14 July 2013

"The Freethinkers’ Pictorial Textbook"

                                            The Freethinkers’ Pictorial Textbook by Watson Heston


 I have seen this comic many times, and have often wondered where it came from, and if there has been many more like it, or it was a one-off from the artist. I had always thought it was from a British newspaper in Victorian times.

It's probably old news to many people, but it came from "The Freethinkers’ Pictorial Textbook" by Watson Heston (d.1905) who lived in the USA state of Missouri for most of his life. so not your typical resident of the time.

I have a few books on how to draw good comics that tell a story, and even though this style is considered old and "busy" it's still gets the messages across.

"The Freethinkers’ Pictorial Textbook  book is available as a PDF from http://bankofwisdom.com
in two volumes, along with his other books The Old Testament Comically Illustrated (1890), and The New Testament Comically Illustrated (1898).

“To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.” ― Isaac Asimov

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