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Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: The silver fish seem to have the basics of 'rule of law' down.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Wait, Emperor as in of the entire basement? Sheesh, why can't I get a job like that?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: You probably can. Check your basement :)
Typhin Reynard (typhin) says: Well, that's the kind of government you get when you establish rule by threatening to sit on people.  ^_^
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I expected them to invent a new religion with Tip as the prophet.  And after Tip goes back upstairs, the next generation will refuse to believe that he ever existed.  And the elders will kick them out of the Church of Tip.

"What we have here is a failure to excommunicate."


Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Ah, see, I was hoping that when they said they had actually elected an emperor, they really meant Tip. Meaning that when Tip left, search parties would constantly go off looking for him. 

Two years of real time later, they find them, and we have a whole other glorious arc with the Basementites.


Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: IMPERIAL DICTATORSHIP! HUG ME! 
Terry Smith (tjlsmith) says: "You don't VOTE for an Emperor!" - Obligatory Monty Python quote - sort of...
Rockphed (rockphed) says: Wasn't the Holy Roman Emporer(who was almost never Roman, seldom holy, and barely ruled his Empire) elected?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Sadly, the raucous victory celebration broke the crystalline entities.
K C (spotweld) says:

The earwigs are going to have a triumphant opera in celebration and the situation will resolve itself when everone is killed in a shower of razor sharp shards.  

 Or not...

I'm just dissappointed that the robots havn't started thier own G&S compay.  

Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: I knew it was too good to be true.
Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: You know, that's the problem with democracy... people are going to vote for the wrong things.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: K c good thought. I want to hear "Three little bots from school", "Preliminary model of a robot individual" and of course "A paradox, a paradox an unresolved paradox".
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "For might makes right,
And 'til they've seen the light,
They've got to be protected
All their rights respected
Till someone we like can be elected!"

"Send The Marines" by Prof. Tom Lehrer

(Or in this case, U.N.I.T.Y.  Less yak-yak, more boom-boom-pow!)


Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: . . . . . Tip, get a hammer.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I'm trying to figure out why Tip thinks insane necessarily means they'll be a bad leader. I mean look at King Steve from 8-bit theater. He's insane but I'd vote for the guy. Better him than the piece of string he's running against.
Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: Hmmm- politics much? :0
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: See my comment from May 6, Martha.  :)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

"Crazy Crystals" sounds like something sold "as seen on TV".

"Watch them grow!  Watch them shatter!  Watch the razor-sharp fragments as they hit an artery!  A million laughs!"

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Time to teach the zombie heads to sing Madonna tunes - REAL LOUD!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

What, Tip never heard of the mad leading the mad?  Oh yeah, he already works for the government, he'd probably like a change from that.


So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

loooong pause...
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: "Eloquent" pretty well leaves out the obvious political comparison, in any case.
Jessie Tracer (electrickeet) says: "Was that a parable, or a very subtle joke?" — Crash Test Dummies, "God Shuffled His Feet"
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

I'm happy so long as the cobras are in at least one panel per strip.


Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says:

You know who else is eloquent and crazy? Barack.

Martha Mintz (muffinthamighty) says: I, too, solve most of my life problems by blindly accusing people of being commies. It's an awful lot of fun ;)
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Look, I recognize that this week's Skin Horse theme is politics, but can we keep the real-world politics out of the comments? I really don't think this needs to be a flame war.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Y'know, a well-aimed rock or two would really help things get closer to a solution here.

Oh, and P.S to Mr. Purple Knight: Please don't go into RL politics here. This is a webcomic, and I happen to know that discussing politics-- anywhere!-- is the #1 best way to start a small war. And not a Mad one, either.

Actually, that gives me an idea...

*ahem* Also, if you continue to do so, I'll have to get Jane Narbon to go over to your house.
Heh heh heh.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: May sixth, people, May sixth... ;)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

What's wrong with Barack?  I loved all those songs he wrote back in the '60's and '70's.

(If anyone under 35 gets the joke, I'll be impressed.  Except for Shaenon, for she is The Artist and Knows All.)

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

Age 20 and I don't get it.  If you had made a joke about Cat Stevens or Peter, Paul and Mary however...

Quentin Long (cubist) says: "I loved all the songs [Barack] wrote back in the '60s and '70s"... Hmm. I'm over 35, but either (a) that's a pun-ishing reference to Burt Bacharach, or else (b) I got nothin'. Regarding the comic: My guess is that the basement-dwellers are going to end up completely destroying each other, down to the last silverfish/robot/crystal/etc. Which is certainly a solution to the problem(s) at hand...
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: POLITICS! HUG ME!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Quentin gets an (a).

Lia Mayo (sena) says: Fresh from bot-line assembly
Of the misfit bereau wary~
Three little misfit bots!

Everything's a source of fun!
But don't call us we're on the run
From misfit children by the ton

One little bot his arm was yum
Two little bot shot with a BB gun!
Three little bots and they're all done (quiet, I couldn't get the line to scan)

From one little bot take one away
Two little bots remain and they
With misfit kids no longer play!
Three little misfit bots!

Well, basil_jelly, I tried. Three little bots from school didn't work well though. And I had to invent the BB gun thing. I tried to get in launching one in a model rocket but... oh well. Enjoy!
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Savoyards HUG ME.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: But is it bicameral or monocameral?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: A whole new meaning for unitary executive or has gavotte already done that?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Tip should just come back with a bucketload of large rocks.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I can just picture a certain r/l individual talking among himself, and playing with G.I. Joe dolls in a certain geometrically-shaped office somewhere near the Atlantic coast ...

S.I.B. : Technically, the crystals *are* large rocks.  They'd probably turn Tip's rocks against him, then use them as storm troopers to enforce their edicts against the rest of the basement populace, forcing the weak to gravel for mercy.

Yes, I *am* ashamed of myself for that one.

K C (spotweld) says: This whole series of encouters that Tip's been going through.  Has anyone else wondered if this is what a trip though Karl Rove's mind must be like?
Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: Now what?
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Spot> nope, it's just you. ;)
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Ed, I'm getting my cartoon mallet and heading for you *right now*. That was *terrible*.


Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Am I the only one who has read Anthem recently?
apple apple (mutevampire) says: Those vile paper-hat wearing FIENDS!
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Seriously, how did the crystals even get suggested for emperor. They couldn't have been at the meeting could they have?
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: The Rat did it. It is very zen.
Ben Wilhelm (zorbathut) says: Every time I think this is wrapping up it gets even more ridiculous. I am impressed.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Ooooo! Ooooo! I LOVE how Tip's face is reflected in the Crystal's!!!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I second the ooooo ooooo!  Very cute reflect-y effect.

Today's band name: "Crystal Paper Hats"

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I take back what I said earlier.

Make it a bucket of baseballs.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

And an aluminum bat!

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: I wonder if these crystals are soluable in kerosene? Then Tip could disolve the Gov't.
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