How to Ressurrect a Dead Character

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Reader Comments (48)

His brainwaves can fit on a jump drive?

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDisturbed

<3

(Does that constitute a comment? Whatever, it's good enough for me.)

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

The whole instruction is priceless, but frame 2 has kept me laughing non-stop for 15 minutes. The judge's wig on Missy is perfect, and whatever is going on with Scott's goofy stance and expression is masterful. Not to mention Rick's thoroughly absurd superhero costume.

So glad I discovered Basic Instructions.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDreamLibrarian

That's idiotic. I love it.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

omnipresent man is Always pelvic thrusting something.
And Martial Crafts! The deadly art of gluing Beads to Paper!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchaotk

Even the characters we used to think were permanently dead don't stay dead these days. They just come back as bad guys for a while. Robin, Bucky, hell, I give it a year or two before Uncle Ben suddenly comes back and tries to kill Spider Man.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNosh

I can not stop seeing the black circle as a hole, and the google marking as a ....
:(

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwindex

Too bad Omnipresent Man didn't ID the body, since he was standing right there anyway... :P

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

First! Great comic

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCameron

Bah, almost choked on my tea laughing...again.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJMS

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

Is it just me, or is Omnipresent Man the campest superhero ever created? Genius stuff as always, Scott :-D

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwistee

I started laughing while loading the page.... The first thing to load was the page title : Basic Instructions - How to Resurrect a Dead Character", and I was laughing already!

I love hero comics, even when Rocket hat is not on it!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmorim

Googly eyes. Yes!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue Dunham

Nice to see Rodney again. *whispers* who's Rodney, I don't remember.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterboghi

Funny as usual. xD

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDood.

Shouldn't Omnipresent Man appear in every panel, even if it's a really tiny version in the background? As a matter of fact, Omnipresent Man should appear in every single panel of every strip from here on. Yes, add that to your "To Do" list, sir.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkolsen

This still makes more sense than "The Death of Superman," when that cyborg Superman with googly eyes appeared out of nowhere.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternorbizness

"But, the way your lifeless eyes were rolling around in your head..."
I laughed until I stopped! Thanks, Scott!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCruste the Crab

I'm sure Rocket actually WAS in the comic, he was just battling MacraMayhem at the bank off screen.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Great one! Love the superhero's!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Shenanigans. Killing a character to the point where it's a running gag can also work (Aeon Flux, South Park) and does not affect the credibility of the work, just the continuity of the setting. Also South Park did an epic job explaining the kenny thing after like 12 seasons, so :P

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate

You packed a lot of goodness into this one! "Martial crafts" is a permanent addition to my mental landscape. Won't be long before I thought it up myself.

It would be great if you tagged each strip with the characters in it, so we could go back and look at them over time.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

Is it just me, or does Omnipresent Man's stance in panel 2 look like Daphne from Scooby Doo? :)

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Spot on, that's one of my biggest pet peeves in entertainment (and it's depressingly common in sci-fi): dead characters' tendency to not stay dead.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

Was this prompted by Johnny Storm, or had this been baking for a while?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheTick

Oh dude! I just identified the giant katana knitting needles sheathed on MacraMayhem's back! It is layer upon layer of subtly obvious awesomeness

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSendarian

Is Rodney the guy who killed your brother, then, to get revenge, you befriended and killed when he was looking at his watch? It kinda looks like him, but the shirt is wrong... You're bringing back a character that never existed!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Yes! I called it! (Not sure if my comment calling it ever came thru, tho.) I knew there'd be instructions like these involving MacraMayhem!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Oh, this is classic.

Are you a Fantastic Four fan, by any chance?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Clearly, Omnipresent Man saw what both MarcaMayhem did to create "body" (I love the googly eyes) and that the Knifekateer (spelling?) sqiunted from a distance and then passed out. The unanswered question is why he appears so amused in frame two. He already knows it all. Of course, after reading frame two, I was highly amused.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Who's this rodney character?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicah

What's with the omniprsent man hip-thrusting in panel 2?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/1/6/how-to-kill-off-a-fictional-character.html

I had to think for a while before I remembered Rodney the mechanic

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDuric

Seeing how the taboo on cheap marketing ploys has been lifted, does this mean the road is clear for Slaughter-Bots resurrection? It could give the Human Joke his first cool looking weapon.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhyrexianRogue

Rodney, for those who can't remember.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

For those who don't remember, Rodney is the one who died in "How to Kill Off a Fictional Character",

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/1/6/how-to-kill-off-a-fictional-character.html;jsessionid=57E63D765314CF81013B6C35B51A5C10.web118?p=526

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKoosbing

And by the way, where the hell is Stabby? He should have the final word on this!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

YES! As soon as I read the title I instantly thought of Rodney

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHobosnake

Wasn't Rodney the Mechanic that died in "how to kill off a fictional character" I knew he wasn't really dead!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

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