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Shaenon: It's summer, and here in the Bay Area that means sweaters, hot tea and foggy afternoons. But I'm told that elsewhere you get sunshine and swimsuits. And no matter where you are, summer means action movies. So here's this month's swinging Skin Horse wallpaper.

As usual, if you make a donation in any amount to the Skin Horse Tip Jar, I will send you a link to the wallpaper. Each wallpaper design comes in two different aspect ratios (regular screen and widescreen) to fit most computer monitors, and in both Mac-friendly and PC-friendly orientations. Here's the wallpaper page.

Channing: Eventually, once we hit twelve, we should do a "Women of Skin Horse" calendar, but I don't think it'd work yet unless we include (a) glimpsed characters, (b) General Sal (who would object mightily to such treatment), (c) the water cooler and (d) Alice.

Brian Stinson (brians) says:

Or, perhaps most frighteningly: Sweetheart.

Jesse Wan (bargamer) says:

You'd be surprised/scared how many furries read Skin Horse.

woozy (woozy) says:

>>Or, perhaps most frighteningly: Sweetheart.

Noooo.  Sweetheart is cute!  If you include her wearing googles, or a hat, or playing a sax(!) I'd be in.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:


Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

What happened to Tip's hairy arms? Has he decided to epilate?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss)

Well, now it's August, the height of the summer,
The time when most people head to the shore!
In San Francisco, it's kind of a bummer,
But in L.A., they know what it's for!
(... three, two, one,
Here's a pin-up just for fun!)

     It shows a
     One- or two-piece
     Heart-shaped cut-out
     With see-through piece!
     All the hotties with bodies we see!
     A bust-enhancing,
     For computers,
     This wallpaper
     You can download for Mac or PC!

Yes, ev'rywhere from Miami to Dallas,
We think the models of Skin Horse look great!
And for the next time, they might show us Alice ...
She's a natural size thirty-eight!
( ... six, four, two,
Here's a pin-up just for you!)
    (repeat CHORUS)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

For those of you who don't remember Alice ...

(See, I made the joke about how she's a "thirty-eight" and you thought I was talking about something else, didncha?  Shame on you.)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I started drawing Tip without the arm hair. What do yinz think? Hair? No hair?
Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

I think with the arm hair is funnier.


Where's Marcie?  Nerd girls rule.


Also , to keep the Wallpaper theme above:  UNITY - Mixing Girls and ...other girls.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Mike: Marcie's in the middle, man.  (Wasn't that a TV show?)

Brian Stinson (brians) says:

The Middle Man? Great TV show.

Another vote for comical manly arm hair.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Hmm..., Unity in a bikini..?!?  Could be interesting.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Shaenon: <Pretentious humor theorization warning> I think Tip looks fine without the arm hair now. In the early strips, before we really knew Tip, the Giant Bluto Arm Hair arm hair cleared up any doubts about his sex. Sort of like a lampshade on his masculinity. But lampshades have a half-life, after which they become tiresome. (See almost any Woody Allen film for examples.) I didn't even notice that the arm hair was missing

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

On the calandar, you could do General Sal as Patton in the scene where he admires the pinup before smacking it off the wall and telling the men "This is a barracks, not a bordello."

Greg Delfeld (posthoc) says:

How many girls does Gavotte count as?

Corgi (corgi) says:

Add Sweetheart, that's two poses per year per hawt female character... right?  No problem (unless Shaenon gets a hand cramp or something).

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: I'd buy a "Women of Skin Horse" poster just for Sweetheart.
Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

@Ed: Oh, I thought that was Julie from Alaska.  Now that I review the archives, her hair is less curly then that.


In that case, I redact my request for additional Marcie and submit a request for additional Julie.  :D

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Lovely! All the ladies are lookin' good, especially Marcie. Good choice of swimwear for everybody, too. A request, though: Could we get a spread (ahem) of the guys too, please ma'am? That way, Tip can be in BOTH. And there's Nick and Moustachio and... okay, maybe not Moustachio. But there's K And His Amazing Biceps, and oooohh, Chris... :D  Just a thought from those of us who like a little beefcake along with our cheesecake. Nothing like a well-rounded diet!

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says: Gavotte tends to be addressed in the feminine (presumably because the 'lead' of the swarm is likely the queen), so you could always count her towards the 'Women of Skin Horse' calendar.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

It is my solemn hope that the interests of our beefcake-seeking readers will be adequately addressed by the new storyline starting tomorrow. I take these matters very seriously.
K. Williams (crazy_quill) says:

At the risk of sounding presumptuous, here's a coda to Ed's filk

From the artist to the website
From the website to the disc
From the disc to the desktop
All the hotties you could wish.

Melissa Trible (tamtrible) says:

Or you could do just a "Skinhorse swimsuit calender", alternating male and female characters in appropriate beachwear...

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