How to Rise to the Challenge

Hey Android Users! Thanks to the magic of the new web-based Android Markeplace, I can now give you links directly to both the free, and paid versions of the Basic Instructions Android App!

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Reader Comments (24)

I wish you had a Blackberry app...

anyway, this comic is pure gold!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarlos

i lose by posting this?

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertwittysb

More awesome. Balking contest. Classic

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

Almost certainly funny!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Reminds me of the "sitting on your butt doing nothing competition"... and it's awesome just like that one, too.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

My whole life is pretty much an avoid doing something contest, played exclusively against myself.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

Great one! Thanks!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Good comic as always.

"Hey Android Users!" should read "Hey, Android users!"
"Android users" is a direct address in that context, so it needs to be offset by a comma, and "users" is not a proper noun, so it needn't be capitalised.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNosh

Mhhh... I dont undertand it quite well: Why would someone need an app to read this comic?

I mean, you can enter the site the same way you do it in your computer, just with the explorer...

Note from Scott: The apps load the comics faster than the portable browser on your phone, and allow you to quickly and easily pan and zoom around the comics.

In short, you don't NEED the app, but it makes Basic Instructions more convenient at a very reasonable price.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrolo

For the old timers like me, this comic reminded me of one posted in 2004

How to Split a Tab
And it's bonus!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmorim

Scott, just so you know, many lines from your comic have become family favorites. "A violence fight it shall be!" is one I hear pretty often. And my sons are in their 20's and older teens. I'm proud to say I'm the one who introduced them all to BI!

P.S. Nice letting Rick win one again. That's 2 that I know of.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

You may have won this challenge, but you have lost The Game!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHopalong Ginsberg

................ this is me, acting like I'm doing nothing, while avoiding looking like something is done.

-Balkmaster 5000

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterg33k

The app's icon makes me laugh.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShan

I BALK to find this strip funny... just kiddin' Love ya

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

Panel 2 FTW. Whenever I read a comic where your characters are verbally battling, I just want to talk in all caps for the rest of the day. In fact, I THINK I WILL!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmuse-uh

Kirk vs. Picard in a balk off...

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

@Nosh: So, should FOAD be written with or without abbreviatory periods? What about DIAF? Should anal retentive be written with a hyphen?

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3

In other words, its a donation to help Scott buy a new chair. His old one has been worn out from balking.

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallingar

@Nosh. Sorry you are wrong. Of course you are correct gramatically but what you missed was that those three words were not intended to be part of grammatical text or even speech: they are an advertising headline created principally for visual effect. Think of Scott as a guy with a cart on a busy station concourse at rush hour trying to sell his app: the "Hey Android Users!" is on his sign to attract attention. In that context, less punctuation is better (although "Hey! Android Users!" could be used instead -- those of us in marketing do like to overuse the !).

Not all use of words is intended to be grammatical.

When was the last time you saw a comma on a newstand headline sheet?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Those animations of the characters screaming always makes me lol

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZapp

I wanted to see you doing the "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED" pose, Scott.



February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

The "Challenge-Issuing Rick" stance always makes me laugh.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

There is not a panel here that isn't gold. I'm still trying to catch my breath as I post this.

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging

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