The similarities between this ongoing xkcd and _why's most recent publican are really interesting. Thematically I find the stories very similar, they feel as though they come from the same author to me (I know Randall is not _why). Their choice of delivery also come to mind.
I am very happy there are more dedicated people than myself in the world, otherwise I would miss out on these stories unfolding.
Now that's a conspiracy theory I can get behind.
I thought that was pretty poetic. Then it turned out it was just the first frame.
Although some of the novella that _why sent us WAS sent this year.
"What an interesting comic. This is probably the most simplistic xkcd yet..."
"I don't really get it. Nothing is happening. Yet I am sitting here, staring at it. Thinking about what those two might be thinking about. Maybe they just talked about something, something important perhaps. Maybe they're content just to sit there, together in silence. Watching time happen.
Somehow, I feel that this is the strongest xkcd yet. It's in my head."
People like what they want to like, I guess.
A lot of comes from playing with your expectations. I was expecting a somewhat humorous geeky pun or reference; about 90% of XKCD is figuring out the reference. What does he mean by "Time"? They're just sitting there. Where are they sitting? What are they looking at? What's their relationship like? This reminds me of times when I too have just sat there, with a friend or a girlfriend or whatever, contemplating.
And in the meanwhile Randall has just made you FEEL EMOTIONS.
I used to live near this grafitti: http://instagram.com/p/WcpTGfSzx1/ and I would often go and stand and quietly contemplate it while I had my morning coffee and cigarette. It's hard to articulate but it feels rewarding to think about what whoever the artist is had in mind when they made it.
I know, it's a stretch but ... what if?
That's kinda a silly claim. Most of the Time frames are part of an ongoing scene, so each new frame is just an addition on top of the old frame. Your Time viewer has a differential view against the next/previous frame so you can see it in action.
Saying it's "more frames than all the other comics" is like saying one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has more frames than X. Yeah, numbers can be bigger than other numbers, but they aren't the sameness of comparison.
It is a very catchy headline! I think that's what made me stop and consider why it was so catchy.
The next amazing Time news would be finding out if it's still being created or if it was made all up front. We have to watch for clues to see if it references any current events (not created by Randy himself) that happened after the first Time frame.
The castle is the carefully-constructed life they've built together which is being encroached upon, and they abandon their previous endeavor to find the cause or whatever.
And, naturally, the journey becomes the focus rather than the end goal.
The plot is (only a little) simplified, but this seems like Randall's 'novel'.
All a bit odd really, and the dialog really does say "on drugs" to me...