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Reader Comments (54)

I'm so glad I found this comic :) You truly do "win" sir, you win hard

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Bahaha, this one is great. :) I especially like how Scott is in a bath robe/ easy chair to complete the super-villain look.

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuli

*Slow Clap*
You sir,win.

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNico

Yes, this webcomic is always good for several laughs per strip. Well done.

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSterling Camden

I always love it when the smoking jacket makes an appearance. Another hilarious one!

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Well I never!!!

Just kidding, good move, sir. Good move.

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Bro, why would you make my cool story into one of your comics? I still lol'd at it, but that's pretty below the belt bro....

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterObvious Pseudonym

I don't understand why you would give Ric the keys to your secret smoking jacket hideaway (a.k.a. "man cave"). I laughed heartilly at this one, sir. I also really liked the "off-camera dialogue" you employed. Excellent way to CYA.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

You bastard!

This is one of those instances when I should be admiring your inventiveness (i.e. you made up the whole thing - bravo), but part of me wants this so hard to have actually happened because that make the ownage so much more epic.
Either way, you DO win.

Note from Scott: Let me be clear on this point. Someone actually told me that story, and the point of the story was that they were awesome. When I was clearly not impressed, they seemed not to notice. I pretty much did this comic to get the whole thing off my chest.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMancuso

Panel 2 is hilarious. I never miss a comic, thanks Scott.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen Myers

Wow (and that is a compliment)

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

In my defense, it was my mom.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoltan

Did anyone else mentally pronounce the "Wow"s in the voice of Jim from The Office?

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRich

So, just yesterday riding a mostly empty bus there was a girl who kept, about every few minutes, emitting very loud high pitch yelps. After about the third one, 'Tourette's' came to mind. Mass media has me a little more prepared to expect someone Cartman-esque, but I know it's not really all swearing even if I've never met someone with the condition. And my reaction was kind of a shrugging, 'what can you do?'

Later, when the bus got to the train station and I handed the door off to the person behind, it was she and I got a very pleasant 'thank you' courtesy in a normal, easy voice. And I think to myself, 'Oh, I get it. Take the weird yelps out and she's just a cute, friendly girl.' Nice. And just as I'm imagining the group of friends you'd have to have who'd help you feel normal with something like that in your life, some 40ish, shaven headed douche from the other side of the bus terminal starts mocking her yelps by echoing them back at her.

Yeah. Class act.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael McLawhorn

The third panel is priceless as always.
I don't understand how you manage to write so consistently great comics.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilla

HA! I had a very similar situation happen in the Myspace days. I posted a blog, mostly to vent about the situation and get it off of my chest. The difference is that the chick actually outed herself, as if it would sort of redeem her. As it was, she was completely anonymous, she could have just called me or sent me a private message, but she somehow thought it best to confront me in the open.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergoober1223

Good use of the resources at your disposal! Funny, too.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

> some 40ish, shaven headed douche from the other
> side of the bus terminal starts mocking her

We call that kind of person "differently handicapped"

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterI'd rather not get pseud

You're comics are always Wins. Keep up the good work -- and if invisible Panel-1 person Does take you to task for this, I expect to see that rendered in comic form as well.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

This one hit a personal chord with me. My father in law is disabled (his muscles are slowly calcifying over time) and he uses scooter. He also happens to be very obese. I'm sure a lot of people think he's in the scooter just because of that. :(

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Possibly the funniest (i.e. most LOL's per panel) strip I've seen in, like, forever! Okay, maybe not forever but certainly since 1979 when B.I. first appeared in Mother Earth News. I love any strip that includes the famous smoking jacket. And am I the only one who surmised it was Rick who told Scott that story? Too friggin' funny...

Note from Scott: I cannot stress enough that Ric was NOT the person who said this. It was not anyone who has ever appeared in the comic.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBobbo

Me reading the comic, panel-by-panel:
Panel 1: Funny dialogue, I'm not noticing anything odd yet.
Panel 2: No active concerns, but subconsciously noticing the panel's a bit empty of characters besides Scott.
Panel 3: Very funny conclusion on Scott's part, but where's the guy he's talking to? See Rick out of corner of my eye before reading Panel 4, but I know enough he's not the bully. So why isn't Scott drawing another guy? He does in the other comics. If you don't want to use a pre-existing character, draw a random new generic one. Is it laziness?
Panel 4: Nearly split my pants laughing so hard! This was the greatest resolution I've read in a long time, and I immediately hope it's true! (I later read the comments, and it is! YAY!)
Well done!

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNew_Name

Not only do I love the epic burn on the jerk who told you the story, I love the return of the smoking jacket.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Awesome exchange:
"So, what if she had arthritis?"

"Yeah, so what if she had arthritis?"

Loved seeing the smoking jacket as well. Shame it didn't merit a fez appearance!

If I haven't said it already, thanks for going 3X per week. Life is good.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

Invisible diseases are the worst because of people who don't grasp that it's not exactly FUN to not be able to walk. Whoever that was was a total douche. Glad you owned them in the most appropriately epic way possible.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaith

Unbelievably amazing!!!! Such a truly smart, humorous way to get something so frustrating off your chest! I am truly in awe.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

...Differently handicapped....Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. SO glad I had finished my tea *before* I read that!
Brilliant comic, and some of the responses!
My brother and I have been calling them "cinderblocks" (because they have the same capacity for empathy and understanding), but now we'll know the real word for them!

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Smoking jacket and public comic-flogging of a jerk all in one panel? Pure win. All day. Well done, sir.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

The amount of win in these four panels is nearly impossible to express in numbers or words.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSubject1928

Ah, so good. First three panels, humorous. Last panel, huge win. Like a perfect final line for a haiku.

Dang, this hits close to home.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

As someone else who uses "wow" as something other than a compliment, I salute you, sir! I love the off-panel anonymous moron. And Ric gets a zinger! Always a red-letter day!

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

As someone with arthritis who uses a scooter--thank you.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh man, throwing the keys to their scooter away! That's genius there.

How you can you not be impressed?

So what if she has athritis? That's no excuse for laziness.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBonhomous

seriously scott, tell me no one actually TOLD you that story!

not so, right?

Note from Scott: Seriously, someone told me that story as an example of how great they are.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersleeper

Is it wrong that, when another commenter posted a story regarding the actions of "some 40ish, shaven headed douche", my first thought was, "Scott!"?

Hopefully, my successful usage of an interrobang encapsulating a quotation mark redeems any misgivings this thought may otherwise generate.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Wow, nobody pointed out Juli's mistake in the second comment. It's no big deal, but that's not a bath robe. It's his smoking jacket. It's a running gag that shows up at least once a year.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpizzahead

Well, great comic, love the Burn of the key throwing person who needs to learn, and the smoking jacket is there I assume since your 'burning' the guy :)

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrivinallnight

Great strip, and even better, you got a bothersome thing off your chest. I love the subtle difference between "So, what if she had arthritis?" and "Yeah, so what if she had arthritis?" The people on whom that panel is lost are likely the type of people who would be the antagonist in this installment. (Advanced apologies if you didn't get the subtlety of the language and are NOT actually like the antagonist! For example, I forget that such subtlety might be lost on those for whom English is not their primary language...) I also loved panel three... the dilemma of trying to decide which thing is actually the worst is something I think many of us have had to try to resolve at least once in each of our lifetimes!

Anyway, as an aside, my 13 year old son wants a smoking jacket like yours, not because he smokes (he doesn't), but because he likes how cool it looks. A big part of that is also how you carry yourself when wearing it... a certain debonair or sophisticated quality, or something. (By the way, I think he viewed it as a bathrobe, because he asked for a new bathrobe for the holidays, specifically so that he can wear it like you do in the strip. Funny thing is, he doesn't even read it as regularly as I do, but that image just stuck with him for some reason. Congrats, I suppose, for influencing a new generation of fans!)

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Great strip. It would be even greater if Mr. or Ms. "Awesome" actually stepped forward to take credit for being a jerk, but we can't have everything.

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
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