I WANT THIS IN A BOOK RIGHT NOW :(
You might enjoy "Needful Things" by Stephen King then.
I was wondering if this apparently negligible collection would be worth the stress its putting him in.
It's worth the personal growth! Although I guess it won't be worth his eventual terrible fate at the hands of hideous monsters from beyond the veil.
The past lives on…
Teacup ghosts, I'm calling it now
He will set the teacups on some doilies, only to discover that the doilies are fancy flat ghosts.
In 1933, 50 cents could get you half a quart of whiskey, or roughly the amount of alcohol needed to unremember hypothetical giant spiders.
No word on how much Switchwood it could get you.
Aw, am I reading that little top-right snippet of newspaper correctly, in that Virgil often bought items of questionable worth to help people in times of need?
"Sooty, even." The simple show of items is twisting the tabletop RP gamer in me. I must know what they are!
Also, fyi Kris I would like a sketch of the bat in my artist's addition, thanks in advance.
Sooty, even… as though they were on FIRE!
C'mon man! That's the mundane world telling you how things work! This is Broodhollow soot! It could come from… yeah, probably fire.
Aww, poor WZ.
Sorry to break it to you, Wadsworth, but EVERYONE has your dad's eyes.
No dude, he meant that Second Grand Uncle Zane actually had Papa Zane's eyes. They're in a mason jar behind the teacups.
I was gonna do a little meta-gag in the strip but opted not to: "He has my father's nose."
A very nice touch to have Wadsworth sitting in front of the same grandfather clock pictured in the news article about Virgil.
I can see little things like Mushi-shi coming.
Curator? I wonder if he has a descendant named Vanderbeam.
I think Wadsworth doesn't know how antiques work.
Seems a shame to let the shop go.
The locals would love to see this shop remain in the family, so that'll drum up some visitors in the short term.
Put in a display of encyclopedias and open up shop!
Who is he talking to?
Either his dead second grand uncle, or his bat.
What, like you never talk to yourself?
I didn't mean it in a 'Oh how inconsistent and bizarre and a strange thing that fiction does that is silly' sort of way. I meant it in a 'Well if you're going to talk to the ghosts, don't be so surprised when they eventually talk back' kind of way.
The strip looks great, Kris. You've really sold the feeling that 'every little thing' is a detail inserted intentionally into the story. While combing through the previous strips looking for hints and clues I may have missed, one thing suddenly occurs to me:
Why is there *so much* broken glass at "Zane's Antique's & Antiquities"? Part of me feels like it's there to convey the passage of time and neglect (even before Uncle Virgil passed, he was obsessed by something), while the other part of me wonders if there is some larger piece of the story sitting right in front of our noses, waiting for the appropriate context to make sense of it.
In my head, Virgil Zane was a more realistic-looking old man. I'm torn – envisioning him in the simple character style of Broodhollow will make his past seem less creepy, but envisioning him as looking like Wadsworth will make it MORE creepy.
this is ok but the influences from Tintin and the Fallout guy are really too obvious, i wish you didn't stop Starslip … but hey i understand, had to move on … anyway again this looks ok and reads well … good luck with it
Actually, it’s just that the influences of those things are the same as Broodhollow’s influences.
“He has my dad’s eyes.” …YOU ALL HAVE THE SAME EYES.
That newspaper comic… Is it just me, or is that Helvetica?
Rereading the archives. I don’t have that gift for breaking down narrative into its component parts and seeing all the foreshadowing, but some things jump out. Objects being “sooty”, well, that I think I know what that was pointing out.
But there is something to Virgil collecting objects of little or no value that I don’t feel like has been answered yet. Was he collecting memories, perhaps?