How to Help someone Recognize Their Faults

One day I thought to myself "Why don't I write something to make Ric smile." This comic was the result.

I really don't know what Ric did to deserve a friend like me.


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Reader Comments (37)

Finally a sensible use of powerpoint.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrorschak

Extra points if you upload the "Rick: The Case Against" presentation.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

Parents = society?

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I'm now contemplating creating my own "Big List of Can'ts" for my friends. I can't wait to see the appreciative smiles on their faces.

Hilarious as always, Scott.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan


October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

This is great! I love your ability to convey sarcasm in text. All four slides made me laugh...

but softened.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoboSnake

"Attached to rest of Rick."

"Supports rest of Rick."


October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersleepygamer

Too funny- all four panels! Nice way to give Rick the finger: Love the bar graph! And you're right, what did Rick/Ric do to "deserve" a friend like you?

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPensacola Bob

perhaps he would have handled it better if you provided handouts & biscuits?

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhiterabbit

> and in a sense, it is
Shouldn't Scott say that? For him it would be a snappy retort to be expected, for Rick this degree of insightfulness doesn't seem to fit the situation. Well done anyway, let the bon temps rouler.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

2nd panel is hilarious lol

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteratec

is it "rick" or "ric"?

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme

It is actually possible to be too smart for your own good. For example; I know almost exactly how screwed up I am at any time. I can even figure out why. This knowledge just makes me more depressed.

Also, pretty people occasionally end up with self-esteem problems because they can't be sure any compliment they're getting is sincere.

And those rich CEOs? Imagine having to make decisions that will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Imagine having to fire large amounts of those people, knowing their lives will be thrown into turmoil. Imagine one of thousands plant manager in a country halfway around the world slacks off on safety inspections, a catastrophic accident happens, and you end up fired and unemployable. Yeah, stress free, alright.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonn

Great comic Scott. Thnx!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleader

softend or softened. I've a feeling there may be a difference.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess Hurchist

Another vote for uploading whatever you've got. Hey, we could help! We can guess what else is wrong with Ric and help fill in the rest of the slides!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTullia

It's funny - I'm sure panel three is supposed to be "softened," but considering the arrow pointing at Ric's butt, you did give him the "softend version."

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNora

I have a notebook PC. I had to press my face as close as possible to the screen, squinting, and compressing my jugular vain against the keypad to make out the PowerPoint. So worth it. :D "Attached to rest of Rick." lmao. XD

And just for the record Rick I think Scott is way too hard on you. ^^ I, however, am also a sixteen year old girl, who lives in another part of the country so perhaps my opinion of you is not that important in the grand scheme of things.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCally

Absolutely hilarious! I love the ones about Rick. He must be a pretty cool guy to remain your friend after all you've done to (help) him.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

The second panel is a true gem.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStaneslav

I think Rick is sexy. Actually I'd only date him to get close to you, Scott.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuli Carvi

I can't believe how many trolls you got on your comments board. Keep up the good work man.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdontlistentothehaters

You know, you can totally use the bar graph on a T-shirt. It doesn't even have to have anyone's name on it.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKasekine

Ohh Boo Boo Hoo Hoo! Poor poooooor CEO's! Most of them don't care about anybody who can't afford a membership at their $100,000 a year golf club, the few of the rest know much about running any business, let alone big ones.
Show me a CEO who actually cares about the people he's laying off, and I'll show you a CEO of a genuine small business (as opposed to fortune 500 corporations that have fewer than 50 employees on their payroll, but sub-contract to companies that have 20,000 workers in China, so qualify as small businesses)

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee


Your relationship with Ric is quite amusing. Ric did a fantastic job in your books with what he wrote about you as well.

Good work, Scott.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

But, but, but... I LIKE Rick's poems! And I'd also date him--at least once--soft end or not.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdonna bobonna

Scott, You need to stop making these kind of Basic Instructions. When you are eventually found murdered, the police will have a tough time sorting through all the suspects with motivation.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikeS

The second slide is over the top...

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJimm

So, PowerPoint can be useful, after all.

Ratio of respect to poems written... priceless.

I'm going to go read some Vogon poetry.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

So did it make Ric smile? And is Ric short for Richard?

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrisL


Powerpoint humor is a largely untapped fountain of humor. (Unless you count Graphjam)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

I love the silhouette of Ric in the third panel...

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereuph777

Normally I'd praise such a hilarious comic, but I'm too afraid to do anything that encourages you to become my friend. LMAO on the 2nd panel, though!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPumbaa

Can you please show us slides of this presentation?

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterContrajoe

This is awesome. Ric is awesome.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

the graph in the last frame.
I died.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkira

You used powerpoint without clipart? What is this?!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSebaschan

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