This actually feels a lot like some modern comics…lovely!  

Via booksnbuildings

"Matrakçı Nasuh was an Ottoman Renaissance man. He excelled in martial arts, mathematics, science, painting and literature, among other fields. Matrakçı Nasuh’s name, in fact, comes from the word for ‘cudgel’ or ‘mace’ in Ottoman Turkish, matrāḳ, as he was famous for his virtuosity in employing this weapon and creating games and military training involving the mace, as well as other weapons, even writing a work on the art of swordsmanship. 

In addition to his contribution to the writing of history and the creation of games with cudgels, Matrakçı Nasuh was also famous as a technician. The most well-known episode of his engineering talent occurred during the circumcision ceremonies of Süleyman’s sons, Mehmed and Selim, when he famously constructed two moving citadels out of paper from which soldiers emerged and staged a battle, as part of the public spectacle and celebration in the Istanbul hippodrome.

He was also a talented painter and created a new form of art that depicted the topography of cities of the Ottoman Empire with great precision and detail (pictured).”

Read more at the British Library.

(via darksilenceinsuburbia)

The unfortunate denouement of the wonderfully bizarre 1892 children’s book, Voyage dans la lune avant 1900, by A. de Ville d’Avray.  Tip o’ the hat to Kirk Taylor for posting these beauties!  
More below:

The unfortunate denouement of the wonderfully bizarre 1892 children’s book, Voyage dans la lune avant 1900, by A. de Ville d’Avray.  Tip o’ the hat to Kirk Taylor for posting these beauties! 

More below:

This is some hauntingly beautiful work.  H/T to the Comics Reporter for pointing me here!

Via bayardbaudoin:

Here’s a couple of full page spreads I just did for prophet 44…  lots more inside when it comes out.  Everyone did crazy work on this issue, definitely worth picking up :)

Illustration by Hannes Bok, 1949.

Illustration by Hannes Bok, 1949.

Happy Dog by Mathias Blaser Doytchinov, at Cartoon Simple.
The Lost Girls of Rue du Lapine by The Searcher on Flickr.Via Flickr:
If you venture out at night 
in the darkest hour of Hallowe’en
If you dare down the cobbles
you will never again be seen
They may seem delicate and sweet
and come upon you quiet and serene
They will ply you with secrets and treats
but visit horrors upon you gruesome and obscene
All that will be left of your wasted life
is a pale porcelain figurine
and the echoes of laughter
from the lost girls of Rue du Lapine

The Lost Girls of Rue du Lapine by The Searcher on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
If you venture out at night
in the darkest hour of Hallowe’en

If you dare down the cobbles
you will never again be seen

They may seem delicate and sweet
and come upon you quiet and serene

They will ply you with secrets and treats
but visit horrors upon you gruesome and obscene

All that will be left of your wasted life
is a pale porcelain figurine

and the echoes of laughter
from the lost girls of Rue du Lapine

A Noisy Alphabet by tom gauld on Flickr.Via Flickr:
‘A Noisy Alphabet’, a new screenprint by Tom Gauld
Pre-order it here: www.tomgauld.com/index.php?/shop/noisy-alphabet-print/

A Noisy Alphabet by tom gauld on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
‘A Noisy Alphabet’, a new screenprint by Tom Gauld

Pre-order it here:
www.tomgauld.com/index.php?/shop/noisy-alphabet-print/

A wonderful image, from this time-suck site of “23 skidoo” postcards.

A wonderful image, from this time-suck site of “23 skidoo” postcards.

I feel that I need more information about this.

I feel that I need more information about this.

(Source: greatgrottu, via traditionalcomics)

drawing by Mel Kadel, found here.

drawing by Mel Kadel, found here.

More pulpy cover goodness, this time from Richard Corben for Twisted Tales.  More from Corben and others at The Golden Age. 
I love the look on the guard’s face, and the jauntiness of his cap.

More pulpy cover goodness, this time from Richard Corben for Twisted Tales.  More from Corben and others at The Golden Age

I love the look on the guard’s face, and the jauntiness of his cap.

Fabulous Weird Tales cover by Margaret Brundage, at the Golden Age blog.  Hubba hubba.

Fabulous Weird Tales cover by Margaret Brundage, at the Golden Age blog.  Hubba hubba.

Artist Joe McKendry illustrates publisher Angelika Taschen’s favorite books and where she first read them.
More here, well worth perusing!

Artist Joe McKendry illustrates publisher Angelika Taschen’s favorite books and where she first read them.

More here, well worth perusing!

Bruno Paul, « Croquet », Jugend, n° 51, 19 December 1896. 
Seen at Topfferiana.

Bruno Paul, « Croquet », Jugend, n° 51, 19 December 1896. 

Seen at Topfferiana.

Via Cartoon Simple and 50 Watts, L. Davidichev’s Hands Up! or Enemy No. 1, A novel for young adults, published in the Soviet Union in 1971 with illustrations and typography by R. Bagautdinov.

Via Cartoon Simple and 50 Watts, L. Davidichev’s Hands Up! or Enemy No. 1, A novel for young adults, published in the Soviet Union in 1971 with illustrations and typography by R. Bagautdinov.