422: A Better Idea

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A Better Idea
It's *almost* enough to make me want to redo high school.
Title text: It's *almost* enough to make me want to redo high school.

[edit] Explanation

In the United States prom (short for promenade) is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high-school students. They normally are awkward experiences for nerdy people.

A LAN party is a temporary gathering of people with computers or game consoles, between which they establish a local area network (LAN), primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games. They are normally very informal.

Cueball is likely taking the girl to Prom, but stops when he sees there's a LAN party in formal attire, meaning they wouldn't be out of place. The comic title is likely what Cueball is going to say to the girl, since the LAN party is probably much more appealing for him than a formal ball.

The title text confirms that the author would have loved for such a thing to be possible, so much that he very nearly would redo high school just to participate.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball wearing a bow tie stands holding hands with Megan wearing a dress. On the left, there is a sign pointing left, which reads "PROM"; on the right, there is a sign pointing right, which reads "LAN PARTY IN FORMAL ATTIRE".]
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Why almost? 16:39, 4 December 2013 (UTC)BK

Maybe because Cueball realizes that this prom brings him to an ordinary life, no LAN parties any more, but he just wants go back to that parties.--Dgbrt (talk) 21:58, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
This could be looked at as exactly the reverse as well, and I don't see any clear way to pick one over the other as the intended meaning of the strip. Cueball could have simply dumped his date and gone to the LAN party. Now in hindsight he regrets that he chose the LAN party over the possibility of a continued relationship with his prom date. (Who we assume would have dumped him on the spot!)ExternalMonolog (talk) 21:27, 21 January 2014 (UTC)ExternalMonolog
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