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nov 17-19 strips- were they there before? And"unfolds back"?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:23 pm
by Undomelin
Were the November 17, 18, and 19 components of the current CYS story arc added in retroactively? I could have sworn that the comic previously went from the Nov. 15 strip straight to the Nov. 20 strip, with nothing in between.

Adding to my confusion is the message under the Nov. 17 strip saying "If you're reading this from the archive, stop! This storyline begins on November 20 and unfolds back. If you read it properly, I hope you liked it!"

Actually, as currently arranged, reading through the archives in the normal order seems to show the story arc fine, from the Nov. 17 comic up to the present Dec. 16 comic, so I'm not sure why the warning message is necessary. Unless perhaps if you want the reader to uncover the causal events backwards, like watching Memento?

In any case, I enjoyed it, and I'm glad to see CYS picking up steam again.

Re: nov 17-19 strips- were they there before? And"unfolds ba

PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:48 am
by Tancaliel
Yeah, I'm almost certain they were added in retroactively. I actually thought the original Nov 22nd comic was a bit odd, when it first appeared. Both the "first comic in history to go back in time" statement, because surely other webcomics had done flashbacks before (I thought it was going to be a regular flashback, at that time). And the fact that it said "come back tomorrow", and then the comic promptly went on hiatus for almost a month, but I figured that these things happen, for personal reasons or whatever. I saw these comics for the first time just now, thanks to your post! I kept regularly checking the front page to see if there was a new update, but it never occurred to me to hit the "previous" button. Now I'm guessing that rather than there being a hiatus, the Nov 17-20 comics were added in at about the same rate as regular updates!

Now that I've read them, I suppose it's actually a nice experiment. You go back one comic and learn about
SPOILERS:the zombie phone call, then you go back another and discover the food poisoning issue, still further back and you figure out how the sandwich got there in the first place, etc.
I thought it was actually a pretty neat way of storytelling, revealing these little bits of info at a time, and it kinda reminded me of the movie Memento in a way.

However, I'd almost reached the point where I was just going to stop checking the CYS site because I was under the impression that there hadn't been any updates for weeks! Then today's comic appeared and I thought ah, nice, CYS is back from hiatus, but it still didn't occur to me to go back in the archives until I came here and read this post. A slightly more obvious hint in that comment under the Nov 22nd comic might have helped. :)

Edited to add: Upon rereading your post I see you actually also mentioned Memento! Missed that the first time. GMTA ;)

Re: nov 17-19 strips- were they there before? And"unfolds ba

PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:15 pm
by Undomelin
Oh, right -- there was that "back in time" comment hint -- I had forgotten about that! So then yeah, it's like Memento, but a lot less dark, and with a lot more blue. =)

Heh, poor "de-zombified" Laurie: I wouldn't be surprised if the next time she reaches for Katie's head to brush her hair or tousle it affectionately, Katie reacts by pulling away and yelling "MY BRAIN IS NOT FOOD, WOMAN! FIGHT THE URGE! DON'T FALL OFF THE WAGON!" :lol: