92: Sunrise

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Sunrise
Sometimes, I sit on top of parking decks and watch the sun rise. I feel like I should have a guitar or something.
Title text: Sometimes, I sit on top of parking decks and watch the sun rise. I feel like I should have a guitar or something.

[edit] Explanation

This comic is about the desire for an intimate connection with another, and the compromises we make to not be alone.

Much like the 4am Project, Cueball finds a certain beauty in the way the world looks without billions of humans crawling around on it. He thinks of this as a secret place which thrills him. He is excited about the remote chance of finding someone like him who appreciates its beauty. But he realizes that its the very thing that makes this time beautiful to him, that makes his imagined chance encounter exceedingly unlikely. Reconciled to the fact that he will not find a kindred spirit outside this morning he heads back home.

At the house he gets ready, and drives to a club to meet people. The club is drawn using an inverted color scheme (white people black background) to emphasize that it is the opposite of the 4am outside world. The club is dark and full of people, who are the lightest things present, where outside the natural beauty shines with out interruption by human forms. Cueball embraces this and joins the party.

The title text is a reference to a common music video scene (sometimes country music videos) where people play the guitar on parking garages as the sun rises.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball is on the street. Behind him is a house with a lawn.]
Cueball's thoughts: I love the time just before sunrise. It's quiet; no one is ever just walking about. It's like a secret. I always hope that I'll find someone else quietly hiding from sleep, and we'll see each other and sit and talk. I guess this is a bad place to meet people. I wish it weren't.
[Cueball goes into the house, brushes his teeth, and leaves the house again.]
[Cueball is at a club, disco balls in the ceiling and a giant woofer. Many people are dancing around him.]
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Discussion

Doesn't look like Cueball to me, he has hair. Caagr98 (talk) 17:22, 17 April 2013 (UTC)


The title text seems wrong. It reads 'Sometimes, I sit on top of parking decks and watch the sun rise. I feel like I should have a guitar or something.' in my Android xkcd reader. --92.249.196.108 07:32, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Fixed. According to the Wayback Machine this was the title text at the start: [1] --Mark Hurd (talk) 13:01, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Hmmm, should we note that the last panel is probably a pencil drawing with colors inverted? 103.22.201.168 13:00, 16 September 2014 (UTC)


Explanation said that the character realised that 4am is a bad time to meet people "other than troublemakers and the police". Removed as this is pure speculation as there is no mention of troublemakers or the police. --Pudder (talk) 15:21, 29 September 2014 (UTC)


Possible title text explanation: Sitting on a tall structure and watching the sun rise while playing the guitar sounds like a romanticized/idealized scene; the likes of which might be seen in a movie. Smperron (talk) 08:07, 10 November 2014 (UTC)


The second panel, second image may be a reference to that music video about "brushing your teeth with a bottle of jack" before going to a party. Kirdneh (talk) 01:45, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
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