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August 30th, 2013

August 30th, 2013 published on 21 Comments on August 30th, 2013

Rather cruel to put a gorilla in a suit.

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  • Stretch Longfellow

    I can really visualize Mrs. Sykes’s voice. I love how strong the characters are right from the bat!

    • Sanjay Merchant

      To me she sounds like a… slightly squeakier version of Mom’s public persona. (As in the Futurama character Mom.)

  • I hear Umbridge.

  • ShadeTail

    [“Rather cruel to put a gorilla in a suit.”]

    Whaddya mean? That’s why they call it a monkey suit!

    • DramaticSquirrel

      exactly. Gorillas aren’t monkeys. That misnomer is why its cruel.

  • Mr. Hat

    I’m getting a real Granny Goodness vibe from Mrs. Sykes.

    Wait, “Mrs.”!? I read that as “Miss” all the way until I typed it out! Who’s Mr. Sykes?

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Maybe the big guy? She didn’t mention his name, after all.

    • awhorl

      She’s Bill Sykes’s mum. You know, Dickens’s Bill, him as kilt Nancy. There was no Mister. Never is. Lucky one, to get a steady job where they appreciate her talents.

      • Sessine

        “Sugarplum maids.” “Tough cookie.” “Sweetmeats.” I’m noticing a pattern, here.

        And yeah. If there ever was a Mister, he’s long gone.

  • somebloke

    At least she doesn’t call her sweetbreads.

  • Somebody

    Ga! Roses facial expressions!
    Especially the meat guy.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    OK, so what I’m inferring has happened so far: Hotel Gula was built not long before the time in which most Widdershins stories have taken place. Business is kinda slow, so Mrs. Skykes gets the crazy idea to infuse the whole damn building with Gluttony to get people to buy more food, liquor, etc. Something goes Horribly Wrong (TM), possibly as part of the Malform Crisis, and the spirit whisks Mrs. Skykes and most of the staff into its own little pocket universe version of itself, occasionally kidnapping people and stealing supplies from real spacetime, the better to engorge itself.

    Now, the question is, who are the revelers in the Main Hall? The poor sods who happened to be guests at the time? Fever Dream Potato Men? A big gross blob like in that Raggedy Ann & Andy movie I liked when I was little?

    All I know for sure is that Sykes is a creepy old biddy and I’m pretty sure she needs a healthy dose of comeuppance.

    • Perhaps the hotel also steals any gluttons that come to stay, to be the diners at the banquet.

  • “As though nature had intended to make a gorilla, and had changed its mind at the last moment.” It’s Roderick Spode, only without the charm.

  • Jeck

    His suit! The buttons. Like, they’re straining and about to pop off at any second.
    Always so many awesome little details. And characters. And just.. everything, really. I’d love to see these stories get turned into some kind of animated cartoons or something. They’d be the kind of childhood favorites that you end up loving even more when you’re an adult.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    “I say we poison their damn food”

  • T T

    that lady is terrifying, just dripping in malice

  • Me-me

    She is about the only one who looks delighted to be here.

  • Ivresse

    Note how she doesn’t refer to the butler by name, just calls him ‘The Butler’…I wonder why? *shifty eyes*

  • You’d think a supernaturally creature would have been able to supernaturally obtain a waistcoat and sport jacket in his size…

  • SoItBegins

    aaaagh slasher smile

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