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Bryan and Mary Talbot donate a number of their works to Cambridge’s first Graphic Novels Collection

Lucy Cavendish Fellow Dr Joe Sutliff Sanders is raising funds for an exciting new collection of Graphic Novels in the College Library.

The world-class collection will be the first of its type within the University of Cambridge, and - with multiple new academic journals on comics and graphic novels launched in recent years – it will support this cutting-edge academic field.

Bryan and Mary Talbot are in full support of this innovative collection. Bryan, known as the Father of the British Graphic Novel, is a British comics artist and writer, perhaps best known as the creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and its sequel Heart of Empire, as well as the Grandville series of books. Mary is a Professor of Graphic Writing at Lancaster University. Her academic writing includes numerous books, including Fiction at Work: Language and Social Practice in Fiction and Language and Gender. Mary and Bryan co-created Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, which won the 2012 Costa Biography Award, and are now working together on their fifth book, the graphic biography, Armed with Madness: The Surreal Leonora Carrington. They are also two of the three founder patrons of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

“It’s a real pleasure to get behind this initiative, and I can’t wait to see this collection grow at one of the world’s oldest universities. I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the field to join me in supporting Lucy Cavendish in this endeavour. As the field of the academic study of graphic novels continues to grow and the comics medium is increasingly embraced by the general public, this collection will be an invaluable resource and a national cultural centre for the art form.“

The College is thrilled to have received a number of donations to the Graphic Novels initiative. To donate, please visit our online donation page: