After their deaths in the famous Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, William Rosencrantz and Anne Guildenstern find themselves flung forward to the present day, and quickly discover that they are now immortal and can travel through time to any point in history, except for their original time period and, for some strange reason, Christmas Day, 2050 - apparently the day the world ends, because on December 26, 2050, everything has been reduced to ruin.
In order to ground them in a sense of reality, Rosencrantz decides to enroll himself and Guildenstern in a modern, upper-class high school, where the two of them meet friends, enemies, and try to experience some semblance of a normal life... while not going on adventures and meeting famous historical figures, of course. However, Rosencrantz has a deeper motivation for doing this than he originally lets on, as he has reason to fear immortality could take its toll on his and Guildenstern's sanity, although Guildenstern isn't entirely clueless about this, either...
Written by Merryweathery (of I Made A Comic About Internet Explorer and Stalker x Stalker fame) and illustrated by PeaCh, Everywhere and Nowhere is one of Merryweathery's lesser-known works, featuring a different artist than his usual partner Princess Hinghoi. Nevertheless, it's also one of his more plot-heavy comics, and has significantly more episodes and a more frequent update schedule than either Internet Explorer or Stalker x Stalker. The entire comic can be found on Webtoon, and has a surprisingly frequent update schedule, with new episodes released every Wednesday and Sunday.
Tropes about Everywhere and Nowhere
- Apocalypse How: One of the series's mysteries is why the world gets destroyed on Christmas Day 2050. It's Guildenstern and Rosencrantz's own fault, but it's heavily implied to be the doing of their evil future counterparts.
- Anachronic Order: The premise makes it easy to reveal details about the plot after they happen, and with the exception of the prologue it is sometimes difficult to follow.
- Been There, Shaped History: Very common.
- Catapult Nightmare: Rosencrantz has these frequently; when he dreams of future Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and when he dreams of Prince Hamlet, whom he accidentally helped King Claudius betray.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Although he's never actually mentioned in the comic, let alone seen, King Claudius was the one who tricked Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into betraying Hamlet in the original Shakespeare play, and sent them to their deaths.
- In Medias Res: With the exception of the prologue, most of the time the story is flung at the reader right as it happens, with context being delivered later if at all.
- Our Time Travel Is Different: The rules of Time Travel in this universe are a little different than usual.
- Stable Time Loop: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern accidentally create one when they go back a little too early to enlist help from a teenage Einstein, inspiring him to conduct research into his theory of relativity.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: This is more or less how time travel is explained, except that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern can never visit their past selves. Or at least, they shouldn't be able to...
- Or Was It a Dream?: When Rosencrantz first has a vision of Future Guildenstern and Future Rosencrantz, he isn't sure if it was a dream or not. It wasn't.