How to React to Something Amazing (rerun)

A few commenters were curious what kind of stuff I spent time on while I was on the narcotic pain-killers. I call the drawing below "Tus-Keane Raider".


You may not think you're familiar with the paintings of Margaret Keane, but you are.

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Reader Comments (17)

You see ?
that's my poiint !
That's Pure classic man.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Took me over a month to finally do it, but I've read every Basic Instructions from the first. Can't wait to see more, hope you're feeling okay after your surgery!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Okay, so that was the scariest google image search result EVER.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWombat18

I was thinking of the late lamented Vaughn Bode, not Keane.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

I'm with Wombat18 on this one

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

How is omnipresent man surprised?

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOption Disabled

Actually, no I'm not familiar with her work. And considering the freaky results on that page, I'm kind of happy that I'm not. I'll take a Renoir painting over an image of Freaky Eyes McGee any day.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

After reading all of these back-to-back, it occurs to me that we're not giving the Moon-Men enough credit. Sure, they may always be ultimately defeated by Rocket Hat, but they're VERY good at initially capturing him.
Maybe it's all the chains?

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoshquixote

Yeah. With the others. Not a Keane fan.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Scott.... your "super" hero comics are the first "Super"heros I have ever liked and enjoyed reading. Too bad there are not two of you *like* as with Rocketman and Omnipresent Man.... for if there were, you could have TWO websites and have one site devoted to new "Basic Instructions" comics and the other one be the ' "Super"hero Instructions ' daily comic site.

You really should figure out how to become two people.... so we can have these two concurrent sites. I'm serious! It does not have to be only a pipe dream (although I did just smoke my pipe).

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

After careful perusal of the pictures on that link, I can assure you that I have never before seen her work and will avoid it in the future.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

It appears the eyes have it.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterImmortal1

Ok, Keane is just freaky.

Rocket Hat man seems to have Perry the Platypus syndrome. Always gets captured, but once he's captured he has them right where he wants them. He also seems to talk about as much as Perry the Platypus does. (can you tell I have kids?)

I love Basic Instructions, and having them back-to-back-to-back is just awesome. Even if I have read them before it doesn't matter, I usually go back and read them over again anyway.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBonhomous

To be fair, Scott said that we may be FAMILIAR WITH Keane's paintings, not that we might be fans. (Wow, seeing a whole page of those creepy big eyes is overload! Need to take it in small doses, at most...)

Oh, this was one of my favorite Moon Men vs Rocket Hat strips... all the poses & expressions were perfect for the script (or vice-versa).

Note from Scott: Exactly! I don't expect any of you to like her work. I don't like her work. I'm just saying most people have seen a painting of a weepy, big eyed waif.

She has a great story though. When her paintings first got famous they were released as being her husband's work. For years everyone thought he was the painter. Then they got divorced and she started painting in her own name, so of course he sued her to get her to stop. If I have the story straight, the judge had them both paint in court, and he was just terrible.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

My mom found two matching Margaret Keane prints when I was a kid and hung them in my room. I hated those things!! She thought they were cute with their big eyes, but I hated their totally hopeless expressions. Of course, I didn't tell her I didn't like them for a couple years. She immediately took them down and put up something less memorable, and less creepy.

Glad to see you're doing so well and you've been busy, Scott. I hope you have a nice buffer of strips to give you more time and less stress. :)

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Margaret Keane worked as an artist with her husband, Walter. There was a bragging rights dispute over who did the eyes, then a divorce. Apparently Margaret won custody of the eyes.

Perhaps Walter should have sent the Knifeketeer after her.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMad Wycliffe

I am not, as a matter of fact, even faintly familiar with Margaret Keane's work; after having clicked that link I am rather convinced I don't want to be either.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdudekazoo
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