Time-travel arcs, especially time-looping arcs, give you a lot of opportunities to save work by copy-pasting panels you’ve already drawn when that sequence of events repeats.
…and I could’ve done that with half the panels here, too! But I wanted Future Thorn’s journey to feel like it all flowed smoothly together.
No prize for the first reader to link all the earlier Future Thorn appearances I re-drew.
Trivia: I originally sketched most of the flashback panels right after I drew Future Thorn’s appearance in Only One Bed. Then I figured the plot wasn’t gonna circle back to him for a while anyway, so I should hold off on recapping his backstory (forwardstory?) until then.
Future Thorn (thinking): This mission is the whole reason I time-jumped in the first place, and I don’t get any do-overs. No pressure.
??? (future flashback): It has the same enchantment Acai would’ve put on it. Should work the exact same way. I already programmed in the date.
Narration: Not far back enough.
Too far back!
Not even the right country.
Future Thorn (thinking): Okay. Took a while. But that’s a good sign, right? Just like she predicted, probably.
Narration: Wrong country and centuries early.
Overshot again. But only by a couple seasons this time!
Too early, but maybe I was supposed to intervene here.
Definitely not supposed to intervene . . . but I can stop and watch, right?
“Works exactly the same way,” my foot.
Future Thorn (thinking): Noooo pressure.