How to Embrace Change

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Does Nerf still provide sporting goods commercials anymore? I probably either haven't seen any or was too obfuscated by the Doggie Doo advertisements that I stopped paying attention entirely.
I'm pretty sure the last Nerf product I had was a rocket launcher. That was pretty fun to screw around with until my first airsoft gun.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterelyK


September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreymase

This is totally awesome!! For Christmas last year I got my husband and our five sons, ranging in age from 13 to 22, Nerf swords. There were screaming sword fights for weeks! My 20 year old was just claiming the same thing you did in panel 1. He wants the Nerf guns, but he won't pay what they cost. Love this strip!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

If only we could solve the world's conflicts with big Nerf battles!

Another excellent strip. :)

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJay in Oregon

While I typically hate "First!" posts, I've never actually had the opportunity to post one, so.....


September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNohurtme

I agree with all the force of my ancestors before me; THE KIDS TODAY HAVE IT TOO EASY. DURN FOOL KIDS.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAjax

"The constant thing in this world is change." But change can be radical and somehow it's hard to keep up or probably it's our choices that prevent us from doing so. I think this is applicable to everything.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne | Flyers

That is 100% exactly what you did with Nerf items. Preferably they had a small plastic piece somewhere that would hurt when it hit.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

@Nohurtme: Might want to try it on a board where posts are shown right away. When they're moderated first, you have a much higher chance of not actually being first.

Also, Nerf weapons are awesome. I have four cousins and two brothers, and I brought Nerf guns for all seven of us to the Christmas party last year. My grandmother still finds bullets in odd places occasionally. :)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Nohurtme - Seeing your post wherein you embrace a practice you know to be wrong, and then don't get what you bargained for, makes me proud to post....


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Panel 1 has only one logical conclusion: Your robbed the store, right?

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhyrexianRogue

War.. War never changes.

<Insert picture of Nerf battle here>

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoralin

Funny, and so true.

One of the kids got a double-barreled Nerf shotgun. You'd break it open like a real gun, slide a nerf-dart/spring-shell combo in each barrel, close it, and Bang! Bang! Each trigger pull fired a dart, then you'd break open the gun and the shells would pop out.

It was so cool. I was almost sorry I wasn't six years old anymore.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Totally agree with the sentiment. As a kid who loved dinosaurs (and an adult who is still rather fond of them), I am flabbergasted at how awesome dinosaur toys are these days. I used to play with 8-inch, goofily painted models of slightly rubbery plastic. These days, they have fully posable models twice the size of that, and they're downright beautiful. Last time I went to Toys'R'Us, my inner child wept.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoshquixote

Quick cure for this - have grandkids! I LOVE going to the Nerf aisle, checking out the awesome weaponry, and spending too much. And Lego! How much fun is it to go the Lego aisle and buy Star Wars kits! Wait until you have grandkids. With a little luck you'll have at least some extra cash to help turn them into geeks like us!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa from Indiana

You darn kids! Get off my lawn! I remember when all this was farmland!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlimFlam

I remember when I was a kid, all I wanted for years was an Etch-a-Sketch. I finally got one when I was a teenager and no longer wanted it. Now they have handhelds and tablets that can do world class art, and play games better than the Coleco LED football game I used to have, at prices I also don't want to pay. Sigh.

Also, to anyone who wants to try for first, I think greymase got it right - a question mark is essential, since no comments displayed is not necessarily = no comments submitted. That is all.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Holy Shit! Nerf made sporting goods?!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurtis Ware

This is great. A LOL for every panel.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

In my town, we deal with this by buying a real gun and going to a shooting range once a year to get it all out of our systems at once.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Victoria, Nerf swords? There are NERF SWORDS?!

Oh, I gotta get me some of those.

(I have neither children nor husband, so I am behind on the ways of Nerf Destruction.)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Elaine

I love the Nerf stuff they have out now.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrBlocky

Twenty-Second! (because 'first' is so last-week :)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDweeDou

Most of what I learned in my first year of college was how to make nerf guns more painful/powerful. look up nerf gun mods on youtube and you get the idea. We built an airsoft sniper out of a nerf pistol. Good times.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I'm only fifteen, and even I agree that kids today haave it too easy!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

@Amy & Dave: Yes, I now see the folly of my ways, never again shall I succumb to the allure of internet dumbassery. I can only hope that the anonymous internet masses will see fit to forgive my transgressions.

That being said, the script is delightful. I remember starting off with nerf footballs and eventually moving on to dart guns, foam bazookas and eventually full automatic firearms. Even today my nephew has access to more advanced weaponry than your typical Navy SEAL.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNohurtme

First! Because I'm obviously not. Also it's all over this comment page and pointless anyway.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Since everyone else is doing it........First!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Fallout quote for the win.... I seem to remember a "bumper" sword there as well. Nerf does make some awesome weapons even in a post apocalyptic fantasy world.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAgamemnon

And once they come out with the Nerf suitcase nuke.
Some SOB will scream LAST!

And at that point they will be correct.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentericecycle

One hundred thousandth!

This whole strip is great, but I think panel two is best... works as a one-panel all on its own!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

OOoh, Nerf swords? I think I'd better wait a couple of years on those, my three-year-old is already trying to kill her little brother WITHOUT any weapons involved.

I agree that the toys today are so much cooler. I was at Toys R Us buying a train set to give as a present... they have cool ones with all sorts of sounds and lights and RFID so the trains can "talk to each other".

Yeah, it's not the price tag on those that stopped me from buying them. My inner child thinks they're awesome, but my inner mom knows better than to buy the toys that make the noise.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

I find it difficult to believe this many people do not own any nerf swords. I find it more difficutl to believe that there are children that DO own nerf swords and no longer play with them.

I would continue, but I have to practice for my next nerf sword fight. I'm not certain what weapon I'll need next, as the little one gets to choose our weapons from the arsenal each duel. For those unaware, the nerf mace has the most versatile balance and cushiest strike zones, so it should be high on your list of purchases.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Hold on there. A Nerf mace as well?

Oh, I know what I'm putting over my mantlepiece.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Elaine

Yeah, they have all manner of Nerf Weaponry now
for my birthday, my nephew actually got me a nerf tommy gun, it's battery powered and has a huge capacity
there is also one with a tri-pod that is belt-fed...
and then are the swords, axes, armor, shields and what have you.
perfect for cubicle warfare!!!

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAsher D

On dozens of these comic's comment sections, there are people claiming "first," but are not first. This might seem reasonable if it were not for the fact that the third or fourth comments are people exclaiming, "First!"

No, you're not even second. Why are you claiming to be first?

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAtari

Man, all I had was a Nerf football!

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAEO

And now Nerf is making a "nuke":


October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
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