How to Re-Explain Details in a Long-Running Narrative

I was getting occasional questions as to why the Knifeketeer was holding a boxing glove on a stick.

While i'm blabbing here, I should point out that The Leaky Wiki has posted I pretty nice interview with me.

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Reader Comments (33)

"Look, either I'm a brilliant crime-fighter, or I'm a crazy man with knives, whom you are insulting."

That might just be one of the best deadpan punchlines I've ever heard. Ranks right up there with Morgan Freeman's line in The Dark Knight commenting on the wisdom of suggesting that one of the most powerful men on the planet is also a crime-fighter "... and your plan is to blackmail this individual?"

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMason

The logic of the Knifeketeer is flawless

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Is there a link to the original comic wherein he is imagined by Rick as a knife wielding superhero. Rick wonders what he would be called and Scott says "The Cold Blooded Murderer?". One of my favourite BI but I have no idea how to find it!

Note from Scott: I think this is the one you're thinking of: http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2008/3/31/how-to-invent-a-superhero.html

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

I said this back when I got one of your comics early in the subscription, but I must say it again. Knifeketeer and Omnipresent Man and the rest of your superhero/supervillain company should really get a lengthy graphic novel.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Wow! The meeting of the angry client and the Human Joke Knifeketeer was everything I dreamed it could be!

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I just laughed while eating my lunch, and almost choked. You sir will be hearing from my lawyers!... as soon as I'm done laughing.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy

Nice to see the Knifeketeer get some respect for a change! Feigned or otherwise.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjerodast

I still love that boxing glove knife.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK7

"I was getting occasional questions as to why the Knifeketeer was holding a boxing glove on a stick."

Really? It always made so much sense to me. ... I'm not sure I should admit that in public.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

Apart from the guest strip with Brewster Rockit (hmm not even sure about that) this is the first BI with no Scott - I think?

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

So, is this the beginning of a merge between the superheroes & villains, and their regular counterparts?

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

Could you possibly have an Australian amazon affiliates link?
Thanks

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTingeoftheginge

The slicing bit gave me an idea of a nemesis for Knifeketeer. Quisinart Carie - She slices AND dices.

Or perhaps she could just be a new superhero. Not a nemesis (at least not that she recognizes herself as a nemesis). I'm not sure Knifeketeer could handle the ego boost of having a nemesis.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrent Kobayashi

I'd say Rick got a win here. How did that happen?

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhwuu

Looks like it's the first time Angry Customer gets to meet any of the Superheroes. I always thought that they belonged to different planes of existence, like two parallel and non-intersecting universes... Agh! Now I understand.... 2012... world coming to an end...

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjh

I think all the Knifeketeer comics should be tagged as such, because whenever I see one, I want to read them all again.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPurpleXVI

"I was getting occasional questions as to why the Knifeketeer was holding a boxing glove on a stick."

I always just figured it was inspired by the Green Arrow's stupid boxing-glove-on-a-stick.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I always assumed assumed the boxing glove was covering another knife.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Mason

Where can I buy a boxing glove on a stick? I want to practice my non-lethal stabbing!

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Been a while since I've commented here - drawn out to repeat the message of the first comment: panel 4 is possibly my favourite of the entire BI history to date, the funniest iteration of that particular joke construction I've seen yet, and just all-round ace to behold.

I love this comic and this series, glad to see the logo get more prominence in the redesign too, the only change I'd offer is that the next / previous buttons still aren't very intuitive... personally I'd prefer them at the top - helps if people are trying to scroll through a couple of weeks to get to a specific comic :)

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

The Knifeketeer and Scott's/Mullethead Boss' angry client: A match made in BI heaven. Which is where I want to go when I die. Perferably by being sliced to death by the Knifeketeer.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMisterFweem

"I'd say Rick got a win here. How did that happen?"

Rick? Nonsense. All I see is Knifeketeer winning in this strip.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterP.D.

Idea for T-shirt: Angry Client yelling "What's your deal again?" I would buy it.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Great to see the angry client put in his place!

Maybe this will help the concept be a little more accepted (though I have doubts...)
Green Arrow's Arrow-Mitt:
http://cdn.ifanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/green-arrow-trick-arrow.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3uZco9H45sQ/TZUTijzzKTI/AAAAAAAAo-g/U_OkQ1BkJts/s1600/863_green%2Barrow.jpg

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Thanks for the link to the Axe Thrower comic. Could you also provide a link to the first Knifeketeer comic? And could there be an Knifeketeer and Axe Thrower crossover?

Note from Scott: Here's Knifeketeer's first appearance.
http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/1/24/how-to-accept-creative-input-from-a-friend.html

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrady

@hwuu

Right now he's not quite Rick. He's the Knifeketeer, where his only wins are verbal.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Hey Scott, I got your spam today. How annoying.

Note from Scott: Okay, I'm gonna admit that I have no idea what this is. If anyone is receiving spam from my e-mail address, please let me know.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Wow, major disconnect. In what possible universe do Angry Client and Knifeketeer discuss the latter's accoutrements?

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDreamLibrarian

I have to agree with the previous/next buttons not being very intuitive, but it's because they're on the wrong sides for me. Arrows pointing at each other? What is this madness?!

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

No spam received here... would've assumed maybe this related to the "notify me of follow-up..." option but other than that, who knows unless "J" can forward you the offending mail?

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

"Your gratitude and distance are all the reward I ask."
-Every creator to their fans

July 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRey Fox

Brilliantly hilarious as always.

In my opinion you should offer subscriber-only superhero content. The current subscription scheme doesn't seem to offer much, but I know I'd pay to see more of Omnipresent Man and Knifeketeer's shenanigans :D

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM

I love your work and I honestly don't understand why your audience seems so thick sometimes. It was always utterly clear to me that it was a knife with a boxing glove on it. When people ask questions that show they haven't actually been getting the joke or understanding the trope all these years, do you ever wonder what it's all for?

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

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