Bryan Talbot has, in recent years become one of Britain's most prominent comic book creator, with a Costa Award under his arm for Dotter Of Her Father's Eyes, recognition of academic institutions for Alice In Sunderland, heading up the Lakes Festival and gaining plenty of coverage in the process. It's a toss up between him, Mark Millar and Alan Moore right now.
And in the next few months, he's taking pole position.
Check out the film of the panel for his latest graphic novel, Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, at this years' Edinburgh Book Festival in August. Which began with the kind of stunt arranged by artist Kate Charlesworth that literary audiences aren't really used to.
His next book, the fourth of his Victoriana steampunk anthropomorphic Grandville graphic novel series, Grandville Noel will launch at the end of November, nicely in time for Christmas.
He is also the main face and patron of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014 which runs next month in Kendal 17th-19th October, also featuring a Viz Unmasked exhibition parodying the recent Comics Unmasked exhibition in London, including its Jamie Hewlett poster, recreated with the Fat Slags.
Here is Bryan's print for the show, from Grandville.
He just appeared at Dev Con, including an event at the Plymouth' Images Nightclub on Friday, to discuss how the industry has changed over his 45 years in the business, and how it might develop in the future.
He will be appearing at Sunderland University, who gave him an honorary doctorate, to talk about Grandville and its antecedents on October 9th. On October 11th at the Durham Book Festival to talk about Sally Heathcote, At the Ilkley Literature Festival on October 12th, talking about how to create a graphic novel.
He's just had a documentary about him released on DVD, The Graphic Man.
And Bleeding Cool has heard serious talk about the continuing process towards a Luther Arkwright movie. And as if by magic, Talbot is collecting all his Luther Arkwright work, from all the many places it has appeared, into one volume with an afterword from Warren Ellis, Arkwright Integrale.
In a swirling multiverse of endless possibilities and incalculable dangers, malign forces manipulate history through countless timelines and act to wreak destruction across universes. But amongst these infinite existences, their fate depends on one man, an anomaly who exists in but a single universe, a being of vast psychic power capable of travelling between parallel realities–Luther Arkwright!
Basically, right now, it's pretty good to be Bryan Talbot. And there seems no sign of being Bryan Talbot abating…