Byline: Neil Elkes
British comic artist and writer Bryan Talbot won critical acclaim, plus a doctorate, for his stunning blending of local history, biography, literature and fantasy in his groundbreaking graphic novel Alice in Sunderland. But he returns to familiar turf with a rip-roaring detective thriller Grandville, only this time building on a fine tradition of animal characters in human clothes dating back to Rupert Bear and Wind in the Willows - known as anthropomorphism.
Grandville, to be launched at the British International Comics Show in Birmingham this weekend, is a page-turning adventure featuring an English badger detective Le Brock and his monocled rat side-kick Roderick as they uncover a sinister political plot in the heart of Victorian Paris.
While badgers, foxes, bears and rabbits are often associated with children's literature, …