How to Assert Your Beliefs

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Reader Comments (56)


March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterplanrparx


March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeon Matthews

AAAAAAGGGHHH! They're coming out of the frame! Run!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOBH

I believe that Basic Instructions is my favorite webcomic!

I also believe that in panel 2 of this particular comic, you shouldn't capitalize "Rabbis" or "Priests," and that in panel 3, "no standard" would be best, though "not a standard" could work.

Note from Scott: You are right, and it has been fixed. Thanks!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThomasT

Are those new drawings in the last panel? It's like there's a whole new side to the strip we've never seen before.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I was thinking Maroon, but I guess that's purpler (which, according to Google Chrome, is a word)...

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

ah, but you assume that the word choices are/were insignificant! upon what basis do you make that assumption? others see those word choices as deliberate, and considering the amount of deliberation used in the creation of the words, I wonder if the others are not more correct.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Coffee? Sienna? I think there might be an answer in a crayola 64 pack..... :P
"Absolute Brown" = Hilarious in and out of context :D

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiggity Mike

I think that you are right. Awesome Scott. Maybe "leather" works for orange right?

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

That last panel is a home run. I couldn't agree more about Fred Schneider.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterverycleanteeth

I say chocolate.

Crayola says burnt umber.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Sepia is dark brown.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Constitutional scholars debate comma placement, not word choice. What sort of fool would quibble over words?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHugin


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Brown

maroon is actually a shade of red. Dark brown shades would be auburn, bistre or chocolate.


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjpj

I used to play drums for the band "Absolute Brown"...
Also, is that the silhouette of a chicken in the woman's hair (4th panel)??

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRodbotic

Just caught myself as I was about to google "dark brown". Russet?

Damn! I googled "Russet".

Russet is a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

Ah! Pantone... I resent their authoritarian dictation of such a subjective thing as color definition. Also, I want to work there so bad!
The first colorimeter was invented to measure brownness. Of beer specifically. Fun!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterorangina

Really, Scott, I didn't think you'd be jumping on the 3D bandwagon too!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOli

In panel 4, is that a rooster in the back of her head?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHumanwine is in the language, though not very current or a good way to think.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Ebony. There, end of argument.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertony

Sorry I'm with Missy on this one. Fred Schneider: less of a rapper, more of a ranter. By the way, I think the word you're looking for is ultrabrown. You're welcome :)

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwistee


Or to keep in the spirit "brownest"

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjh1523


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

The darkest one there is bistre. Auburn is also darker than brown. Both are only one word!

And ebony means black, doofus. Though I guess technically black is a really, really dark brown. (It's also a really, really dark any other color.)

Also, the Beastie Boys are not a rap artist. They are multiple artists. So they do not qualify, for the same reason that "dark brown" does not qualify.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

If we are talking a word that is specifically a color then you have Umber. If you are talking interior design catalog names there are many:
chocolate, mahogony, espresso, chestnut, cocoa, and doubtless many others.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

is the last panel on 3-D? come ooooon, not you too Scott. Avatar was enough.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

See FED-STD-595 for standard colors!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Not only is this true, but you raise a very valid point. No word for Dark Brown, but two ways to spell colour - the proper way and the American way. Just sayin'.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUKNick

Does this mean The Missy is a Beasties fan? I always knew I liked her better than Scott.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorejello

I'm with Humanwine ~ forget the color argument... Why Missy has a rooster on the back of her head? Is it like the movie Yellowbeard? Was a rooster tattooed on when she was young, so that it could be used for nefarious purposes later on?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoosterSeeker

Fred was awesome within the context of the B-52's but their genius lie elsewhere. I had the misfortune of finding a Fred Schneider solo album in the music store used bin about 15 years ago or so and thinking, "How cool!" I assure you it was not only not cool but significantly god-awful.

Note from Scott: Are you arguing that this is anything other than awesome?!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I thought generic chicken as opposed to 'rooster'.

Brownest, methinks is the most appro choice

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilster

It's! Fred Schneider! In - a - cartoon!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefing

Absolute brown would make my day. I need a very large version of panel 3 to hang in my cubicle, along with an "absolute brown" swatch, and perhaps a crayon box full of absolute colors.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGleeful Designer

What I find seriously awesome about BI (or should I say, one of the additional things, besides its inherent awesomeness) is that it has the kind of readers who seriously try to answer the existential questions raised in a comic. That has to mean something!

Note from Scott: I enjoy that too.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
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