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"It is easier to outsmart people than to outdumb them" - Scott Meyer

This is now my favorite quote. Hope you don't mind if I start quoting you.


Note from Scott: as long as I get credit. One of my long term goals is to show up in a book of quotations.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

A big like for this one.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravelKev


I hope you'll also post the letter online, after framing it.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

Rocket hat looks different without his hands manacled. It's not a bad look, but it is different.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike86

Rocket Hat looks victorious. Hardly humble at all.

Le gasp, is he about to lose his humility, become evil, beat up the Moon Men to become their new emperor, beat all the nameless, then become good again because evil was too easy?!?

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMindsword

Made me think of this:

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Also see Supernormal Step by Michael Lee Lumsford. One of the organizations in the strip is "The Nameless".

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Porter

There's a folk music venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called the Nameless Coffeehouse. And a seafood restaurant in Boston called the No Name.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMorris Keesan

New Rocket hat!? WHAT!

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNilinor

The Knifeketeer strikes a home run? The Knifeketeer strikes a home run? The Knifeketeer strikes a home run? I can type the words but my mind refuses to accept them.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames D. Gray

Quote from some British TV comedy show I saw many years ago:

"More mysterious than The Man With No Name - even his legend was a legend! The Man Who Wasn't Called ANYTHING!"

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCount Otto Black

Surely Omnipresent Man should know if there is another "nameless".

...Though I suppose if I was in a group called "the Nameless" I might well choose to meet nowhere for no length of time...

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGDwarf

Omnipresent Man: What if there is another team or band or something called "the nameless".

Well, look around - tell us if you see anything.

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManoj

A new Rocket Hat pose!

March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterK7

Sorry, but I copyrighted "You can't outsmart somebody who can outdumb you" in the 80's. (I was describing my then-wife's attempt to train a particularly ornery cat. Sadly the cat really WAS smarter than her, to boot.)

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSnagg

Wait, Walter White is Rocket Hat?!?

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the new Rocket Hat pose.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeesa

Whoa, did Rocket Hat get a redesign? His costume looks more elaborate and his pose much sassier. Love it.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrGuy

Did you really get a C&D for "The Legion of Super Heroes"?


Note from Scott: No, I didn't. As far as I know, DC is unaware that I ever existed.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDurandal_1707

I've never before noticed that Judge Missy (not quite as terrifying as Judge Dredd - until you meet her of course) has an aura.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Shouldn't Omnipresent Man know if there's anyone calling themselves by that name? Like, when they tell him, "Hey, that's already or name. Also, get the hell or of my shower."

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Drunkard Kid

Look a Rocket Hat! That energy!

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzeugenberg

Reminds me of the old Spinal Tap joke

David: “So, we became the Originals.”
Nigel: “Right.”
David: “And, uh, we had to change our name, actually.”
Nigel: “Well, there was another group, in the east end, called the Originals and we had to rename ourselves.”
David: “the New Originals.”

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

As I write this, I've only read as far as the last line of the first panel. Should I go any further? Can it get better than that?

Update. Okay, it didn't get better, but it did maintain the same level.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Gasp! Is that some new Rocket Hat art I spy?

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

That's an uncharacteristically dynamic pose from Rocket Hat...

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Last line of the first frame is beyond gold, it's platinum, and it stunned me so that I needed a few minutes before reading the rest. Awesome job with this one!

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

I laughed. Aloud. A lot.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

I have to agree with Mike86, it's odd seeing Rocket Hat without his wrists manacled. It also looks like Rocket Hat has been working out.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdavidc

Grant Morrison's forthcoming comics project is called "Nameless". I assume you have already sent him a cease-and-desist.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

"One of my long term goals is to show up in a book of quotations."
- Scott Meyer, 2014

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

I think the Judger needs a counterpart with a similar power just to match everyone else on the team (two guys with weapons on their hats, two guys who are omnipresent - or is that a Scott and Rick thing only?) Might I suggest the Snarker.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Punchline on panel 1 was brilliant… best laugh I've had in a while.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Just as an aside, shouldn't Omnipresent Man be in every panel?

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBird

There is a sea food restaurant on the wharves in Boston called The No Name. If the fish were any fresher, it would still be swimming.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLEH

A pedant writes: In panel 2 "If people called him that then he had two names." Well what somebody is called and what their name is isn't necessarily the same thing. I cite in my defence the White Knight in Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There. Here it is clearly explained to Alice that what a poem's name is, what the poem's called and what the poem's name is called are all quite different.

Despite that piece of petty minded nit-picking, still a great comic.

That first panel punchline reminds me of the advice I've heard given to student engineers: "When designing something for the general public then try to make it as foolproof as possible - but this will never be perfect as their are some damned ingenious fools out there."

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Hair

I wonder if this is a homage to The Nameless, a science fiction club started by F. M. Busby in the '50s. They were also largely responsible for Seattle's Worldcon in 1961.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWalt ?

Clearly Omnipresent man can not use google


March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

Just as an aside, shouldn't Omnipresent Man be in every panel?

He is, he's just outside the frame.

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob

This sea food restaurant, was it in a desert?

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBasic Complexity
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