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 British Library Screening

From the British Library Website

From 2000AD to Grandville, Bryan Talbot has been long acclaimed as a supreme artist and writer of comics and graphic novels. Together with his wife Mary he gained mainstream recognition when Dotter of Her Fathers Eyes was awarded a 2013 Costa Book Prize. They have collaborated again on new title Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, a gripping tale of loyalty, love and courage set within the campaign for votes for women and a vividly realised backdrop of Edwardian Britain.

The event begins with a screening of the documentary Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot, followed by Bryan, Mary and Kate Charlesworth in conversation with Rachel Cooke of The Observer.

Fri 2 May 2014, 18.30-20.30

Conference Centre, British Library

£8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5


Pre-Orders for The Graphic Novel Man Are GO!

DSE are delighted to announce that our website is now live and Pre-Orders are now being taken for THE GRAPHIC NOVEL MAN: THE COMICS OF BRYAN TALBOT on DVD in both PAL and NTSC formats.

This is a prestige release exclusively available from Digital Story Engine on a first-come-first-served basis and will be ready for shipping on the 12th of May. To avoid disappointment reserve your copy today!

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

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Coming Soon …

Digital Story Engine are currently working on a major documentary about the life and works of graphic novel writer/artist Bryan Talbot (2000 AD, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, SandmanThe Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat, Heart of EmpireAlice in Sunderland, Grandville series, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes).

The project will explore his ongoing contributions to comics storytelling through in-depth interviews with Bryan and other influential writers, artists and historians.

Watch this space for updates!