“Hobo Lobo of Hamelin” by Stevan Živadinović

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Screen capture from "Hobo Lobo of Hamelin" by Stevan Živadinović. Hobo Lobo and his dog walking through a wooded area of a village; two eyes stalk him from inside an old barrel. Text: "They had everything they could ever wish / for - with a healthy side-serving of strong moral / fibre - and yet their lives were not as fine and / dandy as they would've liked them to me."
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This comic strip narrative in prose and verse reinvents the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, but with a character called “Hobo Lobo.” Reimagining the comic strip using Scott McCloud’s notion of the “infinite canvas” the comic goes beyond the traditional implementation of a two-dimensional strip. The innovative aspect is that he uses layers to produce a three dimensional parallax effect when the reader scrolls and rethinks the panel by centering layers on adjacent segments on the strip, as he explains in his Parallaxer tutorial. The effect of these layers and panel transitions enhances narrative continuity in panel transitions by replacing the comics gutter with the more cinematic mise-en-scène.

Enjoy this fun retelling of the folktale in all its layers: politics, images, social issues, technology, media, genre, and more, keeping in mind that you’ll notice different things depending on what angle you view it from.

Featured in New Media Writing Prize 2012

Read more about this work at ELMCIP.