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Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: Nick must be using Ru Paul as a base line from which all other transvestites vary.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: To be fair, Tip is one of the weirdest *anything* ever, to most people.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I'm pretty impressed with Nick.  It takes real courage to stick to your guns like that.
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: Stick to your lack of guns, you mean?
William Hostman (aramis) says:

Tip's not that wierd. Most of the transvestites I have knowingly met were straight and ex-military; one was active duty, and the rest were prepping for gender reassignment surgery.

And I do hope Nick comes out of it without having to be a weapon...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: My opinion of Nick just went up several notches.  I'm hoping that Dr. Lee does something sneaky and transplants his brain into something else ... possibly a lawn tractor or a toaster ... a toaster with wings ...
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Maybe he can be a Submacopter!!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Aramis, it's not the cross-dressing that makes Tip weird.
Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says: @ William: I think you are mixing up Transsexuals with Transvestites.  They are different.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: Nick, a man pf peace and principle.  Who'd've thought?  Kudos to him!
Connor Harris (connor) says: Maybe he doesn't have to be a weapon. Maybe he can be a tool. I'll save any jokes about that for Shannon.
Rob (rrreed) says: I guess the Tin Man found his heart…
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Since he can fly, how much trouble can he actually have escaping?
Erin Palette (palette) says: I think it's the "not getting shot down" part of that equation which is so troublesome.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Propellor-driven flight is limited to subsonic speeds. He'd be boxed in pretty quickly by jets, who could keep him in place long enough for non-lethal means to be mobilized to capture him.
James Rice (jhrice) says: I think it's time for Sweetheart to go an a real rampage.
Bruce Cohen (speakertomanagers) says:

@Conner Harris

Tip is the tool.

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: what kinda rogue Military AI is this? shouldn't he be armed to the teeth? and if he is, then no amount of f-16's would stop him. i mean, he is a state of the art Vtol Gun-platform. they are f-16's. we practically give those things away like they were cases of AK-47s.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: oh. yeah. he doesn't want to be a weapon. *sigh* no wonder he has no friends...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Nice page.
Sietse Brouwer (esteis) says: Hold on to your hat, Tip. (Not that that prim departure seems to have rattled him any. The next panel, he's haughtier than any guy I've ever seen explaining that.)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Center Field" by John Fogerty)

Turn it on, Tip!
He's ready to scr*w
On cue!
Turn it on, Tip!
He's giving the brass
Some a**!
Turn him loose;
He'll seduce
Gen'ral Sal!

Rob (rrreed) says: @Martin — Let's put it this way: there are still serious questions about the Osprey's ability to survive in a combat environment. The aircraft's design makes it difficult to fit any weaponry on it due to weight and center of gravity issues, and adding a $55B autonomous autopilot isn't going to fix that. Anasigma must have something else in mind for the Whirligig.

And what brass is four-star General Sal going to report this to? She is the brass!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: @ Camille, Erin and Dave: Don't forget fuel. Without fuel, all any airplane/helicopter/tilt-rotor is is a collection of parts...even if it *can* swear up a storm...
Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: *Now* she's starting to catch on...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker* Ah, Tip...
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: Sweetheart's right. If Tip solves all the problems, they'd have to raise his pay grade.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Of course, he made time for (and with) two women he didn't know the names of.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "I think I can fit in you ... I mean fit you in ..." (boy, that went bad in a hurry)
Rose Thatcher (locura) says: but if you DON'T like Italian, all bets are off!
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Who doesn't like Italian?
Brand Willis (brandyllyn) says:

RE:NigaiAmai Yumi

I swear I read 'pay grade' as 'gay pride'.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Camille Dumas: Yes, but he had that "Hang Around In Bar Tonight Picking Up Random Women" night on his calendar for months beforehand.
Connor Harris (connor) says:

@Jeff: Yea. He even plans the number of women he will sleep with in advance too.

On a side note: Is it wierd to be able to relate to Dr. Lee in this situation?

William Hostman (aramis) says: Transexuality is one reason for transvestitism. Not Tip's... No confusion on my part.
Connor Harris (connor) says: @Will: Transvestitism many times transforms to transexuality. So by the transitive propertiey or algebra... yea I have nothing else.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: I think that the group just got their awesome team vehicle. Except instead of awesome, it's really nerdy. As Dave once said, in something that wasn't technically actually sort of Narbonic, Once again you have taken something that should be awesome and twisted it until it's horribly horribly wrong.
Rockphed (rockphed) says: But that just makes it more awesome!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: She didn't leave AG-I a leg to stand on.

What? Someone had to say it.

Rob (rrreed) says: The game is afoot!
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: *Miyaa beats *Dvandom with a large red herring.
Connor Harris (connor) says: It could have been worse. She could have gotten the upper hand on him too.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: So we're making anatomy puns hand over fist, eh?
Rob (rrreed) says: Unity's self-referential comments do tend to instigate an arms race around here.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: To purpleknight: You're probably right... imagine Skin Horse traveling in that!
llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says:

I wonder if she got him drunk first...

Do you suppose that was her sole reason for going there?

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Take THAT, Department of Jetpack Suppression!!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Somewhere, there is now a superhero named "Hopalong" ...
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

She didn't leave AG-I a leg to stand on.

Well, if the guy only had one leg to begin with, naturally he'd be pissed about losing it!  ;-)

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Flying around in a monsterflicking helicopter just has to be cooler than driving an old ice cream truck.

OK, obscure pop culture references for 30, Alex...

Rob (rrreed) says: @John — Who are the Misfits of Science who originally needed the Fundae Sundae truck to keep Beef cool, Alex.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

As long as we're fixated on body parts for today ...

(TUNE: "Holding Out For A Hero", Bonnie Tyler)

Got a superhero's leg, its owner wasn't amused ...
Got a politician's brain, it's fresh 'cause it's never been used ...
Got a Navy pilot's eyes, got a good prizefighter's hands ...
There's just one more part I need, just one thing that my corpus demands!

I need an elbow!
I'm looking out for the joint between my shoulder and wrist!
On which I can depend,
That can flex and extend,
That won't wobble or buckle or twist;
I need an elbow!
A good reliable elbow's at the top of my list!
I can use it for nudgin'
Or even to bludgeon
A foe when I've worn out my fist;
Worn out my fist ...

Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: @llearch: No, if it had been her sole reason, she'd only have taken the foot.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

@rreed: Consider me properly astonished.

 Unity fondly remembers those carefree, footloose days.  Then she got tighter feet.

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says: Unity is sort of the opposite of Dave from Narbonic, who spent most of the strip as a reanimated brain in a cloned body. Actually, she's the opposite of him in a lot of other ways, too.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

For one thing, she's a girl!

...wait, no.

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

She stole the recruiter's leg, and he didn't take steps to stop her?

He must really feel like a heel... 

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: That's right. PSYCHOLOGY, bitches! Don't mess with the man -- he's got a NEW FORTRAN BOOK!
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Unity's enthusiasm is so endearing.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: you mean Tip has a coding book, Eric, or is that Nick's swear filter kicking in?
Rose Thatcher (locura) says: you listen to Nicks "swearing" enough, you're gonna pick it up as well.  I mean, how many people DON'T wanna say "conkers" now?! :D
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Naomi H (starbright) says: Ooh, I see where this is going. Legal hairsplitting for the win!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: I had a new FORTRAN book in 1977. :-)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean", traditional)

My body's a V-22 now!
The old one's a stale M.R.E.!
'Twas eaten and turned into poo now;
Don't bring back my body to me!

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: That would be the filter, yes. :)
Lia (litram) says: "titanium ash"? Sounds like Nick's filter is contagious.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Does "sock-tuckers" remind anyone else of Monstrous Regiment?
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

I've worked on many a meteorological forecasting models using a hodge podge of FORTRAN 77 and 93. (I think there was a revision in 2001 too.)

And the reliance/insistence on such an old computer programming system instead of SQL, Java, or even the newer versions of C++ would upset even the most traditional of computer science majors.


David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

... My god. I'm really, REALLY starting to like Dr. Lee.

I-I think I'm becoming a fanboy. The realization is both disturbing and profound at the same time.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I honestly do like her.  Trying to figure her out is hurting my head though.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Edelweiss" from "The Sound Of Music" by Rodgers & Hammerstein)

Makes no diff
What they say;
You reply, "That's what he said!"
Take a line
From a play,
Then tack on the words "in bed"!
You can make anything sound like smut!
Don't care what
They utter ...
Naughty jokes
Told by folks
With their minds in the gutter!

Sietse Brouwer (esteis) says: "He" being Tip, of course.
Joseph Charneskie (mutantsentry) says: Before this arc is done I hope we get some good jokes about the AF being the geekiest branch of the Armed Forces.  We've got no less than NINE pen holder pockets built into our ABU's.  These are the battle uniforms.  Pens on out chests, sleeves, lower calfs and special pen pockets in out regular pockets.  We rock.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

The only thing about this arc that would make me sad at this point would be if Dr. Lee AND Nick don't become permenant members of the cast. Preferably of the Skin Horse organization as well.

Ok, I'll settle for Lee, but I'll miss Nick.

Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: Ed, you remind me of Tom Smith.
Paul Lenoue (palenoue) says: Yes, Skin Horse needs some filk songs so we can listen to the madness while out and about in what passes for reality these days.  I liked the tune someone came up with before, but it needed someone singing it.   Anybody know any filkers we could bribe with praise and bacon?
Lady Asphodel (ladyasphodel) says: Currently listening: i want to be a machine.
Rob (rrreed) says: @NigaiAmai Yume

Dr. Lee + Department of Irradiation + Department of Jetpack Suppression = …
I don't know, but I'm not sure I even want to be on the same continent with her!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I'm another Dr. Lee fanboy.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: If Nick rubbed off on me, I think I'd need to shower.
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