How to Tell a Scary Story

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Reader Comments (37)

Interestingly enough I've always heard it called a Native American burial ground. Almost sounds more mysterious that way.

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJN

Win, pure win...

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaine

Do not interrupt me with your outdated, racist assumptions! Another great one. You are on a roll, Scott!

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

This one made me lol out loud!

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick

But....I thought that "The details are not important!"

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack

That was literally laugh out loud funny!

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteven M.

Immigrant Indian burial grounds do sound less mysterious...

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterasdf

"Shallow graveyard". I love it!

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

ROTFL: "If they all died, who buried them?"
Genius!

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreeble

"Bereaved, but budget-conscious"
You never cease to amaze me, Scott!

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

I'm half Inuit half and gwichin ( Indian )and it's not racist to say Indian.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Jazz hands panel 4 - why?

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

Head on Collision with Columbus! Brilliant!

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

They actually have a native american burial ground in a graveyard in Moundsville WV. I guess they built the graveyard around the burial ground.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Story telling jazz hands!

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHurrXDurr

Couldn't we just call it an Ancient American burial ground?

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The Native Americans buried them of course, face down so they would be looking towards their home country.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFox k

Okay! So it was an ancient indian ash pit! Can I go on please?

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBooger

My name is Gooooooptaaaaaa

Priceless...

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlimFlam

it's weird... people of mixed Native American ancestry I know hate the term "Indian" while full blooded ancestry hate the term "Native American"

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I love this comic, man. I almost never comment, but I've been reading for a long time now (thanks to Wil Wheaton's post about this in his blog). You're brilliant.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFabio Bittar

love, Love, LOVE the hand action in panel 4... also, the phrase bereaved but budget-conscious.. lol.. always look forward to your strips so very much.. thanks for what you do :)

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

Yep, panel 2 is brilliant in this one.

Alternative title: How Alf Garnett Tells A Scary Story

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoorslammer

Those darn objecting teens nowadays, always rain on the parade of a good composite scary story ! Love the recycled Scott poses such as the classic "Pointy handed Scott" but my favorite is "Jazzy Hands of Fury!" of panel 4, albeit mirror imaged ! Great Strip !

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

yeah then who burried them, or failed to cremate them? probably the owner of the local motel , Mr. Pattell.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

We say "Red-dot Indians" and "Feather Indians" to differentiate between groups.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSundown

The guy's even shaking his palms for extra spookyness in the last panel

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimonificatio

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInigo Montoya

I think you should have gone with: "My name is Boooooooodaaaaaa!"

Come on! That's perfect.

/Maybe people don't know Buddha is an Indian name??

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

"What's with the hand action ...?" "The guy's even shaking his palms ..."

Hand action? The guy?

Whiskey, tango, foxtrot? Over.

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

Reminded me of "How to calm a frightened child"

"Please Stop! I have podlings!"

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

"they would have eventually had a head-on collision with Columbus" lmfao.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBelimoth

Dammit. Now every time I hear or read the name Gupta, I'm going to think of Jazz Hands Scott. Thanks a lot.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

As an (Asian) Indian, I can tell you that "My name is Gooooptaaaa" is one of the least scary lines ever :)
Brilliant! Totally loved this comic. :)))

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSameer

Loved the comic! ...If anyone cares, the latest politically correct term I've heard is "American Indian." "Native American" fell out of favor when it was realized that everyone born in this country is a "native American" (as opposed to an immigrant)...

Anyway--as usual, great work, Scott!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

i enjoy these comics i read them to my friends everyday and they think Scott is the funniest person they have ever heard of!!!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHiya

What was that other strip with the story about the remorseful ghosts from the racist-white-dude cemetery and the family they're trying to apologise to? I thought this was it, but it wasn't. I'm looking for it.

Note from Scott: I think you mean this one.
http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2009/8/19/how-to-create-an-original-story.html

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

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