Category:Large drawings

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  • From time to time, Randall creates drawings that don't fit neatly on one screen.
    • Note: this category is for large singular images, not for long comics that contain a large number of panels.
    • See also: Category:Dynamic comics.
    • Click to expand for a more detailed explanation:


  • There are three fundamentally different types of drawings that merits inclusion in the large drawing category.
    • Several really large drawings will only show a reduced-size image on the link at xkcd.
      • By clicking on this image the full-size image will be loaded enabling the viewer to zoom in on the tiny details not visible in the reduced front page image.
      • Often this full image will be at the same address but with a "_large" added after the comic number.
      • The largest of these (and for certain the one with most details) is 980: Money, which had three different images, the last being unique to this comic:
    • Another set of large drawings can be viewed directly as they are, but they are instead very long and you have to pan and scroll down from some time to see the entire extent of the image.
      • The most famous these until recently was 482: Height, which was the longest for many years.
      • But that has been topped in 2016 with the already famous (also outside xkcd) 1732: Earth Temperature Timeline, which is by far the longest of this type of xkcd comics.
        • (And probably also the longest when compared to the "height" of any of the other huge drawings).
      • All of these have the following inserted at the top of their explanation inside the heading under the "title" line:
        • | before = [[#Explanation|↓ Skip to explanation ↓]]
      • But not all comics with this "skip line" is a large drawings, as they could instead be a "normal" type comic but with several small panels like these here:
      • Or one long page, but with several small drawings (like maps) and text on it like this:
      • Or not really a drawing like this:
      • The other with this line are all included here.
    • The last type or large drawings only number two, but they are also the two largest drawings so far.
      • They are the two interactive comics where the user can navigate through a huge image while all the time only viewing a small part in the interactive panel.
      • The two comics are:


  1. Large drawings:
    1. 256: Online Communities
    2. 657: Movie Narrative Charts
    3. 681: Gravity Wells
    4. 802: Online Communities 2
    5. 980: Money
    6. 1000: 1000 Comics
    7. 1040: Lakes and Oceans
    8. 1071: Exoplanets
    9. 1079: United Shapes
    10. 1080: Visual Field
    11. 1127: Congress
    12. 1196: Subways
    13. 1256: Questions
    14. 1298: Exoplanet Neighborhood
    15. 1389: Surface Area
    16. 1392: Dominant Players
    17. 1461: Payloads
    18. 1491: Stories of the Past and Future
    19. 1688: Map Age Guide
    20. Radiation
    21. The Rise of Open Access
  2. Long drawings:
    1. 24: Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey
    2. 482: Height
    3. 485: Depth
    4. 887: Future Timeline
    5. 1133: Up Goer Five
    6. 1649: Pipelines
    7. 1732: Earth Temperature Timeline
  3. Click and Drag like drawings:
    1. 1110: Click and Drag
    2. 1608: Hoverboard