Google loves any excuse to draw up a new logo, even elevating pulp science fiction to the level of high art. However, in the case of some artists, simply rendering the creations is art enough. Such is the case with the work of the deliciously macabre Edward Gorey. Gorey died at age 75 in 2000, but Google is still honoring Edward Gorey’s 88th birthday with a special doodle. I have no doubt that the man would appreciate being honored after his death.
Just how appreciated is Gorey? Well, I’ve never read one of his books, but I know his art just by looking at it. From The Doubtful Guest to The Gashleycrumb Tinies, his work is instantly recognizable and easy to place as his own. It’s also been hugely influential over the years, particularly to goths and other subcultures with a darker bent. He never got as famous as EC Segar, but he was infinitely more influential from an artistic standpoint.
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