How to Accept Responsibility


The photo below shows two highly desirable items: the most recent collection of “What the Duck” comics by my friend Aaron Johnson, and the idol from the beginning of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

 One can be obtained from Aaron’s website. The other, well, you’ve gotta step only on certain tiles, then weigh out the right amount of sand, and even then … it’s all a big mess. Just, get the book.

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Reader Comments (26)

Oh, I see! You count by the Chinese New Year! Fantastic!

I have tried the whole delegation thing with my daughter. She assigns things to her stuffed animals in turn, and then nothing gets done.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

How horrible. Death by delegation.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK7

I never realized that idol was so ... bawdy.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZebTheTroll

I JUST noticed that the moon symbol on the underling's coveralls has a crescent moon incorporated into it. That's clever.

Also, great comic, yadda yadda. If you ever had any comics that weren't great, I'd feel more need to compliment this one.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill


I have to find a way to use this in everyday conversation!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTan

That last panel had me ROFLing. "I gave him the opportunity to exceed my expectations! That's good management"

As always, well done! What method will the moon emperor use next to try to vanquish his foe? May I suggest death by boring monologue?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterxenapan

Wrong copyright date! That comic says 2012, when it's ...wait.

*shuffles away awkwardly*

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

"Death by Delegation" is the name of my new Tito Puente cover band.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa from Indiana

I'm currently serving a death by delegation sentence at work. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

How is giving birth "bawdy"?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

@xenapan, don't you mean by Moonologue?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFranz

@Paddy - because it doesn't look like a woman giving birth, it looks like a "cowgirl".

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZebTheTroll

@Franz: Moonologue. That's priceless, man. Well played. :-)

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I have just opened the comic and the first thing I see is rick portraying the moon-emperor. I am already smiling.

I can not fault the brilliance of the guard in panel 4 in anyway.

freak-A great job Mr. Meyer!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

That is good management. It never actually works, but who has time for such low-level details?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I love all the ongoing story lines in this comic, including the never-satisfied client (that got a new and brilliant installment Wednesday) and the moon men. So much goodness.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I see that cutting Rocket Hat's chin strap has become standard procedure at this point. At least they're improving.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTuxedoMonkey

So...this time the details ARE important?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Great strip! It would have been perfect, but I can't see the emperor's knobby knees!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

Is this secretly about Ron Paul and his racist News Letters?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreymase

Yikes! I was actually worried by the first panel! So much so, I rushed to the second panel before I finished the first, and was subsequently relieved to see Rocket Hat still alive, in his usual bondage paraphernalia.

So, how well do the Moon Men get along with the Amazon Women on the Moon? Has Rocket Hat's machismo and his extra long, dual-rockets on his cone seduced the Amazon Women with the notion of vacationing, traveling or moving to some place new? Perhaps they've abandon the Moon, hence the Moon Men's contemplation of destroying of the Amazon Women's new home of Earth?

I do worry the Emperor may one day succeed with Rocket Hat's demise, if only by accident. Not much before today, now very much so.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom

Kristy - My daughter does the same thing. Except stuff does get done. hmm AS I think about it I should look into that.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

Marvellous! And what a wonderful last panel!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMalte

The copyright date!! At last!! It's 2012!!! LET'S PARTY!!!!!!!

-Cougar :{)

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCougar Allen

Rocket Hat is my favorite character, and all he does is stand there, plotting (or not) his escapes.

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTlalocW

I hope Rocket Hat never stops getting captured by the Moon Men. If he did, they might actually accomplish something--heaven forbid.

I think my last boss tried to delegate me to death. I've gotta get me one of those helmets. With a really tough chin strap.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

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