How to Counter the Old "There's Something on Your Shirt" Trick (Original Edit)

So, here it is. The original, unedited version of "Something on your shirt". As you can see, the edits only applied to the narration. If you don't know what I'm talking about and are angry that I'm repeating a strip, please check out the posting on my news blog titled "I did that! I did that! That's my fault!"
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Reader Comments (6)

I'll be trying to memorize this one for future reference. :D

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Diabolical, did anyone else think of the puzzle gamer from Gamer Tonight?

If not, it's possibly the perfect voice to use for it.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Yep, I am going to pull that variant of it found in the 4th panel

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcalasari

How is there no comment referencing the hilarious tribute to Ray Stantz here?! I, sir, salute you and your funny comic.

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCuriousGeorge

So, can someone link to the "non-original" edit or the "I did that! I did that! That's my fault!" blog entry? I would like to compare the differences with the other version.

Note from Scott: Sadly, I switched web servers after the blog post in question, and that post didn't make the transfer somehow. Alarmingly, I can't remember what the issue was myself.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYntec

The Wayback Machine reveals three relevant blog entries at

The two entries before the "I did that", and then this text that was headed with the "I did that"


Well, what can I say? Mistakes were made… by me.

I should have named the posting something less confusing. I shouldn’t have been so vague about what might have been different about the strip in question. Most egregiously, I shouldn’t have assumed that just because my web browser displayed links with an underscore that other browsers did so as well.

The strip in question was "How to Counter the Old "There's Something On Your Shirt". The thing that was different was not that I repeated art work. I do that all the time. It was not that the jacket was buttoned. I wouldn’t have wasted your time with something like that. It also was not that some of the art extends beyond the panel borders.

The difference was in the text.

I haven’t posted about syndication in awhile, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been going on. I’ve been in contact with a representative from a syndicate, a very nice woman with impeccable credentials. She suggested a means of editing my text that greatly reduced my wordiness, and when I tried it, I found that the strip still worked. She showed it to her colleagues, and they agreed that it worked. The last step, in my opinion, was to see what you all thought.

I posted an edited version of a new strip to my site unannounced, and nobody mentioned the change. I took that as a good sign, but I that didn’t mean nobody noticed the change, just that they hadn’t said anything. So, that’s the “anything unusual” I was referring to. I wanted to see if anyone noticed the change. That’s all.

Many people have expressed the concern that I might turn my strip into something that sucks in exchange for a chance at “the big time.” I do not want to be responsible for making crap, and this fiasco was part of my effort to prevent it from happening.

For the record, this editing method working does not mean that I’ll get syndicated. It just means that I may have found a way to make the strip slightly more accessible. On Sunday I’ll post the original version of the strip.

Thanks for your time.


So presumably there's a version less verbose somewhere in the world of lost pixels and bits.

Speaking of lost bits - if this site would happen to outlast the wayback machine, here's the two previous entries, kind of mashed together.


Art Imitating Life
This strip was inspired by a guy I work with who points at my shirt ALMOST EVERY DAY, trying to get me to look. I've never looked. That's what drives him on. My shirt has become his white whale.

All of the humor is drained out of it now, not that there was ever much humor in it to begin with. Every day he comes up, pokes me in the chest and says "you've got something on your shirt."

I look him in the eye and say, "I respect you a little less every time you say that." Then we both laugh a slow, mirthless laugh.

Sometimes, as he slinks away, he tells me my shoe-laces are untied. Jokes aren't supposed to make you sad.


A line is crossed
Unless there's something else I'm not able to remember at the moment, the fourth panel of this strip is the first time I've re purposed a joke from my old stand-Up act for use in a comic.

I've just always liked that joke.

On an unrelated note, did anyone notice anything unusual about this strip?


Links did get stripped, which might make things harder to read, but then odds are nobody is doing that to this comment anyway.

October 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikolai II
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