Moo wrote:I can't believe that people would not think that Randall would work a time paradox into a comic called "Future".
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
I don't see that it *has* to be a time paradox or any other kind of skiffy "time travel". *Could* be, sure. But not has to.
It could be the separation between the first and last frames is a metaphor for the emotional separation between girl and no-hair-guy. "Future" could refer to the fact that no-hair-guy wants to explore the future-to-come they could have together, but girl does not want to leave the relationship she has with has-hair-guy. (Whether girl is just happy with her relationship with has-hair-guy, or unhappy but can't leave (or thinks she can't leave) for other reasons, is another interpretation question.) "But the past was much too cramped" could be no-hair-guy pointing out that girl's relationship with has-hair-guy is really not that good, and she should leave that relationship for the potentially better future-to-come with no-hair-guy.
In the above interpretation, I can totally relate to no-hair-guy (baring the not having hair part). Been there, done that, got a freaking closet full of T-shirts.
The theme of "the future" really starting at the instant after "now", and the fact that we're "traveling" into the future with everything we do, has come up before. "Kayak
" and "Nihilism
" being the most prominent examples. I especially like the "So they kayak travels through time?" "Sure, just like everything else. It also goes over water." exchange. Sheer brilliance!
Or it could be time travel. As someone else pointed out, it could even be no-hair-guy and has-hair-guy are the same guy, pre- and post-baldness. Heck, maybe girl is *also* the same person, and she's actually from the further future after a sex-change, and she can't explore the middle future because the time machine can't cross it's path.
"All You Zombies" FTW!
It seems this comic has many possible interpretations. That's cool. I wonder if that was Randall's intent. xkcd is often subtle and multi-leveled, so I'm thinking it was.
Or maybe Randall will lurk on this topic and think to himself, "Geez, people, it's obviously $THIS. You're all weird.".