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Cover of Chapter 3: At the Good Intentions Paving Company. Counterclockwise: The shadowed figure of Edward Hyde, Rachel Pidgley, Henry Jekyll, and Robert Lanyon
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The Glass Scientists is an ongoing Gaslamp Fantasy webcomic about mad science, magical secrets, and monsters both within and without. It has a short stand-alone prequel, Bleeding Heart. The writer and artist is Sabrina Cotugno AKA Arythusa, who previously worked on Gravity Falls and currently works as a director on Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

The city of London is not the best place to be a mad scientist. Thirty years after the death of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, its citizens have gotten awfully good at killing creatures, destroying laboratories, and generally wrecking anything new or strange-looking. Soon, every scientist within city limits will find themselves behind bars, unless someone can turn their luck around, and fast.

This someone, it turns out, is a respected gentleman, an illustrious socialite who also happens to be a scientist himself. He believes that rogue science can survive — and thrive! — as he has, if only they could improve their reputation in the public eye – and he plans to give them one hell of an image makeover. Together with his Society for Arcane Science, he can end the reign of fear and superstition that has held London captive for decades so long as no one discovers his one little secret, a secret that could ruin him and unravel the lives of everyone he knows.

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This man’s name is Dr. Henry Jekyll.

The Glass Scientists updates on Mondays, and the creator runs a blog for readers' questions and inspirational art.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: Utterson, the narrator, viewpoint character, and Audience Surrogate in the original Jekyll and Hyde novel, will only appear as an Easter Egg as the author believes him to be redundant to the story.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Jekyll is highly prone to this, and wishes to instill such wonder in others. In some cases, such as his presentation of his pet Church Grim Zosimos, he succeeds.
  • Amazon Brigade: The "Forty Elephants"note  are an all-female gang of cutthroat thieves, feared by the inhabitants of London.
  • Animal Jingoism: Going by Jasper's reaction to a cat landing on his head, there's little love lost between cats and dogs.
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  • Audience Surrogate: The reader learns about the Society through Jasper, an overeager young mad scientist-turned-werewolf.
  • Bar Brawl: Hyde happily engages in fights in seedy establishments whenever he's out at night.
  • Big Eater: Jasper, as shown here and here.
    • Hyde is rapportedly also one, to compensate for Jekyll's constant meal skipping.
  • Big Entrance: Jekyll has a four-page long one as he drives in The City Narrows in a shining coach pulled by magnificent white stallion accompanied by clouds of Bishie Sparkles. The entire crowd is staring in stunned silence even before he shows himself and starts chatting with the policemen like it's no big deal.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Both Jekyll and Hyde's reaction when they hear Lanyon's plan to frame Hyde in order to get the Lodgers released from jail.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Jekyll, to the point that if he's speaking while not visible on-panel, his speech balloons will sparkle to denote that it's him talking.
    • Hyde also gets them when displaying his fancy cape to Rachel - a cape he tore up at the bottom like fashionably-ripped jeans.
    • Jekyll's friend Lanyon emits sparkles as well.
  • Black Market: The Blackfog Bazaar, where a rogue scientist can get all ingredients they need, no matter how illegal they are. Jekyll doesn't visit it because of his, and its, reputation, and only gives into letting Hyde go after serious temptation.
  • Building of Adventure: The Society for Arcane Sciences is quite... eccentric compared to the rest of London.
  • Canon Foreigner: Jasper developed from a side character to this.
  • Clockwork Creature: Miss Flowers specializes in creating these. She can be seen creating a clockwork snail in her introductury panel. She even brings some of them to battle with Dr. Moreau.
  • Chemistry Can Do Anything: Neo-alchemy can do basically anything. It can heal wounds, turn objects to gold, help werewolves retain their minds during transformation, create alternate personalities...
  • Chekhov's Gun: Rachel first appears covered in blood and holding a kitchen knife. The first time it's just to play a prank on Jekyll. Then the kitchen knife appears again, this time as she is plunging it into the shoulder of one of Dr. Moreau's monsters, splattering it with blood.
  • The City Narrows: Bethnal Green, an infamous Victorian slum (which, once upon a time, was actually fields, hence the name), which Hyde describes as "The city's oily belly, a foul-smelling swamp belching half-digested dreams" where shadows and wickedness abounds. He, of course, loves it.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Jekyll's eyes and clothing accessories are red, whilst Hyde's are green - matching the colors of their respective transformation potions.
  • Cool House: The Society for Arcane Sciences is a Big Fancy House with a conservative outward facade based on the Royal College of Surgeons in London. However, it's hiding an architectural pit of various mad scientist technologies all competing for space. Sabrina Cotugno describes it as a "rogue science mullet" with "respectability in the front, madness in the back."
  • The Darkness Gazes Back: On the very first page, staring out of a sewer grate, courtesy of a nestful of soot-mice.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Sabrina (who is, herself, bisexual) stated this is the case on her blog, while Jekyll and Hyde are Bi/Pansexual, respectively.
  • Extranormal Institute: The Society for Arcane Science has all markings of being one.
  • Fantastic Science: Essentially what every mad scientist studies.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Downplayed; Lanyon's father is pulling his funding for the Society, as he won't support an expensive project with a bad public reputation.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The TGS-universe is a place where basically All Myths Are True and all kinds of psedoscientific theories (except phrenology) are legitimate scientific fields of study. You can also expect to run into various figures from Victorian horror and sci-fi literature. Aside from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you'll also meet Mr. Griffin, the Invisible Man, Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature, and Dr. Moreau. And of course, there are all sorts of fantastical creatures, from biblical monsters like the Leviathan, to several kinds of werewolves, to small critters like the mud Phoenix and soot mice.
  • Fictional Field of Science: Everyone of the Lodgers specialize in one particular field. There's cryptobiology, neo-alchemy, and experimental candymaking, among others.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom:
    • The werewolf. Subverted when it turns out that it's not trying to bring about doom, just escaping from a Torches and Pitchforks mob.
    • The Leviathan skeleton also seems to have these. If it's ever fully reanimated, that is probably a sign of certain doom.
    • Again subverted with Frankenstein's creature. He has glowing eyes in the dark, and people are running away from him, but he isn't doing anything particularly threatening.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Jekyll is an amazing dog person, regardless of whether the dog is alive, a Church Grim or a werewolf.
  • Incoming Ham: Lanyon enters the comic and the Society VERY LOUDLY!
  • Inner Monologue: Hyde narrates the opening three pages of the comic, and tends to monologue whenever he's out having fun at night.
  • Island of Misfit Everything: The Society of Arcane Science is a haven in London built by Dr. Henry Jekyll to house and support people who stock and trade in eclectic Magic-Powered Pseudoscience (like Steam Punk engineering, crypto-biology, ectoplasmic pathology, experimental confectionism, etc.), the world outside too hostile towards "rogue science" after the events of Frankenstein occurring.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Jekyll keeps a respectable front in public while Hyde is let loose to act on his whims. Both sides know everything they worked for will fall apart if their secret gets out.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: A giant Leviathan skeleton hangs from the ceiling of the atrium of the Society. The scientists aren't quite sure if it's actually the biblical beast or more of an Eldritch Abomination - but they're pretty sure it's not completely dead.
  • Less Embarrassing Term: Dr. Jekyll prefers the term "Rogue Scientist" to "Mad Scientist."
  • Mad Scientist: Though the general public fears mad scientists, Dr. Jekyll is keen on rebranding them as beneficial and harmless—Rogue Scientists, if you will. Mad Science is The Society for Arcane Science's bread and butter. Also, Jasper is a nascent Mad Scientist himself.
  • Mental World: Hyde retreats into what appears to be the interior of an infinite mansion house filled with Jekyll's memories, after being put under "house arrest", per se, for accidentally blowing up a street whilst attempting to stop Dr. Moreau.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self / The Shadow Knows: Jekyll and Hyde can manifest in each other's reflections and shadows, depending on who's in charge.
  • Mistaken for Romance: The Society lodgers are confident that Jekyll and Hyde are not only two people, but also lovers. No word on Jekyll's opinion on the subject, but apparently Hyde gleefully supports the misconception.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Jekyll and Hyde fit this in different ways, with Jekyll heading a movement to safely manage the affairs of supernatural creatures, while Hyde is utterly enthralled with the atmosphere of the seedy underbelly of London.
  • Monster Mash: Downplayed, but Dr. Jekyll, a werewolf, and Frankenstein's monster are all in the same city together.
    • Later joined by Dr. Moreau and four monsters he's created from different animals.
  • Purple Prose: Hyde, as a narrator, indulges when he waxes poetic about the vicious, cutthroat slums of London.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: When Hyde is confronted by Frankenstein's Monster, he attempts to put on his standard Cockney accent. While drunk on absinthe.
    Hyde: Oi! Wodder yew lookin' at? Yew gotta problem wit' me? I'll fight ye, just yew watch!
    The Creature: Good lord, what is that? Are you trying to do some kind of Cockney Accent?
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Just how different remains to be seen... But it's certainly much larger than a normal wolf, to start with.
    • Part of the problem with Jasper's werewolf form is what Jekyll calls the worst case of wolfsbane poisoning he's ever seen, which is part of what makes Jasper different, the transformation now occurring on any night where the moon is visible and causing rapid shifts between various levels of human and wolf forms.
    • Morcant is another type of werewolf. She has a much longer life-span, stretching out over centuries. Her kind usually live in packs and stay out of human society. According to the creator, were she ever to meet Jasper, she'd consider him a tiny baby and he'd be terrified of her.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted with Jekyll - it's him who has red eyes, not Hyde.
  • Red/Green Contrast: Jekyll's eyes and clothing accessories are red, whilst Hyde's are green - matching the colors of their respective transformation potions.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hyde and Jekyll. Hyde is energetic, extrovertic Red, while Jekyll, an image of politeness and self-control, is Blue. Ironically, their color schemes are reversed, with Jekyll wearing red and having red eyes, while Hyde has eyes and clothes of Green (not blue, but a cool color nonetheless).
  • Science Is Bad: What people believe. There's even a theatre play subtitled "Beware the destructive power of science!"
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Jasper's wolfsbane poisoning manifests in light purple foam at his mouth.
  • Take That!: The theatre play warning of the dangers of science is one to the Universal Frankenstein (1931) movie as well as adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that add love interests, particularly the Jekyll & Hyde musical.
  • Talking to Themself: Hyde, as seen here, argues with Jekyll as a peeved conscience.
  • Technicolor Science: The Society lives by this trope, but particularly Jekyll's transformation potion with a Sickly Green Glow.
  • Teleportation Misfire: The society apparently has a teleporting cat, and going by poor thing's expression and place of landing, it doesn't really control it.
  • The Unmasqued World: Church Grims and werewolves are par for the course and the story of Doctor Frankenstein is a well-known scandal that had tarnished the reputation of Science.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Jekyll brings this up to Jasper and remarks that it's an easy way to get pegged a mad scientist.
  • Through His Stomach: Rachel lovingly bakes a batch of cookies for Jasper (several of which are stolen by Hyde).
  • Torches and Pitchforks: A mob convenes to attack the werewolf in record time. One person actually brings knitting needles to the fray.
  • Transformation Sequence: Jekyll transforms into Hyde in Chapter 3, Page 14.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: As seen here, in Bethnal Green.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When Frankenstein tells the lodgers that the Society is holding them back and that they could survive on passion alone, they all decide to stop working on their presentations and abandon Dr. Jekyll. May I remind you that they were all demonized by the world at large (which was Frankenstein's fault) and that it was Jekyll and the existence of the Society that allowed them to thrive unmolested by torches and pitchforks. The only one who sticks by Jekyll seems to be Jasper, something Jekyll appreciates.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: You get a full view of Frankenstein spewing blood all over poor Jekyll.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Lodgers bring a diverse range of weapons to the battle with Moreau, each pertaining to their areas of rogue science. Ms. Flowers brings her mechanical insects, Mr. Sinnet brings a flamethrower, Helsby has a harpoon, Maijabi unleashes ghosts from a bottle, and Mr. Bird brings a potted plant. In addition Rachel, the cook, brings a large kitchen knife and Mr. Hyde brings an umbrella.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The policemen (and the crowd) argue that a werewolf is more an animal than a human.

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