How to Deal with Mistakes

This is not the original comic I put in this posting. I put in another, ironically, by mistake.

Today's Asking the Wrong Guy is quite good!

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Reader Comments (28)

I think you made a mistake. The last scene of 2001 is a glowing baby orbiting earth in a bubble.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDylan

I thought the original mistake was on purpose, only to learn it was genuine! Meyer, you sly fox. Just when I thought you couldn't sneak in any more punchlines in this format.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, you certainly got the first rule of dealing with your own mistakes correctly: Don't be afraid to own up to 'em. A lesser webcomic would've tried to pretend the correct comic went up to begin with.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCovarr

Dylan: It iterates!

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdzamie

I think this may be another way of saying that the total entropy in the universe is non-decreasing over time. As a corollary, in order to create something orderly (i.e. good) a greater amount of entropy has to be created - mistakes, inefficiencies or waste are produced.

On a completely unrelated topic, in panel 1 Missy's hand is poking into her own speech balloon. If I've seen this sort of thing before, I've clearly forgotten about it.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergwanfried

Ah, a new phrase: "Nguuh." Awesome!

Panel One FTW, only because I live that dialogue every day or two. Seriously.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Is the meta-mistake that originally a rerun was posted instead of this new comic? It was for those who missed it.

So this comic is not only advice on how to deal with a mistake, but an actual solution for a mistake.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Ahahahahaha... mistakes are fractal. I think there's honestly something to that! Now to put all the scientists and mathematicians to crunch the data, but we probably will have something imperfect, like cauliflower and sunflower blooms not quite representing perfect Fibonacci sequences.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

I believe it is actually ~turtles~ all the way down.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermichael5000

To quote the late Douglas Adams: "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Actually, since his elbow is sticking into his own speech bubble in panel #2 I have to assume there is some meta punchline going on through out every comic where the body parts are pointing important phrases that, when all linked together will be funny enough that most of us will die from the stress of laughing so hard.

So far all I know is "Irritating man"

Or perhaps Scott is just trying to point out that trying to keep body parts in place and deal with speech balloons is irritating, man.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarr

I don't know if these are mistakes or are multiplying, but I'm looking at a comic where Scott and Missy between them gave three head-butts to two of the speech balloons, and Scott put his right elbow through one speech balloon and one panel border. This comic is dangerous!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Nonsense. He clearly meant this:

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

@gawnfried: How about in yesterday's strip?

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

If I make a mistake, I just reach into my speech ballon and fix it.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaco

I think the misteak is that the article's author actually did mean the sequel movie "2010"

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA Susan

There actually exists a film called 2010 ( and several other films with that year in the title, including, for some reason, 2010: Moby Dick. I've never seen any of them, but have you ever considered that maybe he didn't actually mean 2001?

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteruncolated

So good I thought it deserved a reference on Wikipedia. Let's hope I did it right.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLenSessions

...and if people really want to get into speech balloon positioning, I refer you to your copy of Uncanny X-Men #1 (September 1963), page 15, panel 4, wherein a balloon balloons to obscure the speaker's entire head. Beat that!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLenSessions

Peter - another quote from the late, great Douglas Adams: "Gods final message to his creation - 'We apologise for the inconvenience'. "

Further proof that the whole thing has been seen as an embarrassing c**k-up from the very beginning.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

@gwanfried: If you look, virtually every comic has one or more body part piercing one or more balloons. I looked at about a dozen of the most recent comics; only one of all of them didn't have a body part piercing a balloon.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterboB

This comic was funny all the way down!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

My God... it's full of mistakes!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRich Adase

2010 ends with Roy Scheider's voice over that we know now that we're not alone, and that there is a new sun in the sky. It's possible that the author did in fact mean to allude to that.

Or it could be 2001's star child, changed by inconceivably advanced technology. Which is to say, if Scott's right, he's wrong; if he's wrong, he's also wrong, but in a different way.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

My God, it's full of f*ups!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSock Puppet

(dusts off some old memories, but is too tired to actually go digging for the actual source material...) If I recall correctly, the late 1980's-early 1990's comic book miniseries Ginger Fox--by Comico--had one frame with a speech balloon not only knocking a background character in the head, but said character actually saying "ow" in reaction.
Or maybe it was Comic's Grendel. Either way, it was a Comico title from that era.

As for THIS strip, I always thought the characters breaking frame and/or speech bubbles was a form of 'discount 3-D' for those of us without Imax computers... ;)

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Apple's products are fancy-lookin' and all, but they're not really worthy of Also sprach Zarathustra

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Bowman
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