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A first look at SVK, and other comics that trick the eye


Two panels of SVK with and without the hidden content

Comics critic Paul Gravett has a peek at SVK, the new graphic novel due out from Warren Ellis and D’Israeli, as part of an interesting article on comics that trick the eye. SVK, which was announced last December, is a graphic novel with a hidden agenda, so to speak: The private thoughts of some characters are invisible on the printed page until the reader shines an ultraviolet light on them, at which point they appear in thought balloons. Gravett shows a few examples of this and then goes on to some interesting historical examples of other comics that use concealed content, including 3D comics, vintage newspaper strips that used invisible ink, and a comic that flips upside-down halfway through.

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Looks very cool. Any idea about a release date?

That’s quite a cool idea. Will be lazily/easily emulated in digital format, I assume.

Launches tomorrow!

It certainly does. Just got the email!

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