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Mark H- (eyeharvester) says:

So, this is an Edgar Allen Poe reference, right? Elaborate, deliberately roundabout series of codes and clues that make us doubt some character's sanity, leading up to the revelation that he/she was just stringing us along and putting on a show? Yea, I called it, bitches.

 (also: First!) 

James Rice (jhrice) says: Nick probably doesn't know it, but I think Gavotte knows Goldbug.  I somehow doubt she'd tell him what he wanted to know though.
Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says: @Rice:  It's also hard to imagine them comfortably sharing a room.
Sam Setter (eraser820) says: I still think Gavotte could BE Goldbug.  But then, I'm always seeing conspiracy theories even if in my saner moments I know that they are either utter garbage, or if they're not there's nothing i can do anyway.  After all, you aren't paranoid if THEY are. in fact, out to get you...
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Or Goldbug could be Gavotte and Moustachio together. After all, they have a penchant for special times together when the troops are in the field.
Eve Elliott (stroth) says: Hrm... That 'what' is really emphatic for someone who doesn't recognize the name. Methinks the good Doctor has had dealings with Goldbug before.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: @stroth: As it turns out, she has heard the name...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Misty", Erroll Garner)

Thanks a lot!
I was testing gaming hardware (so I thought) ...
When I wake up, my brain's in a plane!
So fumbling bizarre!
It was "Goldbug,"
Crashed my V.R. ...

Listen, Jack!
If I'm wond'ring how to bake a Scooby Snack,
Fashion tips, or erasing someone's face,
My teammates I'll see;
But for "Goldbug",
Ask Doctor Lee!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: If you ask me, 'Goldbug' is one of Dave's AI creations.
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: As an added bonus, D. Connolly's link also features Tip asking Marcie out for the first time.
Jack Beattie (jackmann) says:

@D. Connolly

Note that Gavotte called the other person on the line a "humbug."  Consider the Ozian references included in the comic thus far.  I will be very disappointed in Ms. Garrity and Mr. Wells if Goldbug doesn't, ultimately, reference the wizard.

 ...Either that or the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, T.E.  Either or. 

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Re Goldbug, how quickly some forget the end of "I Can Fly"
Rockphed (rockphed) says: I looked at the link and I looked at this strip again.  Here she DOESN'T mention not recognizing the name.  Hence the incredibly emphatic "WHAT?"
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: On something else..I think it interestign there is an Airwolf poster on the wall.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: Her thighs aren't nearly that big.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: And Marcie without the glasses would look suspiciously like Sakura.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Awwwww....So close and yet so far.  Still, given her nerdish inclinations earlier, you'd think she'd be ok trying out a Chun Li costume.  Maybe she was more of a Darkstalkers fan?
Eve Elliott (stroth) says: @D. Connolly Well, I suppose that's what I get for postihng at 4 in the morning then.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Born Free", John Barry and Don Black)

Chun Li!
First Lady of Fighting!
'Twould be so exciting
To do a little cosplay!

Doc Lee,
You'd play her with ease, wow!
I know she's Chinese, now,
And you're Korean, but hey ...

We see
The Beauty of Springtime;
You show us such such charm and grace
While punching some dude's face!

Chun Li!
Please don't Lightning Kick us!
I know you can lick us,
Bar none, Chun Li!

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

OK, I've been working on this one for months.
To the tune of Birdhouse In Your Soul by They Might Be Giants

I'm the only man, I'm not the only man
But I'm a Gucci-owning man,
But really, I'm not only just a man, but I am...

Dennis Wilkin, former captain, US Army,
Who works in Annex One,
On a secret project called Skin Horse

I'm an unusual shrink
Who looks fantastic in pink
With non-human clients and there's more of them than people might think
All the ladies listen to me,
I seduce them dilligently
My name is Dennis Wilkin
Call me Tip, spellt T-I-P
Served in Afghanistan,
But I don't dress like a man,
So now I'm here...

Dennis Wilkin, former captain, US Army,
Who works in Annex One,
On a secret project called Skin Horse

Not to put to fine a point on it
Please keep your bees right out of my bonnet.
On a secret project called Skin Horse.

I'm the only man, I'm not the only man
But I'm a Gucci-owning man,
But really, I'm not only just a man, but I am...

There's a zombie opposite me
Who's of mix-and-match ancestry
We give her sandwiches to keep our missions carnage free
A swarm of bees runs the shop,
Our field commander's a dog,
Our helicopter's brain was stolen from a dorky slob.
Clockwork receptionist
Ask awkward questions it
Slips a gear

Dennis Wilkin, former captain, US Army,
Who works in Annex One,
On a secret project called Skin Horse

Not to put to fine a point on it
Please keep your bees right out of my bonnet.
On a secret project called Skin Horse.

And while I'm at it
Do the boring
Filing for the project called Skin Horse.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*
vicka corey (drbrain) says: happy birthday nick!
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Maybe they could talk Tip into dressing as Bridget from Guilty Gear...
Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says: I read this with an unusual perspective - at first glance, it looks like Nick is revealing previously unseen depths of character, and then he reveals that deeper still he's still a stereotypical pervy nerd. <br>  Trick is, revealing depths of character is *scary*, and it's easier to let people go on believing the stereotype.
Nick Kosovich (zombieskull88) says: Chun Li isn't that bad to cosplay Dr. Lee! Even I did did it, and I'm a guy! Show some backbone (or in Chun's case, some leg)!
Miikka Ryökäs (kizor) says:

Pete's work isn't getting half the attention it deserves. Pete, if we ever meet I'm going to buy you a beer and then kick you in the fork.

I'll be humming that thing for days before I can picture the voice right.

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Tip as Bridget?

My eyes!

The goggles, they do nothing! 

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Does Tip actually have any friends?
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: Lots, if by 'friend' you mean 'sexual partner'....
James Rice (jhrice) says: A bit off topic, but I noticed that the cast page descriptions are written by an entity that is suspiciously similar to Goldbug.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: @Miika: I'd prefer a good traditional cider. Something still and cloudy. And only the drink should kick.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I get the feeling Tip is a grand antagonizer.
Kristine Roland (kristineroland) says:

He's a born button pusher, he is.

 I had not been able to login for a while, but I wanted to say the other day that I loved the airwolf poster in Nick's cockpit.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Heartbreak Hotel", Elvis Presley)

I'm in the lunch room, buying
Doritos and a drink!
But now, here comes that prying
Transvestite jerkass shrink!

But I'm not hostile ...
No, I'm not hostile ...
I'm not -- well, maybe, just a bit!

He says an old friend stopped by
The office of Skin Horse;
By "friend", he means someone who
Has shared some intercourse ...

But he's not bragging ...
Not even bragging ...
My ego's sagging, just a bit!

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says: "OK, now there's some hostility". Chris, I feel for you, buddy. Let's face it, Tip is one of those characters who's funny on the page but in real life you'd want to punch him.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: @James Rice, I noticed that a while back.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: In real life I'd be studying him.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Tip needs to give Chris a makeover. Just because he prefers women's clothing himself doesn't mean Tip doesn't know how to make a guy look good on guy-clothes.
Mark H- (eyeharvester) says:, would you be studying him, or "studying" him?
Miikka Ryökäs (kizor) says: @Pete, I can do the cider, but are you sure about the kick? Because the greeting & groin combo is kind of a thing for me. I've already decided to administer it to so many celebrities and historical figures that I should make a list to keep track.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I love these panels. They remind me of the verve and life that a lot of underground classics in the sixties and seventies had. Good job, Shaenon!
Carl M (the-bumper-car) says: It's funny - they're in the same room, talking with each other, but in different worlds and having different conversations. :P
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Seconded... say, maybe he needs a makeover!
Rob (rrreed) says: @So It Begins—Yes, Richard Dean Anderson called: he wants his mullet back. And the sideburns are so 1970s!
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: @Miikka I find that acts of violence have an unfortunate tendency to make me spill my drink.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Right Now", Van Halen)

I know you're worried for Marcie,
I know you think that she'll get dumped!
My fling is over with Doc Lee;
Just that one time our uglies bumped!
Once in the night, once in the morning,
(Maybe one or two in between ...)
But now she's gone, and I've moved on to a sure thing!
(Once a year? Dude, that's just obscene!)

You see,
I'm seeing Marcie!
Just she!
Y'know, we're close like that!
Not Lee!
But, you know, while she's around, we
Maybe could try
A menage-a-quatre!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Lucky for him he lives in modern times and has thin aluminum cans to crush in his display of manliness. Thirty years ago when they were steel or thicker aluminum, you could actually stand your empty on the floor and stand on top of it. One of the tricks was to balance on the can on one foot, lean over, and jam your fingers into the sides of the can to initate a collapse. The real trick, of course, was getting your fingers back out before the can crushed around them.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: yes, Tip, unwittingly pour salt on the wounds.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

Chris, at least, can shop at Men's Big and Tall.  They're much more common than Fashionable Transvestite's Big and Tall.

How tall is Chris, anyway?

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: 6'3? Maybe taller... I wouldn't say any less than 6'2
Sean Riedinger (ariamaki) says: Acting on the assumption that Tip is roughly a half-to-a-third-head shorter then my height (making him 5'8") that would put Chris at 6'2" or 6'3". If Tip is 5'11", then Chris is easily 6'5". (currently using visual comparison with my buddy who has the same ratio of him-to-me as Chris-to-Tip.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: Chris, of course, finds it difficult to understand how being in touch with his feminine side helps Tip get in touch with other people's...
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: The coed look Tip has going is no doubt adding to Chris's agitation. It's something that would look ineffably cute on Marcie and Tip carries it off with his own style. Of course, Chris would like to eff both of them -- in different ways. :)
Laura Chapple (ironychan) says:

Yesterday I killed a Silverfish with a biography of Verdi.


Just thought y'all would enjoy that.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "100 Years", Five For Fighting)

I'm five-foot-eight in my stockings,
I take a size twelve in dresses, and I
Show lots of leg;
Let out my hems ... to the knee ...

You're six-foot-two with potential,
You could attract lots of women, though you
Can't help it if
You're not as man-ly as me!

You've got lots to work with there!
Get new clothes and fix your hair!
We'll give you a brand new look!
You can borrow my black book!
Take your pick!  So many there!  Dude, you can't lose,
When you've got about five hundred girls to choose ...

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: This feels like a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy moment. Ted Allen should pop in next to make a suggestion as to what would make a great candlelight dinner for Marcie and Chris.
Andrew Schepler (schep) says:

No, Chris wouldn't find anything that fits at Big 'n Tall.  That place is for people who have large dimensions in both directions.  As a tall skinny guy, finding good pants is always difficult.

So does Tip know Chris and Marcie want each other?  If no, he's doing an unbelievably good job of accidentally setting them up.  If yes, why is he doing all this for them?

Bruce Bergman (brucebergman) says:

Ironychan:  That's fine...  As long as it wasn't a *singing* silverfish.


(And how it got in my pajamas I'll never know...)   

Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: @Ironychan Was it you or the silverfish that had the biography?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I'm sure Tip knows exactly what he's doing, re Chris and Marcie. Tip is a compulsive fixer and despite his shallow nature or because of it, he thinks everyone should be happy. He'll go to great lengths to do this with elaborate schemes as necessary and some risk to himself. Challenging Chris's masculinity is part of this--I mean, how can Chris lose such a contest?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: @Andrew: It's his mothering instincts kicking in.
Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: I feel like I have to point out... Tip is wearing a skirt, not capris. Capris are pants that only go down to mid-calf. They're usually worn with sandals.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh... Makeover for Chris! We insist!
Katie Powell (pencilears) says:

oh god don't cut that hair!

Andrew Farago (andrew) says: The capris thing isn't a mistake.  Tip mentions them in panel three, then his attention changes to his skirt in panel four.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Ariamaki:  I'm 5'8", and the clothes stores consider me a pretty short guy.  (Admittedly, I'm probably a good deal chubbier than Tip!)  I suspect Tip is rather taller than that.


Laura Chapple (ironychan) says: Sorry, that was "I, using a biography of Verdi as a weapon, killed a silverfish".  Not "I killed a silverfish who at that time happened to be digesting a biography of Verdi".
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: I wouldn't have expected that to be a problem that Tip, of all men, had.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Really reaching for it Tip!
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: You're thinking of uneven forearms, John, not wrists.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ......
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Hand In My Pocket", Alanis Morissette)

I'm cute, but I'm crooked;
I'm balanced, but bent;
It's wrong, but I'll right it, yeah!

I'm warped, but I work it;
I'm twisted, but true;
I'm flawed, but I fight it, daily!

And what I'm trying to say is,
That I don't try to hide my de-for-mi-ty!
'Cause I got one wrist that's like Twiggy,
And the other one's like Schwarzenegger!

Dieter M. (tangerine) says: I am so stealing this euphemism.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Laura: You should have used War and Peace in stead. No one gets through War and Peace. Except maybe the cockroach. The cockroach survives anything.

So instead of blinding you, God gives you uneven wrists when you pleasure yourself now?

And could someone please find Ed a radio station that's not play the hits of the 80's, 90's and Today?

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: ...why would I go and do that, Andrew? I like his choice of songs.
Miikka Ryökäs (kizor) says:

@Pete: spilling is an excellent point. Tell you what, we'll take it up a notch to a shake of the hand, considerable quantities of cider, a beer stein with a hinged lid and a thumb-operated lever, and a knee to the groin.

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