A medieval comic book
This a page from the Bible of Stephen Harding, a manuscript produced in the early 12th century (Dijon, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 14). These scenes, which recount the life of biblical King David, read like a contemporary comic book: from top to bottom and left to right, with captions on top of each image (and sometimes within the images). It is one of the earliest, and most striking, examples of comic-like medieval pages.
Watch a video of the transit of Venus. From 1882.
Today is your last chance to watch Venus cross the face of the Sun before 2117, so don’t miss it. The event occurs so infrequently that the last transit, prior to the one in 2004, occurred all the way back in 1882.
Until relatively recently, the most common way of capturing snapshots the sky was by means of glass, photographic plates. In 1882, astronomer David Peck Todd used a series of these plates to capture the transit of Venus. Over a century later, astronomers Anthony Misch and Bill Sheehan recovered these long-forgotten plates from storage, and combined them to form the video below, reanimating what they call “a moving record of an event seen by no one now living, and a preview of what millions” will soon see for the last time in their lives:
Well, if this doesn’t inspire you to be more productive, what will? What are you doing today?
(via Brain Pickings)
Home Sweet Home
Einstein at his home in Princeton, New Jersey.
Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree
Located in front of Trinity College, to the right of the Great Gate. Although impossible to prove, this is believed to be where Isaac Newton made his famous realization.
Andy Warner and a new approach to graphical journalism
Andy Warner is a great cartoonist. Reading the archive of his blog, you can see that he writes and draws some beautiful stories about people and life (Behind the Stars). Recently he started to realize some political comics, the first for his blog, The man who built Beirut, and two others for the Slate about the syrian uprising: the first about the Assad’s family and the second about the 1949 coup (with the probably collaboration of CIA) that it is the origin of the syrian political situation.
In particular with these syrian comics, Andy experiments a particular type of graphic reportage (or graphic journalism), with a story telling near to the Introducing series, with a large use of explenations, and some ballons
Furthermore the comics about the story of the Assad’s family has an infographical structure that is very useful for this type of web comic
Another interesting tool is the timeline embedded in the second syrian comic:
I think that Andy has a good story telling in general, but the use of infographic and timeline in this type of comics could take the graphical journalism in a more interesting era.
(via Il Giornalaio)