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October 5, 2009 8:55 AM   Subscribe

Caveman Science Fiction. Me Go Too Far! Me Am Play Gods!

Also: Advanced Dungeons and Discourse, You're a Good Man, Charlie Darwin, and the large gaping hole in the center of your chest.

All from the smart-funny that is Dresden Codak.
posted by WCityMike (25 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm more of a fan of 43 Essential 3rd Act Twists.
posted by The Whelk at 8:59 AM on October 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


I'm so glad he's done with his epic story about transhumanism and is back to making entertaining and funny things.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:04 AM on October 5, 2009 [8 favorites]


You am make good post! Me am thank you!
posted by panboi at 9:09 AM on October 5, 2009


I like Dresden Codak the most when I'm not expecting to see a Dresden Codak comic.

Fortunately the artist is so versatile that even when I'm expecting to see a Dresden Codak comic, I'm rarely expecting to see one like that.

Thanks for the links.
posted by ardgedee at 9:10 AM on October 5, 2009


I AM MAKE STICK TO THROW SHARP STICK FARTHER! MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCE IN STICK TECHNOLOGY SINCE LOSING EYE!
posted by steef at 9:20 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Previously. I think that post is when I started reading Dresden Codak.
posted by Caduceus at 9:27 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


HOLE MUST END SOMEWHERE!

Awesome. Between this and "THAT WILL NOT KILL DRACULA!" I have my e-mail and IM responses set for the week.
posted by jquinby at 9:39 AM on October 5, 2009


I like Dresden Codak the most when I'm not expecting to see a Dresden Codak comic.

Yeah, it does get old quick, doesn't it?
posted by Doohickie at 9:46 AM on October 5, 2009


Oh sweet, is he actually making comics again?
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 9:57 AM on October 5, 2009


I'm so glad he's done with his epic story about transhumanism

There are so many good bits in Hob that I still can't fully understand why the whole of it was so deeply unsatisfying. I think Kimiko is interesting, there are a ton of good gags, transhumanism is a fascinating subject, but it just did not come together as a piece for me. It was terrifying when Diaz said he wasn't going to do self-contained gag strips anymore, a statement he thankfully walked back from.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:58 AM on October 5, 2009


What's this transhumanist thing?
posted by Artw at 10:11 AM on October 5, 2009


Oh newver mind, found it - It appears to be the other kind of webcomic - the kind that is meandering and boring.
posted by Artw at 10:13 AM on October 5, 2009


Finding out that he's actually a transhumanist was almost as disappointing as finding out that Orson Scott Card is actually Orson Scott Card.
posted by regicide is good for you at 10:19 AM on October 5, 2009 [11 favorites]


I own this shirt and I don't care who knows it.
posted by The Whelk at 10:19 AM on October 5, 2009


Wow, that thing goes beyond the usual meandering boringness of multipart webcomics into the land of the outright terrible. Hard to believe it's the same person.
posted by Artw at 10:21 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hob had a lot of problems, one of the most prominent was the jerky and often disconnected nature of the narrative. Particularly in the strips before it gets to the part he really wants to write and draw- the big climactic bits- there's little sense of why a particular strip ends where it does and how one connects to the next. Further, the strips have a very eccentric and inconsistent visual structure; how one part of the strip flows to the next is often unclear.

Ultimately, though, I think the problem with Hob is that it's a story told in fits and starts over- what was it? Two years? Three? It's hard to sustain a consistent narrative over the excruciating timeframe that it trickled out of Diaz's brain and hand in.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:23 AM on October 5, 2009


It's weird how, given the possibilities of the web, he's acted like he's just got one page to cram all of this stuff in and has so totally overloaded it. Also the horrible dialogue...
posted by Artw at 10:32 AM on October 5, 2009


I've always liked Dresden Codak, but the panel layouts are often so freeform that reading the dern things feel like translating something from the original Japanese.

That said, this is precious.
posted by GameDesignerBen at 10:43 AM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


ME AM HYGIENE

Well at least he's not one of those horrid anti-vaxxers!
posted by briank at 11:14 AM on October 5, 2009


Despite the fact that dinosaurs didn't exist in caveman times, I love it when he draws one. "Aw, such a cute widdle dino!"
posted by JHarris at 12:38 PM on October 5, 2009


Hm... but the transhumanist strips ("Hob", they're called?) are pretty obnoxious.
posted by JHarris at 3:11 PM on October 5, 2009


The horror gets worse when you realise that it's like 20 parts long.
posted by Artw at 7:35 PM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


To be fair, I hate all of the xkcd multipart stories as well.
posted by Artw at 7:36 PM on October 5, 2009


What I find funniest about "Caveman Science Fiction" is that it's much more successful at sf (and even transhumanism) than all of Hob, while, at the same time, a keen-edged satire of it all.
posted by wobh at 9:09 PM on October 5, 2009


Caveman science fiction. Yes.
posted by DU at 5:29 AM on October 6, 2009


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