800: Beautiful Dream
Title text: Lucky. In MY dream, all the people who grew up loving The Giving Tree paired up with all the students who had weird dreams after reading The Metamorphosis. That one was more confusing.
The Rules is a reference to the book that is pretty clear when you read the sub-title: "Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right". And naturally, The Game is also given away by the sub-title: "Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists". There is some social commentary there about how the men's book is about pickup artists and the women's book is about "finding Mr. Right." But, you'll find that out on your own because that has nothing to do with the comic.
The title text takes the comic one step further as it is what Cueball responds (or would respond) to Megan. The Giving Tree is a children's book by Shel Silverstein about the relationship between a tree and a young boy who grows to be an old man. The Metamorphosis is a work of fiction by Franz Kafka in which a travelling salesman wakes up to find that he has been turned into a nondescript giant bug. Those two books have obviously no connection to each other, which is why the title text has the joke of the comic.
- [Megan with disheveled hair stretches her arms. A sunburst indicating sleepiness is above her head.]
- Megan: I just woke up
- [Megan continues speaking from off panel, to Cueball who's sitting at a table with a laptop and cup. He's leaned his elbow on the chair, turning to face Megan.]
- Megan: From the most beautiful dream.
- Cueball: Which was?
- Megan: All the girls who read and follow The Rules and all the guys who swear by the techniques in The Game paired off with each other and left the rest of us alone forever.
- Cueball: Mmmmmm...