How to Criticize Someone You Respect Deeply

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Awesome last panel

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I can't stop laughing at the final frame. Oh my god that was amazing.

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKidTheFat

It totally is his beard, too! That two-faced back-stabber!

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter|Agent

Best comic yet!

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVlet

Aahahahahaa!! "You who wear his beard" totally got me! Thanks for another laugh, Scott.

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Brilliant. Please be sure to copy your brain somewhere before you shed your mortal coil Scott. In the interim, look both ways before crossing the road.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarnz

I just shaved mine off recently.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I just can't stop laughing, best last panel ever!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRazz

Panel 3- Why the hell didn't I ever think of that????

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPal

Scott Meyer is a great man. He ignited the imaginations of a generation, changed the way comics are made, and made the codpiece and smoking jacket fashionable again. But it must be said: he writes unrealistic dialog, created Rick, and is generally an offensive person.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCodpiece

Total WIN - sending this to all my SW geek pals - me, I was in the first showing at my local theater back in '77, still have my original "Force" button from a con I attended in Houston prior that summer. Awesome movies for what they were. Unfortunately the new stuff just bored the heck outta me.

The Universe saved me during the second one... when that ghod-awful boring love scene was going on (talk about stilted dialogue!), I was literally like "If this gets any worse I am leaving..." when lo and behold - the power went out. It was a sign.

I will continue to fondly remember Star Wars as the original trilogy meant to be,,,, not the revisioned version.

The other problem with Lucas is all his fanboys work for him and NO ONE is able to say, "Um, George, this dialogue sucks" or "honestly that poor kid can't act"... they honor the beard way too much IMHO.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeejcctx

Hilarious! My favorite "Basic Instructions" yet.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Hilarious! I've always thought that guy looked like Lucas!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Can we get that last panel as a wallpaper/

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Cotts

So what do you have against Jar Jar????? : )

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBudMan

The "Force Balance" issue has already been resolved; according to the mythology from the series, the light side is the "natural" state of the force, and the dark side is a corruption, which creates an imbalance; by eliminating the dark side you restore balance of the force

Yeah, I know, it's one of those retroactive retcons that made no sense

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElric

But you just said......Ok I take it back now. After I shave this stupid looking beard.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Wait ... is Panel 3 suggesting Episodes II & III should have been made?

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArtie

awesome!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLordassenfroth

George Lucas sucks

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

My poor dad suffers similarly. It isn't his jaw but...weasel lips! Yes. A mustache is the only thing that keeps my mother and I from taunting him mercilessly.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

I was wondering where the "pioneered the use of a beard to create the illusion of a strong jaw" was going. Nice work; now I'm off to shave my beard.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThat Jeff

@artie
Not sure, it seems to suggest Episodes II and III should have consisted of Yoda slowly torturing Anakin to death. Presumably the Emperor would then construct Darth Vader out of the few remaining bits.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhyrexianRogue

"Wait ... is Panel 3 suggesting Episodes II & III should have been made?"

I think so... Just made differently.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCloud89x

You could solve that the "balance to the force dilemma" by saying that the Jedi used the force for evil exactly as often as they used it for good and just did a really good job of covering it up.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

As soon as I read "the use of a beard to create the illusion of a strong jaw", I thought of the guy in the last panel (Jenkins??).

And then he shows up. And they hammer him. Ha! I love this comic.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

If you haven't seen it already

redlettermedia.com/phantom_menace.html

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

i haven't missed a single strip in more than three years -"YOU, WHO WEAR HIS BEARD!!" is probably the best line you've ever written. i can't help but think it with the right inflection, and i get the giggles every time i do.

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPoot.Rootbeer

Amazing. Best one yet, thank you SO much!

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEC

You know, my usual response to these comics isn't laughter, but a silent smirk as I think "oh, that's clever, I see what you did there, Mr. Scott", but this one is the first that I've laughed aloud for, especially the final sentence.

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I respect you deeply for writing good comics, however they are much better when I ignore the actual instructions and just read the dialogue between the characters.

Also, the line "YOU, WHO WEAR HIS BEARD!" was hilarious!

December 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermordredlefay

But hoodie guy is never on your side!!! ???

December 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

These exchanges mystify me. George Lucas, after all, made one awesome film: Star Wars (1977) and never made another thing in his life. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

December 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

this is my first post, does anyone here not kiss scott's butt?

December 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme2

So beautiful sharing!Thank you very much.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwedding gown online

OH SCOTT you make me laugh so hard at that one
And im not even a star wars geek

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarshall

Jerry Garcia pioneered the use of a beard to create the illusion of a strong jaw, and he needed it a whole lot more.

July 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging

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