How to Cope with Jealousy

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Reader Comments (50)

Thank you Scott - a perfect comic.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Love it. I've written up a brief recollection about Brian May and astronomy.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermph

I believe the word is "Envy"
"Jealousy is an emotion and typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, such as a relationship, friendship, or love. Jealousy often consists of a combination of emotions such as anger, sadness, and disgust. It is not to be confused with envy." - Wikipedia
"Envy (also called invidiousness) is best defined as an emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it." " - Wikipedia
Just doing my job to educate the world on the two words' original proper meanings.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Peter Weller also plays guitar and trumpet for real.

Man. Now I gotta watch that again.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSt. Chris

You have 20 seconds to comply... [bullets spray within seconds] ...I lied. That Robocop, what a scamp.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I just thought I should mention that your website's lack of obvious newer/older comics link is quite hostile to my casual browsing habits. I know that as an artist you are likely not a programmer but do realiize that this massive usability failure has cost you at least one casual reader and likely many many more.

Thanks to things like the webcomics plugin for wordpress and peer pressure issues like this should have died out, seriously this is something you need to address.

I now have new ways of making my friend feel worse about his shortcomings. Thanks, Scott!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteven M.

According to Wikipedia, May received his Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 2007 at the age of 60. He was working on his thesis in the early 70's but stopped when Queen starting to become successful. As a member of Queen, he contributed the songs "We Will Rock You", and "Fat Bottomed Girls". He is currently the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevil's Advocate

A top 5 B.I. of all time, I was chuckling loudly at every panel.

Rick (Ric) is good at poetry, obviously. :D

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCally

Just in time to coincide with me watching Buckaroo Banzai on Netflix.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Queen, Buckaroo Banzai, and Ren Art in a single comic? How DO you do it? Awesome.

On a side note, I knew a guy in college who dressed like Dark Man for about a year - trenchcoat, fedora, the works.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I had heard that they were in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smartest rock band???

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Alwayas a good strip!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRomenique Zedeck

hehe, another good one. Sometimes it is not jealousy but feelings of inadequacy. Which results in the same downward spiral.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

"random reader who happens to be a web dev" needs to learn to use a simple website. He should also pull that stick out of his ass.

Scott, ignore the naysayers, especially Rick and snot-nosed alleged web devs.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHurrXDurr

It's funny as always. Panels 2 & 4 are especially funny.


Also, I would LOVE to see another strip that makes the readers/fan base the punch line of the joke.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterContrajoe

Actually, I'm pretty sure he's NOT distracted by beautiful women throwing themselves at him. The name of the band is QUEEN, after all.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Keating

I think it's obvious the Hong Kong Cavaliers were the world's smartest rock band.

Speaking of Buckaroo Banzai, has anyone ever explained why the closing credits for Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou are taken directly from the closing credits of BB?

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B Traver Adolphus

Peter Weller is an adjunct faculty member of Syracuse University and is finishing a PhD from UCLA. Just to add to the angst.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

I think I may have been your exact target demographic for panel 3. I was pounding my desk with delight, and nearly spat out my sandwich.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeth

As if I didn't love this comic enough, now you have cited to my all-time favorite movie. In high school, I tried hard to find red glasses to match Buckaroo's. I guess I was, in the end, lucky to have failed.

Thanks, Scott!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

so what is the one thing that Rick is barley good at?

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

great, now all i need is a strip explaining how to cope with the misuse of words ;)

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaf


I just thought I should mention that your website's lack of obvious newer/older comics link is quite hostile to my casual browsing habits. I know that as an artist you are likely not a programmer but do realiize that this massive usability failure has cost you at least one casual reader and likely many many more.

Thanks to things like the webcomics plugin for wordpress and peer pressure issues like this should have died out, seriously this is something you need to address.

Is this guy serious? Does he mean Previous/Next buttons? Those are there, and they are pretty easy to spot if you take two seconds.....

Maybe there should be a "How to Spot the Obvious" comic.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeast

Dear, "random reader who happens to be a web dev "
I dont know what you would call "Casual browsing" or "Older/Newer" comics link,
BUT i clearly see, back and next comic buttons, a recent archive on the side, and a full archive link at the top.

So either learn to use them and put some -effort- into this or just dont come back and stop trying to grief people.

That or learn to specify, because personally i have no idea what you ment.
On a side note, Hilarious comics!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerc

With great power comes great responsibility.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJL

Sam: Not to put too fine a point on it, but language is defined by how people use it, not by how dictionaries decide it should be. Nobody who reads this comic will be confused about the intent, so I don't see what the problem is.

After all, the original meanings of "proper" - from the latin proprius - are "own" (as in "my own") and "special, particular, characteristic". The modern meaning of "accurate" only originated when people began using it in that sense. Exactly like how jealousy is now used synonymously with envy. Funny how that works.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

Another hilarious 4 panels!

People, please, never use Wikipedia as a reference. It hurts.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

random reader who happens to be a web dev - Do you mean the 'Previous Instructions' and 'Next Instructions' buttons directly below the comic?
Because they totally exist, and are there. I promise.

Admittedly with all of the padding at the top of the page they are just off the screen on page-load if your resolution is 1680x1050 or less , but c'mon they're only one scroll wheel click away.

Maybe consider aligning the comic with the top of the search bar, Scott? Theres quite a bit of blank space there, and apprently it's enough to confuse and irritate people...

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArtemis Depthcharge

Haha I love panel two! "That poor, poor bastard" indeed.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChare

To the web dev guy:

Click on Archive, all the comics are listed in chronological order. It's not hard and you don't need to be a douche about it.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRev

The "web dev guy" might be a Linux geek like me. This "new" website doesn't seem to render properly in my versions of Firefox or Chrome. There are no navigation buttons, and I get the impression (from the comments when this version of the site first went up) that the website looks a lot better to others. I do have the "Recent Instructions" box and the menu bar at the top, so I don't think I am actually missing any content. I remember how much of a PITA the last host was, so I am fine with the new layout, especially now that there are 50% more comics per week! Maybe because Scott doesn't have to mess with the site as much? I very good trade, if you ask me.

Anyone who would pass up this hilarious strip because of the formatting had no sense of humor to start with.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNIP

Oh, that poor, poor bastard.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"Hey, hey, hey, hey there, we don't have to mean...remember, no matter where you go, there you are" - Buckaroo Banzai

And in the immortal words of Pee Wee Herman, WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!"

Totally FTW! Thanks for this morning's chuckle.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeejcctx

@random reader who happens to be a web dev
What's so hard to understand about "previous instruction" and "next instruction"? You can't be a very good web dev (or anything else) if you can't figure out a super-simple interface like this one.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

Let's see if we can locate relevant items on the page. There's a next and previous instructions link underneath the comic. (We'll see how obvious it is where it doesn't show a "next instructions" when you're on the most recent one).

There's a list of recent instructions to the right of the comic.

There's an archive link above the comic.

Web dev guy is the one looking at his watch in the upper left of the page.

Loyal readers are holding the Knowledge 2 x 4.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrelevant items on the page

beast, I have been reading this comic for a long time and I never spotted those buttons until I read your comment. maybe Scott really should do How to Spot the Obvious. :facepalm:

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLissa

Love the comic Scott! You should increase your exposure, this could easily be a huge commercial success if more people knew about it‮.‮

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter‮‮J

Holy crap! There ARE "next/prev comic" links!! I'm glad "random reader who happens to be a web dev" had his/her douchy little rant because I seriously would not have noticed those if you guys hadn't pointed them out to him/her it it was driving me a little crazy. This comic is too good to let that minor inconvenience desuade me from reading, however. :-)

Cheers!!

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD-to-tha-G

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