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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Ah, a town hall eating. Er, meeting.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Nothing can go wrong here!
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Hmm... I can see at least a few links in the chain shall be removed. Not all a result of devouring. I'm sure in the scuffle a few water people will be splashed away.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: BIG WORDS! HUG ME!
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:  I hate sarcastic giant rats!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

It can't be a "summit" meeting because it's in the basement.  Maybe call it the "search for deeper truth"?  The "basemeet"?  The "subterroquium"? (Neologisms are scary!  Hug me!)

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: I second Subterroquium! Hug me!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

I second "Subterroquium"! Hug me!

Actually, I so totally want that shirt... "Big words scary. HUG ME!!" with two or three adorable cobras wrapped all around, looking up beseechingly as they steal warmth from my body. 

K C (spotweld) says:

See, this is where someone cynical would suggest getting the pay-per-view rights.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Ed: How about "getting to the bottom of things"?
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

I Third that Motion.



Michael McLawhorn (mhoram) says:

I don't know if Tip is being profoundly naive or subconciously brilliantly evil.


The survivors of this meeting will be much more pliant.  Especially to arms salesmen. 

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: "You know you need more life insurence".
Mark H- (eyeharvester) says: mhoram: Except for those survivors who will be much more pliant to the digestive tracts of other survivors.
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Michael, Who says it has to be subconciously evil?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mmmmm, crunchy.
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: Bring on the cobras! The cutest of all basement folk!
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: I fear the cobras may not survive this!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: ITALIAN WORDS! HUG ME!
K C (spotweld) says: Is it me, or is Tip starting to look a little "beyond thunderdome"?
Brand Willis (brandyllyn) says: I'm going to start greeting people 'Hey crunchy brethren'.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: He's going for Tina Turner but coming out more Master Blaster.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

This is not going to end well.
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Of course the cobras are going to survive. The cobras are far too cute to be killed. If it looks like the mushrooms are going to wipe them out, I'm sure the other denizens will intervene.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:


No, seriously. 

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Yyyyyeah. Letting Ezekiel talk? BAD IDEA.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: I polled the voices in my head. The suggestion for the remainder of the Subterroquium that involves the least eating and/or stepping on things is:

- A big chart with the "Rules for Nice Annex 1 Living" written on it (To wit: Stay put in your own domains, and NO EATING! PS: No Opera)
-Tip, with pointer for emphasis, clearly saying the rules in a calming, psychologisty voice.
- Repeat until all creatures have been lulled into a suitably hypnotic and suggestable state, then continue until appropriate "agreement" is reached.

PS: I JUST saw mention of "Kidd Video" over in TV Tropes not half an hour ago, and checked the site after reviewing info on this tv show I'd convinced myself I'd imagined. So now I get Shaenon's reference (On May 13). Scary timing.

Incog Neato (ghede) says:

Something tells me the noise from the ensuing chaos will inevitably render the crystals brain dead, freeing the maintenance workers.

It occurs to me that the rat never stated the crystal people were his friends. He may have been referring to the maintenance workers. Since Tip went in there yelling "Anyone here friends with a giant rat?" it implies tip wasn't told what his friends were. Also,  when Tip met the rat again, he said "Your friends are jerks" which is an entirely species neutral statement. The similarity between the rat and the maintenance workers in their world view lends weight to my theory.

Dear lord, I've become that guy. Oh well, might as well enjoy it.

Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: Tip the diplomat!
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the subbasement.
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: I can't help but think that Tip hasn't quite thought this through enough.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Just buy the credenza, Tip.

"Fury Of A Thousand Suns" is not a band name.  However, it is the title of a Dragonforce song.

P.S. Having to decipher phrases like "thought this through enough" is why the non-English speaking world hates us.

Eric *Mystery!* (oneir) says:

"Krang's new soft drink has the thirst quenching power- OF A THOUSAND SUNS!"

That is all. 

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

NigaiAmai Yume:  Repeat until...

  The Lost Toys and cyborg fish fly off to join the Destructobots

  The  Carnivorous Mushrooms take root on the Giant Zombie Heads

  The Adorable Cobras imprint on the Rodent Of Unusual Size's tail  ("Daddy!")

  The liquid entities get hired by maintainance as plumbers.

  Tip gets a look at himself in a mirror; when he sees how badly his outfit is trashed, his scream lobotomizes the crystal entities, leaving a bunch of nice terrariums for the arthropods.

  Miniature camels emerge from the sub-sub-basement and start pitching tents, thus beginning a new cycle....

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:


NigaiAmai Yume says: "A big chart with the "Rules for Nice Annex 1 Living" written on it (To wit: Stay put in your own domains, and NO EATING! PS: No Opera)"


Or, more specifically, "No eating of other denizens, etc..." 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:




(Yes, i do in fact plan on running that into the ground. At least until  get a hug and/or the ChibiCobras (Chibras) come back) 

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Yes, I know it's just a pointer-squiggle, but it looks like Zeke's in so much pain his star-of-owie is pluralized with an S after it. ;)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Today's band name: "Squish Amish".  Actually, that sounds more like a Native American tribe ... probably lived near the Potawotomi.  (Yes, the latter is an actual native tribe.)
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Ed> I live across the street from an old Pottawattomie camp, now Pottawattomie Park, on Pottawattomie bayou, in Ottawa county, so I believe you. *L*
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: There's a Potawotomi county in Wisconsin, and a Pottawatomi county in Kansas. Those Pott-guys really got around, apparently.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: I thought the S was left over from that 'squish'. 'vertical dimension'? BIG WORDS! HUG ME!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Why am I not at ALL surprised by this?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Yup; there's always some idjit who, accidentally or not, has to ruin things for everyone else... 
John Vertical (tropylium) says:

Ed: There's a tribe called "Squamish" in British Columbia. Well, actually that should be "Sḵwxwú7mesh" (yes, with a '7') but for obvious reasons that's not very commonly used…

Oh, and before anyone else steals it… SKWXWÚ7MESH! HUG ME!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Are those silverfish humping your signature?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: they are STILL adorable!
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: Awwwww, the cobras!
Incog Neato (ghede) says: ... Ok. Where is the cobra mom? I'm starting to worry about that. ... Is there going to be a scene from Anaconda recreated with a giant cobra?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Why would the silverfish care for something with six legs?  They're not insects, y'know.  Say, does the mechanical fish have six legs?

...and could the zombie heads get their own TV show?  "Undead from New York -- it's Saturday Night!!"

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: dvandom: The silverfish are using the signature to scratch their tummies. Imagine the frustration of having a hundred appendages, but not being able to scratch where it itches..... Oh, the silvefishnity!
Chris Anthony (etherjammer) says: Ed: hey're not insects, y'know.

Yes, they are. You might be thinking of house centipedes, which aren't silverfish but are often called that.
William Tracy (afishionado) says: I *love* Tip's expression in the last panel.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says:

Thus do empires fall, and worlds change in their courses.


Ummm, that's a good thing. 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:


Hee hee hee hee hee. 

Dov Mittelman (silentspeaker) says: In a perfect world, more people would have occasion to say, "A mushroom is biting my tail."
Jessie Tracer (electrickeet) says: All right, so I finally got off my miserable (but strikingly stylishly-clothed) rear and added the comic to my LJ so I could keep up, and I saw this last comic and it made zero sense and I knew I absolutely had to read the archives for the segment I missed... and then the archives were broken for a while. Now that I read through, I get to this most recent comic and... makes precisely as much sense as I have come to enjoy from this comic. Awesome. And yes, the "I am too much to drink!" line has got to be worked into my repertoire somewhere.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: But being the crazy one all the time is less fun. Slightly.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: The immediate answer to the specific questioner is, " Because I make a mean Ravioli di Portabella!!!"
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: Justin: Everyone knows you deal with unruly fanged mushrooms by stomping on them.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: And that dress is a write-off anyway, so getting a little zombie head goop on it won't make things worse.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: Ugh, zombie head goop. *shudder*
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

The smart way! ;J
Ben Wilhelm (zorbathut) says: I love the half-relieved half-manic expression in the last panel. Tip has had a very long day.
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: If you EVER EVER decide to sell this one I want first dibs.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

"Who's interferin'? We're just takin' over."

   -- Kirk, A Piece of the Action

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says: I think a little "Hug me!" from the cobras in the final panel would have made this strip even more perfect (what can I say, they're cute!).
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: Elaine is extremely correct.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Kessalia: You may want to go ahead and e-mail Shaenon about this.  Though the charity sale (and attendant 50% discount) is complete, I know "Narbonic" strips were regularly up for grabs to anyone with fifty bucks to blow, and it's very possible that "Skin Horse" strips are the same.
Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

I can't help but notice the crystal entities are not depicted in any of these strips...

On the other hand. it's just the giant rat who's concerned about them. Oh, and Maintenence, but that too is part of the circle of life.

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