Comic Book / Druid City
is an independently published
graphic novel series. Currently, two volumes have been released and the third is being produced. The series began being published page-by-page online on October 1st, 2015. 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.
- Alliterative Name: Hunter Hastings and Scott Silo.
- Art Evolution: The series starts with a very simple, poorly penned style, done entirely with a computer mouse. The artist for the series originally wanted to place as many limits on himself as possible. The methods changed starting in Volume 2, where everything is drawn with a stylus and the artist has more experience with the personal style used in the series. Now that Volume 3 has started, the artist has also announced that Volume 1 will be redone with a stylus and more detail, so as to not scare away new readers.
- 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.
- Fratbro: Chapter 7 of Volume 1 is filled with them. Two serve as the antagonists of the chapter, four others serve as charmless rubes, and many others appear as copy-paste versions of themselves in a dance sequence.
- 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, her own sex life is somewhat lacking due to work and lack of partners into her games.
- 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. This little incident starts here
- 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.
- The Masochism Tango: Hunter Hastings, with Misa Saito and Mannie Sue. Misa is too determined and independent to be tied down by the productive, but fragile, Hunter. Mannie Sue is too damaged and vulnerable to be with the wiser and far more unscrupulous Hunter.
- 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 start to 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.
- We Used to Be Friends: Jack and Hunter. In the backstory, Hunter and Jack were colleagues, roommates, and fast friends. After Hunter betrayed Jack's trust to get the jump on submitting a groundbreaking article, all of that changed. In the present storyline, Jack is presented as a rather justified antagonist. The two characters are still willing to talk things out over the course of the series, but the point of each interaction is ultimately one-upmanship.
- 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 have never encountered this unique ability. Oddly enough, Ryan appears to be completely unaware that he is capable of doing this.