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BRYAN Talbot will be signing copies of his extraordinary book, Alice in Sunderland, in the run-up to Christmas.

BRYAN Talbot will be signing copies of his extraordinary book, Alice in Sunderland, in the run-up to Christmas. The stunning graphic history of Wearside, detailing author Lewis Carroll’s connections with the city, is the second best selling book of the year at the Sunderland branch of Waterstone’s – beaten only by the final book in the Harry Potter series.

“It has been a publishing phenomenon,” says shop manager Steve Robinson.

“If you’d suggested that a graphic novel would have been in our top 50 for the year, let alone the second best selling title, most people would have laughed in your face.

“But Alice in Sunderland’s success is a testament to Bryan’s obvious love for his adopted home and his talent both as an artist and a storyteller.”

Bryan Talbot has worked on many influential comic strips, such as Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Batman and 2000AD, but Alice in Sunderland was a labour of love for several years.

He will be signing copies, along with cover artist Jordan Smith, at Waterstone’s, 31 The Bridges, Sunderland, between 11am and 2pm on Saturday.

Then, on December 22, from 1-3pm, the pair will also be signing at Travelling Man, 43 Grainger Street, Newcastle.

Bryan says: “The recent news on the book is that it’s now in its third printing and sales have passed 10,000.

“Last month the first foreign edition was published in Italy, with three more countries publishing it in 2008.

“Alice tourism has been happening with people as far away as America visiting the city for a couple of days to see the Alice sites.

“I’ve even been made an official ambassador for Sunderland by the city council.”

Bryan has a new book coming out. The Art of Bryan Talbot brings together many of the book and magazine covers and illustrations he has done over the past 30 years.

Bryan Talbot’s genius with a pen was celebrated in a major feature article in the April edition of our Culture magazine.

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