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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
So here’s #93. The truth is revealed about Puck employment situation, which a few people were curious about. I’m personally kind of happy that Daphne is now grown up, because it provides Puck with a verbal sparring partner. Colin’s too goofy to hold his own against Puck, and Phoebe? No. Now that Puck and Daphne are (almost) the same size, it seems fair to have them facing off now and then.
Timmy's Coffee, by the way, is my no-name version of Tim Hortons, a veritable Canadian institution. I practically live off Tim Hortons coffee, but I don't think I'd like to work there.
In this strip, you finally get a good view of the design on Daphne’s shirt. It’s been there for many strips; it just hasn’t been very visible until now.
Some may note that their house’s exterior siding is the same awful colour as their kitchen. There are a LOT of wartime one-and-a-halves in my city that are actually that colour. I think they were resided during the reign of harvest gold in the 70’s, and no one ever bothered to replace the colour.
Let's establish an actual timeline for this.
Puck/Robin(age:621): goes to college
Puck/Robin(age:634): gets amnesia
Our author printed the first run over three years at college before stopping, then took it up ten years later with a convenient amnesia gap to cover the intervening years.
So at this point in the comic, everyone is thirteen years older than the start of the strip.
Colin has only had his beard the last four years of the ten year gap.
Oh, and Daphne has always been "jerk facey", we just forgave her as a kid cause she was cute.
@Frybozu: T.S. Eliot once said he wanted all readers to put at least as much work into reading his poetry as he did writing it. I think you're doing the comic equivalent here.
I didn't really carefully think through the timelines, but here goes my basic breakdown:
Puck (age 621) goes to college.
Puck (age 624) graduates.
Seven years pass.
Puck (age 631) gets amnesia.
So it's only ten years in fictional time, though it's been thirteen years of real time that have passed. Confused enough? I know I am.
Wait, if only seven years passed since the 2001 ending of the original comic, does that mean the tech is three years behind?
Of course, that really only applies to cell phones and video game consoles at this point, but most stuff looks the same, and it will only matter when new generation of consoles come out...and maybe I'm thinking about this too much?
@Hitokiri Akins: You are thinking about this too much. Let's just say there's a time distortion between their world and our world. Heck, there's a MAJOR time distortion going on with the series due to the prolonged development of Puck's pregnancy. I mean, if she were following real time, she'd be in her sixth trimester or something like that. How does this work? How can we account for that? Well, how come Bart Simpson has been a kid for twenty years?
Long story short, the more you think about cartoon time, the hurtier your brain becomes.
What I have noticed, though, is that cartoonists often mess up on this time front without even knowing it. Case in point: many comic strips like 'Adam' have mothers and fathers of young kids who talk about their teenage years as if they occurred in the 70's (usually with lots of jokes about disco and stuff). Hey, I've got young kids right now, and I wasn't even born until the 70's was pretty much over. It's a case of cartoonists going from their own cultural base instead of thinking it out.
Ah, the "sliding comic book timeline". It's how 40 years pass in the real world in the Marvel Comics universe, but only maybe a decade has passed in universe, but the technology and culture has evolved as it has in the real world.
Yes, I am nerdy, and way too smart for my own good sometimes. I do think of these things, and come up with my own theories for things.