How to Maximize Your Investment

The subscriptions, donations and kind words continue to roll in. I just don't know what to say. I have to admit that yesterday I suffered some self-inflicted writers block. I was like a character in a bad sitcom who thought they were just talking to some guy with a microphone, then they realize they're on live TV and they freeze up.

Luckily, I got over it.

So, at last report we were just over 10% of the way to the goal. I'm amazed to be telling you we're now just over 20% of the way there!!

 Also, thanks to the donations I've been able to perform some minor upgrades to my equipment, and I'm getting in some copies of my first two books so I can start selling signed copies again!

Thanks again for all your support. If you're waiting for me to return an e-mail, please be patient. And please consider either subscribing, donating, sponsoring the site or using the Amazon links (US, UK and CANADA). 

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Reader Comments (32)

A background? An actual background?! Oh wow. Oh wow.

Are you upping production values as part of the quit-the-day-job campaign? I approve.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Those buckets are good for holding used motor oil, dog poop scooped from the yard, or potted plants.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd

A background image? I'm quite impressed.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKih-Osh

I love your comic, long time reader, first time poster.
Good luck with the Subscriptions, I would, but right now my bank balance is way below zero, the life of a broker than broke student. I'll donate something when I get something.
For all the enjoyment you have given.
Wish you all the best.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRJJ88

"Some day we'll need six buckets, and you'll be six times as sorry."
Love it!

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy Fred

It's great that it worked out, but you know, fickle master and what not.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Earl Notjones

My favorite brand just switched to a cardboard box. I think I need to change to a brand that still comes in tubs, those are so useful. (Favorite use: packing them with snow to make a wall of snow blocks that last after everyone else's snow has melted.)

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTV James

I am now a subscriber :)

You are a stand up guy and you talk straight to us. I admire that and am glad I can help

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

This one was again a great one Scott, thank you very much!

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterreader

You know what's cheaper than a big bucket of kitty litter? Not owning a cat.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

All these posts and nobody yet mentioned that this is the first post of 2012? At least by my reckoning.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhergieburbur

Are... are you following me around the grocery store? And how do you know what's in my closet? Seriously. I have this conversation EVERY TIME we buy more litter.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAuri

I am impressed at the very realistic rendering of the TidyCat bucket!

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterambient

So glad to see other people who have those stupid buckets hanging around. And the cat has been gone for two years!

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjadednoob

Looking forward to How To Quit Your Day Job strip.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

I buy the big buckets and I'm loath to throw them away because they take up so much space in our "one trash can per week" bin. I save about three, and the rest get thrown away in stacks. Having 2 cats, 6 dogs, birds, and fish, I'm subject to most forms of pet woe.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I saved those for years, until we had like twenty. Then our town announced the 'recycled regatta' - a raft race where you make your own raft, hopefully from junk. I agreed to do it on the condition that we use these buckets and call the craft a CATamaran. It worked great, if by great you mean that we won the prize for 'most persistent' because we refused the tow until fifteen minutes after every other contestant was finished.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermockablekaty

PetCo (and probably PetSmart) has store-brand litter in either a jug or bucket that you can... REFILL (thereby saving EVEN MORE moolah, as well as you not owning 6 or more buckets)! WIN!

{If you are considering switching litter brands, do it gradually... 25/75 new/old; 50/50, 75/25, 100% new... so that your cat(s) don't rebel and "go to the bathroom on something we bought for other reasons".}

And then there is also the possibility of toilet-training, if you have a spare toilet that only guests use, and you rarely have guests. The Litter Kwitter (TM) is the BEST brand for that purpose, also available at PetCo and PetSmart.

Just sayin'...

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I feel like this every time I buy something in a nice container. I don't save margarine tubs, but those Kroger potato salad containers are top rack dishwasher safe and I keep all sorts of things in those buckets.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWitt

Four panels of pure win! And the fancy-schancy background image is just awesomesauce on an already epic burrito of comedy. And now I want a burrito... and a kitty litter bucket. But not together.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I hope you never run out of instructions.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

We paid you the money, now get back to work! We own you! muwahahahahahahahahaha. You now have a job with hundreds of bosses.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

oh i forgot to ask, if we get the subscription service will there be updates etc. here that wont be on email?

Note from Scott: No, every comic that runs on the site will be sent to subscribers first.Thanks for asking!

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

I just ordered a $400 scooter through your Amazon affiliate link. I hope this helps!

Note from Scott: The scooter has shown up on the report, and it did help quite a bit.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

I put my basic instructions subscription down on my taxes as an educational expense. When questioned I showed the auditor the comic and he laughed for 5 minutes straight! Then said, "seriously though, you better take that out"

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrent

hmmm... sorry but where does the bucket come from? isn't it a jug that he's holding there in panel 2? or what do you call those gallon type thingeemagigees?

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Earl Notjones

your reasoning and need for light hording resonates within my soul lol.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheat

Up next: How to Identify a Situation Requiring Six Kitty Litter Buckets

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTan

If you drill holes in the angled pars of the bottom, they can work as tool caddies and won't hold water if it rains on them. Why yes, I do have lots of free time. Why do you ask?

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

I swear, I tried not to laugh loudly at work, but panel 2 made it impossible. You make my crappy days in the office more bearable. I'm going to send you money, you deserve it. Never stop spreading joy.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereverlastinggaze

Man, the first panel had me laughing after just the first two speech balloons (Scott's reply to Missy). Oh, and add me to the group of bucket savers. They (the buckets) are great for 'temporarily' storing lots of miscellaneous little things when moving. And they keep storing them long after the move, since they stack neatly into a corner or a closet, where you can forget to unpack them...

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCR

brent, think of how awesome it would be if that worked! all basic instructions fans would do it

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

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