How to Tell a Tale of Suspense

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Reader Comments (34)

This is one of my all-time favorite BIs. I wish I had the balls to start a conversation with "I am going to tell you a tale of suspense."

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Well who knew that Rick knew...


September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWhaddayaKno

Lately the comics had been merely very funny (shameful, I know). But today rose to the heights I have learned (and learning does not come easy) to expect. I had to pause with panel 3 (is it Panel?) to finish laughing.

So I suppose thanks are in order.


September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

I love the smoking jacket, but it seems like a brandy snifter should accompany it.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

I love that you broke out the smoking jackets for the occasion. Also I love every panel, and Rick's conversation opener.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Please don't tell me this is based on a real-life conversation >.<

Also, panel 1 is the funniest - congrats to panel 1 for it rarely wins that award.

Note from Scott: Actually the whole story is told exactly as it happened. The only change I made was that I made it happen to Rick, not me. HA!

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

I, too, was going to ask whether that was a bathrobe or a smoking jacket. Then I realized that we're missing the fact that RICK IS DRESSED LIKE COLONEL SANDERS.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

Or at least a cigar.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarr

I believe this is the first time we've seen "new" Ric wearing the leisure suit and the string tie.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaj Chaudhuri

Brilliant! I shall buy something on to show my appreciation. How much of a cut do you get of this? Like 2% of what I spend? Or just a cent a click or what?

Note from Scott: .A very small percentage of what you spend, but it does ad up to real money.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

It actually took me several read-throughs before I realized that the story itself wasn't nearly as compelling as the garb the storytellers were wearing, which was absolutely compelling. So I guess my question is, when did you realize that you were Elvira, Mistress of the Night?

Note from Scott: I'm still realizing it.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel

can i just tell you that now, every time i see a man dressed as colonel sanders, i will expect him to tell me a tale of suspense right there on the spot. i hope i am not too disappointed.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen-eye

For some reason, the Gentleman's Club comics always add that little extra something which make them priceless.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Look, it's Colonel Rick Sanders! Thank you for that subliminal messaging Scott. Now I'm off to get some KFC.

Also, great comic today. Funny as hell.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

I must say that no one pulls off the "Colonel Sanders" quite like Rick. It adds both an air of respect and of pity.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeuceplus


Why, it's perfect irony!

By the way, I work at a bank and the other day had a customer cash a check with "For sexual favors" written in the memo area. I smiled and thought of Basic Instructions. Good work, Scott.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersynapticmisfires

I, too, had to pause at panel 3 for much laughter!

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Will Rick be channeling Colonel Sanders more often?

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlappy

Why is Rick wearing a Colonel Sanders costume?

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Why is Rick dressed like Col. Sanders?

Note from Scott: Those are his fancy clothes.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

That first panel almost sent me laughing off my chair.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersun

Smoking Jacket Scott and Colonel Sanders Rick - my all-time favourites! This degree of sartorial elegance really raises the tone of the comic. Continue in this vein and you will doubtless get a better class of comment.

Jolly good show, Sir! Here in the office we have huzzah'd you to an echo!

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Why is Rick dressed up like Colonel Sanders? He was eating chicken for breakfast, wasn't he? That would explain the grease.

It's details like this one that make your comic so satisfying on so many levels, intellectual as well as comedic.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlueSimian

i agree about the jacket: without a snifter or pipe or something, it looks like a robe (which is funny in its own right)

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwiggles

I always thought the Colonol Sanders tie looked like a little stick figure man. I know it's a real tie type, but I only ever see it when driving past a KFC. It's just his giant head and a stick figure body.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Why is Rick dressed like Colonel Sanders? I love it!

Note from Scott: Those are his fancy clothes.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisaK

And shouldn't Colonel Sanders have a pointy chin-beard? ;-)

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Rick must have had something from KFC for breakfast, and was inspired to dress like his idol.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMoriarty

I started chuckling as soon as I saw the smoking jacket and Rick's southern-gentleman duds.

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Phillips

Colonel Rick Sanders? Why? How?

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

Why is Rick dressed like Colonel Sanders?

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

I second Doug's comment, and throw a Sherlock pipe into the ring.

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Wait... is Scott not wearing any pants?

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRichSev

Regarding, I had no success with:'s_Day

Am I missing something here?

was mildly amusing in that for "Nothing" it said:

Note from Scott: I get the impression that Diffen is a fairly new enterprise, so there are still a few holes in their catalog. That said, I think both the idea and their execution so far have a lot of merit.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimes
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