Bryan Talbot continues his role as his city's favourite comic book son as Sunderland City Council is getting him to him to draw the "Keel Line" in their new city-centre square. The Sunderland Echo reports,
At 291m the line represents the full length of the Naess Crusader, which is the longest ship ever built in Sunderland. It launched from the James Laing shipyard on December 21, 1972.
The length of the line will include the names of up to 9,000 of the most significant ships built in Sunderland's shipyards dating back to the early 19th Century.
Artist Bryan Talbot, author of the graphic novel Alice in Sunderland, has been contracted to design how the names of the ships are presented and the illustrations that will run the length of line.
Bryan said today: "I have never done anything like this before, so it's very exciting.
"The shipbuilding theme will be represented throughout the line.
"I have just started work on it all but I've seen the artists' impressions and the square looks fantastic."