George A. Walker holds an MA in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University and York University. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2002 in recognition of his achievements in Canadian Book Arts. He is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U) where he teaches book related arts in the Printmaking program. He is the graphic novel acquisitions editor for the Porcupine’s Quill and has six titles in print with them. Since 2000 he has worked full time as designer and artist for Firefly Books Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in publishing both with large commercial publishers and private presses. He is the author of the popular how-to book, The Woodcut Artists’ Handbook (Firefly 2005) now in its second edition, and is recognized for his art history book on wordless novels, Graphic Witness (Firefly 2007) which has sold over 16,000 copies. His most recent trade books are Written in Wood (Firefly Books 2014) and the Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook (The Porcupine’s Quill 2014). Since 1984 his letterpress printed artists’ books have been collected internationally by institutions such as the University of Toronto, Morgan Library and Museum N.Y., Columbia University, N.Y. and Princeton University N.J. and the Victoria and Albert museum in London England.
Walker’s medium is wood engraving, predominantly printed graphic novels that tell stories without dialogue. Many of his works are done in special hand-printed limited editions, sometimes with specific meaning to the number of printings and engravings. The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson was first released in a limited run of 39 copies, signifying Thomson’s age when he disappeared. The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook is printed in a limited edition of 80 copies featuring 80 engravings in celebration of Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday.