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Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

Tip's setting a pretty low bar there.

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

keep your aim low.

psychology has a hell'va recoil.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "A Spoonful of Sugar", Mary Poppins musical)

Our steampunk robot's gone berserk
And turned into a first-class jerk
How tiresome!
This really will not do!

So we've a task to undertake
And then there will be cake
It's not a lie
If we can stay alive

'Cause it's
Biscuits all round if we aren't vap-o-rised!
Yes it's biscuits all round if we aren't vap-o-rised
And jam if we stay fallout-free!

Michael Martin (mcmartin) says:

I meant to use this back when System Shock first came up, but for some reason I could not comment, so:

"Turn around, in-s-s-s-s-s-sects, and meet your Effectuators."

In fact, come to think of it, "Gavotte" is a Turn Around Insect.

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

I wonder if one day we'll get an arc involving a Giant Jam Sandwich.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

GAVOTTE: Turn around insects
UNITY: Every now and then I fall apart
GAVOTTE: Turn around insects
UNITY: Every now and then I fall apart

DR LEE: And I need you now tonight. And I need you more than ever.
NICK: And if you only hold me tight. We'll be holding on forever

TUNGSTEN EATING ROBOTS: And we'll only be making it right.  Cause we'll never be wrong together we can take it to the end of the line

DR LEE: Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time

IRA: I don't know what to do I'm always in the dark
CHRIS: We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks

MARCIE: I really need you tonight

MOUSTACHIO: Forever's gonna start tonight. Forever's gonna start tonight.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Eeeeeegad.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Keeping with this morning's theme ...
(TUNE: "Let's Go Fly A Kite", from Disney's "Mary Poppins")

Moustachio's ruptured a spring!
Now he's got that Beni pie thing,
He's explodey and crazy, I'm sure you'll agree!
If we're not dead by three,
We'll have biscuits and tea!
Oh, oh, oh ...

Spit-spot!  Here we go,
Off to Moustachio!
Spit-spot!  For you know,
If we can stop him
With no damages,
We might get sammiches!
Spit-spot, so ... here we go!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

If Gavotte gets UNITY annoyed enough, she could end up a B-minus.

I recommend peanut butter and honey sammiches, but let's outsource the honey, OK?

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

hehe. Spit-spot. I've said it before, but Gavotte would be perfect with a Mary Poppins voice. When you make the movie, see if Julie Andrews is available. :)

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

I have to ask, is it a tasty, tasty biscuit?

*With apologies to Eric Burns.

Rob (rrreed) says: "…a man with a wooden leg named 'Smith'."




Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

Nate, the nice tie-in between your latter FILK and the Bat Out Of Hell album is the same songwriter: Jim Steinman.

Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says:

The last panel is win.

I am so agreeing with both their sentiments.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hooooooo boy.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "We Got The Beat", The Go-Go's)

See the people standing in the hall;
They're not certain what to do at all!
When some fool ... then invokes the curse,
"Things just couldn't be worse!"

They got some bees!
They got some bees!
They got some bees!
Yeah, they got some bees!

Hear Gavotte's evacuation plan!
Hear her buzz it loudly as she can!
But it seems it can't be heard enough
Over screaming and stuff!

Freak out from bees!
Freak out from bees!
Freak out from bees!
Yeah, freak out from bees!

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

Ah, yes, delusional self-importance; 'tis the stuff of inspired narcissism.

Y'all may genuflect, 'cuz I understand how difficult it is not to.

No, no need to thank me.

E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Say what you like, but Gavotte is really the bee's knees


. . . and other bee bits


. . .do bees even have knees ?

woozy (woozy) says:

Wellllll...  If you take what Gavotte says ... say, did I ever tell you my sister's name is Gavotte[1]? ...  If you take what Gavotte says literally and don't assume any emotional impication, her words work as well.

"I'm off to the lobby to direct the throng"  Yes, a swarm of bees would move a throng and an intelligent swarm of bees could select the direction of the movement.

"I'll keep those upper lips stiff"  Well, she could be talking about hers.  Or she could literally be stiffening the human upper lips with stings (which would help how?)

"I imagine they're ... in need of a cheering word"  Oh well, too bad.  I'm still going to direct them in a single direction and sting their upper lips.


So I was going to ask, who's the cutie gal in the last panel until I noticed the arm hair.  Gosh, his hair *is* long.  Isn't it?

[1] Well, not really, but sort of really.  If my name really were woozy which it not really but sort of is, her name would be Gavotte.   You see, she was named (34 years ago) after a trumpet air (which in turn was named for a minor Phrygian mountain goddess cum Greek mother goddess cum cum Celtic hearth goddess) which was subtitled and declared by the composer as "Gavotte".  We toyed with calling her "Gavotte" as a nick-name when she was a toddler but it didn't stick.  Somehow "Diddle" (which was was her toddler language for "chicken"--- because of the sound that hens make: diddle-diddle-diddle) became her nick-name (along with "Bopper", "the kid", and "kiddo").  Which is too bad because had Gavotte stuck as a nickname or, better yet, we had actually named her Gavotte, then I'd be able to say with accuracy that I *do* have a sister named Gavotte, rather than create a rambling postscript on a flimsy pretext for purposes of mild, very mild, amusement.

Oh, well.  Stiff upper lip and all that, and don't geld the llama.

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

I understood you so well, I got woozy.

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Gotta love Gavotte's style.

Been There Done That (btdt) says:

I have to admitt today's strip has made me a Gavotte fan.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "And Your Bird Can Sing", The Beatles)

You want to know who made me the boss of you?
Well, my butt can sting!
Better listen here!
Yeah, listen here!

You're sassing me and asking, "Hey, just who
Died and made you king??"
Stick it in your ear!
I'll sting your rear!

Though you fear disaster,
It won't come to pass!
Tip will soon be up there,
Kicking brass!  Kicking brass!

Let's coordinate all our movements now;
It's an insect thing!
People, have no fear,
Skin Horse is ... here!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "A British Bank", Mary Poppins musical)


Skin Horse has a plan in the offing
A plan will be imminently offed!
For the function of our office
Is to off the things that off us
Without us - Disorder! Chaos! Moral disintegration!
In short - you'd all go bloody soft!

Tip: I quite agree!

Our operatives are moulded, shaped and drilled
Their life's a looming battle

Tip: And we're dressed to kill!


In short, I am disturbed to hear my coworkers
Taking about popping in and out of
the (in every sense) late Precambrian, cavorting
On flying platforms, mindwiping

Yes well I don't mind that quite so much
Anyway it's tradition but cute cobras in the basement
I ask you gratuitiously cute cobras in the basement
And highly questionable projects of every other kind

If we must have evil projects
These projects ought to be
Fraught with purpose, yes, and practicality!
A silly thing like
Superthe - Superthe -

Chris: Superthermonuclearantimatterdetonation!


Yes, well done, you said it
And being incinerated out of existence
Has no use, so stand up and listen well
Pull up your socks and brush your teeth
And join this working bee!

Critic: Or you'll sting us in places we can't spell?

Gavotte: Exactly!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mustachio isn't the only one a bit too tightly wound today, methinks.
John Sears (john_sears) says:

I'd always wondered if Gavotte would be willing to sting anyone.  I mean, stinging kills an individual bee, and Gavotte is a hive mind somehow made up of/carried on a swarm of bees.  So each sting diminishes her capacity.  I guess she has enough redundancy built in, or else is making a very good bluff.

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

The Skin Horse gang is akin to carrying a vile of unstable nitro glycerin for protection when traveling in a rickity truck driven on a bumpy road that runs through the dangerous part of town.

God, they're wonderful.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Why do I get the feeling that Gavotte was once a spelling bee?

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Woof: Yes, they're the "Wages of Fear" of social services agencies. But with a cute dog.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Woof Arf: Um, I think that you mean "vial". "Vile" means "disgusting" or "repulsive"...

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

@reynard: You obviously haven't heard where Unity keeps the nitroglycerin.

Dov Mittelman (silentspeaker) says:

@Dave: Everywhere, I thought?

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

Edwin Quantrall: Oy vey - yer absolutely right!  My spelling bad.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(TUNE: "Simply The Best", Tina Turner)

Maximum load, we're leavin' ground
Got our MARTHA STEWART snakes and we're heaven-bound
But you gotta be, gotta be on my first flight out
You gave me mad-science promises and VR dreams
You hack DNA like you know what it means
There's an okay blonde to aft
But she doesn't play Warcraft

You're simply hottest
Hotter than all the rest
Hotter than any elf
Any elf in Everquest
You kidnapped my heart
And stuck my brain into a vat
Don't tear us apart baby
We need a little Facebook chat

Each time you leave me I feel like a machine
Cos you walked away with my liver and spleen
I can feel you even when I'm alone
Cos I put spyware on your iPhone

You're simply hottest.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: awww he is worried about Dr lee
Rob (rrreed) says: The back of (Ira's?) jacket has me wondering…

What's Annex 1 an annex of, anyway? And since it's not just, "The Annex", the name implies that there's at least an Annex 2 somewhere, and possibly more.
Rob (rrreed) says: Hey, the cast page has been updated again: Dr. Lee's been promoted to "Supporting Cast".
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Jet Airliner", Steve Miller Band)

Nick will save ev'ry evacuee,
Save them from the worst!
He will not leave, though, without Doctor Lee,
He insists that she must go first!
She says to leave, and then come back again ...
Gotta save her 'cause she's so fine!
She's such a hottie, a true perfect ten!
(Although the blonde there in the back is a nine ...)

VTOL Osprey,
Carrying your maximum load!
VTOL Osprey,
Gotta go 'fore we all explode!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mmm, blonde to aft.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Woof Arf says: Edwin Quantrall: "Oy vey - yer absolutely right!  My spelling bad."

Yer grammar are too. ;-)

Matt Willtrout (furbearntrout) says:

They say you can get all the exercise you need lying down...:3

Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

That'll do it.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah, minor psychological torture, how we love thee.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Your Song", Elton John)

It's a lot of damn climbin' ...
Yeah, floor after floor!
We made it to nineteen,
I'm ready for more!
Lately, I've been doing
Horizontal cardio ...
And that's really more than
You wanted to know!

But please don't tell anybody
I'm checking him out,
'Cause Chris has a manly body,
Of that there's no doubt!
You know the truth is ... you know the truth is ...
Girl, I tell you what!
The truth is that I like
Staring at his butt!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:


marcie's got my respect now :)

Louis Richards (nebulousrikulau) says:

Going upstairs in high heels isn't a problem.

Going downstairs in them will kill you.

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

Heh, heh (*SNORT*) - she said - (*SNICKER*) - "butts" - (*CHORTLE*)

Maturity is SOOO over-rated.

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Oh man, I SO agree Louis. I am terrified I will die every time I try to descend in heels. Usually it involved clinging to the railing of the staircase. 

Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

It'd pay for new shorts.

Rob (rrreed) says: Tune—"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", by Robert B. & Richard M. Sherman

Chuga Chug FWOOM Chuga Chuga Chug FWOOM
Chuga Chug FWOOM Chuga Chuga Chug FWOOM
Chuga Chug FWOOM Chuga Chuga Chug FWOOM

Oh, you, pretty Chuga Chug FWOOM
Chuga Chuga Chug FWOOM
We love you
And, with
Chuga Chuga Chug FWOOM
Chuga Chuga Chug FWOOM
What we'll do.
Run, down, you automaton, then what a happy time we'll spend.
Our fine destructive friend!
Our fine destructive friend!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: N-ope.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

My first thought was to use Bob Seger's "The Fire Inside", but that seemed a little too obvious, y'know?  Anyway, I figured M would prefer something from his own era ...

(TUNE: "My Object All Sublime", Gilbert & Sullivan)

My mind I shall uncage,
My gears I shall engage
To get enjoyment from my rampage,
Enjoyment from my rampage!
And make each human on Earth
Of insignificant worth
Regret the day of their mortal birth,
The day of their mortal birth!

E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Right back at ya Ed. . .

To the 'Policeman's Song' from Pirates of Penzance

When Moustachio's engaged in his employment,
(his employment)
Securing his nuclear fusion pie
(fusion pie)
His capacity for wholesale mess and slaughter
(mess and slaughter)
Is far greater than can be said for you and I
(you and I)

When Moustachio rolls out to wreak some havoc.
(wreak some havoc)
He'll riddle Annex One with Nordenfelts.
Then open up with his QF six pounder,
(six pounder)
Which certainly will raise some bloody welts!
(bloody welts)

Oh great will be the robotic caus'd carnage,
(caus'd carnage)
because we all forgot and over wound.
(over wound)
Moustachio is chugging for destruction
(for destruction)
He'll level Annex One I'll be bound!
(I'll be bound)

Now Sweetheart owes the Tipster a bit of money,
(bit of money)
For betting that the robot's settled down.
(settled down)
Alas Moustachio's gears are meshing madly,
(meshing madly)
And soon he will destroy the whole darn town!

If Tip and the team cannot stop him,
(cannot stop him)
Moustachio's rampage will carry on.
(carry on)
Causing chaos, explosions, and destruction,
(and destruction)
Until the whole wide world is served up brown!
(served up brown)

Kenneth Graves (kag) says:

And now we learn the sinister secret behind Skin Horse's unlimited furniture budget: so Moustachio would have a ready supply of boiler fuel.

Rob (rrreed) says: @E.A. Poe—By "Policeman's Song", do you mean "When a Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment"?
E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Yes, thank you, couldn't think of the exact name, but figured people would recognize it anyway . . .

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