How to Harken Back to Simpler Times: Vol. 2

Michael Wolf has interviewed me for his Next Market podcast. It’s a half hour of my insightful and surprisingly nasal comments.


Oh, and, there’s a new installment of Asking the Wrong Guy available!


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Reader Comments (17)

No "repost" disclaimer in the caption? Does this mean I get to whine at you? OR MAYBE THE COPYRIGHT DATE IS OFF AGAIN LOLOLOL. Only, y'know, backwards this time.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkeezy_Butts

Scott - your voice didn't sound nasally at all! And not only that, you were very entertaining (I didn't expect anything different). Thanks for participating, I really enjoyed it.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Wolf

I saw the panel on the webcast: Your skin will make a fine poncho.

No it won't. For one thing I'm smaller than you! For another I suffer from dry skin so it won't tan that well (I'm half Italian, of course I tan well, I mean tan as in making leather!)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

So I just used your Amazon link to buy your ebook as a gift (I bought mine the day after it came out) and it seems to me that it's kind of "meta" for you to get affiliate links credit on your own book! :) But, the more the better, right?

I'm trying to get as many of my friends reading your stuff as I can. Since I live in Oregon, I always start them off on that strip about how the only use for our state is as a filter for Washington. ;)

Is that the same one where you take a dig at Coos Bay?

I love your strip, and like you a lot as well! I have one concern though -- if you really get into writing more books (yay!), will you then be creating less comics (please, no! Anything but that!)?

'Cause we'll all have to go into mourning, and BI withdrawl will not be pretty! Life will become dark, cold and without laughter.

I think there might be way too many punctuation marks in this post.


April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Fain

I am always impressed with your brothers' facial furniture. I've never seen your dad, so I'm going to assume you all take after your mom in the moustache stakes.

Magnificent moustaches - but didn't one of them used to sport mutton-chop whiskers? Is he becoming more conventional as he matures? Promise me you won't join the establishment. . .

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

A fine followup to one of my all-time favorite strips of yours, "Christmas in the Scablands."

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChance

Pet stylistic peeve, consider that "hark back" might be more authentic, although it's not clear that "harken back" is actually wrong, and it has become common.

"Bicker us to sleep" makes up for it, though.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Read through Off to Be the Wizard in 24 hours. I only wish I had found it 10 years from now when I could immediately gorge on the next 8 books you will have written.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Three good news in one post (one being the excellent new comic itself), yay!
I enjoyed a lot rick's column, so I am all in for more. Let's see that =)

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergrégory

I hereby hypothesize one of the following things is true: either Rick IS Scott Adams or Scott Adams is writing the advice column in Rick’s name.

Why do I propose something so silly? As a long time reader of Dilbert books, the Scott Adams (SA) Blog and the DNRC newsletter that predated the SA Blog by years – “Rick’s” writing style, tone and sense of humor so closely resemble Scott Adams’ that it feels like reading one of the aforementioned SA works. Even beyond the tone/style of the work, the premise (answering reader questions with bad/sarcastic advice) was done by SA for years as “Dogbert answers reader’s questions” in the DNRC newsletter. We also all know that The Scotts have a relationship of sorts since many regular BI readers, including myself, found BI based on SA’s recommendation in his blog a few years ago. A final parallel is SA’s continual habit of giving advice in his SA Blog and then insisting that readers “not take the advice of a cartoonist”.

Am I crazy. Am I right. Vote here.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFarney

"We'd go clamming, crabbing, fishing, or picking blueberries."

Oddly, these were all things I did with my family as a kid. Creeeeepy.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereric

I agree with Paddy's comment about the mustaches. Your older brother looks to be a high level pugilist.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE

When we camped, it was sometimes hard to get to sleep; our mother would start complaining (hilariously) about the other campers' television (if you need your television, don't camp) My father would add his remarks, then my brother would join in, and I'd just lie there giggling. I'm just lucky they didn't have "glamping" back then, or I might have died laughing (it's very rare, but if you absolutely can't stop, sometimes you get a heart attack)

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Your book was fantastic, I blew through it much too quickly, and now I desperately want more. I didn't notice too many errors for a self-pub, most were along the lines of unclosed quotation marks and such.

I only found you about a month ago, and spent a few days reading through the archives.
As a native Washingtonian and current Oregonian, I especially appreciate your strips about the NW, they're always just as painfully true as the rest of your work.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

The interview link has stopped working. Just saying...

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMad Dan Eccles

Hi Scott; I’ve been reading your comics long ago and it’s been a very pleasant and funny experience, except when you DO NOT public all of my posts, ha-ha just kidding, I know there are a lot of people besides me who reads and comments your comic.
Today I just wanted to point out how particular seems to me (however is extremely common in these globalization and social media epoch) the fact of how it’s possible for one person who lives thousands of kilometers away from another person to get to know gradually some aspect of that other person, example: firsts I knew your Help is on the Way book, so I knew your name and your drawn character, then I visited your Basic Instructions web page which, along with a ton of laughs, led me to your Basic Instructions facebook page where I could see your real picture and now with the Next Market podcast I’m able to relate a voice to that picture which came from a I drawn character, it’s like if your realistic identity is emerging progressively, so in that order of ideas, I hope someday in a good comics convention (or during the world tour proclamation of the Scott Meyer’s multi media empire), get to put a shake hands to the owner of the voice and the face and the books and the web pages.

Thanks for all the fun.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercarlos castillo

I used to do those things with my dad in Maine. We didn't have bigfoot or rattlesnakes though.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde
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