ALICE IN SUNDERLAND is out mid-February in the States from Dark Horse, 5th April from Jonathan Cape here in the UK.
Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest centre of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling and decide for yourself‹does Sunderland really exist?
From Bryan Talbot, the acclaimed creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and The Tale of One Bad Rat, comes Alice in Sunderland, a graphic novel unlike any before. Funny and poignant, thought-provoking and entertaining, traditional and experimental, whimsical and polemical, Alice in Sunderland is a heady cocktail of fact and fiction, a sumptuous and multi-layered journey that will leave you wondering about the magic that¹s waiting to be unlocked in the place where you live.
- Alice in Sunderland is parochial in its focus - but not in content. I believe anyone interested in the way history is formed and, in itself, forms culture, character and a sense of place will be entranced by it. ‹John Tufail, Carrollian scholar
- The narrative and artwork are magic and the structure is magisterial² ‹Leo Baxendale, The Father of British comics
The Next is THE NAKED ARTIST, my first prose book! And my last, after I'm stoned to death by indignant comic creators:
THE NAKED ARTIST: COMIC BOOK LEGENDS
Written by: Bryan Talbot
Cover and interior Art: Hunt Emerson
128pgs, b/w, squarebound, 6² x 9², $11.95
ISBN: 1-933076-25-9, (13 digit) 978-1-933076-25-6
Release date: June/July 2007
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!
("Oh shit!" thinks everyone who has ever been pissed with Bryan "he wouldn't put that in... would he?")
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.
It's really bloody funny and a rattling good read.
"Heroes! Villains! Action! Suspense! Humor! Alcohol!"
Write whatever the hell you like and I'll swear I've said it!
Bryan Talbot, super!
And last, but not least, CHERUBS! (which sounds fantastic from what Bryan has told us of it!)
Visit the links below for more details!
Alice in Sunderland home page:
Luther Arkwright site:
LUTHER ARKWRIGHT WEBCOMIC: