Chapter 50: Page 18

It's like... society, man.


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27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 AM

Whoa Tom. Annie's feet are really small in first panel.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 AM

So it's like public school already?

27 Feb 2015 | 12:02 AM

Yeah, that is kinda creepy.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:07 AM

Seed Bismuth turns out to be the seed of rebellion...

27 Feb 2015 | 12:09 AM

I'm still caught on the androgynous buck-toothed lizardfolk from Wales.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:13 AM

Has Annie always had such tiny feet??

27 Feb 2015 | 12:14 AM


27 Feb 2015 | 12:18 AM

Wow... there must be a few transgenders at the court. Gender switching like that is bound to cause some gender dysphoria; which is *incredibly* unpleasant.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:21 AM

I like moments like this as they remind you that, despite everything, Annie is still a human with normal human reactions.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:23 AM

Seems perfectly normal to me. Where else would students come from?

27 Feb 2015 | 12:34 AM

I love that Annie seems to go mostly everywhere in her sweatpant-capri-leggings and her all-purpose-blue-shirt. She looks so comfy and relaxed. Do any of these kids take classes anymore? Or have they perhaps set up independent study programs or practica with the school? On the other hand, Gunnerkrigg Court is different enough from other schools I've encountered (especially re. its administration!) that I could believe it that the kids had just stopped bothering to attend their classes and no one had noticed...or that no one had cared so long as they were still doing something productive (Annie is a medium, Kat is building robots, Paz is working with animals, etc).

27 Feb 2015 | 12:51 AM

Mindless children should be kept in vats. Wait - are there any other kind of children?

27 Feb 2015 | 1:04 AM

...So, does this mean society is secretly run by Welsh people? WARREN ELLIS WAS RIGHT.

27 Feb 2015 | 1:25 AM

Are they only mindless or are they soulless and well?

27 Feb 2015 | 1:28 AM

So that's it? No other reaction from the Cardiff lady? Okay.

27 Feb 2015 | 2:02 AM

Putting it that way won't help it.

27 Feb 2015 | 2:06 AM

A simple "yeah, same here" would've sufficed, Annie :P

27 Feb 2015 | 2:21 AM
pretty flacko

I blame that lady from Wales

27 Feb 2015 | 2:33 AM

"We were just in a room where they grow mindless children in metal vats.." Oh god, it's highschool all over again!

27 Feb 2015 | 3:35 AM
Stray comment

Stick it to the man tom... Stick it to the man.. Lol

27 Feb 2015 | 3:50 AM

Ooh! She's sassy today.

27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 AM

There is much controversy over test tube children. Smitty, Annie, you two are perfectly sane. You have no reason to be happy about this. ... Annie, there is a reason we have shoes, so wear some!

27 Feb 2015 | 4:25 AM

There is much controversy over test tube children. Smitty, Annie, you two are perfectly sane. You have no reason to be happy about this. ... Annie, there is a reason we have shoes, so wear some!

27 Feb 2015 | 4:25 AM

That's heavy man

27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM

Is it bad that I think Annie and Andrew would make a cute couple?

27 Feb 2015 | 4:38 AM

And no answers were found on that day. Honestly, at this point I'm surprised that I'm surprised.

27 Feb 2015 | 4:48 AM
Scar Man!!!

Nonsense. I think it's awesome. So close-minded.

27 Feb 2015 | 4:49 AM

And here I was just marvelling at the astonishing possibilities of the Court's technology... I feel kinda bad now.

27 Feb 2015 | 5:16 AM

Tom Siddell laying the smackdown on public education

27 Feb 2015 | 5:17 AM

You should be MORE than creeped out, a**h**es. You SHOULD be ENRAGED that animals are being turned into different genders against their will for no reason, which YOU just helped with!

27 Feb 2015 | 5:18 AM

Oh no, I hope it's not Smitty x Annie! :( Don't do this to Parley!!

27 Feb 2015 | 5:27 AM

I love how Annie's barefoot this whole time. I also love her toes, they're so cute! Also, your comment would have made me spew out my coffee if I had any. Remember to read it in your best stoner voice.

27 Feb 2015 | 5:46 AM

This chapter conclusion can't happen any faster, though I can't wait to see the new character. Hopefully no love interests come about from that, it would just be weird.

27 Feb 2015 | 5:56 AM

is this the first time she has gone barefoot in the streets of the court?

27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM

Is it sad that this is still more tolerable and less creepy than what's going on in real life?

27 Feb 2015 | 6:59 AM
Kelly Dee

Is it weird that reading this all I could think is that I totally own those same capris?

27 Feb 2015 | 7:06 AM

I've clearly been reading way too much science fiction and fantasy. I wasn't nearly that disturbed. XD Still, I can't blame their reaction.

27 Feb 2015 | 7:11 AM

Society. Or High School. Whichever.

27 Feb 2015 | 7:13 AM
Stampers Saverem

Not to mention the arbitrary sex change.....

27 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM

It's not so bad for vat-grown children with no minds. They can always hang out on web comic forums and complain about politics.

27 Feb 2015 | 7:29 AM

Personally I'm just bummed that we didn't get to see Zhe/Zhay/Zho's magical incantation ritual.

27 Feb 2015 | 7:47 AM

Yeah, I'd need therapy too.

27 Feb 2015 | 8:29 AM

I had a dream... in which someone had made an ASCII art Boxbot. That is all.

27 Feb 2015 | 8:33 AM

Um... we don't need no thought control?

27 Feb 2015 | 8:53 AM

What if Antimony fell for Smitty? Wouldn't that be something?

27 Feb 2015 | 9:04 AM

Same, buddy. Same.

27 Feb 2015 | 9:12 AM

We have canned butchered animal parts for sale in the supermarkets, also in various other forms. If anything, this is saner than what most of us (societally) mistake for "normal".

27 Feb 2015 | 9:45 AM

Yup. That about sums it up. Mindless children are always creepy, regardless of whether they're grown in metal vats or public schools.

27 Feb 2015 | 9:48 AM
actual vat child

vat children represent

27 Feb 2015 | 9:49 AM
Jude P.

Sounds a lot like high school if you ask me.

27 Feb 2015 | 10:31 AM

They explained about the male students and female students.... but what about the mayonnaise students? Surf Wisely.

27 Feb 2015 | 10:39 AM

Poor Annie must have cold tootsies! I wanna give her some socks.

27 Feb 2015 | 11:19 AM

Tom, you probably get told this all the time, but you're awfully pretty. (Just watched the Kickstarter video.)

27 Feb 2015 | 11:44 AM

well, im from a metal vat

27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 PM

You cant fool me tom!!!

27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 PM

Sometimes, fear is the appropriate response.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:46 PM

@soukip- they're currently on summer break, hence the rather informal dress. I am, however, a little surprised at how clean Annie's feet seem to be, considering everywhere she's been. (See previous end-of-summer chapters for contrast.) Oh, and yeah, under the circumstances, I think a certain amount of "eww" is definitely justified. You're not the weirdo here, Smitty.

27 Feb 2015 | 12:53 PM

I was going to opine that the transition between species would be a much bigger deal than the one between genders, and that they shouldn't get much gender dysphoria due to their new body matching their new neuroanatomy. Then I considered that this is a fictional setting in which mind/body dualism is an observable fact, so the animals may still have some issues. Regardless, they are choosing to do it, so it can't be as bad as some people are saying.

27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 PM

Ripping the souls out of forest animas and shoving them in genetically engineered and artifically aged human bodies: totally okay Changing their sex: OMIGOSH NOUU HOW COULD YOU A couple commenters here have some freakish weird attachment to gender, but really it's a minor issue. Maybe the court's less patriarchal because they have people/creatures who've experienced both sides of the divide, who knows?

27 Feb 2015 | 1:42 PM

Is it me or do smitty and annie seem a little out of proportion?

27 Feb 2015 | 1:46 PM

eeehhhhhh... It's only weird if they weren't going to be filled with souls. Growing vegetable people is creepy.

27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 PM

@Anonymous Funny you should mention that. Andrew's growth has lessened the dominance of his mighty eyebrows and I saw a similarity with a younger Jack. And then there was the awkward silence... The Mediums together. It could make for a story alright. I mean, Parley is becoming a fearsome warrior and all...

27 Feb 2015 | 2:40 PM

Red has an awkward conversation headed her way.

27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 PM

Whenever they walk through the court it always looks deserted.

27 Feb 2015 | 3:08 PM

I think I'd be more concerned for you guys if you weren't unsettled by it.

27 Feb 2015 | 3:34 PM

Tom, I love your artwork. I'm a little annoyed that nearly every day, someone makes some comment on the artwork that's somewhat of a complaint, like "oh this is too small or too strange or too...whatever". It's big of you to let those comments through.

27 Feb 2015 | 4:21 PM

Everyone remember Alistair Kershaw? The boy whose parents passed a test and made him turn into a bird? I have a feeling we're going to see him soon.

27 Feb 2015 | 5:16 PM

Everyone always seems to forget that the kids are totally wiped of all their memory. Then they drone on and on about "bu-bu-bu muh dysphoria"

27 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM
To Be Fair...

Everything the court does is super creepy. The whole basis for the school is creepy.

27 Feb 2015 | 6:48 PM

@toxbob gender variant and transgender people have hearts, sexuality and sexes also. Not sure where you got the idea that what is weird to you is unacceptable, or not actually totally everyday to others of us. Welcome to the world, thank god it is populated only of clones of yourself.

27 Feb 2015 | 7:46 PM

nooooooooo I need to know why that person from cardiff was so weird looking!

27 Feb 2015 | 8:30 PM

Annie, you're going to get ringworm walking around like that

27 Feb 2015 | 8:32 PM
Urusai Neko

Just another brick in the wall!

27 Feb 2015 | 9:34 PM

"I'd share your apprehension, but I spend all my time hanging around with a dog who turns into nothing but teeth and eyes repeating forever."

28 Feb 2015 | 12:40 AM

Man, I hated primary school too.

28 Feb 2015 | 2:06 AM

Proper, "You SHOULD be ENRAGED that animals are being turned into different genders against their will for no reason, which YOU just helped with!" It isn't against their will. They know fully that they will be forced to change sex (their gender presumably remains the same, it is their biological sex that is changing), they CHOOSE to make the change anyway.

28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 AM