How to Adjust your Expectations

In a couple of weeks I will be having my tonsils removed. Estimates of the quality of the pain I'll be in afterward seem to be ranging between "bad" and “horrendous." As such, I'll be taking a little time (at least a week, likely two" from the comic. I'm considering re-running all of the superhero comics in order during that time.


Whaddaya think?


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Reader Comments (92)

Scott - Good luck. Look at this as a learning experiece and fodder for more comics.

I agree with 9Squirrels! Guest comics would rock. Missy on the other hand may not want your "help" when you are in a "great" mood while recovering from surgery. Superhero comics in order would be excellent as well.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

I hope your recovery is quick and as pain-free as possible. I still have my tonsils so I can't share any war stories, but I do know that warm herbal teas help. Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat is miraculous!

The superhero run is a great idea. How nice of you to cater to our wishes while you're in pain. Looking forward to seeing you back at your art soon!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

If you're getting your tonsils removed, at least get them to put something awesome in their place. A pair of fuzzy dice maybe.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

I hope you have a speedy recovery for your wife's sake! ;)

Seriously though, I hope your recovery goes well.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I swear I read that as "I'm having my toenails removed" and I was wondering wtf kind of ailment required that.


June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter(the) Dave

"I could get rear ended in new and unusual ways" Bow chicka bow wow.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I disagree. I think any creative work you produce while hopped up on painkillers would be worth preserving for posterity.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlthorEnchantor

Super Hero Week sounds great! Try to write some comics while doped up though - they'll be golden.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Just expanding on an idea at least a couple of people have posted already: Guest strip by Missy titled, "How to deal with a husband who just got his tonsils out."

You probably wouldn't want to actually work on a strip while the heavy pain killers are doing their work, but it might be a good idea to keep a notebook and pen close at hand and if you have some crazy ideas for something you'd like to do you can just jot the idea down briefly and go back to it when you're feeling better.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHari

I've always wondered why you re-run comics. I don't really have a problem with it, but you have an easily accessible digital archive. If anybody really wanted to see the old comics, they're only two clicks away from them. Anyway, I hope you get better quickly/

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

Best wishes for a low pain, low discomfort recovery Scott! I agree that guest comics would be cool (especially the guy who suggested letting Rick et al into the game), but if you don't have the time / inclination / ability to arrange that pre-surgery, your idea sounds great too!

Note from Scott: I'm getting a lot of requests for guest comics. A more insecure man would take this as criticism, but I'm not insecure. I'm paranoid, and am taking it as evidence of a plot to eliminate me from the comic.

Missy's pretty busy these days, but I'll ask if she wants to try a comic or two again. As for Ric, I've begged him repeatedly to create something and put it on the web so I can point you all to it. The man is freakin' brilliant. He's just not at a place in his life where he can concentrate on creative things.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Oh dear. My son just had his tonsils out in May. It was definitely "horrendous." Take the pain meds, stay as hydrated as you can stand and get well soon!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Good luck Scott! I had mine out at age 26, and overall, the pain wasn't much worse than having a really nasty case of strep. But, it did last for about a full week before I started to feel normal, and another 4-5 days after that before I would consider myself "better". I lost almost 10 lbs and got REALLY sick of popsicles by the end of it. My advice has nothing to do with what to eat or what not to eat, but rather, to sleep as much as humanly possible during the first few days of recovery.

Honestly, you'll be in pain, the kind of pain you can't do much with, and you shouldn't be planning any pressing events anyway. What is there to stay up for? The cough syrup with codeine in it will practically put you in a coma anyway.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAegbert

First, you're more important than the comic.

Second, I think that 2 weeks of guest comics is a good idea. You'll show off the talents of your readers, and you'll get a chance to sit and play lots of games.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChip Uni

Aw, man. Have a quick recovery!

Reruns rock. Guest comics by Missy rock. We'll hold down the interwebs and await your return!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I got rear-ended in the front a few years ago, so I know it can be done if you have the right panicky idiot in front of you.

I was pulling into the parking lot by the restaurants at the south end of Lake Union. The driver in front of me -- who was *way* in front of me accidentally pulled into the valet parking lane, panicked, and reversed at full speed into me. There was plenty of time; I was fully stopped and laying on my horn as he rocketed towards me, rear-ended himself against my car, and then drove off without stopping. Fortunately the damage was only cosmetic.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Lippert

A 2 week hiatus from cartooning seems logical, though you'll likely have a lot of time to yourself just sitting there to come up with ideas. I expect to get some new comics related to this operation and its resultant downtime. Some examples could be:
How to eat three meals a day through a straw
How to act like a normal human when hopped up on pain meds
How to show gratitude for your wife
etc etc

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Superhero reruns is a good idea, but I think two weeks of strips about you being in bad to horrendous pain might be equally entertaining. How to Describe Levels of Pain? How to Express Pain as Onomatopoeia? How to Draw a Comic While Hopped Up on Meds?

BTW, if this tonsils thing is just a ruse to get out of writing new strips for two weeks, good job on striking just the right balance to get reader sympathy without scaring us into looking for you. Too bad there was no BI on that for that fake "Gay Girl in Damascus" with his fake kidnapping.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Hope you feel (and get) better quickly.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLen

Personally I prefer anything but the Superhero comics. To me they just aren't as funny.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott S.

Word of advice. Don't have anything with spice. Not even pepper. It will burn so bad if you do.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergold

At the risk of committing a grievous internet faux pas by referencing on webcomic on another's comment section, I must point out that Scott's unmatched left parenthese had created an unresolved tension that will stay with me all day.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

At least take notes for future comics while on painkillers.

And maybe draw one, realy skay, horrible and nonsensical, like when Billy Jr. "does" Family Circus, so we can see what we're missing.

And take a poll of all the doctors about what tonsils are for.

And get well soon.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

My (ex)-boyfriend and I both had our tonsils out together (a vicious strep infection we were passing back and forth was to blame). I was eating french fries the next day. He had serious trouble with bleeding after the surgery and as i recall was down for a good two weeks, if not more.

Hope your recovery is more like mine!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

That's funny. Like hard work and determination will produce anything.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

When I had my tonsils out in my early teens, I ate toast. Yes, that's right, toast. Scrapy, scrapy toast. It was my choice and it went well. This was also despite the fact that I've never been a fan of toast unless it has cheese and either some ham or marmite.

Great, now I want cheese and marmite on toast.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWK

I also had my tonsils removed a little while ago at age 28. It will take 2 weeks, and its much wrose as an adult than as a kid, my ENT told me. Recovery sucks, swallowing anything sucks. That said, stick to liquids for a while, and smoothies. Ice cream never helped me in recovery, but the drugs did - while they lasted, anyway.

I found that the pain only got in my way for a few days, and after that I was trying to stave off both swallowing pain and boredom. Don't figure yourself to be in bed for two weeks, because after the surgery itself, you have your usual energy and desires.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNate L

brand new car, got read ended and hit while parked about 3 times in the first 2 months of ownership. I got so enraged I started to fit tires to its side like ships do to prevent hull breaches. My girl managed to stop me before I finished attaching them.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

I have a better plan:


oh, and good luck w/the tonsilectomy

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXzex

Hey! I actually did get rear-ended in the front one time!

I was stopped several feet and a bit downhill from the car in front of me. He rolled backwards into my front end, causing some minor damage to the front bumper. He was an honest guy and paid to fix the damage.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertooluser

I hope the surgery goes smoothly! Don't let people scare you. It isn't pleasant, but it isn't always horrendous. I had mine out as an adult and for me the worst part was coming off the anesthetic. And that didn't last terribly long. I hope you have little pain and recover quickly!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwendybird

Had mine out as a child. Twice. I hope that suggests some superpower but so far have not put it to the test (because NOT regrowing a severed arm would be inconvenient, plus make me look really stupid hacking it off just to see what would happen.)

Good luck with the recovery.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

I haven't had the tonsillectomy to contribute to THAT conversation, BUT I look forward to you *trying* to write new stuff in your pain-meds-induced stupors, allowing guest artists like Missy to filling in, possibly, AND/OR the "all the superhero strips in sequential order" is a FAN-DAMN-TASTIC idea! Love it all! Much love thrown your way towards your recovery, but also EXCITED about what we, the fans are going to get while you recover!

btw, @ Jon Freestone, the Moonmen adventures would fall into the realm of "all the superhero comics" as Rocket Hat is a superhero, and the Moon Emperor is his Arch-Nemesis.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I had mine out when I was 9. I didn't feel much like eating anything, even ice cream. But my friend lent me his Nintendo (original NES) to play while I recovered. So I recommend lots of video games to get your mind off the pain. Dr. Mario, anyone?

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspak

Ouch! Best of luck with your surgery. My own memories of surgeries in the mouth and throat include the surgeon putting the x-ray in backwards and spending ten minutes slicing my mouth to ribbons on the wrong side..... But I'm told that the tonsils are easier to find. The aforementioned surgeon disappeared in a horrible and grisly accident that I know absolutely nothing about. >>

Your suggestion of superhero comics, all in order, has seriously made my day. Although, a comic or two from Missy (in between feeding you ice cream and pineapple, of course) would be kind of awesome.... ;)

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLMR

I gotta say, I don't understand all the requests for guest comics, except maybe from Missy. I never thought the others were as good or as funny. I'd rather see reruns.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

The recovery turned out to be pretty minor for me. I had them out when I was 25, and I was dreading it. Within ten hours, though, I felt better than I did before the surgery. It was quite a relief, actually. It took a day or two to get my voice back. During that time I lived on Jell-o and sherbert. I was back to work in a call center in three days. So maybe you'll get lucky and have as easy of a recovery as I did. (I'm knocking on wood for that.)

In the meantime, if you find you are able, you could use the time to draw a few strips while getting as zonked as possible on a gnarly combination of pain medication and alcohol. (Ooooh!!! Maybe we can look forward to "How To Recognize A Hallucination.") <g>

Good luck.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarFleetCaptain

I think it depends on the quality of the painkillers you're on. I'd love to see the fruits of you narcotic laced mind.

That or superheroes. Viva la Knifecateer!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrambleheart

Post how your tonsillectomy goes, I'm getting mine out at the end of July and am amusing myself with all the delightful tales found on the interwebs about adult tonsillectomies. Here's to hoping neither of us will experience the horror stories!

And I'd love to see all the superhero comics up, I have a hard time getting into those since I only found your site fairly recently and have missed many of them.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Congrats on the modeling gig as the new cigarette warning image slide #10

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermotionview
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