Kirby krackle (sometimes Kirby dots) is an artistic convention in superhero and science fiction comic books and similar illustrations, in which a field of black, pseudo-fractal images is used to represent negative space around unspecified kinds of energy. It is typically found in illustrations of explosions, smoke, the blasts from ray guns, and outer space phenomena.
The effect is named after Jack Kirby, the influential comic book artist whose superhero art frequently featured this stylistic device.
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