Chapter 49: Page 19

Pesky learning computers


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Oh this is to good

1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM

It's super effective!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM

I kinda curious to see where the robots would take this. Go learning robots, go!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM

CARVER CAN SHOOT FREAKING FIREBALLS! YES!! All the creepiness was worth learning that! GO CARVER!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM

...sorry, folks, but I've got to say it. Boy. That escalated quickly.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM

Things went from medium to red hot pretty quickly.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM

Those robots have access to an awful lot of Court technology. Etheric syphons, duck tape...

1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM

Anyone else getting an inFamouse vibe?

1 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM

I don't think Annie is in a mood to merely press buttons. Spot welding the seraphs to the deck seems more in keeping with her expression.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM

can't she still push the buttons in the ether? unless the syphons interfere with that.... also YEAH SHARPSHOOTER ANNIE

1 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM

CLONG'd /10

1 Sep 2014 | 12:04 AM

So much awesome in this page. Love the moodiness of the ship on the ocean. Love Annie firing a fireball. She looks so awesome with the hand outstretched! And then to finish up with the robots putting on hats to protect their off buttons calling back to the previous chapters. Just great! :)

1 Sep 2014 | 12:04 AM

Looks like they won't let Annie push their buttons this time. :3

1 Sep 2014 | 12:04 AM

Zimmy's name has been spoken in the comic for the first time. What will happen next?

1 Sep 2014 | 12:06 AM

So she can go through walls but not helmets?

1 Sep 2014 | 12:06 AM

She just blasted someone's head off with a fireball. Methinks your admittedly intelligent countermeasures won't work quite as well as you hope, friends.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 AM

Damn right, carver. Lookin badass in those two panels

1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 AM

How many different me's are there?!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 AM

One more, Jose.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 AM
Ebba Försteson

Oh my things are taking a turn for the worsse. Poor Carver

1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 AM

Robots: Smarter then the Empire

1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 AM

I'm in love with the way he is TAPING THE HARD HAT TO HIS HEAD. Also, nice to see Annie being such a badass in Zimmy's defense! They've had some rough interactions and they're a little prickly sometimes, but when one of them's in trouble, the other one's got her back. I really like that. Thanks for posting!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 AM

I dont think a helmet, especially plastic, can stop fire balls.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:15 AM

Pretty sure Annie's ethereal self can just phase through that helmet, though, right?

1 Sep 2014 | 12:17 AM

Well, darn, they've got heavy anti-finger armor equipped.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:17 AM

A.I.'s... graaah. Everybody is going Ultron lately...

1 Sep 2014 | 12:19 AM

Did Annie just assault a portion of the ship she's standing in, by performing magic in front of a captive audience of Gunnerkrigg students? I think somebody is in trouble, now.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:23 AM

Annie... you're a firebender...!?!? MY BODY IS NOT READY

1 Sep 2014 | 12:25 AM

DJ! Kick out the battle music!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 AM

Jeez is Carver blowing her cover as a mundane student or what.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:28 AM

What bothers me the most here is that they pre-emptively prepared counter-measures for Annie. That says nothing good.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:29 AM

I was wondering how long it would be before Carver showed up!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:31 AM

Wait...wait...wait...zimmy stands for project zeta. When was she a project,i thought she was born that way.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:32 AM

Uhm....guys? Those nifty orange hardhats didn't do Spike and Sparkplug much good in the original Transformers series. I *don't* think they're going to help you much against a fire elemental.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:32 AM
Urusai Neko

That's not going to help much against a fireball in the face! An appropriate response though! Rule #3 of Robotic Law: "A robot must protect it's own existence."

1 Sep 2014 | 12:34 AM
Dire Sloth

Curses, they're evolving! How can we possibly defeat them?! Also, I wish I could shoot fire from my hands. It'd be terribly useful in day-to-day life.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:36 AM

*snirk* Oh, what a bounty of laughs.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:37 AM

Holy shit things are getting heated

1 Sep 2014 | 12:40 AM

Get em Carver!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:43 AM

Countermeasures, eh?

1 Sep 2014 | 12:46 AM

Ooo! Annie! Finally some more Fire Elemental action!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:46 AM

Awesome pose, Annie!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:46 AM

Carver casts magic missile, rolls a natural 20.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:46 AM

Quick, cover the stop buttons!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:52 AM
walt. um.

Ducttape? Oh well, all is lost. Gotta say, I'm going to miss this webcomic, but I really can't see Annie and co. working this out when they're up to Silver Justice.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:56 AM

Robots who use duct tape? The end *must* be near!

1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 AM

Sweet! Are we gonna get a fight scene between Annie and the annoying robots?

1 Sep 2014 | 1:06 AM

Lindsey is a happily married woman thank you very much mister creeper ship!

1 Sep 2014 | 1:06 AM

It's on.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:07 AM

oooooh hardhats and tape. Good thing they're prepared for a fight!

1 Sep 2014 | 1:13 AM

Wellp, it's official, then - Annie has turned into a full-fledged superhero. She'll need a superhero name! Well, she's got red hair and uses fire-magic, so maybe Red Witch... oh wait.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:20 AM

Like the look on Carvers face, thinking back how sweet she has been for quite a while now. This seems like just the right reaction. Shows that being sweet does not always equal being naive. In my eyes, great piece.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:22 AM

It's over 9000!

1 Sep 2014 | 1:25 AM
Ud the Imp

Pity those hardhats ain't gonna against FIREBALLS!!! XD

1 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM

So, Annie now has the power to throw fire and not just make a campfire? Awesome! Now, she can kick butt with the power of pyrokinesis!

1 Sep 2014 | 1:36 AM

And Zimmy will perform on command, because all they have to do is grab Gamma. Also, did we already hear Zimmy referred to as Zeta before? I have no idea. Makes a lot of sense with Gamma all of a sudden. Surely they have other names then? *shrug*

1 Sep 2014 | 1:41 AM

Ohhh snap.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:46 AM


1 Sep 2014 | 1:50 AM

oh noes! how will the fireball slinging elemental stop you without being able to press a button.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:54 AM

Okay, I am not one to laugh at things like that, but I am forced to admit, that was good. One wonders what the melting point of those robots is... On a tangentially related thought, will Zimmy be less of a jerk because of this, or more? It could easily go either way. Also, nice to see Antimony having some bearing on the plot again, just when I was starting to think that she had been mostly phased out at this point too.

1 Sep 2014 | 2:02 AM

Those are some advanced counter-measures. The tape is a nice touch.

1 Sep 2014 | 2:02 AM

Hard hat area

1 Sep 2014 | 2:12 AM

This is one of the reasons I always have some duct tape in my backpack...

1 Sep 2014 | 2:12 AM


1 Sep 2014 | 2:15 AM

Can't she etherically push the button through their helmets anyway?

1 Sep 2014 | 2:18 AM


1 Sep 2014 | 2:23 AM

It's like the Poseidon Adventure. You know, if instead of the ship being upside down, it was a sentient computer trying to force a roboticist and an insane reality warper to turn it to flesh so it can court a giant crab monster while a half-human-half-elemental flings fire balls at its army of smaller robots that live inside it. That old chestnut.

1 Sep 2014 | 2:25 AM

No! Tape! My only weakness! How did they find out....

1 Sep 2014 | 2:32 AM

Hard hats and tape, the one weakness of fire!

1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 AM

Finally, we get to see just how much ass Annie can kick now that she's been properly trained in burninating.

1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 AM

i dont think that hardhat will work..

1 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM

Now she can't turn them off. Clever.

1 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM

O__O The countermeasures need electrical tape and hard hats...

1 Sep 2014 | 3:11 AM

Hah, silly robots, Annie can easily get past the helmets and still press the bu... wait, duct tape? Damn! NOTHING gets past duct tape!

1 Sep 2014 | 3:26 AM

Chuckin' out fireballs like a bamf.

1 Sep 2014 | 3:29 AM

Nooo! HAT technology! What has ether science DONE?!

1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 AM

somebody just ranked higher than Boxbot on "not liked by anybody" list

1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 AM

Annie is awesome, it warms my heart to see her defend Zimmy, and the hats are funny.

1 Sep 2014 | 3:42 AM

Isn't Annie out of court jurisdiction since she became the forest medium?

1 Sep 2014 | 3:42 AM

Will they be able to reason with the robots? I wonder...

1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 AM

I cast Magic Missile!

1 Sep 2014 | 3:46 AM

Sigh... we never had a ship cruise for year's exam.

1 Sep 2014 | 3:50 AM

I love how this is both seriously dramatic and hilariously silly at the same time. you'd think the comedy would take away from the gravity of the situation, but somehow, it does not.

1 Sep 2014 | 3:55 AM

Annie looks aaaaaawesome

1 Sep 2014 | 3:57 AM

I have to say, I LOVE Annie's kick-butt stance in the sixth panel.

1 Sep 2014 | 4:06 AM

Buttons? where we have been we don´t need buttons. There are more ways than one to shut off a robot.

1 Sep 2014 | 4:25 AM

I'm guessing Annie didn't bring any of the summoning sticks that Mr. Eglamore gave her, so her best bet is probably to "go ethereal" and warn Bud/Lindsey of what is happening on board. In the meantime, it will be the robots vs. the etherically gifted students of Cheswell and anyone else who will stand with them. Who knows what the etherically gifted can do with all that extra ether provided by the syphons (which I would call "siphons") running.

1 Sep 2014 | 4:26 AM

Silly robots, the ether doesn't care about something as simple as a hard hat!

1 Sep 2014 | 4:27 AM

Was wondering when the fact that they have a pyromancer on board was going to come into play. "we are trapped, surrounded and helpless!" "...except I can literally conjure fire with my mind"

1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 AM

But would helmets help against blinker stone presses?

1 Sep 2014 | 4:47 AM

Annie, what are you attacking for? :( Let the experiment go on!

1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 AM

So... all the 'bots start doing the Safety Dance next?

1 Sep 2014 | 5:19 AM

Annie looks like young Jean Grey. Which is appropriate, I guess, with the phoenix thing.

1 Sep 2014 | 5:20 AM

Fireball is always the right answer. Nice aim! Ysengrin would be proud!

1 Sep 2014 | 5:32 AM

Methinks Tom has been watching action movies.

1 Sep 2014 | 5:37 AM

Carver's face says "Lets get dangerous" and the robots say "We wont let you"

1 Sep 2014 | 5:38 AM
Little Lurker

I hate to break it to you robot guys, but I'm not sure how effective that will be when 1: We've already seen her go through things to accomplish stuff. 2: She's is now throwing fire balls!

1 Sep 2014 | 5:51 AM

You know, that fireball shooting thing could come in handy. Somehow, I don't think the Ship counted on dealing with Annie.

1 Sep 2014 | 5:53 AM

I find the idea of them wearing hardhats to protect themselves from her adorable.

1 Sep 2014 | 5:53 AM


1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 AM

How the hell were they able to establish all those grids without the Court knowing? And jeez, these robots are prepared even for Annie's fire? Have they been spying on everyone in the Court?

1 Sep 2014 | 6:06 AM

Oh snap!

1 Sep 2014 | 6:13 AM

Uh oh. Not only are they TRYING to get Zimmie to Zimmie out, but now they've neutralized Annie!! Who will save the day? WHO!? Hint: It's Kat. :)

1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 AM

Aha! Not only have the Seraphs learned from past encounters, they made extensive plans and avoided telling anyone! This is getting very interesting. Great writing and drawing, as always. Take care!

1 Sep 2014 | 6:19 AM

Silly robots... Annie will just torch their heads with no need to press any bttons this time.

1 Sep 2014 | 6:19 AM

Plus Annie's a lefty!!! (And not just her pitching hand:

1 Sep 2014 | 6:23 AM
Big Ben

Umm, guys I really don't think plastic hard hats are going to be an effective "counter measure" against a freaking fire elemental. Plus it's cool she defending Zimmy. And Annie is pissed, some interesting fire works are to be had (pun intended).

1 Sep 2014 | 6:29 AM

Someone has informed them you can still burn through those, right?

1 Sep 2014 | 6:29 AM
PInk Freud


1 Sep 2014 | 6:33 AM

Too awesome, Tom. Loved seeing Annie defend Zimmy like that! :D

1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 AM

Fireproof hardhats, huh? Where is Jack? I hope he's not wasting time doing the I-called-it dance.

1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 AM

Are there no parents or teachers on this ship? Did they literally just pile all the students onto a boat and say "have fun"?

1 Sep 2014 | 6:51 AM

Aww, the hardhats are adorable.

1 Sep 2014 | 6:52 AM

Enough with this bullshit. I want to see those bots smashed to hits, stat.

1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM
Anonymous Person

Her name is Zeta? This was probably mentioned before, but I don't remember.

1 Sep 2014 | 7:19 AM
Sir Dain

Duct Tape fixes all of the things!

1 Sep 2014 | 7:23 AM

Annie BREAKs robots so graciously it's a DANCE.

1 Sep 2014 | 7:26 AM

Yeah, the hardhats ain't gonna help you, boys. Not when Zimmy and Annie cut loose. Nobody touches Gamma, nobody threatens Annie's friends. This is gonna get BRUTAL.

1 Sep 2014 | 7:31 AM

Is it bad that Zimmy may be my second favourite character?

1 Sep 2014 | 7:33 AM

I can't explain why, but I'm really rooting for these little fellas. I want to see how evil an atrocity it'll take for me to stop thinking they're adorable. I reckon they'd have to slice Annie's head off before I even break my grin.

1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 AM

Fight, fight! Also: where is Lindsay? She has to see the siphons and know something's up.

1 Sep 2014 | 7:38 AM

Shit, they have hard hats!

1 Sep 2014 | 7:50 AM

Annie looks awesome. But it is gonna take a lot of fire and possibly some other things to turn this disaster around. Why the heck can't the Court use a normal yaht?

1 Sep 2014 | 7:54 AM
Unclever title

Oh SHIT! They ducktaped on hardhats! How will the heroes ever prevail now?

1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM

Terror alert level: Put on the helmet.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM

So much for a slow, character building, possibly romantic chapter. It's time to kick robot ass and siphon various forms of etheric energies. Well, if Kat has anything to say about it, though.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM

I suddenly feel like I'm watching Doctor Who.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 AM

Helmets? So what? Annie can just push the buttons through the ether...

1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM

Congratulations, bots. Carver is now deprived of the quick and harmless method of taking you down. Given her control over her fire, especially in making it affect some beings and not others, I'm pretty sure she can solve this by incinerating everything but organic stuff.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM

New favorite page (maybe.) I can't get enough of Badass Annie. (And the duct tape--oh my god. XD)

1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM

No. No countermeasures. Bad robots. Kat, kill them.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:29 AM

Yeah, I'm sure the hats are effective [sarcasm]. Go Carver!

1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 AM

Go Annie go Annie go Annie go!

1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 AM

We couldn't just have a normal night-out with the guys, could we? No no no. We have to fight a ship and his motley crew. I want my money back, dammit.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:44 AM

AW HEEEEEELLL NAW! Kick their rusty butts Annie!!

1 Sep 2014 | 8:44 AM

robot: I got a helmet you can not hurt me now and i even have tape on it so it cant come loose... Anit: a helmet you say... well then eat fire ball to your chest plate! fwoosh

1 Sep 2014 | 8:52 AM

I'm not sure she could go etheric with those syphons surrounding the ship, who knows how they'd respond? Hyland's def gonna make an "I TOLD YOU SO" reappearance and I think that extra knowledge Zimmy's whitelegs imparted upon him will come in handy. Meanwhile, one Annie vs innumerable robots doesn't sound like great odds. Hopefully Kat's Angel status will be enough to stall at least some of the seraphbots until someone can get the terminal dummies under control.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:53 AM

So much badass in a single page. Panel 1, gorgeous. Panel 3, Zimmy is awesome. Panel 5 and 6, perfect. Annie better watch it, though, they've broken out the duct tape.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:58 AM

So, if every student chips in to retaliate against the dummy terminals, maybe the robots will get so bogged down in counter-measures that they can no longer function.

1 Sep 2014 | 9:11 AM
Pangur Ban

Court robots . . . clueless as usual. Makes me wonder if the robots from Diego's time were smarter.

1 Sep 2014 | 9:20 AM
Jacob so badass.

1 Sep 2014 | 9:21 AM

Yahoo! Shake and bake! Lock and load! Rock 'em Sock 'em robots! Time for some payback! Go get 'em, Annie!

1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 AM

In case of emergency tape your helmet to your head.

1 Sep 2014 | 9:36 AM

Nothing like painters tape and hard hats to combat fire elementals.

1 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM
Grey Face

Tape on your hard hat and deploy countermeasures, 'cause this s*** just got real.

1 Sep 2014 | 9:48 AM

Is this Annie Carver or Annie Hastur (League of Legends)?

1 Sep 2014 | 9:58 AM

Ho snap!

1 Sep 2014 | 9:59 AM

uhoh, that's not mere duct tape, but Gaffer's tape, a whole other level of tape-y power. They Are Serious. And, I fear, the ship is able and willing to do more to get what he wants. The kids may be all kinds of peril, over and above becoming biomass for the ship's mad transmutation scheme (that's my guess re the reality warp)

1 Sep 2014 | 9:59 AM
MR skwid

the hats will protect them from carver's button skills. BUT SHE CAN SHOOT FIREBALLS.

1 Sep 2014 | 10:06 AM

Because you know I'm all about that Tape bout that Tape, no Trouble. (Also the boxbot not click reminds me.... Tom, when are we going to see beatbox Bot?)

1 Sep 2014 | 10:08 AM

Both horrifying and hilarious

1 Sep 2014 | 10:34 AM

I hope we still see some dancing: bip-dancing with a certain tooth

1 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM


1 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM

That is super cool of you, Annie.

1 Sep 2014 | 11:21 AM
Whirlwind Karz


1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 AM

Never forget the blue masking tape!

1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 AM

Does she ever blow the smoke off her index finger after doing that?

1 Sep 2014 | 11:42 AM

Xwan, you fool. you don't roll for magic missile! Besides, the robots are in range, it just looks like a fireball to me. Of course, next round she might switch to burning hands...

1 Sep 2014 | 11:43 AM
Random Reader

Somehow all I can think about is "how are Annie and Kat's classmates going to react after this is over?"

1 Sep 2014 | 11:44 AM

Today I learned that Annie's left handed. Also, having to wait until wednesday to see how this turns out is torture. Torture, I say!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM

Gamma, meet Zeta.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:50 PM
Cyber nerd

Hard hats... Really?

1 Sep 2014 | 12:50 PM

NOOO!!! That robot had a life you know! He had a family, a job... a job for an evil cruise ship, true... BUT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY PART!!!!

1 Sep 2014 | 12:53 PM

Hang on, robots going against the Angel? That's a first, I think. Also, I doubt capturing friends of Annie is a good idea. And I'm half expecting Zimmy to boost Carver's power. Only thing they need now is to get Lindsay here to save them from drowning after they put down the ship like a rabid dog.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:58 PM

Etheric Syphons - damn that Court tech available to Court tech. If I'm reading this correctly, the Seraphs have this plan: step a) done: so what is steps b)..? Alphabetic sequential suspense: Sesame Street approves.

1 Sep 2014 | 12:58 PM

Kat? That's your cue.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:03 PM

Annie is a badass, do not mess with her friends because she will burn you.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:19 PM

You go antimony!!!

1 Sep 2014 | 1:38 PM

Lol, taping the helmets :D

1 Sep 2014 | 1:38 PM

Ahshit, Carver's a Battlemage. Watch out.

1 Sep 2014 | 1:52 PM

The is a scuffle on the dance floor. Time to break dance fight!

1 Sep 2014 | 2:17 PM

...Wow. This is starting to get ridiculous. ...No, scratch that. This was ridiculous even before the ship wanted flesh.

1 Sep 2014 | 2:32 PM

Is duct tape immune to fire do you think? Feel like someone should have prepared for that...

1 Sep 2014 | 2:36 PM

Nice artwork on this page Tom, hell great storytelling too, but I love the look of this page.

1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 PM

Oh, so good.

1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 PM

Annie is super pretty and doing awesome with the fire!! =D

1 Sep 2014 | 4:05 PM

Red hair. Green costume. Fire. Hm...

1 Sep 2014 | 4:08 PM

cant she, like, pass through the helmets though

1 Sep 2014 | 4:21 PM

Fool them once, shame on the creator who made them with a clearly accessible off switch

1 Sep 2014 | 4:41 PM

Fire retardant foam, coming up; I just hope they don't wrap her in an asbestos blanket, that could give her mesothelioma down the road.

1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 PM

Those helmets are cute, you guys, but I doubt they'll be of much help. You're also being totally unreasonable; come back on Wednesdays, Kat'll be in business then.

1 Sep 2014 | 6:55 PM

@Gwelaine: Well, we've known for some time that in principle she *should* be able to do stuff like that. I'm just not sure we've seen her have such precise control before. @eddi: Do you know what the word "seraph" means, if translated literally? Let's just say it'll be ironic if the S-series robots get in a serious fight with a fire elemental.

1 Sep 2014 | 6:56 PM

Wait, what?

1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 PM

I don't understand

1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 PM


1 Sep 2014 | 7:38 PM

And she is doin' danceing with the robots

1 Sep 2014 | 7:40 PM

By fighting

1 Sep 2014 | 7:41 PM
Darth Thulhu

People better start poppin' and lockin' it, because Annie is now BREAKIN'!

1 Sep 2014 | 8:04 PM

omg the robots are so silly!

1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 PM

How to protect yourself from fireballs: 1. Put on hard hat 2. Duct-tape profusely 3. Enjoy.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 PM
Dorje Sylas

The painters tape will not save you, silly robots.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:21 PM

No one messes with her friends.

1 Sep 2014 | 8:31 PM

@Rainsinger... you take me back...

1 Sep 2014 | 8:42 PM