This is a preview of the upcoming Illustrated History of the Aether Brigade in “The Shrunken Ship”, page 1.
Story by Corey H. & Gwynn T.
Pen & Ink by Gwynn T. (Toppy)
“E.R.D.” means “Estimated Relative to Departure” this will help you, the reader, keep track of how long it has been (approximately) from the crew’s perspective.
Also note that the local time is in the past when compared to the crew’s native time (they departed from 1881) and, contrary to Silent Tom’s guess work the Great White Hunter’s hopes, there will be no dinosaurs in this chapter of the story. Don’t worry though: Toppy will start to make things clearer soon.