How to Write a Contest Winner Into Your Comic Strip, Like You Promised

As the comic itself states, today's Basic Instructions features the winner of our "Pre-purchase my Third Book" contest, and, for legal reasons, her father. Thank you to everyone who entered.

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Reader Comments (57)

Congratulations on your fifteen minutes of Internet fame, Rosie.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAxel

This is the greatest comic strip ever

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDude

I bask in the meta-ness. "That's what she said" -- awesome.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChip Camden

I love it. Rosie might have upstaged you.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterACF

Well, at least she has the decency to be ashamed of being a teenage girl. That's what she meant, right?

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Loving panel 3!

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatz

I'm curious, what legal reasons required the 'prescence' of her father?

Note from Scott: Okay, I admit I didn't actually NEED to include the father. It just seemed smart to have him involved in the process.

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlake

So what's the URL of Rosie's webcomic going to be? I can't wait!

I promise I'll still read this one too... from time to time...

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKierkegaard

Congrats Rosie :)

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

As a father of a 14-year-old girl (and to see what she and her friends find of interest), I certainly appreciate that it would be a special, and clever, young lady to be sufficiently interested in BI to want to win a BI contest...

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

ha! awesome strip... well done to all!

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertroy

Pure gold, Scott. Pure gold.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Beauty! Rosie wins the contest and Dad gets a free ride.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Tune in this time next week for "How to deal with being less popular than a one-off contest winner!"

Just kidding Scott, we love ya.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Yes, great comic indeed.

Congrats Rosie and perhaps you can be a regular?

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterreader


And well done Rosie - you wielded your two-edged sword with the skill of a Samurai.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Are Rosie and Scott holding hands in panel 4? Behind her panel 3 father's back, I might add.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertimbo

That was an awesome comic. All 4 panes were stellar :-D

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermayhemfunkster

In a surprise twist, Rosie insults both Rick *and* Scott... at the same time! ;D

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Mercilessly funny!

Until now, my favorite has been your comic on how to keep peace in the breakroom, but this one might actually be better. Great way to send us into the weekend!

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... oh no, I'm doing it again. Thanks again Scott!

Note from Scott: No Rosie, thank you.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Great stuff. Panel 3 especially had me cracking up. I'm sad I didn't win the contest. Actually, I'm not sure I knew about the contest. Can Rosie and her dad become regular characters, please?

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam S.

dude, this is the greatest single strip ever

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbolo

Actually, Rosie's father threatened to withhold permission to use Rosie's likeness unless he got to be in the comic too. The amazing thing is that Rosie didn't back out, given that no teenager wants to be seen in public with a parent.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDad

I'm not a "laugh out loud" kind of guy, even for stuff I think is really funny. But Panel 3 had me giggling persistently enough to bring worried looks from others in the room.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan R-M

Once again, panel 3 is awesome.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeth

Awsome comic today! Congrats Rosie!

Panel 3 is the exact reaction I would have had if my 12 yeard old daughter won!

It was nice of you to write in the best lines for Rosie. You did write them right?

Note from Scott: No. Really, Rosie's dialog in panel two is a direct quote from her.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Oh my GOD! Every panel was somehow even purer comic gold than the last one! Collectively, the whole thing is like 6,537 carat gold.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Fox

Is that father's name Steven Spielberg? kinda looks like him.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans


September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

The banner ad worked!

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter408wij

Wow, Rosie really upstaged both of you here. Panel 3=Best.

I also like how she was able to get bonus insults in at you too. It's like a prize within a prize. Prizeception.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Rosie's dad is my hero.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJN

Awesome! Every panel was full of win!

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoss

Nice! The 2nd and 3rd panels almost made me squirt hot coffee out my nose.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNevetsrulz

Brilliant and hilarious! What fun! Well done, Scott, and congrats, Rosie (and Rosie's Dad)!

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Fantastic! And I'd probably have a similar reaction if it was my daughter (although she's currently 4, so maybe I'll be more mellow about it once she's a teenager).

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

Great comic this one

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShivang

This is another vote to make "Rosie" a regular character, assuming that it is acceptable with both Actual Rosie and her duly protective father.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I like this Rosie wisecracking kiddo-teenage, you should keep her and give her a superhero alter ego like "Smart-a-lad" or something, it could be awesome to see her rendering most of your superheroes useless.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmarquez
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