Comic 151 - Y'know How Things Got Worse Earlier? They Just Did AGAIN

22nd Aug 2010, 5:00 PM in Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey
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Y'know How Things Got Worse Earlier? They Just Did AGAIN

My apologies for the Firefly quotes. You're probably just even more confused now. In any case, I'll be escorting your future!self back to the future now. Thank you for doing business with The Future Services, Incorporated. Have a nice day!

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Author Notes:

As you may have noticed, the comic didn't update at all last week. I found myself incredibly busy and couldn't get any more comics done. I may need to reduce the comic to two issues a week, or something... :(

There are decisions I regret in comic production. I wish I hadn't forced myself into reusing terrible art just because my plot says so. Similarly, I wish I hadn't forced myself into using Comic Sans MS again. But most importantly, I wish I'd made an awesome sound effect for the time-travel process. Something like "Krakow! Whummmmmmmmmmm bzzzoam!" would be really good.


22nd Aug 2010, 8:04 PM
Your entire universe is being torn apart by plot holes, the characters in the last panel are looking back in time 100 comics without using a time machine, they still have a lot of things they're predestined to do except they're not, and you're wishing you'd used a more awesome sound effect?

...and what's stopping you?

23rd Aug 2010, 6:49 AM
@snowyowl: Actually, there are no currently open plot holes, so that's cool. The three on the SOL were sealed by time travelers, remember?

They're not looking back in time - just at the previous panel, which just so happens to be set a looong time ago. Having no fourth wall is pretty convenient, y'know.

The predestination stuff is going to happen eventually. That's the whole point of predestination. ;)

I can't use the sound effect because I didn't use the sound effect, and I can only make a retcon if one of the characters changes it with time travel. Which may yet happen.

24th Aug 2010, 4:27 AM
Dang it, if I had just finished my archive binge one comic sooner, I could have beat Snowyowl to answering when they went back in time to.

26th Aug 2010, 12:16 AM
I also can't help but notice that the alternate timeline has now rippled forwards into comic #43. This is starting to worry me. For one thing, I can't remember what #43 was like before.

26th Aug 2010, 7:18 AM
I think original 43 was like modified 43 but opening the door instead of the secret passage.

Title where?

26th Aug 2010, 10:22 AM
id like to say i like you comments and like your konami code easter egg thats how i discovered this awesome comic!

26th Aug 2010, 4:33 PM
@Joaqs: Yep, precisely. Fred climbed inside the door lock to open it.

I've intentionally kept the original dialogue in, just making small changes as necessary.

This is a bit of a problem: replacing my archives like this. New readers may get thoroughly confused, and veteran readers also apparently can't remember the previous versions. But when the fourth wall is as non-existent as it is here, that's really the only way one can choose to do time travel. AWESOMELY.

Uh oh. Just thought of another issue. If and when another timeline overwrites this first overwriting, all the sections of story referencing that timeline will in turn make no sense. Hmm. Maybe I should ask Kyo for a way to upload multiple timelines to comics.



Trope-tan: We're on... comic #151 now.
Jane: This still isn't working very well.

past!Trope-tan: Of course. We still haven't determined the means of configuring the desired coordinates into the telematrix.
Jane: I'm just going to pretend that what you just said made sense.

Trope-tan: Ah. Of course.
Jane: You've figured it out?
past!Trope-tan: Yes. Yes, I have.

Trope-tan (voiceover): Think back to when Joel first explained the device.
past!Trope-tan (voiceover): The GIGAHERTZ functions by analysing microdetails in photographic material and extrapolating the coordinates from them, right?
Trope-tan (voiceover): *Exactly*.
Jane (voiceover): I didn't get a *word* of that.

Trope-tan: We just need to provide the GIGAHERTZ with a photograph, and it'll lock onto the coordinates depicted. Simple.
Jane: Ah, okay. But where are we going to get photographs from?
No cameras have appeared in the comic at *all*.

past!Trope-tan: We could use the comic's archive. Essentially equivalent to photographic information.
Trope-tan: It *should* hold the same saturation of microdata. Brilliant. We'll just load up the relevant page from the archive and-
Jane: Wait! Where's past!me?!

Bob: "Guard the position"... There's nothing to guard against!
past!Jane: Except for the massive explosion arriving in three panels, right?

past!Trope-tan: Oh no.
Trope-tan: That is extremely very not good.


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