How to Defend Your Sanity

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Reader Comments (44)

Your wife's glasses disappeared at panel #4...

(Thanks for the catch. It's been fixed! Scott)

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristiano

Clearly those must have been the best vows ever written.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWLP

No, not a costume. I'm making a stuffed animal of Snake Ape. I have the skillz.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

: ) Thanks for the laugh!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I just assumed that the wife's glasses popped off as a defense mechanism to protect her sanity. As for the vows, why didn't I think of that? That would have come in handy so many times.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Please post "How to Write Your Own Wedding Vows." I really want to see what went into yours ...

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Surely a Snake Ape should in fact be a Snape?

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZeagleFiend

"How to write your own wedding vows", now THAT would be a good one too. Keep up the hilarity.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

No, not even a stuffed animal. I'm genetically hybridizing snakes and apes. I have the MAD skillz. Emphasis definitely on the mad. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!!!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDane

The first panel is part of a conspiracy to prove that I'm paranoid.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnowyowl

Ha! I love when you write a comic that is both funny and a break through the fourth wall. I really enjoy it. I also wouldn't mind having Snake Ape fighting someone like Omnipresent Man.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteven M.

I bought your app just so I could add "How to turn an enemy into a friend" to my favorites.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterray

If any man is ever foolish madly in love enough to marry me, I must also put "...and you'll accept me even though I'm weird" right in the vows.
Because that is an excellent idea.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

i'd like to read those vows. they sound more entertaining than the ones my wife and i read.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternavarro

Holly, if you make a stuffed animal, I want to buy one. Assuming you can get permission from Scott.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

This is more like "How to defend your insanity"...

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLee Gray

I love that he wrote this into his wedding vows!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris L

Missy's glasses look like an afterthought in panel #4

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYes, I am Tubby

Written into your vows - a perfect finish for a good comic. Can I go back and revise mine?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersford

This is classic... perhaps leading to another strip in "How to create your wedding vows"?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCBear

"Do you, The Wife, take Scott to be your lawfully wedded husband, even though he's really weird?"
"I do...?"

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVerdian

In sickness and in - oh btw I'm a bit weird - health...

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

Being weird is a healthy part of every complete relationship. It's like the saying, "If you can't spot the sucker in 30 minutes, you're the sucker." But in this case it, "If you can't tell if your parter is flipping odd within an month, you better hope you're odd, or else you'll spend many nights playing charades with your cats."

Which is in no way weird.
Just boring and sad.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Personally, I find the best way to defend my sanity is with a fake looking two-handed over-the-head judo chop!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOwen

Thanks for asking, but I already did a comic about writing your own vows.
http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2009/4/1/how-to-write-your-own-vows.html

June 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterScott Meyer

Is that Trogdor? Is he, dare I say, preparing to BURNINATE?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Hearn

I can not believe I forgot about your vow one

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2009/4/1/how-to-write-your-own-vows.html

Master-Blaster!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

1.) I'm convinced you never heard of TrogDor, BadStrong or Homestar Runner or at least patently ignored it.
2.)Your wedding vows must have been off kilter but awesome
3.)You're not working for them , which is a pity, 'cos they could help you out of the jams you get yourself into at times.
4.).Did you combine two monster costumes on Paint, Photoshop, whatever and trace over that creationor did you actually free-style that costume?
5.) I'm wondering when kids start happening in this four panel delight?

Though simple, the first panel is one of the most hilarious things I ever read . I may add suspiciously hilarious (shadow covering eyes)... XD

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj

Good one, Scott. Being weird keeps things interesting as we fly around the sun on this ball of dirt.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

The Snake Ape living in my closet doesn't have any eyeholes.... or a zipper.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

I would of course give Scott all of my dollars, which would no doubt be millions, that I would get from such sales.

However, if Dane really is going to make real live Snake Apes, then my efforts would be in vain. I mean, who wants a toy when you can have the real thing?

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Just remember - Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean that you're wrong...

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter9Squirrels

Whenever I read Basic Instructions, I hear the music of Disturbed in my head. And whenever I listen to Disturbed, I inevitably think of Basic Instructions. Apparently somewhere deep down in my psyche I subconsciously identify Scott Meyer and David Draiman as the same person.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicco Fleming

"I already did a comic about writing your own vows."

yes, but they weren't about your vows, and there was nothing about you being weird, per se. This topic deserves some attention. you opened the door, councilor.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

My 10-year-old daughter and I were whiling away the hours road tripping home today and we started talking about big purses. We agreed that a purse big enough to hold Marmaduke (the cartoon 200-lb Great Dane) would indeed be an enormous tote. Then she went on to say that Enormous Tote Man would be an awesome super hero.

Well? :-)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdavid t-g

love when you write a comic that is both funny and a break through the fourth wall. I really enjoy it. I also wouldn't mind having Snake Ape fighting someone like Omnipresent Man
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June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkebi

No, not genetically engineering a Snake Ape. The gestational period is too long. I'm just going to hop in my time machine and redirect evolution to make the world rife with Snake Apes! For my skillz are truly the maddest!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames

for the next set of Instructions?

How to Detect the Insane.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbob k. mando

Damn, one-upped again. sigh.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

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