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Shaenon: Continuing last week's exploration of Tip Wilkin video-game avatars, Dave Van Domelen has created Tip in City of Heroes. Dave, that is a very revealing skirt.

Channing: This may be somewhat alienating to the "Hot For Dennis" segment of the fandom, but that really is more of Tip than I strictly needed to see. Notwithstanding, a nifty piece of machine-generated fan art. Nicely done, Dave. The fact that there are no options for male hose seems like an oversight on the part of the designers, though. How else am I supposed to emulate my favorite transvestite Western comic-book superhero characters?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: It'd be nice to unlock all the costume elements for both sexes, it's kinda annoying when you can put something on a guy but not a girl and vice versa. For instance, only female characters can have kittens perched on their shoulders.
Mr. Z (demonbunny3po) says:

What!? Only females can have kittens on their shoulders? I mean, seriously, the manliest of men wear pink, kilts, and have soft fluffy kittens to take care of. And the manliest man ever would be Chuck Norris in a pink kilt (Just the kilt) and he would be saving a soft fluffy kitten stuck in a tree.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@demonbunny3po: Yes. By karate-kicking the tree so hard that it gave the kitten back. Any bystanders who snarked about the kilt would then get punched THROUGH the tree. Because that's Chuck Norris.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

Now I want to see someone do a similar job on Unity and/or Mell!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Heroes", David Bowie)

I ... I wish I could render
Fishnets ... on the masculine gender!
Though heroes, heroes must sometimes do killin',
Dual pistols ... are only for villains!
Yeah, City of Heroes ... Tip wants to play!

He ... his outfit will flaunt!
I see ... more than I want!
His "weapon" ... is put on display!
City of Heroes!  Tip want to play!
He can kick ass ... any old day!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I could probably manage Unity except for the split hairstyle, so she'd have to wear a hood,
Daniel Nolan (ubbm) says:

The pistols are too glocky and inelegant fot Tip.Where`s Alice his colt?Much better lines to matcht the outfit.Perhaps paired with a Smith and Wesson?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Turns out there's too much required symmetry to make Unity work. So here's an approximation of Mell instead, using my Assault Rifle/Radiation Corruptor "Dee Spoiler" as a model: (No proper checker pattern available for skirts, and I had to choose between hair looking right in front or in back, chose front. That's as big as round glasses get, sadly.)
Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Not to change the subject, but...,

Hey, Shaenon & Jeff, there was no hidden story segment on Saturday's strip.  I hope that's just a temporary thing, and doesn't mean you're dropping the custom..???

I, for one, really enjoy seeing the extra story unfold like that.  By the way, you two truly are remarkable with this Skin Horse thing!  Thank you for creating it.  :-) 

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

@dvandom; That's actually a pretty cool Mell, despite the program limitations!  Thanks.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Tom-- You sure? It seems to be there.
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