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Two questions I am often asked:
  1. How far in advance do you work?
  2. How quickly can you publish a comic on a current event?
Today I will indirectly answer both questions by talking about something else entirely. I assume you've all been following the story of the Apple engineer who left a prototype 4G iPhone at a beer garden. I found this story too delicious to resist, but I worried that the story would become stale before my comics would work through the pipeline. I think the soonest I can get something published is in about a month, perhaps a bit sooner, but I've never tested it.

I drew two comics while considering my options. In the end, I thought it wasn't worth the extra friction to push them to the front of the line. And it would be June 18th before they ran in their normal position, which seemed too far in the future. So here now, exclusively for you blog readers, the totally unfinished first drafts of those comics.  You will never see these in newspapers.





Take a moment to marvel at the fact that I didn't need to add anything to the story as it has been told in the media. All it really needed was Wally. I don't think any of us will ever know what really happened. I based the comic on the media's speculation of events. Remember that I'm in the parody business and not the truth business.



 
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Apr 25, 2011
thanks :)
www.becayisara.com
 
 
May 19, 2010
Any strip showing Wally that drunk is an automatic five.
 
 
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May 14, 2010
You've captured the entire saga in the first 3 frames...WIN!
 
 
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Apr 30, 2010
I'm a little late getting in on the comments, but this strip highlights a concern of mine. I'm a 62 year old technophobe who was considering getting my wife a IPOD for Mother's Day. Could you give me an estimate of the time lag between the purchase and when Apple will send the cops out to break down our front door to take the IPOD back? I just want to know if I have to load mainly short songs. Thanks.
 
 
Apr 28, 2010
You draw a really good S***-Faced Wally.
 
 
Apr 28, 2010
You have no idea Scott how special you have made your Blog readers feel! Thank you.
 
 
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Apr 28, 2010
Something very scary going on with today's blog.

Only 35 comments, and yet ... thousands of votes and hundreds of thumbs up and thumbs down.

I'm outa here until somebody issues an 'all clear' on the ET invasion.
 
 
Apr 28, 2010
"Instead of being specific, you could have just said "top secret prototype device". People would still get the joke now, and in 20 years, when reading the Dilbert archives in the Smithsonian, people wouldn't be wondering what-the-hell a 4G phone was. "

Was thinking the same thing, which is why I have the impression Scott made these cartoons for this blogpost, to get a point across, rather than on the moment when he heard about the lost iPhone prototype.
 
 
Apr 27, 2010
the difference in this case is that Gray Powell is supposedly a superstar at Apple and Sony Ericsson. If Wally worked for the Evil Empire in Cupertino, he would have been bricked, not the iPhone.
 
 
Apr 27, 2010
Instead of being specific, you could have just said "top secret prototype device". People would still get the joke now, and in 20 years, when reading the Dilbert archives in the Smithsonian, people wouldn't be wondering what-the-hell a 4G phone was.
 
 
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Apr 27, 2010
Scott: brillant comic. Just love it.
They say don't Drink and Drive, how about Don't Drink and hold Secret Technology. Here's an other one: New technology have travel, with clean fuel Ethenol.
Can it be that this poor Techno-Geek was looking for some action and got caught up in a really bad manupilator. Just a thought.

 
 
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Apr 27, 2010
Scott: brillant comic. Just love it.
They say don't Drink and Drive, how about Don't Drink and hold Secret Technology. Here's an other one: New technology have travel, with clean fuel Ethenol.
Can it be that this poor Techno-Geek was looking for some action and got caught up in a really bad manupilator. Just a thought.

 
 
Apr 27, 2010
You says life imitates art?
Well, apparently Steve Jobs said, "Somethings have to be believed, to be seen".
I've seen Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the iPhone 4G
 
 
Apr 27, 2010
Scott, I give my hats off to you. You really enjoy your job and seem to enjoy what you're doing. By adding promotional content you don't sem to mind giving adding social commentary at no financial gain. These two comics are described perfectly as to how a good company can make such a HUGE mistake - Wally explains everything.

- Sent from my iPod Touch
 
 
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Apr 27, 2010
Scott's blog posts normally get a rating of a couple of hundred "Thumbs up" at best, more often less than 100.

At the time of writing, this post has already gone past 2,000, and no doubt is still heading up FAST!!

Seems this one is popular...
 
 
Apr 27, 2010
This is clearly a lame Apple marketing stunt, and media and bloggers fell hook line an sinker into it.

I mean the same week as the much better HTC Desire (Europe) and HTC Incredible (US) launches? I don't believe in coincidences..

Apple needed to attempt to tell everyone that their single manufacturer OS is still relevant against the might of Android and Open Handset Alliance...
 
 
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Apr 27, 2010
buying the equipment of unknown origin, and publishing the name of the man who lost it, you have to expect to police this is all over the world. I believe though that they should apologize.
 
 
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Apr 27, 2010
What about when the police come and break down Wally's door looking for the phone and take his coffee mug?

We seem to live in dangerous times.
 
 
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Apr 27, 2010
Positively Brilliant!

Wally passed out reminds me of a 3-Long-Island-Ice-Tea night in Vegas!

 
 
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Apr 27, 2010

Now you need a strip with Dogbert tipping off the local cops (and/or offering product to a local judge) so that the blogger's home is broken into and searched.

Oh -- and the bald CEO needs to start wearing black T-shirts.
 
 
 
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