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Martin Hooper (martinjh99) says:

Hasn't Tip met Dr Lee before?  When they were looking for the Helicopter?


Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: They slept together. (If you were making an ironic joke, then, um... you got me?)
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(TUNE: "The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas", They Might Be Giants)

Virginia Lee has three postdoctoral degrees
In cybernetic systems
She spent twelve years learning neurosurgery
But Tip's just pleased she kissed him

Yo ho she's hot
Dr Lee is not
A chick with which to REDACTED
If Tip just lost
His superpowers
He'll be right out of luck

Marcella R. has an atom in a jar
She feeds it Hawking radiation
Tip won her heart with his strangeness and his charm
But he doesn't have a large hadron

Yo ho she's hot
But Tip is not
Equipped with the right stuff
He's only a psychologist -
His science isn't hard enough


So It Begins (soitbegins) says: BURRRRRRRN!!

Poor Tip...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "A Paradox" from "The Pirates of Penzance", Gilbert & Sullivan)

The story lines now intertwined,
As Tip and Marcie face this test,
For they return from lunch, to find
An unexpected guest!
Now they receive, within their base,
A shock that might remove one's socks;
For Tip, with grace, must boldly face
A pretty pair o' docs!

A pair o' docs!  A pair o' docs!
A smart and lovely pair o' docs!
Though one has red, one onyx locks,
Yet both know Tip; their world he rocks!
A pair o' docs!  A pair o' docs!
A cute and clever pair o' docs!
Marcie and Lee have Ph.D.!
A pair o' docs!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: Ed, I don't know whether to congratulate you or send an angry mob...oh hell. Bring on the angry mob!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Wow! I did not see THAT coming.
James Kehl (shykta) says:

Okay, who's betting Dr. Lee steals Dr. Riley away from Dr. Wilkin - *before* turning him back into a dog? (And if she had any of Helen's alfalfa pills, she'd be able to steal his girlfriend, his gender, and his species, all in a row... :)

Not that this would fit under "Tin Soldier", alas.

vicka corey (drbrain) says: i REALLY WANT TO OWN THIS STRIP!
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: vicka corey:
vicka corey (drbrain) says: noted and emailed -- thank you, mr wells! :)
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Yer welcome.  Call me crazy, but I like to make it easy for people to give us money.

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:   If Tip really has a superpower, there's a three-way in their future....
John Palmer (el_gato_blanco) says:

Did Dr. Lee get 'work' done on her breasts?

(I know it's weird looking at cartoon breasts. So sue me.)

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

@ Nate; TMBG just covered that song.  It's actually by Hy Zarat and Lou Singer.  (Who published it back in 1959.)  Now "The Sun Is a Miasma of Incandescant Plasma" is by TMBG!

But I loved your version of it!

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

My mom used to email me whenever she thought I was drawing Helen's boobs too big in Narbonic.
Rob Davidoff (eofpi) says: @John. I just double-check the art of the "I Can Fly" arc, and no, they're about the same size. There's a reason Nick recalls her as the "Yomiko Readman type with the moeh glasses and the rack" when describing her only trip looking like herself to the virtual plane (later, of course, she went as a fatbeard so as to improve the working relationship by emphasizing the former over the latter in Nick's mind). We just often see her head on in drab clothing. And now, since my girlfirend reads this comic and the comments regularly, I must go explain that someone was wrong on the internet, and blame that.
John Palmer (el_gato_blanco) says:

Thanks for the insight - I checked the panels from 'I Can Fly', and stand corrected. I don't normally dwell on such matters (really!), but 'things' kind of 'popped out at me' this morning.

As for Lee's professional attire, I find it very appealing. Quiet understatement only serves to highlight her natural beauty. As Lenny Bruce said, "The prurience is in the covering up."

And yes, dear Rob's G-Friend, it was I who led him into this momentary dalliance. You can blame it on me !

Paul Gadzikowski (pgadzikowski) says: From anyone else, this would be the gag at the end of a week.
A Cosper (queenofzan) says:

I...I don't know what to say to this one.

 Apart from the obvious Oh yeah. 

Reb Isis (reb_vs_isis) says: Well ^&%$. I love them both AND Tip. ...I propose threesomes!
Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says: *snickers* That was brilliant.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Heheheheheh
Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: I think my love for Marcie grew hugely with that. They should have a threesome, too. It would be hawt.
Rachel S. (masamage) says:



Naomi H (starbright) says:

They remind me of that Doctor Who episode where Rose met Sarah Jane.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I always ship Draco/Goblet.
Rod Anderson (rodanderson) says: I've never heard of any kind of Harry Potter fanfiction OTHER than Harry/Draco.
John Sears (john_sears) says:

Harry/Draco fan fic in Skin Horse got past my psychic shielding.. Oh god my eyes sweet baby C'thulhu my eyes...

Heh.   I guess I'm always going to be in the minority of Harry Potter readers.  I didn't mind Ginny, and I'm anti-Dumbledore, so, yeah.

I also tried to have 'I Hope Ron Dies' shirts printed for the release of Book Six, when there was the Designated Big Mystery Death and all.   


lincoln douglas (chumpchange) says:

After wizard chess in the first book, did Ron ever really do anything more useful than providing moral support and tripping over the bad guys?

 I can't remember. 

Corgi (corgi) says:


Just as long as neither of them are Harry/Hermione nutcases.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Uh.

Well, it could be worse... they could support Harry/Snape.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: On a mercifully unrelated note, I wonder how Unity and Nick will feel when they hear that their Evil Creator is in town?
Bernard Sheehan (smilodon) says: I think it's very bad that I understand everything that's said in this comic.
Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says: I don't know about useful, but for me Ron's defining moment was him having the good fortune to take Padma Patil to the Yule Ball, then ignoring her. Talk about "thick as a whale omelette". OK, I have a particularly soft spot for pretty Indian girls, so sue me...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Habanera" from Bizet's "Carmen")

Harry/Draco, I write slash fic,
Though all my friends tell me I am sick;
They're so twisted, because I know
My roommate's shipping Hermoine/Cho!
There's the cashier down at the store
Who pairs McGonnigal/Dumbledore,
And my mom makes my temper boil
When she writes slash fic with Flitwick/Goyle!

There's Luna/Ron, and Snape/Tonks too,
My cousin's shipping Hagrid/You-Know-Who!
Now tempers flare, and teeth will gnash,
As we start dissing on each other's slash!
Each other's slash!
Each other's slash,
We will defend our own although it's trash!
We know it's trash!
We know it's trash,
While J.K. Rowling's raking in ... the cash!

Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says:

I always considered Harry and Ginny's relationship to be underdeveloped at best; we always heard more about their spending time together than we actually were shown. I found that one of the more intriguing points of the last movie. I found it to do a decent job of establishing a high level attraction and compatibility without a great deal of speech getting in the way (hense not having to extrapolate greatly from the material we weren't given).

As for other pairings... I guess I never crossed that line. Which is funny, because I actually got several people IN to HP, who are now more hardcore than I am.

Mike Kerpan (mjkerpan) says: Marcie writes HP slashfic??? I think I need eyeball bleach to remove the horrible mental images...
Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: ^_^ Harry/Luna for me. The boy's too serious, needs some fun in his life.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Oh GODS, you just watch.  Both of 'em are going to turn out to be Sekret Bigname Fanfic Writers.  Let's see how they twitch if somebody whispers "Pssst! Thery're posting fanart about your stuff on 4chan!"
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Oh please.  You want brain bleach material, you don't need to go to Harry Potter.  We have all the brain bleach fodder you'll ever need right here in the Shaenon fandom!

For example:  Tip / Madblood.

Eh?  Eh?

Dude, if somebody out there can write some Tip / Madblood crossover slashfic you will be more awesome for having done so.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: No! No! Luna is MINE!! Harry can go hang out with his little Sane friends.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:


Moustachio/Lovelace.  There's a fanfic beggin' to be written.  A la Jane Austen, "Artifice and Artificiality", something like that.

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

@Jeff, the current directors cut run alone has potential for Dave / Artie-Dave / Madblood-Dave, a threesome I find way more disturbing than Tip / Madblood!

Also, I have the feeling that Tip is going to be completely superfluous by the end of this scene.

Zander MacDonald (zander) says: Damn you all for making my brain go these places. ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUISTIC/Nick(with censure)
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: You know, if this were a sitcom, it would end up with Marcy and Dr. Lee bonding over their mutual interests and Tip getting left out in the cold, superpower or no. Just sayin'.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Hm, necklaces. Dr. Lee is diamonds, Marcie is hearts. So, Unity is clearly clubs (whack whack whack) and that makes Sweetheart spade.

Er, wait....

Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

A small Harry/Draco ship at  Bedlam Boy's Leteti Cromwell, Community College Witch.

Warning - this page is ok but the strip is NAUGHTY !

Megan Brunner (avid) says: Harry and Luna all the way! 
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Dave, I love you.
John Sears (john_sears) says:

I don't see Tip/Madblood working.  Madblood still lives with his mom half the time and that plain white labcoat number is so outmoded.  

Now, Tip/Antonio Smith you could see.  They share that Unexpected Badass quality, and for all we know Smith is wearing something silky and expensive under his trenchcoat.  He's figured out how to keep his designer items safe from the elements while in the field.

Rob (rrreed) says: I would agree about the plain white modern lab coat being outmoded. Dr. Horrible brought the classic shoulder-buttoned lab coat back into style (complete with heat-resistant gloves and welding goggles)!
Rex Schrader (saintpeter) says:

For those of you who don't Fan Fic (like me), here is the definition of OTP:

Cara d(^o^)b (carakaze) says: Tip/Madblood would be hilarious, but I think Madblood would have to "accidentally" drink one of Helen's gender-swap potions first. (Tip doesn't seem bi.) ^^;
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: There's so much shipping going on here that Shaenon's gonna hafta open a Customs office...
Frank (pokefan_frank) says: Much obliged, saintpeter. Now I'm wonering what to do with this new knowledge...
John Sears (john_sears) says:

I totally agree, Rob, about the old fashioned labcoat ala Dr. Horrible.  That is hawt.


See, this is the kind of fashion wisdom Tip could bring to a Tip/Madblood relationship.  Tip gives him advice on glove/coat combinations, and Madblood builds him a robot exoskeleton to wade through bodies in all the good Black Friday sales.

(Literally wade through, once they get a taste of that quantum vortex cannon) 

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Dave: Does this make Tip the joker and Nick the Pinocle rules card?

Also, thank god it's not Twilight fanfiction. And this from someone who had a fling with Ranma fanfiction, which is probably one of the worst kind of anime fanfiction there is.

Frank (pokefan_frank) says: Uh, weren't Sweetheart and Unity doing Twilight fanfiction at the beginning of the "Big Bad Wolves" arc?
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Not twilight, per se. It was more... gobliny.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Please! The Hot Goblin Brotherhood is not fanfiction! It is serious literary romance, albeit probably self-published under an imprint called something like "Dhark Vishions."
clark brooks (czark) says:

I betting that Dr Lee ships Cho/Hermione.

Bad engineer! No coffee! 

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Okay..more and more, its gettign to where I dont understadn the words being used. What is Marcie refering to?
Tuscahoma Jack (tuscahoma) says: Ahem, I believe she is referring to Tip's ball peen hammer.
Zuki San (zuki) says: The hammer is his Joss Whedon Pop Culture Reference.
V S (vishanth) says: I liked the ScreeWee fleet reference - Johnny Maxwell from Pratchett
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
Dave, I love you.

"I'm not angry ... just terribly, terribly hurt ..."

Anyway ...
(TUNE:  "Sweet Little Sixteen", Chuck Berry)

Now Marcie tells Ginny
What Tip's all about ...
Ask him about Star Trek,
And watch him geek out!
He's sure to tell you
That Kirk could whip Picard!
It's not always easy ...
Sometimes, it's hard!

Now it's the right time,
Here in Annex One!
Morn, noon, and night time;
It's time to have some fun!
Though Sweetheart's annoying,
And Unity gets mean,
Marcie's enjoying
Sweet little Tip's peen!

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: ...I think we should stop talking about Tip's peen before someone slips up and starts talking about the peen's Tip.
Joe Glow (joe_glow) says:

They're all doctors; they're all nerds, definitively.

But Marcie seems to be far geekier than the others.

Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says: Tuscahoma: You mean the one he can hammer a six-inch spike through a board with?
Reb Isis (reb_vs_isis) says: Tip's peen's tip? There has to be a way we can make that more confusing and disturbing. Come one someone, rise to the challenge.
clark brooks (czark) says: Real Genius means never having to say it's not Hammer Time
John Wells (johnwwells) says: Only You Can Save Tip's Dignity! Or not.
Fey (shadowfey) says: ...Catching up on the week, I suddenly almost spit my water on my monitor. The Harry Potter reference makes me totally love those girls even more (if only because like them, I'm totally not a Harry/Ginny shipper, and I plead the fifth on anything further to do with HP!)...
Fey (shadowfey) says:

David, I'd offer to explain, but it might take too long. The short-short-short version: Harry had the hots for an Asian chick from a different House in Hogwarts (Cho Chang, Ravenclaw). He ends up though with Ginny Weasley, a year younger and the younger sister of his best friend Ron.

 Slightly longer version: A lot of Harry Potter fans tend to fall into rabid camps as to who they want to see the book characters end up with. Some are rabidly for Harry/Ginny; a bunch, though, feel that it's a weak pairing and not adequately supported by the books' narrative, or just plain think it'd be hotter with someone else (insert name of choice).

 Of these, some write lengthy fanfictions depicting the pairing of their choice, and while sometimes these pairings are totally horrible (Draco/Harry mpreg comes to mind, as does the one between Mrs. Norris and McGonagall in her animagus form). Marcie and Dr. Lee both are anti-Harry/Ginny, and Marcie added that she follows the 'ship' of pairing Draco and Harry in (presumably) hot homosexual lovin'.  

 (I shoulda stayed a lurker!)

Pete (westrider) says: Non-Story related question: Is there any way to hide the comments on WCN pages? Some of the weeks in the Archive have a LOT of comments, enough to make a trawl rather awkward.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Pete: I suggest you email and ask if WCN sites can have the option of putting the navigation buttons above the comments. Because that would be useful. And I've been asking for it for two years now.
Steve Ford (fordsfords) says: Yes Fey, many thanks for the explanations. gave me the OTP meaning, so I kinda got it, but I didn't know there were warring fan factions.
David Given (dg) says: Not the ScreeWee! Where's that Johnny when you need him?
K C (spotweld) says:

I'm taking bets now on which girl ends up dressed up as an "Orion Slave Girl" first.  

As you ponder that, ponder the number of fanboys Unity would collect if she ever showed up at a SciFi/Horror convention.

Tuscahoma Jack (tuscahoma) says:

Zuki, unintentional Joss reference.

Daniel and Clark, you are evil and almost made with lose my coffee over your comments.

 KC, I'm betting it's Tip who ends up dressed as the "Orion Slave Girl"  Hmm, I can also see Dr. Lee and Marcie as No. 1  and Yeoman Colt (had to wiki the names), leaving Capt. Pike out in the lurch.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: So I take it a peen has nothing to do with a pez dispenser?
Prodigal (prodigal) says:

I am as glad to see someone else got the ScreeWee reference as I was disappointed to not be the first one here to do so. :)


Only Chris can save Mankind, eh?

Dave Menendez (zednenem) says: Pete: If you're going forward in the archives, you can just click on the last strip. (On Sundays, the "strip" is the first sketch.)
Fey (shadowfey) says:

I spent way too much time around some truly rabid folks. I even ended up writing some fanfic, tongue-in-cheek, and ended up praised for it. A good way to end up with humility!


But yeah, it's I think an underlying tenet of geekdom: anything about which the fans can get truly passionate will result in warring factions. Huh. Come to think of it, that describes humanity. I'll probably get lynched if I describe the Catholic and Protestant churches as warring geek factions of Jesus fanboys, though!

Pete (westrider) says: Thanks, Shaenon, I'll drop him a line!
Andrew Perron (ununnilium) says: Only You Can Save Mankind ref = win in its purest elemental form.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Fey says: "But yeah, it's I think an underlying tenet of geekdom: anything about which the fans can get truly passionate will result in warring factions. Huh. Come to think of it, that describes humanity. I'll probably get lynched if I describe the Catholic and Protestant churches as warring geek factions of Jesus fanboys, though!"

That's such a great quote that I've added it (with a slight grammar adjustment) to my "Quotations" page.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Settlers of Catan is fun.  I wonder if Nick's swear filter edits out his offers to give wood for sheep though.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: Best game ever, I've heard.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Alexander's Ragtime Band", Irving Berlin)

Hey, Doctor Lee!  Hey, Doctor Lee!
Let's play "Settlers of Catan"!
Come on and see!  Come on and see,
Who can best develop land!
Well, you try to gain some wool and grain
And lumber, ore, and brick!
What's the key to victory?
You gotta know your stick!
It's just the best game I can name!
Not lame!

So Doctor Lee!  So Doctor Lee!
Just pull up a seat and play!
A group of three!  A group of three!
We can waste the whole dumb day!
And with the Sea-far-ers ex-pan-sion pack
We'll build ... an ... em-pire!
So if you can, prepare a plan,
Playing "Settlers of Catan!"

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Buddy never got the hang of Settlers. He'd trade all his clay for sheep and then try to eat the sheep.
K C (spotweld) says:

Sounds like someone is in a desperate need of a city build, but all his stone is at a 11 hex. Poor Tip

The fact that Dr. Riely is a boardgamer just makes me fanboy all the more.

See, now I want to hear her talk about Arkham Horror.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: There's a sheep for wood joke in there somewhere.
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: Sheep happens.
Fey (shadowfey) says: Reynard: I'm always at my most quotable when I stay up too late reading webcomics, clearly.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: ;-)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Never tried it...
Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: :D Hee hee.
Josh MacLeod (alcar) says:

Most expensive coffee nook the Pentagon has funded?

 Probably not. 

Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: I wonder what Tip thinks of all this? I'd be pretty funny if he decided he did want a serious long-term thing with Marcie.
Rob (rrreed) says: @Josh—Oh, most definitely not.

But, man, what a VIEW!
Zuki San (zuki) says: Heh. So Marcie's sweet on her co-worker, but doesn't think he'll ever acknowledge her in that way.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: ...I think assuming it's her co-worker is jumping to a hasty, albeit natural conclusion.
That's all I've got for now.
Eric Burns (ericburns) says: Well, we haven't seen another jealousy issue come up. Well, unless you count Sweetheart., it couldn't be... (Sure, Marcie called her torch-guy 'he,' but a lot of folks can't identify dog gender by looking!)
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: "Do you not want to be the coffee nook?" would be even funnier if Nick said it.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hee hee.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Ruby Tuesday", The Rolling Stones)

Lee and Riley while the time away ...
Each with their vanilla soy latte ...
Date that bishy boy,
But only to annoy
Some other dude ...
(Say, that's quite shrewd!)

Hey, there, Marcie Riley!
Dating Wilkin on a whim!
Try to make some fellow jealous,
Hoping to attract him!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

 (Tune: "Coffee and TV", Blur)

Do you feel radioactive
Fissioning your dreams
Your boyfriend's made you meltdown
And you need to vent some steam
It's time for a serious latte
With cinnamon on top
In a cyborg helicopter
Designed for covert ops

So here's to Nick the coffee nook
He won't look
He's seen so much his radar's blind
And he'd rather scan a book
His seats are way comfy
There's room enough for three
He'll fly you away from this big bad world
If you'll leave the trays empty

Do you feel like a robot
In a world you never built
You left your heart to science
But it came back stained with guilt
The best laid plans of the dark cabal
Can't map these territories
It's time for girl talk heart-to-heart
While you cruise above the trees

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Btw, even the ISS needs a Coffee Nook.



Carl M (the-bumper-car) says: Wait, Marcie has a torch for Nick?
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Rod & Nate: But will it have Wi-Fi and their own barista? If you're spending that kind of moolah, it had better come with Wi-Fi.

I wonder if James Bond's girlfriends use him for the the same purpose?

Joe Glow (joe_glow) says: @Carl:  that's how I read it, but that doesn't seem right.
Naomi H (starbright) says:

Judging by the "since forever", and the fact that Nick can hear them, it's probably Chris. Buuuuuuut... it would be a lot more interesting if it were Nick, wouldn't it?

Andrew Perron (ununnilium) says:

Man, Marcie's super-cute.

Also: It could be Moustachio.

Kenneth Graves (kag) says: It's Ira.  He keeps agreeing to a date, then forgetting to show up.
Carl M (the-bumper-car) says: @Joe Glow: I read Marcie's "case in point" as nothing but a commentary on Nick's cluelessness. She's literally saying out loud that she likes someone who doesn't notice her attraction, but it totally flies over his head.
K C (spotweld) says:

Lions Obviously.

Hmmm..    If Dr. Lee is the Hero, Marice the Smart One, Unity is the Brawn, and Sweetheart is the Lancer.  Then Tip would be The Chick of the potential "Five Man Band"

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Dr. Lee is just racking up the nerd cred here.  Not everyone knows about the vehicle versions. 

Though, one would think that Nick would be better at LARPing one of the vehicle Voltron units.  Still, when it's a choice of principles or accurate costuming by body type, most nerds go for principles.  (Even if we wish they wouldn't.)

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says: ....ok.  I want the rules for the Voltron LARP now.
K C (spotweld) says: First rule of Voltron LARP: Nobody talks about Voltron LARP
Rob (rrreed) says: Congratulations, you just lost The Game.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: AlBeGas!
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Is Nick trying to suppress his normal lexical habits for Dr. Lee?
Lady Asphodel (ladyasphodel) says:

I'd arrange the FiveManBand as Sweetheart=Hero, Marcie=Lancer, Unity=Brawn, Dr. Lee=Smart One, Tip=Chick.

And, of course, Gavotte=Zordon and Moustachio=Alpha.

Lady Asphodel (ladyasphodel) says: Also, you're all idiots. Marcie's torch is for Chris (can't you feel your plot sense tingling?), and "Case in point" is referring to Nick's allergy to girl-talk manifesting right after the line "Men hate him".
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: You just won The Game.

It's okay! You're free!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: I'm not saying Nick and Marcella are geeky, but I'm pretty sure they were using the least known Voltron series for their LARP: the "Gladiator Voltron." (Good luck finding pics of that on online.)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Woman, Woman", Gary Puckett & The Union Gap)

Got injured in Alaska,
Flying through a fluffy storm ...
If it weren't for me, those barstools would be dead!
And my fuselage got scuffed up
When I switched to lion form!
Voltron!  Oh, Vol-tron!
"Form arms and legs!  I'll form the head!"

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

How confusing for Nick.  Okay, on the one hand, Nick used to have the hots for Dr. Lee, so he'd want to be all polite and stuff.

On the other hand. Dr. Lee is in some respects his mother.  Who gave him his awesome new body?  So then he'd want to be all respectful.


David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I dunno that you've got a Five Man Band here.  You've got a lot of the accessory characters:  Dr. Lee as Team Mom, Marcie as Sixth Ranger and maybe new Chick, Nick as Robot Buddy.  Unity is clearly a Brawn, but Sweetheart and Tip just swapped Hero and Lancer roles, and they're also doubling as, respectively, Smart Guy (handicapped but clever) and Chick (peacemaker).

I'd invoke the trailing caveats here:  If your band example has to justify more than two types, or a single trope with more than two sentences of qualifiers, you're trying to pull a fast one. If it isn't a Five Man Band, it isn't a Five Man Band.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Andrew: Gladiator Voltron = AlBeGas. (Alpha, Beta and Gamma in a Mecha-Shiva sort of arrangement)
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: I agree with Harmon/mental_mouse.  As of now, we have a Power Trio, with Unity as the clear Id, Tip as Ego, and Sweetheart as probably the Superego.  Gavotte, and to a lesser extent Moustachio, have been serving as Mission Control, and now Nick joined as a Sixth Ranger Voice With An Internet Connection with shades of whatever trope a getaway driver constitutes.  It's too soon to call Marcie and Lee as regulars, so they don't figure in yet.  Also, sorry, I'm not techie enough to do links.
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