David Berona’s Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, won first place in the category of Special Trade/Adult Graphic Novel at the New York Book Show March 24. Berona, a longtime aficionado of wordless books, said he was very pleased with the award.
“I was so honored to learn that my book chosen as a winner in this show,” Berona said. “To learn on the night of the show that it was awarded the First Place Book in the Adult Graphic Novel category among so many other fine books was even more exciting. This award shows that the early wordless books and woodcut novels that I have studied for many years are finally being respected for their social message and admired for their visual impact.”
“Wordless books” were stories from the early part of the twentieth century told in black and white woodcuts, imaginatively authored without any text. Although woodcut novels have their roots spreading back through the history of graphic arts, including block books and playing cards, it was not until the early part of the twentieth century that they were conceived and published. Despite its short-lived popularity, the woodcut novel had an important impact on the development of comic art, particularly contemporary graphic novels with a focus on adult themes. Beronä’s Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, is a work of important significance in the burgeoning field of comics and comics history. A French edition of Beronä’s book was published this month by Editions de La Martiniere.
Judges comments on Berona’s book said, “Three part “torn” binding is very unusual and interesting. Typography is beautiful and appropriate. Layout and composition is very elegant. Tints are very even. Paper choices are excellent. Shows a great respect for the graphic novel genre.”
The New York Book Show features books selected from more than 900 entries from book publishers and printers, large and small, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. This year’s selections came from the largest pool of entrants ever and included 40 first-time contributors. The New York Book Show is sponsored by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York. excellence in book production and design. Eric I. Schwartz, President of the New York Bookbinders’ Guild, asserts that designing and publishing books is an art that has been practiced, and appreciated, for centuries.
“Each year the New York Book Show is a demonstration of the care and creativity of the producers of great books, from the type on the page,to the paper they are printed on, to the ideas they represent,” said Schwartz. “It is an affirmation of the vitality of a technology first invented in the 1450s and a celebration of the multifarious permutations of the book within the community that has the greatest stake in its continued success.”
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