1042: "Never"

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1042: "Never"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:13 am UTC

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Mouseover caption: I'll never forget you--at least, the parts of you that were important red flags.

Looks like Randall's channeling A Softer World today. Although I wonder why he didn't go all the way and make it actually look like A Softer World.
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:28 am UTC

First thought: "what the hell is a ufe"

Is it bad kerning if it looks like there's nothing to kern?
I'm going to step off the LEM now... here we are, Pismo Beach and all the clams we can eat

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby 907Code-G » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:35 am UTC

I think we can let him slide on the kerning. Pass it off as stylized.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby saus » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:35 am UTC

This seems like a copy of a previous xkcd comic. Same punchline. I don't quite feel like searching through 1000 of them though.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby glasnt » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:36 am UTC

Sigh, depressing relationship comics.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby lesmana » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:40 am UTC

For the song version of today's comic, see "No Children" by the Mountain Goats.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:46 am UTC

Similar theme and tone to some others we've seen before:
Why Do You Love Me?
In The Trees
I had a feeling there were more recent ones as well; still looking :)
Edit: Ah! Wasteland
Nowhere is also related, but let's face it, riding on a dinosaur would be pretty awesome.
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Kithplana » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:53 am UTC

It would have elicited a slight chuckle, bearing as much resemblance to some previous comics as it does, had Randall not pulled it straight out of my head. With pliers. Maybe.

So I lol'd.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby muntoo » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:01 am UTC

I don't get it. (Assuming it's supposed to be funny. Or a reference of some sort.)

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Alex-J » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:08 am UTC

scarletmanuka wrote:Similar theme and tone to some others we've seen before:
Why Do You Love Me?
In The Trees
I had a feeling there were more recent ones as well; still looking :)
Edit: Ah! Wasteland.


I agree on the first two, but I thought Wasteland was different. I thought Stick Figure was trying to forget about someone he loved/cared about, not some one who he wanted to forget because he disliked them.

I thought Wasteland was more like "Forgetting"

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Retsam » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:38 am UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:First thought: "what the hell is a ufe"

Is it bad kerning if it looks like there's nothing to kern?

Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame that Randall's kerning has gotten so much worse since he made a comic about it.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:04 am UTC

Well not just romantic relationships. Almost any relationship gone south, basically.

"I will never forget you, although I try very much to do so on a daily basis. My psychiatrist recommends medication. I'm not sure to which one of us he's referring to."

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Randomness » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:06 am UTC

Retsam wrote:Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame that Randall's kerning has gotten so much worse since he made a comic about it.


What an interesting assumption.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:11 am UTC

Alex-J wrote:I agree on the first two, but I thought Wasteland was different. I thought Stick Figure was trying to forget about someone he loved/cared about, not some one who he wanted to forget because he disliked them.
I thought Wasteland was more like "Forgetting"

Fair enough. I think Wasteland is a little bit more ambiguous though.
Editing my original post as I find more...

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby keithl » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:18 am UTC

The stick figure is looking at his own reflection while saying these things. Is this about a paired relationship, or the end of narcissism?

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby hthall » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:37 am UTC

keithl wrote:The stick figure is looking at his own reflection while saying these things. Is this about a paired relationship, or the end of narcissism?


It could be where he dumped the body.
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:05 am UTC

Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame that Randall's kerning has gotten so much worse since he made a comic about it.


I want to say he dug his own hole, but that would be assuming causation where I see only correlation.
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby RyanfaeScotland » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:19 am UTC

Retsam wrote:Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame that Randall's kerning has gotten so much worse since he made a comic about it.


I know, it's like when ever I get a new car it's great but then whilst I'm driving I notice a lot of people have went out afterwards and bought exactly the same car as me.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Eshru » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:56 am UTC

What I wouldn't give to give this comic to my ex.

Lol

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:11 am UTC

I'm trying to view this comic as the world being upside down and he's talking to outer space. He's the guy sitting on the couch in the comic "dark flow"
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:24 am UTC

Retsam wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:First thought: "what the hell is a ufe"

Is it bad kerning if it looks like there's nothing to kern?

Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame that Randall's kerning has gotten so much worse since he made a comic about it.


it hasn't got worse, you just learned to notice it, I guess Randall hates us all.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Orlando » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:48 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:I'm trying to view this comic as the world being upside down and he's talking to outer space. He's the guy sitting on the couch in the comic "dark flow"


I think I like this interpretation best.

Later that month, something out there in the stars was pulled towards him. It twisted and squeezed and tried to cram itself into a passably humanoid form, keeping up the charade for far longer than even it would have though possible. There were slips, of course, which Stick Guy picked up on as little oddities in his overall strange love. The occasional stumbles into vastly differing national accents. The odd muscle twitches where no muscles should be dense enough to noticeably distend the skin. The quiet scrape of a skin sampling machine when the creature presumed him to be asleep...

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Invertin » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:14 am UTC

Haha, I like this one. I don't get how people say it's depressing, most people who have ever tried romance have made a mistake and chosen the wrong person, and my first relationship was definately one of those people. It's just a fact of life that romance is a lot more complicated than anyone assumes at first and thus, mistakes are made, and it's not sad or depressing, it's just something we've got to accept and laugh at because hahaha she was a crazy bitch and how on earth did I not know that

no regret, just laugh at your past self because he's a moron :D

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Garciat » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:56 am UTC

"or whom I build a life with"

Am I wrong? I think I am.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby SirMustapha » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:06 am UTC

Retsam wrote:Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame that Randall's kerning has gotten so much worse since he made a comic about it.


There were some serious problems with Randall's handwriting before the Kerning comic, and people did complain about it. The difference is that people didn't call it a "Kerning problem". They just called it bad handwriting, which it is.

The worst thing is that the typographic problem in the Kerning comic isn't even with kerning at all.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby SoaG » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:13 am UTC

Hi Randall! I see you've met my ex-wife. :lol:

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby hwillis19 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:46 am UTC

That's either a really small lake, or an alarmingly large rip in space-time.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby DarCK » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:10 pm UTC

I regretfully regret to in form you, your regret is here to stay.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Nylonathatep » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:33 pm UTC

I know someone that I can say this to... Thank God she's no longer in my life anymore :)

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Apeiron » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:42 pm UTC

You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby dexeron » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:57 pm UTC

I'm just glad that the protagonist of this strip FINALLY broke up with Armus. Talk about a disfunctional relationship!
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby Nylonathatep » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

Apeiron wrote:You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.


"I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby EpicanicusStrikes » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:35 pm UTC

Nylonathatep wrote:
Apeiron wrote:You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.


"I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D


Aw, man! Now I 'got clowns in my coffee.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:39 pm UTC

Garciat wrote:"or whom I build a life with"

Am I wrong? I think I am.
You're not wrong, technically, except that few people actually talk like that, and the ones who do probably wouldn't end their sentence with a preposition like you just did.
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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby rgbysgt » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:03 pm UTC

anyone else think of the black pool resembling the "Skin of Evil" aka Armus from TNG? you know... the one the killed Tasha Yar... I know I would certainly never forget the parts of that thing that were important red flags

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Skin_of_Evil_(episode)

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby menace101 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:20 pm UTC

I don't think there has been a comic that's hit home as close to this one before. Oh past relationships.. While I remember being miserable, I'm quite glad they happened though. The lessons learned have led to quite a happy relationship now. =]

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:28 pm UTC

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
Nylonathatep wrote:
Apeiron wrote:You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.


"I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D


Aw, man! Now I 'got clowns in my coffee.


Funniest thing i've read all week, kudos to the 3 of you.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby dp2 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:44 pm UTC

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
Nylonathatep wrote:
Apeiron wrote:You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.


"I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D


Aw, man! Now I 'got clowns in my coffee.

Clouds. Unless you were referring to Nylonathatep and Apeiron.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby entangled_mess » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:55 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
or whom I build a life with"

Am I wrong? I think I am.
You're not wrong, technically, except that few people actually talk like that, and the ones who do probably wouldn't end their sentence with a preposition like you just did.


He's not wrong about that either, despite what those grammar snobs think. It's a myth that you can't end a sentence with a preposition. The only time it is frowned upon or could be considered incorrect is when the preposition is superfluous. In "...whom I build a life with," the "with" is necessary and okay. It is usually preferable to construct a sentence with the least amount of grammatical gymnastics possible, even if it means ending a sentence with a preposition (which is fine) or--gasp--splitting an infinitive (which, shockingly, is also fine if it would mean having to completely reconstruct the sentence in an awkward way).

You're probably correct about them refusing to end a sentence with a preposition, as it seems that most grammar snobs actually don't understand English grammar as well as they think they do. They're the same people who insist on correcting people when they say, "I'm good," even though it's more correct than saying, "I'm well." (Unless you are referring specifically to your health, of course.)

Assholes.

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Re: #1042: "Never"

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:04 pm UTC

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
Nylonathatep wrote:
Apeiron wrote:You're so vain, you probably think this comic is about you.


"I'll bet you think this comic is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" :D


Aw, man! Now I 'got clowns in my coffee.


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