How to Explain Why You haven't Put Someone in Your Comic Strip

Yes, the copyright date does say "2010." Publication of this comic was delayed because my brother dragged his feet getting the release signed and in the mail. It's almost as if he knew.

 

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Reader Comments (53)

Can you put me in a comic? That would be awesome.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdroid

Hey, is there a new comic today? I was distracted by the "2010" in the corner.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam H.

I don't think I've laughed that hard in a very long time!! Panel three had me laughing so hard my family came to read, too. Hilarious!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Hey, is that the tape mummy in the fourth panel of the comic strip inside the comic strip?
Awesome!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlven94

Panel three recursion = Brilliance!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKP

Caught the words "hideous perversion"....got me laughing out loud.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatana

You made your own brother sign a release? That's even colder than the comic.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

I love how you can just barely read some of the text of the comic in a comic. Makes me really want to see the whole thing.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Especially love the "hideous perversion" tucked into panel 3!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCinSim

My tummy hurts now and my eyes are all watery - from the laughing that still won't stop! Can we see the first part of a release?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Platte

There's a panel in your panel. You should get that removed. It could be unhealthy

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Oh, and panel 4 of the comic in panel 3 has the masking tape mummy. I think i want to seeTHAT comic.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Well, this is easily my favourite one in a long line of awesome entries. Good job, man.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

I take it your brother isn't really that bad. Except for the pants issue, that is.

Note from Scott: You're right. I have no beef with my brother, but he asked to be in the comic, and this is what happens to people in my comics.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

Does your brother's, corners of his mouth extend beyond his mustache or is it food? Discerning minds want to know.

I wouldn't think a brother would need to read the first paragraph to know one way or the other; so another slam on the brother or just a bonus?

Oh yes before I forget. I love the way people use their pointer; it really looks like their giving you the finger laterally.

P.S. Very funny, made me laugh and smile.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeoriagrace

Panel three made me cry (tears of joy)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharles

Another great third panel and the fourth panel ... più eccellente e divertente !!!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevinKunreuther

I can see where you get your taste in facial hair from, Scott :P

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I think the 'tape mummy' is supposed to illustrate a patch of unpainted wall 'behind' the comic strip. Yes? If yes, it's a pretty weird visual metaphor for what's going on inside Scott's head.

Note from Scott: No, sorry, but it is just the Masking Tape Mummy. I didn't actually write the comic-within-a-comic, but if I had, the las panel would have been me calling my Brother a weirdo and Missy pointing out that I'm in no position to talk. The mummy was the image i had laying aroud that got that across easiest.

Yes, I over-think these things pretty severely.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMattF

Note to self: NEVER sign one of Scott's release forms.

Wait, isn't that a time paradox in panel 4?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerraHertz

And this is why you shouldn't appear in comics until you've seen their full content. A brief at look at the Rick comics would have warned for this kind of hideous perversion.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhyrexianRogue

Awesome again! Please tell me we will eventually see the full "How to Help a Habitual Pants-Wetter" strip

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrent

Your brother looks a good bit bigger than you. Aren't you afraid he'll pound you? Just wondering.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElyob

Hey Scott, this gives me a great fund raising idea for you! Why don't you auction off the right to be in your comic to one of your readers? You could raise even more by having them pay extra to not be humiliated in the comic!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Being that this comic is basically instructions, I feel part of each one.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSigg3

What was his actual reaction?

Note from Scott: We'll find out when he reads it, which, as he's on the West Coast, should be in about two hours.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonnyB

Today's strip reminds me of Forbidden Planet where the monster is a projection of the id. You could have an offshoot series Forbidden Instruction. Here's what happens when you enter . . . Forbidden Instruction.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

The pants-wetting must be a family thing:
http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2006/7/8/how-to-deal-with-embarrassment.html

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Is this the first time we've seen your brother, I thought he was in another one a few years back. I looked around a bit but didn't see it, so I'm probably wrong. This one was good though!

Note from Scott: I have two brothers. The other has a Paul Teutel mustache, and shaves his head (in the comic).

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWally

This comic is excellent. Please do update with his reaction - as someone with a brother I'd like to publicly humiliate, I'd like to know what to expect.

(Also - a comic within a comic, and no one has made a "Yo dawg" joke yet? For shame.)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabi

Hahaha! I can't help but wonder if this was designed to get people to leave you alone about being in your comic...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

What kind of country do we live in that you can't publish a web comic until your BROTHER signs a release.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermotionview

I'm going to figure out a way to use "hideous perversion" in a work email today, if it kills me!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

i thought your brother was dead?

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2006/7/4/how-to-avenge-your-brothers-murder.html

--roger

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

Scott, your comics are beyond humorous! I laugh out loud at almost every single one of your panels. The only other comic that even comes close to approaching your level of humor to me is F-Minus. Thank you for the great laughs!!!

Does your brother actually sport a "handlebar" syle mustache with his goatee, or is that just a bit of poetic license on your part to tweak the humor even more? Interestingly enough, *to me* your brother looks an awful lot like the stockier William Shatner with a goatee, albeit younger.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

I think it's wonderful that you made your brother sign a release first.

And by "wonderful" I mean "very ,very wise".

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWarren

In response to Abi, I was totally going to make that reference. Shame on me.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Well, the comic is still up, so I guess Scott's brother liked it. Either that or he'll get around to deleting it after he gets out of hospital ;) Great strip. Wonderful in fact. I'm not sure about very, very wise though!

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwistee

I think your brother needs my new Sham Wow boxer shorts!

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarthinker

I love the comic but today's comments have really made it for me...makes me wonder if Rick signed a release one time and curses it every night. I was in Orlando last week, but didn't make it to Disney or I would have definitely tried to find you for an autograph - my hero...

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

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