Agent Gates by Carmen Subhiyah & Kyle Hilton

Agent Gates

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  1. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 3 years ago

    I wish I had a device like that to help me find my keys.

  2. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago

    Hm, this seems to me to be the beginning of a new storyline.
    A young man calls von Jagow just that, not “Your Excellency”? Didn’t von Jagow travel alone after all, or does the young man belong to the domestic staff of Devonton Abbey?
    The ring of the young man seems to be some kind of receiver to von Jagows transmitter. Interesting, we saw this technology used by James Bond in “Goldfinger”. Downsizing the receiver to the size of a ring might have been possible in the eighties of the last century – not the 1880s. As far as I know, the radio telegraphy was just beginning at 1914. There was some traffic from ship to shore.
    What comes next? The transporter technology of Star Trek? “Beam me up, Scotty!”
    Don’t worry, friends. I won’t annoy you anymore. This is more than I am willing to accept.
    I take my leave, too.
    But don’t be too happy. I will be back!

  3. artsyguy65

    artsyguy65 said, over 3 years ago


    I believe the young man is most likely Thompson, a member of Devonton’s staff, based on the character of Thomas from “Downton Abbey”. As such, he is most likely to be a major nemesis for Gates, possibly acting as a spy for German Intelligence.

    But what I really wished to comment on directly to you was a response to your repeated annoyances with the anachronisms displayed in this strip. Rather than being the result of poor writing, I believe them to be consistent with steampunk, a very popular sci-fi/fantasy genre that traces it’s roots all the way back to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Was Verne a hack writer for giving Captain Nemo submarine technology that was decades ahead of it’s time? No. Is “The Time Machine” annoying because time travel is still impossible today much less back in Victorian England? Again, no. Am I comparing the quality of this strip or it’s authors to either Verne, Wells, or their works? You guessed it… no.

    But I will compare it to the works of Quentin Tarantino, who successfully takes a seemingly disparate variety of pop-culture genres and mashes them up together into very enjoyable feats of escapist entertainment. “Agent Gates” likewise is at it’s core a send-up of “Downton Abbey”. But with a dash of “Goldfinger” here and a pinch of steampunk there, it also becomes something more. Relax your need for it to make perfect sense and enjoy the ride.

  4. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you very much for your comment to my comments. I thought I would receive a shit storm and now this: A very calm and lucid explanation about where I went wrong.
    I have to admit I have a totally different idea of Devonton Abbey. I think the idea is fantastic! The time, the people, Deventon Abbey itself and the ploy.
    And I think Gates’ steam powered leg is a great idea and don’t mind that it would not work in reality. I believe this is called poetical licence.
    Now you tell me that steam punk means a mixture of different styles, different times, different technologies and even different truth’. What did you call it: escapist entertainment!
    I understand, but this is more than I asked for. It’s against my nature. If the author would have limited herself to means which were part of the time and to historical facts, I could go along.
    Take Jules Verne’s “All around the moon”: Verne used only means of his time in this story. The canon might have been exploded, the passengers might have been smashed, if someone really had tried to build the Columbiad. But Verne wrote as close as possible to the technical means of his time. There was no: “Hello Houston, we have a problem!”.
    I thank you again for the troubles you went through to explain to me the meanings of steam punk. I thank you also for your invitation to relax my need for it to make perfect sense and enjoy the ride. But since this is not the kind of story I can enjoy, I beg you to accept my taking leave.
    I hope, you yourself and all the others will have much fun and enjoy the story.

  5. kaecispopX

    kaecispopX said, over 3 years ago

    @artsyguy65 and @the_kraut
    I am not a fan of the steam punk genre simply because of I have not had much exposure to it. I guess you could refer to it as an alternate reality where the values and expectations of the Victorian age continued with the advance of steam engine based technologies. The time period of these stories is obviously not late 19th to early 20th century, but could be at this time or future with a different path taken at a critical point in history. This is a common theme in science fiction / fantasy literature.
    One good example is Harry Harrison’s novel ‘A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurray!’ The basis of the story is that the English Empire still existed in the late 20th century because the American Revolution did not succeed.
    It seems that in this reality, Britannia still rules the waves, the sun still does not set on the English empire, and steam technology is the basis for all modern society.

  6. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you for your comment.
    But at first I have to digest what artsyguy65 told us. It seems to me, steam punk could be the dream of a drug addict, everything is possible, there are no rules. Escapist entertainment. One would have to accept everything, criticism is impossible. How would you know what is good and what is bad?
    No, thank you. I am sorry, but this not my world. As an engineer I need the contact to reality. I have to be earthed.
    That’s why I am an atheist. I can’t believe, I need proof!
    I am still not finished to think this thing through. What about ethics? Do they still exist?

  7. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago

    Yes, you need imagination for the projection of something what is to be build and will be real afterwards.

  8. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago


    I think you wrote in your own words what artsyguy65 wrote, too.
    But still … it’s not my world.
    Artsyguy65 wrote that he won’t compare Verne and Wells with this story, but Quentin Tarantino. I guess, I understand what he means.
    Okay, I will stop to compare this story with works of Verne, Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins and others.
    But still I rather read a story by them or a book as “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco. The story is pure fiction but could have happened exactly the way Eco wrote it.
    That’s why I want to take my leave – and because I don’t have the time to write comments all day. For a time it is funny and interesting. It was nice to meet you all. But now the problems of the real world are calling.
    Have fun everyone. You will certainly hear from me now and then.

  9. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago

    This is all I can bring up to my defense: As a civil engineer people expect me to think outside the frame to find solutions for the work inside the frame. All the imagination I have is used to solve problems. My artistry serves to save time and money. I am certainly not an artist. My work is absolutely unromantic. If you want an artist you have to speak to an architect.

  10. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    What kind of gadget can find hidden paper??

  11. Meowlin

    Meowlin said, over 3 years ago


    Hear, hear!

  12. Meowlin

    Meowlin said, over 3 years ago


    Fair enough, and farewell. I hope we meet again at another strip.

  13. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago

    @ All:

    Please, gentlemen, calm down. If there is a lady somewhere, you naturally are included.

    Especially you, Night-Gaunt49. Remember what I wrote about your comments in the beginning? They were so lucid. Calm down please, you don’t do yourself a favor.

    I have to do some work right now. Afterwards I will be back with an explanation.

    Thank you very much everyone for your friendly comments directed at me, to help me, to understand steam punk.

  14. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you! I am sure we will meet again.

  15. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago

    I have a strange feeling about your comment. I think you are still not satisfied with my efforts. Do you want me to write about my imaginations related to supernatural phenomena? Related to God or religion in general? Sorry, but in this case I have to disappoint you. I am not a believer. I don’t believe in gods or other higher creatures. I don’t believe that the big bang was the beginning of everything and I don’t believe that we live in one universe only.
    My motto is: The great certitudes of today are the big mistakes of the future.
    I don’t know if I put it into correct English, in German it sounds better. It means: nothing is sure and forever, everything is always changing and in progress.

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