Storytelling in Hob #1

I am choosing to write about Hob #1.  While there is little text besides “pom” in this piece, it does tell some story and demonstrate interesting techniques.

Color plays a huge role in this piece.  The color scheme is very bright which contributes to the emotion of the piece.  The piece seems innocent, carefree, happy.  (In contrast, if the atmosphere of the comic was dark red, brown, black, etc. you would expect something much darker.)

Size of the panels plays an enormous role in this story.  Basically, the top and bottom panels are very large (about one third of the comic each).  They show an overall picture–a “birds eye view,” sort of.  The smaller panels inside are set to highlight important, but small, parts of the bigger picture.  It’s like giving you a closer look.  They also have a flow.  In the top, large panel, one small panel is on the left, while the other is on the right.  The small panels on the bottom panel overlap on the left.  This is because the most important imagery is in the large panel on the right (the robot walking).

In the middle, there are three medium panels.  The middle-most panel is a closeup of the robot himself.  This panel overlaps the final panel, but the robot’s head also goes outside the boundaries of the box.  This is an interesting technique that really makes the robot “pop.”

Overall, given its flow, it’s limited wording, and very basic story line, Hob #1 comes across as a “teaser comic.”

– Aly Ferguson

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~ by notsinthetix on March 21, 2011.

One Response to “Storytelling in Hob #1”

  1. Hob #1 also stuck out to me for many of the similar reasons. I agree that although there is limited text on the page, it still functions to tell an intricate story. I also think that the panel size is important for making the robot the main character. Though all the panel sizes are different, the panel of only the robot functions directly in the middle of the comic. Insightful comment!

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