By Tom Siddell
Yeah that was a joke, sorry.
But was it REALLY Tom?
HIS FACE! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HIS FACE?!
this is so bizarre
Hah! He IS human!
Tony breaks the mask.
im having trouble believing that this is an actual page and not an edited picture from the forum
Well, I guess he has lots of free time to work on his interior decorating when he's just sitting there.
he has a personality beyond that of an angry piece of wet cardboard?!
Aw, this is really cute. Seeing Tony crack jokes and get excited about booze makes him seem like more of a person and less of a soulless jerkbag.
Is this a flashback, does this take place before the dinner, just after Annie cut her hair?
Wow, some actual character.
Man, I'm really bad at this.
You know how when you bite into something that has a weird elastic texture, and you're not quite sure how work your jaw around it and you keep chewing and chewing awkwardly like its old gum? That's what Tony's sense of humour is like to me.
Haha all you had to do was show that Tony only owns one glass and one mug and suddenly he's SO MUCH MORE RELATEABLE as a character. We've all been there mate...
Anthony has never been creepier. Expression aside, we now see he's capable of personable, even affable joking and ribbing. He's just decided not to use those skills around his daughter. Ever. All she gets is robot teacher man sir.
Hahaha, "Get that into my house." I don't like the guy, but that was a funny line. Didn't say "come on in and we'll have a drink" or smile...just that command.
Oh God, I needed that. The intensity of this whole plotline, we needed that relief.
It is really hard to hear that line in panel 3 in my head with that guy not having a single expression since his reappearance.
Hey! There is some sort of conversations i love most! :3
so much effort into decorating haha
.... Huh, so they really are going to drink and talk... 0-0
I don't even... what? Is he trying to funny? Gah, this is weird. We start off with Tony riling us all up, then we see Annie get spiritually disconnected, and now the man is making light conversation with a colleague? Are we trying to love or hate this man Tom?
Hey, is that licor 43?
He's human after all. c':
What? Whatwhatwhatwhatwhat?!?? Dammit, Tom. Well played.
Dear god, does he look like Annie in the first panel. And... is this humour we're seeing from Tony? Actual human emotion beyond internal anguish and logical fallacy? This is... sad, in a way. He's been more open with Donny in these few panels than he has with Annie in all fifteen (assuming that's her age) years of her life. *Sigh* At least we may finally get a few answers now.
Not only does his last name have nearly the same letters as his first.
He's also one of the most kickass characters in Gunnerkrigg. And as for being able to get through to Tony even just a little - it's a rare skill. The superhero-eye-mask-trending-glasses design suits Donny MUCH better, Tom.
Haha! So tony can joke around *or try to, atleast* as well. I know he has been too hard on our dear Annie after depriving her of all fatherly love and affection growing up, but I think he is having a hard time of this as well.
Did this page really just happen
Out of every line you have ever written, "Get that in my house" is the best EVER.
Omgod I think I am dead
Best thing Tony ever said.
Hahaha what a jokester!
you make me uncomfortable, mr carver
I love that line "get that in my house" because I can't really tell what emotion he is using. It would normally seem like excitement but the panel and his personality does not support that so I have to assume he is saying that line with little emotion but still really excited about it.
Git dat in my house.
Considering his current emotional display, I think we all took that seriously. ._.'
Chapter predictions? Tony "Party Animal" Carver proceeds to get wankered and throw his only chair through the window.
Wow Tony why you gotta be so demanding? Why can't you be emotional and nice for a change.
I never pegged Anthony for an ascetic. I also didn't peg him as a scotch drinker. Thought of him more as a brandy man.
In my house
Awww how cute...he's trying to make a joke....does he even know how to smile??
Funny how Tony is THAT considerate toward a piece of furniture, while leaving his daughter in an isolated cell...
That's Licor 43 isn't it?
Also, that joke was hilarious, coming from stick-in-the-mud Tony.
I have never commented on this site although i've read for years. This one comic made me go from hating Annie's dad to making him one of my favorites.
So, probably not a robot, then. Unless robots can consume alcoholic beverages. Or is it apple juice? Also, does that mean that the desk and the armchair aren't feng shui'd? That would certainly explain all the negativity in his life. I also like Tony's expression in the second panel. It looks like a mix of wild bewilderment and critical assessment.
OK what we really need to know is how did he pronounce "Feng shui". If he went with "Feng shooey" then there's a grain of humanity left and T can be redeemed. If he went with the hipster approved "fung shway" then he's gotta burrrn!
Ah, keeping alive the British-mystery-story tradition of "drinking Scotch out of the tooth mug"...
His pokerface makes his jokes sound either angry or hilarious. There is no in between.
Is that Whiskey or Cuarenta y Tres liquor??
Makes perfect sense that he would deadpan his jokes.
I liked him mean his sense of humor is out of place
I feel like maybe I've slipped into an alternate dimension... or a coma... not sure. But I do know one thing, this Tony is terrifying in a brand new way, he's trying to joke and be normal and I'm scared. What is happeningggggg?!
Somehow, the fact that Tony apparently possesses a sense of humor may be the scariest thing we've learned yet.
So here's where we release the tension and start humanizing him. This is good, I like it.
I can't tell if he has some sort of facial condition, or if he's just really deadpan...
Also, he appears to only posses two cups.
They drink 43?
Starts promising. The armor is slipping.
Damn, another side to him.
About feng shui? I'll have you know the rearranging funiture is nothing to joke about! Check your privilege, Tom!
the most straight faced party animal in existance
This man is going to need a professional Feng Shui consultant if he wants more than one piece of furniture in his house
that sorta looks like 43.
"Get that in my house" is an odd thing to say
I'm beginning to feel sorry for Anthony. It doesn't excuse what he's done to his daughter but it's becoming increasingly obvious that he just doesn't have a clue. It's sad. And it's sadder that Antimony's been dragged along for the ride. I hope Donny really does have a plan. And wth is Eglamore?
What are they, a couple of dorks?
One water glass and a coffee cup? For fancy alcohol? Shouldn't he have more glassware than a broke college student?
As much as I hate Tony and want to throw him in front of a Double-Decker, his response to the bottle was priceless.
he... can joke?
He likes alcohol??? Or whatever that stuff is???? I just can't get over his face and words when he said "Get that in my house" like
wHAT CAN THIS MEAN
WILL HE TELL US WHAT HE DID
DOES HE WANT TO?????
He's a damned robot. And not of the nice friendly type, either. Brrrr.
Its cute that they're still friends at least...
!!! Are we about to get more explanation for Anthony's behavior? I'm really interested in seeing where this goes next!
Oooooooooooh. Nice move, not-eglamore-with-glasses.
Tony being fond of the drink made me laugh. Get that in my house indeed.
*eyebrow raise* huh...
nooooo!! the conflicting feelings of a character being a jerkbag but also slowly being humanized!! stop that
At least he has some humor?
Tony... Tony can crack a joke. I don't know if I should feel relieved or scared.
fengshui is a verb now? Whatever I see stone-facedness still runs in the family
...this is how Tony jokes? ...Tony's capable of jokes? ...Tony has emotions? I AM BEWILDERED
And suddenly I like Tony a lot more than I did before this page.
"Get that in my house."
What the fuck
loool I laughed so hard. nice one!!! :) :) :)
You can easily just HEAR the genuine emotion coming out of Carver's mouth here despite his face being completely unmoving. This is definitely going to be a weird set of pages just from that juxaposition ALONE. Dude's still a complete douche though as this is CLEAR favoritism at Annie's expense.
IN MY BELLEH
We're seeing new sides of everybody!
Now, does "alone" mean he only intended to have the chair, or that he intends to have more furniture, but hasn't had time because of how long it takes to feng shui just one piece?
Oh? Hmm. What's this about then, I wonder?
Barrel of laughs right here!
Ok. I'm lost. This is out of character somehow....
This is my kind of humour
That's ummmm like the only piece of furniture besides his desk and his bed btw.
Yesss let's get some humanity going Tony
Oh, they're drinking. I'm getting a bad feeling about this.
Verbing weirds language.
You have no idea how to feng shui, asshole.
Well, this marks the first time I have felt sympathetic to Tony. Let's see where this goes.
WHAT'S HE GOING TO DO???
Meanwhile, in the distance:
*ba dum tish*
Antimony: *groan* Dad jokes...
Oh no! Dry humor! Please don't make me like him! T_T
Tom, you liar. Tony can't joke. He doesn't grasp the concept of fun.
Oh my god he's not a robot!
Gunnerkrigg Court: A History. In his youth, Donald Donlan was nicknamed "Severus" due to his renowned ability to create various distilled beverages. As a teacher, he was known among the other teachers (his former classmates) as the Unofficial Potions Master of Gunnerkrigg Court for a specialty brew known as "Firewater."
God, Tony, you really do look terrible.
WHAAAAAT TONY CAN INTERACT WITH HUMAN BEINGS??!
Oh my god. He's hysterical
Tony seems...more open already. Probably since he thinks it's just Donny. And apparently a bottle of his favorite drink, that he hasn't tasted in forever.
oh no are we humanizing tony now, i am uncomfortable with this
God why is he such a suck-up and a -BEEP- head?!!?! I JUST WANNA PUNCH HIM! MANY MANY TIMES!!! SERIOUSLY!
Haha, awesome liquor for a gift! Good pick. And he DOES have some personality!
AND BY MY HOUSE I MEAN MY LIVER
my gears are mashing on panel 3.
so deadpan. xD
Anthony looks really messed up in the last box......WTH happened to him?
"Get that in my house"
Holy crap...he DOES have a personality.
His dead pan humor is very dead.
So, like he shows a tidbit of humanity. Maybe Mr. Donlan wants Annie to see that? The suspense is injuring me. But it's not quite killing me. More like a mild, mayonnaise-induced blunt force wound to the arm.
Tony looks so... OLD. Also, amazing, he actually has personality? I'm very confused and intrigued.
That is definitely something you don't hear everyday. 'Get THAT IN my house.' usually it's 'Get OUT OF my house.' I almost read it as such too.
"Get that in my house" might be the most bizarre line to make sense in context yet.
The "get that in my house" was a.. joke? That seems pretty strange for Tony as a character
That's what happens when one has to feng for oneself.
No apologies will ever be enough, Mr. Siddell, that was pretty terrible. It must also be said that most non-court-compatible versions of Feng Shui do not go for minimalism all that much. Tony must be a purist.
says one joke: IMMEDIATELY DOUBTS ALL HATE IVE DIRECTED AT CHARACTER FOR //LITERAL/ YEARS
Licor 43, straight? Odd choice.
OK, who are you, obviously-not-Tony?
You know, this page just made me realize something. He hasn't made a single facial expression since showing up again, right? And his face is all scarred and messed up.
Maybe he is NO LONGER PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF EXPRESSION for some reason. Some sort of paralysis.
Hahahaha!!!! Feng Shui, really? I´m rather surprised Anthony took the effort to remember what that is about!
I'm not sure what to make of this. This is so weird.
Oooooooo, this is gonna be good :D
I... think that's a bottle of booze. But I really really really want it to be a vigor.
I think Tony's face is broken. Like he's had a stroke or something. I mean, after all, Zimmy *did* punch his lights out with the Flaming Fist of Fury.
That moment when he just looks at the bottle for a second
you know what would be a funnier joke tom? if you died.
okay that was supposed to say tony not tom I'm so sorry ;(
You've gotta be freakin' kidding me.
I get the feeling that he's not normally this... snarky?, but he's trying to become friends with Donald again after his long absence and that really awkward, passive-aggressive dinner ruined his connection to the only (living) person he actually feels he's able to talk to.
I can't help picture Annie having a mild heart attack at hearing her father crack a joke.
"Get that in my house" is not the kind of thing a normal person ever says, like Tony, it's all wrong.
Aaaaaaand now he's relatable. Two sentences and tom makes him human.
That actually made me chuckle X3
You know what's good after a a long, depressing run? Booze!
Now I'm confused. Is this whole page a joke? Or does Tom mean to clarify that the last remark was a joke?
Mr. Donlan is a wise man.
"that that INSIDE MY HOUSE RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY." its the opposite of breadsticks on a terrible date.
I would happily of smacked him half way to hell - he abandoned Annie as soon as her mother died and didn't make contact for over 2 years. Appears out of nowhere and assumes he can control her and demand her respect. The more human he gets the more he needs to be kicked all the way through the ether!
Should be funny, so why am I just slightly creeped out...?
Tony broke a joke?
The confusion is real...
I still have want to know what happened to his hand...
oh gods so Tony
He's so... So beat down and I start to feel sympathetic
And then I think
He is trying to turn his daughter more like him
Like into someone he can identify with
Or give advice about the world that will be relevant
Or like he thinks being as flattened as he is ... Is the only surviveable way to be and he wants the best for her and being totally emotionally beat down is the best he has to offer
Like maybe he wants her to learn her lesson before the world teaches it to her in a less surviveable way
You are so f'd up
Maybe I'm reading too much into two facial expressions and five words idk
Now remember, Donny and Tony are the same age...
So, the clue behind borrowing the blinker stone is that Annie can listen in while Tony is more 'at ease', conversing with Donnie alone?
i don't even know how to feel about the fact that tony is making jokes
I know other people have already identified the alcohol as Licor 43... but to me it bears striking resemblance to Jeanne's finery:
I'm so pumped that you added that he has no cups for guests, thus mug and glass.
... I just started liking him a little more. There's the young boy we saw in Donny's flashback - the one who could show emotions to the people he cared about. Bring him out, please, so Annie can see.
This is both rewarding and deeply insettling.
I don't even know if I want him to be likeable.
I'm taking that "Get that in the house" panel as a meme for things I want in my house, now.
Caught me off-guard again. I love how Tom signals what he is going to do pretty clearly, and then still managed to do something that astonishes me. This plot is continuing to thicken and swirl in a most rewarding way!
To what the chair now?
I'm a bit confused. Is this after the wonderful dinner party or before?
Feng shui like traditional feng shui, obsessive feng shui, conversational feng shui, hipster feng shui, or joked feng shui? That remains to be seen. Anyway, I am waiting for a montage of him placing the chair in all possible and impossible positions ^_^
Fits his character. But tbh I like the joke. :)
The little humanizing touches are blindsiding, but what sticks with me is Tony and Annie's shared inability to have different facial expressions despite obvious positive emotions. The forest has changed her-- does this scare Tony, or just bother him?
Man, I'm really bad at this.: You were ordered to stop, Tom.
Ahh, nothing like a cool refreshing glass of urine.
Wait, is Tony..........funny???
I thought this might happen. Mr. Carver has only ever been comfortable around Mr. Donlan. (see http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1011) Talking to him one on one is about the only way he could get him to open up.
GET THAT INTO MY HOUSE!!!!!!!
And Surma married this guy?
Ah yes, invisible label brandy, my favorite!
Didn't want to use a silly, distracting gag? that makes sense, it adds to the scene's rich colorful clarity.
THAT JERK LIKES THE COLOR RED OMG SO MANY FFEELS
But why? Why? Why Tony,why?
*Rimshot* You know what would really up the stakes at this moment? That Guy showing up. You know who. And Jones could lend her weight (density? mass?) for the Anthony antonyml.
I am sad. All this time I have yearned for Boxbot, and he was there, waiting. http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=438
He's decrepit! What the hell happened to him?
Was that actually a joke? Right now, it's not difficult to see Anthony ACTUALLY spending a week doing feng shui on a chair. Supposing he actually is into that sort of thing.
Anyone else notice that they're drinking 43?
Guys. Just not into home decorating!
Ok.. I'm really curious as to what kind of drink Mr. Roboto likes to drink....
I like how we learn so much about Tony with so little. We know he's fussy about how he likes to do things. We learn more about how much control he has to exert over his space. This might be part of why he seems so emotionless all the time. He's afraid of screwing things up.
Why does he act so cold towards Annie? Chances are that he has no idea he's supposed to do anything different. We know he cares for her (remember when he applied a splint for her after karate), and we know he's socially inept (when Donald went through those entire pages of exposition and telling Annie stories about him).
Maybe Annie seeing him in this light is what helps her take it less harshly and lets them both come to some kind of mutual understanding.
This is a great page.
I guess that's what it looks like when Tony is excited?
If it took him a week to feng shui a single chair, that must be why he didn't buy any more furniture. Wouldn't wanna mess with perfection.
Okay, who's operating the Tony robot puppet this evening? Because it's sure not the same...being who was operating it at the Donlans'.
This is getting weirder and weirder.
Don't get the, "Get that i my house" line.
oh my lord he's talking like a normal person
The way to a man's heart is through his... liver.
I thought the way he brought out the glasses was weird until I remembered that Tony only has one hand. Of course he would carry them together.
i think this is the humor he would try and make.
p.s. he's a robot
So...Tony is strange.
The last panel haunts my nightmares
his face is so strange??
So... his face. Is that from Zimmy ether-punching him?
Eglamore looks more and more strange with every new page.
WHAT the--?! Don't make me like this guy! These are the first funny things I've observed him to say, and now I almost think he's human!
"Get that in my house"
wow, that explains a lot of his time gone.
That is, if the author meant the zen I'm familiar with.
Is this the beginning of...a personality?! Only time will tell.
I love how old and tired Annie's dad looks
So I just realized: Tony is featured with the same expression constantly- he's not even shown opening his mouth to talk. This is the same way Jones is depicted, and, perhaps more significantly- it's how Annie acts when she's intentionally closing herself off. (Look at her behavior in some of the earlier chapters!)
Is his face stuck like that?
He's trying so hard.
I approve of this thoroughness.
Yes Tom, nice work.
I think Tony is the type to obsess over something as fluid as the location of an armchair and joking about that is neat deflection for him and a way of saying "don't move the chair, my world view needs that chair precisely there to stay stable".
However, I also think that one of the ways that Don Don acts as Tony's friend is to mess with his reality. Get him slightly drunk and then move the chair every time he is distracted...
Why doesn't he move his face? He's creeping me out
There is something wrong with that guy.
It took you..Feng Shui...
Well, whatever. Let´s Ninja this bottle.
Did something happen to him making him expressionless? He did have injuries right?