The English term of comic derives from the humorous. Comics is series of adjacent drawn images, usually arranged horizontally, that are designed to be read as a narrative or a chronological sequence. It can contain little or no words, and consist of one or more images, which may either illustrate or counterpoint the text to affect greater depth. The history of comics has followed different paths in different parts of the world. It can be traced back to early precursors such as Trajan’s Column, in Rome, Egyptian hieroglyphs and the Bayeux Tapestry and other medieval tapestries. The words comics and comic strip introduced about 1900 in the United States, when all strips were indeed comic. The French term is “bande dessinée” (BD) which means “drawn strip.” The older German term for the one is “Bildergeschichte” (picture story) or “Bilderstreifen” (picture strip), but the Germans now tend to make use of the English word, as do speakers of many other languages. The Italian this art form is known as the name of fumetto (literally, “little puff of smoke,” after the balloon within which most modern strips enclose verbal dialogue). In Spanish, the comic strip and book is called historieta.