Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels

Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels


By (author) Frans Masereel, By (author) Giacomo Patri, By (author) Lynd Ward, By (author) Laurence Hyde, Introduction by George A. Walker, Selected by George A. Walker

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  • Publisher: FIREFLY BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 259mm x 36mm | 1,383g
  • Publication date: 11 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Ontario
  • ISBN 10: 1554072700
  • ISBN 13: 9781554072705
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 300 b+w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 162,669

Product description

""If you care about graphic novels, you need this book."" - New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman Graphic Witness features rare wordless novels by four great 20th-century woodcut artists European and North American. The stories they tell reflect the political and social issues of their times as well as the broader issues that are still relevant today. Frans Masereel (1899-1972) was born in Belgium and is considered the father of the wordless graphic novel. Graphic Witness includes the first reprint of his classic work, "The Passion of a Man," since its 1918 publication in Munich. American Lynd Ward (1905-85), author of the provocative "Wild Pilgrimage," is considered among the most important of wordless novelists. Giacomo Patri (1898-1978) was born in Italy and lived in the United States. His "White Collar" featured an introduction by Rockwell Kent and was used a promotional piece by the labor movement. "Southern Cross" by Canadian Laurence Hyde (1914-87) was controversial for its criticism of U.S. H-bomb testing in the South Pacific. An introduction by George A. Walker places each wordless novel in its context and examines the influence of these works on contemporary culture, including film, comic books and contemporary graphic novels. Graphic Witness will appeal to readers interested in social issues, printmaking, art history and contemporary culture.

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Author information

George A. Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist and illustrator. He is an associate professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the author of "The Woodcut Artist's Handbook."

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These four texts represent some of the most important wordless novels of the first half of the twentieth century and their reprinting makes them readily available for the first time in an affordable edition. Those interested in sequential art, printmaking, book art, and the convergence of these forms with social-justice issues should take note of this collection. [It is] indispensable for anyone engaged in the study of comics and graphic novels.... Each of these texts is an excellent example of the wordless novel and its potential to provoke critical thought in its audiences.... In bringing these texts together in a beautifully presented and affordable volume, Graphic Witness has not only done a great service to anyone interested in sequential art, print-making, and book art, but to anyone interested in ways to approach social-justice issues and cultural critique.--Dale Jacobs, University of Windsor"Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, V" (02/01/2009)