How to Help Your Child Pick a Role Model

I'm posting this comic to the site early to make up for the comic lost to the protest yesterday, and because I'm feeling some guilt in general. Time has been scarce lately. That's why there've been reruns the last couple of Fridays. I hope to rectify the situation soon.

Thanks for your patience.

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Reader Comments (49)

"In English, the plural of ninja can be either unchanged as ninja, reflecting the Japanese language's lack of grammatical number, or the regular English plural ninjas."
Sorry, but they are both correct, per the reference you cited.

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Comedy gold on all 4 panels! Now I want to do this with my kids - but they're too young and don't know what a ninja is (yet). Not quite the same ring to it if I tell them to be "really useful, just like Thomas!"

...Like the NINJA!

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

You need to teach a class called, "How to insert pure win into everyday conversation."

January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

@Rob and Invisible Editor on first page: "ninja" isn't even a Japanese word, anyway, it's the Chinese version of the written word. Not that Rob's point doesn't stand, I just like to correct people.

January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLythande, like a shinobi!

@Cat Ballou

It honestly didn't occur to me that she might have been asking 'Ninjas do chores?'

On reflection, I agree with you that it would have been a very natural reaction as her 'voice' isn't usually as omniscient as Scott's voice.

Thanks for making me think.

January 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack

"And if we were speaking Japanese, that would mean something." - Invisible Editor

We're kind of speaking Japanese, as ninja is a Japanese word.

January 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGiondi

This reminds me of a pair of parents who took shameless advantage of their kid's dream. He wanted to be a baseball player: "Baseball players have to eat their vegetables" "Baseball players need to be able to focus, so focus on your homework" "You'll need to learn English because... all the teams have foreigners on them!" "You should focus on math and physics if you want to be able to calculate the trajectory of a pitch"

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

NInja are a myth. The closest thing to ninja were samurai, who developed ninjitsu as one of many schools, to perform tasks which no honorable daimyo would expect or demand, leaving them plausible deniability. This is why they were expected to suicide if caught, it isn't just that the failure is a dishonor, it's to avoid interrogation.

All the reports of assassins disguised servants actually were disgruntled servants, but what self-respecting house would admit that? Aside from the embarrassment of others knowing their servants' loyalty is anything less than sterling, it exposes an obvious vulnerability in their security; their enemies would know, "Ok, we can just attack them with commoners right there on the estate." But if they told everyone it was done by what could only be an elite-trained master in esoteric arts of stealth and infiltration, their enemies would think, "Ok, we can just attack them with an elite-trained master in esoteric arts of stealth and infiltration." But they wouldn't be able to find one because they didn't exist, they'd go back to bribing disgruntled servants, and the next time their enemies claimed a successful attack was done by an impossibly capable agent, they could say, "Yes, we have impossibly capable agents!"

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging

Man, I wish my mom had trashtalked about doctors more..I would have been an awesome doctor instead of my current occupation, amazing ninja.

Do you know how much Ninja skills transfer into today's technological world? Not much. All the jobs are obstacle course game shows and appearing on shows to talk about ninjitsu and to catch arrows barehanded. Its all pedantic and lacks substance.

Thanks, mom.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterReign
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