Chapter 51: Page 8

Cheating is not good, kids!
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Aww, poor Annie! I hope Kat isn't angry at her, I know I wouldn't have been if my friends were cheating off me, but I can understand why she would...

27 Mar 2015 | 12:03 AM

Busted. And he does care about her - in his own way.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:04 AM

ooh busted

27 Mar 2015 | 12:07 AM

He has a point. She _has_ been cheating. Oops.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:07 AM

I want to say I'm angry at him but at least on this page I can't disagree with him.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM

this does put a whole 'nother look on things, but it STILL doesn't excuse his conduct up to now... not completely.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:12 AM

Is he sitting/standing cycling? His height in relation to the desk is throwing me off.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:13 AM
CM Chuck 51

Oh, so now he's trying to act like a parent? What an buttholio!

27 Mar 2015 | 12:14 AM

So how do you know Kat isn't cheating off of Antimony? Also, you sure pick a fine time to start parenting, jackhole.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:16 AM

Well uh… I guess now we know why he being so rude? Still, a hello would be nice. :V

27 Mar 2015 | 12:16 AM

Oooooooo......knew he'd confront her about that. Just didn't think it'd be this week!

27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 AM

Wow, he's being a reasonable and responsible parent here ... and I'm almost certain he's going to turn it right back around by telling her he thinks she needs to not spend time with Kat anymore.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 AM

Wow, he's being a reasonable and responsible parent here ... and I'm almost certain he's going to turn it right back around by telling her he thinks she needs to not spend time with Kat anymore.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 AM

To all who judge him in the beginning this page just made u guys look like stupid domesticated Wolf's of a female orientation XD

27 Mar 2015 | 12:18 AM

This is another caculated move on his part to control his daughter. He knows Kat is outside, probably listening in, and brought this up to drive a wedge between the two. He is using his daughter's cheating so when he tries to pull her from the dorms Kat won't support her. He is going to destroy every tie his daughter has made to leave her alone and forced to do what he says. Anne destroyed his only love by being born so he's out for revenge.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:20 AM

Don't worry, chaps. Just 'cuz he's right, doesn't mean we can't hate him for it!

27 Mar 2015 | 12:22 AM

Ah, poor Annie... I actually can't hate her father on this page. And that makes me hate him more. Try figuring that one out.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:22 AM

Not ok with his pretend to care speech.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:23 AM
Somebody Else

I want to hate him, but the fact the it looks like he's just trying be a father and teacher without showing preferential treatment is killing me. You cannot also fault him too much for not understanding fatherly compassion with him not being around to experience raise a child in the first place. I think it might be new territory for him and he is doing the best he can by acting the way he always has towards people. Going by the flashbacks, he was never too personable of a guy to begin with.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:26 AM

Well then, the book he is going to give her will probably have a different set of questions than kats.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:27 AM

Nothing like a dressing down detailing all your faults after a public embarrassment with a friend eavesdropping to cap it off. Poor Antimony, but in a way she had it coming.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:28 AM

Yeah, no, he's got you there. There's probably more shit he's going on about, but this can be seriously upsetting to the type of people Anthony is. And Annie, as much as I love you, you have to admit this could have been avoided. You could have asked for help at any point in the last few years instead of just copying. I'm not saying Anthony is justified in all of his behavior up to this point, not even counting Divine, but on this point he's got you, and he's right to be disappointed. Even if this is not the opening conversation he should be having.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 AM

Still no excuse for the way he's treated her the last couple pages...

27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 AM

[smug Headmaster back-patting increases violently]

27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 AM
In pain

Ow ow ow ow tom why do you do this

27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 AM

I wonder if that's why he's been such a dick to her the whole time?

27 Mar 2015 | 12:33 AM

Oh dang she got busted and her dad knew the whole time

27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 AM

That's a smokescreen to hide his true motivation for his disappointment. Granted, it is the sort of thing an obsessive parent like him would normally fuss over, but he has far more pressing concerns regarding Annie's future, like, living past menopause, or having as many kids as she wants, or none at all. Giving her those options is his white whale, and he already has a wooden limb to prove it.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 AM

This is true, and it may be time for a reckoning, but this does not make you sir, any less of a complete ass.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:38 AM

I will hit this mofuka with another mofuka!

27 Mar 2015 | 12:38 AM

Oh. Well, that... Explains a lot, actually. Jeez. No wonder he's been so pissed at her, his daughter (And teeechnically the essence of her mother, if memory serves) has been besmirching the Carver name through academic dishonesty.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:40 AM

Dude. I really hope this doesn't hurt their friendship too much. I mean, I don't see why it would THAT much (then again that's just because I personally wouldn't give much of a crap, but Kat may take her work more seriously than I did) but I'm sure she'd at least be wondering why she didn't just ask her for help instead. I'm worried about what Anthony's gonna do about this...he didn't give her a book, so is he going to hold her back or something?

27 Mar 2015 | 12:42 AM

Well, I completely forgot about that. This changes everything: I agree with Mr. Carver on his disappointment towards Antimony, actually. He may have missed her, but he still puts his parenting duties before anything else: I have a new favorite character.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:44 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 AM

Ouuuuch awkward. Was wondering when that was going to come to a head. And really, Annie sure was wrong to cheat, but if she'd had even one parent around who could have helped her, maybe she wouldn't have felt so pressured to do so.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:46 AM

, you're dreaming

27 Mar 2015 | 12:46 AM

He was absent and not doing his job as a father. Renard tried to stop this but could not. Much of Annie's going a bit out of control in the second year would probably not have happened to the same extent if he had been around.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:53 AM

... I HATE it when a meany makes a good point. Imma gonne sulk in this corner till her asshole dad makes a mistake }-\

27 Mar 2015 | 12:58 AM

still don't care

27 Mar 2015 | 1:01 AM

Not cool, Antimony.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:02 AM
oh gee


27 Mar 2015 | 1:03 AM

I'll just go ahead and be the first to say and point out, after a constant stream of "ANTHONY YOU GO AND STAY GO" for the last few pages, that the guy is her Dad. You ever gotten a little chewed out by your Pops? I have. That's what your Pops does. He chews you out when you're bein' a knucklehead. Moreover, it's already been firmly established that the guy experiences normal human emotions but expresses them differently than others. In all likelihood, the guy is a poor Father, but probably not a bad person. Stop cheatin' of your friend, Annie!

27 Mar 2015 | 1:05 AM

Busted... Anthony's still a wad though.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:07 AM

I'm still waiting to hear Annie out... This is really weird in light of Annie's study-study-study-only-study mentality at the beginning of Gunnerkrigg Court. Poor Kat, she probably feels awful. I don't understand why it's Annie's father that is delivering this news: did he put it upon himself? Was he appointed to do it? How did he find out? The family/teacher-student conflict is so tightly wound here, it would have been more considerate for almost anyone else would have been better to confront Annie about this, I think.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:14 AM

So what? It's just book wisdom anyway.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:14 AM

Would she have cheated if he had been there to help? Renard tried but could not stop it. Annie has difficulties with reaching out to adults for help. And this implies that he had talked to other teachers beforehand but Annie still had no warning that he was coming.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:19 AM

This, at least, he's actually right to call her on.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:23 AM

Oh snap!

27 Mar 2015 | 1:23 AM

Well, now we know the reason why he's been a jerk to her... I guess that it's the reason he's here, what's going to happen to Antimony?

27 Mar 2015 | 1:28 AM

Hahaha! He's not just mad she cheated, he's mad she cheated and was discovered. "No child of mine will be caught doing the wrong thing!", in both senses.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:31 AM

Shows up, too. Although Antimony isn't really disposed towards the sciences. Perhaps poppa isn't just unpleasant for the sport of it. How to correct for a few years worth of cheating...a few years worth of not actually " getting it".... Not gonna be pleasant.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:34 AM

Shows up, too. Although Antimony isn't really disposed towards the sciences. Perhaps poppa isn't just unpleasant for the sport of it. How to correct for a few years worth of cheating...a few years worth of not actually " getting it".... Not gonna be pleasant.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:34 AM
Greenwood Goat

"Had I even suspected that you would turn out this way, I might not have gone off and left you and your mother... ah, no, let us keep things accurate - I was gone from that place - but I am still disappointed..." >:=)>

27 Mar 2015 | 1:36 AM
blind sally


27 Mar 2015 | 1:39 AM

Still not a nice person!

27 Mar 2015 | 1:43 AM

Well this is the first time I've seen Mr. Carver show parental concern.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:46 AM

the cheating problem has to be tackled

27 Mar 2015 | 1:52 AM

This is torturous :(((((((

27 Mar 2015 | 1:53 AM

Oooh busted...

27 Mar 2015 | 1:54 AM

Aww god damn it Annie.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:55 AM

Damn I hate him even more now since he actually has a point. Great job in creating a character you can hate from the first picture :)

27 Mar 2015 | 1:57 AM

Something tells me this is not going to end well...

27 Mar 2015 | 2:02 AM

Okay, maybe less of a dick, but a dick nonetheless. He still singled her out for a bit of makeup and didn't give her the textbook.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:05 AM

It looks like Kat is wondering, "What mistakes? Errors!!?"

27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 AM

Cheating is good, being discovered is bad!

27 Mar 2015 | 2:16 AM

Uh-oh.... Cat's out of the bag. Kat's going to feel used...Antimony may have to look for new friends for awhile... It was going to catch up to you sometime Annie. Great writing Tom. I can literally feel Annie's embarrassment and faear as to how Kat is going to react to her now.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:21 AM

So that's why he was being a douch with her? Not fair at all! I mean, cheating IS wrong, but he has no rights to humiliate her in front of her friends like he did in the previous pages!

27 Mar 2015 | 2:21 AM

Yeah!! Justice! I have been the non-cheating student all the time, finally I am seeing some justice! Thanks super-dad

27 Mar 2015 | 2:22 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 AM

A-ha! A reason for the surliness: academically-minded dad feels let down. Yet another impressive example from this impressive comic of confounding expectations, I fancy. (Of course, if he'd been around to provide a role model of some sort, and maybe a bit of study assistance...)

27 Mar 2015 | 2:33 AM

Maybe that's why he's being a jerk, and he's not really that awful after all.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:34 AM

Is that what this is all about?

27 Mar 2015 | 2:35 AM

Really Annie? You copied every answer? EVERYONE knows you're only supposed to guess on every third answer! Tsk tsk.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:36 AM

He's starting to make my own dad seem like less of a ball buster, and he's given me clinical depression most of my adult life.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:38 AM

Wow that cheating thing came up a lot sooner than I was expecting.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:40 AM

I can't be the only person who thinks her father is being reasonable with his jerk-ness to his cheating daughter.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:40 AM

hey, she hasnt the books!

27 Mar 2015 | 2:43 AM

Even though he's been a glorious asshole and a prick earlier... Carver-Sr does have a point here and all the right to be mad. I would've been royally pissed too, if I found out same things about my child's grades. Great move here, Tom!)

27 Mar 2015 | 2:46 AM

He's gonna make them seperate isn't he. I'll fight him, I will fight him.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:47 AM

Noooo noo noooo! Goddammit no! Antimony's behavior had to come to light at some point, but this is THE absolute worst way for it to happen :(

27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 AM

Called it. He is probably going to rake her over the coals for the cheating.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:54 AM

and Now, We KNOW WHY he's copping the attitude-it's a form of 'taking to the woodshed'.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:57 AM
Dona Worry.

Love the shattering effect in the third panel. Poor Annie. What a way to be confronted about this.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:57 AM

Hardcovers will still me made right? I would hate ending up with a softcover while i have 4 hardcovers

27 Mar 2015 | 3:02 AM
Manal Y

Crap. NOW he's got a point. Still a class A jerk though.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:03 AM

oh man.... some how i saw that coming....

27 Mar 2015 | 3:13 AM

Hey, Noor, petition the Court for the Donolans to adopt Annie! Let's put it to a vote: all in favor, say, "Aye, Matey" All opposed, say, "Neigh-he-haw, hee-haw."

27 Mar 2015 | 3:18 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 3:18 AM

Well that explains why he's so mad. He found out his daughter has been cheating off of her best friend for years. But he still treated her like an ass.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:20 AM

So this is where he starts becoming a responsible father who shows that he gives two shits about his daughter's academic achievements by actually talking to her and making sure she takes extra classes so her grades get better. And who stops withholding text books she needs in class. Right?

27 Mar 2015 | 3:21 AM

Ha! Kat ACTUALLY made mistakes? Also, STOP listening in! And Antimony actually does good on two subjects? And what does cheating have to do with YOU, Mr. Carver?

27 Mar 2015 | 3:22 AM

Ohhhhhhhh, so Anthony is just be a petty cunt to Antimony because public embarrassment is way better than NORMAL parenting!

27 Mar 2015 | 3:23 AM

Wow I forgot about that

27 Mar 2015 | 3:23 AM

Tony, I cannot state How disappointed I am in you ur parenting skills; your cruel abandonment of your daughter, your cold disregard for nurture, your cowardly avoidance of your responsibilities, leaving the school "in loco parentis" has lead to wild behavior and lax adherence to the rules, ... And it is YOUR FAULT! Tony Carver, you are full of fail.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 AM

Good beating from father, she need it sometimes.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:27 AM

A more obvious indication came when Kat wrote "I don't know." for one of her answers, and Antimony wrote "Neither do I." It's good to see she isn't hasn't cheated in her biology work at least.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:33 AM

Bah, not like you need fancy schoolin' when your job is more about people skills and being a fire elemental.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:35 AM

Now instead of angry I just feel kind of sick to my stomach. Good work, Tom.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:38 AM

Oh dear. Oh deary me.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:40 AM

Ok demonstrably true and Annie should have been pulled up on this years ago, but Mr Carver is still an asshole.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:46 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 3:47 AM

Sadly, she can't say "this is not YOUR business" because he's a teacher. dickmove, anthony, real dickmove. Oh an bullying makes noone a better student. You should keep that in mind.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 AM

No one can spot plagiarism like a teacher...

27 Mar 2015 | 3:51 AM
Denis B

He is only an angry, bitter guy. Why all the hate comments?

27 Mar 2015 | 3:55 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 3:56 AM

You know, I dislike saying it, but he has a point. Cheating is bad. But that doesn't give him an excuse to be such a jerk.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:04 AM

I knew she was gonna get caught eventually!

27 Mar 2015 | 4:07 AM

At least it is about something she did wrong.... But hello.... he could have ad this discussion 3 years ago!

27 Mar 2015 | 4:08 AM

Well... she needs to learn. He's got a point here. And nobody likes cheaters.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:10 AM

WELL, I'm surprised he did not say that in front of the rest of the class. How nice of him!

27 Mar 2015 | 4:15 AM

Ok, this is something it makes sense for him to be pissed about, but you DO NOT just walk into someone's life and start bitching at them.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:16 AM

Oh my god look at how he shatters her in the 3rd panel. Burn this man.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:20 AM
Joe Alder

Well, this makes everything different. He's been acting just like a disappointed/angry father would. Still a bit of a jerk, though, but not an oh-so-horrible person anymore.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:20 AM
Riot Police

Unleash the comments!

27 Mar 2015 | 4:22 AM

Ah, no wonder he's so on edge

27 Mar 2015 | 4:24 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 AM

I almost want to skip the rest of the chapter just to avoid the pain of seeing a confrontation between annie and kat. Stellar work tom, never before has a story made me cringe this badly.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:26 AM

Huh. That's actually . . . legit. Still a dick, but a dick with a point. A pointed dick, if you will.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:26 AM
Chris The Dude

I have been waiting YEARS for this to pay off. Thank you.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:29 AM

Leave it to dad to ruin a perfectly good friendship

27 Mar 2015 | 4:36 AM

Karma is coming for you antimony.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:37 AM

Why does HE have to be the one to confront her about this? Someone ELSE should have called her out on her cheating as soon as it was discovered. It would be less painful that way.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:39 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 4:40 AM

I KNEW that's what this would be about. And yeah, he's right, it's a problem. But TIME AND PLACE MAN!

27 Mar 2015 | 4:47 AM

It was bound to come to this. Well, here's to hoping she can somehow get Kat's trust her father's really getting through all the chinks in her armour.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:49 AM

Well shiiiiiiet! Girl you are soooo busted!!! Bad move letting Kat stay outside...

27 Mar 2015 | 4:52 AM

Bastard has a point (Still hate him)

27 Mar 2015 | 4:53 AM

... I can't technically fault him for this one. He does... Have a point. And at least he had the decency to take it up with her in private. He may have been a jackass and singling her out as punishment, which was way out of line, but this is the most reasonable we've seen him yet.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:53 AM

Okay...he has a legitimate reason to be angry at her. But humiliating her in front of the entire class, and having that be the first interaction he's had with her in three years, is not an acceptable way to show his disapproval. He's still a jerk.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 AM

Even though its true that Antimony has been cheating and that certainly needs to change, it does not excuse this guy being such a prick in the last few pages. But I just know that he's going to get away with it because he has a point about the homework! THIS GUY IS SO FRUSTRATING

27 Mar 2015 | 4:56 AM

Finally, something relevant...Still, I didn't know that Annie's cheating extended that far. It is good that *someone* is calling her out on it.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 AM

Been in space for years, left her alone all this time to deal with her mother's death, and this is what he wants to talk about. Butt.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 AM

My dad would take me over the coals even worse than this if I had been caught cheating in school.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 AM

finally someone tells her on that

27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 AM

So... either the other teachers noticed but don't particularly care to crack down on Annie for this, or he went through copies of all of his daughter's major assignments as well as all the major assignments of all her classmates. Either way, this is weirder than the robots.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:13 AM

It was going to happen at some point.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:16 AM

Oooooo...actions have consequences...

27 Mar 2015 | 5:17 AM
The Angry Vegan

Fucking called it.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:18 AM

Knew it...

27 Mar 2015 | 5:21 AM

I'm ashamed to say I've found myself in Annie's shoes before. I plagiarized a paper for English. While I confessed and my teacher allowed me to do it over, being caught in the headlights like that with so much shame and mortification and self-loathing burning at you is terrible. I wish Annie hadn't done this, but I find myself feeling awful for her just the same. Her and Kat's relationship probably won't be the same after this.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:22 AM
Skin Merchant

Yeah, no, I'm sorry. Academic dishonesty may be serious but you do not get to show up in your daughter's life after years of silence, then lecture her on it. You're about five seconds away from catching these hands, Mr. Carver.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:27 AM

Ohhh shiiiiii.....

27 Mar 2015 | 5:28 AM
Smrter Tren

I don't like where this is going. Damn you, Large Carver.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:33 AM
Cyber nerd

Most of us know about that Tom so why is it coming up again? Or are you just trying to destroy Annie's and Kat's friendship?

27 Mar 2015 | 5:34 AM

Oh no. Annie, I knew this would bite you in the bite. While this doesn't excuse your father from being a dick, he does have a point about your cheating.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:38 AM

Well jeez it's almost like she needed a parental figure or something...

27 Mar 2015 | 5:41 AM

Well jeez it's almost like she needed a parental figure or something...

27 Mar 2015 | 5:41 AM

Finally, it took her father to put the screws to her for that.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:42 AM

Any good father would have scolded his kid for cheating.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:46 AM

When did she cheat?

27 Mar 2015 | 5:51 AM

We barely see them doin schoolwork

27 Mar 2015 | 5:55 AM

Oh nooooooooo!!!!

27 Mar 2015 | 6:02 AM

Hey, at least he's actually being a dad here.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:06 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 6:17 AM

Well at least she's okay in the subject her dad teaches!

27 Mar 2015 | 6:20 AM

Called it! Kind of a Pyrrhic victory, though.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:23 AM
WW Oracle

Will Kat move out or will the Tree bond hold them together?

27 Mar 2015 | 6:27 AM

Okay, I want him to burn. He clearly does not have so much as a single redeeming bone in his body.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:32 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 AM

So, Antimony is revealed as something less than the semi-angelic paragon half-fire elemental than she might have appeared. As little as I stomach cheaters, it's nice to see A have a little depth and a flaw.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:34 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 AM

On the other hand, if she hadn't been cheating, her dad probably wouldn't have talked to her at all. So. . . success?

27 Mar 2015 | 6:41 AM

I mean, I guess he's being fatherly about his own overly Spock-esque/robotic way.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:42 AM

Well maybe if her FATHER had been AROUND all those years, instead of off doing gods-know what, with the intention of DOING gods-know what to his DAUGHTER, maybe she wouldn't have RESORTED to unhealthy COPING TECHNIQUES and SURVIVAL SKILLS. You stupid ass-munching sorry excuse for a human-shaped object.....I am so irrationally angry at this guy right now I cannot EVEN.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:42 AM

So the reason she didn't get a book is because he's planning on kicking her out of the course?

27 Mar 2015 | 6:43 AM

The real reason he's treating her poorly is she's a classwork cheating wench! GET THE STAKE AND TORCHES!

27 Mar 2015 | 6:47 AM
Mystic Monkey

I know she's no Hermione Granger but still wouldn't expect her to cheat. Perhaps she didn't want to fall behind classes but wouldn't imagine her cheating. But still thinking perhaps not some elaborate illusion against her either. Still if her blinker stone is confiscated shouldn't be a problem if she can summon it whenever.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:48 AM

Can't say I'm surprised that he worked it out right away. But what... this jerk is going to start caring NOW. It's just a teensy bit way too late to start acting like a father.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:49 AM

huh, i'm surprised he let them sit together in class, then. So the Court brought him in to get her to shape up. Or he volunteered. either way, it explains why the Donlans, Jones, and Jimmy Jim haven't said anything about his return.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:52 AM
ANonymous Person

Oh, so he is punishing her for cheating.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:52 AM

Awwwwwww, he really does care guys! C:

27 Mar 2015 | 6:57 AM

He has a point. At least he waited until class was over when he told her this.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:58 AM
Oh okay then.

He suddenly seems a lot less mean now. Cheating is bad, Antimony!

27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

OMG, so many feelings. She's been doing this for over a year; why haven't they hauled her ass in before now? And what right does her absentee father have to lecture her on this? And oh dear I'm worried about Kat's reaction and is she going to be expelled and WHY am I so upset over fictional characters? GAR.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:02 AM

Which might explain why Kat's parents didn't tell Annie that the school was hiring her dad.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:06 AM

Again he has no right to judge her. I hope she leaves and goes to live in the forest.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:08 AM

It's a rough life. Biting my arm in anticipation for the rest of the storyline. Fangasming over Carver Sr (yes, he's been presented flaws-first, but his character's been created with an artistic precision and care that's simply wonderful; who wouldn't fawn for finesse?)

27 Mar 2015 | 7:11 AM
Fire Hazard

Anthony, I cannot say how disappointed I am. In medicine and martial arts, your work appears fine. However, as a father, you have completely failed to act as a positive influence on your daughter. In point of fact, you have never once been observed NOT directly damaging her, physically or emotionally.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:12 AM

At least he's chewing her out for a genuine failing for once....

27 Mar 2015 | 7:15 AM

Well... Busted, I guess?

27 Mar 2015 | 7:15 AM

Finally. Somebody's going to reminder her that this is a school and not some adventureland playground.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:18 AM

And so the cheating issue is back on the table.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:18 AM
Brian Pendell

How in the world do you salvage a friendship after something like that? I'll be watching to see how this gets sorted -- and at least part of the sorting has to involve Carver learning to pass tests honestly. And, yes, come clean to her friend.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:20 AM

Look at Kat's face.. This is definitely going to be a conflict in their relationship. I'm not looking forward to that conversation.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:20 AM

Everyone (rightly) hating on daddy Carver, and suddenly not a peep after this comic is posted. :P Busted!

27 Mar 2015 | 7:22 AM

I have stopped feeling pity for antimony now. Her father definitely set this up to put her in a bad situation but she should not have been cheating in the first place.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:24 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 AM

I feel so crazy bad for Kat now :(

27 Mar 2015 | 7:26 AM

Dear Antimony, now we will have serious learning chapter where we will see students study seriously. And we will love it.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:27 AM

I'm surprisingly fine with this. He's not really being an overt jerk, he genuinely seems just like a disappointed parent. He praises her for her work, then scolds her for cheating. Perhaps Anthony is just... Prickly? I think he was being a jerk about the hand because he doesn't want her getting involved, and he was a jerk during class to not give any impression of favoritism. Two cents, yada yada.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:31 AM

I'm late to the party. What's the leading theory on why her dad is such an asshole? What would her mom have seen in him?

27 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM
Sue Donem

I suppose she deserved to be caught but not in this way :( poor Annie going up there with high expectations and getting this.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM

You may be disappointed. Still don't have to be a douchebag! Also. a little fast to make accusations, right? How do you know it isn't the other way around? That Kat was cheating off Antimony... Or even the unthinkable: people can actually work together and check over each other's answers? Teamwork!? Checking each other's work?! Who's ever heard of such ridiculous inanity?!?!

27 Mar 2015 | 7:35 AM
Sue Donem

I'm hoping this is the only reason that he was being rude earlier but I have a feeling it's not.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:36 AM
Jacob C.

Wow. This coming from a guy who shirked his own responsibility as a parent, instead relying on other people to take up his slack? What she did was wrong, but she's by far the lesser cheater. (Reminds me of that drugs PSA: "Where'd you even learn this stuff?" "I learned it from you, Dad, okay!?! I learned it from you!!!") He's — what — disappointed that she hasn't taken to heart the ethics he wasn't around to teach in her the first place? An absentee parent has utterly forfeited the moral privilege of being disappointed.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:37 AM
Jacob C.

Wow. This coming from a guy who shirked his own responsibility as a parent, instead relying on other people to take up his slack? What she did was wrong, but she's by far the lesser cheater. (Reminds me of that drugs PSA: "Where'd you even learn this stuff?" "I learned it from you, Dad, okay!?! I learned it from you!!!") He's — what — disappointed that she hasn't taken to heart the ethics he wasn't around to teach in her the first place? An absentee parent has utterly forfeited the moral privilege of being disappointed.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:37 AM
Jacob C.

Wow. This coming from a guy who shirked his own responsibility as a parent, instead relying on other people to take up his slack? What she did was wrong, but she's by far the lesser cheater. (Reminds me of that drugs PSA: "Where'd you even learn this stuff?" "I learned it from you, Dad, okay!?! I learned it from you!!!") He's — what — disappointed that she hasn't taken to heart the ethics he wasn't around to teach in her the first place? An absentee parent has utterly forfeited the moral privilege of being disappointed.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:37 AM

I don't buy it. NOW he wants to be the concerned parent? There is something greater at work here...

27 Mar 2015 | 7:40 AM

nhf abusive, vaguely murderous dad guy. hope he isn't here long.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:44 AM

Okay, the cheating is a valid point, but how about "Hello Annie, I'm sorry I've not been around for so long, I missed you" before getting down to the serious stuff? Also why do I feel that his proposed solution to the situation is going to be about the most horrible solution possible?

27 Mar 2015 | 7:45 AM

Hmmm. When Zimmy was trying to help Annie in "Divine", she saw Annie cheating off Kat's papers before punching him out. I think the only reason he knows she's been cheating is because he broke into her mind with Microsat 5.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:48 AM

Well Annie.... Reynard DID warn you about this. Several times. Tony has a point here!

27 Mar 2015 | 7:48 AM

Man, so this is how they bring this up. Well, Annie should have listened to Reynard back then.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 AM

I can't believe people are giving him a pass now just because Annie is a cheater. You do not get to be an absentee father for your kid's whole life, then actually be absent for years, then show up and be a dick, and then get to be a "good parent" and have those sins get absolved. He's forfeited that right even if Annie is too young to be properly angry yet. Maybe Annie wouldn't be a cheater in the first place if he had done his damn job as a parent at any point in her ENTIRE life. Also, he's clearly trying to revive Surma by siphoning the life force out of Annie. That's what he was obsessively researching when Surma was in the hospital. That's what he's been gone and working on. That's what Zimmy stopped when she punched him. He lost his hand trying to learn to control fire elemental spirit. Mark it down. Dude is a self-serving jerk-face.

27 Mar 2015 | 7:57 AM
PJ pop

What a botthole! I hope the kat isn't mad at her too, and no matter what anybody say's I still don't like him he's a jerk

27 Mar 2015 | 8:03 AM

It's interesting that you should use the word "disappointment"...... ASSHOLE DAD WHO WAS NEVER THERE!.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:08 AM

I feel the appropriate response here would be "Is it your business?"

27 Mar 2015 | 8:11 AM

Ok, cheating is bad, yes, but give the girl a break, please. She's dealt with far more in her time at Gunnerkrigg than she should have had to, and it was shown early on that she does study given the time. Plus, this in no way justifies Anthony's horrible behaviour towards Annie.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:14 AM

At least she is honest, and those subjects she 'cheats' on may be useless subjects that she (or pretty much anyone else except teachers of said subject) will never use outside of school

27 Mar 2015 | 8:17 AM

I want to think that this is just some parent-thing for him, but my paranoia is saying "It's a wedge issue meant to undermine her other relationships and place her in a position of vulnerability where he can break her the rest of the way." The only information I have that suggests this would be the case would be if he still blamed her for Surma's death... hmm.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:21 AM

Well seriously this was going to happen sooner or later Annie. School cheating is almost always discovered eventually. Duh!

27 Mar 2015 | 8:24 AM

Not that this excuses him deliberately hurting her, repeatedly.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:27 AM

He's right. But that doesn't make him less of a jerk.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:27 AM


27 Mar 2015 | 8:28 AM

Again, completely failing to make a clear impression.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 AM

Annie is getting really worked up shown by hair

27 Mar 2015 | 8:35 AM

Yeah, being concerned about cheating totally cancels out treating her like crap in front of the whole class. Where can we get him a Father of the Year card? (And I use the term "concerned" loosely; he still hasn't spoken to her in any way a particularly stern teacher wouldn't.)

27 Mar 2015 | 8:40 AM

Well, Tony, children with unstable home lives and poor support systems often struggle in school. Nice to know you took the time once you got back to look into her work in all her subjects and express disappointment as your first interpersonal reaction. You should probably take her performance as a reflection of your deficits, however, of which there are many.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:46 AM
Peter Jensen

And there's the first bit of his criticism that's warranted and is actually good parenting to bring up. But sheesh, the scale still tips 99% into the jerk side. Given his behavior until now, I'm thinking this is just a convenient piece of leverage to further his hidden agenda, whatever that turns out to be.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:47 AM

Tippy, I wish I could upvote your comment.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:48 AM

Well, no, it's not good to cheat, but ouch. Hoping that Kat says something like "Duuude don't cheat off me! You're smart, no use both of us getting the same dumb answers!" And since Anthony is super brainy, of course he's all ticked off that *his* daughter is cheating. Can't have that, now. Poor Annie. I know EXACTLY what that feeling feels like. I helped someone cheat when I was about her age and it ended up pretty much the same way. (first and last time I did it, ugh)

27 Mar 2015 | 8:53 AM

It is unsurprising that Annie is good at history and looking at which class her dad is teaching explains her biology grades.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:54 AM

I wonder if that's where she gets her analytical skills form...

27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 AM

So, that's why she does not need any textbook. He already arranged that she got expelled. Most likely he does not see a daughter in her, but just a cancerous tumor that killed his beloved Surma, and he, as a surgeon, failed to excise on time. And now he came to fix this his biggest professional failure for good, and do what he believes he should have done back then - excising and obliterating "it". . Brace yourself Antimony, your fight for the right to exist has just begun.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 AM

This is what happens when all you know about your kid comes from the official school record

27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 AM

All this will teach Annie is to change up mistakes in her copying. Introduce an error or two to make it seem that she did not copy. When you find evidence of a child lying or cheating, NEVER tell them what you found. Simply tell them that you have evidence, and tell them what their extra punishment for lying/cheating will be (aside from whatever punishment they were getting for the deed about which they lied). Then they will understand that lying is bad.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:06 AM

So has The Court known the whole time, but they just didn't care because they were using Annie for her connections with Coyote? Intense!!!

27 Mar 2015 | 9:07 AM
pretty flacko

So all that passive aggressive behavior had a reason

27 Mar 2015 | 9:22 AM

well that didn't take long

27 Mar 2015 | 9:24 AM

...Yeah, he's got a point there.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:24 AM

The reason I am a bad father is that you are such a bad daughter.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:32 AM

Busted. And... About time a teacher said something, too.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:34 AM

Cheese it!

27 Mar 2015 | 9:35 AM

I'm guessing that explains the textbook at the very least. He'll have her do different work from the rest of the class so she can't cheat off Kat.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM

The look of betrayal on Kats face...

27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM

The look of betrayal on Kats face...

27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM

The look of betrayal on Kats face...

27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM

The look of betrayal on Kats face...

27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM

...he had a legitimate reason for being an ass...didn't mean he had to be so much of one in public though.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 AM

oooo. That still doesn't excuse his behavior, but it certainly accounts for some of the mad. I have been so wrong in my guesses for this scene so far that I'm gonna give up and go predict next year's Oscars. Gunnerkrigg Court, confounding reader expectations for ten years now!

27 Mar 2015 | 9:51 AM

Oh, so just because she cheated is reasonably enough to have her single her out in the entire class (others had make up too, or did you turned a blind eye on them?). Also, I'm pretty sure /not/ giving the proper manual for class probably means Annie has to cheat more. I'm not liking your manipulative ways Anthony.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:53 AM
Cyanotype Memory

They could be study partners. Study partners would make similar mistakes.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 AM

oh no she blushed so hard in that last panel that her nose fell off!!!! poor annie, this is terrible to watch

27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 AM
Joe Alder

YOU GUYS HAVE NO CLUE. Maybe Anthony DOES care about his daughter after all. Even being unable to be or communicate with her, maybe the reason why he knows she was cheating is because he's been keeping track of her during these years, and even then, instead of telling the other teachers about it (because he knew at least since 'Divine'), he's been waiting to solve this issue personally, probably trying to bond with her in the process. He may be socially awkward, but he's not a demon. Of course, this is only a theory, but still, I think we should try to consider other options beside "8luh 8luh HUGE JERK". Also, unless Tom twists the plot twist, Anthony looks very Snape-esque. "Oh I'm such a bad person but turns out I'm actually a good one".

27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 AM

It's been so long since that was brought up that i entirely forgot about it. Tsk tsk Antimony

27 Mar 2015 | 9:58 AM
White Magic

Ok, as much as we don't like Mr. Carver, I think Annie needed to be called out on this by someone she listens to.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:59 AM

No. Just no. I can't imagine how anyone is saying that this helps explain his treatment of Annie. This is the first time she's seen him in years, isn't it? I don't think I need to argue about this, just let me ask... can anyone here imagine being reunited with your child after that long, and the only thing you think to do is punish them for cheating?

27 Mar 2015 | 10:09 AM

Well Renard did tell her to stop cheating...but that's none of my business. *sips tea*

27 Mar 2015 | 10:13 AM
Urusai Neko

In retrospect, cheating is not good, but you're still a jerk father for not being around to point it out to her! Where were you all these years when she needed the guidance, huh? Are you now trying to shift the blame for your own shortcomings? Sorry, but the subject of lousy fathers is a pet peeve of mine!

27 Mar 2015 | 10:17 AM

I can't help but wonder why he considers that any of his business. 😒

27 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM

We all knew this would happen one day :c I can relate to this so much right now. Now I'm worried about Annie and Kat's relationship. Things are definitely going to change from now on. But as other commenters have pointed out, it doesn't justify his previous actions, and it also doesn't explain why nobody cared to notify Annie about her father.

27 Mar 2015 | 10:25 AM

Abandoning your daughter after her mother dies: totally okay. Cheating on schoolwork: very disappoint.

27 Mar 2015 | 10:34 AM

That's why he didn't give her a textbook, because there's no point if she's not actually going to do the work

27 Mar 2015 | 10:37 AM

IN Biology and History, she's fine. And this is coming from a bio teacher. Wait, he's now her dad rather than her teacher? Only several panels after saying his hand is not his daughter's business? Om another note, why don't the school warn her through Jones, instead?

27 Mar 2015 | 10:44 AM

It's completely inappropriate of him to do it in this way. He should've met with her before the first day of class; he should've reintroduced himself first as a father, then as a disciplinarian. I understand his need to address this and I think it's necessary, but this is just... the wrong approach.

27 Mar 2015 | 10:48 AM

So he abandons her with no communication at a time she's incredibly emotionally vulnerable and essentially forces her to raise herself, and is just now showing up for the first time in years..... to publicly humiliate and punish her for doing something wrong. I'm pretty sure all the teachers in her life were very aware of her cheating but didn't say anything, considering the sort of hell she's been through. A+ parenting!

27 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM

Ok I love Anthony now :D

27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 AM
Jude Deluca

Crap I'd forgotten she was doing that.

27 Mar 2015 | 10:55 AM

Honestly, though? I really disagree with everyone saying this makes them see Anthony better. Cheating or not, he singled her out and embarrassed her in front of the class, didn't give her a copy of the book they were using for classwork, and snapped at her when she showed concern for his well-being. However much of a point he has, he's being incredibly cruel about it. :\ I hope Kat isn't feeling too hurt and they can make up after this.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:01 AM

Who else imagined an exclamation-mark over kats head in the 4th panel?

27 Mar 2015 | 11:03 AM

Oh Crap! She's STILL copying her homework? I thought that was just a temporary thing. New year and still cheating? Sadface at you, Antimony.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:07 AM

@limitlessstudio "To all who judge him in the beginning this page just made u guys look like stupid domesticated Wolf's of a female orientation XD" ...First of all, your attempt to seem intellectual fell flat. Try to be less convoluted. Also: No, this page did no such thing. He has still been an a-hole. Confronting Annie about cheating, especially like this, does not in any way make his previous conduct forgivable, nor does it make THIS forgivable. If he's pretending he's a good teacher, he's doing a really poor job of it. If he's pretending to be a concerned parent, he has no right to. He has left Annie ALONE all these years, barely any contact, then comes back only to treat her like shit all while acting like he can just slide back into her life with no issue? And on the previous page he basically told her to eff off because she was worried about him? No. As I said before, I don't care what sob story he has. His conduct is inexcusable. The end.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:08 AM

Busted! ...Like the Court wouldn't have figured this out. Back in University, a total fluff class took down a cheating network with a midterm test. The only anti-cheating measure the course took was moving the first question on the morning test to the bottom for afternoon test and renumbering. This bunch of genius engineers-in-training wrote the morning answers on the afternoon test.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:08 AM

cheating is good, geating caught is bad

27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 AM

Oh man, I was wondering when the other shoe would drop on this particular plot thread.... Tom never misses a trick.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 AM
Stampers Saverem

Naugh-TY Antimony!

27 Mar 2015 | 11:16 AM

We are getting more and more revelations aimed at chapter 38.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 AM

Embarrassed Annie is so amusing.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 AM

Katerina Donlan... wait, that's Kat's name?

27 Mar 2015 | 11:46 AM

The best dads only show up when they're worried about your academic integrity!

27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 AM

This is a bloody nightmare. And I mean literally. A. Bloody. Nightmare. She's gonna wake up, and this will spare Mr. Carver the unholy wrath of some very old, very powerful, canine-shaped demigods.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:55 AM

Ouch, and i don't think that's the last of the verbal bashing annie's getting today either

27 Mar 2015 | 12:01 PM

gotta say...still hating him, that is no excuse for him treating her that way after this many years of no contact, jerk needs some serious and repeated smacks upside the head.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:02 PM


27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 PM

Between his demeanor and the messed up hand, I was worried for a second that he was going to tell Annie to get in a giant robot.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:08 PM

Valid, but currently irrelevant. He is avoiding her.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:16 PM

Tom, buddy, you're really making it hard to hate this guy. I mean, he's a jerk, but a responsible one.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:19 PM


27 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM

Still doesn't excuse his attitude in front of the other students and his reaction to her concern over his hand. Still a DICK.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:23 PM

This is sketchy logic. Two friends could easily help each other and work together on assignments without it being cheating. Unless this applies to tests I'm not sure I see the problem.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 PM
That Blunt Guy

This is amusing. So, he's disappointed in Annie for cheating on her tests. If I were her I'd have retorted something that would hit a nerve, mainly: "In that case, I'm disappointed in your lack of a presence in my life, education, emotional support, or just moral support, like a REAL PARENT would provide." Please. Don't pretend to act like a parent, Anthony. Get off your high horse. Also, still waiting for Eglamore to butt in and have a man-to-man talk with Mr. Uptight here.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 PM

Shucks, if ONLY I'd had someone to teach me that was wrong all my life. I dunno, some kind of FATHER figure...

27 Mar 2015 | 12:36 PM

Oh dude. Is Annie gonna wind up having to take remedial lessons with her father. That won't be super awkward or anything. :(

27 Mar 2015 | 12:40 PM

I can see Kat being upset at this, after all, *both* of her parents are teachers. It's also possible that there may be a perception out there that Kat is letting her cheat, which would reflect badly on her. I'm kind of disappointed, too. Using her abilities Antimony could probably cheat off anyone, so she should have varied her copyings between all of her classmates.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:40 PM

This act would be much more believable if it weren't following his extremely petty and unprofessional refusal to give her a textbook.

27 Mar 2015 | 12:41 PM

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. O ( O Not cool

27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 PM
Ud the Imp NOW????? You throw this at her NOW?!?!? DX Couldn't have AT LEAST waited until the important questions of "Where have you been?", "What have you been doing?", "Why the Hell you only used your daughter name as a codeword?" were answered?!? You, Mr. Carver, have proven to me that you're A DOUCHE. DX

27 Mar 2015 | 12:52 PM


27 Mar 2015 | 12:56 PM

I hate student-teacher-parent conferences

27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 PM

@Joe Alder His motivations don't matter, he's a jerk regardless. I'm sick of "tragic past" and "secretly cares" being used as excuses. It's obvious this guy has had it rough, didn't have great social skills to start with and it's likely more complicated than "he hates her" but that doesn't justify him showing up after years without a word and treating Annie like shit. I might sympathise with what the guy has been through but what he is doing now isn't ok.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:07 PM

He's still kinda a jerk, but it seems to be just how he functions. He's probably giving her a separate book that has different questions than everyone else, which is an incredible amount of work for one student; that would actually show that he's putting a lot of effort into her. Also, in Divine, I think he was trying to pull the fire elemental out of Annie so she could have children and live. Maybe not the kinda thing you do without asking first, but he seems like the kind of person that thinks its up to him to fix everything and nobody can help.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:10 PM

I love how bringing up Annie's cheating totally and completely makes up for a) not contacting her for years on end, b) conducting experiments on her from the Ether, c) openly humiliating her in front of her classmates. (It's not even an "Annie, hey, you're not doing well, what's up", it's "YOU ARE A DISAPPOINTMENT DO YOU DENY THIS".)

27 Mar 2015 | 1:17 PM

well at least we know why he seemed so pissed.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:23 PM

I love Anthony now.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:26 PM

What if the reason no-one else has called Annie out on her cheating is because they feel sorry for her, just like a large section of commenters do? But cheating is serious; people who cheat in school continue cheating in the workplace. Maybe Anthony felt compelled to come and address this in person, because Annie is in some way being coddled on account of her mother and now because she is Forest medium?

27 Mar 2015 | 1:36 PM

Pretty sure he cares more about his legacy/reputation than her, considering his earlier behavior

27 Mar 2015 | 1:39 PM

Aw, damn, Annie.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM


27 Mar 2015 | 1:48 PM

Okay, so he gets the "not as big of a dick as you could be" award. I still don't like him.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM

That is... surprisingly paternal. I approve. However, that's still not a good reason to be a mega dick during class.

27 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM
Jacob C.

Ack, sorry for the unintentional triple post, earlier. My mobile browser must have sent the form data two extra times for some reason (maybe when reloading the page when switching back to the tab). I've seen it happen to other commenters — you may want to put in a form submission nonce check, which would block that.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:03 PM

... something doesn't add up here.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:04 PM

Wait, I thought Kat knew Annie's been copying her work?

27 Mar 2015 | 2:11 PM

So? I don't think the person who abandoned his daughter. To the point of not even letting her know he was alive let alone going to be working at the court as her teacher. Or whatever he did else where in the world that caused her to collapse and fall unconscious and endangering her even more has room to say jack at the point. Checkmate Mr. Carver. Care to explain your own actions?

27 Mar 2015 | 2:14 PM

Yeah as far as I'm concerned all this really does is help define the specific variety of asshole her father is: the absent parent who returns and tries to immediately don the mantle of parental authority they have long since lost the right to wear. There are many people who have the right to reprimand Annie over her cheating, the man who abandoned her three years ago without a word of explanation is not one of them.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:14 PM

He has a point here, and I'm surprised Annie's got away with it for so long without any of the other teachers catching on. And at least he didn't bring this up in front of the entire class. But still, was this the time? The first one on one conversation he has with his daughter in years and he has nothing positive to say to her? I believe he cares, but that doesn't make him a good father. There are better ways he could have handled this.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:21 PM

Okay, no. Just no. He does NOT get to do this at ALL. ._.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:26 PM

For everyone saying he's being a "responsible parent", he's really not. He's being a responsible teacher. Though I don't know why the Court put it on him in particular to confront her about this. Isn't this the job of the principal or something? He couldn't have been the one who noticed it, considering this is her first day being taught by him, and has handed no work in to him.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 PM

So Annie's copying the homework from Kat, but still passing the tests and quizzes? That sounds either a bit odd, or like Annie is a great deal more academically gifted than we thought. If the material is so easy that you can learn it without doing the work, then you're in the wrong classes. If the work isn't designed to help you learn the material, then it's just pointless make-work, and who wants to do that?

27 Mar 2015 | 2:29 PM

Hmm he almost sounds like a real parent.. Assuming he isn't doing this as a way to hurt her it still doesn't excuse his past treatment and neglect of his daughter or his stunt that left her comatose until Zimmy stopped what ever he was doing. Its going to take far more than this to improve my view of him.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:33 PM

Found GC from comments in UserFriendly; it only took some 16 days of marathon reading to get up to date. Wow! She's (they're) SO Busted! Now, go do the work for real!

27 Mar 2015 | 2:37 PM

My theory: Whatever Etheric thing (possibly the interrupted surgery in Divine) that made him lose his hand also made him lose portions of his memory, specifically, he doesn't remember Annie. He's gone beyond "abusive parent" territory into "genuinely isn't acknowledging that she's his daughter" territory. The fact that he knows about her cheating supports this theory, since it provides another logical reason for him to single her out about the makeup and book and such.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:43 PM

Oh, I swear to crap, if he even tries messing with Kat & Annie's relationship I will KILL THIS FUCKER DEAD.

27 Mar 2015 | 2:52 PM

ah. That's why he is acting this way. He is disappointed in her actions. I'm actually amazed that I haven't seen a comment that brings up that his hand was shown to be hurt in this comic many chapters ago when he was linked to her in esthoric fashion. I'm starting to think that perhaps he doesn't want to loose his daughter in the same way that he lost his wife.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 PM

What the heck, people. This needed to be dealt with, yeah, but for crying out loud a father's first conversation in YEARS with his daughter being a schoolwork reprimand is not A+ parenting skills.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:01 PM

Lots of people have been bringing up the idea that Anthony rags on Annie because he's upset about losing Surma and what Zimmy's "message from his daughter" might have meant to him. It occurs to me that there's a real possibility that he does have these emotions, but knows it's wrong to take them out on Annie in a familial context. So he might be using the student-teacher relationship as an outlet-a position that demands objectivity in handling all people the same regardless of position. If he ever allows himself to try and be a father figure, he might not show the same stern- Actually, no, Anthony is just a very stern man at best. Nevermind.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:01 PM

Jacob C, you put it perfectly: "An absentee parent has utterly forfeited the moral privilege of being disappointed." If he was absentee by force, that could be different, but he would still need to reestablish a rapport before even beginning to broach this subject. Either he's an incompetent parent, or he is pretending to parent.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:05 PM

Hmmm... You can't take the role of a parent that quickly... It's just wrong. Even although Annie's wrong, it doesn't make you right!

27 Mar 2015 | 3:15 PM

I really hope that this is just a case of "Teacher in the classroom, Parent everywhere else" Otherwise I may have to harbor a very deep dislike of Mr. Carver.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:35 PM
mike jc

We saw her cheating in the dreamscape in Divine. Did Anthony see her too?

27 Mar 2015 | 3:36 PM
mike jc

oh and: Tom, you magnificent bastard.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:42 PM

His behavior in singling her out in front of her peers, keeping a book from her in particular, is not justified with her cheating off of Kat.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:45 PM

Dammit Carver.

27 Mar 2015 | 3:45 PM

I see now, he's so hard on her because he wants his daughter to excel beyond her classmates, or at least not need any help. He does at least care, in a tough, cold, sort of way

27 Mar 2015 | 4:10 PM

Oh hey you're back from vanishing from her life with no explanation and now you're suddenly so concerned and ready to be a parent? Sorry buddy, not how it works. Still a really awful guy.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 PM

I'm confused as to why people are treating Antimony's cheating as a surprising reveal. It's come up previously, in Divine and I think in the one where she runs into the forest. (Also, cheating does not immediately make you deserving of emotional abuse, seeing as there are many reasons why one would cheat. Still, ask your friends before you cheat off of them lest you set yourself up for something like this.)

27 Mar 2015 | 4:41 PM

Without having read any previous comments -- how do we know the direction the cheating was going in? Couldn't it have been the other way round?

27 Mar 2015 | 4:43 PM

Well, we were expecting this.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:43 PM

Carver doesn't actually know this from the school. He learned it from the dream bubble Zimmy was in somehow.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:44 PM

Ohhh, well. Yes. That. You were being an asshole, but now you're presenting legitimate concerns? Gearing down my righteous indignation is like, ouch, man.

27 Mar 2015 | 4:48 PM

this is really really scary and i hope he won't beat her like my parents would have and i also hope this doesn't end in a redemption arc for him aaaaa

27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 PM

Oh gee...that's terrible. It must be terribly disappointing for your daughter to be doing this. Where oh where did you go wrong in raising her? Do you think maybe it's the part where you raise her? He makes a fair point in all, but seriously...I'd think he's forfeited his right to act like her father by now. Unless he's acting purely as a teacher, in which case...

27 Mar 2015 | 4:56 PM

Been meaning to make this comment for a while. To play devil's advocate for Dad, we got no clue what is really going on here. Knowing the typical run of Gunnerkrigg, there will probably be something sympathetic about his personality revealed in this arc.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:12 PM

The two lenses we really have to look at these events so far with make it really tough to decide how I want to understand it. I really want to believe Mr. Donlan and what he said about Tony, but Divine makes it fairly clear that Tony's not completely straight with his intentions for his daughter.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:14 PM

Nah. She should be called out on cheating but not by him. A long lost father being the one to do instead of a school official who isn't in that position is just dickery.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:14 PM

Two kids that lived in the same room together for their entire school life and somehow having the same homework is 'cheating'? It'd be pretty normal to assume they both studied together. The only school work where it would actually matter if she copied from a friend is graded exams. Where she wouldn't get a chance to cheat anyway.

27 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM

Blah, the real villain is Tom Siddell who is stringing us all along with the content and timing of his episodes to make the GC readers angry at a fictional character, leading to insults and death threats towards Anthony in this comments section. Absolutely brilliant! Stay calm and carry on. I love where this story is going.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:17 PM

Mr. you cannot be an absent father for as long time as you did and still dare to feel oh so disapointed when you kid does something wrong.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:29 PM

Funny how Annie dismissed Renard when Renard complained about Annie's cheating by saying that he wasn't her father but now Annie's actual father is here asking about the same thing. Also is this in any way related to the scene where Renard meets Eglamore at the end of Quicksilver?

27 Mar 2015 | 6:32 PM

She is the forest medium and one of the two people responsible for making sure everything doesn't blow up into flowers or bombs. Not surprised she can't study.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:46 PM
Steve Gunnell

I am amazed how many people are trying to validate this assholery. Annie is exactly the daughter he has raised her to be. He has no call at all to be disappointed or otherwise. His behavior to Annie during the class was unprofessional to the extreme. He should not be allowed near students of any age.

27 Mar 2015 | 6:57 PM

Uh oh the jig is up. I wonder how this will affect her position... And will he make her redo her other subjects like a good father?

27 Mar 2015 | 7:02 PM
Kol I a bad person for thinking panel 3 is the CUTEST FACE EVER? Probably, yeah...

27 Mar 2015 | 7:08 PM

Them wrinkles, though... Poor Annie!

27 Mar 2015 | 7:48 PM

Tom, one thing I love about your writing is the depth of the characters and specifically I feel the girl reactions seem believable. I sometimes see male authors oversimplify female characters or female authors who make boys act too much like girls with very convoluted schemes for dealing with love and so forth... which... I realize is a gender laden comment. But in real life I really do see gender skewed behavior patterns, whether by nature or nurture. I feel like your characters are real people and I am emotionally connected to them.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:03 PM

FINALLY! I had been waiting for Annie's cheating to get addressed!

27 Mar 2015 | 8:46 PM
sapient moonworm

Love Annies look in panel 3, it perfectly conveys her shock at the turn of the conversation. Also: Who is this guy? Is it Eglamore? I didn't know Eglamor was a science teacher.

27 Mar 2015 | 8:54 PM


27 Mar 2015 | 9:04 PM

Usually I don't comment, but it's a little irksome to see so many people doing a 180 because he mentioned her cheating. If he had been around to help her understand the material and support her in her studies, she probably wouldn't have felt the need to resort to cheating in the first place... as it is it seems like she doesn't think she's capable of doing well in the classes she cheats for. What she needs is compassion and help, not a reprimand from a father who has been completely absent from her life for years.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:04 PM

He's still a dipwad. I'd like to see either of two scenarios for the next page: (1) Enter Kat: "Mr Carver, sir, have you conducted an investigation? Why are you so sure that Antimony copied from me, and that I didn't copy from her?" "And is that how it was?" "Sir, I respectfully decline to incriminate either of us." (2) Annie: "Sir, perhaps I cheated, but at least I'm not a thief. Whatever did you do with those scalpels you instructed Mr. Donlon to steal for you? Microsat 5 *did* deliver them to you, is that correct? Have you been stabbing other people in the back?"

27 Mar 2015 | 9:17 PM

I still think her dad is a BUTTHEAD. A butthead with a cartoon mouse hand.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:27 PM

Oh great, so now his story that he's only emotionally abusive because she deserves it. Real classy, this dude.

27 Mar 2015 | 9:48 PM

Kat is like, "What, my Biology skills aren't good enough for you?"

27 Mar 2015 | 9:50 PM

So that's why he was so cold towards her? He's still a bit of a jerk, but I'll buy him rationalizing his being a jerk as 'for her own good.' He wants to punish Annie so the she feels sorry for what she has done -> Will jot do it again -> Learns what she needs to and doesn't flunk her classes.

27 Mar 2015 | 10:13 PM

Sharp as a tack, this one. Third panel is best panel. To be fair, she hasn't exactly had any parental figure to keep her on the straight and narrow. Apart from a few canines, two of which tried to kill her and the other who stuck his nose up her skirt. Hm. Come to think of it, it's fairly miraculous she's as well behaved as she is. I mean, she hasn't even set fire to any buildings yet! Just a few robots... and some forest goons... a bridge... her hair... jeez, what a punk.

27 Mar 2015 | 10:21 PM

Not only was she so embarrassed that her nose fell off, but now it appears she is standing in a swarm of gnats and huge cracks mysteriously appeared in the wall just back of where she is standing in panel-3. I won't mention the 4 wiry hairs sticking out of her head... Oh, but I just did...

27 Mar 2015 | 10:36 PM

Oh, okay. Now his actions seem slightly more reasonable. But I'm still mad about him singling her out on the makeup. >(

27 Mar 2015 | 10:46 PM

i'm feeling anxiety

27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 PM

Her cheating does not excuse his behavior. Public humiliation is not an acceptable nor effective means of dealing with what Annie has been doing.

27 Mar 2015 | 11:52 PM
Some guy

Secret twist: Katy's been the one cheating, and Annie is covering for her

28 Mar 2015 | 12:44 AM

He may have the right point but not the right method of approach. But we already knew this meeting would never have gone well. What will Kat do?

28 Mar 2015 | 12:57 AM

The truth be told she get's it from him. That'w what he has been doing all these years. Children do mimic there parent's bad qualities quite well. One of the things that angers them most. It would seem though that Annie is a better cheater than Kat not making Kat's mistakes.

28 Mar 2015 | 1:23 AM

Kat doesn't look surprised; I suspect she's known all along that Annie was copying her homework. From her expression, I'd guess that Kat is more worried about what Daddy Dearest is going to do to Annie (and maybe also to Kat).

28 Mar 2015 | 1:23 AM

'So disappointed' implies that he has some sort of emotional investment in the life of his child. Which I doubt he is capable of. Mr Carver seems like some sort of serious autistic to which human relations are entirely alien, and his reaction to Antimony's cheating is simply what he thinks is appropriate. She isn't what he thinks she should be, but he doesn't actually /care/ because he isn't able to do so.

28 Mar 2015 | 1:33 AM

Her cheating really does not in any way even remotely excuse his being as big of a tool as he has.

28 Mar 2015 | 2:11 AM

Yeah I´m glad to see you too, dad. What an ass.

28 Mar 2015 | 2:13 AM

It is disappointing that so any readers of Gunnerkrigg Court seem to invent their own conclusions without attention to probability. This is not because of how the stories are perceived as they unravel, but because the judgement is so punitive and many predictions are warped. There is insufficient evidence of anything at this immediate point in time. I would not like to see how you would react to someone in real life who may not fit into your preconceived models of How To Exist.

28 Mar 2015 | 2:22 AM

Totally understand why you've named this chapter 'The Tree' Tom but so many friends reactions I've introduced to the comic are leading me to refer to this as 'Trigger Alert'. Not criticising; just saying.

28 Mar 2015 | 3:12 AM

Nope nope nope. You do not get to claim the high moral ground, Buster. You forfeited the right to come over all parental when you chose to STOP PARENTING. Moreover, it's a ploy to put her on the defensive, to prevent her from even trying to ask him any uncomfortable questions. He does not care about her grades because he does not care about *her*. Instead of spending the weekend getting reacquainted with his daughter, he spent it poring through two years of her homework, hoping to spot something he could use against her. If she'd been making honest C's, he'd have been "disappointed" by that. What Leomon said and what Jacob C. said. And I still need to hear a good explanation from the Donlans, Eglamore, and maybe Jones for why they didn't give her a head's-up. P.S. Another vote for Disqus here.

28 Mar 2015 | 5:03 AM

It figures that the Tumblrites would label this chapter "Trigger Alert" after the horrifying act of... being corrected by a parent/teacher. Such a cis-het shitlord thing to do, right?

28 Mar 2015 | 6:18 AM

So much emotional investment into the well-being of a child he recently tried to *murder*

28 Mar 2015 | 6:19 AM

Well, this totally changes how I'm reading the previous pages. I wondered when this was going to come to a head. When Annie first started, she seemed like she was at the top end of her class, like in the science fair. Then all of a sudden, she wasn't understanding and was sneaking peeks off of Kat's homework. Hopefully her dad is going to act like a dad and help her catch up.

28 Mar 2015 | 6:22 AM

Well being pessimistic she knows that she has a brief life expectancy so studying things she doesn't like or finds useless makes little sense to her. Maybe not her first reason but might be there in her subconscious. I guess the Asshole is trying so hard to save Annie from her mother's fate that he forgot he has an actual daughter to care about. After all I don't think he is trying to save Annie herself, a person he hardly knows, rather he is doing it for Annie's mother. He brings a fair point about cheating but being a non-present parent and his only greeting being ice-cold burocratic speak means he doesn't get to be dissapointed, Annie has probably been dissapointed on him a hundred times for every time she has given him reason to feel the same, and while he is dissapointed about some stupid school work she is about being basicly left an orphan, with a dead mother and a father that completely abandons her.

28 Mar 2015 | 6:34 AM

OMIGOD I HATE HIM I HATE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU BITCH!!!!!!!!!!

28 Mar 2015 | 6:45 AM

Next panel: "I thought I taught you to cheat better than this, Annie!"

28 Mar 2015 | 6:48 AM

This explains the workbook (which will be different from Kats), but he is still a butthead.

28 Mar 2015 | 8:05 AM


28 Mar 2015 | 9:05 AM

Who cheats by copying everything exactly? It's actually quite easy to cheat and not make it obvious.

28 Mar 2015 | 9:09 AM
David C

I bet Eglamore would have given her a gold star

28 Mar 2015 | 9:32 AM

And comb your hair! Dork.

28 Mar 2015 | 9:35 AM
Little Lurker

That Mr. Carver does not even remotely excuse your behavior. You don't get to pretend to be a responsible adult now after the complete childishness you displayed. This is a massive parental fail on every level, and I'm not going to be surprised at all if he's doing this for malicious reasons.

28 Mar 2015 | 9:37 AM
Grey Face

"In particular" Does that mean she's been cheating off of other people as well? And what does this mean for them? Will they have to change roommates or something?

28 Mar 2015 | 9:39 AM


28 Mar 2015 | 10:04 AM

Finally someone to call her on it and maybe actually be able to do something about it.

28 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM

Everything Anthony Carver says would be said by a hard-guy teacher, even to slapping her down for asking about his hand. Annie might be going to a dry well for affection, and if so she is going to have to grow up in a painful hurry. That said, playing hardball might be a tactic. I read a novel once by Chaim Potok, called "The Chosen", in which a father whose son wanted to become a rabbi suddenly stopped talking to him, for years. He did it to emulate the experience of a rabbi praying and God not answering.

28 Mar 2015 | 10:46 AM
Oh Contrair

On the contrary, everyone with any kind of power got there by cheating. Playing by the rules gets you poor or dead.

28 Mar 2015 | 10:53 AM
lil fish

I just hope in the end of all this sudden_tyrant_father thing Annie will stand up for herself and put him in his place. Father or not, Annie is NOT A GODDAMN CHILD, she is independent, self-reliant person.

28 Mar 2015 | 11:12 AM

cut poor annie a break :( i hope kat doesn't get mad. annie needs all the support she can get right now.

28 Mar 2015 | 11:31 AM

He's fair, but very tough.. and doing better in this first one-on-one talk than I'd have thought. Thankfully he's an EXCELLENT teacher, even if he can't really be a good dad because of.. yeah.

28 Mar 2015 | 12:02 PM