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53 comments:
Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

Everything's coming up Unity!

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Sometimes they write themselves . . .

Cookies and punching and new hats of fox fur
Using my skills as a ninja and boxer
Tea that a swamp-lady magic'ly brings
These are a few of my favorite things

Watching iCarly and kissing a Cajun
Cute dog commercials when I'm not rampagin'
Voodoo that you do, it makes my heart sing
These are a few of my favorite things

I'm a zombie.  Keep me calm, be-
Cause my rage is rad
You'd best keep them coming, my favorite things
Or else I will hurt you bad!

Seven Deer (sevendeer) says:

Kay:  Here; have a freshly-baked internets.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

@Seven Deer: Mmmmmm, webby.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: seems we have a spambot reading the comic, think it might be one of SH's clients?
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Sentient landscapes that host a proper tea party and turns people into mindless zombies. Does Martha Stewart know about her?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Please Mr. Postman", The Marvelettes)

Oh yeah, time for cookies and some punchin'!
Coo-oo-oo-oo-ookies and punchin'!

Dude I am having such a day!
Look at the zombies as they lurch our way ...
Time for mindless fightin', oh boy!
Then I'll be bitin' a Chips Ahoy!

We're watchin' the horde go by,
With that greenish glow in their eye ...
I wanna punch 'em as they go,
And then I'll munch on an Oreo!

I got a twinkle in my eye because the Cypress
She-e-e gave me tea!
Her zombie horde ... so nice and mindless,
Now she's got 'em all lined up for me!

I'll give 'em Nutter-Butter uppercuts!
Nutter-Butter uppercuts!
Let me pu-u-u-u-unch 'em,
Come on, for all of our viewers,
And Mallomar chewers!
Time for punchin' ...

Rob (rrreed) says: UNITY SMASH PUNY HUMANS ZOMBIES!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

"Tip and I smash." Translation: We really need a mohito.

$10 says Unity finds Remy already a member of the unliving.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Monster Mash", Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers)

We were on a mission down in New Orleans,
When our eyes beheld the strangest of scenes ...
The zombies were lurching down the street,
And Unity's ready to lay down a beat ...

   Now she can smash!
   The zombie girl can smash
   She's much too rash!
   But Sweetheart says that's rash ...
   She wants to thrash
   That Remy guy she'll thrash
   And she can smash!
   She'll roar and zombie smash!

Now Unity wants to act in a manner
Similar to that guy Bruce Banner ...
Sweetheart tells her to gather intel,
While she and Tip follow the Cypress smell ...

   So she can't smash
!
   The zombie girl can't smash
   That's much too rash!
   'Cause Sweetheart says that's rash ...
   She wants to thrash
   That Remy guy she'll thrash
   But she can't smash!
   But she can't zombie smash!

      The undead were headed our way
      Led by dear Mrs. May,
      Onlookers say, "There's something
      You don't see every day."

Now Remy's our expert on voodoo stuff,
So go and get him, and get a bit rough!
We'll meet you out at the wishing place ...
(And don't waste time with kissy-face!)

   Then you can smash!
   Then you can zombie smash!
   The place you'll trash!
   The Cypress you can trash
   And bash and thrash!
   And do it with panache,
   Then you can smash!
   Then you can zombie smash!

Ahhhh-ooooooooo ...

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

I think the zombies are a metaphor for the spambots.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

First she kisses him, now she gets to thrash him!  Our little zombie's growing up!

Brandon Gorley (bowtothebard) says:

"You can thrash Remy a little." Man, I learn the BEST euphemisms from this comic.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

i love how perky sweetheart looks while suggesting remy get thrashed :)

Rob (rrreed) says: UNITY SMASH PUNY SPAMBOTS!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

No way has Remy been zombified... after all, he's clearly been through this before!  Remember that "Again?"?

Seven Deer (sevendeer) says:

You really, really don't.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "I'll take romance," Ben Oakland & Oscar Hammerstein II (1937)

You lack finesse
Though you thrash and smash with such savoir-faire
You are not debonair
You lack finesse

You lack finesse
You beat up a panda, not once but twice
That wasn't very nice
You lack finesse

So your job is to find Remy, call us
When you locate the houngan
We'll see Cypress
We've a job to do
It's simpler without you

Come, now, confess
Was your hat some animal in its prime?
What have you flensed this time?
You lack finesse

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

For reference, the first panda incident was during Sweetheart's rampage; the second panda incident was the paper-serving bit at the beginning of Come Swing From My Branches.

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

(TUNE: "Marrakesh Express", Crosby, Stills, & Nash)

Tip and Sweetheart heading out into the wild,
Fol-low-ing undead whose forms have not been filed!
Unity, she wants to go;
Sweetheart, though, is saying no!
Patchwork girl says, "This is so
Unfair!"

Lurching to the bayou, forty-seven strong ...
Let me tell you why you cannot come along!
You do not know how to act
Delicately or with tact!
City Morgue, you should go back
To there!

   'M sayin' no, you're staying, 'cause this job will take finesse!
   'M sayin' no, you're staying, 'cause this job will take finesse!
   We'll figure out this Cypress mess!
   Bad girl, no!  Sit, sta-a-ay!  Bad girl, no!  Sit, sta-a-ay!

Tip has got his trusty Alice,
Tucked within his bra ...
We hear the zombies going,
"GRAAaaaAAAaaaAAAaaahhh,
GRAAaaaAAAaaaAAAaaaAAAHHH!"

This will take diplomacy and common sense ...
Girl, do you recall the panda incidents?
Little guy got hammered flat,
Ended up as someone's hat;
Big one got beat up, and that
Is why ...

   'M sayin' no, you're staying, 'cause this job will take finesse!
   'M sayin' no, you're staying, 'cause this job will take finesse!
   We'll figure out this Cypress mess!
   Bad girl, no!  Sit, sta-a-ay!
   Bad girl, no!  Sit, sta-a-ay!
   Bad girl, no!  Sit, sta-a-ay ...

Melissa Trible (tamtrible) says:

Adam: those are the 2 panda incidents *that we know about*.  For all you know, there's 23 to pick from that happened off-screen.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Now I feel deprived that I don't have a panda incident.  :-)

Zorah Oliver (danadavo) says:

It's obvious there's more than just those 2 panda incidents - neither one of THOSE involved rebuilding an animal shelter!

Rob (rrreed) says: Well… KLNG …there… KLNG …was… KLNG …the… KLNG …brick… KLNG …wall(s)… KLNG …Unity… CRASHpickaxed her way through to reach Sweetheart after her Lavender-Infused "Vanilla Therapy" Lowfat Steamed Milk with Rainbow Jimmies Rampage…
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Pandas, Foxes, it's like we're deliberately going through all of the various animal tropes...

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@danadavo:  Well, after the fight with the panda to which rrreed refers, Sweetheart *does* tell Unity, "Go spackle those holes." That seems to imply that Sweetheart and Unity helped out at least a little with rebuilding the shelter.

(Sorry, I don't know how to put a link in these comments. The strip in question was from August 29, 2008; the URL is http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=32019 .)

Rob (rrreed) says: @andy4hire—you have to go into your Webcomics Nation preferences, turn on the advanced text editor, and be prepared to type some basic HTML for anything other than plain text. And remember to close all your tags! I forgot to close an italics tag, once, and every comment on the page past that point until some other commentor closed the tag in his post was in italics.
Tom Powell (top1950) says:

I just love Unity!

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Poor Sweetheart!  If clues were shoes, she'd be barefoot.  Oh, wait . . .

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Pack All Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag", George and Felix Powell)

U-ni-ty is a friendly bioweapon
With a smile, a two-tone smile ...
She's upset, Sweetheart said she can't be helpin'
For a while, a little while ...
Zombie on an errand we will send,
She wants to be here!
Sweetheart tries to reassure her friend
With some bull that sounds sincere ...

You carried Tip's designer Prada bags,
That's good, good, good!
He's got a lot because he stays in drag,
Our boss said he could!
Take the whole darn wagon load,
That's more than ten men would!
So, you carried Tip's designer Prada bags,
That's good, good, good!

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

It occurred to me earlier but I never got around to mentioning it: The fox's hide that Unity used to make that hat didn't have time to cure properly.  It's liable to get very smelly very soon, if it isn't already.  Unless Unity has some sort of special bioweapon preservative?  Maybe licking it clean acts to retard decay?  I can't decide if that'd be a boon or a bane for the fur industry; cheap, fast, eco friendly preservatives vs. "I've got zombie spit on my head... and I know what comes next."

(This may be the antihistamines talking.)

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: So Unity is clearly the kid in this oddball of a sort of family argument, but is Sweetheart the mom or dad? and what does that make Tip? and lets kill that line of thought before it goes any further.
eric scoles (escoles) says:

it's a nontraditional metaphorical family unit. 

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Those hands have a mind of their own. Er, minds.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Oh good, he's alive!  But we can't rule out the possibility of infection just yet.

Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: I guess someone wants Unity to buy a prom dress?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Love Sneaking Up On You", Bonnie Raitt)

Sweetheart says ... go get help ...
Why does she treat me like a weak little whelp?
Cut a swath ... through New Orleans ...
She knows I'm strong as a platoon of Marines!

Can't go see the Cypress, much to my dismay ...
Brush aside annoying things that get in my way!

   I'm trying hard now, why can't she see?
   All she does, though, is yell at me!
   I'm really working, di-li-gent-ly ...
   All she does, though, is yell at me!

Gotta kowtow ... to that bow-wow ...
Dumb ol' dog says I don't pay attention now!
I say I'll try ... but she'll just scoff ...
Stupid friggin' buzzkill, where does she get off?

Wading through the crowd here, I don't break a sweat;
Remy says there's hostiles but I ain't seen 'em yet!

   I do my best now, it's plain to see!
   All she does, though, is yell at me!
   Using my skill set, vi-o-lent-ly ...
   All she does, though, is yell at me!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Well, to Unity, those barely count -- not only is she sort of a zombie herself, but they barely took any fighting.

david bill (david22) says:

Gotta kowtow ... to that bow-wow ...
Dumb ol' dog says I don't pay attention now!
I say I'll try ... but she'll just scoff ...
Stupid friggin' buzzkill, where does she get off?

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Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

He does!  And now he'll dramatically open some zombies!

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I'm not sure I like where this is going.  Doesn't he need to get a consent form signed before he does any invasive medical procedures?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Unity better watch out lest she be dramatically opened, if you know what I mean.
Rob (rrreed) says:

Dramatic Zombie is

…Dramatic
Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Inquiring minds want to know...

....does human/zombie sex fall under "necrophilia" or "bestiality?" 

Kealakalai Barela (arrowatch) says:

In Response to John Sears, they are already dead, and they aren't sentient. So, I'm pretty sure it's covered under his Real Job.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Shine On, Harvest Moon", Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth)

Shiny, shiny scalpels here ... upon the rack!
Remy caught a zombie, what
Makes 'em tick?
So really quick
He pulls curtain back!

Now dra-ma-tic-'ly, we'll see
What can be seen,
With shiny, shiny scalpels here ...
Incisive and keen!

Troy Smith (tcreole) says:

Dave's remark is making me wonder: that dividing line that runs down the center of Unity's face? Does that line... um... continue, y'know, all the way down and around?

Would someone please bash my head with a rock so it just... STOPS wondering?

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: Yeah, it's best not to let that sort of thing stay in your head.
Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

@drhistory: It's a gray area.  ...Okay, that was horrible, sorry.

Xenophilia?

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I don't think we've seen conclusive evidence that they're not sentient, they just seem non-verbal at present.  Sweetheart definitely thought, talkative or no, that they qualified as potential clients, which would seem to indicate they have legal rights and can sign forms and such.

It could just be that they need coffee.  Lots of people are a bit off when they first wake up.  Has anyone tried giving these Zombie-like People some caffeine?

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I don't think we've seen conclusive evidence that they're not sentient, they just seem non-verbal at present.  Sweetheart definitely thought, talkative or no, that they qualified as potential clients, which would seem to indicate they have legal rights and can sign forms and such.

It could just be that they need coffee.  Lots of people are a bit off when they first wake up.  Has anyone tried giving these Zombie-like People some caffeine?

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

I think they were more concerned with the rampage potential for Sweetheart.

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