As a history teacher, I always notice manuscripts and other illustrations that use speech bubbles. Mesoamerican codices as well as Spanish friar translations include symbols that show speech happening.
This blog frequently highlights parallels between medieval and modern technology and media. My recent posts on Spam, GPS and Selfies in medieval times are good examples of that. As odd as this may sound, as a medieval book historian I see such parallels with modern concepts all the time: all you need is a pair of eyes and a little imagination. A few days ago, however, I encountered (and tweeted) a parallel I had never seen before: a drawing with the appearance of a page from a modern comic book (Fig. 1, tweet here).
Fig. 1 – British Library, Stowe MS 49, fol. 122r (c. 1300) – Source
The drawing from c. 1300 shows a group of people walking, some of them with a walking stick in their hand. You can almost hear the sing-songs in the background. As it turns out, this merry scene bears more than one parallel to a modern comic book story.
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