Stories Without Words: A Bibliography with Annotations

(Comics Stuff #7)

7/25/2003

 

A bunch of stories that are Wordless, Mute, Silent, Dumb and Pantomime.  In other words... all comics!

 

compiled by

Mike Rhode (mrhode@hotmail.com),

Tom Furtwangler

& David Wybenga

 

with the assistance of the Comix@ list, the Comix-scholars list, Kristen L. Abbey, Andres Accorsi, Will Allred, Ron Atkins, David Bachman, Jerry Bails, Neil Ballantyne, Bob Beerbohm, Blake Bell, Steven M. Bergson, David Beronä, Steve Bolhafner, Desmond Brice, Glenn Carnegy, Tom Devlin, Alfred Eichholtz, Mark Evanier, Ron Evry, Harry Fluks and the I.N.D.U.C.K.S. Disney Comics database, Bob Ford, Jochen Garcke, Michael T. Gilbert, Mike Gold, Paul Gravett, Thierry Guitard,  R.C. Harvey, Charles Hatfield, Bob Heer, Allan Holtz' Stripper's Guide Index to US Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels, Gene Kannenberg, Jr., Michel Kempeneers, Andy Konky Kru, Roger Langridge, Tristan Lapoussiere, Ken Lemons, Darko Macan, Matt Madden, Jean-Francois Masse, Albert Monteys, Mark Nevins, Nick Nguyen, Rick Norwood, Igor Prassel, Joel Ricker, Leonard Rifas, Trina Robbins, Steve Rowe, Jamie Salomon, Bill Schelly, Jared Smith, Robin Snyder, Zack Soto, David Southwood, Rob Stolzer, Tim Stroup, Juhani Tolvanen, Michael J. Vassallo, Brett Warnock, Doug Wheeler, Steve Whitaker, Craig Yoe, Randy Scott and the Michican State University Comic Arts Collection, and the Grand Comics Database.

 

This project was begun in 1997 by Furtwangler, continued by Rhode, then Wybenga, and is currently by Rhode again. Uncredited annotations are usually by Rhode, except for those of Wybenga in section 3. This is a work in progress with some citations incomplete; therefore additions and corrections are welcome and should be sent to Rhode at mrhode@hotmail.com.   Version has been published in APA-I #88 and the International Journal of Comic Art 2:2. Updates are online at http://www.lib.msu.edu/comics/rhode/wordless.htm. As of January 2001, Andy Konku Kru has a webpage Cartoonists Specialising in Silent Comics at http://bugpowder.com/andy/silentcartoonists.html. In July 2003, Randy Scott of Michigan State University's Comic Art Collection added a Stories without Words genre heading to the index at http://www.lib.msu.edu/comics/rri/srri/storiesw.htm. 

 

New additions made after the version published in the International Journal of Comic Art 2:2 are marked with *. Comics Stuff is an occasional publication showcasing aspects of comics collecting and indexing beyond the comic book and toy price guides.

 

Table of Contents (each section arranged by author);

 

1. Comic Books and Graphic Novels

            *a.  Marvel's 'Nuff Said (December 2001 silent comic books)

2. Comic Strips (one-time and serialized strips in newspaper and magazines)

3. Woodcut Novels (woodcuts, wood engravings and linocuts)

4. Picture and Children's Books

5. Cartoons (one panel)

6. Mini Comics (usually self-published and distributed)

7. Bibliography of secondary sources

 

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Comic Books and Graphic Novels:

 

Andersson, Oskar. Mannen som gr vad som faller honom, ca. 1902‑1906, reprinted in  Oskar Andersson's BSTA, Beyronds, 1976, (ISBN 91 500 0339 9). 

            "One of world's all time greatest wordless comics" -- Juhani Tolvanen

 

Aragones, Sergio. Buzz and Bell, Space Cadets, Platinum Comics.

 

Aragones, Sergio. "Early Uno Morning" in Groo 116, Marvel Comics.

            Aragones frequently has wordless strips starring Groo's dog Rufferto on the back cover of all the Groo comic book series.

 

Aragones, Sergio. "The Harpooner" in Oni Double Feature #12, Oni Comics, May 1999.

 

Aragones, Sergio. Louder Than Words #1-4 and collected edition, Dark Horse Comics, 1998.

 

*Aragones, Sergio. Sergio Aragones Action Speaks #1-6, Dark Horse Comics, January-June 2001.

 

Aragones, Sergio. Mad Pantomimes, New York: Warner Books, 1987 and More Mad Pantomimes, New York: Warner Books, 1988.

 

*Aragones, Sergio. Viva Mad!, New York: Signet Books, 1968

 

Aragones, Sergio. Marginalia and The Shadow Knows in Mad Magazine, EC Comics, 1963-present.

            Marginalia are the little cartoons in the margins of Mad. The Shadow Knows is the cartoon showing people interacting while their shadows show how they really feel. Many collections of Marginalia are available.

            "...Aragones' first issue of MAD, #76 (Jan 1963) includes Marginals by Aragones, as well as his two page 'A Mad Look at the U.S. Space Effort,' which is also wordless (except for the title and the usual long‑winded Mad introduction which no one reads anyway." -- Bob Heer

 

Aragones, Sergio. Pantomine in Dark Horse Extra, Dark Horse Comics, 1998‑1999.

            A strip in Dark Horse's giveaway tabloid.

 

Aragones, Sergio. Smokehouse 5, Platinum Comics.

 

*Aragones, Sergio. "Space Circuits," Space Circus #1, Dark Horse Comics, July 2000.

            Back cover gag about alien juggler.

*Arcudi, John, Simon Bisley and Chris Chalenor. "Reapers," Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition, Dark Horse Comics, 1992.

            Reprinted from DHP Fifth Anniversary Special.

 

Arnon, J. M. Buzz Buzz A Gogo, Stakhano, 199?

            Ordering info: Stakhano; Chemin du Moulin, la Pinette; F-13122 Ventabren, FRANCE

 

Avril and Petit-Roulet. Soirs de Paris, Les Humanoides, 1989.

            "A wordless journey through a Paris evening through several short vignettes, drawn in an avante-garde, slick cartoonish style. Visit the lovers' capital with the right dose of irony, distance and intelligence." -- Bud Plant's Incredible Catalogue, Winter 1999-2000, p. 240.

 

*Avril and Petit-Roulet. "63, Rue de la Grange aux Belles," Drawn & Quarterly 2:1, Autumn 1994.

            Reprint of a story from Soirs de Paris.

 

Ayroles, François. Jean qui rit et Jean qui pleure, L'Association, 199?

 

*Azzarello, Brian and Brian Stelfreeze. "Apple Read" in Wildstorm Summer Special, Wildstorm Productions / DC Comics, 2001.

 

Berardi and Milazzo. "Il respiro e il sogno" in Ken Parker #?, Italy: Bonelli, 19??

                "There's a great book from the Ken Parker series (if you are looking for the best Bonelli had to offer, my vote goes to Ken Parker) by Berardi and Milazzo. It's 4 times 20 pages (4 seasons) in line and watercolor called 'Il respiro e il sogno' and it's a great virus for wanting more Parkers." -- Darko Macan

 

Blanquet, Stephane. Viande froide et Cie, L'Association, 199?

 

Blanquet, Stephane. Le Fantome des autres, Switzerland: Drozophile.

            "Sixth volume of the Drozophile collection. A 20 page silkscreened silent masterpiece. Drozophile, 150 Rue de Geneve, CH-1226 Thonex, Suisse; http://www.drozophile.ch." -- Igor Prassel

 

*Blaylock, Josh and Mike Zeck. G.I. Joe #21, Image Comics, 2003.

 

Blutch. Mitchum #1

 

Boira, Paz. "Veuillex agreer mesdames..." in Cheval sans Tete 1:2, 1996.

 

*Bosshart, Daniel. Geteilter Traum, Edition Moderne, 2000, ISBN: 3907055330

            "The comic won the Max‑und‑Moritz‑Award for Best German‑language comic ‑ locally-produced." --Jochen Garcke 

 

Braun, Eric (ed.) 106 U #6, Montreal: Eric Theriault Press, 2000.

            " ...another anthology with several of the same contributors as Cyclope (Swiz, D.Bilos, Siris, Domique Galarneau, Billy Mavreas, Suicide), plus Rick Trembles, Olivier Morrissette, Henriette Valium, Eric Braun (editor and publisher) and other Montrealers, plus some Europeans (Killofer, Ott, Remi - all reprints though) Colour section in the center with paintings by Valium (!!!!!!!!!!), Suicide, Braun, D. Bilos, sculptures & more. Almost entirely wordless (except for Valium - in heavy slangy Quebecois french). 80 pages." -- Jamie Salomon

            "Writers and artists names: Braun, Olivier Morisette, Rujiter, Henriette Valium, Siris, Killoffer, Pouliot, Gummbah, Billy Mavreas, Alex Lafleur, Jean-Claude Amyot, Richard Suicide, Matt Konture, Thomas Ott, Rick Trembles, Eric Theriault, Guim, D.Bilos, Mr. Swiz, Frdrk, Quesnel, Juliette Prestone, Remi and Legron.

                Synopsis: A 90 page wordless anthology featuring cartoonists from around the world. 80 pages of black + white art and a 10 pages full-color section created by Montreal's finest and world renowned talents from Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland. Exploration of the medium through silent sarcastic sequences and experimental graphic episodes. A wide stylistic range unified by a thread of daring irreverence aimed at globalizing artistic subversion in the landmark tradition of RAW and Comix 2000." -- Eric Braun (http://veena.ctw.cc/site106U.html).

 

Breccia, Alberto. Dracula: Dracul, Vlad?, Bah... Les Humandoides, 1997.

            "A wordless graphic retelling of the classic story, with a twist. The author reflects the political realities of the role played by the United States in the years of the South American dictatorships (you'll find Superman here, and Edgar Allan Poe!). Fully painted in a dark, humorous style like Gahan Wilson. Breccia died in 1993 but not before leaving a distinct mark on many international comics artists." -- Bud Plant's Incredible Catalogue, Winter 1999-2000, p. 239.

 

Brown, Patrick. "Communication," Superstate Funnies - a sampler of UK and European comic art, UK: Caption, 1997.

            Also available online at http://www.geocities.com/patrickbrown40/; this story is about a possible office romance.

 

Bruno. Mais Ques Fait La Police?, La Chose, 1999.

            "In sum, it's a sort of noirish story of prizefighting, two-timing, theft, revenge, murder, and corruption. Two fighters square off in the ring; one wins, one loses; the loser's lover defects to the winner; shots are fired; meanwhile, the winner's manager runs afoul of an armed thief, etc... And someone gets away with all the lettuce at the end.

                I say 'noirish,' but the art is notable for its near-absence of solid blacks: thin, stylized linework and open fields of white are distinguishing qualities; features are stylized in a faintly cubistic kind of way; the work is streamlined, diagrammatic, extreme. (Punches turn faces into little bursts of lines; forced angles exaggerate characters; superfluous details simply don't exist.) Lovely B&W linework w/in simple red matte covers.

                The most notable thing in the work is its use of ideograms for dialogue, an experiment comparable to Cartier or Avril & Petit-Roulet (as pervasive as either). Commonplace symbols, received bits of "clip art," and even a few xeroxed bits of comics, end up in word balloons. There are some real surprises in the way this technique is used (to say anything else would spoil them)." - - Charles Hatfield

 

Byrne, John. "Critical Error," The Art of John Byrne, Vol. 1, Brooklyn: S.Q. Productions, 1980, reprinted in color as Critical Error, Dark Horse, July 1992.

            "The only differences are, 1) [the reprint's] in color, 2) the text piece about how the story came about, and 3) the girl is wearing a loin cloth to cover up the lower half of her body and in the original she is nude." -- Ron Atkins

 

Byrne, John (w), Jim Aparo (p) and Mike DeCarlo (i). "Chapter One: Period of Mourning," Batman #433, part 1 of "The Many Deaths of the Batman," DC Comics, May 1989.

            "Almost wordless - has one word in the last panel." -- Darko Macan

 

Byrne, John (w/p) and Andy Kubert (i). "Silent Knight," Christmas with the Superheroes #2, DC Comics, 1989.

            An Enemy Ace story.

 

Cartier, Eric. Flip in Paradise, Paris: Rackham, 1990.

 

Cartier, Eric. Flip - Mekong King, Stakhano, 1993.

 

Cartier, Eric. Flip - Sing Sing Song, Stakhano, 1994.

 

Cartier, Eric. Anagraphis, Stakhano, 199?

 

Castree, Fidele.  Lait Frappe, Montreal: Oie de Cravan, 2000.

            "...new 40 page book by Fidele Castree.  Wordless. Amazing. This kid is going far. Get this now as it will be highly sought after in years to come." -- Jamie Salomon

 

Clement, Pierre. Les Souris.

            "...format fetishists take note: this is a story about mice (of course) told in three tall volumes with stunning production values." -- Mark Nevins

 

Clement, Pierre. Tralalahaha.

            "...more Clement imaginative wanderings‑‑hard to describe the work overall, but there's an Egyptian theme." -- Mark Nevins

 

Comix 2000, L'Association, 2000.

            2000 pages of silent comics from around the world for the millennium at $75.

 

*Crosa, Riccardo. No Words #2: Kira, Bologna, Italy: Phoenix, 1999

 

*Crosa, Riccardo. No Words #6: Kira #2, Bologna, Italy: Phoenix, 2000

 

*Czekaj, Jef and Brian Ralph. "Aquaman: The Man Who Cried Fish," Bizarro Comics, New York: DC Comics, 2001.

 

Davis, Jack. [untitled Frankenstein strip], Panic, EC Comics, May 1959.

 

Delgado, Ricardo. Age of Reptiles #1-4, Dark Horse Comics, 1993-1994.

 

Delgado, Ricardo. Age of Reptiles: The Hunt #1-5, Dark Horse Comics, 1996.

 

Delisle, Guy. Aline et les autres, L'Association, 1999.

 

Dieck, Martin Tom. L'oud silencieux, L'Association, 199?

 

Dieck, Martin Tom. Hundert Ansichten der Speicherstadt, Arrache Coeur.

 

*Ditko, Steve. "The Silver‑Tip Outlaw," Rocky Lane's Black Jack #27, Charlton Comics, May 1959.

 

*Ditko, Steve. "Death Vs. Love‑Song," Comic Crusader Storybook, reprinted in Ditko Collection #2, August 1986.

            Mr. A story.

 

*Dixon, Chuck and Russ Heath.  "A Christmas Carol," DCU Holiday Bash II, New York: DC Comics, 1998.

            Sgt. Rock story.

 

*Doherty, Catherine. Can of Worms, Fantagraphics, 2000.

 

Dorgathen, Hendrik. Spacedog, UK: Andre Deutsch; Germany: Rowohlt.

 

Edith and Riff. My Name is Dog, Stakhano, 199?

 

*Eisner, Will.  "Moment of Glory," Dark Horse Maverick 2001, July 2001.

 

*Eisner, Will. "The Casualty," Last Day in Vietnam: A Memory, Dark Horse Comics, 2000.

 

Eisner, Will. story in The Spirit #?

 

*Eisner, Will. story in Will Eisner's Quarterly.

            "It contrasts 2 pursuit stories told simultaneously - 1 involving cavemen & a dinosaur, the other involving 2 crooks and a cop.Naturallly, the cavemen are more civilized." -- Steven M. Bergson

 

Emerson, Hunt. Original Hot Jazz, Stakhano, 199?

 

Fabio. Du plomb dans l'aile, Seuil.

 

Fabio. L'oeil du chat, Seuil.

 

Fabio. Morte saison pour les poissons, Seuil.

 

Fabio. Au Coeur Du Monde, L'Association, 199?

 

Faraci, Tito and Siulvia Ziche. No Words #3: Inferno!, Bologna, Italy: Phoenix, 1999.

 

*Follender, Greg-Michael and Rick J. Bryant (inks). "The Pugilist," Heavy Metal, May 2001.

 

Fortemps, Vincent. Cimes.

*Foss, Langdon. "War," Heavy Metal, May 2001.

 

*Fowler, Tom.  "Adventure #206," Oni Press Color Special, June 2001.

 

Fraipont, C. and P. Bially. Lea, Brussels: Enigma, 1998.

            A 22 pages dumb love story" (as in silent).... A mini roughly the size of the Patte de Mouches, its 22 pages present the story of a man given an ugly gift plant by his girl, and the sequence of events through which the gift ultimately brings them closer together. It's a cute little romp... in a numbered edition of 450." -- Tom Furtwangler

 

Gerner, Jochen. Boîte de vitesse et viande en boîte, L'Association, 199?

 

Ghermandi, Francesca. No Words #1: Pastil, Bologna, Italy: Phoenix, 1998.

            "...the first in a new series from the Italian Phoenix featuring wordless comic albums in B&W. This is just lovely - some gorgeous pencil shading from Francesca ([1998]'s Lucca Festival starlet)." -- Paul Gravett

 

Ghermandi, Francesca. No Words #4: Pastil #2, Bologna, Italy: Phoenix, 1999.

 

Gilbert, Michael T. "Tiny Terror Tales #2," Cerebus #43, Oct. 1982.

 

Gilbert, Michael T. and Raoul Vezina. "Tiny Terror Tales #1," Cerebus #42, Sept. 1982.

 

*Guitard, Thierry. Concubins, France: Esprit Livre, 2003.

            Information online at http://celm.free.fr/

 

*Gold Key Club Minicomics

            Half‑page silent gag strips run in Gold Key comics in the late 1960s. An example can be seen in Tarzan 185. Another of a chicken eating cement and turning into a statue is in Mickey Mouse #119, Gold Key, November 1968. Fairly uninteresting.

 

Grist, Paul. Kane #5?

            One word in story.

 

*Gross, Milt. He Done Her Wrong, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1930; reprinted as Hearts of Gold, New York: Abbeville, 1983.

            "It's a melodrama about love, the wintry wilderness, a cunning villain, and a hero." -- Denise Voskuil.

            "Hearts of Gold does indeed reprint He Done Her Wrong. I have a copy of each, but never bothered to compare the two to see if anything had been edited out.... Why it would be necessary to edit anything out is beyond me, but I don't have a corporate mind. I did notice that it had been reformatted to place more panels per page, thus cutting down on the printing bill. He Done Her Wrong is a hard book to find (especially, I would imagine, in Europe). In several years of (successful) searching for pre-1935 comics, the copy I own is the only one I've ever seen." -- Doug Wheeler

 

Gursel. Grin and Bare It, Vol. 4, NBM, 1999.

            European sex cartoons.

 

Hama, Larry (w). G.I. Joe #22, Marvel Comics, April 1984.

 

*Haspiel, Dean. "Volcano Girl," Boy in my Pocket: The Billy Dogma Experience, Top Shelf Productions, 2000.

 

*Henderson, Sam. "Eyes Capades," Measles #7, Fantagraphics Books, New Year 2001.

 

*Holstrop, Bernhard (Willem). "Jerusalem," in The New Comix Anthology ed. by Bob Callahan, New York: Collier Books, 1991.

            "The story is only 6 pages (which  reduced to 3 81/2 X 11 pages). Personally and as a comix scholar, I found this comic story troubling. It does have a chronological order, but I am not really sure what message(s) Holstrop was trying to send. Maybe I'm supposed to feel that way. ;)

                The first image is a view of a silhouetted concentration camp (front view) from the railroad tracks. The final panel looks like a scientific institute with a smiling(?), hands on the sides of her face female Israeli soldier inset. In between are lots of images ‑‑ like a Middle East slideshow: the Israelis are good, the Israelis are bad, the Arabs are good and the Arabs are bad." -- Steven M. Bergson

 

Ilic, Mirko and Les Lilley. Survival.

            "A lot of strips done by the Croatian Novi Kvadrat in the late 1970s were silent one or multi‑pagers. The most famous at the time was Mirko Ilic's "Survival" written by Les Lilley (of Searchers and Tinseltown... Fame?). Some of the Novi Kvadrat members continued doing silents from time to time so Igor Kordey's Wall was recently (last couple of years) published in Heavy Metal." -- Darko Macan.

 

*Jason. Mjau Mjau #5-10, Oslo: Jippi Vorlag, 1999-2002.

            "These Norwegian comic books are almost entirely wordless, and terrific examples of pantomime storytelling. At slightly larger than US comic book size, and 48 pp. per, each issue is filling... The featured characters appear to be anthropomorphic birds and dogs. They're really people, though, in the sense that they are seldom treated as animals. There are other character types too: horror movie monsters, a certain Lucasfilm character, angels and devils, and skeletons.

                This may sound merely cute, but Jason has wit and style and a gift for stinging irony. The work is generally high-spirited, not mean or satiric, yet it can be ribald and, better yet, touching. Stories range from single-page gags to (in issue 6) a complex 20-page fable. Some of the pieces are Quiet Observations; others, Silly Gags. A few are genuine Stories and merit rereading. Both issues offer a pleasing variety of stuff.

                Jason's style is wonderfully spare, and he knows how to wring an emotional payoff from really minimal, low-affect drawings. His characters do not visibly "emote" (at least not very often), but he can still tackle subjects like love, death, and grieving very effectively. The circuitous approach to feeling reminds me of Spiegelman's cartoon minimalism, but Jason's drawings are more facile, more fluid, and the work depends less on words (obviously) and more on juggling comic stereotypes. It isn't necessarily "deep" work, in the sense that it lacks the dimensions that words could bring, but it is charming and memorable and occasionally wickedly funny.

                For people who enjoy, say, Trondheim's mute gags, or Woodring's, or something like Dorgathen's Space Dog, I think Jason's work will be very welcome." -- Charles Hatfield

 

*Jason. Sshhhh!, Fantagraphics, 2002.

            "Jason's follow‑up to the acclaimed "Hey Wait," a cycle of  short stories that delineate an entire lifetime. And not a single word is spoken!" --

 

Joan. La Petite Lucy - Road Movie, Stakhano, 1993.

 

Joan. Lucie Horror Picture Show, Stakhano, 1994.

 

"Jughead Dipsy Doodles," reprinted in Betty & Veronica Double Digest Magazine #1, Archie Comics, June 1987.

            In the late 1960s and early 1970s, one page wordless strips starring Jughead as a painter who's work comes to life were published in Pep Comics.

 

Kalberkamp, Peter. Mea Culpa: Murder The American Way, New York: Four Wall Eight Windows, 1990.

            "...a fine pen and ink wordless novel in 1990, prior to Eric Drooker..." -- David Beronä.

            "...isn't strictly wordless, but except for two place-setting captions, all the words are inside the pictures (like the cover of "Crime and Punishment" or a close-up of a note). I liked it." -- Steve Bolhafner

 

Kanigher, Robert and Joe Kubert. [untitled], Ragman #4, DC Comics, February-March, 1977.

 

Killofer. La clef des champs, L'Association, 199?

 

*Kobayashi, Makoto. "The Ribbon," What's Michael? Vol. VI: A Hard Day's Life, Dark Horse Comics, 2002.

 

Koch, Alain. Poilala, Stakhano, 199?

 

Koch, Edith, Riff, Joan and Eric Cartier. All Different All Equal, Stakhano, 199?

            Anti-racism book for Council of Europe with stories by each creator.

 

Kordey, Igor. “Wall,” Heavy Metal, 199?

 

Kolyer, John. Both Ends CD-rom.

            "One notable artist is John Kolyer who has done a number of unusual black and white wordless books that he has on a CD as well called BOTH ENDS." -- David Beronä.

 

*Kriek, Erik. Gutsman #2-4, Amsterdam: Oog & Blick, 1998-2000.

            #1 was self-published in 1994 in an edition of 2000 copies.  See www.gutsman.nl.

                "...these are wordless comics from Oog en Blik, featuring a cartoonist, and two superheroes he draws. The cartoonist loves his female creation, but she only has eyes for the mindless musclebound clod. It's very funny stuff."  -- Bart Beaty.

 

Kubert, Joe. "Foodchain," Tor #1, New York: Epic Comics, 1993.

 

*Kundig, Andreas.  La Parthenogeneige, Switzerland, 2001

 

Kuper, Peter. Eye of the Beholder, New York: NBM, 1996.

 

Kuper, Peter. Mind's Eye: An Eye of the Beholder Collection, New York: NBM, 2000.

Kuper, Peter. "Chains," Gangland #1, New York: DC Comics, June 1998, reprinted in Gangland collection, 2000.

 

Kuper, Peter. Spy vs. Spy, in Mad Magazine #356-present, New York: DC Comics, 1997‑

            Kuper took over the strip shortly before Prohias' death.

 

Kuper, Peter. The System #1-4, and collected edition, DC Comics, 199?

            "...it's 'silent' save for 'in context' words, a newspaper headline, signage, a missing person notice, etc. I liked it a lot, mostly for color and cinematic narrative." - Kristen L. Abbey

 

*Kuper, Peter. [story], Bleeding Heart #2.

 

Kuper, Peter. Speechless, Top Shelf Productions, 2000.

            "From Peter Kuper, creator of the critically acclaimed DC/Vertigo graphic novel THE SYSTEM and illustrator of Mad Magazine's SPY VS. SPY, comes a FULL-COLOR collection of over a dozen wordless strips that stare into the underbelly of our world and occasionally cough out a belly laugh. Punctuating each tale will be an array of award-winning illustrations that have found their way onto the covers of Time,Newsweek and the Village Voice, among others, and will include sketches tracking the development of the covers with commentary by the artist.

                A 96-Page, Full-Color, Deluxe-Format Graphic Novel SPEECHLESS -- Coming from Top Shelf Productions in August 2000." -- Top Shelf Productions press release.

 

Kurtzman, Harvey and Wally Wood. "Sound Effects," Mad #20, EC Comics, February 1955.

            "If you can include 'sound effects' as wordless, then I recommend reading the MAD masterpiece, "Sound Effects," which contained no dialogue, but many sound effects in every single panel." -- Ron Evry

            "There was a short story by Kurtzman and Wood, IIRC again, about a private eye on the case that was done with the emphasis on sound effects. It's not technically a silent story but it's a speechless one." -- Darko Macan

 

Lambe, Eric. "Nature morte aux poissons," in Cheval sans Tete 1:2, 1996.

 

Lambe, Eric. Ophelie et les directeurs des resources humaines, Brussels: Freon, 2000.

            Eric Lambe's "mostly silent" new book has one or two word balloons (that say "on vous ecrira" = "we will write you") along with some panels that have diagetic text (journal entries by some characters, and newspaper clips). In total, there are probably 5 panels that have French text. The rest is mute." -- Nick Nguyen

 

Lanier, Chris. Combustion: A Story Without Words, Fantagraphics, 1999.

 

Lapin #25, 2000.

 

*Lash, Batton. "Words Don't Do It Justice" in Supernatural Law #35, Exhibit A Press, July 2002.

 

*Laugh Comics Digest Magazine #58, "Pat the Brat: Cuttin' Up" and "Jughead in Cap Flap," Archie Comics, January 1985.

            Pat the Brat cuts the sports section of the newspaper up before his father reads it.  Jughead's hat blows onto the grass which has a "Keep Off" sign so he climbs a tree to get it.

 

Lécroart, Etienne. Et C'est Comme Ça Que Je Me Suis Enruhmé, Seuil.

 

*Lee, Paul. "The Lone Gunmen: Generations" in Dark Horse Extra #34, Dark Horse Comics, April 2001.

            The Gunmen (from the X-Files television show) argue over Kirk Vs. Picard from Star Trek and the story told by using pictures of characters in the word balloons.

 

*Lethcoe, Jason.  "The Apocalypse" in Zoom: The Academy for the Supergifted #2, Astonish Comics, 2001.

            Six pages of 3-panel wordless gag strips featuring death as a character.

 

*Lish, Dan. "Child Story" in Heavy Metal, May 2002.

            Three strips about a child's world views.

 

*Loriot. Wahre Geschichten erlogen von Loriot, Diogenes, 1959.

 

Lunacek, Izar. "Without title," Stripburger #21, pp. 72-74.

            Ordering info: Stripburger, Forum Ljubljana, Metelkova 6/I, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, tel.: +386 61 319662, 1344094, fax: +386 61 1338074, http://www.ljudmila.org/stripcore/com.htm.

 

*Madden, Matt. [untitled story about buying beer and meeting a girl in Mexico], Alternative Comics #1, 2003.

 

Maester. Raven, Stakhano, 199?

 

Marchesi and Tacconi. No Words #5: Hollywood Bau, Bologna, Italy: Phoenix, 1998.

 

*Matticchio, Franco. "The Pillow," Drawn & Quarterly 3:1, 2000.

 

Mattioli, Lorenzo. Squeak the Mouse vol 1 and 2 New York: Catalan.

                "Two volumes of Mattioli's Squeak the Mouse were published in the US by Catalan, and you can still find them occasionally. Squeak is trippy stuff, not for the faint of heart, weak of stomach, or prudish of sensibility, but it's great fun and executed in a brilliant cartoony style. I think it's a blast. You'll never watch Tom and Jerry the same again after reading this." -- Mark Nevins

 

Mattotti, Lorenzo. L'Arbre du penseur.

 

Matulay, Laszlo. Then and Now: A Novel as Told in 112 Original Drawings.

 

Matsumoto Taiyo. 100.

 

Mavreas, Billy. [story in], Cyclope, Montreal: Zone Covective/Mille Iles, 2000.

Mayer, Sheldon. "Write your own," Sugar & Spike #1, 9, 11‑15, 17‑47, 49, 51‑54, 56‑78, 87, 91‑98, DC Comics, 1956-?

                "In Sugar & Spike Sheldon Mayer used to do a write‑your‑own comic feature in almost every issue, where the word balloons were empty. The gags made perfect sense without any words, of course. The 'write your own' pages in Sugar & Spike usually featured two unnamed characters who didn't appear in other stories, though I recall at least one with Bernie the Brain and Little Arthur, and the ones for the Rudolph books featured Rudolph or the supporting characters." -- ??

 

Mayer, Sheldon. "Write your own," Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (Limited Collectors' Edition C‑42), DC Comics, 197?

 

Mayer, Sheldon. "Write your own," The Comics, Robin Snyder, December 1994.

            Previously unpublished story starring Winky and Blinky (intended for Rudolph the Red‑nosed Reindeer, 1978)

 

*Menu, J.C. Omelette, L'Association, 199?.  Reprinted by Reprodukt, 2000.

 

Menu, J.C., Lewis Trondheim, David B., Killofer, Stanislas and Matt Konture. Le Rab 2000, L'Association, 2000.

            "...this year's 'free gift' to subscribers is the Rab 2000, a little 16 page hardback, in the same format and finish as Comix 2000, with a 12-page silent story, told two pages each by all six founders." -- Paul Gravett

 

Metzger, George. Beyond Time and Again, Kyle & Wheary, 1976.

            "Beyond Time and Again had only sound effects. This book keeps coming up as an answer to a lot of questions: first graphic novel, first hardback comic book, and now silent comic book." -- Rick Norwood

 

*MGM's Spike and Tyke #24, "Homing Pup" and "Hide 'n' Seek," Dell, Dec-Feb 1961.

                2 silent strips.

 

Miller, Frank. Sin City: Silent Night, Dark Horse Comics, 1995.

            One word in story.

 

Moebius (Jean Giraud). Arzach, New York: Heavy Metal, 1977; Paris: Humanoides Associes, 1976; Copenhagen: Carlsen, 1989; Dark Horse, 1996.

            Arzach was first published in Métal hurlant in #1-5 (1975). Album version was published in 1976. Les humanoïdes associés was the publisher in both cases." -- Jean-Francois Masse

 

Moebius (Jean Giraud). "Harzack," Moebius 0, Milwaukie, OR: Dark Dark Horse Comics, 1990.

 

Moebius (Jean Giraud). "Metamorphosis," Moebius 0, Milwaukie, OR: Dark Dark Horse Comics, 1990.

 

*Moebius (Jean Giraud). "Les Reparateurs (The Repairmen)," Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #1:2, Summer 1998.

*Moebius (Jean Giraud). 40 Days dans le desert B, Paris:  Stardom, 1999, ISBN: 2‑908766‑40‑x

 

Moore, Alan et. al. The Worm, London: Slab-o-Concrete and the Cartoon Art Trust, 2000.

                "Somewhat like Spiegelman and Sikoryak's Narrative Corpse, this jam (completed in 1991 to benefit the London Cartoon Centre) collects the work of a ton of cartoonists, most doing one panel of a "script" by Alan Moore. It tells the story of, let's see, a worm, a cartoonist, and the human race, up through a fanciful utopia in which comics is accorded the status of not simply Art (as we all know it Should Be) but Life Itself. Ultimately, it's all a bit over the top, but then, the concept itself--to create the World's Longest Comic Strip--is over the top anyway.

                There are a lot of familiar names in the credits, as well as a great many I do not recognise; given that the work itself was done in 1991, who knows how many of these folks are still even practicing cartoonists. Art styles and abilities shift rapidly from panel to panel, but as I knew the nature of the project going in, this hodge-podge nature only added to the book's charm.

                The story is itself primarily (though not exclusively) worldess... and the main character a hapless cartoonist with aspirations and talent (a cipher with whom I'm sure the cartoonists who worked on this project were able to identify much moreso than the Narrative Corpse's match man). The plot moves across time in a deliberate if neblous fashion; I enjoyed seeing what visual cues would be chosen to represent various cultures and times. The Bayeaux Tapestry and other proto/pseudo/pre-comics crop up as the history of the (comic) (art) world

unfolds over the book's first three (of five) chapters.

                The packaging of the book makes it a keeper, as well as an intelligent publishing decision. All of the textual material in the book is presented in English, French, and Swedish (the book project received assistance from The Swedish Council for Cultural Affairs)--that includes the (obligatory?) Neil Gaiman preface, Steve Merchant's contextual introduction, and the afterword which contains Alan Moore's initial overview of what he envisioned the story to be, dictated into a tape recorder and transcribed here. What text there is in the comic proper is included in English (visibly pasted down onto the artwork) and again in added French and Swedish captions which, while they do break up the panel compositions a bit, usually add more than they (necessarily) obscure.

                To open up a book like this to three language markets is a smart move, especially since the comic's mostly wordless nature makes it a natural for international distribution. Note the similar, though much more exhaustive, treatment of the textual material in Comix 2000...

                All in all, I like The Worm quite a lot. It's a clever experiment, not really a grand statement; that it strives for, and even succeeds a bit, in making any sort of Statements at all is a testament to the work which can be done by a large group of people all dedicated to a common cause." -- Gene Kannenberg, Jr.

 

*Moore, Alan and Jaime Hernandez. "Tesla Time," Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #1, America's Best Comics, January 2002.

 

Moran, George. Fresh Eggs, Lake Isle Press, 1997.

            A funny wordless comic strip about eggs.

 

Otomo, Katsuhiro. Flower.