Dammit Stout, I leave you alone for just a week or two and you pull this kind of crap? Why would you do this? T_T
Is... is that... a vertical ellipsis?
I do believe they are purposefully evoking the stylings of Japanese manga strips. And they read things top-to-bottom THEN right-to-left. I assume they are anyway. If they aren't then... indeed. Call the Queen! Her English is being butchered by a webcomic! On the internet!