How to Recognize and Understand Change

I have five signed copies of the new edition of Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0), and I’m going to give them away on this website over the next five weeks. In addition to the book, the prize package will also include the Basic Instructions 2014 Box Calendar, and a signed copy of a book by a different author. This week, the bonus book is The Dreams of a Dying God (The Godlanders War, Book One) by Aaron Pogue.

You can enter below by friending Off to Be the Wizard on Facebook, or by following me on Twitter.

Sadly, the offer is only open to people in the United States. Shipping costs, what can I say? The winner will be selected on Saturday, March 29th, then a new give away with a different bonus book will start the next day. Thanks, and good luck!


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Reader Comments (28)

I don't watch the news either, and that last panel sums up exactly how I feel. Well put!

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

I'm glad I'm not the only one who dislikes both Fox and MSNBC. I like my shadow overlords to brainwash me subtly, not overtly. Just a quick rinse, rather than a thorough sudsing.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraaj

1) Will you be selling signed copies on your site (including second addition)?
2) What about if we are willing to pay extra?
3) OK, what about if we buy the book and then start following you around with a pen?
4) What do you mean restraining order? I do not recognize the gov'n'mnt.
5) Sorry, please don't sic Missy on me. I'll go away now...

Note from Scott: no plans at the moment. The idea is that I can better use my time writing more comics and novels. That said, I would like to eventually grow this thing to where I van do a bit of traveling and book signing. we'll see what the future holds. Thanks for asking.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlaplander

CNN is apparently the kid who thinking everything is caused by magic.

The supernatural!
Black holes!
Let's ask a psychic!

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

And CNN is the kid who eats glue.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

And all 24 hours news channels - which had promised in-depth coverage analysis - all comprise:


and so on. It is tedious, shallow and pointless. It's like something out of Blade Runner come true.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Makes me glad I have always gotten my news from newspapers and internet and have no idea what you're talking about.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteruncollated

Get your news by accidentally seeing it on the Yahoo! home page. That's less like listening to school children, and a little more like listening to the crazy, senile drunk rambling to himself on the bus.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Your uncle is now doing the news on NPR.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

To paraphrase Mark Twain, "People who don't watch the news are uninformed and people that do watch the news are misinformed."

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

I have always been a newsphobe, for three reasons:
1. It's always "bad news"
2. It's always editorialized
3. By the time it gets to me, it's no longer "new"

It's not like I don't LEARN of major events in the world - I just learn them by way of my favorite interesting uncle. ;)

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Does watching "fake" news like The Daily Show count?

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Kaiser

Brilliant, this is why I get my news from NPR, just a bit closer to the uncle model.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTam

Like an uncle = avuncular. I also know "defenestrate". Thank you, SAT's!

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeth


Sadly, I don't see how the "it does that to everything" comeback can be turned into a pithy one-liner for Twitter, T-shirt, or evening news sound-bite.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFMA

Nice comic like...well not always but pretty often! Pertaining to the free books and stuff: I'm from Europe, can I participate if I pay for postage? Also I don't have Facebook...also I...don't use Twitter. There's a fair chance I'm a caveman, but is there any other way to participate? I already have the book, but I want a signed one! Oh hey, I have Google+ through that something I could use you or...fine. Be like that :/

Note from Scott: I'm sorry. I'm not happy about the America Only thing either, but postage would be prohibitive for me, and my understanding is that asking any entrants to pay for the postage might be a legal problem.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWombat

"looked at that way it kinda seems pathetic." "It's called perspective, it does that to everything." TOTALLY STEALING THIS!

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhil C

"I van do a bit of traveling"

Freudian slip spotted. Warn your children, people, Scott's on the road.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfnord

"The news. Where someone starts by telling you 'Good evening', and then proceeds to explain exactly why it wasn't."

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

I get my news from BBC news, which I guess is like the class nerd.
With a British Accent, obviously.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

That's why I prefer to get my news from the class clowns--The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. It's still somewhat depressing, but at least you can laugh at it. Or PBS News--the kid running for class president, perhaps? Or the transfer students--Al Jazeera and BBC.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

@Jerden: "I get my news from BBC news, which I guess is like the class nerd. With a British Accent, obviously."

Sadly, Jerden, the BBC wound down most of its news operation in the 1990s and has since bought it in from USA-based news corporations. Calling it "USA news with a British accent" is depressingly accurate.

Also, funding to the BBC's World Service has been cut in recent years too, which is desperately short-sighted penny-pinching given the good it has done world-wide.

I'll never forget listening under the bedclothes into the night on short-wave radio to Radio Moscow, the World Service and the Voice of America during the Soviet Army's invasion of Afghanistan. Radio Moscow was clearly broadcasting propaganda but it was plausible propaganda. The BBC World Service was so detailed I could maintain a map of force losses and movement of units (which generally tallied with Radio Moscow stories except they toned down the losses), but the Voice of America was ranting mad rubbish that did not make any kind of sense unless the Soviets were pushed back 200 miles every day for ten years and lost at least one division of infantry and tanks every week. Even when I was 14 I knew the VoA was transmitting utter lies.

The other curious thing was how Radio Moscow was often jammed by us living here in the free West, but I never heard the Beeb or VoA being jammed.

Funny old world, innit?

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

If all news is bad news, then the good news is there is no news.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

It's always *the same* news:
Tension in the middle east, corruption in elected office, murder in the streets, drought in the heartland, morals in decline, unemployment in record numbers...WHAT DECADE AM I IN?! No way to tell from the news; these headlines have been recycling all my lifetime.
Panel four is too true for the news.

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

"tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye"
Now with baseless speculation!

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAvery Greynold

I get all my news from Craig Ferguson. I learn important things, like when it's Jamaican Independence Day.

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

"Um, what's the name of the word for things not being the same always? You know, I'm sure there is one. Isn't there? There must be a word for it … the thing that lets you know time is happening. Is there a word?"
"Oh . . . I was afraid of that."
--Del and Dream, The Sandman

March 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGuesssWho

Fox and MSNBC are awful? No disagreement.

CNN... where we posit that a missing plane might be the work of a black hole, or global warming... while playing with toy planes.

Because it's hard to fill 24 hours when you don't know much.

March 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGekkobear
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