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Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling then decide for yourself — does Sunderland really exist?

From Bryan Talbot, the acclaimed creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and The Tale of One Bad Rat, comes Alice in Sunderland, a graphic novel unlike any before. Funny and poignant, thought-provoking and entertaining, traditional and experimental, whimsical and polemical, Alice in Sunderland is a heady cocktail of fact and fiction, a sumptuous and multi-layered journey that will leave you wondering about the magic that's waiting to be unlocked in the place where you live.

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"Talbot's freewheeling, metafictional magnum opus is a map of the curious and delightful territory of its cartoonist's mind, starring himself in multiple roles. The starting point is the history of his hometown, the northeast English city of Sunderland, along with his lifelong fascination with the myths and realities behind Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland-potentially dry material, but Talbot pulls out all the stops to keep it entertaining. He veers off on one fascinating tangent after another. The book encompasses dead-on parodies of EC horror comics, British boys' comics and Hergé's Tintin, walk-ons by local heroes like Sidney James, extensive analysis of a couple of William Hogarth prints, a cameo appearance by 'the Venerable Scott McComics-Expert' and even a song-and-dance number, drawing a three-dimensional web of coincidences and connections between all. It's also a showcase for the explosive verve of Talbot's protean illustrative style, with digital collages of multiple media on almost every page: pen-and-ink drawings in a striking variety of styles, photographs, painting, computer modeling, and all manner of 'found' images. The book's only real weakness is its scattered focus, but Talbot is a remarkable raconteur, even if what he's presenting is more a variety show than a story." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'Talbot's freewheeling, metafictional magnum opus is a map of the curious and delightful territory of its cartoonist's mind, starring himself in multiple roles. The starting point is the history of his hometown, the northeast English city of Sunderland, along with his lifelong fascination with the myths and realities behind Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland — potentially dry material, but Talbot pulls out all the stops to keep it entertaining. He veers off on one fascinating tangent after another. The book encompasses dead-on parodies of EC horror comics, British boys' comics and Herg's Tintin, walk-ons by local heroes like Sidney James, extensive analysis of a couple of William Hogarth prints, a cameo appearance by 'the Venerable Scott McComics-Expert' and even a song-and-dance number, drawing a three-dimensional web of coincidences and connections between all. It's also a showcase for the explosive verve of Talbot's protean illustrative style, with digital collages of multiple media on almost every page: pen-and-ink drawings in a striking variety of styles, photographs, painting, computer modeling, and all manner of 'found' images. The book's only real weakness is its scattered focus, but Talbot is a remarkable raconteur, even if what he's presenting is more a variety show than a story.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

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"Talbot's talented team of collaborating illustrators weaves a rich tapestry of artistic styles, ranging from superlative pen-and-ink drawing to colorized faux photography. They make a beautiful coffee-table volume of what may come to stand...as an indispensable trove of Wonderland lore." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"[A] sumptuous tome....Alice in Sunderland is no more than the sum of its parts. But its parts include some of the most luscious and audacious artwork yet attempted in comics." The Guardian (U.K.)

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"[A] remarkable accomplishment of rare imagination [that] explores every conceivable possibility of presentation, harnessing the medium's unique properties to their individual and often multiple tasks. It is extraordinary....This is a work of bravura." Stephen Holland, Silver Bullet Comics

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"[A] beautifully unique graphic novel....Talbot succeeds in producing a fascinating, insightful, and entertaining history of Sunderland....Alice in Sunderland ushers in a new epoch in visual storytelling..." The Austin Chronicle

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"Alice in Sunderland is parochial in its focus — but not in content. I believe anyone interested in the way history is formed and, in itself, forms culture, character, and a sense of place will be entranced by it." John Tufail, Carrollian scholar

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Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling and decide for yourself — does Sunderland really exist?

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nosnittap, June 27, 2007 (view all comments by nosnittap)
First--I'm biased: my Dad is from Sunderland. Nonetheless, this is a remarkable book that has revealed to me the rich history of the city and its inspiration of much of Carroll's most famous works.
Sunderland has always been considered the ugly little sister of the now glamorous (and hated) Newcastle but Talbot's book can not help but warm the heart of anyone with a connection to the home of the Mackems: so much of England's history and culture emanated from the area.
On another note, the illustration and painstaking research are superb.
Ha'Way the Lads!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593076733
Author:
Talbot, Bryan
Publisher:
Dark Horse Books
Illustrator:
Talbot, Bryan
Author:
Talbot, Bryan
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Fantasy comic books, strips, etc
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
graphic novel;history;comics;fiction;sunderland;fantasy;lewis carroll;england;comic;non-fiction;alice in wonderland;graphic;local history
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
11 x 7 in 3.1 lb

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Product details 328 pages Dark Horse Comics - English 9781593076733 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Talbot's freewheeling, metafictional magnum opus is a map of the curious and delightful territory of its cartoonist's mind, starring himself in multiple roles. The starting point is the history of his hometown, the northeast English city of Sunderland, along with his lifelong fascination with the myths and realities behind Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland-potentially dry material, but Talbot pulls out all the stops to keep it entertaining. He veers off on one fascinating tangent after another. The book encompasses dead-on parodies of EC horror comics, British boys' comics and Hergé's Tintin, walk-ons by local heroes like Sidney James, extensive analysis of a couple of William Hogarth prints, a cameo appearance by 'the Venerable Scott McComics-Expert' and even a song-and-dance number, drawing a three-dimensional web of coincidences and connections between all. It's also a showcase for the explosive verve of Talbot's protean illustrative style, with digital collages of multiple media on almost every page: pen-and-ink drawings in a striking variety of styles, photographs, painting, computer modeling, and all manner of 'found' images. The book's only real weakness is its scattered focus, but Talbot is a remarkable raconteur, even if what he's presenting is more a variety show than a story." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Talbot's freewheeling, metafictional magnum opus is a map of the curious and delightful territory of its cartoonist's mind, starring himself in multiple roles. The starting point is the history of his hometown, the northeast English city of Sunderland, along with his lifelong fascination with the myths and realities behind Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland — potentially dry material, but Talbot pulls out all the stops to keep it entertaining. He veers off on one fascinating tangent after another. The book encompasses dead-on parodies of EC horror comics, British boys' comics and Herg's Tintin, walk-ons by local heroes like Sidney James, extensive analysis of a couple of William Hogarth prints, a cameo appearance by 'the Venerable Scott McComics-Expert' and even a song-and-dance number, drawing a three-dimensional web of coincidences and connections between all. It's also a showcase for the explosive verve of Talbot's protean illustrative style, with digital collages of multiple media on almost every page: pen-and-ink drawings in a striking variety of styles, photographs, painting, computer modeling, and all manner of 'found' images. The book's only real weakness is its scattered focus, but Talbot is a remarkable raconteur, even if what he's presenting is more a variety show than a story.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Review" by , "Talbot's talented team of collaborating illustrators weaves a rich tapestry of artistic styles, ranging from superlative pen-and-ink drawing to colorized faux photography. They make a beautiful coffee-table volume of what may come to stand...as an indispensable trove of Wonderland lore."
"Review" by , "[A] sumptuous tome....Alice in Sunderland is no more than the sum of its parts. But its parts include some of the most luscious and audacious artwork yet attempted in comics."
"Review" by , "[A] remarkable accomplishment of rare imagination [that] explores every conceivable possibility of presentation, harnessing the medium's unique properties to their individual and often multiple tasks. It is extraordinary....This is a work of bravura."
"Review" by , "[A] beautifully unique graphic novel....Talbot succeeds in producing a fascinating, insightful, and entertaining history of Sunderland....Alice in Sunderland ushers in a new epoch in visual storytelling..."
"Review" by , "Alice in Sunderland is parochial in its focus — but not in content. I believe anyone interested in the way history is formed and, in itself, forms culture, character, and a sense of place will be entranced by it."
"Synopsis" by , Sunderland! Thirteen hundred years ago it was the greatest center of learning in the whole of Christendom and the very cradle of English consciousness. In the time of Lewis Carroll it was the greatest shipbuilding port in the world. To this city that gave the world the electric light bulb, the stars and stripes, the millennium, the Liberty Ships and the greatest British dragon legend came Carroll in the years preceding his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, and here are buried the roots of his surreal masterpiece. Enter the famous Edwardian palace of varieties, The Sunderland Empire, for a unique experience: an entertaining and epic meditation on myth, history and storytelling and decide for yourself — does Sunderland really exist?
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