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    This is the discussion thread for Tom Siddell's webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court; updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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    Gunnerkrigg Court (February 9, 2009 - December 13, 2010)
    Gunnerkrigg Court 2: Small Medium at Large. (December 13, 2010 - June 4, 2012)
    Gunnerkrigg Court 3: Mystery Solved! (June 2, 2012 - May 20, 2013)
    Gunnerkrigg Court 4: Friends in Need (May 20, 2013 - September 29, 2014)
    Gunnerkrigg Court 5: Bismuth as Usual (September 29, 2014 - August 17, 2015)[/QUOTE]
    Gunnerkrigg Court 6: Fire Away (August 17, 2015 - May 24, 2017)

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    Yes, Kat, chose your words carefully. At least where Daddy Dear is concerned.

    Also ask Robot how much he overheard and what he's going to do about it. Although that might be too prescient.

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    I wonder if Annie smiled because she thinks Kat genuinely approves of meeting with her Dad, or she smiled because Kat was mature enough to wish her well, even if she personally disapproves of Annie's father.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
    I wonder if Annie smiled because she thinks Kat genuinely approves of meeting with her Dad, or she smiled because Kat was mature enough to wish her well, even if she personally disapproves of Annie's father.
    She smiled so as not to cry.

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    She smiled so as not to cry.
    Oh

    Did Tom tweet that, or mention it on tumblr?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
    I wonder if Annie smiled because she thinks Kat genuinely approves of meeting with her Dad, or she smiled because Kat was mature enough to wish her well, even if she personally disapproves of Annie's father.
    I think that Annie needs to be in denial about her father and Kat just helped her do it. That Kat approves is something she shouldn't believe, but she needs to believe. At the same time, I think she can see that Kat is trying to be supportive, which is important for Annie. I think it can be a bit of both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
    Oh

    Did Tom tweet that, or mention it on tumblr?
    Just my reading of the scene.

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    These guys!

    So it seems as if they've finally done enough for the Court to step in.

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    These guys!

    So it seems as if they've finally done enough for the Court to step in.
    I wonder how much they know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 137ben View Post
    These guys!

    So it seems as if they've finally done enough for the Court to step in.
    And yet it's not a heavy force showing up to shut Kat down, just her and him. And it's not clear where these two are on the Court's hierarchy... They may just want to talk. Lord knows there's plenty to talk about.

    Maybe they want to recruit Kat.

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    Actually, this was set up a few chapters ago. The robot had been spying on Kat, apparently to see what sort of progress she was able to make with Robot. (Much of Kat's work with Robot would apply to robots in general.) It saw Shadow and reported to the woman. The woman became concerned.

    BTW, they are qualified to operate the ether station. Other than those pages and this joke page, have they appeared elsewhere in the comic?
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    Oh, this could get interesting, depending on their loyalty to the Court. Not sure how likely a secret intel mission from Jones could be.

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    That's a touch creepy.

    Guys, are we sure that we're not also Coyote?
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    That's a touch creepy.

    Guys, are we sure that we're not also Coyote?
    Coyote is actually Trigak! Hence, everyone is Coyote.

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    That symbol is worn by Juliette and her robot friend, though you also see it on other Court dress uniforms.

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    Hmm I wonder if the moral was supposed to be that Coyote can't create things that are truly separate from himself and that the shadow men are just parts of him acting out independence until they realise they are still part of Coyote.

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    That bonus panel was really creepy. I think it's because of the relatively realistic goose whose eyeball gets twisted into a maniacally laughing Coyote. The bird, even if it's actually Coyote, looks like it's in pain. That's unusually grotesque for this comic.

    Okay, does the new title page depict a pair of shadow men with epic eyebrows, or is it some kind of visual trick. If they're shadow men, their bodies seem rather rectangular and long, compared to the more obviously living shadows we're used to. I've grown accustomed to twists and tricks from Tom, see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haruspex_Pariah View Post
    Okay, does the new title page depict a pair of shadow men with epic eyebrows, or is it some kind of visual trick. If they're shadow men, their bodies seem rather rectangular and long, compared to the more obviously living shadows we're used to. I've grown accustomed to twists and tricks from Tom, see.
    I think it also hints at the shadows of Juliette and the unnamed robot, including the red insignia that they wear. Recall that they were concerned about Shadow and had just shown up in Kat's lab. But yes, given the chapter title, I think shadow men are being hinted at, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eschmenk View Post
    I think it also hints at the shadows of Juliette and the unnamed robot, including the red insignia that they wear. Recall that they were concerned about Shadow and had just shown up in Kat's lab. But yes, given the chapter title, I think shadow men are being hinted at, too.


    Their badges! Of course, it makes perfect sense, given the pattern and the color.

    And here I was thinking "abstract representation of wagons". Oh boy...
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    I think they're upside down - the straight line is the mouth.

    Edit: Nevermind, the badges are a much better explanation.
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    What if "The Shadow Men" is the unofficial name of the court's secret security staff, like the two that just walked into the lab? Might be a trick and have nothing to do with the other, more familiar shadow people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralCheez View Post
    What if "The Shadow Men" is the unofficial name of the court's secret security staff, like the two that just walked into the lab? Might be a trick and have nothing to do with the other, more familiar shadow people.
    They used the term "shadow man" to describe Shadow in a previous scene. It's unlikely that they would use the term thus if they were already using it to describe themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralCheez View Post
    What if "The Shadow Men" is the unofficial name of the court's secret security staff, like the two that just walked into the lab? Might be a trick and have nothing to do with the other, more familiar shadow people.
    I agree with what Lethologica said. Additionally, I think they probably think of themselves as a regular security service, not a particularly shadowy or secret one.

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    Haha, so much for that. RIP me.

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    Lol. Score one for AdmiralCheez.

    Though Arthur did interrupt Juliette, so this may be a twist inside a twist where he was actually telling a joke.
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    Oh, wow. I was not actually serious with that suggestion; just a fun thought I had based on the cover image, but sure, I'll take it. I think that's a first with this comic.

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    Alright, well, that concludes this chapter, see y'all next Monday! :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haruspex_Pariah View Post
    Lol. Score one for AdmiralCheez.

    Though Arthur did interrupt Juliette, so this may be a twist inside a twist where he was actually telling a joke.
    Or maybe it was a ploy intended to get Kat to mention Shadow (a real Shadow Man)? BTW, I didn't think Arthur actually interrupted Juliette. I thought it was intentionally said that way to come across as more dramatic, or at least an attempt to sound dramatic. "We are..." [pause] "the shadow men."
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    Shadow men? Quick, somebody tell Coyote so he can sue for copyright infringement!!

    It's also false advertising, as neither of them are men. I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eee View Post
    It's also false advertising, as neither of them are men. I think.
    Yeah, that makes it kind of hard to believe they really call themselves that. And it's not as if they are acting particularly shadowy, either. OTOH, sometimes silliness happens.

    I'm interested in seeing how Kat reacts.

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