Posted already?! Agh!
Wow. Heartbreaking enough?
Posted early, but a delicious delicious cliffhanger! The backgrounds are moody and amazing!
Now we have 4 days to wait!? Ugh.
I guess this is because of the convention. Fair enough, Straub.
Technically the strip goes up around 6pm PST the day before, so you can read it at night. When I'm behind, it goes up closer to midnight. So Broodhollow is supposed to be a STT strip as opposed to MWF.
Lies, Kris, lies. It's past 2 AM and I've been obsessively checking for an update for the last 8 hours.
But like TheBess says, "Fair enough, Straub."
My jaw dropped.
Oh. Uh-oh. Oh, shit.
Ahaha. They're both completely off their rockers! Its like they're meant for each other.
*ahem* Sorry for your loss.
I suppose this is extra bad, considering her name is bellwether.
…I'm going to look that word up RIGHT NOW.
"Derived from the Middle English term 'bellewether', referring to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram, known as a 'wether', so that it would lead its flock of sheep, with the bell's sound making the movements of the flock easily heard, a bellwether is any entity in a particular area, geographical or otherwise, that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future…"
You know what? I'm not sure what 'presage' means. It could mean anything. I'm going to look it up. I need to look it up. I'm looking it up now.
Here we go. "Presage. Verb. Be a sign that something is about to happen, usually nega–"
You know what? I'm just going to stop reading for a little while.
This is a very important strip.
Of course it is! The only reason Zane decided to stay in this freaky-ass town is because HER DAD was supposed to COME BACK in a DAY OR TWO with the PAPERS FOR HIM TO SIGN!
Doesn't look good for the other two members of the firm either. They were expected to return on the same day as her father, they must be traveling together.
(The timing could be a coincidence, but it seems like they wouldn't have allowed her to continue this fantasy if they'd been coming and going this whole time. )
the whole town believes her dad is just out of town!
No worries, that's probably just what he will do.
This strip is going to make me go back through the archive trying to tie things together in my brain.
Haha that's exactly what I did.
Hah. I'll bet the advertisement impressions spiked today.
Kris! I need you to answer me just one question!
Is the tagline "don't die there" that appears on the Broodhollow ad over on Chainsawsuit as significant as I think it is?
Does that mean terrible things for Iris's dad, because he did?
Is Bellweather a French name?
WAS CADAVRE BRINGING ZANE SOME DOCUMENTS TO SIGN BEFORE HE WAS SO RUDELY INTERRUPTED?
so maybe that's three more than one but that's only because YOU BROKE MY BRAIN
Maybe Cadavre is the ghost of her father.
The hospital is outside town. If he was brought there, he may not have died in Broodhollow.
Which could also tie into Zane's questions about why a hospital would be outside town. So that you don't die in town?
I've got, like, a dozen outside-the-box theories as to what makes this strip so important (and likely more important than initially meets the eye).
Is it okay to post these theories here? I don't want to accidentally anger the author by being right in one of them.
Well, I wasn't expecting THAT o.0
Did she forget, because she still sees and talks to her father?
DUUN DUUN DUUUUUUUUN!
Aww I was gonna say that!
Poor Iris, the expression on her face is heartbreaking!
I was trying to figure out a timeline for the strip, and I'm confused on one point. Zane tells Dr. Angstrom this all started five weeks ago, when he goes home and finds the letter. The events in the strip that have taken place in Broodhollow have occurred between November 10 and November 13. Did it take him five weeks to decide to come to Broodhollow? The implication in the strip where he went to the train station seemed to be that the decision did not take him very long at all.
Good catch! I could try to find a reason for it, but it may just be a mistake. Zane has not been in Broodhollow for more than a couple days.
I've been wondering about that one for a while! One other question I've been wondering about is if there's any significance to the use of race in Broodhollow. Is it essentially like the comics version of color-blind casting and there's not much else to it at all? Does it show that Broodhollow is a remarkably progressive place for 1930s West Virginia? I suspect the former, but I'm curious as to your thoughts on it.
Actually I figured it out. I guess what I was trying to show was, Zane can't make rent. It had been on the bubble for months and as of five weeks ago he couldn't sell a single encyclopedia. But it was really unclear and gave the wrong impression, so it's now changed. All you need to know is, Zane was broke for a while.
Makes perfect sense! Thanks for the clarification.
Ok, now THAT was unexpected
and who's supposed to process the inheritance transaction?
This comic just keeps getting better.
aaaaaa this is so scary why would you even forget something like that aaaaaghghghhg
I think maybe it has to do with the reason why the hospital is built so far outside of town….
that's what I'm thinking! I think the mention of quarantines might be important!
It could simply be a repressed memory: The shock of the death of her father was too much to take, so her brain made up the fantasy that he is simply out of town and replaced the memory of what really happened with that. Of course, that would mean that whatever happened to her father happened somewhere out of town, because obviously no one (or, at least, most people) in Broodhollow knew that her father was dead.
Though considering what good Wadsworth has experienced so far in this town, the reason could be something rather different, of course.
This sent shivers down my spine. It's heartbreaking to see Iris' sudden recollection.
Perhaps the town itself is acting to keep people there. But if that's the case, then why would the nurse have…
…ah. Right. The hospital is miles outside the town. Miles away from the source of this "interference," for lack of a better word.
I think the town (as represented by the bats and ghosts) is trying to scare him away, but the people are trying to get him to stay.
I have never noped harder in my LIFE. That nope was nothing short of absolutely majestic.
Are we talkin', like, A++ would nope again?
Hmm. And here I've been thinking perhaps it would be *Zane* getting the experimental brain treatment.
Of course, as soon as I posted that, I immediately thought "Or has she already had it?"
I'm kinda tearing up from either sadness or utter shock, it's hard to tell which.
Dr Angstrom seems almost as surprised as Zane.
Wow, I did *not* see that coming.
Oh.Em.Gee. What a twist! I love this comic so much. I get a little frisson of joy driving to work when I realise that it's Monday, Wednesday or Friday, and I can get my Broodhollow fix. Keep the awesomeness coming!
Wow, I love this comic. It's just so elaborate. The blood stains in the background indicate on a very subconcious level that the death of Iris' father wasn't a very pleasent one.
Kris, if you happen to read this I'd be very interested how you efficiently create the grain and texture in your backgrounds.
Of course I understand if a magician doesn't talk about his tricks ;)
Plus, we've seen the stain pattern in one other place so far… http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2012/12/31/se…
uuuuhhhhnnnnggggg…… Wah? Why? How? Dammit.
So much blindsiding. I should expect it but still very good.
hmmm, was the mayor just being nice by not mentioning her dad's passing in this comic: http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2012/11/23/an…
NO! NO HE WASN'T! Planchett mentions him specifically in this one!
… Iris is going to forget again as soon as they cross back into town, isn't she? Because he died outside of town?
Planchett also mistakes Zane for the executor, so just might have caught the news.
Just got to work & read this. Now it's going to be on my mind all day. Poor Iris… :(
Hoo, hey…well, this has opened up some questions.
Iris herself. Stepford smiler, person who only reacts to social stimulus when it's clear how she should react, or just ordinary girl who suppressed a horrible memory very well?
What does this mean for Zane's stay in Broodhollow?
Has Dr. Angstrom now got another patient?
Her father i supposed to "come back tonight."
There's a graveyard outside.
THAT IS NOT SOMETHING I NEEDED TO THINK ABOUT
At this point I realize that there is yet no proof that Wadsworth has awakened from his accident. Everything that's happened after feels a lot like a dream: the voyage to an oddly displaced location, comforting supportive characters, and now a revelation that doesn't add up with the rest of the story. I suspect that Zane is still lying in his hotel room, and if he's not, I still win a cookie for thinking outside the box :-)
Oh Iris, how can you be so adorable, funny, and heartbreaking at once?
Cor blimey guvnor, what we have here is a twist and no mistake. What's Angstrom doing in panel 3? There doesn't seem to be any need to draw him, but there he is, looking a tad concerned. One to ponder methinks.
"Broodhollow: Don't Die There."
So is THAT why Broodhollow's hospital is so far out of town? What the hell happens if you die IN Broodhollow?
….wait, didn't Uncle Zane die in Broodhollow?
Miss Bellwether, is it? From my dictionary, "A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings."
So, that's reassuring.
Something doesn't add up. How could she keep this a secret for so long? Wouldn't any of her father's friends, or his partners, know about this?
That said, OMG so sad! Those two last panels are brilliant.
Kris, this is really great. As much as an anonymous guest account can… I salute you.
Welp, just when I was getting comfortable with the level of creepiness in this story…this is far scarier than giant bats, and I'm sure we're only seeing the very beginning of the implications.
In the Super Nintendo game "Terranigma," there was this girl that had the super power of super-imposing the delusion of a normal town to what was in fact a zombie town. Is this what we're seeing here? That would be awesome…
Boy, speculation is fun…
Interesting, I remember an episode of Justice League called "Legends" with a similar premise.
A Terranigma reference? Dynamo, I could kiss you. Although personally I think its more likely the town itself traps its residents in some kind of perpetual all-happy-all-the-time, every day's a holiday daze. And quite possibly Zane is seeing what's really going on not because he's crazy, but because outsiders haven't been there long enough to breathe the air/drink the kool-aid.
I am very emotionally invested in this strip.
I read this strip before going to bed and, no lie, had a dream where I got home and found my friends all dressed up in nice shirts. I thought, "Why are you guys…" and then I realized that my father had died. I forgot. I continued to get dressed up for the funeral.
Very tricky method of storytelling Mr. Straub. Commandeering our dreams!
Oh jeez, I teared up a bit at Iris' sudden mood shift.
Poor thing… v_v
I'm sorry, the 79 comments thing was making me a little uneasy so this is comment 80.
Congrats on having a strip with 80 comments btw
Wow. Iris' relative calm when faced with Wadsworth's hysterics had been one of her most charming features. Now, in retrospect, it's possible that she wasn't being polite and accommodating, she was just too delusional to recognize Wadsworth's madness.
Is this some kind of sickness enveloping the town? Are all Broodhollowans delusional and prone to forgetting troubling events? Is that why no one remembers the night of the bats like Zane does?
Addendum: In the previous strip, Iris proposes several reasons why the hospital and cemetery are so far from town. She then insists that "there ARE good reasons," despite the fact that she doesn't really have any idea why things actually are the way they are. If the town really is beset by some kind of delusional, amnesiac fog, I'd imagine this would be a common refrain for its residents. "I don't recall why we [bury our dead so far away, ring tuning forks to drive away evil, celebrate a million weird holidays, etc.], but there is DEFINITELY a good reason!"
Why do I feel so sad/terrible…?
Because Iris came off as the most friendly, normal character in the comic until now? I know that's why I'm upset.
Where is the new comic? I NEED IT.
Holy crap! Unexpected! I love what you are doing.
WOW that nurse just tripped on all these landmines. But I guess it was vital for Iris to remember. Again.
Re-reading the whole thing and I think this is my favorite strip so far. Gives me chills every time.
Chills. Like, five minutes of chills. Love how ironic the previous comic is in hindsight. By the end of panel 3 I suspected it, but I wasn't sure if you'd go there. Excellent work.
So, is the whole town humoring her delusional amnesia, or does everyone think dad's off on a business trip. If he had a sudden accident, and she brought him in alone at night, and then told everyone he left on business, eh, I can see that happening. The good news is, maybe she won't think Zane is so bad after all.
Wait, wasn't her dad supposed to be away on business? Oh shit.
And then everything went awry.