412: Startled

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Title text: ...

[edit] Explanation

Black Hat is one of the most cool-headed characters in the comic. Megan notices Black Hat facing away from Cueball and her, and decides to play a simple, childish prank on him: sneaking up from behind and shouting "Boo!".

Not only does she succeed in startling Black Hat, he is so terrified that he hides himself completely in his hat. For a moment, it looks like Black Hat has disappeared altogether. But then his hat inches away, showing that he's still underneath, despite the obvious size difference.

The title text is really only "...". But Black Hat will come back.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball and Megan standing to one side, looking and pointing at Black Hat who is facing away.]
[Megan sneaks up on Black Hat.]
[Close-up of Megan with hands raised.]
Megan: Boo!
[Black Hat looks shocked, and his hat jumps.]
[The hat falls down over his head.]
[The hat keeps falling, with only his legs still visible.]
[The hat hits the ground.]
[Cueball and Megan look at the hat.]
[The hat scurries away.]
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What is there to explain here? Alpha (talk) 04:02, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Looks like an analogy to some animal. --Kronf (talk) 14:55, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
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