How to Announce the Imminent End of Your Comic Strip

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Reader Comments (108)

Good luck. It's been fun.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRalph

We'll miss you, Scott! I hope you'll be willing to come back and do occasional BI one-offs when inspiration strikes. :)

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Good! I mean that you're going to publish older strips in order, I mean. That will take six years, by which time you should be all refreshed and ready to take on a whole new raft of topics. Have fun with the writing!

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve H

I'm glad you put this in your comic since I only read you in my RSS feed. Sorry to see you go, I've enjoyed reading. Thanks.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid, Chandler, AZ

Are you finally going to learn how to draw now without using pictures with a transparent sheet on top of them? :P

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWim ten Brink

Or, you could pitch a TV series based on your comics to all the studios, with the assumption that Rick will be played by Chris Parnell and everyone else will be played by it doesn't really matter who. Then you could get fired from your own show like Dan Harmon from Community, and a studio could ruin it!

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCovarr

For a moment I had a weird feeling that I was reading the re-runs this whole time, before I noticed the copyright year stamp at the bottom of the comic. Best of luck in your future endeavors

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSome guy

This is a sad day, sad day indeed...

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterA.D.

Announcements of import, my favorite

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

A sad day. :(

I have enjoyed your comics since very nearly their inception.

Good luck and good skill on your novels.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentero_0

Sniff ;( We'll always have ponchos ...

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterprophet

Good luck Scott. I will miss your humor ... six years from now.


p.s. I am imagining you and Gary Larson, living it up together on the French Riviera. :-)

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

Scott, have you prepared yourself for the onslaught of "the copyright year is wrong" messages when the "classic" BI strips start running? I mean, it is tradition...

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAustin Travis

Thanks for ten years of Basic Instructions, Scott!

(I did, in fact, already know. I still very much appreciate your work.)

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNoah

All good things must come to an end, but hey re-runs! Plus if you do decide to sneak a new comic in we will be able to tell via copyright dates hahahahhahahahha

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertrollerskates

Awwww. So sad!

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNik

First, "For Better and Worse," quit in 2008, and now this. I READ NO OTHER COMICS!!!

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTlalocW

Good luck and all the best! Any chance of you putting up the occasional new comic if inspiration strikes?

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I am sad. I've read every one, since the beginning. But I can see how writing the superhero comics, and drawing your boss' hair over and over, could get old (is he even still your boss?). I'd love, before you shut down for good, to see pictures of the people that each character is based on side-by-side with their caricature.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermoe hong

Will you also be rerunning the reruns, or will you only be rerunning each comic once?

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBratmon

Even in repetition, your comics are the best cure for the blues!
Thanks for this decade of insights and yucks, and best of luck for the future.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOlde Edo

And once again, let me suggest an omnibus print edition of all of Basic Instructions. Unless you go absolutely nuts with the price, I'll buy it.

Ave atque vale.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

It's been one hilarious ride Mr. Scott. I now must procure and read your novels as fast as possible, lest I get the shakes.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

NNOOOO it's still 2 days left here, don't post this now! It makes me sad :(

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Scott. I often end my day by reviewing the last few comics from basicinstructions. I never go anywhere else. No, not even there. Thanks for the laughs.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger

As someone who has been writing novels professionally for over 16 years, I can honestly say … "Go back! There's no food here! There's no water! GO BACK!"

On a more sincere note, I will miss Basic Instructions. But I hope you live long and prosper in your new chosen vocation.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Mack

This makes me sad. But I have forgotten the comments at the beginning, so the reposting will be ok; I guess.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStev0

Wishing you all the best. Thanks!

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeniy

I'm looking forward to seeing this very comic run again in six years. Question is, will Scott follow through and then run them *yet again*?

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRubrick

That is some bullshit, Meyer.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMeyer

Awww. Knew it was coming, but still.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Well, it's official now. Thanks for everything, and good luck!

P.S.: I'm trained to never laugh out loud, but the third Rick-response got an audible chuckle out of me!

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarkus


You know it's not April, right Scott?

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Parting is such sweet sorrow... Good luck on your future journey.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWerdna

Sad as I am again at this announcement, the reruns will be some consolation. They mean I will once again be able to gaze upon the luxurious smoking jacket and the fingertips carefully and precisely touching each other and the delicately sinister slant of the eyebrows. Thank you, Scott. May novel-writing go very very well.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

How will I go through life without Basic Instructions?!!

Scott, I will miss Basic Instructions very much. Your instruction manuals have guided me through countless difficult situations where I was lost, confused, or unsure of myself. (I have not yet needed the guidance about what to do about the inevitable invasion of the moon men or how to deal with fellow superheroes, but you never know.)

Thank you for ten years of fun!

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGreeble

Best of luck!

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

Oh well - at least I still get my "fix" albeit in greatly diluted form.

Better than going cold turkey I suppose.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Sad Basic won't have new material, but glad there will be reruns. Perhaps you could do an occasional special edition?

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Awww, darn... I will miss the new strips.

Good idea on the reruns.

Good luck with the writing. I for one will at least check out any book you put out. Preferably SF.

Note from Scott: Thanks! You may already know this, I can't tell from your comment, but I have already put out four novels, all scifi. Just sayin'.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLothmir

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