Dare you take up Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Costume Challenge?

Grandville Cosplay

To celebrate the special pre-publication launch of Bryan Talbot‘s Grandville Force Majeure at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 13 –15 October, the award-winning artist is inviting the series many fans to turn up at the free “Grandville – The Last Chapter” event, 1.15pm on Saturday 15th October in Kendal’s the Malt Room in the Brewery Arts Centre, dressed as any character from the Grandville canon.

The wearers of the best two costumes will each be awarded a signed page of Grandville artwork.

Pictured here are some cosplay Grandville characters seen at previous events.

Maisie Stevenson as Billie the Badger from Bryan Talbot’s Grandville series
Maisie Stevenson as Billie the Badger from Bryan Talbot’s Grandville series

Grandville Cosplay

Grandville Cosplay

In Grandville Force Majeure, the fifth, final and longest stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award-nominated Grandville series by master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot, Detective Inspector LeBrock is in the middle of a gang war, wanted for murder, truly alone and outside the law, on the run from both the police and gangster assassins. He’s the victim of a diabolical scheme to annihilate himself and everyone he holds dear, engineered by mastermind crime lord Tiberius Koenig, one of the most despicable villains in the history of detective fiction.

A fiendishly ingenious story of love, tenacity, treachery and tragedy, this  is a veritable rollercoaster of a detective thriller, featuring Grandville’s trademark high-octane excitement, humour and deduction on a Holmesian scale as we finally meet LeBrock’s mentor, Stamford Hawksmoor, and discover LeBrock’s untold backstory.

Fan-favourite characters Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi and LeBrock’s vivacious fiancée, Parisian prostitute Billie are joined by a new badger in town! Enter Tasso, an Italian badger who’s bigger, meaner and uglier than LeBrock – but is he a force for good or evil? A battle royale ensues as LeBrock fights against truly outrageous odds. How can he possibly survive?

• Bryan Talbot Official Site: www.bryan-talbot.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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