1: Barrel - Part 1

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1: Barrel - Part 1
Don't we all.
Title text: Don't we all.

Explanation

[Quote from Randall] "He's fairly upbeat about the situation!"

This comic is mocking the optimism of people in a satirical way. The boy in the barrel has nothing to eat, drink or no way of directing his travel. Yet he only wonders 'I wonder where i'll float next?' Randall also makes an oblique reference to how we often become optimistic even in our own hopeless lives.

This is the first 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 is:

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Transcript

[A boy sits in a barrel which is floating in an ocean.]
Boy: i wonder where i'll float next?
[The barrel drifts into the distance. Nothing else can be seen.]
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Discussion

Doesn't his big interactive piece (#1110) refer to this one? ‎58.37.35.32 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It does. There's a note somewhere in that explanation page referring back to this page. Davidy22[talk] 09:28, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

This comic under my interpretation is that like the kid in the barrel his mind was wandering at the time of his drawing of the comic and it reprsents his wandering mind as he may be bored and it is in the middle of nowhere but at the same time it is somewhere. but its waiting to get someplace (an island?)

--TheWeatherMan (talk) 13:57, 23 January 2013 (UTC)TheWeatherMan

when ever I feel isolated from society, I like to contemplate the ladders I could build for them to see things from my perspective. We will never manage to teach kids how to exist in chaos, we need to outsource our thinking, share ideas, to see new options for each of the impossible answers. Sic-if is here to stay, because it's the only hint we will get of the perfection they want us to achieve. Anything less then the total perfection is unsustainable. - 98.211.199.84 14:22, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
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