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Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Ouch!
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: My, what BIG EYES you've got...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: All the better... to END you with, my Dear...
K C (spotweld) says: Sooo classic Scooby
James Kehl (shykta) says: @soitbegins - "Rending is better than mending" (Brave New World, Werewolf Edition)
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Rruh-rroh!
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
Would this strip be better if the dogs all talked like Scooby-Doo? It would, wouldn't it?
Fandarel (fandarel) says: I like it better this way, personally.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: Reah!
K C (spotweld) says:

If all the dogs talked like scooby doo, reading the text would get tedious very fast. I love Fragile Gravity, but the character of Scotty (who does talk like that) makes me grind my teeth.


Maybe just one, who watched too much tv at an impressionable age. 
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: The problem is that Bram included those Scrappy-Doo genes already.
Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: I concur with @spotweld.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: .......
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Julie is the sex alpha.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: And the plot thickens, with conflict among the werewolves....
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Ah, but we ALL watched too much TV at an impressionable age.
K C (spotweld) says: @Tiff:  Isn't it great!
Rob (rrreed) says: Don't just stand there gawking at the werewolf dominance fight, you two! MUSH!
Jesse Wan (bargamer) says: Was it his time as a werewolf, but how did he recognize Julie right away like that?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: @Jesse -- She has a birthmark in a delicate place?
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Hmm. It's daybreak. Why are the rest of the werewolves still 4-legged?  **puzzled**
Anders Carlson (seekerx) says:

ysabet: Earlier, Unity had the same thought about when the wolves would be defenseless bipeds, and went to kick some non-canine behind.  She came back without either arm.

 My bet is on the conspicuously mentioned Aurora Borealis.

Rob (rrreed) says: @Anders—Unity had a thought? I wondered why I smelled burning SPAM™.

Seriously, good idea there with the Aurora. Now I'm going to have to go back through the archive…
James Rice (jhrice) says:

Oh, roar a roar for Nora,
Nora Alice in the night.
For she has seen Aurora
Borealis burning bright.

A furore for our Nora!
And applaud Aurora seen!
Where, throughout the summer,
Our Borealis been?

-Walt Kelly

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: !lluP !lluP

Oh, other way.
Pull! Pull!
EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says: @James Rice -- "We have met the enemy, and he is werewolves."  Wait, that's not quite right...
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: You know, what's needed is the patented Scooby Doo run until you inadvertantly defeated the bad guys manveour. Either way, Sweetheart needs some Scooby Snacks or whatever LSD drug they were taking on that show.
Dieter M. (tangerine) says: Some time ago they mentioned that as the lycanthropy virus progressed, eventually they would stop changing back into people and would stay werewolves.  I thought.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Maybe Texas werewolves are special.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Sorry I've been away ... didn't have an internet connection for a few days. 

(TUNE:  "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet)

Oh, it's been such a long night,
Trying to deliver medicine ...
But if we lose this new fight,
Then soon we just might be as dead as sin!

There's a wolf in the snow
With eyes all a-glow
As he jumps out and makes me go "Aipe!"
And the girl who's the sheriff
Is coming in to play rough
And she's now of the four-legged type!

Oh, the werewolves by daylight ... I'm afraid that they may bite ...
Do you see any more, huh?  Well, let's blame the aurora!
(Run!  Run run run run!)

Now we're telling her "Thanks!
We gotta get to Fairbanks!"
And it's turned into a dogsled dash!
And the wolf who was Julie
Is getting so unruly
And it's turned into a dogsled dash!
Dogsled dash!  Dogsled dash!

Drew (pseudowolf) says: @Camille: Texas werewolves?
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: RE: aurora borealis & progression of werewolf virus-- mucho thankees, y'all. Question answered, puzzlement vanquished.  Level up!
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Julie is from Texas, where everything is bigger, so maybe werewolves from Texas have special powers.
Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: Julie just became one of my favorite characters.
Naomi H (starbright) says: Seconded, if only because the first two panels remind me of Vimes.
K C (spotweld) says: I just love how the expression-ness of Julie's ears is just perfect..
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Well this looks complicated.  I really hope that Muffin can fix.... I mean, return them to normal.  I also sort of hope they regenerate, since it would be nice if a bunch of random innocents didn't die.
Rob (rrreed) says: Julie's story ought to be interesting. Is she:
  • An early victim guinea pig experimental subject of Captain Bram's Revenge werewolf virus, who eventually regained her faculties?
  • The original source of the virus, from whom Captain Bram obtained a sample (willingly or not) and then weaponized?
  • A gen-u-ine, dyed-in-the-wool (as it were) werewolf of supernatural origin, trained in law enforcement, who had the bad luck to be assigned to Cicely Paradise, Alaska to work off her student loans?
  • A gen-u-ine, dyed-in-the-wool wolfwere, who is actually the genetic "Eve" Bram used to create the Pack (i.e., Sweetheart's grandmother on the petri dish's side)?
  • An advance scout for an alien, shapeshifting race bent on enslaving humanity, upset that Bram had not only duplicated her people's plan for Earth's domination and begun to implement it, but had the gall to up and die after starting?
  • The illegitimate child of Lon Chaney, Jr. and Brittany Diggers, with atrocious table manners?
And we have to hear someday what Tip considers to be his most awkward, post-date breakfast…
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: WhOA.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "All Shook Up", Elvis Presley)

See the werewolves whining, see them wear a frown!
The law shows up, she's gonna put 'em down!
Now every creature from adult to pup
Is upset ... They're all torn up!
(Woo-woo!  Yipe!  Bow-wow!)

She's got a little werewolf on her face ...
A werewolf brat who didn't know his place!
We'll put what's left into a coffee cup,
He's upset!  He's all torn up!
(Woo-woo!  Yipe!  Bow-wow!)

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: I'm just wondering if we're going to need a Bob Marley parody by the end of the week...
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Okay...I didn't see that one coming.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: "Do I have werewolf on my face?" That's what HE said! (rimshot)
Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

I'd say, given her relative size, and Julie's been wolfing out for a while now, yet she obviously is in control of her faculties (more or less). Hope for Tip?

That last panel really shouldn't be adorable, and yet somehow it is.

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says: Also, I'd love to see a colorized version of Julie--her fur looks very pretty even in black-and-white.
chic geek (onechicgeek) says:

I love how Julie's face goes from creepy eyed terriying monster, dripping blood in panel two-to mutt with a messy face, sheepish after being caught digging through the garbage in panel three.

Your canines are drawn more expressive than most other artist's humans! Pat yourself on the back.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Tip, give the poor woman a tissue to blot her lipstick.
Chab Guthrie (chab) says:

VIMES !!!!!!!!!

Skin Horse World = Oz + Discworld


Chad Kent (chkent) says: Is anyone else wondering why all wherewolves are gigantic beasts except for Tip, who appears to be just another one of the captain's dogs?
Jon McCormick (youko) says: One of the Pack said earlier that the werewolves get bigger as time passes. Since Tip just changed, he's tiny still. =P
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: Julie may be a werewolf, but she's still all woman....
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Technically, I think that makes her a wifwolf. "Were" is strongly masculine gendered.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: It may not be the "worst" post-date breakfast, but I suspect it's the least visually appealing.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Unfortunately, that is how democracy works.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: ...not often enough.
W o o d (wood) says: Are Paradise and Creation actual Alaskan city names
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ....twice?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Let It Be", The Beatles)

Well, at first the folks knew how to play right,
Dealing with lycanthropy;
Then came trouble, name of ...

Now the werewolves running 'round in daylight
All are killing recklessly!
Mayhem is the aim of

You can see,
He and me
Don't agree!
G****mn f***ing a**hole

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

SIB:  As previously noted (twice), that's not actually enough to kill one of these werewolves.  Possibly if they had silver bullets....

Apparently, neither of them is quite savage enough to actually go and eat a vital organ out of their opponent, which would at least push the issue.

PS:  That's one helluva big wolf... which raises the question of where that mass is coming from!

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

So I suppose the virus doesn't nessisarily rob someone of their sentience. They just have a power hungry psyco that took over the leadership.

I think Julie needs a hug Tip.

J Hiding (hiding) says: I'm starting to wonder just how much of this storyline is an extended metaphor for the relationship between Sweetheart and Tip. Now that it's been revealed that the problem in town is the disruption of the standing authority (Sheriff Julie symbolizing Sweetheart as team leader) by a newly introduced authority figure (Willoughby as Wilkins, both with military backgrounds), this revelation in this strip could be much more pivotal than it would first seem.

Taking a larger view, the town might represent Unity. Julie/Sweetheart keeps the lid on a potentially dangerous nigh-unstoppable instinctive killing machines in an established order until the arrival of Willoughby/Wilkins with an easier and friendlier sort of leadership. Just recall how quickly Willoughby subverted Unity by simply being friendly with her, a tactic equally reminiscent of Tip.

Willoughby's plans and goals for the town aside, the storyline does seem to be about the dynamics of leadership, both for the town and the team, which move in surprising parallel if they are not metaphor. Sweetheart has been bemoaning it all along and now we have her symbolic stand in Julie doing exactly the same thing.
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: J Hiding: You forgot the part where Everyone Is Jesus In Purgatory.
Naomi H (starbright) says: @Wood: Paradise is the name of the town. "All over Creation" is just figurative language.
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says:

Besides, getting kicked out of Paradise and running all over Creation would, in extended metaphor, make Julie the devil.


Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says: Seriously, how does he know it's her? And regarding yesterday: I don't wanna know about his post-sex breakfasts
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: It probably involves going to an IHOP.
Samuel Hayes (crazy_ivan) says: so THAT'S where you left the bottle of plot thickener!
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Well, some parts of Tip are a bit more pointed.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Tip!  It's what's for dinner!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: He's being pointedly blunt.
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: ::wince:: I'm a bit like that myself. Only my opening phrase is "If I had to say it," rather than "I'm going to be blunt."
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: I am soo slooow - I only just got the "Julie of the Wolves" reference.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", Stevie Wonder)

You left me handcuffed to the bed!
You thought you had me locked away!
If I had stayed there, I'd be dead!
I'd be a sexy nude buffet!

If I could be direct and forthright,
Then I may I take time to suggest
That maybe, possibly, you just might
Have handled things in ways that weren't the best!

You left me handcuffed to the bed!
And now we're facing certain doom!
(Though, when I change to quadruped,
We're gonna have to find a room!)

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Fear Tip and his verbal sledgehammer! I haven't seen an acid tongue like this since Sterling Holloway!
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Tiff> Well, you're ahead of me, I didn't think of it until you posted it.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Just occurred to me, does this mean Julie and Sweetheart gets to bond over which kind of flea dip to use?
Archemedes Rex (archemedesrex) says:

The next strip should be this:


Sweetheart: Uh, Julie, Tip forgot to mention something.

Julie: And?

Sweetheart: He's infected.

Julie: HERPES?!

Sweetheart: No, Werewolf.

Julie: Wait, really? Have you changed already?

Tip: Er, yes, once so far...

Julie: This is fantastic! When you cange again, we're gonna have to get... intimate.

Tip: That's going to be like a chihuahua on a great dane.

Julie: Yeah! And the coital lock will be hilarious!

Unity: Ooh! Where's the camera?!

Sweetheart: We left it inside Nick.

Julie: So to speak?

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: I like Tip's "therapy hands" position. That's a great character trait - or feature - or expression - ehh, you know what I mean. It's great that he does that whenever he goes into counseling mode.
Drew (pseudowolf) says:

Are we sure Tip isn't Canadian?

 (I keed, I keed!)

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: @ Archemedes Rex: That. Was. *AWESOME!* *hands him/her a shiny new internet*
Archemedes Rex (archemedesrex) says: Thank you, Edwin. *puts shiny new internet into hardwood framed display case*
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