Comic Invention

Comic Invention

Cover of the comic The Glasgow Looking Glass of 1825.18 March – 17 July 2016
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission charge

This new exhibition explores the cultural and historical background of graphic narrative and how we tell stories in pictures. Taking us from the world’s oldest comic to Donald Duck and Dr Dread, Comic Invention also reveals new material central to the history of comics.

Looking at the graphic narrative in its widest sense, the exhibition showcases treasures from The Hunterian and beyond, from the ancient Greeks to Hogarth and contemporary items.

Comic Invention also highlights a very important but little known work called The Glasgow Looking Glass of 1825 (pictured). Arguably the world’s oldest comic, it predates titles like Punch by sixteen years.

Key manuscripts and printed works from University of Glasgow Special Collections and from the Bibliothèque de Genève will also be on show, some of which for the first time in the UK.