The History of Comics and Graphic Narratives
As far as we look back in History Man has used pictures to describe themes to do with life death and the afterlife. The obvious examples are Egyptian paintings such as Those of Isis and Osiris and their struggle against Seth the evil brother.
Those pictures were combined with Hieroglyphic writing which was a form of pictorial lettering which is much like a graphic narrative of today and we cannot go much wrong in examining these examples to see how the expert artists wielded their magic in getting these amazing themes across to an audience which can still view them epochs later.
Then we come to see that within many traditions the theme of who we are and what our purpose on this planet is explored as well of course the most important of our relationship with the Gods.
True Religion is about finding a way to be here in this world and to also help others to go home back to the spiritual world or back to Godhead. Srila Prabhupada said that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. He wanted to portray within his artworks what it is like in a world where there is no birth, death, old age or disease and to help us all realize that we are in fact eternal spiritual souls, spiritual beings. This is the spiritual science of self-realization or the science of Bhakti Yoga. “Bhakti artist claim to be able to give one direct access to the spiritual world, to God and his Kingdom.
The above image is an artwork made by Srila Prabhupadas early disciples in the sixties when Srila Prabhupada exploded as a popular culture icon because of the popularity of his spiritual message. His Divine Grace wowed the young Western audience with his beautiful devotional chanting and wonderful philosophy of love and devotion and his amazing spiritual food and festivals including the incredible Ratha Yatra festivals.