AES is a (the first real) encryption open standard and although it is quite well known (if not famous) and widely used, it most certainly **deserves to be better known to the wider public**.

**Jeff Moser** has tackled just that by explaining AES in a short(ish) **stick-figure comic strip on his blog**.

It is nicely structured into four chapters, each adding a layer of complexity, but each one is a nice rounded explanation on its own. This way the reader can decide what level of technicality is enough for him/her and safely skip the rest.

These levels span from complete basics on encryption all the way to the mathematical formulas themselves, so there is *absolutely no excuse for anyone not to read it.*