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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Signor Colossus, meet...the Colossus!
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

With their luck, the lead scientist will be the only woman on earth who can resist Tip.

...Or Helen Gamma Narbon who can't resist Tip.

I'm also curious if the project ended up with an AI operated mech which has decided that it likes people too much to kill them.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Or maybe it's Jane Narbon! ;)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...umm, the scientist, I mean.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: This ties in with the kid in the helmet, right? Hmm. Complicated.
llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says: How much you wanna bet it'll be one of the ladies to whom Tip didn't introduce himself...
James Kehl (shykta) says:

Gaaah... I can't wait to find out who the Air Force's AI is! Is it GOLD BUG, who is optimized for baudot code (ALL CAPS N ABREV8TNS), or Nick zer Hacker, who swears like a sailor (and spends all day playing flight sims)? Or has GOLD BUG hijacked Nick's body (yeah, like that'd ever happen!) leaving him to the tender mercies of military discipline? Anything could happen...

 Shaenon and Channing - what can I say? You guys rock.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Maybe it's Susan Calvin!

(NO, she does not design jeans.)

Rob (rrreed) says: You realize, of course, this can only end badly.

Very, very badly…
Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says: Oh, of course Rob. The question is, for whom? ^_^
Rob (rrreed) says: Does it matter? Just so long as it ENDS BADLY! BWAH-HA-HA-HA!
Misha Field (thelefthandofgod) says: Ed, you mean Dr Calvin, the roboshrink?  Dear Gods, that has potential...  If it is her, I hope she's not brunette.  I hated that about the movie, wasn't she s'posed to be a blonde in the books?
Rob (rrreed) says:

"That, that, that gown—is gorgeous!"
"Thank you. Ah saw it in a window, and ah just couldn't resist it."
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: Tip knows Dark Garden?
chic geek (onechicgeek) says: Oh my god-a Carol Burnet reference! Squee!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Did anyone else's brain stop at the third panel of today's (Tuesday) strip?

I mean, sure, the second panel has almost as much crosshatching, but the DETAIL on the lace!

K C (spotweld) says: Wow.. Tip is rocking some serious Ozma there.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Tip does not disappoint.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Ah, the Big Reveal! No wonder we hadn't seen much of him before now. :)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ..............

(jaw drops)
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: In looking at this, I'm reminded rather curiously of Victorian Helen Narbon.  Similar look.  Also, that corset can _not_ be comfortable on Tip.
Mikhail Borg (mikhailborg) says:

Corsets are easier to wear than heels, though Tip seems to be wearing his awfully tight.

The weirdest thing about wearing a corset for a while is taking it off, and discovering for several minutes that your back muscles don't want to hold you upright. 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Just thinking ... In this comic, "killer blouse" could be taken literally.  I mean, just imagine intelligent silkworms, producing intelligent silk ... and the childhood trauma of being woven, cut and stitched would give the poor garment some psychological scars.

And when the blouse goes on a rampage, the regular police would be helpless ... so Skin Horse would be called in to make the collar.

Incog Neato (ghede) says: My brain just stopped 4th panel. Tip has gown-chest.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Ruffles and padding, Incog Neato.  Ruffles and padding.
Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Tuesday: Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod. 

Is it bad that I kinda just want to squeazehug him forever now?

(And then steal his clothes. >.>) 

Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Sor> I hope not because I wanna do the same thing. *L*
Andre Richard (andre) says: Now someone's going to have to make Parasol-oriented fan art......
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: Too much foofaraw. If I'm going to wear a dress, I'd want something with some slink
Naomi H (starbright) says: He just looks so adorably excited in that third panel...
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: I just want to say that it is not easy to make a grown man look good in an outfit inspired by The Gothic Lolita Bible.
Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

Ms Garrity, you're some kinda Genius! O_O  *bows*

That dress is beautiful!!! And Tip looks Hawtsomtastic in it!!!!



K C (spotweld) says: Well, I think we can that Tip now has a sufficient number of Fanbois/girls that a PVC garage kit of him in that (or similar) outfit is pretty much destined to happen.
Dan (selcouth14) says:

Yowza! (Pannel 4)

My pants feel funny! I mean confused...yeah confused...

Mark H- (eyeharvester) says: The lacy gloves at the front of them hairy forearms are an especially nice touch.
Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

Man, I'm with Vlad. Something way simpler and elegant. Maybe a good skirt and cream blouse combo, maybe with jacket. I could work that.

...why is my wife staring at me?


Misha Field (thelefthandofgod) says: Tip is now officially the only male I've ever been physically attracted to...  Holy...!  Ms. Garrity, we've known since the days of Dr Narbon that you are, indeed, a genius of the most awesome variety, but I have to say, you've outdone yourself.  How do I get a date with Tip?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

But pink and black look so HOT together! 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: OK, I'm getting shades of what non-evil non-mad Jane Narbon would be like here...
Rob (rrreed) says: I wondered what had happened to Kalkun Cay. It's still showing up on Google Maps, oddly enough.

IT'S A GOVERNMENT COVER… er, uh, um. This is Area 51 we're talking about, after all. Nevermind.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

They never have been known for their subtlety, have they, Rob?

...And half an world away, a truly covert ops team is sobbing at losing all evidence they ever had on the lost city of Atlantis.

Antony Shepherd (dop) says: I've got this feeling Tip may return in an equally frilly gothloli outfit.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

This is what happens when I read comics before coffee ... I read the third panel, and my brain locked up before I got to the last word.  "What??  How could he waste such valuable ... oh ... never mind."

And in case you're thinking of it, Terry Pratchett already did the "because they're so rare and hard to find" joke.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

This is just a contrived plot device to allow Tip to show off multiple outfits in the same scene.


  Which is awesome ^_^ 

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: I have a feeling that the outfit was originally going to stay, but Shaenon decided, "Nope. Not drawing that again. That dress takes all damn day!"
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: PINK?! Yeeeg! I had pictured it as a bright yellow...
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Businessy but graceful, demure but fashionable, Tip may yet set a standard for a post-modern dresscode in the CGO.*

* Cross-gendered Office 

Rockphed (rockphed) says: Tip's superpower seems to fail when confronted with other Psychologists!  This will suerly spell doom for our beloved Signor Collossus!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Poor Non-Mad JN.
Rob (rrreed) says: J, L. L, J. K, J. J, K. K, L. L, K.

No, I am not the LJK. Can anyone stop the Pucker Power Menace? (let's see someone get that reference)…
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: He hasn't turned his superpower on yet...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Well, strictly speaking, the corset was more restrained ... oops, sorry, that's restrainING.  Although I think wearing the hat indoors is a minor forepaw.  (Yeah, beating that joke to death, ain't we?)
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Yes it it going to be psychologist vs. psychologist in a Karioki face off.


D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

I think I've finally pinpointed who the good doctor is in alternate universes, judging from the facial expression, the glasses, and the overall demeanor.  I'm just not telling.

Someone get her some Snackoos, and we'll have the ultimate liaison.

chic geek (onechicgeek) says: Great. Now I can't get the image of Johnny Cash in Chanel out of my mind. Singing "A Boy Named Sue."
Magnolia Pearl Porter (magnoliapearl) says: "Even" Johnny Cash wore black? Didn't Johnny Cash ONLY wear black?
Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says:

I'm just starting to feel sorry for the yet-unnamed lady scientist. I mean, the only person worse off than a crazy person is the person who remains disturbingly sane when constantly surrounded by craziness.

Or maybe its just the fact that intelligent, dark-haired, glasses-wearing women are one of my greatest weaknesses. ^_^'

 All in all, though,  Tip is pretty sane for a crazy person. And Sweetheart, well... its only her outer form that puts her into the 'crazy' category... If she we human, he'd me extrodinarily well-adjusted.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

It's the Dress Code of the West.  The good guys always hear black hats, dresses, hose, and matching accessories.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: "Not with those shoulders!"  But Unity could, assuming her shoulders are as interchangable as her arms...
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Is it just me, or does that hat look like a pie pan?

It's just me? Darn... 

Rob (rrreed) says: I think it's a spray-painted Frisbee®, myself.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Oh my, the government is far more evil than any opponent that these two have ever faced.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

H-E-A-T  R-A-Y!
That's what makes the villains fry!
H-E-A-T  R-A-Y!
Take out ... rogue A.I.!
Zap-it-to-'em-zap-it-to-em-zap-it-to-em-zap-it-to-em ...

(Yeah, it's Aretha Franklin.  You knew that, right?)


Dov Mittelman (silentspeaker) says:

First I was heat-rayed, and a little fried --

Then came Tip and Sweetheart and their black ops guide. 

I should have given up right there, gone in for sensitivity, 

If I'd guessed for just one minute they would bring in Unity --

But it's too late, of this I'm sure,  

I'm all exploded, atoms scattered on the floor,

I've got holes the size of Spain in my positronic brain,

A wrecked A.I., an ex-A.I. ... hey hey...

Dov Mittelman (silentspeaker) says: Argh. How do I get it to not have the ridiculous-looking double spacing?
James Rice (jhrice) says:

Man, that brings back memories.  I was part pf a small group that got access to a remote part of 29 Palms Marine Base.  Before being allowed to enter the "back country"  We had to spend hours watching training videos.  One on desert survival, than any of us in the group could have taught, and 3 more that all could have been called, "Don't Touch That".  See that unexploded bomb, "Don't Touch That".  See that rattely snake,   "Don't Touch That".  See that ancient relic,   "Don't Touch That".   But in the end, we got to see, (legally), an area that no one, not even the Marines, ever visits.   Too bad we didn't find what we were looking for, but at least we were able to cross that area off the list.


Rob (rrreed) says: "In this picture there are forty people. None of them can be seen. In this film we hope to show how not to be seen."


"This is Mr. E. R. Bradshaw, of Napier Court, Black Lion Road, SE5. He cannot be seen. Now I'm going to ask him to stand up. Mr. Bradshaw, will you stand up please?"

In the middle distance a smiling holiday maker in braces, collarless shirt and hankie, stands up. There is a pause. Only the sound of the wind.
A loud gunshot rings out. Mr. Bradshaw crumples to the ground

"This demonstrates the value of not being seen."
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ooh, I just love her grin!
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

As a former spook myself, I can attest to the true existence of those six hour training videos.

We saw one about an A.I. that had controlled a space vehicle and--no wait, that was A Space Odyssey. Never mind.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Dov:  Compose your verse in Notepad, then cut and paste into the comment window.

Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: Not only is the line "I'll get Unity" quite funny, but it's kind of ambiguous whether Tip is talking about the A.I. or Dr. Lee.
Rob (rrreed) says: Just what has Unity been doing while Tip and Sweetheart have been visiting the good Doctor Lee? She does not seem to be the type to sit quietly in the car—even if bound with steel cable, gagged with a billiard ball, and stuffed in the trunk.
Andre Richard (andre) says: So when cute doggies and handsome transvestites don't work, Zombies will?
Rhea Halter (pagan_kitty) says: It's official...  As of Tuesday's strip, I am now officially gay (straight?) for Tip...  (swoons)


    Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says:

    "Or maybe its just the fact that intelligent, dark-haired, glasses-wearing women are one of my greatest weaknesses. ^_^'"


Mine, too.  But Tip has the advantage (for me, at least) of being so indescribably CUTE...  (sigh)
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

Tip's priorities have him pulling quite a Dave face in panel 3.  It's adorable.

Real Unimportant (realunimportant) says: O-o-o-o-kay... Unity's scared of these guys? Bodes well for us, but I fear for Tip's wardrobe.
Rob (rrreed) says: Turns out the scram cannon is actually a very real invention!

I'm now wondering if the vaporization of a hypersonic projectile from sheer air friction prior to reaching its target is becoming a concern. Though maybe one could turn that into an advantage via supercavitation. Hmm…
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: When the lady says scram, she means it.
Robert Hutchinson (ertchin) says:

Has Tip suddenly learned the value of listening--and its importance in the evaluation of attractiveness, no less?


Or are they just distracting him from his, uh, thoughts? :D

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I'm not so sure Unity's scared. I got more of a "these guys are jerks" vibe.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Rob Reed said: I'm now wondering if the vaporization of a hypersonic projectile from sheer air friction prior to reaching its target is becoming a concern. Though maybe one could turn that into an advantage via supercavitation.

Terry Pratchett uses this in the Diskworld books.  Detritus the Troll carries a crossbow that used to be used as a siege weapon.  Instead of a six-foot-long iron ram, it now fires a sheaf of arrows which ignite from air friction when they're fired, hitting the target with an expanding supersonic fireball.

"Detritus, don't fire that!  We're inside!"

"Only 'til I pull dis trigger, sir."

Mud Mudd (ceramic) says: Bah, scram cannons are flashy. Go for lasers to go for short and sweet. Especially, big, powerful ones.
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