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Brilliant short webcomic reveals the romantic side of time paradoxes

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One day, Thomas is idly flipping through a photo album when he finds himself abruptly sent back to the time when he is 10 years old. At first, he's thrilled to return to a time filled with so many simple joys. But unbeknownst to him, his ten-year-old self has taken his place, and is completely baffled by a world full of smart phones, sushi, and a woman who wants to smooch him all over. Soon, multiple Thomases are running across his timeline, mucking up things in a confused comedy of errors that lands them all exactly where they're supposed to be.

Cartoonist Boulet is really proving himself the master of the 24-hour comic. Last year, he gave us Darkness, a magical realistic take on roommates and romance. This year, it's Paola-4, a comic in which the mesh between memory and time travel becomes extremely thin. Adult Thomas ends up trading places not only with ten-year-old Thomas, but also with 16-year-old Thomas and 23-year-old Thomas, and he displaces them each time he travels through time. The ending unites the individual Thomases' stories and adds another layer that invites questions about fate and the predestination paradox.

The first few pages are below. You can read the rest at Boluet's site.

Paola-4 [Bouletcorp]