Mad Man's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts

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Courier Corporation, Jul 1, 2005 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 144 pages
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"Ward is ranked among the finest American wood engravers of the 20th century." — artoftheprint.com
One of the finest American wood engravers of the twentieth century and an outstanding artist of any era, Lynd Ward (1905-85) created a series of fantastic visual novels. The powerful imagery and psychological intensity of his wordless works have elicited comparisons to the writings of Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, and they have exercised an enormous influence over latter-day graphic novelists.
Ward's tutelage included studying under the direction of German woodcut and engraving master Hans Alexander Mueller. He published his first book, Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts, in 1929. Like its successors, including Mad Man's Drum, Gods' Man consists solely of Ward's woodcuts, telling its story through imagery alone.
Ward's hauntingly rendered works have been honored with such prestigious awards as the Library of Congress Award, the National Academy of Design Print Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Award, the Caldecott Medal, and the Regina Award. Contains adult material.
 

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The wordless pictorial novels of Ward and his predecessor Frans Masreel (Passionate Journey) are important precursors to the modern graphic novel. This is the first-ever reissue of Ward's remarkable ... Read full review

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Delicious and decadant story telling, not for everyones consumption, but I would imagine at the time; this was a groundbreaking way of telling a story, the subject matter engrossing; you get the feel as if you are looking at cave drawings. Recomend it ,esp. if you are pursuing an art career, would help you in composition of a page. 

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About the author (2005)

LYND WARD (1905-1985) illustrated more than two hundred books for children and adults throughout his prolific career. Winner of the Caldecott Medal for his watercolors in The Biggest Bear, Mr. Ward was also famous for his wood engravings, which are featured in museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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