Recognised as one of the most influential British comic artists ever, Bryan has produced underground and alternative comics, notably Brainstorm!, and science fiction and superhero stories such as Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Teknophage, The Nazz and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
Bryan has also worked on DC Vertigo titles including Hellblazer, Sandman, The Dreaming and Fables, and has written and drawn the graphic novels for which he is best known, including The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (the first British graphic novel), Heart of Empire, The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland, Metronome and Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, this last written by his wife, Mary, which won the Costa Biography Award in 2013, and The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia.
Bryan's highly-acclaimed Grandville series of steampunk detective thrillers was completed in 2018.
He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Arts by Sunderland University and an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Northumbria University, and has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
A Patron of our Festival, his most recent published work is RAIN, co-created with his wife, Mary, published by Jonathan Cape in 2019. He is currently working on a third Luther Arkwright graphic novel.
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