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EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says:

Sunspots.  Right.  And a weather balloon reflecting the light from Venus through a cloud of swamp gas.

 Pull one of the other ones, they have got bells on. :)

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: So far they have found nothing more than an overly friendly Alaskan town.  All the potential issues have perfectly plausible excuses.  Yet, I'm still suspcious.  If nothing else, I'd want to meet the private before I left, just to make sure.
Rob (rrreed) says: I love the smell of zombie toasting in the morning. It smells like…

John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Your insidious head-skritching will not halt Agent Fancy in the pursuit of her duties!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Sunspots? I don't think that counts as a valid excuse.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

I love the way Unity's hair poufs fold back in the last panel. It's so...animal.


Terry Smith (wcfan) says: and beer good! Remember that, class!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Stepford Werewolves??

*REALLY isn't liking this town*

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

NigaiAmai Yume:  Stepford Werewolves??

Yeah, smells like something of the sort.  The missing guy might, be the werewolf.  Or he might be "Robin's minstrel".  ;-) 

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Also, I like how the guardsman is scritching Sweetheart in panel 1. Not that it pacified her, though....
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: Fire ANGRY!
Red Dwarf (reddwarf) says:

Hmmm, I'm thinking that it being a village of "weres" may well be correct, but not werewolf. Possibly weregoldenretriever or wereirishsetter or some other such calm and sweet natured dog.

Sweetheart did seem to really like the head skritching -- however it seems her sense of the proper order of things is being savaged recently.

Bill Winters (doublew) says: Oh man, a town of people who turn into friendly sentient dogs? Sweetheart AND Tip could be involved in a real love triangle!
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Red Dwarf (reddwarf) says:

Hmmm, I'm thinking that it being a village of "weres" may well be correct, but not werewolf. Possibly weregoldenretriever or wereirishsetter or some other such calm and sweet natured dog.

Weredale terriers? German werehaired pointers? Weremaraners?

"Oh were, oh were has my little dog—"  That's quite enough of that, thank you...

Dov Mittelman (silentspeaker) says:

That's quite enough of that, thank you...

I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

"Oh were, oh were has my little dog gone; oh were, oh were can zombie?"

shui lung (draconautus) says: You know, they do appear to be the only men in a town otherwise populated by women . . . That could be an explanation for their calm demeanour.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Aw, man. This is like an Alaskan Town of Love! I wonder if Sweetheart is going to meet any handsome doggie studs!
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Hopefully live ones.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: .......And now I find myself wondering if Unity can have sex.  But yeah, this town seems to be doing everything it can to distract and tempt them.  I wonder if there will be an attractive police dog hanging around for Sweetheart?  I wonder who's party it is?
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: Does this count as necrophilia? It seems like the recipient of the affection would take the fun out of it.
Chris Reed (animeraider) says:

Oooookay, now I'm concerned. Damn you Shaenon and Jeffery for getting me hooked on this. Again!

But I have to admit that I love the look of wonder on Unity's face in that last panel.

Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

That IS a bit F'd up - and whats up with this party?

It's a party of EVIL, I bet!

Rob (rrreed) says: Maybe they're wereweres. You know, something that turns into something that turns into something. But only on alternate Thursdays in months ending in Y immediately following a blue moon.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: OK, something is seriously up.
shui lung (draconautus) says: I just know he's got a a big jar o' brains (possibly Hans Delbruck's?) waiting on ice in his hotel room . . . "More brains Unity my sweet?" "Yes please! Thses are much tastier than Abbie Normals . . . Do you get Showtime?"
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: The woman in the first panel looks a bit like General Sal.
Eff Macadhaimh (macadhaimhs) says:

No good can come of this hunger. Unity's already neglecting fire...

 Gun Dude really has no idea what he's letting himself in for in that last panel.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Up On The Roof" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King)

When this small town gets creepy as hell,
Poor hun-gry U-ni-ty
Just wants some snacks ...
Now come with me to my little hotel;
We'll see what we can see
On Skinemax!

If my hands go where they don't belong,
Then I'll find out that you're rather strong!
(Short song!)

Now I'll just bet, when the screaming is done,
That one of us, come morn,
Has met our doom!
But until then we'll be having some fun
With snacks and soft-core porn
Up in my room!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:


Ed:I suspect Unity would be less interested in softcore porn, than in war movies, horror flicks ("hey, I could use that!"), maybe a special on surgery....

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says: I smell Innsmouth.
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: @fluffy:  I forget the webcomic—I'm not at my home computer, so I can't access my notes—but one of them once made the claim that "It's not necrophilia if they can ask for more."
Joseph Charneskie (mutantsentry) says: Innecrophilia - This insanity causes the character to have an obsessive
fascination with the undead. This obsession extends to the point of
engaging in sexual intercourse with undead creatures when the
opportunity arises. When coming across undead the afflicted character
is 75% likely not to cause harm to the undead. Furthermore, he/she is
50% likely to rape unintelligent undead or seduce (to the point of
begging) intelligent undead. The GM and players can see the dangers of
a character desiring the likes of a vampire. From The Compleate Guide to Unlawful Carnal Knowledge for Fantasy RPGs. 
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says:

Hmm... had an odd thought.  So far Ms. Waitress Ma'am has managed to keep from feeding Our Heros anything, even a glass of water, right?  So-- maybe there's something in the food and we have two factions here, one wanting to seduce/convert/transform the good guys to their own side and the other side (visibly supporting the evil guys but secretly in revolt) trying to keep the good guys safe/arguably sane/untransformed.

...just a thought.  But I swear food's in there somewhere.  As for the Sheriff, she could be on either side.  >_>...
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says:

...oh wait-- she served Tip coffee, after the Sheriff said it was on her!  So Tip's been Seduced To The Dark Side, and the Sheriff is Vader, and and....

Ahah. Must switch to decaf.

Mark H- (eyeharvester) says:

OK, here's <i>my</i> hypothesis: that the Canadian Mad Scientist who created Unity also created a Love Drug which he is testing on these hapless Alaskans, as a precursor to unleashing it on the entire population of the United States, as part of his DIABOLICAL PLAN to turn the warmongering nation of the United States into a land of peace, respect, and free love, just like his native Cananadia!!!!!

...How evil. 

Darius404 (darius404) says: Unity seems pretty alive to me.  After all, "Undead" is considered pretty offensive by most of her people.  The preferred term is "Differently Alive."
Darius404 (darius404) says: Maybe the missing, presumed eaten, personnel, are actually the "sapient canids." THE HUMANS ate the DOGS (maybe).
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: It's a dog thing. Sweetheart knows she isn't in command and that alone saps her authority. Dogs are terrible at faking it. :)
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Poor Sweetheart.  Admittedly, if it does turn out that these guys are some kind of dangerous monsters, Unity will probably be fine.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Now Sweetheart knows what Joel Fleischman had to deal with.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Sweetheart's sitting in front of a door marked "oatmeal" ... must be where the mushers come in.
(TUNE: "Lola" by The Kinks)

Now, I sense I've lost the upper hand,
What happened to me, now?  I just lost command
Of my aura ...
A-U-R-A aura ...

They won't obey me, it's hurting my rep,
So I'd better go out now, and find an intrep-
-Id explorer ...
D-O-R-A, Dora?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: OK, something is up!
William Hostman (aramis) says:

Overly friendly alaskan town: well, it has roads, so, yeah, people are likely to be friendly. Even scarily so.

Some of the villages, however, fall in the category of "White man, don't be here when the sun goes down!"

Eff Macadhaimh (macadhaimhs) says:

Look how Unity fits right in with the crowd in panel 2. A village of zombies, perhaps?

 That might be what's with the weird smells round here, too...

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Look how Unity fits right in with the crowd in panel 2. A village of zombies, perhaps?

 OOOO, Just like in the basement of their office. The Wolves eat the zombies, the Zombies give out mittens and hot chocolate, and I have no idea where this is going.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Yes, because the one thing everyone wants is another storyline just like "Borrowers".
KaT Adams (kat_adams) says: Poor Ms. Fancy! That last panel is crushing! *hugs*
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: Jeffrey, that's a great idea: re-use the same plot over and over! When you get it down to one day, then this could be retitled "Dennis the Menace" or "Fred Basset"!
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Only one thing to do now, Sweetheart...


james m (ruasonid) says: I now want to find a zombie so I can get some mittens and hot chocolate.
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: I just can't stop looking at that last panel. Poor Sweetheart needs a hug and a belly rub.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" from "Hello Dolly" by Jerry Herman)

Out there ... there's a frozen pair of buttocks ...
Now you're gonna catch some hell from Unity ...
They fell from Unity ...
Out there ... there's a body part she's missing ...
When I see it, I'll believe it, Unity ...
Retrieve it, Unity!

Put on your weekend buttocks when you want to play,
Put on your dancing feet and party boobs ...
We went out searching for the missing Guards all day;
Our failure shows
We can't trust your nose
As our mission goes
Down the tubes!

Put in your party stomach that's designed for snacks,
A special liver custom-made for booze ...
She'll swap her thighs,
Add her bedroom eyes,
Then she'll realize
And say "What!"
Gotta wait until she finds her weekend butt!

EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says: Unity and Opus bond over shared buttock-loss...
Kenneth Raymond (nerrin) says: Her... chest engine. Oh what a mental image. I both do and do not want to know.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well, if nothing else, Sweetheart can complain to Nick.

Oh, did I mention that something is up?
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Okay I think that's the best (or at least weirdest) use of Hello Dolly since... no, including 'Wall-E'.



Diane Castle (deecee) says: I just needed to stop lurking long enough to say that Ed's latest song had me laughing so hard that I'm still cleaning coca-cola off my desk.  Bad Ed!  :-)
Rob (rrreed) says: @Ed — That's right up there with, "Hello, Lobey" from Freakazoid!, S02E01, "Dexter's Date"!
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: That is maybe your best ever Ed. Well done, sir.
Rob (rrreed) says:

<Tweety> "Piddies! This Little Piddy went to market. This Little Piddy stayed home. This Little Piddy had roast beef. This little Piddy…"

"Oops! Ran out of Piddies!" </Tweety>
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Middle", by Jimmy Eat World)

Just leave me all alone!
The climate really doesn't bother me!
These are my roots!
It's in these climes
That I was born and bred!
(Although it really wouldn't hurt to have
Some nice warm boots...)

I just got some ice
In between my iddle piddies!
Not too nice!
Wishin' I was in the city!
Has me feelin' kinda s***ty!
Something's just not right!

Katie Powell (pencilears) says: aww, where is the suspishiously nice villager to give Sweetheart some doggie mittens?
William Hostman (aramis) says: Doggie Mittens are bleedin rare up here... and the dogs generally hate them, too.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

If she was a boy dog who was fixed, she wouldn't HAVE piddies!

Or am I thinking of something else?


Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Nature must have missed the inches between the piddies.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Sounds like Sweetheart's creator muffed her genetic background check!  "Snowballing" -- accumulating snow on a dogs feet -- is a simple genetic trait.  (I forget if it's dominant or recessive.)

For obvious reasons, it's considered a disqualification for sled dogs, and a fault for any dog at those lattitudes.  (The affected dogs are actually sweating through the pads of their feet, which is why the snow sticks.)

Actually, this brings up a question -- is Sweetheart's intelligence heritable, or is it a somatic modification?


Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Actually, it's verbal, somatic, and material.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:


I wonder if the knowledge that Tip is having his brain eaten right now would make her feel better?

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: I think this strip works equally well- though in different ways- with, or without the final panel. Thoughts?
Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: Without the final panel it's a much sharper strip, but the unfunniness of it would be very unlike Skin Horse.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Dying is easy; Comedy is hard. Or so I hear.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well, this is the low point. Now things will either start to get better, more interesting, or worse (in an interesting way).

Or all three.
Nate Cull (natecull) says: Now I know what dogs are really saying when they howl at the moon.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Silhouette Sweetheart looks like Artie.

If the last panel had Sweetheart silently huddling under some inadequate shelter, I'd have cried.

Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says:

I wonder, is it more the being left out, or the cold? She is, after all, of an arctic breed (although something to put on her piddies would probably not go amiss right now.

 Sweetheart is quickly approaching favorite character status for me. Of course, its probably my tendancy to sympathize for the straight-man.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Total Eclipse Of The Heart", by Bonnie Tyler)

Once it used to be, she was head of the pack;
Now her team is falling apart ...
All that we can see,
A sad silhouette of Sweetheart ...

She could be so quick with a witty comeback,
Punchline that was sharp as a dart ...
Sitting mournfully,
A sad silhouette of Sweetheart ...

Mark H- (eyeharvester) says: Ah, zee melancholy, she is overwhelming...
John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says: I think I see a clue in that third panel.  Hard to be sure though without color.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Very sad and sweet. I can almost overlook the 4th wall breaking. ;)  (Skin Horse has been good about that up till now. hehe.)
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