Special event
All the world’s a comic: storytelling through pictures

Friday 26 July 2019,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £8
Members/Concessions £6

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As Shakespeare almost certainly never said, ‘all the world’s a comic.’ One thing is true however - human history is replete with examples of comic book-style pictorial storytelling, where scrolling and sequential narratives are used to tell epic stories of superhuman beings.

From the action packed lion-hunt reliefs of ancient Mesopotamia, the rhythmic processions of the Parthenon frieze in ancient Athens and the captivating tales of the Buddha’s former lives depicted in ancient India and China, human beings have long used pictures to communicate their greatest stories.

Prehistoric cave paintings might even be considered the original precursor of Manga. This panel discussion unites different British Museum curators, as well as guest artists to chart this phenomenon with reference to what makes compelling visual storytelling.

Chaired by international comics expert Paul Gravett, speakers will include curators from across the Museum and special guests.

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