The comic deconstructs a snowclone or common idiom - "X called, they want their Y back." Usually, X is a year (like 2009 here), and Y is something very popular in that year that is seen as ridiculous in the present day.
Here, Megan notices a Three-Wolf Moon T-shirt that Cueball apparently owns. The Three-Wolf Moon is a shirt of three wolves howling at the moon that reached meme status when several people posted ironic reviews giving it supernatural powers on Amazon around late 2008.
Megan says the snowclone, but before she can finish, Cueball pretends to take it literally (that is, that the year 2009 actually called her) and admonishes her for not telling them about the February 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The comic was posted shortly after the latter, so it is reasonable to assume that it was created as a response to the disaster. Knowing Cueball, he's either preempting Megan's attempt to humiliate him and giving her a pretty good burn, or Cueball, being Cueball, actually thinks the past called.
The title text continues the snowclone by implying a terrible future awaits in 2017. Likewise, non-apocalyptic events, such as political protests, can generate "yelling and screaming". Given the public's general inclination to focus on the negative the prediction of a "bad future" may have worked with any date.
2017 has occurred, and the world hasn't exploded.
- [Cueball is at computer. Megan is standing behind him, looking at clothes on the floor.]
- Megan: Is this a three wolf moon shirt?
- Megan: Dude, 2009 called, and they-
- Cueball: OH MY GOD!
- Cueball: DID YOU WARN THEM?
- Cueball: ABOUT HAITI AND JAPAN?
- Megan: What? No, I-
- Cueball: You ASSHOLE!
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I was too busy trading fashion tips, and they hung up before I could tell them. Davidy22[talk] 00:38, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
The '90s called. They wanted my pogs back. But, due to inflation, they couldn't offer me enough money for me to be willing to sell. I told them my friend, Oscar, has some Pokémon stuff, but the '90s had no interest in that crap. I made the right choice to choose pogs over Pokémon. Society made the wrong one. But, I digress. The '90s are doing rather well, and they miss us.188.8.131.52 18:20, 14 July 2013 (UTC)
- The only Pokémon stuff I ever had was a bunch of pogs, so... --184.108.40.206 18:26, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
2017 called, but I couldn't understand what they were saying over all the screams. I bet it was something about them being attacked by 4 Replicants. I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 23:49, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, that title text is feeling pretty prophetic now...220.127.116.11 00:08, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
Hello it's 2017, please send help. 18.104.22.168 21:23, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
- This is 2018 calling in, you'll be alright on your own. At least for the time being. --22.214.171.124 05:05, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
- 2020 here. We're hosed. 126.96.36.199 20:52, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
This now stands as a piece of horrifying foreshadowing. Seriously, we're barely in april and things alredy look terrifying. I blame Randall for everything. 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
The screaming in 2017 was just an echo of everybody's collective screams from 2016 when almost everybody's favorite musician or celebrity died. We now refer to it as 'The Year Who's Number Shall Not be Spoken' 184.108.40.206 05:59, 15 February 2018 (UTC)
The explanation mentioned Trump, but it doesn't actually attack him too much. Good. We don't need all the Trump hate here. 220.127.116.11 22:28, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
- I've removed the sentence because Randall is no clairvoyant. This comic is from 2011 and 2017 was not only a Trump year. And guessing about Clinton doesn't explain the comic at all. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:01, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
- Shouldn't there be a  after the statement that Randall isn't clairvoyant? --18.104.22.168 20:41, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
- Well, clearly, he isn't. I mean, he was off by three whole years! But I guess you didn't know that, did you, 22.214.171.124 20:41 6 January 2020 (UTC)? 126.96.36.199 14:19, 8 June 2020 (UTC)