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Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Chris is sweet but Marcie has sprinkles. :)

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

And then you're gonna wear that dress that Yuri wears in the deleted scene?


Rob (rrreed) says:

End Of Line
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

You call seeing Tron having sprinkles?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Light My Fire", The Doors)

Although an awful spot we're in,
Although the situation's dire,
Still, I just can't help but grin
When I know I'm your one desire!

Come on Chris, now cut that wire!
You're the nerd that I admire!
We'll see "Tron" if you desire,
Then to the bedroom we'll retire ...


Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Ee!! Eeeeeeee!!!

I mean, we all knew it was coming, but still! EEE!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

No, they already irradiated the Eee. :-)


Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:


So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*
Jack Elliott (jacktus) says:

Yes, they irradiated the Eee, that's how it mutated into the unstoppable force we know know only as EEE, of course.

Rob (rrreed) says: And here I thought that when 'Eee' was irradiated it became the IEEE.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Neither of my EEEs are irradiated. I need to rectify that.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

The reason (well the other reason) Marcie didn't just say yes is that she can't dump Tip /after/ Chris cuts the wire... she already has.

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

...and with that, Elle magazine has just been classified as Top Secret by Homeland Security.


Rob (rrreed) says: I can see the new Homeland Security Advisory System now:
  • Burgundy: Severe Risk of Wardrobe Misfunction
  • Magenta: High Risk of Wardrobe Misfunction
  • Carnelian: Elevated Risk of Wardrobe Misfunction
  • Scarlet: Guarded Risk of Wardrobe Misfunction
  • Crimson: Low Risk of Wardrobe Misfunction
    Ruben Krasnopolsky (ruben) says:

    Now that Skin Horse's Victorian Clockwork Clank seems Subdued, its over-wound Rampage Apparently Spent...

    It is time to conteplate other Glorious Machines of the Steampunk - and I just saw this on the web...

    Events to take place by mid-March in Emeryville, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

    Through the wonders of Radio and Networked Telegraphy, some of those marvels of Science should be perceivable even from the Other side of the Briny Deeps.

    Ruben Krasnopolsky (ruben) says:

    Congrats to Chris in his Moment of Awesome!

    Ruben Krasnopolsky (ruben) says:

    (Does anyone know how to correct the indentation?)

    Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

    rrreed - Don't give Homeland Security ideas. Those mooks couldn't tell a good idea from a bad one if Benjamin Franklin himself rose from dead to tell them.

    Ruben - I think the indenting is left over from the bulleting in rrreed's post. Easiest fix is to ignore it :-)

    Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

    (TUNE: "Raining Men", The Weather Girls)

    The tension is rising, the time is getting short!
    I'm cutting the carnelian, to make the bomb abort!
    Now everybody's cheering, loudly as they can!
    'Cause you just saved a thousand lives!  I'm telling you, you the man!

    Yeah, you the man!  Cowabunga!  Chris, you the man!  You can!
    You cut the right wire, and you stopped the machine
    With knowledge from Elle Magazine!
    Yeah, you the man!  Cowabunga!  Yeah, I'm your fan!  My man!
    Tall and fair, you're a "spring" ...
    You can wear most anything!

    Thanks to Captain Wilkin!
    'Cause he showed you what you got!
    He took your potential,
    And turned you into something hot!
    I'm buying you dinner, to show my gratitude!
    And when we get in private, I'll give you more than food!

    Yeah, you the man!  Cowabunga!  Chris, you the man!  You can!
    Yeah, you the man!  Cowabunga!  Chris, you the man!  You can!

    E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

    Chris you are indeed the man.

    Speaking of Homeland Security and Benjamin Franklin, I'd like to put in a plug for A Girl and Her Fed which happens to feature both, not to mention a talking Koala Bear . . .

    Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says:
Let's see if that fixes the indent.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:


My own parody of that song goes...

It's raining men Aaa-aaa-aaa-argh!
It's raining men Ker-splat!
If you fall from five miles up
You are bound to end up flat...

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

You make it sound like Janet Jackson is a terrorist with that Wardrobe Malfunction chart, Rob. 

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

@ampersand888: She scared the daylights out of the Fox News / Focus on the Family types.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yay!
Rob (rrreed) says: Ack. Forgot to close the <ul> tag. Sorry about that. I wish ComicSpace would permit one to edit one's comments later.
Adam (10-0-0-1) says: good news Dr Lee, Tip is now freed up.
Rob (rrreed) says: Bad news, Nick, Tip is now freed up.
Christoph Fornwalt (polysanity) says:

and once again, my love is re-affirmed for unity.

Long White Cloud (aotearoa) says:

@rrreed: How could you possibly leave out "vermillion alert"...? :) After all it's good enough for the Paradigm and the universe's most intrepid curator...

...hmmm, that got me wondering what Mr. Antonio Smith might be doing these days - long time no see, I guess...

...oh, poop. I also just lost the game. Hopefully none of you know about it, yeeees? ...I'll be going now... *ducks for cover and runs for it*

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Climb Every Mountain")

Climb up the nerd boy!
Climb up on Chris!
Up to where his lips are,
Just so you can kiss!

Climb up the nerd boy!
Tightly embrace!
Wrap your legs around him,
Then start sucking face!

Your face she will suck,
To your lips she will cling!
Soon you'll find out that "french"
Can mean more than one thing!

Thanks to the nerd boy!
Saved us from doom!
Let's play tonsil hockey ...
(Hey, guys, get ... a ... room!)

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Ed:  And Nick chimes in:  "I am not a room!"


Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Sure, he saved the annex from nucelar annihilation.  What does he have to do for a second date?

John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says:

Is Sweetheart going to have to get the hose?

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Breckenridge: Depends. Is Marcie going to put the lotion on its skin?

Rob (rrreed) says: @Long White Cloud—Vermillion alert is reserved for war games, space pirate attacks, and relevator malfunctions. ;) I miss the Fuseli, though.
Jon W. (kd7sov) says:

@rrreed: "relevator"? Is that an revelatory elevator?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Awww.
Rob (rrreed) says: @Jon W.—no, the relevator is Starslip's answer to the transporter: a relativistic elevator. The damage it typically causes during operation, however, makes me suspect that the apocalyptic overtone to the word is not an accident. :)
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

Poor M

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Sledgehammer", Peter Gabriel)

I can fix Moustachio,
If you open up his back ...
I can make machines go,
If I give 'em one good whack!
Solving things with brute force,
That's the way I work, of course!

Overheated gear shearing
When I went and snapped his winding key!
I can fix this here engineering;
You can leave it all to me!

Go let me get my ... sledgehammer!
I'll be so delicate!
I wanna use my ... sledgehammer!
Just let me get it, hey, don't sweat it!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: There's a facebook fan page for "fixing things by hitting them."
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: There's only one person for the job: zombie Nikola Tesla!
Rob (rrreed) says: Zombie Nikola Tesla? Nah, Moustachio has no "spark", as it were. I'm thinking more along the lines of Jaquet-Droz, Ingénieur Automate Extraordinaire!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

There's a simpler solution. Moustachio is Victorian Clockwork (with maybe a touch of Steampunk thrown in), right? All he needs is a watchmaker who's skilled in repairing/restoring Victorian-era watches and/or clockwork music-boxes. (Different scales, but basically the same principle.) For the Steampunk parts they'll need an engineer familiar with Victorian-era steam engines. (Someone who repairs/restores Victorian-era steam tractors and/or locomotives would be ideal!)

BTW: A little while ago, I commissioned a T-shirt graphic from Shaenon based on the "It smells like Librarian in here." frame from a few weeks ago. Well, guess what! That T-shirt is now available at CafePress:

Wear it in good fun!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ChicGeek! We need ChicGeek!

(for those of you who don't read The Mad Scientist Wars, the ongoing Narbonic fanfiction... she's from it.)
Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

Holy censors! It's over? I was telling myself today "hey, I haven't read Skinhorse in a while. I think Sweetheart was winding Moustachio?" and then I see this fast-paced action movie unfold before me and I'm like "must find out what happens next... must find out what happens next... ha, ha! the cobras! must find out what happens next..."


For you, the dedicated day-to-day readers, waiting over the course of three months for it to play out, it must've been quite an ordeal (I guess I'll go back and read the comments now)

Sean McLane (zodo) says: It's weird seeing Unity being contrite.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

I still think psycho Mustachio's "Pledge a thousand pounds sterling" bit, and the followup, is the best moment in this storyline.  I like this part, though.  It's cute and a bit awkward to see Unity this way.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:
Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

There's something wonderfully poignant when a dead person shows such deep, child-like affection towards a broken mechanical person.

Love sure do make da world go 'round, don't it?


E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

I suspect she's doing the 'digging her toe in the dirt' move in panel one

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

If I hadn't already used it, the perfect song for today would have been "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Gears for Fears.

What's that you say?  Tears for ...?  Oh.  That's very different.  Never mind.  :-)

(TUNE: "Just The Way You Are", Billy Joel)

Hey, I'm sorry ... I helped to break you ...
You were the sum of all our fears!
Now what we need is ... someone to take you,
And re-align your poor old gears!
I swear, I won't fail!  I'll hold a yard sale!
And then I'll give the money to ...
A good mechanic ... so please don't panic,
He'll fix you just as good as new!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

I wonder if the death robots in the basement have M's schematics on file?  Along with Drum 2-C?

Ciara Cole (ciara) says:

Nobody said Unity never had a heart.


We just don't know whose it was originally. ;p

Rob (rrreed) says: We still don't know why the heck Skin Horse had the Beni Box in the first place. What's the rationale for having a (seemingly) non-sentient, unstable, fifty-year-old fusion reactor prototype stored in the safe of a black ops social services project?
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

rob: Well, you gotta have /something/ dangerous that nobody touches. My last office had a vending machine that only dispensed diet Fresca. That's almost as deadly.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

@rrreed:  If you have a Department of Irradiations, and a Department of Jetpacks, you might as well have a Department of Obsolete Nuclear Stuff.  And it makes the sentient crystals feel all warm and tingly.

Rob (rrreed) says: @Johnn—I can see Skin Horse occupying a space previously used by the D.O.N.S. ("Hey, Vinnie, I hear yous has lost a nucular device. Be a shame if it were to have fallen into the wrong hands, would it not?").

But Moustachio (Prime, at least) knew the Beni Box was in the safe, presumably because he's been there for so long. Wonder what else he knows is lying, forgotten, around Annex One? Perhaps that missing memory drum of his is now in the hands of Anasigma; it would explain their sudden interest in Skin Horse.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Okay. In panel 3, is that a bee hovering in front of Sweetheart? Or has a bee landed on Sweetheart's nose? I hope it's the latter, because that's just cute. :)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "La Bamba", Richie Valens)

Don't gotta work tomorrow!
Don't gotta work tomorrow, the building's closed,
And then also the next day!
And then also the next day, it's quite severe!
Mr. Silvers, he said so!
Mr. Silvers, he said, the DHS,
They must assess our messiness!

When at last they re-open,
When at last they re-open the building here,
Then they'll throw us a party!
Gonna throw us a party, with sammiches,
With sammiches, with sammiches ...

Calm the bomb, mon ...
Calm the bomb, mon ...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: The latter! The latter! :D
Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Now we get to find out how Sweetheart copes with forced time off, I predict much doom for the coffee mugs of the city.
E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Just found a site that looks like the place where Moustachio was born. Check out :

Scuttler the Butler looks like Moustachio's father . . .

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Gavotte looks like flying popcorn.  Except where her bees are looking almost humanoid...

And that DHS inspection means the whole crew is loose on the streets... thankfully the DoI seem to have their own urgent plans, but that still leaves our core group, who can cause quite enough chaos on their own.


Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Gavotte seems quite delusional after a panic scare.

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