"Comic books, this magical way of writing", lecture by Mr. Daniel Thurre


A lecture by Daniel Thurre, art historian and collector, Geneva

A lecture in the context of the temporary exhibition “ArchéoAlix: Antiquity imag(in)ed by Jacques Martin”

The museum remained open exceptionally until 7 p.m.


Daniel Thurre, art historian and collector, spoke about his fascination with comics from his earliest years; comics are regarded by some as the 9th art and relegated by others to “Mickey Mouse” status.

The speaker discussed graphics, narrative methods and comparisons with the language of the cinema. The audience discovered the rich world of these “stories in pictures” (as their inventor, Rodolphe Toeppfer, 1799-1846, termed them) in albums from the golden age of comics – especially the work of Jacques Martin – and the present day. This is what comics boffins for their part like to define as “sequential art”.

A comic book, like a classic, is an invitation to dream. When the film “Le Mystère de la Toison d’or” (Tintin and the Golden Fleece) came out, a child wrote to Hergé: “I like Captain Haddock, but his voice isn’t the same as in the albums!” This demonstrates to what extent the reader is actively involved in the story and adopts its heroes.

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