How to Develop a Personal Alternative to Waving

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Fantastic! I only wish the guy in panel 4 looked more freaked out. :D Because he totally should be, with a greeting like that!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Well it just seems that he's trying not to step on the last nerves of a man who's clearly a few shots shy of a slide.
I'm not sure what that means, but I'm trying to insinuate that Scott is crazy.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersmackofham

I appreciate the Buddy Christ pose in the last frame. Sneaky 'Dogma' reference.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermepex

No, no... the guy in the fourth panel has clearly assumed the 'protect the vulnerable bits but don't look worried' pose.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMattF

Giggling like a madman here. That 4th panel is epic.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaleel Velankar

Ric is right, they're all awesome. LMAO!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOlliesMom

You did not cover the "Nod"

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

i could see a whole strip about "how to decide between an upward-nod or a downward-nod".

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterb-train

What about a sequel with geek greetings? Live long and prosper!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob Snell

Looks almost like Buddy Christ in the last frame...epic.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCmdrKeen

Rick in panel two and Scott in panel 4 are priceless. I'm still laughing. Great job!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScottdogfl

I haven't got past panel two, yet. Fuck! That's funny!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

I've always found a half-hearted salute is pretty effective, comes from a slight military-obsessed phase as a kid. Failing that, "Helloes!" minus any gesture seems to work.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob

"Shooty fingers" is the best description of that gesture I've heard.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKnastymike

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August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwitted by adityab

Is a pity you can't see the guys other eyebrow in that last one, I am sure at least one of the two should be raised. In the o_0 expression

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThisIsWhoIAm

I think the guy in the final panel might be into it. That's why he is not freaking out. Watch out Scott you might have a new "Fan".

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIntenseBordom

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Scott, the ephasis in panel one doesn't show up that well for me. But good Instruction nonetheless. (you forgot to add the "clicky sound" to go with the pointy fingers, and could've included the eyebrow wiggle, but that might overwhelm the four panels)

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrattle Assassin

Prattle beat me to it... I didn't see the emphasis until it was mentioned and I looked again, and then I had to resize it and look again. Funny strip anyway, like always

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDirk Angry

Ya know, Jason's right, you should do one one on the 'slightly uncomfortable nod.' You know, the one you get from the guy that's just leaving the copier as you approach, who you don't hate or anything, but you don't hang out together and don't really feel like getting into a conversation but don't want to appear rude.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

That is TOTALLY the Buddy Christ in the last frame...intentional?

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

That, my friend, is a complicated maneuver known in my social circle as "The Triple Threat". Emphasis on "Threat".

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjumble

In panel 4, it looks more like Scott wants to do something indecent with his thumb, while holding a gun to the guy's head and is winking for an approval ? I bet he's done that before. How else could he think up something like that anyways? Man, that's a funny one today. Can we get that greeting on a t-shirt? It just screams "Let's Party !"

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Oh wow! Another awesome strip. You really make me laugh out loud, not just snicker quietly to myself. I swear you're the champ of multiple punchlines!

And James Yeamans' idea of a T-Shirt with that greeting is a good one.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

My friend and I came up with the same combination. We joined it with pelvis-forward hip wiggling, shoulder-rolling, looking over glasses, and added some lip licking for good measure. It is the creepiest dance ever created.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersoap

That was an amazing and artful use of the pose on my infinitee! Amazing!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

...where did the guys glasses go

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkris

The nod was kind of covered on the third panel of "How to Greet People".

http://basicinstructions.net/?p=389

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWes

That last panel cracked me up!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDale

the last panel made water squirt out my eyes - sooooo funny.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

It's a different guy

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

perfect way to greet people: give them the DEATH GLARE and right before they say anything, say, "boxers or breifs?"

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzyWolfe13

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3rd panel was the best xD

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNiri

i would wear the "HEY!" greeting in frame 2 on a tshirt, or on a bumper sticker across my butt...or maybe i would just use the greeting...come to think of it, i do that sometimes, but i usually follow through with smiting someone (smiting is fun).

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Oh my goodness, I think this is my favorite so far. I laughed out loud at work in an open office environment and had to quickly pull my hands over my mouth to stop. Thanks for the laughs today!

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Wow, that had me laughing for a good minute or two.

"They're ALL awesome."

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Man, I love it when a new pose shows up and it turns out to be something crazy hilarious.

And for those of you who probably remember the panel 4 pose from a previous strip: shhhh. Don't ruin my fun.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

I'm in tears. I haven't laughed this hard in years.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGus

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