The fifty-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Bluestockings bookstore, 172 Allen St, New York, NY. Free and open to the public ($5 suggested).

Scheduled presentation: Michael Joseph on Lynd Ward’s Vertigo: Strategies for Creating a Voice in a Silent Novel. For his final “wordless” novel, Vertigo, published in 1937, Lynd Ward created four block sizes, allowing each size a different range of narrative and affective values. With particular emphasis on the smallest (2″ x 2″) block, and its emotional and dramatic tonalities, I will discuss how creating narrative sequences of regularly varied image sizes endows Vertigo with a sense of directorial voice, and how it creates patterns that resist the centrifugal force of linearity.

Michael Joseph is the Rare Book Librarian at Rutgers University. His most recent articles are “Deleted/Undeleted: The Liminal Typography of Lowell Bodger,” in Book 2.0 (2103), and “Seeing the Visible Book: How Graphic Novels Resist Reading,” in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (Winter, 2012). He curated an exhibition on Lynd Ward at Rutgers University and has co-authored a study of Ward entitled, The Last, Unfinished Wordless Novel of Lynd Ward, (2001).vertigo