How to Understand Reality (Shows)

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Finger Quotes live!
This comic goes straight to the "best of" list.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersomini

I would post my surprisingly clever response here, but obviously Scott is watching and already knows what I said.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

Nice touch, breaking the fourth wall in a comic about "reality".

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

It's funny because it mocks Ric's poverty when we all know he was able to retire early and live off of the vast proceeds of his Asking The Wrong Guy internet juggernaut.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTimP

Hey, the fragments of the fourth wall got all over my keyboard!

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Real title of this comic: How to Break The Fourth Wall.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Fourth panel fourth wall for the win!

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoog

Ahhhh! Too close! Get away from the fourth wall!

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonesey

Love it (of course). I don't remember Scott breaking the fourth wall before. Is this the first time?
Note from Scott: I think it is the first time I've broken the fourth wall in a comic that started with one.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Panel 3. buying liquor. I see you have been to Lewiston, Maine.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

Wouldn't "Buying Hawaii" be a realty show?

...I'll show myself out.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I laughed at every panel.

The beer helped.:)

Hey! Were you poking fun at ME in panel 3?!?!

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInfogleaner

Ah, the Present Perfect Continous tense in the fourth panel. Which means I have no clue whether the last panel says that they used to be poor, but not anymore; or whether they were, and still are, poor.

It's still funny any way you read it :)

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoker_vD

You may notice that most reality shows have writers listed in the credits. Why is that, exactly? (note the special sarcastic font I used in that last sentence)

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Is it just me, or does everyone else get excited when Scott creates a new figure pose?

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdande313

There are two types of television series: crappily written ones with loathesome characters, and REALLY crappily written ones with INCREDIBLY loathesome characters. The latter are known, for some reason unknown to me, as "reality shows."

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

> Is it just me, or does everyone else get excited
> when Scott creates a new figure pose?

What do you mean "new figure pose"? That pose is from 2013!

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Air finger quotes, 4th wall busting... Obviously Meyer went the extra mile for this BI. Well done sir, and a tip o' the Hatlo hat.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

It's good to see an artist that gets my lifestyle

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbills yo

Panel 4 FTW. Breaking the 4th wall and Comic Rick is starting to think you're delusional.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

A classic excellent strip, and I don't consider that last joke harsh at all. But my third choice was always chocolate, rather than liquor -- it was a cheaper high.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne


While I admit to watching a handful of reality shows (Survivor, Amazing Race, Top Chef, Project Runway, Great Food Truck Race)... I greatly enjoy today's comic. The "liquor" joke was enjoyable, and Scott breaking the "4th Wall" was disturbing (for it is not his tradition), but also interesting because of the new drawing.

To me, I see Comics as a sort of "heightened sense of reality" in much the same way Scott correctly describes Reality Shows with that same "heightened sense of reality". We can know that neither the Comic nor the Reality Show is truly "REAL" but they can be metaphors for REAL concepts of life.

Now, I also admit there are a whole lot of trashy Reality Shows as well..... "The Bachelor" for one.... and former shows of the horrific talk-show ilk (for example, "The Sally Jesse Raphael Show" or "The Jerry Springer Show") spring to mind. So, as with everything, you have to be selective in what you give up your precious time for.

As always, thank you for your terrific work, Scott!


February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

"Both Rick and I have been broke, as has the Fourth Wall."

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRich

You break the 4th wall and I touch your finger with mine. It's like "The Creation of Adam."

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Having only a tenuous grip on reality, having a character notice my presence and start talking directly to me is disturbing. Some of us can't watch House of Cards like you can.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAvery Grenold

I almost spittake on panel 3, and panel 4 was pure gold as well!

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBen Zaugg

I don't need to repeat earlier comments but I have to chime in--that comic was several kinds of awesome!

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFester Addams

> You break the 4th wall and I touch your finger
> with mine. It's like "The Creation of Adam."

Or the movie poster for E.T., and...

...Holy Crap! After 32 years, I see the symbolism in the E.T. movie poster!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous T.

@ RavenBlack

Being an ancient brit, I shall think of it as 'breaking the frontispiece'.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

This is sincerely one of the funniest things I've read, in your site or otherwise.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Even more entertaining than the breaking of the fourth wall by Scott for the goal was the assist by Rick asking "who are you talking to?" Love it!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Today, my boss said, "We're out of food, and I keep buying beer." It's good to know I'm not the only loser out there.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertherealmutttastic

Awesome break of the fourth wall, and especially awesome comeback from Rick.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergreeble
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