Tuesday, December 29, 2009

satirical cartoons in ancient egypt


found this on bibliodyssey-- it's described as "Satirical anthropomorphic 'cartoons' from an ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscript".

in his book understanding comics, scott mc cloud points out that ancient egyptian paintings often depicted a sequence of events and thus could be considered a predecessor of today's comics.

this manuscript demonstrates another commonality--that of satirical intent. not only did the egyptians tell stories in pictures, they did so to make fun of one another, too!

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