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Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: Seth had a twin sister we never knew about?
John Wells (johnwwells) says: Rachel: Given the universe this is set in, perhaps not.
Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

"Which of us is wearing pants?"

 Such a seemingly innocent question, asked of a man in a dress. Then you realize... You haven't seen the interrogator from the waist down. And the horrible thought enters your mind.

 Trick question?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Dan: "Damn, I knew I forgot something this morning!"
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: bishy?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

bishy?

bishounen

Even I got that one.

 

b

 

Rachel S. (masamage) says: Hee hee hee! Mr. Wearspants has the girliest hair I have ever seen. :D
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

/me takes advantage of the fact that Aaron Shades (now Anne?) has not shown up lately to make a few... preparations.

Heh heh heh.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Now we're making lolants?  "I can has sugrkube?"
Eric (erichamion) says:

Basil Jelly's explanation didn't really help me, and I'm not sure I want it to.  But Tip's a ladybug, according to these:

http://slang.otheday.com/2008/01/20/bishy-barnabee/

http://www.answers.com/topic/ladybird 

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

Bishy = Bishounen = pretty boy = young man whose beauty transcends the boundary of sex

 Think Johnny Depp (despite his age)

Steve Ford (sford) says:

People, please.  This is the Internet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishounen

(Looks like Thomas found it first.) 

Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: She doesn't look so much like Seth's twin sister as Seth's grandma. 8|
Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: She doesn't look so much like Seth's twin sister as Seth's grandma. 8|
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Fair warning...I have started choosing raw materials to make a Mustachio miniature. Gonna hack up some old Mage Knight golems for limbs, but I need a plastic ball of the right size for the torso. I can scratchbuild the head easily enough. ;)
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

"People, please.  This is the Internet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishounen

(Looks like Thomas found it first.)"

 

Please, Steve, this is the internet. It's all about directly quoting things directly without attribution. :P

Corgi (corgi) says:

As of Monday, I'm counting two of the three Lone Gunmen here....

Where's Byers?

Steve Ford (sford) says:

"Please, Steve, this is the internet. It's all about directly quoting things directly without attribution. :P"

:-)  Carry on.

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Frankly I wish the government worked like this
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: It doesn't?
Dov Mittelman (silentspeaker) says:

Such a seemingly innocent question, asked of a man in a dress. Then you realize... You haven't seen the interrogator from the waist down. And the horrible thought enters your mind. Trick question?

Perhaps his short-term memory is shot due to radiation. He has enough recollection to know pants are being worn, but he honestly doesn't remember by whom.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

THAT'S WHY I DON'T HAVE MY JETPACK YET!?!? 

*writes an angry letter to his senator demanding he cut funding to that department* 

Rockphed (rockphed) says:

I must agree with tip.

 

Ugh...silverfish...*CRINGE* 

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

If you are bitten by a radioactive silverfish do  you become Mister Mind?

  

Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: Are there no characters in this strip that aren't completely awesome?!! It's not fair. I can't compete. :(
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: Siiilverfiiish?  ugh.  ugh ugh ugh.
N La Teer (zapatos) says:

Hmmm...does "mad genius" belong to Axis I or II?

Sean O'Kelly (malakai47) says:

Mostly likely Axis I.  Axis II deals more with dementia and Mad Science in general seems more closely related to delirium to me.  Though i suppose it could also be an Axis IV if you look at it as educational and Psychosocial issues...

 

Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

Dag!

Life is awesome.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: If you're bitten by a radioactive silverfish, then you get a modified Midas curse where everything you touch turns to silver.  You lose your spouse, kids, family, and all your favorite casual clothes ... but you have a GREAT future as a Slayer Of The Undead.
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Oh man, I HATE silverfish.  I'd never be able to go back in that building.  I'm gonna have the creeky crawlies all day now. *L*
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Silverfish are actually pretty harmless, but I've gotta admit, they look like aliens....   Of course, they might say the same of us, and they were here first.  By many millions of years...
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Mel Van Weelden:  I'm gonna have the creeky crawlies all day now

Ooo crayfish, those are yummy!  Er, or did you mean your knees are sqeaking?  Try some WD-40....  :-) :-)

Kaesa Aurelia (kaesa) says:

... but you have a GREAT future as a Slayer Of The Undead.

No, no.  That's werewolves.

And yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with Thomas Levy.  Once I finish work on my giant mechanical starfish, the Department of Jetpack Suppression is going down.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

 "Thomas Levy says:

THAT'S WHY I DON'T HAVE MY JETPACK YET!?!?"

Well, we had a choice between Jetpacks and Personal Computers. We chose Personal Computers. Now we're suffering the consequences...

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: David Harmon - I'm sad to say it took me over 5 minutres to figure out what you were talking about and notice the typo myself. ;P
bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

Shut up, Chris. Shut up, Chris. Chris. Seriously. Shut. Up.

Dan Knapp (dankna) says:

It can't possibly be a DSM-IV disorder unless this is an alternate universe.  It would have to be in the next revision, which would be DSM-V.

Jetpack suppression, bwahahaha. 

Eric (erichamion) says:

f you are bitten by a radioactive silverfish do  you become Mister Mind? 

More likely:

Silverdude, Silverdude
Does what silverfish can do
Eats a book, digests glue
He won't starve, for a year or two
Look out!
Here comes the Silverdude

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: I don't know what the best thing about the first panel... it's an honest toss-up between name-dropping the DSM-IV, or the line "We're not mad. We're just irresponsible."
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

A silverfish soots

across the floor and away

it has your makeup 

 

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Man, between the results of karaoke night and this, Tip is turning out to be quite the ladies' man!
Rachel S. (masamage) says:

BEST.

I love that Tip knows he's hot.

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

"I love that Tip knows he's hot."

 He just knows how to dress for success.

 

 

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Hey! Seth-ette has a Narbonic heart tattoo!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Brian:  Yeah, Tip's got his own talents, all right. 

But now I'm wondering what the ham is up to.  No no, the frozen, radioactive ham.  Is it pestering Gavotte for a new sauce?  Did it go into show business?  Or worse, politics?

 

Jack Charos (jackofchaos) says: The very idea of a ladies man in drag blows my mind with awesomeness...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

What *is* that poor girl's name?  We can't just keep calling her "Seth-ette".  Nerd girls need love too!

"Nerd Girls In Love" ... another great band name!

I went and asked the football star
To the Sadie Hawkins dance in the gym;
He laughed as he rode off in his girlfriend's car
So I went and irradiated him!
Now he's the cutest mutant in the whole darn school;
Cutie Mutie, Cutie Mutie, you're so cool!

(sung to the tune of your favorite oldie, pick any one)

 

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says:

OK, that did it. The last tiny shred of resistance I still had to that boy is GONE.  Less than two months in and I'm a hopeless fangirl for life.  *sighs*

I guess there are worse fates?  *L*

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: But will Tip always use his bishy powers for good, or will he slide into evil?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

"But will Tip always use his bishy powers for good, or will he slide into evil?"

What ever gets funded.

 

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

So were are the Tip paper dolls and dresses?

 

Patricia Lupien (patricia_lupien) says: The feminine of Seth is Sethe, which isn't much different. And Shaenon needs to get some of her VIZ buddies to make some bishy Tip pin-ups. They'd sell like hotcakes.
Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says:

*first time commenting* Been a reader of Narbonic for a long time (so sad when it ended, but the story was meant to come to a close) and loving Skin Horse so far! ^_^

And despite the other mental issues I've had to deal with in my life, Mad Genius is one mental illness that I actually WANT! 

Wait, is that 'despite' or 'because of'... ah, well, whichever really!

bzzzzd (bzzzzd) says:

OK, I must admit that, so far, I haven't really gotten much more than a ::snicker:: out of SK, but this week's day 3 not only dropped my jaw to the floor (re panels 3-4), but the anime line dropped me to the floor, rolling, LMFlikkingAO.

 

Life am good.

 

(Everybody knows you that irradiated ham is where you get green (glowing?) ham. 

Eric Williamson (nytefyre) says: David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

"But now I'm wondering what the ham is up to.  No no, the frozen, radioactive ham.  Is it pestering Gavotte for a new sauce?  Did it go into show business?  Or worse, politics?"

Nope, It's posting on the internet as David Harmon.  ;p

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says:

O M G

I'm not gonna lie, this is the best yet. I have truly fallen in love with Skin Horse. 

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

 Given Tip's experience with his first field assignment, Seth-ette being born under the fifth house of the Zodiac is more likely to traumatize him than intrigue him. ^-^

Brand Willis (brandyllyn) says:

 

That's the second lion of the comic.  I hope this is a theme.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
I'm sure this will come up sooner or later, but her name is Marcie.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "Marcie"?  Is she going to start calling Unity "Sir"?
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Eddurd, No. Of course not. She will save that for Patty.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: The irony of a mechanical monstrosity of mad science renouncing "new-fangled technology" gives me the giggles.
Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

I had surgery at the state of the art (and glistening green crystal) Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital a few years back. It was the tiniest bit like having surgery on Krypton or in the Emerald City.

One of the things that blew my mind? They transferred samples all over the medical complex by pneumatic delivery. Vials would be packed in cylindars, locked into chambers, and blasted six floors and a thousand feet away.

In their defense, they had very few decent reliable cogwork thinkers to explain the downside.

Sean O'Kelly (malakai47) says: yeah.....  but that is still really really cool...  I wish i had a pneumatic delivery system....
John Vertical (tropylium) says:

Love the frown in panel 3.

Also, according to WP "Pneumatic capsule transportation was originally invented by Phineas Balk in 1806". If that's "new-fangled technology", how old is he anyway? Top hats were invented in 1797 so either he's being hypocritical or has nothing against new-fangled fashion...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Ok, I probably shouldn't be doing this, but...

AHAHAHAHA! I HAVE TRIUMPHED OVER AARON SHADES//PROF_TINKER! AHAHAHAHA! AHAHAHAHA!

*settles down in secret lair*

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mustachio with limbs, Unity with gun: http://www.dvandom.com/kitbash/skinhorsewip.JPG
Minivet (minivet) says:

Often, when I was doing a clerical job at a hospital, I thought, "It would be so great if I could just shuttle these files around through pneumatic tubes instead of going up and down floors all the time."

Someone explained to me the problem was that people didn't monitor the tubes enough, so stuff piled up in the receiving areas.

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Damn you, So it Begins! You have done no such thing!

I have recovored from your nefarious mechenizations, only to be confronted with a multitude of computer malfunctions.

But lo, I hath returned. MUAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

By the way, you all realize that this makes Mustachio everyones grandpa who can't be convinced that things shouldn't still be made with lead.

Also, Hitchhiker's Guide reference in panel 2. 

Eric (erichamion) says: Do the curlicues on the word balloons represent some quality of Moustachio's speech, or are the balloons formed by steam clouds?  Either way (or both), it's a nice touch.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: Ah, logic.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says:

You turn around fast

You heard something- "Where's my Car?!"

Damn silverfish.  Ugh.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Yiee!

BTW: upgrade my personal shields and await the next attempt of Aaron Shades/prof_tinker.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

1) Draw a bottle of permethrin from Supply.

2) Sweet-talk Seth-ette into irradiating it.

3) Drop it down the pneumo tube

4) Go to lunch

God, I LOVE Government work!! 

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Hmmm.  I wonder if perhaps the silverfish are constructing a new character for the team?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: To paraphrase a line from "Narbonic", "can't call" and "shouldn't call" are two different things, aren't they?
Johnny Assay (johnny_assay) says: I'd just like to register my appreciation for the phrase "larcenous bugs in the pneumo."  It fairly trips off the tongue.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: And Gavotte's too busy, I suppose? As previously established, bees can sting insects without the barbs sticking and making it a suicide run. Okay, silverfish aren't insects exactly, but the exoskeletal situation is about the same.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Why is Maintenance MIA? I would be scared to have their job.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
And Gavotte's too busy, I suppose?

It's good to be the queen.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Gotta love Unity's creative incompetence.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Justin: Why is Maintenance MIA? I would be scared to have their job.

Indeed, that's probably why they're MIA -- assuming they haven't been enslaved into pre-chewing old packing crates for their new insectile masters!

 

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: So instead of a heart, courage, and brains, they need legs, thumbs, and self-control. hee hee hee...
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Unfortunately, our Cowardly Lion left before the Tin Brass Man showed up....
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: http://www.dvandom.com/kitbash/unitymini.JPG http://www.dvandom.com/kitbash/mustachio.JPG (more info in the Forum)
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