Looking for a comic I saw on MetaFilter November 11, 2015 10:58 AM   Subscribe

Several years ago (three years, five years, maybe more...) someone posted a comic here that I'm trying to find again. I'm not sure if the comic was the subject of an FPP on the blue, part of an answer on the green, or part of a comment on the grey. I'm hoping someone can help me find it again.

The gist of the comic, as best as I remember it:

* About a young man who went to (I think) Stanford
* After graduation he had trouble finding a job and making ends meet
* Had to hide from his roommates because he was behind on the rent
* Was working at a bakery (?)
* Decides to become a blue-collar worker
* At the last minute, gets a temp job somewhere involving computers and is introduced to the Internet
* The last few panels are several years later, he's a successful web designer

One thing I distinctly recall is that at one point he's about to type up something (a resume, the beginning of a story..?) on the back of his diploma. I believe there was also some digression into how he and his friend used to read OMNI magazine when they were kids, but I could be conflating that with something else.

I don't remember if this was a standalone webcomic, part of a larger story arc, or a non-webcomic that was scanned in and linked to.

Hopefully someone else remembers this and can help me find it again.
posted by ralan to MetaFilter-Related at 10:58 AM (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I think you're looking for The Guy I Almost Was.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 11:02 AM on November 11, 2015 [7 favorites]


Yes, that is it exactly. Thank you. Done in one, as they say.
posted by ralan at 11:07 AM on November 11, 2015


4 minutes. Hive mind must be distracted today. I blame Fallout 4.
posted by radwolf76 at 11:22 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


I blame myself.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:31 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


I also blame IRFH.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:36 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Obama!
posted by Splunge at 12:01 PM on November 11, 2015


I blame it on all the fuss that baby hitler has been getting.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:19 PM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Someone should go back in time and burp baby SSchickelgruber.
posted by Oyéah at 1:24 PM on November 11, 2015


I blame the pagan coffee cups. And IRFH, but that's just a given.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 7:45 PM on November 11, 2015


I love that comic so much. When future cultural historians are trying to explain how worldviews changed over the course of the 1990s, they can point to it.

THIS PANEL RIGHT HERE -- that's literally how I thought the world would operate when I grew up -- how I imagined things already did operate. I just didn't realize until Patrick McFarley showed it to me.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 1:23 AM on November 12, 2015


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