Dec 13, 2011

Escher in Comics: Jade and Obsidian vs. Mr. McEscher

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. Here's an example of his work utilizing isometries:

In SHOWCASE '93, way back in... 1993, Michael J. Martinek, Andrew Kudelka, and Kevin Nowlan (yes, that Kevin Nowlan) had the Golden Age Green Lantern's children, Jade and Obsidian, run across some very disorienting effects once Jade is done screening her latest perfume commercial. The studio turns around on them.

And when they find out who's behind it, well, the Escher influence isn't really an "influence" at all, as it's very blatant:

As we showed last time, one of his most famous pieces was "Bond of Union"  (1956). Mr. McEscher's look was almost definitely based off of that. A piece from 1955 called "Rind" gives off a similar effect:

Fun stuff!

For more Escher, visit the official website.

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