How to Learn the Error of Your Ways from Three Ghosts That Visit You on Christmas Eve

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Reader Comments (35)

Good for you! Otherwise you'd need that vest on all the time.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac

The smoking jacket will deflect bullets, I'm sure of it. On a non-smoking-jacket note for once, this comic had me laughing from the word "M.C. Ghost" until the very end. Loved it.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKira

And like a true comic of Christmas past, this is copyrighted 2008...

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Williams

I love that the "three" ghosts are all YOU, Scott! Dickens would never have thought of that, nor would he have dressed "future Scrooge" in a radiation-deflective (or is that -absorbant?) codpiece. BRILLIANT!

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

btw, for all of you "newbie" Basic Instructions readers, PLEASE read back through the archives before commenting on your confusion as to who the players are in this strip! You'll get it, I promise.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Ah the codpiece... I was wondering how long it'd be before a re-appearance.

Kind'a sad R.A. Rocket Hat wasn't properly "equipped".

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Do you seriously wear a smoking jacket in the present‽ If so, that's very cool! I was cracking up at "They all seem so sad" along with the facial expression.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGregory C

One of the funniest in a while (which is saying a bit, since they all are brilliant). I especially love Rick's poem :D

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilje

A classic ... you had me at " ...euthanized."

Can anyone point me to the strip where someone (I presume his boss) suggests that Scott has had his hair removed because it could be a weakness; Scott's reply is that in the case of his boss it would indeed be a weakness. It's not a strip in the book. I've had a quick look in the archives but MY boss has just come back in the office so I'm working too hard to make a thorough search.... No, it isn't urgent but someone might just know....

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie

Just how much fun can you fit into those 4 squares. Don't you have any limit ?

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob du Tigre

Your ghosts might be giants!

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Vander Stichele

Awesome. Completely full of good things for those who have read the archives. Pure gold.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

My question is, will the codpiece and the smoking jacket ever make a simultaneous appearance on the same Scott? Or would the combination be too unstable and provoke a rift in the time-space continuum?

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPuddin'head

Oh God, the TMBG-shirt younger you, the smoking jacket(!) present you, and the protective codpiece future you all in one strip! Hil-(deleted)-arious all by themselves, man. The added digs at Rick's poetry, friendship and self-esteem are just lagniappe and add to the hil(deleted)arity. Was this a present for us faithful, loyal readers? Because it was a great one. "Euthanized," LOL.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYes, I am Tubby

Four panels of Rick bashing. That's a bit more hostile than usual..

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

Okay, what, it's time for you to stop reading this strip and posting comments. I'm sure Izzy already has her army of homeless soldiers hunting you down to eat your soul. Izzy?

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Sorry, Mike, without perusing every single strip, I can't find it either. The search engine doesn't recognize strength or weakness or hair in any combination but I think it may be because it's searching the comments/blogs rather than the comics themselves (it may not be capable of searching the comics, since they're probably posted like photos rather than words). I tried, though. Maybe Scott or Missy will remember the title...

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

It's obviously a sports codpiece, as he's wearing an extreme codding uniform.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterExeter

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February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhat’s Buzzing? »

the only thing missing is the Santa costume in panel 4 (oh yeah, and pirate space monkeys...scott? hint, hint. must I remind you that they won't bite your toes? I would throw in some Moxy Fruvous tickets as bribery if I knew for sure that their career hadn't been stolen by another band.)

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Can it be?
Are there really two completely new facial expressions in this strip?
Hooray for Christmas :D

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAna

It's "How to Better Yourself", from October.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

It's How To Better Yourself. And it's not his boss who said it, but Rick.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOracle

my homeless people oare on their way . . . watch out, they can FLY!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

Awesome on so many levels.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

no... read the archives and you'll see. I think Scott has shown us that in life, as in art, there really are only a handful of expressions that we ever use, so why waste our time making up new ones? although, I for one, would love to see the stare-down look revisited. ;)

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I have to say this, for sure its me, but I like a lot more the old BIs, I realized it rereading some.

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

very very original!

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Thanks Grace. Sorry I took so long to reply. Much appreciated. I see Scott is now using this strip as a panel for a tee shirt. Did you ask him too? I don't think I did.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Boy

your past self is a TMBG fan?! sweet! flood was an awesome album, too.

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeafy Greens

I took a drink of water befroe reading this comic, and had to quickly swallow it before a spit-take ensued.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfairywaif

I laughed so hard at "The Dignity Limbo" that everyone in my house was looking at me like I had finally snapped

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjrobinson

In panel two, was “that business” comedy? Because if so, you’re both still doing it, only in comic strip form. Well, not now that the strip has ended. Hmm.

March 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity

Did Rick sell "The Dignity Limbo" to Ludacris?

June 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRicco Fleming
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