1013: Wake Up Sheeple
|Wake Up Sheeple|
Title text: You will be led to judgement like lambs to the slaughter--a simile whose existence, I might add, will not do your species any favors.
Cueball is going through the traditional street-protester refrain about the government having control over our lives and shouts "wake up, sheeple!" through a megaphone. Sheeple is a portmanteau of sheep and people used as a derisive term to describe people who thoughtlessly wander through their daily lives going exactly where they are "herded" by the powers that be.
However, in this comic, the Sheeple are gigantic humanoid sheep-men who have slumbered beneath the Earth for ten thousand years, and whom Cueball has inadvertently awoken with his repeated mantra (much as in 555: Two Mirrors). The Sheeple appear to be some kind of eldritch abomination who will destroy the human race, and judging from Megan's reaction and the off-panel voices, Cueball seems to be the only one previously unaware of their existence.
The title text says the humans will be led "like lambs to the slaughter" which is a phrase that appears many times in older texts, the Bible as an example. The phrase means that someone or something would be led to its destruction without it thinking to escape from the disaster. The Sheeple are likely to take it amiss, because it indicates the uncaring frequency with which humans kill sheep.
See more Sheeple-related comics at Category:Sheeple.
- [Cueball yells into a megaphone.]
- Cueball: Your government has turned against you! Corporations control your every thought!
- Cueball: Open your eyes!
- [Zoomed in to Head-on view of Cueball.]
- Cueball: Wake up, sheeple! Wake up, sheeple!
- Cueball: WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!!
- [In a frame-less panel, Cueball takes the megaphone away from his mouth.]
- [A half-sheep half-man creature rises through the cracking earth, holding aloft a gnarled staff.]
- [Close-up on the sheep-man's eye.]
- Sheep-Man: TEN THOUSAND YEARS WE SLUMBERED... NOW WE RIIIIIIIISE BAAAAAA
- [A clearly upset Megan goes up to Cueball, hands held out in front of her plaintively.]
- Megan: OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!
- Cueball: What? But I didn't—
- Out-of-frame #1: He awoke the Sheeple!
- Out-of-frame #2: Heaven forgive us!
- Out-of-frame #3: All is lost!
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