I love that the bat is up against the bars, really actively listening to Wadsworth. What a pal.
Also, the conversation in panel 4 is one I frequently have with myself when I'm in my basement, which is not really creepy, honestly.
But every, single, time I go upstairs, I have to fight myself to keep from looking over my shoulder to make sure nothing is behind me as I go up the steps. To the point where I kind of sidestep up the stairs. Gah.
Not even going to mention the silhouette in panel 5.
I know that feel, bro.
Gah! I have the same feeling all the time. I have a fairly nicely finished basement, but just something about being downstairs with all that darkness behind me when I'm coming back up always, always wigs me out. Way to evoke the same weird emotions in multiple people, Straub.
Polish the fruit at the bottom of the bowl…
This is quickly becoming my favorite comic. Can't wait to get a look at the book format.
Oh man, that subtle hint of the ghost in panel five. Chills. Love it!
Kris, whenever there's a new comic, I make sure I cover up all the panels I haven't read yet, so that I don't accidentally spoil the ending for myself. This is that good.
Maybe him and the bat will become friends? No? The bat is going to become the size of a car while he sleeps? Well okay then.
but noooo…. the bat is too cute! I don't want it to turn scary :(
No sleep tonight, then… Probably for the best.
I love the background of panel 5, if only because of how, I dunno, realistic it is. Compared to the simpler style of the comic it looks even more otherworldly then you'd think. The eyes, creases, bit of hair to the sides… extremely detailed.
Hm. Virgil's Room's Door is cracked. Wonder if our Curious Little Thing functions like her namesake did.
I also can't get over panel 5. Really look at that picture, then tilt your screen toward and far away from you.
I didn't see anything in the dust in the January 25 comic, but panel 5 is awfully symmetrical . . .
Panel 5 — ghost, or just flying dust from the clean-up? I like that the background in the final panel darkens, though. Such an eerie atmosphere.
I would not be cleaning Virgils' room in anything but bright full daylight, myself. & I would take Mr. Bat with me, just in case.
…the winged one or the sturdy wood one…? ;)
Both. One for company, one for whacking with.
This comic is so beautiful, and so, so great. I'm really glad you started it.
I wonder when I'm going to stop relating to these comics.
Kris, this is just phenomenal stuff. It feels like we're right there with him, worrying. Lying to ourselves. You sir, have made a fan!
Zane's talking to himeself is getting really creepy. Also, 5th panel kinda looks like something is wrapping its wings around Zane.
holy crap. panel 5 is waaaaay freaking creepy!!! the subtlety of it is terrifying. but now i can see her face so clearly… it's haunting.
I didn't see it until I read this comment, then I went back and compared and
Hi Chris. Really enjoying what you've done with Broodhollow so far. It's ~so~ different from Starslip. It's great to see another side of you. I'm also glad you're pushing yourself where your art style is concerned as well. Keep it up!
On a related note, I Just got finished reading a book called "The Six Gun Tarot". I swear the town in the book could be a sister town to Broodhollow. Lots of unexplained strangeness going on that the townsfolk seem to just take in stride. For those of you loving this odd little, semi Lovecraftian world that Chis is making for us, I strongly urge you to grab a copy and read it!
that sounds great, Jreg.
Pretty cool, Ghreg.
Freaking HELL, why do I always read this late at night!?
The triumphant cross-genre return of Friend Bat! It's good to see him getting work again; I bet acorn money was running short in the Bat household.
Noone else mentioned yet…the door in the background of panel 2 is ajar and he didn't freak out…maybe the therapy is working?
I love this comic, Kris Straub. And I would never jeopardize its beautiful site layout. But is there any way we could get navigational buttons at the top of the comic, too? Because I keep scaring the ever-loving bejaysus out of myself scrolling back a couple comics to make sure I didn't miss anything/catch up. Damn you and your excellent horror.
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So what the heck is he feeding the bat? Broken teacups? People he's met in alleys at night?
Broken night-alley teacups, no doubt.
The bat’s expression is somewhere in the neighborhood of “Are… You okay, dude?”