How to Make a Public Service Announcement

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I fail to see why you couldn't mark the ones you do in December with next years date, why should we all have to adjust when you could do it yourself, that's just lazy

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoseBag

Guess what my hobby for January is going to be?

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStaneslav

I know I'm in the right place when I not only want to hang out with the artist and his wife, but also with all the people who write comments.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDreamLibrarian

Couldn't you have drawn a celebrity who was dead or fictional, and whose image was in the public domain?

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Scott! This can't really be happening, we all know THE DETAILS ARE UNIMPORTANT!!!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaribeth

Thanks for being a professional and creating comics in advance. This simple technique seems to elude most other webcomic artists.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric

You could just, you know, change the copyright date when you write the comics.

I love your face in the last two panels.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreenham

You . . . should . . . have . . . spaced . . . out . . . the . . . . . . . words . . . differently . . . since . . . this . . . appears . . . to be . . .a . . . homage . . . to . . . William . . . Shatner . . .

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Excellent transition from Monty Burns to Ned Flanders between panels 1 & 2.

Ex-cel-lent.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I always cut the copyright date out before I submit the comic to my local newspaper every Wednesday and Saturday.
Hee ee, the editor thinks I draw the comics. Boy, do I have him fooled.HEEHEE

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Scott, thank you for putting my life in perspective.
I thought I didn't have one, but then you told me there were people who let you know about your copywright date.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

OMG the pose the facial expression in panels three and four is identical to the pose Sony CEO Chairman and President Howard Stringer has when he soils his Depends undergarments in public, which is quite often. It's a Vietnam affliction, if you're curious.
http://greenpipe.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/sir-howard-stringer-sony-keynote.jpg

The first panel is hilarious, great job, as always =)

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThouny

fantastic! brought tears to my eyes with the laughter. particularly the line "yawn, if you like". you both put the commentators in their place and take a shot at yourself. brilliant!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I've been looking forward to watching that date change since 2001, Scott. I don't see the purpose of visiting this site if you're not even going to keep up with basic expectations. 2011 is my favorite number. I'm going to recruit Anonymous and BRING THIS FASCIST SITE DOWN.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl Cracka

You need a "like" button. BEcause I would "like" this comic and most of the comments.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I hate to be a nit-picker, but if you write the comics months in advance, couldn't you just anticipate the date change? It isn't like 2011 is going to be a surprise.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Hahaha!! "feel free to tell your case worker, AA sponsor, or legal guardian"... my favorite line in one of my favorite How to's.. Pay attention, nitpickers and knock it off! Scott, you are awesome and I enjoy your work so incredibly much. Many, many thanks to both you and Missy!!! Oh, and the smoking jacket? Perfection :)

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

"Love the new pose in panels 3 and 4. Is it fear you see in his eyes? Disgust? Constipation? A seizure? I don't know, but it's awesome. Nicely done!!"

Something about that expression reminds me of 'Bert' from Ernie and Bert on Sesame Street.

Kind of a cross between Bert and Lex Luthor.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKierkegaard

Can I instead complain about the use of "impactful"? Stop punching my emotions!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynxreign

Honestly, Scott. The lengths you will go to to cover up your forgetfulness...

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspiffy

don't forget NA sponsors, former druggies need (real) people to talk to about the things they see too, even if it's on the internet.

I like the comic, but technically SHOULDN'T the date be 2011? I was under the impression that something isn't copyrighted until it is published. So even though it was made in 2010, it isn't a copyrighted work until it goes live?

....then, of course, Scott probably knows more about this than I do since he's the one running the webcomic, so I should probably shut up.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersynapticmisfires

are those almost jazz hands? what do you call it?

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Mr. Meyer better hope most people are in fact good, and can resist the evil urge to snow him under with comments about the "incorrect" copyright year just because they know he hates it.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

What if you're a Time Lord trying to re-establish your date on your broken TARDIS? That whole date thing could save or destroy the entire galaxy!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterg33k

To the commenters who suggest fiddling with the copyright date anyway...

Have you considered starting a range, like 2010-2012 (since the world ends in 2012 that will be a convenient range.) Just a suggestion.
Good idea, but it doesn't work like that. For a ranged copyright date, it should go from the year work first started on the Work, to the last year the Work was worked on. Example: Advance Wars has a copyright date of 1990-2001 because Nintendo and Intelligent Systems started working on it in 1990 (when they pretty much had the Game Boy Advance done, but delayed it so they could capitalize on the classic Game Boy), and finished working on it in 2001 for a September release.
OMG! At the bottom of this page it says: "Copyright © 2009, Scott Meyer. All rights reserved."

2009!!! DON'T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN!!!

Because he last updated the page template in 2009. True, it should technically read 2003-2010, because in this case the website itself is the Work, but mehhh.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwelveBaud

Scott, you are a funny guy! Thanks!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Why are you wearing a bathgown and a winter scarf? o_O

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCruel Armpit

BUT HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN YOU CUT OVER TO 2011??? I mean, what if you are drawing 2011 stuff and I'm stil viewing 2010? Can you send us all individual emails when you finally cut over? I never worried about this before but now I am scared.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersillyus

Two possible solutions:

1) Put the year end comics in the public domain.

2) Throw off these anal cranks with roman numerals: Copyright MMX

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPastafarian

Please give us a complaint count around Feb 1.

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermotionview

Scott, look into my eyes... you are getting sleepy, all you can hear is my voice. When you change the copyright date on your comic to 2011, you will in fact write it as 2101. You will not notice this, and will be convinced you wrote it as 2011. The resulting flood of bitterly complaining reader emails and comments will all seem to be playful jokes, responding to that 'public service announcement' comic you wrote back in December 2010. In a moment when I count to three you will awaken, and remember nothing of this. One... Two... Three and that is why, Scott, I think your comics are awesome! Thanks!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerraHertz

It's not just the smoking jacket...IT'S A CRAVAT!!! Oh save me, I'm trying to be witty...

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPal

Love it! :)

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterben

There's no need for insults!!!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

Ummm, Why dont you have "First, Previous, Next, Last" buttons? it would make life so much easier considering EVERY OTHER WEBCOMIC DOES IT. You are not being Unique by doing so, oh no, not artsy, or Avant Garde', or revolutionizing the industry. No, it is greatly annoying.


Fix this crap or I will have to TURN ON THE CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL AND CAPS LOCK MY ENTIRE NEXT POST.

Also turn off that moderation BS, Trolls and idiots are what make comment sections so much fun. Do i have to tell you how to run your own site for Peter's sake??

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFail Troll

oh snap, i finally found them!! you put "previous instructions" it is just hard to see. That is why I'm called the Fail Troll!!

Still, turn off tha tmoderation BS!!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFail Troll

Is that why your blog's footer still says 2009? Why couldn't it be done with a single php phrase :D

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeet

The copyright date doesn't matter. Because in 2013 a trade war between the developed nations of earth will trigger WWIII and human civilization will die in a shower of nuclear death. So no one will be left except for mutants and rapist bikers, and neither of those groups tends to care about copyrights.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

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