How to See the Best in People

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"And spite." Ah, that brought a smile to my face.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor

I don't believe in Justin Bieber either. He's just a trick of the light.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDean

There was this show called Malcolm in the Middle. The grandma was a super hateful lady and never had anything good to say about anybody. Lois, the mom, is trying to get her son Francis and the grandma to be nice to each other, "You both have these HUGE reservoirs of hate, are you telling me none of that overlaps? What about boy bands?"
The grandma says "Eh, they're making a living, give 'em a break."

That will always stick with me.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

This would have been good before the DUI. Dude needs to rot in jail, maybe that will teach him and his followers that you DO NOT get behind the wheel of a 2-ton 60 MPH steel brick when you can't control it.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHugin

Someone once linked me a clip of a Belieber clapping furiously saying 'I do, I do, I do believe in Justin Beiber!' after she had been (somewhat cruelly) misinformed that he had died. That, that was worrying.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Too right. Whenever I hear people moaning about Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or any other teenage star, I like to point out that most of us were stupid at that age.

We are just fortunate that the world wasn't watching us behaving like idiots.

I was also extra lucky that when I was a teenager that there were no camera phones and Facebook hadn't been invented!

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimon


February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJediBear

I'm a Belieber. Joe Lieberman, what's he up to now?

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

There was a another, similarly cultish teen-sensation singer, analogous to Justin Bieber, in the 80s and early 90s, although admittedly the older one had talent and ability Bieber completely lacks. I refer of course to Michael Jackson—Bieber looks a hell of a lot saner and better-adjusted when we make the apples-to-apples comparison, huh?

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

"It just sounds bad when it's compared to good music." That there were still two more panels was too much. Great job.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjer

"What I lack in grace, I make up for in honesty.

And spite."

Who else needs this on a t-shirt?

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersean

I didn't listen to music as a kid. Still don't as an adult. Honestly, I don't really "get" the whole concept. Fans of any music just strike me as... I don't know how to describe it... maybe it's similar to how normal people perceive drug addicts. Those people just have a problem, and can't see it clearly.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I can't stand the dude either. While what he did is a terrible example to his fans, and he should be held accountable for his actions, he didn't kill anyone (yet). But I am sickened by the fact that I know one little girl who wans to be a teacher and a minister, who was so sickened by his actions that she started swearing at him on YouTube. She's a very impressionable little girl, as are most of his fans.

But enough about JB. <I>It just sounds bad when it's compared to good music.


February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

"It just sounds bad when it's compared to good music", ftfy... ;-)

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaindog

Drowlord, I know people like that. I was like that once, until I discovered the right kind of music. (For me it was metal.) Maybe you just haven't discovered your jam. Maybe it's Wagner. Maybe it's Bieber. Maybe it's Hungarian throat singing. Maybe not.

But, yes: "It just sounds bad when it's compared to good music." Gold. My wife used to watch American Idol, which meant that I watched with her. I was constantly thinking about what yardstick we're using to judge them.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFMA

Panel 4, t-shirt, stat.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterd00d

I often marvel at how I managed to make it to past-middle aged given the things I did in the late 80's. I wasn't rich, am not hideously repulsive (but by no means classically handsome), drank almost every night of the week, and drove fast in my murdercycle.

I can only imagine the trouble I would have gotten into had I been rich and attractive. oh, the trouble....

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTonyC

This is how I always feel about idiot stars who came into their own during childhood or adolescence. They surround themselves with sycophants and morons, and too much money shields them from the consequences of their actions. When identity crisis hits, they have no foundation whatsoever because they're already living fake lives, and when they start pushing boundaries no one's around to give them adequate correction. I call it the Lohan spiral. Its counterpart is the Presley-Jackson spiral: just as personally destructive, but your fame only gets bigger in the process.

It'd be nice to see Bieber, and Miley Cyrus, and others before and after them (including Lohan herself) escape the spiral. The odds are against it happening anytime soon, but it'd still be nice.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Snails: At Bieber's age, Michael Jackson was still fairly together. He didn't go off the rails until later.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBitHammer

Spite is underrated.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRich

I guess Scott's shouting pose in panel 1 is specifically for the "OH LORD NO" word balloon, but the panel is even funnier if you read it as him shouting all of his lines. "I'M ROOTING FOR JUSTIN BIEBER I HOPE HE TURNS THINGS AROUND!!"

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrendon

To paraphrase a line from a book I read long ago, about a young pop star, 'there are a lot of people eating regularly and well off what this boy does, and they don't want it to stop.' Scott's point in panel three is spot on, in my opinion; being surrounded by parasites and sycophants is corrosive to the human spirit at any age, but to have it happen in adolescence is potentially crippling.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

If you make the panel 4 T-shirt, I will buy it.

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJim Lovejoy

Grown ups are giving waaaay too much attention to another child star whose money has gone to his head.
We still have troops in Afghanistan, an economic crisis, Congressional gridlock, and the increasingly wierd and deadly weather caused by global warming if we want disasters.
If that's just all too depressing, we still have plenty of creative people and wonderful scientific accomplishments going on all the time to revel in.
Leave the teen stars to the teeny-boppers like our parents did.

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I believe in the Moon Monarch!

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJake

i just noticed a recurring theme in your comic. The theme is that the old days were no better than the new days. You've tackled that theme quite well, repeatedly, and I only noticed it now that you did three comics in a row on that theme.
I'm not saying to stop doing it. I'm just wondering what other recurring themes you've been doing that I haven't caught on to yet.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrady

I don't root for him or against him. I also have no intention of waiting a respectful period of time before I start joking when he inevitably dies from an overdose or drunken car-wreck.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

When you say "rooting for Justin Bieber", I'm thinking you're digging a shallow grave in the woods.


March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

"We still have troops in Afghanistan, an economic crisis, Congressional gridlock, and the increasingly wierd and deadly weather caused by global warming "
And we always will have.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThiago

"We still have troops in Afghanistan, an economic crisis, Congressional gridlock, and the increasingly weird and deadly weather caused by global warming"
And we always will have.

But at least Justin Bieber's only temporary.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

"What I lack in grace I make up for in honesty and spite"

This comic is always so brilliant!

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDi

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