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  • Lampshaded in 1/0, especially near the end of the comic.
  • In 8-Bit Theater the Light Warriors are given 24 hours to prepare to fight Chaos, which in real life took from October to February of the next year. However, it's then played with when they realize (too late) that it only became night once one of them slept at an inn.
  • Subversion: In Achewood, Philippe is five years old. He will always be five years old. However, all the other characters are forecasted to eventually age and die.
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  • The Final Boss battle and ending in Adventurers! might have taken about two to three hours of real time, at most, but covered the last two years of the comic's run.
  • Alice:
    • Alice and her friends are implied to be in in 6th and 7th grade from 1999-2005. During that time, they celebrated numerous Christmas and Halloween events as well as Dot's mother having a fifth child.
    • Alice lampshades this here - "Grade Seven seemed to last five years."
  • And Shine Heaven Now used to be a "nobody ever grows" strip, until a time-travel storyline published in 2006 retconned the previous strips and set the date definitively at 1997. By the end of 2008, in-strip continuity has reached 1998.
  • Angel Moxie: "Wow. It feels like it's been months."
  • Anti Bunny has in ten years managed to move its main story from late Winter to Summer and that's with a timeskip in there.
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  • An infamous example was Avalon, which started in November with the beginning of 10th grade, and by the end of December, was synced up so that most days fell somewhere within the storyline showing them. It was meant to run until graduation (three years later in Canada), but during the last year of story time, the author's updates became more and more sporadic, and he began to backdate the comics. Two years past the expected finale, he threw the towel in and described the events that followed in an unusually involved "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Inverted in Better Days where although the story arcs happens in Webcomic Time, there are large timeskips in between some arcs that result in the comic progressing faster than normal time.
  • In Between Failures 488 comics from to March 2007 to July 2009 covered around 1 1/2 days, with the 1st day taking 305 strips.
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  • Beyond Reality suffered a long delay in early 2009, and posted this on its fifth anniversary.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl had an entire summer arc... that took over a year. Aside from a couple of side stories, the status of the comic is around the end of Winter 2008.
  • Something of a fourth wall-breaking plot point in Bob and George: During the Mega Man 3 parody storyline, George is tied up and hung from the ceiling of Dr. Wily's fortress. The events of the story take a few days at most, yet George complains that he was hanging from the ceiling for three months: long enough for him to go slightly crazy, then flip out and destroy Wily's fortress upon discovering that he could have gotten himself out at any point.
  • Books Don't Work Here As of Page 60 where this is Lamp Shaded the whole comic has taken place in one day. that same page also mentions that there will be two flashbacks coming before the day is done.
  • In The Cartoon Chronicles of Conroy Cat, Doggy is about to get hit by a giant snowball rolling down a hill, and between the days the comic doesn't update, builds a ramp to send the snowball back to where it came.
  • Averted with Ciem 1. It is set 20 Minutes into the Future (2019-2021 to be exact.) Possible future anachronisms like CRT monitors aside, the story took two years to make and takes place over the course of three years.
  • The Class Menagerie apparently took place over two years, although the summer internship arc took place over a couple weeks.
  • College Roomies from Hell!!! seems to progress at an overall rate of a month every two years, but some individual story arcs may take six months or more to cover a few hours.
    • Hilariously explained in this guest strip, nine months into a very, very long day that didn't actually end until the strip was Retooled, seventeen months later.
  • Commander Kitty has been running for three years now, but the plot seems to have taken place over the course of a single day...except the bus trip.
  • Lampshade Hanging on technology datedness in this cutewendy strip.
  • It's hard to tell, but it seems like only at most two months have passed in the last seven years of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures.
  • As of December 2010, over 40% of the entire run of Dead Winter focused on the events of a single day.
  • Averted with the Webcomic version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which takes place in real-time.
  • Though Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire doesn't have to be slaved to our calendar, taking place in a different, magical world, occasional jokes about how the characters' several-hour-long adventures "felt like months" crop up.
    • For example, two strips here and again here.
  • Lampshaded in Dragon Ball Multiverse, when an annoyed U18 Vegeta mentions that it felt like two years since his fight in the tournament, when only a couple of hours have passed in the comic.
  • Drow Tales from Chapter 3, Page 14 to (as of writing this) Chapter 28 takes place over only a few months of comic time, from the end of the school year to the Moon's End Festival. Faen's fleeing was originally drawn in 2003, which means it took 7 years real time for Ariel to rescue Faen. Talk about "The Longest Wait"!
  • As of November, 2012, all of the posted comics of El Goonish Shive have taken place over about 134 days (just over 4 months). January 21, 2013 was the comic's 11th anniversary.
    • This includes two story arcs ('Painted Black' and 'Grace's Birthday Party') which both took over a year and a half to cover periods of roughly six to eight hours, while the week that lay between them took another eight months to tell. The closest to real-time the comic gets is March of 2003, which took place over about a week. Meanwhile, between May 2007 and March 2009, two days passed.
    • As of Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 we wrapped up the day that began on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009. That's only about 10 real-months for a comic-day.
    • For a complete timeline, check out the Wiki.
    • The month of March starts here and ends here. That is almost seven years to cover a month. It was an eventful month, but still...
    • Even Dan seems to be getting slightly freaked out about it - although we've FINALLY moved on a couple of days (quite rapidly too), both the comic for 18th Aug 2010 and its commentary are part hanging a stadium-size lampshade, part flat out pointing out the time-warp. A scene took place noted as "Last October" (vs the then current in-strip date of "April 7th")... which apparently PRE-DATES — quite significantly — the comic's first storyline... published more than 8 1/2 years earlier. That's a ratio of about 15:1 on AVERAGE...
      • The math is basically: 450 days in-comic (15 months) is equivalent to 15 months of Real Time, as 450/30 equals 15, so 15 months / 1 day.
      • And 15:1 is still pretty tame compared to some more extreme examples below.
    • Webcomic Time is even lampshaded in this comic: "June 7th continues. Again. It will never end."
    • Tedd gets knocked off his feet in the January 22, 2013 page. He lands five comics later. That's a week to depict two thirds of a second. The author lampshades this in the commentary of a subsequent update (where, ironically, we witness a Time Skip that covers six months, which is longer than the entire comic's run up until then).
    • In this case, the problem becomes evident due to the (non-magical) technology available. In March, the wealthiest main character has a flip-phone and complains about her pay-per-text plan, but by April (three real-time years later), phones capable of uploading videos to YouTube are common. The days and dates given indicate that the year could be 2002 or 2013.
    • As of the 'Pandora's Box' arc, the story is well into the month of January again, making it almost an entire in-universe year since the comic started, as opposed to the 12+ years that have passed in real-life.
    • Lampshaded in-story in this installment of the "Squirrel Prophet" story-arc. The Magical Cards tournament started mid-April 2014 which was the beginning of the evening that was still going on end December 2014. Granted, a lot of character development and plot exposition happened but still ...
    Sarah: I just realized how hungry I am.
    Grace: Yeah, it feels like our dinner before the tournament was months ago.
  • A particularly epic example: Elf Life's "The Wedding" storyline, chronicling the events of a single day, ran for about two years! It did, however, contain several extended flashbacks.
  • Emergency Exit plays this one straight; the author has in fact placed reminders to explain when things are taking place.
  • Enjuhneer has lampshaded this as the result of "putting Pocky in a time machine."
  • For An Epic Comic, it takes about 1-2 weeks for Mario Hyrulia to make a new issue, which focuses on events of at most a single day.
  • The "VilAnon" chapter of Everyday Heroes had Jane telling her life story over the course of one evening, but took 15 months of real time to complete.
    • The first episode was in 2007; by the five-year mark, in-comic time was about 6 weeks.
  • Don't think too hard about this one: late in the course of Fans! it's established that before Tim the Fanboy went to CosmoCon, he had abandoned his faith in Islam due to 9/11. The CosmoCon storyline itself was written in 1999. However, Fans! covers about two years of events over the course of six years of writing; in later times the writer slipped in a Retcon that the plot began about two years before the real-time end of the comic. This does, however, leave the 1999-era references in the early days, such as Newt Gingrich as a possible threat, hanging a bit loose.
  • In Flying Man and Friends, the characters begin a journey (with an elephant pulling their house) in this strip, and don't actually seem to go anywhere until nearly a month later.
  • The Fox Sister: The one-page-per-week update schedule with occasional Schedule Slip has the story advance by only a few days in-universe in about one and a half years of real time.
  • As pointed out by the author, FreakAngels spent the first year of its run (at 6 pages per week!) covering a period of less than 24 hours.
  • Freefall is set in the far future, in a distant starsystem with no stated earth-date, so staying synced to the calendar is no issue, but the story so closely follows its character's lives that one of the in-story days took 250 comics (over a year and a half) to tell. This got pointed out as one of the main characters hit her bed exhausted.
  • Fruit Incest avoids this by using multiple characters and storylines that have little to no connection other than being set in the same universe. If it weren't for the many Christmas specials, it would be impossible to tell how much the overall timeline has progressed. Sometimes, individual story arcs can fall victim to this though, with characters disappearing for months at a time only to return in a comic set immediately after their last appearance.
  • Although not as significant as some of the other examples, it's still very real in Slice of Life comic Gender Swapped. It was even Lamp Shaded on page 34. That's right, not even 50 pages in and the author was cracking Meta.
  • In General Protection Fault, most of the action in the To Thine Own Self arc, which lasted over a year of real time (With some delays), took place over the course of a day, and the climax took place over a few minutes.
  • In a more egregious example, Agatha Heterodyne, hero of Girl Genius, entered Castle Heterodyne in the spring of 2008. She left the castle in November 2011 after a day or so in-universe, and the act of ringing the Doom Bell, which she ordered the minute she left, took three weeks.
    • Immediately following this, the entirety of the November 2011 strips are being timed in-universe. In the last panel of the November 30th update, exactly two minutes have passed since the October 31st update.
    • The entire webcomic can be considered an example of this, given that it started in 2002 and only covers 2 months and an unspecified number of days. More recently, time skipped forward by three years and a half.
    • An unrelated instance is lampshaded in this strip.
    • Lampshaded again here, five months (of real time) after the aforementioned strip.
  • Girls with Slingshots ran for ten years. The protagonist had just finished college when it started and is nearly 29 when it ended. According to word of god it's a ratio of 1:1.5 between comic time and real time. Despite that however they still celebrate annual events at the same time every year. On particular example involves a conversation pointing out its Hazel's birthday and later pointing out the current month, which are both different.
  • Inverted in this Goblin Hollow strip.
  • Goblins is notorious for its slow pacing. Once a story arc lasted almost 3 years, while it took only one day in the webcomic. A lampshade is also hung on this trope here.
  • Grey is... is released 6 pages a week, however it can sometimes take 60 pages just to get through to get through a single day.
  • Grrl Power: The first day of this comic took slightly more than four years to cover. In point of fact, the first five comics took place several months afterward, and the entire run since then has been a flashback. As of the end of May, 2015, the comic is still at the beginning of the second day, and still in Flashback Mode.
  • The first 14 chapters of Gunnerkrigg Court took about two years of real time, and covered Annie's first semester at the Court. Ironically, chapter 14 took the entire (real time) summer of 2007 to show the last day (webcomic time) before summer holiday. The author even noted this as such in Chapter 8 with "that night seemed to go on for months".
  • Homestuck: The first 3 acts take place on April 13, 2009. (Due to excessive time travel, alternate universes and the constant back-and-forth of POV between the characters, almost all of the plot aside from flashbacks has occurred on five or so distinct days in separate universes, which, from the characters' points of view, all occur at the same time. Mind Screw yet?) Naturally this leads to confusion when Real Life holidays start cropping up. So much sweet loot. You'd almost think it was simultaneously your birthday, AND Christmas or something. Of course you know that is ridiculous and could never conceivably happen.
    • Similarly given an epic lampshade here, and here ("HAPPY APRIL 13TH, 2009 EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!"), the latter being posted on Christmas, 2010.
    • Homestuck has to be the token example of this trope. Although there is a lot of time travel, in the actual timeline, less than one day has passed. It is still his birthday, one year later. In fact, if you went on an Archive Binge, the time taken to read through the archives might well be greater than the time depicted onscreen. At the end of Act 5, it finally is no longer his 13th birthday.
    • The entirety of Act Five Act Two takes place over the course of more or less exactly 24 hours. It ran for more than a year from 9/19/10 to 10/25/11.
    • The first three acts of Act Six are a bit strange because while they take place on November 11th, 2011, they're set in an Alternate Universe.
      • It gets a bit weirder. Two characters actually travel between one universe and another by literally Breaking the Fourth Wall. Although they're only in "our" world for a span of three nanoseconds, they subjectively experience about three years. Word of God suggests the possibility that by entering our world they are being forced to make up the difference in time.
      • And then it's revealed that two of the characters in the Act 6 universe are actually living about four hundred years in the future.
      • Act 6 Act 4, which consists of a single Flash, depicts the five months spent by the B2 Universe characters in their session while they wait for the other characters to arrive on, presumably, the date of 4/13/12.
    • In one of the flash game segments, Dave has an entire monologue lampshading this trope, lamenting how (hypothetical) people from a world where the world didn't end in 2009 would feel that his references were growing dated and ending it by wishing that he could see what the world would have been like if it had survived to the (then in-comic time present) of... 2011. (Said flash was released in 2012.) To quote:
      DAVE: remember we are both kind of stuck in 2009
      DAVE: so im like popculturally frozen in that period
      DAVE: all my references feel like they might be getting a little stale
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! Lampshades the fact that ten years passed between the end of its run as a print strip in a club newsletter and its revival as a webcomic by having all its characters get in a fight about the events of the last printed strip.
    • TIAOB recently announced that it will be introducing seasons, that particular strip involving a giant robot knocking over a pile of freshly-raked autumn leaves. It's also notable that Molly the artificial monster is still anticipating her first birthday, despite having been running around in the strip since 2006 (or since 1995, if you count the print comics version). Most of the strip's story arcs (the longest of which lasted a year) appear to take about a day or two.
  • An angry mob in Instant Classic shows up in a comic dated September 2007, but doesn't actually do anything until June 2009. "... How long have we been standing out here...?"
  • Lampshaded in the fantasy theme of Irregular Webcomic!, which references an event that took place only a few days ago in-comic, then has The Rant point out that the original event was two years previously. Then again, most other themes have similarly drawn-out timekeeping, especially when time travel gets involved.
  • Khaos Komix has some odd timeline problems, but according to Word of God, it's intentional, and the timeline isn't set, it's all just happening "right now". Even the flashbacks, and revisiting previous events.
  • Kong Tower lampshades this here.
  • Lackadaisy has, after approximately six years, covered about two or three days. This is rather understandable, considering it's an exceptionally detailed, professional-quality comic done in the artist's free time. In addition, mountains of backstory, accompanying art, and silly side-comics have been released in the time between the (roughly monthly) main comic updates.
  • A Loonatic's Tale solves the problem by ignoring it. The comic is set more-or-less in the modern day, but in a completely different world, using a calendar that puts the events of the comic somewhere around the year 3000 (by which I mean, they're not using the Gregorian calendar). As of this writing, it's the beginning of summer, but the current story arc is taking place sometime in autumn (except for the bit at the very beginning, which is a flashback to the beginning of summer about twenty years ago).
  • Loserz ran over six years (with breaks), but the characters are still in High School.
  • The Mansion of E has been updating every day since the summer of 2003... and has finished about twenty-four hours of strip time.
  • Matchu lampshades this in a Christmas Filler Strip
    Chu: Nope, it's December! It was September last week and will be September again next Tuesday!
  • The title character of Max Overacts feels time is out of joint in this strip.
  • Lampshaded in this Ménage à 3 strip. The creators of the comic freely acknowledge that, even with the occasional time jumps, weeks in the story can take years to pass in the real world; they sometimes adopt a Comic-Book Time approach to this.
  • Five years of MegaTokyo cover just over two months of plot (one day per chapter, plus 52 days for 'Chapter Zero', six weeks of which was skipped over entirely while a main character recovered from injuries).
    • It gets especially bizarre when you consider that, despite ostensibly taking place in 2000, characters will make references to whatever is going on whenever the strip they're in came out. For example, strips that supposedly occur only a few days apart reference Metal Gear Solid II and IV, which came out years apart. Perhaps the most extreme case is Ed (a Sony employee)'s shirt, which promotes the as of then unreleased PS3. When the PS3 finally was released, the logo on the shirt changed to PS4 (which was then announced in early 2013).
    • Parodied in Mac Hall, when Ian and JM are dressed up as Piro and Largo, respectively, for Halloween. "Largo" asks if "Piro" can get him a beer, and "Piro" responds that it'll take at least three months.
    • You've got to give credit to author Fred Gallagher for being aware of this, and keeping the continuity where possible (Yuki's iMac). This even gets lampshaded in Chapter 10 with Yuki's "very old cellphone."
  • Misfile began set in the present in March 2004, and just reaches summer 2005 by the time the strip ends in 2019.
  • morphE took 94 pages (5 months real time) to get through the first day of events. Though this may be because the first 50 or so pages only had a few clicks per update. Starting about page 70 the updates have started to move a lot more naturally.
  • Averted in Multiplex, which progresses in real-time. Characters have even celebrated their birthdays in-comic on the appropriate days.
  • The Noob: "Already hanging Christmas decorations? It feels like yesterday that we took them down."
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The entire Battle of Azure City takes place in one day, but took 66 comics (and most of 2007) to get from sunrise in #418 to the crescent moon in #484.
    • Then spoofed in the panel at the top of the page, where the all-seeing Oracle knows the difference between Real Time and Webcomic Time, and makes sure the readers do, too. For reference, that strip is from 2008, and the thing he's prophesying will happen "within the year" has yet to come true.
    • Another sequence where we're given the exact time is the whole "Darth Vaarsuuvius" sequence, from strip 634 to 653. According to #667, it took just over 20 minutes. Included was several weeks during which Durkon cast the 10-minute Resurrection spell.
    • And as of strip #842, we've learned that the time between Vaarsuuvius casting Familicide (#639) and the characters reaching Girard's hideout (#839) was about two weeks.
    • Increasing schedule slip had the party stuck in Girard's hideout for nearly a year real-time, while not even a day in-universe. A particularly nasty example hit with comic #863. Sometime shortly after producing this, the author badly cut his hand and couldn't produce any comics for the better part of three months (whereas he usually updates about once a week).
    • Another lampshade is hung in #1136, when Thor points out that Durkon has been dead for five and a half years (real time), and Durkon, puzzled, replies that it's only been a week (in-story).
  • The first arc of The Overture is a flashback that takes place three weeks before the prologue. Five months of real time later, and the story has yet to catch up with itself.
  • Although Ozy and Millie have celebrated Christmas every year for the past 11 years, the two main characters have only aged two years.
  • The infamous bathroom break from Pawn. The act therein, and the conversation between Baalah and Ayanah occurs in what looks like, the span of a few minutes. The actual progress of the comics release, meant it lasted for almost a year.
  • In Penny and Aggie, the "Dinner for Six" arc took place mainly over two days, with most of the story covering a couple of hours, but ran for five and a half months. "The Popsicle War," which covered about six weeks in-comic, ran for a year. "Missing Person," which covered less than twenty-four hours, ran for three and a half months.
    • The comic began in 2004 real-world time towards the end of the main characters' first year of high school. The comic ended in 2011 with a storyline depicting their final summer vacation of high school before their senior years started. Writer T Campbell confirmed on the forum that the comic is meant to take place in the current real-world year, though throughout the strip the characters continuously make references to pop culture and real-world events that have happened in the intervening real-world years.
  • Comics like PvP and Unshelved avoid this by having all comics (save the rare Story Arc ones) set the day they are posted. Time moves naturally and each strip is a snip from their daily lives in our timeline, allowing the characters to instead inhabit Comic-Book Time.
  • In Questionable Content, the Not a Date between Dora and Marten was established as under a year after their first meeting, almost two years before in real time. The two years since have covered a matter of weeks. This is made stranger by the strip's up-to-the-minute indie music references.
    • QC is remarkable in that nearly every day of story time has a clear beginning and end, shown both by story (daytime vs evening activities) and by changes of t-shirts. As of October 2008 about 58 days have been shown, with gaps of unknown duration. The longest continuous sequence so far was 13 days (strips 396-750, 16 months in real time).
    • Emphasized in the News Post of the first comic of 2009, where the author notes that the comic will soon feature its first change of season in its run. Its five-and-a-half-year run.
    • The breakup between Dora and Marten as of November, 2010 illustrates the problems that occur around this trope; in Webcomic Time, it would count as an Autumn/Winter fling, though in real time they've been together for years. Everyone in the comic is treating it as if it were very much the latter, not the former. This may also have to do with the fact that by the time they broke up, they had already been living together for a while, giving the impression that it was not just a season fling.
  • Rain began in 2010 and was initially set in late 2012. Since then, less than a year has passed for the cast. Much of this was due to the author's own health, transition, and need for breaks, which left a few long gaps between parts of the story. All of this is lampshaded at prom, where Rain points out that so much has happened in the 8 months since she arrived that it feels like it's been nine years.
  • Red String already had a reasonably slower pace, as it started in 2003 when Miharu and her friends were 10th graders and they've yet to finish their final year of high school. However, it hit a slow point even for that when Miharu's final summer vacation started in the summer of 2009. And even then, the break up arc is still recent in story time, despite having started in the summer of 2008. As of the start of 2012, the end of their summer break is finally in sight. Some of this is related to the author's pregnancy in 2011, which slowed updates to two pages a week for most of the year. Some of this is also due to a broader focus on the supporting cast, which led to many of the summer break stories taking place concurrently, necessitating a slower progression of in-universe time.
  • A given Story Arc in Rumors of War takes about three months of real time to cover a couple days worth of in-world events. Then it skips ahead a couple months to the events of the next Story Arc. Recently, there was a Whole Episode Flashback to events that followed the end of the very first story arc.
  • Sabrina Online has been running since 1996, yet the story has progressed (at the most) about two and and half years. This is marked mostly by the growth of Timothy Wolfe; born early on in the strip, he is now approximately 18 months old.
    • Sabrina suddenly announces at one point that she has a college degree, explaining that she studied in the dead time between strips, which is why no-one knew.
      • Amy's pregnancy leapt forward in one episode where she woke up, stared at her stomach and asked "how LONG between strips, anyway?"
  • Although Scary Go Round was not immune to this trope, it has always managed to even out comic time vs. real time in the end. It remains to be seen to what extent its Spin-Off Bad Machinery will stick to this, considering that the story there starts three years later than the end of SGR, ergo in 2012.
  • Schlock Mercenary typically maintains a 12:1 ratio of time, so 1 month in the webcomic is about a year in real life. However, this is by no means standard, and there have been a few books that pick up weeks, or even months after the previous one left off.
    • Book 12 has taken almost 11 months, and only a few hours have passed in the comic.
    • Lampshaded in this strip.
    • Also referenced explicitly by the narrator in this one.
    • According to the RPG timeline about three years passed from the beginning of the strip to the book 17 storyline, or about a 1:5 ratio. This includes a few jumps of several months between the later books.
  • Due to its very sporadic updates, an arc in Sexy Losers, set during a single day, started in 2004 and ended in 2011.
  • Shotgun Shuffle has been running since 2009 and seen our protagonist, Ellie Buckingham, go through several jobs and a few hairstyle changes, but it's all taken place over the course of about 8 months so far. Possibly most egregiously displayed by the effects of puberty mixed with Art Evolution resulting in Ellie's youngest sister going from boyishly flat in the first page to one of the bustiest girls in the cast. Made more absurd when Ellie says her growth happened over the course of about 3 weeks in-universe.
  • Avoided in a rather novel fashion by The Sins. Each outing can not only take several years of in-comic time, but are told in a non-linear fashion, with some outings taking centuries before or after the preceding arc. This allows the comic to have team members who have retired or died come back without altering continuity. Fans still hope we never see the time period with the new Envy again, though, as he is also the Anthropomorphic Personification of the Replacement Scrappy.
  • Skin Horse had a ten-month-long arc that took place in three days of webcomic time. Two nights also, since werewolves were involved.
  • Sluggy Freelance is a classic example. One storyline titled "5 Minutes at a Party" took roughly a month. Lampshaded: "You've been gone for 4 weeks but it feels almost like a year! Implicit jump-forwards over boring bits allow keeping the stories' time roughly but explicitly parallel to the real-world date (and bonus stories to be inserted earlier in the continuity retrospectively).
    • Combined with a dash of Comic-Book Time, as once explained by Pete:
      In Sluggy Freelance we often signify the passing holidays, so actual years go by, but are the characters of the strip really a decade older? I have to admit the gang is getting older but maybe not THAT much older.
  • Something*Positive sets entire plot arcs on the day the arc is supposed to end. This is usually done for holidays (for example, an arc set on Valentine's Day will start early in February and hopefully end on the 14th).
    • On the other hand, the time between stories runs in real time. Since this comic has run since 2001, and some minor characters only rarely show up, this can lead to some big leaps. The Alt Text of a 2018 comic reminded the readers that Mickey's son, who was born halfway through the comic's lifetime, is indeed the 11 year old boy showing up now.
  • On at two separate occasions this has been Lamp Shaded in S.S.D.D when Kingston notices that he doesn't recall anything that happened during a timeskip after a lengthy story arc. The other characters usually attribute it to his massive drug use.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: The first story arc ran from November 2013 to September 2018, and, Distant Prologue aside, covered less than two months of in-comic time, even having a Time Skip once in a while.
  • The cast of Sugar Bits have been fighting for well over a year.
  • At the start of Supernormal Step the three main characters are Fiona, Jim and Van. They're separated at the end of Book One, and we follow Fiona around for a couple of days. The comic then cuts back to Jim and Van, who in real-world times were last seen in the comic eighteen months ago.
  • Surf Rat & Spencer began its "Summer Vacation" arc in July of 1999. 13 years of schedule slippage (and possibly outright abandonment of the comic) later the arc is sitting at the spot it was in September of 1999.
  • Think Before You Think, in this comic.
    Julia: It's like every day is several weeks long.
  • In Tower of God, the first season took about a month, considering how they skipped a lot of time during the training arc. In real time, it took about one and a half years.
  • Parodied in Tsunami Channel: Experimental Comic Kotone, in which a character causes a Temporal Paradox by buying an iPod Nano even though the story takes place in 2001.
  • Tweep spent about 10 months on a single evening where two characters went on a date and three others went to a club. That's not counting the rest of the day before that, which took nearly 6 months.
  • The entirety of Two Weeks Notice is supposed to take place over a singular period of two weeks but has been running for over a year, even though the author has talked about ending it for more than half of that.
  • Vampire Cheerleaders and it's sister comic Paranormal Mystery Squad began in early 2011. So far the two series have covered a period of seven months from approximately September/October 2011 to April/May 2012. The current crossover story arc covered the week leading up to the prom and began in May 2012. As of 5/24/13 the prom night battle has only just ended two weeks ago after taking several months of real time to finish. The arc itself is currently still ongoing.
  • Vatican Assassins: It's hard to tell just how much time has passed since the beginning of Chapter 1 in 2012 to the present story, as chapters tend to be self-contained, with twice a week updates the story gets through about 3 chapters a year. Some do run into each other, with Chapter 5 taking place directly after 4, and Chapter 7 directly continuing Chapter 6 The only sure thing is that at least 6 weeks had to pass between Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 since Xy broke his leg. Add on to this the fact that the 2014 Advent Calendar takes place "Christmas Last Year" in story. If that's true, then when does the 2013 Advent Calendar, also set on Christmas, happen?
  • Only a few months have passed so far in Venus Envy, despite the fact that the comic has been running for nearly seven years. In fact, the cast has been working on a school production of Romeo & Juliet since November of 2002.
  • It's Walky! (as well as its sibling comics Roomies! and Shortpacked!) took place more or less in real time. Occasionally, time would slide forward (for example, a storyline that took four months to cover the space of a couple hours ended, and the next storyline kicked in a few months later, syncing back up more-or-less with the real world.)
    We should gather and remember our favorite moments from Dumbing of Age past. Remember Sunday? And Monday? How about Tuesday? And can you believe Wednesday? Wow. And let’s not even get into Thursday. And, jeez, Friday is still going?

    What a roller coaster ride. Those were some good times.

    May we all live to see Saturday.
    • Dumbing of Age is a particularly egregious example. As of March 27, 2015, the comic has entered its 28th day in-universe, while four and a half years of real-world time have passed, which translates to about two months in the real world for every day in-universe. The 28 days includes a three-day time skip between days 9 and 13 and a two-day timeskip between days 18 and 21, meaning there's actually about three months of real-world time for every written day.
  • The Whiteboard: Lampshaded at least several times:
  • Wigu explicitly covered seven days between January 2002 and April 2005.
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: While individual arcs are all compressed over a few days, the timeskips between two arcs can be considerably larger. The Wormhunter and Players arcs both ended in the same year, but are stated to happen years apart (long enough for Runtherd to go through puberty and start looking for a wife).
  • YU+ME: dream Part 1 went on for about four and a half years, but the entire story was only about six months long. However, it's got a good excuse, as all of Part 1 was All Just a Dream.
  • Zebra Girl: Given a nod in this strip, which was written almost 10 years after the comic debuted:
    Wally: Two years?
    Crystal: Not even that, but it feels like ten to me.
  • Zelfia has been running for the better part of a year, and has barely chronicled two full days, and that INCLUDES half a day being covered in a single-comic montage.


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