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Friday, October 7, 2011

Comic 961: In Memoriam

Title: Eternal Flame; alt-text: There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return.

I held off on reviewing this because I thought that maybe, MAYBE, Randall would do his tribute on Thursday and post another update on Friday. Silly me.

Still, what's to say about this? Not much. It's well done. It's simple. There are no wasted words, no forced punchlines, no irrelevant setups, no art failures, no nerd pandering, and the timeliness is spot on. It reminds me of classic xkcd, before Randall started trying too hard.

It's a good comic.


  1. The explanation for his not making a Friday comic, from a post of his on Google Plus:

    "I suggested I'd be putting up a fourth comic tonight, but I was up until about 8 this morning drawing the Steve Jobs comic (and, before that, getting a bunch of new t-shirt designs done, which I'm really excited about). What with the pigeon debacle and a bunch of doctor visits today (nothing bad), I think I'm too sleep-deprived to do anything but argue about dinosaur taxonomy on the internet. Accordingly, I'm just going to call #961 an early Friday comic, and start fresh after I get some sleep."

  2. i hate randall, what a pretentious twat

  3. Funny how he managed to take a nominally clever, thoughtful and timely comic and manage to retroactively contextualize it in such a way that we now hate him for it.

  4. Shouldn't this have the 'no joke' tag?

  5. No Mr. Hat troll? No one pretentiously arguing that Apple products are hipster diarrhea? No one making a bad pun and having their arms sliced off? I wonder what Randall's wife is adding to his coffee, such that he would be so chemically castrated to the point of allowing a perfect troll opportunity to pass him by.

  6. You commenters are dicks.

    1. I have come from the year 1990 to say this:
      I agree, you guys are dicks