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clark brooks (czark) says:

Tip: "Steadfast in love" for a few weeks.

Nick, Mustachio: genuinely Tin

UNITY: fearless in battle

Sweetheart: sweet of heart

 It's almost easier to puzzle out the ballerina 


Rob (rrreed) says: Tip is the fish, I'm tellin' ya!

Jonathan Marinaro (teddymarinaro) says: DUN DUN DUN!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Button Up Your Overcoat", DeSylva, Brown, & Henderson)

Anasigma's won-der-ing,
What does Skin Horse do?
Though ... there's ... something they want,
Nick belongs to you!

With his jerkface attitude,
And his language blue,
He's ... a ... pain in the butt!
Nick belongs to you!

He's playing online games (fun yeah!),
Posting flames (done yeah!),
Calling names (shun yeah!);
Headaches will come
From this scummy dumb crumb-bum!

Though I seem to be concerned,
Please don't misconstrue;
Dude ... you're ... stuck with him now;
Nick belongs to you!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: And while we're at it, The Cake Is A Lie.
Kristine Roland (kristineroland) says:

Don't forget, when Nick showed up, Gavotte spoke with Goldbug and told him/her she knew why Goldbug wante Nick in Skin Horse.


Shannon Traska (skip) says:

Okay, panel four Tip is hotter than panel four Doctor Lee, IMHO.

 I am comfortable with my sexuality...  I am comfortable with my sexuality... I am comfortable with my sexuality...  >.<

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: It's the pattern on Doc Lee's skirt. Totally throws you off. You're not attracted to Tip at all.
Unlike the rest of us.
Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says: Has anyone noticed that Helen Narbon sold her DNA samples of Mell Kelly too a bio weapons development agency?  Makes you think.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: That poor man.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: They broke it! And keep ON breaking it further! Arrrggghhh!!!
Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I can think of only four words to summarize this particular situation: 

This Cannot End Well.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

I'm a little doombot
Short and stout
Here is my keyhole
Here's my snout
When I get all wound up
Just watch out
Cause here is the coil
Where the rays come out


So It Begins (soitbegins) says: @Rachel: I can do it in two.

Oh Dear.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "White Rabbit", Jefferson Airplane)

Doctor Lee is talking
To Moustachio so bright,
And she makes a judgement error;
Now he's wound a bit too tight,
Quoting "Alice",
When he's not quite right!

When he's under so much tension,
He's erratic all day long;
From observing his behaviour,
You might think there's something wrong;
Quoting "Alice",
Breaking into song!

Virginia, now you've done it,
Though you did not understand!
Once this sequence has begun, it
Will soon get out of hand!
Just like Alice,
He's in Wonderland!

He's reciting Lewis Carroll,
Going page by page by page;
Then he's start in with some Shakespeare,
Quoting "All the world's a stage";
If he had legs,
He would vent his rage!
He'd rampage!
He'd rampage!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Doctor Lee certainly winds ME up. ;)
Andrew Barton (andrewandkatebarton) says:

@Rachel: I can do it in one:


Andrew Willett (awillett) says:

Oh yeah? Well how about...


Rachel S. (masamage) says: Wah!!
Rob (rrreed) says: Pity that the world's most advanced mechanical automaton doesn't have overwinding protection built-in! Obviously Moustachio is a revision O product.

I wonder if a revision A was ever constructed? Of course, that would mean Moustachio playing "Lore" to another's "Data"...
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: I like the snake! Lurch Week?
Alix Tierney (almaseti) says: Breather? Heh. Sometimes it's little details like that that really make or break a piece of fiction.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Figures the Cuddly Cobras would end up as pets. And I'm sure Ted Cassidy would be proud to be the honorary spokesbody for such a worthy charity. They can get the guy from the movie as a stand-in.
woozy (woozy) says:

>>Lurch Week?

Think of it as an in-joke that none of us get because we aren't actually in Skin Horse but we wish we were so try to infer what it means and then act as though we were in on the joke from the beginning.

 ... or we look at the tee-shirt in the last panel. 

 You see ... you and I might walk or run or bike for a cure to what ails us such as AIDS, or breast cancer, or Lou Gehrigs disease (*really* nasty that one) but Unity is a zombie so she'd ....  get it now?


Um... Doesn't Unity already know the cure for death and she is it?

Rob (rrreed) says: Give—because with your help, we can find a cure for death in your lifetime!
Zarathustra's Id (zarathustrasid) says:

I'm still trying to figure out how they'll fill out their softball team.

Giving up and moving on to panel two...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Funny, I recognize that snake...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "We Are The World", USA For Africa)

There comes a time ... when one's vital signs will fade,
And a day when one's EKG goes flat ...
But there's hope through research ... much progress has been made!
We need funding, and we're asking you to help with that!

We are the dead!
We are the lifeless!
You offer hope to help us cope,
Our cause is righteous!
Got no respiration, no circulation too!
We need your help to find a cure,
It's up to you!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: P.S. Hug me!
Jon W. (kd7sov) says: Remember, Z's Id, there's more than just Skin Horse in Annex 1. I bet even the basement civilizations could sign up if they wanted to.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

"They may find a cure for death, but I wouldn't hold my breath."

"I don't have to."

Lurch for the Cure.  God's pancreas, it's brilliant.

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Totallly missed the Tee shirt the first time around. Yes, it makes snece now. Shows me right for reading s late.
woozy (woozy) says:

>>Totallly missed the Tee shirt the first time around.

I totally missed Unity's "breather" epithet the first time around.

Rob (rrreed) says: @Zarathustra's Id—More to the point, who does Annex One play? And is the team called the Annex One REDACTEDs?

You know, I can see that last as a sport team-style T-shirt...
K Rb (moghjubar) says: (Yes I made an account just to post this) Or better yet, actually make a 'lurch for the cure' campaign for a random, real disease... say Lou Gehrig's disease. Get a few thousand people, all zombied up, with a bunch of sponsors, lurching for (_Insert appropriate lurch-miles that would be difficult but doable, perhaps need a lurching expert or test group_). First one to the finish gets brains (which ironically, perhaps the most appropriate awards would be scholarships to budding clinical research scientists). Just throwing that out there. For your brains.
Drew (pseudowolf) says: @K Rb: That could work, especially if you scheduled it around Halloween. You'd have to be careful which cause you were supporting, though. For some conditions, calling it "Lurch for the Cure" or equivalent might sound like one was making fun of the afflicted.
Susan Chambers (schambers) says: I also made an account to post this:  I want a Lurch for the Cure t-shirt!
woozy (woozy) says:


Not so sure a "Lurch for the cure" for either Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Multiple sclerosis would be considered to be in very good taste...

As an aside, a very good friend of my sister has ALS (Lou Geherig's desease) and will likely be dead in a year.  Not that there seems to be any good way to die, ALS seems unnescessarily ... frustrating.

 Sorry.  I know... off topic and everyone has their own soapbox but ... well.  Spread the word and all...

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

The Cobras really are cute.

Unity working with the crystals, just what we don't need.

woozy (woozy) says: Mr. Silvers?
Cara d(^o^)b (carakaze) says: Cobra hug! :)
Cara d(^o^)b (carakaze) says: Silvers... and Goldbug? Who's got Copper? And who's got Tin?
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Shout", Tears For Fears)


Lurch! Lurch! Buy all our merch!
Death can be cured and we're on the search!
Come on! I'm talking to you!
Come on!

In violent times
We shouldn't have to hide our skills
But we'll ask nice
Although we were designed to kill
Those one-track minds
That engineered our fatal dance
Kiss them goodbye
And show the world our necromance
And show the world our

Lurch! Lurch! Buy all our merch!
Death can be cured and we're on the search!
Come on! I'm talking to you!
Come on!

They gave unlife
And in return we gave 'em hell
As cold as ice
We've come in from the great big chill
We want our rights
And when we've gotten through your skulls
If we could change your minds
We wouldn't have to eat your brains
We wouldn't have to


Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Actually, it might be very good if Unity went to visit the crystals.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Get Me To The Church On Time", Lerner & Loewe)

Death's a disease that can be beaten!
Donate to help us with this fight!
It's lotsa fun, Fred!
Come help the undead,
And come to see the Lurch tonight!

Hey, hardly anyone gets eaten!
Most of our members are polite!
They'll ask permission
To make you nutrition;
So come and see the Lurch tonight!

With arms stretched forward,
With shuffling feet,
With moany groaning,
It's really neat!

There will be games you can compete in!
All of your friends you should invite!
Come watch as we lurch!
Help fund our research!
So come and see the Lurch ...
At Second Baptist Church ...
Be sure to come and see the Lurch ... to- ... night!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I bet the Lurch has a theme song that Unity will sing.
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: Re: Your Brains, most likely.
Myrddin ap Taliesin (myrddhin) says: Is the basement cold enough to require thermal underwear? Then he'd be Long Johns Silvers.
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: Aw, I love the cute little snakes. I think the snakes in Skin Horse inspired this doodle some time ago, although I don't think I realized it until just now.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Am I the only one convinced that Mr. Silvers has to be a Dave?
woozy (woozy) says:

>>>Silvers... and Goldbug? Who's got Copper? And who's got Tin?

 Ah... that could be.  What metal is Mustachio?  I thought it was copper but I got that from the Oz books which aren't....

 So most folks are thinking of the Hans Christian Anderson "Tin Soldier" but are there any others out there like me who aren't really *that* familiar with HCA and think first of Captain Fyter of the Oz books, then the toys kids play with (now plastic, before lead, maybe never actually tin), thirdly the Crosby, Stills, Nash song "Ohio", and *then*, almost lastly, the HCA story.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Bravo, Ed. Nothing like a little My Fair Lady to get you into the lurch.

Maybe Silvers should take the talking snakes and put them on a talking plane. Add Samuel L. Jackson, and...profit!

I'm also surprised there's no Hi Ho Silvers or Long John Silvers jokes yet.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: And I fail to read the forum yet again. Argh.
Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Ooh. Continuity.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: He's gonna get wound again, isn't he?  I wonder if Gavotte actually can wind him or not.
Joe Glow (joe_glow) says: c'moooooon rampage!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Uh-oh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Summer Nights" from "Grease", Jacobs & Casey)

Basement dwellers ... need to be fed!
Little fellahs ... fetch me some bread!
Killer robots ... having a tiff!
Waiting for ... Welch's and Jif!

Sammich day!
What do you say?
We're wait-ing for P.B. and J.!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mustachio's going to discover hidden back-up limbs, isn't he?
Drew (pseudowolf) says: Or convince Unity to reattach his old limbs.
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: Those Cobras are SOOO cute. I love the last frame where it's putting its nose in the peanut butter.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

See, this would be a good time to purchase Crustables, pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, with the crusts already removed!

By the way, I can't decide if peanut butter and jelly in a single jar is either the best or worst food invention since sliced bread. 

Mark Orr (agentoracle) says:

Strangely Relevant to this story arc:
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Andrew Kunz says: "By the way, I can't decide if peanut butter and jelly in a single jar is either the best or worst food invention since sliced bread."


Probably depends on the brand. Smucker's Goober-Jelly®:


tastes great, but it's *very* expensive. (About $5/jar locally.)


I've found less expensive brands, but the peanut butter in them tends to harden and spoil very quickly. (The sugars in the jelly seep into the peanut butter and react with the oil, turning it rock-hard. Apparently Smucker's uses a special recipe to avoid this.)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Warning: Mayostard will expire before Mustardayonnaise.
Kristine Roland (kristineroland) says: Can it be worse then fluffernutter?
Rob (rrreed) says: I can't believe Ed didn't go for a tune set to "Down Under" by Men at Work.

"...He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich."
woozy (woozy) says:

So the first Fun Lurch was in 1794?  Any significance to that year?

 Dang.  Wish I was clever enough to have a clue to what Mustachio is quoting...

Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

Death is only sometimes silent, by my own personal experience.  But that's just me.

The Lurch has been going on since the 1790s?  American corpses have nearly as long a history as living Americans!

woozy (woozy) says:

Gotta love that innernet thingy:

 (Heh, heh.  It's supposed to be "steeled cognizance" ...  [Gad, how obnoxious of me was that?])

woozy (woozy) says:

December 30th, 1794:  French troops conquer Grave, Netherlands  (  If that's it then that is a very obscure and forced joke.  (But it is December so....)

But for true grasping at straws, 1794 was the year William Blake published "The Little Vagabond" (Songs of Experience) which contains the lines:


And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church,
Would not have bandy children nor fasting nor birch.

woozy (woozy) says:

... or is it a reference to A.F. Stewarts Vampire Novella Chronicles of the Undead - Samuel Harrington's Diaries: 1793-1795, London, England 

with events occuring around Christmas 1794? (

Rob (rrreed) says: Bingo! In the 1790's, Luigi Galvani was the first to notice a dissected frog's leg twitch in response to a static electrical discharge. His report of his subsequent investigation of "animal electricity" was part of a summer reading list for...

:: drumroll ::

Mary Shelley prior to writing Frankenstein!
Joe Glow (joe_glow) says: I do not believe "steel" was a mistake.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
ribbles (ribbles) says: Okay, so no one here has floated the possibility that 1794 and Mustachio's dialogue was chosen at random, and for good reason: it almost certainly isn't. But here's my question: are we coming up with these theories because Narbonic: Director's Cut has demonstrated just how effective Sarge is at obscure references, or have we always more or less been this way? 
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Remind me never to ask where did the phrase "Hold the Mayo" come from.

And what do the undead have against beetles anyway? The only bad beetles I can think of are those ladybugs that bite and the stink bugs. It's a real problem around here. Of course I'm not dead.


David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Andrew Kunz:  Ever hear of "museum beetles"?  They could turn a poor zombie into a skeleton...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

In honor of "Skin Horse", today we present "Steam Horse" by Emily Dickinson.

Sung, of course, to the tune of the theme song from "Gilligan's Island".

I like to see it lap the Miles
   And lick the Valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at Tanks,
   And then, prodigious, step

Around a Pile of Mountains
   And, supercilious, peer
In Shanties, by the sides of Roads;
   And then a Quarry pare

To fit its Ribs, and crawl between
   Complaining all the while
In horrid–hooting stanza;
   Then chase itself down Hill,

And neigh like Boanerges;
   Then, punctual as a Star,
Stop, docile and omnipotent,
   At its ... own ... sta-ble door!

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says: "Death: the Silent Killer." I don't know why, but I keep cracking up over that one.
Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

Sorry folks.  1795 would be the first annual Lurch for the Cure date.  Unless the 215th is in 2010 (this storyline is already in its second month, and it is supposed to be in spring, IIRC), in which case the first was in1796.  Most annual events don't have a zeroth annual occasion, they call it the first...

Finding any historical irrelevance is left as an exercise for the student...

woozy (woozy) says:

>>Bingo! In the 1790's, Luigi Galvani was the first to notice a dissected frog's leg twitch in response to a static electrical discharge.

That would definately be it except he noticed that in 1771.  *sigh*

>>1795 would be the first annual Lurch for the Cure date. 

D'oh!  I knew dat...  "Most annual events don't have a zeroth annual occasion"  I thought about that and *still* made the mistake.  sigh.  (I figured 200th anniveresy would mean....)

 I thought maybe "American Corpse League" would be a pun of some "American Corps League" be the innerweb came up with nuthin'...  "The American Corps of Engineers" began sometime around then and strange little events which differred by which site you chose to cite occurred in 1794 but that was pretty sketchy ...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Now I feel bad. I didn't have a specific reason in mind for the founding date of the Fun Lurch. I just wanted the American Corpse League to be about as old as the United States, because I liked the idea of zombie Ben Franklin and the like. European Corpse Leagues presumably have their own Fun Lurches.

"Steel" rather than "steeled" is deliberate, though.
George Harris (bullcityfats) says:

Nothing to add about this comic; I just finally registered to point to the shout-out from Jennie Breedon:


Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: ...that's a shout-out?
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

woozy (woozy) says:

Gotta love that innernet thingy: [Google search link]

(Heh, heh. It's supposed to be "steeled cognizance" ... [Gad, how obnoxious of me was that?])

 Maybe I've missed something, but that Google search takes me to a poem To Brooklyn Bridge by a man named Hart Crane, which doesn't seem to bear any relation to whatever Moustachio is quoting.

Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

Yea! Return of the cute and cuddly cobras!


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