How to Consider a Differing Opinion

This comic was directly inspired by a conversation I had with, among other people, Doug Savage. Can you tell?

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Reader Comments (29)

I seem to have a special liking for the BIs in which Scott displays a fear of animals.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Phillips

You should end more comics with "Slowly, while never breaking eye contact with me."

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Nice. Inspired by Savage Chickens' "Mana T"?

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

@Matthew - Actually it was the other way around - Scott inspired my "Mana T" cartoon with this comic! But both of us were riffing on the same wacky dinner conversation :)

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Savage

Holy cow, Rick actually won this one! Go Rick!

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR


August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPMega

You do know that they have all those scars because of their secret identities? It's a tough life. The motorboat-story is just a cover up.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I used to sponsor a manatee, they're awesome creatures. I feel really guilty about letting my subscription drop, so here's a link to the nice save the manatee folks:

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuddy

Rick is starting to win a lot of these arguments. I'm scared.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

Nate Frakes tells us what really happened:

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKalli

I hope for Scott's social life that not many nightclub bouncers read his webcomic.

Hang on, i just realised . . .

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

ah, brings back memories of "Sam and Max:"

Manatee, sweet manatee,
My buxom bovine from the sea!

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

I have always been a little weirded out by manatees. Also beluga whales. They creep me out.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEl Juardo

Superb! Whilst traditionally the third panel is the most hilarious, today I think panel 2 beats it by a short curly whisker.
And not often that I agree with Rick, but on this occasion I have to concur that they are pretty sinister . . .

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

You let Rick mind-crush you!? Never thought I see/read the day.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

Oh, the huge manatee!

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStarthinker

This one's great! I like the idea of a manatee gang slumming around a boatyard, thinking, "Bring it on, bitches!" Reminds me of when I was explaining to a friend why squirrels run into the street right in front of you, right after they've safely crossed the road: their king demands that the warriors must challenge the dreaded metal monster in armed combat for breeding rights.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThatJeff

Or inspired by Herman the Manatee?

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterObi

We seem to be entering the era of Rick's ascendancy.


August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I love Rick's yelling face. It's my favorite expression in all of BI.
I'm always reminded of the episode in which he stabbed Scott's Monopoly hotel piece.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

This fall on Fox, Randy Jackson hosts "Cute and Deadly", where real people face their fears of pomeranians (they store up rage every time they're kicked or mistaken for hairy ottomans) and other deceptively cute murderous beasts. Then Randy eats the losers on the results show.

(Scott, you've made me recreationally cruel. I need to mellow out and look at pictures of kittens. And cower.)

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Bisciglia

(btw just got a subscription)

Note from Scott: Thanks for that, by the way!

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNik

@EaglesQuestions: That strip is probably my #1 strip of all time. I hope it is featured in a rerun. if a rerun ever happens again. The potential "Manatee scare" is covered up, by the government to prevent panic in the public. Containing them in Florida is just one step in the cover-up. Keeping Manatees captive are to study them. The Manatee conspiracy; look it up on Wikileaks!

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPariah

My friend's roommate, if you mention any type of animal around her, has a story about a traumatic childhood experience with that animal. She's even twitchier than Rick.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRedshift

You nearly killed me--I was drinking water when I read the punchline for panel 3. As I struggled not to choke on the liquid, I couldn't help but ponder the last words I would ever read, "The manatee sees a boat and says, 'Bring it on! Let's see what you've got!'"

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

I dunno why this comic screamed out for me to do this, but

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClark

That's a really good one I must say. Came back to read it a second time =)

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergrégory

"Slowly, while never breaking eye contact with me." XD

I came back for that one a third time. Thank you, Scott!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFan

Y'know, all through Jules Verne's work, you meet the deadly dugong (a seagoing cousin of the manatee). Eats dogs, fights the Nautilus, takes a harpoon to the chest and keeps coming. Now it all makes sense.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdave hendershot
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