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Now that I'm seeing Tom Siddell's video about Gunnerkrigg Court chapter 51, It drew my attention to the different ways the comics used art style to represent mental distress. Sleepless Domain with its panels breaking, and GC with the backgrounds becoming wobbly and crudely-drawn.
Just found out that there's a kickstarter (already fully funded!) for the comic's first volume in ebook and print format.
The stickers and stands look adorable
Edited by Nouct on May 28th 2019 at 1:24:43 AM
New comic: Anenome is tiny.
Well, that's one way to make a sneaky exit.
...It's also honestly pretty scary. Especially given Tessa's last comment, depending on how it's meant to be read.
Depending on how far the staticky effect goes, Tessa may have just blanked out a bit more than Anemone's actual departure. (How long was she standing there, staring into space? Only until after Anemone was out of sight, or...?) Are the memories of the rest of their conversation intact? While I expect she still might end up peeking outside and spotting Goopsy soon, will she know why she thought to check that, or chalk it up to 'intuition'?
And even if this only covered Anemone leaving, that still implies that anyone who knows about the Girl in White could use that knowledge for a form of Gaslighting... Not to mention that Tessa's not exactly in the best state of mind right now, and might attribute this incident to that...
What I'm wondering is, did Anemone do this just to slip away, or was it a "you know what?! I'm sick and tired of people not believing me, I know you won't remember it but I'mma say it, here's the truth"?
New comic: The Panels are back.
Yes, react like your kid is a freak for being traumatized about her friends dying right in front of her because she wasn't there. You're great parents.
Also, why is this girl not in therapy already? Gods, I hate characters like these.
Edited by TheLovecraftian on May 31st 2019 at 9:33:44 AM
Frankly, I got the impression that Tessa is trying to put up a facade that it's all ok, big time. It's failing, but neither her nor her parents know how to deal with it.
She's been acting as if nothing happened, she probably rejected the therapist and her parents assumed she would only lash out if they forced her.
She's acting like she is fine despite shunning company, and her parents have no idea how to give her the help she clearly needs without doing more harm than good.
"You know you're not ok. We know you're not ok. But neither of us know how to help you be ok and that's frustrating as hell."
Edited by akanesarumara on May 31st 2019 at 2:19:55 PM
Well, she obviously is, but she's also 14, and just witnessed her close friends dying, then commited a clearly suicidal act in order to save one of them, mere weeks ago. That's the kind of situation where the child telling you they're fine is a clear lie, and they need to be overruled. You don't take a child that went through something like that and let them choose if they go to therapy. You don't even let adults choose if they go to therapy after that kind of stuff. This should immediately land you a therapist, especially in a world where said child is also a forced soldier.
And then her parents go and get stressed that she's not handling things well, like that's a surprise, and yell about it in their kitchen, at a time they know she could suddenly arrive home. Parenting skills aside, it feels like manufactured conflict, especially considering that Tess hasn't at least had someone to talk about all of this with.
Edited by TheLovecraftian on May 31st 2019 at 9:31:42 AM
Tessa also used to be a Magical Girl. They're might be some kind of social class/expectation thing going on where she's expected to be allowed to do what she wants.
She did have people to talk about it to. Her parents, the therapist, Undine.
She rejected them all.
I do agree she should have been overruled by her parents, but really, I can kinda buy the parents being "not sure how to do it without Tessa running away and doing even more crazy/suicidal/self destructive things as a result."
Also, Tessa's mom was a Magical Girl too in her youth, that's why they are so weird about it.
Edited by akanesarumara on May 31st 2019 at 3:00:23 PM
Yeah, I agree that it feels strange that they're reacting this way to her spending time at the cemetery. Is it possible that Tessa has been going somewhere else that we didn't see because she chose to visit the cemetery today instead?
...Admittedly, that might be a bit of a stretch, but... I don't know. It just seems odd that they'd react that badly to her going to visit her fallen friends. Honestly, considering the things she could be doing instead, you'd think that would be a bit of a relief.
And it DOES seem even weirder that she's not in therapy already. Is there something about being a former magical girl that lets her overrule the authority of her parents on that? You'd think that this would be a mandatory thing, rather than 'Well, if she says she's fine, don't push her on it...' Or does the M.G.S.I. not cover the cost of things like that anymore since she's retired?
At any rate, the return of the fracturing sure doesn't signal good times ahead. Looks like her parents are about to be tested... but what sort of result is Tessa looking for? A confrontation to 'prove' that they still care about her? Or for them to plaster on smiles and keep pretending that everything's fine for just a little longer...?
I'm just saying I think I think it's more likely to be a misunderstanding brought about due to the situation of the world they inhabit rather than just straight up being neglectful parents.
Yeah that could be.
I dunno, I think it's not the "she goes to the graveyard" bit they are upset about but "she felt the need to keep it a secret that she goes there all this time."
Reminds me of Zoe's remark that the therapy Undine has shirked wasn't a requirement.
I also wonder if the issue isn't Tessa constantly visiting the cemetery, but Tessa actively lying about it. We've seen her tell her parents she was with friends when she was there, and though her parents don't know it she's lied to her schoolmates too.
Alternatively, if they try to ban her from going, that's going to cause all kinds of problems. Being at the cemetery was the only time the Panels weren't blaring in this chapter.
Edit: I wonder if any of this behavior, Tessa and others' alike, ties in to HP's statement that people don't want to acknowledge that magical girls, current and former, are just girls being put through the ringer.
Edited by sgamer82 on May 31st 2019 at 7:33:52 AM
As for willfully ignoring the effects to pretend the girls are this perfect ideal: Whoa there's a thought. It could be the case actually, even if it pains me to admit it.
I think it's painfully likely that Magical Girls in Tessa's case, should others even exist at all, are heavily swept under the rug to perpetuate the idea that they're invincible and their martyring is good for them.
Given there's a whole cemetery for magical girls, and apparently a big one too, at that, Tessa's case seems to be hardly unique.
Remember also that Mitsuki's gyno knew the consequences having a baby as a magical girl would have so either it is common enough to be taught in med school or common enough that one doc meets several of these cases. Which, given real world tendencies about teen pregnancy, makes sense.
I meant that Tessa was depowered instead of dead but your broader point is still valid to this discussion.
...Yeah, that might be a key part of it. The notion that any mourning they do should be 'Out of sight, out of mind'. Like that awful reporter who got all pissy when Undine told her to leave her alone, and called her a brat for not wanting to deal with her blatantly ignoring her request to be left alone.
Like, she basically flat-out says to her "Oh, I understand that you want to be left alone, but I don't care. My desire for you to take 'a couple minutes' to give a statement overrides your desire for privacy." And then having the AUDACITY to insult her afterwards... Camera Guy's a little more sympathetic, but Reporter Lady's utter lack of empathy is disturbing.
...I guess we should be glad that it wasn't anyone like Reporter Lady who approached Tessa at the cemetery. But is that because people have a sense of decorum or because Tessa is 'old news' at this point? Or because they don't want that reminder that these girls aren't invincible ideals or perfect martyrs...
Aaah ok sorry for misunderstanding, I thought you meant magical girls who lost their teammates in the fight.
As for depowering, well, there were probably cases for that too. We have no idea how long the magical girl system has been going on, the only inkling we might get is the class in chapter one mentioning if I remember right a year in the one hundreds according to their calendar, so it will be more than that (the class was either history or civics I guess), so they might have had time to gather info about that too.
Edited by akanesarumara on May 31st 2019 at 3:55:48 PM
HP's line, just for the sake of context:
"Foundationists aren't the only ones who want to pretend we're these perfect warriors. The idea that we're just as flawed as anyone else... I don't think they like that. Because then we don't exist just to fight and die for them."
Edit: Just had a nasty thought: Now is when Tessa ends up talking to Undine...
Edited by sgamer82 on May 31st 2019 at 8:02:48 AM
Part of me wishes them to talk, part of me wishes it would happen with Tessa in a better headspace.
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