Super Mario vs. Gothic Manuscript Borders
by Carl Pyrdum
An excerpt from Carl’s essay on why Gothic border illustration logic follows the same physics as the Super Mario Bros. games:
If I widen my focus a bit on the image I started with, you can see that the border-platform that Mario, rabbit, and hound are standing upon dangles from a fancy initial capital that, like the grass clots from the Ormesby Psalter and the question blocks from the Mushroom Kingdom, does not itself feel the pull of gravity.
It’s too dangerous to go alone…