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115 comments:
Jeff Ehlers (jaimehlers) says:

Just because someone is batwing crazy, doesn't make them stupid.

Norman Thallheimer (norman) says:

And just because they're not batwing crazy, doesn't mean they can't be slow on the uptake.

Rob (rrreed) says:

<Kiki Voice>
"Noooo Tip! Don't plan to steal that 1939 strapless Mainbocher! Stay good, Tip!"
</Kiki Voice>
Cesario VIola (cesarioviola) says:

I'm LOVING Tigerlily in this strip, especially the second panel.  Something about her saying "you up all night, imagining you in it" is ridiculously charming. 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oops.

5... 4... 3... 2... 1...
Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 As embarassing as it is, there was this cocktail dress back in '99.... it was breathtaking.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Love You Always Forever", Donna Lewis)

Feels like ... I'm staring at a fashion dream
Such beauty ... such vintage design ...
Feels like ... I'm wearing a soft cloud of wine-colored silk ...
Feel that ... texture divine ...

Mad girl ... she hasn't yet attacked me ...
Find my weakness if she can ...
Simple daydreams ... beer, breasts, and taffeta attract me
Like any other ... red-blooded man!

(Dream it, dream if you can)

I love that Mainbocher number,
Couple o' nights, go without slumber,
It's my dream, I can't conceal it,
Can't afford, I'd have to steal it!

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Nooo, Lupita Tip!
Erin Palette (palette) says:

I'd make a comment about how the handcuffs seem to have migrated from Tip's left wrist to his right, but this IS Tip we're talking about...

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Come to the Dark Side, Tip, we have vintage 1939 strapless Mainbochers...

Forrest D. (tempusnotus) says:

re: Nick's latest blog post.  In the Narbonic filename story, it was Walton's Disorder, not Watson's Disorder.  Not that I have a preference, as I know neither to which Walton nor Watson this would appropriately be referring.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

.....can't quite see her as Wendy, but there IS a Tiger Lily in the story, now isn't there?  ^___^

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

So if they go to Magic Pan for lunch, Tip can show her his ... skill at making crepes.

(TUNE: "Second Star To The Right", from Disney's "Peter Pan")

The second-hand clothing store
Has something more for you ...
That vintage strapless wine silk gown,
Shoes and gauntlets too ...

The second-hand clothing store
Knows you adore that gown ...
Now, Tigerlily's tempting you;
She'll try to bring you down!

   Even though you know you could,
   No, no, Tip!  Please stay good!
   Even for a thing like this,
   Don't take that five-finger dis-count ...

And if you tried, then you know
It wouldn't go as planned
With Tigerlily cuffed to you ...
You'd need a second hand!

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Oh man that third panel is something else.  It could totally be a recruiting poster for Mad Science.

Fandarel (fandarel) says:

It's your birthday over here too!  Happy Birthday!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

thing is that tip *does* do rules -- remember how he got nick??

not that true love might make it harder to remember this than an annoying former hacker d00d.....

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hoooooooooo boy...
Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Well, Tip hasn't really had a rampage yet- he might be subconsciously feeling left out.  (The werewolf thing doesn't count, since they were fighting for their lives.)

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

I already wished you a Happy Birthday on your Facebook page so just ignore this.

Sean Riedinger (ariamaki) says:

Oh you poor little Tip.

Ah well, at least he will look fab in the cop car / burning wreckage / Most Wanted poster.

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

...wow. I could almost hear Tip's mind snap.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Pusher", Curtis Mayfield)

I'm your mama, I'm your fire
I'm your darkest of desire
I'm your stylist, I'm your tailor
You'd look great as 'Hello Sailor'
See I know how you feel
Girl or boy, got to steal

Doin' supercrime
Doin' supercrime

Sweetdaddy's a bad machine
Super cool, super clean
Breakin' in, breakin' free
Get the bread, that we need
Mainbocher, '39
Strapless silk, dark as wine

Doin' supercrime
Doin' supercrime
Doin' supercrime

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

(TUNE: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman)

Now in the vintage clothing store, temptation lay within ...
The evil genius knew just what would turn our Tip to sin ...
A long and flowing strapless gown that's made from finest silk!
Sweetdaddy will
Break out the drill
While we all sing this filk!
OH!

Super-criminality for shopping expeditious!
Tigerlily's lovely but her motives are malicious!
Tip must fight temptation when his moods become capricious!
Super-criminality for shopping expeditious!

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

I've been watching the Twin Peaks boxed set recently. I'm wondering if Tip's given name is a reference to Dennis/Denise Brydon.

(Somehow, drag seems to suit David Duchovny.)

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Oh Tip, Godspeed. You are in for a LONG series of lectures in the near future.

 

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

I've got to be strong

And try to hang on

Or else my mind may SNEP!

And my life will be lived

For the THRILLL!!! (of that dress)

Jon W. (kd7sov) says:

Is that woman in the background of Panel 4 anyone in particular, or just Generic Passerby #3951?

 

Ed, once again you're simply amazing.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

i imagine the woman in panel #4 is there to show that this event is occuring in an open business during normal business hours, which is not a very, umm, subtle time for sweetdaddy velvet's glass drill to be revvin' up.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

It occurred to me a while ago that Tip is like a combination of David Duchonvy's characters in The X-Files, Twin Peaks, and Californication. He has the powers of many Duchovnys combined.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Gee, Ed; using the same song in two different strips on the same day and making it come out sounding great both times? *AWESOME!!!*

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@shaenon: I see it now:

"X-Files!"

"Twin Peaks!"

"Californication!"

"BY YOUR POWERS COMBINED I AM CAPTAIN WILKIN!"

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

I can hear Unity now:  "Tip's gonna be in TROU-BLE!" 

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

You know, she really should have known better.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

last panel sums up tip, and why he's a menace to the menaces to society :)

Rob (rrreed) says: Apparently Tip continues to maintain that upper body strength exercise regime of his…
Skylar Ekamper (coranas) says:

And is that on his weaker wrist?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Moon River", Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini)

Main-bocher!
Lovely vintage style!
I truly love it, I'll confess ...
With feet flying,
We're not buying ...
Though my mind is reeling,
We're stealing this dress!

Smooth talker
Stole it from the store!
Must run, but more impor-tant-ly,
I'll stop, though the cops won't abate ...
I just cannot wait!
I've got to try this great
Mainbocher ... on me!

Chuck Darvin (zombie_fan) says:

LORD, I absolutely love Tip's obfuscating insanity.  This pattern of his nuttiness not only hiding his hypercompetence but of ultimately saving the day is fantastic!

Naomi H (starbright) says:

@zombie_fan: No, that's just it: he's not thinking about saving the day at all. He really is just that excited about the dress.

Not that I blame him. That dress is pretty fab.

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

@ed:  Starting the filk with 'Main-bocher' immediately made me think of the theme from Goldfinger, or have you already done that one?

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

He hasn't, but I will:

(To the tune of "Goldfinger" by John Barry, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.)

Main-bocher


It's the dress, the dress that Tip wants to score.

He wants it more...

...than a footlocker!*

It beckons him because it just looks so fab...

...can't pay the tab!

 

Golden words she will pour in his ear!

Tigerlily has nothing to fear!

Because Tip knows that even when he's 'cuffed her

He still wants that dress, that dreamy

 

Main-bocher!

 

It's the dress, the dress he just *has* to have!

Just has to have!

 

It's a dress that's the color of wine!

Strapless, shoes, gauntlets; yes it's all fine!

Tigerlily does not want to hang around there,

Tip's excited 'cause he just stole that

 

Main-bocher

 

Pretty dress, a style that just won't get old!

That dress is bold!

That style is so bold!

Oh, so bold!

It got stoled!

It never got sold!

Nope, just stoled!

Please don't fooooooooooooooold!

 

*You don't like it, then *YOU* think of something that rhymes!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: ERT!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@reynard:  Well done, sir!

(Actually, I have used the theme from "Goldfinger", but it was for a Narbonic filk.  And now I'm mad at myself for not thinking of using it here.  Drat me!)

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Hmm.., I think I see the flaw in Dr. Jones's evil plan.

And poor Tip.  How's he gonna get out of this one?  Will Sweetheart and Unity have to break him out of the clink?

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Claim amnesia, Tip!

Naomi H (starbright) says:

I see Tip's wearing the Mainbocher now.

I feel very sorry for the police when they arrive... to respond to reports of a robot robbing a vintage clothing store... and they apprehend a man wearing a (stolen) dress... handcuffed to a woman looking like a runaway from the 70s... and probably Tip will try to call in the government to pull them out of jail... yeah, that's going to be a fun report to write.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I wanna see what kind of robot Tigerlily turns the police car into.

Gaz Hunter (gazhunter) says:

I am still working on the logistics of how to get into a dress *whilst handcuffed to another individual*...

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Poor Tulsa.  What did it ever do to deserve this destruction?

Woof Arf (woofnarf) says:

re: Gaz Hunter - I am still working on the logistics of how to get into a dress *whilst handcuffed to another individual*...

Tip works in frickin' mysterious ways!

Corgi (corgi) says:

Eh, it's a strapless.

Rockphed (rockphed) says:

Why do I see a kiss in the next panel?

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

She's not a runaway from the '70s. She brings the '70s with her!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: This'll be interesting.
Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Rachel:

I take it you've never been to Tulsa.  This is a place seriously in need of urban renewal and being funkified...

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 I am now officially on Jones's side. DOWN WITH TULSA

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Tip is not wearing the dress (as impressive a feet as that would be all things considered) it just looks like it at first glance because the of how he is holding it. Careful examination of panels 1 and 2 show that the dress is held over his free arm and it just blends with the black top.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Jackson", Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler)

Tigerlily built a robot,
Made it from a Cadillac!
Now it's running free ... so what?
He was programmed to attack!

   He's levelling Tulsa ...
   It won't survive the day!
   They'll say in Tulsa,
   "Tulsa's not OK!"

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mind you, I'm pretty sure Tip can get completely UN-dressed while handcuffed.
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Eleanor Rigby", The Beatles)

Sweetdaddy Velvet
Runs from the scene of the crime in his silicon mind
What will he find?
Programmed for mayhem
He doesn't know where he'll go but he'll know where he's been
He's a machine

All the homeless robots
Where do they get their toys?
All the homeless robots
What do they all destroy?

Sweet Tigerlily
Hancuffed to Wilkin, D, Agent of Project Skin Horse
Bears no remorse
Hacking Arduinos
Is her vocation but she's on vacation today
Running away

All the homeless robots
Living off the grid
All the homeless robots
Living on the skid

Oh look at all the homeless robots
Oh look at all the homeless robots

Mushrooms in Kansas
Blossom and swell it's as well no-one lives here no more
After the war
Leveling Tulsa
Gives FEMA no ulcers the robots are coming their way
OKs not OK

All the homeless robots
Where did they all come from?
All the homeless robots
But now they all belong

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Maybe it's just me, but if one of Tigerlily's robots level Oral Roberts University I, for one, would be eternally grateful. (Actually, I'd be cool with leveling Tulsa. Makes Joplin that much more relevant.)

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Also, I call that tomorrow's stip will be Tip & Tiggerlily be bouncing around in bed, if you know what I mean.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Nate wins the filking this round, I think.

Rob (rrreed) says:

"This is Richard Thornburg, speaking to you live from Century City Vintage Clothing & Resale… where Los Angeles Tulsa has joined the sad but world wide fraternity whose only membership requirement is the awesome spectre of International Terrorism the Robot Uprising…"
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: A woman's place is in the kitchen. With the shoes.
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

...out of mind?

Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

So when is Tigerlily getting her own comic? ;)

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I think tip has actually impressed T.L.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh, so that's what Tip's apartment looks like!

Whodathunkit.
Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Like recognizes like. I still say Tip is a latent Mad Psychologist. With incredible taste.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: a mad fashion scientist perhaps?
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Dave Estep: I wasn't sure on that notion before, but this cinches it. Tip is definitely mad scientist raw material.
vicka corey (drbrain) says:

BUT WHERE'S THE MAINBOCHER???

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Summertime Blues", Eddie Cochran)

Well, when M. got cute, tried to vaporize our bones here ...
Called the Institute, and they sent us Dr. Jones here!
With Unity she chatted and her secrets she shared ...
"I may cause complications in the unprepared."
When Tip first sees her, he's gonna blow a fuse!
Now they're in his place, with a kitchen fulla shoes!

So she fixed Moustachio, she did a little more now!
Gave him itty-bitty arms, then she wandered out the door now!
Security will stop her, so now they're taking steps ...
"Well, thanks for introducing me to your bi-ceps."
That funky disco power, man, she knows how to use!
Now she's in Tip's place, with a kitchen fulla shoes!

Now Tip is in pursuit, and the crazy girl he's stopping!
And they're looking so cute, when they're cuffed together shopping!
They're looking at silk gown so totally rad ...
"You know you want it now, and you know you want it bad."
When Tigerlily asks him, he really can't refuse!
Now they're in his place, with a kitchen fulla shoes!

Chuck Darvin (zombie_fan) says:

At Dave Estep:

 

Actually, I'd say Tip is pretty blatant Mad Psychologist at this point.  It's just that his other..."qualities" are so much more attention grabbing...

Brand Willis (brandyllyn) says:

I call BS. There is no way Tip hangs his clothes on wire hangers.

Peni Griffin (penig) says:

But where's his sewing machine?  Tip has to have a sewing machine.  No matter how good a shopper he is, no matter how feminine his figure (and it isn't particularly; Tip's slender but not curvy), or what foundation garments he resorts to, a man buying outfits cut for women will have to make alterations in order to get the most flattering fit. 

I'm surprised he doesn't design and sew his own clothes, but that is a time consuming hobby.  Nothing like the satisfaction of getting the right outfit in the fabric that's perfect for you and the cut that accommodates every peculiarity of your build, though.

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Ed, your songs are normally quite amusing, but that was just incredible.  Kudos!

Dave Menendez (zednenem) says:

Is anyone else getting a Princess Langwidere vibe from the cabinets?

Bryce Utting (butting) says:

@Brand Willis: that's the Naughty Rail.  Those dresses have been bad, and are hanging where all the others can see as a warning to them all.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Gotta agree with @butting there-- the rest are probably on custom-made, hand-polished cedar hangers with special non-fading lighting overhead.

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'Keiya' (keiya) says: That's probably the "I need more hangers!" overflow.
Paul K (mnementh) says:

And when does the "I'm gonna use psychology now!" part happen? For Tip, I mean... seems Guerrilla Clockwork Mechanic GRRL from H#ll on Acid has been psych-ing like gangbusters  since she burst on the scene...

 

mnem

$5 sez Dorothy's Ruby Slippers are somewhere between the cupboard and the dishwasher...

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