What the critics are saying: “As soon as I retire I’m going to spend my life ridding the world of F&I comics…mark my words. I also may pick up tennis. Mark those words as well.” – Billy Calhoun

Literacy – not just for suckers anymore

Discussion (24) ¬

  1. Intamin

    This was awesome, haha.

  2. Chris

    I am reading this book RIGHT NOW. Coincidence?


  3. Tom

    I wish I could say this wasn’t a true story from my life.

    It’s actually not.

    Folly and Innovation: the place where wishes come true.

  4. abbie

    Pride and Prejudice isn’t Elizabethan. Jane Austen lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and wrote P&P during the 1790s, when George III was king. Queen Elizabeth I reigned from 1558 to 1603.

  5. anon

    this one’s awesome

  6. mcc1789

    I like that…judging books by their cover. By the way, you meant “thrifty” not “thrify” in the A Modest Proposal guess.

  7. Thatguy

    A Modest Proposal isn’t a book, it’s an essay.

  8. bwalt

    eating babies?

  9. Erik

    my only problem is that this is judging books by their title…not exactly their cover.

  10. Isaac

    A well-meaning yet bumbling mockingbird steals a bunch of items from the townsfolk, including a watch and some twine.
    Hilarity ensues.

  11. Scipio

    Victorian romance*

    Close enough, anyway.

  12. Bee

    Pride and Prejudice was published in 1812, it’s Regency- a good 200 years after the Elizabethan period. It’s all about the society specific to that time, it’s not even a thing like the Elizabethan age (Or the Victorian for that matter)

  13. Tom

    Thanks for your comments!

    Victorian, Elizabethan, Regency…I’ve thrown it out and just went with straight up “Romance.” I think that clears it up.

  14. fajas colombianas

    What the, eating babies?

  15. Gana

    Read the back cover of the book

  16. Tim Ervin

    Lord of the Rings is also about racism and courage. Kinda.

  17. Mandy

    HAHAHA…”eating babies.” gotta love A Modest Proposal and them delicious Irish babies….

  18. Raeni

    I recall my initial encounter with Swift’s infamous essay… I had ten minutes before English class, and was speed-reading… I made it all the way through to the portion about HOW to cook the children before I had realized what had transpired… The sad thing is, eating babies probably WOULD solve a lot of their issues…

  19. Kat

    Ha this is awesome. I really like your drawing style too. Better than most web comics. I never wanted to read Pride and Prejudice either, but eventually did. I really liked it, even if it was pretty dry, but all of Austen’s stuff is I guess. But Lord of the Rings is basically the best thing ever. It is such a complex story. Every character has such depth both in personality and background, so much so that you can track their lineage. The book is so thorough, you can actually learn the languages. J.R.R. Tolkien, he meant business.

  20. Tom

    I think if there is one thing we can all agree on regardless of color, creed, race or nationality, it’s that Tolkien did indeed mean business.

  21. Ronni

    A Modest Proposal is about eating babies? Why have I never heard of this book?!

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  23. JET73L

    I need to do this on purpose sometime.

    I do this retroactively, on occasion, when I notice how odd the title and/or cover seems when removed from the context and definitions given by the story: Examples, off the top of my head:
    Glasshouse: Story about how hypocrisy is bad? Sci-fi spy thriller about social roles.
    To Say Nothing of the Dog: A Hound of the Baskervilles ripoff with a ghostly cat? Time-traveling antiquing.
    Storm Front: Political cyber-thriller? Wizard cowboy protecting Chicago.
    All lovely books, by the way (though To Say Nothing of the Dog is a bit of an acquired taste), as are the dozen sequels to Storm Front.

  24. Tom

    “Storm Front: Political cyber-thriller? Wizard cowboy protecting Chicago.”

    Good call. I do love me some Dresden files.

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