"PC Load Letter? What the fuck does that mean?"
Back up in dat ass with the resurrection… :)
Whoever downvoted this is a butt who hasn't seen the movie.
I didnt get that at all at first. Then i did. The suspense was exquisite.
"So where's the body, or did it get away?"
I lold. I freakin' love this comic.
At first I thought the bleeding away of the red tint was actually morning sunlight breaking through a basement window, like they've been curb-stomping Harker for like five hours straight.
I'm fairly certain that's the intent.
That's what I was wondering, if they were somehow like, "cleansing" the basement of Harker's malevolence… or just *stomp* *stomp* *stomp* *clang*, for that long.
Red is used to indicate evil, so I'm fairly sure the former is what's going on — as they're stomping his corpse, his presence is fading. Zane also mentioned a few strips ago that the room is all closed off, so one has to wonder where that much light would be coming from.
The room only looks closed off. It admitted Wadsworth, Mercy (which is not good at using doorhandles), Iris.
And Young Maddy. Can't forget her. Speaking of which…
Or we're transitioning to the "real" world, revealing that the insane Iris and Wadsworth have beaten the poor confused mayor to a bloody pulp.
I'm with you there. Quite the workout.
I hope that they let Mercy & Maddy get a lick in.
What?! I would never let my pet bat lick Harker.
We don't know where he's been.
Somebody gif this.
I'M ON IT
Weirdest Charlie Brown holiday special ever
Made me laugh.
Zane's thrusting makes me uncomfortable…. As it does Iris, apparently, the way she keeps swinging at him!
When the book comes out you should make this a flip-o-rama.
oh my gosh
This isn't relevant to the comic–but your name made me LOL. :) Nice one.
I noticed that Iris is doing most of the work. I know Wadsworth came this close to an untimely end, but he really should lift his game.
I think they're doing equal amounts of work–her with the frying pan, him with his shoes. They're alternating. Who wants to have frying-pan foot?
You try to do something else besides kicking the eldritch horror when all you have is your hands and feet.
I was actually referring to the splatter/mist whenever Iris struck isn’t present when Wadsworth stomps.
"And that was how I met your mother. We went out for phosphates after that."
I wonder if the two of them alternating opening and closing their eyes between pan strikes is disorienting to him, since that seems to be his taboo for interacting with the living? Or maybe they're only able to hit him at all because they break eye contact at the moment of impact, just like he can't seem to touch them when they're looking at him?
I would think being repeatedly hit with a pan and stomped on would be disorienting all by itself.
Edit: Oh yeah, also having your head separated entirely from your body, which is what happened in the last strip.
Hmm, speaking of, I guess she did have her eyes open on the last page when she decked him in the ol' Glowing Weak Spot for Critical Damage. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if having his Ghostly Taboo toggled rapid-fire like that is just as uncomfortable to him as the actual beating, decapitation and all.
Taking turns opening and closing their eyes. Clever!
And that was the day of the First Annual Broodhollow Neighborhood Stomp, a chance for all the young'ns to get together and clog-dance away evil spirits!
"Are you okay, mister? You're not wearing your Neighborhood Stomp Skin-Wearing-Ghost-Stomping Clogs!"
"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR TOWN"
I was just thinking that if they were both stomping, this would look a lot like some sort of dance step.
["Still" by the Geto Boys plays in the distance]
it turns out it was a guy in costume and they are still at the party place
that would fit in with the entire psychological horror thing, i guess
I'd really like it if someone would turn this particular image into an Andy Warhol pop art piece.
Meanwhile, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVmK0Dt6LeI is spinning on the victrola
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Man, I hope he can't come back from that. (He'd have to start pretty damn small now, probably with mouse parts and work his way up.)
Is it ok that I find that cute?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR TOWN?!?
Ugh, the pasted URL doesn't work for some reason. To get the effect I was going for, go to http://gifsound.com, copy/paste the url http://i.imgur.com/bmErmZa.gif for the gif, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX-7BlRc_a0 for the sounds, and start at 66 seconds.
I'm not sure whether I'm more amused or unsettled.
She beat the spooky atmosphere right out of the room! :D
This is the same tactic I take with spiders I find in the bathroom. Cover it with a tissue and smash until I feel safe that it has to be dead.
Reminds me of http://www.twogag.com/archives/2956
you realize they eat bugs, some of which could actually harm you or your property, right? It's like stomping little baby kittens.
You have eight-legged kittens with waaay too many eyes that paralyze other small animals and liquefy their organs? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR TOWN
And where can I get one of those kittens?!
"…and by the light of day, it was revealed that 'Harker' was really just Planchett in disguise, trying to scare Zane out of town."
In other news, local business owner Rutherford Planchett was brutally murdered by the young Iris Bellweather. He had been bludgeoned with a frying plan for several hours by a tearful Iris Bellweather, all while a Mr. Wadsworth Zane watched and did nothing. He was loved by many and will be missed.
"I would have gotten away with it, too – if it weren't for you meddling kids and your stupid bat!"
If she's not sore like anything after that, she should take up cricket. Wait, softball? That girl looks rather hardball…
Its that hot new dance everyone's doing. The pan stomp slide!
"He slimed me."
Oh wow, that frying pan is really holding up well under the onslaught! Is that a Le Creuset?
"…and a Teflon coating of unparalleled ruggedness – you can plainly see even age-old organic waste cleans off it in no time! Limited offer, call right now!"
You see, in the old days, things were built to last.
You teach that damn printer a lesson.
"lesson" or "lesion"?
For a second I thought Iris had gone mad and was going for Wadsworth next.
Hm, ten bucks says on Friday we find out that now the mysterious red tint has faded Harker isn't a stitched man anymore, just a normal person, maybe a character we've seen before
If we've seen him before, he will not be easily recognizable by now. He'll probably need quite a few stitches.
My ten's on Iris not remembering any of this and Zane's perception of reality remaining ambiguous.
Looks like Harker won't be a threat anymore! If he returns, though, he'll probably hold a grudge.
The texture effect has been interesting before, but this is the first time I've really noticed it. Love how all the volume the texture and shading lends goes back to the flat cartoon style — which obviously never went away, just got obscured by texture and grit.
This is also the first time I wonder where they are. The ordinary style returning makes it obvious Harker's den was a real place, rather than some interdimensional plane.
Yeah, I've noticed the shading before. It's a neat effect.
Well, one of the first things the skeleton said was that Zane was a guest in his home, and the book, the sewing materials and so on all confirm that he was Harker. The grey-striped wallpaper matches up with the wallpaper in the rooms upstairs as well. So my questions are, how on earth did Harker drag Zane all the way from the antiques store to the outskirts of town, and are Osgood and the gang still upstairs playing cards?
Was the society meeting in Harker's home? Otherwise it might have been closer to the antiques store.
Yes, here's the relevant strips: http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2013/03/18/an… and http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2013/05/06/do…
Seems like rather a long drag to me!
Reminded me of http://xkcd.com/141/
LET'S DOOO THE TWIST
I really like how the black is splashing at first, then fading out from between Zane and Iris.
Thanks for pointing that out, I didn't notice it before!
Love. This. The way it fades back to the "usual" Broodhollow art style is so good, mainly because I hadn't even looked at it that way.
I'm also enjoying the sort of relieved party atmosphere in the comments. Like we've all been a bit tense and awkward while the threat level was raised and now the cathartic thwack has happened we're goofing around again.
This one is a bit more gruesome if you start at the lower right and read it backwards…
Silly hats only, Harker! http://youtu.be/vEiyBbP28g8
If you're going to do something, you may as well do it right.
I am wary. Kris said this chapter will not end before something truly terrible happens to Zane. So far only Mercy has been injured, and Iris and Zane have had more of a cathartic release by beating the unliving crap out of Harker.
False hope makes for great emotional twists in the plot!
Iris did not exactly have mercy on his feet.
Wait, so getting kidnapped by a ghost and having stitches ripped out just prior to the ghost's attempt to steal your actual heart is NOT truly terrible?
Oh hey not only is the red fading but the backing to the panels moves from black to the traditional comic strip white! Nice!
…Whomp! Scrunch! Whomp! Scrunch! Whomp! Scrunch! Whomp! Scrunch! Whomp! Scrunch! Whomp! Scrunch! ….
Sometimes, Courage isn't facing your fear, or doing what must be done in spite of it. Sometimes, just sometimes, it's freaking out and stomple*-ing the butterscotch out of what scares you in a mad-panic-spazz-attack.
*a word my nephew came up with when he was six that actually fits many a beat-down situation.
As God is my witness, I WILL find a way to casually drop the phrase "stomple the butterscotch out of him" into a conversation.
The word "stomple" was also used in the immortal DeathTongue classic, "Love Rino".
The way my nephew came up with it was I was reading an article on a news site about a high school basketball player, who made a half-court final buzzer-beating basket to win the season. The people rushed down from the stands, and in the ensuing, he tripped and was crushed to death by the crowd. I was telling my mother about it, with the little guy listening intently on the side. I had to take him a couple of blocks to his house to get something, and as we walked down the street, he said, "That was sad, Uncle." "What was?" "That story you were telling Grandma about that boy who got stompled to death." He's seventeen now, and the word is still useful.
My sister, his mom, had the same gift of Cromulence as a kid. She would tell you something, and if you weren't looking like you were taking her seriously, she'd look you right in the eye, and say, "But, I'm for-realin'!"
So are they just transitioning out of the hell dimension, like in a Silent Hill game?
Judging by the little spray of dark color between them, I think they're actually beating the hell dimension unconscious. Then, they're beating it a little more.
Sweet, it was just like Silent Hill.
Yea, I can hear sirens in the distance :-)
Now set it on fire, divide the ashes into eight jars, and mail the eight jars to eight different states.
With incorrect return adresses, of course. All different.
Now to grind the bones into dust, mix them into concrete, pour it into a cinder-block, and dump it in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
So… I'm guess the red is danger now that they killed or stopped the creepy thing.
The wallpaper in that room is actually rather similar to the background of this site… until today. The new dark background is making me unsettled… … What's that glowing light in my closet?! D:
I think the best way to defeat Harker would be to seal him in a bag of the finest cloth, sewn shut with the best thread and a perfect stitch. He wouldn't be able to escape because he wouldn't dare destroy such artistry.
But the only one capable of stitching with the perfection required is Harker himself, so the real question is, how does one convince him to do it?
Don't STop, Till You Get Enough
Now Zane has to train his other leg.
Rule number One when dealing with supernatural beings: there is no such thing as overkill
Rule Number Two : beat undead into either a paste or a fine dust, then dilute that paste or dust in a large container or body of water
THAT WAS. THE BEST. FUCKIN'. SCENE. EVER.
Oh those kids and their fancy dancing….
Nice and wonderful post. Thanks for sharing with us.
I am fine with this course of action.