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The motto of Broodhollow, as seen from their newspapers, is "Our Past, Our Foundation."
Either the traditions are products of sinister intervention, or they were designed by the ancestors of Broodhollow to silently protect the town and carry into the future in case of forgetfulness (a la The Silence of Doctor Who). Seems more likely that the traditions of Broodhollow were left over from a time when townspeople were briefly cognizant of the horrors that blanket their town.
The rigorous routines of one with obsessive disorders are likewise, designed to preserve order and protect from forgetfulness. "Unlike the others, you can see." Ironically, Wadsworth's ravings served as his own personal traditions.
RUH ROH IS RIGHT D:
Save the Broodhollowans with their history?
Killed it. Good luck on the kickstarter, I'm sure the only trouble will be how many stretch goals you'll need to make up!
I KNEW IT
And with that, Wadsworth is truly a Broodhollowite.
According to the Kickstarter, the official term is Broodhollowan.
According to my head-canon, he'll always be a Broodholler.
…wow. I teared up at the last panel. Now I have to back the kickstarter
I didn't tear up, but the strip's certainly got my fear ducts flowing. Man!
That ending made me gasp, actually gasp, out loud in the office. Audacious.
Come payday, you can bet I'll be down to the Kickstarter offices to pledge my cash donation.
I couldn't help gasping out loud too! I felt so sorry for Wadsworth, and sad… This has been amazing, can't wait for what comes next!
I sure hope he wrote some of that stuff down…
I bet he hasn't, but he has been talking to a certain person who has been. It's going to be a fun reversal when Wadsworth doesn't believe the things Angstrom repeats back to him.
I'm sure that's why the previous owner of the shop put a paper record of everything right where he'd see it when he woke up.
Reminds me of the movie Memento… except in this case, the problem seems to affect a whole town!
Ahhhh! gneiaznidigjalvngri. That's awesome and completely crazy at the same time.
Maybe Wadsworth's been playing too much Oubliette; he should probably look that name up in his encyclopedia.
I may be making a fool of myself, but I think Wadsworth's scar is on the wrong side in his reflection. Is that a hint that the mirror is not all it seems (or the scar…or Wadsworth, I suppose)?
No… that's… how… mirrors work. Unless you're a VAMPIRE. D:
Ha, yeah, sorry. I got my perspective turned around there. I thought it was on the same side of reflection-Zane as on real-Zane.
The scar is above his right eye, suggesting that the final panel depicts Zane instead of Zane's reflection.
The color of his skin and the chirality of his hair also indicate that the last panel is not a reflection.
No! NO! Damn it Wadsworth, not you too!
(I'm definitely getting a copy of this book.)
Good thing Iris took notes on everything so she wouldn't forget again!
At last Zane is cured of his compulsions! Which of course means that he is in more danger then ever. Nice way to end a chapter :)
I wonder if he leaves the medicine cabinet open because he's no longer compulsive or because he subconsciously remembers how Maddy helped him.
It's the Broodhollow Memory Donk!
I like how he removed the cupboards from the main shop, but not the bedroom. I mean, yeah, we've got to stop the ghosts and all but let us be realistic; you need to store your stuff *someplace*.
I seem to remember Iris taking notes like "You loved your father," etc. to help her remember. I hope she added, "You and Wadsworth fought a horrifying stitched-together skeleton monster."
Maybe the next book will focus on her?
I just wanna make sure I'm seeing it right:
That mirror is on a door to a medicine cabinet, and that door is slightly ajar?
i am also curious about this and wish it were confirmed
Of course it's a medicine cabinet! It's above a sink, ain't it?!
phew, so it's not ajar, right? right?
You sir, win one Troll Medal for that, to be redeemed with a Kickstarter pledge come Friday next.
It's the subtle touches that get me. Get me right in my wallet-hole. (Congrats on the Kickstarter btw.)
That said, I wonder if he's forgotten the pattern, or remembers it but no longer feels he needs it. Both are disturbing, but for different reasons.
I'm still putting my money on a specific geographic location + switchwater as the causes for Broodhollow's memory. And the town's communal psyche. And ghosts. Possibly also that pug.
Goddamn you straight to hell, Kris Straub. And your little dog too.
Don't damn that dog, that dog is adorably derpy.
Hello hello hello!
Oh come on!
And so the final strip in Book One is also its most disturbing.
Thank you Kris.
Excuse me for a sec, I gotta go now – I have some urgent SCREAMING to do. Of the terrified kind. Into a bottle with a tightly fitting lid of course – it would be impolite to disturb the neighbors. I'll be right back…
There, all better now. What was it I was talking about….? Hmmm, no matter. Anyway, say – am I the only one who hears the Twin Peaks song "Into the Night" looking at today's comic? With the "dun-dun-dun-DUN-DUN-DUN" part at the last panel…? …guys? …anyone…?
Broodhollow and Twin Peaks are both top tourism locations for entities from beyond time and space.
I suppose it's -possible- that he'll visit the hospital outside of town to get his mysterious scar looked at, and will get a reminder of all that's happened….but probably not. Or at least not right away.
Well, I wish that I had $6666 to throw at this.
God damnit! I knew I shouldn't have bought that new house!
And this is why you keep a journal.
(Also, better get that Broodhollow Kickstarter $65 deal while they last, gals and guys…)
(Getting in on the hardcover ground floor!)
Time-lapse: 30 minutes
Zane noooooo. :(
What are the odds the next book will follow one of the other characters, or even a new one, now that Zane's a good little Broodhollowian whose had the wool pulled over his eyes and is no longer capable of seeing what's really going on.
Also I REALLY wish I could afford the pin, I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with a regular book and the knowledge that the pins will probably turn out to be cursed and all you guys who bought them will wind up with amnesia…
RE: the Kickstarter, I laughed out loud at the reward in the 'Victim' tier. I guess now we know for a fact Kris has been up to time travel shenanigans, he paints one of those for Vanderbeam like 1500 years from now…
Gooble gobble gooble gobble…
In Soviet Broodhollow, town gets used to living in YOU!
looks like the emissary will wait…
I wonder if Harker's hell stitches caused this.
Will Book 2 be starting this week or is Broodhollow taking a break before the next story begins?
Props to the pug owner for his honest attempt to figure out where to pet a bat.
Also, when I read the last panel all I could think was "No no no no!"
And props to the pug owner for what, in 192X, would be considered a pretty risqué haircut!
I'm pretty sure the pug owner is Chris' friend, Dave Kellet of Sheldon fame.
The scariest part about this ending is that he bathroom cabinet mirror is HALFWAY OPEN. WHAT NIGHTMARE TERROR COULD MAKE HIM FORGET THE PATTERN?
Good point, but he hasn't necessarily forgotten! See how shocked he looks in the second panel of the last row? It doesn't seem likely that he'd be that surprised at his own reflection. He may have noticed the open cabinet, gotten startled that it was unexpectedly halfway open (he could have tried to close it earlier, but it stayed ajar?), and noticed the stitch while looking.
Time's needle has stitched him up proper
When did he get those stitches out? That embroidery would hurt to take out
Now who do I root for? Zane stopped fighting. What a depressing twist.
(Oh hey, Wadsworth got some posters up elsewhere!)
I wonder if the forgetting is the reason his grandfather's room was COVERED in notes and articles?
Unbelievable. The progression of this story has just been so excellent. The pacing has been divine, especially taking advantage of the MWF schedule. Broodhollow has easily become my favorite webcomic ever. Thanks for making this one Kris.
I think what's so jarring about this to me is that, considering the nature of Broodhollow, this is a more thorough character death than if Wadsworth had died. If he'd been murdered by Harker or the emissary or the Society or anyone else, we'd frankly -expect- him to turn up again as a spirit of some sort. This way, the Wadsworth we've come to know is just….gone. And nobody even noticed his passing.
He's still Wadsworth. He's still in therapy, still has the same friends, still dresses the same, still sells encyclopedias. He forgot a few important events, but he's still Wadsworth. I wonder if Iris once again believes that her father is away on business. Unlike Wadsworth, Iris kept written documentation of her revelation, so it seems like it'd be harder for her to forget that particular detail.
He doesn't sell encyclopedias anymore, though. He sells antiques!
…That may or may not be cursed, but that's entirely besides the point.
He has the Encyclopedia Atlantica poster up in the shop, so I assume he's selling antiques AND encyclopedias.
i just made a noise like a moose being strangled
Panel 5: Zane meets a hug-pug, bred where time intersects upon itself by HP Wuvcraft himself.
no. no. No. NO. NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
MERCY! DOC! IRIS! SOMEONE! …. Anyone…? anyone at all…? …….. Hello…….?
Zane, what'd you do to your forehead?
He forgot about his scar already?
Oh.Em.Gee…. not you too Wadsworth! D-: This comic is truly a masterpiece, but dammit, the timing for the Kickstarter is terrible as I've just discovered I'm being made redundant… not sure I can warrant spending £150 to get a hardcover book and Mercy pin shipped to my grubby unemployed mitts in the UK…. hmm…. you only need one kidney to live, right?
YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM OUR LAWYERS.
YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHY.
I still think he's better off than when the story began.
Real, actual, full body chills, lasting nearly a whole minute. Goddamn sir. Goddamn.
Oh no. :(
Kris, this is fantastic work. I know you've probably heart it a lot with every strip you've put up, but I had to tell you how much I've been enjoying this. This is the first strip of yours I've read (saw the link on KC Greens page) and I'm thinking at some point I'll go back and read Starslip as well. Congratulations on your hard work and continued success!
Whoops. Heard it. Not heart it. Pregnancy brain! (I'm not pregnant).
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I'm new to this whole book thing; Will Broodhollow continue tomorrow?
Then Memnon teleported in and…
Congrats on the Kickstarter, Kris!
It's funny how much falls into place on a second read-through. I just this minute realized that the antique shop was filled with items from the Harker House, post-fire:
The little bubble under the person on the encyclopedia poster: does that say, "He can see!"?
also requesting a post of the cadavre comic plz
It looks to be a simple drawing, not a resized strip. But it would be a haunting thing for Kris to make and post, because Cadavre is normally nihilistically lazy, unable to see a reason to do anything. So why is he running in a panic in the last panel? Perhaps… he's realized the same thing we have. But if so,, he's done it earlier.
I'm tempted to tell new readers to just start from this comic and ignore book 1…
wait a second that wasnt a Pug!
I would like to concur that AAAAA
wait. that last panel where we see Mercy. I hope that isn't meant to be her flying off for good. i mean wouldn't she be a reminder of all the weird crap that has gone on? say it ain't so Kris!
It's just two people interacting with each others' pets. You're being needlessly paranoid when you should be needFULLY paranoid.
This is not reassuring, I’ll admit… Zane is obviously not immune to whatever hoodoo is going down in Broodhollow.
Excellent job! I just can't wait for the next book…
Must be something in the Switchwater!
Digging the Dave Kellet cameo.
ITS HAPPENING NOOOOOOOO
"Hee! Brain erasure effective on newest subject, Wadsworth, O Dark One. He'll be a perfect addition to our test community."
"Excellent, excellent, proceed with memory adjustments to Mayor Ogden, Iris, the Bottle-fly Boys, Percival and the others and don't forget the bat."
Aaaaaaaah! HOW WILL HE PAY THE HUNDREDS HE OWES IN BACKRENT?!
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Just when I thought my jaw would stop dropping for awhile.
Almost scarier than the basement scene but for a whole different reason.
A bat is Man's Best Friend. Get lost, Rover!
My pet is the night!
oh no! he’s forgotten, too…
NO WAIT I ALSO HAVE HAD CUTS AND BRUISHES AND COULD NOT REMEMBER WHERE THEY WERE FROM AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA