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Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Aaaaand . . . the other shoe drops.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: Am I the only one that finds Sweetheart's pose in panel 1 cute?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Release Me", Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams)

Ci-vil service is so slow ...
How an-y-thing gets done, dunno ...
The wor-kers drag as though they're tired ...
'Cause they know that they cannot be fired!

Way back, when Alphonse was alive,
(This was, I think, two-thousand-five),
He wea-ried of your threats of force
And filed ... the papers for divorce!

The forms were passed from man to man ...
The pro-cess was much slower than
A tor-toise with a gimpy knee,
Until ... at last, they came to me!

Although your man's no longer warm,
We've come, at last now, to inform ...
Inform you that your love is through!
Remember, our goal is serving you!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

I've been wondering when those divorce papers were going to show up!  NOW I get it...

Rob (rrreed) says: Of course, now the question is; why was Alphonse divorcing her? Was he just going to pack up his trunk and leaf? Could he no longer cedar wood for her trees? Did he want to go home and rediscover his roots?

And quit dropping those shoes around here. Someone could trip and hurt themselves!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

They're not dropping shoes. They need to aim better in order to hit Rob and his lousy puns! Aim for the back of his head!

Joseph W. (alberich) says:

Yes!  I think Sweetheart's going to have done it after all.  My optimistic assessment:

(Tune: "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Barry Sadler and Robin Moore.)

Civil servants from the sky,
Let's get civil's our war cry.
Serving papers for divorce
And, by the way - stop the zombie force.

There's folks who think we've got no clue
At anything Skin Horse should do.
We're only good for things alone
Unity could eat - or Tip could bone.

But Tip was tied up in a tree
That had dismembered Unity
Yet still the victory we gained,
Because our dog is paper-trained.

Just when we thought we'd lost our way
Serving papers saved the day
And Sweetheart stopped the bad gestalt
Because she's anal to a fault.

woozy (woozy) says:

>>Yes!  I think Sweetheart's going to have done it after all.

Done what?

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

I wonder how many layers of afterlife bureaucracy a ghost and a houngan have to navigate to pull this off...

Seven Deer (sevendeer) says:

>>Yet still the victory we gained,
>>Because our dog is paper-trained.

LOL'd.  Loudly.  Woke cat.  Your fault.

Rob (rrreed) says:

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I love the vine-cane.
Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I love Tip's expression in the last panel, you can almost see a thought bubble over his head of "this is a freaky day even for us"
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Revolution #1", The Beatles)

Our team is facing ex-e-cu-tion,
Oh, please, no!
They just want to do their chores!
Her marriage facing dis-so-lu-tion
Oh, please, no!
Venus can't believe her spores!
  But here comes a voice asking, "Darling, would you believe ...?"
  Our Remy has more than a couple tricks up his sleeve!

    And we're helping Venus see ... the light!
    ... The light!  ...  The light!

Here's Alphonse trying out pos-ses-sion,
Now, oh wow!
Says possession is a blast!
Since Venus has a bad ob-ses-sion,
Now, oh wow,
Here's a voice out of her past!
  And Remy and Alphonse inhabiting just one bod,
  Compared to the rest of today, isn't one bit odd!

    (repeat CHORUS)

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

rrreed: Brad! Janet! Dr Scott! Rocky! ...?

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

My wife!  My best friend!  My baseball glove!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

I'm just impressed a genis loci entity can read. Also:

"And why was he having an affair with algae?"

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

My daughter!  My sister!  My daughter!  My sister!
After you my dear Alphonse.  No, after you my dear Remy.

Graeme Lewis (grim_axel) says:

>> I love the vine-cane.


Actually, I think it's bone.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@rrreed: and yet one more:


"And what about... Naomi?"

Rob (rrreed) says:

"And what about… Naomi?"

We shall never know.
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says:

justhere4coffee: Brad! Janet! Dr Scott! Rocky! BULLWINKLE!

Rob (rrreed) says: "I gotta get me a new hat!"
Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: Honestly, I'm curious as to whether this is an actual possession, Remy putting on a good acting job, or something in between where Remy's talking to the spirit of Alphonse, but acting like it's a full possession.
Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

A lot of effort for two words.  Or is that one?

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

I must confess that I first read panel four as, "Quiltit."

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Beat It", Michael Jackson)

In times of crisis, see a figure appear!
I really am a friendly ghost, so have no fear!
I came all this way, just to tell you, my dear,
To quittit!  Just quittit!

Now as a corpse, I'll say I'm looking quite good!
But there's one thing that must be fully understood!
I pierced the Last Veil to inform you, you should
Just quittit!
Better quittit right now!

Just quittit!  Quittit!
Touch me with a vine, I'll hit it!
Faced with your temper, I ran away!
I couldn't stand it!  I couldn't stay!
So quittit!  Quittit!
All this murder, don't commit it!
Free the cross-dresser, zombie, and whelp!
They're from the gummint, they're here to help!
So quittit!
Sit a bit an' quittit!

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

The presence of two ts makes it a single word. *emphatic nod*

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Okay, I respect artists.  I believe that they should be free to fully express their artistic visions.  I don't like the idea of artists pandering to an audience, or of an audience that expects pandering.  That said, I wish to make the arm's-length observation that I LOVE REMY.  LOVE HIM, LOVE HIM, LOVE HIM.  I can only hope that your collective artistic vision involves keeping him around.  Or not.  Whatever.  Big up yaselves.  Respect.

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

Number 9 Shirt!

Duncan McPherson (thraxamer) says:

Zombie show choir? Oh me. There will be jazz hands absolutely everywhere.

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

now i wish i had posted my comment yesterday about using the zombies to make quilts...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Zombie show choir?  Anyone else remember the Jimmy Neutron episode, where Libby commanded the mummies to sing?

(TUNE: "Camptown Races", Stephen Foster)

Zombie armies sing this tune,
  Arrrghgraaaah!  Arrrghgraaaah!
Singing "Shine On, Harvest Moon",
  Arrrgh, graah-graah, gaaaaakk!
Zombies form a big show choir,
  Arrrghgraaaah!  Arrrghgraaaah!
Not what Venus did desire!
  Arrrgh, graah-graah, gaaaaakk!

   Sing it full of life!
   Sing it full of death!
   Zombies hold a note all day,
   They don't pause for breath!

Zombies singing here and there!
  Arrrghgraaaah!  Arrrghgraaaah!
Singing at the Parish Fair!
  Arrrgh, graah-graah, gaaaaakk!
Zombies tour throughout the land!
  Arrrghgraaaah!  Arrrghgraaaah!
Not the nightmare Venus planned,
  Arrrgh, graah-graah, gaaaaakk!
     (repeat CHORUS)

   (now modulate!)
Zombie sound has mass appeal!
  Arrrghgraaaah!  Arrrghgraaaah!
Zombies get a record deal!
  Arrrgh, graah-graah, gaaaaakk!
Zombie fandom, widely spread!
  Arrrghgraaaah!  Arrrghgraaaah!
Sing on "Sat'rday Night Undead"!
  Arrrgh, graah-graah, gaaaaakk!
     (repeat CHORUS)

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well. This is a new and surprising turn of events.

Also, I have a better use for the zombies. One word:

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

There isn't enough brain bleach in the world to forget today's strip and comments.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Oh great.  Now it's only a matter of time before the zombie touring company of "Glee".  When it happens, just remember I warned you.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

I get the feeling we're going to see the characters we truly love again. Dr. Lee came back. I think we're due Julie soon.

Rob (rrreed) says: For no sane reason I can discern, I just had this thought; what would a Bizarro version of the Thriller video be like?
Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

@Ed: You had me at (now modulate!)

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

fff. Has anyone gone through the archives lately? I was lookin' to see when Julie was in the comic... spam, left and right. (see: Nick and Tiktok, April 2009)

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Sorry, Adam. We don't moderate comments, as -- bless you all -- we get quite a lot of them. But that means we don't know when the robodroids are littering up the archives. I'll clean up that entry, but it's all we can do to keep deleting the ones on the current day.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I went through the archives about a month ago and cleaned up, but they just keep coming back. We're planning to move the site soon, though, and maybe that'll help.
Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

Who knew the Zombie Apocalypse would be triggered by Disney's High School Musical.

I dread this.  I have no rhythm and would be immune to the contagion like Robert Neville in I Am Legend.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Where are all the butterflies coming from? And should I expect rabbits and one of the Teletubbies to make a cameo next?

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

You know, at first I thought you would reveal at the end that it was all Remy acting, but this is something Remy couldn't know. Posession is a blast!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", The Righteous Brothers)

When first we fell in love, Venus dear, how it seemed so right!
But then I told myself, when it came to our wedding night,
"She is so squishy and moldy (moldy...),
I wish she ... wish she had told me!"

    You were my lovely bride, who
    Made me feel I'd been lied to!
    You see why I'd decide to
    Run away ... way ... way ...
    I just could ... not ... stay, o-o-o-ooh ...

And when we got undressed, that was kind of an awkward time ...
It put me to the test, making love to a bag of slime!
It was so yucky and plastic (plastic ...)
Like f***ing ... Mister Fantastic!

    (repeat CHORUS)

Venus, Venus, I wish ... I wish that you had said,
That you were somewhat living ... and a bit undead!
When we were wed, I trembled, trembled at your touch ...
But now ... now ... now ... now that we're dead, not much!
Baby (Baby),
Maybe (maybe)
You could release (you could release)
These people please (these people please!)
Their zombie too (their zombie too)
And then with you (and then with you),
Some time I'll spend (some time I'll spend)
Let's just be friends (let's just be friends!)

     (repeat CHORUS)

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 IIRC, butterflies are symbols of rebirth in many cultures. Something is happening here, and rebirth could be a thing. Of a sort.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Differences between couples are always a strain.  Both of them being dead removes a big one, yeah.

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

Death isn't the handicap it used to be in the old days. It doesn't screw up your career, or love life, like it used to.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

As a matter of fact, death can often enhance your career. (See Jackson, Michael.)

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

I think the butterflies are part of Venus.  A tender touch and taste, whereas the vines are muscles and sinew.

Puts me in mind of a romantic technique called "butterfly kisses".

Kenneth Graves (kag) says:

I kissed the moths of Venus!

Flowers die, and so did I..

I kissed the moths of Venus... for Houdou!


Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Fancy boy! LOL!

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

...That third panel is beautiful. Is there a larger version of it, Shaenon? (other than the original art?)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

It'd be hard to have a larger version than the original art.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...yeah, and it's the only zombie-swamp/possessed-voodoo-priest romance for the ages.
Adam (10-0-0-1) says: who would have ever thought we could get such a sweet moment from this story with the way it was running only last week?
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

$10 says once Alphonse leaves, Venus will hit on Remy.

Daibhid Ceannaideach (daibhidc) says:

You're forgetting the superpower. Once Alphonse leaves, Venus will hit on Tip...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Angel Of The Morning", Juice Newton)

I guess it's time to say good-bye,
Our love is ended, there's no more ...
It makes no sense to sit and cry,
Cry over spilt pneumatophores ...
Just hold me close one final time,
Amidst the birds and bugs and slime ...

Be my possesséd-voodoo-priest now, Alphonse!
I'll be your zombie-swamp-fiancée, Venus!
Give them one moment like the old days, Remy ...
Then Tip will come unglued ...
His sobbing spoils the mood ... for them ...

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I'm honestly surprised that was Tip.  I sort of expected the comment to come from Sweetheart, what with her tastes in literature. ;)

Brandon Gorley (bowtothebard) says:

Shaenon/Jeff: You've been sitting on that last line for a while now, haven't you?

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@unnatural20: I suppose you could always talk to the artist about the possibility of a commission piece, if she's willing to do that sort of thing. I know she's done commissions in the past. (I don't suppose I get a cut for suggesting that, though, do I? Yeah, kinda figured not.)

Or wallpaper. I could imagine wallpaper based on that panel, too.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I do indeed do commissions, and the original art for Skin Horse strips is also available for sale. Ahem.
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