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Ray Phoenix (graypheonix) says:

We'll find you tomorrow. 


Also, in first for the week!

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

Even before Ed posts, I can hear this tune:

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
We'll find ya Tomorrow!
For now you'll just have to stay! 
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Hah!  Fooled you Andy ...

(TUNE: "It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley,
or "There's No Tomorrow" by Tony Martin,
or "O Sole Mio" by Eduardo di Capua
 ... take your pick, they're all the same melody)

My nose tomorrow
Will lead me here ...
My eyes are blurry,
My mind's not clear ...
You've found me,
Though I don't know ...
I'll know tomorrow,
And I'll say "D'oh!"

Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: *giggles*  I love the comments that the ingenious minds posting on this comic come up with.  (How's that for a convoluted sentence? *grin* )
Martin Hooper (martinjh99) says:

Who is the other dog in the last panel?


Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Probably the client Sweetheart was looking for and couldn't find.
Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: That was my assumption.  Especially if this ends up being a storyline about werewolves...or were-cute-little-doggies-with-sharp-teeth as this image, if it is one of the clients, shows. :)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yip!
Erik Waer (raistandantilus) says: Awww!  Look at the little puppy with sharp pointy teeth of death.
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(To the tune of the Disney Carousel of Progress...)

Tip's all tied up (a pretty good start)
Unity's busy not eating Sweetheart
Nick's stuck in virtual re-al-i-ty -
It's a dream come true for you and me

Cause we're the great big werewolves of tomorrow
Smiling at the end of every day
Yes we're the huggy werewolves of tomorrow
Just a YIP! away

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Now the question is, does the new doggie want to eat them, or just get indoors with them?
Kenneth Graves (kag) says: If it's a were-puppy, then it doesn't want to eat them.  Just thoroughly slobber them.
Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says: What do you think the chances are that the puppy is also the little girl they saw when they first got there?
Bruce Bergman (brucebergman) says:

Nate:  The proper title is "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" -  {rant} Get It Right!! {/rant}  ;-P

Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  Probably Buena Vista Music Publishing, but I can't find a link.

 Still need to write another stanza and a twist for the final chorus. 

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: C'mon baby! Let's do the twist!
Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: (Sung to Gimme Shelter...just the chorus though...I am lazy. *grin*)

Oooooh, werewolves

It's just a YIP away, it's just a YIP away
nottahottie uglyogre (nottahottie) says: or maybe its one of Sweetheart's bio-constructed cousins?
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: If that's the little girl, then maybe her grown-up 4-footed fellow townsfolk are this year's answer to the winning dogsled team?  Either that, or they're waiting for the other teams to come in so they can score some hot dates? XD
Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says: Does the stuffed pig mean I was right?
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Uh-oh. Sweetheart may have just been infected with lycanthropy, so henceforth, on the full moon, she'll turn into a... dog?
Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says: Seems like a sane response to a government representative to me!
Rockphed (rockphed) says: John: No, she will just turn into a grumpier dog
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I thought werewolves went, "Nom. Nom. Nom."
Eric Meyer (anvilwarrior) says: Thats that girl!  It's the girl with the pig!  The one from when they got to the town, and they ran into that mother with her little girl, and everyone was certain the pig toy was alive, or a werepig or something!  They are Werewolves!  A town full of peaceful, Canadian werewolves!
Allan MacBain (testerscot) says:

Peaceful...Apart from the 'nose' thing ::VBTG::

Or is that just saying 'Hi!'?

Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: Oh my lord that is cute.  Makes me want to go up to someone and chomp their nose, just to see if anything that is mid-process nose-chomping is that insanely adorable.
Erik Waer (raistandantilus) says: Define "government assistance." Does it involve a caseworker, paperwork, or throwing money at the problem until it goes away?  Or maybe even hopelessly bureaucratizing it?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Arf!
Dieter M. (tangerine) says: My God, it IS that little girl!  It's Lucy!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: CANADIAN SCRAPPY DOO!!!!!!
shui lung (draconautus) says: Uh I think that Unity's about to eat Canadian Scrappy Doo. Pity she can't eat the one here in the US . . .
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider", traditional)

The teensy-weensy werewolf was standing in the snows ...
CHOMP went her teeth and bit me on the nose!
There she will stay until the sun comes out ...
And the teensy-weensy werewolf is gnawing on my snout ...

W o o d (wood) says: @anvilwarrior : I've seen "Ginger Snaps" and I can tell you Canadian werewolves are far from peaceful !
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Ok, now that we're 90% confirmed on the werewolf thing (I trust our authors' brilliance to make it something else, but I'm still betting on lycanthropes), I repeat a former question:

What time of year is this storyline set in? Winter in Alaska is MIGHTLY dark and full-moon encouraging....

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: @halfelven: No, zombies go NOM NOM NOM.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: **dies laughing** Oh my gods, it's a WereWuff! Named Lucy!  "Lucy the WereWuff."  See me shivering in utter terror, yes.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

It just occurred to me: If this occurred way up north, during winter, with no sun, it would be an ideal spot for long-term werewolf habitats.

Not to mention heaven for vampires. (Plus, they could just fly to Antartica the other half of the year and just create vampire penguins.)

chic geek (onechicgeek) says:

Okay, don't remember which Pratchet book it's in, and can't waste the day hunting it up. (Although a day rereading Pratchett is never wasted). Sgt. Angua, in werewolf form, threatens to bite Gaspode the dog. He snorts with disdain, and says something like-"Ooh, I'll sprout fur and run around on all fours! Come to think of it, my fur's a little thin in spots, so maybe you could give me a little nibble..."

Awooo! Werewolves of London! (London, Ontario, that is.) Awooo! 


Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Lucy the Werewuff, eh?  As long as there's no Charlie Brown and Linus the Werewuffs.  I mean, she does have something that might have pig skin...

@Ed: You slay me. I always have to wait until your filk appears before I have officially read the day's strip.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says: Nights are long up near the Arctic, true, but the full moon still only comes once a month.  The arctic winter is great for vampires, but not so special for werewolves.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: To Shaenon: you and Irony-Chan cannot draw anything that's LESS than cute.  Even in Narbonic, your demons were adorable.
Steve Ford (fordsfords) says: And remember that a lot of Alaska (where most of the population is) is far-enough South of the Arctic circle that they get a short dose of daylight even at the winter solstice.
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: What if they are actually wolves who are were-humans? And they've now infected Sweetheart to be a were-human?

(Wasn't that the punchline of a Larry Niven short story or something?)

Drew (pseudowolf) says: Dangit. Now I need to go rewatch the MST3K episode with "Werewolf". Or, as one of the characters continually says it, "Wuhrvuhlf"
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: There wolf! THERE castle!
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, and The Princess Bride, are all on the short list of movies most frequently quoted on the internet. Any other nominations? :)
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Wait; if Sweetheart got bitten by a werewolf cub, does that mean that on full moons she'll turn two-legged and furless?  @_@...
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: And, what's worse, Julie and Tip's tryst can be now classified as Furry Sex.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Wolfman's got nards?
Benjamin Mullins (omotai) says: I'm going to call the baby wolf Max.
Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: Can I just say "Eep"?  Big growling parents are something I try to avoid as a babysitter...I can't imagine it being a good sign for those two.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Uptown Girl", by Billy Joel)

She's an undead girl!
She's been searching as the white flakes swirl!
With a talking dog, they both would hope
That they wouldn't find a ly-can-thrope ...

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Heh, little do the Wolves know that UNITY has been eating 10 pounds of Onions a day for the last week in preperation for such an event. She's a walking doggie deathtrap.

Rob (rrreed) says: @fluffy <3 — "What Good is a Glass Dagger?" by Larry Niven, IIRC.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Arf!
Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says:

Ooooh, the ickle wickle feet on that puppy in panel three! Sorry. I'm all better now.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Hm, does the "paws up" Rule of Cuteness counter the row of gnashy teeth? Yes.
K C (spotweld) says: Is it just me, or does that puppy look like the bunny from Sam and Max?
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

Benjamin, KC... I totally agree with you. The little pup does look like Max. Now imagine her with a luger-shaped squirtgun and the image is complete.

It's cute to see Lucy as a little werewolf. I've been loving this storyline so far.

fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: @Rob Reed: Yeah, that's the one! Thanks.
Josh The Sauce (joshthesauce) says: Hmmm... I think I see how where this is heading... Looks great.
Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

If you think you know where things are going... you're probably wrong.



Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

If you think you know where things are going... you're probably wrong.

That's what a belt fed with a high rate of fire is for.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Piggies", by The Beatles)

Unity has found a piggy
From a girl we know ...
Poor lost piggy left behind, as
We watch Lucy go,
Off into the snow
With her were-mommy ...

What the heck's that dark thing doing?
What plot twist is brewing?
Back to town, assess the damage;
Unity just wants a sammych!

We'll hold on to Lucy's piggy
'Til the morning light!
We'll ask Luck, "Hey there kiddy,
What'd you do last night?"
"We went for a bite
At someplace 'snooty' !"

Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: Poor Unity!  It's awful how many missions end in her needing to stay her...fists.  *pity*
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Gee, they're both just a little bit dense, aren't they.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

Another Beatles parody, concerning what's holding Unity back.

Let my slice some rolls, we can have them with
Strawberry jam
Stilton or ham
I'll even get the honey out...
Strawberry jam forever!

Eff Macadhaimh (macadhaimhs) says:

The experience seems to have sobered Sweetheart up, anyway! And with no hangover.

 The mini-dog should join the SH team. I could easily see Unity walking a dog with an expression like that in Panel 1.

Kimberly Doscher (sethrak) says:

Isn't Sweetheart jumping the gun? Cute lil' wuff's posession of a toy last seen with a local child doesn't mean Lil' Wuff or Big Bad Wolf attacked anybody. It just means Lil' Wuff found it somewhere. (Unless there's bloodstains not clear in the photo. Or suspicious scents, I guess.)

My sibs and I used to lose toys on outings all the time. Drove Mom bats. Mittens and scarves too.


I don't think they're being dense about not realizing they just found their clients, though. They're not genre-aware, and they aren't reading the comments. ^_^ They've got no reason to think non-verbal four-legged canines in the Alaskan wilderness are sentient. Or werewolves.


I like how Unity's cuddling the piggie as they walk back to town. ^_^

Steve Ford (fordsfords) says: I should mention that my dog's favorite toy is a plush pink piggie.  I can say, "Go getcher piggie!" and he'll gallop off.  A moment later you hear, "squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, SQUEEEEAK, squeak, squeak, squeak..."  Sometimes he'll fall asleep with his head on piggie.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Fordsfords: My dog has such a pink piggie, too. Or maybe it's a hippo since her most favorite toy is a similar purple tiger which she fetches when I give the command, "Kill the Pookie!"
Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: Halfelven: "Kill the Pookie"?  That is one I haven't heard before.  I might have to figure out who I can get away with calling "Pookie" long enough to yell that before pouncing them...*ponders*  *grin*
Diane Castle (deecee) says: Poor little Lucy, it must be doubly hard to keep track of your toys if you carry them around as a were also...
Josh The Sauce (joshthesauce) says: :Whine: When are we going to see Tip again? :Whine:
nottahottie uglyogre (nottahottie) says: Like n ever'thang... I like the were-human idea!  The only thing more fun than what would be like a transwere... men are women at the full moon and vice versa... can you imagine how blarged out Tip would be if he were curvy instead of.... umm... fabulous?
Philip Cohen (treesong) says:

You're doing some really great ones lately, Ed.

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Why is Sgt. Willoughby dressed like Grandma?
Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: Oh em eff gee, panel three freaked me the FIRETRUCK out.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: I can't decide if it's creepy or hilarious. Possibly both.
EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says: What a big parka you have, Grandma... o.O
Sara Lee (sara_lee) says:

I'm with the FIRETRUCK crowd.

It reminds me of Mother from Psycho, in her swivel chair.

Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: The better to not freeze in these bloody cold winters my dear!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh. Holy. H$LL.

(hides under the bed)
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Given that Sgt. W. didn't in fact attack Sweetheart, I'm guessing that grimace is more "oh shit please don't come around the front of the chair".  And setting up for the immortal line "I'm not bad... I'm just drawn that way!"



Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: I wonder, when morning comes around, will Sweetheart turn into a human? I mean she did get bit by a werewolf and she's already a dog.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

She might turn into a human - just as she gets her authority back, she loses it by turning into a naked girl...

Did I mention I love this strip?

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

@miyaa: She'll turn into a dog.  See today's gerbil commentary on 'Narbonic'  :)

Third panel is strangely Gorey-esque.

Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: @wcfan: A human Sweetheart would be fun, but Shaenon kind of did that plot in Narbonic already, so I'm not sure she'd do it again. (But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be in favor of it!)
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Tip werepoodle scary
shui lung (draconautus) says: Actually panel three reminds me of the Were-Sheep from the movie "Black Sheep".
Rick Man (sneaker_nh) says: As a werehuman I'm sure Sweatheart's cuteness would carry over.  Which makes me wonder, how Tip would react to a naked human Sweatheart popping up in front of him?  Also, would a human Sweatheart be suseptable to Tip's super power?
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: It has been implied before that she is vulnerable to his powers.
Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: Eep!  *fear*  I have to say, it is quite impressive to be able to draw glowing eyes in black and white, Shaenon. :)
Josh MacLeod (alcar) says: Now if only Unity kept treats for Sweeheart on her ...
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: She'd have eaten them all by now, Josh.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Really it would be more feasible to hope that Sweetheart kept Unity treats on her.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: What big eyes you have, my dear...
What big mouths you have, my dear...
What big teeth you have, my dear... (thunder rumbles)
Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: Y'know, in the third panel, they're growling and their backs are up, but their ears are forward and their fangs are not showing.  Maybe they're just messing with our heroes a little.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seger)

Look at those eyes ... see how they shine bright!
Look at those ears ... pointing our way!
Look at those teeth ... you guys must floss, right?
Look at the time!  Shame we can't stay!

Glad we could meet ... gee, it's been fun now!
(Man I'm so nervous ... I gotta pee!)
Four thousand miles ... walk and don't run now ...
We're walking backwards ... back to D.C.!

Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: The only one thatloooked really thretening wasthe first one.  Except for perhaps teh back ones in panel three.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: "You are not of the body!" "You will join Lycandru."
Chasing Darkness (chasingdarkness) says: Very good point, Four Deer, and I'm impressed both that you know that much about body language among dogs (maybe that's just because I've never had one) and that it occured to you to apply it here...but wouldn't Sweetheart notice if they were sending mixed messages? Or has she just been removed from doggie society for too long? Hmmm...
Deirdre Phoenix (dreamfire) says: Honestly the impression that I go from the first dog was almost...fear (I wish I could see the tail for that panel).  However, Four Deer, you have a really good point about the other dogs.  With the hackles up like that, one would expect teeth and angry ears.  With the tone of the growl in the background though, it could just be a warning, not a joke. 
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Meanwhile, Tip realizes he has a craving for Purina Puppy Chow.
nottahottie uglyogre (nottahottie) says: Tip would think being a weredawg is great... until he realized wearing a cute little hat would be problematic...
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: I think I'd like to retract my comment about Shaenon's inability to draw anything that's not cute, now.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: **grin** Anybody else notice the, err, 'dogtags' to the left in panel 3, front wolf?  Niiiiice touch.
Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says:

Ooo, no I hadn't noticed!  Sharp eyes, Ysabet.

Sgt. Willoughby, in the chair (assuming Sweetheart is correct about that identification), was, from his point of view, being charged from behind--Sweetheart and Unity approached suddenly, rapidly, and loudly.  He's new to werewuffery and no doubt is less in control of his instinctive reactions than the more habituated townsfolk.

We must surmise that Sweetheart is not in top form due to being somewhat stonkered (Yank definition), not to mention stonkered (Brit definition).

Corgi (corgi) says:

I would also like to commend not only Four Deer (how Native American sounding... well, at least from the outside) for excellent dog-language analysis, but Shaenon for drawing it well enough to be read.

Woof, woof. 


Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: I derive my handle & username from my four-leggedy neighbors, Jane Doe and her three fawns, who would mosey through my back yard nearly every day last year, on their way from their den in a wildgrown abandoned property next door to another good grazing spot behind the back yard of my neighbor across the street.  I have breakfast with them sometimes--take my coffee out onto the back stoop and make myself very small and still, as they amble shyly by.  I may have to change my name to SevenDeerInMyYard, though; apparently Jane has gotten busy again.  Pleasant surprise; I hadn't seen her boyfriend in months and figured he'd gotten hit by a car.
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