hey time for this again huh
today I want to feature gunnerkrigg court by tom siddell! I actually had not even heard of it as of monday, and then…no less than 24 hours later, I had caught up on all 1014 pages in the archive. I mean, I can say a lot of things about this webcomic, but I think the fact that I utterly devoured it sort of speaks for itself. that might have more to do with the fact that I suffer from a chronic webcomic addiction, but whatever.
I have to give a really general summary here to avoid giving away surprise plot twists, but gc basically follows the life of an orphaned girl who winds up at a very bizarre boarding school, and finds herself caught in the schism between science/logic/humans and magic/nature.
anyway, this is one of those comics that seems like it started as a pretty casual side project, then gradually spiraled into this fantastic, utterly complex and enticing plot web. so I do have to admit: at first glance, it seems like one of those cheesy comics about a goth girl who encounters all sorts of ~spoo00o0ky~ supernatural phenomena and is completely unfazed by it. you know the ones. it seems that way for maybe the first 20 pages or so, and then it becomes clear that maybe something bigger is in store here. it becomes less a collection of random anecdotes and more a clear, cohesive storyline with character continuity and massive conflicts. I have a lot of respect for artists and writers who can create such seamless and interesting fantasy worlds - and yet don’t fall victim to overexplanation. there’s plenty to leave you guessing.
of course, the art is pretty impressive too. by now, the people are just as technically sound and fluid as everything else, but what’s really staggering about this comic are the environments. dude draws a lot of machinery and robots, and he does it really well. there’s something pretty sweet about the gigantic beasts and creatures, too:
and finally, the characters are charming and believable. with the exception of the protagonist, who from the very beginning is set up to be weirdly stoic and emotionally oblivious (probably for a good reason), the dialogue is genuine, and more often than not, pretty entertaining. it really is the complete package.
fantasy might not be your cup of tea, and it usually isn’t mine, but this is…this is pretty addictive. I warned you.