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Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Hey Look bamboo! and then Bam! Leg Sweep!
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: No one understands just how long and hard the fight for transgenic dignity is quite as fully as someone named "Mr. Squeakers".
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Lim-Lim has the advantage of extra legs.  A better tactic might be "Boot To The Head".

"How are we doing?  Quite frankly, it's pandamonium."  (Somebody had to say it.)

Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: I have to wonder if "Mr. Squeakers" is really a sockpuppet or alias for any of several RT-model transgenic rodents.
Rob (rrreed) says: I'm feeling bamboo-zled at all of this.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: A bamboo-t to the head?
K C (spotweld) says: This so needs to be turned into a Capcom style fighter game. (Am I the only one with the "Mortal Kombat" music running though their head as they read this?) 

...then again, that would probably result in Tip wearing a Japanese schoolgirl uniform. 



Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Oh, no, that would be AWESOME - especially if Tip had two tails of six-foot-long flowing hair.
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

Bwahahahaha! Already the plan I suggested is working! The panda is actually FIGHTING! They totally didn't plan for something like this. Of course, it's hard to plan for Unity, I'd wager.

Fighting in a public area is really just one step away from a rampage of their very own.

Go for the head, Unity! The head! Drive the panda mad with rage so that it'll rampage!

Rob (rrreed) says: "You are lucky, Lim-Lim. Few novices experience so much of Ti Kwan Leep so soon."
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Hey look! Kung-Fu Panda! *ducks*
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says: Noooooo! Not the arm!
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Then the crystals got mad about the noise and enforced an underground panda/zombie genocide.
Rob (rrreed) says: Ho-kay, I'm flashing back to The Nightmare Before Christmas here…
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Hm. Freckles, or arm hair stubble?
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

ah. now the true test. zombie with some kinda life force mystical thing (and thus able to keep severed limbs animated), or through Science! of course, some Science! could produce the same result. but uh. anyhow.

lets see if she can still use her arm, or if it is inanimate, untill someone breaks out with some thread.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: OK, the first part of the story was influenced by "The Wizard Of Oz" ... now we're adding references to Ernest Hemmingway's "A Farewell To Arms".
Andrew Schepler (schep) says: So did Lim-Lim tear off that arm, or did Unity hear Sweetheart's encouragement as a fun challenge?
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Oh no!  Unity's being torn limb from Lim!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well, she's not unarmed yet.
Rob (rrreed) says:
"You like, Johnny?"
"Very nice."
"Very nice?"
"Very nice."

"Close de door!"
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

This is Skin Horse!
This is Skin Horse!
Tip will scream in the Dead of Night!

Rob (rrreed) says:
Electronic fence? No.
Electric fence? Maaaaaybe.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(Everybody sing!) 

Sweetheart and Unity, working for Skin Horse;
Late in the ev'ning, things get a bit off-course;
Ends up with one of them locked in a cage;
This is my fa-vo-rite webcomic page!

Bear wearing trenchcoat in animal shelter;
Muscular panda and zombie who'll belt her;
Transgenic doggie with mild-mannered rage;
Yes, it's my fa-vo-rite webcomic page!

When we're finished
With our battle,
And we've said good-bye ...
We'll sit down and re-at-tach Unity's arm,
And then we'll go out ... for ... PIE!

(Will Julie Andrews ever forgive me?)

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: What this comic now needs is a few Mad Scientists!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Julie Andrews may forgive you, but Oscar Hammerstein won't.
Joe Charneskie (mutant-sentry) says: I find the problem with electirc fences is once the dogs knows what to expect they just need enough provokation to take the zap and get out anyway.  Some dogs this means children or other dogs passing the house, other dogs find provokation in the shear joy of being outside, or because it is Wednesday.  Now getting them back is a problem, cause the fence will shock them again...
Rob (rrreed) says: I'll bet we get to the mad scientists soon enough. After all, someone has to be making these chimeras, even if they're all from various government programs.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: @ Ed: Two words: Epic. Awesome. (!!!)
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

I actually found the tune before I read the Julie Andrews reference.

Now I'm scared.

I mean, talking dogs, wrestling pandas and opera-singing siverfish are one thing, but earworms?

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: Unity's day has been made complete. This rampage has just hit eleven!
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: It's always nice to see zombies having fun.
Incog Neato (ghede) says:

She just took out a giant mutant panda one-handed, and now she gets to take on the feds.

It's a wonderful day to be a reanimated corpse patchwork doll on a rampage.

Rob (rrreed) says: A visual pun! Lim-Lim grunts "WWF". Was that accidental or deliberate on Shaenon's part?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Panel 1:  Remember, kids, "Once the tongue comes out, it's become a rout."

Panel 2:  It's the pandalarm!

Panel 3:  The archives for the comic strip "Alley Oop" should totally be kept at  Whoopee doo!

Panel 4:  Everything's better with fire trucks!

eNoob (boonead) says: Shaenon Garrity... drawing fight scenes? No way! :)
K C (spotweld) says:

Unity is giggling gleefully at this point, isn't she?


Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Boone:  That's what happens when unsuspecting cartoonists offer to let me help with the scripting a bit.  Let that serve as a warning to you all.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Jeffrey and I had many discussions about the implausibility of me drawing fight scenes, which did not stop him from writing them. Also, the next storyline has vehicles.

Andrew also noticed the "Wwf!" We agreed that it is absolutely the correct sound effect for a wrestling panda.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Why is it that when I actually produce something reasonably clever, I'm the last person to realize it?
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

.... this is the Best Thing Ever. seriously, you guys just beat out that drawing of Doctor Doom fighting Darth Vader inside the Death Star, the former best Thing Ever.

In a word: Freakin' A.

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: True pandamonium!
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Lim-lim.  A panda of few words, but many sound effects.
Rob (rrreed) says:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking."
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

OK, yet another trope ... getting trampled by the stampede, which ends up with one diminutive member bringing up the rear.

How much you wanna bet, next karaoke night, Unity does "Who Let The Dogs Out"?  ("Me! Me! Me!")

I'd think up some parody lyrics to "By The Time This Night Is Over", but then I'd have to admit that I listen to Kenny G.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Who let the dogs out. Yeoww@!
Rob (rrreed) says: Meanwhile, the cats use the distraction of the dogs' escape to seize control of the municipal computer network and issue themselves licenses.

Then order a tuna pizza with extra anchovies.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Oh,man! The dogs in panel 3 are SO CUTE!!!!!
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

Maya: "Very Impressive!"

Lim-Lim: "hrph"*

*"no Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."

Steph Shaver (onalark) says: It's the dog in panel 4 that I'm digging.  It looks like it runs on batteries.  Tiny, adorable batteries.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:



Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: "Am I going to be turned into some horrible fly creature going all 'Nyar Nyar Nyar?'"
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Y'know, I have never liked the conceit that ordinary people, when confronted with the supernatural, will block it out in a sort of "I'm fine, Mommy, I'm fine" type haze. Humanity would not have survived past its infancy if we couldn't handle the strange and unusual. Granted, we often handle it with hate, fear and violence, but still....

 Having said that.... Unity is eating a brick! HARDCORE!!! :D

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: ...hardcore? Bricks are delicious.
Rob (rrreed) says:
Ah, behold the power of cheese coffee! Imagine the resultant devastation if Sweetheart had knocked over a venti instead of a grande!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Eating a brick, Unity is.  OK, I've heard people exclaim, "Well s**t a brick!" when they get upset ... so now, next time Unity gets in a fight, she can turn around, drop 'em, and fire a rectangular building thing out of a nether orifice at high velocity, then bellow, "How ya like that s**t, hah?"

Not to mention the terrible things she could do with a well-aimed loogie.

Incog Neato (ghede) says: I think it has to do with digestion. Maybe Unity keeps a sac of gravel to aid in the processing of tougher materials. Maybe she found a use for the appendix!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

"Do not underestimate the fearsome panda."

(ghede: I had my appendix removed a few years ago, and keep it in the back of a book with the others.) 

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: (Not really, but I'm never above making up a story about surgery if there's a horrible joke on the line.)
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

@ Brian Re: Selective Present Amnesia:

I'm reminded of a TV Tropes wick I just read, where people dressed up in costumes and walked around San Francisco and ALMOST NONE PAID ATTENTION. Grated, San Francisco, but you do see varients of this in everyday people. We make assumptions, and continue with them despite fact or reality.

"Honey, where's the mustard?"
"Did you look in the fridge?"
"I'm LOOKING in the fridge?"
"Did you look at the top shelf, center?"
"Honey, I think I'd... Oh, wait, found it."

The mind controls perception, and therefore the mind controls personal reality. Yes, we handle the strange and unusual. It's the IMPOSSIBLE that people refuse to see, as a general rule.

That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if there were some mind control ray set on "general obliviousness" or some omnipotent do-gooder-thinks-they-are pumping this reality with "Happy thoughs" to offset the Mad Scientists running around.

Wallace Good (good_the_third) says: The mind dislikes visual ambiguity. Once it sets on a coherent meaning it sticks to it until too much disruptive information forces a new interpretation. Naturally, we cannot imagine what caused us to see previous images now that it's SO OBVIOUS, but the mind reassures us that our current perception is valid.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

What gets me is the other side of things- Hallucinations. Why? Because they;re not created by the head and mistaken for real- they;re the brain reacting to perfectly Valid outside stimuli.

.. Think about that. A hallucinating person dosen't just *think* they see a headless clown wandering in the play ground, they *see* it and react accordingly.

So that raises the question: How Valid is anything we see versus anything else we see?


Rob (rrreed) says:
  • "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." ~Albert Einstein
  • "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." ~Philip K. Dick
  • "Humankind cannot bear very much reality." ~T.S. Eliot
  • "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." ~John Lennon
  • "I have a very firm grasp on reality! I can reach out and strangle it any time!" ~Author Unknown
  • "In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." ~The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • "We apologise for the inconvenience." ~God's Final Message to His Creation, written in letters of fire on the side of the Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, Sevorbeupstry, on planet Preliumtarn, Galactic Sector QQ7 Active J Gamma
    Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

    "I reject your reality and substitute my own." - Adam Savage's best known T-shirt. (Usually seen on "Myth Busters".)

    "Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle Science Fiction." - Unknown (Once popular at Sci-Fi/Fantasy cons, now regarded as passé.)

    James Fung (jgf) says: How un-panda-like.  He didn't eat, shoot, or leave.
    Ray Dillinger (bear) says: I should think that a person who hallucinates would quickly learn to ignore headless clowns wandering the playground ... and any number of other things.
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