How to Sway Someone to Your Political Opinion (rerun)


Yes, a rerun. Sorry.

To make up for it, here's a scan of the envelope and contents of a peice of mail I recently received. I have no idea who sent it, but I'm really happy that they did! I'm impressed by their initiative, and their knowledge of The Simpsons.

You can still enter to win a signed copy of the new edition of Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0). In addition to that 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 27th Mile, By Ray Charbonneau, and in this case I'll point out that if you chose to go to Ray's site and purchase a copy, all of the proceeds will go to help victems of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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

Sadly, the offer is only open to people in the United States. Shipping costs, what can I say? The contest closes on, April 19th at 12am, then a new give away with a different bonus book will begin. Thanks, and good luck!

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Reader Comments (15)



April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

HI! im Troy McClure! i know its the wrong guy but for some reason i kept reading it in his voice instead of lionel hutz's...

disclaimer: i am not actually qualified to psychologize aliens

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterxenoPsychologist

I don't remember this rerun comic. But I don't want to go to the trouble of making comments about it that were already made the first time around, possibly by me.

Having said that, there are of course stories which portray murders as morally justified, because the victim is a nasty person, although not so nasty that it's legal to kill them. It's illegal but it's right. But this is unusual and controversial.

Also, in many stories, who has committed a murder is meant to be a surprise, which makes it difficult to discuss the point. [Dexter] is an exception, because he's always killing people and they (mostly) always deserve it.

There is also a premise that Dexter pretty much can't not commit murders, so it is excusable, whereas in most cases it is just someone's personal choice, often for a selfish reason.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie


/Somebody had to say it, to get the ball rolling.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

You're in Olrando! Amazing!

Note from Scott: Indeed I am. I like it more than I had expected to.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArfnotz

So... who did Jenkins murder?

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Am I alone in suspecting that Jenkins' offer to invite a murderer to drop by is not purely hypothetical? Like he's thinking "Just let me get on the phone, my cousin Wilf could be here tomorrow, unless he gets arrested again"?

Xeno, I'm pretty sure Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure are voiced by the same artist, so you're not crazy. Well, not for that reason. I'm not qualified to diagnose other psychoses you might have.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAA

It wouldn't be hard to have a semi-political discussion about network police shows. For example, as a woman over fifty, I am mildly fascinated by how very few older women ever appear on those shows, compared with younger women and men of varying ages. It's especially interesting because women over fifty are a sizeable demographic in the real world. But I don't watch network police shows often, so maybe all the older women just happen to show up on the ones I don't see. *cough*

As usual, the Brits are better. SCOTT AND BAILEY features women over thirty who look like real women.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

In CSI, NCIS, and everything produced by Bellisario, I've noticed a pattern; any young, attractive woman or girl introduced between the 8th and 15th minute, unless she's an investigator, is the murderer.
You can watch this part of the show, then surf away until the last 14 minutes (commercials included), in which they explain how she did it.
This saves a lot of frustration at details that were put in to mislead us which are either explained away by the assumption of "hysterical strength" (something so rare it is very probably mythical) or just dropped and they hope we forget them (such as that the killer had to be over six feet tall)
Yes, I like murder mysteries. So much more soothing to watch than "reality shows" Just not most of them anymore, because that Bellisario guy is all over the airwaves! WAY too predictable. I like to have to try to figure it out, not have it handed to me.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Wait a minute... I thought you lived in Seattle?

Note from Scott: I did when I started the comic, so in a weird kidna way, Comic Strip scott still does, but the real me and my wife moved to Orlando .... yeesh, 7 years ago.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

"Million Murderer March"...starring Jenkins as the Unabomber.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWeezle


Committed by a murderer.

Are the CSI people - or anyone who specialises in hunting murderers - murdererers?

And the people who fanatically watch CSI or read Agatha Christie, are they murderererers?

And if 'murder' is killing someone, is 'murd' just beating someone up because 'murder' is more 'murdy' than 'murd'?

Between Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin, was Stalin the 'murdest'?

'Murder' sounds like the past tense, which is right, since the murder has happened. Should the current tense be 'to meer'?

What a funny word.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Obviously, murderers can't ever get a break in today's society. Fortunately, I come from an area where "He needed killin'..." is still a valid defense.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Well, Anne, the under-50 demographic usually doesn't watch shows about mainly over-50 characters, but I'm guessing that plenty of 50+ folks would probably rather watch younger, more attractive people. Also the advertisers target a demographic of 18-35 which means few shows will have main characters past their 40's. And if the Brits do it better, isn't the BBC a government channel? So they don't have to cater/pander as much as a commercial channel would. This is largely the way it's been for 30+ years. Heck, I'm not even 40 and I think most of what's on the tube is a bunch of millenial nitwits spouting nonsense and generally acting like idiots. But apparently they're somehow more profitable customers than us, despite their unemployment rate.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Rest in peace Phil Hartman, we miss you, Lionel Hutz.

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVarian Fry
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