11: Barrel - Part 2

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Barrel - Part 2
Title text: Awww.

[edit] Explanation

Like in the previous comic in the Barrel series, the boy is floating in the ocean in a barrel. The previous comic made a point about the uncertainty of life; here, the boy's lament at not finding a mother is pure sentimentality, as accentuated by the title text.

According the Freud, the first stage of psychosexual development is the Oral Stage which relates to a baby's relationship with its mother. The realisation that mommy cannot be found is the first point at which a person learns to stop trusting the world and realises that the world is not always comforting and safe.

This is the second in a five-part series of comics whose parts were randomly published during the first several dozen strips. The series features a character that is not consistent with what would quickly become the xkcd stick figure style. The character is in a barrel.

The full series can be found here:

[edit] Transcript

[A boy sits in a barrel which is floating in an ocean.]
Boy: None of the places i floated had mommies.

[edit] Trivia

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None of the places you floated probably had land either. Davidy22[talk] 14:08, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Maybe there's a chance this is a Doctor Who reference; The Empty Child http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Empty_Child aired 4 months before this comic, with the iconic "Are you my mommy?" quote. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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