By Tom Siddell
We all have a scarecrow friend.
I want to know what they talked about.
Awww. A page of pure sweetness.
aaaaugh this is breaking my heart
Also, Annie looks incredibly creepy in panel 4.
Where your eyes don't go a filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms And does a parody of each unconscious thing you do
Ankou looks like a scarecrow to Kat? Scary.
The moment we're all fearing for, is getting closer and closer!!!
I wonder... is Annie now back on good terms with psychopomps in general? I don't think that they've ever justified abandoning Surma's remains just because her spirit wasn't "whole." But Annie clearly doesn't object to Ankou being called her friend.
Mort looks extra silly without arms.
Feel a bit sad for Mort. I would have liked to have thought his time was useful for something. But I guess he did scare a few people, and it all helps right? So... played well, done strong? =b
Little white lie can't hurt . . . can it?
OK, Tom, you're designing my next house. Wow.
Annie! It's not nice to lie!
Looks like Kat is leaning against a piece of furniture only she can see in that first panel.
If he only had a brain?
I can't tell if Kat means that in a literal sense. Or does she actually have FORMIDOPHOBIA??
The eyes! Turn back before it's too late Tom! Don't go anime eyes.
I'm not really liking Annie's eyes in panel 4. New style you're going with?
Aw, she's so sweet, and Mort's so cute.
oo oo! me me! can i be the scarecrow friend? :D
Annie's looking a little scary there in Panel 4.
First! Hahaha just kidding. There is usually at least one "first" commenter every day. It's funny that these people don't seem to understand how this works. Lame how thinking being first commentator is meaningful. Lol
Ah! Annie-chan is so kawaii desu~!
Hail and farewell Mort. You leave behind good memories.
Ghost bros 4 life! Er...or, y'know...whatever...
Lies to children, goddammit!
Great to see how big buddies Mort & Kat are.
That was so cute that I'm sad now.
LOL, so that's what Kat viewed Ankou as: a scarecrow. Wonder why she was so freaked out. Is she afraid of scarecrows or something? xD
I don't have a scarecrow friend...
... Whait! Does that mean, I'm the scarecrow in my group?
I'm pretty sure that Kat has the Vault-Tec emblem on her shirt....
:'( That was so sweet of her. I love Anne's eyes in the 4th panel too ^.^
They want you to stay!
But I want to know what Kat and Mort were laughing about. And Kat's afraid of scarecrows?!
For a moment (from panel 2) I thought that Kat and Mort had been playing hide and seek while Annie was gone...maybe, sounds fun! :D
Since when is Ankou a scarecrow? How in the world could you screw that up, Kat?
On another note, what real-life person is MY scarecrow friend?
Yes, the filthy scarecrow is always waiting "where your eyes don't go."
Today's Duh Moment: I finally understand why Mort has that division halfway down; he's wearing a sheet!
How is Kat standing like that in panel one ._.
Yay! Mort did a really good job!
Even though what he was doing was completely unnecessary! Yay! (Happy dance)
Those guys are great together.
Indeed. We are all very proud of you, Mort.
omg for some reason the fifth panel just brought tears to my eyes. I'm gonna miss mort!
That fist bump.
I feel so slow for just thinking it now. Maybe Kat just saw though the "Smoke and mirrors" of ROTD, but Ankou was legit scary?
Is Annie getting thinner being in this world? Last two pages her face is super gaunt.
Did Annie's eyes grow? They look kinda odd.
So that's how Kat sees Ankou eh?
Not exactly a lie. Just... embellishing the truth a little.
No, no no. No no no no. No.
Not going to even answer that one tom....
Sniffle… Mort is so cute :'((
The childhood memories are real!
Would that make Antimony Mrs. King? (Bonus points if you get the reference)
A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down.
agggghghghg she does look creepy in panel 4. i thought the rotd didnt say anythinf about how they wer proud of morty?
Will he get to see his parents once more? Or have they all been "winked out of existence" by now? Mort is a ghost going happily to his second "death".
I think it was just what we saw. They taught her that you have to lie to the souls in order to help them feel good and find peace.
...Kat, Ankou is not a scarecrow. :(
Mort is, like 100 years old by now, but he still can be fooled by the ROTD's white lie. Guess ghosts don't get more savvy with age--they just tread water, or ether, as the case may be. No wonder he's ready to move on. Is he going to take the sheet off and appear as little Morty again?
I've seen those big bright eyes of Annie's before, and they appear when she's happy or excited . . . like she was when Jack Hyland is close. I don't think anyone else has been depicted with colored irises except Surma, and Jones, not even Katerina. Jones' eye color is so dark, her irises are barely noticeable. Kat's eyes are just big black spots when she's happy, and little peas when she is surprised.
My Scarecrow friend is a fucking idiot. It's like the guy doesn't have a brain!
Gagh! What the heck is up with Annie's eyes?!
Aww, Annie. You're so awesome.
To my understanding Kat and Antimony see Ankou's appearance as he really is (The same way we see him). ROTD uses illusions, each ghost choosing his own form depending on what he/she feels like, as we see previously in the series. Kat it seems, though we haven't delved much into her abilities, is obviously able to see through the illusions or just see that they aren't real giving her a different version. Kat and Antimony will see every Pyschopomp the same since they aren't using any type of illusion. I assume Kat describes Ankou as a scarecrow for lack of better description. I posted this because it seems everyone thinks that they each get their own version when I believe in Ankou's instance they do not.
I love her eyes on pannel 4
Tom, just. Just stop it. Stop being good. And shit. And. Fsdfh
I'd been afraid that his "unfinished business" was to save Jones' life. For unexpected reasons, that's a lot more difficult than he might have thought when, as a living boy, he took on the task. He'd be well and truly stuck in that case.
Far better that he got a task which could be "finished" whenever he declared that he was ready to be finished with it.
Mort was friends with Annie and kat. That's not useless at all. That's important.
Now I'm going to go sit down somewhere and cry.
So I just spent most of the day going through the archives from the beginning. A little tried from reading so many comics, but it was worth it. Definitely adding this to my reading queue.
Mort did a great job! He was an agent between the students and the undead, especially the Mediums in training and could pass the Blinker Stone to Muut for Annie when she needed it. Plus and, he was a friend to our two outsider protagonists at their most isolated. Tom's Halloween tweets will never be the same...
So Kat is seeing the real ROTD because she is not connected to the Ether. If that's the case then how did they make that dude in final records look like a giant bone centipede?
Some many people saying they don't want Mort to go. Think about where he will go. Though it was hinted he'd go out of existence, as one poster said... "Out of THIS existence".
According to a vast majority of religions, he'll be going to an eternal reward or punishment (and I'm pretty damn sure it's the former).
How Kat is standing in panel one? She's not standing, she's in mid-movement.
It's more like a photograph than a picture. In photographs (especially high-speed photos), you get this sort of stance without the lines normally put in to denote movement. In this case, those lines would have degraded the depiction of "FUN" Mort and Kat were having.
I, too, like the eyes in panel four. I don't think they are so anime, maybe anmie-inspired. But they lokk so alive! Good job.
I generally like where you're going with your art, Tom.
Perhaps Kat finds scarecrows creepy because she still has a subconscious psychological affinity for birds...?
Annie seems...older... O_o what IS IT?
This is so adorable, yet so sad...
The world keeps spinning: I wonder if mort will be transformed into something else as apposed to just stop existing...
I know this is a weird thing to comment on, but I love the detail in Annie's eyes.
Yes we all have a scarecrow friend. Mines name is George.
Antimony's eyes in panel four! Uncanny! D:
Annie... on the one hand, I'm disappoint for not being honest, but on the other, I don't want you to be honest...
Annie is going to be a really great guide, making people fel better before they leave. You know, it never accord to me that Mort's voice was that of a child's. Now my headcanon voice is a giant lie.
But Mort did do a job. I thought the implication was that it was only because Mort was in ROTD that he could ask to pass the blinker stone to Annie. The psychopomps don't interact with the living world.
No, this is too heartbreaking. :(
I like that: "annie-me" :-)
My scarecrow friend is a literal scarecrow. He enjoys scaring crows.
good job being bad at your job
Annie looks the same as she has for a while now. Sheesh people -.-
Annie's eyes look.. off. Might just be looking into that too much but eh.
Poor Mort :/ I'm gonna miss him if he really decides to go through with it.
My "friend" is even creepier! He's a clown who hides under my bed!
Apparently (depending on the story) Death is Annie's scarecrow friend.
Look how much Annie's grown up in the past few years. If she'd done this before the Cherry Tree Incident she would have just bluntly told the truth and hurt all of the feelings. All of them.