How to Take Pleasure in the Little Things

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Reader Comments (40)

I think i've said this before, but Mullet-Boss is a worthy antagonist.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

So, is the missing article turning into a running joke? If so, it feels like it's on me (and all the rest of us OCD folk)!

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim P

Why does mullet-haired boss get all the punch lines? It doesn't matter, I still laughed.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

I am more proud of my Pilot G2 Limited than I really should be. It's only a ten dollar pen, nothing like these fancy Montblanc pens, but it's very comfortable, looks better than a sub-$1.00 cheapo, and it's nice and weighty. Only real downside is that the ink has a worse reaction to water than most; submerging a paper (or more realistically, spilling your drink) will basically make anything you've written with it unreadable.

On the other hand, it's nicer than any pen my boss has.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCovarr

Mullet-Hair Boss for the win! Um... yay?

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNH

Space pen is awesome! I can also put it in my pocket without stabbing myself in the groin!

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertroy

Did you use your new pen to write your book?

Or did the people buying your book allow you to buy a new pen?

Just curious,

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

So much of this reads backwards. Most of Mullet Boss's lines are things I'd expect to be said by Scott, and vice versa.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJett


April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterreader

Awesome, these comics are great. Turned me into a bit of a Jenkins though- I haven't gotten any work done the past couple of days because I was so caught up with reading previous issues. :) Thanks for writing!

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA (New) Reader

When discussing your pens, don't make the obvious joke.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJake

I'm not sure if I just read basic Instructions or Dilbert. lol

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGanon

The company has a point. They only need to spend hundreds to reward the boss once. They'd have to pay Scott hundreds more every month if they gave him a raise. Maybe the company can give Scott a nice pen instead of a raise next year?

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWetcoaster

I love my Spacepen. Seriously.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobNoxious

Awesome !!!

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColonel Hathi

I get all my pens from

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

A fine writing instrument increases my happiness, as well! Nicely written, Scott.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGryphonBrokewing

@Westcoaster wrote:
"The company has a point. They only need to spend hundreds to reward the boss once. They'd have to pay Scott hundreds more every month if they gave him a raise. Maybe the company can give Scott a nice pen instead of a raise next year?"

Au contraire mon frere; a Montblanc is a pricey item & it is highly unlikely that MHB would ever give Scott more than a pittance for a raise if he were to ever give one at all. A Montblanc is worth more than any poterntial raise for Scott so It's a wash at best. The company will spend more holding back a raise than they would spend actually giving the raise. At least that's my experience.

I'm thinking Mordak the Preventor here (with a tip `o the Hatlo hat to Scott Adams).

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

@Jake, nice! No obvious joke here

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Scott, Space Pens are pretty cool as ballpoints go but you should try a fountain pen.

Mullet boss probably got the ballpoint version of a Montblanc. That's like getting a Ferrari station wagon.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Panel 4 with the win! Excellent punchline. I definitely almost lost my coffee laughing at that one.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

The best pens are tchotchkes from high tech companies that used to make awesome stuff like supercomputers but are now out of business so nobody else can get one.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Even your reasons for being happy make me sad.

Pure gold.

Pentel EnerGel. This $4 pen makes me almost as happy as BI.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

never understood the space pen love. I've used a couple - they skip and they don't have a very nice writing feel - like writing on sandpaper.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterebonyswan

I just realized something, and I can't believe it's taken the last 3 or 4 years I've been reading this strip to come to it. I really want your dialogue in a movie. With the new found success of your awesome novel, an work office film with all your zinger lines would be quite fantastic in a film.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Panel 2 was genius, as was the rest of the comic. I thank you for these laughs.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

To me, the dollar price of an item is not always related to its value.
Is a Montblanc pen really hundreds of dollars better than a space pen? If not, owning one makes you look gullible.
For any type of product, there's usually a truly great deal, which is never either the cheapest or the most expensive.
A car that costs $50,000 may be worth $50,000, but a car that costs $500,000 cannot do $450,000 more for you than the $50,000 car can do.
...and R. Dan is right about raises.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I used to sell Mont Blanc pens. They're actually very cheaply made when you consider the price tag. Plastic barrel & cap, plastic threads, gold bands and clip. If I was going to piss away a stupid amount of money on a pen, I'd get a Waterman. They cost less, look nicer and are of higher build quality. Plus, as a big middle finger to the Swiss, Waterman pens can use Mont Blanc Meisterstuck cartridges.

So there's your useless trivia for the day, I guess.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

I don't have a space pen, but I do have a ton of pens from my former company, Ithaco Space Systems. My last day was today. I also have a G10 limited, which sounds like a Pontiac SUV.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Not to be super picky, but shouldn't the title of your book in the note be "Off to Be the Wizard" not "Off Be the Wizard"?


April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I'm trying not to spend money right now, and don't really have time to read extra stuff, but I have to say I loved the preview of your novel. I was a little sad that I finished it so quickly. :P

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCuthalion


April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

If I may, Scott, I'd like to ask about future intentions of the distribution of your book. While I like to support artists, I also like to support local businesses. When I went to my local bookstore to see if they could order your book, they informed me (after a great effort of searching) that it seemed like the physical book seems to only be available through Amazon and B&N. Is there any intention to increase distribution? In all honesty, I want to support both you and my local book store with this purchase and would rather not go to a big box vendor. I understand you have your own professional reasons for this. Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

The book is not currently available in "extended distribution", which means that the paper version can't be ordered through bookstores or libraries. In order for the paper book to be available to bookstores, it would have to be priced somewhere around $15. We made the choice to keep the price more affordable instead. ~Missy

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

The boss gets all the punchlines where he doesn't realize what he's saying is a punchline. His specialty is unintentional humour.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I go for the Russian equivalent of the space-pen...a pencil! Alternatively, whatever my boss isn't keeping an eye on at that moment.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

I'm surprised there was no strangling involved afterwards. Must..control...fist...of death...

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjimfromtx


April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I own a Montblanc pen. When I needed a refill, the store suggested a Fisher Space Pen refill. So now I have both.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimo

Most of us could spend hundreds of dollars on a pen. We just wouldn't.

I have a Bic four-colour pen, you know the one, with a tiny loop at the top. I pushed a thick elastic band through the loop, then attached the band to a type of keyring that consists of the usual ring, a long plastic cord coiled up like a phone cord, and a clip that fastens onto a belt retainer loop on the front of my trousers. The pen itself goes in the rear pocket. Thus I have a convenient and versatile pen that I can't lose and can only lend with difficulty, not to say informality, and also I have a career-appropriate toolbelt, that, strictly speaking, is more than I need it to be. And I didn't patent it. Damn.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I keep coming across these strips but I've not read a single one because there is way too much text for a cartoon. I read this one just to see if your comics really do need so many words and, at least, this one could have been done in fewer words.
Slide 1: Enjoy the little things.
Mullet: Why are you so happy?
Baldy: I got a new Pen!
Mullet: That's sad.
Slide 2: Count your blessings
Baldy: It's a space pen that can write in zero-G and under water.
Mullet: Okay . . .

I'm really not sure what could be done with slides three and four, but you get my point. May be you were trying to make more than one joke that could have been split into multiple cartoons? This one could have ended with Slide 3 and Slide 4 could be it's own strip. I hope you are not offended by my attempt at friendly criticism. May be these cartoons are just not for ADD people like myself.

Note from Scott: I ... I don't know what to say, but I'll try to say it without using too many words.

Yes, my comic has a lot of text. I try to keep that under control, but the overall concept of the strip (with the narration and the dialog) sort of stipulates that it will have extra text. Also, part of what hopefully sets my comic apart is that there is a joke in each panel. I attempt to give the reader as much humorous content in each panel as most comics deliver in an entire strip. This leads to four times more text than a usual comic, but also (in theory) four times the entertainment.

I appreciate your attempt to shorten my work, but while you managed to retain the meaning of the panels, you removed the parts that made them function as individual jokes.

Sorry my work isn't to your taste, but I'm not trying to please everybody. That's the beauty of the internet for cartoonists. We can target our work specifically at people who like the kind of things we make. I suggest you check out the comic Savage Chickens ( It is consistently funny, does its work very efficiently with few words, and the guy who makes it is a very funny, talented, and nice guy.

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnon
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