Garth’s inability to make tenses agree is symbolic.
Time is fluid in a nonlinear narration.
We know Garth is in prison, awaiting a sentence.
We know he hasn’t spoken to his mother in 2 years.
We know he goes to Ray Blanchard’s birthday party at some point (despite him “presently” being in another state)
We know he gets tangled in some sort of criminal organization.
These future events are, in their own weird way, going to shape Garth’s past.
If we assume, for the moment, that I’m making up these comics as I go, then, in-universe, Garth is altering his own past using knowledge of the future.
This would be a major plot point in 0 0 0 This Comic Appears First Alphabetically, if I could somehow get the time and ability each week to DRAW the damn thing.
(whatever neuron disorder i have)