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So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh no! It's the therapy puppets!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: OK, normally, I abhor violence, but therapy puppets leave us no choice.  Leo must grab Tip by the head again, and when Tip says "Unhand me!" ... well, Leo is free to interpret that any way he wants.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Wait, Leo is a client? I figured he was, like, being arrested. I mean even if he is getting free counseling.
Joseph Osako (schol-r-lea) says: My impression was that they are trying to *prevent* Leo getting arrested, especially given what Sweetheart just said about having to escape from the authorities in other cases.
James Rice (jhrice) says: So we have a cowerdly lion, a stiched together "scarecrow", a dog, a semi rational "Dorithy", and monkeys.  Any one wanna bet on whether a robot shows up soon?   
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:
My favorite predator-frightened-by-prey song:

"I've got a theory. It could be bunnies.
Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes.
They've got them hoppin' legs and twitchin' little noses.
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway!?
Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies!!
... or maybe midgets."
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:
Aaaaand...we have the first Skin Horse T-shirt: Leo announcing that Monkeys Are Scary. I'll take mine in large, white on blue. :-)
Jason Summerlott (melkarion) says:

From a genetically uplifted animal's perspective though, I'll bet monkeys ARE rather disturbing.

Think about it.  They're clearly animals, albiet naturally smart ones, but they have so much in common with humans compared to a dog or a lion.  So here's something that resembles your creator, but still flings poo around for kicks and is CLEARLY not up to your snuff mentally.  I think some monkeys even have THUMBS, a secret we must never allow our genetically engineered benefactors to acquire, lest it bring about our downfall.

Kind of like that theory that clowns are scary because they're obviously adult but behave in pseudo-childish ways, confusing and frightening everyone.

Jason Summerlott (melkarion) says: Hrm.  I suppose I meant proteges, or something similar, rather than benefactors.  Pardon my failure as a poster and fan; indeed, as a human being.
K G (muppetk) says: God bless the internet, and the ability to instantly discover that vertvet monkeys are roughly the size of a housecat. Also, funny-looking.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Oh, there are going to be SO many robots.
bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

QUOTE: Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Wait, Leo is a client? I figured he was, like, being arrested. I mean even if he is getting free counseling.

Clients can also be a euphanism for an asassin's target. The "remote location" remark sounds scary. Monkey-scary.

 

 

(Note to Mr. Ed: All my days are numbered. Today is number 16,946 if you must know.) 

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Of course, my previous comments are moot, as Shaenon's descrip for this strip says, "Somewhere in this great nation is a top-secret government agency dedicated to aiding America's nonhuman citizenry, but on a very tight budget."

So, this yet-to-be-named agency is staffed by nonhumans as well as - possibly - humans? Is Unity nonhuman, despite her human parts? Are all the nonhuman clients transgenic, or are some aliens, or some of the scads of robots Shaenon has so graciously promised?

 I can hardly wait.

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I think someone just needs to slap Leo upside the head.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Sitting on humans is ALSO interaction.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

"Killing" and "eating" are forms of interaction.

So much about my ex-wife becomes clear now.

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

First sentence probably complete:

Tip wore white to the final test: a vintage 1930s day dress, low neckline, open sleeves, possibly a Vionnet.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Second T-shirt:
Tip sitting face on, knees crossed, holding a note pad, telling us "'Killing' and 'eating' are forms of interaction."
Third t-shirt:
Unity standing face on, loaded for bear, with that darling pout, saying "But I came for the escalation!"
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I'm actually thinking a great plot would be Unity considering suicide because her trigger finger fell off and rolled somewhere they can't find it.
Steve Ford (sford) says: I just looked again at Tuesday's and noticed that Tip's pose in panel 4 is a little "gender inappropriate" also.  Perhaps it goes deeper than an appeal to Leo's kinder-and-gentler side.
Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: Maybe Leo has some "You can't kill a lady!" genes built into him, and that's why Tip hasn't been mauled to death?
K. Myers (bassetking) says: Oh... Oh Leo, no. "blam'd; For not to know we sinn'd is innocence...."
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "Less-yap-yap-more-boom-boom-pow" sounds either like the chorus from a 1950's doo-wop song, or the tagline from a commercial for Whup*ss Beer.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

"How do I put this?"  I'd go with bluntness: 

"That is the human part!  Natural lions don't need to prove squat...."  (weenie, weedy, vici?)

Is the cast "tab" meant to be blank?  I'm still having some trouble with the various links.

The opening to filename story hints that "gender inappropriate" might be a point of pride for Tip.

 

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

We're still hashing out the cast page; for the moment, it is a space intentionally left blank.  In our defense, part of the presumed function of a cast page is to help bring new readers up to the speed of existing fans, and at this point, everybody's pretty much at the same level... ;)

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says: So, if one has just a smidge of NON-human DNA, does that make one entirely non-human? If Leo has a generous scoop of human DNA, then that makes him non-leonine, right? Even though he is referred to as a lion. Would Unity take umbrage at being referred to as mostly human? This agency that is dedicated to non-humans, does it only help those that don't look human? Regardless of how much or how little human DNA one has? One only asks, because one might have a TINY percentage of non-human DNA, and wants to know what this agency  might be able to do for one. Besides the shooting and the boom-boom-pow.
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

 

bzzzzd: the shooting is the boom-boom-pow!

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: You do not have to not look human. This may actually be relevant later on. However, individuals who don't look human may be both easier to identify and in greater need of help.
Steve Ford (sford) says:

mental_mouse sez: "The opening to filename story hints ..."

David, I don't understand that.  I can't even parse it.  But I'm eager for hints, so please explain!

James Rice (jhrice) says:

Shaenon Garrity says: You do not have to not look human. This may actually be relevant later on. However, individuals who don't look human may be both easier to identify and in greater need of help.

I would expect that individuals that were biologically human but strongly affected by mad science would be helped.  Cyborgs come to mind.   On the other end of the spectrum, Dana didn't have any human DNA, (unless the intelligence serum had some), and she seems like the primary type of individual that the group was specifically trying to intercept.

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says:

Actually I think Dana did have human DNA. Stanford has created mice with brains that are one percent human. They did this by injecting human neurons into their brains. Maybe this doesn't count as DNA, I'm not actually a scientist.

On another thought, isn't it just a little ironic that Unity has pink hearts on her sweatshirt. I have to assume it came from someone less, how shall I put it, bloodthirsty.

Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: And things get interesting.
klara (lovenmitt) says: That. Lion. Is so. CUTE.
K. Myers (bassetking) says: Leo is so concerned in that fourth pannel.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: "My fate is in the hands of a cross-dressing loon who claims to be with the government? Maybe I was better off with the monkeys."
Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Okay, the subtle "I don't know if you can see colour" thing is totally adorable. Many hearts for Shaenon and Jeff. 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

???!?!

If he thinks he looks hot now, why was he grumbling about it at the beginning of the comic?!

Joe Hoffman (joe6pack) says:

The purple knight says:  ... Unity has pink hearts on her sweatshirt...

World War I aviators used to paint a little airplane on the side of their fuselage for every enemy plane they shot down.  Maybe she's historically conscious.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Steve Ford:  Sorry, that should have been "the opening to the filename story...", (that is, I dropped a "the).  As Valerie Kaplan noticed, this strip, like Narbonic, has "peculiar" filenames for the individual strips -- over time, the words of the filenames will form a separate story in the strip's world.

Valerie has been accumulating (and re-punctuating) the Narbonic story (which continues into the Director's Cut), but I don't have time to deal with posting a link now, as I'm heading off to slightly cooler climes for the weekend... (My family rescheduled Chanukka.... ;-) )

 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Soitbegins:  I don't think Tip was grumbling, just expositing.  Yes, my vocabulary word for today is "expositing".

Now I want to buy my mother a flowering shrub called a "silver peony".  Please tell me such a thing actually exists.

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: David: Here you go! http://purplemagpie.0catch.com/narbonic/filenames.txt
Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

The Skin Horse filename story is only partway into its second sentence, I'm afraid:

Tip wore white to the final test: a vintage 1930s day dress, low neckline, open sleeves, possibly a Vionnet.  As he'd hoped, the bias cut flattered...

Steve Ford (sford) says:

GAHH!  One disadvantage of simply following the comic and not paying much attention to comments or message boards is you miss a lot of stuff.  I've been reading Narbonic since about the second story arc of its first run, and I NEVER KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FILE NAMES!  (I also forget to look at the Qwantz image title most of the time.)

Thank you David and Valerie.  I've got some catching up to do.

Steve Ford (sford) says: (You must admit that to somebody who doesn't know about it, a sentence that refers to a "filename story" would be pretty unparseable...)
Rachel S. (masamage) says: "The purple knight says:  ... Unity has pink hearts on her sweatshirt..."

"World War I aviators used to paint a little airplane on the side of their fuselage for every enemy plane they shot down.  Maybe she's historically conscious."

Oh my gosh. Best. Ever.

Sean Kinlin (seaking) says:

Holy Sh**!!  I never knew there was a story in the Narbonic image filenames!  Perhaps this has been mentioned in the forums, but I've never gotten around to reading them.

 Every time I think Shaenon couldn't be more brilliant, it turns out that she is!

Thanks, Valerie, for compiling that stuff for easy reading. (how did anyone ever notice that, anyway?)

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

QUOTE: Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: bzzzzd: the shooting is the boom-boom-pow!

Oh, come now! Mell could make more boom-boom and pow with her dainty fist than most could with a room full of armaments. Unity looks to be of like ability. 

Lawrence Busch (knexer) says: Oh My Stars and Garters...  It is thing like this that make me realize just how useless and unaccomplished my life really is.  I am in awe.  Thanks Valerie.
James Rice (jhrice) says:

Actually, several of us noticed the filename store as soon as it started.  We had discovered a flaw in the Narbonic web site security that alowed a sneek-peek at up comming strips.   To combat this, Shaenon started adding text to the file names to slow us down. 

FYI: That level of Narbonic enjoyment is "way-point three" on the "Path to Enlightenment" in the Narbonic Defence Council.

Very few people know this though, Repeating from memory is also part of the ritual to join the inner circle ,of the Royal Order, of the Disciples of Shaenon.

And if someone has to explain what those sentences mean, then tear up you Narbonic Fan Club card.

 

 

James Rice (jhrice) says:

Actually, several of us noticed the filename store as soon as it started.  We had discovered a flaw in the Narbonic web site security that alowed a sneek-peek at up comming strips.   To combat this, Shaenon started adding text to the file names to slow us down. 

FYI: That level of Narbonic enjoyment is "way-point three" on the "Path to Enlightenment" in the Narbonic Defence Council.

Very few people know this though, Repeating from memory is also part of the ritual to join the inner circle ,of the Royal Order, of the Disciples of Shaenon.

And if someone has to explain what those sentences mean, then tear up you Narbonic Fan Club card.

 

 

James Rice (jhrice) says:

Actually, several of us noticed the filename store as soon as it started.  We had discovered a flaw in the Narbonic web site security that alowed a sneek-peek at up comming strips.   To combat this, Shaenon started adding text to the file names to slow us down. 

FYI: That level of Narbonic enjoyment is "way-point three" on the "Path to Enlightenment" in the Narbonic Defence Council.

Very few people know this though, Repeating from memory is also part of the ritual to join the inner circle ,of the Royal Order, of the Disciples of Shaenon.

And if someone has to explain what those sentences mean, then tear up you Narbonic Fan Club card.

 

 

James Rice (jhrice) says:

Actually, several of us noticed the filename store as soon as it started.  We had discovered a flaw in the Narbonic web site security that allowed a sneak-peek at upcoming strips.   To combat this, Shaenon started adding text to the file names to slow us down. 

FYI: That level of Narbonic enjoyment is "way-point three" on the "Path to Enlightenment" in the Narbonic Defence Council.

Very few people know this though, Repeating from memory is also part of the ritual to join the inner circle ,of the Royal Order, of the Disciples of Shaenon.

And if someone has to explain what those sentences mean, then tear up you Narbonic Fan Club card.

 

 

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: Welcome, all!  I don't know about other readers, but I first realized it was there when I was rereading the archives while stuck on dial-up, and as each image loaded and was listed in the status bar, I thought, hey, those filenames seem sort of... coherent...
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

hm. more and more i have to wonder about this "doc". conflicting thoughts and spoken words. strangeness. the gender blur.

i think this "tip" is... dare i say it...

Mad?

Damien Neil (damien) says: Has anyone noted yet that "Tip" is the name Ozma went by when transformed into a boy?  (Which is a spoiler for Lost Princess of Oz, I suppose, but I think the statue of limitations has expired on that one.) Much though I would like to take credit for noticing this, however, I can't; I needed to have it pointed out to me by my girlfriend.  My Oz-fu has grown weak.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

In fact Tip transforms in the second Oz book, The Marvelous Land of Oz. OMG 104-YEAR-OLD SPOILER.
Robin Zimmermann (packbat) says: Hey, I haven't finished the Oz books yet! WHY NO SPOILER WARNINGS OMFG *flails*
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

I love Leo's expression in the last panel where he is realizing what some of the ramifications of Tip's statement in the second panel are.  Actually, I rather like all of Leo's expressions.  He has a very expressive face for a Lion

And, yeah, I know it was last week but I only just got the account, I also wanted to say that I liked Tip's "Everyone likes a listener" bit.  The joke works especially well for the Narbonic readers used to Zeta using that line to get out of trouble.  Tip really needs to learn that you need to actually listen if you want to pull that off.

Matt Blackwell (mattblackwell) says:

Just to satisfy my curiousity, Tip has made it through the wilderness, somehow he's made it through, correct?

Dan Knapp (dankna) says:

Okay, this comic officially rules.  Yep.  It's got the Dan K official, embossed seal of rule-ness.

On another note, I have no opinion yet on whether the Tip-OZ thing is deliberate or not. :) 

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: In the Shaenon-verse, everything is deliberate, even when it's not.  :-)
Joshua Kronengold (mneme) says:

Heya, Dan.

 The quick response from Shaenon re Tip is something of an indication here.

 

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