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November 13th, 2015

November 13th, 2015 published on 40 Comments on November 13th, 2015

It’s either what they were here for, or it’s the most elaborate proposal ever.

I’m at Thought Bubble all this weekend, drop by New Dock Hall, table 160, and say hi!

Oh also! There’s a sale over at Comixology this weekend, which includes the first four Widdershins volumes!

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Hmm, dead spiders. A cat’s favourite dish.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Is there any creature in this world happier than a Rogue who just found treasure?

    • RumpPickle

      a rouge who survives long enough after finding treasure to spend it?

      • John

        Unfortunately, this particular treasure isn’t one you can spend (which is why they still have it at the family meeting).

        • JWLM

          Spend the treasure? That’s not gonna happen, dude. Although human trafficking was still legal in Britain at that time, Izzy is priceless!

      • Ganurath

        Must be particularly lucky, that rouge. Makeup normally doesn’t last more than a day.

      • Hope he remembers to check for traps before he opens it.

    • Euodiachloris

      One swimming in it à la Scrooge McDuck? (As long as they don’t have the niggling question of “how do I move this haul?” knocking about their skull, that is…)

  • Haven

    “It’s either what they were here for, or it’s the most elaborate proposal ever.” ¿Por que no los dos?

    • svartalf

      How’s about “both”?

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Might want to put the Spanish phrase into Google Translate. ;-)

      • Percabeth_trash

        ¿Por qué no los dos? means Why not the two (both)? in Spanish :D

  • From what we’ve seen of it in the former pages, I can’t understand how this stair is going. I supposed it was climbing around the wall, wall on left hand when you go up, but now it’s contrariwise? Otherwise, great story as ever! And one of the most ‘mature’ comic I know of.

    • =Tamar

      Maybe it switched directions around stair number 24.

    • Whoops! I was thinking more about composition than realism and got a bit carried away- The middle panel is set so your eye should naturally follow it to the next panel along. I’ll adjust it (or the former pages) when I have the time, thanks for pointing it out! And thanks for reading!

  • rainycity1

    But WHERE are Envy and the others????

  • Marvelous TK

    so you have a magical object that contains the power of a malevolent spirit which is willing to do just about anything to get it back

    and your long-term solution for hiding it is… a wooden staircase

    come on, francis

    • JWLM

      None of the Sins seems to be terribly smart, however they view themselves.

      • svartalf

        Actually Sloth’s smarter than most of the rest…she’s just LAZY.

        • chaosvii

          Which fits pretty well: Being smart enough means you never have to work hard at anything as long as you got somebody to do that stuff for you.

    • Hey it worked for 200 years. It took a man of Henry Barber’s aptitude, resolve and intelligence to find it. Oh and Izzy helped a bit.

    • CountSessine

      I am wondering WHO was here before them, scratching up the wall safe, then leaving behind that very useful crowbar without which our heroes would not have been able to pry open the hidden staircase cavity.

      It wasn’t the Deadlies; they didn’t even know about the island until Henry and Izzy led them there. Though, I suppose, Luxuria could have tried and failed in a previous generation, and just not passed the information on to his current pawns because he wanted to trick the wizard into solving the puzzle he couldn’t.

      If it was Bacon, 200 years ago, then he gets points for leaving a red herring to mislead potential seekers into trying for a brute force solution. There are ways to open a safe, particularly one that’s generations old, and perhaps he was hoping anyone who got this far might decide to pry the safe out of the wall and take it away, thinking they’d found the prize.

      Still… I’m thinking “too clever by half.” Why leave a code at all? He was supposed to hide that thing forever, not set it up to be found by the first searchers smart enough to notice the code and solve it.

      • suelee1

        This could always be a red herring. He could be leaving clues to more clues that become progressively more obscure while the true jewel is hidden somewhere without any clues to find it.

    • Columbine

      As someone said right at the beginning ‘YOU HAD ONE JOB SIR FRANCIS!’

      • dana

        I know, right? He was suppose to hid it so NOBODY found it, but not only did he hid it where anyone could find it but he left clues to where to find it.

        Of course there wouldn’t be much of a story otherwise.

    • svartalf

      If he can’t sense it and all, it might not be half bad as a way. Out in plain sight but not so much so…

  • Darth Fez

    Yeah, I think I’ll stick to breakfast cereal boxes if I want special mystery gifts.

  • Well done Lord Barber! You’ve recovered the treasure just in time to hand it over to the Villains!

    • But if the Deadlies get it, Henry and Iz get it back…

    • svartalf

      Do remember Lord Barber has the thrice damned thing of extreme power still in his possession for Sid to be able to magi-pilfer it from his person.

  • Is it another clue? I bet it’s another clue.

  • MoeLane

    It’s either what they were here for, or it’s the most elaborate proposal ever.”

    “Embrace the healing power of ‘and.'”

  • Oh, by the way, you might want to put some more ink in your… um… monitor, because I can just barely read the body text between the title and the tags. Or maybe just get a slightly thicker typeface.

  • CyberSkull

    Yeah, uh, just as I thought!

  • Mujaki

    Now, the tricky thing would be if it was hidden under the forty-eighth stair… counting from the TOP of the lighthouse, downward.

  • Columbine

    Good to see you at Thought Bubble again this year, I now have a complete collection of the current Widdershins books. (yay!) Also no hair. These are not related.

    • Good to see you too! Hope you enjoyed the con, it was quite a corker- I ended up with a small pile of delightful things from around the hall, and that was only from a really quick zoom around!

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    “About a dozen dead spiders..”
    Why am I imagining him saying that while shaking a dozen very much alive spiders off his hand?

  • just read your comic in one go and gotta say I REALLY LIKE it!!!
    (have you considered posting on other sites like

    You put so much effort into this, it’s amazing! Defnitely looking forward to the update/s!

  • This guy

    Drugs in an ancient condom?

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