Walking Shadows: A Novel without Words

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Winner of the Rebecca Smith Award for Fine Art

In this uniquely beautiful wordless graphic novel, a working-class family struggles to make ends meet and raise their children in a relentless world of economic challenges. The story of Walking Shadows is told through full-page woodcut engravings. Each page is a hyper-detailed Expressionist work of Social Realism suitable for framing. This book can be enjoyed both as graphic novel narrative and as a gift of impeccable art. Winner of the prestigious Rebecca Smith Award for Fine Art, this debut publication is unparalleled among modern works for its incredible visual details created in an uncommon medium, as well as the beauty of its deeply heartfelt narrative that speaks to common experience in these hard times.


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Neil Bousfield is a professional printmaker, animator, and teacher whose work has been exhibited throughout the UK. His engravings reflect his interest in social concerns and the use of visual art to convey a narrative story. This is his first book.

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The formal challenge of telling a book-length story entirely visually, without the use of words, has attracted a number of artists over the years, most notably Lynd Ward, whose six woodcut novels in the 1920s–30s were recently collected by the Library of America. Working solidly in Ward’s tradition is Bousfield, who here documents the cheerless lives of an assembly-line worker, his downtrodden wife, and their two children. The drudgery of his job and the family’s poverty lead the husband to desperation, while his wife takes solace in the bottle. Their sons seem destined for a similarly bleak existence, but one manages to break the destructive cycle. The slight, even banal story is redeemed by Bousfield’s graphically striking approach: like Ward, he uses a single woodcut image per page, each able to stand alone as an arresting visual. Bousfield may hew too closely to Ward for the work to fully resonate with contemporary readers—the social realism of the narrative and the expressionistic look of the woodcuts both seem of an earlier era—but his bold experiment is deserving of attention. --Gordon Flagg

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