Sep 24, 2014

Escher in Comics: Killoffer's OuBaPo Works

Killoffer in OuBaPo

OuBaPo, which stands for Ouvroir de la bande dessinée Potentielle, meaning "Workshop for Potential Comics," is a French movement that is about experimenting with the art form. You can read more about it here.

I'm not as into the experimental stuff as I used to be, preferring, lately, to see any tricks used in a manner that serves the story. One of the things I find fascinating about David Aja's work on Hawkeye, for example, is that he uses a lot of the tricks Chris Ware was using on his shorter strips, and even in Jimmy Corrigan, but there isn't any instance in Aja's work that the Ware-like stuff comes off as contrived; it just serves the story. (I do Ware a disservice here, as he can and usually does make his tricks serve the stories he tells. His depressing, depressing stories. And while I'm at it, can I just say Hawkeye reminds me of PowerPoint presentations? Anyway, moving on...)

All that aside, I do love me some MC Escher. And one of OuBaPo's contributors, Killoffer, also loves MC Escher. So, I don't speak French, but you know, enjoy these.

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Images came from here and here.

I found out about OuBaPo and Killoffer via The Essential Guide to World Comics:

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