How to Handle Exposition

Thanks to a few sharp-eyed readers, my desk has a new tenant.

This is probably as close to a Scott Meyer action figure as we're gonna get. It's actually a Star Wars Vintage Collection 2010 Rebel Commando Action Figure with all the extras removed. Sadly, the clothes are all wrong, but with some paint, I'm thinking he might make an excellent Omnipresent man!

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Reader Comments (57)

Alas, the Omnipresent Man action figure is terrible from a merchandizing POV. You'll never sell any, because as soon as you make one he'll be in every kid's toy chest.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrax

At last, an arch nemesis with exactly the right level of skill to take on The Human Joke. One can only imagine what will happen when his own former henchmen, Needles and Weave, show up to extract revenge.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrGuy

loved the comic, and paint the up and coming omnipresent action figure!@%!@#!@#

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterunfy

Finally, the copyright is correct

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRizel

YAY! It's 2011!

"We might never know who did it"
"You might not"

Win!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Rocket Hat needs a sidekick. You heard it here first.

Omnipresent Man COULD have a sidekick, I guess, but where would we put him?

I knew that kid was trouble ...

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Does it come with 15 realistic comic-drawing sound effects!!! ?

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermathrick

If you really want an accurate lookalike, there's always http://www.thatsmyface.com

oh, while Omnipresent man is bad from a merchandzing point of view, he is a great as a rental product.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbusman

No, it's perfect - "The more you buy, kids, the more Omnipresent he is"
And then there's the geek version "Omnipresent man for President of the One World Government, buy some to increase his power"

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrother Random

Hell, even if he just paints the figure everyone will own one.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDemon

Exposition is indeed a slippery slope.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I kinda want a Knifeketeer action figure, now...

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Although a Rocket Hat action figure might be fun until the inevitable liability lawsuits.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Uhh... is Stabby holding a butter knife?!?

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterN37

NO!!! If you paint Omnipresent man, you'll get paint everywhere!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Personally, I'd rather have a Rocket Hat figure. Then I could tape model rocket engines to his hat and see how realistic a rocket hat actually is.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

His first appearance, and already Stabby is a more useful sidekick than Robin ever was. You should be illustrating manuals and text books! This drives home the point about over-use of exposition that all writing books and classes try to teach. Or are you already doing that?

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Macramayhem! Nice!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Re: N37, stabby may be holding a butter knife, or possibly a cut throat razor, but his name is "stabby" so that is reasonable, nothing explains why the "knifeketeer" is holding a boxing glove on a stick. I don't know why but I love it, it looks so forlorn. Maybe with a decent exponent of exposition I would have understood the reason for the boxing glove but at the moment it looks entirely superfluous - which is unbeliveably brilliant.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRinkums

Am I the only one who laughed at the phrase "martial crafts"? That is GENIUS.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterw_nightsahde

@N37

Looks like a serrated bread knife to me. Though I don't know how he could stab anyone with something like that...

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersome guy

Omnipresent Man already has a sidekick: Nowhere Boy. While Omnipresent Man is everywhere, Nowhere Boy is nowhere. That's why you haven't seen him yet.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSQLGuru

This one is especially great. Thx !

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory

Staby is evil! Omniprestent man should fight him!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I see that your likeness has Kung Fu Grip (r). [insert mandatory onanism joke]

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Question, how can something made in 2010 be "vintage"?

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternihil1234

Wow, the ads on your page are trying to sell me a private jet. I think someone's ad targeting is off. Or the rest of your readers are nothing like me.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGus Snarp

Panel 3: "Once you get started, ***it's*** easy to..."

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjon

And look out for Macramayhem's other 2 henchmen, Knit and Purl!

There ought to be the whole range of BI Action figures: Omnipresent Man, The Judger, The Human Joke aka the Knifeketeer, The Moon Empereror and Moon Men (the little Moon Man jumpsuits would be awesome, so would the old Moon Man Elvis jumpsuits), Rocket Hat ("with real rockets!"), the Axe Thrower, Teenage Scott, and Future Scott with his Radiation Shield Codpiece

Imagine the old 11" tall GI Joes (with the KungFu Grip) dressed up as Rocket Hat. I wonder just how high we could get one to go...

Looking forward to a Friday night and a couple of rounds of Whiskey and Ranch Dressing...

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

@frax: " as soon as you make one he'll be in every kid's toy chest."

Toy chest, if there lucky!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

As funny as "you might not" was I was still wiping tears from my eyes over MacraMayhem!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKschobert

Aw, and I was looking forward to an (off camera) epic fist-knife vs. giant crochet hook duel. Basic Instruction - Justifying a Ret-Con? Black Lantern MacraMayhem with henchman Etsy Lad?

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt C.

There is a little Scott action figure in prehistorical garb helping out Alton Brown in the "Give Peas a Chance" episode of Good Eats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvrqXbkBT84

At 4:17, you get a close-up...

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

Loved panel 3! Stabby reminds me of Mr Teatime from "Hogfather" by Terry Pratchett.

@ Norman "You'll get paint everywhere!" ROTFL

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde

The action figure? It's a Trap!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Hammer

I am also in favor of a Rocket Hat action figure!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarry Badface

I think the Knifeketeer needs a couple more poses.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

The " martial crafts" made me laugh a lot.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

At the risk of being banned forever from Basic Instructions, I shall word this carefully. The action figure would work well for Scott Meyer. To become Omnipresent Man, you would have to beef up the mid-section a bit before painting.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dingus

Did we see the dead body??? No??? Then MacraMayhem will return!!!!

Please tell me someone saw the dead body....

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTygerblade

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