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The El Goonish Shive NewsPaper, commonly referred to as EGS:NP, is a side-comic that basically functions as a repository for story-arc-sized filler material. There have been twelve EGS:NP story arcs since February 2010, for a total of 179 NP comics. EGS:NP was on indefinite hiatus as Dan concentrated on the story comics. Dan updated the commentary of the comic that provided the end point of the earlier run to reflect this hiatus after it was brought up in a Q&A session. It was restarted after a successful Patreon campaign, and a new arc that is part of canon has continued to-date.

CanonicityEdit

Canon

Grace firing cannon to mark canon storyline.

Due to the filler nature of the NP comics, how canon a particular NP story arc is can vary wildly. Some, such as Not a Date at the Mall, provide valuable character development in the Main Universe and are generally considered canon. Others like Goonmanji, while apparently taking place in the main universe, are obviously not in continuity. Then there are those that take place in their own separate universe (Blank Check for Weirdness for example), whose continuity with the canon is dependent on how one views different universes to be treated in EGS. And of course, all the gray area in between. The golden rule is that if a NP storyline is mentioned in the main story,[1] or has its canonical status (sometimes indicated by an embedded image of Grace firing a cannon) acknowleged in it's opening commentary,[2] it officially becomes canon. "Assorted" or "standalone" strips are considered to have "vague canon" status.[3]

There is also list of canon NP stories in Q&A 7.[4]

Q&A Edit

Question and answer sections are canonicity status on its own: they are out of continuity[5] and not considered part of canon, but the explanations in them are canonical.[6]

Color Edit

While main story switches between color and grayscale, NewsPaper is so far completely grayscale.

Story arc versus story line Edit

Unlike main story, which have both arcs and story lines, NewsPaper have only one level of structure. Dan usually calls it "story line".[7] This wiki calls it story arc. Ups.

Story arcsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. EGS:NP Comic for 2004-06-22 ("Goonmanji - Part 1")
  2. EGS:NP Comic for 2014-09-21 ("Playing With Dolls - Part 21")
  3. EGS:NP Comic for 2015-05-20
  4. EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-06-24
  5. EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-07-29
  6. EGS:NP Comic for 2015-03-30
  7. EGS:NP Comic for 2015-02-23

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