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7th Apr '16 2:53:20 PM FlashSteps
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There now exists a [[http://www.theycamefromhollywood.com/octopusmotor/kirbydots/ CGI tool]] for automatically creating Kirby Dots, and even animating them. Interestingly, an analogous technique called 'particle emission' is used in VideoGame graphics for rendering fire, smoke, clouds and, not surprisingly, energy fields. This is, however, mostly because of technical limitations -- it's just really hard and computation intensive to create a polygonal object that changes shape the way fire does. Particle emissions are merely the next best thing.

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There now exists a [[http://www.theycamefromhollywood.com/octopusmotor/kirbydots/ CGI tool]] for automatically creating Kirby Dots, and even animating them. Interestingly, an analogous technique called 'particle emission' is used in VideoGame graphics for rendering fire, smoke, clouds and, not surprisingly, energy fields. This is, however, mostly because of technical limitations -- it's just really hard and computation computationally intensive to create a polygonal object that changes shape the way fire does. Particle emissions are merely the next best thing.
27th Feb '16 10:33:33 AM StFan
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!Examples:

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* Marvel Comics' Sunspot becomes solid black and is surrounded by Kirby Dots when he powers up (originally. Lately, it's dark blue and mostly dotless.) ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', despite not being a particularly slavish adaptation, ''especially'' visually, rendered the dot effect perfectly, much better than you'd think it'd work onscreen. According to the Official Handbook, the dots are his powers affecting the dust around him and turning them black. But yeah, the dots are basically there to offset his otherwise monochromatic and boring design.
* [[Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis Alexander]] [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Luthor]] Jr.'s powers tend to rely heavily on this. What they actually are is not elaborated on further than "dimensional abilities."
* ''ThePain'' has used this [[http://www.thepaincomics.com/weekly070214a.htm to represent evil radiation]].

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* Special mention goes to Kirby's renditions of {{God}}. [[http://nerdcityonline.com/2010/01/22/jack-kirbys-visual-interpretations-of-god/ See here.]] Also, Jack Kirby himself in the cover of ''Comic Book Comics'' #4 is holding drawing tools glowing with his signature dots.
* Marvel Comics' Sunspot becomes solid black and is surrounded by Kirby Dots when he powers up (originally.up. (Originally. Lately, it's dark blue and mostly dotless.) ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', despite not being a particularly slavish adaptation, ''especially'' visually, rendered the dot effect perfectly, much better than you'd think it'd work onscreen. According to the Official Handbook, the dots are his powers affecting the dust around him and turning them black. But yeah, the dots are basically there to offset his otherwise monochromatic and boring design.
* [[Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Alexander]] [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Luthor]] Jr.'s powers tend to rely heavily on this. What they actually are is not elaborated on further than "dimensional abilities."
* ''ThePain'' ''ComicBook/ThePain'' has used this [[http://www.thepaincomics.com/weekly070214a.htm to represent evil radiation]].



* The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''-''[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]'' miniseries hung a lampshade on it. In the second issue, Spider-Man and the Torch trade 'beats' to see who has it toughest, and Spidey accompanies the rest of the F4 on a trip to another dimension.

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* The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''-''[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]'' miniseries hung a lampshade on it. In the second issue, Spider-Man and the Torch trade 'beats' "beats" to see who has it toughest, and Spidey accompanies the rest of the F4 on a trip to another dimension.




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* [[http://cyber-kun.deviantart.com/art/Silver-Age-Mega-Man-X-219202589?q=favby%3Aamayirot-akago%2F1081209&qo=10 This]] Silver Age style fanart of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' contains it as a deliberate homage.
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* A rare live-action version of the KirbyDots appears in the film Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy whenever the Infinity Gem is used.
* The Emotions in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' all have Kirby dots on their skin, which gives them a distinctive grainy texture.
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* A rare live-action version of the KirbyDots appears in the film Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy whenever the Infinity Gem is used.
* The Emotions in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' all have Kirby dots on their skin, which gives them a distinctive grainy texture.
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* A rare live-action version of the KirbyDots appears in the film ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' whenever the Infinity Gem is used.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' has these from time to time, most visible when [[WizardClassic Avatar]] shorts-out [[KillerRobot Necron 99]] after the latter [[spoiler: kills Elinore's father.]] It's very much in keeping with the movie's general worship of countercultural 60's Comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has a bunch of KirbyDots against a green background during most of Ben's transformations. Also, the 0 in ''Ben 10'' has a bunch of dots in the middle. This makes sense, as the series was influenced by comics.
** The main character's EmbarrassingMiddleName? Benjamin ''Kirby'' Tennyson.

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\n[[AC: WesternAnimation]]\n* In ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' they are used, appropriately enough, [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=059-changes to illustrate the aura]] of a ComicBook/{{Galactus}} CaptainErsatz.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' has these from time to time, most visible when [[WizardClassic Avatar]] shorts-out [[KillerRobot Necron 99]] after the latter [[spoiler: kills Elinore's father.]] It's very much in keeping with the movie's general worship of countercultural 60's '60s Comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has a bunch of KirbyDots against a green background during most of Ben's transformations. Also, the 0 in ''Ben 10'' has a bunch of dots in the middle. This makes sense, as the series was influenced by comics.
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comics. The main character's EmbarrassingMiddleName? Benjamin ''Kirby'' Tennyson.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Batman: The Brave and the Bold]]'', being heavily inspired by UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, features KirbyDots in several background instances, including ComicBook/BlueBeetle's power-up sequence. It's also very noticeable in the highly Kirby-inspired episode "The Last Bat On Earth!", as well as in Omac's transformation sequence. (Omac, of course, is another Kirby creation.)

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Batman: The Brave and the Bold]]'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', being heavily inspired by UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, features KirbyDots in several background instances, including ComicBook/BlueBeetle's power-up sequence. It's also very noticeable in the highly Kirby-inspired episode "The Last Bat On Earth!", as well as in Omac's transformation sequence. (Omac, of course, is another Kirby creation.)



* The short lived ''WesternAnimation/SilverSurfer'' animated series combined this with ConspicuousCGI with inconsistent effectiveness.

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* Special mention goes to Kirby's renditions of {{God}}. [[http://nerdcityonline.com/2010/01/22/jack-kirbys-visual-interpretations-of-god/ See here.]]
** Also, Jack Kirby himself in the cover of ''Comic Book Comics'' #4 is holding drawing tools glowing with his signature dots.
* [[http://cyber-kun.deviantart.com/art/Silver-Age-Mega-Man-X-219202589?q=favby%3Aamayirot-akago%2F1081209&qo=10 This]] Silver Age style fanart of VideoGame/MegaManX contains it as a deliberate homage.

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* The short lived short-lived ''WesternAnimation/SilverSurfer'' animated series combined this with ConspicuousCGI with inconsistent effectiveness.

[[AC: Other]]
* Special mention goes to Kirby's renditions of {{God}}. [[http://nerdcityonline.com/2010/01/22/jack-kirbys-visual-interpretations-of-god/ See here.]]
** Also, Jack Kirby himself in the cover of ''Comic Book Comics'' #4 is holding drawing tools glowing with his signature dots.
* [[http://cyber-kun.deviantart.com/art/Silver-Age-Mega-Man-X-219202589?q=favby%3Aamayirot-akago%2F1081209&qo=10 This]] Silver Age style fanart of VideoGame/MegaManX contains it as a deliberate homage.
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12th Jan '16 1:48:05 PM AgProv
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Not related to [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} a dot named Kirby]] or a district of [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool]]. Name is used as a ShoutOut by the Nerdrock Band Music/{{Kirby Krackle|Music}}.

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Not related to [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} a dot named Kirby]] or a district of [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool]].Kirby]]. Name is used as a ShoutOut by the Nerdrock Band Music/{{Kirby Krackle|Music}}.
12th Jan '16 1:36:20 PM AgProv
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Not related to [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} a dot named Kirby]]. Name is used as a ShoutOut by the Nerdrock Band Music/{{Kirby Krackle|Music}}.

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Not related to [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} a dot named Kirby]].Kirby]] or a district of [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool]]. Name is used as a ShoutOut by the Nerdrock Band Music/{{Kirby Krackle|Music}}.
30th Dec '15 12:32:27 AM Anddrix
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* [[Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis Alexander]] [[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor Luthor]] Jr.'s powers tend to rely heavily on this. What they actually are is not elaborated on further than "dimensional abilities."

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* [[Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis Alexander]] [[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Luthor]] Jr.'s powers tend to rely heavily on this. What they actually are is not elaborated on further than "dimensional abilities."
26th Dec '15 8:51:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Batman: The Brave and the Bold]]'', being heavily inspired by {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, features KirbyDots in several background instances, including ComicBook/BlueBeetle's power-up sequence. It's also very noticeable in the highly Kirby-inspired episode "The Last Bat On Earth!", as well as in Omac's transformation sequence. (Omac, of course, is another Kirby creation.)

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Batman: The Brave and the Bold]]'', being heavily inspired by {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, features KirbyDots in several background instances, including ComicBook/BlueBeetle's power-up sequence. It's also very noticeable in the highly Kirby-inspired episode "The Last Bat On Earth!", as well as in Omac's transformation sequence. (Omac, of course, is another Kirby creation.)
10th Dec '15 8:41:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Wizards}}'' has these from time to time, most visible when [[WizardClassic Avatar]] shorts-out [[KillerRobot Necron 99]] after the latter [[spoiler: kills Elinore's father.]] It's very much in keeping with the movie's general worship of countercultural 60's Comics.

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* ''{{Wizards}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' has these from time to time, most visible when [[WizardClassic Avatar]] shorts-out [[KillerRobot Necron 99]] after the latter [[spoiler: kills Elinore's father.]] It's very much in keeping with the movie's general worship of countercultural 60's Comics.
1st Nov '15 2:42:26 PM StFan
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* All over the place in ''[[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]''.
** The Hulk once saw a commercial for Kirby Kibble dog food, containing "Kirby Dots of real beef".

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* All over the place in ''[[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]''.
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''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' The Hulk once saw a commercial for Kirby Kibble dog food, containing "Kirby Dots of real beef".
23rd Oct '15 11:00:19 AM ProfEtheric
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* ''WebComic/AutumnBay'' features them around the mysterious being that [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/4 follows Stephen in the beginning]].
10th Oct '15 9:47:04 AM nombretomado
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* In DC's {{New 52}}, this style of energy seems to be visual shorthand for things that tie into Fourth World stuff especially with OMAC and Earth 2's Al Pratt, characters whose powers are hinted at being consequences of New Gods tech. Perhaps only fitting, as it was Jack Kirby himself who originally created Fourth World and the New Gods.

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* In DC's {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}}, this style of energy seems to be visual shorthand for things that tie into Fourth World stuff especially with OMAC and Earth 2's Al Pratt, characters whose powers are hinted at being consequences of New Gods tech. Perhaps only fitting, as it was Jack Kirby himself who originally created Fourth World and the New Gods.
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