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Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

And Tip has managed to boggle her mind.  You know you're good when the Mad Scientist is stunned by your crazy.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: We've had the lion and the wardrobe now, at any rate.
woozy (woozy) says:

Yeah, but there's been multiple options for witches so far, haven't there?

'Keiya' (keiya) says: Tip in the second panel is SO CUTE! ^_^
Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says:

I think The Lion, the Witch, and the Hot Tub would have very little in common with what he's thinking of. Except, of course, that it would still feature a climactic scene where the good guy is tied to a table, followed by a scene where he's vanished, and everyone's surprised that he's alive.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "All That Jazz", Ebb & Kander)

Come on in, excuse my vanity ...
See all my clothes!
Guys locked up have less insanity ...
See all my clothes!

Come on Blondie, where's the darn hot tub?
And could you join me there and give my back a scrub?
I'll go get dinner on,
Because there ain't no faun ...
Just all my clothes!

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 So, does Civil Service give a pass for recognized mental illness? (in universe)

Skylar Ekamper (coranas) says:

No Dave, That would be unfair dismissal. Just because he's insane, doesn't mean that he shouldn't be working for us.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well, it could be...
D. Connolly (theogrin) says:

How would Tip get his 'dinner-making outfit' if he's still latched to Tigerlily's hand?  Actually, scratch that.  How would he put it on

I suspect that Tip's mind works on an entirely different level than both norms and mad scientists.

Rob (rrreed) says: Hmm… Neither a Mad nor a Mundy, he. I vote for "weird", since coupling "doctor" and "strange" has other connotations. Tip's a Weird Scientist!
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

No, he's a Mad Psychologi—

Oh, wait, that's redundent, isn't it?

Bill McGann (odo) says:

Aren't most psychologists a bit mad anyway? ;)

'Keiya' (keiya) says: ... So did Tigerlily Jones see Tip naked while he changed, or?
John Brown (werbluten) says:

How did he get that outfit on and his last one off? It would be rather dificult with one hand cuffed to a second person.

Crystal Jacobs (plane) says: I suspect he has magical outfit changing powers.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

............Thanks Crystal, now I'm imagining Tip with a Sailor Moon Wand and outfit.

Dominic Corbin (lnick) says:

There are really only three possibliities:

1) Tigerlilly sees Tip naked and helps.
2) Tigerlilly sees Tip naked and does not help.
3) Its part of Tip's superpower, and the naked does not yet occur.

Unless Word of God says different you may choose which theory you like.

Edit: This is my eighth attempt to get this comment to format in a way that I don't hate. Also grammar issues.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: FOOD FIGHT!
woozy (woozy) says:

Heh, heh.  Tip's actually a very bad cook.  Just look at him glup that liquid into the risotto when liquid must actually be added very slowly and carefully.

But I bet Tip is incapable of imagining his cooking talents are less than to be desired.

Rob (rrreed) says: Hmmm…

If Tip is as mad/weird as we're theorizing, he may have modified the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain to make the garments he is wearing (not just his undergarments, mind you) jump one foot to the left while the garments in the closet to his right also jump one foot to the left simultaneously. This would allow Tip to instantaneously change clothes without going through all the topological twists getting them on and off while handcuffed to Tigerlily, while also avoiding becoming nude in accordance with the Theory of Conservation of Indecency (a little-known corollary of the Theory of Indeterminacy).

All he'd really need would be a strong Brownian Motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) to suspend the connected atomic vector plotter in…
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Sailor Moon" theme song (English dub))

See him doing a no-no
While he's cooking risotto;
Adding broth, it should be so slow!
He is the cook, he's Dr. Tip!

He must never turn his back on Doc Jones!
Changing clothes involves so many unknowns!
Readers wond'ring, will she jump his bones?
He's such a trip!
Dr. Tip!

James Kehl (shykta) says:


Sure, removing garments with Improbability Drive is fun at parties - or at least, fun if you got all your calculations right and set it up before the drinks started flowing. It really ruins the ambience when the atomic vector plotter drops a binary point and the garments only shift half a foot to the right...

A related effect limits teleporting garments on to only the truly Mad, and to those who don't mind if their dresses are a little bit more 'skin-tight' than the phrase usually allows for...

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

What Tigerlily says in the last panel reminds me of the old cliché:

"I wish we could have come here under better circumstances."

Tip would respond with:

"Like I've never been handcuffed to a maniac with an afro before."

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Ed, of all the songs you could have filked, you had to filk the worst dubbed Anime of all time. (And I'm sure Shanneon would have to disagree with me...she's a dubbing professional.) I'm afraid we'll have to send an angry mob of pre-teen zombie cat-girls on you.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

"I've gotten my life together".  One wonders where all the fragments of his life were stashed, and what they were doing, before Skin Horse.

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Michael Brewer: And now someone's inevitably going to submit some fanart of that.

Andrew Kunz: Bitchin' solo, though.
Glenn Gorsuch (glenn) says:

@woozy:  Now, now, let's be kind to Tip.  He -did- just say he had just started learning, after all.  I can't imagine that Tip would have much time to watch the Food Network shows.  Assuming he could find the TV under all the chiffon. 

If I were more the worrying kind (well, I am, but not about this), I'd worry that Tip seems to have picked up on Tigerlily's ability to change clothes while being...topologically challenged a la incarceration. Is it a proximity effect that anyone can pick up, just by staying close to her for a bit? I've always wanted to be able to change my socks without going through the bother of taking my shoes off. 

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I'm no dubbing snob. Just last night I was defending Sven's accent in the first episode of "Voltron."
woozy (woozy) says:

@Glenn:  I wasn't  being unkind to Tip, per se.  I think his comments "I just started teaching myself" and "I wasn't always this self-actualized" are probably, like his "when you look at me what do you see; thick wrists, of course" comment, examples of his view of him self not fitting with reality.

I have a feeling the actuality of his previous life being out of control wasn't all that bad, and that as an example of his pulling it together his ability to make a passable risotto is not that impressive.


Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Why bother teleporting clothes and/or people?  That's so potentially messy.  Simply change densities of a couple objects, and move them through the other object.  Kitty Pryde did it for decades.

Paul K (mnementh) says:

rreed -

I see your Finite Probability Engine and raise you a fully charged Somebody Else's Problem Field tuned to the memespace of Clothing In General.

See you in a few hundred years when the batteries run down, or when the beer and nekkid people run out... whichever comes first. ;)



*Gets very confused look as a shapely brunette in a small sportscar stops in front of him, says "NICE PANTS" then speeds off*

Dragons don't actually WEAR pants...

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Tigerlily must have been reading all the comments and asked for us, what other acts of awesomeness can she use this ability for?
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Well at least we aren't the only ones.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The little death AND the big death.
Nahuel Méndez Diodati (chirigami) says:

Maybe he moves close enough to the speed of light, so he is able to reduce his width, leaving him able to pass his body through one sleeve, then, it's all easy. Except for the part when his mass approaches infinity...

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Yes, relativistic velocities aren't pretty if you're wearing stripes.

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Wow. So the way he changes clothes makes so little sense that even a crazy person can't process the event.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Right Now", Van Halen)

Well, here they are, having dinner,
Tip in his off-the-shoulder gown ...
Doctor Jones, deep within her,
Her mind's confused, she wears a frown!

One outfit off, one outfit on, hey!
Even cuffed, he's still changing clothes!
New outfit here, old outfit gone, in some odd way ...
Just can't suss ... she saw it, goodness knows!

But how?
Huh?  How do you do it?
But how??
It's magic, I assume!
But how??
Cuffs just went right through it!
Me and you do it too!
It's mutual doom!

Jerry Costlow (jerryc) says:

Um...was that last comment a Batman and Joker reference?  I swear I read it or heard the line somewhere between these sworn enemies.  Does this foreshadow future conflict?

Rob (acoustic_rob) says:

I'm now going to spend the day fruitlessly hoping for an opportunity to use "...with terrifying groove" in conversation.  Thanks, guys.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

@acoustic_rob:  me too.  Possibly in a medical document; that'd be good.  'Client Axis I diagnosis codes 312.9, 305.01, terrifying groove.'  Naaaahhhhh....

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
Josh MacLeod (alcar) says:

Jerry: I *think* It's from The Killing Joke. 

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

Maybe it's a matter of being in your element?  Tigerlily can get her terrifying groove on when trussed up like Hannibal Lector...and Tip finds Beautiful Woman + Handcuffs to be just another day at the office, so to speak.

Jack Elliott (jacktus) says:

I still think Tip has a time dilation power. He's slowing down time, removing the handcuffs, getting changed and then putting them back on again.

Michael Berger (mikeberger) says:

Nice job of hanging a lantern on it.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@mike: hanging a lampshade.  A lantern is a different DCU hero.

Now the question is: did Shaenon and Channing plan that ahead of time, or just go with the reader comments?  You know, this matters for TV Tropes!

Robert Amsbury (ramsbury) says:

I'd just go with the same way one removes a bra without removing the shirt.  might work if the cuffs were a little loose.

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

@ ramsbury: That may work for the outfits on Monday and Wednesday, but I think the maid outfit on Tuesday has too much fabric in the sleeve for that method to be effective.

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

the problem with the idea that he can move faster than the speed of light is, of course, weight. he would likely break chairs and wreck floors if he was moving that fast. the closer to C, the more you Mass. and that could just RUIN shoes.

M Lowe-Hentges (annechen67) says:

Pfft, Tip, have problems with cuffs? Maybe the four-point suspension harness, but not cuffs.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I still think "There's a party in my toolbox and SCIENCE is invited!" is the best quote ever in the history of anything, to the point that it may actually supplant '...for SCIENCE' as my Xbox Live, PSN, etc. profile info field.  (Which takes work, as '...for SCIENCE!' has held that spot for nearly four years.)

That said, I must admit that "...with terrifying groove!" is a very close second for Best Quote Ever.

woozy (woozy) says:

Well, still no evidence that Tip is anything other than a mediocre cook.

I figure its only a matter of time before the authors decide to reveal he is, of course, a fantastic cook, and as I'm probably the only person who thinks it'd be hilarious if it turns out he isn't, I figure I have to speculate on his cooking inability every chance I get before I inevitably got proven wrong.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

You suppose that Tip will ever remember that he was supposed to bring Tigerlily right back to the office to deal with an equipment uprising emergancy?  Though, granted, if the others are still alive at this point they've probably dealt with the problem in some other fashion.  (Most likely involving Unity and a great deal of senseless destruction.)

Kaitlyn Bahn (caspianseamonster) says:

Either that or 20 minutes haven't passed yet.  I mean, what with the inexplicable wardrobe changes, it is at least somewhat conceivable at this point.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 A psychologist must take time out for themselves, as well. And just as an aside, who is Tip's psychiatrist? I'd LOVE to see who has the ability to use puppets on him.

'Keiya' (keiya) says: Rachel, I agree. I want the wallpaper but I used the last money in my bank account for the Humble Indie Bundle. >_>
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah yes, the Humble Indie Bundle! 6 games, no DRM, and you set the price... I seriously recommend it.

As for the comic: Do I detect unresolved sexual tension?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Try A Little Tenderness", Connelly, Campbell, & Woods)

Tip's just fair at cooking,
Although he's quite good-looking
Wearing that fine Mainbocher dress ...
To keep the cops from booking,
Try a little crazyness ...

This is the unfairest!
Tip is just the squarest,
But still wants to wear this, he'll confess!
But for the gown that's rarest,
Try a little crazyness ...

Yes, Tip admits he wants this ...
This gown beyond compare ...
And the matching shoes and gauntlets
Make it lovelier to wear!

Though he can't buy it,
Tip still has to try it ...
Posing with style and such finesse!
If Jones cannot deny it,
She'll try a little crazyness!

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

@Ed: Should have been "try a little evidence". :D

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: @Dave Estep: We may actually tangentially touch on that topic in the still-in-processing bonus story for Volume Two, if all goes as planned. You will, of course, have to purchase it to see. BUT YOU WERE GOING TO DO THAT ANYWAY, RIGHT?!?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

So when Tip returns the Mainbocher after dressing up in it, can he expect down from the cops?

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Handcuffs?  Pfft.  Tip can accessorize /anything/.  I'm reasonably certain that qualifies as one of his super-powers.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Gloves too? Wow. Almost makes me want to....
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Smooth Criminal", Michael Jackson)

When he saw it in the window,
Then you knew that ... he would sin, bro!
Gotta get his hands on that dress!
It was wine silk!  It was strapless!
With the shoes and with the gauntlets,
They ran back to ... his apartment!
Though he can't afford to buy it,
Just the one time ... gotta try it!

Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...
Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...
Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...
Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...

Tigerlily can't stay!
Gotta go 'way
To the Institute now!
She won't go, she says no way!
Though she must say
Tip is looking cute now!
Even though she's a beauty,
It's his duty,
And he just can't shirk it!
Tigerlily's had enough, son!
Though with cuffs on,
Tip, he still can work it!

Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...
Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...
Tigerlily can't stay, no Tigerlily can't stay, no you can't stay 'Lily ...
Dress, he frees it!  No one sees it!
It's so criminal!

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Definitely "Coffy" then.

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Gasp! Tigerlily isn't actually chaotic-evil, but chaotic-good. Who would have guessed?!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

of course she's good.  she gave moustachio little arms! :)

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 I had a similar experience, but it ended with a left sock and a projection television. That was an odd morning.

'Keiya' (keiya) says: Eh, she's more chaotic-whichever-way-is-more-interesting. :P
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Don't Leave Me This Way", Thelma Houston)

How'd I get this way?
My life was tame,
So dull and lame
'Til pushers came...
(Oh, baby ...)

Can't drive them away ...
Pigs won't do jack!
I had to act,
Lay down the smack!
Then it all goes grey ...

(heeeeeeey ...)
Then I ...
I'm on a pile of leaf springs and
Oh so bare!
There's fifty-dollar bills floating
In the air!
I am the funky law, and I
Laid it down!
The bodies of those dealers were
Never found!
Now I've ... got the jive ... from the
The fabulousness within me has
Set me free!
(Set me free!  Set me free!)

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

have you heard

about the science craze

listen to us

i'm sure you'll be amazed

it's called "le freak"

they're doing it night and day

c'mon, we'll show you where, aww!


SKIN HORSE! (le freak, tres chic)

SKIN HORSE! (le freak, it's neat)

SKIN HORSE! (mainbocher suite)



is not just The Man's game


can play it just the same

she's found

tip's weakness in a dress

it's evil but he loves it

now it's a total mess


FREAK OUT! (le freak, unique)

FREAK OUT! (the gloves, a treat)

FREAK OUT! (to Tip, sounds neat!)

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

The Man's alignment matrix can't keep Tigerlily down! She's clearly Chaotic Groovy.

John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says:

I'm waiting for a Roger Rabbit moment in this handcuff plotline, where Tigerlily just slips it off and confounds Tip:

"You mean you could have taken your hand out of that handcuff at any time?" 

 "Not at any time.  Only when it was funky."

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

@John Campbell: Are you sure?  I was thinking Chaotic Funky.

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