44: Love

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This one makes me wince every time I think about it
Title text: This one makes me wince every time I think about it


This comic expresses the view of a love that is unbalanced and unequal. And how one form of love can be painful when closely examined.

It is customary for people in a romantic relationship, when one makes a declaration of love or affection, for the other to make a matching declaration. However, instead of continuing Cueball's escalation by saying the expected response "I love you more!", Megan stops and agrees with him: he does love her more than she loves him. This leads to an uncomfortable dynamic in the relationship. The final frame shows the couple standing in silence.

In the title text, Randall expresses how this comic is shockingly stark in its portrayal of love.


[Cueball and Megan stand facing one another.]
Cueball: I love you!
Megan: I love you!
[Same scene as before.]
Cueball: I love you more!
Megan: Yeah.
[Beat panel.]


  • This was the 21st comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Wednesday's Drawing"
  • There were no original Randall quote for this comic.
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.
    • Of those comics drawn on such paper, this is the one with the highest number released on xkcd.
    • But it was an early comic that got a different number after the transfer to xkcd.
    • The last comic on such paper was, by release-date, 39: Bowl, although it is likely that 36: Scientists was released in 2006, which would make it the last.

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This comic made me go OOF and wince. SilverMagpie (talk) 05:29, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Now, that's epic. 22:01, 7 September 2021 (UTC)