Broodhollow is a cosmic horror adventure created by Kris Straub that is set in the 1930s. The online webcomic is about an unlucky encyclopedia salesman named Wadsworth Zane, who is summoned to a small idyllic town in order to investigate an odd inheritance from a distant relative. However what initially appears to be a series of supernatural encounters just might wind up being an imaginary figment of Zane’s obsessive disorders — an “affliction” which he calls The Pattern.
The little town of Broodhollow exists in West Virginia. It is charmingly quirky during the day, and disturbingly terrifying at night —it only seems to be getting worse the longer Zane stays. Still, he does manage to make a few allies, but it’s not the people that are the problem. Broodhollow, you see, wants to get inside your home, and it’s desperate for your help.
The story of Broodhollow will be told in interconnected stories each of which is designed to stand on their own. The first story entitled, Curious Little Thing, is over 110 pages of full-color comics. Now Straub is not asking for you to fund the creation of Curious Little Thing — he tells us that that story is already completed. In fact, you can read the entire story online right now, where he’s been giving it away for free online, page by page, since October of 2012.
Straub’s goal is to raise $27,500 in order to cover the printing, fulfillment labor, and shipping of at least 2,000 high-quality, full-color 124-page softcover editions of the book, as well as a limited number of clothbound hardcover editions. In addition to this he wants to produce new pins, posters, and other backer rewards. The proposed dimensions of the book are 7″ x 9.5″ (landscape).
This is his first color print comic as well as his first digitally-painted comic. Broodhollow has been about Straub pushing himself to grow as a cartoonist. He will be working with printers and knowledgeable professionals who will help him translate the Broodhollow that you see on-screen onto the printed page. He is certainly very aware that there are quite a bit of dark scenes in this story with a lot of small, bright details — he want the books to capture all of it.
This Kickstarter project is about a book, so backers at all listed reward tiers are getting a copy of it — whether it’s digital, softcover, or the limited-edition clothbound hardcover at the higher tiers.
As with all Kickstarter projects, if the goal is not reached by the completion date, no money will change hands and zero books, pins or posters will be made. (Bummer!) However, with the contribution of fans, everyone who helps to bring this unique horror story into the world will benefit. The central mystery of Broodhollow is fully fleshed out — and even though the first book is a complete story, we barely glimpse any of the puzzle that lies at the town’s center. It’s a twist he haven’t seen or read anywhere else, and he wants to deliver it to you in future stories.
So what if the book does get made? If he does hit the goal, besides the book itself? Well, according to Straus plenty of delights await you, dear traveler. He has commissioned fine brass pins for the Society of the Skull and Shovels — an order that readers are introduced to in the first story — but one whose importance isn’t fully known yet. At the higher tiers, he will craft misery for the readers from whole cloth, by drawing fans in Broodhollow fashion being chased by a unique new tormentor of my design! Backers can even appear in the next story (he won’t, however, promise that it will end well for you).
If Broodhollow Book 1: Curious Little Thing goes over target, he has enhancements planned that will improve the future books, the strip as well as the Broodhollow experience for everyone! Of course, the further he is able to push the envelope go over the goal, the better able he will be able to devote time to more Broodhollow stories in months (and years) to come!
Robert J. Sodaro is a noted comicbook historian and journalist. He began reading “Funnybooks” while sitting on the newsstand in his Uncle’s “Mom & Pop” grocery store, and has been writing about them so long that he’s become his own grandfather (we don’t really know what that means, we just like saying it). These days, he is just as likely to be writing comics, as writing about them.