How to Spot the Bad Guy

I usually don't explain confusing jokes. I just let them lay there and die a dignified death, but since several have asked, in the last panel I'm saying that I also stand corrected, because I said that Hollywood wouldn't (Hollywouldn't?) make a movie about a serial mugger.

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Reader Comments (58)


September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertorrent download

That'll do cartoonist, that'll do.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDougall

Umm, is the speech bubble following that he loves mugging people, or that he stands corrected?

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Donald Sutherland, too.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon

It's still here. Directly to the right of the "previous instructions" bar, from MetaCafe. For the Buick Regal.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Underfoot

I'm afraid I don't quite understand the "As do I" comment. What is cartoon Scott claiming he stands corrected on?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

I'm sure I've had this conversation at some point

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Sorry, ads? What are they?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul_Bags

The third panel makes me think about bestiality. I should get help.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDylan C

It's so true, too. James Cromwell has to be the most innocent and kindly looking guy to ever play the villain in 1,098,437,509,876,095,476,076,056 different movies.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Why do I get the feeling that "As do I" on the subject of a serial mugging film sounds like "That sucked"...

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrother Random

I haven't been able to keep up with my webcomics/webseries' lately due to a ridiculous work schedule. So today (my day off), I sat on the computer for several hours doing just that. I just for the first time read this and the past few comics, and now I'm in a good mood.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid MacDonald

That is exactly how I solve Crime Drama, only you've made it funny!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatchstickman

easy way to find the villan in american movies is to look for the british actor/ress 9/10 its them

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT*E*L

Initially read the title as "How to Spot the Bald Guy". That woulda been a pretty short comic.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJStrulleh

Nice Scott, thnx!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Buh...but... didn't James Cromwell save humanity in "Star Trek: First Contact"? Or was that all a devious plot, which was only hinted at in the seemingly heroic plot of the film?

Gasp... Zefram Cochrane, secret agent for nefaroius aliens???

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjvwalt

Imagine walking through a dark alley, only to come across a disheveled Cromwell demanding your wallet. Staring at you with buggy cocaine eyes and grabbing at your murse with his disturbingly lanky arms...

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLayne

Is he saying "as do I" to the love of mugging, or the standing corrected??

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Yeah, you'd wonder when you're going to see the first episode plot where the investigation that was actually the result of precise police work and no plot turns or freak occurrence of some misplaced item.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTormod

Since we're still unsure of the wording of the last bubble, I thought I'd point out that "I've always loved mugging people" and "as do I" have different tenses (if that's the correct term for it). So perhaps Scott was replying to his wife's comment rather than the TV.

Scott may typo sometimes, but seriously, he's pretty careful with grammar. The punchline frequently relies on it.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadien


The third panel makes me think about bestiality. I should get help.

Livestock farmers practice animal husbandry. Does that clear things up?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterouteast

I thought the "As do I" was in reference to that you love mugging people too....ah, I guess I stand corrected

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Ok, so if Cromwell is in a movie with Ray Wise and there's no possible way there were two villains, how do you determine which one did it?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHari

Is there some sort of prize if I got the "as do I" joke without the explanation? Great strip as always. :-)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

It's still autoplaying. It's a Buick commercial video.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

People didn't get the "As do I" joke? Oh, Scott, you really didn't need to appease the masses in that way...

BTW, I love your strip. It brightens my week up so much!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBella

Hahahahaha, this had me chuckling for quite a while before i scrolled down to read the author's notes, and i have to say that this comic was confusing in no way to me. In fact, it is confusing how this comic can be confusing. ?:3

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLakeri

I read that as "How to spot the BALD guy" and was suspecting a comic about wigs :(

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurens

I'm fairly certain that my wife and I have had this exact conversation.

And Cromwell does do a good villain. Check out his IMDB file

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Don't feel like a cryptic failure. (Or a successful cryptic). I got the joke about standing corrected. =) (it only took me 15 seconds of pondering and rereading, but boy, I got it)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBerzee

If it makes you feel better, I understood it, the first time... ?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShan

Yeah, that would make a good show, except they would have to have about thirty stories per episode, which would really put a strain on the writing department. Of course, there's always "Cops" - no big complications there, and the writing problem is solved too. If only they could solve the "interesting show" problem......

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

As soon as Cromwell showed up in 24, I knew he was behind it all.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGus

I'm 100% positive that I've seen this comic before. Call me crazy, but I knew exactly what was gonna be said in each panel. I know this isn't a rerun, but was it ever posted online before in some other form?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalkdogger

I'm surpirsed you had to explain that, it was an excellent throw back to an earlier panels. Well done.

You have ads on your site? I never see them; which is a sham becasue I would click on them.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

"As do I" means Scott also stands corrected about his comment that they don't make movies about serial muggers, from the first panel.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan

I was taking "As Do I" as the response to "I stand Corrected".

However I took the whole to mean that Scott wears a back brace or something to improve his posture......

Must get out more....

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

America's favorite kindly old cold-blooded killer. Beautiful.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

The formula for all TV crime series is; if there is an attractive young woman introduced around the ten minute mark, you can go get dinner or play video games or whatever and then tune back in for the last ten minutes and watch as she is revealed as the killer. The one (sometime) exception is "Castle", which is a comedy.
(70% of all murders are committed by men and older teenage boys in this reality, but in TV reality, its pretty women and girl children without motive, 75%; men and teenage boys - because women provoked them - 25%)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee
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