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Brad Jones (kazrak) says:

...OMG.  I want a Hiller platform.  (The simulator at the Hiller Museum just whets one's appetite.)

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: With the coloring on Unity in panel 1 it took me a second to realize what was going on, also they are forgetting the camera.
Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

I like Wendy already...  Even if she works for the dispicable DJS.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Woo! Flying machines!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Thriller", Michael Jackson)

We got a phone call,
From Tip, who got himself into a mess!
So down the long hall,
Department where the jetpacks get suppressed!
We gotta fly,
And get there fast before the fight is through!
It's guy-on-guy!
And darling Wendy knows just what to do!
She'll check out two ...

So now a Hiller ... disk we'll get!
We've got the GPS with the co-ordinates exact!
I hope those killers ... don't start yet!
And don't expect us back, in fact
A ... good snack,
We've packed
You bet!

We heard Konstantin
Is fighting for revenge against our Tip!
It's last man standing!
Their muscles swell, and clothing they will rip!
Hey, have you heard
That two hot guys are fighting in the mud!
So spread the word!
Let's go to see the biceps, blows, and blood!
Each is a stud!

We'll get a Hiller!  Boy, oh boy!
We'll watch the men as they attempt each other to destroy!
And just like Schiller's, "Ode To Joy",
We find out what's uniting
Is ex-citing

Wayne (wayne) says:

If you ever want to see a Hiller and are in Southern AZ, they have one (or had one, it's been a while since I've been there) at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

They do? Man, I live like 15 minutes' drive from there and I *still* haven't been! Must check this out. Thanks!

John Danielson (johncd) says:

Ysabet, don't jump into your vehicle without calling ahead, it might not be worth your trip.


Two of the six prototypes are known to survive today — one ONR smaller model at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California, and one VZ-1 Pawnee model at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The latter craft was formerly on loan to the Pima Air Museum.

Note the "formerly" (bolding added)

Daniel Baye (pooga) says:

This is weird. I am just this week in Southern AZ for the first time for a business trip. It's about a 90 minute drive from where I'm at, but definitely something I'm going to try to talk my coworker into making one of our stops now!

Daniel Baye (pooga) says:

Ah, phooey. Thanks for the heads up, John.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Dirty rats; oh well... thanks for the info anyway, John.  I'm still giggling over the fact that the lady mentioned in the strip above is named Wendy.  Is there a Peter, John or Michael in the department too, by any chance?  How about a Nana or Tink?  ^__^

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

And once again we illustrate the difference between 'need' and 'want'

woozy (woozy) says:

What does Marcie have to prove to Wendy, I wonder?  There's probably a back-story there.

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

Are all the women going to be like this? Will Gavotte head over to watch "drone on drone"?

No wonder nothing gets done.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Is Marcie carrying the Cloud City memory core?
Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Well, interspecies erotica is a valid topic in a world such as this... Wait. Does Unity count, since she's posthuman? And what about Sweetheart and her very poorly disguised attraction to Tip? Or am I reading too much into this?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Money (That's What I Want)", Berry Gordy & Janie Bradford)

We just heard the latest word on Tip!
So from the office now we're gonna skip!

    He's getting muddy!  (He's in the mud)
    He's such a stud!  (He's in the mud)
    Excites my blood! (He's in the mud)
    He's in the mud!

Here's the dish on that bishy stud ...
He's got his shirt off fightin' in the mud!

Now it's Tip versus Kon-stan-tin!
Half-naked guys fightin' For The Win!

Come see the hot hunks in a heap,
Where dirty deeds are done dirt cheap!

Out the door cute Wendy* went!
Marcie takes off in a sprint!

To the rooftop Marcie's flown!
Nick wakes up saying "What the phone?"

(*no, not THAT CuteWendy ...)

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Tune: "Take Me To The River", Talking Heads

I don't know why I work here like I do
Cooking isotopes in my nuke
Unity and Wendy flying on a disc
Say Konstantin is mud-wrestling Tip

I really don't, need to see that
But take me anyway

Fly me to the river
Drop me by the water
Airlift me to the river
'Chute me to the water
And I'll wash you down
Wash you down

I don't know why you treat me so bad
You've got a heated landing pad
You've got WiFi in your garage
Radar eyes and you're livin' life large

I really don't, need to be there
But take me away

Fly me to the river...


Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

You know, it's going to be terrible when all these girls get to the river and Tip is trying to reconcile the situation with the therapy puppets.

N B (davecloneseven) says:

The bigger question here may be why Unity and Sweetheart didn't just hop in Nick to begin with.

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: "The bigger question here may be why Unity and Sweetheart didn't just hop in Nick to begin with." Jetpacks!
Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: Squee! Take Me to the River is one of my favourite songs. :D
Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

...what the FUMBLE is a-goin' on here now?

Nate Cull (natecull) says: She's created a monster.
woozy (woozy) says:

So, I take it when Tigerlily hears about this it'll be Konstantin that spikes her interest.

Am I the only one who is now wishing Leo the Lion was a she?  Somehow I'd like to see him again.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Alone Again, Naturally", Gilbert O'Sullivan)

I'm sitting here in the sun,
Relaxing and having fun,
Then my mellow's shot!
At a rapid trot,
Marcella comes on the run!
About Tip, she starts to shout!
Virginia pokes her head out ...
On the days I see
Lovely Dr. Lee,
Then my life's a little brighter!
But it gets interrupted by
Those stupid muddy-fighters!
It's such a gold-dome crime!
Don't come around when I'm
Alone with her, Dr. Lee!

Rob (rrreed) says: @Nate—What? Did Dr. Lee create another monster while she was off-panel? Creating them is her raison d'être, after all.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Seems like the guy wants to hang out now.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The denial is a lie.
Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Oooh, Ladyhawke!  I would SO be there, given the chance!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Hungry Heart", Bruce Springsteen)

When I visit Nick, just what do we do?
Watch a movie, playing "Portal 2" ...
Nothing naughty, twisted, kinky, or sick,
Just a film with Matthew Brod-er-ick!

     Nick and I are watching "Ladyhawke"!
     While we've got it playing, please don't talk!
     I could sit and watch it 'round the clock!
     Yeah, I've got a thing for "Ladyhawke"!

First we got "Red Sonja" here,
Brigitte Nielsen in a leather brassiere!
With the Rifftrax, it's funny as hell!
Then we got another movie, as well ...

     After this, we're watching "Ladyhawke"!
     Michelle Pfeiffer in a flimsy smock!
     Rutger Hauer is a macho jock!
     Dr. Lee goes squee for "Ladyhawke"!

Nick Lardas (voyager) says:

What what what what what?

steve wallis (drsteve) says:

More than half the things that come to mind are not appropriate for a family strip (so to speak). So... I'll just quote Chauncv Gardener who said: "I like to watch"



Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Now we just need the sheriff from Big bad wolves involved and I think we will have all the named girls Tip has known so far.
E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Pity. Nick would love to have two women riding him.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Damn. Just *think* of all the blackmail footage he's missing filming... or, for that matter, one seriously popular YouTube post.  Gotta THINK about these things, Nick!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Shall We Dance?", Rodgers & Hammerstein)

Shirtless dudes
I won't find entertainment in today!
I'll exclude
Such a sight from my video display!
When I've spewed,
Then you'll see that I mean just what I say!
Though this sheet-tweeting censor
Most obscenity prevents, or
I would say something dripping rude!
So abandon me, fine!
Against the night I hold the line!
I haven't viewed
Shirtless dudes!

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 I stand with Nick on this one, for the simple reason for being a hypocrite.(i am lying)

casimir (casimir) says:

Driving....  It's so pedestrian.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Nick never thinks things through.
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

"one seriously popular YouTube post."

Two Dudes, One Mu(d) P(uddle)?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Reminds me of the comedy sketch "Shirtless Girl" from the Bob & Tom Radio Show (mildly NSFW).  Protecting the city of MetTopless from the Forces Of Evil ...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Portal~
Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I now have the frightening image of the game being based on a real lab in the SH universe.
Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

Hm... Have we now perhaps reached the true beginning of this arc? Was getting the girls to go down to the river just a ruse? Stay tuned!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Want To Know What Love Is", Foreigner)

Virginia visited today ...
We'll play a game and watch a bad flick!
I love to watch her sit and play ...
In infra-red, she's such a hot chick!

Then Marcie comes and starts to shout!
I told them both to go have fun now ...
Before I get the last word out,
The ladies take off at a run now!

Doctor Lee ... she took out my brain!
Still, it's nice when I see her again!
But she runs off, to see shirtless guys ...
Shorts, I'm not surprised ...

I don't know why my life is
So much like a train wreck!
I'm just a test, says GLaDOS,
An excellent subject!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Glad",  Captain Beefheart)

You're so bad baby
You're so mad girl

When I first came around I was sad
Cause I missed my virtual chair and iPad
And you're mad, mad
But look at all the good times we've had

You look pretty swell
As you navigate Chell
Through portals covered in Repulsion Gel
I know you're mad, mad
But look at all the good times we've had

You plugged my brain
Into a plane
I bet at the Institute
They called you insane
That's cos it's true
But I don't care where you go or what you do
When you boot up Starcraft the sun shines through

You're so bad baby
You're so mad girl


casimir (casimir) says:

Awww... Somebody needs a hug!

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

It's not just a funny time for that line.  Nick's life is like that because he was an excellent test subject.


Is he playing a sentient copy of Portal 2?  Or are ALL copies of Portal 2 sentient?  Man, talk about a nightmare of paperwork for Skin Horse.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Now I am wondering if there was cake involved.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I'm wondering if in ten years we're going to have Skin Horse Director's Cut commentary featuring Future Shaenon complaining about Present Shaenon's use of grey-stippled fills.

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

@Casimir: Good luck trying; he's kinda big.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: @ET: pretty sure Gavotte could manage it.
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