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John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Skin Horse shout-out over at Girl Genius today. 

James Rice (jhrice) says: Hey, Sweetheart made a joke. 
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Purely by accident, it would seem.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: The forum ( is back, and better than ever! Go check it out!
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: There's ALWAYS time to play with the rail guns!
William Hostman (aramis) says: I'm curious to know what else is on Unity's list of reasons to kill the Doc...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "City of New Orleans" by Steve Goodman)

Playin' with the Anasigma Rail Gun;
Hit Pacific Ocean on the fly!
Load the slug, watch it hit Mach seven;
Miscalculate, 'n' kiss the Golden Gate goodbye!

Now all thru Area 51,
Unity is having fun
Pokin' into where she don't belong!
When Dr. Lee starts to complain,
Sweetheart says, "Tip did the same,"
(Now add "Parental Warning" to this song.)

Good morning, Dr. Lee, we love you!
Yeah, sweet Virginia, we all know your name ...
You're the scapegoat for the Whirligig fiasco;
When it all goes south, then you're the one they'll blame!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Sweetheart's expression in panel 3 is priceless!!!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Panel 3: UNITY FINGA HAS A FLAVA
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Ginny Lee is just a mass of insecurities, isn't she?
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Aw, she is so concerned that Tip should maintain a good opinion of her!

She wikes him!

Tip and Virginia sittin' in a tree! Eff-you-see-kay-eye-enn-gee! :D

Scott Lawrence (risky) says: Yeah, anyone who thinks Sweetheart said "more of him" accidentally should check Monday's third panel art again.
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: Brian, that strikes me as a very hard thing to do in a tree. Unless maybe you're Tarzan.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: Vlad: All you need is self-confidence...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: So much for security.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

We've seen the aircraft with a human brain in it, but we're still looking for a human with a human brain in it.


Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Unity is the voice of common sense here. Brrrrrr.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Unity has a pass?  I thought that "Guys seldom give passes to girls with spare asses."  (Well, if she has spare boobs, I figure...)

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Brian: Don't you mean

"Tip and Ginny sitting in a bush, up down, up down, push push push?"

 (This was the height of sophisticated humour when I was ten.) 

John Campbell (jcampbel) says: I thought that was up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.
Mark Orr (agentoracle) says:

I was working in a secure facility last week.

On day one, each worker had an armed guard follow them arround.

On day two, there was one guard assigned to all of us.

On day three, he gave us a keypass and said "you guys are alright by yourselves, right?"


Day four I figure they'll let us play with the rail gun...

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Tip-fu? LOL. And Ginny has got it bad. Wait'll she finds out she's probably just another notch on Tip's Gucci handbag.

Third panel expression is great, btw. I do want to mention here your layouts, too, Shaenon. Doing a webcomic is not just clever scripts and apt drawing, it's also knowing how to put them together and make them flow. I've done it in small doses, so I have an idea how hard that is. Good job.


Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: You know, for a little while there I thought she was the only sane one in the asylum, but I'm getting to where I think she really is Mad.  Or she has the Madness gene anyway.
Rob (rrreed) says: What other kind of scientist is the government going to get that hasn't any compunctions about reanimating dead flesh or encasing perfectly good human brains in hybrid flying machines?

The hard part is weeding out the Evil Geniuses who sign up merely as a pretense to gain access to UNLIMITED POWER FUNDING! BWAH-HA-HA-HA!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Greased Lightning" from the musical "Grease")

He's like a quantum particle, he teleports from here to there ...
Yeah, he gets his pow'r from Victoria's Secret underwear!
He runs amuck!
Knows how to tuck!
He's fast as light!
He's wearing tights!
Greased Transvestite!
(Go go go go go go go go ...)

Greased Transvestite, you're gonna have a lotta fun!
(Transvestite! Greased Transvestite!)
Greased Transvestite, you'll stir up Area 51!
(Transvestite! Greased Transvestite!)
That cute TV
Evades MP!
He's such a rogue!
Now watch him vogue!
Greased Transvestiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiite!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ed: I am only glad that I do not know that tune, as if I had, I would have had to contend with that stuck in my head all day.
William Hostman (aramis) says: you guys have gone and made me think of the easter-egg in Smurf Rescue... smurfette lifting her skirt and closing her eyes...
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

Ed: Brilliant! We ought to keep an archive of all the Skin Horse-inspired parodies and pastiches.

PS, for anyone who didn't recognise the sources, my last two parodies were based on Easy Lover by Phil Collins and Phil Baily, and Rice Pudding by AA Milne (from When We Were Very Young)

Mark H- (eyeharvester) says: RE: Joyce: Yeah, I'm really diggin' on Shaennon's character design for Ginny.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: Joyce - And what to leave out, that's imporant too!
Paul-André Hamel (tek27) says:

Mad scientist doesn't mean EVIL scientist... It just involves a tendancy to do things most scientists wouldn't consider possible in a sane world (because your personal world isn't.) and also to not think through the consequences of what you are doing.

"Consequences? Bah! Those are the concern of lesser fools! This is science, my good man! SCIENCE! Bwahahahaha!"

Also... There are many types of madness, even withing the madsci comunity. Also, Dr. Lee is indeed the awesome.

Rob (rrreed) says: Not all Mad Scientists are Evil Geniuses (or Diabolical Masterminds), and not all Evil Geniuses are Mad Scientists.

"For Science!"
"For Science!"
"For 5,000 bucks!"

* Warning: links above may be habit-forming. Use at your own risk!
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I'm currently the rewriter for the adorable manga Love*Com (although the volumes I'm working on won't see print for a while), and I think a little of Risa's gawkiness is creeping into my drawings of Dr. Lee.
Camaxtli (camaxtli) says: Dunno, everyone seems to be predicting doom and Gloom for Tip and Ginny, but I think they actually have a chance. I mean, way back on he seems to be thinking about more commitment, and more recently on Tip seems to be protesting too much. Searching for excuses why it wouldn't work and totally missing Sweetheart's point in his desperation to avoid the image of commitment, I think he's more attached than he'd like. If nothing else, Ginny seems willing to go the extra mile.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: His mattress seems to be a well-traveled place, I wonder if he keeps  a Tip-jar on the headboard?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Ginny does get into some sticky situations!
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I'm kinda curious just what she did to get UNITY so mad at her.
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: Abominations of science are supposed to turn on their creators. It's in the rules!
William Hostman (aramis) says: Perhaps Unity was made by Ginny... it would explain the teenager-like rage... and the knowledge of the safety word. Or maybe she was around at the time,  but not Unity's perpetrator.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Important safety tip:  Always wear sensible shoes in case of zombie attack, especially the runnin' type.  The zombies, not the shoes.

(TUNE: "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley)

Should I look good, stylish to the max?
Or be prepared for random zombie attacks?
Sneakers and a pair of slacks,
Or heels and skirt?  A quandry!

Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: William: Dr. Lee was partially responsible for Unity's creation. See for details.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I love the deelie-bopper antenna on the square-headed puppet. :) And the air of exasperation at the interruption that both the puppets and Tip convey throughout.
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: The more I see of Unity, the more horrified I am at the prospect of her in an actual full-scale warfare environment.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Return of the Therapy Puppets!
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: But she'd be so HAPPY in an actual full-scale warfare environment!
Mark Orr (agentoracle) says: To be fair, they are Funny puppets.  Held by a Hilarious transvestite.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: I have to work up a "Don't Make Me Get Out The Therapy Puppets" icon.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Is it a Black Friday sale?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: A day late but what the heck. Tip actually looks rather, um, let's say dismayed.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Tip doesn't like puttin' it in the crazy?
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Crazy? Crazy is one thing. This has the sound of Evil. There's nothing to say, when you put it in the Evil, that you will ever get it back.
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: I think you've missed the most horrifying part - Nick actually managed to complete a sentence without unleashing a single frungying swear word.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Third panel WIN.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Sorry, Nick, but I'm afraid you've miscounted.
Rockphed (rockphed) says: I don't think Tip counts as crazy.  He seems like the so normal he approaches crazy from the other side.
Terry Volkirch (terry) says: So Ginny has it bad for Tip? But Tip will drop her like a wheelbarrow full of wet cement? I'll wait. :)
Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: @terry It's cognitive dissonance. Ginny can't believe she'd sleep with someone she wasn't falling for; therefore, she is falling for Tip. As a therapist, Tip is wise to that sort of mental shenanigans. Also he's a totally egocentric jerk.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Tip is certainly egocentric, but I don't know that "jerk" applies. Dr. Lee slammed Psychology as a science then challenged Tip to hit her with his best shot.
Indigo C (indigo) says:

I'd agree Tip's not a jerk. Plus, he seems genuinely concerned for Nick, even if the puppets are not going over well with the patient. 


Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: He can be concerned for his patient, professionally, while still only having personal relationships with his special ladies/lady friends equal to the useful lifespan of the aforementioned barrow of wet cement.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Silent Pause Penultimate Comedic Timing Panel!
Making even less noise than a marshmallow on flannel!
If you do not like the joke, then you can change the channel!
Silent Pause Penultimate Comedic Timing Panel!
(Lessyakyakmoreboomboompow, lessyakyakmoreboomboompow ...)

(TUNE: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary Poppins")

Ray Dillinger (bear) says: Who are we kidding? Tip is totally a jerk. But he's a jerk we kinda like. He has style, and he does draw a line between "jerk" and blatantly evil.
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