As a preface to this sketch, I must say that if you are unfamiliar with Tom Siddell’s Gunnerkrigg Court, you should fix that. This here is a little bit of fan art for one of the many fantastic personalities surrounding the Court.

My brother and I grew up with stories of the trickster Coyote, so it was initially strange to see him in the context of such a European comic. However, he lives up to his reputation beautifully, with his own agenda, humor, and questionable ethics.

Sometimes I get the impression that he is the only character who knows precisely what is going on. Ever noticed how the tricksters and fools are the wisest, most perceptive people around? That’s Coyote all over.

So here’s to the Trickster!


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This was drawn and inked when I was in London this summer, were I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Siddell at the MCM Comic Expo. He was kind enough to draw Boxbot and Mort for me, so this is something by way of a thank you. (Fortunately that sketch was one of the few that wasn’t stolen during my move! It now has pride of place on my book wall.)

The original for this is ~3.5×5.5 micron on watercolor paper. Someday, it may even be painted. Pigs could fly – though the wingspan would be ridiculous – but for me it’s back to lab and lecture. Pretty soon we start working for the Echo clinic, as well, so it may be some time before the next update. Tutaonana baadaye!