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    Jesus fuck. The Wind in the willows meets the difference engine? I am really excited by this.
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    Should thank Jeff Newelt for passing me the link.

    Aren't you glad I'm on the ball today?
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    Awesome! I caught this whilst on a panel with Talbot a week or so ago. The story makes it sound even better than the trailer looks :)
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    How does Bryan Talbot manage to keep getting better?

    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    I don't think I've felt this excited about a comic in a while. This looks wonderful. Some striking images there.
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009 edited
    Mon Dieu! It's tempting to wish away 5 months of what's left of my life just to get my hands on this right now. It's straight out of "Scenes from the Private and Public Life of Animals (1842)" by crazy French artist Grandville. Grandville (1803-1847) illustrated a popular edition of the Fables of Fontaine, as well as early issues of Punch and his own books like Un Autre Monde and Les Fleurs Animees. Google these now!

    An article in Bear Alley has more on this, naming a second French illustrator, Albert Robida, a contemporary of Jules Verne, as further inspiration. Robida's drawings, mostly from the 1890s and in colored pencil and watercolor, were wonderfully acerbic comments on how the future would probably turn out. He's one of my favorites, and I hung a load of his drawings on my Flickr pages.

    Moar Talboty goodness here!

    I was just in Talbot's neck of the woods last weekend. I'll have to dig up Alice in Sunderland and give it another read. Last chance to see the Get Carter parking garage, by the way. They're knocking it down real soon.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2009
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    Bjacques Thank you for that info. When I made my post, i was contemplating that Talbot's art would have suited the "illustrated" magazines of the 19th century, and now I now see the link!
    • CommentAuthorCatFang
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    I can't wait for this.

    I first saw some pages back Bristol con last year I think.

    Bryan Talbot is a god among men
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2009
    And that's some yummy Pernod absinthe (available once again) on the second panel of page 24!
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    I only watched the first 20 seconds or so. Don't need more, I'm sold.
    • CommentAuthorBryanL
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
    It looks great, its like steam punk Brian Jaques. I ate those books up as a child, I hope this is just as good if not better!
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2009
    Since "Grandville" is supposed to come out next month, I've finally been motivated to post all the photos I took of the illustrations in Grandville's "Un Autre Monde," on Flickr. It's satire about a parallel world created by three decidedly fraudulent and sleazy demiurges, Dr. Krackq, Dr. Hahblle and Dr. Puff and absolutely not intended to reflect or imply any relationship to the esteemed peoples and respected institutions of our own world, let alone our beloved France, in the Year of Our Savior 1844. Here's a fairly famous graphic from the book.

    017 color - Concert a la vapeur

    If I have time and energy, I'll post pix from Scenes from The Private and Public Life of Animals, which is a closer inspiration for the book.
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2009
    Missed this thread when it started - thanks for the timely reminder bjacques. This looks like a must-have.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
    I am getting this no matter what. I placed an order for Grandville on Amazon, so if my LCBS drops the ball again (which they do often) I will still get a copy.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2009
    Had the pleasure of spending a few hours at Brians house (when he lived in Preston) in 1998 to talk about The Tale of One Bad Rat for my Uni dissertation. As usual will be picking this up. The man is a genius - up there with Moore, Wagner and Mills as the elder gentlemen of British comics.
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2009 edited
    I sat in on Brian Talbot's talk at BICS 2009 "Grandville and Anthropomorphism in comics" He discussed a lot of what @Bjaques mentions above and other inspirations for Grandville, including some early steampunk drawings, and highlighted cameos by "Snowy" Millou (who recounts opium addled dreams of the various tintin adventures) and Rupert the Bear's father (appears in the background of a panel in Nutwood, where the crime being investigated occurs).

    Also if you can get hold of it, apparently the US hardcover is even more beautiful than the UK release. Brian said so himself....

    editeed for speeling
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009 edited
    I have it on order with my LCBS. I think it's the UK version. Chrismas I'm back in the States, so I may nose around for the US version then.

    Yumpadumpadump Inspector Badger...
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    Heh. That funny animal "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre" joke will never get too old for my taste.

    I wonder if anybody realizes that making Grandville's police officer lead a badger was a natural idea. Badgering a suspect or a perp is a great asset in a cop.