Minding the Why and Wherefore:
A Candid Interview with the Creators of "Frederick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy Breaching Space and Time"

Q: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today.
A: Not at all - it gives us inordinate pleasure to illuminate the general perceptional murkiness as relates to our humble creation.

Q: What, in a nutshell, is the Frederick the Great comic about?
A: Ah. What is anything, in its essence, about? I believe...

Q: We get enough pontificating in the actual comic. Can you just answer the question?
A: Fine. It’s about Frederick. Voltaire gives him a hat by mistake. The hat lets him travel through time. He’s supposed to fix history. Sometimes, he does.

Q: Very good. Now, there are those who say that your historical rigor is lacking, that you have characters appearing years after their death, or doing jobs they never did, or speaking languages they never knew, or...
A: Oh god, it sounds bad! What are we going to do? I can’t go back to jail! My salts... where are my salts?

Q: Calm down! Nobody is going to jail over factual inaccuracies in a webcomic. Now can you just explain your justification of these "errors" to your readership?
A: Oh. Really. No jail time? Well then, as Frederick’s actions, and the actions of others, ripple through time, history is altered subtly, but perceptibly, as personages, events, and even locations are displaced throughout the space-time continuum.

Q: So basically, any time you guys mess up your facts you can wave your hands and say Frederick Did It, and that solves everything?
A: Yes. Or sometimes we say, "That was the state the timeline just happened to be in when Frederick visited a given space-time location."

Q: I see. So really, you just throw historical rigor out the window and hope it doesn’t hit anybody on the way down.
A: We would prefer to view it as accuracy being secondary to humor in a comic based around time-travel.

Q: Well, that just opens up a whole pantry full of cans of worms, doesn’t it? How is it that Frederick and his coterie are safe from the ravages of an unstable timeline? Why does everyone in your comic speak English? And how come...
A: All things in Time, good interlocutor. Heh heh heh. Did you see what I did there? Time.

Q: Oh yes, a pun. How droll. Why, if I wasn’t just a rhetorical device, I’d...
A: I think that is all the time we have for right now. Go read the comic.

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