After all the recent talk about comics on the blog, and with my love of puzzles, I thought I would shift gears only slightly and draw your attention to a webcomic I enjoy: The Tragedy Series. This is a great series from a local artist with beautiful design, a dark and twisted sense of humor, and the occasional touch of melancholy and sadness.
A few of my favorites include:
He recently announced that he is approaching “the end of the series.” By this he means he has about a hundred left. You see, all the comics are numbered. Although the numbers jump around, he doesn’t re-use them and planned a specific limit from the beginning. This final run is actually in sequence: from 401 to 500. Not only that, but there is a puzzle, a mystery, a contest wrapped into them.
Based on the plate introducing the contest, I thought it might have something to do with dots and dashes, looking the two crown blocks in the lower corners:
Looking at the six (at the time of this writing) panels released, I do see that motif is quite visible, but there are not yet enough data points to make much sense of it.