Comic Book / Druid City
is an independently published
graphic novel series. Currently, only one volume has been released. Classified partially as Alternate History
, as the series takes place in a renamed and fictional version of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The series follows Designated Hero
Hunter Hastings, a journalist who has returned to his home town after dropping out of his graduate program in Austin, Texas under mysterious circumstances. The series began being published page-by-page online on October 1st, 2015.
- Alliterative Name: Hunter Hastings and Scott Silo.
- Bechdel Test: One character, who is a strident feminist, was added to the story so that the first volume of the series would pass the test. The same character, Carla Cortez, has gone on to be an Author Avatar in sociopolitical discussions that take place in the series.
- Beta Couple: While they do experience a few problems in their relationship, Hunter's homosexual brother Mike and his partner Dusty are the most consistent couple to last through the series. Other couples don't last very long during the run of the series (although some, such as Hunter and Misa's first relationship went on for up to three years in the backstory), but they are more important to the immediate narrative. Mike and Dusty serve as a consistent backbone.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today??: Misa Saito (in a female example of this trope) often jokes about sex and is frank in discussions on the subject. Regardless of her bravado however, own sex life is somewhat lacking.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The protagonist Hunter Hastings falls into this trope in the first volume. While his ulterior motives are meant only to self-aggrandize himself, his actions serve to improve the safety and sanity of his community as a whole.
- Mushroom Samba: Hunter experiences a mild hallucinogenic episode after drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol directly after it is implied that he smoked marijuana. This was done deliberately so that he would not recall an unpleasant experience.
- Myth Arc: Hunter's past and contact with Jenean Walker constitutes the Myth Arc of Druid City.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: Becky Fink and Carla Cortez are part of a group dedicated to renaming the medical term Asperger's Syndrome. The group is named "Stop Making Fun of the Term Aspergerís. Itís AsinineĒ.
- Running Gag
- Jack Thorn is seen working a different menial job every time he appears. In addition, the acronym of each of these establishments is the same acronym for a hate group. For example: Sub Shack = SS. Ned's Amazing Zapateria Incorporated = NAZI.
- Misa Saito often appears out of nowhere, unannounced. This is usually accompanied by her moving as a collection of speed lines, more than likely illustrating how much of a stunning effect her appearance has on Hunter.
- Unreliable Narrator: No one character in particular serves as a narrator in a traditional sense, but it does become clear that certain details about how some characters are drawn change after the character in question is disassociated with the lead character. For example, once Hunter Hastings (the lead) and Misa Saito (a character in question) end their second relationship and potential lasting friendship, Misa's hair is drawn in a completely different style and certain qualities that she has disappear. None of these changes are commented upon by any other characters, so the assumption could be that Hunter's opinion was shaping her appearance for the audience to some degree.
- Written Sound Effect: Whenever Ryan Alex Rasheed, aka DJ Onomatopoeia, says an onomatopoeic verb out loud, it is accompanied by a visual sound effect. This ability has been used to confuse and startle people who are unaware of this unique ability. Oddly enough, Ryan appears to be completely aware that he is capable of doing this.