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William Winsbury

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I've been wondering about those dark circles around Winsbury's eyes. Is he not getting enough sleep? Does he not bathe enough? Does he just have unusually sunken eyes? Some people just have dark rims around their eyes. I do, and I can't explain it. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Why haven't we seen any characters with mentioned siblings? They all might as well be only childs. Winsbury has an older brother. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Do William and Janet hide their relationship for some reason like fear of her father's disapproval, or because they are romantic dorks? All of those, I suspect. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Do none of the kids suspect a thing between William and Janet? Or are they just pretending not to notice. They don't suspect anything. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Among the characters we've seen, who is the most popular student in Annie's year? Janet and Willie, probably. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Was Willie named for the Anne Briggs song? Yup. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Janet

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Is that Janet on Chapter 18, Page 11? No it's not Janet. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Do William and Janet hide their relationship for some reason like fear of her father's disapproval, or because they are romantic dorks? All of those, I suspect. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Do none of the kids suspect a thing between William and Janet? Or are they just pretending not to notice? they don't suspect anything. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is Janet's mum also in the Court? Yes. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Janet have any siblings? Nope. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Janet grow up at the Court the way Kat did? Yeah pretty much. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Janet ever have the same sort of problems Kat did making friends? Kind of, but she dealt with them differently. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Among the characters we've seen, who is the most popular student in Annie's year? Janet and Willie, probably. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
what is the reason for which Kat and Janet didn't become friends (Being some of the few Court tykes and all)? They were kind of friends, but didn't really hang around each other when they moved up to the normal school. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Earlier, you said Janet and Kat were kind of friends before they moved up to normal school. Back in the Power Station chapter, did Janet suggest for Kat come along to get past security? Yeah Margo and Janet decided to ask her because they knew she could get past it. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Sullivan's John

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Is Sullivan's John going to become a more important character in the future? Maybe. Maybe not! Thread 40 at GC Forum
Exactly what is the breakdown of Sullivan's John's name? His name is John Sullivan. Thread 361 at GC Forum

Red and Blue

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How old are the suicide fairies? If you mean Red and Blue and them other ones, they are the same age as Annie and Kat. They are in the same year. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Is Red's accent based on some real-life accent, or is it something you made up? I just made it up, bearing in mind the type of education the fairies have. Thread 361 at GC Forum
How fat is Red really? She is as fat as she looks. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Alistair Kershaw

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Is that really how Aly agreed to become a bird, or is he just trying to make a joke/testing Kat's gullibility/hiding something else? Nope that's how it went down. He is a kid who made a big decision without really thinking about it. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Tom, that's really, really, really creepy that Aly did that. Is this a permanent thing? And did his parents try and trick him? What's creepy again? Thread 40 at GC Forum
Is it just the bodies that change, or do Aly and his parents now have birdy brains too? They have bird brains. Their change was complete and all that implies. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Were Mr. and Mrs. Kershaw aware of Aly's video game-induced attention deficit disorder? Did they intentionally time the question, "Hey Aly. You want to be a bird?" to trick him into agreeing to something they knew he would otherwise never agree to? No, but his answer either way wouldn't have stopped them. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Does this mean that his answer either way wouldn't have stopped them from turning him into a bird? Pretty much yes. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Can we take it for granted that he more or less wanted to be transformed? And if not, how do we reconcile this incredible crime against a person, which could be construed as worse than murder, with the fact that everyone was more or less blase about it and didn't even ask about ways to stop it or actually try to stop it? You can probably start reconciling by not taking things so literally. Thread 40 at GC Forum
When in the course of the week did Aly find out that he was turning into a bird and that he and his family were going to be moving to Gillitie Wood? Aly knew before he arrived that he and his parents were going to Gillitie. Kat asked if he was going to a new school and he replied that he had no idea because who knows if birds go to bird school.

Why was he there for a week? Two reasons:

  1. So he could spend his last week as a human with kids his age. The faculty were aware of the situation.
  2. The chapter would have been much shorter if he was not there.
Thread 40 at GC Forum
Will [Alistar] ever come back? No. Thread 361 at GC Forum
Does Aly remember Kat even though he turned into a bird, do you plan on ever having him reappear in the story? He remembers her as much as a bird can remember a person. He won't be in the comic again. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Why did Aly take spending the rest of his life as a bird so well? Cos it's something his parents wanted to do. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Why didn't Aly attend school with the rest of the kids in the Court, or if he didn't live there, then why was his family able to take the test? Aly and his family weren't at the Court before they became birds. The found out the Court could help them grant their wish. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Alistair and his family get any choice what animals they would be? Or is it based on their inner animal or something. Yep, they wanted to be birds. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Andrew Smith

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Can Smith use his power at will? Largely, no. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Does Smitty's power violate the second law of thermodynamics? Could you hook him up to a heat engine and make it perfectly efficient? Yes but not in the way you would think. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
How do Smitty's other friends feel about George? Assuming he has friends other than George and Annie (and Mort sort of). They all think Parley is super hot and can't believe how lucky Smitty is for hanging out with her. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Do the other mediums-in-training know why the blade bounced off Jones' face? Does Eglamore? Yup. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Would Andrew have any effect on Zimmy or her Birmingham if they came into contact? It would not be a pretty sight. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

George Parley

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As a companion to an earlier question, what do George's other friends think about Smitty, if anything? She hasn't introduced him to them and/or actively hides him. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Parley Sr. go to Gunnerkrigg? Nope. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Do the other mediums-in-training know why the blade bounced off Jones' face? Does Eglamore? Yup. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Was Parley really happy once she realized she'd finally gotten a psychic ability? Once she'd gotten over the embarrassment, that is. She wished it was something more useful Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
What power would Parley like to have? Super strength Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Why would Parley want to have super strength? I'd like to have teleportation! She wants to be tough. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Jack Hyland

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Are the dark rings around Jack's eyes from supernormal causes (like Zimmy), or are they simply from a lack of sleep? Both. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Can the dirt around Zimmy and Jack's eyes be removed by normal means other than rain? Do Zimmy and Jack simply not care to do so? No it's always there. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
if Jack can see Annie when she's in her etheric form, can he see the giant etheric spider on his head? Nope. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
In the case of the etheric spider, does it function much like a spider, or does it simply take that form? It is a spider. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
So does Jack have any potential, etherically speaking, after his experience in birmingham? Or has a spider just decided to make his face its home? He may have some etheric potential, yes. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Jack always have ethereal abilities, or did he gain them with the whole spider thing in Zimmy's dark world? He might have had some talent before encountering Zimmy. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Could Jack see Annie also like this [Chapter 27, Page 16] when he hadn't had the power station experience yet? No, it's only because of what happened at the power station that he is able to see her. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Are either Jack or Annie at all attracted to the other? That's not really on their minds right now. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Jack have dimples? It looks like he might. He might do. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
What's Jack using as a weapon in [Chapter 27, Page 18]? It's a length of rebar. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Jack care about destroying that Robot's CPU? No. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does the robot Jack just killed have a name/ID number so we can mourn for him properly? "Guard Robot" Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Has Jack contacted, or at least considered contacting his dad about his... issues? Nope. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
In panel 4 of [Chapter 27, Page 18], are Jack's eyes meant to look like Zimmy's? Yes. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
When Jack scratches his face, does that harm the spider? Does it make the itchiness stop? No, he can't touch it. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
How would Jack react if he knew about the spider on his head? He would probably laugh. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Do Jack's decisions (not just lack of sleep, but things like smashing a robot) have an effect on his eye gunkiness? yup Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
What is Jack Hyland's accent? Plain English from Englandshire. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Jack's condition get better in Annie's presence, like Zimmy's does around her and Gamma? Not really. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Jack find Annie remotely attractive? Sure. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
can Jack feel the spider crawling around on his face? Sometimes. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
How did Jack manage to build that bridge or was it already there? He put a ladder across the gap and a couple of planks across it. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Renardine sense something in Jack like he does in Zimmy? Yes. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is Jack's spider parasitic or mutalistic? It's a jerk. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Jack seems remarkably prepared for what he's encountering. How did he find out about all this security and how to tackle it? Snooping, mainly. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
In [Chapter 24, Page 19], did Jack manage to catch a glimpse of Annie before she blinked out. He could tell something was there, but not really what it was. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Would Jack have been so calm about a giant wolf right behind him before he was changed by Zimmy's world? Probably not. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Jack really mix Court tech with Etheric sciences, or does he primarily use one or the other? He's more on the technical side Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Jack truly think that he’s doing Annie a favor? [Chapter 27, Page 27] In a roundabout way yeah Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Jack still have anybody he can trust? [Chapter 27, Page 28] Not that he thinks he can trust Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Was Jack hurt by Annie's rejection? [Chapter 27, Page 28] More confused Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is Jack's binding array powered by Anja's etheric computer, or is it independent of her system? [Chapter 27, Page 27] it's powered independently, but using her system Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
If the array is independent, is it siphoning from Reynardine to fuel the binding program keeping him trapped (a kind of loop), or is it being fueled by the Power Station somehow? nope Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Jack really just levitate out the window? If so, why all this business with a boat? [Chapter 27, Page 28] would have been awkward to carry Annie and Renard across the lake. He didnt know Renard could become smaller Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
How does Jack fly? Is that a power from the Spider or did he already have that? it's the spider Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is the way Jack flies the same or similar to how Eglamore leaps such huge distances? no Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is Jack's family rich or something? Not really no. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
How much Jack draws from the "mythical" figure of Spring Heeled Jack? Not a whole lot Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Did Jack found out that he was being tracked by the Court just like how Zimmy can sense she is being watched? Kinda yes Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Paz

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Can you tell us an interesting fact about one of your characters that isn't particularly relevent to the story? Paz can talk to animals. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
When Paz talks to animals, does she make animal noises, or do they just understand Spanish? Or is it via telepathy? A combination of all three. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Paz's ability to talk to animals extend to the ability to comprehend them and vice versa? Yup. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is Paz sad that there is really no animal she can talk to in the court? (Or at least none that ive seen) She has plenty of animals to talk to. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Can Paz talk to ants and spiders? Does she? Nope. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Was Paz so excited to see a cow because she wanted to talk to one? Is she trying to hide that she can talk to animals? Yes. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
What houses are Paz and Tea in? Paz is in Queslett. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Is Paz short for anything? Nope. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
What's Paz's stance on clowns? Same as everyone: she doesn't like them Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Tea

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Does the white-haired tutorial girl have a name? Yup, Tea. Thread 40 at GC Forum
Who is Tea? General avatar? Real-life girlfriend? Something else? She is nobody important. Thread 40 at GC Forum


Brinnie

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Who is the 'old man' Brinnie mentioned after the photo was taken? Because of the fandom's skillful deductions in an earlier thread[1], Tom confirmed their suspicion:

Odin.

Questions to Tom #2 at GC Forum
Who is Brinnie? In the same post, Tom also confirmed their other suspicion:

She is the valkyrie Brynhildr, sent to Earth for going against Odin's wishes.

I think someone mentioned that [Brinnie] resembles Gamma. I can categorically say that the unnamed girl in the photo is in no way related or connected to Gamma. The older generation of GC students at GC Forum
Are those awesome blue triangle thingies of Brinnies 'etheric' technology, court technology or a combo like Reynardine's restraining program? They are Brinnie's own magic. Questions to Tom #2 at GC Forum
Where is Brinnie from? Scandanavia. Questions to Tom #2 at GC Forum
What house was Brinnie in? Foley. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
Does Brinnie age humanly? That is, if she were to appear in the current time would she appear to be about the same age as Anja? Yes and no! Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
you said brinnie has not worked as a psychopomp does that mean that all valkyries do not or just that for some reason she does not? Valkyries are not pychopomps. Their roles are different Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.

Sources

  1. Brinnie at GC Forum

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