The Book of Woo is a nice crypto puzzle created by comic artist Oliver Knörzer. If you want to solve it you should hurry up, as Oliver will soon publish the cleartext.
Artworks containing encrypted texts have always been a popular topic on this blog. Most readers will know the CIA sculpture Kryptos; other notable cryptographic sculptures include the Cyrillic Projector and the Lego pictures created by US artist Andy Bauch.
Some artists created encrypted books, like the Codex Seraphinianus or George Orwell’s novel 1984 enciphered in color.
The Book of Woo
One of the most beautiful encrypted books I know was created by German comic artist Oliver Knörzer: The Book of Woo. I covered this cryptogram in a blog post in 2013 (in German), soon after it had been published. Oliver, who is the author of a nice online comic series named Sandra and Woo (published in English and German), has set up a web site about it. There was a reward of 250 Dollars for the first one who would solve the mystery.
Some readers of this blog tried to break The Book of Woo, but to no avail. Some guessed that the author had used a transposition cipher – a hypothesis that seems to be consistent with the letter frequencies. Blog reader Crazee remarked that a character depicted in the illustrations of the book was named Seeoahtlahmakasay. This might be a good crib.
Like the Codex Seraphinianus, The Book of Woo is inspired by the Voynich Manuscript. It is listed as number 00022 on my encrypted book list.
The Book of Woo has four pages (calling it a book might be a little exagerated, but who cares). Here is page #1:
Solution to be published
Yesterday I received a mail from Oliver Knörzer. He told me that he will reveal the solution of the Book of Woo over the next few days. This information is also provided in a recent Sandra and Woo comic on Oliver’s website. According to Oliver, this page contains a clue that might lead to the solution of the cryptogram.
There is a Wiki for those who still want to break the encryption. If you want to have a go you should hurry up – in a few days your solution might be worthless.