How to Deal with People Who Stand Too Close When They Talk to You

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Reader Comments (32)

Sadly, I have a friend like this. She decided to disprove a rumor that we were gay by speaking about two inches from my face with her arm around me. We are friends no longer. This strip is just amazing =)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercoffe whore

This is a good strip...I should show this to my friend (who stands creepily close to me)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChels

Heh, the wet willy comment came out of nowhere. LOL. I should find out where in the world a wet willy is a act of endearment - and never go there...

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIronman

I prefer Portia de Rossi without the mustache.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Wet willy ... hahaha, I learnt something new today :P (for the record ... English is a foreign language to me, also the "right to tell them to back off..." is sadly most foreign to me ...).
And thank you, you made my return from a short vacation a lot easier, nothing like some basic instructions in a row to cheer me up ... and my sister actually enjoyed your book, after many years, at last, I gave her a present she liked. Are you working on another book for the next Christmas? :).

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

This comic is HOTT.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK.T. Slager

Don't stand
Don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me ...
... or I'll be watching you
- Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE

I consider myself to be a "man of the world" being aware of such things as "changing at Baker Street", "Roman shower's" and "Chutney lockers".

But I had managed to over look the "Wet Willy".

Thank you for broadening my cultural horizons.


January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXusia of Delos

Wet Willy AND breaking the frame?

I approve.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Another day another brilliant BI !

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLenny

I'm thinking a wet wlly is less rude in the US than in the UK? I was rather amusingly shocked by this for a moment before I thought it must be one of those 'fanny' type translations.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaz

As far as I know, a wet willy is sticking your tongue in someone's ear... just in case people are REALLY getting the wrong idea :-)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEva

I consider myself to be a “man of the world” being aware of such things as “changing at Baker Street”, “Roman shower’s” and “Chutney lockers”.

Um... what are these?

And awesome strip! I don't know anybody who does this to show it to, though... :(

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

Wet willy... that's something entirely different in the UK...

And, because of that, it becomes even funnier.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

@ Kaz,

I think a wet willy means licking your finger and sticking it in someone's ear. I'm also from the UK and have never heard anyone say this except on TV or on the internet, so it's probably an Americanism.

Without knowing the phrase 'wet willy', the comic must create quite a different impression! (For those who don't know, 'willy' is slang for a certain part of the male body...)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

I have no idea what it means in the UK, Kaz (don't bother explaining. will ask my friend in London later). Here it means licking your finger and sticking it the other person's ear. I've had the "fanny translation" explained to me before. lol

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

OMG I'm guessing that a "wet willy" in the UK better be something done in private or you'd get arrested! LOL. And Justin, your comment made this funny strip even funnier! Amazing!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

The "now hold still" line is even better when you put the UK translation of "wet willy" to use.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Tat wet willy came from nowhere. Can be interpreted differently depending on where u r from.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMumbai

Scott, what makes your strip so amazingly good is that it's being read by people around the world and you are educating everyone on our rude American slang and behaviors - and as a bonus, we rude Americans get to learn of rude slang and behaviors from other countries. Would someone please tell us what “changing at Baker Street”, “Roman shower’s” and “Chutney lockers” mean?

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

What makes the last panel especially funny is that you're probably reusing a pose you'd already drawn. Brilliant!

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStevil

@ BI Fan

I'll refer you to where all three are accurately defined. It's probably best I don't explain the details here!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Gotta love urban dictionary.... i think i like "changing at Baker Street" the best... gotta love london

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissMelony

Finally got your book. I'll send a picture of me doing something aweful with it.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatty O

Wish I didn't have such a crazy sense of curiosity. Yeah, I went to Urban Dictionary and looked 'em up. :cough: So much for the sheltered child I once was.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

@ Susan: uh, yeah...
@ Phil: thanks for sending me there; sorry I asked and I hope I can stand to be left in the dark in the future!
@ XoD: EW! You thought a wet willy was as gross as those slang expressions! Gawd!

To all else, boy am I glad to be an American!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

@ Matty O
I know that coming from you that is no idle threat!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscott

Ever go on Urban Dictionary and look up you or your friend's names? It's great!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChels

I HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT when folks get too close to talk. I used to work ina printing shop, and it was an everyday burden

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaid

I've been reading through these from the start, but I hadn't commented yet. I wanna say that this is one of the funniest webcomics I've read! Anyway, I have a supervisor that always stands way too close when talking... I've always been too afraid of losing my job to say anything to him, much less say anything about wet willies.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJake

I have a friend kind of like this. People think we're lesbians because she always get super close to my face when having a conversation and has no concept of what personal space is. She always want to hug me and hold my arm. I guess there's nothing wrong with hugging and holding my arm, but it's just the manner in which she does it that really irks me. It's really irritating because I am not gay (there's nothing wrong with being gay, I'm just not gay). She's not really that great of a friend so I don't if I should just end the friendship or not.

June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

This is the kind of thing I do when I want to tell someone something that's supposed to be unnerving.

Like: "Do you like my exgf..?
...well, her father is the Sheriff."

July 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging
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