I said there would be bonus points for setting your comic in Europe but I'll expand it to just mentioning Europe. Also, I've been thinking of the many reasons for there to be a countdown or for counting backwards and I'm toying with the idea of awarding the contest to the first comic posted that uses the secret reason I'm thinking of. Let's see how this plays out.
--- "Humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer." ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Choke