Mvmarcz has brilliantly summarized those 8 years in these seven panels. Why only seven? Because we know that the first 70 pages of this comic don't matter anyway! *cough hack cough*
Can't believe I started this thing in high school. Two degrees later and well on my to two more, still here. WTF is wrong with me.
And, because everyone always loves these, here's a look at then versus now, of characters who now have all finally reappeared in the story in some fashion.