Webcomic: Cochlea And Eustachia

"What do you think these things are for?"
Cochlea & Eustachia is a surreal webcomic created by Hans Rickheit, featuring a pair of identical masked and scantily clad young women exploring a strange building. Later on they run into a third, but it's not clear where she's from.

The first storyline completed after just 66 black and white pages, and has now been published in color as a book. A second started in mid- to late-2014, this time in colour.


Cochlea & Eustachia contains examples of:

  • Apocalypse How: A hint of this in the field of bones stretching to the horizon outside the building.
  • Bag of Holding: The narrow-necked bottle from which Cochlea pours hundreds of small objects in the hope of finding something useful.
  • Body Horror: After Cochlea has finished stapling(!) what's left of their dismembered bodies back together, Eustachia and the third girl end up conjoined with limbs all over the place, like a bizarre human starfish. They don't seem too happy with the arrangement, but Cochlea doesn't see any problem with it, and soon finds a good use for their new shape.
  • Contrived Coincidence: At the end of the story Cochlea finds a paddle-powered raft that's worked by the same kind of see-saw handles as a rail handcart. Just so happens, the handles are exactly the right shape for the now-conjoined Eustachia and third girl to operate.
  • Dada Comics: Although comedy isn't a major feature of this webcomic, there are several amusing moments and visual puns.
  • Fanservice: Cochlea and Eustachia's dress code. Skimpy at best.
  • Fan Disservice: Eustachia mostly naked, but also dismembered and eviscerated. Ew. That's even before Cochlea starts stapling her guts back together... and getting all the bits in the wrong order.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: The author has stated that coherency is the last thing that concerns him.
  • Mind Screw: Trying to figure out where the story is going, or even if there is a plot.
  • Recursive Reality: Certain objects inside the building, including one of the heroines, contain entire living rooms—complete with furniture and occupants.
  • Reset Button: The second story starts with both girls looking the way they normally do, ignoring Eustachia's bizarre fate at the end of the first.
  • Squick: See Fan Disservice above.
  • Surrealism: The building being explored by the female protagonists is filled with random (and usually very strange) objects, and has... unusual spatial properties.