By Tom Siddell
Mmm, yes, I see.
COME ONNNNNNN :(((((
Show me Smitty! AGH TOM HOW COULD YOU
But Smitty tho.....
Can't believe that it's over.
This is a beautiful, meaningful and long-awaited moment and all, but I can't help but feel like it would be easier to appreciate if not for a SLIGHTLY PRESSING CONCERN
And *still* no word of Tom... :(
Job done. Now celebrate success of mission with friends. If you have any.
how dead is Smitty at this point?
They are in the light at last, where they belong. Incredible composition, Tom.
How many chapters later are they going to get that dinghy back?
Sometime,s being a Medium sucks.
This is definitely one of the biggest moments in this comic. I'm glad I get to see this as it comes out.
On a related note: IS ANYONE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT SMITTY‽‽
Good to see some things get resolved after all.
Wow, the end of an era
Yo Annie, Mr. Strings is still dying, girl.
SMITTYS LEFT YOU MONSTER HOW COULD YOU!?!??!
AND THERE WERE NO FUTURE CONSEQUENCES, the end.
Nothing left... except my favorite character's body drained of blood from a dagger in his heart!
Kat: I need a large inflated object to perform surgery. Annie, where is the boat?
I wonder what the Court will think about this.
But our regrets
Except a dying frI end on the shore...
So, uh, you don't want that boat anymore? It might be useful, now that you can use it without dying so often.
I can only assume that her excuse for not being distracted by her terribly wounded friend is that Parley already teleported him straight to a hospital.
And here we go :)
Good to see a resolution to this part of the story after so long. Shame it came at such a price to Smitty though. Looking forward to what's next.
Hope that boat wasn't expensive
Sure, the ghosts have moved on, but that was a perfectly real and working boat that could probably be a little bit helpful in evacuating the stabbed student?
Calling it now, Friday's comic will just be the gang going about their business like normal, Smithy hearty and hale, no explanation.
Next page will be Annie staring at the boat, someone shouting for her urgently, she turns around and looks suddenly alarmed...end of chapter
Annie should have Helped Smitty first. Then he could have taken the boat too.
Annie's proportions keep changing, it's like she's aging back and forth extremely quickly.
That finally(?) settled then...
Ok thats nice...
How Smitty doing by the way still bleeding to death? Ok.
RIP Boat 2016-2017
Truly, the most important character of this arc.
And with strange aeons, even death may die.
Do svidaniya, Pea Boy and Murder Girl.
meanwhile... knife... chest... heart...
He died, and we did nothing.
'Hello, bleeding to death here! No? Alrighty then.'
i am shook
Wait... What about their final recordings? Isnt the guide, Annie, supposed to ask them if they have something to record?
Yes, and he ded now.
Does anybody know where the Annan Water *goes*? (Where, presumably, the inflatable boat will eventually drift to shore, or get punctured by something random and sink.)
TTFN! Next: Coyote invades the Court.
It looks like Annie is making a mind's eye voyage to the ROTD.
Darn, should have taken that final record
OH-KAY, time for the next task, getting Smitty and the rest out of here (just in time for our weekend). Laugh, you magnificent troll!
Waste of a good boat ....
How does victory taste, Anne?
they wasted a perfectly good boat
It's all sweet and all but there's still someone bleeding to death behind you. Hurry up if you don't want to send your friend next!
"Dammit, our boat"
Beautiful. Thank you. Graceful and sensitive. Thank you.
Omg 😲 there gone just like that.
While smitty is dying in the corner
no busy totally fine and normal
Always blanks out when sending them into the ether.
What about that other less important guy who is bleeding to death? I mean it doesn't really matter but it might be nice to maybe look at him at least?
Nothing at all. Nobody bleeding out, for sure!
Do psychopomps level up after a certain number of pumps? Or get a free toaster or something?
Now what to do about getting back home . . .
You did it, Annie and crew. You did what no afterlife guide could before. Does this mean that because Jeanne is gone, her knife is gone too? Just like Mort's helmet disappeared?
I get the feeling we're headed for the final chapters of this comic soon...
Not getting that boat back.
Achievement unlocked: Ghost Busters
I can't unsee how longer her neck is.
That face at the end. She's thinking "Sh@T its finally over! Oh ya my friends dying."
Okay, back to that one guy who got stabbed...
Aw man, that was emotional. I *almost* forgot about the bleeding boy. Nice try, Tom.
And.....Smitty? You ok over there?
But the spirits are gone, thanks to the psychopomp. Good job, Antimony.
By the way - did she forget to take their final records again?
Great artwork Tom!
...except a stabbed, 'lucky' Medium.
So he went skeleton and all..? Odd...
Aw, such a wonderfully happy ending.
I think the only thing that could spoil this is one of their team bleeding to death after being stabbed in the chest. Lucky thing nothing like that happ- oh, wait.
She REALLY liked that boat.
Nothing left, not even Smitty
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream ...
BUT WHAT ABOUT SMITTY?!?!?!
Well, good riddance. Now wouldn't it be a good idea to call an ambulance for Andrew now?
What a waste of a perfectly good boat.
Well there goes a perfectly good boat. Oh well, at least she's not stabbing people anymore...
Oh, crap! She forgot to ask them if they had any final words!
Wonderful; now, all that's left is to notify Smitty's next of kin.
And without the energy of those two trapped souls
holding the chasm apart anymore, it comes slamming
together, smushing everything and everybody inside it.
i feel like the bottom panel is the exact moment she has truly become an adult. no going back kind of thing.
BUT WHAT ABOUT ANDREW?!
Almost felt like there would be fanfare after that. But now all I'm imagining is the sound of the river.
Perfectly good boat. Such a shame.
So will we see the harbingers or w/e they were called come along to help out with that gauche wound, and thank Annie for releasing a tormented spirit they couldn't have helped?
At this point I just know you're trolling with us and keeping us in the dark about Smitty.
You brilliant devil you.
"I feel I'm forgetting something..."
Whelp, not getting that deposit back.
I guess we're not getting the deposit back on that boat.
You LOST THE BOAT?!!
...b-but... awww never mind, can we get back to Smitty now?!
I know that on later re-readings the pacing will seem fine, BUT THIS IS KILLING ME - IS ANDREW OKAY!??!
Annie looks pretty in this panel. Though that rough lip is really messing with me.
It seems her right of passage into adulthood is complete.
But what about Smitty?
The end. Thank you for reading the comic.
well, there goes a perfectly good inflatable boat.
No final record either.
So was that the real boat that she put them in? I wonder where it goes now. Given the general lack of information about the geography of the court and the wood, it's never been clear where the river comes from or where it ends.
I guess they had Parley teleport them down, so they can have he teleport them out now. Did she need Andrew's luck help to teleport accurately though, or am I mixing things up?
*AHEM!* MEEEEEEEAAAAAANWHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILE!!!!! Surf Wisely.
No, really, that's an easy $200-$300 for both boat and outboard. Are we just writing that off? How much budget does the student committee give to the Student Psychopomp Club?
Still worried about smitty.
Smitty's gone pretty quiet, hasn't he?
Not even your boat.
May they rest in peace...
She looks like Jones in the last frame.
Fuck the boat's getting away catch it!
Also wonder who will expense the boat and what they'll list it as; Cost of doing medium work?
This is very pleasant, but why isn't Annie alarmed that Andrew has been stabbed? It looked like it could be fatal, I'm half expecting the next comic to be his ghost stepping up beside her.
NO! WE GOTTA KNOW ABOUT SMITTY! I NEED TO KNOW WHATS HAPPENING TO HIM!
Smitty still bleeding you know. Also, the hair clip was that thing that Tea mentioned on Chapter 55 Bonus Page!
This is beautiful but frustrating because there are still SO MANY unanswered questions that coulda been answered here.
Hope she can get her boat back!
the main-gauche suspense is killing me
rest in pieces beautiful eyebrows
Nothing left. Just like there will be nothing left of Andrew at this rate. Tom, please! Also, what will the court have to say upon discovering that their favorite ghosty lady and co. were brought peace? I MISS COYOTE!!
So what you're saying is that everybody else just saw Annie talk to an empty boat for awhile and then shove it off into a river? Also I hope that they didn't need to return that.
Ah, I knew that was going to happen. That was a beautiful end to their tragic love story. NOW SMITTY
Next, Smitty walks up to Annie and says "well that took long enough, now I'm ready to go". LOLOLOLOLOL
Is it me or is Annie learning Jones' 'neutral and detached' expression a bit too well? Has she decided that the only way events can't hurt her if she just stops feeling?
Smitty needs a psychopomp at this point.
Her face/expression here reminds me a lot of chapter one Annie.
Well. That's one thing done.The boat budget will be fine. Look at all the techno stuff Kat gets just for wanting it. Resources aren't an issue at Gunnerkrigg Court. A boat is nothing. Like everyone, I worry about Smitty. But Tom and Antimony aren't worried. And Antimony, at least, LIKES Smitty. We will find his case resolved in a satisfactory way. Tom is enjoying our discomfiture over the issue.After learning Smitty is fine, we will begin the adventure of how the departure of Jeanne and Sweetie affects the balance between Court and Forest. Stay tuned!
OK, let's parse this. The last thing we see any other character but Annie, Jeanne and Green Denizen of the Woods do is: Kat, running away from the boat with the arrow in its case. So I feel that has to be continued next.
I'm still hoping to see all the other psychopomps looking down on all this from the bridge.
Where are the ticktocks??? WHERE'S THE COURTS PRYING EYES WE KNOW THEY'RE WATCHING
Rest in pieces Eyebrows Boy 2017
Somebody please tell me why you put Pizza at the end of the comment. Like this. Pizza
I hope they're good at rock climbing...
I wonder if Mrs. Donlan noticed anything
Guys in the Level A suits confiscate the arrow...
Honestly I hope he just ends the chapter next page without showing smitty.
It would be a good meme
Um.....how do they get back?
Also, really? Really? You have got to be kidding us with this!
Annie, why the hell are you still standing there?? Please go assist your mortally wounded friend, he has a lot of blood to lose, you know!
Oh damn I just had a thought
Could this potentially get Antimony expelled? Y'know, going down to the Annan waters, messing with super secret stuff, seriously endangering her fellow students... ? Tom, I'm worried
soooo... we've got Robot sliced in half, Red end No-name freaking the heck out, and Smitty with a literal heart tunnel, no biggie.
Court Security breach: complete.
One would have thought a psychopomp would come by to say hi...
I sense a great disturbance in Teh Interwebz, as if a million Gunnerkrigg fans cried out in frustration and were suddenly silenced. I feel something terrible has happened...
I really am hoping this is all leading up to a reveal that Smitty got stabbed in exactly the right place to not die, and has been pretty okay this entire time.
well then, let's see now, there's also Jones, Coyote, Annie's Dad, Kat's parents, the girl with the crazy black eyes and her non-english-speaking friend the psychic-zoloft-tablet... and wait, what's this? there's a penguin on the tele! not much of a cheese shop, is it? this is an ex-parrot! I'm a lumberjack...
SMITTY IS ALREADY DEAD GUYS
Good job Annie! Now you can go ahead and guide Smits too, 'cause he's super dead.
EXCEPT SMITTY, FOR THE LOVE OF -
Does she get her Psychopomp nametag now?
And that's when everything went to hell
"Ahrumph...the staff meeting will come to order. First item on the agenda is the matter of student usage of the inflatable rafts and associated outboard motors."
That boat isn't going to keep drifting and show up 52 chapters later, is it?
Given the level of technology an inflatable raft with an outsized motor is pocket change.
Ah, good catch, Cave Story! (Bonus page of chapter 55)
OK. I've got two question though.
1. Is Annie aware that Smitty's dying? (She could have been so engrossed in her role that she wouldn't have noticed anything else)
And 2. What is Tom going to surprise us with in next update(s)? I feel this is going to be reeeeaaally special, after all that waiting.
B U T W H A T A B O U T S M I T T Y????????????????????
Can't quite make out the maker's brand name on that outboard motor... evinrude? johnson? mercury? you're missing out on product placement potential here...
That made me laugh a lot: I am glad the important questions now are clarified ^___^
MEANWHILE: Eglamore is looking for his raft.
im so glad those two finally got their closure TTwTT
IS SMITTY DEAD OR ALIVE GOD DAMN I DONT KNOW LETS STAND HERE AND HAVE DEEP THOUGHTS ABOUT ZOMBOY AND JEANNIE FOR 3 MORE HOURS
ANNIE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TURN AROUND RIGHT NOW I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SMITTY
It was worth it.
Wow. This one also feels like a deep sigh of relief. Good pacing as well.
As Psycopomp Annie would be aware if Andrew was going to die, it being her job to direct him thereafter. She does not seem to be concerned, therefore I shall assume that Tom has not overlooked this fact and I shall rest easy until the shoe finally drops.
i cant believe smitty is dead
So...they are finally gone...Smitty aside...im still worried about one issue...what was Jeanne guarding/protecting to "keep The Court safe"
Everyone is getting sentimental over Jeanne and Elf Guy, or panicking over Smitty bleeding to death, but does anyone else realize the far-reaching implications this momentous event would have on the rest of the story? Think about it. The sentinel guarding the divide between the Forest and the Court (i.e., Jeanne) is now gone. Now nobody is guarding the Annan Waters. What implications would this have? Furthermore, Jeanne was installed by the Court, and now Annie, the *forest medium*, has removed her. Not to mention, Smitty, the court medium, is wounded and possibly dying. This cannot spell any good for Forest/Court relations, that's for sure.
Waste of a good boat.
Now, Parley has successfully unscrewed the knife. However for some reason Smitty isn't moving!!
She further uses her medical acumen to perform CPR directly on the gaping wound.
Dammit Annie, you forgot to ask for any final message again.
Shouldn't there be an earth-shattering kaboom?
u-uh...bleeding? guys? anyone?
Whelp, looks like Annie's having some real deep thoughts there.
You're so emotional, Carver.
Ah, I get it... 'Nothing left' also refers to Annie's etherical scar.
What a waste of a boat.
I mean, Annie's wound didn't show up unless in the presence of these ghostly people. Hopefully she's rushing them away in part because Jeanne's presence fades and thus Smitty's wound fades with it?
Next page is going to be a "the murderer is you!" detective scene, featuring Detective A.N. Timony brilliantly deducting who mysteriously murdered Smitty while everyone was busy watching the boat float away.
Now Smitty gonna have to swim to the afterlife...
Don't worry about Smitty. Antimony's right there to help...him... oh.
Ack! Where did Jones come from?!
I swear to Odin if the next scene is at a funeral...
Well, perfect moment for a scene change. I wonder nearby which trees Ysengrim is moping this time.
Well, that wasn't so hard! :D
OH GOD TOM PLEASE TELL US IF HE IS OKAY BEFORE THE WEEKEND PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!
This is a beautiful, meaningful and long-awaited moment and all, but I can't help but feel like it would be easier to appreciate if not for a SLIGHTLY *Hearth* PRESSING CONCERN
Welp. Looks like that's it for that plotline.
It's surprising how few fans of this comic seem to appreciate pacing.
Good good everyone's been rescued that's great
Now turn arOUND AND DEAL WITH THE OTHER SITUATION PLEASE
I'm guessing the next stop is at the ROTD, where Annie & Kat will assist Jeanne & her boyfriend in creating their final records, thereby driving Gunnerkrigg Court fans crazy as the comic ignores Smitty & his fate until February. :)
Yes, The true love happy ending is all very well and good BUT WHAT ABOUT SMITTY!!!
I think his chest wound is only in the aether like Annie's face wound... I want to believe that real bad.
One of the books they made me read at the Court was Godel, Escher, Bach. In it, the ideal method for hiding a surpring ending is put forward: continue the story unnecessarily afterward. I should have looked away. As soon as they were out of sight in the white glow, I should have looked away.
Just about every boat in existence has a long rope on it so it can be tied to a dock ... might've been a good idea to hold onto that rope.
Smitty: T...That's beautiful *shed tears *COUGH COUGH COUGH* OH GOD!
I wonder... what would Kat see if she looked at Coyote?
Smitty is bled out by now or,
he's all triaged by the crew by now, or
it was all an illusion created by Blue, or
he's been bipped to the emergency room, or
The spirit knife is erased like Annie's wound, or
by luck the knife missed all vital organs and arteries, or
Mut has taken his spirit to the Real of the Dread, or
It was a rubber knife Coyote slipped into Jeanne's pocket, or
IT WAS ALL A DREAM....
now we just gotta find out whether or not andrew's gonna bleed to death
Hey, Annie, maybe now is a good time to direct your attention to your probably dying friend? No? Okay...
Great. NOW how are we going to be able to tell when we're looking at the REAL, real-world Antimony or the ætheric... Æntimony?
She was meant to be a guide this entire time. It is her calling. This is the beginning of the end, isn't it, Tom? :(
With all the forest medium stuff I forgot that she is also kinda afterlife guide
you know exactly what you're doing to us you shitlord.
And then Parley abandons Annie and Kat to bring Smitty to the hospital :)
I just read through the comments. Gee, people, don't you trust Tom to tell the story? I sincerely doubt Tom just forgot about Andy and his horrible wound.
Annie said "Please, hurry" to Jeanne. What's the hurry? Maybe once Jeanne and friend are gone, the dagger and wound will disappear.
If not, I have three other ideas:
Maybe Annie will be able to say "you've got something on your chest", wipe with her thumb, and the dagger and wound will be gone.
Maybe Andy's powers, if he could learn to use them to their fullest, might extend to healing. If he can take a deck of shuffled cards and fling them in the air, with them landing shuffled... can he take an injury and make it sort itself out into uninjured condition? And can he learn to do it really fast while bleeding?
Also, it seems possible that Coyote could heal Andy, but likely weird side effects would happen and/or owing Coyote a debt. And I would hate to owe Coyote anything.
Wait... if she disappeared, what happened to her main gauche?!
I totally understand and share the concern about Andrew, but I'm not sure what people are expecting Annie to do about it. She's a spirit guide/human flamethrower, not a doctor.