How to Write a Superhero Story (Rerun)


I chose this particular rerun in honor of a reader named Graham, who attended a superhero themed "fancy dress" party (That's Brit for "costume party") dressed in the ensemble pictured below.

 He said the hardest part was getting the shirt done, so I've made a version of the shirt available in the Basic instructions store.


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Reader Comments (20)

Panel #3 is loaded to the brim in irony, that's the best laugh I had all day

Good work, Scott!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

How dare you lie super hero's are suppose to teach good manners!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Remember kids! The more t-shirts you buy and wear, the more omnipresent Omnipresent Man will seem to be!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChumley67

if omnipresent man farts, does everyone smell it?

great instruction there scott and well done to the fellow brit at the fancy dress.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercloudy

Best rerun so far!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Wouldn't one of the powers of Omnipresent Man have to be the ability to communicate separately in a single place? Otherwise he'd likely have a million different people talking to him at any given time and have a thousand wives (when he proposed, Missy couldn't have been the only one who said 'yes'). He'd also have been in at least a dozen porn films while consummating the marriage...

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

I've been thinking of the best way to show my appreciation, and buying an omnipresent shirt and acting strangely is undoubtedly the best possible way.

Scott, you are awesome. I too shall send photos.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOwen

Aagh! As I am called Graham, and British, I hasten to announce -- that wasn't me!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

best. costume. ever.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Shouldn't every BI strip featuring Omnipresent Man be solid black?

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephan

If Omnipresent Man isn't also invincible, he must nonetheless have an impressive degree of fortitude to survive the hearts of suns, black holes, volcanoes, nuclear reactors, the Earth's core, that one room where the army (Whose army? *The* army, silly!) attempts to find out the effects of a Justin Bieber and Fran Drescher duet on insurgents (which is also, coincidentally, the seventh circle of hell), etc.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

So Scott's wife is dating the Omnipresent Man??? MIND BLOWN!!!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercris

I kind of like the idea that Omnipresent Man has no other power than being everywhere at once. He still has only an ordinary person's ability to pay attention (or less). So one day we'll see him suddenly sprouting a marker mustache, or being pantsed by someone he's not paying attention to somewhere else.

That costume is so full of win.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGus Snarp

I love this one much. Great work!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel


yes but think about it. Everywhere he is hot he is also cold everywhere there is lots of gravity he is also having no gravity in hell he is also in heaven

so it all cancels out.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

What's Scott's wife doing with Omnipresent man ?

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaajeev

This is the only webcomic i read where readers consistently point out their favorite panel. Is the wave of the future for webcomic comments?

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryour mom

Omnipresent man teeshirts... I seriously hope no one picks up on the cod pieces

and coincidentally I'd already seen Grahams costume (he was at my place the same night)

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTarget

If Scott's wife is dating Omnipresent man, does that mean that Scott is dating the Judger?

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkansattica

Second ever post. First one was to grumble about repeats, but I enjoyed this one heartily, so um yeah.

On a different note. As Omnipresent Man is everywhere, it would make it rather easy for crooks to shoot him or whatever else they wanted to do. They couldn't miss if they tried! Have I just found his Achilles heel? I'm told that every good superhero should have their kryptonite. Enquiring minds need to know!

May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Hair
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