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Bryan and Mary Talbot, with Kate Charlesworth

Fri 2 May 2014, 18.30-20.30

Conference Centre, British Library

£8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5

Bryan and Mary Talbot

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From 2000AD to Grandville, Bryan Talbot has been long acclaimed as a supreme artist and writer of comics and graphic novels.  Together with his wife Mary he gained mainstream recognition when Dotter of Her Fathers Eyes was awarded a 2013 Costa Book Prize. They have collaborated again on new title Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, a gripping tale of loyalty, love and courage set within the campaign for votes for women and a vividly realised backdrop of Edwardian Britain.

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.

See the trailer for Graphic Novel Man here 

  • Bryan Talbot emerged in the mid-70s as a major force in British Underground comics scene with The Adventures of Luther Arkwright – one of the the first UK graphic novels. His work on Batman, 2000AD, Sandman and Hellblazer, laid the creative foundations for his ground breaking The Tale of One Bad Rat and the ‘dream documentary’ Alice in Sunderland. His maverick approach to expanding the boundaries of sequential storytelling continues in the best selling Grandville series of anthropomorphic Steam Punk detective thrillers.  
  • Mary Talbot is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power, particularly in relation to media and consumer culture. Her recent books include Language and Gender (2nd edition) and Media Discourse: Representation and Interaction, though she continues to be best known for her critical investigation of the 'synthetic sisterhood' offered by teen magazines. Mary  has worked in higher education for over twenty-five years and Dotter of her Father's Eyes was the first work she undertook in the graphic novel format
  • Kate Charlesworth was born in Yorkshire and studied at the Manchester College of Art and Design. Her illustrations have appeared in the Guardian, the Independent and she has worked on many books, comics and magazines. She lives in Edinburgh.
  • Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot is a Digital Story Engine documentary series with unprecedented access to behind the scenes material and personal stories; featuring exclusive contributions from some of the world’s greatest comic creators, including: 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, and Hunt Emerson. All of Bryan Talbot’s major works from Luther Arkwright to the Grandville series will be the subject of individual in-depth DSE programmes.  These documentaries will provide the definitive Bryan Talbot experience for established fans and first time readers and will be available on DVD and HD Digital Download.  For more information please visit:

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