Title text: My brother had a ferret he loved which died since I drew this strip. RIP.
The fact that Cueball lies about his goal could be a commentary on abandoning dreams to avoid confronting societal expectations.
"RIP" in the title text stands for "Rest In Peace", from the original Latin "Requiescat in pace" as derived from a traditional Catholic burial service. The initialism or phrase was commonly placed on gravestones to indicate the hope that, in whatever existence the deceased now finds him- or herself, he or she may have peace. It has become a frequent motif in cartoons to indicate the death of an individual or character, which has likely contributed to its widespread use to denote the passing of a person, pet, or even abstract concept in popular culture, outside of Catholicism.
The ferret returns in 31: Barrel - Part 5.
- [A ferret with airplane wings on it.]
- Friend: Why on earth did you make those wings? You don't seriously think they could let your ferret fly, right?
- Cueball: I... of course not.
- Cueball: That would be pretty dumb. It's just, uh... ...a Halloween costume.
- Friend: oh, okay.
- Friend: Besides, who would want a pet to fly anyway?
- Cueball: Yeah. Pretty lame, huh?
- Friend: Anyway, let's go play video games.
- [Friend leaves.]
- [Friend is gone, and Cueball is looking at ferret.]
- [Cueball imagines ferret flying over the ocean near the beach using his makeshift wings.]
- Randall's original comment: "My brother has a ferret. He holds it like that and generally adores it. I have to concede that it's pretty cute, if smelly."
- This is the nineteenth comic originally posted to livejournal. The previous was 19: George Clinton. The next was 21: Kepler.