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Could it really be that Rupert Murdoch has more money than you do, to accomplish his lobbying efforts? Say it's not true!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

I'm with you on this one.


January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

As a content consumer, I applaud your position on this issue.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOtto66

My not be a 'comic' comic but your reaction face made me smile. I'm in the UK and only heard about SOPA & PIPA (seriously do they only make laws in the US that have an acronym) recently. Sounds like petty, money grabbing to me . It will only benefit the entertainment industry, its enforced by the enterrainment industry (effectively) and who wrote it? Thats right the entertainment industry. Still, if it does pass, just steal the content anyway slap a dick joke on the end and call it a parody (protected under freedom of speech).

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Nice facial expression :)
Looks about right...

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDefault

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January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr T

Scott, my man, you are in good company. xkcd has made a similar protest.

In my ignorance, I know not what these laws are, but if you and xkcd oppose them, then so do I!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

"This comment has been deleted in accordance with SOPA and PIPA guidelines"

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheat

I miss the comic. But thank you, Scott, for participating in the protest.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa from Indiana

Doesn't Disney own the copyright to this joke?

You're going down, Scott. Down like Donkey Kong.

Or whatever it is that goes down.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

"I know not what these laws are, but if you and xkcd oppose them, then so do I!"

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the rationale behind these protests.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermstrange

I am shocked and outraged by your wife’s apparent nonchalant attitude towards the news she just heard. However, I guess the overly mortified look on your face helps balance the situation.
Amen brotha’ on your stance.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNevets

The look of absolute horror and terror pretty much sums up the bills.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha has blocked all it's content today to simulate how it could be if SOPA and PIPA laws was passed.

That cant be true! an entire forum can be be blocked if one user post an infringing link! it's absurd!

As the people of explosm say, if it came 10 years before, neither neither was online today!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarth GTB

As a science fiction writer for mainly online magazines, I fully support this protest.

(Even though the lack of new comics makes me sad. XKCD, Dinosaur Comics and BI? That's half my Wednesday morning entertainment right there!)

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Seybold

I can never get enough of eyeball-meet-talon face.

If you don't know what SOPA/PIPA are then learn about them. That was the purpose of the blackout today. Non-US citizens are also encouraged to become informed. The internet is global. For example, Jeff, from the UK, appears to be reasonably well informed on US acronyms/unworkable proposed legislation.

If you live in the US, contact your elected representatives. If you don't know how to, use Google (it's not dark today.)

Easy way to email your two senators and your rep.:

Disclaimer: No affiliation with linked site. They will have your email addy. They will send email related to SOPA/PIPA. You can easily remove yourself from future emails.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

wah wah. That's the entertainment industry crying over a public who found an alternative to price gouging.
wah wah. That's the government giving in to demands (and probably lots of bribes) to make overzealous laws that would hurt much more than the actual targets they claim only to be concerned with.
wah wah. That's the so-called protestors who think that by not telling a joke on schedule, they are making themselves heard, when in actuality they are leaving their faithful patrons walking away with a depressed feeling. My Dad's birthday is in March, and I think he'd like the Basic Instructions books as a gift. But if you are going to shun your fans in a pointless huff, then...
wah wah. That's me, not buying your books because I don't like how you hurt your fans to show so-called solidarity.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrybaby

Kudos, good sir. I oppose these bills as well.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

No copyright date on this one. Mind if I "borrow" it?

Note from Scott: Go ahead

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermatt

I wholeheartedly agree with you.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersilzz

Funny that didn't run this today.

Note from Scott: Actually, I didn't send it this one to GoComics. I'll use my site to make my political statements.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuck

I'm going through the list of webcomics I read and each one is blocked out for SOPA and PIPA. Bravo!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I came here hoping for instructions on "How To Rile Up the Entire Internet" or possibly "How to Write a Bill That Young Adults Actually Care About." This works too, I guess.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Nope, you comment has not been deleted in accordance with SOPA and PIPA guidelines - the whole point of SOPA/PIPA is that if you had linked to some protected content, the whole WEBSITE could be shut down, not just your comment.

Which is why would totally write a letter to my congressman if I were a US-man.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@The Cheat

Whole heartedly agree. SOPA and PIPA are all about allowing the largest media companies to control content for their own financial gain.

Protect Net Neutrality!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

Whole heartedly agree. SOPA and PIPA are all about allowing the largest media companies to control content for their own financial gain.

Protect Net Neutrality!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

""This comment site has been deleted, seized in accordance with SOPA and PIPA guidelines"

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for opposing SOPA and PIPA.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthestashattacked


January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbdc

Congress is famous for picking a good cause and f***ing it up with laws that don't do what they intended, and do accomplish the opposite.
DON'T get me started
If I did my job that badly, I'd never work more than a day on any jobsite..

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Great to see you joining in the protest. :)

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

This is now my my desktop background -- and I don't change it often.

Stay crunchy.


January 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfilsmyth

It is good to have overreaction to the government's knee jerk response to large industry's overreaction from losing large sums of hypothetical money.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAC

"Protect Net Neutrality!"

Yeah! Neuter Your Net!

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

Glad to see you are against SOPA / PIPA. Mind if I post a link to my webcomic entitled Basic Directions? I'm basically just taking your comics and Photoshopping the faces of people that I know onto them. I'm making a killing on advertisement revenue.

Just kiddin'. I'm with you.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

"As a science fiction writer for mainly online magazines, I fully support this protest. "

Believe me I am no where close to being a SOPA but the intimation of this quote is patently wrong. You are allowed to use name brands in a story.

"As a slid into my Nike shoes, I realized all the other competitors looked more prepared."

What you can't do is start a shoe company called Nike or plagiarize directly from a book etc. and say it is yours.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I should also mention that you can use proprieties as a parody or use samples of a song You'll find them in mostly rap and dance music.) If you couldn't use them in this manner sites like red letter media and a good majority of rap/dance songs would become illegal and their sites would be seized. Imagine iTunes down because of one song.

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

talking about music...

all that people "making" eletronic music in parties... the DJ people... they will lose their jobs, since they do not have the ability to create music and need to glue some already created (copyrighted) music with a tuntstunts-like rhythm...

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarth GTB

I shared this comic on Napster.

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon J

I'm glad you're protesting SOPA and PIPA, Scott. :) Also, I'm not sure if anyone's told you this yet, but in case you haven't heard: there's another threat called ACTA which is even worse than SOPA and PIPA. You can read about it here. And if you don't feel like reading all of that, then this site does a pretty good job of summing it up. *Sigh* This is just not a good year for the internet. :(

PS - Your comics are awesome; your advice really helps me out in life! :D

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Lee

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