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 merit 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.
        • Here taking 657: Movie Narrative Charts as an example:
        • 657
        • 657/large/
          • This was the first comic to use this /large/ directory, but the two following this used _large added to the number, then most of the rest use the directory.
          • The first comic Online Communities used _small instead but on the original version shown on xkcd and added to the name not the number.
          • Money used _huge also added to the name not the number.
          • And Bad Map Projection: Time Zones used a 2x to indicate the size also added to the name not the number.
        • See more below in the list of large drawings.
      • 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:
      • Finally there are even one of the large drawings where even the small version is still so long as to have this included:
      • The other with this line are all included here.
    • The last type or large drawings only number three, but they are also the largest drawings so far.
      • They are interactive comics where the user can navigate through a huge image, while either all the time only viewing a small part in an interactive panel, or only being able to really see anything when zooming far in on the large image.
      • The comics are:


  1. Large drawings:
    1. 256: Online Communities - Large drawing – The only large drawing that used the name rather than the number without adding a size indication. In this one it was the [one shown on xkcd that had _small added to the title.
    2. 657: Movie Narrative Charts - Large drawing - The first to use the ###/large/ directory, where the number goes before the first slash.
    3. 681: Gravity Wells - Large drawing – Only two comics did not to use the large directory but rather add a "_large" to the number. This and the next one.
    4. 802: Online Communities 2 - Large drawing - The other (in a row) to use the _large. See above.
    5. 980: Money - Large drawing - The only one to use the_huge addition to indicate size and the only second that used the name rather than number for the filename. Money also had an interactive version
    6. 1000: 1000 Comics - Large drawing
    7. 1040: Lakes and Oceans - Large drawing
    8. 1071: Exoplanets - Large drawing
    9. 1079: United Shapes - Large drawing
    10. 1080: Visual Field - Large drawing
    11. 1127: Congress - Large drawing
    12. 1196: Subways - Large drawing
    13. 1256: Questions - Large drawing
    14. 1298: Exoplanet Neighborhood - Large drawing
    15. 1389: Surface Area - Large drawing
    16. 1392: Dominant Players - Large drawing
    17. 1461: Payloads - Large drawing
    18. 1491: Stories of the Past and Future - Large drawing
    19. 1688: Map Age Guide - Large drawing
    20. 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones - Large drawing - only one to use 2x instead of large/small to indicate the size difference, and also only the second to use the name of the comic instead of the number.
    21. 1939: 2016 Election Map - Large drawing
    22. 1970: Name Dominoes - Large drawing
    23. RadiationLarge drawing – As this was not released as a comic there were only a tiny version in a blag post. That is not the "small" version shown here on xkcd.
    24. The Rise of Open AccessLarge Drawig – This was never released on xkcd.
  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
    8. 2155: Swimming
    9. 2425: mRNA Vaccine
  3. Click and Drag like drawings:
    1. 1110: Click and Drag - Full zoomable map
    2. 1608: Hoverboard - Full zoomable map
    3. 2067: Challengers