Talking yourself up
Talking yourself up

Steven. You’re not helping your own case, here!

News: Posted March 5th, 2018 by Alina

^ 26 Comments to “Talking yourself up”

  1. Dean Says:

    Until evidence presents itself, I will assume that Steven’s former roommates were jerks.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 5:26 am
  2. pointe4Jesus Says:

    That’s going to go well. But maybe with the basement option, he’ll be okay. (And if he doesn’t work out, at least they have a little time to find someone else.)

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 5:58 am
  3. David Says:

    A basement room with no windows or other alternate means of egress would be unlikely to be legally allowed to be rented out for accommodation, for obvious fire safety reasons.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 6:52 am
  4. Joe Says:

    I’m not liking at all Justin’s roommates attitude. They should at the very least show a good face on the start. That surly mood is guaranteed to invoke dysfunctionality.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 9:33 am
  5. Karma Squirrel Says:

    He travels light… because he moves a lot? o.o I hope not.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 10:43 am
  6. Just when it was safe again: DRAAAAMAAAA and suspense!

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 11:55 am
  7. DaveBro Says:

    Maybe Steven has an earbud-induced hearing loss that makes him noisy on top of garrulous.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 3:41 pm
  8. Aita Says:

    I’d be willing to bet they kicked him out because either A) They’re jerks or B) circumstances changed and they’re jerks because they didn’t give him enough heads up (“Hey man… my girlfriend is pregnant. She lives here now. Pack yo shit…” would be both dickish and understandable, offhand).

    Or, given the comic in question, because they’re not gamers and while they were all kosher, living with gamers is *awesome* compared to living with normies.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 7:28 pm
  9. TheDarkTyger Says:

    @David: People rent out basement rooms all the time.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 9:57 pm
  10. Introverted Chaos Says:

    Y’know, I’m really feeling bad for Steven right now. I don’t feel like he’s oblivious to the fact that these jerks don’t really want him here. I think his comments about windows being dumb is an attempt to make light of them basically quarantining him to the basement, his admission that his old roommates kicked him out is a plea for help, and his declaration that these guys are ‘way nicer’ is an effort to create camaraderie.

    Posted March 7th, 2018 at 10:13 pm
  11. Martin Bonner Says:

    “A basement room with no windows or other alternate means of egress would be unlikely to be legally allowed to be rented out for accommodation, for obvious fire safety reasons.” At least in the UK, a window needs all sorts of extra stuff to count as an alternate means of egress.

    Mostly fire safety is about protecting the primary exit route (30 minute fire doors, automatic closers), and how long that route is. A basement may be a better bet (shorter route) than a room on what I would refer to as the second floor, but I think Canadians refer to as the third floor.

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 2:26 am
  12. Shinjischneider Says:

    I’d still rather live with Steven than with Doug 🙂

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 7:40 am
  13. Josh Says:

    “A basement room with no windows or other alternate means of egress would be unlikely to be legally allowed to be rented out for accommodation, for obvious fire safety reasons.”

    You’re not wrong exactly, but I don’t think that we’re dealing with that situation exactly. If the basement room were an independent rental entity, you would be spot on. However, based upon them all talking about shared rent before, and them having common access to the living room and kitchen regularly, I think legally they are all co-tenants of the house as a whole, and are dividing the rooms between them by agreement. So, Steven isn’t renting the basement room per se, he’s a part of the group renting the house, and just happens to sleep in the basement room. I believe that difference is legally significant.

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 8:29 am
  14. Seeker Says:

    @Martin Bonner: In America, while I don’t know ALL of the rules, I do know that when we turned one of the rooms in our basement into an office and debated putting a bed in there, we were told it was against fire code due to lack of windows – even though a much less ‘finished’ room on the other side of the basement (big basement) was perfectly up to fire code for a bedroom because it had large, accessible windows. (We lived on a hill, so part of the basement was underground and the rest was not.) While making sure the path to the basement door, the garage door, the stairs up, and any of the three front doors was also necessary, they specifically stated that the room itself needed more than one exit in case the primary door out of the room itself could not safely be used.

    It is interesting to hear what the difference in other areas is!

    I also know without a doubt that people regularly rent windowless rooms out, though – but the statement that a windowless room violates fire code definitely holds true where I live. State laws may vary, though.

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 9:23 am
  15. Ozzi Says:

    What is meant to be rent and what is actually rented out are two different things and you people are talking like there is a way to police this.

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 10:18 am
  16. queenie lama Says:

    “I keep weird hours, and windows are dumb”, said by a true vampire.

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 11:27 am
  17. nespa Says:

    would be funny if steven turns out to be a great cook and thats the reason he keeps odds hours. 🙂

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 12:11 pm
  18. badsede Says:


    You can put a bed wherever you want. The law only controls what can be legally called a bedroom. It has to meet certain requirements. While it varies by state, it generally has to include a secondary egress path, typically a window. In some states it has to include a closet, or a door, or finished surfaces. It depends on the state since building and fire codes are adopted state by state.

    Now, while the code can control what can be called a bedroom, it can’t control where people sleep. A person can sleep in a windowless basement room, they just can’t call it a bedroom.

    Local ordinances might also have specific rules for rentals. They can limit how a landlord advertises a place, or whether a landlord is even allowed to rent out a place, but those are hard to write to prevent people from renting an apartment or house and then just sticking people where they want.

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 4:08 pm
  19. Scar Man!!! Says:

    I want him to turn out to be the best roommate ever

    Posted March 8th, 2018 at 4:34 pm
  20. Sable Says:

    I love that a characterful webcomic is, to some people, the ideal place to debate the legality of sleeping in a basement relative to local fire codes.

    Posted March 9th, 2018 at 2:19 am
  21. Scooper Says:

    @Scar Man!!!
    This would be reat!
    And even if not, still he would be a better roommate than Wayne. 🙂

    Posted March 9th, 2018 at 4:11 am
  22. Weatherheight Says:

    Speaking as something of a hobbit hermit, I concur.

    Windows ARE dumb.

    Posted March 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am
  23. Anny Says:

    Steven is seriously one of my fav characters in the entire comic, can’t wait for him to be more of a regular (hopefully)!

    Posted March 9th, 2018 at 4:22 pm
  24. Karma Squirrel Says:

    I have concluded that the glasses on this page are magical. They bleach everything of color.
    If it works both ways, it means that none of them can see colors! The world is black and white line art, and if they were ever to remove their glasses, the world would sudden become very colorful and blurry!

    Posted March 12th, 2018 at 10:37 am
  25. Eva Says:

    Just to add to the windows debate, most places in the US it is not legal to rent a room that doesn’t have an “egress window”, by which I mean a window large enough for a person to leave through it (so not the dinky little 10 inch x 12 inch windows most of us have in our basements). As mentioned, nobody can stop you from putting a bed down there, but if there is a fire in the house and a person dies in that room because they can’t get out you are in deep, deep legal shit.

    Posted March 13th, 2018 at 11:48 am
  26. RobRoy Says:

    Does anyone have links to Steven’s early sessions in the comic?
    I just don’t remember him. Clearly some have better memories for minor characters than I.

    Posted March 17th, 2018 at 11:12 pm