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Bulgakov

Yes, that Russian author.
(He/Him)
I love that Cvet is the obvious public gossip, but Jones is really doing the deep gossip dive.
 

FelixSH

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So, how much longer until Paz and Kat break up? I guess we will get a chapter about their relationship problems soon enough. Or have some stuff happen in the background - seems more in line with the comic, than actually seeing a big, dramatic fight.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Alternatively it will be a big dramatic fight where Paz brings her horticultural skills to the test to fight giant Mecha Bug Kat and her cyber-legions.

It wouldn’t be super on brand for the comic, but these are the sacrifices we must make sometimes
 
Here's the moment I was expecting this chapter, where it's revealed that all the characters hating Tony are the voice of the Dumb Audience, and now we get a character who gets to be the voice of the Wise Author to tell us that Tony's abuse is Good, Actually.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
That's certainly one way to read it. I don't know why you would privilege the opinion of the one character who has never actually met Tony over the entire rest of the cast, though.
 
Sometimes people who are too close to a situation and the players involved can't really look at things objectively or make rational evaluations of things when their own emotions and perspectives get in the way. And it helps to have a disinterested third party take a look and evaluate things without biases. I think that's pretty clearly the intent here.
 

Sarcasmorator

Same as I ever was
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Here's the moment I was expecting this chapter, where it's revealed that all the characters hating Tony are the voice of the Dumb Audience, and now we get a character who gets to be the voice of the Wise Author to tell us that Tony's abuse is Good, Actually.
I think that's an overstatement of what's happening here. We have an outsider who isn't wrapped up in all this and has a different perspective, yes, but Annie HAS been spoiled and acted out, cheated, etc. It's been a major running plot point. Pointing it out isn't saying Tony's any good. The series has been pretty consistent about showing why Tony did what he did without giving him a pass for having done it, and since this is a mid-chapter page I'm not going to assume it's moving off from that. The series may head toward forgiveness or reconciliation, but that doesn't mean it will do so without accompanying amends either. (And a running theme of the entire series is that no one is right about everything, or always maximally nice and kind. Lots of emotional messes and complicated people running around Gunnerkrigg Court.)
 

FelixSH

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I also can't imagine that the comic wants to say that it's necessarily bad, to have your kids live away from their parents, or this weird notion "So they get influences from everything but their parents?" It's just something that wood lady thinks, one of the many perspectives of the comic.

I also trust Tom too much to just assume he would use a character to talk down to his audience that way.

Just this sentence "Is it bad, if he's gone or bad if he's here?" reduces the problem, and shows that wood lady doesn't know how complex the situation acutally is. It's just not as simple as that. He shouldn't have gone in the first place, leaving Annie alone, and yes, it's better that he is there, but not as the jerk that he is.
 

gogglebob

The Goggles Do Nothing
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I feel like the forest folk have consistently been used across GC to not necessarily offer the "right" interpretation, but at least one that is outside the usual perspective. See also Red and her chastising of Annie and how she risked her friends' lives during Operation: Ghost Lady. Nothing Red said was technically wrong, and it was a new way of looking at the situation, but the majority of the "endangered" participants did not see the scenario like Red, either.
 
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