102: Back to the Future

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Back to the Future
He's kind of an asshole, when you think about it.
Title text: He's kind of an asshole, when you think about it.

[edit] Explanation

This comic is a reference to the "Back to the Future" film series (specifically the first film) in which the protagonist, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels back from 1985 (present day for him) to 1955 and accidentally interferes with his own parents' first meeting. He must then arrange for them to fall in love before he ceases to exist from the paradox of his own parents never having children. An unintended side-effect of the way events occur is that his dad gains self-confidence in the past and becomes "less of a loser" in the present.

As noted in the comic, the time machine Marty uses is built by his professor friend, Doctor Emmett L. Brown (Christopher Lloyd) out of a DeLorean DMC-12 (a 1980s-era sports car).

Cueball, or possibly Hairy, as the art could be inconsistent on this early comic, has a very similar experience. He suggests that the aforementioned changes to history are what he really needed to do. After a frame of awkward silence, Megan reminds him that her father was in the World Trade Center North Tower – implying that he died along with several thousand others in 1 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 at the time the tower collapsed due to a terrorist-flown passenger jet crashing into the building. Megan is therefore implying that saving her father's life (and perhaps the lives of the other 9/11 victims) might have been something else of importance he "needed" to do — perhaps something of significantly more importance. He seems oblivious to what she is trying to suggest, which as the title text notes, makes him kind of an asshole.

As a side note, for the comic to make sense, the events in the comic must take place after September 11, 2001, and not 1985 as it is in the movie. Since no dates are mentioned, Cueball probably went back by thirty years, because that's how far back Marty travels in the film.

[edit] Transcript

[Megan and Cueball are standing, talking to one another.]
Cueball: This weekend, my professor friend built a time machine out of a DeLorean and I went back in time! I helped make sure my parents got together and helped my dad to be less of a loser.
Megan: Wow! Do you still have the time machine?
Cueball: Nah. But I did what I really needed to do.
Megan: Uh huh.
[Neither says anything.]
Megan: Okay, you remember that my father was in the WTC North Tower, right?
Cueball: Yeah...why?
Megan: I...nothing.
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Discussion

Rikthoff (talk) I noticed the character on the right has hair in the first two frames, but is bald in the last frame... Two persons?

Rikthoff (talk) The issue date might be off. All files since #101 have been created on April 11th, 2006. Anyone with an actual issue date? I agree with Rikthoff, I don't think this is Cueball. Being bald is one of his main features and this guy definately has hair.--Popuppete (talk) 13:42, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

tesshavon Could it be possible that Megan's dad died because of something the other character (let's not call him Cueball until we know for sure) did in the future to "make sure his parents got together and helped his dad to be less of a loser"?

It's more likely to have been the result of a airliner full of jet fuel crashing into the tower, causing it to burn and collapse. Megan is probably thinking that Cueball (I'm still going to call him Cueball, sorry) could maybe have alerted somebody that this was going to happen. In the past. Him having access to a time machine and all. 108.162.219.58 20:31, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Why do we take for granted alt text refers to the Cueball/Hairy and not the father? 141.101.89.210 21:55, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

What if the alt text refers to Marty McFly and not Cueball/Hairy? You don't have to think about the comic very hard to know C/H was an asshole, but I think the implication is that Marty could have taken the DeLorean and done less petty, personal things with it.

--173.245.54.47 21:51, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
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