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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The critics will eat him alive.
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

That is now two characters you have burdened with the onus of comic aspirations. I think Tailsteak's creations would like to have a word with you about character cruelty.

Stephen Crowley (stephencrowley) says: now would be a good time to use the dart gun, Unity... for the love of god, now!!!
Rachel (admiralshazbot) says:

This may be my nearly-three-in-the-morning brain talking, but I officially dub this comic More Worthwhile Than Breathing.  I generally have to stop breathing after a new strip anyway, because I'm laughing too hard.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Not going to comment...

So not going to comment...

So not going to comment at all on the fact that you just shattered the fourth wall into tiny bits...

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:
Oooooo! Jazz paws!
Maybe it's a dumb idea, but he'd look great on Ellen or Oprah.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Suddenly I want Leo to be my best friend.  We can play video games and draw comics together.  And when my wife starts harping on me to get the yardwork done ... well, it so happens I have this convenient LION handy ... heeeeee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeeeee *gaspforbreath* hee ...

He'd be great at flag football too!

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Leo: What was I thinking?

Obviously, cowardly thoughts.

It's sad, really. I agree with Mr. Stephen. For the love of God, Unity, SHOOT!


bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Okay, it took me a few days, but something has been bothering me. Is Tip messing with Leo's mind, or is Leo, in fact, color-blind?

Day One: Tip mentions his gender-inappropriate hand-knitted Roberta Frost sweater is pink.

Day Eleven (if counted correctly: Tip calls his sweater Silver Peony, which isn't pink.

On another note, if this agency is so under-funded, is Tip independently wealthy, or does he moonlight (or is this his moonlight)? How else can he afford to wear Roberta Frost sweaters to a mauling? Does he realize how hard it is to get leonine saliva stains out of angora? Not to mention the pilling and snagging!

And is Tip hot because he's wearing angora in DC in the summer, or does he honestly believe angora goes well with arm hair?

Kim Brunner (kimbrunner) says: "Jazz Paws" is probably the best thing I've heard of in weeks.
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Silver Peony could be pink...  Peony usually is.    I see it as a sort of mauvish color.  a frosted pink or something. 
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Silver Peony is in fact a lovely frosted pink. Never accuse Tip of not knowing his colors.

And is Tip hot because he's wearing angora in DC in the summer, or does he honestly believe angora goes well with arm hair?

He does. He really, truly does.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Before we get too worried about arm hair, let's remember that angora starts out as back hair, and we all know how attractive that is. But it looks good on Tip.

The Pink vs. Silver Peony discussion reminds me of the wedding colors in Steel Magnolias:
"It's two colors, pink and pink."
"No, Momma, it's 'Blush' and 'Bashful'."

Kim: Glad I could make your week! ;-)

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says:

Frosted Pink it is!  Bwa ha ha! 

I read too many catalouges.

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

can you imagine how hard and anoying it would be to draw anything without thumbs? or hands?

 or playing video games for that matter. though i supose they could play dance dance revolution. impress the lionesses at the mall, in the hope that they will move in with them, so they can eat well. because, of course, these male lion gamers wouldn't have any real jobs. they just play video games.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Happy traaaaaaaails to you...untillll we meeeeet agaaaaainnnn....
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Unity strikes again!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

<singing> Tranqs ... for the memories ...

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Me: And is Tip hot because he's wearing angora in DC in the summer, or does he honestly believe angora goes well with arm hair?
Shaenon: He does. He really, truly does.

 Wow. This brings up a whole new dimension to Tip's fashionista. He is one who believes a man can look good in women's clothing, just as some women look good in men's. While we have yet to discover what is what, I am beginning to wonder if Tip is a true transvestite - a person who adopts the opposite sex's clothing style, but without abandoning his maleness (witness the abundance of body hair). Should be interesting, if true, if he ever dates. Imagine showing up wearing the same dress as your date? Or Tip dressing better than his date, which would probably not progress into another.

Nothing says Tip's hair is black, either. It looks like it is maybe a dirty blonde/light brown, but it could red or even premature grey. But not black.

M Lowe-Hentges (annechen67) says:

*feverish note-taking for alt-av cosplay* Let's see... seems to be average male height, but can't tell just yet... Ash Brown hair, perhaps as dark as chestnut...  hirusute, not too bad, I know where to get that skin... need to check on the angora sweater, but I think the same vendor that does the pencil skirts has those...


muahahahahahaaaaaa.... *hack*cough*wheeze* 

Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: In my little world Tip is a redhead- about the same strawberry blonde as Gisele from Enchanted.  Plus he's kinda goofy and wears glasses.  I have a thing for redheads with glasses, so there you go...
mercyfire (mercyfire) says: What sane person does not have a thing for glasses-wearing readheads?
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says:

I have a thing for just about ANY guy wearing glasses, especially if their hair is just a bit too long... 

 But yeah, I see Tip as an ash blonde myself.  *shrugs*  Who knows why.  Why not?  We might not know for sure until Shaenon starts coloring things. 

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: bzzzd: The worst-case scenario would be if Tip shows up wearing the same dress as his date.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I kind of picture his hair a little darker than Helen's. Dirty blonde probably. Also, I kind of hope Unity gets mauled for that. I'm a peaceful person at heart.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Everything's better when you defuse it with a long jargony name.
K. Myers (bassetking) says:

EJ Young (mercyfire) says: What sane person does not have a thing for glasses-wearing readheads?



Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

How do you get lion spit out of angora?

I have never poked a stoned lion with a stick.  This could be a new extreme sport.

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: This is a motto of mine: "When in doubt, poke it with a stick."
K G (muppetk) says: I do love the look on his face when he talks about the webcomic he wants to write!
bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Dear Ms. shinyhappygoth: That may not be the worst case; both may think the other has exquisite taste, just bad timing. Worst case  might depend on point of view, i.e. who's better dressed, and what comments are then made. Tip may dress female, but let's face it, when it comes down to it, women fight mean. I would rather have my head sucked by a lion than go toe-to-toe with a woman who feels her fashion sense has been insulted (those Gucci bags hit hard).

PS. my name has FOUR z's, not three, FOUR. Thank you.

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says: Here's a something weird: for grins and giggles (and to help Mr Ed. get those stains out of his sweaters), I googled "Roberta Frost Angora Sweater" and the first two links were this site. Add in Silver Peony, and it is the only link with all the words.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: All fashions represented in Skin Horse are works of fiction.  Do not tell Tip that his wardrobe does not exist, however.
Andy Holloway (garran) says: In that case, is Roberta Frost named (appropriately gender-swapped) for the poet?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Doesn't "Punch-A-Monkey" sound like something you'd play at Chuck E. Cheese?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Definitely some Mell went into Unity. :)
Eliezer Berlin (terrafire123) says: Unity's hair terrifies me.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Methinks Unity needs some training.

Of what sort, I'll leave someone else to say.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: Dialect Training? From what I can tell, she is not currently speaking with an Aussie accent.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

Eliezer Berlin (terrafire123) says: Unity's hair terrifies me.

Man, Unity's hair rocks- I could never get a handle on pigtails (or maybe the attitude they really need to be worn right), and she's mastered TWO DIFFERENT textures.   Nifty!  Though considering the number of products I have in order to manage one type of hair I'm not sure I envy her or her wallet.  I mean, figuring out how to make your hair look good is a right of passage, something that separates the akward from the with-it.  But if you have to figure out two different styles?  Does that take twice as long?  All I can say is thank goodness she's a cartoon.

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

garran says: In that case, is Roberta Frost named (appropriately gender-swapped) for the poet?

No, Roberta Frost makes hand-knitted modern and retro sweaters that are quite sought after, and appropriately pricey.

P.S. terrafire123: Just in passing, right is not right, it's rite.

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Token human. How sad. With neither appropriate training nor shoes. And from the tone Sweetheart is taking, sounds like she(?) is in charge, at least this team. Unity is evincing a low self-esteem, and the poor scary monkeys are now so much dinner.


Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: I think the monkeys are still alive.  Unity just hauled one over to Sweetheart to show off how well she managed to rough them up.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: natch
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: Oh, and it was I, not terrafire, who misspelled rite.  
Michael McLawhorn (mhoram) says:

I like that there's a humanoid demanding praise from a dog.

It's the kind of charming role reversal only possible with mad science.

M Lowe-Hentges (annechen67) says:

"All fashions represented in Skin Horse are works of fiction.  Do not tell Tip that his wardrobe does not exist, however."

 Oh, you mean it does not exist - YET.

 And as for the shoes, yes, you can run in heels. It hurts like all-get out, but if it's a choice of your feet hurting or being skewered by lemurs with a fetish for shish kabobs, you run.


Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says:

Man, Sweetheart looks scarily like a lioness in that last frame.

Also, I think that we should write a petition to Roberta Frost asking for Silver Peony Sweaters. I bet we could get in a big order. 

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: 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 his slim figure.  With it, he wore a lace cap, short mesh gloves, and a simple string of pearls.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

You can't even get fired from the civil service if you're an ugly rat.  For all those offended by the comparison, please let me clarify that it was *not* my intent to imply that there is no difference between repulsive disease-carrying vermin and honest, hard-working lab rats.

Bzzzzd:  May the 4Z be with you.


bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Ms. muffinthamighty says: Oh, and it was I, not terrafire, who misspelled rite.

meep!  (damn those undifferentiated quotes!) Mea culpa.

Mr. channing says: I think the monkeys are still alive.

I guess the zoo authorities might be angry if their incarcerated catarrhines were eaten without permision. Monkey meat is actually quite tasty if properly prepared.

Mr. Ed: Thank you. (at least somebody is paying partial attention). But please remember, little bees are busy, but big bees bumble.

Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: Unity is really scary.  It makes me happy when characters scare me a little like that.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

I feel sorry for the lion.  He's being dragged by his tail! 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Unity is a mix of Mell and Dave.  Like Mell, she has a love for violence.  Like Dave, she has a car.  And if any orbiting satellites try to crash on it, she can shoot them down in a blaze of fury.  Hmm ... "Deorbiting Fury" sounds like a cool video game.
George Olive (geoolive) says: Non-canonical backstory: The puppy mill industry entered into an unholy alliance with genetic engineers (probably part of the Dave Conspiracy) for the purpose of making dogs that would laugh at their owners lame jokes. But the gene engineers were under time pressure so rather than write the code from scratch they just patched in some human DNA strands and de-activated the parts that they didn't want. Alas, some natural disaster (sun spots? American idol re-runs? Aryan Flu?) reset the epigenoic functions and unwanted human DNA was re-activated. Cats began writing spambots and setting fires, dogs began telling 'Knock, Knock' jokes and riding motorcycles. Civilization was on the brink of collapse!
kelly snedeker (telluride) says: Id love my dog to tell knock knock jokes.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

If left near a shut door, my cat will tell knock-knock jokes.  "Who's there?"  "Just checking."

He'll probably lash out -- teeth, claws, everywhere.  Well, maybe it would help if Unity weren't dragging him by his tail!  She clearly has an "easy come, easy go" attitude to her own bodily integrity....


Wallace Good (good_the_third) says: There's a certain doggish enthusiasm inherent in knock-knock jokes
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
Like Mell, she has a love for violence. Like Dave, she has a car.

With their powers combined, they're unstoppable!
Matt Katinas (nidoking) says: Ah ha ha ha ha... the dog calls shotgun! Can he pull the trigger?
Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

Yeah, but a dog could never pull off the Interrupting Koala joke.

Q: Knock knock!

A: Who's there?

Q: Interrupting koala.

A: Inter-

Q: *hug* 

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: (The Interrupting Starfish variant is also fun.  That involves grabbing A's face.)
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

I've always been a fan of interrupting broccoli (or some variant thereof).  It's a great excuse to start a food fight, and you don't have to get creative- just chuck a veggie at their head.


james ullrey (dfy) says: Hi, I just started reading Skin Horse and I would like to suggest that yo make a copy of the navigation links and put them below the comic panels in addition to or instead of the links that follow the comment section. I have o interest in reading the comments but must scroll past them to advance to the next page of comics. Regards
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