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Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Whuh-oh.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Whoa-whoa-whoa! Whuh-oh!

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Yowza, I like her already.

Though really, if you're a mad scientist, being put on the crazy slab is a compliment.

Norman Thallheimer (norman) says:

You had to say it, didn't you, Sweetheart?  You just had to say it...

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

She is pretty cute.  Also, I liked the use of color.  (Though I suppose the effect will be lost in the dead trees edition.)

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

"One day someone will ask 'who's your girl?' and a face will flash in your mind- and it's gonna sandbag you completely."

However, I expect this to turn out way differently.  I don't think Tip would make a very good zombie.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

1. I think this calls for a Barry White filk.

2. Oh, Tigerlily. Tip knows more about fashion than most fashion designers at a Paris Fashion Show.

3. I am confused. So Dr. Englebright is a red herring? Was there a Sunday comic that I was not aware of?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: For reference, City of Heroes does have afros and lab goggles, but no strait jackets (a glaring omission from the mad scientist costume pack, I tell you).
Been There Done That (btdt) says:

Dr. Englebright was a member of the institute sent to check and make sure that Annex One had adequate security.  They were doing an assessment so that they would know what kind of percautions to take to make certain that it was safe to release one of their mad scientist without them escaping and causing mass destruction. 

Remember... this is a work release program, so they don't quite trust them yet!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Darnit and I was so sure Dr Engelbright was the whole 'I have secretly escaped from custody before my handlers can alert the authorities and am scoping out the joint under the guise of checking security for the dangerous prisoner, myself' routine. Followed by at least a dozen pages worth of hilariously mistaken identity until the real Dr Engelbright turns up stuffed into about three or four fridges.

Don't look at me and pretend YOU've never done that before.

It's the oldest trick in the book, people!

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: So Tip goes in for straight jackets? never figured him for a hardcore S&M guy. Of course there was that handcuff comment in Alaska...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Well, yeah, the first thing I thought of when I saw panel 3 was a Barry White song ... but it was "Love's Theme", which is a purely intrumental number.  (Kinda hard to write parody lyrics for that.)  Anyways, here's something from the same era ...

(TUNE: "Show And Tell", Al Wilson)

Mad girl in chains
Has just infected Tip's brains,
He can feel it in his bones!
Afro and goggles
And his mind purely boggles,
Seeing Tigerlily Jones!
And in that third panel
In his botany flannel,
In his mind, Barry Manil-
Ow intones ...

Color spot!
Just to show she's hot!
What a twisty plot!
He wants her!
Color!  And music!
I feel sick, are you sick
(Say it's true, say it's true, lady!)

Cara d(^o^)b (carakaze) says: She's wearing pheromones, isn't she? :-\
Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

ARRRWOOOOOH!!! *pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*

Rob (rrreed) says: (Tune "The Love Boat" by Paul Williams and Charles Fox)

Love, exciting and new
Strap in. We're expecting you.
Love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

Love Slab soon will be making another run
The Love Slab promises something for everyone
Set a course for mad science,
Your mind on a new romance.

Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.
It's the Love Slab! It's the Love Slab!
Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

She looks so cheerful as she's being wheeled in.

Megan Brunner (avid) says:

Is it just me, or is Miss Jones not wearing a shirt?

Charles Lavergne (yun) says:

It's just you. She's wearing a straitjacket.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Woof Arf says: "ARRRWOOOOOH!!! *pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*"

Whoa! Down boy!


M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says:

Is it just me, or are her arms crossed different ways in the two panels we can see them in?

Rob (rrreed) says: I love the expression on Tigerlily's face in panel 2. She has a wonderfully subtle smirk on the left side of her face, as if to say, "You may have me locked up for now, but soon, SOON... BWAH-HA-HA-HA!"
Sean Kinlin (seaking) says:

I love how Tip's hair is mussed in the last panel.   :)

Nick Lardas (voyager) says:

You just had to link to GG, didn't you?  Now I have to go back and read the whole archives all over again.  So there, nya.


"Bad clams?"

"They had axes."

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Solidarity, sister!
Rob (rrreed) says: Having now googled "Buffalo Exchange", I predict a sudden and drastic change in Tip's fashion proclivities.
John Brown (werbluten) says:

The longer I see Tip in action, the more he seems to be the anti-Dave. They must never meet.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Like many here, I was hoping for a Narbonic crossover guest appearance.

But y'know what?  Dr. Jones here is all kinds of awesome.  Well done! :)

W o o d (wood) says:

We meet again, Doctor Jones !

W o o d (wood) says:

Also... there might be a bit of cross-hatching missing in panel 3... (the sweater).

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

She was a dot-commer 'before' she went mad? How does that work?


Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones, calling Doctor Jones
Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones, wake up now...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Midnight Train to Georgia", Gladys Knight and the Pips)

Berenice ...
Used to work for the Man;
So she straightened her hair,
And lost the 'fro ...

And then she went and lost her mind!
Ooh, that vintage design!
The fashions left behind
Thirty years ago!

She's shopping ...
At the Buffalo Exchange, yeah!
Said she wants to wear
Jungle prints and Day-Glo hues!
(That's what she'll choose!)

And she's taking Tip
To the Buffalo Exchange, yeah!
She'll dress him up in vintage flares,
And make him wear platform shoes!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Why couldn't she have knocked down Abercrombie and Finch or Claire's? Also, have you notice you'll never see Hot Topics and the aftformented Abercrombie and Finch situationed next to each other any mall? Someone once told me it's because if the stores were physically touching, it might as well be like matter meeting antimatter.

Rob (rrreed) says: @Nate—Surely you don't think someone sane would have come up with a business plan that expected to turn a profit shipping high bulk, high weight, low value items like dog food and cat litter via UPS for free, do you?
Josh Shepherd (bergerjacques) says:

(TUNE: "Dr. Bernice", Cracker)

Baby Don't You Drive Around with Dr. Bernice She's not a Lady Doctor at all. She's got hands like a man with hair on the back. She'll Crush you in her enbrace.

Though the wind may whisper and moan sometimes, We all need a kind place to live. Though the wind may whisper and howl at your door, We all need the comfort of friends.

Baby don't you drive around with Dr. Bernice, That ain't a real Cadillac. It's a Delta Eighty-Eight, spray painted black, With fake leather seats from Warren's

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

Oh my. I live within walking distance of a Buffalo Exchange. I may have to go take a visit now...

Sean Riedinger (ariamaki) says:


Probably because she didn't knock it DOWN- She knocked it OVER. Which is to say, commited a burglary.

If she had knocked it DOWN, she would have been looting :-D

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

I can see it now - Tip's 'in love', and what do you bet his 'super power' will NOT work on this girl! 

Get ready to see a grown man grovel...!  It's pay-back time, Tip Old Boy! 

Simon Hogwood (strange_simon) says:

I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned how funny it is that this "'90's dot-commer" is the one described last week as being, "out of touch with the modern world". And at the time we all (including Sweetheart!) thought we were getting some steampunk nut . . .

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Okay, magic clothes.  I'm not sure if I want that explained, because not knowing is half the fun sometimes.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Mad Nanotech.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

It's mad science.  Dave once made a supercomputer out of a hankerchief and a paperclip.  Actually understanding how to do this requires you to be insane.

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Yes, and the audiance is one-hundred percent sane... We'll get back to us on that. Maybe.

Rob (rrreed) says: Sounds like Ms. Brown may have had a superheroic "origin" go somewhat awry…
The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Oh ye cods and little fishies - I haven't thought of Coffy in years. O_o I suspect that there is a reason for that.... The Auld Grump

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

It reminds me of Dave's cigarettes before the Time Travel storyline.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "I'm The Man", Joe Jackson)

Well hello
You know I joined the shadow government
They gave me a number and they tried to take away my skirt
I said stay back
'Cause I'm a psychologist
Keep your hands off my Christian Dior and no-one gets hurt
So they gave me a job with a zombie, a dog
A gunship, and a beehive
Our robot got uppity so I did some puppetry
I'm lucky to be here
I'm lucky just to be alive

I'm the Man, I'm the Man, I'm the Man, I'm the Man
I'm the man who makes the Conspiracy
I'm the Man, I'm the Man, I'm the Man, I'm the Man
I'm the man who gives women fashion tips


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "No Sugar Tonight", The Guess Who)

When they're driving ... she's in gray;
When arriving ... dressed that way!
Lookin' funky!  Lookin' hip!
Who'd 'a' thunk she'd ... get to Tip!

     She's lookin' a lot like Coffy!
     She's dressin' like Foxy Brown!
     She's sayin' to Tip, "Hey, Blondie!"
     She'll take 'im to Funky Town!

See her stylin' ... steppin' out!
Got those smilin' ... lips that pout!
If she must fight ... watch her sass,
'Cause she just might ... sting your brass!
 (repeat chorus)

Jon W. (kd7sov) says:

@pete: What do you mean? Dave never smoked. Furthermore, he hadn't ever smoked.

Unless you get into metatime, but really, what do you think will come of that?

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Hmm. Perhaps Tigerlily has the female equivalent of Tip's super-power?
Jack Elliott (jacktus) says:

John Brown: I'm a paranoid schizophrenic, so it definitely can't be 100%

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Unrelated: Mind you, at some point I half expect one of the cobras to pop out of Tigerlily's 'fro.
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Can't they just put a video camera and recorder in the back and watch?

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Oh my.  Between the giant robot and that speech, I think I'm in love.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

.........I honestly don't wanna know how exactly that works for Unity.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

"I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid..." :)

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Complications? Is that what they mean by 'The Funk'?

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "The Joker", The Steve Miller Band)


Some people call her Tigerlily
Some people call her "Sweet Lord!"
Some people call her Berenice
Cause she's berry nice. I speak of the Lovetron of love.

People talk about my baby
Say she's doin' me wrong, doin' me wrong
Well, don't you worry baby don't worry
Cause she's doin' me.

She's a hacker, she's a remixer
She's a steampunk fixer
She's a fashion riot grrl
She's a smoker, she's a broker
She's a dotcom coder
She gets her loving done in Perl

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Gimme Some Loving", Spencer Davis Group)

Well, I'm here, signifying, 'cause I'm funky and bad!
There's no use denying that I'm totally rad!
I'm often times adored but I am never ignored!
The menfolk in accord, they always call me "Sweet Lord"!

Well, I ... cause complications
Like urinations!
I am the ... lightning from Lovetron!
Lightning from Lovetron!
Lightning from Lovetron,
Comin' your way!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

And here I was thinking Venus was Her Name would be ripe, ripe I tell you, for filking. Although it may be too easy.

K C (spotweld) says:

I suddenly envision Tigerlily driving an 18-wheeler with the power of funkylove-justie

Mark Felt (markfelt) says:

And that brings to mind Weird Al's "Truck Driving Song".

Lisa Hayhurst (ldyerzsie) says:

Panel 3 would make an awesome icon.

K C (spotweld) says:

Considering the repair job that Tigerlily has been brought in for we may witness a new fusion of Victorian mechanical design philosophy and glorious 70’s-fueled furious kung-fu powah!

We may be on the cusp of the age of…

SteamFunk!  (Cog Bottomed BrassAssses of Justice!)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Acceptable vehicles for Tigerlily include 18-wheeler, motorcycle, rocket car, and kickass van.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I should add that Jeff and I have previously discussed what vehicles ALL the characters should drive, were they to be made into Happy Meal toys or something. I think he wanted Sweetheart on a little skateboard.
Been There Done That (btdt) says:

I for one would love to see a strip with Sweetheart on a little skateboard.  It would be the perfect chance to see her in a differnt style of goggles... not to mention a helment and whatever other safety pading we know to expect from her.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Of course Unity's would have to have a machine gun!

Nick Lardas (voyager) says:

I would think a tank with a machette would be more Unity's style.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: The Man is people to, why are you hating on him so much sister?
John Brown (werbluten) says:

Ah well, at least the judgement is not based upon external appearances.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Why did I just have a flash vision of Tigerlily flying off into the sunset to bad '70 porno music striking a sexy pose on the back ramp of Nick....

Chicka BOW, Chicka BOW-BOW, Chicka-Chicka-Chicka-BOW...

And at some point in this adventure, I expect her to utter the classic porno line (from Deep Throat), "...mind if I smoke while you eat?"

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

"Oh! He's so coldly destructive!"

Getting Tigerlily to fix Moustachio is a really bad idea, isn't it?

And by "bad", I mean "awesome".

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Steamfunk. I can get down and groove to that.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Me And Mrs. Jones", Billy Paul)

Tigerlily Jones ...
She's gonna do ... what she can ...
Doesn't yet have a plan,
But she can't let The Man
Keep her down now!

She'll ditch the gray suit from the Institute ...
She's funky, and no one know what she'll choose!
See, she wears ... halter top, vintage flares,
And she's standing tall ... in her platform shoes!

Ti-ger- ... Tigerlily Jones!
Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones ...
She's gonna do ... what she can ...
Since the chapter began,
She's got Tip in her hand;
Leads him 'round now!

She wants to know ... how Moustachio
Wound up down on the turkey farm ...
Copper-top and her ... 'gainst "The Man" in the fur,
They'll dish out, they'll dish out some harm!

Ti-ger- ... Tigerlily Jones!
Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones ...

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

I never thought I'd live through the blacksploitation era again, in this particular fashion.

I think I'm gonna cry...

Rob (rrreed) says: (imagining a world where the Stanley Motor Carriage Company flourished, and in the 1960's embraced its heritage and created the steam-powered muscle car)
K C (spotweld) says:

Personally I'm just hoping for a random "Doctor Detroit" reference.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Why were there so many comedies in the '80s about dorky white guys becoming pimps? Was it all the fault of "Risky Business," or what?
Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says:

Someone ought to set panels 3 and 4 to a looping sound file and maybe large zooming text.

K C (spotweld) says:

It was the Reagan years, anything seemed possible?

Or it was all an eerie future-echo of the yet-to-arrive "harem" anime subgenre?

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

Before this strip, I couldn't really believe she was a Mad Scientist. NOW? I'm totally sure.

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

@Nate: "Steamfunk?" Dude, I think you just won the internets.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

I like "funkpunk"...

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Is inner fabulousness supposed to be adorable?

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I saw Woody Allen's "What's Up Tiger Lily?" in the airport lounge in Kyoto in 1971, with no idea what I was watching. I should say, I saw the middle third of the movie. It seemed appropriate, the Japanese actors in Japan the really bad dubbing, but the story made no sense at all. I didn't know if I was supposed to laugh or not though I ended up laughing and hoping that it wasn't a serious Japanese cultural movie that I just didn't understand.

I didn't find out for years what it was I had seen.

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

@ katfairy: It's a chibi fairy, how can it not be adorable?

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: I'm beginning to suspect that those chibi fairies are just a standard part of the mad scientist package.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

Dogs are supposed to be naturally empaths to a degree... can Sweetheart see Tigerlily's Inner Fabulousness?

Also of note is the pyschelicious "ping".

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Yes, let us hope that the imaginary shooting star doesn't hit anything important.

Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: Jon: Probably not just mad scientists; Mell had one too. Just one. Its name was Killing Urge.
Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Oh, right! Forgot. "Kill... kill... kill..."
Rob (rrreed) says: OK, OK, who's shooting the funkadelic stars in here? I just pulled one out of the back of my head, and those things HURT!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Jive Talkin' ", The Bee Gees)

It's time for
High fivin' !  My personal sprite!
High fivin' !  She's just outta sight!
High fivin' !  Like me, only shrunk!
High fivin' !  She's Queen of the Funk!

Robot there ... needs repair ...
I hear a voice say "Yes!"
Now I'm in, For The Win ...
I listen to my inner fa-bu-lous-ness

Because we're
High fivin' !  My personal sprite!
High fivin' !  She's just outta sight!
High fivin' !  Appears with a ping!
High fivin' !  She shakes her groove thing!

Shooting star ... best by far!
She tells me what it is!
No one's fool ... she's so cool!
She even had a bit part in "The Wiz!"

And now we're
High fivin' !  My personal sprite!
High fivin' !  She's just outta sight!
High fivin' !  So small and minute!
High fivin' !  So chibi and cute!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Brentwood??  Oh, that explans so much.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Yay, personality sprites!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Also:  a quick google indicates there are "Brentwood"s in California, New York, and Tennessee, but they all seem to have Country Clubs.

Indigo C (indigo) says:

Chibi Tigerlily Funk Queen.  So much love!  I can feel the fan art muse stirring already.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I am not sure if this strip would be more or less surreal if the fairy were invisible to us.
Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Eliminate the Brentwood in Tennessee.  It hardly existed in 1980.  It's urban sprawl from Nashville.  I vote for Brentwood, CA!

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

I love that Inner Fabulousness looks *exactly* the same as Tigerlily normally does.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

And in all of that, how did anyone not see the Tom and Jerry reference? (The Is You Is or Is You Ain't... was a song in an early Tom and Jerry cartoon.)

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