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James Rice (jhrice) says: I figure Sweetheart can probably talk her way out of this.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: Oooh! Shadowy figures!!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!!!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Please tell me those aren't hamsters with a paper plate for a face.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: This morning's slow mental response: "Montgomery County? I wonder why they picked that name. What a coincidence. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott? The county next to mine is also called Montgomery County. It borders on the District of Col...D'oh!"
Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: Alert!  The filename story is being recorded at  The Narbonic story is at both and but the Skin Horse story doesn't need any fancy-schmancy HTML formatting yet.
james m (ruasonid) says: Ah, thank you! I was wondering about the Narbonic filename story just the other day, all "Where is that again?", and now you have saved me. Hurrah!
Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: I feel obligated to point out that pandas are not, strictly speaking, bears.
James Rice (jhrice) says:

Neither bears nor pandas, can walk upright for very long, or, for that matter, talk.  Strictly speaking.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: What kind of bear do you think Ms. Thundercloud is?  I'm guessing a Grizzly.
Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

Actually, Alycia, I corrected somebody on that a few months ago only to discover that, while I wasn't watching, they became bears again.

 Stupid Lumpers and Splitters. I say we nuke 'em all and let Hazmat sort 'em out.

N La Teer (zapatos) says: I am firmly convinced that, once an individual in the Garrityverse puts on a trenchcoat, they are rendered completely and totally inconspicuous.  The hat helps too, though.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: I thought only pedigree dogs got names like Captain's Fancy Valentine Sweetheart inflicted on them. Being transgenic probably counts as a mongrel, although if you use that term in Sweetheart's hearing she'll probably be politely dissaproving.
Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says: Oh, her creator probably monologued at length and with correct punctuation about their being the purest breed of all...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Now watch, on the way home they're going to stop at Denny's to get a bite to eat, and the hostess will tell Maya, "Sorry Ma'am, we don't allow unaccompanied bears in the dining room."

And Sweetheart will tell the hostess, "Bear with me."

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

They aren't fooling me! I know those are really just paper plates disguised as bears.

For more on the inability of humans to recognize bears in clothes, read The Bear Went Over the Mountain by William Kotzwinkle. "Cheesy things!"

Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

I have read The Bear Went Over The Mountain.  Awesome!

Also, I just wanted to say that I'm sitting here at work, dying laughing at this strip.  Nothing like seeing the dude sitting at the front desk cracking up for no apparent reason. 


So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: I just like that the bears are just as perturbed by this as anyone else- perhaps more so.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: I can't resist: "Bear left!" "Right, dog!" "Cute."
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Well, I've been in Canada since Sunday, and I have yet to see any rampaging transgenic dogs....
Rob (rrreed) says: Well there's your problem. You have to wait for the fifth Thursday of the month.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Uh-oh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Why am I imagining that Maya has Bea Arthur's voice?
K C (spotweld) says: For the life of me, I'm trying my best to come up with a way to reference the Bearmania Lighter-than-air Force (BLTAF), but I'm failing utterly. (See reference: Harry the Fat Bear Spy by Gahan Wilson.)
Michael H. Payne (m_h_payne) says:

I'd say:

A certain ursine somebody is just asking to be on the receiving end of a rampage...


Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

.... she threw a can.

She THREW a CAN. Seriously. Back off, ursa.

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: a female bear called a sow?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Val: Yes!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Ed Gedeon says: "Why am I imagining that Maya has Bea Arthur's voice?"


It would certainly fit. From what I remember of her shows ("Maude" and "The Golden Girls"), her voice had a certain undefinable authority to it and usually commanded a certain amount of respect from the other characters. (Except, of course, from the comedic foil -- usually Bill, her husband in "Maude"; or Sophia, her mother [played by the recently deceased Estelle Getty] in "The Golden Girls".)

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Or, knowing Ed, maybe it's just that the first five letters of her name are "B-E-A-A-R".
Rockphed (rockphed) says: Sweetheart was a respectable member of society?  I always though she lived up to her gender and species.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: It's a sarcasm chasm!

(thinks a bit, rearranges stuff around)

It's a sar-chasm!
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Only because it is America, if it was Russia it wouild be a Tsar-chasm.


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

In Soviet Russia, sarcastic comment makes you.

Today's panel 2 is brought to you by the Second Amendment.

In addition to cross-armed bears, the other member of the team (not shown) is Glad Lee, the cross-eyed bear.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: One assumes the bears are carrying guns, as per their Amendment 2 rights.
Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says:

In England I hear they struck down the Right to Arm Bears legislation...

Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says: Ed: Only Lim-Lim is demonstrating the right two bear arms in that panel.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Subway's toasted subs are better anyway.
Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: BLASPHEMY! Chicken Carbonara with Bacon rules ALL!
Rob (rrreed) says: I, for one, welcome our Chimeric Anti-Defamation League transgenetic hybrid overlords with coupons for 30% off sandwiches (with purchase of a soda) at Johnny's Hot Truck!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: DAAAAH!!!
Indigo C (indigo) says: No Peppercorn Prime Rib? Oh, the (in)humanity!!
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

My god! Poor Sweetheart.

They realize, of course, that without membership in the league, she' only going to backslide further.


Who knows, she might manage to overturn a potted plant next time? The horror!

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Strictly speaking, she wasn't really using the lapel pin anyway...
Joshua Holden (doctorhook) says: Is that a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference in the fourth strip?
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: .... you know, she does have a Aurther Dent-like qualaty to her.... Would this make Tip Ford? Unity is Beeblebrow w/ kill instincts.
Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says:

Tip come off a bit more like Trillian to me... competent, smart, surounded by nutters that s/he fits in with surprisingly well...

Unity I take to be Ford, I don't think we have a Beeblebrox yet... but the strip is still new, give it time...

James Rice (jhrice) says: Ok, That's just mean.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I'm starting to wonder if they actually know what her rampage consisted of or not.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I doubt it.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

well. mabye they just know that everything starts small. first something nothing like this. next thing you know you and standing in an alley, covered in blood, surrounded by corpses, the swat team has un-packed the anti-armor weapons, and its all over the 11 o'clock news.

or mabye they are as wussy as sweetheart, and see this as such a huge thing. though to be honest, blameing anyone for a scrappy-do comeback is wrong.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Unless the next Scrappy-Do comeback was a re-make of "Old Yeller".  That, I'd pay to see.

Yes, I would.

Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says: Uhm... what about the fact that most people don't see any of this stuff, like Dave's brother (wait...does this strip take place in the Narboniverse or not?)...
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