Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

George A. Walker's Graphic Novel Series

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For a series of graphic novels edited for the Porcupine’s Quill by wood engraver George A. Walker, students at the Ontario College of Art & Design were encouraged to embrace 19th-century linocut printmaking techniques to create extended visual narratives. These pieces were then scanned, digitized and subsequently printed in a format that uses modern printing technology to replicate the look and "feel" of a 19th century letterpress product.

The aim of this project is to publish wordless books created using the relief printmaking techniques of linocut, woodcut or wood engravings. Each book features original work created by contemporary printmakers - namely Let That Bad Air Out by Stefan Berg, Back + Forth by Marta Chudolinska and Wanderlust by Megan Speers. Relief printmaking illustrations were chosen not only to pay homage to the early artists who started the tradition of the wordless novel, but to help revive interest in the quality and unique art of relief printmaking. Relief printmaking is being kept alive and blossoming in the youthful hands of this current generation of artists.

Series editor George A. Walker is renowned as an illustrator (for American novelist Neil Gaiman, and others), a wood engraver, and a private press printer and publisher. Walker is also senior designer at Firefly Books, and moonlights teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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