3: Island (sketch)

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


This comic does not present a particular point; it is just a picture drawn by Randall.

The title text may be a play on the classical "Hello, world!" program, traditionally a first program when learning a new programming language.


[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.

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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)