I wonder if in the last panel he should have said something like “wow, that got huge.” It seemed like such a multifaceted analogy which I pinned down solely to “people following it.

I mean, what about

“That’s the resources you end up putting behind it.”

“That’s the stampede of angry people with torches and pitchforks following you afterwards”

‘That’s the representation of the chunk of you life now gone.”

etc.

I still like the strip. :)