3: Island (sketch)

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Island (sketch)
Hello, island
Title text: Hello, island


The early comics sometimes do not present a particular point, but are just pictures drawn by Randall.

The title text words "Hello, island" could be a reference to the popular programming print statement "Hello, world". Usually, the first thing you learn in programming is to make a program that prints out this text.

"Hello, <inanimate object>" is also a phrase used among socially disconnected people (such as nerds) in an attempt to be "cute", feigning stupidity, perhaps because it is one of the few strategies that has worked for them to garner a positive social response on occasion. The statement expresses acknowledgement of the existence of something else, while subtly anthropomorphizing it. It can be used to fill the social role of commenting on a presented item, when one lacks the creativity in that domain to come up with a comment that holds meaning. It's something nerdy people say, perhaps subconsciously to bond over how their social experience differs from what is commonly portrayed as the norm.


[A color sketch of an island.]


  • This was the 3rd comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Island"
  • Original Randall quote: "I draw these a lot."
  • This was one of the thirteen first comics posted to LiveJournal within 12 minutes on Friday September 30, 2005.
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.
  • You can kinda see a women as the island. Kinda.

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It looks a bit like Saba, in the Caribbean. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It's a hippo

I think the bumps on the top of the peak make a look like a hippopotamus-shaped island. 19:48, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Is it just me or is the title text explanation trying to say something? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

This looks a lot like the island with an old airfield in Kerbal Space Program. 09:15, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

The first beta release of Kerbal Space Program was in 2015, this comic is form 2005. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:44, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
I know. Clearly Randall is a time-traveler! (The beta release was in 2011, by the way.) 13:31, 22 November 2018 (UTC)