Aug 5, 2011

Escher in Comics: PROMETHEA

Welcome to another installment of Escher in Comics, in which we take a look at how some comics use MC Escher's artistic techniques! Click here for the archive!

MC Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch graphic artist that was known for tessellations, optical illusions, and mathematical pictures.One of his most famous pieces was "Bond of Union"  (1956).

He was also known for his tessellations,  which are these frieze-like effects that cover a theoretically infinite surface via repetition. Sometimes, he would do something where he changes a pattern partway through a drawing, such as in "Sky and Water" (1938).

In the cover of PROMETHEA #15, JH Williams III, Mick Gray, and Todd Klein utilized both techniques! Thoth and Hermes had been established as two aspects of the same god earlier in the series, so showing their "bond of union" was a stroke of genius.

Pretty cool, huh?

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