Comic 596 - Welcome back, Time Agents!
29th Dec 2020, 12:00 AM in A ToyCo Christmas Carol
Welcome back, Time Agents!
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
The last time we saw Ruby-Ann Rothemd (in this comic at least) was one year ago. In real life that is, because the in-universe time difference between this two pages is ten years: Back then, she was a lanky (and rage-fueled) teenager, here she is already a twenty-something woman.

The Deacon waves are named after Dr. James Deacon, who in this future seems to be regarded to be the pioneer of time- (and interdimensional) travel technology.

Last but not least:
Man, I was really tempted to have C. C.-G. say "Bettina Timmy I" in the last panel!
But that would have been too much unambiguous commitment to one particular timeline...

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Two announcements...

Firstly:
The 600th page of Cryptida is approaching, and because I always do something special when the counter reaches a round triple-digit, I thought this time it would be fun to do one of those character Q & A things.
So please, ask my characters questions!
Post your questions either here in the comment section or in this thread, and I will deliver the answers in page # 600 (ought to be first half of January) in an (hopefully) entertaining manner!

Secondly:
Also, created a poll, because I always wanted to find out which of my characters is the most popular one.
You can find it here!
The winning character will then also be announced in page # 600.
User comments:
Jeremy7 edit delete reply
Jeremy7
Question for Peter, Tarik, Kanny, really anyone working in the Gernsbeck University Department of Cryptozoology:

What's the most interesting Cryptid you've come across?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Interesting question!
It's noted, and thank you very much!:-)
MST3KFan edit delete reply
MST3KFan
Is that...a grown up Cleo?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
EXACTLY!!! :-D
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
About Cleo, how old, and how tall is she at the "normal" time of the comic? Just in case she meets Ariane again...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Age:
I originally designed Cleo to be a guest OC for the Vacation Aggravation chapter of POW! Right in the Nostalgia. Thus, the answer would be: About the same age as Shana.
Unfortunately, I have never really pinned down Cleo's age more precisely than that - but my estimation would be that she has by now...somewhere between 12 and 15?

Hight:
I try to age her up in real time, but I'll be the first to admit that I may not always be consistently successful with that.
Perhaps the most representative is this recent page: She is slowly approaching the adults' shoulder hight (note that Tarik is supposed to be rather tall), but she is not there yet!
Also, there is this page, where her shoulders are almost the same level as Peter's - but they're sitting, so that can be deceiving.
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
So if Tarik is 180 or taller, this would mean that Cleo is about 160 or a bit taller, so she has at least the same size as Ariane, or even a bit taller! But we can be sure Cleo wears lower heels.
I assumed she would be about 11-13 (a fifteen year old girl, even with conservative background, would probably know about things that bothered Cleo.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
@ MST3KFan:
Oh, BTW did you already notice Allison in the latest Playground page?
MST3KFan edit delete reply
MST3KFan
I did just notice that recently, yeah. Poor Garrett didn't get invited to go along with his fiancée?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
It's a rich people pool party - but who says that they can't bring along guests?
Perhaps Garrett is currently at the pool bar, fetching some drinks for Allison and himself. ;-)
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Don't count Dr. Deacon out just yet.

Metaphors are beautiful.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I think I know what you are referring to, and I am also very happy about that! :-D