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Tybalt

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Comic timeline
« on: 12 Nov 2008, 12:05 »

BIG NEWS!

I have gone back in the archives to comic 100 (approximately the time when QC became plot-based), and I counted the passage of time.  My conclusion...

47 days.  That's comic time from 100 - 1272.  An average of 25 comics a day.  Other interesting statistics... Marten and Dora have been dating for about 32 days.  Steve was last seen about 7 days ago.  The shortest day was Penelope's date (3 comics, 1255-1257)

Jeph actually did a pretty good job of keeping characters in costume.

in before "get a life".  It only took an hour.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #1 on: 12 Nov 2008, 14:12 »

47 days?
Honest?
Wow, that's really not a lot. I remember that in the first few the days just flew by and stuff, and then Jeph started getting more into story. Here's something off wikipedia (everyone's favourite reliable internet source!):
The internal chronology of the strip is somewhat ambiguous; on January 13, 2006, Jeph Jacques stated on a LiveJournal fan community that he has "never sat down and exactly tabulated," but he suspects the total amount of elapsed QC time at that point was "no more than six months."
It kinda puts everything into context though, when you think how long you've been reading it.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #2 on: 12 Nov 2008, 14:14 »

That is, assuming that no days are skipped in comic time.  I could swear Jeph said once that several months had passed in QC time.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #3 on: 12 Nov 2008, 21:09 »

There are tons of threads on this in the archives. Someone sat down and actually wrote out when the days changed and such and how we knew if it was the next morning or if we didn't know and blah blah.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #4 on: 12 Nov 2008, 22:59 »

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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #5 on: 12 Nov 2008, 23:38 »

sshhhhhhh let me feel like I am smart and original and cool.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #6 on: 13 Nov 2008, 00:49 »

Also, Jeph's said in the past something to the effect of there being time passing not shown in the comic.  I mean, when there is a story arc that obviously happens on one day that is one thing, but then unless it is explicitly said in the next strip that it's the next day or a reference is made to something happening "yesterday" that was in the previous arc one could just as easily assume a week or a month has passed between those two strips.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #7 on: 13 Nov 2008, 17:17 »

Yeah, the best you'll be able to get is the minimum amount of time passed.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #8 on: 15 Nov 2008, 00:07 »

47 recorded days? Likely.... 47 literal days? Not so likely.

Faye wouldn't have opened up with her issues after even 47 days, [not to mention cutting that in more than half since she opened up in comic 500]

Marten and Dora seem pretty damn close for only [some or other] days

and 7 days is really not "awhile", it's a week, and Dora claims they haven't seen Steve in "awhile".

My conclusion? it's a comic... it's a comic.... it's a comic. Lets leave it at that  :roll:
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #9 on: 15 Nov 2008, 20:01 »

Last night while Jeph was drawing the comic, he had a UStream thing goin' so anyone who was watching could see what he was doing while drawing it. At one point the conversation that we were having drifted to the topic of how much time has passed in the comic, and Jeph gave us this HIGHLY specific statement; "More than 6 months and less than 10 years".

So like many other people have posted in this thread already, chances are that large amounts of time are passing between each of the days that we see illustrated.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #10 on: 17 Nov 2008, 19:07 »

I remember several instances when Faye said "We have been living together for nearly a year now." Around the time they came out about how fucked up she was.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #11 on: 18 Nov 2008, 15:56 »

So I calculated Hannelore's birthday being April 21, 1986 (I think, I wasn't around when the birthday strip was posted and there's no dates), but this theory throws my theory out the window. Oh well... :-(
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #12 on: 25 Nov 2008, 01:28 »

There are tons of threads on this in the archives. Someone sat down and actually wrote out when the days changed and such and how we knew if it was the next morning or if we didn't know and blah blah.

When I started that thread, I had not slept in many, many hours and I really just wanted people to shut up about how many days since whatever the fuck blah blah blah, since really, if Jeph says it's been x months then it's been x months. 

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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #13 on: 25 Nov 2008, 01:51 »

Well, it worked for a little while at least.
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Re: Comic timeline
« Reply #14 on: 25 Nov 2008, 23:29 »

I was figureing with a buddy of mine that it prolly took around a yeah and a half at most.
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