How to Write Fan Fiction

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Reader Comments (35)

Hey, you missed a word in the third panel: "feel free *to* throw"
You are a true comic genius :)

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRafael Cavalcanti

The typo is fixed, and Rick is the old Rick because this strip ran in the San Diego Reader, and as such had a 30 day delay.

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscott

Ah, fan fiction and gay combinations of formerly straight characters, otherwise known as "slash". Remind me why I don't read it again?

Oh, and isn't fanfiction of this type supposed to be predominantly written by women?

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

So, you've been watching the A-team on Hulu, too, huh?

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterm

Robert McCall would be daddy-o...

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Who's up for fan fic version of Basic Instructions? ...Tomorrow ....THE WORLD!!!

No matter how many time I wash it, my brain will never be clean again...

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Breen

I loved the swipe at Cussler. To write so many bad novels out of so many good ideas should be punished by law.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAtlantic Friend

I just hope that the Equalizer theme song was playing the entire time of the sweet, sweet love-making.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKnastymike

I can't believe that B.A. would cheat on Murdock like that. Now, domestic violence, that I'd believe... "Why you gotta make me hurt you, fool?"

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Thanks again for yet another good laugh. And yes, the landlord would be totally within his rights.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Great strip. I pity these fools.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I can't help but to think of the Eddy Murphy skit in the 80's when I saw this one. "You look mighty good in them jeans..."

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTyCo

AAHH! MY BRAIN! This image will never leave.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Actually, since the "squat" was never defined as whether it was a piece of land, or a building, and how long the squatters were there, it is not clear cut as to the legality. Mind you, the likelihood of anyone squatting 20 years in the modern day is less likely, but...

Oh, and wow... "sweet sweet love"... that is certainly an unexpected pairing. :P

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSquattersRights

Hey Scott..."so'd"? uhhhhhh...I think that word, at least judging by whatever laws govern pronunciation of english, would be spelled "sewed", maybe? I'm so foncused...and sickened. I listened to Eddie Murphy tell jokes about Mr. T being gay in the 80s...great combination, that and your twisted little fanfic.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Huh.... so Rick collects knives and now he writes slash fanfiction?


June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

It's a contraction of "so did." He is, in fact, correct. "So did" minus "di" equals "So'd."

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMister Atlas

uhhh...a contraction of "so did' doesn't exist in the english i learned in school...were we reading the same texts?

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

It's an informal contraction. Not really appropriate in formal writing, but in speech they're used pretty frequently.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBadger

I laughed and didn't even get it, Because I never watched the A-Team
....must of seemed funny, which is good enough for me.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

BI Needed: How to talk to someone who never watched the A-Team

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

So'd exists in casual spoken English and the dialogue here is just English as spoken and transcribed. You can't learn everything about English from school because they don't really teach slang or unorthodox uses of words which are common in speech.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I pity the fool who never watched the A-Team - and who writes fan-fiction without reading this first! :D

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersockii

If you ask me, and no one did, it should be "So d'you read it?"

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Scott, as much as I love love LOVE your site, I don't apprciate you making fun of fanfictioners such as myslef, my friends, and my twin. Please publish a public apology, 'fore Kira, NerdySkeleton, AllHailWeegee, and I swoop down and disembowl you. XO

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzyWolfe13

Just so you don't call the cops, it was a joke. We love you!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzyWolfe13

"I'd want to read it. I just wouldn't want anyone to see me reading it."

That's great.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric


January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

not ALL fanfiction has sex... but a hell of a lot of it does
i read harry potter fanfiction regularly, and it always amazes me how much anti-dumbledore stuff there is
and the sex, obviously (NEVER click on anything w/ HPLV or HPTMR in the summary!!! mind-fuck)

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterann

This comic is awesome! My new fave lol

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMesh

So much heart. So -- so much. And I want that story to exist. And that fact frightens me.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTe

I like Rick better with the long hair. He's kind of cute.

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Ah, you've managed to capture the true glory of Fan Fiction. All you need is a couple of Ninja Turtles to really round things out!

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaphne

I love Basic Instructions, but now I feel mocked...

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