Wordless Woodcut and Linocut Comics

From left to right: Shane Weller's GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST WOODCUTS, David A. Berona's WORDLESS BOOKS, George A. Walker's BOOK OF HOURS, and Laurence Hyde's SOUTHERN CROSS

One of the best parts of working at the Drawn & Quarterly store is being able to order cool books. Within my first few weeks here, I made sure to stock our shelves with one of my favourite forms of sequential art: the woodcut or linocut wordless comic. For all the history buffs out there, you are in for a treat. Although woodcuts are still being produce today, the classic works emerged around the early 1900s (1920-1940), in a time of political uncertainty and social upheaval. As a result, these comics tend to have strong political messages that are indicative of war time affiliations.

More importantly, these books are absolutely gorgeous! There’s just something fascinating about artwork that took so much time and effort.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "Head of Henry van de Velde" from Shane Weller's GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST WOODCUTS

If you're interested in woodcut and linocut techniques, I highly recommend this quirky video by woodcut extraordinaire George Walker. It features George in action, working various print techniques (including woodcuts around the six minute mark) while wearing his oh-so-fancy top hat: http://vimeo.com/8123797

Want to know more? Come on down to the store to check out our great selection of wordless comics, from old timers Laurence Hyde, Frans Masereel, and Lynd Ward to contemporaries Jim Woodring, Jason, and George Walker.

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