Chapter 47: Page 23

We all have a scarecrow friend.


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23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM

Awww. A page of pure sweetness.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM

aaaaugh this is breaking my heart

23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM

Mort... ;-; goodbye. Also, Annie looks incredibly creepy in panel 4.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM

Where your eyes don't go a filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms And does a parody of each unconscious thing you do

23 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM

Ankou looks like a scarecrow to Kat? Scary.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM

The moment we're all fearing for, is getting closer and closer!!!

23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 AM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:04 AM

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

23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 AM
Urusai Neko

Little white lie can't hurt . . . can it?

23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 AM

OK, Tom, you're designing my next house. Wow.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 AM

Bro fist!

23 Apr 2014 | 12:22 AM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:27 AM

If he only had a brain?

23 Apr 2014 | 12:31 AM

I can't tell if Kat means that in a literal sense. Or does she actually have FORMIDOPHOBIA??

23 Apr 2014 | 12:33 AM

The eyes! Turn back before it's too late Tom! Don't go anime eyes.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:50 AM

I'm not really liking Annie's eyes in panel 4. New style you're going with?

23 Apr 2014 | 12:57 AM

Aw, she's so sweet, and Mort's so cute.

23 Apr 2014 | 1:03 AM

oo oo! me me! can i be the scarecrow friend? :D

23 Apr 2014 | 1:11 AM

Annie's looking a little scary there in Panel 4.

23 Apr 2014 | 1:25 AM

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

23 Apr 2014 | 2:11 AM

Ah! Annie-chan is so kawaii desu~!

23 Apr 2014 | 2:22 AM

Hail and farewell Mort. You leave behind good memories.

23 Apr 2014 | 2:26 AM

Ghost bros 4 life! Er...or, y'know...whatever...

23 Apr 2014 | 2:41 AM

Lies to children, goddammit!

23 Apr 2014 | 2:55 AM

Great to see how big buddies Mort & Kat are.

23 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM

That was so cute that I'm sad now.

23 Apr 2014 | 3:08 AM

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

23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 AM

oh, honey.

23 Apr 2014 | 3:23 AM

I don't have a scarecrow friend... ... Whait! Does that mean, I'm the scarecrow in my group?

23 Apr 2014 | 3:26 AM

I'm pretty sure that Kat has the Vault-Tec emblem on her shirt....

23 Apr 2014 | 3:44 AM

:'( That was so sweet of her. I love Anne's eyes in the 4th panel too ^.^

23 Apr 2014 | 3:47 AM

They want you to stay!

23 Apr 2014 | 3:51 AM

But I want to know what Kat and Mort were laughing about. And Kat's afraid of scarecrows?!

23 Apr 2014 | 4:05 AM

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

23 Apr 2014 | 4:13 AM

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?

23 Apr 2014 | 4:21 AM

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!

23 Apr 2014 | 4:24 AM

How is Kat standing like that in panel one ._.

23 Apr 2014 | 4:45 AM

Yay! Mort did a really good job! Even though what he was doing was completely unnecessary! Yay! (Happy dance)

23 Apr 2014 | 5:21 AM

Those guys are great together.

23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM

Indeed. We are all very proud of you, Mort.

23 Apr 2014 | 6:26 AM

omg for some reason the fifth panel just brought tears to my eyes. I'm gonna miss mort!

23 Apr 2014 | 6:31 AM

That fist bump.

23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 AM

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?

23 Apr 2014 | 6:57 AM

Is Annie getting thinner being in this world? Last two pages her face is super gaunt.

23 Apr 2014 | 7:13 AM

Did Annie's eyes grow? They look kinda odd.

23 Apr 2014 | 7:16 AM

So that's how Kat sees Ankou eh?

23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 AM

Not exactly a lie. Just... embellishing the truth a little.

23 Apr 2014 | 7:27 AM

No, no no. No no no no. No.

23 Apr 2014 | 7:37 AM

Not going to even answer that one tom....

23 Apr 2014 | 7:37 AM

Sniffle… Mort is so cute :'((

23 Apr 2014 | 8:15 AM
Sir Dain

The childhood memories are real!

23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 AM

Would that make Antimony Mrs. King? (Bonus points if you get the reference)

23 Apr 2014 | 8:24 AM

A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down.

23 Apr 2014 | 8:29 AM

agggghghghg she does look creepy in panel 4. i thought the rotd didnt say anythinf about how they wer proud of morty?

23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 AM
Pangur Ban

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".

23 Apr 2014 | 8:49 AM

Tacdud2, 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.

23 Apr 2014 | 9:02 AM

...Kat, Ankou is not a scarecrow. :(

23 Apr 2014 | 9:14 AM


23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 AM

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?

23 Apr 2014 | 9:20 AM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 9:24 AM

My Scarecrow friend is a fucking idiot. It's like the guy doesn't have a brain!

23 Apr 2014 | 9:58 AM

Gagh! What the heck is up with Annie's eyes?!

23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 AM

Aww, Annie. You're so awesome.

23 Apr 2014 | 10:36 AM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 11:05 AM

I love her eyes on pannel 4

23 Apr 2014 | 11:20 AM

Tom, just. Just stop it. Stop being good. And shit. And. Fsdfh

23 Apr 2014 | 11:42 AM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 1:01 PM

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...

23 Apr 2014 | 1:18 PM

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?

23 Apr 2014 | 1:29 PM

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).

23 Apr 2014 | 1:59 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 2:08 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 2:08 PM

Perhaps Kat finds scarecrows creepy because she still has a subconscious psychological affinity for birds...?

23 Apr 2014 | 2:20 PM

Annie seems...older... O_o what IS IT?

23 Apr 2014 | 2:33 PM

This is so adorable, yet so sad...

23 Apr 2014 | 3:15 PM

The world keeps spinning: I wonder if mort will be transformed into something else as apposed to just stop existing...

23 Apr 2014 | 3:19 PM

I know this is a weird thing to comment on, but I love the detail in Annie's eyes.

23 Apr 2014 | 4:50 PM
Stray comment

Yes we all have a scarecrow friend. Mines name is George.

23 Apr 2014 | 4:59 PM

Antimony's eyes in panel four! Uncanny! D:

23 Apr 2014 | 5:23 PM

Annie... on the one hand, I'm disappoint for not being honest, but on the other, I don't want you to be honest...

23 Apr 2014 | 6:40 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 PM

No, this is too heartbreaking. :(

23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 PM

@johannes wroe: > anmie-inspired I like that: "annie-me" :-)

23 Apr 2014 | 8:03 PM

My scarecrow friend is a literal scarecrow. He enjoys scaring crows.

23 Apr 2014 | 8:11 PM

good job being bad at your job

23 Apr 2014 | 8:18 PM

Annie looks the same as she has for a while now. Sheesh people -.-

23 Apr 2014 | 9:08 PM

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.

23 Apr 2014 | 9:12 PM
Urusai Neko 2

My "friend" is even creepier! He's a clown who hides under my bed!

24 Apr 2014 | 12:37 AM

Apparently (depending on the story) Death is Annie's scarecrow friend.

24 Apr 2014 | 1:15 AM

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.

24 Apr 2014 | 3:20 AM