How to Come Up with the Perfect Joke

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Reader Comments (27)

Is it entirely necessary to spam the RSS feed with old comics while you propagate them over to the new system? I love your comic, but you're costing me $.05 every time my phone gets an RSS alert. If you can't avoid it, would you please let us know how long until things get sorted out again so we can resubscribe later?

November 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUHmmm

Dunno, Rick doesn't seem to fit in there (does he know the boss? and why?), another one of the bosses underlings would have been a better fit.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

Hi,
Just wanna say I love your instructions. The new site looks great. I guess the book is selling really well :) . All the best and keep instructing and prosper....

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChhama Chenkual

In order to read the text on the new website, I have to "select all" to highlight it- otherwise it blends in with the background. Am I the only one having this issue?

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

@ M. Mohling--

What a rude comment and wasted opportunity to launch the comments on the comics in the right way. Please refrain from sharing your criticism of free and hilarious comics in the future.

@Scott Glad to see you taking the site to the next level. Can we expect to see a strip on how to deal with stupid blog comments soon?

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Love it! Keep the instructions coming, the new site rocks.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnemone

@Michael - the text is showing fine for us on IE 7 and Firefox. Black on a white background. What color is the text/background for you? And what browser are you using? Hmmm.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissy

I love the new look of the site. Keep up the good work!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwritingrunner

While I do prefer the old site, this new style isn't bad. However, I miss the old 4X4 knowledge plank logo! It changes it somehow, having him actually *say* "You will learn!".

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterashuri2

good comic this week. been a fan for a long time. like the new site.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhoplite14

@ashuri2 - I miss the "learner" looking at his watch; it made me laugh every time. I can understand, though: new site, new look...
Looks fantastic, Scott (and Missy, who I assume is the web site designer and not a pet name for Scott). Congrats!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

> I miss the “learner” looking at his watch; it made me laugh every time.
I concur.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

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December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSquirrel Hacker » links

I have Firefox. The text comes in as a medium grey -about the same color as the background text. I have no "backgrounds" or text boxes visible- just text floating on the "how to make a repeating background" background.

BTW- I do love the strip. I have learned a great deal...

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMIchael

I wanted to make a reference to the cartoon these comments, but couldn't think of anything that didn't make me sound like a pervert. So i decided to just make a comment about how i like your cartoon in general. Luckily for me, this is exactly what every other comment is about. Except the first one. Congradulations on creating irony.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZournon

Michael - do you use Adblock? The "element hider" could be working against you here... try disabling adblock and forcing the page to reload (shift-F5).

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Good, I'm not the only one who feels dirty when there are bikini-clad high school students drumming up business for their car wash.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

The link to ".....Fine Poncho" in the Download page does not work. I am really looking forward to getting that to use as wallpaper on my computer here at work. Love your comics!

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBudMan

@BudMan - fixed the links.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissy

Just plowed through the archives over the past couple of days and man I am impressed! This is a fantastic comic... very funny :) Bookmarked! One question: How often is a new comic published? Once a week? Twice? Whenever Scott feels like it?

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEpilepticMoose

@Chuck: What the crap, dude? That was perfectly reasonable constructive criticism.

December 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTim McCormack

all you people that feel "dirty" at high school car washes - screw you. It's people like yu that make me hide in my deep depression with my schizo self

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

I just feel sad.....

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDa Linz

As a former high school student working at a car wash, I can assure you that I felt dirty too. It's pretty much like an escort service. With car washes instead of a "date".

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfairywaif

*laughs* Owww.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTe

she could be a senior in high school meaning she could be 18.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterl

I can assure you that I felt dirty too

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjabpid

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