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Reader Comments (32)

I want a 'Fun and Laughing In Las Vegas' t-shirt - NOW. :)

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I enjoy the "about the author" on the last panel.

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRvo

You must create "Fun and Laughing in Las Vegas." I would buy that book SO HARD.

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSwitchbreak

That third panel is an *amazing* concept shot, Scott. I love it!

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim McCormack

Brilliant, as always.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I haven't laughed that hard in awhile. In all honesty, I really wish that book existed now!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven M.

i've had this idea only i wanted to do it for political texts. "your first guide to liberalism" and "a primer for budding maoists" etc.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteryes

@yes:
Tom Tomorrow did something like that (see "The Very Silly Mayor")

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

I'm reading the "Young Readers Edition" of Michael Pollan's _The Omnivore's Dilemma_ with my daughter right now...it's actually a pretty useful and carefully done adaptation.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

Your idea is to take other people's ideas and profit from them. Eh, It's been done. that's funny.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Others have said it before me, and surely more will after I leave this comment, but:

Best third panel EVAR!! That was freakishly inspired.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

That third panel was solid gold!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThompson

I was somwhere in the middle of the third panel when I got the giggles...hee hee hee hee hee.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

dude, you totally PWNED your boss in panel four!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

you have an evil mind sometimes

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Yeah, I think the third-panel concept's gold, too.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDN

There's at least one joke in every panel! Man, some webcomics don't even have one joke in their entire strips. You're too generous.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEarlofthercs

I didnt really get the third panel, maybe cause im not from the USA

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermetalmark

@metalmark
See "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120669/

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrzndaqiri

We can't stop here this is boogieman country

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCowwan

Are you promoting drug use to children?

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Yes, James. The dialog box just behind mullet-boss's head reads: "Clearly, you and I both feel strongly that all children should use drugs." It's hard to see, but Scott made it that way on purpose so that only people who can get drugs to children could read it. You, Sir, have a good eye.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

who needed to bring up where the wild things are, g.i. joe, and land of the lost when we now have 1.5 generations of reportedly otherwise adult people watching harry friggin' potter like it was God's gift to fantasy movies and twilight like ummmm...just yech!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

To Jiggly: Are you aware that J.K. Rowling won the Hugo Award for her writing with the Harry Potter series? In my opinion she is THE best British fantasy author since C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Here's a list of others she's won:
Prizes and awards
1997 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) (9-11 years category) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 Carnegie Medal (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 Children's Book Award Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) (9-11 years category) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1998 Primo Centro per la Letteratura Infantile (Italy) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 Sheffield Children's Book Award Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1998 Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year Award Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1999 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1999 Children's Book Award Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1999 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1999 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) (9-11 years category) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1999 Prix Sorciere (France) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1999 Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year Award Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1999 Sheffield Children's Book of the Year Award (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1999 Whitbread Children's Book Award Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2000 Carnegie Medal (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2000 Children's Book Award (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2000 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2000 Sheffield Children's Book of the Year Award (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2001 Children's Book Award (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2003 British Book Awards Book of the Year (shortlist) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2003 WH Smith People's Choice Award Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2006 British Book Awards Book of the Year Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2006 Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books (best book for readers aged 8-12 years) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2008 South Bank Show Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award

How's that foot tasting, Jiggly?

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrumpkin Baggins

Haha, i second the third panel motion :)
Excellent comic for the day.
Trumpkin, sorry to hear about her problems. I keep Rowling books around the house for in case our loo paper runs out.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarlon

Aw man, nothing changes my opinion about people than getting achievements for a work of theirs cited to me in a wall of text.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrypkille

Trumpkin: Winning awards really doesn't reflect on quality of work. Many brilliant authors, painters, directors etc have been highly undervalued in their time while vastly inferior works have received great praise and acclaim.

I think it's also worth noting that most of those awards are for "children's books", which pretty much means "anything that gets kids to read, regardless of quality."

October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

The third panel is pure genius.

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterR.C.

Third panel, he has to be yawning, he has to be!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrisCo

I'm not saying Harry Potter is bad, but I think that that J.K. Rowling seems to draw attention away from other maybe more talented authors. Just because she's won a lot of rewards doesn't mean she's a good author.

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Wow, the comments about Twilight lasted eight pages, whereas the discussion about Rowling was dropped before we're even to the second.
So there is a difference between Rowling and Twilight fans. Rowling fans can drop it.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

It's too bad MHB got a sensible picture for the back cover. I imagined he would have preferred the photo of him with his cat.

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2009/5/10/how-to-live-with-a-disturbing-memory.html

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen

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