I literally just said that word out loud five times.
AS DID I.
I know right?! How could it be snowing inside?
There's definitely something fishy about this scene.
One of the things I like most about Broodhollow is seeing the cool and creepy places the art goes. It's always unnerving, unsettling and just…un.
HOLY – well, holes!
my thoughts exactly
oh that? that can be fixed up with some consealer and the right lighting.
Or perhaps spackle.
Maybelline will make a fortune there.
Whoooa…probably a dream or something, but this is crazy nonetheless. Good call on the people who made the parallel between Mayor Osgood's shushing and the alley ghost.
I needed that mental image like I needed a hole in the head
I certainly can relate to that – on the other hand, isn't this a horror-themed comic? Isn't that clear for everybody who keeps coming back for more? Or – considering I now regard all things ajar with suspicion and prefer to close them in RL – are we all crypto-masochists around here…? :P
I come back for the adorable moments interspersed between the nightmare fuel. Here we have sneaky mayor as adorable. Then we have the hole. That one is going to last a long time.
You are a bad person.
took the words right out of my facehole
Yeeeeaaaah… I fully intend to continue reading this very interesting webcomic… but NOT late at night, or before I go to bed. Nope.
Holy crap. You know how when you hear see/hear someone describe some kind of horrible injury, and your whole body just kind of cringes, like it doesn't want to accept the knowledge that was just thrust into your life? That's how this page affects me.
It's horrible, but in the insidious way that creeps in at the edges and refuses to leave.
I… just… yes. You covered it quite well.
This is reminiscent of Junji Ito, and I mean that in the best way possible.
This is his hole. It was made in him.
Yeah, there is no question that that's his hole.
I don't want that hole. It's his. He can keep it.
Cloaca says what? That's really a disturbing image…
I'm not sure that…. most of the audience can appreciate a word like that. Here's to cloaca jokes though! roflcoptr
How are people giving this negative response! I LOVED the cloaca reference almost as much as I SHUDDERED at the sight of the mayor's cloaca.
Now … that is quite a problem. :)
And I just haaad to check for an update now instead of waiting until morning.
Welp, guess I won't be getting any sleep tonight…
That's unusual for faces.
Looks like he was just looking for his dentures
Now i know why that young lady (and you draw her ready adorable, just like the kind of cute lady everybody falls for!) didnt wear shoes while leaving the store, Wadsworth is just completely rad now….
I dont even want to know how it goes on… ok, i DO WANT! NOW! =D
There was no hole. It's there now.
WHY oh god I know the whole image was in front of my the whole time but my stupid brain didn't spoil the last image for me and therefore I read it and my heart jumped a million feet good god
The mayor's face fell.
Holy crap. O.O
Wow. I am just about to try and sleep! (Argh!)
Will Wadsworth consider this a door that needs closing?
Nah its clearly all the way open so isn't creating an imbalance or unreliability. Perfectly fine as is. If the face partially closes on the hole then you'd have a problem but all the way open like this suits the pattern fine.
Ah, jumping right into things. Excellent.
Oh right, that's why I wait until morning to check the Broodhollow updates. Gah!
Word. So glad I didn't check last night!
I called it. I literally, F***king called it. I really wished I haden't
"I mean, with this comic, I've started mentally preparing myself for the mayor to peel his face off or something."
But were you prepared?
Um. I'm guessing that's not actually the mayor. I really hope that's not actually the mayor.
Whatever it is, at least it hasn't been overtly hostile yet! Except forgetting to close the door, perhaps.
i screamed. i literally screamed. i wAS NOT READY FOR SHIT TO GET REAL THIS EARLY ON OKAY THIS AINT COOL MAYOR OSGOOD PUT BACK YOUR FACE
Its all the worse for the characters forgetting their earlier terrors.
i half expected to see young maddy peeking out of that hole…
Ah man, this got me. It actually made me say HOLY CRAP out loud.
Must be the cold. People's minds get restless when they're stuck inside for a few days.
Well, that escalated quickly.
I need to not check this right before bed. When will I learn??!
Why does the fact that he crawled under the table scare me more than the face thing?
Why is he under the table? Oh God, why would he do that? Why?!
Standard earthquake drill: 1) Crawl under table. 2) cOLLApse fACe.
Yes, I remember being drilled on that in school.
At that last panel, I jumped in my seat a little bit and swore out loud. Well done, sir.
…Is this actually happening or is another of those "giant bats" episodes where what Wadsworth sees doesn't quite mesh with what everyone else sees? I ask because of the lack of red in the background and the possible implications for either Wadsworth's psyche or his situation in the town. Either way, this looks like it wont end well.
Whyyyyy did I read this right before bed???
I wonder what would happen if you stuck your hand in there…
I'd be more inclined to try to figure out what would happen if you emptied a revolver into it. Or poured in gasoline and tossed in a lit match. Or you know… f it, I wouldn't even stick around long enough to figure that crap out, when's the next train out of this town?
Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich!
Free cookies! Of course taste a bit Eldritchian.
time for further thrilling adventures in the land of Not Okay With This
Just re-checked the previous comic, and Iris did not acknowledge the Mayor. Why wouldn't she say hello? Please shut the door, someone, shut it. Why can't we see out the door? Iris only just left, we should be able to see outside. Wadsworth, kindly help/chuck the mayor outside and shut the door. Please.
That honest to god made me jump and almost drop my computer. Good lord! I'm loving Book 2 already!
It seems that mayor Osgood didn't want to lose face in the public.
Welp, just about time to hit the hay. Oh look, there's a new Broodhollow. Better check that out before turning in.
Well lets see. First of all, this made my head slam back against my chair, as if I was trying to escape a horror more physical there a simple image file on my laptop could ever be, as I almost hyperventilated in preparation for aforementioned flight. Good times!
Secondarily, as someone already has mentioned, Iris didn't acknowledge the Mayor, and we can't see outside. Someone also noted in the last comic before this that Iris didn't put her *shoes* back on before walking outside. Her walking outside, and the appearance of Faux-Mayor here, occurred right after the assertion that Iris' father will be back again soon. Again.
I think this whole episode, possibly from Iris leaving, can be classified as the same unnatural event. And I think the note about shoes is important. Iris didn't just leave without her shoes; she wasn't carrying any, nor are any visible on the shop floor.
The patterns breaking.
I rushed myself through this comic and scrolled down immediately and I don't even know why, I was afraid of it looking at me for longer than necessary
In more coherent news: I really like the palette here, the way it goes grayer/bluer/colder on the bottom row. The panel layout is great too, the panels squashing up and crowding to postpone the reveal a bit longer.
Like the other commenters, I'm sure this is a dream sequence, but I also think most comics would cut it off after this shock reveal. Broodhollow's different. I think this is going to keep going, for a while at least.
Seems like nobody has commented on the fact that it's also snowing inside, so I thought I'd point that out. Additional evidence of it being an (extremely spooky) dream.
Now, off to bed for me! :( :( :(
Might be the snow blown in from the door.
Pure white borders, you have betrayed my trust! I THOUGHT NOTHING BAD WAS GOING TO HAPPEN
You never can tell what the snow is hiding…
I genuinely pushed back away from my desk, my eyes wide and arms tense, letting out a little shout. The last page made my stomach drop out into a pit, but this page left me REELING IN HORROR. What a visceral reaction, holy shit!
Mayor Osgood has seen the Yellow Sign. Soon the Hyades shall sing, the Tattered King will return and you will know Broodhollow as Dim Carcosa.
That'd be amazing but Broodhollow is more than that and I don't think Wadsworth would have let a copy of the King in Yellow slip in with his precious Encyclopedia Atlantica.
I am the clown with the tear-away face. Here in a flash and gone without a trace!
A hole-face? I mean the entire face..ughh pun.
This is his face when he has no face. Dunno what everyone's freaking out about, this happens to me all the time.
I always knew this guy would turn out to be an asshole.
I will stop checking Broodhollow in the morning before I have to walk to work in the dark. I will stop checking Broodhollow in the morning before I have to walk to work in the dark. I will stop checking Broodhollow in the morning before I have to walk to work in the dark. I WILL STOP CHECKING BROODHOLLOW IN THE MORNING BEFORE I HAVE TO WALK TO WORK IN THE DARK.
Well, this is a heck of a way to start a Monday…. I asked myself, do I want coffee or blood-curdling terror this morning? I opted for the latter.
I like that we were all "Ooh, underfloor heating, what are the sinister implications of that?" then the Mayor has no face and, well, I guess we didn't see that coming.
I don't think the mayor will see much coming after this…
Error 404 – Face not found
Did you verbally divide by zero?
Try rebooting your head, and if that does not help contact your local dark god
Mayor Osgood can't get enough of those Sourpatch Kids.
Thank you. That soothed my nerves.
And that, guys, is the reason why picking your nose is a bad idea.
Sweet dreams, everybody…
There is no other webcomic that has ever made me scream at the reveal/punchline like Broodhollow. Today's exclamation was "JESUS CHRIST!"
That juxtaposition of the vulnerable, childlike pose of hiding in a near fetal-position under a table against the face that has fallen into a sinkhole. It's incredible. I was completely expecting some Society News and instead I can't stop looking away from Mayor Osgood.
Shh, Wadsworth, shh. There's nothing you can say, nothing you can do. Just hush and accept.
Thanks goodness I don't scare easily.
Ha! Mayor Osgood sure loves that warm floor, right guys? What a lark!
Mayor Osgood…have you been getting enough sleep? Your eyes look a bit sunken.
I WAS WRONG!!! IM NOT READY! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Well, now I'm awake.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. AAH. AAAH. GAAAAAAAH.
That's probably the fastest turnaround from "giggle" to "mouth drop" I've ever experienced.
Whenever Zane makes that face in Panel 7, the next panel is never anything good.
That's why you shouldn't pick your nose.
Anyone else notice that Zane's scar is gone?
Yes. Because scars heal. That is the way of the world. People forget and faces fall in and scars heal.
Mayor Osgood really hates Mondays.
So remember, boys & girls: don't play with cannons.
I swear, Mayor Osgood, this is why you should go to the dentist every year.
Pretty sure this whole thing is either a dream or an episode being related to Dr. Angstrom by Zane (as implied by the first page saying "Here we are again, Doc" but not having seen the doctor yet).
I'm sure there's a perfectly rational explanation. He wanted to warm his face up since it's so cold outside, and the heated ground was tempting. And, like, he is an old man, and he has a flabby face, right ? And all the wrinkles made some kind of suction-effect. So the air was stuck inside, and thanks to the heat, began to expand. And his face being so loose, it waspushed back inside…
Yeah, it' s kinda creepier in some ways…
There's a subliminal skull in the last pic. Am I seeing things, or is it really there? I don't know anymore…
I'm feeling like crawling under a table. Just a little bit…
There's something — or someone — there, but it's tough to make out.
I keep barking "Enhance" at my computer, but nothing is happening. It always works on CSI.
Uh-oh. Osgood is about to do something ridiculous agai-GNAH!
….. Am I concentrating too much to see something that's not there, or is there something that looks like the backward glance of one eye in the back of that hole that's occupying the space where Osgood's face ought to be?
That last panel really jumps out at you. I think its because the panel containing Mayor Osgood's unface is mostly dark, whereas the first panel (the one farthest away from it), has the brilliant white doorway. The doorway attracts our eyes, so at first glance we go right to the first panel, rather than scanning the entire strip. As we read across the second row, Zane's large, pale face is sufficient to keep our eyeballs focused exactly where they should be.
This same layout also heightens the cognitive dissonance of the unface by contrasting it with Zane. The second-to-the-last panel is a closeup of Zane's face, which makes it all the more horrifying when we switch over to what *should* be another closeup.
The inter-panel balance and transition of Broodhollow is an art to itself. Or at least that's my amateur take on it.
Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast.
Oh, GOD! A PLOTHOLE! *snicker*
Did hizzonor stifle a hiccup or something?
Nooope. Nope nope nope. Not ever. Not having that. Noooope. OK well, fare thee well sleep, it was nice to have known you :(
CAN'T SLEEP WON'T SLEEP
Usually, I would comment along the lines of "Well, I know who won't be sleeping tonight!"_I hope to God I don't sleep tonight. Nothing like a (I'm guessing) dream sequence to kick off the nightmares. Thanks alot, Kris.Thanks a whole freakin bunch.
Update: Who was two thumbs and dreamt that huge, poisonous wasps were crawling on her bed last night? THIS GUY.
Nice work, Kris.
My entire night's sleep was full of nightmares as well. I rarely get nightmares and when I do I even more rarely remember them. These are, of course, vivid.
Gee Mr. Mayor you don't look so goorrrrrAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
No… Where's Planchett? Cone on, Planchett, come on. Tell us that you think Zane might be one to cheat.
<6 months later>
-Mayor Osgood is at the doctors
Doctor: Well Oggy, it's that time of the year again(Doctor is slipping on a glove)
<Doctor has quizzical look on his face>
Doctor: Hmm, that's odd. I can feel something moving. Let me take a closer look.
<View from inside looking at Doctor's face. Doctor is shocked.>
<Dark panel with something faintly visible>
Doctor: Si-sir? I-I see something! IT'S SLOWLY COMING THIS WAY!
Mayor Osgood's Face: …O HEL…O HELLE…O HELL…
That's fucked up.
I think this is not the Mayor Osgood we know… We didn't get either of the iterations of "Hello" or "O Hel." Imposter! J'accuse!
I meant to upvote you. :( Just take it that you're +3 (as of 7.55 Tuesday morning)
My favorite part of this one is probably the subtle loss of color from Zane's face as the panels progress. Look at the contrast – he's nice and flesh-colored in the second panel, and positively gray in the second-to-last.
I can just hear the incidental music playing for this scene.
Is it matrixing, or do I see something inside that hole (and it certainly doesn't look like Osgood!).
I'll just leave this here. But be warned, only go there if you mean it… http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1ocjtg…
This caught my eye today, wrt the chapter title
"An 'angletwitch' is a worm used as bait in fishing. Now a regional term, the OED records the word in use from early Old English."
I guess he's got an innie and not an outtie, like a bellybutton.
Getting dark quick this go round. I like it.
Well you certainly didn't leave us waiting for the action to pick up
Don't die in Broodhollow.
The open door
The ghost in the alley during the bat attack
the shushing gesture
IT'S ALL CONNECTED YOU FOOLS
This literally made me jump when I scrolled down.
Or holey baldies amirite? BADUM-TISH
STOP GIVING ME GOOSEBUMPS DAMMIT :-D
It can't that big of a deAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Because of the INTERNET I see on last panel really big anus
THIS CHAPTER TURNED AROUND CONSIDERABLY FASTER THAN THE FIRST ONE. :C
GREAT ZEUS OF OLYMPUS YOUR RIGHT!
….and then Zane wakes up and we find out that the last 5000 panels are "just a dream".
Is saying 'that was unexpected' an understatement?
Yes. Yes it is.
That was unexpected.
Yes. Yes it was.
So was your reply speed o.o
Oh really? Thank you!
THAT MAN HAS A “HOLE” LOT OF SURPRISES
ok, so that’s disconcerting
Please help me I almost screamed at work *sob*
How ya doin?
I think you’ve successfully captured the absolute bizzarity of dreams/nightmares. The way the camera angle stayed perfectly still as the mayor continued to do strange things was genius.
SQUALL IS DEAD I mean hey, dream sequence…h-how’s it going…?
And ~the DOOR is open!
OH OKAY THEN WHY NOT
Now youre just trying toout hard
WELL I THINK I’M GOING TO GO BACK BEHIND THE COUNTER NOW
AND JUST STARE AT THE WALL
YEP, THIS IS A GREAT WALL
i remember when this page came out, it definitely was in the top five scariest moments to date in Broodhollow and how badly everyone was freaking out. And it’s still freaky.