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D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

Why go to all that extra work when you can generate gigawatts of panic at the push of a button?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Diamonds Are Forever", Shirley Bassey)

Beni generator ...
It's a nuclear reactor;
Danger never was a factor ...
It can make, in an hour, twice the wattage to power the Annex!

Beni generator ...
Poor Moustachio overheated,
And by Tip he was defeated,
Tip got through M's facade, while outside, ev'rybod-y panics!

The D. of I.
Came for deactivating!
Chris and Marcie are dating,
When danger's gone,
They'll go see "Tron"!

Beni generator ...
Oh, Gavotte's so smug, we hate her ...
Beni generator ...
Oh, Gavotte's so smug, we hate her ...

Rose Q (raq) says:

Very good question, Sweetheart.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Gavotte set her up the bomb!

Rob (rrreed) says: @Johnn—This is the Meme Police. Your IP address has been blocked. Put down the keyboard slowly, turn around, and come out with your hands up!
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

...GOD Marcy seems like an evil genius right now.

K C (spotweld) says:

No.. that's pretty average fangrrl. 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I'm lucky I have a natural hard head and am more interested in my computer than anything else... I don't have to deal with anything like this!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Want It That Way", Backstreet Boys)

You work ... with protons,
You love ... sci-fi cons,
You make ... my knees weak ...
I want that girl geek!

I fumed ... when Tip took
Your clothes off!
Got new look
That shows off
Your cute physique!
I want that girl geek!

You know all
The ways to make my heart break!
You know all
The glaring tech-ni-cal mistakes
That they made
On "Star Trek: Enterprise" last week!
I want that girl geek!
On nachos we're noshing,
While cuddling and watching
A "Mythbusters" marathon!  (Yeah mon!)
I love when you show those
Mementos and photos
From ev'ry Narbonicon!

I am otaku
For you, and just you!
For you, for you, for you, for you ...
I failed my save roll!

We'll never tell our grandkids,
All the naughty things that we did!
Show me now, Tip's secret twisting hip technique!
I want that girl geek!
Yes, I want you, girl geek!

Kevin Menard (technogypsy) says:

why does Marcie have a clown mouth in the last panel?

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

She's grinning like a shark.

E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Kevin, that's not a clown mouth that is what is technically referred to as a s***t eating grin.

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

This strip reminds me of the Narbonic strip where Dave (or maayyybe Artie?) ponders how sometimes he thinks everything he ever does is controlled by some rarefied aspect of Helen's mind, and sometimes he catches her giggling and trying to light herself on fire.  Anybody remember whenabout this is?  It's bugging me.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Camille: It's after Helen mentions she'd need to wear asbestos pants if Dave were any hotter, and the Director's Cut is already a good way past that point. Also, it was Dave.

D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

Camille: I think the one you're looking for is here.

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

Thank you, D. C. - it was Artie in Dave's body saying the first bit, and Dave saying the second, which explains my uncertainty - it was 75% Dave, 25% Artie.

clark brooks (czark) says:

Finally! Marcie shows "Annex One" qualifications. For S.E.G. canonical example:

E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

Mwahahahahaha! And Tip grinned, Tip grinned like a fox eating s**t out of a wire brush . . .

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Lucretia MacEvil", Blood Sweat & Tears)

Two evil makeovers!  Marcie and Chris look good!
Their arms 'round their shoulders, together like they should!
Lips glossed, teeth flossed,
They both look great!
Bomb defusing, he's not losing
Chance for a date!
In the end, thanks to Tip,
Chris and Marcie ship!

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

Just caught up after 6 months (aaaagh) without interwebs (aaaaaaaaagh)... Finally got aroud to recreating an account just to say I *love* how the Dead Dogs story panned out.


I've missed you guys!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Please, Tip, use your powers for evil. More fun that way.
Skylar Ekamper (coranas) says:

Ahh, Tip's priorities, how I love them.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

How do we know Tip ISN'T using his powers for evil?

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Summertime", The Sundays)

Some people wind up with the one they loved afar
At a Star Trek convention in the grip of Pon Farr
He's speaking Klingon, she turns and they meet cute
Beam me up Lieutenant Mary Sue

Ooh sometimes...
Heavy metal isotope seeks neutron in disguise
Cerenkov radiation, chibi eyes
Machiavellian lady, Shatnerian male
Beam me up a pair of humpback whales

And it's Marcie and Chris with reactor time
Cause he cut the carnelion wire
With a squeeze and a sigh and a pair of lineman's pliers
Have I read too much fanfic
Or is this how it happens?

Some people wind down with a sad erattic 'thunk'
Too much steam and not enough punk
Stuck behind a desk with legs that got detached
Inevitable rampage, their spring just snapped

Ooh sometimes...
Get up a voice inside says it's time to kill them all
Become a loyal soldier in the grand old clockwork war
But how do you code a cunning plan to squish the carbon jobs
When your brain is only cogs?

And it's Marcie and Chris with reactor time...

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

I LOVE Sweethearts expression in the last frame.

Now that I think about it, Sweetheart could use a makeover. A few vitamins and some  new doggie shampoo could really improve the look of her coat. :D

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

And some Simoniz on Moustachio, to bring up his bronze highlights!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:


but is chris going to let tip *finish* his makeover?  what about finalizing the color palette?? ;)

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Sweetheart could indeed use a makeover!

A nice bag with drool resistant strap so she can carry it in her mouth, some tasteful designer doggy sweaters, perhaps something sporty and practical for field work.

Tip would probably love to put bows in her fur as well.

V S (vishanth) says:

Ok, not really sure what she means here. Is she, like, excessively turned on or something? Or is it something to do with Tip's shirt (and presumably any brassiere he was wearing) being off?

B M (damagecase) says:

I believe it would have something to do with snakes, very very cute snakes.

Btw, this is my first post, been reading a while and wanted to say thanks for the comics.

Dominic Corbin (lnick) says:

My guess is that she was sweating through her bra, and its ... bad? I dunno.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", The Carpenters)

Wriggly wriggly snakes dooby doo down down
Wriggly wriggly snakes dooby doo down down
Wriggly wriggly snakes dooby doo down down
Being good is hard on a bra

Annex One
With hypercute snakes
Down my front
Makes me rethink my life so far
But being good is hard on a bra

Remember when
I stole your brain
And plugged it
Into a plane
I'd rather not do that again
But being good is hard on a bra

They said that evil science means
Great fashion sense
And it's true
I dress for success
Anasigma, I should dump them
But then I'd run the risk of major wardrobe malfunction

Don't think of me
As a villain
My problems
Are reptilian
You and me are star-crossed... stars
Cause being good is hard on a bra

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp", Three 6 Mafia)

Well, being good is hard on a bra!
When you try to save the little baby snakes,
Then some tender parts get chafed kinda raw!
And so you know, bras with cobras gimme shakes!

Since I got my Ph.D., well some bad things I've done
Way out west in the desert, Area 51 ...
I work for Anasigma, my boss is an enigma,
I should be doing evil; being good will leave a stigma!
I found a nerd boy and took out his brain,
Put it into a brand-new high-tech aeroplane,
But see the man resist!  "I'm a pacifist, I won't fight!
See, here's the deal, gonna do what I feel's right!"
It's kinda scary, he's extraordinary!
He bravely tries to save as many folks as he can carry!
Courage I've seen!  Not a man, but machine!
He can keep it up all night (if you know what I mean!)
    (repeat chorus)

Rob (rrreed) says: This, coming from a woman whose underwear drawer contents were vaporized from orbit ("That was protocol. Hilarious protocol.") by the organization she works for...
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Dominic Corbin says: "My guess is that she was sweating through her bra, and its ... bad? I dunno."

So I guess it's smelling a whole lot worse than "Librarian" in there?

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Ah, so Unity gets it from her mom.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Yikes! I'd never thought of it like that, but I guess that means Nick and Unity are siblings.

And Nick has a crush on his mom EWW GROSS.

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

Maybe he just lovvessss his mother?

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Nick was a human before he was an aircraft, and existed (as a human) long before Dr. Lee met him. Heck, he even had/has parents somewhere, as far as we know. To borrow an analogy from El Goonish Shive, Dr. Lee is more like the midwife that brought him into (this) world than a mother.

On the other hand, Unity was corpse parts before Dr. Lee brought her into being, so 'mother' is a little more fitting there.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Skanking", Katchafire)

Girl I hope you don't mind a little bit
Of brainschlorping
They're grey and gooey as can be
Oh brainschlorping
All the other mad scientists in the house
Love brainschlorping
So grab test subject #12 and we'll
Go brainschlorping

Well I can see them, see them
Pulsing in their gloop
How I wish you, wish you
Would get an ice-cream scoop
Sit next to me
And squelch them from his skull
Right out into a platter girl

I hope you don't mind a little bit
Of brainschlorping
Maybe we'll put this one in a jet
Oh brainschlorping


Camille Dumas (camidumas) says:

Also... "keep it up as long as Nick"?  That, is, I believe, what she said.


Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Lee left herself wide open there; it's one of her special talents. Had it been Nick on the other end of this conversation, he never would have let an opportunity like that slip, on principle if nothing else.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Who'll Stop The Rain", Credence Clearwater Revival)

Looking 'round forever, hoping we can find
Someone who is clever, and has an open mind!
Then we'll terminate him, salvage his remains!
We found Nick, Lee!  Now let's quickly
Schlorp out his brains!

'Gainst the clock we're racing, as his brain we stole!
Neurons interfacing, now for flight control ...
Nutrient solution, flowing through his veins ...
It was fun, too!  I'm the one who
Schlorped out his brains!

Rob (rrreed) says: New T-Shirt!

SCHLORP for the Cure!
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Sounds like Nick isn't obsolete. The "new" method is actualy inferior as far as performance, but superior in the fac that you don't have to steal someones brain.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Were Nick there, he would be too gobsmacked to speak. Hours later, when everyone else was gone, he would still be there in the parking lot, staring into space.
clark brooks (czark) says:


Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

For a mad scientist, that chick is downtown.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

"Oh, I know. I'll look it up. Do secret government organizations go in the white pages, or the yellow pages?"

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I bet Nick has a way to contact her, the question is will Tip realize that and ask or not?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Call Me", Petula Clark)

Once again I find I'm single,
Only use my bed for slumber!
I'd give Doctor Lee a jingle
If I only had her number!

  Call Lee!
  Suck it up, Tip,
  And just call Lee!
  Dude, get a grip
  And just call Lee!
  Truly, I would if I could!

This normal dating is so frustrating!
She's the toughest girl I've known!
Not that I mind it, but still I find it,
Tough to call without her phone!

Most days, I need no assistance!
With my charm, I simply wow her!
But she's built up some resistance
To my trademark superpower!

  Call Lee,
  Like any person does!
  Call Lee,
  Give her a little buzz!
  Call Lee!
  Truly, I would if I could!

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Sure, unmarked black cars are pretty good for looking intimidating, but I think only Dr. Lee could make them look stylish.
Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Yay, Dr. Lee!

Ruben Krasnopolsky (ruben) says:

Cars - stylish - yay, Shaenon!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Panel three. Possibly the most expressive eyebrow of the  decade.

(idv) says:

"Do secret government organizations go in the white pages, or the yellow pages?"

Blue.  (Really!)

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Adam Underfoot says: "Oh, I know. I'll look it up. Do secret government organizations go in the white pages, or the yellow pages?"

They go in the Black (as in Black Ops) pages.

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