How to Find and Explore Your Personal Limits

Oh, by the way, my second book is in stock at Amazon (although their first order seems to have almost run out). I should have signed copies for sale within the week. 

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Reader Comments (42)

I would watch that too...
for no logical reason.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatchstickman

The plug worked. Just ordered my copy of the second book from Amazon. I won't wait for the signed copy, but those should sell out, no problem.

"Glee", another television show I've never seen. I think I miss out on some of the humor in this strip by not getting the pop culture references. I like the statement in the first panel about about we find our limits, though.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

And so would I.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrispy

I think they sang about not liking singing in Buffy the Vampire Slayer the Musical episode. Maybe they didn't actually sing about hating singing but that was one of the feelings which all the characters were experiencing at the time.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNastyevilbunny

Am I the only one who sees a rooster in Missy's hair in panel 2?

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric

how exactly are robots and aliens unrealistic, I ask? just because you haven't seen aliens doesn't mean they couldn't be real!!! and robots are getting there.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

This strip is so muich fun,I'd like to see this topic explored further in the future.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Wow. Finally someone who agrees with me about Glee. This is hilarious.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZeagleFiend

New book and scorn for the ridiculous...great for a Monday

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfat Tony

heh, brilliant, per usualle.
I have quite the distaste for glee myself!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwoodler

Is it jsut me, or is there the silhouette of a rooster on the back of her head in panel two?

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstevetassie

From the looks of it, pushing your own personal boundaries can bring you closer as a couple. It's quite adorable... in fact, it almost makes me want to burst into song.

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from- Wait, the repetitive Internet memes page was weeks ago. My mistake.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnowyowl

I too am feeling scorn. I also am perfectly comfortable with that.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

If you knew Jabba's singer's name without looking it up, then you, sir, are truly in the upper echelon of Star Wars geekdom. My hat's off to you.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKolsen

The last panel made me laugh out loud :D
And yeah, I would probably watch that, too...
Good one!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElyandarin

Does anyone else here watch Glee and hear the name of the group as "Nude Erections"? Seriously, everytime they say that I giggle like I'm still in junior high...

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRevenge of the Imp

Speaking of expanding boundaries, I think your artwork is getting better all the time - the angle of you guys in the last two panels is cool. BTW, I also consider non-singing robots and monsters more realistic than singing people.

Though that one episode of Buffy they did as a musical was cool....of course there was some logical explanation for that.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

"I'm feeling scorn, with which I am perfectly comfortable"

Best quote ever.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I hilariously agree! Actually, the only musical I've ever watched with any amusement was Rocky Horror Picture Show.

It doesn't get much funnier than Tim Curry in a garter belt!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

-AAAH i haaate to sing
+actually so do i
°WHY-YYYYYYYYY do you keep singing then?
+-° Becau-------se it... is ... in ... the ... scripti

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJW

I honestly found the last panel sweet.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMundo

Scorn is one of the few emotions I'm comfortable with too.

BTW - the logo with the 'knowledge' 2x4, is that new or have I just been blind to it for all these months? I love it either way.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSillyus

"Actually, so would I."

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Committing Yak

I love Glee, but this strip is hilarious.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJstroop

They got the mustard out!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3

Hahaha. Solid comic. I'm also a Glee fan, but this is pretty spot on.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I sing at every opportunity but I hate American Idol. I watch Glee but not for the music - the only real redeeming qualities I find in the show come from Sue Sylvester and Kurt. Everyone else just sux, for the most part. I don't MIND the music (and I do particularly LIKE "specials" like the Vogue video or when Neil Patrick Harris guested) but it's not why I watch. Actually, I can't remember why I started watching - probably because my loser friends convinced me to. hmm...

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Awesome. I laughed at all four panels, and so did my brother when I showed it to him.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Yes, in the end of the buffy musical, the characters had grown to hate the fact that the demon had made them spill all of their deepest, darkest secrets, in effect ruining everyone's lives, and all that drama.

Go watch Buffy, Scott.... now. do it. or else. something will happen.


June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Glee is good fun, and receiving scorn from the "Lost" audience is like winning a medal.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

While I'm not into Glee myself, I do have to question one thing about your reasoning. People were bursting into song for no real reason on several occasions in Blues Brothers (Aretha in her cafe for instance). Do you also dislike the Blues Brothers movie?

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHari

Fantastic. I also scorn Glee. And the last panel was perfect. Keep up the great work.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Try being female teenager Glee-hater....
I fear for my generation, I really do.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueenofmuffins

Ooh, autographed copies of book 2! I will definately be needing one of those. I would also like you to write a musical about scorn, please.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterray friesen

just ordered :-) looking forward to it

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalsall

So here's my little rant about realism in movies and TV shows (and even books).

When most people complain about something not being realistic, what they really mean is that it is inconsistent with its own premise. As a consumer of TV, movies, and books, I am willing to accept just about any premise you care to make up. I only ask that once you establish that premise, you stick to it.

Some examples:

A good example is Spider-Man. The premise is that a teenage boy is suddenly endowed with spider abilities. Fine. I'll take the premise, but you had better be sure that Peter Parker reacts to the situation as a real teenage boy would. Spider-Man gets this right. Peter does not leap to the conclusion that having inhuman abilities means he should fight crime. His first instinct is "How can I use this to impress the girl next door?" Later, he pursues one criminal for vengeance, and eventually pursues criminals in general because it turns out to be a good way to get paid for his photos.

A bad example is Transformers. The premise is that giant space robots who can mimic other metallic forms have come to earth. Also part of the premise is that these are warrior robots who can, for example, be moving in vehicle form at 100 mph, push off of the ground and transform into humanoid shape while still moving at 100 mph, and convert the final stage of their transformation into a 100-mph round house kick to the face of the enemy with precision and grace that would make Jet Li envious. That's all fine. I repeat that I am not very picky with premises. But then the movie tries to convince me that THESE VERY SAME ROBOTS, the ones who can walk on rice paper without tearing it, are reduced to the antics Larry, Moe, and Curly when given the simple request, "wait here and be inconspicuous." That comes across as unrealistic, not because there are giant robots, but because it is inconsistent with what the film has been telling me.

And now on to Glee. The disclaimer is that I have not watched a single entire episode of Glee. I have on several occasions, however, been in the next room trying hard to ignore it for several minutes before giving up and retreating upstairs to the bedroom where I can't hear it.

Glee strikes me as very unrealistic, and it's not because of the singing. Indeed, I can enjoy a good musical such as Fiddler on the Roof, because I can accept the premise that these people sing to express themselves. The problem with Glee is that part of its premise is that its adult characters are capable of holding jobs and are post-pubescent. Yet every episode is filled with evidence that the adult characters have the mentality of 10-year-olds pretending to be teenagers. This mentality is often key to the plot, which means the entire story is inconsistent with the premise that actual adults exist anywhere in the world. Such a glaring inconsistency is too much for me. It'l so unrealistic.

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteveR

The Simspons did an episode about singing, and Homer & Bart sing a few lines back & forth about hating to sing.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreddie B

the guy with the goatee really reminds me of Dante from Clerks

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon W

I love how you know who Sy Snootles is, but don't bother watching Glee.
(I've never seen Glee myself, either.)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCapt. Jim
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