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Name  Scott Meyer

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Books  Off to Be the Wizard, Master of Formalities, An Unwelcome Quest, The City Homesteader: Self‑Suffi, Hooch: Simplified Brewing

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Scott Oscar Meyer is an American author, comedian, and artist, known for his webcomic Basic Instructions and his comic fantasy series Magic 2.0.


Basic Instructions

Meyer initially began posting Basic Instructions on his LiveJournal account in 2003 and in 2006, began posting the strips on its own website, Strips were posted three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and each comic contained four panels in a grid, and each panel typically contains instructions as well as the standard comic drawings. In June 2015, Meyer announced that he would be stopping the production of Basic Instructions, and would start re-running older comics. The instructions were based on a "how to" topic seemingly taken from everyday life, such as "How to Lie for Recreational Purposes" or "How to Win at Monopoly Without Losing a Friend", and then dealt with the subject in a frequently perverse or unexpected manner. The characters in the comic were Scott Meyer himself and representations of the people he interacted with on a daily basis, such as his wife, his boss, and his best friend. The author has stated in interviews that many of the characters were based on real people. The comic has been available on LiveJournal since 2003 and on the author's Web site since 2006.

Four books have been published, the first two by Dark Horse Comics, all containing compilations of strips with some new content, forewords written by the characters and commentary on the comics themselves. A page-a-day calendar featuring strips from the comic were printed from 2011 to 2014.

In August 2008 Dilbert creator Scott Adams covered Basic Instructions on his blog, where he discussed his interactions with Meyer and advice he had given him on possible syndication.

Meyer ended the comic in August 2015. Reruns are still available on the website.

Basic Instructions Collections

  • Help Is on the Way (2008, Dark Horse Books)
  • Made with 90% Recycled Art (2010, Dark Horse Books)
  • The Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy (2011, Don't Eat Any Bugs Productions)
  • Dignified Hedonism (2013, CreateSpace)
  • Magic 2.0

    Magic 2.0 is a comic fantasy series of books written by Scott Meyer. The series so far consists of four novels, Off to Be the Wizard, Spell or High Water, An Unwelcome Quest, and Fight and Flight which were published by publisher 47North. The series follows Martin Banks, a programmer from 2012, who uses a computer file that allows him to alter reality to time travel to medieval England where he joins a community of other computer programmers posing as wizards.


  • Off to Be the Wizard (2013)
  • Spell or High Water (2014)
  • An Unwelcome Quest (2015)
  • Fight and Flight (2017) - released as an audiobook on May 9, 2017 on Audible.
  • Master of Formalities

    2015 saw the release of a new series, the Science Fiction book Master of Formalities.

    The Authorities

    The Authorities is a police procedural mystery novel set in Seattle, WA.

    Run Program

    Run Program is about what can happen when artificial intelligence gets a mind of its own.

    Personal life

    Scott lives and works near Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Missy Meyer.


    Scott Meyer (author) Wikipedia

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