How to Be Patient

The response to my announcement about stopping production of Basic Instructions has been just amazing. Sitting here at my computer, it’s easy to forget that there are real people out there reading these crazy things I make. I’m touched that so many of you care about the comic enough to miss it. More than one person has told me that they are adults now, and have been reading the comic since they were kids, which makes me feel great, and very, very old.

I’m looking at turning my subscriber list into an opt-out mailing list, which anyone will be able to join. I don’t know for sure what all I will do with said mailing list. I’m still bouncing around ideas. I promise it won’t be anything overtly sinister. 

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Reader Comments (21)

Mullet Boss wins! I, uh, I don't know if I'm comfortable with that.

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Never stop BI. I love this so much.

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I'm pretty sure this is my last company's entire business plan...

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPanglor

I just want to say,
Scott, you are my favorite author/comic. I have been loyally reading your comics and books since high school. Being out in the world for a few years now, I can appreciate the humor on a much deeper level.
You have inspired me in my own writing career, which has technically yet to begin officially, however, is progressing.
While I am saddened by the end of Basic Instructions, I am happy for the re-running, as I have been wanting to go back and read them all again in a new light, and this will give me the opportunity to do so. I am also happy and interested to see the "blog" posts that will accompany them because pretty much anything you write interests me.
Keep being awesome, keep writing, and may you live long and prosper.
-River

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRiverWolford

I see now that one very small advantage of having a Mullet Boss is that he makes everyone else's hair look better.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

"I knew we'd get here if we didn't put our hearts into it!"
Add me to the list of people who need to remember NOT to be drinking liquid while reading this comic. (At least I managed not to soak/ruin my laptop this time...)

Panel three for the win, although--once again--the whole strip is right on target. Also--once again--this reminds me of my own workplace, perhaps a little too well. (Except for the part about getting more money... but the attitudes are pretty much dead on!)

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I'm going to miss Rocket Hat and the Knifeketeer.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCary

Well if you're not going to do anything sinister, then I guess I miht as well opt-out.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDev Null

One of the very few strips I love, it would be criminal if it were to end.
CRIMINAL, I SAY!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStefing

I miss one freaking post and Scott resigns.

I can be patient, how about one comic a month and the rest re-runs?

There must be a few more "Girls who like smokers are prone to other risky behaviour" in your head. I just need you to keep posting, why? "THE DETAILS ARE UNIMPORTANT".

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

Another great comic! I'll be sad to see BI end.
First ASW quits and now you, too.. it's just horrible. Then again, with less comics to read, who knows what I can't achieve with all that time saved...

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPjotr

"I promise it won’t be anything overtly sinister. "

Said Mullet Boss.... :-)

(serious note: if you have European subscribers, you should have it opt out or you'd be in breech of European law. They won't go after you, but some random dude may decide to "SWAT" you, Euro-style)

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWow

You aren't allowed to stop production of Basic Instructions.

However...you may decrease production to meet your needs.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterme

OK, so if my "creativity" 2x4 in the previous comic comments doesn't convince you, why not just re-run BI, but create a new one whenever you have some inspiration? Instead of a day job, it'd be a break from your new day job! Wouldn't even need a schedule. There are random-schedule webcomics out there (e.g., Order of the Stick).

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Covertly sinister would be much better.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJaymz

The money you need but not the money you deserve.

I started reading Basic Instructions thanks to Scott Adams advertising it. I'm glad he did because Basic Instructions is one of those few comics that makes more than just smile; audible chuckles are usually emitted.
Well done for sticking to this comic for so long. Hope you enjoy writing the next chapter of your life.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterash

I just realized... Soon every BI will have an old copyright date!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrb

This has been my favorite webcomic for years. Can't believe you're leaving...hard to imagine anything ever replacing Basic Instructions.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Holy poo! I missed that announcement. This is terrible news. Every since Steven Notley stopped trying and Bob the Angry Flower stopped being funny, Basic Instructions has been by far my favourite comic. I bought print copies of all the collection.

Let me add my voice to crowd asking you to think about slowing instead of stopping. You could do one a month or (better, probably) just one whenever the heck you feel like it. I suggest that because a while back I got burned out on feeding my (co-written) blog Sauropod Vertebra Picture Of The Week, until we realised that we don't have to stick to the "of the week" part -- we can do what the heck we want. That proved very liberating.

Anyway, whatever you decide, you have my best wishes.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike Taylor

Well, I have to say I'm sorry to see B.I. go ... I read it all the time. But I appreciate that you realize that this particular well is drying up and are moving on to other creative outlets. Maybe the well will fill up again sometime down the road.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBuck Flicks

Wait, what? I missed that! I don't think of it being that long that I've been reading BI, but I guess I've been around since the Adams Experiment....which means that lots of folks would have had time to graduate high school. Yikes indeed.
I live in Seattle and grew up in Eastern Washington. Your comics are perfect. Since I didn't always recognize all the reruns, I guess I'll have to just read the archives, 3 per week.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCassiSu

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