Title text: Plus, time's all weird in there, so most of it probably broke down and decomposed hundreds of years ago. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to get in touch with Yucca Mountain to see if they're interested in a partnership.
Black Hat is, once again, thoroughly confusing Cueball (another example of this is 908: The Cloud). This time, when inquired about a chute protruding from his wardrobe, Black Hat explains that it is a garbage chute into another dimension. Apparently these kinds of portals appear on about half of all the furniture that Black Hat buys, and he is somewhat annoyed about it. (This sounds more like something Beret Guy would encounter, although he would have reacted very differently than Black Hat.) It would be interesting to know whether all the portals lead into the same alternative world/dimension, but it seems Black Hat is not interested in visiting these worlds, instead just being annoyed about his broken furniture. (Given Black Hat's personality, this may well be a practical joke meant to mess with Cueball's head rather than an actual portal to another dimension.)
Cueball quickly realizes this is a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published book in The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. In the books, the child characters use different portals to get into the alternative dimension/world of Narnia. The children first find a portal inside an old wardrobe, and use it at least three times to travel into Narnia. Black Hat confirms his trash chute indeed leads to Narnia and explains how this is a great time-saver for him, as he can easily get rid of his trash. The Narnia books are for children and Narnia is a magical world, so Cueball is appalled to learn that Black Hat dumps his trash there.
A discussion of problems with this comic vs. Narnia chronology is discussed in the trivia section.
The "huge cat" he refers to is Aslan, a magical lion in Narnia that represents God. In his lion form he sometimes walks around and watches over Narnia, but not all the time. It is revealed in the last book that he is also the guardian of the other worlds, where he has different names and takes on different appearances, so he is actually a representation of a benevolent God in many forms.
Aslan, or any other large cat or inhabitants of such a different world, would probably be really upset that someone is throwing their trash there. He would probably try to stop this by any means necessary, including coming up through a trash chute into another dimension. But because lions are a type of cat (feline), apparently Aslan can be repelled with an ordinary spray bottle. The joke is that this is a technique used to tame small house cats; it would be unlikely to work on a lion, especially if the lion was really a deity.
In the title text, the fact that time passes much faster in Narnia than on Earth is mentioned. (Time does not pass at a constant rate compared to Earth time.) This could also be the case even if the portal in Black Hat's wardrobe accessed a different world than Narnia. So everything that is actually pushed to the other side of the portal would be disposed of very efficiently, as the trash could completely decompose within just a few Earth minutes. This would then explain how Black Hat can keep pushing more stuff into the other world: anything sent through the portal will decompose and vanish before he comes with his next load of trash.
The title text mention of Yucca Mountain is a reference to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a partially-built nuclear waste repository that has been defunded at the present time. Black Hat wants to contact those that wish to make such a repository and let them dispose of their radioactive waste through his "magical" portal, likely to make a profit for himself. If throwing trash into Narnia is terrible, radioactive waste would be far worse. Of course in Earth time radioactive materials would soon decay back to background levels of radiation. This is thus another jab at all the world's environmental problems, as is also done with all the comics about climate change. This comic could be a take on humans dumping waste in the "endless" oceans, more specifically ocean disposal of radioactive waste. This was done in the past but is now banned, as Earth's oceans are not endless.
The title text copies the idea behind the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic from October 15 2014. The button at the bottom of that comic shows a sad Mr. Tumnus, a faun Lucy meets on her first visit to Narnia, rather than an angry Aslan as suggested in this comic.
- [Cueball looking at garbage chute attached to wardrobe. Black Hat answers him from off panel.]
- Cueball: What's this thing on your wardrobe?
- Black Hat (off-panel): Garbage chute.
- [In a frame-less panel Cueball has turned away from the wardrobe (now off-panel) and he walks towards Black Hat.]
- Cueball: Into a wardrobe?
- Black hat: There's some sort of portal to a magical land in there. Half the furniture I get has them-it's kinda a pain.
- [Cueball stops walking closer to Black Hat.]
- Cueball: You dump your trash in Narnia?
- Black Hat: Yeah, it's a real time-saver.
- Black Hat: There's a huge cat in there, but I have a spray bottle I use when he tries to come up through the chute.
- If one cares about the rules of the Narnia continuity...
- If the portal travels to Narnia specifically, this comic would have to be set during the books (that is to say, during the 1940's) because in the last book Narnia ceases to exist.
- Note however in the continuity of the books, Narnia is not the only alternate world -- three of them are explored in The Magician's Nephew -- just the most famous to popular culture.
- This other world could still also have Aslan, as implied in the books.
- The wardrobe in the first book only worked sometimes, and after the first book it could never be used again. Had this been such a wardrobe then it would just fill with trash, so this could not be that wardrobe.
- Even if it was always open, it doesn't actually suck anything in; Black Hat would have to push the trash over or it would just pile up on his side of the wardrobe, defeating the purpose of the trash chute.
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