CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL – TRAILER – The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot

THE GRAPHIC NOVEL MAN: THE COMICS OF BRYAN TALBOT is a Digital Story Engine documentary series available on DVD and HD Download providing the definitive Bryan Talbot experience for established fans and first time readers. Introduced by Michael Moorcock, THE GRAPHIC NOVEL MAN has unprecedented access to behind the scenes material and personal stories; featuring exclusive contributions from some of the world’s greatest comic creators.


Michael Moorcock, 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, Mary Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Paul Gravett, Mark Stafford, Professor Henry Jenkins, Dr. Mel Gibson, Lee Harris and Dan Charnley.

INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK: visionary science fiction and fantasy writer Michael Moorcock’s Jerry Cornelius famously provided the ‘template’ inspiration for Bryan Talbot’s initial Luther Arkwright story: The Papist Affair [1976]. Michael explores key moments in Bryan Talbot’s maverick approach to writing and drawing revealing the passion for comics, cinema, steampunk and historical detail that have made Bryan a creative phenomenon.

SECRET ORIGINS: charts Bryan’s progress through the British Underground Comix scene; the saga behind the creation of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, freelancing for 2000AD on Nemesis The Warlock and Judge Dredd, and working for DC Comics on Hellblazer, Sandman and Batman. The very different artistic styles and storytelling techniques Bryan developed for each of his innovative Graphic Novels from One Bad Rat, Heart of Empire, Alice in Sunderland, the Grandville series and Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes [the COSTA AWARD winning Graphic Novel created in collaboration with his wife, writer Mary M. Talbot] are analysed by Bryan, comic creators critics and fans.

CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL: focuses on Bryan’s unique working method. The essential crafts of Scripting, Layout, Pencilling, Inking, Colouring and Lettering are all discussed and lavishly illustrated in the context of Bryan’s comics and graphic novels with additional expert commentary by top creators.

BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES: On the 18th of May 2012, Bryan Talbot invited Digital Story Engine to record him at work in his studio. Over the next three days, DSE documented the Pencilling and Inking stages of page 94 of GRANDVILLE BÊTE NOIRE – the third volume in the Eisner and Hugo award nominated Grandville series. Now you can watch Bryan at work at the drawing board and listen to his commentary.





The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics Of Bryan Talbot – Before Your Very Eyes

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An exclusive extract from the film: demonstrating Bryan Talbot’s creative approach to Pencilling and Inking page 94 of Grandville Bête Noir. Filmed over three days Bryan provides commentary on his working methods and the origins of his celebrated Grandville series. “No Badger Does It Better!”

Buy the full programme and two other Bryan Talbot films now on The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot on DVD and HD Digital Download!

The Graphic Novel Man – The Comics of Bryan Talbot – Trailer

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2013 Stan Lee Excelsior Award Winners Announced!

Digital Story Engine were at Ecclesfield School in Sheffield, UK for the 2013 Stan Lee Excelsior Award Ceremony. Find out who this year’s winners are in this video!

This year’s special guests included the legendary David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, KickBack, Aces Weekly), Mike Thompson from Travelling Man Comic Book Stores, Lucy Forrester from Peters Graphic Novels, Amy Crabtree of Cakes With Faces and regular attendees Rick Cowling and Dave Bromehead of Sheffield Space Centre.

A longer programme covering the event will appear later!

The Stan Lee Excelsior Award 2012

Join Award founder and organiser Paul Register, along with special guests Andy Diggle, Dan Charnley, Andy Messer, Dr Mel Gibson, Paul Gravett and Special Guest Star Neil Gaiman for the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award. Digital Story Engine was there!