Dr Mary Talbot, wife of Bryan, is an internationally acclaimed scholar with published works on language, gender and power. But more to the point for our readers, she’s the author of the forthcoming (Cape – Feb 2012) graphic novel “Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes”, which we’ve already mentioned a couple of times here on the blog.
Dotter is her first graphic novel, and is illustrated by husband Bryan. It looks rather brilliant.
From her new website:
Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes contrasts two coming of age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award winning comic artist and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot. Produced through an intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is intelligent, funny and sad – a fine addition to the evolving genre of graphic memoir.
Mary adds, “I think what’s been most distinctive about this project is that I haven’t just completed a script and then passed it over to an artist. We’ve been able to work on the book together, with an intensive and ongoing creative interaction that’s usually missing from writer/artist collaborations.”
Here are the preview pages from Dotter from Mary M. Talbot’s website, copyright © 2011 Mary M. Talbot: