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ZimmyEdit

Q: Did you come up with the characters of Zimmy and Gamma before you came up with Gunnerkrigg Court and Annie? I'm asking this because the picture of Zimmy and Gamma at Deviant Art was dated 2003, two years before the webcomic began.Edit

A: Yup. Ol' Zimmy and Gamma have been around for a very long time but I have never done anything with them. Zimmy has been around longer than Gamma too, and she used to look very different. I was going to do a comic with them once called Alphabet Soup and I might get back to it one day.[1]

Q: Is there any particular reason Zimmy always has a circle on her shirt in the same place? What I mean is, the white circle on her blue shirt... matches up with the circle on her shirt that she wears as part of her school uniform... The other students don't have those, so it got me wondering if/why it was a Zimmy-specific thing, or if it was just some kind of crazy coincidence that I am a weirdo for noticing.Edit

A: It's not a coincidence. However explaining it away, while not plot relevant, would spoil things a little.[2]

Q: Will we ever find out what it was that Zimmy entered into the science fair?Edit

A: The answer is in your hearts.[3]

Q: Do Gamma and Zimmy have the same lessons as most students? If so, what are their favourite lessons?Edit

A: That is a difficult question to answer, so I will evade it![4]

Q: The similarities of Zimmy's phase-outs and the mental and physical effects of panic disorder were striking to the point that I had to create an account just to ask whether this would be, to a part, an inspiration for her condition?Edit

A: Actually you're quite right. Zimmy often gets attacks similar to panic disorder or panic attacks, especially in times of stress. The "experiment" over at the power plant just happened to kick off one of these attacks and, for some reason, amplified it.[5]

Q: Does any of teachers cares that sticking with Zimmy hinders Gamma's progress in school by, for example, keeping her from learning english? How does she takes an exams, by the way?Edit

A: No, they let the two girls do basically what they want. They rarely attend classes and a teacher would never dream of asking them to sit an exam.[6]

Q: Can Zimmy's "hallucinations" truly hurt her, or other people caught in them?Edit

A: Most definitely.[7]

Q: What is Zimmy's voice like? I've wondered for a long time now...Edit

A: A terrible Birmingham girl's accent.[8]

Q: Is Zimmy human?Edit

A: Yes.[9]

Q: Is Zimmy a psychopomp?Edit

A: No [10]

Q: What attracted the Court to Zimmy? Was it her dimension switching abilities or her prowess in science or something else entirely?Edit

A: Something else entirely.[11]

Q: Rey seems to be terrified by Zimmy (at the science fair he called her demon). Somewhere down this thread you confirmed that Zimmy is human. Q: Does Reynardine sense something about her, or does he see her etheric shape that terrifies him?Edit

A: There is something about her he doesn't like.[12]

Q: Was Zimmy prone to seeing visions from birth, and if so, how much did her life suck when she was a baby, or before she met Gamma?Edit

A: It was bad pretty much from the start. There was a time when she was too young to realise how bad it was, I suppose.[13]

Q: Why did Zimmy need to get to the Birmingham library in the chapter 11 flashback?Edit

A: Libraries help calm her a little bit.[14]

Q: Are Gamma's parents concerned about her? What about Zimmy's Parents?Edit

A: Zimmy's parents haven't really noticed she's gone. Gamma doesn't think about her parents. [15]

Q: Do Zimmy's parents love her? Do they know that Gamma helps her in some way?Edit

A: If they could remember her, they would be glad she is gone.[16]

Q: Did Zimmy inherit her powers or condition from her parents? If not, will you be covering how she got them? Her parents must be something, to not even notice her presence.Edit

A: Her parents were normal[17]

Q: Are Zimmy's parents still alive?Edit

A: They were last time Zimmy saw them.[18]

Q: How often does Zimmy bathe anyway?Edit

A: Not nearly as often as she should.[19]

Q: What is up with Zimmy and creepy spider things? Do they not like her?Edit

A: No they don't like her.[20] [Editor's note: These "creepy spider things" are different from the Whitelegs.]

Q: According to google translate, the sign in the library where we first meet Zimmy and Gamma says "risk of insect[s?]" Does Zimmy attract insects in general, or just spiders?Edit

A: Just weird things in general.[21]

Q: Does Zimmy really love Gamma, or is she mainly interested in getting rid of her hallucinations?Edit

A: She genuinely loves Gamma.[22]

Q: Has Zimmy had her "Condition" her entire life?Edit

A: Yes.[23]

Q: What is with Zimmy's eyes? Why are they all....crazy?Edit

A: Visual metaphor.[24]

Q: I apologize if I am beating a dead horse on this one, but can Zimmy actually see? I saw you talk of the visual metaphor, but are they just like Mrs. Donlan's eye, or awesomely different?Edit

A: Zimmy can see just fine.[25]

Q: Is Zimmy able to see more people's faces when she cleans her eyes in the rain?Edit

She can see things more normally for a while, yeah.[26]

Q: When Zimmy figured out who Kat was from seeing her with Annie, did that mean she could not see her face clearly? While on the topic, when she called Kat Bignose, was that meant to imply that she can at least partially see her face?Edit

A: Zimmy can see people's faces most of the time. She just thinks Kat has a big nose.[27]

Q: 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?Edit

A: No it's always there.[28]

Q: Does Zimmy like pigeons? Has she ever met a city fairy?Edit

A: She thinks pigeons are okay. They don't bother her too much. She has met city fairies before, yes.[29]

Q: How does Zimmy view Annie? Does she dislike her or is she more or less indifferent?Edit

A: She sees that Annie doesn't give her too much trouble and even helped her and Gamma a couple times. So she's cautiously indifferent about her.[30]

Q: Is "cautiously indifferent" high praise when it comes to Zimmy and other people?Edit

A: Pretty much yeah.[31]

Q: Are Zimmy and Gamma capable of loving people except each other? Does Gamma know about city fairies?Edit

A: Gamma is fairly normal. As normal as a girl in her situation could be. She could love and have friends if she wanted. Zimmy though, would never consider anyone else. Gamma has met the city fairies too.[32]

Q: I seem to recall you said Zimmy's condition became worse over time. At what point did it become a serious problem? Has it continued to get worse even after she met Gamma?Edit

A: It got worse right up until she met Gamma. Since then it has plateaued and sometimes even gotten a little better.[33]

Q: Since Zimmy never sleeps, I imagine she does a lot of reading. What kind of books does she prefer to read?Edit

A: She can't read. [34]

Q: If Zimmy can't read, what does she do all night?Edit

A: She wanders around looking for a place that doesn't bug her too much. [35]

Q: Can Zimmy not read because of her eyes, or does she not know how to read? Can Gamma read?Edit

A: She doesn't know how to read because she can't look at printed words long enough to learn. Gamma can read, but not understand English. Through Gamma, though, Zimmy can read stuff (Gamma looks at the words and Zimmy translates) but she doesn't see the point. [36]

Q: Does Zimmy actually have scary pointed teeth or is that just an artistic reflection of her personality? Wouldn't that freak out the other students?Edit

A: She actually has pointed teeth. [37]

Q: When the rain washes the black gunk from Zimmy's eyes, does she stop hallucinating and seeing the faceless people for a bit?Edit

A: For a bit, yes. [38]

Q: I was surprised when Annie asked Zimmy if she ever considered controlling her "gift", because it seems so hard to control. Is there even a smidgen of a chance it's possible?Edit

A: In Zimmy's case, just living with it is hard enough. [39]

Q: Can other characters see that Zimmy has red eyes or do they see the swirly shadow things?Edit

A: They don't really pay that much attention. [40]

Q: If the spider from Zimmy's world could follow Jack into the real world, does that mean that Zimmy's hallucinations can come to life, or at the least leak through into the real world?Edit

Yup. [41]

Q: Did Zimmy suspect that the Kat in her nightmare world wasn't the real one?Edit

A: No, she didn't care that much about it. [42]

Q: Has Zimmy considered occasionally asking Annie for help so that Gamma could sleep more often? It would mean swallowing her pride to ask for help, but it would also help Gamma.Edit

A: But it would mean swallowing her pride. [43]

Q: Is the spider creature in Zimmy's nightmare-place Ketrak?Edit

A: Nope. [44]

Q: Would Andrew have any effect on Zimmy or her Birmingham if they came into contact?Edit

A: It would not be a pretty sight. [45]

Q: Do Zimmy and Gamma enjoy chasing rats?Edit

A: Zimmy does sometimes. [46]

Q: Zimmy doesn't really seem like the type to be too invested in school work, why did she enter the science fair?Edit

A: She wasn't feeling too bad that day. [47]

Q: You say Zimmy's eyes are a visual metaphor. Can the other character's see the blackness at all? If so, what do they see when her eyes are "washed" by the rain?Edit

A: They can see she has red eyes. [48]

Q: Is there any (named, known) character whom Zimmy sees as faceless, or do all the characters we know of have faces to her? Is there a specific reason why she sees some people as faceless and some as not?Edit

A: It's random. Sometimes she can see a person's face, and sometimes she can't. [49]

Q: When someone comes back from Zimmingham, like at the power station, do they return at the same moment that they 'left'? That is, would anyone notice that they were standing still for a long time?Edit

A: There really aren't any steadfast rules to it all [50]

Q: Would Zimmy eat a pigeon (as almost seen in City Face)? Is she carnivorous, or just creepy?Edit

A: Nah, she was just joking [51]

Q: Can Zimmy fly, as we now know Jack can?Edit

A: No [52]

Q: Would most people be affected as Jack was by being dragged into Zimmy's nightmare, or would Annie's reaction be more typical?Edit

A: It could have been worse. It depends on the person. [53]

Q: What exactly is wrong with Zimmy? Was she born like this or did some etheric experiment she was involved in went wrong?Edit

A: She was born like that. [54]

Q: Did Gamma and Zimmy stay at Gunnerkrigg during the summer holidays?Edit

A: Yup they did. [55]

Q: Can Zimmy bite through bone?Edit

A: maybe chicken bones, like anyone with teeth [56]

Q: Does Zimmy watch the weather channel religiously?Edit

A: no [57]

Q: on [Chapter 19, Page 28], was Zimmy repeating advice Gamma has given her?Edit

A: Zimmy knows it's easier for other people to shrug off. [58]

Q: How does the Court do research on Zimmy if she's just wandering around all the time without surveillance?Edit

A: They have an agreement. She comes in for tests once in a while. [59]

Q: Is Jack the first person to be changed by Zimmy in the manner that he was? Would Zimmy be at all surprised if she found out how he changed?Edit

A: No [60]

Q: How deep is Gamma and Zimmy's love? Is it beyond best friends love?Edit

A: yes they are more than just best friends [61]

Q: Is Zimmy tired?Edit

A: Very often yes [62]

Q: Does Zimmy's mind create her "hallucinations" or are they already there and only she can perceive them?Edit

A: A little of both [63]

Q: Can Zimmy's hallucinations affect anyone besides herself physically?Edit

A: Yes [64]

Q: Is the crazy spider thing we see on [Chapter 11, Page 8] the same as what we see in the last panel of [Chapter 28, Page 7]? It is a recurrent hallucination?Edit

A: Nope, that was something else entirely [65]

Q: Can Zimmy feel the Tic Toc's stare (as Gamma says on [Chapter 11, Page 14]) because the Tic Toc can stare at her etherically, and Zimmy can sense the etherium?Edit

A: She can tell when a system is tracking her [66]

Q: If the people in Zimmy's head are memories, when they pop, does she lose that memory? It seems like that might drive you crazy.Edit

A: Sometimes it does her good to lose them [67]

Q: How could Gamma not realize that they were in Zimmyngham? Where did she think they were?Edit

A: All this is pretty normal for Zimmy and Gamma [68]

Q: On [Chapter 11, Page 10] Zimmy sees a creature that looks like the imprisoned Reynardine. Was this a memory for her (had she seen him before)?Edit

A: It's a future distortion [69]

Q: Do Zimmy and Gamma have different ideas of what they want their relationship to be? Specifically, does one of them want it to be romantic, while the other one just wants to be friends?Edit

A: They both want the same thing, and that is to be safe and to be together. [70]

Q: Sorry I asked you this earlier, but there's apparently no way to search for older answers. Are Zimmy and Gamma a couple?Edit

A: Yes they are [71]

Q: About Zimmy not sleeping--is it that she physically cannot sleep, or that she never tires, or both?Edit

A: She knows not to try [72]

GammaEdit

Q: I think someone mentioned that she (Brinnie) resembles Gamma.Edit

A: I can categorically say that the unnamed girl in the photo is in no way related or connected to Gamma. [73]

Q: Tom please tell me... why you added Gamma as Polish character?Edit

A: I decided to make Gamma Polish because there is a large Polish community in Birmingham, the city Zimmy came from (also where I live).[74]

Q: How often does Gamma sleep, considering she tries to put it off as long as possible?Edit

A: Very infrequently.[75]

Q: Does Gamma feel the same way about Zimmy, as Zimmy feels about her?Edit

A: Gamma also loves Zimmy, yes.[76]

Q: Are Zimmy and Gamma capable of loving people except each other? Does Gamma know about city fairies?Edit

A: Gamma is fairly normal. As normal as a girl in her situation could be. She could love and have friends if she wanted. Zimmy though, would never consider anyone else. Gamma has met the city fairies too.[77]

Q: Are Gamma's etheric powers (namely her power of canceling out Zimmy's otherworldly hallucinations) stronger than Antimony's?Edit

A: Yes. [78]

Q: Does Gamma miss Stumps?Edit

A: Yeah. [79]

Q: Are Gamma's parents concerned about her? What about Zimmy's Parents?Edit

A: Zimmy's parents haven't really noticed she's gone. Gamma doesn't think about her parents. [80]

Q: Does Gamma know that Jack was dragged into Zimmyngham too?Edit

A: She realised it when Zimmy did. [81]

Q: Does Gamma find it harder or easier to stay awake for long periods of time compared to when she first started staying awake for Zimmy?Edit

A: It's a little easier now. She has a system for getting some rest when she can. [82]

Q: Does Gamma understand what is wrong with Zimmy?Edit

A: No. [83]

Q: Did Gamma and Ziggy stay at Gunnerkrigg during the summer holidays?Edit

A: Yup they did. [84]

Q: How deep is Gamma and Zimmy's love? Is it beyond best friends love?Edit

A: yes they are more than just best friends [85]

Q: When Gamma said "Iron Leaning", was she referring to the statue you called "Iron: Man"? Why are the names different? Chapter 28, Page 12Edit

A: Because that's what they know it as. They don't know what it's really called or what its significance is. [86]

Q: How could Gamma not realize that they were in Zimmyngham? Where did she think they were?Edit

A: All this is pretty normal for Zimmy and Gamma [87]

Q: What was Gamma's life like before she found Zimmy?Edit

A: Not too great [88]

Q: Do Zimmy and Gamma have different ideas of what they want their relationship to be? Specifically, does one of them want it to be romantic, while the other one just wants to be friends?Edit

A: They both want the same thing, and that is to be safe and to be together. [89]

Q: Uh, how has Gamma avoided learning any English?Edit

A: she knows Zimmy wouldn't like it. [90]

Q: Does Gamma ever wish she had more friends than just Zimmy?Edit

A: Sometimes [91]

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