How to Listen to Other People's Medical Problems

Hey everybody, it’s exciting announcement time!

Two items to share:

1.       Off to Be the Wizard is now available on the Kobo reader. iBooks and Sony are coming soon, and Google Play is in the works.

2.       My best friend Rick, … not the fictional character you all know as Rick, but the real guy, who looks just like the fictional character, and acts like him as well, is now writing an advice column. It's called Asking the Wrong Guy, and you can access it via this link, or you can click on the link in the navigation bar of this website. We’re going to run the column on this site once a week for the next three months, just to see how it goes. (Note: Asking the Wrong Guy has now moved to its own site!)

Rick and I met when we were both stand-up comics. I was opening for him. If I’m being honest, the people who knew us both back then would likely have told you he was the more talented of the two of us. I’m really excited to have him contributing to the site. Having read the first column, let me assure you, that is how he actually talks. His real personality is much closer to the Emperor of the Moon’s than it is to fake-Rick’s. 

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Reader Comments (21)

This is a glorious day! I've no doubt that Rick will be an excellent addition to the site!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

His real personality is much closer to the Emperor of the Moon’s than it is to fake-Rick’s.

If you didn't have us with fake-Rick advice, you definitely do with Moon Emperor Rick Advice!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhergieburbur

Rick wrote that? I laughed out loud and then sent in a question. excellent. now how about a column about work advice from mullet hair boss?
Have jenkins do it.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

If you punch Rick in his good eye, he might tear the other retina, necessitating a double lens replacement. You'd be doing him a favor, really.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDean

You know, based only on that first "Asking the Wrong Guy", Rick is a pretty funny guy. Maybe the people who knew the two of you back then were on to something.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

My dad wore a monocle. It was epic. He finally gave it up after people argued it made him TOO eccentric. Yay for Rick's column! The awesomeness never stops. <3

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Funnier and funnier... oh, Mr Meyer, you're truly spoiling us

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNH

Just to let you know, I really enjoyed "off to be the wizard". Funny, with some fresh twists on time travel. Will the sequel deal with finding god, er, the great programmer? ;)

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterandipandi

My eye just got lasered too. Fear not: it is every bit as cool as it sounds.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWolf

Actually laughed out loud at the Han Solo line.
As reading page two I was already mentally preparing a post about monocles, but there it was in panel 4!
Scott, are you watching me? I went to the eye doctor yesterday. Sadly, no lasers, torn retinas, or Han Solo costumes, though.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I was outraged to find a grammar mistake in Rick's column (he used "you're wife" instead of the proper "your wife"). Then after reading the very next paragraph I literally died laughing and was thus unable to comment on the error. Kudos, Rick, thou hast slain me.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmniLiquid

Outstanding. But if Rick gets a monocle, isn't he going to need a cape as well? That would be over the top for most people, but I think Rick can pull it off. Just make sure it is well documented here as I'm sure it will be.

I too went to the optometrist on Monday. No torn retinas or anything but I AM going to get a pair of cool prescription Wayfarers now.

As for Rick's new advice column - it's about f'n time! I have already sent in my very own question: one that has haunted the dreams and burned in the minds of generations of farmers the world over for decades. I hope and pray (prey?) to see Rick take it on.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Holy cow, Ric is funny! How have you not had material from him before? I had to put down my tea lest I spill it on myself from laughter-induced shaking. You've been holding out on us Scott.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Love Rick's column! This is fast becoming the best site on teh interthingy.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I try really hard not to detail my physical and medical issues to other people; it's something I don't like in old people. Every so often, though, I have to explain why I can't do 'this' or have to bring 'that' along...All I can say to the people who pester until I am forced to abandon my dignity is You Asked For It.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I was delighted that Rick would have a feature, and thought to myself, "This is a glorious day! I should leave a comment!" Then I scrolled down, and the top comment was from Daniel, "This is a glorious day..."

Except that I didn't write that.

This led me to an existential crises. Is my doppleganger out there, thinking my thoughts and living my life? Does he have a successful existence, beloved by his friends and feared by his enemies?

Or worse, what if I'm the doppleganger? Maybe I've stolen Original Daniel's life, and my mediocre existence, scoffed at by my friends and ignored by my enemies, IS the good life? Is this really the best that Daniels can manage!?

At any rate, this is a glorious day! I've no doubt that Rick will be an excellent addition to the site!

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDopplegangerDaniel

Time estimate for Google Play availability?

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Has anyone ever pointed out that the styling on the site makes links hard to identify? Most sites style links with underline and/or color, or otherwise highlight them to bring them to the reader's attention. Could you perhaps adjust yours so links are at least slightly different than plain text?

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I really love Rick's column!

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

Ok, we definitely need to see monocle Rick as a new recurring character. Maybe a doppelganger who is successful, happy and optimistic.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJara

Awww.... what happened to Asking the Wrong Guy? I can't find it when I click on the supplied link. Has it been taken down since... or am I asking the wrong guy (gal)?

Fixed the link in that strip's comments -- Asking the Wrong Guy was tested on BI's space for three months, then went off to its own domain, askingthewrongguy.com. ~Missy

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman

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