Monday, November 21, 2016

Blog #9:A Hobo Lobo Adventure

A Hobo Lobo Adventure
By Andaiye Hall

I really want to thank Katherine for choosing such an awesome piece. I found this literature piece to be a source of escape during a fast approaching end to the semester. During my first exploration of all the e-lit volumes, I completely ignored this piece most likely because the name sounded nonsensical to me. It just sounded silly but this piece actually went above and beyond my expectations. When I first began reading this piece, I thought oh, boy another piece with no music. However, this e-lit piece I later discovered wasn’t as predictable as I thought. I found myself taking notes all over the place as I would continually be surprised at how good it actually turned out to be. I decided to check up on some words that I wasn't familiar with. According to Google, a hamlet is a small settlement generally one smaller than a village. I also looked up the meanings of hobo and lobo as well. According to Google, a hobo is a homeless person and a lobo is a timber wolf. This is exactly the description of the main character that we are shown. His name is exactly who he is.

Before I actually began reading the piece I explored all the extra stuff on the page like clicking the “?” and the extra notes in the corners of the piece. I thought the site for the author was really creative and cool as well. When I began reading this piece I felt inclined to read the story out loud for some reason.

I believe that author narration would have been really helpful in this piece. On the other hand I still loved the silence. As they say silence speaks louder than words. The transitions were very surprising and eye catching as well.

With the bouncing, sliding and moving, the popups were so reader interactive. Thus this became a dominant contributing factor into why I loved this piece so much. Hobo Lobo was visually captivating and keeps readers interest throughout the storyline.

I also felt like this piece was hilarious. There were times when I was shaking my head like "yes, this piece is so awesome!" At one point when the mayor went to see a psychic I was wondering where did the psychic come from.

At one point I thought that the author may have a vendetta against religious people when the mayor turned the removal of the rats into something solely based on the Divine. I think there is nothing wrong with thanking the Divine for a blessing but you should also thank the person God used to do so and you must keep your promises. It seems like the author was trying to explore criticizing hypocritical religious people. In my opinion I just hated that innuendo that I picked up on but that all religious people are just self-righteous.

I attempted to understand all the pictures. When I saw the radio talk show host with many eyes, I saw it as a symbolism of someone who gets their information from many sources (i.e. other people in addition to themselves.) The part with the KoolAid having a note on the poster was funny. (had a screenshot of that part but I guess I never saved it:/ ) When the music began on one of the slide I found it enjoying and it helped me relax for some strange reason. It slowly became annoying as the music became full of horror. I was creeped out a little and very shocked. When the Hobo barged in on the mayor and the mayor was butt naked, I got the feeling that truth was going to be revealed.

This piece gets better as you proceed in the piece. I really wonder how the creator produced this.Where the author did add in music and sound effects were very complimentary in their placement. It had alot of symbolism in it too. I thought that this piece was kid friendly until I saw cursing and how the rats were actually "coked up." I was shocked and disappointed but I’m in love with this piece and can’t wait for the rest of it to be finished. When someone explores this piece for the first time, I would tell them to Expect The Unexpected.

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