How to Participate in "Group Learning"

Just a reminder, my third book, “The Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy” officially comes out in March, but my publisher will have copies available for delivery before Christmas. You can pre-order it now! If you do, you’ll be entered into a contest, the prize of which is to appear in a Basic Instructions comic, probably insulting Rick (Note: contest not open to Rick).

I’m just ridiculously proud of this book. It’s bigger than the first two (150 pages) and has a color section containing special, original content that defies description.

Oh, and I should point out that I will be away from the internet untill Saturday, so no comments will be approved. See you then.

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Reader Comments (32)

Hmmm so now we got some blur on the art like in pannel 3!
And it´s as good as always... Very funny!
And I´m curious about your new book... Will it be avaiable on Amazon soon?

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenato Rea

This reminded me so acutely of when I used to have a job. As if dreaming about it weren't enough.

Alas, we were never able to make the boss cry.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

as a public school teacher, i get many opportunities every year to both lead group learning experiences as well as participate in them. you nailed it!

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternavarro

The blur in panel three gives it an amazingly 3D feel. This is fantastic! You should do it more with like background or something. That was just fantastic. Honestly, I read this comic, or any comic, because I enjoy being made to laugh and not so much for the artwork, but that panel three was just amazingly well drawn.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames Poteet

Oooh, bokeh. Fancee.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbaardvark

Will there be a personalization option for this book like there was for the first two?

Note from Scott: I'm going to switch from Hand signing the books to signing a "book plate" which you can then stick on the book, or anything else, for that matter.

I'll be selling a very limited number of signed copies of the third book from my site, in a set with signed copies of the first two books. More details when I've figured them out.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCortJstr

Where's the +1 button?!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfilsmyth

This is one of your best ones yet! The second panel was my favourite.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

Oh man, I want to insult Rick. That is an awesome prize.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShushy McQuietpants

That's a nice blur effect. And that last line was awesome.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInvisibleMoon

Book ordered. I look like a fat Scott so if I win the competition, Scott can just use the Stretch function instead of having to create a new image. Could make life a bit easier for you Scott. Just saying.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Scott - any plans for Kindle versions of your books?

Note from Scott: That is something that's being discussed. I'm all for it! Also, we're contemplating doing a small, cheep kindle book of just the Super Hero comics.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

Wait, color? If I discover that your shirt is not really black, I'm not sure I could handle it.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Brilliant, just friggin' brilliant! I, for the first time, have to empathize with Mullet Boss.
Been there, done that, nearly cried. Note to self: no drinking coffee when checking B.I.-thru the nose again!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikeV

I just wanted to point out in the kindest possible way with the best intentions, that most contests in the US tend to have an option for entering that doesn't involve a purchase. I'm pretty sure this is for legal reasons and not just a courtesy. I know you weren't intending to start a gambling operation where buying things increased your chance of winning, but the government might not see it that way.

I'm going to hold off ordering until the book plates are worked out. I'd hate to get just a plain book when the first two are signed already.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCortJstr

It seems to me that Mullet Boss is a victim of his own sorry management skills. I mean, seriously, he hired all you losers, so that is a reflection on him being a bigger loser. Just saying. Also, it is a reflection of his previously illustrated lack of success with women.

As usual, a supremely awesome comic. I would be laughing more if it did not resemble the upper management of the company that I work for.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG W

I'm almost sad Rick can't enter. I love the idea of him insulting himself. Good opportunity for time travel there.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

You should double the price for Basic Instructions 3D. Or maybe you did already.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

If you win the contest will you be allowed to send in a picture of yourself dressed up as Rick so that it looks like he is insulting himself?

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJittery

@Anonymously Helpful (I Hope)

I believe that rule only applies if there is a cash value to the prize. I'm pretty sure that we can all agree that there is no "value" to being in a comic making fun of Rick. It's just fun.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnomomously Helpful-er

Note to Rick fans: you probably shouldn't enter this contest. Unless being a fan entails insulting him, of course...

This strip reminds me of the film, Office Space: hilarious because it's so close to reality, and depressing because it's so close to reality.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

When I first read the comment after the strip I read "original content that defiles description." I wonder if that's a premonition...

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Scott: Can I order one of the rarer unsigned ones.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanPloy

I hope I am the first to order from the UK to help spread the gospel according to Scott over here. Have to say the postage was amazingly reasonable.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUKNick

Group exercises are the same as solo exercises, except that instead of 5 people doing 5 exercises, one person does one exercise and 4 additional people try to get credit for it.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I was hoping for a new one today: How to deal this the death of a Cultural Icon.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdoppleganger

i agree with the above poster that rick should be eligible to enter the contest as well. ya know, just in case he actually wins, he still winds up losing. lol.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentera different scott

Loving the depth of field effect in panel 3.

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

The first panel, without the narration, is perfect as it is. The whole comic is great, but that part just takes the cake!

@CR: A part of being a fan of Rick is enjoying insulting Rick. That's more than half (some would say, almost all) the fun of it!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel Raven

Book ordered.
Silent happy reader for over a year, about time I reward you :D

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpiff

I think it's that they're trying NOT to do the job, and doing that badly.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
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