No comments? Really?
At first I thought Wadsworth might be standing her up, but it's pretty clear she's missing her dad. This is a continuation of the last several panels, and she sees the kid with his dad.
Sadness. :( I have had several friends lose their fathers this year — one, just yesterday.
This comic literally just updated, so there aren't any comments yet. You basically just did the opposite of "First!"
That last panel! Is that a snowflake or a tear in her eye?
Nicely vague, inniy?
Hellghost viewed from a different *angle*… worm.
The setting/scenery in this comic as a whole is always great, but this one… man the mood. :( It really hits at where her head must be right now.
As a person who lives in a city that has winter for about 7 months of the year, I have to say you've really nailed that bright, chilly feeling. Awesome.
Yes, I couldn't put my finger on it until now, but Kris really captures how BRIGHT Winter is.
Although I've felt bad for poor Iris in the past, this strip actually made me consider what it would feel like to have your memories of a loved one wiped away. That's a more deeply human view than I've had of any of the characters before.
On a related thought, in what manner does a supernatural force wipe away one's memories? Could there be a physical basis for it?
it appears to be directly localized in Broodhollow, seeing as the hospital outside of town doesn't seem to be affected by it, so there may be some physical basis in the town or the land for it. Alternately it could just be an effect of how messed up the area is. If it's just a symptom rather than a sickness itself, it might not be anything that can be fixed so easily.
But does do other Broodhollow citizens remember that her father has passed? So far the only people to directly acknowledge it have been Dr. Angstrom and our boy Wadsworth, who were both outside of town for the reveal.
Wadsworth's conversation with the mayor at the secret meeting implied they don't generally recall it unless attention is brought to it. He remembered it when Wadsworth first brought it up, but after that he quickly forgot it again.
Worse then that, he fairly casually remembered it but brushed it off as if he didn't want to talk about it. By the next strip, Wadsworth had pressed the subject so much Osgood just went blank.
I've seen people refer to this as Broodhollow rebooting someones brain, jokingly. But it might be the case. That would mean that whatever is causing it is just ambient to the town, or at the least is sourced in something held inside the town.
For reference. http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/page/2013/05/…
Page after it too. We could use a better archive system I'd think.
With brain lesions you can do some really scary things to people, but generally there are signs of external trauma. That's how they keep catching me, anyw-… I've said too much.
I fittingly read the title of this strip as "TEAR For Two" :(
No tears. Only nightmares now.
Fear for Two, then.
Hm. I wonder long until Iris' dad shows back up as a ghost/not really dead
Ghost Dad, staring Bill Cosby with special guest star: Iris' Dad!
I wonder if we already have: http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/page/2012/12/…
I'm glad Iris is getting asides in the story as a character and not as "female character of the storyline". Not that she was getting that treatment before; but it seems like some readers get confused and continue to tie her every action to Wadsworth like her story worth is based on her relation to him. Sure, it is, because he's the main character… but she has her own story and I'm glad to see it. Poor Iris.
I'm getting the feeling Book 2 might be all about Iris. Kris said something along the lines that the next story wasn't about Wads, so this would make sense.
What did he say?
I won't speak for other readers, but I do agree that I like the way this chapter has gone so far. I find Iris to be a very interesting character, with a lot of depth yet to be mined.
Seems this particular "City Of Amnesia" can't totally erase the memories it itself causes.
She makes notes. Virgil made notes, too. Broodhollow may not like notes.
Poor Iris. The sorrow of losing someone compounded with the guilt on not being able to remember them must be a hell of a thing to go through.
All sympathy aside, I'm looking forward to seeing how Broodhollow continues to break her and how she will respond.
Angrily, I hope. I love angry Iris.
When Iris gets prodded into remembering, really remembering, there will be no frying-pan big enough.
Eldritch horrors, centuries on, will have to assure their myriad spawn that there is no Iris Bellweather waiting under their bed for the lights to go out.
I've said this before, but it continues to hold true: Broodhollow is the rare horror story that cares deeply for its characters and lets us feel along with them. They aren't just potential victims, and their character traits aren't just introduced for an ironic fate later on. We actually enjoy spending time with them and want them to succeed and feel better. Usually in horror I'm thinking about audience manipulation and story structure and symbolic payoffs, but this comic avoids that trap and I really admire it.
The diner seems so lonely in the first panel.
Well, seems like some has to to do this…
Just me for you,
and you for me /
just tea for two,
and two for tea,
just me for you
and you for me,
I may just be thinking this because the scene features a cafe with tons of light but this kind of reminds me of that Nighthawks painting by Edward Hopper. Maybe inverted tho, because the light is spilling inside rather than out.
Can / Did Anybody read this:
See for yourself :)
Is there no Wednesday comic now?
Has the comic shifted to a MF schedule? I get disappointed every time I come on and see there isn't a new update. The comic is just so good I want more.
"Has the comic shifted to a MF schedule?"
Came here to ask this myself. Maybe we missed a tweet or a news post or something? Kris, what's up?
Guys, I think you and I are experiencing the same browser bug. There are newer comics, but for some reason this is the broodhollow homepage for me.
So her womanly problems would be fixed if she had children. Man up Wadsy!
That is not how that works
Well, it’s a temporary fix, but the side-effects include peripheral swelling, food cravings, inability to digest meat or eggs, mood-swings, super-strength and giving birth to live young ^^
I forgot what this comment was into reply to and I thought you were taking about some kind of alien disease for a second. Go figure
Our culture says otherwise. 😕
I’ll bet those two are actually ghosts of a long dead dog who wanted a friend and split his soul into two people and lures in wistful orphans looking for a father and eats their souls after promising it companionship.