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Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

#2 was when she became a nice, kind, canadian werewolf who is going to eat you all up, no matter how much you flatter her.

"Oh, Julie Rome what big eyes you have...."  And so on and so forth, though I suspect he will skip the comments about her nose and teeth for...other areas.  Assuming Tip isn't stupid anyway.

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: However, if it's dead dogs I can only assume zombie werewolves, thus explaining the major attraction for Unity.
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: Is this the first fourth-wall-breaking moment in Skin Horse?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Nope, Fluffy, there have been several. Only a week or so has gone by since Sweetheard demanded a punchline.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: I think this is the second time. Shame. They were doing so well. :(
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: It is not that I am against fourth-wall breaking, per se. Some strips do it very well. It's just sometimes it seems that fourth-wall breaking is used because a better punchline couldn't be thought of.
William Hostman (aramis) says: And a few made excellent use of it... 1/0 comes to mind...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Uhoh. If TV Tropes is any guide to future events, this will not end well.
Ralphm Erridew (ralphmerridew) says: So when does Brav Alf appear?  Or is it Hamle Gertrud?
John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says: Tip's looking surprisingly hairless.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Whether it ends well, depends on whether Julie means the plot, or her plot....  
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Don't worry, it will end well for Tip at least ... although parts of him may have a bit of soreness and swelling ... especially swelling, because ...

... wait for it ...

... "All's swelled that ends well."

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

I'm surprised she's still dressed, frankly. I know, I know, it's to keep the PG-13 rating.

I wonder if she has any silver on hand, or a recipie or any poutine for that matter. Hmm, do Alaskans like poutine?

Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says:

Wait? Her last name's Rome? I'd missed that.


Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: Pander, baby, pander. Occasional fan service is a good thing.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Yeah, but if they'd just moved the bottom panel-edge about a foot downwards it would've been even better.  Oh well.  At least Tip's enjoying himself.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Now, THIS is how you break the fourth wall!

Oh, and Jeffrey won't be the only one holding you to Sweetheart in goggles. ^-^

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: What Yume said. Both parts of what Yume said, even.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: At least it's not a naked Unity in bed with that guy. Adam? Was that his name?
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: Tip tanquam Romani facit.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hey! Cartoonist guys! Get back into character!

Oh, wait, that's not you in the 4th panel? Just someone you're drawing? [eep] Never mind.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Take It Easy", The Eagles)

Well, it's Julie and it's Tip
In a real comic strip!
And they're showin' skin, an awful lot!
Giving exposition,
But in this position,
Man, who cares about the plot!

Make it sleazy!
Make it sle-e-eazy!
Although that Jeffrey Channing Wells
Is feeling queasy ...
And if Tip should come to harm,
At least he's somewhere that's nice and warm!
So Julie, please, lift up your arm!
And make it slea-zy!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Ohh! Ohh!  This is called "sexposition"!!!
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: Is it just me, or has the line indicating the edge of her top... disappeared?
Mason Kramer (masonk) says: I have to wonder if that was a real conversation that took place during the planning of this arc.
James Wolf (wolfmanjames) says: Isn't the point of tying someone up is that you are the one getting the information?  Just seems to me they're doing it a bit backwards.
Drew (pseudowolf) says: @Kenneth: What makes you think she's still wearing her top?
Randy Goldberg (drgaellon) says: You can pander to me anytime, Shaenon. Tip's kinda sexy without the drag. Fanservice FTW!
Jon W. (kd7sov) says: @Drew: I suspect it's because her tattoo or whatever it is looks like a cuff.
KaT Adams (kat_adams) says: @ Jon and Drew: Or the obvious shirt collar in panel four from monday...
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: @ Drew: Well, in this strip they only mentioned MALE nudity being the issue... and I have to wonder if this is a double standard, or the old "if you can't see the nipples, its not nudity" gambit.
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: @Kat: You mean the one which, from the side, you can see the line around the sleeve in Monday panel three? The one which ain't there in today's panel four?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Well, only male nudity is actually objectionable.  Female nudity is totally hawt.
Corgi (corgi) says:

Hey guys, come edit:

shui lung (draconautus) says: That's taking a sledgehammer to the old fourth wall!
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: I suspected as much...
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: I was wondering if Tip was being grossly unprofessional in abandoning the team to romp with the police chief, but, it is true his power is more focused without a dog and a combat zombie to, er, place on the field.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Fool On The Hill", The Beatles)

In Julie's bed,
Tip shows his skill ...
And all of the cuffs and chains can't keep him perfectly still.

So while Sweetheart is drinking now, girl,
Meanwhile Unity eats her fill;
And Julie is riding cowgirl
Now while Ti-ip shows his skill,
And the --

(OK, the next line in the original song includes the words "going down", and I'm not gonna Go There.)

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: So right after that Ed, I re-read the dialogue in panel four.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: TMI.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Nice to see Julie has been deep in the heart (or deep in some other oriface) of Texas. Although I don't recall ever hearing about an Orange, Texas before.
Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

I hadn't particularly, either, so I did some very brief, minor research.

By which I mean I glanced at Wikipedia.,_Texas

I don't see anything relevant yet, but who knows?

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says: Well, the Texas thing does shed some light on the star motif.
chic geek (onechicgeek) says: Aw, and a snow globe with cactus! Or would it be a sand globe?
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I lived in Orange, Texas, Gumbo Capital of the World, as a kid.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

I claim the "no-prize" for noticing that the snow is rising rapidly outside the window.

Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

Wait... we're focussing on a snow globe... and it's snowing outside...


My god, they've been put inside a GIANT SNOW GLOBE!

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

I am an idiot. I actually drove and stopped at a Pilot Truck Stop in Orange, Texas which is about the last town in Texas before you reach Louisiana if you're driving eastward on I-10.

They had an Arby's, and I had their "roastburger" with cheddar cheese. It's really, really good.

Drew (pseudowolf) says: Ohh be careful about stopping in small towns in East Texas. In fact, try not to even get off the Interstate in those areas. The cops have taken to basically robbing out of towners.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Really, Tip is doing a fairly good job keeping the authority figure busy and learning about the local situation, thus giving Sweetheart the latitude she needs to figure out what is going on.  It isn't his fault if she isn't doing her job.
Harris Bias (polychrome) says: Note to self: Head to Alaska and start some trouble. Make that a lot of trouble.
Naomi H (starbright) says: Is it just me, or is Tip starting to look a little bit out of his depth?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Recent events?
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

This reminds me of a french commercial where a woman is handcuffed on a bed in a lodge. The older man screwing her has a heart attack and dies right on top of her. Then the words appear basically saying that "If you aren't wearing a condom, being trapped in a lodge would be the least of your worries."

There also was one where during a porn film shoot, the guy holding the microphone (gaffer?) gets a little too close to the tub and the microphone slips into the bathtub where the couple are having bubble bath sex.  Yes, I said bubble bath sex.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: She might put his case on the docket, but it'll never stand up in court.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: You think he'd overrule, Ed?
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says: The only part of this I think Tip did wrong was allowing himself to get handcuffed. Granted, it might make things very good right now, but it could make them very bad later.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Okay... lots of thoughts about the current strip (heh), but I have to admit that the one that keeps popping up is: I like Ms. Sheriff Ma'am's tattoo.  It's nifty.
Bill Livingston (billfl) says: Is it a tattoo, or some sort of band?  To me it looks like some sort of armlet.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Ten-to-one Tip can get out of those cuffs whenever he wants... he is a secret agent, after all!
Harris Bias (polychrome) says: @miyaa: The guy with the mic is the boom operator. A gaffer is an electrician.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

Well, he certainly lowered the boom on the bubble bath sex scene. And the director looked nonplussed as the nude couple were electrocuted.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Shoe drop in 3....
EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says: Shoe drop, nothing.  She's just going to walk off and leave Tip cuffed to the bed. :)
David Given (dg) says: Just call 'em Chekhov's Handcuffs.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

On the one hand, I'm already picturing Tip escaping cleverly. On the other, I'm picturing him tied there until someone thinks to go looking for him.

As for Brewer and the Lurker: It's not the shoe dropping, I think, so much as a little exposition, finally. 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Tol'ja so.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

With Tip all, um, tied up and Unity distracted by the Hotel's Spa service I figured it's up to Sweetheart and Nick, right?

Is it too early too call for a catdogfight?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: If she was gonna wolf out, she wouldn't be getting dressed first, methinks.
K C (spotweld) says: Is it me, or does anyone else get the impression that if she did turn into a wolf, she'd look a litle like Sweetheart?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "All You Need Is Love", by The Beatles)

There isn't a restraint that isn't locked ...
No route of escape that isn't blocked ...
There's no one around that you can call on to come and help ...
Just me, see!

All I need are cuffs!
All I need are cuffs!
Yes indeed, just tough ... cuffs!
Cuffs are all I need ...

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Oh, I can't WAIT to hear what Gavotte says about THIS!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Sheriff's the only NON-werewolf. :)
Naomi H (starbright) says: What I love about this strip is that despite the many mysteries and suspicious circumstances here, Tip's first concern is for his own bruised ego.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: H m m m. Say, does Nick qualify as a gunboat? Or, for that matter, have any weapons of any kind?
llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says: ... you mean other than a hefty set of rotors? I don't know, but you can make a heck of a mess of someone with those by themselves...
Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says: Hey, KC, it's not just you. I'd been wondering what was bothering me about Julie's appearance, and the resemblance to Sweetheart was exactly it.
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: As to the quetion about weaponry on board teh aircraft. Not a lot...the is a cannon out the back door, but I think thats all. I think.
Erik Waer (raistandantilus) says: Now, now.  It doesn't have to be werewolves.  Could be Gremlins.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Gremlins? Where are they going to find an A card at a time like this?
shui lung (draconautus) says: Tip's powers appear to be great for getting into the cuffs, but not so good for getting out . . .
Megalomaniac Robot Labmouse (mrl) says: Of course she wants him! She could have left as soon as she got him into the handcuffs, but that was...*counts* five whole strips ago!
The Blue Ladies (blueladies) says: Poor Tip.  What if he has to pee?
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: Sure she wants him - she wants him undigested....
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: If Tip hasn't been in enough handcuffs to know how to get out of them on his own, he deserves to get eaten by werewolves.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Y'know, if I was Unity and I found Tip in that position, I'd *definitely* take some photos before I let him loose.  Great blackmail material!  And if nothing else, she could probably get a decent price for them online.  Or even sell them to Dr. Lee.  ^__^
Charles Jang (i-gor) says: Does anyone think that Tip without the glasses looks like Caliban?
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