This is quite the story. At first, it seems simplistic. But also confusing. Grandfather paradox stories do that. Initially, that’s what it seemed like to me. A guy goes back in time to tell himself to pull his nose out of the books and go out into the real world and live. Because that’s what life is about – living. Nothing terribly invigorating there.
But I read it several times and there’s more to it than that. I think.
SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ IT YET! (Shame on you! Go read it!)
Because it was by “living” that the guy finally had his eureka moment and came up with his time travel formula. And his future-self knew that he had an incurable disease growing inside him that would eventually kill him no matter what. So, he wasn’t just going back in time to create a new, divergent path. He was creating an ouroboros. An eternal cycle in which he constantly relived the time he got to spend with the lady over and over again. And it was only by meeting this lady – and her inspiring him – that this was even possible. So now his lifespan exists entirely in the time from when his past-self meets his future-self to when his future-self travels back to his past-self. This is my take, anyway.
Now this still doesn’t resolve the grandfather paradox problem but that’s kind of beside the point. I guess.
Anyway, nice job. Beautiful artwork! Thanks for sharing.
P.S. There is a typo on page 4, panel 2. Character says, “Think of it as an investiment in my future.” There’s an extra “i” in investment. Just trying to be helpful.