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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (June 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825056
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 0.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Basic Instructions" is awesome, even the second time around. June 16 2010
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For those of you who've never read Scott Meyer's amazing webcomic "Basic Instructions," you're missing out. It is, perhaps, the funniest thing on the net. And while you can get most of the comics for free, I'd still recommend the collection, for the simple reason that you are not going to spot all of the jokes the first time through. That, and Scott leaves little Easter eggs for devoted readers, and you're going to want the comics in book form so you can flip back to get all of the references. Read this, and support the awesomeness.
The Art is Recycled but the Humor is Fresh June 19 2010
By W. A. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sunnyside is a rural community of 3,000 families in southern Washington State located in the Yamhill River valley between the Horse Heaven Hills and the Rattlesnake Hills and just downwind from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It is known locally for its annual lighted farm implements parade. It seems fitting, somehow, that their best known native son is Scott Meyer.

Scott Meyer's web comic "Basic Instructions" is uniformly funny and avidly followed by many. (There is also a very nice (and free) iPhone app for "Basic Instructions.") "Made with 90% Recycled Art" is the second collection of these comics in book format and they make a very successful transition to paper, in part due to the extra jokes and comments added in the "footnotes" to the comics. If Oscars were awarded for such things, "Basic Instructions" would be the clear winner in the "web comic published in a four panel format and updated about twice a week" category.

With "useful" advice on such titles such as "How To Win a Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors," "How to Confound Your Alien Captor," and "How to Perform a Spoken-word Rendition of a Popular Song," Meyer manages to both amuse and elucidate modern problems. And speaking of problems, Meyer is well known to regular readers for the misspellings that somehow creep into his on-line comics. These have been corrected in this book, but I was pleased to see that the comic on page 79 of the book is missing its title.

This book has a surprisingly touching forward by Missy Meyer, the author's wife, and a hilarious afterword by Ric Schrader, the author's long-suffering best friend.
I'm looking forward to a third volume one day. Feb. 16 2011
By Mr. Nicholas Flight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed the web comic "Basic Instructions" for a few years now. Quite a lot of times now I have shared a particular comic from the series with a friend printed or via Facebook, and even sent one out as a bulk email which is something I hardly ever do. It is an extremely clever and funny comic.

Written and drawn in the style of airline safety cards, "Basic Instructions" dispenses advice, techniques and tips broken down for the layperson. Each comic is a simple guide that is humorous because it is about a relatable situation that most of us experience in our everyday lives. Some of the situations include: How to buy a car, how to display your baby and how to fake a smile. The tone of the comic narration is that of a deadpan expert no matter how absurd the situation. Each comic uses tongue in cheek wit to illustrate the narration, with each individual panel being funny unto itself while being built upon by the next for a final pay-off funny at the end.

Often with web-comics I like, I subscribe to them for a while and then move on, replacing them with other subscriptions. However, "Basic Instructions" by Scott Meyer is one that I have to keep getting updates for because it is so gosh darn funny. I would say this is the smartest-funny-web-comic I have read. As I have enjoyed the comics for free for so long, I felt compelled to purchase the books so that I can have a physical copy for myself as well as support this artist who I have enjoyed for a few years now. The books are excellent quality and basically the web-comic in print form.
Basically brilliant Sept. 18 2010
By Nick Brett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Basic Instructions is the four panel comic strip produced by Scott Meyer and this is his second collection, and very worthy it is too. The four panel format of his cartoons has sadly limited the author's exposure and syndication which is a real shame as his work is both very clever and funny.
You can check the strips out by searching on the Basic Instructions website, but Meyers takes subjects such as "How to Wake someone up" or "How to keep a secret" and presents them is a way they we will recognise and understand. The humour is a little like the famous Scott Adams Dilbert dealing with both domestic and work nonsense (I wish my name was Scott so I too could be clever and brilliant - I blame my parents) and a great spin on the stupid side of life. An introduction from his wife is surprisingly touching and the afterward from one of his friends and frequent victims helps frame the contents and gives us a little more insight into the author. Many of the pages have a note from Meyer giving background which also adds tot he experience.

This is great stuff from someone who deserves much greater visibility and recognition.
Recycled art, new laughs!.......I am so sorry. June 18 2010
By Buddy Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewer of this fine tome. Scott Meyers consistently delivers the yuks with his online comic strip, Basic Instructions. This second collection of his work includes the grand appearance of the Moon Men and their fearless leader, who it would appear feels details are not so important in the grand scheme of things. If you found Scott's first book to be rolling on the floor hilarious, like I did, this book is more of the welcome same.

However, I feel the need to add a caveat to this review. The transformation of the character "Rick" in this book can be disturbing to young children, the elderly, and their pets. We welcomed Rick into out hearts so easily. He was the much needed Falstaff that the people of the 21st century have been needing and demanding for so long. However, he goes from mulleted everyman to short haired not-frowning everyman in one short gasp. Be forewarned! Once you see Rick smiling at you, you can never unsee it!


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