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92 comments:
woozy (woozy) says:

Violet Bee?  Gotta be a reason for that I'm not getting 'cause it's late.

Naomi H (starbright) says:

Well, so much for the secret twin sister theory.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: who is this and what has he done with Tip?
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Vi.Be.

Richard Bidencope (cope) says:

Maybe Tigerlily has left him a changed man.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...?
Rincewind (outworldcats) says: "Anyone want to contact V.B.?"
Jeff Ehlers (jaimehlers) says:

Tip's always been the "love 'em and leave 'em" sort.  Well, Tigerlily dumped him, so of course he's obsessed with her.

Fred Berthelsdorf (nar) says:

Violet Bee must be one of Gold Bug's subordinates. And if the Color-Insect thing continues, what's next? Gold Silverfish? (or silver goldfish?)

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

         Okay, if Tip doesn't want her, I call dibs.  She's as dishy as he is bishy.
         Shaenon, I see that you and Andrew will be at Comicon.  Which booth?  Jeffrey, any chance that you'll be there as well?

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I'm sharing a small-press booth at Comic-Con with Dirk "Paradigm Shift" Tiede; I'll also be doing signings at the GoComics and National Cartoonists Society tables. Andrew will be doing his thing at the Cartoon Art Museum booth.
Richard Bidencope (cope) says:

I should've guessed that Tip's female version would be a total flirt.

Like that ponytail

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

I hope he gets his mojo back soon.

woozy (woozy) says:

<i>Okay, if Tip doesn't want her, I call dibs. </i>

 

Why on earth would anyone want you, and why would you think that was relevant to anything?

Sorry, Kay.  That wasn't personal but just a joke.  As one (of thousands of) anti-Tip, I just wanted to give you a taste of statements that we anti-Tips get all the time (and the fact that they are always sincere, never meant to be hurtful, and usually said in genuine puzzlement, just make them all the more painful.)

Rob (rrreed) says:
<Pinkie by corner of mouth>
<Dr. Evil voice>

"Mojo: The libido. The life force. The essence. The right stuff. What the French call a certain… I don't know what."

</Dr. Evil voice>
</Pinkie by corner of mouth>
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: @Kay Gilbert (circa yesterday): Sorry, no. Not going to be at Comic-Con. Someday, perhaps.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Want To Hold Your Hand", The Beatles)

Oh, Tip!
Let's start talking ...
I had this meeting planned ...
It's just my ... way of stalking,
Let me give you a "hand"!
Here is my helping "hand" ...
Let me give you a "hand"!

Heard of your ... reputation ...
I simply must demand,
Demand a ... demonstration!
Let me give you a "hand"!
I wish to understand ...
Let me give you a "hand"!

My heart rate quickens, Doctor, when you
Wander by!
This spicy chick is on the menu ...
Breast or thigh?  Breast or thigh?  Breast or thigh?

For conflict ... resolution,
Your wish is my command!
Here's my ... contribution,
I wish to lend a "hand"!
Let me give you a "hand"!
You're more than I can stand!
Let me give you a "ha-a-a-a-a-a-and"!

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

Richard: Actually, that does not appear to be a ponytail at all, but a long braid and a rather interesting scrunchy.

Matt Buchwald (themysticalone) says:

A braid is just a fancy ponytail.

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: @woozy ...um... perhaps not the place, friend.
Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

Of course we all recognise the Harpo Marx gag here.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

If she culdn't give him a hand, at least she gave him a leg up.

Rob (rrreed) says: "And two hard-boiled eggs."
woozy (woozy) says:

@woozy ...um... perhaps not the place, friend.

That's the thing about being an anti-Tip:  It's never the place.

Rob (rrreed) says: "And two hard-boiled eggs."
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

@woozy Please. Just, drop it.

@skinhorsereaders I think if there is a link between Gold Bug and Violet Bee, there could also be an Indigo Imago - maybe a male using the name Inigo?

Rob (rrreed) says: "And two hard-boiled eggs."
Iain Sneyd (iainsneyd) says:

"Honk!" "And one duck egg"

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@rrreed: Do you have any stewed prunes?  Well, give them some black coffee, that'll sober them up.

Rob (rrreed) says: "Quote me as saying I was misquoted."
K C (spotweld) says:

So.. she's a fem-bot, right?

Nahuel Méndez Diodati (chirigami) says:

Thought exactly the same

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Your political philosophy intrigues me and I would like to subscribe to your position paper archive.

I wonder if she can shoot lasers out of her eyes?

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I just thought of something. Tip is allergic to Bees. :)

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Hee hee, Joyce. So he is.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: This has gone from weird to weirdest.

Also: There's gotta be a catch somehow...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Don't You Want Me", Human League)

We're off to the Maragda now to settle the strike!
Ms. Bee is there to meet with us too!
We start to talk, and she says "Doctor Wilkin, I'd like
To interface completely with you!

Now in the past few days, our Tip has been a bit stressed,
And Vi-o-let is coming on strong!
They've talked for seven minutes, and they're both fully dressed!
This indicates that something is wrong!

Oh ... TOTAL wants me!
Ms. Bee, it would appear
That you don't know just what the sitch is ...
How ... TOTAL taunts me!
As long as we're both here,
Let's get holistic, honeybritches!

TOTAL's getting naughty!
TOTAL's acting odd!
TOTAL wants my body!
TOTAL wants my bod!

James Kehl (shykta) says:

@KC

Well, TOTAL does stand for "Techno-Organic Trust for Advanced Learning", so I think there's a fair chance that "human representative" may actually be short for "mostly-human representative" or even "most human-looking representative".

But to be fair, if the machines want to learn about this human thing called lurrrrve, who am I to deny them?

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Someone is going to have to explain me the Groucho Marx joke. I really don't get it.

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: James Kehl (shykta) Too true. And just think what kind of technical information she might theoretically have stored for the occasion...
Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

"Honeybritches"?  But Tip seldom wears britches!

Typhin Reynard (typhin) says:

And here I thought para-government think tanks would do it in the shadows...

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@ampersand888:  Classic Harpo Marx gag.  You can see it in this clip <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZOlrZNIod0> at about 0:29, 2:03, 2:29, 3:17, and 3:19.

Rob (rrreed) says: @Andrew—"Make that three hard-boiled eggs."
Caliban Loreseeker (caliban) says:

Doesn't look like Tip is objecting very hard,  he's undoing his top button in that last panel.

steve wallis (drsteve) says:

Gee... that pony tail reminds me of Avatar. I wonder if her's has similar uses/abuses?

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

Run, Tip, run!

And for some reason I keeping reading it as "honeybitches" instead.

woozy (woozy) says:

I just thought of something. Tip is allergic to Bees. :)

I thought it was just a phobia.

woozy (woozy) says:

... and as a woozy, I like to eat honey bees, which would mean.... hmm,strange.

Richard Bidencope (cope) says:

I guess Bee isn't used to being turned down either.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

'The Light Of Culture And Reason'.... Okay, maybe with some LEDs, a fog-machine and a bit of careful airbrushing.  I can see that.  **ponders**

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: Whatever Lola Wants (Richard Adler & Jerry Ross, Damn Yankees, 1955)

Whatever Violet Bee
Wants, you see,
She always gets, and Violet Bee, she wants you
Our burning conflict solved
Strike resolved
A satisfying, holistic breakthrough

I'm TOTAL-ly into you, Tip
Now come on, show me a new tip

For you're what Violet Bee
Wants, you see
Lift up your skirt
Honeybritches, you're fine
Now whip 'em out, let's have some fun
The Light of Culture and Reason
Are mine . . . are mine . . . ARE MINE!


 

 

 

 

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Why don't *I* meet any girls with imperialism fetishes?  I'd be happy to reenact the Spanish-American war or the Moro rebellion  all night long.  Heck, I even know...

"Damn, damn, damn the insurrectos!
Cross-eyed khaki-colored thieves!
Underneath the starry flag, civilize 'em with a Krag,
And return us to our own beloved homes."

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: "Wierd, yet sweet".... sounds like the kind of honey a violet bee might produce.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Lights", Journey)

Well, the Light of Culture and Reason
Simply won't come out and play ...
We don't wanna go down the road ... that Ms. Bee's on ...
No-o-o ... wa-a-ay!

He won't get imperialistic,
And he won't invade your space ...
We see Vi-o-let ... go ballistic!
"You're a dis-gra-a-ace!"

In the past, Tip's been oh so
Ready to make the girls sigh ...
But now his mojo is a no-no ...
O-o-oh ... why-y-y?

Well, the Light of Culture and Reason
Has its reasons, I suppose ...
Is Tip serious ... or just teasin'?
Who-o-o ... kno-o-ows?

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

"Tackle".....?!?  That's a new one on me.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

@Tom; It's maybe a Britishism?  Anyway, Flashman is always referring to his "wedding tackle".

Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Could have been worse, could have been "Manifest Destiny."

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Estimable Mr. Wells: I understand that you are the originator of both "the Light of Culture and Reason" and "the peen," the two most awesome euphemisms for male genitalia, ever.  Either you are the Henry Fielding of our age, or you spend an inordinate amount of time talking to your tackle.  Maybe both.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

OK, he's really lost it... Tigerlily named it and "it kind of stuck"?

Rob (rrreed) says: ::shivers:: : Why am I getting a Freaky Friday vibe from Tip and Violet all of a sudden?
(idv) says:

"The Light of Culture and Reason" sounds far too much like a Culture ship-name.

Is Tip moonlighting as a Contact agent?

Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

<b>idv</b>, that may be the scariest crazy theory ever proposed in these comments.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Okay, I contributed the peen. So to speak.
woozy (woozy) says:

It's maybe a Britishism? 

... it's common in Australia too.  The folks who put on "The puppetry of the penis" used it frequently. 

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: You know this was starting to feel like a filler arc at first (not an inherently bad thing if it is well written filler mind you) but it is actually turning out to be about Tip working thru his own issues, it should be most interesting to see where he ends up after this.
Justin Grubbs (jjgrubbs) says:

Will the real Tip Wilkin please stand up?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: It's gotta be a ploy.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "All The Small Things", Blink 182)

Ms. Bee ... upset!
Hot sex ... can't get!
Tip has ... issues!
Tackle ... disused!

Angst is ... seen now!
Drama ... queen now!
Fi-e-ry Vi-o-let said,
"Wanna be vi-o-la-ted!"
  
   Why won't they ship?
   Where's the real Tip?
   Doesn't respond
   To a hot blonde!

Vi wants ... hot sex!
But Tip ... objects!
Since Tigerlily caught his eye,
His superpower's gone bye-bye!

   Man, get a grip!
   Where's the real Tip?
   Look inside me,
   Where can he be?

Katie Powell (pencilears) says:

"The folks who put on "The puppetry of the penis" used it frequently."

and now I'm thinking the term "The Real Tip Wilikin?" would be a good name for an act of penile athletisism/artestry.

Josh Shepherd (bergerjacques) says:

Should Tip beware of this level of introspection? He may not like what he finds - there are bound to be clashes.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Meaningless hot sex might complicate matters, but it sure fills up break time.

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: 'Tackle' for 'bait-and-tackle.' I suspect it was the bastard child of a fishing pole innuendo and Cockney Rhyming Slang.
Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Eric: more likely, 'tackle' is just sort for 'wedding tackle'.  The old meat and veg.  I haven't heard a guy call it his bait and tackle yet.  Although, I suppose it's just a matter of time.

woozy (woozy) says:

'Tackle' for 'bait-and-tackle.' I suspect it was the bastard child of a fishing pole innuendo and Cockney Rhyming Slang.

That seems like as good a theory as any, but what does it rhyme with, and doesn't rhyming slang go the other way?  [That is to say, wouldn't  "bait and tackle" be shortened to "bait",  as with "balls" rhymes with "cobbler's stalls" hence "cobblers".]

now I'm thinking the term "The Real Tip Wilikin?" would be a good name for an act of penile athletisism/artestry.

I'd like to state a "good name" for an act of penile athletisism/artestry is an oxymoron.  (But otherwise, you're right! [and scary])

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

I suspect the fishing-reference hypothesis is the correct one (by association with the expression "Don't fish off the Company dock") but it certainly isn't Cockney Rhyming Slang, because that would require a different word which rhymes with "tackle."

Examples of CRS might be "spackle" (a thick pasty plaster used for texturing walls and ceilings) or "hackle" (the thick bristly hair on the back of a canid's neck, which offers an interesting alternate interpretation of "getting one's hackles up.")

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

good thing she brought the puppets!

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Sweetheart's pose in panel 3 is priceless, as is Tip's reaction. Looks like he is not fond of being viewed as such a predicable person.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Scandalous smalltalk!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree", Sam H. Stept and Charles Tobias)

In flagrante colloquio,
We're walking and talking slow,
Miss Violet doesn't know
I'm not a lothario!
In flagrante colloquio,
Says Violet, "I don't know
Why Tip's still ful-ly dressed!"

We're just being gregarious,
But Sweetheart makes such a fuss!
'Cause she didn't come on us
Engaging in co-it-us!
We're just being gregarious,
But Sweetheart still makes a fuss!
Confusion she'll express!

Now poor Miss Bee
Just doesn't see
Why the nasty, Tip won't do!
Tip's so well-behaved,
Even though she "shaved"
And she went "commando" too!

In flagrante colloquio,
As over the laws we go!
The union rules apropos
The AFL-CIO!
In flagrante colloquio,
But Wilkin still doesn't know
Just who the heck he is!

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So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*

It also occurs to me that, working together, Tip and ViBe can seduce anyone they choose to.
Corgi (corgi) says:

Poor Sweetheart.  It seems to me she's got this little bit of a vicarious thing going on that keeps getting frustrated, especially now.

Drew (pseudowolf) says:

Corgi: Perhaps some small part of Sweetheart can't forget how Tip looked as a wolf.

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