When you need a good laugh.
At the time, Adams had apparently taken Meyer “under his wing” and was trying to advise him on how to make his comic more marketable. (Read “Basic Instructions, Part 1” for more information.) Meyer was following his advice, which required a complete reformatting of the comic. The results were not impressive, although not bad. Obviously, Adams should know how to market a comic, since Dilbert is very popular. But Meyer’s comic was fine in its regular format.
In fact, Basic Instructions is one of the funniest comics I’ve ever read.
I’m not sure why it appeals to me so much. I think it’s because it’s just so incredibly cynical. The characters are all funny and share the punch lines. They say things I often wish I could say aloud to people. There’s usually a good laugh in every frame.
Oddly enough, I think it’s a lot funnier than Dilbert, which is delivered to my e-mail inbox every weekday.
I subscribe to the RSS feed for Basic Instructions, so it’s delivered to my RSS reader’s in box whenever I get around to launching it. This morning, I read through the last few comics and it really cheered me up considerably.
Has anyone out there read Basic Instructions? If so, what do you think?