Cartoons & Comics

About cartoons and comics: Learn how to draw them!

Both cartoons and comics are a part of our world that a lot of people enjoy. Nowadays it is hard to finde someone who hasn't heard about some of the big comic heroes like Batman and Captain America. But what exactly is the difference between cartoons and comics? And why do people and especially children love them so much?

Cartoons actually originated on the Middle Ages and weren't quite like we know them. The term was used to describe any art like frescos or tapestries. In the 19th century the meaning of the word shifted to illustrations with an humorous or ironic intent. Another hundreds years later it changed again into the meaning we still know today: comic strips and animated films.

Now that we know what a cartoon is, we should look at the definition of a comic to know the difference. Comics are actually even older than cartoons. Their history reach back until Ancient Egypt! The basic idea hasn't changed since then. A comic is a series of pictures, also known as panels, which tell a story by using words and art together. Before printing was invented the comics were mostly made once and people came to look at them. A nice example is Trajan's Column. It dates back to 110 AD!

History of comics

The first big time comics were distributed was still before the invention of printing - and it was the Bible. In medieval times a lot of people couldn't read, so they spread Christianity with an illustrated version of the Bible. Until the 17th to 18th century most comics were religious. But during these two centuries they turned more political. Soon enough even caricatures appeared. In this time the speech bubble as we know it was invented and wasn't changed much throughout the following hundreds of years.

The first serialized comic debuted in the British humor magazine Judy in 1867. The next big boom came during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period classics like "The Adventures of Tintin" started and became popular. Completed comics could also be bought as books after their serialization ended in the magazines. 1938 Superman debuted and started the hype over comic books and magazines in America. This lasted until the 50s and only died down for roughly ten years. During the 90s the internet followed after with webcomics which are mostly independent works. Soon after the desire to collect older comics grew bigger and the big names like DC and Marvel delivered.

Looking at the history of both cartoons and comics the main difference would be the animation. Nowadays this is the one thing that comes first to mind. But also the fact were it is published is a defining factor. While cartoons appear in normal magazines, comics have their own.

Why kids love cartoons and animated movies

Keeping the popularity of comics in mind, it is no surprise children love to watch the animated version. Cartoons come in a variety of genres. The funny stories and sometimes exaggerated designs make most people laugh. A well known example is Bugs Bunny. His show does not have a big story to tell and the episodes do not connect to each other. You do not have to watch every episode and think a lot to keep up, which makes it easy to watch and interesting for children.

The art styles for cartoons and comics are as varied as the genres. A lot of young people start drawing cartoons and comics to recreate the things they saw or read. Soon enough they start their own stories with their own characters and develop new styles. So the history of cartoons and comics will keep growing.