Gunnerkrigg Court

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Gunnerkrigg Court
The front cover of Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation, published by Archaia Studios Press
The front cover of Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation
Author(s) Tom Siddell
Website http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/
Current status / schedule Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Launch date 4 April 2005
Genre(s) Science fiction, fantasy

Gunnerkrigg Court is a science-fantasy webcomic created by Tom Siddell and launched in April 2005. It is updated online three days a week, and the first volume of the comic was published in print format by Archaia Studios Press and Titan Books (in the UK and Ireland). The comic has been critically acclaimed and has won numerous Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards, as well as receiving positive reviews for its artwork and storytelling.

The comic tells the story of Antimony Carver, a young girl who has just started attending a strange and mysterious school called Gunnerkrigg Court, and the events that unfold around her as she becomes embroiled in political intrigues between Gunnerkrigg Court and the inhabitants of the Gillitie Wood, a forest outside the school. The comic's style and themes include elements from science, fantasy creatures, mythology from a variety of traditions, and alchemical symbols and theories; the literary style is heavily influenced by mystery and manga comics.

Production[edit]

Gunnerkrigg Court was first posted online on 4 April 2005,[1] and was originally updated two days per week. The comic began updating three days per week on 25 December 2006.[# 1] The end of the seventh chapter in May 2006 marked the end of the "first book,"[notes 1] which Siddell published through Lulu.com in 2007;[2][3] that book is no longer in print.[4] In August 2008, Tom Siddell explained that the comic had a standard "comic book format" which was useful when he had sufficient pages to print a hard copy.[2][5] The first fourteen chapters of the webcomic were printed as the first Archaia Studios Press edition[2][5] of 296 pages bound in a hardcover collection titled "Orientation".[6] In 2012 he announced that he had quit his regular job to work on the comic full-time.[7] In addition to books and merchandising the comic is supported through crowdfunding by Patreon since July 2014.[8]

Format[edit]

The Gunnerkrigg Court webcomic is told in a series of episodic chapters such that each, while forming part of the overall storyline, also functions individually as a stand-alone plot arc.[9] The themes and topics of the chapters vary widely: as one reviewer describes, "You are also not subjected to 400-plus pages of intricate plot movement. While there is an overall story arc, there are also lighter chapters that focus on unusual classes ... or small moments that build the main characters."[10] Each chapter begins with a title page and ends with one or more "bonus pages," which are not integral to the main storyline but often offer ancillary details about the world of Gunnerkrigg Court or about minor characters.[10] The chapters have varied in length from nine pages to over forty. Each page is drawn in traditional (A4; 210 × 297 mm) page format[11] and divided arbitrarily into frames.[notes 2] At the bottom of the most recent page is a link to a comments thread for that page, in which readers may comment on and discuss that day's comic.

Influences[edit]

Siddell has stated that he enjoyed reading Alfred Hitchcock & The Three Investigators as a child, and that it has heavily influenced the literary style of his comic.[12] His artistic style is influenced by many artists, among which he cites as his favorites Jamie Hewlett, Yukito Kishiro, and Mike Mignola,[12] as well as the manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Dragon Ball.[13]

One notable feature of the comic is the blending of mythological elements from many different cultural traditions, especially from the British Isles and Native American mythology.[notes 3] Siddell attributes this style to his experience as a child: "I moved about a lot when I was younger and had the opportunity to grow up hearing stories from different parts of the world and I've always been fascinated by them."[14] In addition to mythology, Siddell makes heavy use of alchemical themes; for example, the main character is named Antimony, after a toxic chemical element,[15] and many pages feature artistic depictions of alchemical symbols.[notes 4] The symbol for antimony appears frequently in Gunnerkrigg Court: the character Antimony wears a necklace shaped like that symbol,[# 2] the character Reynardine has the symbol imprinted on his wolf body, and the symbol is used to mark the end of a chapter.

The artwork of Gunnerkrigg Court has been described as "stylized," with simple character designs.[16] At least one reviewer, on the other hand, has noticed that the backgrounds, in contrast to the characters, are often very elaborate.[17] The comic has also been described as having a "rich" look in spite of its limited color palette,[18] and Siddell himself has stated that he first developed the idea for the comic using only a limited number of colors.[2] The pieces of artwork that Siddell has posted at the end of each printed book, entitled "Treatise"[# 3] and "Second Treatise,"[# 4] demonstrate many such of Siddell's artistic and storytelling motifs: they integrate alchemical symbols, mythological figures, nature, and technology.

Synopsis[edit]

"Second Treatise," an image by Tom Siddell that shows the characters Antimony and Kat and exemplifies Siddell's artistic styles and narrative motifs.

Setting[edit]

Gunnerkrigg Court is set in a boarding school in a country that resembles the United Kingdom, identifiable from the grey skies and mandatory uniforms.[# 5] The comic contains other clues about the setting, such as the house system that is described at the end of the first chapter. This system is similar to that used by many UK schools, including the one the author attended;[19] Siddell has even stated that the school in which Gunnerkrigg Court takes place is modeled after his own secondary school.[20]

Gunnerkrigg Court, the fictional school around which the story revolves, is a mysterious and vast establishment that many characters suspect hides much more than just a school.[21][notes 5] The school appears to actively recruit many talented or extraordinary students.[notes 6] As the story progresses, it is soon revealed that the school is inhabited by a wide variety of both supernatural creatures—many of which become characters involved in the story's plot—and ultra-modern technology.[22] One character explains that "the Court was founded on a union between technological and etheric design."[# 6] Another describes it as "man's endeavor to become god."[# 7]

The court is built on the edge of a wide chasm, on the other side of which lies the Gillitie Wood, which is inhabited by "etheric" or magical creatures. At the time when the main story takes place, the two sides exist in a kind of truce, with the Court as the realm of science and technology and the Wood the realm of nature and the etheric.[23][# 8][# 9] The denizens of the Gillitie Wood do not allow technology in the Wood,[# 10] and the rules of the Court forbid students from leaving school grounds.[# 11]

Plot[edit]

The story of Gunnerkrigg Court involves several different ongoing plot arcs.[4] The main story is that of the protagonist, Antimony Carver, and her deepening involvement in the intrigues between Gunnerkrigg Court and the Gillitie Wood, the forest outside Gunnerkrigg Court; she is accompanied throughout the storyline by her friend and classmate Katerina Donlan and her companion Reynardine, a demon living within her stuffed animal. As the story progresses, Antimony and her companions also slowly learn more about their surroundings, the relationship between Gunnerkrigg Court and the Gillitie Wood, and the beings they encounter.

The story begins when Antimony builds a robot to transport a mysterious shadow into Gillitie Wood, the forest outside Gunnerkrigg Court.[# 11] Several chapters later in the comic, and apparently several months later in the story's timeline, the robot reappears on the bridge outside Gunnerkrigg Court;[# 12] being controlled by a malevolent creature from Gillitie Wood, it pushes Antimony off the bridge when she goes out to it. Antimony spends a night at the banks of the river below the bridge, and encounters a ghost,[# 13] before she is rescued by Kat and taken back to the school. Her brief time outside Gunnerkrigg Court, though, sets off a dispute between Gunnerkrigg Court and the Gillitie Wood. Not long after Antimony's return, the Court is visited by Coyote, a god from the Gillitie Wood, and General Ysengrin, the being who caused the robot to attack Antimony at the bridge. They express anger over the robot's visit to the forest, and over the damage Antimony caused when she left the Court.[# 14][# 15]

During the time that the robot is gone, Antimony meets a creature named Reynardine, who tries to take over her body but, by accident, instead becomes trapped in the body of a stuffed animal she carries;[# 16] and becomes subject to her command.[# 17] Because of her relationship with Reynardine and the events with Coyote and Ysengrin, Antimony is nominated to begin training to become a medium, one of the individuals who moderate disputes between the Wood and the Court and communicates with etheric beings,[# 18] and she decides to return to the woods to speak with Coyote. When Antimony visits Coyote, she learns that in the past Coyote had travelled across the sea to find Reynardine and Ysengrin[# 19] and make them into "powerful being[s]" like himself.[# 20] He had given Ysengrin "power over the trees"[# 21] and given Reynardine the power to take bodies,[# 22] but bodies that Reynardine took always died after he left them[# 23] and Ysengrin was hardly strong enough to stand without the help of Coyote's tree armor.[# 24] Reynardine had been in love with Antimony's mother, Surma,[# 25] and had used his power to steal a young man's body and woo Surma; the man died, however, and Reynardine was imprisoned in Gunnerkrigg Court until the events surrounding his first meeting with Antimony.[# 26]

In addition to this plotline, the story includes several additional plot arcs interspersed with the main story.[10] One concerns two girls from the Court, Zimmy and Gamma, who communicate with one another telepathically. Zimmy sees hallucinations of monsters which her etheric abilities turn into reality,[# 27] which she relies on Gamma to dispel.[# 28] In one chapter, Antimony[# 29] and another student, Jack,[# 30] also become trapped briefly in Zimmy's hallucinatory world, and escape after they "find" Gamma there.[# 31] Another storyline revolves around Kat's attempts to repair Antimony's robot (which had been temporarily taken control of when it pushed her off the bridge), during which time they discover a set of highly complex robots[# 32] that Antimony speculates are related in some way to the ghost she encountered at the river.[# 33]

Main characters[edit]

Antimony "Annie" Carver The protagonist of Gunnerkrigg Court, she came to the school after her mother's death. Has a way with the "etheric" or magical beings that inhabit the Court and the Gillitie wood.[# 34] She is able to see and communicate with the "guides,"[# 35] spirits that lead humans into the afterlife.[# 36] Acts as a medium between Gillitie Wood and the Court.[# 37]
Katerina "Kat" Donlan Antimony's closest friend. Daughter of two teachers at the Court, Mr. and Mrs. Donlan.[# 38] Whereas Antimony has close contacts with the supernatural, Kat is gifted in the formal sciences. The robots in the Court regard her as an angel. Kat is in a relationship with female fellow student Paz.
Reynardine (Or interchangeably, Renard) A demon that can take others' bodies,[# 39] he is now trapped in the body of Antimony's doll and is subject to her command.[# 17] In addition to inhabiting Antimony's doll, he may also take the form of a white wolf.[# 40] He is very protective of Antimony,[# 41] which one character claims is because Reynardine had once been in love with Antimony's mother.[# 25] Reynardine is a former companion of Coyote's, but has been confined to Gunnerkrigg Court because he killed a young man in the past.[# 42][# 43]
Sir James 'Jimmy Jims' Eglamore The instructor for physical education classes, [# 44] and protector of the Court. [# 45] He shares his name with a dragonslaying knight from a Northumbrian folk song,[24] and some characters have referred to him as a "dragon slayer", [# 46][# 47] He also was in the same class at the court as Annie and Kat's parents.
Zeta "Zimmy" A student at the Court. Zimmy claims that she never sleeps.[# 48] She frequently travels to a dreamlike world recreated from scenes in her past, and sometimes other characters accidentally end up there as well. She has fangs and a black, smokelike substance obscuring her eyes, and the rain seems to have calming effects on her, along with revealing for a short time that her eyes are red. [# 27]
Gamma Zimmy's friend. Gamma is able to calm Zimmy when she is seeing things or in the dream-world (as is Antimony, to a lesser extent).[# 49] She and Zimmy share a telepathic link. Speaks only Polish, and communicates with others by allowing Zimmy to translate for her.[# 50]
Shadow 2 A second shadow that began to follow Antimony when she first came to the Court. Kat and Annie have taught him how to speak English.[# 51] In recent chapters Shadow 2 has become 3-dimensional, but retains all of his shape shifting abilities.
Robot An anthropomorphic robot Antimony built. He is a model S13, with S standing for "Seraph" in the comic.[# 52] His original body, though simple in appearance, was of a highly complex design;[# 32] he was later destroyed by Mr. Eglamore. Replacement bodies have included a robotic mouse.[# 53] He is seemingly in some sort of relationship with Shadow 2.
General Ysengrin A creature who lives in the Gillitie Wood. He is a wolf, but was given a 'suit' of roots and boughs by Coyote, covering his body up to the neck, usually in a humanoid shape, though he can alter it at will through his power over the trees of the forest.[# 54] He appears to only leave it to eat.[# 55]
Coyote A god who lives in the wood. He is also known as the Trickster,[# 56] although Jones claims that he never lies ("and therein lies the danger").
Jones The instructor in charge of training mediums. Some characters think she is romantically involved with Mr. Eglamore.[# 57] She is incredibly strong, sinks like a rock when she is in water and does not seem to show any emotion, leading some to believe she is a robot, although she denied it when asked. Coyote calls her "wandering eye" when he encounters her, and accuses her of "stealing" the name Jones, implying also that she has done this before with other names -- something Jones does not deny. It was recently revealed she has existed since the formation of the planet.[# 58]

Recurring Characters[edit]

Surma:

Annie's mother. She dies right before the beginning of the story. She, like Annie was descended from a line of fire elementals. She was the court's medium before she died.

Anya and Donald Donlan:

Kat's parents. They were friends with Surma. Anya is technologically inclined and along with Donald builds a restraining system for Reynardine.

Parley and Smitty:

They are two candidates for the next medium. Parley has several psychic powers, and her dad was a psychic before her. Her dad predicted the details of her birth, and was right about everything but her gender. Hence, her first name is George. She is also a skilled swordsman. Smitty is one year younger than Parley and has the ability to distort probability.His full name is Andrew Smith. He is in love with Parley, and they are dating.

Winsbury and Janet:

Winsbury is a sarcastic kid and somewhat a bully. He loves Janet. Janet is the headmaster's grandchild. They are in the same class as Annie and Kat.

Reception[edit]

In addition to being officially recognized at the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards, Gunnerkrigg Court has been critically acclaimed in a number of online reviews, and has a large readership and an active forum.[25] Author Tom Siddell has been interviewed about his work numerous times, mostly by non-mainstream online magazines such as ComixTalk. Kevin Powers of the Comics Bulletin and Graphic Smash listed Gunnerkrigg Court as one of the series he "respect[s],"[26] and ComixTalk (then called Comixpedia) listed Siddell as one of the twenty-five "People of Webcomics" in 2006.[27]

The comic has received praise for its artwork and use of color,[18] dark mood, slowly revealed mysteries, and pacing.[10][28] Al Schroeder of ComixTalk has called Gunnerkrigg Court's setting "marvelous" and "unique," and said the comic is "delightfully fun" in spite of its moody backdrop.[12] Some reviewers, on the other hand, have criticized it, calling it "depress[ing]"[29] and "dreary,"[30] noting that many details of the story and characters are not revealed,[29] and pointing out the fact that none of the characters seem to be surprised or impressed by the strangeness of the world in which the comic takes place;[31] others see this feature of the comic as a plus, explaining that "Annie's world is a place where it's given that anything—truly anything—can happen."[14]

In 2006, science fiction author Neil Gaiman praised Gunnerkrigg Court in his blog,[32] which brought the comic to the attention of many more readers.[33]

Awards[edit]

Gunnerkrigg Court has been nominated for and has won a number of Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards,[34] shown in the table below. When the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards were discontinued in 2008 and replaced by The Webcomic List Awards (run by The Webcomic List Community) in 2009,[35][36] it won several of those as well. It was also nominated in 2006 for a Clickie award in the "International Clickie" category at Stripdagen Haarlem, a webcomics festival in the Netherlands.[37][38] Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation won a 2008 gold book of the year award from ForeWord magazine in their graphic novel category.[39] Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation was nominated for a 2009 Cybils Award in the graphic novel category.[40] Gunnerkrigg Court was nominated for the 2014 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work.[41]

Gunnerkrigg Court at the
Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards and The Webcomic List Awards (TWCL)
Wins Nominations
2006
  • Outstanding Newcomer
  • Outstanding Use of Color
  • Outstanding Long Form Comic
  • Outstanding Story Concept
2007
  • Outstanding Environment Design
    (tie with Inverloch)
  • Outstanding Comic
  • Outstanding Long Form Comic
  • Outstanding Fantasy Comic
2008
  • Outstanding Dramatic Comic
  • Outstanding Writer
  • Outstanding Long Form Comic
  • Outstanding Layout
  • Outstanding Use of Color
  • Outstanding Character Rendering
  • Outstanding Environment Design
2009
  • Best Colour Art[45]

Books[edit]

Side comics[edit]

  • Siddell, Tom (2013). Annie In The Forest Part One. Beyond The Walls. Robot Voice Comics. 
  • Siddell, Tom (2013). Annie In The Forest Part Two. Beyond The Walls. Robot Voice Comics. 

Notes[edit]

Explanatory footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See the author's comment on Chapter 7, Page 23, in which he identifies that chapter at the end of the first book. Bonus Page 7, the last page in that chapter, was posted on 22 May 2006.
  2. ^ See, for example, Chapter 19, Page 14 and Chapter 6, Page 5 for examples of different styles.
  3. ^ The comic contains characters such as the Black Dog and the Mallt-y-Nos of Welsh mythology, for example, as well as Muut (from Cahuilla) and Coyote (a legend shared by many Native American cultures). There are also characters based on Old French folklore, such as Reynard and Ysengrin.
  4. ^ See, for example, Chapter 5, Page 12.
  5. ^ See Chapter 8, Page 27 (Antimony: "This isn't just a school, is it?") and Chapter 19, Page 8 of Gunnerkrigg Court.
  6. ^ The characters Zimmy and Gamma, for example, were approached before the opening of the main story by mysterious men who offered to take them to the school. See Siddell, Tom. Chapter 11, Page 11. Gunnerkrigg Court.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gunnerkrigg Court archive.
  2. ^ a b c d Tramountanas, George A. (7 August 2008). "Gunnerkrigg Court: The 'Harriet Potter' of Webcomics". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Payton, Ross (8 February 2008). "School's In!". Broken Frontier. Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Alpha Rant#292: Gunnerkrigg Court review". Alpha Shade. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b Anthony, P. Ryan (8 August 2008). "Gunnerkrigg Court Webcomic Goes Unplugged". Earth's Mightiest. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "GUNNERKRIGG COURT". Archaia. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Siddell, Tom (19 March 2012). "A message from Tom". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Siddell, Tom (6 July 2014). "Tom Siddell is creating Comics". Patreon. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alpha Rant#292: Gunnerkrigg Court review". Alpha Shade. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. [dead link]
    "Each of the chapters individually is sort of a self-contained thing, so if you were to just read one of them it wouldn't be like you had no idea what was going on."
  10. ^ a b c d Cardno, Anthony R. (8 August 2008). "Where Wolf? There Wolf...". ComicFencing.com. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  11. ^ Davies, Will (14 August 2008). "All Star Demon Tea Party". Fourth Panel Estate. Septagon Studios. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
    Siddell: "All my pages are made in traditional page format form the start..." (p. 15).
  12. ^ a b c Schroeder, Al (December 2006). "An Interview with Tom Siddell, Creator of Gunnerkrigg Court". Comixtalk. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  13. ^ Burke, Jiffy (11 February 2008). "Holding Court with the Fantastic and the Mythological". Sequential Tart. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  14. ^ a b Sunu, Steve; Kate Napolitano (18 August 2008). "Webcomics of the Week: Gunnerkrigg Court". WizardUniverse.com. Retrieved 10 September 2008. [dead link]
  15. ^ Woodruff, Delos. "Gunnerkrigg Court". ComicFencing.com. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
    Woodruff: "Please note that there is an element named the same as the lead character Antimony. It is metal deathly toxic (like arsenic) and one of its poisoning symptoms is depression. The alchemical symbol for Antimony looks like an upside down version of the symbol for female, as well. There is more, but I’m pretty convinced that the name of the main character was no accident". (p. 12).
  16. ^ "Alpha Rant#292: Gunnerkrigg Court review". Alpha Shade. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. [dead link]
    "What he did was make an intentional choice to make his characters very cartoony."
  17. ^ "Alpha Rant#292: Gunnerkrigg Court review". Alpha Shade. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. [dead link]
    "His characters are really simple, and some of his backgrounds are really complicated."
  18. ^ a b "Alpha Rant#292: Gunnerkrigg Court review". Alpha Shade. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. [dead link]
    "I love his use of color, too, in particular, because he never has more than like ten colors on the average page, but it looks really really rich."
  19. ^ Schroeder, Al (December 2006). "An Interview with Tom Siddell, Creator of Gunnerkrigg Court". Comixtalk. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
    Siddell: "I used to be in Queslett North, the same class Carver is in, and the other House names at the Court are the same as they were in my old school" (p. 6).
  20. ^ Davies, Will (14 August 2008). "All Star Demon Tea Party". Fourth Panel Estate. Septagon Studios. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
    Siddell: "The school side of the Court is very much based on my Secondary school, right down to the names of the houses and various other aspects" (p. 11).
  21. ^ Cruz, Larry (10 January 2008). "The Webcomic Overlook #25: Gunnerkrigg Court". http://webcomicoverlook.wordpress.com The Webcomic Overlook]. Retrieved 10 September 2008. "The Gunnerkrigg Court complex, it turns out, resembles a giant factory. It houses more than just a school. Take a wrong turn, for example, and you may find yourself in a world populated by robots." 
  22. ^ Tramountanas, George A. (7 August 2008). "Gunnerkrigg Court: The 'Harriet Potter' of Webcomics". CBR News. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
    Tramountanas: "This place of higher learning has robots that run around alongside body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature."
  23. ^ Cruz, Larry (10 January 2008). "The Webcomic Overlook #25: Gunnerkrigg Court". The Webcomic Overlook. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
    "The technological world of Gunnerkrigg Court and the mystical world of Gillitie Woods co-exist uneasily."
  24. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 1, p 209, Dover Publications, New York 1965
  25. ^ Davies, Will (14 August 2008). "All Star Demon Tea Party". Fourth Panel Estate. Septagon Studios. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
    Davies: "It's certainly performing well here and plot speculation is rife on the Gunnerkrigg forums proving the maxim of which the Big Two survive: the most important thing is that people talk."
  26. ^ Powers, Kevin (8 November 2007). "Lien, Howe return to Graphic Smash with "Gun Street Girl Presents"". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved 22 October 2008. [dead link]
  27. ^ "Comixpedia's People of Webcomics List for 2006". ComixTalk. December 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  28. ^ Cruz, Larry (10 January 2008). "The Webcomic Overlook #25: Gunnerkrigg Court". The Webcomic Overlook. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  29. ^ a b Woodruff, Delos. "Gunnerkrigg Court". ComicFencing.com. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  30. ^ "Court is adjourned, finally…". ComicFencing.com. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  31. ^ "Court is adjourned, finally…". ComicFencing.com. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
    "Antimony takes [her acquisition of a second shadow] in stride and helps the shadow out. Excuse me? Fiction or no, isn’t that just a bit of a stretch to expect people to swallow?"
  32. ^ Gaiman, Neil (11 June 2006). "Sunday tabs etc...". Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
    Gaiman: "I got to read what's out there so far of Gunnerkrigg Court, a really enjoyable webcomic.... Lots of different flavours in there -- it's a semi-gothic funny-sweet school story with mysteries and robots and so forth.... Nice stuff."
  33. ^ Davies, Will (14 August 2008). "All Star Demon Tea Party". Fourth Panel Estate. Septagon Studios. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  34. ^ "WCCA Awards". Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  35. ^ Knörzer, Oliver (7 February 2010). "Gunnerkrigg Court and The Webcomic List Awards 2009". Sandra and Woo. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  36. ^ Wood, Wendy (1 November 2009). "The Webcomic List Awards 2009". Retrieved 4 April 2010. [dead link]
  37. ^ "International Clickie nominees: Allison, E-Merl, Gurewitch, Mudron and Siddell". ComixTalk.com. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  38. ^ Mirck, Jeroen Mirck (2 May 2006). "Nominaties Clickies 2006 bekend". Comicbase.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  39. ^ "ForeWord Magazine :: Reviews of Good Books, Independently Published". ForeWord. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  40. ^ "Cybils: 2009 Finalists Graphic Novels". Cybils Awards. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  41. ^ "2014 Final Ballot". The Harvey Awards. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  42. ^ "Best Comic". The Webcomic List Awards. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  43. ^ "Best Long Form Comic". The Webcomic List Awards. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  44. ^ "Best Writing". The Webcomic List Awards. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  45. ^ "Best Colour Art". The Webcomic List Awards. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

Story notes[edit]

  1. ^ Siddell, Tom (21 December 2006). "Author's Note, Chapter 10 Bonus Page". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Siddell, Tom (4 August 2005). "Chapter 3, Page 5". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Siddell, Tom (25 May 2006). "Treatise". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Siddell, Tom (12 September 2007). "Second Treatise". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Siddell, Tom (3 May 2005). "Chapter 1, Page 2". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  6. ^ Siddell, Tom (29 February 2008). "Chapter 17, Page 10". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  7. ^ Siddell, Tom (22 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 25". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Siddell, Tom (3 March 2008). "Chapter 17, Page 11". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Jones: "There was a great division which saw the Court and the Wood separated. Nature on one side. Technology on the other."
  9. ^ Siddell, Tom (3 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 17". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
    Coyote: "With my mighty paw I scored the earth and so the court and the forest were divided!"
  10. ^ Siddell, Tom (4 April 2007). "Chapter 12, Page 25". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Reynardine: "The people of the forest will be wanting answers! They detest all forms of technology. Why do you think there is such a divide between the Court and that damned place?!"
  11. ^ a b Siddell, Tom (19 April 2005). "Chapter 1, Page 6". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Antimony: "As I was forbidden from setting foot off school grounds, I could not walk Shadow 2 to the Gillitie Wood myself. There was only one sensible resolution to this problem. I must construct a robotic walking device which will provide you with transit across the bridge!"
  12. ^ Siddell, Tom (27 April 2006). "Chapter 7, Page 15". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  13. ^ Siddell, Tom (1 August 2006). "Chapter 8, Page 20". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  14. ^ Siddell, Tom (3 August 2007). "Chapter 14, Page 19". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
    Ysengrin: "This was recently found on our side of the Annan Waters."
    Mrs. Donlan: "It's one of those birds!"
    Ysengrin: "It had been there several months. By the time I discovered it, it had already rooted itself into the shore and caused considerable damage to the cliff face."
  15. ^ Siddell, Tom (1 August 2007). "Chapter 14, Page 18". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
    Headmaster: "Where do you wish to begin, General?"
    Ysengrin: "Perhaps with the death of one of our people. At the hands of Sir Eglamore, no less."
  16. ^ Siddell, Tom (6 October 2005). "Chapter 3, Page 20". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  17. ^ a b Siddell, Tom (11 April 2006). "Chapter 7, Page 11". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
    Reynardine: "This stupid toy is hers, so now I can't do anything without her permission."
  18. ^ Siddell, Tom (5 March 2008). "Chapter 17, Page 12". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
    Jones: "Usually, individuals who can remain unbiased and objective are chosen as mediums. In the interests of diplomacy they undertake a negotiative role when the need arises."
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  20. ^ Siddell, Tom (12 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 21". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
    Antimony: "Why were you looking for Renard in the first place? Why bring him here?"
    Coyote: "I sought to make him into a powerful being such as myself!"
  21. ^ Siddell, Tom (19 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 24". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  22. ^ Siddell, Tom (17 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 23". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  23. ^ Siddell, Tom (19 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 24". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
    Coyote: "For some reason, when Renard had the ability [to take bodies], any body he took that was not his own would die when it was used up."
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    Coyote: "I wouldn't be surprised if he cared very deeply about you, [Antimony]! You see, Renard fell desperately in love with Surma!"
  26. ^ Siddell, Tom (17 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 23". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
    Coyote: "[Reynardine] soon runs away! He steals the body of a young man and disappears into the Court, looking to woo the fiery Surma. We heard he was captured, tricked! ... and I did not see him again until last summer."
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    Zimmy: "Stuff happens when I'm around, you see.... sometimes I see things that ain't supposed to be there. When it gets bad things start to change. Like, for real."
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    Zimmy: "Yer gonna have ta take Gamma's place.... Gettin' ridda these guys."
  29. ^ Siddell, Tom (22 September 2008). "Chapter 19, Page 18". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  30. ^ Siddell, Tom (17 October 2008). "Chapter 19, Page 29". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
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  32. ^ a b Siddell, Tom (25 July 2008). "Chapter 18, Page 39". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Kat: "These old models are so complex I can't figure them out. One thing's for sure; these things don't use servos or hydraulics or anything like that. Some kind of superfast reaction memory polymer?"
  33. ^ Siddell, Tom (23 July 2008). "Chapter 18, Page 38". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  34. ^ Siddell, Tom (28 May 2008). "Chapter 17, Page 22". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Jones: "You have a special empathy with etheric beings, as you saw when we met Coyote."
  35. ^ Siddell, Tom (28 September 2006). "Chapter 9, Page 8". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
    Mort: "You mean you could see the guides just like that?"
  36. ^ Siddell, Tom (5 December 2007). "Chapter 16, Page 3". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
    Antimony: "Kat, do you remember I told you about psychopomps?
    Kat: "Uh, those guys who escort dead dudes to the afterlife?"
  37. ^ Siddell, Tom (18 February 2008). "Chapter 17, Page 5". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
    Antimony: "Yes... Lessons in mediation sound interesting."
    Jones: "Very good. We will begin today."
  38. ^ Siddell, Tom (1 December 2005). "Chapter 5, Page 2". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. "Kat's parents are both science teachers." 
  39. ^ Siddell, Tom (11 August 2008). "Chapter 3, Page 23". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Eglamore: Reynardine is never to be trusted. He is a demon that steals the bodies of his victims."
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  41. ^ Siddell, Tom (6 June 2008). "Chapter 18, Page 18". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
    Kat: "That was pretty cute how you got all defensive about Annie before."
  42. ^ Siddell, Tom (25 August 2008). "Chapter 14, Page 24". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Coyote: "Won't you come back to the forest with us, dearest cousin?"
    Reynardine: "You know how I feel about that. Besides, I broke their laws, remember. I couldn't leave even if I wanted to."
  43. ^ Siddell, Tom (12 December 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 21". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
    Antimony: "But why is Reynardine being held at the Court?"
    Coyote: "Why, he killed that young man, of course!."
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  45. ^ Siddell, Tom (1 July 2009). "Chapter 23, Page 14". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
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    Antimony: "Who is he?"
    Sivo: "The dragon slayer. The shackle from his prison binds my leg."
  47. ^ Siddell, Tom (10 November 2008). "Chapter 20, Page 7". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
    Eglamore: "Formal attire. You know how it is"
    Antimony: "For a dragon slayer?"
    Eglamore: "Haha! Well, that's just an official title."
  48. ^ Siddell, Tom (8 January 2007). "Chapter 11, Page 7". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Zimmy: "[Gamma] tries to stay awake as long as I do, but I don't sleep."
    Antimony: "You don't sleep?"
    Zimmy: "Never."
  49. ^ Siddell, Tom (12 January 2007). "Chapter 11, Page 9". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Zimmy:Gamma helps me put things straight. It's like...turning on a radio. All she has to do is be near me an' the static gets pushed out.... Kinda works with you though. Not as good as Gamma but it helps. Noticed that when we first met."
  50. ^ Siddell, Tom (10 September 2008). "Chapter 19, Page 13". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  51. '^ Siddell, Tom (12 February 2007). "Chapter 12, Page 3". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. Kat: "We could probably teach him English real fast."
  52. ^ Siddell, Tom (18 June 2008). "Chapter 18, Page 23". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Antimony: "What does the S stand for?"
    Robot: "Seraph, as I recall."
  53. ^ Siddell, Tom (26 May 2008). "Chapter 18, Page 13". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  54. ^ Siddell, Tom (13 August 2007). "Chapter 14, Page 23". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
    Ysengrin: "You should admire this body Lord Coyote has gifted me with, Renard. Now the very trees of Gillitie are under my command!"
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    Antimony: "I think there might be something going on between him and Ms. Jones."
  58. ^ Siddell, Tom (5 November 2012). "Chapter 40, Page 21". Gunnerkrigg Court. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 

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