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Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Tip is sort of a drama queen, isn't he?
Mason Kramer (masonk) says: So... if Tip has transformed back to human... why hasn't Ramone's replacement?
David Vander Deen (dvddeen) says: Tip is new to the werewolf thing.  As was mentioned earlier, the longer they are infected with the virus, the longer they stay in wolf form.  When they left Paradise, none of the people had changed back, and I kinda got the impression they weren't going to anymore.
Rob (rrreed) says: I wonder how often Unity has to replace her brain, and what that does to her personality…
clark brooks (czark) says:

Where the heck did those clothes come from?

....and don't forget - people can outrun horses if the distance is over 20 miles.... not clear what the breakover distance is for dogs or wolves. 

Simcha-Yitzchak Lerner (tgif) says: The real question is whether Tip will keep any werewolf ability after this arc is over.  If so, Sweetheart's life will become increasingly confused... ;-D
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Unity used to be a guy? Great...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Sweet Emotion", Aerosmith)

Heeeee's ... got clooooothes on ...
Heeeee's ... got clooooothes on ...

You're pulling a sled that fulla vaccine ...
To some of us, "dead" is a word obscene ...
As President, I must emphatically state,
You can't come along if you can't pull your weight!

Tip found his coat and skirt and sweater,
Life is twelve hundred percent much better!
So strap him in now, 'cause we gotta hustle!
Tip, use something other than your favorite muscle!

Heeeee's ... got clooooothes on ...
Heeeee's ... got clooooothes on ...

Stephen Granade (sgranade) says: I'm guessing Tip's secondary superpower is to always have ready access to fashionable clothes. If he continues to change into a wolf every month, don't be surprised to see him carrying a St. Bernard-like rescue bundle under his neck, only containing Gaultier dresses instead of brandy.
John Palmer (el_gato_blanco) says:


There is NO WAY Tip weighs 200 pounds. Remember the retro cocktail mini and vinyl boots outfit in Borrowers? There is NO WAY Tip weighs 200 pounds !

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: I don't know. There would be a fair amount of brandy. Well, not everything about Tip screams "I really wish I was a girl."
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: You sure, John? If I'm not mistaken, Tip is fairly tall and rather buff.
Ciara Cole (ciara) says:

It's interesting to see how Tip looks more and more feminine in each panel.  It's partly the getting dressed, but it's also getting his hair in order. The angle in panel one actually makes it look a bit shorter.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: @czark: It's a superpower.
Rex Schrader (saintpeter) says:

people can outrun horses if the distance is over 20 miles 

I had never heard this before, but I tracked down a pretty interesting article about it:

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: @rrreed:  Your comment raises an interesting question in my mind:  If Unity was hungry enough, would she eat her own brain?
David Vander Deen (dvddeen) says: I am pretty sure it's Unity making the comment about Tip having once been a dude...
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says:

Hm; maybe the werewolves are *bringing* the horseradish? there's a sentence I never thought I'd type.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Horseradish!
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Reminds me of the title of a George Carlin book. :)
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: On the upside, once they've killed the werewolves, Unity can just swap out a few limbs and pull the thing herself.
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

 (Tune: "Here Is The News", Electric Light Orchestra)

Here is the howl
Coming to you every hour on the prowl
The weather's cold and there might be arctic owls

Here is the howl
A cure has been found for good ol' werewolf lag
Someone left their life behind in a Gucci bag

(the town of Fairbanks welcomes mushers...)
(still no word from Paradise after the...)
(a clockwork automaton rampaged through the Crystal Palace...)
(superintelligent gerbils terrorize...)

Here is the howl
Another action-filled adventure
(here is the howl)
All the monsters the press won't mention

(the killer bee swarm requested only Earl Grey tea and an Internet connection...)
(it's not the silverfish's fault, is it?)
(Anasigma simply does not exist...)
(no Dave was available for comment)

Here is the howl
I wanna go home, I want my body back!

Here is the howl
Someone has broken out with werewolf flu
Look very carefully, it may be you!you!you!you!you!

(werewolves bearing down again)
(we're completely out of horseradish)

Here is the howl.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Where Did Our Love Go", The Supremes)

Sweetheart, Sweetheart,
An update we've had now!
Oh, things are bad now,
And getting worse ...

We've got some howling, yowling, growling
Werewolves behind us!
And if they find us,
They could spread their curse!

They look a little mad-ish,
Wild crazy bunch!
Even without horseradish,
They'd have us for brunch!

It all depends on whether
We make the last mile!
So get the straps of leather ...
(Tip, lose that smile!)

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: I'm waiting for "Please.  Like this is the first time I've ever been strapped to a dogsled."  Tip could make a career out of just that one line.
Rachel S. (masamage) says: That howling face is adorable.
Rob (rrreed) says: @Nate—Oh, that's good! And it's to an ELO track I hadn't heard before, to boot.

@Johnn—Only if people note the distinction between being strapped "to" a dogsled, and "onto" a dogsled.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Flense? Now that's a command word!
Rob (rrreed) says:

(Tune: "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by War)

Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?

I seen you 'round our Tip, that manly stud
I really 'membered you when you drank his blood

Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?

I seen you walkin' down in Londontown
I called, "Lon Chaney?" but you won't look 'round

Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?

I bring my vaccine to the dog team line
I see you stalking for it every time

Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?

The color of your fur don't matter to me
As long as you're not in it we'll have harmony

Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?

You know I'm working for Skin Horse pay
they wouldn't have me in the Mafia

Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Why can't we be flensed?
Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says: Am I sensing a Vernor Vinge reference ere?
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Yay Tines!

A tyrannical dictator MADE OF PUPPIES. Best. Science fiction. Ever.

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: This is playing like a Nick Jr. version of Dr. Horrible, with puppies.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *ding!*
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Are 'Friends' Electric?", Gary Numan)

It's cold outside
And the werewolves are hot on our scent
There's a zombie girl
In a long coat, grey hat, and a furry paw

Now the light fades out
And I wonder what I'm doing in a sled like this
There's a dog that gets chomped
And just for a second I thought I remembered you

So now I'm alone
Now I can think for myself
About hot nights in Anasigma
And things that I just don't understand
A pickup in a bar
A sheriff with handcuffs
I don't think it meant anything to you

So Sweetheart yells out
To the zombie who's suddenly cheered up
'Unity, flense!'
And it's ulp! and it's squick! with the scrunching of bones

You know I hate to ask
But does 'flense' mean 'skin it'?
Only my wolf's splorched
And now I've nothing to wear
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says: That was a fun book.  I can't help but think of the Tines every time I look at pictures of wolves, now -- which is quite alot these days, for obvious reasons.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend", Jule Styne & Leo Robin)

A gun in the hand might be normally lethal,
But Unity now has to flense!
She's built as a weapon!  Her bare hands and teeth'll
Get rid of these
Bloodthirsty cursed mostrosities!
Tip assists with feet and fists
And his 38-caliber friend!
But zombie will smile when
She gets to be violent!
Unity begins to flense!

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: I don't know for sure, but I'm kind of harboring the hope that giving Unity a command like that will result in something like River's big moment in Serenity.
Eric Meyer (anvilwarrior) says: Giving any command to unity results in a scene like that.  The trick is to get her to not go on a killing spree.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Nate Cull:  SF summary FTW!
Zarathustra's Id (zarathustrasid) says: "flense" is up there with "Chopper, sick balls!" in the attack commands category.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

Flense=To strip of blubber or skin. I looked it up.

Yeah, it could be a command, but sort of an odd one, in a way.

The dictionary doesnt list any ohter usage.

Jon McCormick (youko) says: Perhaps one of the real tragedies here is that the dogs here that have had limited exposure to humans will probably think that Tip and Unity pass for normal. XD
Corgi (corgi) says: Almost feel sorry for that werewolf - it's those Little Orphan Remus eyes that get me.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

Time to relaod Unity! That is a revolver, not and auto! Always reload when it is calm  again.

Rob (rrreed) says: And don't point the gun at Tip.
Rob Davidoff (eofpi) says: @Tim Maybe any gun/weapon Unity gets ahold of transmogrifies to be more awesome? We have the already demonstrated example of a fireaxe turning into a greataxe in her hands--maybe this revolver turned into an automatic with a larger magazine?
Rick Shott (not_home) says: Tip for someone who can get into someone's pants faster than he can ... something of a different motivation though.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Huh.
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

 (Tune: "Janie's Got A Gun", Aerosmith)

Unity's got a gun
Unity's got a gun
Tip's garter's come undone
And a werewolf's on the run
What did our zombie do?
Did anyone see her move?

You see when Unity got posted here
They took her 'splodey toys away
But man, she had it coming
Now that Unity's got a gun
She's as happy as a zombie with two brains

Unity's got a gun
Unity's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everyone's on the run
Best write an IOU
Those wolves are gonna be stew


Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Reload? Where the heck is Tip keeping the extra bullets?

...yeah, I probably don't want to know.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: I just hope it's not where Captain Jack was keeping his gun in the Doctor Who episode Bad Wolf.
Sam Setter (eraser820) says: Well, I'd suggest that tip buys special tactical garters that include holster pockets for speedloaders.  Hey, it could happen there are already corsets with milspec style webbing attachment points: (wouldn't be surprised if tip owned one already)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  Theme to "Animaniacs")

Come see the
Zombie with a gun!
See her in the morning sun!
Got the werewolves on the run!
Hey come back here, she's not done!
The zombie with a gun!

This patchwork undead monster girl was built by Dr. Lee;
She's made from diff'rent body parts; they named her Unity!
Forget the werewolf virus ... she's got immunity!
She's so badass
Because she has
Achieved en-te-le-chy!

See the zombie with a gun!
And she's having so much fun!
She will never be outdone!
She is second best to none!
The zombie with a ...
She's no myth-a ...
(Last name Smith-a)
Zombie with a gun!
(This filk is done!)

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Thank God Ed didn't use the theme song to Pinky and the Brain.
chic geek (onechicgeek) says:

You know, in all this, they've overlooked one teeny little problem. The vaccine will keep Fairbanks from turning wolf-but it won't keep the weres from simply chowing down on them.

"There! Now you have nothing to worry abou-"




Stephen Granade (sgranade) says: You know, the right kind of speedloader could make a fetching bracelet or pendant necklace.
P. Ipsum (vitupera) says: Points for the Dr. Lee reference!  Ah, we remember her still.
Kealakalai Barela (arrowatch) says: ALICE! Happiness ensues. They didn't forget to bring her. :)
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Anybody here actually own a 38 SPL speedloader? Those things are big enough and heavy enough to be Goth/Punk-only attrire. Clunky as hell and not in a good way. Tip would probably have to go with bandolier garters.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

Shannon? You are probabaly right! Not sure I want to know! And  Eopi? A very intersting notion! I like it! 

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Hmm. The ninety kilos was Tip plus his stuff that he fudged onto the sled, with the help of the furry ladies. And Unity is talking to the werewolves or anyone else who wants some. :)
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: I want some! ...but not some've that, please. I'd like one order of Tip; that'll be just fine.  :)
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: I'll have what she's having.
Rob (rrreed) says:

"It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum… and I'm all outta gum."
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Must be that time of the month for Alice.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ??????
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Any Way You Want It", Journey)

Werewolves, if you want it,
You can come and get it!
(Or I'll bring it to you!)

You wanna growl?
You wanna fight?
Well, that's quite alright!
I'll show my skill!
I'll show my arts!
A girl of many parts!

So for those ... who chose ...
To come to blows ...
Your nose ... it goes ...
Where no one knows!

Werewolves, if you want it,
You can come and get it!
Or I'll bring it to you ...

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says: At last — Unity has found someone with whom she can have a deep, meaningful, high-caliber relationship — a sweet little thing named Alice.  I wonder what she's cooking up?
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Living Next Door To Alice", Smokie)

I don't know why she's leaving with that zombie Unity
I guess she's got her reasons but I just don't wanna see
Cause for twenty-four years I've been living with a gun called Alice
Twenty-four years just polishing her stock
Oiling her barrel and chambering her lock
Now I'll never get used to not shooting anyone with Alice.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

So we have Oz and Alice. When do we get Wendy?


Drew (pseudowolf) says: @Nate: What, this strip doesn't give you happy thoughts?
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: All I want to know if whether Alice is a sixshooter or a little fiver like the S&W Airweight
(confusador) says: @Nate: Since we've already been to Neverland, I fear we've lost our chance for a Wendy.  We're all quite happy with our Tinkerbell, though.  (I actually think this is where the obsession with Dr Lee comes from.  Everybody has always had a crush on Tink!)
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Alice is a Colt_Commando, a six-shot double-action revolver firing .38 Special.

Rob (rrreed) says:

"The bigger they are, the harder they bleed!"
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: Just get back on the trail, you'll be able to put what's left of her back together later.
Rob (rrreed) says: "Nomen mihi Legio est, quia multi sumus."
Shan Lee Cook (shannyboi) says: I love that 30 minutes or it's free line.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Can't Buy Me Love", The Beatles)

Can't find no brains, oh!
Nobody can tell her no!
Can't find no brains, oh!
So we're dead, so!

The werewolves hunting in a pack
Are the prey of Unity!
Gotta deliver a smackdown, Jack,
In thirty or it's free!
She don't need no ... stinkin' thinkin'!
Thinking requires brains!

Can't find no brains, oh!
Brains, oh!
Can't find no brains, oh, no!

Kristine Roland (kristineroland) says:

Well, it solves what to do with Tip... He can now take her place on the sled....

 Hit the Road Tip...

Jerry Costlow (jerryc) says:

Just had to join finally to (1) declare what a great comic this is, and (2) comment on the last comic.

I suspect Unity knows exactly what she's doing, and that is delaying the werewolves by forcing them to fight her while at the same time lightening the load so Tip and company can continue their journey.  She knows trying to ask permission would just lead to an arguement, and besides, being a zombie, she might survive what would be a suicide mission for any of the others.

Go Unity!

Jim Amodio (jamesh) says:

Nice reframe Jerryc. She has more sweetbreads than she is being given credit for.

Is the "I gotta deliver..." familiar to anyone? It keeps tickling my synapses, with no output.

Oh and I heard the "Flight of the Valkyries" echoing in the hills as Unity flew off to do battle.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh well.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Hit the road, Tip!

Can't wait for Unity no more, no more, no more, no more!

Hit the road, Tip!

Can't wait for Unity no more...

(Thanks to Kristine Roland for the inspiration. Credit where it's due and all that.)

Rob (rrreed) says: The sled's still one dog/wolf down now, though…
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

JerryC... that's brilliant.


On the other hand, Unity may not consciously realize the strategic benefit to her tactical solution.  She IS designed to be a military weapon, there are probably levels to her thought that she's not aware of.



Nick Lardas (voyager) says: Or at least, they can put her back together when she's done.
Rob (rrreed) says: I doubt it. This is the same military weapon that was disarmed—literally—the last time it attacked a pack of werewolves. The Midnighter, she's not.

I see Unity as more of a Claymore mine: you need to remember to stand behind her before she goes off.
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