 August 2007
- Curioser and curioser – Bryan draws on Alice, Sunderland Echo, 17 March 2008
- The road from Wigan Pier: Bryan Talbot talks with Pádraig Ó Méalóid, part one and part two, Forbidden Planet blog, 1 October 2009