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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Well, if the dress wasn't a total write-off already, it is now....
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Dude needs to cut his losses and go.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I know there's a solution to all this. I just know it!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Thor! Mjolnir! Throwing!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

OK, how did the maintenance people get upside-down alluva sudden?

You know what's gonna happen to the sentient water blob?  Someone's gonna get him hooked on kola nut extract, then add a little sugar, some carbonation, and a dash of caffiene ... at which point he becomes a coke fiend.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Into the penalty box with you, Ed.
Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says: You mean the PUNalty box? ^_^'
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

You too, Paul. 

And yeah, that dress is ruined. 

Corgi (corgi) says:

The prison crystals obviously got tipped upside-down.  They've got a scoop-and-run sort of feature.


D. Connolly (theogrin) says: Ed: I think that while the caffeine is likely, they're probably going to become coffee fanatics instead, judging by the way they'll have to start covering the grounds.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Have you people no shame?
Lia Mayo (sena) says: HORRIBLE PUNS - Hug me!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ok, the maintainence men have a point.
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: It can't be long before the silverfish rebel and destroy the crystals with the greatest opera ever, anyway.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Yes, the fragile peace will soon collapse, leaving the few survivors to recall that brief, wonderful time of peace and prosperity ...

"Recall in days to come,
That once we stood as one,
For one brief shining moment
Of the Sub-ter-ro-qui-um..."

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Panel two, is that a pipe or a snake or a medusa head that looked into a puddle of water and got turned into a pipe?
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: . . . .  so is the maintenance man related to a certain linguist or what?
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Well at least they're prepared.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ohhh dear.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

At first, I thought the lady in panel 2 had her name on here sleeve.  Then I realized it's just "Annex One".

Then again, "Anne X-1" would be a cool name for a female android.

I just realized that "female android" is an oxymoron.  To be etymologically correct, she'd have to be a gynoid.

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

I haven't felt the need to comment in a long, LOOONG time, but this strip just made me laugh. At least Tip managed to rescue the people, even if he also effectively shattered the cycle that made their work down here tolerable.

All hail the crystals?  Bah, it'd never catch on.

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Come the Revoluton. Who will be the first to meet the heavy metal guillotine?
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: I will!! Oooh, ooo! Pick me! Pick me!!
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I think Shaenon wrote this one.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: This, This is why I wan't as little power handed to the government as possible.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Gov't Smov't This is why I don't want anybody to have more power than I do.

There isn't anything special about Gov't power, its just power. 

Up the Guilotine's snick off their heads and take all of their property. 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: There's no such thing as working 'quietly' on an opera. They're already freaking INSECTS- how much more quiet can they get?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Committee ... ?  Committee???  Did he just use the "C" word??  The End Is Nigh ...

Kim Brunner (kimbrunner) says: I will be very sad if we get through this storyline without somebody saying "I am not a committe!!"
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: A committee! Zounds!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: The silverfish are about to be pushed, filed, indexed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, and numbered.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: I am not an Opera Committee. I am a TENOR!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Awwwwwww!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *jaw drops*
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: Dammit, they can get even cuter!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: We're Crystalline Entity Scouts!
We slither all about!
In our scouting suit
We look so cute,
Of that there is no doubt!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Shaenon and Jeffrey, I bow before your storytelling awesomeness.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

You can tell Tip's gone a bit snakey after being flooded off the deep end.

That's still gotta be one of the more adorable things I've seen yet, though.

Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

"Do a silent rumination upon the nature of a good turn daily!"

"Be prepared to execute the will of our crystalline masters!"

"On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty, to the Crystals and the Subbasement, and to obey the Crystal Will, and to silently help other entities at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and silent." 

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: For optimal humor values, the Oath should also contain a random paranoid non-sequitur of some kind.  Possibly involving Burger King.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: *faints*
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Wow... talk about your slough of despair....  On the other hand, once he gets back to the office, the sheer scope of the chaos he's wrought will surely get him promoted to full field agent!

You know, I just sent a link to this strip to a couple of old friends.  If they look it up tonight, this will be the first strip they see....

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: PS:  The Sub-basement's national anthem would clearly be... John Cage's 4'33".
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Tip, my boy, there's a future for you in the State Department. There are a few areas of the world where this would actually be an improvement!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: "Redacted"? HUG ME!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: THE END. (for now)
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Well, the box in the prior panel seems to be for "Ellmann's Eyes Only".  And not happy about it. :-P  :-)  And what is that circular symbol in the first panel? 

Come to think of it, I don't recall your slipping in "Dagon shall rise again" anywhere in the basement, and it's surely damp enough.  (Ideally, the graffito should trail off into a splatter of blood....)

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: And I, ever the cheerful cynic, now wish the subbasement become a model Utopia, for the simple fact Tip has given up on it.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Why are they called "civil servants" when they are neither servile nor civil?  ("Servile"?  HUG ME!)

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: DH: The Ellmann box isn't unhappy, necessarily. That's a Mr. Yuck sticker. So there's something poisonous in there. Maybe Ellmann should be the unhappy one....
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

"Tickle them for updates"


I have this vision of some poor lower-management flunky being sent down there with a clipboard and a feather...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: I needed a "Bad Wolf" on that wall somewhere.
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