This Squid Row comic was from 2009. It's sort of a look back for tomorrow's toon which looks back. Randie and Ryan were only best buds here... friends being together, doing stuff together. Tomorrow will be fast-forward to them BEING together. (Lots of backwards and forwards going on here!)
As a side note... Forbes reported last year that according to a study conducted by The Chronical of Philanthropy, the richest Americans are donating less to charity, while the poorest are giving more. In a way, this cartoon reflects that.