The wisdom of crowds

By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  September 26, 2007

With that, Sharpies were distributed and the fans took their turn with the pen. Among the comments scribbled on the new last “panel” of the comic were “xkcd is made of people,” “First post?!,” and “I came all the way from NYC to have my dream come true.”

Later, Munroe was 10-deep in a throng of geeks, autographing everything from a Rubix cube to an exposed breast to a picture of two buffalo mating.

“The comic said that no one was going to show up,” said Munroe, an unassuming-looking guy in a striped green T-shirt. “On the other hand, you draw the comic and other people get the same idea and maybe that is how things do happen.”

Adrian Sud, a 21-year-old UMass-Amherst student, says it was a happy ending. “All the fans, if nothing had happened, we would have been perfectly content. But something happened, and that just makes the world for us.”

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