Shout Out: Gunnerkrigg Court

  • The comic takes a lot of inspiration by part of English folk musician Kate Rusby. Tom is a fan of her.
    • Sir Eglamore, ("Sir Eglamore") the Annan Waters ("Annan Waters") and Janet Llanwellyn, ("The Maid of Llanwellyn") all take their inspiration from several of her songs. Tom also Title Drops Awkward Annie in The Rant on one of his pages, which is the name of one of Rusby's songs/albums.
    • "Playing of Ball" was also quoted in the comic.
  • There are also a few references to Anne Briggs.
    • Reynardine's name (and his initial encounter with Annie) are inspired by the traditional song "Reynardine", which Anne covered.
    • Winsbury is from the traditional song "Willie O' Winsbury" (interestingly, Kate Rusby also recorded a variant of this song, titled "John Barbury"). In the song, Willie is in a relationship with the king's daughter, Janet, much to the king's displeasure. Replace "king" with "headmaster" and ... yeah.
  • Lindsey & Bud's names, and the fact that they're engineers in an underwater habitat, to The Abyss.
  • Reynardine and Ysengrin are heavily influnenced by Reynard and Ysegrim from Reynard The Fox.
  • Tom called Lily "Cookie Monster" when he named her in a tweet. She also shares his color scheme and seemingly has toned-down mannerisms and speech patters of Cookie Monster. She might be also a reference to another Perky Goth Genki Girl with much the same colour scheme, perpetual crazy smile and lack of inhibitions in the L.A.W.L.S. comic.
  • There's an official artwork in Tom's DeviantArt page of Kat and Annie dressed as Ico and Yorda.
  • Another piece of artwork has Kat and Annie dressed as Raz and Lili.
  • From Chapter 1: The Shadow and the Robot:
    • Shadow 2's appearance as a "horned boy" shadow is a reference to ICO.
  • From Chapter 2: Schoolyard Myths:
    • Basil is talking about the whole affaire with Theseus. After he ends his tale, he sprouts "No sir, I didn't like it."
  • From Chapter 4: Not Very Scary:
  • From Chapter 9: Questions And Answers:
  • From Chapter 10: Doctor Disaster Versus The Creepy Space Aliens From Outer Space:
  • From Chapter 13: A Week For Kat:
    • Logos from Tom's favorite video games appear on Alistair's clothing.
    • Alistair was making a model of 1428 Elm Street.
  • From Chapter 15: Red Returns:
    • The Model-H war horse robot's story is taken from the sixth book of Paradise Lost.
  • From Chapter 16: The Medium Beginning:
    • Annie makes a mention that they will be late for their Karmatron Dynamics class. Tom is an admitted fan of the series.
  • From Chapter 18: S1:
  • From Chapter 19: Power Station:
  • From Chapter 24: Residential:
    • These comments from Tom:
  • From Chapter 29: A Bad Start:
    • In the commentary of this page, Tom says the train is nicknamed "Blaine".
  • From Chapter 30: The Coward Heart:
    • The crow and spiky-haired guy with triangular eye shadowing in the center of this page sure seems like a shout-out to Bro Strider and "Seppucrow".
    • The earrings 'could' be minature Troll horns.
    • And the colouration and general appearance of the couple that are the focus of the piece do suspiciously resemble a gender-swapped version of Jade- and Davesprite. (Spoiler Alert: They are not.)
  • From Chapter 32: From The Forest She Came:
    • While Annie is attacking the "possessed" Robot, she suggests that Kat reverse the polarity.
    • After Kat and Annie make amends, Kat confesses her like of Annie's forest dresses.
    "Also, I love the Princess Mononoke look you've got going on!" (Annie, of course, does not know what that is so they watch the film later.)
  • From Chapter 33: Give and Take:
  • From Chapter 34: Faraway Morning (And Three Short Tales):
  • Strip 1011 has Donald (Kat's dad) reading what appears to be The Beano (specifically a Dennisthe Menace UK comic.)
  • Chapter 37, "Divine", has had two so far:
    • This page might be one to The Lord of the Rings: Sam unhesitatingly grabs Frodo's hand when he's in the "hospital" in front of all their friends (it was kind of a big deal while filming the movie) while Kat hesitates to hold Annie's hand despite (or perhaps because of) the only people around being Robot, Shadow 2, and Reynardine.
  • Chapter 48, "Tall Tales":
    • By coincidence (Tom doesn't plan what days comics are posted in advance) this calm meeting between a taller-than-average lady knight and a huge unwell misanthropic canine-themed warrior came just five days after this incredibly violent confrontation between a taller-than-average lady knight and a huge unwell misanthropic canine-themed warrior. Also present are the lady knight's shorter but talented male companion, a dangerous young girl who looks like her mother and acts like her father('s sister) that the canine-themed warrior "befriended", and the trickster who's manipulating them all (also just off stage is the psychotic woman who's going to kill everyone even remotely associated with those who killed her loved one(s)... wait that could be anyone; specifically it's the dead one with white hair and white skin who was left in/by a river who now only (un)lives for vengeance).
  • Chapter 49, "The Torn Sea":
  • Chapter 50, "Totem":
    • Kat and Annie's new dorm room looks like the one in Friends. Reynardine is now roommates with robotic versions of Joey and Chandler.
  • Chapter 51, "The Tree":
    • Kat gives Annie a two-way radio so they can communicate in secret after Annie has been singled out by a new teacher, severely punished, and banned from doing the thing she loves; similarly Sirius Black gave Harry Potter a two-way mirror so they could communicate in secret after Harry was singled out by a new professor, severely punished, and banned from doing the thing he loves (the difference being that Harry's punishment was wildly unfair while Annie's is a bit more reasonable).
      • Could also tie in to their (not unreasonable) mistrust of authority after being Locked Out of the Loop for years: It nearly backfired on Annie after Jack's soul was almost consumed by Zimmy's spiders because she tried to deal with it herself instead of telling someone more experienced with Zimmy's "issues"; Harry refused to use the mirror (he didn't even really know what it was, only that it would let Sirius talk to him) so he wouldn't give away Sirius' location and then forgot about it, and because he didn't/couldn't consult with the more experienced members of Sirius' group (not wanting to harm Sirius combined with them not wanting to accidentally trigger the bit of Voldemort in Harry) he wound up putting everyone in danger which led to Sirius' death.
  • Chapter 52, Sneak:
    • It takes Kat several panels to get across a really long room to reach Annie, similar to Sir Lancelot's charge to Swamp Castle.
    • The room itself is reminiscent of the one at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, minus the Versailles furnishings: it's very Ascetic Aesthetic and not quite "right" (the room in 2001 had lights on the floor and mixed modern and antique furniture; this room has similar-looking lights in the ceiling and is just plain impractical). Another similar room is Syndrome's computer room in The Incredibles (huge, tall, plain, modernist room).
    • A few people noticed that Annie's separated ethereal half looks like a "stand" from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Eglamore once used a "Jojo pose"):
      Something Awful: ZenMasterBullshit: User: Antimony Carver[,] Stand: 「We Didn't Start The Fire」; Nate RFB: Annie has simply awakened her Stand, Magician's Red.
      • Because of it's "haircut" it also looks like a Wayne Barlowe character. A lot of Barlowe's characters are from Hell...
  • Chapter 53, Annie and the Fire: