I Apologize In Advance

Sometimes I feel like I need to apologize for being an English major.

. . . but not often

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  1. Exulen

    I’m not

    • dalonewolf25

      Alt-Text: So,’ Grape asked, ‘Did you actually read the book?’ ‘I didn’t think I needed to,’ Peanut replied, ‘it’s like Waiting for Godot only he shows up at the end, right?’

      • Kamron

        Pretty much my favorite alt-text ever.

    • Rocket Knight boy

      hehehe i see what you did there

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        oh ai get it naow X3

    • Skykitsune

      Who is John Galt? Hehe…

      • Skykitsune

        BTW, this comic makes perfect sense.

  2. Dissension

    I don’t get it. *is bonked*

    • dalonewolf25

      *bonks Dissension*

    • Chip Uni

      If you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged, today’s comic won’t make too much sense.

      (Warning: Atlas Shrugged is very controversial. Of the people who read it, 49% say that it changed their life; 49% say that it’s pure evil… and the last 2% know that it’s about Soviet Russia.)

      • Frank

        I haven’t read Atlas Shrugged, but I read the short story “if there were no Benny Cemoli”, and got the joke.

      • Pogiforce

        What about the ones like me who read it and just didn’t get it?

        Granted I lost the book about halfway through and never finished it, but teh point stands. About the only thing I got from this book was that “Who is John Galt?” was pretty much them saying “I can’t explain why I do what I do.”

        • BlueNight

          When sub-par training meets the apathy of human domestication (guaranteed wage for minimal work), and the result is the breakage of something of value which required genuine intellect and creativity to design in the first place, “Who is John Galt?” is the proper response – in a defeated tone, with a shrug of the shoulders.

          A tow truck driver who tows your car wrong and tears up your suspension.

          A modern retail store’s public restroom that looks like it was built during the Eisenhower administration – and was last cleaned during the first Bush’s administration.

          An HP Touchsmart you’ve sent back to the manufacturer three times in nine months for the same “hard drive failure” error, with requests for the free upgrade to Windows 7, but it comes back with Vista Home Premium SP1 each time.

          Who is John Galt? (shrug)

  3. dalonewolf25

    Who IS John Galt?

    • Rick Griffin

      That guy

      • dalonewolf25

        Wait, didn’t you make an Atlas Shrugged comic canon strip before?

        • Rick Griffin

          I don’t think so, but you’re lucky; I had an idea to make an entire arc a parody of the book. But, I decided, I’m not done with it so it’d be better if I only did shakespeare or something.

          • dalonewolf25

            Wait, so are you insinuating that you will make an arc/one-off on Shakespeare in the near future?

          • GameCobra

            Usually when Rick makes a parody of it, it’s usually acted out or done via Spot strips. i’m curious whichever it would be, but now i’m intrigued.

            Also: THAT guy is John Galts.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            If you actually did a parody of the book you wouldn’t have room for pictures.

          • Frank

            If you’re thinking of putting your characters into a Shakespere play, you might want to see what Brooke McEldowney did with his comic 2006/02/13 to 2007/03/19. No link here, though, since there’s the odd panel that is borderline adult.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            if u do ai think peanut should be romeo and gwape shall be juliet :3
            (ai think that right :|

          • HonorèDerazey

            Don’t say Shakespeare Rick. In Julius Caesar, I had to memorize Antony’s speech to the Plebeians for a grade. I was getting tired of seeing the same… exact… speech…over…and over again at the beginning of English class EVERY day.

          • Rick Griffin

            But don’t you see? Because it’s so brilliant, memorizing it hard enough until the actual words lose all meaning is exactly what was intended by the author

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Have you seen the fnords?

      • Corodan

        What about this guy?


        • BeatReaktor

          Can I have those 5 minute of my life back please?

        • BeatReaktor

          This is real music….http://soundcloud.com/servo-1/beatreaktor


      You forgot to shrug, man. You can’t forget to shrug.

    • Duskyo

      “I am Iron Man!”

    • ressy

      I am John Galt

    • Tachyon

      I am Spartacus!

      • Spartacus

        No, I’m Spartacus!

        • Bicycle Repairman

          I am Spartacus!

          • DoctorEevee

            Pshhh I’m Spartacus <w<

          • 2MK

            So, Who’s the real Spartacus?

      • Duskyo


    • Profesor Rod

      This is Sparta!

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        nu it’s supposed to start with “THIS!”
        then sum1 else says “IS!”
        an den the last gai says “SPArTaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaAaaaaaaaAaaaaaaAAAAaaaA!!!!!!!!!!!!1 DX

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I’m Batman.

    • Rocket Knight boy

      I’m amused…

    • Tachyon

      I’m Brian, and so is my wife!

  4. Pseudo Faux

    How would the world of HP survived if Rick shrugged off his deadline for once?

  5. Crazy-8

    ha, its sad that I get the joke

  6. Timber Wolf

    WHOA Surprise ending!! Never saw it comin!

  7. Maikeru

    Heheh X3

    Nailed the book on the head X3

    Or so ive heard.

  8. IceKitsune

    Well I wasn’t expecting you to do a joke on this book but that was funny lol

  9. dalonewolf25

    lol watchout man in 1st panel.

    • Dissension

      “Whatevs, Man” is, I think, the correct phrase. ;3

  10. capratchet

    Cant believe this is what i break lurker status for over a year for. I cant believe I get this joke.

    • Final Silence

      Wow, broke my record: 3 monthes.

  11. GuyIncognito

    Not shown, the following seventy panels of monologue.

  12. Elwood Blutarsky

    Hey look, it’s John Galt!

  13. Lax

    Oh, I thought you were apologizing for posting another one of Peanut’s “special” works. Never mind than…

  14. Secrettraveler

    And we are going to finally meet Godot on Friday……

    • Secrettraveler

      ……and he looks surprisingly like one of the Milton ferrets……

  15. silverfang16

    Most important, of what significance is John Galt?

    • Max Wolfe

      HE’S John Galt.

    • Frank

      To be John Galt, or not to be John Galt? Whether it is nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of our outrageous fortune, or to take up troubles against a sea of bourgeois, and by opposing them, end them?

      • silverfang16

        He took the latter, THAT is the significance of John Galt.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Your aspect ratio is all wonky.

  16. Glinch

    Oh wow.. An atlas Shrugged joke heheheh

    John Galt was the man who wants to destory the motor of the world. The economy.

  17. Inu225

    I had to look up “Who is John Galts”.
    I apologize that I have never read “Atlas Shrugged”.
    I can only assume that this comic sums up the novel.

    …Also I had to look up “Waiting for Godot” as well.

  18. BeatReaktor

    wow… that comic had everthing o.o

  19. Elwood Blutarsky

    I like the way the iron smelt is drawn in panel 2.

  20. BeatReaktor

    Rick is bragplaining… lol :)

  21. Sigma

    Who is Ayn Rand?

    • Wilford B. Wolf

      Trust me, you don’t want to touch that conversation with a 3 meter pole…

      • Sigma

        That’s what John Galt said to me… “Who is Ayn Rand?”

  22. Fuzzypaws

    Oh that wacky Peanut, next thing you know he’ll write a strip from Nietzsche!

    • Gaboris

      Don’ give’em any ideas man. XD

    • Tahoe

      The sad part is that I’d be able to follow that too, lol

  23. xhunterko

    Who in the what now in the huh?
    *scratches head*

    • silverfang16

      That’s what I asked. *blink*

  24. Gaboris

    Nooo prob with the english thingamajig Rick, as long as they make funny strips we won’t rebell. XD
    BTW I didn’ know this thing when I saw the strip so I didn’ even get it, but once again Wiki enlightened me. :3

    PS.: Then who the heck is agent Salt? O.o

  25. bluebeat

    Has to be the first HP! I didn’t get.

  26. Rocket Knight boy

    And now we know….

    • dragonnutds

      O_o i find this post 3 days after i find my sega genesis and rocket knight adventurer, made it past the first level for the first time that day but lost all my lives and continues on the lava fish boss and had a game over under the air ship when i missed the extra life…

      • Rocket Knight boy

        hehe thats cool dude i love the rocket knight games (i point this out because it isn’t Blatantly obvious that i do) though i have only completed the one on XBLA the others are hard (not an excuse for sucking lol)

        on a side note WHAT!? no one got my referance yet?

        • Rocket Knight boy

          (sigh) …and knowing is half the battle! GI JOOOOOOOE!

  27. Final Silence

    First: I didn’t get it. So, I looked it up. Now I shall read both.
    Second: I thought Peanut read every book in the library. Did their library just not include those two books? (I assume Peanut hasn’t read “Waiting for Godot,” but I may be wrong)

    • Final Silence

      Also, you have no need to apologize. It just shows youu are more literate (is that right?) then some of us (including me).

  28. Profesor Rod

    Quack quack quack :Y


    • xhunterko

      Wait, so your saying it was a duck and not a chicken?

  29. Argent Stonecutter

    You forgot the inexhaustible labor force of robots!


  30. dragonnutds

    i dont get this the tineyest bit…

  31. Salenstormwing

    Ooooooh! Now I understand Bioshock 1 perfectly now! This changes my whole perspective on the game!


  32. Corodan

    I think he should read Catcher in The Rye.

    Oh, how that would corrupt him.

    Wait, actually, yeah, don’t make him read that. D;

    • Final Silence

      He may have already, showing Peanut is completly oblivious.

    • Clairvoyant Legacy



  33. Naylorfan90

    Hehe, I’m an English major too! *high fives*
    So…are you saying you didn’t like Atlas Shrugged, Rick-Sama?

  34. Max Wolfe

    Now he has a logo for his work, and the next thing you know, he’s going to have a soft-cover comic book for people to read!

  35. Padfoot

    English majors unite!

    Can I be Earth or Fire? =P

    • silverfang16

      Yay for references!

    • Naylorfan90

      Okay, so who’s gonna be earth, wind, and fire?

      *waits to see who gets it*

      • Final Silence

        Is it a Last Airbender reference? If so, dibs on air!

        • Sleet

          Try awesome ’70s R&B.

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  37. Bookwyrm

    I knew there was some quality of yours that I was inherently drawn to. ^_^

    English majors will one day, again, rule the world! >:D (You know in the Victorian Era, people were actually wanting the poets and authors to tell them how to have good taste!) The math people just don’t know it yet!

    I’d love to see any “literary spoof” type arcs that you might do! The world might implode from the awesomeness level, but I’m willing to take the risk. :D

    • Final Silence

      I thought it would be geeks and nerds. Which this includes: Math, Science, Literacy, and anything not involving jocks and the such.

  38. Eli

    Whoot@ Fellow English Majors!

    • Naylorfan90

      I am an English Major! =D

  39. Tom Flapwell

    It seems out of character for Peanut not to read a book as soon as he hears about it.

  40. fenning

    Oh Ayn Rand. Reaching the depths of literature that are webcomics.

    (lol, Bioshock, You’re guilty too.)

  41. Frank

    You know, when I read “sometimes I feel I need to appologize for being an english major,” my first thought was “Oh no! Housepets is going on hiatus so Rick can do some X-hundred page essay!”

    • Naylorfan90

      An essay about Housepets!

  42. The derp

    … I got it the moment I saw it…

    this may be the most face palming day of my life

  43. HonorèDerazey

    Ayn Rand is AWESOME!!!!

    Stonecutter, queue Bob the Angry Flower!

    • Final Silence

      Must… not… laugh… at…. apple…
      Fail in 3…. 2…..1….

    • Argent Stonecutter

      You missed it?

  44. yarrofox

    *looks up John Galt* Ooooooohhhhh…. now I need to read the book…

  45. WingedWolfGirl

    I laughed,
    I laughed hard!

    • BeatReaktor

      Cool story bro! :D

  46. ThomasHogg

    If every English Major apologised for whatever they done, said and were going to do it would be a very boring planet…mind you, Terry Pratchett would have a lot to say on That matter. On the point of Altas Shrugged…………your panels sum it more descriptively than that book ever will :)

  47. Silent Kitsune

    I’ve read Anthem does that count? :P

  48. Knaveofclubs

    Who is Keyser Soze?

  49. Kadziet

    i don’t get it at ALL but i still find it hilarious XD

  50. Kujiiro

    Apology accepted.

  51. Alex M.

    I don’t get it ._.”

    • Firewolf

      Two of us.

      • Lax

        Got room for three?

        • Rendak

          Four’s company, no?

          • Kadziet

            WOOT! It’s a party of five :D

          • Leinad

            mind making it six? i brought snacks

  52. ChaosFox

    yo don’t worry….often like

  53. Xu-kitty

    Is Elvis still alive?

  54. Argent Stonecutter

    Who is Number One?

  55. CalaverX11

    Don’t ever apologize for who you are.