I just want you to know, that you are killing it in my XCOM game, Kris "Werewolf" Straub.
I am finding this guy ever more relatable.
I feel like I've tried to explain this very thing to people before, & sounded no less ridiculous. Also, hasn't one Mister K. Straub mentioned in various places that those close to him have had to get used to his various ghost-warding "rituals," though he too is a man of science? I think we're seeing a bit of the artist in his art here.
Really enjoying this strip so far.
Yeah, I was wondering whether this bit was pretty much autobiographical. It's certainly believable.
Being a "man of science" doesn't exclude you from having superstitions.
I think Kris is aware that it's a bit silly and compulsive given the strips.
The rituals are nervous ticks that give a little feeling of control.
In simple psychological terms, a superstition is just a simple correlation-causation fallacy. I do a rain dance to make the rain come. Only I just keep making excuses for it so I can avoid ever having to falsify the ritual or belief.
I recall in Tweet Me Harder he talked at length about how he leaves his shoes in places where a ghost couldn't materialize in them (under furniture or on their sides, I think).
As a listener of TMH, I also believe that there might be some of Kris in this character. But that just makes it all the more interesting. I love the idea of cosmicism. I just wonder if we'll see HP Wuvcraft show up somewhere.
I really like how Kris maintained consistency with the glasses in panel 3.
This is looking great Kris, thank you.
Aww, poor guy.
great stuff, loving the style
I've taken to reading Dr. Angstroms voice as Agent Smith from the matrix.
Strange I had him pegged as highly superstitious. And now he claims he isn't? Love the schizoid man.
I feel like you've opened up a bit since Star Slip. More variance in the camera angles and I really love the color. I discovered Star Slip too late to really get into it, but I think I stay with Brood Hollow.
Pardon me for being Captain Obvious, but if he's too broke to buy food then how does he afford a psycholoquack? uh, psychologist. And his apartment looks alright too. I guess he finds a lot of lost change while walking the sidewalks….. (Or comes back and burgles the houses where he doorknocks…)
The Dr. takes Zane on as a friend and a matter of professional interest; he wants to help him curb his terrifying visions, and he’s fascinated by the symptoms and wants to research a condition he’d never seen before.
That explains how he became a pro bono case, but how did he come to such a lucky friendship to be given such a lucky break?
Actually, so far I’d say he suffers from an extreme case of OCD. People often don’t relise how many forms OCD can take. It’s like a boggart. It takes things that bother you and haunts your thoughts with that subject. You end jump doing little rituals that OCD tells you will solve your problems, only to raise the bar and force you to do even more. A man was once bombarded by thoughts of brutally killing everyone around him, and since these thoughts bothered him, they came back even stronger over and over again until he was contemplating suicide (he got help and is now almost completely recovered). Wadsworth suffers from something similar. When these rituals of his don’t “work” he blames himself, but if they do, he decides it’s just dumb luck. The paranoid thoughts continue to haunt him and will undoubtedly grow even worse.
Your rituals do not concern me, mortal.
…oh. Ok then. I’ll just be over here if anybody needs me.
*cries in corner*
Its only a matter of time before the pipers cease their circling dance, and I send your world into oblivion. Then you may cry.
THANKS THAT MAKES ME FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.
Sebbles! What are you doing here?!