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Basic Instructions is sponsored by Snakehead Games, the makers of the MMOs Star Pirates and Spy Battle 2165.

A couple of quick notes:

Missy had one of her Draw Something drawings featured on Good Morning America. She’s written a blog post about it. Yes, I am aware that she’s a better artist than I am.

The  Amazon Affiliate links  (USUKCanada) is still doing great, and the subscription service continues its slow, steady climb. Thanks again to everybody who has subscribed! To those who haven’t, I would point out that I’ve gotten into the habit of including a brief commentary about whatever comic I’m sending out. Just saying.

Many of you have pointed out that Ruben Bolling, creator of the always excellent Tom the Dancing Bug has started a subscription service of his own. I just want to say that I’ve had no contact with Mr. Bolling (Aside from reading his comic every week). I have no reason to believe or disbelieve that he got the idea from me, and even if he did, I’m cool with it. It's not like I invented the concept of a subscription.

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Reader Comments (18)

I love my subscription - not only do I get to read the comic, with comments, but a few weeks later I get to read it again here. It's funny all over again. And, in addition there are the notes and comments. I usually wair for a while though so the coments build up.
Also, is it just me or does the Knifeketeer sounding more and more like a bad guy...

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlaplander

is that the first one not starring Rick?

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

Shades of "How to Create a Spin-off". Nice.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

I loved the "outwit you" comment :)

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBranden

The Knifeketeer is best superhero. I would read his comic if he actually had one.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy

I definitely think the The Human Joke could be replaced with Deadpool in this one

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

The boxing-glove-knife gets me every time.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChiGoose

@ laplander

The knifeketeer can never be a "bad guy". He is Rick's alter ego, and an enraged Rick is slightly less threatening than Bambi.

It makes me think of a very early version of the Lord's Prayer, translated by Thomas Cranmer (I think), where we ask God to "Forgive us our personal naughtinesses" This is Rick - personally naughty, but never sinful.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

ooh... wow. just.... wow. I cackled my face off at "shut up before I outwit you". Took me a good couple of minutes to be able to type or see properly.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

I like the subscription service as well. I get to gloat a bit to my buddies that also follow this comic

"Oh man, this is such a funny one, too bad you guys can't see it for whole weeks" hehehe

I have to ask;

Is there ever a chance we could see a full spin-off of the various villians and superheros in this comic, with a totally different format? Like Justice league or Avengers but funny. I enjoyed the section at the end of the newest book, something like that.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Subscription fail! I don't know, but Pay Pal screws me up every time. Isn't there some way to subscirbe WITHOUT going through pay pal?

Note from Scott: I'm working on that. News soon, I hope.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Getting a new Basic Instructions in my inbox always brightens my day. Definitely more than worth the money. :)

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay


It's my new goal to work this comment into every argument I have from here on out.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I still can't read the name "MacraMayhem" without smiling.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

It should totally be
"Shut up before I outwit you in the face."

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpatulaODoom

Heh, I know The Knifeketeer is an alter ego and doesn't really exist but consider him my friend :D

May 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlucid dreaming

This was right up there with conjuring an ancient evil (one of my favorites). I will be so happy when you have a method other than PayPal to subscribe by. My entire family thinks you are totally hysterical.

May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBr

'Shut up before I outwit you' is possibly the best line in a Basic Instruction ever!

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty
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