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)

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