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Carl M (the-bumper-car) says: And so it begins. :P Huh, I wonder if this will result in a cybernetically enhanced geek? (basing on the arc title)
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: Tip's pupils are gone.  Take note of the effect makeovers have on him.
Katie Powell (pencilears) says:

should have the dialouge/gesture in panel two for Chris transposed with the dialouge in panel three. it would flow a bit better.

not that i'm not personaly going "eep eep epp" over where this is going. 

because I totaly am. 

Andrew Perron (ununnilium) says: Gaaaaaaaah Tip got cuter.  I'm glad I'm not heterosexual anymore or this would be weird.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: "feth"? I think someone's been hanging out with Nick too much.
David Vander Deen (dvddeen) says: I actually feel that it flows very well as it it.  Maybe that's just me.
Rob (rrreed) says: "Gentlemen, synchronize Swatches!"
Joe Glow (joe_glow) says: yeah, it makes sense as it is.  switched, I don't see how the dialogue would fit the expressions.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Feth is actually an acronym meaning: for exactly that hairball. Wait, no, that makes no sense at all.
David Vander Deen (dvddeen) says: Time for me to show some of my nerdiness.  Feth is slang for an equivalent 4 letter word beginning with F.  It comes from a favorite game of mine Warhammer 40K which would be a perfect word for a confirmed geek like Chris to use.  That being said, I personally like Warhammer Fantasy better.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

Evidently, 'feth' would be a Warhammer 40k expletive.  Huh.

Also, this can't possibly turn out well...  (Edit: Curse you, dvddeen!  You got there an instant before me.)

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Makeover time, called it. :)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: See, told ya!

So it begins indeed... :D
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Faith", George Michael)

You just think it would be nice
If you could be good-lookin;
Nice if Marcella shook when-
Ever you would pass her by!

Now Tip's giving you advice,
On how to be more stylish!
More sexy and beguile-ish!
You'll be catching Marcie's eye!

Just let him give you
A full makeover!
This joy for him you can't deny!
Just sit right back and
Let Tip take over!
You know, it could be called "Transvestite
Eye For The Straight Guy"!

But you're saying, "Oh feth!"
With ev'ry last breath, "Oh feth, no, feth!"

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: There cannot possibly be room for a David Vander D. and a Dave Van D. in this commentary.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Adam:  Maybe if you weren't Underfoot? ;-)

I love Chris's expression as he realizes just what he has invoked....  You know, it occurs to me that this may be another aspect of Tip's superpowers.

Jon W. (kd7sov) says:

At this point one encounters a fundamental disconnect. Why would an otherwise reasonably-stable person want to be stylish and all that?

(Note, please, that I used the word "stable" rather than "sane" or "normal"; Chris clearly isn't baseline, but he appears consistent in magnitude and direction of the difference.)

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: Chris' expression in the last panel is that of a man seeing his lifetime of T-shirts with mildly sunburned armpits passing before his eyes...
K C (spotweld) says:

As terrified as I am of this concept... I really want to see how this turns out.

 I think secretly, all nerdy guys want makeovers. (And significant others....  )

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

Sitcom episode end: Chris and Marcie.

Twisty end: Chris and Dr. Lee

Super twisty end: Marcie and Dr. Lee

Outrageous twisty end: Chris and Tip


Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: Tip is so cute in this.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: Tip had better not come with a megaphone.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Tip is so cute when he's hysterical...
Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

Heckles cakes, Tip is cute at any time. Though in a state of eepige, his cuteosity quintoples.

Hi all, I am The Occupant, long time reader, first time commenter.

Austin Buelt (mearn4d10) says:

Did, did... did he just use a TANITH curse? First-and-Only FTW!

Chris, my boy, go bravely into the oddly scented, crazily stylish den and check for Slanesshi taint. The Inquisition is right behind you (just in case you need purging after), and the Emperor Protects.

Nick Kosovich (zombieskull88) says: Usually when I say "eep," it's the result of something gone horribly wrong. Tip has shown me the error of my ways! :D
Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

Ah, but multiple eeps generally signify similar meaning as the sqee call, known by its loud shrill "Sqeee!".

This behaviour is generally observed in the FEMALE of the species, though, obviously, exceptions do occur, (points at Tip and myself)

Lillias McLeod (lillias) says: May I invite Tip to makeover myself?  I offer homemade brownies in exchange :)  And darn near a clear palette, I like my jeans and Tshirts, sigh!
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: ....and *twice* if he likes it.....
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

There are times when I think Tip actually really, really understands exactly what everyone is thinking and is just messing with them.

And then there are times when I think he's totally clueless.

Rod Anderson (rodanderson) says: This strip has a great Al Capp feel to it. "I'll try anything once" indeed!
Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

I think both happen at various times, Michael.


The trick is figuring out which is which.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

You know Virginia is confused when she's mixing her metaphors...

She doesn't know whether  Tip has "thrown her off track" or "caught her off guard."

Athough it does make me wonder what "track" she was on when Tip threw her...  Why do I get the sneeking feeling that "in just seven days" (and seven nights) Tip and  Virginia may make Chris a metalicly-enhansed cybernetically-advanced android (aka "tin man.")


Katie Powell (pencilears) says:

nah nah nah, drhistory, the tin solder is moustachio. he's been a ticking plot-time-bomb since he was over-wound this morning.

all this fun with the D of I looks to me like a warmup to the eventual antique robot rampage.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

Reminds me of a line from the Doctor Who episode Human Nature

Martha: "You had to go and fall in love with a human- and it wasn't me!"

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Mark, I think Virginia knows exactly what metaphors she means. Tip isn't trying to catch her off-guard; he'd have to pay more attention to her to do so. And neither is Dr. Lee particularly derailed; she is simply surprised.
Thus, thrown off-guard, rather than caught, or off the track.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "God Bless America", Irving Berlin)

I'll try monogamy!
Not some quick fling!
Dating one dame
Is so lame;
Hey, but why not, I'll try anything!
Though I chose her,
You need closure!
My composure
Makes you freak!
I'll try monogamy ...
At least this week!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: All this talk of throwing and catching off guard is making me feel feint.
Justin Reilly (thaklaar) says: No, pencilears, Moustachio is a Tik-Tok.  The Tin Man is obviously Nick (the) Chopper.  Dude's even missing a heart (along with the rest of his internal organs).  I have a feelin' this chapter's gonna wind up being about him at the core.
Dave Menendez (zednenem) says:

If we're going by the Oz books, the Tin Soldier is distinct from the Tin Woodsman (Nick Chopper) and Tik-Tok. According to The Tin Woodsman of Oz, after the Tin Woodsman rusts, his girlfriend Ninnie Amee starts seeing Captain Fy-ter, who also gets cursed, has his limbs replaced with tin, and then rusts until found by Tin Woodsman and others years later.

Ninnie, meanwhile, runs off with Chopfyt, the tin-smith's assistant who was constructed from Nick and Fy-ter's discarded body parts, which has to be one of the most bizarre resolutions to a love triangle ever.

The book also has a scene where the Tin Woodsman has a conversation with Nick Chopper's decapitated but still living head, which has some disturbing implications if you think about it.

Damien Neil (damien) says: The Tin Woodsman of Oz is the only Oz book I didn't really like as a kid.  Something about that love triangle creeped me right the hell out.
Katie Powell (pencilears) says:

I dunno, there was that sketch of moustachio rampaging off into the sunset, kinda says to me "one tin solder rides away" which is a folk song, and not from oz. although still sort of applicable.

Rob (rrreed) says: Me, I think that Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a better fit for the chapter title and for the situation that's developing—especially if you picture Chris in the role of the Tin Soldier.

Though if one pictures Unity as a female version of Chopfyt... Hmm.
kytyn (kytyn) says:

Just rechecked the comments from last week. I'm sad that there was no speculation on just ~why~ Tip had to let the hem on the skirt *WAY* out...

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: You know, there actually is a PonFarr cologne.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: I was gonna suggest a super pheremone. Paranormal pheremone?
Rob (rrreed) says: My personal theory is Plateau Eyes.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

hmm. alright. wait a minute. tip is in the army. in a setting like this. doing all sorts of weird projects. what if the army tried to make the ultimate spy / recruiter. someone that everyone would like.

 obviously, it was a complete, total failure. the poor man must now live with the horible side effects. so of course they kicked him out and around till they found someplace where his "problems" wouldn't be one. one without any staff that would be affected by his... side effect. probley. 

 hope he doesnt get turned into a bee this story-line.

Rachel S. (masamage) says: XD
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: @Owl: Caaaaareful what you say around Shaenon. She has a habit of listening.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Baby You Can Drive My Car", The Beatles)

Oh, Doctor Tip, is this part of your plan,
Or are you truly the i-de-al man?
Is this the real you, or just a facade?
And is it wrong that I want your bod?

It's a thing we call "PonFarr"!
Though it seems a bit bizarre,
Women love you as you are!
(And I'd like to jump you!)
Peen-peen-ah-peen-peen, yeah!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: I get the sense that his basic power is something to the effect of "calling forth beauty" -- but it's compulsive, and doing it to himself  isn't enough. 
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Could we be getting at an explanation for the superpower? I'd say it would take away the mystique, but knowing the story behind the zombie and the talking dog hasn't made them any less awesome.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: Ed, that vulcan pun was both illogical and over the line. Lucky for you, I don't know how to do the Vulcan neck pinch manevour on you. On the other hand, I'm sure someone within this Trekkie mob would. Or maybe know how to use Klingonian (sp?) weapons.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Caesar is all things to all men. Tip is all things to all women.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

@DvD: Oh, it must be hell in there!


Chinese Vulcans do PonFry.

Lebanese Vulcans do JamieFarr.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: @Johnn: You know what they say about Caesar's wife being above reproach?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

I love Tip's hair. It has that cute wind-blown look that I sometimes see in anime. (Though I can't seem to find a TV Tropes entry on that particular effect.)

Andrew Kunz says: "... Or maybe know how to use Klingonian (sp?) weapons."

Klingon. Just Klingon. (Does this geekdom make me look fat?)

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

How to use a bat'leth: Yell, "Here, catch!" at your opponent, toss him the bat'leth, and draw a sword and kill him while he's trying to figure out an effective way to fight while handicapped with a bat'leth.

I figure that the reason Klingons use them is that they know that anyone who can win a fight using a bat'leth must be a truly great warrior. Where it all falls down is that when both combatants are using a bat'leth, it doesn't prove anything except that neither of them are very bright.

Reb Isis (reb_vs_isis) says:

@John Cambell

While your statement holds, you really don't need to go past the first part, as there is NO effective way to catch a bat'leth. EVER.

Rod Anderson (rodanderson) says:

RE: Bat'leths: There's no need for a formal dueling weapon to actually be good for killing people, in fact it's arguably counter-productive.

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Refresh my memory..who or what is Anasigma?
Rob (rrreed) says: So far, Anasigma sounds like K.A.O.S., except with Defense Department contracts and more schtuupidity.

Seriously, all we really know is that Nick, a.k.a. "Project Whirligig" was a product of Anasigma's work, and that they've kept close enough tabs on Dr. Lee to know that her career went awry due to an incident involving walnuts.

Since Dr. Lee was also involved in the creation of Unity, a.k.a. U.N.I.T.Y., it is reasonable to assume that Anasigma was involved with that/her as well.
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:


They work in very different areas of the government.

Rob (rrreed) says: We also know that Goldbug is somehow connected to Anasigma as well, and not just because he "arranged" to have Nick transferred into the keeping of Project: Skin Horse. There's that, "We (emphasis mine) got the idea from 'The Last Starfighter'," bit in Nick's entry on the cast page.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Anasigma is the organization Dr. Lee works for. They appear to do military contracting, possibly among other things. That's about the extent of the concrete information so far.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: KAOS? Wasn't that that robot that Baron K.Roolenstein (aka King K.Rool, aka Kaptain K.Rool) made?
Kristine Roland (kristineroland) says:

KAOS was the evil organization that Maxwell Smart was always fighting against.

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: I thought that it was extirpation that involved walnuts.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Ol' Man River", Kern & Hammerstein)

Anasigma ...
It's Anasigma ...
They're strange and secret,
They're some enigma!
If I know one thing,
They're up to something no good!

I saw this folder;
There's something fishy!
I came to warn you ...
You're still quite bishy!
But Anasigma,
They're up to something no good!

Unity ... then Whirlygig ...
And now there's something new, and dude, it's big!
Now I'm here ... it's as I feared!
I want to jump you, but I won't get weird ...

Here for business,
And not for fun, please!
I'll blunt my passion,
I'll ice my undies!
But Anasigma,
They're up to something!
I know it's nothing that's good!

K C (spotweld) says:

Wow.. those last two panels read like an out-take from James Bond movie that got a little too surreal. (Which makes it awesome!)

Also...    is Tip's power.. um, "tansferrable". You know, like how lightning can give people Superman's powers for a while.

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says: @@Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Caesar is all things to all men. Tip is all things to all women.
@sleepyjohn) says: Oh, it must be hell in there!

Goon Show!

... and whilst on that frequency ...

@dvandom) says: You know what they say about Caesar's wife being above reproach?[suspicion?]
Well, I've put an end to all that rubbish!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: Good to see that Tip's priorities are intact. I guess.
Rob (rrreed) says: Obvious first suspect is Nick as an unwitting mole. You don't want to know how many ways there are to piggyback information onto data streams, and Nick uses tons of bandwidth.
Naomi H (starbright) says: Love the sign in the first panel: "Do not leave body parts in conference room. Unity, this means you." Judging by panel 2, she has not been following orders.
Joe Glow (joe_glow) says: geez, I always forget to look at the pictures when I read comics.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: and in the very next panel is an arm....
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: That sign in the background of panel one is very disturbing. It seems to read, "Do not leave baby parts in conference room. Unity, this means you!"
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Desperado", The Eagles)

Oh, conditioner!
It helps me clear up my split ends!
Without it, my hair tends
To look quite surreal!

Yeah, conditioner!
Though they had none in Alaska,
We finished our task, a
Report did reveal!

Now way up north we had to fly;
This time I led the mission!
The missing Guardsmen turned to wolves, in fact!
And even though my fur was dry
And sadly unconditioned,
I found that my superpower was intact!

Oh, conditioner!
You keep my looking so bishy!
Does Doctor Lee wish she
That file had not viewed?
And she's wishin' her
Libido would get the heck out!
She's sticking her neck out
For this rude dude she screwed!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

"You're being monitored"

"And that is supposed to be surprising?"

I would guess that Dr. Lee is about to meet Gavotte.

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

Tip is a man of hidden depths...

...and vast, wide open areas of shallowness.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: I do sincerely doubt that anyone inspected Nick for bugs- be they software, listening, or other.
Katie Powell (pencilears) says:

oh my god, i just figured it out.

Anasigma reads Nick's LJ

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Ding!
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: I wonder if Anasigma is related to the Dave Conspiracy?
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

wusemajor said: I wonder if Anasigma is related to the Dave Conspiracy?

Maybe it's the female version.  You know, the Anna Conspiracy?  *Bricked several times*

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: The one to worry about is the Twoasogma. They're further out.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Don't Rain On My Parade", Jule Styne & Bob Merrill)

What does the group called Anasigma do, sir?
To tell the truth, I really wish I knew, sir!
I think that they're in fact the shadow government!

They are the ones who truly get things done, ma'am;
Just like the fools who work in Washington, ma'am,
Except that they in fact, are semi-competent!

Without much drama,
They run this land!
It's not Obama!
They're keeping way low ... they're smater than MacGyver!
They know ... who's gonna win "Survivor"!

What's Anasigma do, what are they hiding?
They're selling biotech and vinyl siding!
And if you talk, they'll give you shoes made of cement!

Lady Asphodel (ladyasphodel) says:

"Actually gets things done" doesn't really sound like the Council of Daves to me. More likely the Daves are behind Anasigma, controlling it from the shadows-within-shadows. Within shadows.

Dave Conspiracy -> Anasigma -> low-level shadow government (Annex One, Area 51, etc.) -> regular government -> civilians-behind-the-veil (Zeta, ANTONIO SMITH, etc.) -> normals.

Rob (rrreed) says: Rob Conspiracy -> *SQUIRREL!* -> Illuminati -> Dave Conspiracy
Lady Asphodel (ladyasphodel) says: You're quite mad, aren't you, sir?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh, that shadow government.

Also, @All:
Don't forget the Illuminati!
Terry Volkirch (terry) says:

Oh ...  my ... gawd! Ginny is so hot when she's angry!

I just had to say that.

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Well, this answers that question from earlier in the week.


This is probably a most unusual conversation for Tip - discourse that doesn't end in intercourse.

Mason Kramer (masonk) says: The conversation isn't over yet, Dieter.
Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says: If Annasigma were an "Anna Conspiracy", then the beauteous Dr. Lee's first name would be "Annabell" rather than "Virginia".  Which would be way more Poetic.  (As it is, I keep thinking that her last name is "Dare".)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Carl:  If she were Annabell Lee, Tip would have to be into necrophilia.  Which is a Poe excuse for romance.

BTW, don't you hate it when you post a comment and spot a typo ten hours later?  Is it ironic that I misspelled "smarter"?

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