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Rob (rrreed) says: "Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive… It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!"
Prodigal (prodigal) says:

Technically, Tipwolf, it was Captain Bram who created that monster. Just saying.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: That's the correction Unity was making Prodigal. Just, hers was more succinct.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: And he has, too.
John Johnston (ambivalence) says:

(with apologies to Metric) 

She gets wherever she's going,

She get's whatever she needs,

Don't matter how it's snowing,

The sled's still sliding 'cross Al-as-ka,

Sliding 'cross Al-as-kaaa...  

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Someone's ego is a hazard to low-flying planes.  Good thing Nick's grounded.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Nick's the only one of this lot who IS grounded.
Rob (rrreed) says: In an unrelated note, I can just see Tip doing public service announcements now:

"I'm not only the psychologist for Project Skin Horse,"

:: Shifts to lupine form ::

"I'm also a client."
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Try a Little Tenderness", Otis Redding)

Tip, make sure they're happy!
Inspire them, make it snappy!
Treating friends like crap, we see her stress!
Each time Captain Bram would zap, he'd
Add a little ruthlessness!

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: So, is this one the equivalent of that time on the desert island in Narbonic?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Whiter Shade of Pale", Procol Harum)

We pulled a heavy dogsled,
Made tracks across the snow ...
We very soon could be dead,
As we rest on this plateau ...
We're hungry, cold, and weary,
But Sweetheart's eyes shine clear ...
And the northern lights shine eerie
In the ionosphere ...

I'd tell her I adore her,
And I cannot look away
As her face, lit by aurora,
Turns a brighter shade of grey ...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I'd guess so...
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Thankfully, Shaenon and Jeffrey aren't so predictable as the foreshadow the (eventual) end of Skin Horse so directly here. Sweetheart, with Tip, as a wolf, in Canadia? Not likely.

Sweetheart, with Tip as a lemur, in Hawaii, though...

Rob (rrreed) says: No, if Narbonic is anything to go by, Sweetheart will have to spend time as a human before there's any decision on settling down.

Besides, there's still Dr. Lee to consider!
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: Poor Tip, stuck as a a wolf with dichromatic vision.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Well of course he isn't.  She's back at the main camp.
Naomi H (starbright) says: Did Tip somehow never hear of the Great Coffee Rampage?
John Wells (johnwwells) says:

To the tune of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight":


Tip and Sparkle,
Oh, Tip and Sparkle
Don't try and sleep tonight...

Anxious bark'll
Ring through the dark - all
Their loins are stickin' tight!

A-woooooOOOoooOOOooOOOooo oh Sweetheart, look away!
A-woooooOOOoooOOoooOOOooo oh Sweetheart, look away!

"Hush, Tip Wilkin,
Oh, Captain Wilkin,
It's going to be all right.

Hush, Tip Wilkin,
Don't rush, Tip Wilkin,
It's going to be all right."


"Fetch the crowbar,
The slender crowbar,
This wasn't very bright!

Fetch the crowbar,
Oh, fetch the crowbar,
Our loins are stuck tonight!"


John Wells (johnwwells) says: ... because I wanted to do this one before Ed jumped on it like... like... never mind.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: @johnwells Now I'm red in the face and I can't breathe. Carbon Monoxide would have been kinder. :)
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: I wish there was a better way to say this, but I wondered when that was going to come up...
Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says: Wow.  You actually outdid Ed.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Huh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@johnwwells: *golf clap*golf clap*golf clap*  Very well done!  My virtual hat's off to you ...

(TUNE: "Hit The Road, Jack", Ray Charles)

It's coital lock!
Be careful, now Doc-
Tor Tip, don't slip, don't slip, don't slip!
It's coital lock!
Be careful, now Doc-
Tor Tip!

Oh Sweetheart, oh Sweetheart, are you all right?
I'm sorry that we had that little fight ...
Yeah, sex with Sparkle would not be smart,
'Cause nothing could pry our parts apart!
And then I'd be stuck inside,
Even using Astroglide!
(Oooh, ow!)

It's coital lock!
Be careful, now Doc-
Tor Tip, don't slip, don't slip, don't slip!
It's coital lock!
Be careful, now Doctor Tip!
Make sure you're feet don't slip ...
Better get a good strong grip ...
She's the minority whip ...
Careful, now Doctor Tip ...

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Is this what "the talk" is like for dogs?
clark brooks (czark) says: Awww - Tip looks just like Artie not understanding people ^H^H dogs - so cute!
P. Ipsum (vitupera) says:

Ed versus up-and-coming challenger filkers!  Who will win?

 (Me.  And Shaenon and Jeffrey too, I suspect.)

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: lol
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Oh, come on, Brewer. If you can't say anything more than 'lol,' don't say anything at all.

Me, I think this is more of a touching moment. The laughter is secondary, really.

Rob (rrreed) says: "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ....oh.
Rasmus Eide (armok) says: She might not have a biological family, but isn't really the entirety of Skin Horse like one large family?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", Simon And Garfunkel)

You're a zombie ...
You're undead ...
And when you face
Your foes,
You might lose your head!
A sight to see,
You've achieved entelechy
With blood and guts galore!
And that darn U.N. resolution
Means there won't be more!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Lilo and Unity.
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

 (Tune: "Tomorrow", Annie: The Musical)


The U.N.'s called a
Bet your henchmen's funerals
That tribunal
Will be fun!

Just thinkin' bout that
Scares away the goon'll
Very soon'll
Feel my gun!

When they've run out of armies to disarm me
I'll say thanks for the hand, and sew one on!

It's time to convene
Bring your death machine to the
don't be late!
Tribunal! Tribunal!
Top secret tribunal!
You're my very special day!


Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Oh, come on. No one ever follows UN resolutions.
Bill Livingston (billfl) says: Isn't the official UN Resolution set to 1280 X 960?
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Rasmus Eide (armok) says: She might not have a biological family...

Of course she does — you can tell by looking at her. She's got her father's nose, her mother's eyes, her second cousin's liver...

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

We've seen Unity replace bits of herself that get lost.

What parts of her make her "her"?  Could she take discarded parts, add the secret revenant juice, and clone herself?

Because that's just what the world needs, TWO of her.  *shudder*

ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: 'Secret tribunal thing'... Everybody who's not surprised, raise your little hands.  **me, me!**
Robin (fiddlerbird555) says:

U is for the undead parts she's made of

N is for her nearly-working brain

I is for her int'rest in raw mahem

T is for the high Tech ways to maim

Y would any body make another?

One is all the world could take, you see.

Put them all together they spell "UNITY"

The zombie that's the world to me

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Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I hope he brought a jacket.  Though I suppose Unity could sew on a bunch of other wolf parts and pull the sled.
Rob (rrreed) says: Suppose he ducks into those bushes and comes out in way more need of waxing…
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says:

'All our plans...'

And what plans would those be, Miz Sweetheart?  I still swear she's chasing Tip's tail (or would like to, at any rate.)

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Yeah, I'm kind of alarmed about the hints of a Tip+Sweetheart romance.  Tip is an extraordinary character and he would have to become ordinary, in an psychologically unrealistic way, for a relationship between him and Sweetheart to work.  
Ronnie Simonds (ronrab) says: Naw, the teases about a relationship are totally just for laughs.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: I don't think so -- it goes back to Sweetheart being angry that Tip doesn't regard her as a 'real woman'.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: As Dave once put it "I forget how often my hypotherical statements have serious answers round here."
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", Elton John & Tim Rice)

We're on the run; here comes the sun ...
Hey, what if I change back?
Can't help our cause with two less paws,
A tail and coat I'd lack!
In knee-deep snow at ten below,
The frostbite risk is real!
And I'll find out, without a doubt,
Just how brass monkeys feel!
Yes, we'd be adrift if I should shift my shape ...
Oh, I hope I wait to go ape!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave: Reprise)

He'll pull together your team
You'll think he's heaven-sent
He'll rekindle all your dreams
Get you elected President
He'll look deep into your eyes
Where spilled coffee lies
Hey Sweetheart he's the leader of your pack
He's a dog, he's a man
He's a ladykiller, werewolf
They're barking his name
across this snow-struck land -
But he ain't gonna kiss
Your fluffy rear end 

Drew (pseudowolf) says: Umm....what just happened? I feel like I've missed something between panel 1 and 4.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

From yesterday: Re: Livingston? UN Resolution? Bill, come here, I need to hurt you.

Today: And when Tip has his Wolverine moment, he'll develop an unhealthy hatred for anything involving buckeyes.

Rob (rrreed) says:

(Tune: "Puff, the Magic Dragon" by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, in memory of Mary Travers)

Tip, the urpy werewolf pulled a sled with Unity,
And frolicked in the winter snow without dear Dr. Lee,
Captain's Fancy Sweetheart made plans that need Tipwolf,
To save Fairbank's inhabitants from looking just like Rowlf.

(chorus) Tip, the urpy werewolf pulled a sled with Unity,
And frolicked in the winter snow without dear Dr. Lee.
Tip, the urpy werewolf pulled a sled with Unity,
And frolicked in the winter snow without dear Dr. Lee.

Together they would carry a cure for Bram's Revenge,
A vaccine whose dispersal can't be done with a lozenge,
Racing other werewolves that lacked Tipwolf's restraint,
But under north auroras bright, urpy Tip felt faint! Oh,


Shapeshifters have one thing that they can never change,
To stay one form forevermore to them is rather strange,
No telling when each one of them will feel the shape-change push,
And Tip, et al, forgot this fact—so he urped into a bush!

Will Tip now need less waxing? Or will he now need more?
Can he pull the rescue sled with Sweetheart's doggy corps?
Stay tuned to this comic through this werewolf moment,
Will Tip the wolf psychologist escape this new torment!

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Wit ye well whist gae the loup garou,

And don't you eat that yellow snoo! 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hoooo boy. Now I'm sure something's going to happen.
Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says: Third panel: Not hard to see exactly where Unity is looking!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Even naked, he manages to cross-dress. Check out the frilly lichen!
Kealakalai Barela (arrowatch) says: Tip naked looks masculine, but somehow... incomplete. Wait... Nobody remembered to bring Alice?! I'm very disappointed in Tips forethought and Sweethearts leadership abilities...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Unity too?!
llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says: It's a super power, So It Begins. Affects everyone.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Actually looks like he bulked up a bit. Side effect of being a were?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Girl", The Beatles)

Is there any woman out there who enjoys a boy, yes,
Not affected by his superpower?
Just remember that he only does it to annoy us ...
Sweetheart, could you leave us for an hour?

Oh, Ti-ip ... (*sigh*)
Oh, Ti-ip ... (*sigh*)

Showing off his naked butt,
We all can see exactly what
He's got ...
Plus, he's a psychologist
Who knows how girls like to be kissed!
He's hot!
Quite a lot!

Oh, Ti-ip ... (*sigh*)
Oh, Ti-ip ... (*sigh*)

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Man, for standing naked in the snow, he looks pretty energetic. John Quincy Adams would be proud.
Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says: No way! I though it was one species at the time! Man naked man got power.
Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

O_O  *drools*

 It even works on the other side of the fourth wall! D:

 Also, is his hair longer?

Either way, I like the shaggy look on him. Rawr! :3

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Jeez. Since when has freaking *UNITY* been drinking the Tipp kool-aid? Up until now, I just figured that that part of her brain(s) was devoted to killing things and taking names.
William Tracy (afishionado) says: Just so you guys know, Skin Horse is now the second result in a Google search for "coital lock". Congratulations.
Steve Boyd (farside) says:

I'm reminded of the Duchess' song in Alice in Wonderland -

"Speak roughly to your little boy
and beat him when he sneezes
he only does it to annoy
because he knows it teases."


ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Let's face it; on two legs or four, Tip's just a natural Stud.  (or should that be an 'au natural' stud?  Rawr.)
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