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B M (damagecase) says:

Is that a referance to monty pythons "cocktail" skit I see? Maybe a mallard fuzz would be in order.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

...Jeffrey, Shaenon, this is an amazing and brilliant reversal that I wish I had predicted. <3

Justin Grubbs (jjgrubbs) says:

I am ever so very pleased.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Hand-to-hand with a zombie?  WTF?

Everybody knows zombies are why God invented shotguns.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Ooh, a catfight orgy!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: This is....
Jason (hactar) says:

... beautiful

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Kung Fu Fighting", Carl Douglas)

Ev'rybody was mud pool fightin'!
While the guys were sittin' 'n' writin',
Those ladies were kickin' 'n' bitin'!
Yeah, the girls were mud pool fightin'!

There's Wendy from the Bureau
Where jetpacks are suppressed,
And Virginia's here from Groom Lake
Way out in the west,
There's Marcie from the D. of I.,
Gerda's cold as ice!
And Sweetheart's telling Unity,
"Behave yourself, play nice!"

But the ladies are mud pool fightin'!
Emotion'l tensions tightin'!
Even "Tide" their clothes won't whiten!
All the ladies are mud pool fightin'!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

*Ampersand rolls newspaper.
*Ampersand proceeds to hit Ed with said newspaper.

Bad Ed! No cookie!

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Nobody going to mention that suggestive bottle neck in Tip's lap? :)

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: This is definitely Unity's day.
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

Shouldn't the guys be watching the cat fight?

And I think Ed deserves that cookie! Another excellent filk!

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Hmm; was kinda hoping that'd be the guys wrestling in the mud there, but any port in a storm! **happily settles back with popcorn**  Man, their boss is gonna be SO put out.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Ow nom ow nom ow nom ow nom ...

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I dub this strip "revenge of the unity zone"
E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Uh-oh. Muddy glasses are nearly impossible to clean without scratching them. Almost as bad as sandy glasses.

casimir (casimir) says:

Whoa! Sweetheart looks like she's flipped her wig!

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Sweetheart is the avatar of futile resistance. Simply give in, and enjoy, Sweets!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Aaaaand, there we go....
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Love Is A Wonderful Thing", Michael Bolton)

Wendy pushed in by Unity,
'Cause she gave her lip!
Soon they all join the crazy spree,
They grapple, grope, and slip!

Sweetheart holds onto dignity,
She just won't give up!
Though it's wrong, the call's too strong ...
Now watch her go embrace her inner pup!

Mud is a wonderful thing!
Lose control, have a crazy fling!
Mud is a wonderful thing!
Uninhibited wre-stl-ing!

Now the mud has us in its power!
Then, together, we'll take a shower!
Mud ... Mud!
Mud is a wonderful thing!

Ray Dillinger (bear) says: Muddy glasses can be cleaned just fine by placing them under running water and *NOT* rubbing them.
Wayne (wayne) says:

"This is a dark day for rationality."

Let the t-shirt designs begin!

('would've been a good one for Narbonic, too)

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I had not previously realized that 'sproink' was the sound of someone's mind snapping!  This is useful information. :)

Rick Man (sneaker_nh) says:


Sweetheart is just in touch with her inate dogginess.  Maybe there's a dead possum or muskrat nearby she can roll in after getting out of the mud.

James Reynolds (earlofdukes) says: (The Hippopotamus Song, by Flanders and Swann) Mud, mud, gloious mud, Nothing quite like it For cooling the blood! So follow me, follow, Down to the hollow, And there let us wallow in glooorious mud!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Someone else had a similar idea:

Not that I can point fingers. I've played in the mud muself...

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Remember, there's only one letter difference between "mud" and "mad"....  ;-)

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Rick Man (sneaker_nh) says: 

Sweetheart is just in touch with her inate dogginess. Maybe there's a dead possum or muskrat nearby she can roll in after getting out of the mud.

 Actually, all she needs to do is dig up Unity and roll in her...

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

**chortles** Lookit the grin on Gerda's face in panel one! HOORAY!

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Wheel of Morality, turn turn turn...

Nathan Wilson (nathan) says:

They are FINALLY in the mud. This makes me happy. I was worried they wouldn't make it in at all. To echo Sweetheart: Hooray!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: All I can really say is that Tip walked right into that one.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

For sufficiently muddy and vengeful values of "worthwhile"!

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: Of course, the funny thing is that Tip's still right; nothing did get "accomplished." That is, people had a good time, but no real goals were successfully pursued. Good stuff.
casimir (casimir) says:

Tip learns the dangers of cluelessly preaching to the rowdy choir.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

wait, didn't tip say he'd negotiate naked??

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

on, and michael kimmitt:  group bonding is indeed a valuable goal, as i'm sure tip would be the first to say :)

Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says:

And now Tip is sharing space with a group of turned-on, mudslicked women. Yeah, he did this on purpose.

Prodigal (prodigal) says:

Sweetheart is just in touch with her inate dogginess. 

She totally failed her saving throw vs. Canine Compulsion.

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

I can't decide whether my favorite facial expression in the last panel is Dr. Lee's or Sweetheart's.  Or maybe Marcie's.

...No, scratch that, it's Dr. Lee's.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Oh Tip, you SO asked for that.

casimir (casimir) says:

Konstantin has had so many great lines that I can't help but feel that a major K-quote is imminent.

Matthijs Smith (lodo_bear) says:

So much for Tip's efforts to separate Konstantin's self-image from his current job...

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Now THIS - THIS is how Sweetheart rampages. Why didn't we see it before?
Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

@brasswatchman: A rampage of documentation.  Involving not just ONE Form 209, but TWO variants!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ha!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: You can take the boy out of the oppressive Soviet-era mega-bureaucracy, but....
John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says:

(Tune: "U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer)

Konstantin's a guard,
sits in a booth and works real hard.
Form 209 BZ
and its friend ND go to Shelby.
Workers playing in the bog,
will go on report, even the dog.
Doc Lee's not in his clutch,
she's the one there, he can't touch.

She told the Russki, he can't touch her.

STOP! Slammer time.

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: When it comes to gaming a massive, obstructionist bureacracy, never tangle with a Russian.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Marcie believes in a deterministic universe; she knows there are no accidents. Hasn't she accidentally irradiated one of everything she can put her hands on?

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Betcha Marcie spends a LOT of time reading TV Tropes out loud. XD  C'mon, guys, you wouldn't want to disappoint all these ladies, would you?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", Lerner & Loewe)

I throw some mud right in your face!
It makes a satisfying splat!
I'm getting weary of your rants
Of how your loss of pants
Has helped ... you find ...
Some peace ... of mind,
Although in Russian you give thanks,
I won't be satisfied with that!
Since I've been wrestling with five ladies and a fluffy talking dog,
If I must now be juvenile, I should just go whole hog!
Now I will give you, without guilt,
A face that's full of silt!
Here's mud right ... in your ... face!

Rob (rrreed) says: @Ysabet — Reading TV Tropes? I'll bet Marcie writes TV Tropes entries.
Adam (10-0-0-1) says: she probably has plenty of crazy stories to share in troper tales, might even have a slashfic or 2 with its own trope page.
Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Huh. Tip is jealous? That's new.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Batman Backhand!
Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Do I detect upskirt peekage in panel 3? ^.^

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

(TUNE: "You're No Good", Linda Ronstadt)

Kickin' hiney, there in the dirt,
Kickin' hiney, in a tartan skirt!
He needs catharsis, he needs a lot!
Boss of all!  (Well, except Gavotte)

He's so bad, he's so bad, he's so bad,
Tip is oh so bad ...
Yeah, he's totally rad!
He's so bad, he's so bad, he's so bad,
Tip is oh so bad!

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

How are the flighty-- I mean, the mighty-- fallen...

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Ring ting diddle iddle I de oh

Ring di diddly I oh...


Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

(One must admit - out of context, his skirt does look rather kilt-ish)

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

XD XD XD  I don't see any blue ribbons anywhere, but if we're going by the lyrics I *won't* see 'em unless he loses that skirt. And sadly, I don't think this is that kind of comic.

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