Gunnerkrigg Court, Volume 1: Orientation

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Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court ...

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Overview

Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up.
Tom Siddell's popular and award-winning webcomic (www.gunnerkrigg.com) is here collected in print for the first time.

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This first on-paper collection of a comic that's won several Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards reads like a British boarding school version of Lost, in which each semiexplanation of one mystery leads to a new, larger one. The titular school looks more like a vast modern factory, while across the adjacent, forbidding Annan Waters is Gillitie Wood, home of fairies, gods, ghosts and sentient shadows. In her first school year, Antinomy Carver discovers that the two realms aren't absolutely separate; her little stuffed doggie, for example, soon houses a grouchy but rather protective demon, while the robot she builds out of spare parts lying around the school crosses the Water and comes back with a living wooden arm. Grownups are of little help to the young protagonists, but Antinomy faces difficulties with courage and self-possessed good manners. She and her friend Kat respond appropriately to each fresh bit of weirdness, sometimes taking part in sci-fi space adventures, sometimes coping with the loss of a friend who's changing into a bird. Siddell's stylized manga-like art suggests energy struggling against determined restraint. The result is uncanny, perplexing and oddly compelling. (Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932386349
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Gunnerkrigg Court Series , #1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Siddell is English, and resides in Birmingham. He has a day job as an animator for a video game company, and he rides the bus to work every day. He hates Boxbot. He really, REALLY hates Boxbot.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    The great start  of a great comic, and a great way to support a

    The great start  of a great comic, and a great way to support a wonderful series! The most compelling part of the first volume- besides the story- is how the style develops more as she starts her journey of growth.
    Lovely art, and a great and interesting story. Though in the first volume it seems ify- making you want to read more to find out how this will develop or if it'll harm itself and ruin it's own story.
    I can't say much more without spoiling the story, but I'd recommend reading it for sure. 

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    This is an awesome story

    This is a web comic compilation. If you have not yet read it, I would highly suggest going over to http://www.gunnerkrigg.com and reading it before you purchase this book.

    Gunnerkrigg Court is a story about a young girl and her adventures through an increasingly strange school. It has humor, mystery, and some somberness. It is a science-fantasy that focuses more and more and the clash between the school (science) and the forest surrounding it (a world of fantasy).

    If you like the comic, I would greatly recommend purchasing this book to support the creator of Gunnerkrigg Court!

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