The online comic Bug caught my eye over on Just the First Frame today. I hadn’t noticed it before now, but it has some great lines.
- “Must you lie to all the amnesia patients?” “But look how happy he is.”
- “Every day I want to shove you, lips first, into the paper shredder.”
- “But…but I’m whimsical.” “No, April, you’re chemically imbalanced.”
Adam Huber writes and draws the strip, which has been online since 2009. He came up with the character years ago during high school English, and just like a real cockroach, years later the little bug Huber had drawn in class began infesting his sketchbook. Equal parts whimsy and absurd, you can easily see the influence of Bloom County in Bug, which Huber cites as one of his influences.
I love it.
I’m much more of a light science fiction fan than I would like to be. Ideally, I’d like be the kind of fan who can discuss the merits of Asimov’s theories or Heinlein’s storytelling technique.
But that takes too much time and effort. I therefore tend to skew a bit towards the easier stuff from movies and television, so when xkcd makes fun of the Terminator franchise, I giggle.
Ah, xkcd. You get me.
Fans of shows like Seinfeld or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will no doubt enjoy this one, as it presents the same brand of comedy while attempting to “instruct” the reader. Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer reminds me of the visual emergency instruction cards in airplanes, with normal looking characters showing how to best go about different tasks.
Scenarios range from the mundane, like answering the phone, to the outrageous, like visiting a mirror universe. For me personally, I may have to try and apply a few in my own life, like how to understand my co-workers or showing my wife that I do think things through from time to time.