Minus One
  • Gabby
    February 2, 2010

    So true. Also, I love girl’s expression in the last panel.

    Thing that also doesn’t work: Staying up later because tomorrow feels further away.

  • Jonathan
    February 2, 2010

    I used to dislike nightmares. Then I woke up out of a good dream.

  • Appropriate Clothing
    February 2, 2010

    Some people don’t even get the minus one.

  • Elizabeth Mollineux
    February 2, 2010

    One wonders what minus one might mean, too… oh. AC, here’s a hint: teeensiest bit dark. And another: got in seconds, but didn’t realize that one actually did, and was puzzled oneself…

  • rocketbride
    February 2, 2010


  • Jinmen
    February 2, 2010

    You’re suicidal. We get it. Great comic.

  • Chris
    February 2, 2010

    god, I love depression humor.

  • Steven
    February 2, 2010

    What does this comic even mean?

  • Appropriate Clothing
    February 2, 2010

    What I meant was that some people aren’t even permitted the luxury of the “minus one.” Many people do in fact wake up from sleep every time, and the absence of waking suggested by the “minus one” arrives in a more expeditious form.

    “Sleep” to be distinguished, of course, from sudden, bloody unconsciousness.

  • Appropriate Clothing
    February 2, 2010

    Incidentally, I love the prolepsis indicated by Girl’s eyes in the first panel. She knows this story even before it happens.

  • DoubleW
    February 2, 2010

    Man, stop posting spoilers! Some of us haven’t gotten to sleep yet!

  • Morgan
    February 2, 2010

    I am continually reminded that this is the best comic being made.

  • John K
    February 3, 2010

    wow…. I wan tot go back to bed now….

  • Daniel
    February 3, 2010

    You know what I love?

    I love
    the way that
    this comic
    has been written
    as if

    That is what
    I love.

  • tables
    February 3, 2010

    What a depressing place to end a run
    (oh yeah)

    Fantastic comic, Dorothy. Even though half of it is way above my head, it at least does try to get me to think. The other half is just good readin’ with a nice set of great memorable characters.

    Keep it up!

    Also one day Cat is gonna talk long enough to flood the world if storm clouds keep appearing when he goes on monologues.

  • Erika
    February 3, 2010

    Maybe you don’t wake up every time. Maybe you’re still asleep.

    But even then, maybe you’ll wake up tomorrow and realize you’re still in second grade and everything since then has been a dream.

    If that happened, I wonder if I would see it as a chance to live my life again better.

    It hasn’t happened yet, anyway. But I have had a few dreams in which my memory was reset back to a few years ago, and I had no knowledge of recent times and the people I’ve met during them.

  • Sev
    February 4, 2010

    What’s so depressing about this? Sleep is excellent. Waking up is terrible, especially when you’re not allowed to immediately go back to sleep.

  • a random person
    February 9, 2010

    To sleep, perhaps to dream…
    Perhaps Cat is worried about the possibility of there not being a minus one event. Every time you go to sleep you wake up, except that final time… unless you do wake up somewhere else? Maybe Cat, like me, would prefer not to have to face the burden of eternaly being (and what dreams may come? arg.) and finds the idea of a final permanent cessation a comfort.

  • Fren
    June 7, 2010

    Perhaps I missed the point, but it struck me as Minus One more thing Girl thought was good in the world.

  • Abdullah the Gut Slasher
    June 11, 2010

    And the moral of the story is… when you sleep, you can’t catch mosquitos, so they bite you in your sleep!

  • 1SpacyHammond
    February 16, 2011

    I have lived and I have loved
    I have waked and I have slept
    I have sung and I have danced
    I have laughed and I have wept

    And all these things but two things
    Were emptiness and pain;
    And love, it was the best of them
    And sleep, worth all the rest of them

    ~attr. Charles Mackay

  • Golux
    October 10, 2013

    I hope one day to -1 peacefully. Ways to go yet, things to do, dogs to pet, comics to read…

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