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Acchi Kocchi, Ben-Day Dots, and the American Comic Style

“Everything starts from a dot.”

-Wassily Kandinsky

It’s amusing how many things are produced, or art styles invented, simply in the interest of saving money.

Benjamin Henry Day Jr. is a mere blip on history’s radar, and yet the printing process he pioneered now has a storied tradition well beyond a cost-cutting measure to save ink. The son of New York Sun founder Benjamin Henry Day, Day Jr. developed the “Ben-Day dot” technique of printing. Ben-Day dots, named after Day Jr. himself, are dots of the exact same size made up of different colors of ink. Instead of spending more money to print the color purple, for example, one can print magenta and cyan dots overlapping each other and our minds will gladly fill in the rest for us.

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