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I can't remember when and how I came up with Foot, except that he was an excellent way to avoid drawing an entire robot. I like drawing feet. I put myself, Andrew, and our friend Mohamed into the fleeing crowd in the first panel, just for the heck of it.

I can't remember when or how I came up with this plot development, but I think it was pretty last-minute. Most of this storyline was written off the cuff. That said, it still makes me smile.

Ruby's last line is lifted from an episode of "Red Dwarf": "If you're God, why that face?" It makes sense in context.

Yes, so Foot is an invention of Professor Madblood's, sent to eke revenge upon the hamsters, who, by posing as a pro-machine-rights hacker in Winnipeg, abducted some of Madblood's android duplicates for their own nefarious purposes. Sometimes this strip, like the dinner, is weird.

Madblood mentions being the creator of Foot very briefly later in the strip, but, sadly, we never get to see them together. There's a fanfic in there, probably.

I love this one, especially Dirk Tiede turning into a blob monster. Artie's superpowers are kind of useless sometimes.

Hey, an action scene! Good for me! Plus ANTONIO SMITH and Artie in his suit and the semicolon... this is a fine, fine strip.

In Narbonic, rope-swinging rescues represent romance. Sadly, it's not always reciprocal.

Yeah, so Artie is gay. I've mentioned this before, but originally he was going to be bisexual, but as the strip went on he kind of got gayer and gayer in my mind.

Besides, who can resist the raw sexual magnetism of ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST?

30 comments:
Leon Arnott (l) says: Monday:

The punch-line to this one is actually pretty good. ANTONIO SMITH's place in the Narbonic world suddenly makes a bit more sense.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "We Will Rock You", Queen)

FOOT IS PART OF ROBOT,
NO GOT
ANY SORT OF PRONOUN OR VERB CONJUGATION SKILL!
PLANS OF MASTER TO BUILD
ARE UNFULFILLED,
NOW FOOT UNHAPPY, SO HUMANS GET KILLED!

FOOT STOMP, FOOT STOMP HU-MANS!
FOOT STOMP, FOOT STOMP HU-MANS!

Rex Vivat (sirgarberto) says:

Finally, my favorite character in all of Narbonic.

Leon Arnott (l) says: Tuesday:

This is definitely a highlight of this storyline - the discovery that even these perfect strangers, in this rarefied establishment, have to put up with the same super-science nonsense that assails our heroes, from both outside and within.
Matthew Mather (madtinkerer) says:

Oh yeah, I forgot about these guys. Any chance they'll turn up in Skin Horse at some point? Of course, maybe the guy on the left has already been seen but we don't recognize him...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "My Favorite Things", Rodgers & Hammerstein)

[Ruby]
I am an android, constructed for battle!
Rain makes me rusty; when jogging I rattle!
I'm on the run from the mi-li-ta-ry ...
I think my owners are coming for me!

[Mike]
I am a life form that soft and shape-shifting!
I ran away, and since then I've been drifting!
Small and bespectacled, with a goatee ...
I think my captors are coming for me!

[Artie]
I'm unstable,
And I'm able
To become minute!
A superintelligent gerbil am I,
And my mother thinks ...
I'm cute!

JP Chabot (speedball) says:

I don't remember what happened to Mike and Ruby after this. Assuming they made it out okay, I hope they got in contact with a paranormal nonhuman-social-sercives group, 'cause they sound like they really need one...

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: I always thought the other two should've gotten their own spinoff.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I need to start using "ATTENTION, ORGANISMS!" as a greeting.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Fanfic, hell! There's 'shippin' in them thar hills!

Leon Arnott (l) says: Wednesday:

I'm glad that Madblood did, in fact, follow up on that blown-up robot beetle kerfuffle. How he found out that his enemies were rodents in spite of their masterful disguises is beyond me, though.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Are You Ready For Some Football", Hank Williams Jr.)

It's the Knipl dinner,
And it's no fun!
All the grant winners are on the run!
It seems that Madblood
Is quite annoyed ...
"FOOT SEEK RODENTS WHO STEAL ANDROIDS"
There'll be no one left,
'Cause Foot is right!
Surprise for the guys in disguise tonight!

So, attention!
And did I mention
It's time for contentioooooooon ...!

Are you ready for a Foot 'Bot?!
Are you ready for a romp!
The damn li'l hamsters run
When they hear "FOOT STOMP!"
The guests aren't prey,
As they all feared ...
The winners say the dinner is gettin' weird!

Neil Smith (usoki) says:

A Boy and His Foot?

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: @Tiff - Shall I send you my therapy bills now or later?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Tiff: Madblood playing footsie with Foot?! AAAAUUUUUGGGHHHHHHHH!!! Cannot unsee!!! *heads for the Brain Bleach*

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Well, let's be fair.  He can also make people weak-kneed with lust.  Against Foot, he'll be able to . . . yeah, he'd better just stand behind Arthur and Ruby.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

They make fun of his ability to calculate primes; but, since Artie's vegan, he can't take a prime rib.

Leon Arnott (l) says: Thursday:

I approve of this momentary shameless dip into overly chatty superheroics.

The slight drooping angle of Artie's finger in panel 4 reveals the insincerity of his booming declaration.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

That "blob monster" seems slightly reminiscient of Apple Butter Man from Hell on Wheels.

Also, consider who does save the day here... someone who doesn't seem to have any powers....

 

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

"This is a job for ... THE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED!"

JP Chabot (speedball) says:

Was this before you decided he was strong enough to lift a car?

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

At least Aquaman can breathe underwater, withstand crushing pressure, see in near-total darkness and communicate with fish...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Foot is much bigger than a car.

Anyway, it's not like Artie can lift a car, like, over his head. Just, you know, if he needs to straighten out a parking job or something.
Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says:

Artie's going the wrong way in this case. His power isn't turning into a gerbil, his power is to turn Human

Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says:

Artie's going the wrong way in this case. His power isn't turning into a gerbil, his power is to turn Human.

Wait. Artie can lift a car?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: It's the hat.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Sultans Of Swing", Dire Straits)

Against a giant foot, Artie's got no chance!
"Damn it, don't throw your life away!"
Though rope-swinging rescue represents romance,
It's not reciprocal, sad to say ...

Against that 'bot, what has Artie got that he can bring?
A furry shape and twelve-digit primes?
Rescue rope tied 'round his heartstrings!
Swept off that foot in the nick of time ...
Artie's saved by,
Artie's saved by a swing!

Pete (westrider) says:

And Artie's last line is just solid gold!

Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

I always loved this strip. "I can hear the semicolons" is one of my go-to examples for a metatextual gag.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "One Fine Day", Gerry Goffin & Carole King, performed by The Chiffons)

Artie's gay,
He's not bi ...
SMITH told him "Stay away,
Or you'll die!"
Artie's gay,
Forensic linguist makes him swoon!

Artie's gay!
Love is blind!
This lack of romance has him
In a bind!
Artie's gay!
He needs to get some action soon!

Guys he's likin'!
See heart icon?
It's seems he's got a little crush!
He'll confess, sure,
That Professor
ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST makes him blush!

Artie's gay,
As a man ...
For him to lean that way was
Shaenon's plan!
Artie's gay!
We're now a PG-rated 'toon!

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