Cartoon History of the Universe

(Scribd DirektUniverse, via MeFi)

Die ersten neun Ausgaben von Larry Gonicks Cartoon History of the Universe kann man online auf Scribd durchlesen, darin reist ein Professor durch die Zeit und erklärt alles vom Urknall bis zur Neuzeit. Die Online-Ausgaben reichen bis zur Geschichte des antiken Griechenlands, Indien und China. Und in der ersten Ausgabe (oben eingebettet) gibts ab Seite 16 den evolutionären Grund für Sex. Von Wikipedia:

The Cartoon History of the Universe is a book series about the history of the world. It is written and illustrated by American cartoonist, professor, and mathematician Larry Gonick. […] Each book in the series explains a period of world history in a loosely chronological order. […]

The Cartoon History is illustrated in a black-and-white cartoon style. Gonick occasionally uses crosshatching and other realistic drawing techniques, but he primarily draws with a lively brush-and-ink squiggle that resembles Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, Walt Kelly's Pogo, and René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's Astérix.

His tribute to the latter is explicit. When Gauls are depicted, not only do they often resemble Goscinny and Uderzo's characters Asterix and Obelix, but when Gonick treats the Gallic invasion of Italy (390 BCE - 387 BCE), the characters, along with Vitalstatistix, appear unmistakably (Vitalstatistix is transported on a shield, Asterix pummels a Roman soldier, etc.); and as they trudge off into the sunset, the speech balloon reads "Come on, Obelix! Let's get our own comic book."

Cartoon History of the Universe

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