334: Wasteland

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You make forgetting look so easy.
Title text: You make forgetting look so easy.


At the beginning of the comic, Cueball is wandering around in a barren area, supposedly a desert, thinking about his ex-partner, in which he, at first, appears to be fondly remembering him/her, but the last two boxes explain that he is trying to take a long walk to forget him/her, and is obviously not very good at it.

The title text implies that his ex-partner had easily forgotten him, and he wishes that he could forget more easily. It's also possible that he means that it's so hard to forget him/her that forgetting anything else is simple in comparison to it.

There is a similar twist in comics 71: In the Trees and 1042: Never.

Note: When Cueball mentions walking 1000 miles, he may be exaggerating, as, due to his lack of hiking/traveling gear, most likely has only walked a hundred or so, either that, or the story is similar in nature, or even in the same universe, as comic 505. Though this might also be a nod to a What If question about how long it would take for two immortal people to find each other on a barren planet.


[Cueball is walking through a wasteland talking to himself.]
Cueball: I am alone in this wasteland, a thousand miles from you.
Cueball: But I haven't forgotten the feel of your skin, your mischievous smile.
Cueball: You'd think a thousand miles would be enough.
Cueball: I guess I'll keep walking.

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Isn't the meaning of the title text that it's so difficult to forget her that forgetting anything else is easy in comparison? -- Bonob (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Possibly? Or maybe she is the one who forgot that he existed in a heartbeat, making forgetting someone "look so easy"Viperzer0 (talk) 18:02, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

The headline "Wasteland" may also refer to the state of the life of the speaker, wasting away. Mountain Hikes (talk) 04:30, 7 October 2015 (UTC)