I really like the detail that went into the newspaper articles, especially the partial ones that have no bearing on the current story arc. Super awesome work!
It's a nice touch to build the town up, as if it is a character on its own in the story.
I hope the seemingly-throwaway story about Planchett scheming to rezone the Walnut Ave lots becomes a relevant plot point.
Man, I love the backgrounds and colouring in Broodhollow so much.
"And I would have got away with it too, if it wasn't for you pesky kids!"
Since it says "vacancies" and as of press time that shop was known to be vacant, I bet it does relate. Nice touch.
Plans for expansion and growth certainly never went over well in Ichor Falls.
Love all the detail you put into that paper. Very cool!
What year is it, it looks like 1932 or 33 (or in fact a 33 superimposed over a 32, like the print has been reused), but only way it could be a Tuesday in the 30s would be 35, unless this blasted calculator is off.
The only year in the 1930s in which November 12 fell on a Tuesday was 1935. So.
Of course, alternate realities, etc… Maybe the Broodhollow universe never adopted the Gregorian calendar or something. It's also a bit noteworthy that Zane doesn't think it's odd that the town is celebrating Ouster Eve on what much of the rest of the country would have been calling Armistice Day.
Well, Armistice Day wasn't technically a legal holiday until May 1938. However, it was still practiced as a day of peace from 1918 on. I do see what you are saying though. Perhaps there is a deeper connection?
Considering this is a Little Town That's Somehow Wrong, it would be more of a… disconnection.
This level of nerdiness warms the cockles of my nerdy heart. Well done!
Holy shit, what a reveal! They might rezone those vacant lots on Walnut Avenue!
I read that in a stereotypical 1930's voice and you all should too.
"Small bats in large number, apparently disoriented" – yep, that's what I saw. Not sure why Wadsworth is all upset.
Sure…and you only see static when you turn on Channel 58 in Ichor Falls, too.
Gotta get my peepers on them papes!
Nice touch with the extra extra.
No lorum ipsum? You are the best, Kris!
I'm also curious as to what all that Visitor (with a capital 'V'!) business is on the right. For some reason I'm reading the mostly-obscured headline as something like "Visitor Visits Broodhollow, First Time in History", but that'd be far too silly…
Speaking of "visitor", I checked the "Visitor center" link and found something interesting: one of Broodhollow's many holidays is "Totenkinder". Which is German for "dead children". o.O
I love the cutoff blurb about ouster eve:
"-ve dates back to 1811 when missionaries… …and the like from the surrounding ether."
WHAT FROM THE ETHER, KRIS??? WHAT???
Whatever comes before it appears to be a short phrase in quotation marks, which I'm assuming are the sarcastic kind, implying everyone assumes it was a local legend and goes along with it for fun.
Possibly more interesting is that Missionaries founded the town and started the holiday immediately (or within a year anyways). Makes me wonder if it's some sort of town sized version of "N.".
Full paper: http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/736…
I hope the newsie kid NEVER changes expressions.
He's forever yelling excitedly.
Also commenting on how nice the paper is, but I want to point out that I appreciate how "normal" it is. It would have been very easy to toss in some jokes or scares in the text, but the plainness of it makes it more believable. Nice.
At first I thought "well, Zane must be insane, then" but then I noticed the title of this strip.
Are they hiding something? How could they hide something the whole town witnessed?
Loving this story.
I had a similar moment- especially when I remembered that he already claimed there was a coverup at the beginning of this flashback.
It would take Wadsworth Zane some time – perhaps an infinite amount of time – to realize that he would have noticed a camera.
I hope the townspeople vote against Fat Walnut Avenue Vac.
One of the more peculiar Ouster Eve traditions is the printing of an extra edition the following day that does not, in fact, contain any extra news.
Time for me to get totally nitpicky, mainly because I can't find anything else to criticize about your amazing strip, Kris: The kerning in the word "WAYWARD" is totally wonky, with W and A being much too far apart, twice. I don't think they would have used italic caps in newsprint in 193X if they posed such a serious kerning faux pas as this. Or they have a pretty bad typesetter working at the newspaper. I think technically they would have definitely had a way to adjust the kerning in lead type by undercutting the W. It would only have looked like it does in your depiction if they hadn't cared a bat's ass. They seem to care about the rest of the paper though.
Sorry if I'm not entirely firm on the english side of terminology, hope it's clear enough.
Ha ha! This is amazing and great. I set the kerning to 0 (no metrics) because I wanted to mimic an old typeset press that had no kerning options. I don't know anything about 20th Century typesetting, so I assumed they'd have an older press. Did old presses have kerned pairs? I don't know.
Guess what? I'm gonna fix it.
Well everything was hand set back in those days and the letters were literally blocks of lead. If I remember my design education correctly in these cases they would just cut away at the lead to manually achieve the effect. (it's also the reason ligatures exist, though a WA ligature would be very improbable I think)
Saw your correction. Good work! That looks much more plausible for the olden days of news print.
absolutely loving the detail in this! The extra stories on the newsprint make this strip and the world very real : )
West Virginia! Am I the only one who caught that?
Excellent attention to detail including back ground information that will no doubt figure in again in the future. Ether or Aether was still believed in some quarters though it had been firmly disproven by then. Maybe Broodhollow is a "window area" as John Keel called them. Places where high strangeness is constant going back for centuries even longer.
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