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Josh The Sauce (joshthesauce) says: strategically placed ear. Nice.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: Frostbite and werewolf bite - two very different killers.
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

This would go allot easier with something belt fed loaded with API ammo, an armored bin, and a shovel.

Dice them up with the belt fed, then shovel them into the bin before they regenerate, lock the bin closed. Viola, problem solved

Of course they just HAD to spoil UNITY's fun and not bring that along with them.

Rob (rrreed) says: I'd go with a two zettawatt laser set for a 68 cm aperture on a one second pulse, myself.

Provided I had a NORAD-class bomb shelter handy, that is. Several tens of kilometers from ground zero.

If you're going to go mad, go big!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Unity? That's your cue.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Easter Parade", Irving Berlin)

Lovely Fairbanks city
Has never looked so pretty,
For now they've been protected
From the werewolf brigade!

By our trusty dog sled,
We soon will end up all dead!
We're done in by the members
Of the werewolf brigade!

See the lycanthrope!
We've got no hope!
If we had silver bullets,
We'd say, "What the hey," and then blow 'em away!

Although it's such a bother,
We're hoping that the author
Will twist the plot to save us
From the werewolf brigade!

Stephen Granade (sgranade) says: Ha, the ear. At the rate we're going, by the end Tip will be standing behind a box of cereal dangling from a rope.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: How else do you expect Tip to be thrust into the fold?
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

That was bad.



Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: And the Cavelry arrives!
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

Nick has been sitting, and sitting, and waiting, and sitting, for his one line, which is:

"Here I come to save the daaaay..."

 (Hopefully he's not committed enough to the bit to immediately sit back down after it.) 

Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: The U.S. government is slow and ponderous, but it is capable of disintegrating you under a hail of gunship ordinance.
Rob (rrreed) says: Of course, the big question is…

Just which cavalry has Nick called in? The Army Air Cavalry? The Air Force? The Marines? The Coast Guard? Anasigma? Bob 'n Joliene's Alaskan Bush Air Service and Mobile Internet Café (Free WiFi With Any Tall Coffee Ordered Delivered!)?
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Mmm...sausage packs.
chic geek (onechicgeek) says:

Tip. Naked. Holding what looks like a stick, or broken board-a sled runner? Calmly facing down a pack of sentient, unstoppable killers. While freezing in Alaska.

Tip rocks.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hey-hey! It's the Black Helicopter Shot™!
Dieter M. (tangerine) says: Black helicopters... NOW they are the embodiment of right-wing paranoia[tm].
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(TUNE: "Mighty Mouse" 1950s theme song)

Mister Zerhakker is back!
He's back to save your SAUSAGE PACKS!
Yes sir Nick's back and in the nick of time
To save your naked werewolf transvestite *
To interrupt your Braveheart speech
With his Black Helicopter Cavalry!

(that was not a censorware overlay. COD IN BRINE I wish it were)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Just for you, Camille ...

(TUNE:  Theme from "Mighty Mouse")

This is Sweetheart's last command,
"Here we make our final stand!"
All at once, what do we see?
Why, it's the flying forging cav-al-ry!

Nick Zerhakker's leading the attack
Of Apaches, all in black!
"Hey, you prints, we got your backs!
We'll save your monster-fighting sausage packs!"

PsyXe (psyxe) says:

I squee'd.

And finally kicked my since-Narbonic lurking habit and signed up to extol the sheer brilliance... Nick Chopper... tin woodsman... woodcutter...*dies*

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Annnnndd... we can expect another sausage pack joke from Nick tomorrow, once he looks over the crew.
Mao Lemos (pylgrim) says: I sense an amazing reference to Airwolf coming soon.
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: and Nick comes to save the day.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: @tiff: Are you suggesting some member of the team is packin' sausage?
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Well, can it get any (brat) wurst?
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: Suddenly I crave chorizo.
KaT Adams (kat_adams) says: Nick, he come to town
Come to save the princess Wilkin
Werewolves were here to play,
Eat our friends like buffet,
But no fear Zerhakken save the day

Now Nick, pick up your team
Cause you kick ass, just like Jack Bauer
When the team's feeling trapped;
The whole plan has been scrapped
You show up and they aren't devoured!

Now Nick has saved the day
It was gonna be a close shave
So now the choppers are here
And there is nothing to fear
Nick! I think you saved the scary right wing conspiracy!
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

I actually do remember the show Airwolf, but right now I have a mental image of a Cessna 150 that morphs into an Apache gunship when it gets upset.


And if Tip doesn't get some warm clothes soon, he'll be both Blue and Thundering mad. 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Kat: I don't recognize the melody ... hint?

Baxil Ramspott (baxil) says: Kat's riffing off of Rabbit Joint's "Legend of Zelda" theme song parody.  ("Link, he come to town / Come to save the princess Zelda ...") It's obscure but worth a google search.

Speaking of obscure-but-googleable, I might as well go for broke with:

(TUNE: "Hot Werewolf Luuuv")
The vaccine sprayed at my command.
I've saved the whole damn town.
So how come I'm so frigid, and
There's werewolves circling' round?
While Sweetheart tries to boost morale
I'll arm myself with sled.
When Unity arrives, we shall --
... Wait, what's that overhead?
Nick just --
With ...
He's right, our sausage packs need aid
We all were nervous wrecks.
Hey werewolves!  Meet some long-delayed
Machina, Deus Ex!
He just --
With ...
(... Come to think of it, it would have been almost flunking perfect to mention "Hot Werewolf Luuuv" a few weeks ago, if I'd only found the comic earlier ...)
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: Nick is trying not to notice Tip's cockeyed fellow.  Also, good work Nick.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

Nick isnt a Black Helicoper, hes a Black Osprey! And unique, as far as i know.

woozy (woozy) says:

Just discovered this comic *this morning*.  Has anyone else asked if Captain Bram is supposed to look like Daniel Pinkwater?

 Sweetheart looks a bit like Shipo of Inu Yasha today.  Usually, she looks like Snowy.

Rob (rrreed) says: Um, did anyone think to immunize the GUARD before planning this rescue?
ribbles (ribbles) says: Deus ex Machina?  What's Latin for "helicopter?"
EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says: "Helicopter," I think. :)
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Woozy: No one ever asks the important questions.
Michael Farren (farren) says:

Like, how did Tip get such tiny, cute little buns?


So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Question: What are the important questions?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Lean On Me", Bill Withers)

Nick!  You rock so hard!
We're still alive
Thanks to your skill sublime!
Brought ... National Guard
And you arrive
Just in the Nick of time!

Nick, you rock!
Though you talk rude,
And you ignore
Wilkin the naked dude!
Though I am no bard,
I'll just say this ...
Nick, you rock so hard!

Didn't know he was locked in
A virtual cell ...
He worked hard, he never was slackin', hah!
Now he's totally rockin'
With VTOL!
Brought the Guard!  A deus ex machina!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Tip and Sweetheart are simply observing 'Tocktober.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: So Nick survived the AI vigilantes.  I was wondering how long his batteries were going to last, keeping his bottle bubbling through the Artic nights.
K C (spotweld) says:

So, what happened to Unity?

woozy (woozy) says:

Then I'll ask.

 Is Captain Bram supposed to look like Daniel Pinkwater?  (By the way, the "w" in "woozy" is lower-case.  I'm not sure why I decided that, but I did.)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

woozy: of course.
woozy (woozy) says:

Yipee!  And am I the first to make the connection?  *wags his square tail eagerly*

( 'course I'd probably not have gotten it if I hadn't stumbled onto this delightful web comic if I hadn't been 1: reading "Uncle Boris of the Yukon" ==> 2: "Hmm, he's skimming the details of his publication career.  I wonder if I have ever seen a book he illustrated.  Did he illustrate 'Blue Moose'?  How old is he and which of his books came first?" ==> 3:  "Shoot.  Wikipedia doesn't list his books in order or give date (but now I know he is one year younger than my mom)" ==> 4: "Hey this fan site doesn't have his art either!  But it has his publication dates." ==>  5: "oooh, a funny web comic called 'Norbanics'" ==> 6: "Oh, my god!  Trouble with Tribbles as done by Edward Gorey!  That is so spot on!" ==> 6: "What the hell is 'Skin Horse'?  Hey!  That dog looks like Snowy!" ==> 7:  "Shit, I procrastinated *another day*.  That makes 97 in a row.  What'll I tell my shrink"  ==> 8:  "Oh, well.  I bet I got the Daniel Pinkwater connection.")

 (Had I come across the strip any other way, I'm sure I'd have missed the connection entirely.)

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

woozy says: "Sweetheart looks a bit like Shipo of Inu Yasha today.  Usually, she looks like Snowy."

Not sure what you mean. I'm a big fan of InuYasha myself, but I'm having a tough time picturing Sweetheart dressed in Shippo's kosode (shirt), haori (vest), hakama (pants) and hairbow. Is it the tail?

woozy (woozy) says: It's her smile and eyes and nose.
woozy (woozy) says: Don't think Sweetheart in the second panel looks like this: ?
Rod Anderson (rodanderson) says: Nice obliques, Tip!
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Love Tips t-shirt! 8-)
Jon McCormick (youko) says: Aww, was kinda hoping he'd stay a werewolf (even though I knew he wouldn't). =(
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: I am glad he got cured, actually. I like the idea of him being the token human. Adding supernatural stuff doesn't make him cooler. As an example, I remember years ago, reading The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. There were a couple human characters who were, to me, the most interesting characters in the book. Then they became vampires, and somehow become 1000% less interesting. Maybe y'all disagree.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Um, Tip, they injected you with Unity. You're still part ravening monster.

I was also hoping for him to stay werewolfy. 


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Something", The Beatles)

Something in the gunk she bleeds
Has werewolf antigens to cure us ...
Just what everybody needs ...
I feel like a monstrous thing;
I'd like to try ravening!
[twang twangy twang twang twaaaaaangg...]

I'm asking them, is this a cure?
They're not sure, they're not sure!
Some readers get turned on by fur ...
Immature!  Im-ma-ture!

Something circulating through
Her undead veins and capillaries
Can immunity imbue!
Now only one test remains ...
To see if I'm craving brains!
[now twang that twangy thaaaaaangg ...]

Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: I'm still looking forward to seeing how the Julie thing ends.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: That shirt rules. Every crossdresser should own one. :)
David Vander Deen (dvddeen) says: @John Campbell:  I believe that is the exact point Tip was making when he says he doesn't know if he objects.
Rob (rrreed) says:

"Your skirmishes with the werewolves bought us time to derive a cure from the antigens in your necrotic friend's blood."
  • And time for some of the infected to slip away unnoticed in a direction other than towards Fairbanks, since containment of the outbreak was nonexistent for days—maybe weeks.
  • We don't have a count of how many of Bram's original test subjects escaped, much less survived.
  • We don't know if the virus survives in the native wolf population. If it does, it may mutate, as viruses are wont to do.
  • And there's still that bloody dog race that was to pass through Paradise…
Me, I'm guessing Julie Rose may come up missing when a census is finally taken, along with a few others.

Nothing is ever over…
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Does the sign outside the medical tent say 'REDACTED'?!
Rob (rrreed) says: If Shaenon tells you, So It Begins, she'd have to [REDACTED] you.
Mad Andy (andrew_c) says: I'd say it's because it's REDACTED, a unit of REDACTED which probably REDACTED to REDACTED, which means it's basically REDACTED.
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Unity: bringer of death, bringer of healing. Who wants to help me start a cult?
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: SiB:  Briefer Mad Andy:  They're so secret they have to censor their signs.
Rob (rrreed) says: They can't be all that secret—they still have signs.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Rob: Regulations regarding placement of signage aren't something you can get out of just because your budget is deep black. Observation: the top Project Wonderful ad banner right now is for the Zombie Rights Campaign (opening minds, not skulls).
Mark H- (eyeharvester) says: I dunno, I'm kinda disappointed in the lack of "...wait, they injected some UNITY in me? Whelp, I guess I've still got some ravening monster after all." Maybe it was just too obvious.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

From yesterday:

woozy says: Don't think Sweetheart in the second panel looks like this: ?


Yeah. okay; maybe a bit... (And I'll admit that they do both share a bit of the same snarky humor where their respective friends are concerned.)


Louis Richards (nebulousrikulau) says: Tip's a ravening monster the same way that Sweetheart is a rampaging monster.
woozy (woozy) says:

Edwin Quantrall:  Yeah. okay; maybe a bit...

 That's all I'm saying.  I saw Sweetheart in the second panel, and her rounded mouth with the point of a tooth (tongue?) in the back and the big eyes defined by the brows outside the eyes, and it reminded me.  That's all.

David Vander Deen (dvddeen) says: Personally I prefer it this way... Keeping the joke a little subtle.
Jon McCormick (youko) says: "No" means "No"! Not "Ask again"! =P
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: hey! cant blame a guy for trying..tho some folks always will. Try, or blame them.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Bye Bye Love", The Everly Brothers)

No, no sex!
No, no intercourse!
I work for Skin Horse!
This mission's finally through!
Too bad, no sex for you!

This was my litter,
This was my pack!
I had to leave them,
Then I came back!
So many years gone,
But yet I find
That Buddy still has
A one-track mind!

No, no sex!
No, no co-i-tus!
I must catch a bus,
So Buddy, keep in touch!
I'll miss you (though not much!)

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

( TUNE "Off To See The Wizard", reprise)

The mother of all debriefings!
That's what's waiting back at HQ!
Because this mess was the messiest mess
That ever Skin Horse went through!

With werewolves and puppies and PUPPIES! SQUEE!
and viruses all gone apocalypt-ey
Canadian jokes coming out of our ears
it's like we've been stuck here for nearly a year!

We all got screwed, we saved the world, we're through!
Now for debriefings til morals improve!

(in your case, Tip, RE-briefing. Brr. Pants, man!)

The mother of all debriefings
That's what's waiting back at HQ!

Moustachio, fire up the Linotype. The funding committee will be most anxious to hear EVERY little detail...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh well.
Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:


I disagree -after a girl has said no to a boy, you *can* blame the boy for asking again, and making the girl say "no", again. And again. And again. And again.  

Trying harder to get a clearly uninterested girl to sleep with you is not cool, nor does it make it easier for ANYONE --you just annoy the girl, and then she's less likely to want to sleep with any boys. 

All due respect (and in the interests of not starting a flame war, this is gonna be a drive by)


Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: @Ed: Between here and Narbonic, you were really on a roll today....
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

See, if *I* were in you guys's shoes, I'd be rapidly composing "The Mother of all Debriefings" to Supertramp's "Crime of the Century".

Also, if I was in you guys's shoes, my feet would be less wet.  Welcome to Autumn in Wisconsin.

Speaking of me being in Wisconsin:  I think we've pretty thoroughly blanketed all venues of fan contact available to us (given our limited time to do so, due to circumstances beyond my control) but just in case you missed the announcements and -- let's face it -- were *already planning on* coming to Geek.Kon '09 in Madison, you can see me at a very short panel at 10:00 A.M. Saturday on Writing Comics.  Hypothetically see you there!

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

In this particular case, I think it's less "Buddy being a pushy jerk" and more "Buddy having the attention span of a concussed gnat."

Also, those are some fat dogs I drew in the last panel there.
Kathy Moon (flipkat) says: Well hey, it's just barely possible she might have come into season since the last time he asked her...five minutes ago. :P
Fandarel (fandarel) says: They're not fat, they're FLUFFY!
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: I find it relevant to my interests at this time to mention that Tip has a rather cute little tush there. Woof!
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Hmmm, seems like we are learning some canine curse words.

My guess is "vet", and "flea spray" would be two others.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yiee!

I'd guess 'distemper' would be a fourth, by the way.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Renegade", Styx)

Oh, Sweetheart, you'll be gone in a blink an'
Leaving Sparkle in your stead ...
Seems strange, but for a change I've been thinkin'
With the brain that's in my head ...
Oh, Sweetheart, we were wrong for each other,
No, we didn't have a prayer ...
Hey!  Watch it now!  Would you kiss your mother
With that mouth?!  Don't frickin' swear!


I hate that term!  It makes me squirm!
Although I'm good-natured,
That doggie curse is so perverse!
The "b-a-t-h" word!
Worse than "vet" or even "leash"!
Better watch your mouth, capisce?
You female dog!

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: "Vacuum cleaner" would be another.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

"There are actually several thousand words in the dog language.  And there are seven that you can't say: bath, leash, distemper, flea spray, vacuum cleaner, mailman, and vet!"

-- from the famous "Seven Words" routine by George Canine

Bill Livingston (billfl) says:


Rob (rrreed) says: If "bath" is a four letter word, having one's mouth washed out with soap for swearing takes on a whole new meaning!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Ed: "...and 'Vet' doesn't even belong on the list!"

Oh wait! It does? Darn... *tries to ease self nonchalantly out of the room -- failing miserably, of course*

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