How to Plan Your Halloween Costume

I just sent the final files for my third book off to the printers. I am so friggin' proud of it!  It includes a multi-page Legion of Heroes adventure entitled "Rocket Hat to the Rescue?" which is illustrated in full color, in classic comicbook style by someone other than me ... so you know it looks good!

It's available for pre-order now! Here's what the cover looks like:

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Reader Comments (32)

... from the *novel* Dune.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

I am going as an easily agitated community college student.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Seems like it'd be silly to mimic something from the novel when there's a perfectly good movie...

Well done, Scott, I grinned. I dress up extravagantly to go to conventions -- and then I wear something boring and last-minute for Halloween. It makes no sense.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaith

@me No, he meant the movie. There are subtle differences. First off, building from the book takes more creativity, where as the movie, you can look up how they built the actual costumes and work from there (a la panel 3). Admittedly, with Scott, it would likely have the same end result, but that is beside the point.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

The "movie" Dune?

I am aghast.

Great comic, though.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersublight

Off-topic for the strip, but on-topic for the book announcement: I like the pun between the title and the art (specifically, the speech balloon).

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Durn fool Fremen kids and their t-shirt and jeans. In our day, we peed in our full-body latex suits like real men.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAjax

no...reading the book won't give you a very clear image. Simpler and smarter to copy the identical spear carriers in the movie.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

That cover is going to come out 100% purple when printed. I hope you have a prepresser on top of that.

Note from Scott:I'll tell my publisher. Thanks!

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVDM

Agreed, no movie has ever been made that is worthy of the name "Dune." The first one was so bad I couldn't finish it.

The books, on the other hand... I keep getting stuck on Children of Dune.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJake from Debt Sucks

did you at least put blue highlighter around your eyes? if you're going to half-ass it, might as well half-ass it to absurdity. :)

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

*groan* Sometimes I hate it when I can identify with this comic strip. *sigh* At times I don't know whether to despise or applaud you Scott.

Well done, sir.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

The cover took about 2 seconds to sink in, then I guffawed... then snorted... then laughed... then chuckled... then read it again and started over! I'm going back for thirds. Thanks!!!

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

Watching the movie "Dune" only makes you nauseous for a couple of hours, whereas who can stomach reading the books? A handful of interesting ideas thrown randomly into a dull and plodding faux biopic of uninteresting proportions. Ick.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

IIRC, in the book the Fremen wore white, sun-reflecting robes over their still suits. I think the movie dropped that because they didn't want the audience to draw any parallels between them and the peoples of Arabia or North Africa.

Me, I'm going to carry a worm-shaped broomstick and go as the Quidditch Haderach.

(Love the 'pageboy wig!' For some reason, I'm reminded of the Kitty Pryde-Wolverine mini-series.)

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I've got a worm-shaped broomstick. In my pants.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbaardvark

" Quidditch Haderach"

I love it

Rob wins the thread.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC

I'm going as Scoobie Doo. The seasonal Halloween store had it for $69. Last year I was Super Mario. I go to kid-friendly Halloween parties with my 3 kids and their schoolmates.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

Love the comics, Scott. I get my thrice weekly chuckle here.

Has anyone bothered to see the mini-series Dune or the mini-series Childen of Dune? 8+ hours that turn an incomprehensible book and a dull, boring movie into something that is enjoyable to watch. Try it, you'll like it.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDreamweaver

Excellent comic Scott. Reading the comments afterward is often entertaining as well. I'm a bit disappointed this time... the classic Hugo and Nebula award winning novel Dune called "incomprehensible???", "A handful of interesting ideas???" Where has the concept of reading and using one's brain gone?

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldave

I remember in 2002, back when I went to movie rental spot down the street, I picked up Dune thinking "Cool, I liked the mini series". I got home, put it and was horrified to find out that I had picked up the 80s movie version... I still watched it, but I was unhappy for the rest of the day. Then again I seem to get angry at having to watch anything that David Lynch has been a part of...

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Your modern hydration devices confuse and frighten me. I'm dressing up as a simple, caveman comic reader for Halloween.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Wow, first we had the Dr Pepper love/hate thing goin' on, now we have the Dune love/hate thing. I'll get some popcorn and watch the fireworks...

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Quidditch.... Haderach...

I can no longer breathe for laughing. Thank you.

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrake

Here's someone else's take on the stillsuit. The character is apparently based on the author's father. I hope not too closely.

Red Meat

It's safe for work if you don't mind people looking at you funny.

Dune, best sci fi book ever.

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Hey Scott, someone beat you to it:


October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThatJeff

So few people saw Dune, that a good Fremen outfit would only confuse people.
I went to a public Halloween party last night in my spectacular, home made Dr. Horrible outfit. Of course no one knew who that was. <sigh> I guess I need to go to geekier parties.

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Worm-shaped broomstick ... Quidditch Haderach: brilliant!!!

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

A friend of mine just posted a pic of her boyfriend as Paul Atreides in a stillsuit. Looked pretty kick-ass.

October 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

Yeah... I have the same problem every year. I get this awesome idea for a costume, not realizing that movies have thousands of people, months of time, and millions of dollars to make theirs.

And the problem with the stillsuit is that you'd be explaining a hundred times what you are. That gets old in a hurry. People would be guess "batman" or "green lantern" or something.

If you want my suggestion... Rocket Hat Costume FTW!

October 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVaughn

White cloak to reflect light?? Ok major problem with Lynch
film. Saw on release having Just read first half of book,
Tremendous Don't travel during daylight hours and Not wearing black!!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthedreafulknave

I had to look up what a CamelBak was, but it was worth it. Made the punchline make much more sense.

February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity
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