Dresden Kodac

Mike Lew

The Hob storyline of Dresden Kodac is filled with metaphysical analysis of time and the universe, and is frankly beyond my understanding.  However, it still makes a pretty good story. The layout of the comic is well balanced, and its style reflects the type of content in each of the story windows.

Take for example, Hob#3 – Rule 110.  This comic is split into a standard box form, but in the middle of the page, the boxes are more sporadically shaped, with a few being oddly-shaped or having no outline.  This occurs at the point at which the main character goes into a daydream.  The author intentionally changes the box type to get the reader to pay more attention, and quickly realize that the events in these boxes aren’t actually happening.  By using this method, the reader does not become confused by the events within these boxes or when the scene abruptly ends and a seemingly contradictory story follows.

There are two uniquely-shaped boxes in this page that show white space.  The first is shaped like a heart, and is done so to convey the emotions of the main character without using dialogue.  Since the focus of the box is on the male character, the main character doesn’t give any visual emotocons so that our focus is drawn to the male character.  In fact, we don’t even see the main character’s face.

The second unique box is cloud-shaped.  In it, a blimp is carrying the main character and the male character to some undisclosed and presumably distant location.  The blimp actually extends past the edge of the box into whitespace to signify that the story goes on from there, but it won’t be explored by the author any further.


~ by MikeL on March 22, 2011.

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