Micro Signature In the Void – The World’s Smallest Comic

…Cela me fait penser à la signature microscopique sur les écailles dans “Blade Runner”…

…Sleep now blissfully and sweetly,
see the paradise in your dream…

The technique we used is focused ion beam (FIB) etching. A very sharp and high-speed jet of matter is produced and directed towards the hair to etch it – similar to a fine laser beam.

Right away:

  • it is not a fake. Check out the FIB images with the github link below.
  • Yes, it is loud, turn down your headphones volume. Yes, something that tiny can be that loud…

Original microscope pictures: github.com

Comic Artwork
“Juana knits the Planet”
Claudia Puhlfürst

FIB Work
Andrew Zonenberg
using Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s FEI Versa 3D

Type Design
Ralph du Carrois

Sound Samples
Felix Blume
Edgar 9000

Trailer & Sounddesign
Mik Saup

Idea & Project
Sébastien Bourdeauducq

Inspired by IBM’s “A Boy And His Atom”

Media Echo

Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht,
mit Rosen bedacht,
mit Näglein besteckt,
schlupf unter die Deck:
Morgen früh, wenn Gott will,
wirst du wieder geweckt.

Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht,
von Englein bewacht,
die zeigen im Traum
dir Christkindleins Baum.
Schlaf nun selig und süß,
schau im Traum ’s Paradies.

Literal English translation
Good evening, good night,
With roses covered,
With carnations adorned,
Slip under the covers.
Tomorrow morning, if God wants so,
you will wake once again.

Good evening, good night.
By angels watched,
Who show you in your dream
the Christ-child′s tree.
Sleep now blissfully and sweetly,
see the paradise in your dream.