427: Bad Timing

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Bad Timing
Protip: Even without the red spiders, never have that conversation halfway through a balloon ride.
Title text: Protip: Even without the red spiders, never have that conversation halfway through a balloon ride.


In the comic, Cueball breaks up with Megan in the middle of a hot air balloon ride. Then the red spiders attack.

The red spiders are among the earliest XKCD characters, appearing in 8: Red spiders and 126: Red Spiders Cometh.

As the Protip in the title text states, a break-up conversation while you are stranded in an inaccessible location is very poor manners.


[Cueball and Megan, flying in a hot air balloon]
Cueball: I like you. I'm just not feeling the relationship.
Cueball: I'm sorry.
Cueball: It's just bad timing. Me with my classes, you with your work, the spiders...
Megan: The what?
[Red Spiders crowd onto balloon, causing it to fall]

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Here, the red spiders appear to be able to fly, whereas in previous red spiders comics they consistently relied on the floating blocks, cooperating in forming chains to get from one to the other. Even in 126: Red Spiders Cometh, the spiders are still just riding on the blocks. Richmond tudor (talk) 05:13, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

they're jumping from a place we can't see 18:10, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

The background looks like XKCD #4 4: Landscape (sketch) 16:38, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

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