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Bryan Talbot

Talbot at the Big Apple Con, 14 November 2008.
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
Heart of Empire
Alice in Sunderland
Awards Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint (1996)
Haxtur Award for Best Long Comic Strip (1999)
Inkpot Award (2000)
Official website

Bryan Talbot is a comic book artist and writer. He is best known as the creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and its sequel Heart of Empire.



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.

In the early to mid-eighties he provide art for some of 2000 AD's flagship serials, producing 3 series of Nemesis the Warlock, as well as strips for Judge Dredd and Sláine.

The Tale of One Bad Rat deals with recovery from childhood sexual abuse.

Talbot moved to the American market in the 1990s, principally for DC, on titles like Hellblazer,[1] 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.

He has also illustrated Bill Willingham's Fables,[2] as well as returning to the Luther Arkwright universe with Heart of Empire. He has also worked on The Dead Boy Detectives.

In 2006, he announced the graphic novel Metronome, an existential, textless erotically-charged visual poem,[3][4] written under the pseudonym Véronique Tanaka. He admitted that he was the author in 2009.[5]

In 2007 he released Alice in Sunderland, which documents the connections between Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and the Sunderland and Wearside area.[6] He also wrote and drew the layouts for Cherubs!, which he describes as "an irreverent fast-paced supernatural comedy-adventure."[7]

His upcoming work includes 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".[7] It is planned as the first in a series of four or five graphic novels.[8][9][10]


Comics work includes:

  • One-Off:
    • "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):
    • A Game of You (DC, 1991-1992, ISBN 1-56389-089-5 )
    • Fables and Reflections (DC, 1991-1993, ISBN 1-56389-105-0 )
    • Worlds' End (DC, 1993, ISBN 1-56389-170-0)

Awards and recognition

Talbot was given an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by University of Sunderland in July 2009, the first time this has been done for a comic book artist.[12]


  1. ^ 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  
  2. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Fables", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 72–81, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015  
  3. ^ A Graphic Poem (Online), Down The Tubes
  4. ^ Metronome sequence, Lying in the Gutters, Comic Book Resources
  5. ^ a b "Shaved her leg and then he was a she", Forbidden Planet blog, April 14, 2009
  6. ^ Robertson, Ross (March 27, 2007). "News focus: Alice in Pictureland". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 2007-03-29.  
  7. ^ a b Bryan Talbot: An Artistic Wonder From Wearside, interview with Paul Gravett
  8. ^ Manning, Shaun (June 12, 2009). "Bryan Talbot Talks “Grandville”". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-06-12.  
  9. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 2, 2009). "The Grandville Tour: Talking to Bryan Talbot". Newsarama. Retrieved 2009-09-16.  
  10. ^ Lamar, Andre (July 2, 2009). "Bryan Talbot: Creating an Anthropomorphic Thriller in that Ol' Steampunk Style". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-09-16.  
  11. ^ 2008 Eisner Award Nominees Named (press release), Newsarama, 14 April 2008
  12. ^ University honour for comic book artist, Sunderland Echo, July 18, 2009


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