Visual Storytelling: Hyperbole and a Half – Stephanie Hunter

I’m a fan of the blog “Hyperbole and a Half.” The blog entries are primarily adult themed, true (albeit “told very dramatically”) comedic stories. The stories are told from the perspective of the author as a five year old and are illustrated with simple, colorful images. The juvenile nature of the images cauterizes the story with humor, adds to the hyperbole of the text and strengthens the illusion of the story coming from a young child. When told her drawings “suck” the author, Allie Brosh, explained that was her intent and that her drawings have a “very precise crudeness” that takes a lot of time and editing to produce. I personally think the images sell the story. They are used to personify inanimate objects and relay the emotions of the characters. I also believe the drawings are used to stir the audience’s frame of mind to remember these are stories that a meant to be humorous, not taken too seriously. I don’t remember initially loving the stories’ images; I was more drawn to the adult vernacular and tone. I especially like the bright contrasting colors of the images. I think the colors help keep the audience drawn in and the story moving. My favorite blogpost story is “The God of Cake.” The story is roughly 1436 words and contains 48  images throughout. The story is about a child’s mission to taste her grandfather’s birthday cake before it is time for it to be eaten. The following are various images from the story.

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2 thoughts on “Visual Storytelling: Hyperbole and a Half – Stephanie Hunter

  1. meaganmthornton February 18, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Definitely an interesting idea. I wonder how the image would stand on their own? If they could tell a story just as visuals without words. I would be interested to see all 48 pictures in order to see how that changes the story. – Sara Haller

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  2. meaganmthornton April 19, 2015 / 4:15 am

    She recently put out a book that is available at Barnes and Noble. Did you get it?? I love it! – Cassie Goff

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