Monday, May 10, 2010

The Nichols Boys in 2010

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The Anne Nichols liography has Christopher and Richard both living in Alberta.  Richard is a firelighter.

19 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

I feel as sorry for the family of the guy who emulated Mike as I do for Deanna; I can also relate to Chris, Rich and their desire to never go back to Milborough. Who needs to be in a place that has crazy-ass Elly in it?

On that note, I like the way that you're making it obvious that Elly's punishment is being ignored; yelling at her would only feed her martyrdom so they aren't going to do it.

howard said...

It's good to see Christopher and Richard again. Just out of curiosity, on which face did you model their facial features - modern Anne or modern Steve?

April Patterson said...

Who needs to be in a place that has crazy-ass Elly in it?

Exactly!

On that note, I like the way that you're making it obvious that Elly's punishment is being ignored; yelling at her would only feed her martyrdom so they aren't going to do it.

Don't feed the martyr, eh? :)

April Patterson said...

It's good to see Christopher and Richard again. Just out of curiosity, on which face did you model their facial features - modern Anne or modern Steve?

I looked at grade-school aged Christopher and Richard (from strips that ran in 1990--the arc where Liz had lost Farley and the boys tried to help her find him) as well as Steve from the mid-1980s. I was trying for an age progression that would take into account their fair coloring (probably from Anne) with some features from Steve (long nose). :)

Anonymous said...

Reality ensues; like DC2, I feel sorry for the family of laptop guy. (A small, horrid part of me wonders if he saw some sort of article about the fire, or heard about it somehow, and that made him think he could pull it off 'like that other guy'... but the chances of something like that have to be low, right?)

Schrodinger's child does exist after all! What a horrid experience that must have been for both of them: one fading in and out of existance, and the other unable to do anything but watch, wondering whether his brother would return this time -- or if he'd meet the same fate.

On the bright side, this may do wonders for their relationship in the long run by making them appreciate each other more. Of course, they don't seem to be the family that NEEDED that lesson...

Joe England said...

Although, if the one guy was popping in and out of existence, shouldn't he have been appearing back in real time like the kids who were too young to have been around at the time? Or was it different for him, since his being born or not born then was part of Elly's machinations?

April Patterson said...

A small, horrid part of me wonders if he saw some sort of article about the fire, or heard about it somehow, and that made him think he could pull it off 'like that other guy'... but the chances of something like that have to be low, right?

Yeah, I think it was just someone who had similarly foolish impulses.

On the bright side, this may do wonders for their relationship in the long run by making them appreciate each other more. Of course, they don't seem to be the family that NEEDED that lesson...

Yup--I was imagining that they were already close, but I think this experience would make them appreciate their adult life and their relationship more than ever.

April Patterson said...

Although, if the one guy was popping in and out of existence, shouldn't he have been appearing back in real time like the kids who were too young to have been around at the time? Or was it different for him, since his being born or not born then was part of Elly's machinations?

You know, this did occur to me while I was planning these return-to-now strips. However, I established early on that everyone who wasn't alive in the 1980s got left behind in the present. At a certain point, it occurred to me that what I should have done was leave behind everyone who'd been born after 1979--though that would have meant that every year, as someone's birth date approached, that person would be plucked out of the 2000s and back into 1980s infancy. (Though if timewarpsville had lasted long enough, I suppose that would have happened to April and the rest.)

Thinking further, it occurred to me that there were people who must have been in limbo--not born yet in the timewarp but born too early to be left in the 2000s. For example, Leah Nichols would fall into that category. I guess these people are in some kind of limbo state. When Richard got removed from the timewarp continuity (because Elly suddenly remembered she'd brought him in too early), I am thinking he got sent into that limbo state. Not that I'm sure what form that (or he) would take.

[Time-travel gets so complicated.]

Joe England said...

Well it doesn't matter now, it's all sorted and everyone's back to existing again. Except for Elizabeth and Anthony's kid, but that's a matter of your preference, not Elly's.
I picture Limbo as an ethereal void, lost souls drifting here and there, existing as jumbles of memory and personality, dreaming of Earth... bumping into the occasional Dalek...

Godozo said...

On that note, I like the way that you're making it obvious that Elly's punishment is being ignored; yelling at her would only feed her martyrdom so they aren't going to do it.

Who says her punishment's being ignored? I'm not sure if these people know what Elly did (were they at the journal-burning ritual?) or what she's thinking, and you can't ignore what you don't know about.

April Patterson said...

I picture Limbo as an ethereal void, lost souls drifting here and there, existing as jumbles of memory and personality, dreaming of Earth... bumping into the occasional Dalek...

Hee--yes, I was thinking of something similar to that. :)

April Patterson said...

I'm not sure if these people know what Elly did (were they at the journal-burning ritual?) or what she's thinking, and you can't ignore what you don't know about.

Christopher was at the ritual, so he knows.

There's also the fact that they're in Alberta. Plus, so far we've just been catching up with where people are/what they're doing when the spell is broken and they're sent to 2010. The aftermath starts tomorrow. :)

Joe England said...

And yet, I wonder... so far we've seen everyone relieved to be back in their proper places in space and time. But is anyone sorry to leave? Is there anyone who was having a good time reliving their youth? People who are worse off in the present day? Besides Elly, I mean.
On second thought, probably not... after all, with Elly running things, no one had any freedom to live any way but by her own screwed-up decrees. And however bad their lives were, I seriously doubt that having Elly as the local God would be a preferable arrangement.

Destroyer of Worlds said...

Huh...I wouldn't worry about that guy who emulated Mike and his laptop, only he ended up dead because I thought the first panel was Richard and Christopher pre-timewarp, and the second panel was them post-timewarp...being zapped back in midrun? Or did I see that totally differently from everyone else?

Loving the post-timewarp stories, by the way! I can't wait to see everyone else!

Destroyer of Worlds said...

Ergh, ignore the above comment, I pressed send too soon without finishing my thought.

Huh...I wouldn't worry about that guy who emulated Mike and his laptop, only he ended up dead because I thought the first panel was Richard and Christopher pre-timewarp, and the second panel was them post-timewarp...being zapped back in midrun, meaning dead laptop guy died before he could be zapped back in time. Or did I see that totally differently from everyone else?

Loving the post-timewarp stories, by the way! I can't wait to see everyone else!

April Patterson said...

I seriously doubt that having Elly as the local God would be a preferable arrangement.

She's worse than Anthony Fremont.

April Patterson said...

I thought the first panel was Richard and Christopher pre-timewarp, and the second panel was them post-timewarp...being zapped back in midrun, meaning dead laptop guy died before he could be zapped back in time.

All of the panels (and the fire they are talking about) occur in 2010. In panel two, you see Richard realizing that they're back--and then Christopher's reaction follows. All of the characters have been dropped into an in-progress continuity, picking up at exactly the moment they'd be in had the time warp not happened. They have a bit of a shock as they realize this.

Loving the post-timewarp stories, by the way!

Thanks. :)

forworse said...

Did you choose not to mention Richard's name on purpose? If you re-read through the strips around his birth, Lynn didn't give him a name until he was nearly a year old. He was born 28 September 1982 but was called just "the baby" and "my second" until 13 October 1983 when we finally learn that he was named Richard.

April Patterson said...

Did you choose not to mention Richard's name on purpose? If you re-read through the strips around his birth, Lynn didn't give him a name until he was nearly a year old. He was born 28 September 1982 but was called just "the baby" and "my second" until 13 October 1983 when we finally learn that he was named Richard.

Nope, that wasn't on purpose--but now I consider that a happy accident. Poor Richard [hee]. He just got no respect from Lynn.