Comic 199 - Illegal Math

17th Jan 2012, 12:21 AM in Filling in the Past
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Author Notes:

view 17th Jan 2012, 12:21 AM edit delete
New sketch challenge! This is only for people who have NOT gotten a sketch before!

You now have enough information to tell me where Metropolis is, within ~50 miles! First person to get it right wins a sketch of their choice!

Edit: I don't mind people guessing randomly for fun, but this is one you cannot possibly guess without figuring it out.


JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Well I'd never figure it out anyway. I think this whole comic's too smart for me.
view 17th Jan 2012, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Nahhh, there's some smart stuff in the background, but the basics of the story are pretty straightforward.

This bit of this chapter is basically to try to establish Mary's backstory a bit.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
Alright, yeah. But compared to most your fans I seem to have been drinking paint most my life. I used to think I just liked things simple, now I wonder what's been flying over my head this whole time!
doe 17th Jan 2012, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
i'm with you Jasper
view 17th Jan 2012, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
Aww, now I'm not sure how to feel.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
It isn't your fault! You have a great, living universe here. It's just like damn, some people figure out things that I can't believe. Crazy insight and foreshadowing powers. Like a whole layer of story I am missing. Frankly it can just make you feel dumb, brings me down at times. Don't feel bad though.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Though you could explain one thing. Why when only I worry things are fine. That it takes another to highlight it as a problem! Lol
view 17th Jan 2012, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
One is an outlier, two is a coincidence, three is a movement!
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
I knew it. I'm the guy with his head wrapped in tin foil! The broken clock. I guess someone has to fill the role.
Sheela 19th Jan 2012, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Would the REAL Jasper please stand up !

*5 million robots stands up"

... well .. damn.
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Five million beings with my personality implanted in them? That is the most disgusting thought I have ever had..
ZombieDerf 17th Jan 2012, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
lol, you hate me don't ya?
good thing I suck at locations anyways.
Warp 17th Jan 2012, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
New York! :V
view 17th Jan 2012, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
Definitely not New York.
A-vex 17th Jan 2012, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
Is it Washington?
view 17th Jan 2012, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
It is neither of the Washingtons!
a-vex 17th Jan 2012, 3:58 AM edit delete reply
Do I get more than one guess?
view 17th Jan 2012, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
You definitely won't guess if you guess randomly, so feel free to guess again if you have some reasoning behind it.
a-vex 17th Jan 2012, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
I had reasoning, but others have said my answers already.
A-vex 17th Jan 2012, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Also, I need to comment more. I feel so left out!
view 17th Jan 2012, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Comments are good, but it's still not Washington!
Prestidigititis 17th Jan 2012, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
view 17th Jan 2012, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
Greece? It's wrong, but now I'm curious as to why you guessed it.
Prestidigititis 17th Jan 2012, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
It's my go-to answer in Trivial Pursuit.
view 17th Jan 2012, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
Ah, of course.
Iamari 17th Jan 2012, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
Are we suppose to guess the State or the City? If just state, then I guess Florida. It has to be somewhere with wetlands and country views. Maybe Texas? or Louisiana? Crap I did multiguess again. Oh well, if you're wanting the city then I lose anyway.
view 17th Jan 2012, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
You'll need to be more specific than just the state, but you're not on the right track anyhow.
Iamari 17th Jan 2012, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
Curses foiled again.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
I think I may know but even if I was allowed I wouldn't want to guess it. I hate the place. So if view knows the places I hate, I could be right
Guest 17th Jan 2012, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
siliwili 17th Jan 2012, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Posted before I had signed up. Silly. Been here from the start, just thought I'd try for a sketch and show support.
view 17th Jan 2012, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I'll help narrow it down: it's on the North American continent. Paris is an interesting choice, though, because they actually spell it "Police", with no foreign letters or anything.

I'm going to bed now, so further guesses will have to be unanswered until tomorrow. However, I have a feeling whoever actually gets it right will know absolutely that he or she is right, and will be able to explain it.
Greeb 17th Jan 2012, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Greeb 17th Jan 2012, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Oh, given views statement, it's more likely Toronto, then...
Panda! 17th Jan 2012, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Panda! 17th Jan 2012, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Salt Lake City, Utah. is my 2nd guess now that I have read the damn comments. GJ me.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
The old SLC. Now that'd just be plain funny if that were right. I think you should win even if you're wrong for making the guess!
aceofrogues 17th Jan 2012, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
duLapel 17th Jan 2012, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Forest City, Iowa
view 17th Jan 2012, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
Oh, unusually good answer! Unless someone can put up a better answer and a clear explanation of why they chose it, this will win.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
See this is what I mean. I have no idea how this answer was arrived at. Other guesses make sense to me. This seems like a complete random pick to me. I can't really be that dense, I just can't. Hopefully if this wins we can get an explanation cause I need a walkthrough here.
InfernalShell 17th Jan 2012, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Annapolis, MD?
InfernalShell 17th Jan 2012, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
And for my second guess: Iddesleigh, Alberta, Canada
InfernalShell 17th Jan 2012, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Even if that second guess is wrong I'm really proud of the reasoning I used to get to it.
view 17th Jan 2012, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
It's wrong, but what's the reasoning?
InfernalShell 18th Jan 2012, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
I looked at the rough map you had sketched up, and then compared its topography to areas where there were important dinosaur excavations as well as there being a major city nearby. Calgary is within 100 miles, and so I figured it was close to that.
siliwili 17th Jan 2012, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
I'll give it a second go with Boise, Idaho
Guest 17th Jan 2012, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Archduke 17th Jan 2012, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Is it in Wisconsin? Lol
view 17th Jan 2012, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
I can't tell if this is a good bad guess, or a bad good guess, but it's wrong.
tteclod 17th Jan 2012, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
dinosaur dig
bilingual patrol car


St. Louis or KC are also plausible, but only because rail service is more developed in Missouri. I'm sticking with DFW on the basis that only in Texas would anybody ride a mechanical horse instead of drive a car.
view 17th Jan 2012, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Not "where is the little town they live in now", but "where is the big town they used to live in". Great guess for where they live now, although not 100%.
Archduke 17th Jan 2012, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Aside question: What is government like in this country? Those cops are pretty damn geared up, and although there appears to be a free press this hints at something of a total state. Are there many robots in politics? Heh.
view 17th Jan 2012, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
No robots have ever been elected.

This is a pretty typical Militarized US Police State.
Archduke 18th Jan 2012, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Interesting, seeing as the town where the story takes place seems very peaceful and autonomous. Doesn't look like people live in fear/paranoia and I didn't see any cops or government posters or officials. I got the impression that Miwa was the closest de facto thing to some form of authority in the town.
view 18th Jan 2012, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Oh, the police state collapsed.
JasperWB 18th Jan 2012, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
So both before and after the police state collapsed metropolis was big. First as a hub for the government then as a hub for refugees. Am I finally getting this now? It's still around just as one of the last big cities for refugees?
view 18th Jan 2012, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Nah, it was never a government hub. It was a city built specifically to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees.
JasperWB 18th Jan 2012, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
But then why was it a police state if it was run by refugees? Or is that integral to the story at some point?
view 18th Jan 2012, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
Of course the police are going to be militarized. You ever see a city full of refugees? It's not a very polite place.
JasperWB 18th Jan 2012, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Uh. Hmm. Ok I'll just accept what I've figured out so far and hope the rest of the blanks are filled in on their own. Otherwise I could keep this going all night! The only thing in hung up now on are what are they seeking refuge from that they willingly move to a police state for. But I think that far too much derails this whole story. It's not pertinent.
TDean 17th Jan 2012, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
5 possibles
1 Axxxxx, MD to close to coast
2 Mxxxxx, IL to small
3 Ixxxxxx, IN Police car markings wrong
4 Stockholm, wrong continent, cop cars are labeled POLIS..
5 MINNEAPOLIS, MN ...........
pancake 17th Jan 2012, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
dude, the name of the city is mentioned in plain sight in the author notes..
view 17th Jan 2012, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
The city of Metropolis doesn't exist right now. As you'll shortly see, it's one of the refugee cities that sprung up.
Tenchirizu 17th Jan 2012, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
There is a Metropolis, Illinois but no sagebrush in that state so I went back and looked for some more..There aren't too many clues..It really could be "Anytown, USA".. But there were a few clues that could narrow it down. The rails..the climate, Some of your architecture though that could have nothing to do with anything.. the sagebrush, fossil digs and the intelligence of most of your characters..I want to say somewhere in New Mexico..It has the brush, history of railroads, landscape, climate, fossil digs and research facilities.. Unless it is Illinois. ^_^
view 17th Jan 2012, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
They're in the southwest NOW, but where they live now is a long way from where Metropolis used to be!
Tenchirizu 17th Jan 2012, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
AHA!! Now that makes more flippin sense.. How do I miss these things?.. >.<
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Now wait a minute. So did metropolis come before or after the world ending/changing event? It must have been before if there is a billboard all the way in the southwest and it is in the
Midwest or Northern states. And yet I'm thinking there were a lot of big cities then so what was so special about this city to warrent such a distant billboard?
view 17th Jan 2012, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
There's no such thing as a world ending event, just a long series of world-screwing-upping events.

Metropolis, Acropolis, and Citadel were the three most successful refugee cities, to the point where they were actually economically successful. So when the stream of refugees faded, they ran ads to try and boost immigration. The billboards were excessively cheap at the time, so that was what Metropolis decided to do as part of its campaign.
JasperWB 17th Jan 2012, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Ok. That clears up a lot.
tteclod 17th Jan 2012, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
I need a refresher course or a link. Where is all this handy info?
view 18th Jan 2012, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
What handy info?