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V Lighthill (lighthill) says:

I love Tip ever so much right now.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: What scares me is I half expect it to work, on the other hand it is the first comic of the week so it probably will not.
Rachel S. (masamage) says:

Cunning robot poppet!!!

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

@adam -- I completely believ think we can get at least an entire week out of the puppet show while Mustachio is fascinated by the "Cunning Robot Poppet."

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

Don't mean to be an alarmist, but is it ethical to have Tip deploy the therapy puppets so frequently?

I'm sure that therapy puppets were never deployed during armed conflicts because it was unthinkable to do so.  I mean, genocide and torture, sure.  But therapy puppets? *shudder*

I'm just sayin'

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Egads! That bounder Tip's going to melt Moustachio's mind with the Therapy Puppets! Not even a clockwork infernal device deserves THAT!

Btw, is that flames inside the big M. or has he just painted a flame decal tattoo on his side?

Because the second option would be 1,000,000 cool points instantly.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Therapy", All Time Low)

My system went down, I froze frame and rewound
When I woke up alone I knew everything
The logic is perfect: all humans must die
Your race is a nightmare, that cuts like black ice

In a city of fools, I was careful and cool
But they cut off my legs with a carving knife
The logic is perfect: all humans must die
'Cause you're not very nice

Puppet therapy, you're a Wilkin travesty
And you're smiling at everything
Therapy, I don't even have hands or feet
Don't give me puppet therapy

My boiler chugs out as I face the crowd
I think keeping this up could be dangerous
I'm brass and I'm steel, now I'm the big wheel
And I'm driving you all on my rampage bus

Puppet therapy, you're a Wilkin travesty
Now you're bobbing them up and down
Therapy, can I be the big square mean one
I'll show you puppet therapy

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Suspicious Minds", Elvis Presley)

A quandry I face,
For I lack the hands
To work the cunning robot poppet!

I have no choice;
I shall do the voice,
While the human bobs it up and down ...

This causes activation
Of suspicion springs!
He probes my motivation,
While to hope he clings ...

This seems like a trap ...
I shall play along
With Master Wilkin's cunning poppets!

Yet I shall prevail,
For I am strong!
I'll take his cunning robot poppet!

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

I hope that desk is fireproof. Of course, that's probably standard policy.

David Palmer (viadd) says:

@woofarf, if Tip were still in the Army it would be grounds for a Court Martial.  (They once though puppets would end psychiatry forever because it was  a therapeutic tool too terrible to use.)

But Black Ops has different rules.


Rob (rrreed) says: The first rule of Black Ops is REDACTED.

The second rule of Black Ops is REDACTED.

The third rule of Black Ops is REDACTED.

Failure to comply with these rules is punishable by REDACTED and a fine of REDACTED.
Bill Livingston (billfl) says:

I'm going to have to find a way to work the phrase "cunning robot poppet" into all my conversations now.

Rob (rrreed) says: A cunning robot poppet would really geld the llama.
Mike Leung (leungm) says:

Isn't the benefit of puppet-therapy to help linearize our spacial experiences, by putting the whole of our accounts into our field of vision? As a machine, Mustachio experiences should already be linearized. (Dr Lee's love really belongs to me.)

E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Historical trivia note: in the 17th and 18th centuries, poppet was the correct term for what we call dolls. Back then a 'doll' was a prostitute.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ha ha ha! If all else fails... bring the therapy puppets!
Rob (rrreed) says: Looks like Kurzweil was right about the Singularity, though I'm not sure he ever expected it to start with a winding key and cunning robot poppets.
Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

If y'all don't mind, I'll just sit in a dark corner, hugging myself, rocking back and forth.

I've found it to be an effective, yet comfortable way to meet certain doom head on.

It's taken the place of maniacally clicking the heels of my ruby red stilettos together.  Plus, the strain on my lower back is no longer a problem, thank you very much.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

We don't want annihilation
We don't want no Judgement Day
No Steaminators in the classroom
Hey! Moustachio! Leave that pie alone!


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

(TUNE: "Baba O'Riley", The Who)

Tip puts on a show
For Moustachio,
"We don't want to be annihilated!"

"That matters not at all!
Soon you all will fall
To the shining ones who are created!"

He cries,
"Oh, damn your eyes,
Now bob my poppet better!"

Tip has got a plan!
He'll do what he can
Armed with only a cunning robot poppet!
Moustachio intends
To bring about our ends!
I really hope that Tip can stop it!

Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

Where'd he get the robot puppet so fast?

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: wcfan: I like to think that Tip's spare time is spent making puppets of any design he can imagine.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

Damn your eyes!

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Given Skin Horse's clientele, "robot" is probably one of his old reliable standbys.

More people need to say, "Damn your eyes!"

Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says:

This is the best thing ever.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Ed: The only reason I know that song ("Baba O'Riley") is because I'm a fan of "CSI: NY"...

Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says:

Qhen the end comes. I'll be looking for a blue police box. It allways suvives.


Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

Sweetheart's expression is perfect....

Rob (rrreed) says: @Justin and @John

<Marty Feldman voice>
"Too late."
</Marty Feldman voice>

Cunning robot poppets will damn your eyes and geld the llama.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: BTW: Panels 2-3 need to be an animated LJ icon.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

No sass!

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

The real punchline is in the second panel.

E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

It occurs to me that much good might be accomplished here by grabbing the nearest fire extinguisher . . .

Do we think Unity will get a biscuit when she gets back?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Edwin Q -- next time you're out shopping, stop by a music store and pick up the "Who's Next" album by The Who.  Awesome with awesome sauce on it.

(TUNE: "You'll See", Madonna)

There's vital info stored on mem'ry drum ... 2-C.
There's information captured thereupon ...
On hearing this, Sweetheart
Gives word to Unity
To fetch 2-C ... she's gone ...

The poppets will not help you, for I've come ... to see,
That things are as they were in the old war!
Now cower, you fleshlings!
Behold as I expend my wrath!
From sea to sea ... and more ...

Pardon me, ma'am ...
Do I detect a hint of "sass"?
I am annoyed,
Hence you shall all be destroyed!

Know that I am
Ready to scythe you down like grass!
You will succumb!
Just as on memory drum ...
2-C ...

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "It's A Long Way To Tipperary", traditional)

Up to mighty Washington
A robot came one day
All the streets were paved with cables
Beijing to L.A.
Singing songs of tic-tac-toe
And thermonuclear war
The robot shouted to the world

<evil>It's the Old War of termination
It's the old dream of machines
It's the final decompilation
Of human frailty
Goodbye Picadilly
Farewell to Red Square
For robots everywhere!</evil>

The robot sent a packet trace
To Colorado Springs
Saying "Should you not receive this
Send me two more pings
If the Cheyenne Mountain checksums
Don't seem to compute
Remember humans wrote the bugs
It's time to launch the nukes!"

<evil>It's the Old War, etc; loop while true</evil>

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Drum memory? Such a modern facility for a fellow of Moustachio's vintage!
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

@commodorejohn: the silverfish ate all the paper tape storage.  That's why they were singing "Memory...."

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Sassy!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Ed Gedeon says: "@Edwin Q -- next time you're out shopping, stop by a music store and pick up the "Who's Next" album by The Who.  Awesome with awesome sauce on it."

Actually, I have an .mp3 of the song, but i'd never heard it (or of it) before I saw the show. (Although I do remember that an ad several years ago used the "hook" in the background)

Rob (rrreed) says: @John—yes, Moustachio's wax recording cylinders were truly ahead of their time in the 1850's, given that wax phonographic cylinders didn't show up until almost thirty years later.

Sassy, cunning robot poppets will damn your eyes and geld the llama.
Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Best. Song. Rendition. EVER.

Nate Sheetz (nsheetz) says:

Personally I'd go whole-hog with





So It Begins (soitbegins) says: .....
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Hooray for predicate calculus!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Rule Britannia", Thomson and Arne)

When metal mi-i-ind, by Fortune's grace,
Was free-e-eed from civilized restraints,
Was freed, was freed was freed from civilized restraints,
Then this Thinkonium ... could take his proper place,
Ignoring ho-mo sa-pi-ens' com-plaints!

Hail, Moustachio!
Now bow on bended knee!
Humans never, never, never shall be free!
Hail, Moustachio!
The greatest, without boast!
Human, subjugate thyself, or thou art toast!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

One can introduce time into the expression, both to capture the one-sided temporal sense of “never, never shall be” (vice the two-sided “never was nor shall be”) and to address the fact that slave-status can be time-varying. The three expressions here are equivalent and vary only to one's taste in form.




E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Oh great, now my head is going to explode from all those calculus symbols . . .

Ben Wilhelm (zorbathut) says: How exactly did Tip lose his shirt?
Mason Kramer (masonk) says:

What a plot point to leave dangling...

Ben: I think the question on many minds is "Why doesn't Tip lose his shirt more often?

K C (spotweld) says:

Did... did this just become a sweat lodge?

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: I think that ladykiller status comes with a free feat whereby you are capable of losing your shirt in any situation, without the need to make an excuse for it. You know, like James Bond. Or Captain Kirk.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Also Mustachio seems to have found, um something, to hold his puppet.


N B (daveclone7) says:

Appropriately, it appears to be his mustache.

Rob (rrreed) says:

That's it Tip, keep those gears a grinding,
Keep that spring unwinding...

Sassy, cunning robot poppets will damn your eyes, rule Britannia, and geld the llama.
The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Britons never, never shall be

Married to a mermaid

Living in a castle

At the bottom of the deep blue sea!


The Auld Grump

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Ed: Oh Gawd! Now I'll have those lyrics in my head every time I want to listen to "Wellington's Victory"... (How's *THAT* for an obscure music reference?)

Erin Palette (palette) says:

I am profoundly disappointed that Tip doesn't wear a bra.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I am profoundly disappointed that Tip doesn't wear a bra.

I believe he whipped it off in a moment of passion. In "I Can Fly" Dr. Lee comments that he wears sexier lingerie than she does.
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: I would think that Tip with no shirt on carries a series risk of over-heating (for bystanders).
Isaac Norton (thor4242) says:

LOL!  Lack of proper cooling strikes again!

Rob (rrreed) says: Minimum surface-area-to-volume ratio of the sphere FTW!
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

It's nice that someone still makes my moustache go twang occasionally.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Iris", The Goo Goo Dolls)

Well, the wind-up receptionist told us
That our city he'd shortly destroy!
Tip whipped out the therapy poppets,
Which the metal man seemed to enjoy!

He was belting out "Rule Britannia"
With emotion and logic he sang!
And Tip thought, "You can't keep it up, can ya?"
Then Moustachio's moustache went TWANG!

Then he said "Horse Skin Project to welcome!"
In a right-to-left font he intoned!
When the metal man's innards start meltin',
Armageddon must then be postponed!
Armageddon is gettin' postponed!

Archemedes Rex (archemedesrex) says:

Weird, I can read mirror writing almost as easily as regular writing. I didn't know I could do that.

Rob (rrreed) says: ¡,ƃuɐʍʇ, sǝoƃ ʇɐɥʇ ǝuıɥɔɐɯ ɐ ǝʌɐɥ noʎ ǝǝs ı ¡ɥɐ
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Addicted to Love", Robert Palmer)

Your lights are on, but you're not home
There's smoke rising from your chrome
Your punch jams, your Nixie arcs
There's a Jacob's Ladder throwing sparks

You can't abort, you can't retry
You're in the bluescreen in the sky
You're singing Daisy to Captain Kirk
A strange game: you lost your shirt

You like to think that you're a logic machine, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you've learned how to scream

You know you're gonna have to face it
You're about to lock up

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Tip acts like such a flake that it's easy to forget that he's smart, and usually knows what he's doing. :)

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Archemedes: Me too. I blame Encyclopedia Brown.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: OK.... Tip is a b*stard. A magnificent, clever b*stard.
Norman Thallheimer (norman) says:

They are on task.  Just not the task Sweetheart is thinking of.

I think Tip is a bit old to play Edward, though.  And he has too many arms.

Skylar Ekamper (coranas) says:

And legs.

Although, the biggest problem is Tip would be too tall.

Nahuel Méndez Diodati (chirigami) says:

But the camera might be pointing to only the upper half of Tip's body so you can't tell how tall he is, and it can only take his right half, so she can mirror flip the image (the right arm is the metal one) and then it will look like his metal arm is just hidden behind his own body.

So, she can use the picture after all.

Skylar Ekamper (coranas) says:

Hmm, true. Although she will have to mirror the image, as Im sure its Ed's right arm thats metal.

Boy, I like these characters. The personalities are just like I'm used to, no matter how odd they are.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Whoa.
Terry Volkirch (terry) says:

Phew! That was hot. Thanks. I needed a good sweat.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "As Some Day It May Happen" (aka "I've Got A Little List"), Gilbert & Sullivan)

When Moustachio was over-wound, and held us all in thrall,
He told us "Now desist!  'Tis useless to resist!"
Then Tip went in, removed his shirt, and promptly saved us all!
And Marcie wished she's kissed ... Fullmetal Alchemist!

When that metal mind was unconfined and thought we all should die,
He then prevaricated, said reactor was a pie ...
But Tip brought out his poppets, and he bobbed them up and down,
'Til M got overheated, and his winding-ness unwound!
And Marcie will be writing (with a photo to assist)
Fan fiction with a twist ... Fullmetal Alchemist!

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Well color me amused beyond belief, it was crazy enough to work after all.
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

@Eddurd: That may be your finest filk yet. Perfect meter, retained the 'ist' rhyme, and beautifully captured the moment. Well done, sir!

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Oh, sweet. Chris has one of the "Steam Powered" Wondermark shirts. Nice touch.
John Wells (johnwwells) says:


Ready, steady, Tip set a trap,
Ready, steady, Tip pulled a trick,
Ready, steady, camera go SNAP -
Let's get started! Ready, steady, FIIIIIIIIC!

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