We are delighted to announce that Sunderland Comic Con will be lead by our event patrons Bryan Talbot, Dr. Mary Talbot and Dr. Mel Gibson

Bryan Talbot
Bryan has won numerous awards including an Eisner award and several Eagles. He is a respected creators with 30 years experience having created art for science fiction and superhero stories such as Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Teknophage, The Nazz and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and DC Vertigo titles including Hellblazer, Sandman, The Dreaming and Fables and has written and drawn the graphic novels for which he is best known, including the first British graphic novel, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, its sequel, Heart of Empire, The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderlandand Metronome.

Published in over twenty countries, is a frequent guest at international comic festivals, and has been was awarded with anhonorary Doctorate in Arts and an honorary Doctorate in Letters.

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, the graphic novel he produced with his wife Dr Mary M Talbot, was the winner of the 2013 Costa Biography Award. It was written by Mary Talbot and illustrated by Bryan.

Dr. Mary Talbot
Mary Talbot is an academic-turned-graphic-novelist. Her first graphic novel script, Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, was illustrated by her husband Bryan Talbot and published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. It won the Costa Biography Award 2013, described by the judges as a ‘strikingly original graphic memoir which links two lives in a highly imaginative way’. The book appeared in numerous Best-of lists; e.g. The Independent’s Best Books of the Year 2012: Biography. Mary’s second script, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, also for Jonathan Cape, it’s a three-way collaboration: currently being illustrated by Kate Charlesworth, with Bryan Talbot doing lettering and detailed layouts.

Dr. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is a UK based comics scholar and consultant. She has run training and promotional events about comics and graphic novels for libraries, schools since 1993 when she contributed to Graphic Account on developing graphic novels collections for 16-25 year olds, published by the Youth Libraries Group. Mel is a researcher and lecturer, as well as a trainer. She is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University specialising in teaching and research relating to children and young people, literature and media and has a huge interest in visual literacies. She is a National Teaching Fellow and writes about Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in the UK. Further to this Mel has worked extensively with television and radio, promoting and enthusing about comics, graphic novels and manga, including the BBC4 series Comics Britannia.


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