52: Secret Worlds
Title text: No two adjacent circles are the same color.
The quote written in the large white circles comes from the comic book series The Sandman, about the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. Neil Gaiman is a science fiction and fantasy author who came to fame for writing Sandman.
The meaning of the interconnected circles is ambiguous. They could represent the numerous dream worlds inside a person, or perhaps the worlds of different people. Or they could simply be abstract decoration.
The title text is probably a reference to the Four color theorem, which states that a graph drawn on a flat plane (like this one) requires at most four colors so that each region differs from all of its neighbors. The comic uses four colors (red, yellow, green, blue) but it does not properly account for the white circles, and would need to be recolored if they were included.
- [Pieces of a quote in circles with lines drawn in between them.]
- [Some of the circles are small and colored.]
- "Everybody has a secret world inside of them.
- All of the people in the whole world
- I mean everybody
- No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside
- Inside they've all got unimaginable
- magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing, worlds
- Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe."
- --Neil Gaiman
- This is the fiftieth comic originally posted to livejournal. The previous comic was 51: Malaria, the next is 53: Hobby.