Alice in Sunderland


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$14.99 •







April 2007


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“A candidate for greatest graphic novel of all time.” – The Guardian

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?

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.

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

“The narrative and artwork are magic and the structure is magisterial.” – Leo Baxendale

“A multimedia extravaganza … the awesome design of the book blends digital photos with pen and ink with historical documents and drawings. And running at over 300 pages, it’s no exaggeration to use the word ‘epic’ to describe its scale.” –

“The fuss about this Sunderland-based writer and artist is both overdue and entirely justified.” – The Telegraph

Bryan Talbot draws on centuries of European history and graphic storytelling [in] his most ambitious project to date … fascinating, insightful, and entertaining.” – The Austin Chronicle

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Boing Boing

•Culture and entertainment blog

“Imagine sitting in a park in Sunderland, looking out at the ocean, and being approached by a guy who knows, basically, everything, and whose prodigious imagination enables him to draw connections between any two subjects, transitioning from Alice to the Crusades to JFK in just a few sprightly (if somewhat drunken) steps … This is not only the weirdest graphic novel I've ever enjoyed -- it's also the most ambitious. Talbot's doing things here that I've never seen done before, and he's doing all of it, all at once.”

Comics Bulletin

•Comic book website

“Oh frabjous day! … From the very beginning, past the theatrical poster laced with mischief, this remarkable accomplishment of rare imagination explores every conceivable possibility of presentation, harnessing the medium's unique properties to their individual and often multiple tasks … it's the act of a skilled magician.”

The Guardian

•UK national newspaper

“[A] sumptuous tome … some of the most luscious and audacious artwork yet attempted in comics.”