1: Barrel - Part 1
|1: Barrel - Part 1|
Title text: Don't we all.
The comic shows a young boy floating in a barrel in a seemingly endless ocean. It comments on the unlikely optimism, and perhaps naïveté, people sometimes display. The boy is completely lost, it would seem hopelessly alone, without any plan or control of the situation. Yet, rather than afraid or worried, he is instead quietly curious: "I wonder where I'll float next?"
The title text expands on the philosophical content, with the boy representing the average human being: wandering through life, with no real plan, quietly optimistic, always opportunistic, and clueless as to what the future may hold.
The isolation of the boy may also represent the way in which we often feel lost through life, never knowing quite where we are, believing that there is no one to whom to turn.
This is the first in a five-part series of comics whose parts were randomly published during the first several dozen strips. The series features a character that is not consistent with what would quickly become the xkcd stick figure style. The character is in a barrel.
The full series can be found here:
- 1: Barrel - Part 1 (this one)
- 11: Barrel - Part 2
- 22: Barrel - Part 3
- 25: Barrel - Part 4
- 31: Barrel - Part 5
- [A boy sits in a barrel which is floating in an ocean.]
- Boy: i wonder where i'll float next?
- [The barrel drifts into the distance. Nothing else can be seen.]
- This is the fifth comic originally posted on LiveJournal. The previous comic was 2: Petit Trees (sketch). The next was 24: Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey. View archive here.
- Original Randall quote: "He's fairly upbeat about the situation!"
- 1 North, 48 East from comic 1110 is a reference to this comic.
- A more realistic description of the behavior of a barrel in water is here: Wired Science: Should Dwarves Stand Up in Floating Barrels?