The Wordless Novels Series

Edited by wood engraver George A. Walker, these wordless novels are created using 19th century printmaking techniques (linocut and wood engraving) to create visual narratives which are then scanned and published in a format that uses 20th century offset printing technology. This is contemporary work, though often sharing in the themes of social injustice, which are central to the classics of the genre created by the likes of Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward.

 

Daddy Hall
Daddy Hall
by Tony Miller
ISBN 978-0-88984-403-2

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A striking visual saga in linocuts of the life of John `Daddy' Hall, a man of Mohawk and African-American descent who survived war, capture and slavery to become a pillar of the community in nineteenth-century Owen Sound, Ontario.

 

Metamorphadox
Metamorphadox
Jarrett Heckbert
ISBN 978-0-88984-391-2

Jarrett Heckbert's Metamorphadox is a wordless novel in which wood engravings tell a story of the perils of technological mediation to the ever-evolving human existence.

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Trudeau: La Vie en Rose
Trudeau: La Vie en Rose
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-386-8

Trudeau's personality and charisma leap from these pages. Infused by his energy and Walker's skill, Trudeau: La Vie en Rose proves a resounding success.

—Peter Dabbene, Foreword Reviews

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The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook
The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-375-2

The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook demands close and careful viewing. In this, it is like cinema, or the photographic work of a Richard Avedon or Diane Arbus. Each image is full, suggestive and rich in context and style.’

—Norman Ravvin, The Canadian Jewish News

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Never More Together
Never More Together
by Steven McCabe
ISBN 978-0-88984-371-4

‘Hemingway said the old man is an old man and the sea is the sea. Joseph Campbell said the mother goddess is a universal archetype. Steven McCabe made an image of an apple and it started a war.

Never More Together can be a fun wordless story or it can be viewed again and again as an allegory of the desire to dominate and the corruption of desire—from the Genesis creation myth to the power of modern protest and social communication.’

—Pierre L’AbbĂ©

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The Life and Times of Conrad Black
The Life and Times of Conrad Black
by George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-365-3

‘By eschewing words, Walker's woodcuts are allowed to stand as simple and powerful gestures to a life story that any amount of words would be unable to tell in any case.... These images are, as Tom Smart's closing essay suggests, a kind of text in themselves, and they tell a story that is truly compelling, even and especially if it is a story that requires us to contribute more than usual to its telling.’

—Jeremy Luke Hill

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The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson
The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson
by George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-348-6

‘The book does not want to be put down; instead the reader, the observer, re-engages again and again, returning to read into the images a story that eludes understanding just as understanding seems to elude stories without words. This is a book for the shade on a bright summer day.’

—Mandelbrot, Geist

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Book of Hours
Book of Hours
by George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-335-6

‘Walker has summoned the retrospective tension that exists for many after greeting the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 without a specific regard to personal safety, terrorism, or the rupture of simple daily ritual.’

—Rachel Farquharson, Huffington Post

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Wanderlust
Wanderlust
by Megan Speers
ISBN 978-0-88984-329-5

Wanderlust unites book nerds and punking adolscents alike.... Megan Speers' setting down of the story contradicts the impermanence of youth and of the “Packsack People,” for whom the book is dedicated. It’s this juxtaposition, “visualizing a time and place that is not long on recorded history” as it’s put in the foreword, that elevates this simple story for reflection and careful interpretation.’

Salon

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Back + Forth
Back + Forth
by Marta Chudolinska
ISBN 978-0-88984-313-4

‘While “reading” what amounts to a high-art picture book for adults can be dislocating, it is also very rewarding; Back+Forth sets out to probe readers’ understandings of narrative and character, and does it well.’

—Patty Comeau, ForeWord Reviews

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Let That Bad Air Out
Let That Bad Air Out
Stefan Berg
ISBN 978-0-88984-296-0

‘Berg has done a dandy job of recreating the whole march, from its gleaming beginning to the cornet player’s falling collapse into the dark hole of madness.... For all the book’s dark content, a smart refreshing breeze wafts from its pages, the result of a lovely combo of artistic and bookmaking craft. Well done.’

—Dan Smith, Toronto Star

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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.