Webcomic of the Week – Dresden Codak

Aaron Diaz knows his stuff.  He does a lot with anthropology, psychology, and time-travel.  Of course, not necessarily in real life, but rather in his comic series Dresden Codak.  He does a lot of science fiction that places him in the cyberpunk genre (or so I’m told) and he does a lot of stories relating to the flaws of humanity and the struggles people come across.  Especially when super-science and complex equations are involved.  While some things here and there tend to be funny, a lot of Dresden Codak gets pretty heavy and takes in-depth looks at the things that go wrong and how even trying to fix them can lead to some personal disaster.  Also it talks about robots.

There’s a lot going on with this webcomic so I won’t attempt to cover it all, mainly because I couldn’t even if I tried.  Given some of the dialogue and subject matter, there are times where I feel like I’m not as right along with the story as I should be.  But other times… man, those other times, I feel like I’m witnessing some serious art taking place.  The use of characters such as Kimiko facilitates Aaron’s ability to touch on struggles between action and inaction, the possibility that too much thought isn’t a good thing and that often times when we’re trying to do right, we’re mainly just trying to do right by ourselves.  Getting too wrapped up in one’s work, alienating yourself from those closest to you, knowing when to take the advice of those who want what’s best for you… all of these are elements persistent in Dresden Codak.

Beyond his many single story comics, his lengthier story ‘Hob’ is a fantastic display of Aaron’s talents and understanding of how longer works are pieced together, while still holding all of his strongest themes and concepts.  Looking into science and the bizarreness of futurism, we see Kimiko on an extended tale relating to a robot she finds that’s from the future.  Through this, we see the many things that can go wrong over time and how there are a lot of flaws to overcome that if left unchecked could become pretty drastic effects on the world at large.  Like I said, this Aaron Diaz knows his stuff.

But let’s not forget, he isn’t just a moral-telling man of science, he also does a lot with his short strips, which are often just strictly funny.  Characters like Oldman Man and Tiny Carl Jung are consistently funny and keep things in theme with the rest of Dresden Codak.  Commentary on history as well as alternate-history (I don’t believe Willaim Jennings Brian ever teamed with the Wolfman) do a lot for the humor of the site and keeping almost a weird pseudo-continuity as he tells each mini-tale.  I for some reason enjoy looking at the entirety of the work as all being within the same shifting time line, which either makes it easier or harder to follow.  I can’t be sure.  Regardless of my occasional difficulty with some elements I love the style and the content enough that I’d definitely recommend these stories to countless others.  Check out Dresden Codak, because you’ll be in for some peculiar fun.

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