Just launched on the crowdfunding platform Zoop is a campaign to publish Bryan Talbot – Father of the British Graphic Novel, an illustrated biographical novel about the legendary British comic book creator.
The campaign has, unsurprisingly, already smashed its initial $10,000 target, but an “Early Bird Special” is currently running, to determine whether the team should be using our US or UK fulfilment centres. So, for the first 48 hours of the campaign, US and UK supporters will be charged identical low domestic shipping rates.
After 48 hours, the region with more supporters keeps those low shipping rates for the rest of the campaign, and the one with less supporters gets bumped up to international rates the rest of the way (but with those early supporters keeping that low rate).
So, basically the savings comes in the form of shipping discounts for those that come early!
Bryan Talbot – Father of the British Graphic Novel from Bryan Talbot & J.D. Harlock is a marvellous-looking, sweeping biography of the Eisner Award Winning British comics artist and writer, a member of the 1980s-1990s “Brit Pack,” a group of influential British comics creators that included Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, whose work had a major influence on the North American comics industry. He’s the creator behind some of the most acclaimed comics in British and American history, including his own Grandville, Luther Arkwright and The Tale of One Bad Rat – and has worked with collaborators such as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Bill Willingham, Peter Milligan and other writing icons.
From his work at DC on Batman and The Sandman to his work at 2000AD on “Judge Dredd” and “Nemesis the Warlock”, to his creator-owned comics like The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland, Grandville, and the legendary The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, the first British graphic novel, you’ll discover never before revealed information about his life and work in this beautiful new hardcover designed by Alan Fisher, with an exclusive cover illustration by Bryan himself and introductions by industry titans Neil Gaiman and Ed Brubaker.
Painstakingly compiled over two years, we’ve had a sneak peek at the biography, which, as you can see from the spreads we have permission to share here, is surely a must-have. Not only for fans of Talbot’s legendary oeuvre, but for anyone with an interest in the history of comics and the craft that goes into creating them.
If you’re a fan of Bryan’s work for US publishers, 2000AD, and his own brilliant graphic novel series, then you won’t want to miss out on this!
The book details Talbot’s career, his work, and never before heard stories of his time in the comics industry. From his time working with DC Comics to industry events and some landmark happenings, you don’t want to miss these tales from behind the pages!
• The campaign to publish Bryan Talbot – Father of the British Graphic Novel is running on Zoop here | Oversized 400 page hardcover, Colour and B/W
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.