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Been There Done That (btdt) says:

It's taking a bit longer than normal, but it's looking like Tip's super power might just work for him yet.

Emily NotYourBusiness (emilygirl) says:

I'm thinking this is actually Tigerlily's super power working on Tip.

Paul K (mnementh) says:

I suspect that there's a bit of synergy going on here... and if TigerLily can leverage it to break through Tip's Quantum-Level self-repression, we may well have a Critical Mass of Funk. Or at least some very well-dressed Cadillacs...



John Brown (werbluten) says:

Yes, but tip would look rather silly in a villian(or minion) outfit.

I'm imagining one right now and it gives me the giggles.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 He's going to crack. It is inevitable!(one hopes)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Can't Deny", Alanis Morissette)

It's after dinner, dishes are done,
We're cuffed together so you can't run ...
We lie in bed, we're sad and depressed;
And it's so weird, that we're both fully dressed!

I don't want to send you back,
'Cause you, you're Queen of the Funk!
Your beauty is so dis-trac-ting!
Crazy, who woulda thunk?

   You know I can't defy
   The plan within my mind
   When first your figure I saw!
   So strange and so sublime!
   Just like I felt first time
   I saw a Christian Lacroix!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

You know, I think this is the first strip where Tigerlily's dialogue isn't  funkadelic.  She's no longer amused.  Perhaps we're approaching a breaking point.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

do i see therapy puppets on the horizon....?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: This'll be interesting.
'Keiya' (keiya) says: Yeeahhh, 'Man be trying to save humanity's ass' really isn't that bad, Tigerlily. Nice try though!
Rob (rrreed) says: You've been out of touch for a while, Dr. Jones. We're melting the polar ice caps quite nicely all by ourselves, thankewverahmuch.
The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

The problem with being a Mad Scientist is that you are MAD!

We're all mad here, I'm mad, you're mad....


Now I understand Everything!


The Auld Grump

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Oppression", Ben Harper)

See the Man ain't got no soul
The U.N. won't let me melt the Pole
The U.S. Government's on my case
Just 'cos I gave the moon a smiley face

But oppression
You won't stop me getting funky
With my flying robot monkey



Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

well. actually... Melting the ice caps might be a good thing. i mean. mabye this whole global warming thing isnt such a bad idea.

more C02 would mean that plants will grow quicker, bigger and require less water. Higher tempretures would mean more precipitation, which means more rainfall. we would lose some land, most of which should probley be abandoned anyhow, but gain siberia, northern canada, and possibly even parts of antartica.

well. mabye anyhow. i mean, we have no clue what it would really mean, besides the literal addition of X amount of water into the oceans. a quick google away says antartica would net us 200 feet of ocean rise. well, there goes the towns i grew up in, and california now has an inland sea. i can think of worse things than losing most of oakland and san franscisco. or europe for that matter.

but, i might be a bit down that funky, funky path the good lady is on.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 She is a bit behind the times on doomsday scenarios, but incarceration does that.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: Hey! I live in Vancouver, and I won't stand for anyone flooding my city! *shakes fist* *then goes off to buy a giant glass dome on eBay*
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Aha!  This is Shaenon's plan!  Tigerlily melts the polar caps, half of San Francisco gets flooded, and suddenly Shaenon and Andrew own beachfront property, which triples their home value!  Shrewd ... very shrewd ...

(TUNE: "Here Comes The Sun", The Beatles)

You've been the victim of oppression!
The Man won't let this girl be free!

   Down with the Man!
   He foils your plan!
   And it's 'cause ...
   He's all white!

Dr. Wilkin!
We all must pay our share of taxes!
Dr. Wilkin!
We're victims of so-ci-e-ty!

   You are the Man!
   Her plan you'll ban!
   And it's 'cause ...
   It's not right!

Man, man, man, fight the Man!
Man, man, man, if we can!

Cuffed together!
They've got this love / hate interaction ...
Don't know whether
They'll boogie ho-ri-zon-tal-ly!

   Woman and Man ...
   I hope they can!
   And who knows ...
   They just might!

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Think of the penguins Tigerlilly!

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Hilary: Well yeah. You can do the glass dome thing and make Vancouver a futuristic underwater city. We'll do that with all the coastal sites worth saving, and let the ocean take the rest. Problem solved!
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Think of the polar bears!

Not that Tigerlily will think of the polar bears. She will just saddle up a polar bear and ride it into SPACE. Which would be awesome on the side of a van.
Steven Ehrbar (see) says:

As someone living several thousand feet above sea level, I'm not particularly worried about icecap melting.

And polar bears are interfertile with grizzlies, so we could just sote up a lot of polar bear semen and breed them back into existence if necessary.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Melt 'em, DJ, Penguins can swim!  And who needs a bunch of white Yogi Bears after our pic-a-nic baskets, anyway?

richard k weinberg (richindi57) says:

polgrizzs are know to hapen

Fandarel (fandarel) says:

I'm not sure I want to HOW you know about polar bear crossbreeding.  Or just how much detail you have.

'Keiya' (keiya) says: That water cooler is a scab!
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "The End", Doors)

Your war was pants
You blew your chance
Your war was pants
Earth's doomsday dance, was pants
All your elaborate plans, were pants
Humanity's last stand, was pants
All your office supplies, were pants
I'll never look into my i... Pod again

Without picturing what you
Could have done with half a clue
Desperately in need
Of Tactics 101

And maybe a gun




Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Kicks", Paul Revere and The Raiders)

Boy, you're handcuffed to a criminal
And lurking in a stolen dress!
And now you're worried for your teammates,
The situation's a mess!
Well, the Union is on the prowl ...
Just hear that mean ol' keyboard growl!
But if the zombie's punting,
They'd best throw in the towel!

And Unity will ...
Punt that keyboard clear 'cross the room!
It's such a wimpy lame-ass bringer of doom!
Well, you can punt hard as you please
And scatter those keys!
(Hey, you just spelled "panties"!)

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 It's all fun and games until someone loses an "I".

John Brown (werbluten) says:

Is the keyboard bleeding? If not it should stop being a pansy.

That would be a different genre though.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Unity must be really bored...

...I can't think of a single office machine worth of a leg sweep.

Erin Palette (palette) says:

I'm so glad there are other people in this world who find the word "panties" to be inherently funny.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Dave Estep: Do you have an internet? If not, I have one here with your name on it.

(Hey! My keyboard just "P"'d on me! *BAD* keyboard!)

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

@Edwin - I'm just delighted I managed to get that horrid pun before anyone else. I was barely awake, and it just hit me.

@Mark- A mimeograph is sweep worthy. As is any Xerox machine. They think their toner cartridges are SO special.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

YAY!  Unity and Sweetheart are back! 

Hmm.., looks like the first panic was premature.

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Awwww...
'Keiya' (keiya) says: Aww. Still a scab, but a /cute/ scab.
Kat Smith (catschroedinger) says: @Shaenon: Was Tigerlily on the side of a van riding a polar bear a very well hidden fandom collision or just a stab in the dark? In other words: is it okay to hum Spinal Tap's 'Stonehenge' when picturing this scenario?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Boys Of Summer", Don Henley)

You see machines attack ... they say machines will rule!
You know I got your back ... you know that we're still cool!
I sit around and chill ... you stand around and talk ...
You know the cool thing is, we're still on the clock!

I can serve you!  Water chillin' in my tank!
We can call the Culligan Man and give him our hearty thanks!
And when machines strike, there's one thing I can assure,
Always, the joys of service endure ...

Emily NotYourBusiness (emilygirl) says:

Noooo!  The water cooler is a sleeper, waiting for the opportune moment to strike when your guard is down!  DON'T TRUST IT!!!

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

If all it says is "service is my only joy", then how do you know it's sapient?

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I'm trying to think what a water cooler could do in service of the strike, even if it was capable of movement, besides just dumping all its water on the floor and then taunting the staff about their growing thirst.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I'm reminded of the intelligent doors on the Heart of Gold, in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

"Get ready to eat science!" is one of the coolest battle cries ever!  (Though the "piggies" bit takes it down a notch, IMHO.)

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

I think "Piggies" is much sassier than "Screws" or "Flatfoots" ("Flatfeet"?), so I have no problem with it at all.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Andy I'm with Carl on this.  She should have stuck with the classic tag "...Coppers!"  It would have shown a classical brass that we expect from steam punk anti-heroines.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

Actually, I think that I would have been fine with the more-typically-1960s "pigs".  It's the dimunative that I don't like as well.

But it's still a cool shout of defiance!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: 'Coppers' is wrong era for a 1970s. 'Fuzz' maybe?

Hey, I have it: "Fuzzies"!
Rob (rrreed) says:

@So it Begins — That'd work, since Fuzzy-Wuzzy was a Bear!
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Piggies", Beatles)

Have you seen the little piggies
Closing on your route
City, state and Federal piggies
Traced your trail of loot
They don't think it's cute that you're so plucky!

Have you seen the SWAT team piggies
In their army boots
And the anti-terror piggies
Wearing hazmat suits
They might only shoot you - if you're lucky!

In the skies are piggies swarming
Watching what goes on all around
In their eyes you see a warning
What they need's some global warming!

Everywhere there's UN piggies
Toting piggy nukes
Time to make those boring piggies
Put up their piggy dukes
Get ready, Institute




Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I agree with Carl; "pigs" would be more appropriate for late 60's - early 70's (hey, I was there).

(TUNE: "Guys And Dolls", Frank Loesser)

When you hear a guy
Shouting, "Reach for the sky!"
Then you'll soon sic some science upon those pigs!
When you're being chased, and the chase never stops,
Then, as sure as an ace,
The guys who give chase
Are probably cops!
When you fight The Man
With a sinister plan
That includes sexy lingerie, shoes, and wigs ...
Won't be scared, won't be beaten;
You're attackin' and not retreatin'!
As you shout, "You''ll be eatin' some Science, pigs!"

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 And Tip is now a Mad Scientist by association. He jumped straight past minion. Way to go, Tip!

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

"See how they run, like pigs from a gun"

That is about to get very relevant.

Glenn Gorsuch (glenn) says:

Is anyone else worried that all those presumably heavily armed people (and I include TigerLily in that category) are dangerously close to Tip's whole wardrobe?  If something should go wrong...I'm not sure Tip could recover. 

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Sorry to disagree but "Piggies" was entirely appropriate for character and the situation. Tigerlily is EXACTLY the sort of person who would call cops "piggies."

And it's the funniest thing she could say besides. :)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

"Coppers" is obviously what a 1930s-style gangster mad scientist would say. Somebody invent a 1930s-style gangster mad scientist.
M Mishalak (mishalak) says: A spark of flame danced in the eyes of Dr. Uther MacKenna , not at all figuratively since he'd just set the police car alight with his Naphtatic Coil Gun. "Eat elemental combustion coppers!" he shouted before laughing hysterically. This was fine living, sirens wailing, a warm weapon of dubious safety in his hands, and a henchman plucking at his sleeve saying something about escaping with the loot.
Rob (rrreed) says: @Shaenon — Hmmm… tricky, since one must simultaneously avoid the stereotypical "Nazi mad scientist working for/with/in a fifth column group" that became popular in movie serials of the day, from what I've seen.

Still, the idea of The Untouchables crossed with Narbonic has a certain je ne sais quoi!
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Nazi mad scientist gangsters are okay if what they're doing is SAVING HITLER'S BRAIN! Have yinz seen that movie? They actually save Hitler's entire head, which spends the whole time looking freaked out. I guess that's a reasonable reaction.

At some point, my comic Smithson was going to include a 1930s gangster warlock. Smithson had a lot of material I never got around to introducing before I put it on hiatus.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Oh the Wimpiness of it!

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

"Go away or I'll call the brute squad!"

"I'm on the brute squad."

"You are the brute squad!"

Rob (rrreed) says:

"It's not my fault being the biggest and the strongest. I don't even exercise."
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

Perfect casting.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 If I had a dime for every time someone involved me in their escapes, I'd be a rich man. Tip, enjoy it.

Rincewind (outworldcats) says:



Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Well said, Doug.

(TUNE: "Mercedes Benz", Janis Joplin)

Hey, look, what we got here?  Some fine deadly force!
Resorting to violence is par for the course!
These folks ain't polite like the crew of Skin Horse!
Hey, look, what we got here?  Some fine deadly force!

Hey, look, what we got here?  A squad full of brute!
With Englebright too, from the Mad Institute!
They calmly ask questions, just after they shoot!
Hey, look, what we got here?  A squad full of brute!

Hey, look, what we got here?  I'm talkin' some jive!
I swear you're not taking Doc Wilkin alive!
I'll start talking smack, and then downward I'll dive!
Hey, look, what we got here?  I'm talkin' some jive!

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Time to call in Unity, this is exactly her kind of party!

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

@Ed: Unfortunately, there's no proper accompaniment for that tune, 'cause the typewriters are still on strike...

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