Graphic novelist Bryan Talbot to talk shop at Sunderland University lecture

Bryan Talbot with a copy of his latest book "Grandville Mon Amour" which features a setting inspired by Ryhope Engine Musuem.

Bryan Talbot with a copy of his latest book "Grandville Mon Amour" which features a setting inspired by Ryhope Engine Musuem.

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CELEBRATED graphic novelist Bryan Talbot will be drawing upon the genre’s history for an animated talk.

The artist and author from Ashbrooke, who created Alice in Sunderland, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and the Grandville books, will be giving a free lecture as part of the University of Sunderland’s Discover Series.

Bryan, who is regarded as a leader in the graphic novel field, will be debating industry trends and discussing how his novels have been influenced by traditions from illustration and comics, dating all the way back to primitive cave art.

He said: “The first comics in Britain and America were ‘comic supplements’ that came with newspapers, which is where the name of the medium came from.

“Up until the 1890s, all of the comics that were produced were for adult consumption.

“In the 1890s the first children’s comics appeared, and they really took off, in Britain especially, and basically swamped the market and established the comic as being primarily a medium for children.

“It’s always good to be able to do something for the university which gave me my honorary degree in the Arts. I hope that people will find the talk educational and entertaining.”

The writer has recently been commissioned to design an almost 300 metre-long piece of artwork in Sunderland city centre, titled The Keel Line, which will feature the names of up to 9,000 of the most significant ships built in the city.

l Bryan will give a free talk at the Murray Library Lecture Theatre, in Chester Road, on Wednesday at 6.30pm, followed by a book signing.