By Tom Siddell
Hands come off, walls come down.
Alcohol goes in, truth comes out?
good guy tony
We hitherto don't know of his own abilities, but he seems so much less stone-like now...I wonder if he's doing what Annie does?
Oh man. I wish he'd show Annie any of this friendliness. I understand she's in trouble but man...
Tony's smiling! (i'm scared.)
ALL HANDS! ALL HANDS! SMILE INCOMING!
WTF IS HIS ARM
WTF IS HIS SMILING
ALSO WTF DONNY JUST TOTALLY RUINED TONYS FENG SHUI
This is the scariest page I've ever seen in any comic.
The stump surprises me more than change expression on Tony's face. It looks burnt .
Jesus is in GK universe ? I thought it to be areligious.
Woah, Tony smiling may just be the creepiest thing you've ever drawn ...
HE CAN SMILE?
He's smiling. He's capable of smiling.
He just decides his stupid useless daughter doesn't deserve it. Damn right.
Still a bad father. Don't like him. You can't make me, Tom.
Did he...did he just smile!?
I just realized that was what the scalpel was for.
Tony _is_ a person.
The disturbing part is how human he is now... Is Donlan the only one he ever trusted?
Start of these is just perfect. This will answer a lot, if Annie doesn't show herself somehow.
Whiskey comes out, walls come down. :)
It's really nice to see Tony smile for a change.
Oh my god, he can smile.
Jesus, Tony, is right!!!
Tony looks genuinely happy to have his friend over...his arm looks terrible though
Oh my lord, an actual expression.
It's almost like I'm actually 12 years old.
He... he smiles just ... like ... Annie ...
(short-circuits from clashing emotions)
Dat face I don't even ... whut?
He looks so much like Annie!
Oh god it's smiling.
Seriously though, it's interesting to see just how laid-back tony is with Donny. It's a stark comparison to his cold demeanor with Annie.
if tony isnt the person who seperated Annie's fire from her body, then did he really just come back to work with the court & be closer to annie? will we find out on friday what he came back for? and did him losing his hand have anything to do with renard or annie or was it from when zimmy psychic-punched him back when annie got comatose? was it just some random accident that has nothing to do with anything we know about? plus: i have a feeling annie's fire-side is gonna jump out of the blinkerstone and do something.
He looks like 65 years old
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tony's smiling! It's a sign of the apocalypse! Save yourselves!
Wait... is he about to say he came back because he missed Annie? How can you humanize that turd after everything he's done?
And nooooow, the twist! He can be nice. Called it. But honestly, what he did to Annie was extremely bad, and it's still abusive.
It's incredibly discomforting to see him smile...
Tony smiling? Tony acting playful? The ensuing barrage of confused and conflicted comments you have brought upon yourself, Tom.
Dr Carver smiling? WITCHCRAFT!
Tony showing emotion??!! Nothing makes sense anymore!!!
Aw, look, he has a soft side!
I still hate him.
If he was a surgeon surely he could afford a better arm
He has been maimed already. This is a good start.
Wait.. He's...????? SMILING? HE'S HUMAN?
Give that man a hand. ...No, really, he could use one. (Right, that's a terrible joke.)
A SMILE??? WHAT
GAWD HE'S SMILING!!!!!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! MAKE HIM STOOOOOOP!!!!!!!
in vino veritas?
That prosthetic looks pretty unusual, I thought most of them hooked round the shoulder? I suppose if it's more decorative than functional you don't need to attach it there though.
So THAT'S why he wanted the scalpel!
Now ... why did he NEED the scalpel?
Gotta hand it to the guy huh?
HE CAN SPEAK IN THE COLLOQUIAL LANGUAGE??
Its nice to see Carver as an actual friend. He seems nice.
O, so you DID return just to fuck up your daughter?
I still think the Big Secret is that Tony originally was a Praying Mantis whose soul was transplanted into the vat-grown body of a human child. But it's still a Praying Mantis soul ...
So Tony is basically like Annie was in the beginning?
Well so much for what I said on Monday, this man actually does have expressions. So I guess he's cool enough to show some expression to an old friend, but not to his own daughter.
I am not ashamed to be part of the masses who say this: Holy shit, he's smiling.
Man,is that the first time in this comic that Tony has looked genuinely happy?
So he can smile, astounding!
I'm both intrigued and horrified at the potential of this revelation. I mean, he's even cracking jokes about his missing hand...this could either end up being really good, or really, REALLY bad.
I thought it would be something arcane, but no it's just a prosthetic. And Donny, what did you put in that drink?
Oh my GOD
- Your face! It goes ":-)" again!! Oh, I wanna be your friend!
Woah, he's capable of smiling?
I feel so bad for him. He seems to be a good enough guy, but he just totally sucks at handling his own kid. Hits way too close to hoooooome.
You are provoking a load of handjobs.
I mean, jokes.
Woah, Tony has facial expressions? Now i've seen it all.
It's.. worse when he's human. Means he actually thinks he's doing the right thing by Annie. And not losing all that much sleep over it either.
Hands come off, walls come down, minds are blown.
Donald's becoming one of my four favourite characters. :D
i told you. i told all of you that tony was actually a chill dude but no one listened
Wait so his face isn't made of plastic too? He can smile?!
I gotta hand it to you Tom. Gunnerkrigg is hands down the best webcomic I've read.
WHAT THE H E L L IS HE DOING? ACTING LIKE A PERSON?
I am satisfied to see that Annie cut her own hair though. It is a reminder that she is still not grown up. I'm looking forward to the next part!
All they had to to was get him drunk. Goddamn it, that is me.
Oh, thanks for the warning Tony...
These blokes definitely know each other far better than their kids understand.
A chat between old friends. Nothing strange here. Move along.
Well, we can hope for no commercial trolls selling prosthetics. Still, since Anthony says he did not come back because of the lack of a hand, he had another reason. I still favor the court calling him back to "deal with your daughter". They were not pleased when Coyote designated Annie as a medium, and Tony is one of the few people who can have a definite hold on her by now.
Coyote's designation of a fire elemental/human cross as a medium has disturbed the established balance between the Court and Coyote's people. We may now get to see deeper into the relationship between the Court and the Wood.
The great rending in twain of the protocontinent Pangaea was as naught to the tumult caused to Tony's face by his cracking a smile.
I'm thinking he's seen things we wouldn't believe...
Tony is drunk and smiling and kind of laughing! I can't.
holy smokes, the man smiles!
So he's a stone in Annie and everybody else presence.
And he's a total human in Donnie's presence.
Man, like father like daughter...
Wow finally he's acting like a real person, this has to be freaking Annie out
OMG! He Smiled! I had to look twice to make sure.
And now he's smiling?? UGH I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS TOM.
Shui instantly ruined.
Something tells me that Zimmy might have been responsible for that. Anyone else think so?
That looks... Like a burn scar. The red, inflamed flesh, the stretching around it, coupled with the damage to his face...
Pieces are falling into place, Tom. Also, Anthony -smiling-? Crap, I'm about to understand and sympathize with this man, I can feel it.
Hey Tony, can you give me a hand?
He did it! He did it with the scalpel! Cuffed by the hand he was, probably. That, or Alien Hand Syndrome.
WAIT. TONY CAN SMILE?!
Could somebody please give Tony a hand with his jacket?
Drink up, Tony! Take off your coat, your shirt, your hand... have another drink or three, and start babbling to Donny about what you were up to all that time you were away...
He can smile? And laugh?
It, is smiling???
Knew there was something up with his right arm, but not sure if suspected this
Hero-Eye-Mask Donny's still got the poker face on?
Damnnnnn. Also, does Tony know Antimony is watching? Is this an act, or Tony being "himself"? Hmmm.
Oh god he's smiling. No.
Holy crap, he smiled! o_o
What the hell!
Did Zimmy do that when she punched him in spirit form?
All this science lying around, and that's the best prosthetic he has?
I have checked the box as I am cratebot, much studier and superior to Boxbot!
HE CAN SMILE
I'd just like to congratulate everyone who believed with great fervor that Tony is an unfeeling sociopath who's out to slowly murder his daughter in the name of his long-ago dead wife.
Is he... smiling? MOG, WALLS ARE REALLY COMING DOWN!!
Okay, that is quite the transformation. Still don't trust him, nor his motives, whatever they be, not until he explains it all and apologizes to his own daughter.
AAAH WHAT'S THAT THING HE JUST DID WITH HIS FACE IT'S SO FREAKY
Gods, he really does look like Annie... Hopefully we'll get some answers now. Tony is slowly being humanized and ... it's uncomfortable, but whatever HE went through must have been traumatic as hell.
Did Tony just smile???!!! Holy god I think that Annie is going to be amazed, she just saw her dad do a joke and also smiled... she's gonna be flabbergasted... and the arm too of course thought I'm guessing it was something both her and us kind of were expecting. BUT TONY SMILED!!!
WHAT IS THIS?????
He smiled. Goddamnit, the guy SMILED and gave out a LAUGH!! And here we thought that he cut out his emotional part of the brain.. Okay, time for some more shocking revelations!
Also - ouch.. >
Tony seems to be more human around VERY Close friends, when alone.
Wonder if Ether Science can repair his arm?
why is he smiling
HE CAN SMILE!!! HE... HE... HE CAN SMILE!!!
THE END IS NIGH!!!
and annie can see all of this!
Wait. Is this still part of the joke or what I'm confused. Was the last page not a joke?
Tony seems human. Tony, we need answers!
Argh! Burn it! Burn it with fire!!!
Holy crap, he's smiling.
It is interesting how neither he nor Annie are themselves while around each other...I hope that he doesn't figure out that Tony is betraying his trust >_
Wait, he's smiling? And he's revealing stuff about himself? The [bleep]'s goin' on?
What the hell Tony?
You are not an evil robot without emotions?
Well that makes it worse!!
He has activated his protocols for visible emotions, I see. Also, I don't blame him for not telling Annie about what happened to his hand, the sight is horrifying. I still wonder how he could do that operation with only one hand, though.
He... he can smile! I'm shocked!
(ah... and yes, the arm... but honestly, his smiling face surprises me much more :D)
Geez, Tony, What's wrong with you?! Why can't you show this side to Annie for once? ~_~
I didn't see it until I read it a second time, but in panel 4 he looks a bit like Annie. Their surprised face is similar.
wow. he could smile. wuuuuuut
If he wasn't an ass, Kat would probably make him an amazing replacement arm.
His fase moved, I don't know if it was a facial expression or not but it finally moved
I would still say he's clueless, but not a jerk. I've suspected ever since everyone started calling him abusive that this would be a plot twist. Tom has never and will never put an insensitive person in this comic. Even Ysengrin appeared to be like Anthony before he opened up in chapter 26. From the looks of it, him and Annie will get along just fine once they patch things up. Unless Tom adds another plot twist. That wouldn't be surprising, either.
...he smiled. Now I can believe he's actually human and not just pretending like last page. Hmf.
Ugh. So much for the omnipotent villain idea. Not going easy on us, are you, Tom?
Waah! that first panel scared the hell out of me!
ok, that's an exaggeration, but still
Oh man, Tony looks so much more tired than his friends... I always marvelled at how young Anja always looked
What is wrong with your faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.
He can Smile?!?
He can smile :0 !!!!!
Oh god, this is going to hurt.
Anthony's new bane is henceforth "Stumpy."
I cant be the only one who noticed his injuries are consistent with events in chapter 38.
Ooooohhhh... that isn't something to laugh about Tony- oh, wait, you just had a drink. -_-
This is the point where I jolt in surprise because holy cow, Tony can smile?!?!
He smiled. He laughed. Let's give him a hand.
A week of feng shui planning, and Donny ruined it in one sitting! >:o
Seeing this somehow makes me hate him less.
Hate's still there.
Just less of it.
Okay, I know Tony lets his guard down around Donald, but it's still uncanny seeing it happen after weeks of cold, stone-faced indifference.
WTH I THOUGHT MAYBE HE WAS LEFT-HANDED!?
Annie's going to find this disturbing.
O MY GOD HE SMILED!!!!!!!!!!!! THE WORLD IS ENDING!!!!!!!! EVERYBODY RUN!!!!!!! *hides under table as meteors begin to fall and zombies come out of the ground*
He's smiling? He's smiling! What the hey is going on?
I'm having a very serious case of "What the actual fuck" here. Well done, sir.
I'm more shocked that he's smiling tbh
Would be interesting if after getting him drunk they find out he's found a way for his daughter to keep her spirit if ever she had a child. Like the way a ember can create a new fire without taking from the original.
How guilty would they all feel.
He looks so much like Annie in that first frame.
Whoa! I just realized - Annie's classmates used to think she's weird and distant for the most part - except for Kat, who she's very open with. Does this mean that Donny is to Tony like Kat is to Annie? If it is, then 1)wow, Tom, that was very sneaky and brilliantly done and, 2)I hope Annie gets back to the forest and her medium duties quickly, before she loses all the progress she made on the friends-making front.
Smiling doesn't break his face?
Holy shitballs, he actualy smiles?
I don't get why he doesn't act normal around Annie. He is so weird. #TeamEglamore
He can smile!?
My guess is that Donlan is trying to get Anthony drunk so that he can spill the beans.
Oh good lord!!!! What the devil?!? HE SMILED!!
I AM HERE FOR THIS!
Tony ; ___ ;
HOLY CRAPPING CUPPIN' CAKES, WHAT THE HELL MAN?!? I THOOUGHT IT WAS JUST A HAND!! D:
Tony smiling... kinda creeping me out.
Tom. There's. A. Smile.
Surely that's some kind of mistake. So I'm uh, pointing it out for you.
Tom there's a smile there.
HE SMILES? NONONONONONONONONONONO
He... He smiled.... I am suddenly very afraid.
For an angry piece of wet cardboard... Tony has a nice smile.
I'm pretty sure Zimmy is the reason for Tony's new makeover.
I knew it! That hand was making him evil. He cracked a smile only after taking it off.
They've got pretty advanced robotics there. He should be able to get a better prosthetic.
...he's...he's smiling. He's smiling! *runs and hides in the corner* I'm scared! (0.0)
You know, Tony, your best friend's daughter could hook you up with a really sweet robotic prosthetic arm. One that can actually function like a normal hand and grab/hold things. Oh, wait. That's right. She currently hates your guts for how you treat her best friend.
Still, whatever happened to him must have been pretty gnarly.
Did Tony just smile?
He smiles. Whodathunk?
They can clone bodies in the Court. Why can't they clone hands?
Jesus, whats wrong with Tonys face?
Oh wait, he is just smiling.
..... How many people are going to go "Oh my god, he's human! why did you make him less hate-able?!" Because I know I'm one of them.
Oh wow, I feel very silly for not even considering that the fake hand could mean the end of a career in surgery. :(
..............he looks kinda cute when he smiles. god. tom, what the hell are you planning?
Smiling? Jovial mood? This is weird.
Why did he come back?
This guy smiles for some alcohol but did not for Antimony.
He is not honest either with Annie or with Donald.
Both options are slightly terrifying.
Holy wow he has an emotion
He's not so stiff around him... I wonder if he really doesn't know how to act around Annie?
He's a whole different person. Wow.
Man, he actually smiled! O_O
Third Panel: Well done Tom, we now know where our dear protagonist gets her look of curious concern.
It's surprising that he came back considering how hands-off he's being.
Smiles? SMILES? SMILEEEEEESSSSSS?!?!?!
WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?!
Poor Anthony. He thinks he's getting a visit from his friend, but he's really just there to spy on him.
I knew he had lost his hand but I didn't think......
It is SO WEIRD to see him acting like a human being.
Wow... So he CAN smile and generally act like a human being...
Hmm, something interesting going on here.
Also, why are there never any comments until late in the day? That always confused me
Okay, the smile is almost creepier than anything else so far.
Prosthetic don't fit too good.
OMG HE'S SMILING, WHY IS HE DOING THAT?????
Hmm...I know a young lady who just might be very, very good at prosthetics. Too bad she wants to kill you at the moment, Tony...
He's... smiling... and laughing
Damn, okay I would be a little grumpy if I had a lost a hand. It doesn't excuse all of Tony's behavior, of course.
Man, Tony is a totally different person when it's just him and Donald.
This is the page that really cements him as Antimony's father. The same smile, same joking manner around friends...
Dang. I'm excited to see who Carver really is.
Gotta hand it to Zimmy. She did a great job there!
Awe jeez, isn't he all jovial when he doesn't have a little girl to beat up.
He may not be a surgeon, but damn if that isn't a surgically deployed smile.
It is the power of 43
HE CAN SMILE?! SINCE WHEN?!?!
Oh god he's a clone of my grandfather.
There are people like Anthony in this world. They give their best to their friends and clubs and societies they get involved with, not their families. At my grandfather's funeral, the people who knew him best and mourned him most weren't his wife and children.
Oh. So he isn't a robot after all. Just introvertus maximus.
When did he become the talkative type?
I'm so confused...
Whoa, he smiled! I rather like this side of Tony, too bad sourpuss seems to be his default personality. =(
I still want him to slap himself in that weird angular face of his with the plastic hand.
HOLY CRAP HE HAS A PERSONALITY
HE CAN SMIIIIIIIIIIILEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Wha?!?! Tony's acting....human?
Interesting expletive. Wonder if anybody still knows where it came from. It still has shock value, anyway.
A smile! A laugh! What am I seeing?
But I sure wonder how Annie feels about it, seeing his father so unusually expressive.
Did-did he just smile? And make another joke?
He just smiled. I thought his face was frozen in time.
I think I need to rexamine my life now he's proved he's capable of facial expressions
There he is. That's the guy that ranted to Donny about not understanding romance, all those years ago. Good to see ya.
Sweet Jegus. He's smiling!
That guy just turned human. Nice.
Now I see the family resemblance.
A few drinks, and Tony turns into a human. Well, a partially complete human, but still. His panel 1 face scares me the most, though.
It's so weird seeing him smile after everything that he's done to Annie >:/
I guess if Tony is 'ok' with your personality (I assume he's a massive OCD sufferer), he'll let down his walls. It makes a certain amount of sense based on how he acts. And if he was nicer, Kat could make him a robotic prosthesis.
Yep, as I expected. Donny is the only one Tony feels comfortable talking to. It was shown back in Chapter 37. Tony puts up the blank wall when he's uncomfortable or unsure what to do.
Proud of the stump.