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Wallace Good (good_the_third) says:

You mean Unity is more than a killing machine? She's a crafty, manipulative killing machine? Its like she's starting where a certain other gun-toting female left off...

Also, the DVD case says "Like Water for Goblins," so is this a hot goblin romance, or dare I say, goblin porn? Is that really what wags Sweetheart's tail? I would assume she'd prefer something furry.  

Lastly, love the Secrets & Lies anthology, Shaenon, thanks for signing my copy at MoCCA!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: :blink: :blink:
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: In the first panel, is that a box of STARCH on the table?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Ohhhh, I'm ashamed of myself already... Mental, of *course* it's starch.  After a hard day's work, everyone could use a good stiff drink.


Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: DH: No, it's part of the Starchucks (or whatever the Starbucks parody is) menu.
William Tracy (afishionado) says: Here I was, thinking it said "Starcraft".
Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: I don't want to know. I don't want to know. I don't want to...
Laura Rickelman (lazy) says: So does someone routinely use his psychology powers for hanky-panky, or is Tip just that hot?  Having previously seen everyone involved in mad science struggle (adorably) to get any action at all, it's either unnerving or refreshing to think of Tip as a lady magnet. :)
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Bah. Crush my hopes and dreams, will you? *sigh*


David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

To be fair, Tinker, it was seriously implied before that he wasn't gay. I mean, Sweetheart even outright said it at one point, although back then it wasn't clear whether or not she KNEW or not.

Plus, I kinda like seeing this side of Unity. I see her as kind of sneaky and manipulative. It's good to know she's not just a carbon copy of Mell, whose usual reaction is to just plung headon into things.

Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: This strip is...disturbing.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: And yet so very very entertaining.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: ...And here I was thinking that She was joking yesterday.
K C (spotweld) says: Wow.. it's like Tip has a superpower.
Rachel (admiralshazbot) says: In panel three, the dark-haired girl reminds me of a grown-up Majel Mappelthorpe. Very cute.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Awww... the girls look so sweet and happy in panel 4, all snuggled up to their bishi bubu rowr purr <murmur>...  But is it their place or his?

The dark-haired girl in panel 3 also looks a bit like Billy Batson's twin sister.  

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

In panel 2, the blonde girl looks like my high school crush Kathy.  I am now unhappy.  And hate Tip.

Terry Smith (tjlsmith) says: Boychicks get all the girls. Seriously, there's a guy who got breast implants to win a $100,000 bet and kept them beacuse they were chick magnets.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: There is a guy who knows what to do with a little black dress!
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: It's hard to empathize with Tip here. Why? Because these are pretty peron problems.
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Wow. Maybe I should toss on a dress. ... No, I couldn't pull it off. I just don't have the posture.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

So, I am the ONLY one to feel sorry for Tip in that he can't turn off his brain?

Granted, I'm both female and suffer from the same problem.. But still... Doesn't look like the poor guy enjoyed his night at ALL.

Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says: No, I understand the "not being able to turn off the brain" thing. Not under the same circumstances, however... I often can't fall asleep for hours because my brain just won't stop going! 0_o' Also, I tend to overthink, oh, everything... -_-'
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: And now we see why Tip's coworkers have no sympathy for his problems.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

.... actually, i sort of understand. From a different perspective, but still.

I've had friends who had this problem, and I was nice enough to not kill them. Just whack them with cricket bats.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: TO ALL: Apparently the forum (actually, the entire Forums site) is down. I've sent an email to the forums site owner, but have as of yet received nothing back...
K C (spotweld) says:

Reviewing the events in the basement, it becomes apparent that Tip needs some more durable clothing choices.

 I'm thinking Tip needs a utilikilt.  Who's with me?

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

when you think about it, tip is pretty powerfull. i mean, it took him less than a day to unify a diverse range of mutant/rogue lifeforms living in a basement, where each-other is basically the food supply. thats not easy, trust me. normally it takes years.

and now he can aparently pick up groups of chicks for, admitedly shallow, sex. without even thinking about it.

wow. just wow. but i understand his wish for a deep relationship. Sex is fun and all, but pointless without someone you truely care about. at least, thats what i tell myself.

anyhow. i say: Tip for President. yeah, we will all probley be dead within a year, but man will he solve the universe's whole "infested with chaotic humans" problem.

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

Hey, I guess Tip really IS popular with the ladies!

Of course, if he's looking for real love, I get the feeling that he's going about it all wrong. I've never known anyone who found the love of their life in a bar.

Regarding the Forum: It looks like FreeForums is down, nothing too big to worry about, although if they're not back up in about a day, then things will get concerning.

These sites are more or less run by professionals, I'm sure they'll get back online soon.

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Spot>  ME ME ME!!!  But then you shoudl have known that. ;)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...eegad.
Rachel S. (masamage) says: Ooh, new storyline name. I just noticed.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: By the way: The forum is back.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I thought "rampage" was what Sweetheart was reading.  Or at least, there was bound to be some ramming by the next page.

As a wise woman once said, "Hey, let me have my dick jokes!"

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: unity is my kinda freak. when something goes wrong, Break stuff.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: No rules. Just right. And so wrong.
Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

Woo! Zombie rampage at the Outback!

 BTW, "Rampage" is so going to be my answer to everything from now on.

Incog Neato (ghede) says: ... Damnit, now I want Black & White cookies (For a reason unrelated to this comic) AND a Bloomin' Onion. I need to stop surfing the internet hungry.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: I should add that dogs really shouldn't eat onions either. Especially not fried onions the size of their heads.
Mark H- (eyeharvester) says:

I dunno, Ed, you're getting dangerously close to a Narbonic/Skin Horse crossover, and we all know that that leads to nothing good. Like Tip/Lovelace shipping. Which actually would be pretty hot...

Katie Tandler (katesith) says:

"I should add that dogs really shouldn't eat onions either. Especially not fried onions the size of their heads."

 Thank you for noting this, because I saw the comic this morning and just went 'eeeeee NO!'

(Too many canine near-death experiences!) 

John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Unity: One-woman zombie apocalypse?
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

.... Tip/Lovelace? Why stop there?

actually, maybe I shouldn't.. I got in trouble at the Mad sci board for just this sort of thing. 




Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

One wonders exactly how Sweetheart would do that?  I mean, she doesn't have any obvious havoc wreaking traits, like being gigantic or obviously well muscled.  Thus it must be something less obvious like eye lasers, monowire razor teeth, or extendable poison tenticles.

Of course, given that she was created by a Mad Scientist, she might just have an amazing facility at reasoned discourse or something.

Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: What part of "impose on it the values of the North" don't you understand, Mr. Brewer? That kind of attitude is exactly what Sweetheart was intended to crush out of you.
Kim Brunner (kimbrunner) says: She must have some sort of Secret Canadian Powers that we don't understand...
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: We are polite and we actually get work DONE. Largely by trying to ignore those that think they are in power (AKA government). THAT is our Secret Canadian Power. Eh. ^-^
Rockphed (rockphed) says: Is eating Kraft Dinner a good or a bad thing?  Does it make me un-american if I think it is bad?  Can I adopt Sweetheart as my animal companion and go on a bloodthirsty rampage through the south-country?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

NA.Y.'s got it.  Even Spider Robinson couldn't make a Canadian terrorist believable!

Rockphed:  Kraft Dinner is OK, but it gets much better with a few additions.  I usually fry stuff in the butter, like mushrooms and red pepper, then mix the other 3 ingredients into that.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I had KD last night.  Threw in a bit of cream cheese for a different taste.

Hey, with white bread, bologna, velveeta, and ketchup, you can make a pizza sandwich that tastes absolutely nothing like pizza.  (Microwave for 25 seconds; cooking times may vary blah blah blah...)

Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says:

Yeah, we canadians are a peaceful race... not unlike the basement tribes.

Also, while I usually eat my KD with good old ketchup, the leftover stuff (which I find never microwaves well) is AWESOME pan-fried with a little butter. ^_^

...A sudden thought jumped into my head. Perhaps Sweetheat was designed to become some kind of new-age media darling, like Lassie crossed with Shirley Temple, and conquer the hearts of America and bring the values of the North to its peoples.

K C (spotweld) says: ...  it's only a matter of time before Tip and Sweetheart end up cosplaying as Sgt. Preson (of the Yukon) and his faithful compainion Yukon King?
Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: tek27: You are right. hee hee hee
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: KC:  No no, Sweetheart will be Sgt. Preston.  Tip will be Yukon Queen.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I used to eat a lot of Kraft Spirals & Cheese (to non-Canucks, "Kraft Dinner" is "Mac & Cheese" down here), mixing in shredded cheese and spices and stuff, but eventually I got tired of it. Now, of course, "Serving size = 1 box" is no longer allowed by my diet anyway, and I don't care for leftovers of it.

So now, when I feel like that sort of thing, I just use boxed pasta and Ragu cheese sauce. :)

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I wonder if Unity co-opted any parts of those two slain SH agents?
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: Well, at least she wasn't attacking Sweetheart with a different limb, lest I be forced to make the obvious pun.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Dennis, I gotta hand it to you, that was admirable restraint. So disarming.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Besides, the line about "unarmed combat" has already been used.  (Terry Pratchett, "Jingo")

Unity's got a wild hair even when she's not on a rampage.

K C (spotweld) says: Unity is almost an army onto herself...  or at least the assembled bits of one.
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: I smell a flashback coming...
K C (spotweld) says: Vald> I thought that was the "outrageous cheese-stuffed 'tato skins"
Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says: DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: dun de dun dun...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I love love love the phrase, "evil anthroarchy". 

Not only will the waitress be the first to fall, she won't get a tip either.

As compared to the two girls earlier this week, who both got a nice Tip.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Obvious response for Panel 4:  Sweetheart tells the waitress "Pardon?  She's the one trying to talk me into a rampage here!"  Waitress promptly gets stunned by Normalcy Censor and quits bugging them.  Though getting refills might be a problem....


Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: That was not borderline. The waitress is clearly picking on Sweetheart because she's Canadian!
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Hmm; think I want a t-shirt that says "I Became Part of The Evil Anthroarchy! (Ask Me How!)
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