For my second blog post, I decided to look at Hobo Lobo of Hamelin. I really enjoyed this piece. I felt like it was easy to follow and that it told a good story. I really liked how the images above resembled a story line. I think that by doing this it allowed the audience to gain a better understanding of the story that was being told. I felt that the pictures used good imagery and color as well helped to add detail to the story. While the images are flat, they still give a 3-D effect to the story, which is also another selling point.
Another thing that I really enjoyed in this story is how the wolf is not seen as the bad guy but is instead trying to help save the city. I really got the setting that this story took place in a medieval town. I think that the story of Hobo Lobo of Hamelin uses a lot of different mixtures of themes such as folklore, satire and comedy. Author and creator Stevan Zivadinovic did a great job of tying all of these themes and genres together to get his message across to the audience.
In the image above shoes not only the artistry but also some of the political satire that was displayed throughout the story. You can see the political propaganda posters in the background. This can be associated with the dark and gloomy looking theme of the photo itself.
This photo is similar to the first one. However here you can see Hobo Lobo standing in front of his professional services stand where he tried to help as many people in need as he can. Hobo Lobo was trying to make a difference in the small renaissance town and bring attention to the towns mayor who was no good for the town and did not care about its people. Hobo Lobo even decided to sue the mayor which I loved! I think it was really nice seeing the character roles reversed and this time the wolf who is normally seen as big and bad, is the one who is the hero and the good guy.
Overall I really enjoyed this story. This may be a bit of a stretch, but some aspects reminded me of the George Orwell’s novel “Fahrenheit 451”. Especially on page 6 scene 6 and 7 when the radio show is taking place and a conceded mother calls in to talk to the mayor about her kids being outside (which is considered dangerous). He tells the mother to enlighten her children on things they shouldn’t be curious about. This reminded me of Orwell’s novel because in Fahrenheit 451 people were not allowed to enlighten themselves with books, just like in Hobo Lobo, children are not allowed to enlighten themselves with the outside world. I think that this fun and interactive story helps to draw upon similar text and concepts. Overall, I really enjoyed being able to make connections such as this one when I was reading Hobo Lobo. I think that it made the read a lot more interesting and allowed the reader to gain a better understanding of the message that was being portrayed.