Wednesday’s Webcomic: Dresden Codak

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The sporadic but nigh incomparably beautiful Dresden Codak  does not have much in the way of a total page count per se, but each long form page is so richly layered and detailed that I often spend additional time enjoying, devouring and analyzing each page.  With a large cast and a surreal sense of humor, Dresden Codak’s subject matter and jokes come from a vast range of intellectual disciplines so I’ve often spent many an entertaining hour researching the various philosophies and scientific tidbits that find their way into the script.  The comic has a wide range of characters, but many focus on the adventures of Kimiko Ross, a young mad scientist with a chip on her shoulder and an expansive vision for the world to come. Despite her anti-social tendencies, she attracts some loyal and interesting friends and goes on adventures that involve science, a tiny Carl Jung, strange worlds, and the approaching Singularity.

Gorilla War

I’m not going to link to this one. It’s just too good to spoil what’s going on.

Most installments are stand alone short stories and there are two longer storylines, one complete and one in progress. The shorter storylines are often done in tribute to various great cartoonists, make jokes about philosophy, or take place on strange worlds Kimiko has wandered into.  Really understanding what’s going on in the comic often involves extensive research and discussion with friends over a very existential beer. The comic posits ascribes to a lot of transhumanist philosophy.  Over time the art transforms from good and varied to jaw-dropping and intense, although the amount of time involved in each installment of the comic now means updates are more infrequent, though the Creator’s tumblr acts as a substantial appendix and has a large number of his sketches and thoughts on the comic industry.

The Author and His Other Works

Aaron Diaz is an avowed transhumanist, full time cartoonist and a thoughtful writer. While Dresden Codak had not yet been published in book form due to the size and complexity of it’s panels,  a successful kickstarter has just been funded which will bring Dresden Codak to both print in bother large and super-size hard cover editions.  He’s been getting lots of attention recently after creating a Legend of Zelda Game Concept in which Zelda herself is the heroine on the adventure after watching Anita Sarkeesian’s excellent Tropes Vs Women. 

Rupert and Hubert



Jeanette Diaz ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeanette Diaz has been dabbling in an array of geekery all her life, but has lately been devoting her time to video games and knitting. She is also researching various methods of doing both at once; although any solution she’s come up with seems to be an abomination unto Science or a defunct Nintendo peripheral. Other than that, she enjoys reading, web-comics, and cartoons. You can connect with her on Ravelry as planethalia. Jeanette lives in Chicago with a board game addict and two cats. Find her internet home at http://thewrongdrum.wordpress.com/

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  1. Mary says:

    Just stopped by.

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