Wednesday’s Webcomic: Broodhollow

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Today’s webcomic is brilliant one, so much so that it’s difficult to describe the plot without giving away too many details. I can describe it as a cosmic horror, a psychological thriller, as well as a tale of finding trust and friendship in difficult times. In the midst of the Great Depression, Wadsworth Zane is struggling with a nigh-hopeless case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a job as an encyclopedia salesman, and a growing pile of bills when he receives word of an inheritance in the distant town Broodhollow. Although his windfall may be the answer to his prayers, foreboding and terrifying dreams begin, warning him away from Broodhollow. Despite his anxieties, he travels to Broodhollow to find a happy and welcoming town, with residents anxious for him to occupy the vaccum left by the death of his Uncle Virgil Zane, an antique dealer and pillar of the community. Despite the town’s warm welcome, Wadsworth quickly notices the townsfolk don’t notice things that he finds incredibly alarming, to the point that Wadsworth begins questioning whether he may be truly hallucinating. Is Wadsworth merely hallucinating the frightening goings on in the town of Broodhollow? Or are his own neuroses the ones that make him capable of perceiving that his kind new friends and neighbors are in mortal danger?

Broodhollow   The Pattern

The package that starts it all.

Broodhollow comes from a popular veteran of the webcomics scene, so it’s no surprise that it is punctual each week with a detailed and well designed website. Not only is it well-presented, but the writing is excellent. The creepy and funny moments are all timed perfectly with illustrations that alternate between bright and friendly and dark and truly terrifying. The colors are done in a water-color wash style which lends a sort of bloody realism to the clean-edged cartoonish lines of the scenery and characters. Even the typefaces are period appropriate to the art deco style of the website.  This is a completely rock-solid read; and with the first book 200% funded on Kickstarter after only two days I have no doubt Broodhollow will thrill and terrify me for a long time to come.

Broodhollow   The Back Room

Is this all in his mind? Or is this creature real?

The Author and his Other Works

The prolific Kris Straub had been publishing webcomics for over 13 years now, with the completed sci-fi humor and drama Starslip and the currently running gag daily Chainsaw Suit. He partners with Scott Kurtz on the Blamimations segment at PATV. Some of the elements that lead to Broodhollow  came from his microfiction horror site Ichor Falls.



Jeanette Diaz ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeanette Diaz has been dabbling in an array of geekery all her life, but has lately been devoting her time to video games and knitting. She is also researching various methods of doing both at once; although any solution she’s come up with seems to be an abomination unto Science or a defunct Nintendo peripheral. Other than that, she enjoys reading, web-comics, and cartoons. You can connect with her on Ravelry as planethalia. Jeanette lives in Chicago with a board game addict and two cats. Find her internet home at http://thewrongdrum.wordpress.com/

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Comment

 

— required *

— required *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Tiny Rebel Games Discusses Doctor Who: Infinity
Posted May 24th, 2018 -
We may still be quite some time away from the nebulous time of “Autumn” and this new series of Doctor Who that keeps getting dangled in front of us like the proverbial carrot, but the team at Tiny ...
PCC Presents- The Cosmic Crossfire
Posted May 23rd, 2018 -
The Happy Time Murders takes center stage the response to the SheRa and ThunderCats reboots and WWE laying the Smackdown on FOX as Director of Nintendo Quest Rob McCallum and Pop Culture Cosmos host Gerald ...
Episode 114 – Battlebond Preview Card Special!
Posted May 23rd, 2018 -
Magic With Zuby’s Battlebond Preview Card Special! Thanks to Wizards of the Coasts for giving me this Battlebond Preview card! We also dive into the big Magic announcements for the new upcoming Fall ...
84 Using Trauma in RPGs
Posted May 23rd, 2018 -
James and Lacey look at making trauma more interesting than just subtracting hit points. We talk about some practical ways to make things more interesting and give you a few tools to do so.   ...
Episode 075 “Save the DRAM-a for your mama”
Posted May 22nd, 2018 -
On this week’s episode, the guys discuss how much time they waste on digital platforms and social media, a potential collusion regarding DRAM, “perfect” games, and our own zombie apocalypse soundtracks! —-more—- Instagram ...
GonnaGeek.com Show LIVE #240 – Live Recording
Posted May 21st, 2018 -
YouTube Streaming [ Pop Out Player ] Alternative Player – Mixer: [ Pop Out and use the Mixer Player ] Spreaker:
Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 59 – Is the vodka bottle half full or half empty?
Posted May 21st, 2018 -
This week Rob is feeling really stressed out, so we almost didn’t record an episode. But then we decided to record one anyway because who cares about mental health!?! Our featured “game” this episode ...
Pop Culture Cosmos Episode #90
Posted May 21st, 2018 -
Deadpool 2 reigns at the box office but what does this hold for the future of the character Rob McCallum decides which Star Wars film he would like to see made first Lando or ObiWan Hunter Farris of the ...
Episode 77 – Deadpool 2 Spoiler Review & More
Posted May 20th, 2018 -
The Merc with the Mouth returns, in all his colorful mouthy glory, as Team POPX braces ourselves for another zany ride with Deadpool. It’s sure to be a slippery slope of gelatinous goodness, so join ...
Better Podcasting #131 – Making Time For Other Activities
Posted May 20th, 2018 -
Whether it’s with the family or independently, there are many benefits to making time for activities outside of podcasting. In this episode we discuss these benefits, as well as what makes for a ...
ATGN 312 – Deadpool Saw Sunkastpool 2
Posted May 20th, 2018 -
Chris and Anthony are the only ones here this week, but don’t worry it’s still a packed show.  The boys both share their impressions of Movie Pass and have free 1 month referral codes ...
PCC Multiverse #68
Posted May 18th, 2018 -
Deadpool 2 hits theaters and we talk about just how big this sequel can be The Topicocalypse crew shares thoughts on YouTube advertising we dig deeper into the tragic cases of rock music and mental health ...