How to Wish Your Friend a Happy 50th Birthday

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Reader Comments (32)

My favorite line: "Every day's a celebration". It just communicates so much about Rick's life. Or rather, the life that Scott likes to present as Rick's life.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermormnguy

Ha, good ol panel 3. It is always the best panel. I'm sure this isn't a coincidence, but I am much too lazy to care why.

Thankyou for feeding my daily dose of slacking off at work


March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark!!

Are those moon years?

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

HeHe...Love how well you hid Rick's identity...

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlphaZombie

Who is that new character in the first panel?

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen B


--the fourth wall, lying in a pool of blood

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbaardvark

@baardvark: You're asking the guy who markets infinitees to not create meta comics?

I'm guessing that every mirror in Scott's house has a twin on the opposite wall.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

It's true, it's true, and funny that it's true: "Every day's a celebration...."
I was inspired to go back in your archives to "How to discuss something you really don't want to talk about".
Let's just say it's apropos.... Thanks for making comics about it, Scott.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I love that first panel so much :)

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I'm certain that what Soul of Wit said is true. I am also sure that the characters refer to Scott as "Mr. Director" and complain about the unsafe working conditions ie. his computer.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

"Live slow, die old, leave a crowd of angry creditors..." That sounds like an admirable goal to me, lol!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiscus0001

Great as usuall!

Happy Birthday Rick!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Congratulations. You managed to butcher the English language in the narrative portion of this strip with a blatant disregard for subject - pronoun agreement in all four panels. That must be a record. (And yes, panels 3 & 4 count because they are still referring to the singular friend from panel 1) Too bad your pitiful grammar detracts so from an otherwise funny strip.

Note from Scott: "They" has been used as a singular for subjects of indeterminate gender since the 1800s. No, that's not a slam on Rick. I try to keep the narration sounding as much like actual instructions as I can, and instructions would stay gender neutral, rather than assume you have no female friends. I could replace "they" with "he or she", but that would take up space and sound stupid.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElyob

I just want to say that Rick is probably my favorite character. I don't know why, but he just is. Also, I keep thinking that you need to do a Q&A type thing where the real Rick, Missy, etc. are answering the questions. I think it would be interesting to hear their side of things. Oh and please make a shirt or poster that says "Live slow, die old, leave a crowd of angry creditors", as that would just be awesome.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Scott... I am always in awe of how MANY different gems of humor are in each of your comics. Of the many today, I must agree with Ben B and AlphaZombie.... to me the best was the "disguise" of Rick in panel 1. It was perfect and hilarious!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

I feel your pain; I'll be 30 in a few months.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArtie

@Elyob: I am a professional copywriter and editor; however, I am not a grammar Nazi. I certainly don't let my natural and practiced gift for language turn me into a rude and obnoxious boor. I'm too busy enjoying the people around me and laughing at Scott's intelligent humor to waste time on such things. Too bad your pitiful manners butchered what could have made your day a little better.

And Scott, yes, I really am a professional copywriter and editor, but I have never corrected any mistakes in the four or so years I've been a fan. Firstly, because I knew others would have caught them and commented already. Secondly, because your comic is about people and the funny ways we relate to one another. Your intelligence really does show in every comic.

Sorry this is so long. I've just gotten a bit fed up with the nit-picking.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Rick must really, really hate you.
But we enjoy it XD

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Happy Birthday to Rick!

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMidare

@Elyob, @Victoria: It could just be that Rick (or said friend) has multiple personalities, and Scott is politely address all of them at the same time.

(@Victoria - Thank you for your very reasonable post!)

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMechteach

@Elyob Dude. Scott has been putting out one of the most hilarious strips on the internet for years. He is very skilled at what he does (i.e. making people laugh) and you have benefitted from that countless times. But guess who didn't go for your throat when you failed to make anyone laugh with your pretentious drabble? Why? Because Scott is wonderfully, refreshingly un-douchey. Quit trolling like an asshole and appreciate someone who, for once in America, shows his brilliance in CONTENT rather than the exhibitionist art you make grammar out to be.

Scott, Panel 1 is my favorite. I laughed so hard!

Happy birthday, Rick!

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Scott is right about the grammar. There are four ways to construct the sentences he used: you can use "he or she" (awkward and goofy), you can use the all-masculine version ("He") for everything, you can use "hir" (the stupidest one I've seen yet), or you can just use "They," which happens to be what almost everyone uses in their everyday speech anyway.

To sum it up: "Some people object to the use of plural pronouns in this type of situation on the grounds that it’s ungrammatical. In fact, the use of plural pronouns to refer back to a singular subject isn’t new: it represents a revival of a practice dating from the 16th century. It’s increasingly common in current English and is now widely accepted both in speech and in writing." (

In conclusion, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :P

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Victoria +1
Yob - get a life.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavo

Artie: I hear you, man. I recently turned 20.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEli

Awesome comic. The fourth wall is meant to be lying in a pool of blood (right next to "he or she").

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

Wow, every panel in this one was great. I love the 'hidden identity' of Rick--er, I mean, that guy--in panel 1. And "Live slow, die old and leave a crowd of angry creditors" shall be my new mantra. (By the way, speaking of adopting things from this comic strip... remember "BDARGH!" from How to Share a Video Game? I actually use that in speech now and again, when something goes painfully wrong. I don't know if I should be worried about that or not, but thanks all the same.)

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I think it says more about Scott (or Missy) for allowing that horrible grammar comment to be posted. I think they are just trolling the trolls, or the rest of us, by posting the best grammar nazi comments of the untold numbers that are submitted for their approval.

And happy birthday Rick, please grow a horrible old man mullet for our comic viewing pleasures.

Note from Scott: There might be an element of that to it, but mostly in this case I thought there might be others who shared the commenter's opinion, and I wanted to explain my decision. The fact that the commenter made their point in a particularly artless and nasty way was incidental.

Thanks for the support.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan F.

...and there you have how a little black square can make hyper funnier a single panel.

Scott you are like the "Tito Monterroso" of the comic strip world.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

Panel 2 is full of win. :-)

@ Victoria-- well said.

It's one thing to point out a glaring typo that needs correcting... but I'm always amazed (and appalled) at the incessant grammatical nit-picking. If folks think they have the corner on the market on humor and grammar, they should just go write their own comic.

Scott - kudos! You always make me laugh! :-)

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Eli: I know that feeling, man. I just turned 10... wait, what are we doing?

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen B

Can I just say how hard I laughed when Scott, in his "Note from Scott" on Alan F's post, uses the pronoun "their" to refer to a singular subject. It makes me very happy to think that this was intentional. You, sir, are brilliant

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr Physics42

"Live slow, die old, and leave a crowd of angry creditors" has got to be my new favorite line.

April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordan
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