I didn't know that Time was still going. The last time I last checked the archive was around the end of the sandcastle sequence. And I only saw a few fast-moving playthroughs, so I didn't see the dialogue. I thought the whole thing was overrated, and that this forum thread was unnecessary and ridiculous. Until now.
When I saw the interactive player
(which I recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it yet), the story emerged. I started to like it a lot better when I realised it was about two curious children
. I'm not sure what the current consensus is about Megan and Cueball's ages, but for me it was quite obvious on frame 564 (Megan doesn't know how big the sea is) that they are little kids who don't know much about the world. It was amusing to see how long people mistook them for adults. (Having sex in a sandcastle? How inappropriate!) It was Neoqix who successfully called their ages on page 18, but it was scarcely mentioned again until Asthanius on page 340.
So far I've skimmed through the first 500 pages. And oh my, it is amazing how you manage to keep yourselves amused during the long periods when nothing is happening. I suppose I am lucky to have joined you at a very interesting time. Even during these last few hours, newpix have revealed important plot developments.
I must say it is a relief to see Munroe break out of his stale webcomic format for some long overdue serialised storytelling. My only problem with that is that it's in possibly the least accessible format ever. But if it wasn't for that, we wouldn't be here.
I'd like to see the eventual movie adaptation of this, though it's more than likely that the sandcastle sequence that played out for a month would only be shown during the opening credits. Of course it would probably not be made for another ten years, which is when this comic is due to finish. And it would be starring child actors who haven't even been born yet.
Of course, I'd much prefer that it never ends.