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Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Oh, god. There had better not be banjos playing.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

....Is that Lincoln hanging from that tree?

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

As a Cajun, right now my brain is like"OMG cypress trees I think I know that place".

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: interesting, I wonder where we are now as is not the same place as the mudfight and Unity has a different shirt on. perhaps we are about to get some more details on Unity's past.
Ronnie Simonds (ronrab) says:

Now that I have your attention,

I got something I wanna say

You may not wanna hear it

Gonna tell it to you anyway

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Mmmm, cypress swamp, looks like home to me... and the guy with the top hat could be Baron Samedi, I guess. Got some weird dreams going on, Unity... and I *swear* that voice sounds like Tiger Lily Jones'.  O_O

Rob (rrreed) says: Apparently Unity is beside herself with anger at her present predicament.
Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

Hm... True Blood crossover time? Sorry, it just seems like the only time Louisiana gets a mention nowadays is in Katrina retrospectives or trashy (yet highly enjoyable) novels/tv shows.


Besides, it looks like someone already did bad things to U. ;)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I noticed the new chapter title ... is that a Shel Silverstein reference?

(TUNE: "Sundown", Gordon Lightfoot)

When the sun went down, something wasn't right ...
Now undead, from the cypress swamp, it's Samedi night!
Somehow ... it doesn't seem fair,
That poor zombie is feeling like she's not all there!

Well, it looks like the aftermath of several fights,
And there's Unity saying, "Well, this really bites!"
Somehow ... I think that we'll see
Some events from the distant past of Unity!

She might raise some objections, but it's just foregone
Her objections don't have a leg to stand upon!
Somehow ... this chapter could be
Just a shout-out to Silverstein's "The Giving Tree"!

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

Now dey goin' talk, man to... mangrove.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

And Unity's so cute when she's sleeping.  Dawwww.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

You're right, deecee!  I was so horrified to find her in pieces that at first I didn't realize how cute she looks lying there, ...though I don't think she's all there.

Course it isn't often we see Unity looking peaceful, especially when she's 'piece-ful'!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Sing it with me. "Kum-ba-yaaaaaa..."
Philip Cohen (treesong2) says:

I can't make out her head in panel 2. Looks like there's more than one head there, at least.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Well, Unity has been known to take extra parts from others, you know.

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Of course there's a monologue.  There's ALWAYS a monologue.  It's in the handbook... Oh.  Wait.  Sorry.  Unity used it for knife-throwing practice, didn't she?

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 It's the tree? Something akin to Gavotte? Look at the speech bubbles... little.. er.. big curlicues. It's too early. For me.

woozy (woozy) says:

>>I can't make out her head in panel 2. Looks like there's more than one head there, at least.


Looked like a heap of body parts to me.


>>I noticed the new chapter title ... is that a Shel Silverstein reference?


Ah...  I was thinking "Say, say, oh playmate" but you are probably correct.

I'm still trying to figure out what "When the sun went down" is a reference to.

Hey, is Decomposition Jones being manipulated by an animated vine or tree trunk?


And as long as I'm asking questions, here's one that's been bugging my from strip number *one*:  In the very *first* Skin Horse strip, why on earth did Tip refer to his sweater as "gender-inappropriate"?  It's three years later and I *still* can't see why he'd use that term.

John Wells (johnwwells) says:

I'm guessing it's because, in the first strip, Shaenon and Jeff wanted us to be sure of Tip's gender, which hadn't really been established otherwise.

Also, Tip can use potentially judgmental terms to describe himself in his interior monologue. It's not as if anybody else is listening, right? I doubt he'd call another transvestite's clothing "gender-inappropriate" out loud.

woozy (woozy) says:

>>> Also, Tip can use potentially judgmental terms to describe himself in his interior monologue.

Hmm, that's true.  But he's only judgemental of  things that no-one else would ever notice.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Huh. What's going on?
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

"Everything put together falls apart"  Some people faster than others.

And it's hard to identify a pink angora sweater in a b&w comic.  Even if it *is* a Roberta Frost.

Peni Griffin (penig) says:

It is now spring or early summer, I see by the courting plumes coming off that great egret's head. If it were a great blue heron or a tricolor, which have accent plumes most of the year, there'd be more shading on the body.  And hurray for roseat spoonbills, which are much pinker than Roberta Frost sweaters.

The great thing about birding as a hobby is, you can do it most anywhere, even in a comic.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Fall To Pieces", Patsy Cline)

We're de-com-po-sing ...
Here in the sweet swampy fog!
Zombie supposing
She must endure monologue!

We see Unity with her two-tone hair,
We see her angry glare,
She's only two-fifths there!
Though he's just skin and bones,
Decomposition Jones
Shows us here
How we're

Mark Orr (agentoracle) says: Missing her right arm... and everything from the navel down... Looks like Unity is half the woman she used to be.
Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Mark: "She's not even half the girl she... OOWW!"

Paul Lenoue (palenoue) says:

New character alert!  Decomposing Jones.  Get his collectable card now to complete your set.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says: Wonder if Decomposing is related to Tigerlily.
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says: Wonder if Decomposing is related to Tigerlily.

I believe he's a half cousin.

woozy (woozy) says:

>>> New character alert!  Decomposing Jones.

Well, I suppose if Tip's puppets are "characters" than Decomposing Jones could be one too.

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

Wow. In my medical opinion (I help out at the Ward of People with the Delusion that they Help Out at a Ward of People with a Delusion that they Insist they Lack), I diagnose U.N.I.T.Y. with ADOLB. Attention Deficit Oh Look Birdies.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

TVTropes calls it Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny!

Chris Reed (animeraider) says:

Dokken. Don Dokken. Now there's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.

woozy (woozy) says:

I'm a-walkin' down the street
  gonna open Moe's Bar
I'm a singin' what I'm thinkin'
Hey!  Look at that dog!

Yea-a-hee...Huh??...... Teen Vandals!


Unity's in good compa... Hey, a blue car!


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "All I Wanna Do", Sheryl Crow)

This ain't no office ...
It ain't no field trip either ...
This is Skin Horse!

All I wanna do is have a little snack o' brains ...
But I'm stuck here, talkin' to a puppet corpse,
And a disembodied voice tells me his name
Is De-com-po-si-tion Jones, ain't that original?

And next to this clown, I look like a beauty queen,
Maybe if he dressed up in that tux over there?
This scene really needs some background music,
Like that unforgettable song I can never remember ...

'Cause the chorus ain't the title ...
And Dokken is awesome ...
I like pie!

   And all I wanna do, is eat some brains!
   Now I'm surrounded by incomplete remains ...
   All I wanna do, is eat some brains
   Until I find my legs and pull myself together again!

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

But . . . but . . . but . . . the chorus is the title:
But kisses and love won't carry me
Until you marry me, Bill
I've got the wedding bell blues
Please marry me, Bill
I've got the wedding bell blues

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: It's kind of disturbing how much more mentally healthy UNITY is. Get it out in the open, I guess.
Ben N (mittfh) says:

(Right, finally got around to registering!)

As soon as I saw the first panel, I couldn't help but think: "I wonder how long it will be before eddurd provides a weird (but probably) appropriate song"... :D

And no, I'm not going to join the crowd and provide my own filk song - I'm not sufficiently talented in that respect.

Prodigal (prodigal) says:

I guess Unity hates chicken, too.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Okay, I had to look up "Dokken."  Now I've learned something else from this strip. 

I swear I've learned more from Skin Horse than all my years of schooling.  Or at least it's been more 'interesting' than all my years of schooling! :)

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Zombies are very had to kill by drowning.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Zombies are kind of hard to kill by any method considering they are not alive.
casimir (casimir) says:

You would think that this cypress swamp umm... entity would know from zombies.

woozy (woozy) says:

I'm now wondering if Monday's caption "When the sun went down" is going to foreshadow the cypress swamp thing's final words being "Is that the sun?"  This swamp thing seems more Mrs. Havisham than Alec Holland.

casimir (casimir) says:

@woozy: Yes, with M.Suspendu being the last paramour. and maybe a touch of Old Man Willow?

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

"Ah kin reach ya with ma mahnd!"

Ben N (mittfh) says:

And.... the week's weirdness turns out to be a dream sequence! It'll be interesting to see where this storyline goes next...

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Not sure about that, Ben. This might be a flashback.

Kate Cunningham (katfairy) says:

Or a flashback.

Euel Ball (euel) says:

Or a flash -forward-.  You can never trust those web comics.  "Tricksy. -tricksy- writers..."

woozy (woozy) says:

I'm pretty sure it's a flashback.

Get it?  In the flash back Sweetheart is telling her something about the plants that is *exactly* the information she needs right now to save her life.

woozy (woozy) says:

@casimir t (yesterday)  >>>"Yes, with M.Suspendu being the last paramour."


>>>" and maybe a touch of Old Man Willow?"

My knowledge of Swamp Thing is sporadic so I don't know what Old Man Willow is.

Anyhow, I'm calling it on Mrs. Havisham and/or the Swamp Thing.   I'm not going to call it on "flashback" as that'd be unsporting.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: was this big lipped alligator moment or setup for later events? only time will tell but my money is on the latter.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Old Man Willow is from "Fellowship of the Ring", one of the parts that didn't make it into the movies.

kytyn (kytyn) says:

ok, it's mid afternoon and no filk from Ed. Do we know if he's ok? Has anyone called his house? I was concerned this morning but now I'm really worried!

Ben N (mittfh) says:

Daydream, flashback, flashforward... who knows?! Well, OK, Shaenon and Jeffrey probably do, but for the rest of us, no doubt if we wait and see we'll find out... eventually! (Ooh, that rhymed. And talking of rhymes, I agree with kytyn - it does seem a little strange that Ed hasn't appeared with his obligatory filk yet...)

Joseph W. (alberich) says:

Well, until the master arrives, we lesser breeds must fill in:

(Tune: "Marie Laveau" by Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor)

Down in the swamp where the black trees grew
There was a great big tree that could talk to you
It tie you up and tell you stories way into the night
But if you came down there and you didn't play right
Then it'd be riiiiiiiip - another hand done gone!

Abe Lincoln was a-hangin' in that forest deep
But he was way too high to catch with a leg sweep
An' if you spoke in disrespectful tones
That tree'd make you look like Decomposition Jones
And it'd be - riiiiiiip - another hand done gone!

Then into the swamp, right around that tree
There come a bioweapon name o' Unity.
She didn't care 'bout the bodies piled around that trunk
"Spare parts! Popsicles!" - that's all she thunk

An' she said, hey, tree, behave yo'self
Or I'll introduce you to Ramon the Twelfth
You can rip an' tear me full o'holes
But I'mo stick my thumb up in yo boles
And that'll be - wheeeeeere - another hand done gone!

So the tree tore her up, and had to do it again,
And if that ever stops, then we don't know when.
It didn't look like they would ever be friends
And that's where that damn dream sequence ends
Another riiiiip - another hand done gone!

So if yo' a werewolf or a talkin' tree
And meet a bioweapon name o' Unity
And you get real mad and wanna spill her slime
Man, don't even bother with that waste o' time
It'll just be riiiiiip - a*nother* hand done gone!

Philip Cohen (treesong2) says:

Not so 'lesser'. Good job!

casimir (casimir) says:

@SKG & JCW:  This  Is  So Good !!!

I've already got goosebumps!

woozy (woozy) says:

>>>Old Man Willow is from "Fellowship of the Ring", one of the parts that didn't make it into the movies.


Oh, you mean Tom Bombardil...

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: To bad they are not chasing IE, then all they would have to do is wait for it to crash so they can catch up *is pelted for bad joke*
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Clearly they're not prepared for a safari.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Yeah, they clearly need a navigator.

dexitroboper (dexitroboper) says:

Unity should just have asked: "What's Opera, Doc?"

woozy (woozy) says:

What a complicated Mosaic Unity is.    They should try using some sorted mesh to catch the Red Panda but as nets can vary greatly that have to review a fully Netscape.  Maybe the should pursue a Lynx or a Gopher instead.  Aw, I say fff-ttt-ppp to these bad (and in my case, *very* old) jokes.

woozy (woozy) says:

Hmm.  Is it coincidental that Mukjong is an anagram of "OMG!  Junk!", "Monk jug",  "Mong juk", and "no kugmj"?

I think not.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*
casimir (casimir) says:


>>>Old Man Willow is from "Fellowship of the Ring", one of the parts that didn't make it into the movies.

 >>>Oh, you mean Tom Bombardil...

Yes, OMW is an ancient evil tree spirit in Tom's domain. They interact with each other from time to time.


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Wildfire", Michael Martin Murphey)

In the garden, they went walking,
With a guidebook from last year ...
Then they walked up to a firefox,
And they shouted in his ear!
And he sprinted off in fear ...

'Cause they yelled at firefox ...
Yeah, they yelled at firefox ...
Oh, they yelled at fi-i-i-i-i-i-iiiire-fox!

casimir (casimir) says:

@Ed: Yay! Yer back! I guess even legends need a day off.

@Shaenon: That dust cloud in panel three looks like it was channelled from a "Peanuts" strip.

Typhin Reynard (typhin) says:

The real question is: Did it run because she made a loud, startling noise? Or did it run because it actually understood what "federal agents" meant?  ^_~

Wayne (wayne) says:

If they catch the Firefox, instead of having it stuffed, can they have it Chrome-d?

Philippa Fearn (pippaf1) says:

Look out Pun Police.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

So why are they chasing the fox, anyway?  Is it a Skin Horse client-to-be?

I bet Unity could have got it if she'd had a bazooka!

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Typhin Reynard: OT, but Is that your real name or an alias?

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