Picture & Word Art

I have long been intrigued by Word Art & Word Games. A few years back, I discovered Ambigrams and was totally fascinated. Over the years I have occassionally made my  own attempts at Ambigrams.  In fact, my MLIW Logo is a crude Ambigram!

Since my aim in this blog is to explore many different things which either explicitly or indirectly have something to do with water, I allow myself the indulgence of sometimes picking up on something simply because I find it interesting or would like to share it.

Such is the case with this Post…

It features some of the Picture Art of an Artist who lived more than 100 years ago. Though his cartoon style reflects the scrawly style of drawing, popular at the turn of the last century, I just love his inventiveness.

To fully appreciate the genius of Verbeek’s Art, read  below:

Verbeek is most noted for The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo, a weekly 6-panel comic strip in which the first half of the story was illustrated and captioned right-side-up, then the reader would turn the page up-side-down, and the inverted illustrations with additional captions describing the scenes told the second half of the story, for a total of 12 panels. His signature usually appeared at the top of the first/last panel, upside down. The two main characters were designed such that each would be perceived as the other character when inverted. For example, in one often-reproduced panel, Muffaroo appears in a canoe next to a tree-covered island, and is being attacked by a large fish. When inverted, the image shows a later scene of Lovekins in the beak of a giant roc: Muffaroo’s canoe has become the bird’s beak, the fish has turned into the bird’s head, the island has become its body and the trees its legs, and Muffaroo has turned into Lovekins. Verbeek created a total of 64 of these strips for The New York Herald, from October 11, 1903 to January 15, 1905. via Wikipedia

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