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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Maslow's Hierarchy of Unity cannot be mapped onto any three-dimensional surface.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Unity is my favorite character. She's just so.... happy to be her!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

I can't decide whether this is a sentient swamp with a Martha Stewart, Paula Dean,  or a Julia Child personality.

Either way, I'm now hungry for those lemon sugar cookies in a tin from Denmark.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Julia Child. She worked for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, you know.

Kealakalai Barela (arrowatch) says:

It's Gavotte's fault. She somehow manipulated, connived, and all around 'civilized' the swamp, in typical imperial british fashion.


Of this I am sure.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Pinwheel Cookies: Better than a Rocket Launcher would make a nifty t-shirt.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

And the only thing better would be a rocket launcher that shoots pinwheel cookies made of BACON!

(TUNE: "Those Were The Days" (Theme to "All In The Family"), Charles Stouse and Lee Adams)

Long ago, they used to dance,
Lovely girls who wore no pants
While reciting voodoo chants ...
That was a time!

Now-a-days it's rather tame ...
Just like Remy's life, it's lame!
Unity loves pinwheel cookies, she wants more of the same!

Cookies and a spot of tea ...
Not the way things used to be ...
Now-a-days, we're rated "G"!
That ... was ... a ... time!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 There have been tea parties where I've wished for rocket launchers.... (sigh)

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

.....okay. I can accept the cookies and the tea-cups. Maybe petitioners leave her joss of cups and tea, it's a reasonable assumption.  But how does Madame Swamp brew the tea? I mean, FIRE BAD if you're a vegetable entity, and if she's formal enough to use china then sun-tea just wouldn't cut it. Howwww?

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Someone living in a swamp (and this one is deeper in than most) probably isn't too worried about fire, given that the Doc is up to his hips.

I wanna see the pony made of bacon!

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Ysabet: also, TREE PRETTY.

M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says:

@Ysabet: You forgot to ask how she keeps the china clean.

In other news, name this misquote: "If I had pinwheel cookies, I'd make somebody pay."

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

If A Tree Falls On Bruce Cockburn, Would Anybody Hear?

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Ah, food.  The only thing that could take Unity's mind off of violence! 

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

If only there had been cucumber sammiches ....

Louis Richards (lummer5000) says:

I do not have Attention Deficit, More Cookies!!

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

What, no finger sammichs with the crusts cut off?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: [sigh]
Michael Taub (otakuloki) says:

And this is why Gavotte might have hoped that one of the others would have stayed on mission, too.  It was only a matter of time until Unity - ooooh shiny!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Spooky", The Classics IV)

Unity says, "Okay, interrogation time, now just between us,
Tell me right now, whatever happened to these guys, Alphonse and Venus?"
Serious, focused, not distracted with ease,
But then she'll smile ... and shout, "MOAR PLZ!"
Unity goes crazy for some cookies and a spot of tea!

Deep in the bayou, she's the only one who's focused on the mission ...
Can't explain why, the team has suffered from some serious attrition!
Sweetheart's rampaging, Tip is hitting the bars,
And zombie says ... "Ooh, Mal-lo-mars!"
Unity goes crazy for some cookies and a spot of tea!

We showed the papers to the Cypress, who suspiciously has acted ...
Mystery caper, we hope Unity won't get herself distracted!
Can't throw her off the scent, she'll follow her nose
And dive right in ... to O-re-os!
Unity goes crazy for some cookies and a spot of tea!

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

...Ok, I have to say this...

Unity apparently has a one-snack mind.


You may now groan at my terrible pun.

Glenn Gorsuch (glenn) says:

I must say, I'm disturbed--just HOW is the Cypress producing those cookies? 

And at least Unity -tried- to stay focussed. 

Kirt Dankmyer (xiombarg) says:

I'm actually impressed that Unity kept it together that long!


I'm also glad to see more and more things that she likes that aren't violent. :)

Brandon Gorley (bowtothebard) says:

This is going to be the storyline I quote for the next few weeks. Honestly, every other line is a t-shirt larvae.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

nom nom nom

The life cycle of a massively symbiotic mass intelligence... must be hella tricky to manage.  At least all Gavotte has to keep track of are bees.

Ben N (mittfh) says:

I think the most amazing thing in this strip is that the divorce papers were served, complete and intact. I wouldn't have put it past Unity to drop them in the swamp while eating cookies... or to eat the papers herself... or fashion them into a hat...

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Unity is trying so very hard to be responsible.

In other news, we're having a holiday sale. Through the month of December, get Skin Horse Volumes 1 and 2 together for $20! Here's the place:
Matthew Mather (madtinkerer) says:

Don't fall for it! (see today's Narbonic commentary) The "couscous" in the link is a dead give-away that it's in some foreign language! It's obviously some foreign mail-order site that sells horse skins or something like that! Don't let the spam bots trick you!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Grand Old Flag", George M. Cohan)

It's a nice old bean,
Looking healthy and green!
And the stems are so curly and cute!
Ev'ry pod of peas
Holds memories,
To get them, I access the root!

But when I lose frogs,
Then my memory fogs;
Recollection is not too keen ...
Could my old acquaintance be Gavotte?
If she's not, I forgot, old bean!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: There was once a collective intelligence formed from cats, it lasted about ten seconds.
Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

To dvandom: Could be worse. The collective intelligence made up of ferrets is still going strong. Has anyone noticed? Nope.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Also, what ARE those little black things?

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

I think the black things are bottles of some sort, maybe Abita beer.  Their root beer is good too.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Yeah, that's what I was wondering too.

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

Ent . . . . teresting . . . .

Sarah T (sarahtea) says:

If I could click 'Like' on the above comment, I would.

Edward Hicks (edward_hicks_vi) says:

She can talk so well with cookies in her mouth. Thinking of cookies, Kerry, are you making cookies again any time soon? I ... (cough) I mean the cute guy in 9J across the hall wants to know.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: She's got a point.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "High Hopes", Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen)

Once there was a gnarly old ent,
Went to N'awlins (just before Lent) ...
Unity thinks that ent ... went ...
Out without her consent!

And she said, "You know
I can't ... be snowed!"
She says, "Lord of the Rings" taught her ... things, so,
If Cypress thinks of leaving town,
Then it's going down!
Now she's warning that ent ...
Wonder where that hyper Cypress ent -
Wonder where that hyper Cypress ent -
Wonder where that hyper Cypress ent went?
Get ... bent!

Heidi Adams (maamsmom) says:

Three brilliant Filks!  Ed, you've out done yourself!

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: ...that fox is adorable. He needs a little hat.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Oh, Eric. You are going to be sorry you said that.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

But who is the Mr. P. the fox is appealing too? :)

Kirt Dankmyer (xiombarg) says:

I agree with Eric. Also, Unity needs a little hat. Little hats for everyone!

Kerry King (ahayweh) says:

Edwardhicksthesixth, you can tell the cute guy in 9J that I have already promised to make cookies for the thing with the things on Sunday; I'm thinking sugar cookies with a Christmas theme, so I can use up some of that red and green icing. You know, the next time you guys hang out. (...actually, that's kind of a worrisome scenario, there.)

That is, indeed, an adorable fox which could use a little hat. Also possibly mittens.

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

I hope that's not an ExpiredFox hat . . . .

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

I love Unity.  She always manages to be so upbeat about everything.  Especially murder.  *ESPECIALLY* murder.

M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says:

UNITY manages to occasionally disturb me in what is otherwise a perfectly funny strip. Rather like Vatchel in Little Dee. (One word: minigolf.)

woozy (woozy) says:

Oh no!  I have to ditto Grant's concern!

I have  a definate softspot for cute little foxes.

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

(TUNE: "I Want A New Drug", Huey Lewis & The News)

I got a new hat!
One that's made outta fur!
Makes you say, "Look at that!"
Makes you say, "Check out her!"

I got a new hat!
With a long bushy tail!
Really thought that it looked so phat!
Really fought, but to no avail!

See how I made it stylish!
See how I made it fit!
Made it all myself, see, I made it from a kit!
(A baby fox is a "kit".)

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Unity can haz hat. Good plan.
Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Poor Remy.. when the carnival comes around, it IS great. But when it goes, part of you goes with it. In his case, it's like the fox.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Eric Burns has an untimely sense of irony.

Kirt Dankmyer (xiombarg) says:

Hmmm, I was hoping Unity's hat would be smaller. :)

George Harris (bullcityfats) says:

Any meeting where you get a new hat is a good meeting.

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@bullcityfats: Unlezz da critter what hyu make hyu new hat from iz belong to intelligent swamp entity dat might not wanna sit on hyu head, ja?

woozy (woozy) says:

Okay.  In 28 minutes the new strip better have a punchline in the fourth panel where the hat perks up its head and says something or ....

...or I'll pout and think unhappy thoughts.

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

Andrew and George have it right!  Perhaps it will also make Unity rethink some bad plans in the future which might cause her to lose it.

woozy (woozy) says:

Meen 2 Fox peepulz getz a 48 hr repreve

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

...Sweetheart...that silica gel says "DO NOT EAT" for a reason, honey. Your non-comformist rampages may be cute, but you're just tempting fate there.

woozy (woozy) says:

>>...Sweetheart...that silica gel says "DO NOT EAT" for a reason, honey.

Yes, but Sweetheart's a dog.

I have to admit I like the utterly harmless not only victimless but impossible to victimize act in the last panel.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

These both jumped to mind, so take your pick:

tune: Waiting for a girl like you, Foreigner

So good, put my paw on the glass, and it felt so good
Then I ate three samples instead of one
I never knew being bad was so fun
I'm as wild as hell, I ate silica gel
I'll have the Big Easy under my pad
It feels so damn good to be bad
I'm letting go, I'm not just uptight and rigid, you know
Designed as a weapon, let loose on this town
Stop me and I'll take you down

I'm not waiting for a bus at all
Just taking up a seat
I'm not waiting for a bus at all
Only my name is sweet
I'm not anyone's "good dog"
I'll have NoLa at my feet
Yeah, rampaging through New Orleans
My turnaround's complete

tune: Waiting on a friend, The Rolling Stones

Watch out New Orleans, fear my wrath
I'm going bats**t wild
I am going on a rampage
I am gonna make a fuss
Touching the glass and eating gel
Taking two samples, too
Gonna loiter in the shelter, but
I'm not waiting for a bus

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Oh Sweetheart, you beast you!  Next thing, you'll be wandering around on the neutral ground and calling it a median!  (um, obscure joke. Sorry.)

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

What happens when the bears find out about this?

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 It is exponential... Sweetheart has gone *MAD*

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

(TUNE: "Brown Eyed Girl" Van Morrison)

Down in New Orleans,
Trouble in three comes ...
You know what that means?
Look out, 'cause she comes!

Touchin' on the window glass,
Taking' more than one ...
Crazy things have come to pass,
When she's havin' fun!

On the run ... the wild-eyed dog!
She's a ... wild-eyed dog!

Whatever caused her
To go helter-skelter?
Taking up a whole seat
In the little bus shelter!

Goin' up the "down" escalator!
Lookin' for a latte to kick!
Don't care what happens later,
Rollin' in the oil slick!

She's sick ... this wild-eyed dog!
She's a ... wild-eyed dog!

You know that pretty soon ...
She'll start to laugh,
HA HA, HA-HA, you fools!"
And she'll go,
HA, being naughty rules!"


Tom Powell (top1950) says:

There's nothing scarier than a 'Canadian' Rampage.

Someone stop that crazy dog before she jaywalks!

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@top1950:  And guard your lawns!  A spilled cup of lavender-infused "Vanilla Therapy" lowfat steamed milk (with rainbow jimmies) would probably, I dunno, at least attract some ants or something.

...Or did someone give her real coffee this time, which I suppose would explain a lot?

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