The grand canon

I ought to write something about the “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” canon. For those of you not immersed in nerd culture, “canon” means “things that count as real parts of the story.”

I’m enough of a nerd that I think the concept of “canon” is important. It’s important because it’s important to fans, and without fans, none of this is important to begin with.

I do have my opinions about various canons. (Have I mentioned I’m a giant nerd?) I could write about that here, but that’s really its own blog post.

Anyway, since the “Heavenly Nostrils” / “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” story kind of got rebooted recently, when the strip launched in newspapers I, as the creator of that universe, wish to clarify what is canon.

The original story is still canon. Everything that happened in the online-only version of the strip? All of it still happened.

The print-launch reboot was a soft reboot, kind of a recap to bring new readers up to speed. (It was honestly more for the benefit of newspaper editors than readers, since those strips were the “sales kit” we presented to them when we were selling the strip.)

However, the online strips are also the strips being reprinted in books. And the books are canon. (Since there are three years’ worth of them, the books will continue to consist of mostly online strips until book 5. Assuming there is a book 5; my current contract covers up to book 4, so we’ll see.)

The creator has spoken. Carry on.

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