46: Secrets

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I'm a big fan of Kurt Halsey
Title text: I'm a big fan of Kurt Halsey


Kurt Halsey is a comic artist from Oregon. His style is similar to that in this comic. He was also referenced in 24: Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey.


  • Original quote from Randall: "I'm a fan of [Kurt Halsey], if you hadn't noticed. Don't click that right now, because it's depressing how much better at this he is than me."
  • This is the forty-third comic originally posted to livejournal. The previous comic was 45: Schrodinger, the next is 47: Counter-Red Spiders.


I just want you to share in my secrets
[lonely looking girl staring down]
and not run away

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I thought that, in addition to the obvious relationship context, there is a bit of self-reference word play: if the secrets are shared, they are no longer secrets; if the guy runs away (before she shares the secrets), they will remain secret. Mountain Hikes (talk) 04:30, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

I hadn't thought of that, but it makes a lot of sense. Adds another layer to the comic for sure. 12:30, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

The Kurt Halsey page is apparently nonexistent. 05:11, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

No, but it took two tries for me to load and even then the main content seems to be broken. There's also no web.archive.org archive. Fabian42 (talk) 14:03, 26 January 2018 (UTC)