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John Wells (johnwwells) says: One of Sarge's lead characters is a large, furry mammal who gets knocked out by lunatics early in the strip. Another is a lion.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: And a nice little Narbonic reference from Sweetheart.  She looks adorable in the third panel, btw.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

LOVE the way Leo's balloon in panel 2 captures the slow return to consciousness.

I'll bet Sweetheart lives for that how-many-fingers joke.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

All your neurons are belong to us!

(I have no idea why I just said that.)

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

"Actually, it was Unity who shot you... You haven't properly met her, but she's a zombie, so don't try to eat her...."

 

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

"It happens."

I can NOT be the only one that finds these two simple words full of SO much promise.... 

 I <3 Sweetheart. I <3 Sweetheart SO much.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

I like how Sweetheart is so pleased to be enacting a clear cut procedure. A well designed process is a beacon of odrer to beat back the ominous cloud of shadowy chaos that surrounds Unity.

Hooray for operations manuals!

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

"misunderstanding?" please. unity was jonsing to shoot something.

 

I guess that's par for the course here. . . 

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Glee towards the Narbonic reference. Gotta say, I think I'd be less terrified to have Sweetheart looming over me and saying that than Helen.

~Sor 

Rockphed (rockphed) says: What is this Narbonic reference?  My addlepated brain doesn't see it.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Check the last strip of Narbonic Week 2.

And I guess it's better than waking up to Unity yelling, "HEY, LEO! SANE UP!" 

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

And I guess it's better tahn waking up to Unity yelling, "HEY, LEO! SANE UP!" - John Campbell

 Especially considering this would likely (AKA: definitely) involve Unity holding another tranq gun, in "case" of further "misunderstandings" on the "sane" part.

/me now wonders at various other "less preferable" situations involving reconsciousenessing...

 Adorable, concerned Killbot: "Destroy?"

Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: I think "like civilized beasts here" would've been better.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

However rough a client's day has been, Sweetheart's day has been worse by definition.

And Sweetheart was decided by the powers that be to be the one in charge of Unity.

 P3Ar the Sweet'!

Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

I can't speak to Lion etiquette. It's not really my forte.

But I know from Dog.

And I know from hopelessly outclassed dog who knows what his job is and GOD DAMN IT HE'S GOING TO DO IT.

Sweetheart? Total Dog.

Nicely done, both in the writing and in the body language.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: Speaking of "powers that be," what are the odds that Artie set up this program?
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: I'm pretty sure Artie didn't write that procedure, in any case. It doesn't show proper respect for the diversity of sentient life. I doubt he's forgotten the little guy just because he's a part-time plains ape these days.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Sweetheart is Alpha, beeyotch.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

"misunderstanding?" please. unity was jonsing to shoot something.

Which is presumably why they only give her trank guns.... 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Touche, David, touche.  I'm sure if she'd had *her* way there would have been a smoking crater where the zoo was supposed to be. . . . which would then be referred to as a 'incident'. 

Standards are important!

At any rate, Leo? My sympathies. Dogs always look so harmless. . .

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: heheheheheheheheh
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: Tip would surely disagree.
Natasha Yar-Routh (xiomberg) says: 5 full time emplyes?  We've met three so far so two more to go, interesting
Michael Brazier (michaelbrazier) says: Why would Tip disagree?  He's not trying to be cute; he wants to be fashionable and sexy instead.  Or perhaps a lumberjack, deep in the wilds of British Columbia ...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah. The truth comes out!
Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says: You are indeed, Sweetheart. You are indeed.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "Piecemeal Revenants on Medication" -- another great band name.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: They'd be one of those bands like P.O.D. I have no idea what it stands for, but it's easily recognized.
bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Just found a pic of Tip's dad:

http://www.comics.com/creators/speedbump/archive/images/speedbump20012224080206.gif

 

 

Ooooooooh, I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay....... 

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Ms. Natasha says: 5 full time emplyes? We've met three so far so two more to go, interesting

Unless Killbots 1 & 3 are the two, with #2 on part-time status until he/she/it gets his/her/its imperative urges to destroy under better cultural control.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Unity wouldn't have been surprised to see them in that case. When one only has four cow orkers, one tends to know who they are.

And I seem to recall one of the creators mentioning that Sweetheart's in charge of the field team (which doesn't usually include Tip), but there's a overall boss that we haven't met yet.

Also, "funded for" doesn't mean "actually have". They may not yet have found anyone appropriate to fill the fifth slot. 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Silly Sweetheart. . . I'm afraid you're the 'more sesible leader/ mascot.' Tip is the 'new guy', at least for the feild.

Unity is the cure one. With the guns. Aw yeah.

 

And for my money, Tip is 'elegant', not merely cute. 

Andre Richard (andre) says:

Dang, Sweetheart's cute :)

Also, I just realized that the comic's title is a reference to The Velveteen Rabbit.

Pete (westrider) says:

bzzzzd: Given that one of my friends wants me to be a Bridesmaid at her wedding despite that fact that I'm a guy, that comic really cracked me up :)

 

As far as the five employees thing, one of the remaining two is almost certainly the big boss. I wouldn't be surprised if Leo gets hired on to fill out the last slot, but I wouldn't put money on it, either.

Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: Tip strikes me as the adorable ditzy one, but maybe I'm just projecting.
Genny Fitzsimmons (whatkin) says: Sweetheart reminds me of my sister's dog in that last panel. :)
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: Thought- if they're underfunded and dealing with stuff all across the country there's gonna be a loooot more road trips.  Ooh!  Mas goblin porn!
Frith Ra (capplor) says: Does this mean that Tip's last name is Klinger?
Rachel S. (masamage) says: Hee hee. But Klinger didn't /like/ being a transvestite. X)
Steve Ford (sford) says:

> Well, he's not *gay*

Well all right then. 

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Tip isn't related to Ed Wood by any chance?
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

I just have to ask...

If they're willing to let Tip out in the field, who do they have employed that they WOULDN'T?

I mean, maybe the other two don't WANT to, but I get the sinking feeling there is someone we just CAN'T let out into SOCIETY. 

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says:

If they're willing to let Tip out in the field, who do they have employed that they WOULDN'T?

My little brother. 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Tip isn't gay, he's just a cross-dresser.

Hey, if I had a run in my stockings and no nail polish, I'd be cross too.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: No quiero saber...
Brand Willis (brandyllyn) says:

The first battalion tranvestite brigade...

That'd be awesome.

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

...Rambling random thoughts on this week's posts... 

...a cow  orker sounds painful...

...I once worked for a company that had three employees, only one of which I ever met...

...Killbots don't really look like the volunteer type, but then again, they may be culturally-biased to DESTROY serve...

...I rather had the impression that Klinger enjoyed his dress-up games as it appealed to his innate fashion sense...

 ...Unity certainly is the cure for certain problems...

 ..."result of failed secret government revenant project" doesn't look good on most job applications...

 ...Pero yo quiero saber todo...

...I need a nap...

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Awwwwwwwww. . . . oh, well. I'll take 'im anyways. More of a 'wallflower eddie Izzard' vibe this way'

On an interesting side note, 'Doc' or 'The Doc' is in fact a common nickname for a medic in the military, so it's not unsuited for our Tip. 

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I'm rather curious what he did in the military.  He really doesn't seem the type to make it through boot camp.
Rockphed (rockphed) says:

I suspect that most of this is an act so he can continue to collect his military pension.  Think Klinger, only better at acting.

 On the other hand, perhaps he went crazy while getting though College.

Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: I blame this strip for making me want a pet lion. Leo is so cuuuute!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

They have a sanctuary dedicated to CyberKitty Carnivores.

 Just the "modified, deadly felines".

HOW many mad scientists ARE there in this world???

More evidence this exists in the Narbonicverse. 

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: WAR KITTENS?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Wait a minute ... a dedicated T1 line *and* girls?  Feline computer geeks actually get GIRLS???

*sob* Mommy, I wanna be a lion ...

John Lussmyer (casadelgato) says: I wish my Lion's (well, Cougars) could talk.. (Yes, I do have Cougars. http://www.casadelgato.com)
Steve Ford (sford) says:

Am I the only one who was charmed by Leo saying "Miss Sweetheart"?

Who wrote that line?  It was you Channing, wasn't it?  WASN'T IT???

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Yeah, that was mine, I think.  Sometimes I can't remember which lines are mine and which are Shaenon's, although a good rule of thumb for me -- which may also prove helpful to the rest of you -- is that if a fourth-panel punch line is actually funny, it's typically hers.  I just do not have the knack for those yet.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: That having been said, today's punchline is mine, and I do enjoy it quite a bit.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

I love how Leo was *just* getting up steam for a good-old fashoned 'oh woe, for I am so alone' style speech. Thank god that one was snipped in the bud.

 Also, Unity and the 'Bot seem to be so very honestly enjoying each others company. Kinda heartwarming.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
Since Jeffrey wrote this strip, this is just my own personal speculation, but I picture the CyberKitty Sanctuary being run by well-meaning computer-tech people with too much money and an unhealthy fondness for cats. I'm not saying Stalking Cat is actually on the board of directors, but that's the kind of thing that springs to mind. For me, anyway.

Since these are private facilities, the quality and availability of care varies wildly. Leo is lucky in that respect; if he were derived from an unpopular animal, like a muskrat or a clam, Skin Horse would probably have a harder time placing him.
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: And if he had been derived from a gerbil, he would have had a completely different problem: NO VACANCY
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says:

Prof Tinker: Well, Unity and the bot do share several interests in common.  Destroy, destroy, and, um, oh yeah, destroy.

 

Oh, and I love how Sarge captured the "dog show prancing" gait Sweetheart uses. 

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:
"Ed Gedeon says:

Wait a minute ... a dedicated T1 line *and* girls?  Feline computer geeks actually get GIRLS???

*sob* Mommy, I wanna be a lion ... "

I want to be feline, too, but mostly for the excuse to sleep all day. And be both cruel and cute, and adored for both.

Oh, and I forgot to mention earlier my fondess for people who's primary reason for existance can be summated by the word "Destroy!" pleasantly enjoying a fine tea and cookie.

BTW, where do I send donations for the CyberKitty Sanctuary, Shaenon? ^-^

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Full-contact..... I wish I didn't have the mental image, but my brain has no internal V-chip.

Oh, and Tip, I can think of a DOZEN ways it could have gone worse (in the comedic sense, not the "we're gonna die FOR REAL!" sense) off the top of my head. You are SO new at this if you judge this to be "bad".

I mean, you could have spilled tea on your SWEATER! (Or one of the Killtrons could have.)

Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

fuzzy legs+ nylons = itchy.  

not cool. 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: I wish it were more clear in the last panel ... who's asking for full-contact karaoke?  We've been following Tip's internal monologue, but this sounds like something Unity would suggest ...
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: I think I may actually have enaged in full-contact Karaoke at some point in my past.  It involes a suet being sung by four people in a crowded space.
bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

???...I thought suet was the hard fat used to make tallow. Some karaoke singing is waxen, but I don't think it's therefore full-contact...

Interesting that Tip's expression in panel 3 indicates that he is much more annoyed about his nylons being ruined than being chewed upon. Which must mean that he pays more for hose than hair care.

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Well, hair can be fixed. Nylons? Ruined FOREVER. *sob* and do you know how hard it is to shop for those damn things!!

  

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Fortunately, my brain has several mental circuit-breaker networks, so 'full-contact karaoke' gets redirected to the bin. All this before I can create a mental image for it.
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: bzzzd: Duet, of course.  For once, they keys *really are* right next to each other.
James Rice (jhrice) says: I wonder if any of the other characters are allowed to soliloquise, or is it only Tip? 
John Wells (johnwwells) says:

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says: And if he had been derived from a gerbil, he would have had a completely different problem: NO VACANCY

... any bets on how long until the inevitable ur-gerbil cameo appears?

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