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Wednesday’s Webcomic: Broodhollow

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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.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: The Fox Sister

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The Fox Sister is a supernatural folktale-thriller in progress that is based in Korean myth and history.  In 1961, Cho Yun Hee was a young girl when she found her family being devoured by the nine-tailed fox spirit, a shape shifting demoness. Narrowly escaping being devoured herself, she discovered to her horror that the spirit had stolen her sister’s body to live and hunt in. Seven years later, Yun Hee has become a Mudang, a shaman, as well as a college student and is hunting for the creature in Seoul. Her only confidant is Soot Bull, her dog, and her only solace is in Elvis Presley records. In the rambunctious way of dogs, Soot Bull introduces her to Alex, an American missionary and former soldier.  While initially disinterested in his flirtations and his faith, Yun Hee is drawn to him out of a mutual love of Elvis and quickly discovers that the Kumiho wearing her sister’s face is stalking him and the neighbors of his church.

The Fox Sister, 3

The Fox Sister has only been in publication for a little more than year, but it has developed an ardent fanbase devoted to its art, characters and story line. The story is projected to end after four chapters and is  rapidly building to a climax.  The illustration is lush and the color pallette subtly changes to suit the tone of the panel. Be warned, there are frequent gory images illustrated in all their vivid red, gory glory! North American and European fans have also been enthused to see facets of Korean culture rarely seen in mainstream media or comics, such as Mugyo, the shamanistic religion native to Korea. The accuracy of the setting and references resonate with fans of Korean descent as well.

The Authors and their Other Works

The Fox Sister is a collaborative work between author Christina Strain and illustrator Jaid Aït-Kaci. Aït-Kaci’s other major work in progress is the fantasy Sfeer Theory. Strain is former colorist at Marvel and has worked on titles such as Runaways and Spider Man Loves Mary Jane. She spent much of her childhood in South Korea, and her mother lends a hand by keeping the 1960’s period authentic.

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Wednesday’s Webcomic: A Girl and Her Fed

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A Girl and her Fed is an exciting, complex and romantic thriller.  It has conspiracies, civil rights abuses,  science and Big Government gone wrong, and a lot of dick jokes. It begins when a Girl discovers she’s been put on a Terrorism Watch-list by a shadowy government organization and decides to track down the culprits with her long-time friend, a hallucination of Benjamin Franklin. The Fed assigned to watch her, who was part of a failed government experiment to hook bionic communications chips into their brains, can see her hallucination and she realizes that she is in fact being haunted by the ghost of Ben Franklin, as he has been telling her all along. She can also see the cranial chip’s interface, which (unfortunately for the agents in whom it is installed) resembles George W. Bush’s floating head. After the mysterious death of another agent, the two discover there was a lot more to the microchip program then anyone originally suspected and that it is somehow connected to the busybody ghosts of the founding fathers. They begin an investigation and adventure, also aided by a foul mouthed, genetically engineered super Koala. And that is only the beginning!

A girl and her fed

This has been one of my favorite webcomics to watch evolve and grow, especially the art. Arc 1 is complete and Arc 2 recently started. Through sheer charisma and writing quality it has amassed a very big and devoted following  and through the authors efforts and what must have been a LOT of practice the art style has evolved from rudimentary and expressive to clear, colorful and dynamic.  From the very beginning, the chemistry and sexual tension of the unnamed Girl and her unnamed Fed is absolutely scrumptious and gets even better as the art is upgraded. The comic is currently mid-upgrade with one redone page every week, so sometime after starting it you will run into the old art style. As the pages are upgraded some of the text also  becomes unnecessary and is changed at the author’s discretion and all of the original pages are hidden neatly behind the new ones. The art is primarily being redone so as to make it easier to publish and enough has been completed to publish the first book.

A Girl and Her Fed Classic

This is why you should practice, practice, practice!

The Author

K.B. Spangler puts an incredible amount of time and energy into creating side-story material for the comic in addition to her other profession as a researcher. While the comic is available for free, there’s a dazzling array of short stories, wallpapers, pins, tees, and this incredible plushie of Speedy the Koala for sale in her store. Also, a full-length thriller novel about a side character is due to be released soon! The first three parts have been released on a sponsorship basis as a sort of self-run Kickstarter. The main character of the novel does not appear until very recently in the comic timeline, so I would definitely recommend the comic first. Speedy the Koala also has a hilarious in-character Twitter feed.

Armed Speedy

You should follow @speedysays on Twitter… Or Else…