How to Understand Someone's Seemingly Irrational Behavior

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Reader Comments (32)

Second panel is just great.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReader #2

I love panel 2...

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel Raven

I have to admit, I really like Jenkins too. But I guess it's also from a distance, since I only like him as a character in this webcomic.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbobo

It's easier to reject than to be rejected. Jenkins will never know true love ;.;

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I just realized that I must be a Jenkins.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason H

In the last panel, Jenkins just looks really short, not really far away. I think it's because his arm is going over the side of the panel, whereas everyone else is behind it.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKih-Osh

Absolutely brilliant.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Panel 2 gets high marks for being such an insightful peek into the mind of a jerk.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I like Tiny Foreground Jenkins.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

"That's Jenkins curse. He only deals with people who are, at that moment, dealing with Jenkins" Pure, gleaming, 22 carat Inca GOLD.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

The second panel really got a big laugh from me. Bravo!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Barnum

Pannel 2 is made of solid gold. Poor Jenkins, having to deal with people who are dealing with Jenkins... Hell, I think I could almost feel for him! Well... Almost.

Small nitpick though: in the last panel, Jenkins' arm shouldn't go over the panel border, it messes with the perspective, since the other characters appear behind the panel borders but in front of him.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCyäegha

So, why does the copyright line STILL have 2011 on it?

I know there was a comic addressing this issue, but that was in December. Four months ago.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternonnymouse

Panel 2 wins the internet.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTacoMagic

Panel 2 made me think of this one guy I work with. I'm sure he thinks I always yell at everyone, because whenever he comes to see me for help I always end up yelling at him. He also looks like Jenkins, minus the beard.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereverlastinggaze

I know Jenkin's pain everyone I sit next to on an airplane is sitting next to the fat guy.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbigjimsmith

Panel two has given me insight into the mind of one of my more annoying friends. Thank you, Scott, for...wait. What am I saying? For years, I've been content to assume he's just an asshole, and now you've made me view the world from his POV! Dammit!

Up yours!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

Another useful perspective to take to work along with the energy drink and aspirin. Especially panel 2.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

In light of panel 2, I'd love to see a smackdown between Jenkins and Angry Customer.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

That must be why I laugh when I read Basic Instructions because, by definition, whenever I am reading Basic Instructions I am laughing. D'oh!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

I just made a purchase using your amazon affiliate link, as my little show of appreciation. Keep up the great work.

On a side note, what are your plans once you reach your 800 subscribers goal, aside from the obvious quitting your day job? Will Basic Instructions start coming out more frequently (like on the Tuesdays and Thursdays also)? Or will you just have a lot more time to relax?

Note from Scott: I have a whole laundry list of projects that have been waiting for me to get the time to work on them. Thanks for asking!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentera fan

Seems that Jenkins is getting a lot of conversation 'wins'.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenato Rea

Haha, I always said this about my dad. The only reason he thinks I'm depressed all the time is because he only sees me when I'm interacting with him, which makes me profoundly depressed.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBurnEdOut

I admit I was irritated to have to deal with Paypal. But surely supporting an awesome comic is worth it . . . and I'll keep checking back for the awesome comments to the awesome comic that, as an awesome subscriber, I already have. Good work, Scott. I hope you actually make this work for you as a "real" job.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

i don't get panel 2...i liked panel 1 more.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrenegade

Awesome. "Jenkins' Curse" is a name for something that has needed a name forever.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFester Addams

Second panel is an all-time classic.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

That Jenkins pic and thought balloon in the last panel should be a T-shirt.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRey Fox

@Scott, @Paula, if Paypal is a bother, and philosophically I’m with you, check out It’s only $0.25 per transaction over $10 and free for transactions under $10.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

No love for panel 3? The feedback analogy is perfect, and the punchline rocks. Or maybe it's just the audio nerd in me. But yeah, panel 2 is quite awesome.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjustruss

I know a guy at school just like Jenkins. He's called Ian, and everyone except me (Who is still new) hates his guts.

May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArven Sique

I am Jenkins. :(

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAncient Romans

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