How to Create a Diversion

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Reader Comments (37)


April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

"A game that's played differently depending on where you live."
... that's actually the best explanation of football I've ever heard.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Love the first panel. Not just because it has Rocket Hat in it. But that helps.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOz

Mmm, Madden...

..Oh, sorry, was diverted there for a second.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaethori

loved it!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSerne

I would like a t-shirt of the moon empress. Thank you for your cooperation.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbaardvark

"They've never had to."

You started with the best punch line. "The one called 'Madden'" is potentially funnier, but it loses points for being so terrifying. It's as if Jason Vorhees put down his chainsaw and stated a standup routine - however funny he might be, you'd be too scared to laugh.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

Why yes, that IS a telestrator in my pocket!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Fantastic, I can now distract myself for hours!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC B

A punchline in every panel! Bravo.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

MY EYES!! The mental image of John Madden in "something slinky" has seared my retinas. It burns like the red-hot fire of a thousand suns. Oh -- I got distracted. . .

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspanky


April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

Rocket Hat?

Rocket Hat!


April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPetoo

The first panel was the best!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

I've often wondered about the "real" Rick. He must be either a really good friend, a really good enemy, or imaginary.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Gah! A scantily clad Madden! I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

Chicagoed? I usually scorn the grammar nazis, but it's just Chicago Bears.

Note from Scott: Yes, the Emperor is working with faulty intelligence. It's sort of a running joke between Missy and me to call Spiderman "Spidered-man." This sort of came from that.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari


April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Thanks! Panel 3 actually made me laugh out LOUD! Too bad for me I am at work & now people are staring at me. I've got some splaining to do....

Good think we're all geeks.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

I think I have to give it to United. If you're not a Mank, you're a Wank!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I just noticed the legs in the first panel and started laughing. But then it occurred to me that there is less gravity on the moon so of course he'd have skinny legs.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarthinker

The one think I just can't stand about Rocket Man is how he never seems to shut up. It's always, "Blah, blah, blah" with him.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Yay! Rocket Hat!

And Steve: In that case I'd be too scared to not laugh.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

Well, if Chicagoed Bears is intentional, then I'd have to go with Manchester. To call them Chicagoed sounds like they've been overfed on deep dish pizza...

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

A Madden joke--I did not see that one coming.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

was so pleased to see the wider shot of the Emperor of the Moon, simply as a reminder that when you "gave" him the Magnificent Robe, you made it too short (and he doesn't wear pants, HA!)

Also, totally caught the "Chicagoed" because you led us into it with "foot-ball" DUH! (but thanks for the note about "Spidered-man" - HI-larious!)

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Starthinker: But then it occurred to me that there is less gravity on the moon so of course he'd have skinny legs.

The details are unimportant!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

I feel bad for Rick - I never noticed his skinning chicken legs until this comic... Sad, sad, little legs!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

I'm in the same position as mohrorless laughing out loud at work and having people stare at me...

that is until I told them to imagine a scantily clad John Madden...

now everyone is as scarred as I am and no longer question me when I burst out in laughter...

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrucebanner

"Our diversion was so powerful, it diverted us!" EPIC

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEla

I'm beginning to think that Rocket Hat allows himself to be captured because he his so entertained by The moon people's attempts to subdue or destroy him. Also they are the one race of people in the Solar System who are less smart than him.

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevinKunreuther

and he is back!!!!!!

Found your muse Mr. Meyer?

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

This strip is the reason why I do not read B.I. at work. My co-workers think I'm crazy enough, thank you. BTW, I love running jokes, and that "magnificent robe" has to be my favorite. I crack up every time I see it.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlorida BI Fan

Sorry about this, I'm British, but who is Madden?

Great description of football though.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Carl, never apologise for being British...

and to whoever it was , if You're a Manc you're a wank, or a Yank, or maybe both..

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaveR

I'd rather see Madden nude. At least it wouldn't cross any signals of intent. The thought of that old Manbearpig in a black slip and oozing out... Let's just say it's bad enough seeing him crouching in golf shorts!

John Madden- 1960's American Football coach (college and pro) and later TV sports commentator, known for his head scratching yet profound quotes. "Don't worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon." "Coaches have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen to what they don't want to hear." Also known for his trademark "boom" in his instant replay analysis. "The lineman makes an opening. Boom. The tackle comes through. Boom. Right there."

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June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRiftalope

my brain rightly kept the image of a "scantily clad madden" from my eyes

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma
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