Bryan Talbot: Father of the British Graphic Novel

by Bryan Talbot & J.D. Harlock

An illustrated biographical novel about the legendary British comic book creator Bryan Talbot, a member of the 1980s-1990s “Brit Pack,” a group of influential British comics creators that included Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, whose work had a major influence on the North American comics industry. The book will detail Talbot's career, his work, and never before heard stories of his time in the comics industry. From his time working with DC Comics to industry events and some landmark happenings, you don’t want to miss these tales from behind the pages!

Oversized ~400-pg hardcover, Colour and B/W. With intros by industry titans Neil Gaiman and Ed Brubaker

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The Book

Experience the sweeping biography of the one and only Bryan Talbot, the Eisner Award Winning British comics artist and writer behind some of the most acclaimed comics in British and American history, with collaborators such as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Bill Willingham, Peter Milligan and other writing icons.

 

From his work at DC on Batman and The Sandman to his work at 2000 AD on Judge Dredd and Nemesis the Warlock to his creator-owned comics like The Tale of One Bad RatAlice in SunderlandGrandville, and the legendary The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, the first British graphic novel, you’ll discover never before revealed  information about his life and work in this beautiful new hardcover designed by Alan Fisher with an exclusive cover illustration by Bryan himself and intros by industry titans Neil Gaiman and Ed Brubaker. Painstakingly compiled over 2 years, this exquisite and lavishly-illustrated book is a a must-have, not only for fans of Talbot's legendary oeuvre, but for anyone with an interest in the history of comics and the craft that goes into creating them! 

 

Praise

Deep in the fog of my comic-obsessive memory, I clearly remember the day at Comic Kingdom in San Diego, that my coworker Mike pulled the imported copies of LUTHER ARKWRIGHT out of the box from some tiny distributor that's no longer around. We sat at the counter and turned the pages for hours, in awe at these books, which we'd heard about for years but never seen.

This was the dark ages, pre-internet, when you'd see a few panels of something that looked amazing in a review in The Comic Journal or CBG or someplace, but actually finding the books themselves was like a quest for buried treasure most of the time. And here it was, finally in our hands. This was a long time ago, when I still imagined I would draw my own comics, and seeing the growth that Bryan Talbot's work took across the course of those two books was inspiring as hell. And the splash pages in the second book were some of the most impressive comics pages I'd seen, maybe ever. The guy lighting the cigarette, Luther leaping off the top of the spire... All of it is still burned into my brain.

I read those books so many times the pages fell out (though this was a common complaint of those editions, I recall) and when Talbot came to Comicon a year or so later, I waited until near the end of the day when no one was waiting in line, and went to talk to him. He doesn't recall this, of course, I was just a kid at a con, but he was really kind and generous with his time. He showed me his original art, and we talked about what pencils and pens and brushes he used. He showed me the amazing pages and let me hold them, to see his ink scratchings on the bristol boards up close. And he told me how long each page had taken to draw and ink. (The one with the guy lighting the cigarette was four or five days of inking, I think he said). The thing I remember leaving with was the idea that this guy was the real deal. Someone struck with the comics bug, a true artist, who probably didn't have a lazy bone in his body, based on his work ethic. I couldn't imagine how he did it all.

Flash forward fifteen or more years, and I'm working on a Sandman spinoff mini-series, The Dead Boy Detectives, and my editor Will Dennis calls to ask what I think about Bryan Talbot drawing it. I might have yelled YES down the phone line, I can't remember, but soon there I was, writing pages that I knew were going to look amazing. And here was an email from Bryan giving me feedback on the British slang and accents (I'm an Anglophile, but you can't learn proper accents from repeats of the Fast Show and Monty Python it turns out) and suggestions for locations... He was trying to make me look good, beyond just drawing the damn thing. What an amazing guy, I thought. I also recall a few medieval flashback battle scenes that are nearly as detailed as some of those Arkwright pages, that I almost feel guilty for making him draw, because I secretly knew that Bryan would draw every soldier on the field, because he told me how disciplined he was long before that.

Years after this, sitting in the bar at a convention in Portugal with Bryan and a bunch of other comics folks, I joked that any time I was getting behind on the deadline I'd write in some double-page spread - a cemetery scene, a battle - because I knew Bryan would take a week drawing it and I'd be able to catch up. Everyone laughed except Bryan, who narrowed his eyes at me for a brief moment. And then he laughed too, hopefully knowing I didn't really mean it (not completely at least). Then he took out his huge portfolio and started showing us all the pages from Alice in Sunderland, which he was still working on, and blew all our minds with all the stylistic shifts he was trying and how beautiful it was.

I can think of only a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium who are as dedicated, and versatile, and experimental, as Bryan Talbot. And it was an honor to work with him (even briefly) and it has always been a joy to be his fan.

Ed Brubaker

July 7, 2022

 

 

“A fascinating and detailed dive into the life, influences and artistic journey of the internationally-acclaimed comics visionary. Take a walk through Bryan’s life and see his work come alive in a whole new dimension.”
- Kurt Busiek, writer of Marvels, Astro City, Avengers, etc

 

“This book vividly shows how Bryan took Nemesis forward and brought back the ABC Warriors.  Both were huge achievements, especially the ABC Warriors because - previously - they were destined for oblivion.”
- Pat Mills, Writer, Nemesis the Warlock, Slaine, Marshal Law etc

 

"Bryan Talbot is an astonishingly original writer and artist. Rarely, if ever, repeating himself, his prolific imagination has brought us works like The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat, and in conjunction with his partner Mary M. Talbot, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes. Thanks to this comprehensive volume, we can see his development and explore the places, the art, the films and the comic books that inspired this ground-breaking career!"
- Jeff Smith, cartoonist and creator of the BONE and TUKI graphic novels
 
"Bryan Talbot is the David Bowie of comics."
- Dez Skinn, Editor, Marvel UK, Warrior, Comics International

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The book you’ve all been waiting for! The Naked Artist 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!

 

“It had me guffaw out loud, something this jaded observer rarely does these days. The story of Will Eisner reluctantly giving up his old coat brought a wide smile too.”
- Denis Kitchen
 
“It’s really bloody funny and a rattling good read.”
 - Si Spencer
 
"Heroes! Villains! Action! Suspense! Humor! Alcohol!"
- Dave Gibbons
 
“Write whatever the hell you like and I’ll swear I’ve said it!”
- Will Eisner
 
“Bryan Talbot…super!”
- Harvey Kurtzman

 

 

Metronome - a 64-page graphic novel by Bryan Talbot, writing as Véronique Tanaka. A "silent", erotically charged visual poem, an experimental non-linear story using a palette of iconic ligne clair images. Symbolism, visual puns and trompe l'oeil conspire in a visual mantra that could be described as "existential manga" if it wasn't for the fact that there is a very human and elegantly structured tale of a doomed relationship providing a solid foundation to the cutting-edge storytelling.

Stretch Goals

Timeline

The book is practically finished. As of the campaign launch, Bryan is doing a final proof read and Jade is compiling the index, and that’s it. So we anticipate being able to send files off to the printer as soon as all pledges are collected after the campaign, and will be aiming for an early 2023 delivery.
 
The pandemic has shown that certain conditions are simply out of anybody’s hands. However, Zoop will always be here to communicate with backers should any delays occur, if there’s confusion about delivery, or if any other concerns pop up.
 

updates

2022-08-11 21:50:03

Early Bird Contest Results!

Zoop

Thank you to ALL supporters from both sides of the pond. Here's the tally from the first 48 hours:
 
U.S.: 60 supporters
U.K.: 66 supporters
 
So we'll be fulfilling out of our UK hub, and the UK supporters get the domestic shipping rates the rest of the campaign! Congrats!
 
In other news, we got a few requests to add a high end art print of a particular Luther Arkwright splash page to the add-ons section, so we just did that -- go check it out and add one to your order!
 
Finally, just letting you know that we altered the page count of the book to ~400 pages. The book is a work in progress, and 500 was an early estimate we were given. But now that it's nearly finished, we're hearing that some whittling down has occurred and it’s turning out to be more like 400 pages. If you're a supporter and take issue with this slight change, please write us at hello@wearezoop.com so we can discuss.
 
- The Zoop Team
 
 

 

2022-08-10 05:30:55

Funded on the First Day!

Zoop

Wow, thank you so much everyone who showed up on day one to support the book! You got us past our funding goal by late afternoon -- needless to say, we're blown away!

 

 

Now onto some Stretch Goals! Once we confirm a few things, we'll post more of them, so keep your eyes peeled -- we've got some great things cooking for you!

 

And, in case you're wondering, our little experiment of charging domestic shipping prices to both US & UK supporters in the first 48 hours, to determine which country we should be fulfilling out of, is a neck and neck race so far. Who's gonna pull it out and have more supporters after 48 hours and get that domestic rate for the rest of the campaign? Stay tuned to find out!

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