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Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Unity earned those Rose is Rose happiness icons.  But, see, no bumps in the front!  At first I thought, like Dave and Ben, that she just sewed on the missing parts.  But as Joyce noted, Unity now has two dark hands.  That's not proof, but I also think that if she were scavenging parts, she would have tried to incorporate Brian, who has proven himself awfully, er, handy.  Today, it really looks like she took Alphonse's whole headless body.  Either way, things are getting very interesting.

tune: "I got the sun in the morning," Irving Berlin (Annie Get Your Gun, 1946)

Got a best friend
Got some booze
And I just got terrific news
I got a positive performance review from my bud
(She got a positive performance review from her bud)

Got a spare hand
Got a kiss
Now I'm doing the dance of bliss
I got a positive performance review from my bud
(She got a positive performance review from her bud)

Told me that I did good
A bog of sentient wood

Got some man parts
Got some rum
I'm as lucky as zombies come
I got a positive performance review from my bud
(She got a positive performance review from her bud)

And with a positive review
I'll go dancing my way through
Bayou mud

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

Thing is, if she did swap torsos, doesn't that mean that she must somehow have sewn her head on while not physically attached to the arm she was controlling? This would be a major new development, and would create numerous plotholes…

I'm more inclined to believe the waistcoat is having a flattening affect.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Hey, are the characters allowed to filk themselves? I'm just saying...

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" from "Show Boat", Kern & Hammerstein)

Got my best friend,
Got me some booze,
Got me some positive performance reviews,
Can't help dancin' and feelin' fine!

Venus got papers,
Venus got served,
Venus got what she really deserved,
I got smilies and bright sunshine!

Sweetheart said I'm good,
Did just like I should!
And just 'cause I could, I chugged some wine!
(Or rum is fine ...)

Got some new legs,
Got some new feet,
Got some new privates, now I'm complete!
Can't help dancin' and feelin' fine!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Kay:  Except that Remy still has Brian, as of last Friday.  It seems Brian likes being Remy's "stockhand".

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

I tell people go filk themselves all the time. Don't often see them actually doing it, though.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

so is unity's best friend sweetheart or remy?

i love sweetheart's tough-but-pleased "soppy" expression in frame 2 :)

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Zatanna called. She wants her uniform back.

Glenn Gorsuch (glenn) says:

As a (the?) local resident Social Services guv'mint Public Servant, I can tell you that indeed, it doesn't get much better than that--a buddy, booze, and a good eval.  Unless it's on Friday.  That's a whole 'nother class of awesome. 

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

@ampersand888: Dunno if Alphonse has the legs for fishnet.

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@kaygilbert and @mental_mouse: On the other hand (ha!), Brian has proven that he can function and be useful without needing to be attached to a body, so it does make a certain amount of sense for Unity to sew on a non-animate hand and leave Brian free to be a friend or assistant or whatever to her or Remy.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

I hope it's just the clothes - Unity looks good in boobs! :(

woozy (woozy) says:

At first I was going to say-- considering the number of people who know who to and/or have a reason to attach a zombie torso, Unity's observation is a bit disturbing.

But then I figured that as the number *is* quite low that would mean Unity probably did it herself and forgot and that isn't as disturbing.  That is if she managed to sew in on right.  Nothing worse than waking up from a bender with your torso on backwords.  Or upside down.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Look at those hungover doggy eyes in panel four, hilarious!

Rob (rrreed) says: Considering Sweetheart's genetically engineered abilities of rapid healing and toxin displacement—including alcohol—that was some bender they went on!
Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Well, so much for the drama of Unity's man parts: she's no longer discomboobulated.  Jeff and Shaenon: are you just going to "yadda yadda" those two missing weeks?

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

It was probably more of those Alligator Sausage Cheesecakes from...wait has it really been half a year already? And are we really that drunk still?

Rob (rrreed) says: @Kay—I smell a"bonus story" for Skin Horse Volume 3
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Gimme Three Steps", Lynyrd Skynyrd)

First, the swamp we did find,
So the papers got signed!
Now our mission is complete!
And then Tip says, "That's great!
Let's all go celebrate!"
So we head for Bourbon Street!
Then we deadened our brains
With a few Hurricanes!
Drank so much, we almost drowned!
And now my head sore, so
Gotta find her torso!
Better call the Lost & Found!

And we been
Drinkin' two weeks,
It's been two weeks, buddy,
We spent two weeks in this place!
Drinkin' two weeks,
It's been two weeks, buddy,
And I still can't feel my face!

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

@Rob: It really, really was.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Also @Rob: Actually, we're already on Volume 4 by the time we get to "...Branches".

Rob (rrreed) says: @Jeff--Oh, sure; leave us twisting in the wind for another eighteen months or so! It's better than five years, but still...
Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Is it just me, or does "Party Annex" sound more like a place to buy cheap costumes and disco ball props than what Tip might intend?

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says:

I always want to link this stirp to people when it's particularly good, but I just know that their response will start with "Why is there a panel of bees when none of the comic mentions bees?" and they'll only get more confused from there. 

Liz Butler (hypothetical_woman) says:

I see you got Tip into the beads at last.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Everybody Wants You", Billy Squier)

Our team is resting
Now our mission's done!
Someone's requesting
That we never go to where there's fun!

Gavotte is saying
There were some complaints!
Sweetheart is praying
That they put me in some re-straints!

    Alcohol and music and dancing and sex!
    I'm gonna make a disco, right in the Annex!
    A guy gone wild, gonna party down now!
    Wherever I am, that's a party town now!

Q. Pheevr (q-pheevr) says:

@ Viktor – I don't know about your friends, but if someone sent me a link to a Web comic with art this good and phrases like "top-secret federal party facility" getting slung around, I'd soon be chewing my way through the archive. Gavotte might be briefly puzzling, but I don't think she'd slow me down any.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

@Viktor Dosk:  Oh, please, don't let that stop you.  Confusion may turn to curiosity and then they will go back and read the archives and buy our books and then the world will be ours, I tell you, ours.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Unity has a ice bag?  I thought pain was what other people felt?

And, my, we're a grumpy little Canadian this morning!

That must have been some party.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Johnn:  Unity's worn an ice bag before -- and it's a classic cartoon icon anywyay.  For that matter, hangovers seem to be the only thing that does actually cause her pain.  But then, given she's basically a cloned brain riding in what would otherwise be a shambling monstrosity, that even makes sense!  (More sense than usual for Unity, anyhow.)

Rodford Smith (stickmaker) says:


Does Unity actually have a headache, or is she just missing her hat?

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

"Any town I'm in is a party town" would look great on a t-shirt. So would something about a "top-secret federal party facility," come to think of it.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

True, Andrew.  And I still think Sweetheart's hungover face of dismay from the end of Tuesday's strip would be an awesome coffee mug.

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@rainpacket: Oo, I like that! Brilliant!

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: while cookies will work on Unity (and probably Tip) I do not see Sweetheart dropping this until she gets a definite answer. were I in her place I would see if Moustachio would be willing to share any info he knows.
Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

Give a zombie sammyches after one mission, they'll be asking for something after every mission!

...booze doesn't count

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

@Adam: Moustachio would probably answer in code just to aggravate her

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Watching Scotty grow," Mac Davis (recorded by Bobby Goldsboro, 1970,, and I apologize for this sinister earworm)

Every part of her's a sentient bee
Just like me
That's my girl
She's a hive collective entity
Split from me
Well, that's my girl

I named her for a dance in double meter
Where couples make a stately procession
While I'm a rhythmic French folk dance. That's right, I am Gavotte
Sitting here, buzzing, pining for Pavane

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "A Horse With No Name", America)

When we started on this mission,
To confront a gestalt, we were sent ...
And you mentioned "Pavane", and I thought it was strange,
But I think I know what you meant!
The Cypress split a little bitty part of herself
Into Venus, who was her child!
If she split into two, well then why not you?
After dances your names are styled!

You see, I just figured out about the name of Pavane!
So I'll ask you, and now ascertain!
She's your daughter, another hive named Pavane!
Now the drones join in, as we sing the refrain,
(Bzzz bzzzz bzzzz, bzz bzz bzzzz bzz ...)

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: 1. BUS-TED.

2. A top-secret federal party facility! Sounds neat.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

So the moral of the story: if you want to quickly change the subject, offer the guest cookies. Preferably Girl Scout cookies.

And no, Unity, not made out of Girl Scouts.

James Henderson (corwingreylore) says:

@Andrew: Are you sure she isn't? She's got that whole cutiepie, swarming zombie thing going on.

N B (daveclone7) says:

So ... could Pavane be the elusive 'Goldbug'?  Using insider SH knowledge, but working slightly outside of the system?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@SIB: You mean "BUZZ-TED".

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

@James: I think Andrew meant the cookies are not made out of Girl Scouts. As for Unity, I can totally see her as a Girl Scout when she was younger.

Well, parts of her at least...

Rob (rrreed) says: Good grief! Of everything and everyone at Skin Horse, it's Tip's abilities Anasigma's interested in!

So have they gone after Tiger Lily, too, so as to have a matched set?
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

People should use the word "extirpate" in conversation more often.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Complicated", Avril Lavigne)

My job, bugging Wilkin's room!
But then, came the zombie doom!
Hordes of ... lurching creatures!
Had to hide,
stay inside!

But then, zombies went away!
Skin Horse ... somehow saved the day!
Then they ... partied hearty!
Just like freaks,
Two whole weeks!

Tip, when he smiled,
Just drove me wild!
Bought me a drink!
I couldn't think!
Taught me some things!
Wore out the springs
In bed ...

I don't really care if Anasigma has me extirpated!
I liked this guy!  But,
Now you say you monitored when Tip and I had copulated?
I wondered why I ...
Couldn't sleep, from the beep
In my pits, gave me fits,
'Cause the "Ban" in the can had nan-ites!
I don't wanna try to be a spy because it's overrated!
Dude, I quit!

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

Man, the Adbot is working overtime today, isn't he?

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Since it's April 1st, I'm going to propose that adbot is actually a clever marketing ploy run by WCN to increase readership of their comic amongst people who mindlessly purchase products spammed in the comments section of a webcomic.

It's a big market.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

So I'm guessing she uses (Top) Secret?

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

I knerw that white powdery residue was up to no good.  Especially when I kept hearing the little dial tones.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh dear.

Never use deodorant: it's even safer! :D
casimir (casimir) says:

curious minds need to know with whom she is speaking...

not one clue.

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

It's the lady from black-scrunchie-ops!

Stephen Geigen-Miller (stephengeigenmiller) says:

Bonus marks for the understated Le Guin reference.

Ray Radlein (radlein) says:

It's an understated Andrew Marvell reference:


"Our vegetable love will grow

Vaster than empires, and more slow"

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Ant rap," Adam Ant & Marco Pirroni (Adam and the Ants, Prince Charming, 1981,
I've wanted to filk this song ever since we first met Violet Bee.  Not only do Tip's ladies have rhyming names, but Adam Ant was the omnidesirable, gender-bending Tip of his day, only real.

Rub me out!
Extirpate if you must, but I am outta here
An-a-sig-ma sucks!

Nanites in my armpits tracking my moves
With Tip I did groove, surveillance proves
Spying on Cypress crossed the line
Where's the harm in moss and vine?
Laissez les bontemps roulez. Vive et laisser vivre, I say
New Orleans, allons par-tay, c'est incroyable

I made my move, I take it you've
Told Mr. Green, who disapproved
Go ahead Bee, terminate me
I'd rather have my integrity
No, that's not it, my mind did slip
What I would rather have is Tip

The ladies love him, facts is facts
Lets name the babes that he attracts:

Julie, Marcie, Ginny Lee, Violet Bee, 'Lily, Phoebe
In the naughty North and the sexy South
We're all singing: He's got the mouth

Julie, Marcie, Ginny Lee, Violet Bee, 'Lily, Phoebe
In the naughty North and the sexy South
We're all singing: He's got the mouth

And we want the mouth
And we'll have the mouth
So give us the mouth

Drew (pseudowolf) says:

Well, I hate to say it but A-Sig has a point. Studies have proven (Yes, they did an actual mathematical study) that the best response to a zombie outbreak is a quick and aggressive eradication of the infected.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN!
Diane Castle (deecee) says:

I'm so glad someone else remembers Adam Ant.  I still have that album on cassette.  This filk completely cracked me up.

And a white guy rapping in 1981.  La plus ca change...

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

White guys rap all the time.  Not on purpose, though.  Don't let their band fool you, listen to the singer an hear for yourself.  Some people can't carry a tune in a bucket with a handle on it.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", Mack Gordon and Harry Warren)

What do we see?
We're seeing Violet Bee and Phoebe!
Sharing a drink,
Well, I don't know what to think!

We're hearing Violet Bee tell Phoebe,
Simply the facts ...
That Phoebe's getting the axe!

We've got a veg'table intelligence that's growing so vast!
Vaster than an empire, and it's growing too fast!
Raising up the zombies!
Will an atom bomb be
Dropped right in the middle by a strangely calm Bee?

Since the leafy entity's location's been found,
Now it can be neutralized and burned to the ground!
Phoebe's getting fired!
Forcibly retired!
You're not safe when Violet Bee's around!

Would you agree
That seeing Violet Bee with Phoebe,
Planning a kill,
Gives you an ominous chill?

Something tells me,
That for the Cypress, this is not the end!
So, Violet Bee and Phoebe,
Maybe we'll see them again!

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

A war, huh? Another song comes irresistably to mind: 'All you zombies hide your faaaaaces...'

Rob (rrreed) says: Hmmm…

Mr. Green
Violet Bee
Gold Bug

Given that there's an underlying Wizard of Oz theme that's gone surprisingly unmentioned (or unnoticed, at least) of late, color references ought to be important.
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