The series Graphic Novels about Ancient Egypt, which will be published by the Canarian publishing house Ediciones ad Aegyptum (based in Spain), is a project created with the aim to offer the general public an interesting view on some of the most exiting characters of ancient Egyptian cultural history.
The authors, the Egyptologist from Canary Islands Mila Álvarez Sosa and the Egyptologist from Tuscany Irene Morfini, contribute their knowledge and experience to create a new format of infotainment about ancient Egypt. In these graphic novels, literature and art are combined with historical fact and fiction, linking past to present in the graphic style of a film storyboard.
The aim is to introduce the reader to important episodes in ancient Egyptian history through the voices of two real Egyptologists visiting key sites of the past.
The story in the present allows the reader to learn about archaeological sites and come into contact with modern Egyptian culture, language and customs. Moreover, the reader will be introduced to specific aspects of the fieldwork of an Egyptologist excavating in Egypt.
The graphic novel is the result of thorough research and is based on historical facts, but aims to be a story of adventure and suspense. Many of the vignettes bring to life scenes depicted in tombs, carved on the walls of temples and recorded in papyri. Objects out of museums and from archaeological digs are brought to life to recreate the environments in which the story takes place.
The historical facts, vocabulary and expressions of the characters employed in the graphic novel are based on different genres of ancient Egyptian texts (literature, historical narrative, poetry, etc.), allowing the reader to become familiar with the philosophy and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.
The graphic novel also includes photographic material of the archaeological sites that appear in the novel, and a brief overview of historical events that are referred to in the text.