I do have to wonder how much Broodhollow needs someone like Zane, with his belief of the Pattern, in order to sustain and nourish it — and how much Angstrom's role plays in keeping Zane here. I'm also curious how much of Zane's particular neuroses may be hereditary.
It is a human condition to consider small instances of creatures to be 'cute'.
Those little monsters are so adorable in panel 4!
Now I feel bad about freaking out last week when I found a live bat in my office wastebasket (it's a very old building, and renovations have rousted some out from the attic). My little visitor was far less cute!
I read the second sentence in Blamimation-tone.
Aha! Overcoming a fear of bats… I figured it all out, Zane rhymes with Wayne and Angstrom is an anagram of Strange… well… almost.
Don't forget that "Rutherford Planchett" contains the letters "Har Dent!"
I'm glad Angstrom makes a forward-looking statement in panel 6, ominous as it may be, given his preference for the past tense ("I was a psychoanalyst", "I'm no longer seeing patients.")
It's early, so is it important that he hasn't been seen with or mentioned by other characters? And why didn't Angstrom attend the Ouster Eve gathering?
He did automatically apologize for his accent when he first met Zane (http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2012/11/30/confidentiality/). He also noted that many in the town still call him Dr. Angstrom, despite his introducing himself as Klaus. Maybe Virgil Zane was one of Angstrom's only friends, and that's why he came to the shop.
Or maybe you're right and we just haven't seen much yet besides the narrow focus of Zane's story.
I'm interested in Angstrom's backstory too, but I wouldn't peg him as a Sixth Sense ghost psychiatrist just yet. He could just be considered to be that creepy foreign Austrian guy by the rest of the town. Or he wants to minimize his involvement in fully joining the community, like an Ouster's Eve event. Zane at least had a dead ancestor with roots in that town.
I'm going to pretend this is where the comic ends. Zane holding a tiny bat and being adorable and happy forever. Fade to credits. The end.
….why do I get the sneaking suspicion things are gonna go downhill from here
I suspect things will oscillate in a sine wave of terror and relief for a while to come (hopefully settling on relief eventually…I like these characters).
I've been reading Straub's stuff since Checkerboard Nightmare, and every time I get involved with the characters, love the universe, and then IT ALL ENDS! WHY STRAUB WHY YOU STOMP MY HEART?
…Seriously tho, I love this comic…
Mr. Straub… There's a little piece of my life in these 6 panels. Doc Angstrom just helped me too.
Aaaaand now they both have rabies. Though that probably won't change Zane's hallucinations for the worse.
So does Dr Angstrom see all of Broodhollow as his magnum opus or just Wadsworth?
I like this Angstrom guy.
All's well that ends well!
It's funny. I enjoyed Broodhollow but I really thought that something bad was going to happen to Zane. But sometimes it's nice just to have a happy ending… on… a… Monday… Huh.
No, Dr. Angstrom! Now that bat's mommy won't take it back!
This strip just makes me happy.
Ha! Can tell Kris comes from a family of PhDs and MDs … Angstrom is already salivating at the idea of publishing papers on Zane's personality disorder. I am loving the layers in this story. Resisting the urge to hit space-backspace 41 times before hitting submit …
Just started reading Broodhollow. I had read a bit of Starslip- I still have to catch up on the last few months, though. I am really liking Broodhollow so far. Keep it up, Kris!
What the hell would Dr. Angstrom title his book about this?
Well it'd be about a guy who's moved to a new town, been freaked out about the new town and wanting to leave the new town. Perhaps it could be named after the new town?
And perhaps that he stopped being a shrink because of prefering art over words, so his research paper would be pictoral in nature.
And perhaps that if he wants to be taken seriously again, he'd need a pen name. Kris has a nice ring to it…
So with the time caught up there's nothing to stop Angstrom from being a villain!
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