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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Undercutting, long as there's some cutting going on, Unity's there.
Rob (rrreed) says: She slices! She dices! She even makes Julienne fries!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(sung to the tune of "Try to Remember")

First of September,
It's time to dismember
A handy, near-by
Fi-re-fight-er ...

He won't remember
This night in September;
He'll just wake up
A few pounds lighter ...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah, the power of being taken literally.
Rob (rrreed) says: "We'll tell Tip you were doing a great job taking care of his car, but you parked it out back last night and in the morning, it was gone. We report it to the police, Unity takes care of the wreck, the insurance company buys Tip a new car."
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "Bite me bears?"  Now I have the mental image of a Little League team shouting obscenities at their opponents (and Billy Bob Thornton is urging them on).
Incog Neato (ghede) says: Bite-me-bears sounds like the opposite of valentine bears. Just a way to send a yearly "Yeah, I still hate you" message in the form of an adorable teddybear filled with hidden pins.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Secret Government Job ...or... Touchy Special Interest Group

Not even close. Not even close.

Rob (rrreed) says: Wonder if Unity drives a Hannibal-Twin-8 replica…
Andre Richard (andre) says: A girl and her dog, so sweet..... Bear's just can't understand it. Or have the dexterity required for most handguns. Unity has them beat :)
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Hey, with a zero sum situation, focus on what matters, and it all works out.


Megan Brunner (avid) says: I loved (and hadn't registered yet, and so did not have the capacity to comment on) the fact that the black and white zombie fought the black and white bear.  It was one of my favorite strips in the Rampage sequence.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Won a vic'try at ...
No cost!
I fought the bear and the ... bear lost!
I fought the bear and the ... bear lost!

Through a brick wall she ...
Was tossed!
I fought the bear and the ... bear lost!
I fought the bear and the ... bear lost!

Unity never will back down,
She just hates being bossed!
She's so handy to have around ...
I fought the bear and the ... bear lost!
I fought the bear and the ... bear lost!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh. Reminds me of an old text adventure called "Zero-Sum game", where you start out having won the adventure... and have to put everything back the way it was when it started.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Ah, Unity. Always focused on the important things in life. Or, um, undeath.
Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: It's not zero-sum. Unity's out an arm.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

Zero Sum Rampage would be a very gloomy sort of band, I think.

Canadian Rampage would be a Rush tribute.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: The important thing to remember about a zero-sum rampage is that it's all about the journey, not the destination.
K C (spotweld) says: We have three female(-ish) agents, a rather odd desk-situated facilitator, and a boss who manifests primarily as a voice.  

Mein Gotts…  This is like a post-humanists Charlie's Angels.

(If this results in Tip showing up dressed as Farrah Fawcett I apologize)

Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: "I'd fight Gandhi."
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

"Angels, today you'll be going undercover as a transvestite, a talking dog and a reanimated corpse."

It is basically a sure thing that some form of "Gavotte's Angels" fan-art will now appear in Shaenon's inbox within 48 hours.  You guys are awesome about that, y'know?

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Please note that what Jeffrey calls "awesome," others may call "cause to doubt the existence of a just and benevolent God."
Rob (rrreed) says: Who's going to be Bosley? I can't see either Moustachio (too -- Victorian) or Ira (a few too many mind-wipes) in the part. Tip's actually the closest to Bosley in role and temperament.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

 Please note that what Jeffrey calls "awesome," others may call "cause to doubt the existence of a just and benevolent God."

Ain't you the little flatterer!

Heh, heh, heh.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: That's what I like about Unity -- to her, the glass is always half-full...of blood...or whatever non-necrotizing solution flows through her semi-preserved veins...
Rob (rrreed) says: It's Spam, I tell you. Spam!
Zarathustra's Id (zarathustrasid) says: Rocket Nixon?
Rob (rrreed) says: Poor Sweetheart, all worried about venti-ng.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: :blink: :blink:
Rob (rrreed) says: Took a while to track down the Rocket Nixon 2008 reference…
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Is it just me, or does "Spillaventi" sound like an Italian tenor?  Who drinks too much coffee?  And sings really fast 'cause he's gotta go the bathroom?
Quentin Long (cubist) says:

And now, apropos of nothing, to the tune of SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE by Robert Palmer:

She's busy as a bee, for sure
Of human vices she is pure (oh, yeah)
For red tape, she's the perfect cure
She rules, de facto and de jure (damn right!)

She can dance, she can swarm
Like an elegant storm
With the singular grace
Of her singular form --
(But) She squicks me out all to hell,
'Cause I know I'm...
Fatally allergic to 'er!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Bravo, Quentin.   Just .. bravo.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: I hope Unity's car's an automatic.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: *prays Unity doesn't remember the trigger*
Rob (rrreed) says:

"Who are you?"
"What do you want?"
"Why are you here?"
"Where are you going?"
"Who do you serve and who do you trust?"
"Who do you serve and who do you trust?"
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ......
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(Sung to the tune of "Witch Doctor")

I told the zombie that I wanted to ram-page,
I told the zombie that I wanted to ram-page,
And she replied to me and that set off my rage!

She told me:
Yak yak!
Boom boom pow!
Leg sweep wham!
Givin' me the jimjams!
Yak yak, boom boom pow,
Leg sweep wham gimme jimjams!


Andrew Schepler (schep) says:

For everybody who wants to speculate on what exactly the trigger was, it's probably hinted at somewhere in this strip:

Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

And all of the jimjams in this town

And all the doggies making

Crazy sounds

And all the zombie arms piled up in mounds

[viola solo]

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

"Jimjams"??? Okay, so what's the difference between those and "heebie-jeebies"?

"Frimmin' at the Jim-jam, frippin' at the krotz..." - incantation used in "The Wizard of ID". (See entry for "The Wizard")

Quentin Long (cubist) says:

BABYLON 5 presents…
Psi-Corps: The Minimum Wage Era

"Who are you?"

"What do you want?"

"Do you want fries with that?"

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Tip will probably be annoyingly cheerful that morning too.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Ever since I saw Lilo and Stitch, whenever I see the words "punch buggy" I hear Stitch saying it.
ribbles (ribbles) says:

Sarge, we love you, but there is still something funny-lookin' about your cars.  I can't put my finger on it.

 Remember how you said you couldn't draw dogs but Sweetheart is awesome?  Maybe you could have a new character who's a car and then you'd be really good at drawing cars!  (Blood type: Unleaded.)

Rob (rrreed) says:

"Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Open up your mouth and feed it
Have some more yogurt, have some more Spam
It doesn't matter if it's fresh or canned
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it…"
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: The end. (of this storyline)
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

"Maybe you could have a new character who's a car"

Technically, Dave was a car for a while.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Cars are friggin' hard to draw!
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: Actually, I drew good cars in the strip in "Cowardly Lion" where they got pulled over by the cops. That was a fluke.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

A fluke is not a car.  It's either a digital multimeter, or a fish.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I will note that Unity still seems to have only one arm, so during the Punch Buggy action, there's no hands on the wheel....
Pete (westrider) says: We always called 'em Slug Bugs.
William Tracy (afishionado) says: A fluke is not a fish. Actually, it's a fish parasite: ... okay, it apparently also is another word for flounder. Did not know that. :-P
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: You just know Unity's not going to bother going in to work.
Rob (rrreed) says: Ed, you forgot the progressive house and trip-hop band.
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