About Hugo and his adventures…

Hello! I’m Patrick Reinhart (otherwise known as Mr Patch)

I started drawing Hugo’s adventures back in college, somewhere between 2004-2006. I decided the panels would be 10”x10” and that it would be black and white with very formal hatching (executed with a Sharpie).

That damn hatching.

I didn’t get nearly as much done on it as I wanted then, and I haven’t actually gotten a huge amount done on it since. Sketches abound, somewhere. Anyway, the newer panels are pretty obvious, since I did them about 5”x5” and the lines are much thicker. A lot of those are near the beginning, which I’ve been wanting to expand even further.

Right between when the little bird lands on Hugo’s balloon and the next panel, where the balloon pops, there are at least half a dozen sketches somewhere detailing what happens. The little bird doesn’t pop the balloon, a goose does.

Some of the following story can be seen as rough sketches here.

So this is how it goes between those two panels: Little bird lands on the balloon (it doesn’t pop). Little bird gathers twigs and straw and builds a nest on Hugo’s balloon. Little bird lays a few eggs, eventually the eggs hatch, and they fly off—all this in one or two pages. That’s the first part, and yes I know that in the real world that process would takes weeks and weeks. *Ahem* Anyway. An airplane zooms past, Hugo’s blown off whatever course he was originally on. Maybe other flying objects pass him as well. I’d make it rain and storm if it weren’t so entirely inconceivable for a helium-filled balloon to stay leak-free and survive such a thing. BUT… after all that, this and the other, a flock of geese fly up from behind Hugo and suddenly the air is full of GOOSE. Until, inevitably, one of the geese runs right smack into Hugo’s Balloon!

It pops.


And then I was thinking he’d land on the back of the goose and he’d ride with the geese for a while, see a thing or two…

AND THEN… he’d fall off somehow and get rescued by the hot air balloonist.

AND THEN… I could add a gazillion more panels to their travels.

This isn’t exactly a story with plot, per se. Hugo is my world-traveling garden gnome. Wordless stories are inherently open-ended. Hugo’s adventures are ENTIRELY open-ended.


Someday I might finish his story, he might appear in a little interactive app or something. Animation would be really fun for this, mostly because it could be crazy simple and still work beautifully.

Thanks for reading.

- Patrick Reinhart