Hob #4


I feel like the majority of my posts for this class begin with a disclaimer sentence: “I’m not familiar with various types of digital media,” “I’m not a video gamer,” “I’ve never used Adobe CS before,” etc. The one for this week is: “I don’t read comics,” by which I actually mean, “I don’t actively seek out comics on a regular basis.” Of course I am familiar with some of the more famous ones found in newspapers, but Dresden Codak’s Hob series is the first I’ve encountered that thinks outside the box — literally.

In Codak’s comics, specifically the Hob series, there is a clear sense of nonconformity. The top three boxes are somewhat typical of a comic, that is, they are three square shapes positioned side by side. But, if this was an average comic, they likely would be the same size and sit on the same exact parallel. As this storyline progresses, Codak becomes more liberal with his box size and positioning. He places smaller boxes within larger boxes and allows speech bubbles to spill over into other scenes. I think this method of drawing is particularly effective because at this point readers still don’t quite know where this comic series is going. We know that Hob is the main character with transhuman interests and potential extraterrestrial encounters, but we don’t know much else about her, like where she lives or who she interacts with on a daily basis.

Codak takes his creative license even further in the segment in which Hob explains her book. Many comic scenes are drawn in solid colors bordered by sharp black lines. However, the sepia tones of this middle section assist the reader in understanding that the main character is not participating directly in the action, but rather taking a moment to add background information to her story. This middle portion acts as a creative footnote.

Codak brings readers back to the main line of action by drawing a close-up of a jiggling door handle and open door. The surprise the characters must be feeling is exaggerated by Codak only painting their wide eyes and eliminating all other facial features.

— Jen Hirsch


~ by survivingshanghai on March 20, 2011.

One Response to “Hob #4”

  1. I think you might benifit by reading the stories again…

    For instance Hob is not the girl but the robot.
    Kimiko aka kim is the main protagonist of this story.

    Though you are quite right about the visual aspects.

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