How to Play the Field

It occurs to me that it’s been a while since I’ve made a sales pitch for the subscription service. You already know that subscribing gets you the comic e-mailed to you before it appears anywhere else, but did you know that you get it at a much higher resolution?  It’s true! (I had posted an example, but it somehow broke one of my smart phone apps, so, there's that.) Also, subscribers get exclusive commentary on the comics. Here’s the commentary for the comic they received today.

“Yeah, any time the title includes the word "adversary," I think you can guess who the star of the strip will be.

Also, reading this now, nearly a week after I wrote it, it's clear seeing those two little boys fish-hooking each other a month ago had a more profound effect on my psyche than I'd thought."

You’ll just have to use your imagination as to what the comic could be until July 4th, when you’ll learn that it’s pretty much what you thought.

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Reader Comments (53)

@ ray Randall
I wonder - will the versions with errors be worth a fortune in years yo come? Like the Adultere's Bible, or stamps?

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Can I thank whoever suggested the Phineas and Ferb cartoon? I have looked it up on You Tube - sublime!

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

I just had a bit of fridge logic on this one: You went out of your way to point out that subscribers saw this one on May 29, but you're only just now being notified of the errors? Your subscribers are giving you money, so I can't conclude that they hate you, but clearly they like watching you squirm. Does that make you... Rick? Not as much failure, obviously, but the implicit schadenfreude is disturbing.

Note from Scott: I should mention that the subscribers have found numerous, ... NUMEROUS mistakes in the comics, and that if you've noticed a lack of mistakes making it through to the website lately, it's because of them, not me. That said, this comic's mistakes did get by them, which I take as a sign that I might not be stupid.

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew I

Hey--I always assume it goes without saying, but now I'm thinking maybe not: spelling, etc., doesn't, in my opinion, have anything to do with quality--it's just housekeeping. We don't read BI for the spelling, which anyone can get right given enough time and revisions, we read it for the jokes, which nobody but you could make quite that way. So enough with the shame already. Work on getting a swelled head instead.


June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnneP

My brain totally interpreted the sidekick's name as "conjoined" ape and figured that must have been one heckuva slip of the knife.

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I get it now. I must be getting slow.

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjames

I might bust a ball or two--but still: Cojon-Ape's proper spelling is Cojón-Ape... Most English speakers may know the expression "cojones" (no accent), but "cojon" still might startle quite a few, the accent should make clear what's meant.


June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

I'm joking, because of course man-crushes are totally wrong, that's what makes them so compelling and delectable to have.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam the kid

"I wouldn't be surprised to hear that this basic idea (Arch enemy relationship paralleling romantic relationship, leading to hurt feelings and sense of betrayal) has shown up hundreds of times."

TV Tropes calls it "Foe Yay". A homoerotic subtext between arch-nemeses.

One of the great things about that website is it totally cures you of any reflex to say "The Simpsons Did It" in a remotely disparaging kind of way, because it usually turns out that not only did South Park steal it from the Simpsons and the Simpsons from the Twilight Zone, but TZ stole it from Tales of the Unexpected which stole it from Twelfth Night which stole it from the Epic of Gilgamesh. True originality is nigh-on impossible.

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

justin it is a mars symbol.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

I'm going back through the archives, and I've been trying to think of a new name for Cojon-ape for the last, oh, fifteen, twenty minutes. I keep coming back to Castrat-ape, which is a stretch, but not much more of a stretch than Cojon-ape. Eunuch (Eun-ape? Too obscure) and gorilla come up with nothing : / The more I think, the worse the ideas get (I mean, really, Ape-letic Cup? XD), so I think I'm just going to think of him as Castrat-ape or "The Ape Formerly Known As Cojon-ape" until further reference is given.

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJET73L

Actually, that is the mars symbol, as far as I know.

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

Note to self : read comments before posting corrections...

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty
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