Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts

Perfectly combining art and narrative, LYND WARD: SIX NOVELS IN WOODCUTS (Library of America, $70), begins with God’s Man, a simple story on good and evil, presented in black-and-white; moves on to the dreamlike and sanguine Wild Pilgrimage and the heavily symbolic, and frighteningly prescient, Song Without Words; and ends with the complex and masterfully structured Veritgo. Wordless, these books are closer to visual art than to narrative storytelling, making each page an exercise in interpretation and appreciation. It’s easy to see why Art Spiegelman’s reverential introduction argues that the work Ward championed and produced will survive this age of electronic reproduction—these stark lines of finely crafted etchings, “aware of themselves as art, sensitive to the mechanical means needed to make them,” require the printed page to shine.

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts: A Library of America Boxed Set By Lynd Ward Cover Image
ISBN: 9781598530827
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Library of America - October 14th, 2010

Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics - Richard Thompson

Enter the delightful world of CUL DE SAC: Golden Treasury (Andrews McMeel, $16.99), Richard Thompson’s acclaimed comic strip of domestic life as seen through the eyes of the preschooler Alice Otterloop. Alice, her brother Petey, and a handful of friends let their overactive imaginations turn everything from Alice’s father’s baldness to a grocery-store trip into a bizarre and hilarious display of children’s spontaneity and playfulness. This collection includes several strips which began the comic’s run in the Washington Post Magazine as well as Thompson’s insightful commentary.

Red: A Haida Manga - Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Red (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95), by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, is one of this year’s most unusual books. Unfolding in vibrant, hand-painted pages, it tells the tragic story of a Haida leader who goes to extreme lengths to get revenge on the tribe who kidnapped his sister. Both art and text blend traditional Haida design and contemporary graphic storytelling elements, endowing the characters with extra dynamism. Eschewing word balloons and panel lines, Yahgulanaas breaks new ground in the genre; his book is a blessing to read, and a captivating piece of art.

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ISBN: 9781771620222
Availability: Backordered
Published: Douglas & McIntyre - September 30th, 2014