First Class

First Class

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First Class is a comic by British artist Dan Martin, in which a boy says pickup line during an introductory class on flirting. Online, the comic has been widely used as an exploitable template in which the boy responds to the teacher about a variety of other humorous subjects.

Origin

On February 27th, 2017, Martin released a comic titled "First Class" on his webcomic Deathbulge,[1] in which a grade school teacher announces that "flirting" is now a subject of study and asks a young boy in the class what he would say to a "hot piece." In response, the boy says the pickup line "Do you believe in Santa or should I smash through your chimney dressed as something else?", causing the teacher to stamp his face with multiple "A+" marks (shown below). That day, Deathbulge posted the comic on his official Facebook page, where it gathered upwards of 11,000 reactions, 6,800 shares and 850 comics over the next two weeks.[6]



Spread

On March 5th, 2017, Redditor Kiar75 posted the comic to /r/funny,[5] where it gained over 7,600 votes (92% upvoted) and 100 comments within four days. The following day, Redditor sky12 posted an edited version with the child saying "Holy guacamole," which gathered upwards of 2,300 votes (98% upvoted) within four days on /r/me_irl.[4]



Also on March 6th, Redditor DefinitelyNotSikho posted a version of the comic featuring Anakin Skywalker's love confession from Star Wars: Episode II to the /r/PrequelMemes[2] subreddit (shown below, left). The following day, a Runescape-themed version of the comic was submitted by Redditor blbGolden to the /r/2007scape[3] subreddit (shown below, right).



On March 8th, the comic was posted in a thread on 4chan's /pol/ board, where many users posted edited variations of the comic (shown below).[9]


File: flirting is a new class s(ig (525 KB, 750x716) ■Anonymous (IDCMOes)雪03/08/17(Wed)09:54:40 No. 115743227图: 115743317>>115743376 22115743388 Pece te e oKlxCceP l 115743501 115744050 >115746992 Okay /pol I saw this thread yesterday and it didn't yield any good results. Prove that /pol/ isn't dead. >> J Anonymous (ID: aaMVCcPG )1.1 03/08/17(Wed)09:56:03 No.11 5743309 >>115747011 >>115750653 >>115750675 File: Firestarter.ipg (437 KB, 750x71 >>|■ Anonymous (ID: AnTE D11 03/08/17(Wed)09:56:17 No.11574331 7、>>11 5744243 RrbulZ 115743227 (OP) RARE Anonymous (ID: aalMVCcPG )1103/08/17(Wed)09:57:11 No. 115743361 File: perdit ipg (423 KB, 750x716)

That day, a version of the comic about "meme short selling" was submitted to /r/memeconomy[7] by Redditor eagreeyes (shown below). On March 9th, Redditor dr4gonfru1t submitted a blank template of the comic to /r/memeconomy,[8] where it received upwards of 770 votes (97% upvoted) within 24 hours (shown below, right).


ok class, meme short selling is now a school subject the goal is to tank the value oftell the class how you would a meme with low quality contributions end this meme to tank the current value horatio, get up here cabbage DEATHBULGE.COM OkAY CLASs, FLIRTINGLET's START WITH ANF SoME HOT PIECE is NoW A SCHOOL EXAMPLE, WHO WANTSCAUGHT YOUR EYE, SUBJECT So IT S TIMETo GO FIRST? TO GET SMoOTH. WHAT WOULD You SAY? Jose! GET UP HERE DEATHBULGE.COM

Templates

OkAY CLASs, FLIRTINGLET's START WITH ANF SoME HOT PIECE is NoW A SCHOOL EXAMPLE, WHO WANTSCAUGHT YOUR EYE, SUBJECT So IT S TIMETo GO FIRST? TO GET SMoOTH. WHAT WOULD You SAY? Jose! GET UP HERE DEATHBULGE.COM

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External References

[1] Deathbulge – First Class

[2] Reddit – /r/PrequelMemes

[3] Reddit – /r/2007scape

[4] Reddit – /r/me_irl

[5] Reddit – Smooth

[6] Facebook – Deathbulge

[7] Reddit – short selling 101

[8] Reddit – Does this template have potential?

[9] Archive.is – /pol/ thread

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