Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The History of Comic Art

The Library of Congress currently has an exhibit on display called Comic Art - 120 Years of Panels and Pages. The exhibit is both a physical exhibit and an online exhibit.

Comic Art - 120 Years of Panels and Pages has five sections. Those sections are Early Years, Mid-Twentieth Century, Late Twentieth Century, Web Comics, and Comic Books and Beyond! Each section has a small collection of comics on display. Each item on display is accompanied by short explanations of what is displayed and why it is noteworthy.

Applications for Education
What I find interesting about this exhibit is the evolution of comics from the late 19th Century through the early 21st Century. The evolution of comics could make for an interesting investigation into changes in the art form as well as changes in audience perception of comics.

Perhaps it's the history teacher in me, but I actually enjoyed the early comics more than the modern examples. Speaking of history, last fall the National Archives hosted a webinar about teaching with political cartoons. That webinar recording is available here.

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