How to State Your Beliefs

Today’s exciting announcement has to do with my third book “The Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy.”  As of today, said book is available for sale, signed by me, through the Basic Instructions store.

Yes, I know many of you have already purchased that book unsigned because I said I had no plan to sell it myself. In my defense, I didn’t plan to sell it myself, and only recently realized I was being stupid.

Anyway, if you’ve already purchased “The Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy” and are bothered that it isn’t signed, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

Scott Meyer
P.O. Box 692191
Orlando, FL 32869-2191

I will happily (and free of charge) send you what publishers call a “bookplate,” but I call “a sticker I have signed that you can put in your book.”

As always, thanks for your patience and thanks again for using my Amazon Affiliate links  (USUKCanada).


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Reader Comments (39)

With enough determination, any doll can be a sex doll made me glad I wasn't drinking coffee when I read it. I'll be chuckling over that for a while. Well done, sir!

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

Long time reader, first time commenter, just to thank Scott for the support for all us "Micheal"s.

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMicheal

Think of it as 'Micha-El', with El being Hebrew for God, and Micha meaning, um, whatever it does.

I hate Michael too, but it's because whenever someone hasn't properly learned my name, for some unfathomable reason that's always what they use instead. Matthew is a very common name, it's not hard, and the only thing is has in common with Michael is the first letter. So why, every single time?

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Technically, it's the pronunciation of "Michael" that's wrong, not the spelling. Hebrew roots and all that.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTKDB

Personally, I'm glad to see someone else recognizes tha M-i-c-h-a-e-l is terrible.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

I know an individual who is right and (horribly) wrong an awful lot.

Like Rick, he appears unaware of the reactions he provokes, and wonders why people prefer not to spend time in his company. (He's actually not a bad guy, just - well, weird doesn't really describe him)

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Hmm, My-Kull, Mike L, Mai-Kul, Mai-Tai.

I actually was drinking coffee when I read this, but I don't do spit takes.

I think I have much to teach the world too, but I'm keeping it to myself. None of it involves dolls, anyway.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMP

Panel 4 FTW!

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHis Boy Elroy

Agreed! Michael is just simply wrong! It should be Mycull.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Boban

Thanks to this comic, I will never again be able to look at a troll doll without shuddering.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

F- U Scott!

My parents worked very hard at selecting a name for their son because they wanted their boy to be their unique and special snowflake. Then they went with the most common boy's name for the last 20 years. I'm specael, just like all the other Michaels out there.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVelli

Did Rick read the 5/23/12 Dilbert right before panel 4?

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHari

Michael = mem yud chaf alef lamed (Hebrew letters)
mem yud = mi = who?
chaf = cha = like (as in, comparable)
alef lamed = el = God
so Mi / cha / el = who is like God?
(The answer, by the way, is Ein cha-el, nobody is like God.)
None of which convincingly defends my middle name, which is actually a rhetorical question.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph M. Ditkoff

My mother wanted to name my brother "Michael", but also hates the spelling. She opted for spelling it "Mikel", which seemed like a good idea until every one of his school teachers, when they saw his name on the roll, pronounced it so that it rhymed with "pickle."

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStevenR

No proof of purchase needed for the bookplate?

Note from Scott: I suppose I could have you cut off the front cover and send it in. ... Nah, no proof of purchase needed. The honor system has worked pretty well for me so far, and what are you going to do, put my signature in other people's books?

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter408wij

"If you proclaim your beliefs publicly and consistently enough, you will eventually find like-minded people."
Sounds like the strategy of most politicians... or perhaps they actually believe that such proclamations will win converts. (Sadly, it seems to work a little too well.)

@ John Walters re: troll dolls... Oh, EEEEW!

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I spell it Michael and I dont care. Yes, I know about the A and the E. As previously stated, I don't care.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterblahblahblad

'Michael' is the spelling on my birth certificate, bu I believe the spelling should actually be "S-T-O-R-M-A-G-E-D-D-O-N-D-A-R-K-L-O-R-D-O-F-A-L-L"

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael is okay

Does Scott mean in the last panel that rick is wrong as in incorect, or wrong as in depraved, desturbed or insane? It seems more likely to be the second meaning.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

Somebody's using your idea:

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArchemedes Rex

*Michael* is spelled wrong??!! Well, you stated your obviously wrong belief and we honor you for it. Is this a great country or what?

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Hey! I'm Michael. It's the name of the angel that leads God's angelic army.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Count me in, and add the spelling Micheal to it. It should be spelled Mycle, like 'cycle'.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

And then there's Michaela....

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Scott, I don't want to go there, but you've left me no choice...

Are Muppets dolls?

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

nonsensicles, I know what you mean.
My name is spelled phoneticly, so everybody can get it wrong.
I don't understand what's so hard to pronounce abour Deena, but I get called Dee-anna, Diana, Denna, Denine, Donna, Delia, and once, Kevin, but that turned out to be a typo.
I gave up and shortened it to Dee decades ago; people seem to be able to pronounce that.

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

What? No love for Panel 1? For the record, it was my favourite panel - I'd really like it as a T-Shirt.

I am part of "they"

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

I totally agree with panel 3. That's something which has bothered me for a long time. It's about time somebody said it.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

John Walters: I was able to read the comic itself and come away unscathed. Now I have read your comment about troll dolls and I am ruined.

As for "Michael" -- Like the Matthew above, I am typically called "Mike" by people who can't be bothered to pay attention. But that's actually my brother's name, so it's doubly painful.

But I make up for it by pronouncing it either "MICH-ael" as in "Mitchell," the truly awful Joe Don Baker movie all MST3K fans will shudder to see mentioned, or "Mick-AEL" as in "McHale" of "McHale's Navy" fame. Either way, the name is diminished, and the goal is achieved.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermstrange

Some years ago a young engineer in the next block had a leaving do at lunchtime. They bought him an inflatable sheep sex doll as a leaving present. As I departed work that evening I saw it had been left on a workbench, inflated, for all the world to see through the window. I mentioned this to the security guard on reception on my way out.

"Yes", said he. "Disgusting, isn't it?"
"Still, it was only a joke" I said. "They were all pretty drunk and it was just a laugh."
"But" said the security guard, "It has been used."

Two questions have bothered me ever since: How did he know? And why did he check?

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Ordered Masking Tape Mummy through Amazon to put an order over $25. Now wishing I had bought a micro-hibachi instead (or is that "instaed"?) and gotten Scott's book through the site. Still, the other book I bought was a pre-order of Adam Carolla's Not Taco Bell Material. Scott gets credit for turning me onto that podcast (my first ever... sniff) back when it first started. Scott and Adam are peas in a pod - doing their own thing on the Internet and making us all laugh. Let's support them both. For anyone that is on the fence, the subscription is more than worth it, and remember that you can send a check if you don't like Paypal.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Bisciglia

I believe Myq Kaplan would agree.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Mikle. If you wanna get really fancy? Mykle.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrake

Want to chime in and agree that the subscription IS VERY WORTH IT! Actually it's worth more, but don't tell Scott.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClumber

I have a friend named "Michel". Not an improvement, as people read that and immediately think it is a girl's name. He's been going by "Mike" for 30 years.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

It took me until I was a sophomore in high school before I could reliably spell my own name correctly.

The way that people usually botch it is "Micheal," which is weird because it doesn't improve on the situation.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichael5000

My two cents - Mykel

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

No, it's pronounced wrong.

December 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McInnis

It's supposed to be Michael. The -El means either God or Lord. Which is why the angels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. The name Uriel means "light of God" and Michael is actually a question meaning "Who is like God?"

January 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoistRobot

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