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)

@timbo: No. No, we are not.
@James: No. No, he is not.
I have absolutely no problems with becoming a regular character, by the way.

Note from Scott: NOTED!

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

This is officially my favorite Basic Instruction ever.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBri

Rosie is the coolest one in the whole family!!! Why didn't her Dad (my brother) not have red hair?

Note from Scott: Because the comic is in black and white.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohn e

And there was a reason to draw a new picture of new persons ... or was Rosie used in the past?

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Well Done! Not only made the whole cartoon about naming the winner but actually made it funny to.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSillyous


I would like to put it out there that there is nothing inherently wrong with being a teenage girl (or boy, or anything else)! It's a part of life, and blah blah basically I just think that our age is the one thing that we can't actually change any faster than time itself lets us so comments like one posted earlier sort of dance across that fine line of good-natured fun into mean-natured.

I didn't get that message at all from your comic though, for which I wanted to give much kudos and appreciation! It's been a long time since I was a teenage girl, but I would probably shriek just as loud if that were me. :P

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Bee Bee

Did her father really say that? I hope her father really said that!

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

This is one of your best yet, and you've already done some great ones.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

oddly enough I just noticed something.

I read the top part of the comic in a female voice and all the dialog in a male one. Just noticed because I gave Rosie the same voice.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Pity she can't be a regular. She's my favorite character already.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Panel 4 is golden. The ambiguities in that panel rocks.
How great is it that both Rick and Scott say "thank you", indicating they're each seeing the positive interpretations.
Then we are allowed to laugh behind their backs at the negative interpretations :)

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbenc

@benc There are no positive interpretations. What you're looking at is a negative interpretation, but for somebody else. Reality is like that.

I, for one, welcome our new non-stale non-bald characteress, but I warn her that when Mr. Meyer is still producing this comic in, well, probably eighteen months from now anyway, she will look exactly the same as in today's edition. Whereas in real life she will look like the original version of Rick.

...oh, so hair loss jokes aren't good. O......kay.

I also speculate that like Trekkies, she is better acquainted with the canon material than are the regular performers. In this case, I have no hesitation in blaming the parents: there's no excuse for this.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

As a bald man, I appreciate that bald jokes are used tactfully, and in this case with extreme hilarity.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Panel three is awesome. :)

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCdub

What is the superlative after "excellent"? "Exceptional"? It applies to this strip.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

I didn't get panel 3 until I read the explanation. Here in the UK hospitals are free, and there is a cop show called The Bill, so I thought it was a reference to cops...

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLars Panzerbjørn

I love the synchronized double-smackdown in panel four - reminds me of the nun in Blues Brothers, simultaneously punishing the eponymous Messrs. Blues until the ruler breaks...
Congrats Rosie & Her Dad, both for winning and getting such good lines!

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHS
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