How to Develop a Drinking Game (Guest Strip)

This is a comic written and drawn by my lovely wife. She also took the initiative and wrote up a post about how a Basic Instructions gets made for her blog. I've threatened to write a similar post myself, but I've always been a bit too busy making the comic to make a blog post about making the comic.


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Reader Comments (63)

Loved panel 3. But after reading the blog post, I do think it's funny that after remembering to move the wedding ring to the traditional finger, you then mirror-imaged it over to the right hand...

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichelieu

Frame #3 is PURE GENIUS.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

One of the best ones yet.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFox k

I don't get panel 3. Well, I get the "INCONCEIVABLE" line, but I don't understand why Scott has to drink. Can someone fill me in as to what movie is being quoted, and what part of Scott Meyer is drinking word?

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscott

Missy, I knew you were more attractive than Scott draws you. You draw him cuter too!

Funny stuff indeed.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulianna01

@scott - "My name is a killing word" is a quote from the 1984 movie "Dune" - he's trying to sneak in using a movie quote by modifying it to fit the situation. The book is a cult-classic, and the movie has some raving fans but was actually very very bad. (Both my child self and my adult self think so, since I watched it a few weeks ago after rereading the book to see if it was as bad as I remembered. Thankfully the book was still really good, even though the movie still sucked.)

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine Moore

Usul no longer needs the drinking module!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Wardale

@scott -

The "My NAME is a drinking word" is a reference to the (exceedingly bad) movie version of Frank Herbert's classic Sci-fi/ecology story Dune. In the cheesy movie version, the main character's tribal name, Maud'Dib, is shown to be a "killing word", capable of slaying his enemies when shouted through an amplifier device. Yeah, it's a bad movie, one of the worst adaptations of a great book; its even famous for its badness.

The "INCONCEIVABLE" quote is from (afaik) the move The Princess Bride, but there may be a better reference out there.

@Missy -

The comic rocked! Great work!

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroneoerzero

Interesting, Missy actually looks happier and more detailed while Scott on the other hand looks exactly the same as ever.
He may be a fixed point in space and time with the universe changing around him. Like Cpt. Harkness in the Dr Who TV show.
Simply amazing.

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSchneider

I love this strip. Just wanted to point out, that if you are playing video games with an open beer, you AUTOMATICALLY find yourself drinking when your guy dies. This is what respawn timers were invented for.

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjrizos

I like Missy's Missy much better than Scott's Missy. She's much more detailed, much more Fabulous!

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNotVito

Don't worry Scott you're way funnier. Still you did a great job Missy, nice change of pace, bravo!

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereh

I like how Scott only appears to be wearing pants when his wife draws him.

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFool

To be fair to Scott, many of his drawings of me are from a year or two ago, when I weighed more. So the me from a week ago that I drew has less gut, and more hoot in comparison.

I intentionally colored his pants in 10% gray, just because of the silly pantsless issues that come up when he leaves them plain white.

And the fact that I flipped the drawing in which I changed the ring placement totally escaped me. As soon as someone pointed it out to me, I cracked up.

September 12, 2010 | Registered CommenterMissy !

Warning to Missy: If you play drinking games too enthusiastically, you might end up with a little surprise after 9 months. :-)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWim

the next comic should be the results of scott's loss at the drinking games in this panel - the search for the bathroom in the grocery store, etc. of course i suppose one of the results of scotts losing the (alcoholic) drinking games is missy writes comic strips...

(love the missy hair in this strip)


September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

I woke up last night thinking about a friend who both knows and doesn't know he's becoming an alcoholic. And suddenly I realized that I had been interpreting the first line of this strip differently than you had intended. I thought "Alcoholic or not" meant one can enjoy making up drinking games whether one is already an alcoholic or not. It didn't occur to me that people would play drinking games that didn't involve alcohol. I thought the characters in this strip were just disguising their alcohol in other containers to pass in social situations. Now I get it. Sort of. I'm about 20 years older than you and bladder pressure games have lost whatever charm they had.

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

First off: Wow, you're just as funny as Scott!

Second: Good movie choices. I love Dune! Keep up the good work you two!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZach

I noticed you changed the way your wife looks. Is she more accurate now? Also...uhm, did she lose weight? Wow, she looks so great! (Just in case)

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRR

There is a formula to calculate how good a drinking game is:

fun(game) = probability(drink)/min

You can always play I Never to get some good drinking going on.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I came up with my Internet name almost 4 years ago. I CALL COPYRIGHT INFRINGMENT!!! :D

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuad'Dib15

You know, you've always been a good cartoonist but this Basic Instruction just seems to pop more. The drawings have really come on. It's as though all of a sudden you get it.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuppy Sandwich

I'd have alcohol poisoning if someone made me drink every time I quoted a movie (or anything. I don't watch a ton of movies, so it'd have to be, every time you quote). Of course, I'd have to make my brother play too. We'd be drunk as skunks before long. ;)

September 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary
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