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Thanks a million times over to the great Dirk Tiede for handling the very special lion-centric art for today's strip.

150 comments:
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

....Interesting.  Have they gotten him to start writing for All My Children yet?

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Oh dear...

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says:

...he became successful with a drama comic? Most of the profitable webcomics seem to be primarily humor-based, with plot secondary. Even CAD, which is what you seem to be parodying here*, is joke-driven even if it has the occasional drama. 

 

*It's hard to tell, because CAD is amost a self-parody at this point. And because this strp has actual art. 

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Yeeeeah. Totally no references to CAD in this strip. XD

 

Tip should probably go into diplomacy.... "Different" is certainly one way of putting it, but probably not the way I'd put the change in the comic. :P

 

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

It's 'Cerebus Syndrome' but in a completely meta context.  The only thing that could make it more meta would be if an actual aardvark was Leo's new artist.

I'm not including the URL to TV Tropes, because I'm assuming forum readers don't really want to lose their entire Monday trawling through that site.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Needs more miscarriages.
JP Chabot (speedball) says:

There isn't a single miscarriage in this comic!

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

...Win. So much win. I made a loud squee of joy upon reading today's comic.

Hilary Bruce (cameoflage) says: My first thought for the general source of the parody was Megatokyo, actually. Although the miscarriage is obviously from CAD. Megatokyo's what I think of when I think "Two Gamers On A Couch comic turned into a drama".
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Every time you ask for more cowbell, a baby carriage loses a wheel.

 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Cer-e-bus Synd-ro-me....
Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Nah, the grass isn't on fire, neither are the cast. :P

 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Love And Marriage", Cahn & Van Heusen)

More miscarriage!  More miscarriage!
Alcoholic falls into despair-age!
Antelope, hang in there!
A brand-new artist for the ... win there!

More miscarriage!  More miscarriage!
Was it 'cause of species intermarriage?
Not the least bit funny,
But still, these guys are making ... money!

    Try, try, try, but still his art sucks ...
    Leo's so needy!
    Cry, cry, cry, and promise big bucks ...
    To Dirk Tiede!

More miscarriage!  More miscarriage!
Have the writing and the art lost their edge?
Oh, the angst and drama!
Do you agree?
If you ask me,
This comic rea-lly gelds the ... llama!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

So the moral of this comic: better to be safe than a lion?

Doug Wykstra (dougthehead) says:

I love Leo's progression from being the author of a crappy, crappily-drawn gamer comic to becoming the author of a crappy, well-drawn dramatic comic.  Hopefully the next time we see him he's the author of a crappy post-college slice-of-life comic with a rapidly evolving art style.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 Why did I think of Funk Winkerbean first?

Jay Thomason (wilder125) says:

Speaking of cash. I would love, some day, to buy a Narbonic collection for my boookshelves, and volumes of this comic as well.

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

I remember, as a child, occasionaly drifting through the living room when my mother was watching her "stories."

And miscarriages? The only way a baby comes to term in a soap opera is if it's illegitimate.  Preferably fathered by the villain or the husband's best friend.

Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says:

I am now making it my personal canon that Dirk Tiede is an aardvark. 

He will not be pleased with me when I mention this. 

~Sor

Ronnie Simonds (ronrab) says:

Eh, the word balloons are too cramped (a common problem in wordy comics.), the way they're stuffed in between the characters.  They're really hard to read between the lions.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Jay, that dream can come true this very day.
Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Oh gods. One of the lions is about to get hit by a car/elephant/rampaging rhino and lose his memory, isn't he? That's usually the next plot-twist in this sort of thing.

Doug Wykstra (dougthehead) says:

Either that, or one of them will realize that he's a lesbian.  Yes, I know they're both males.  Still gonna happen.

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

So, it's not two lions who play video games (anymore)?

I guess VG Cats does fill that role, sort of.  At least they still play video games, instead of just talking about the gaming industry NOT THAT I AM TALKING ABOUT ANYONE GABE AND TYCHO

Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says:

Oh, to be in on one more Dave Sim reference!  It's like some sort of back-handed compliment.

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Ha!  Found it!  http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=27398

(look, a link that isn't spam!)

Carefully note the commentary for that page.

 

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Or maybe it's one lion in the hand is better than two in the bush?

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

The longing may lessen, but it never leaves you…

woozy (woozy) says:

Well, one can have a webcomic, or one can be in a webcomic.  And considering how the latter has treated you, Tip, I wouldn't complain.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: oh my dear Tip, with the advent of free hosting anyone can have their own webcomic. If the comic is actually any good is a different topic however.
Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

@Woozy: He does get pretty much the same treatment, doesn't he?

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

And tip gets way cooler glasses. Although I daresay that finding glasses that actually *fit* a lion is more important.

Also...that's not the DAVE conspiracy he's invented there, is it? :P

James Mirkle (jmzlost) says:

@Jared: It can't be the Dave Conspiracy.  Being sinister requires effort, and they're too laid back for that.  -JMZ

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "When You Wish Upon A Star", Washington & Harline)

When you buy a graphics pad,
Your first efforts are so bad!
Still, the readers squeal and scream
And rush to you!

Though the plot is trite and dull,
Ads by Project Wonderful
Quickly bring a steady stream
Of revenue!

Readers flock,
You barely have to try!
Soon you're accosted by
A mob of catgirls!

Loved by fans of ev'ry age,
My WebComicsNation page!
This is my webcomics dream ...
In no way true!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Spoken from personal experiences, eh, Ed?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Andrew, I resemble that remark.

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

@woozy: Some people seem to manage both.  Greg Dean's Real Life leaps to mind, and the Professors Foglio have made appearances in Girl Genius...

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

And a bit more relevant to Tip is the fact that Leo, a character in Skin Horse, has a webcomic.

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says:

Poor Tip, forced to choose between a girl and STYLE. 

Euel Ball (euel) says:

Uh, oh!  I thought she freaked because the hat had feathers on it.  (Would you be calm around someone wearing tufts of human hair and beard?)  Now it turns out that she's anti-headgear.  Wonder what she thinks about goggles?

Brian McPherson (brian-m) says:

I don't get it. Why is she freaking out about the hat? Presumably it's something to do with her being part bird, but that doesn't make much sense either.

 

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Well, I know about 2-3 bird species here in New Zealand got wiped out puely because their feathers looked awesome on hats. I'd imagine there's still an ongoing issue with that with more colourful, tropical species, which might well explain the ah....lack of enthusiasm. :p

Or it could be something completely different. ALL WILL BE REVEALED...we hope.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I thought the joke was that birds are notorious for suddenly taking a dislike to someone who has changed their appearance. Like putting on a hat or shaving off a beard.

Or the opposite. There was a college professor who as part of a study, captured numerous crows (might have been rooks or jackdaws or starlings) and banded them. After that, he had to wear a hat when outdoors at the university lest the black birds recognize and mob him.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Surfin' bird," The Trashmen (with approximately 75% more lyrics than the original)

A-well-a everybody's heard about the bird
B-b-b-bird, bird, bird, b-bird's disturbed
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, the bird is disturbed
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is disturbed

A-well-a hat, hat, hat, hat's absurd
A-well-a hat, hat, hat, hat is absurd
A-well-a hat, hat, hat, hat's absurd
A-well-a hat, hat, hat, hat is absurd

A-well-a hat's absurd and the bird is disturbed
And now she's screeching loudly with her feathers unfurled

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

I think Joyce has it, actually; it's not the feathers, it's the abrupt change in appearance.

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

I was ordered to come here and wish you a Happy Birthday by A CARTOONIST, the ruling caste. (Of some other dimension.)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Free As A Bird", The Beatles)

Scream ...
Like a bird!
Listen to Niue, she
Screams like a bird!

Hope ... hope you die!
What is that?  A hat, we see!
And we hope you die!

What made her go so wild?
Is it the way it's styled?
Donna Karan just hasn't been the same ...
Tip met a lady sweet,
They're going out to eat ...
But something made her go ... and ...

Scream ... like a bird!
Wailing like a pure ban-shee ...
Scream like a bird!

Hope ... hope you die!
Like a crazy birdbrain, she
She will hope you die!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

And to be fair, it's not a nice looking hat, even if it's from Donna Karan. And honestly 2001 was a rather bad year for a lot of people. So, yeah.

W o o d (wood) says:

Happy birthday Shaenon !

Ciara Cole (ciara) says:

This is totally in keeping with my brother and his fiancee's birds.  Their Quaker parrot hates hats, and their cinnamon cheeked conure is deathly afraid of buckets.

 

Tip, just hope she doesn't have one other thing in common with said Quaker parrot: leave the room for a few minutes, and the bird completely forgets who you are and starts freaking out.

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: And suddenly this just got completely hilarious.
Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

Well, it's a good think Tip wasn't wearing that feather scarf when he met her!

@Wood: it's Shaenon's birthday?

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

It's totally my birthday! This week of SH strips is my birthday present to myself.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Well, Shaenon, May the Fourth Be With You! And Happy Birthday, too.

You're going to get tired of that joke by the time you're 70 or so. :)

Glen Ten-Eyck (justglen) says:

Got two cockateels and a Quaker parrot.  Used to to have a umbrella Cockatoo.  They all went or still do go berserk at the sight of a hat.  Got to go bare headed near them, even in cold weather .  Niue's reaction made this strip sing for me.

Rob (rrreed) says: Imagine Niue's reaction if Unity were there, and donned her bitey fox hat!

And Happy Birthday, Shaenon!
Tom Powell (top1950) says:

@Shaenon:  It's totally my birthday! This week of SH strips is my birthday present to myself.

Does that mean we're going to see Sweetheart in goggles???

Oh, and happy birthday, too.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Tom-- No, that happens on Jeff's birthday week, but only if he's very good.
September Patterson (ferret-x) says:

Clearly she is a reverse Jager.

Ruben Krasnopolsky (ruben) says:

Happy birthday, Shaenon!  And hello from Taipei (台北) !

Brian McPherson (brian-m) says:

Now I'm wondering if there's a literal hat monster waiting to appear in this story arc sometime soon.

 

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Maybe they all got exiled to a plane of nothing but hats for a few years?

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Urban squirrel gang.  Someone alert John Hodgman!

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: Sheena is a punk rocker," Joey Ramone (The Ramones, Rocket to Russia, 1977)

Well Tip thought that Niue would be a great date
But he put on a hat and filled her with hate
Niue said "no way, I just want you to die, die"
That bird couldn't stay, Donna K. drove her away
And transgenics now see Tip as a foe
Oh no, oh no

Wilkin is a hat monster
Wilkin is a hat monster
Wilkin is a hat monster now

Wilkin is a hat monster
Wilkin is a hat monster
Wilkin is a hat monster now

Well he's a hat, hat, a hat monster
Hat, hat, a hat monster
Hat, hat, a hat monster
Hat, hat, a hat monster

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

The ghost of Charles Nelson Reilly is giggling.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Sam: I thought more along the lines of "All hail the All-Squirrel!"

Harris Bias (polychrome) says: I'm betting that Team Fortress 2 isn't very popular with this community.
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says:

@polychrome: You kidding? They get to shoot hat monsters all day long!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Heartbreaker", Pat Benatar)

Our Tip is with a lovely chick, going out on the town!
Gonna show her his pelvic trick, and he's gonna get "down"!
Now he's putting his hat on!
All at once she's getting out of hand!
Now she's getting her mad on!
Says a beast like him can't understand!

He's a ... hat monster!
Tip lost her!
Such conster-
Nation from Niue!
He's a ... hat monster!
Tip lost her!
She tossed her
Head and said, "Hope you're dead!"

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

@Halfelven:  Best laugh I've had all week.

For the curious: The madness of Sid & Marty Kroft.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066679/

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

More seriously, I'm trying to think of all the critters that got turned into hats.

Fox (thanks Unity), Beaver, Birds of all feathers, Coonskin... err...

Where's the Spambot Monster when you need it?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ??????
JP Chabot (speedball) says:

You're just teasing us now, Garrity.

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

It's her birthday present to herself! :D

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

OMG!  I GOT IT!  PIGEONS REALLY DO AIM!

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

You can't spell "hate" without "h-a-t".

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says:

Fast N Sciurus? Wow. That's a Rutskarn-level pun. Bionic squirrels, perhaps? 

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

What'd I tell ya?  Squirrel street gangs.  Bleh.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

This is exactly how the squirrels were able to take my pizza one night when I was in college. Yup, right down to the martial arts throw.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to get me a drink.

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Here in Madison we have Fox Squirrels, which are substantially larger than the Eastern Grey Squirrels I was used to from my childhood, and the house I live in now has the only walnut trees in the area, so for about a month last summer we were absolutely infested with veritable gangs of squirrels. They'll actually take the nuts and roll them down the driveway and along the street to get them back home, it's adorable thievery. They also hide them absolutely everywhere.

Euel Ball (euel) says:

Call Squirrel Girl, or Shadetail! (http://egscomics.com/)

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I think those two just broke the laws of physics.
vicka corey (drbrain) says:

that works fine with the laws of physics.  it's astonishingly easy to throw someone if you grab their finger -- fingers are heavily innervated, people are motivated to follow them.  the impressive bit is that tip took the fall and that the squirrels didn't even break his finger, as far as the comic shows.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Don't Bring Me Down", Electric Light Orchestra)

Hey lookit, Nut-up, what we got here, you see?
A homo sapien who come from D.C.!
Let's take him down!
Down, down, down, down, down ... on the ground!
The dude wanna dance,
Although he ain't got no pants!
Let's take him down!

The Man, he hassle us, he's takin' a fall!
He'll see the signs our gang put up on the wall!
He say "Calm down ...
DoowwwoOWwwoOWwwoOWwwooOWwwnn!"
Listen, clown!
You think you so big?
To us, you just a long pig!
We took you down!

We took you down ... (SQUIRREL!)
We took you down ... (SQUIRREL!)
We took you down ... (SQUIRREL!)
We took you dow-ow-ow-own!

This ape gets in our face and comes on our turf!
Let's choke him 'til he's just as blue as a Smurf!
Let's take him down!
Down, down, down, down, down ... with a frown!
Now shut it, my friend,
Or you'll go waltzin' again!
We'll take you down!

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I watched ground squirrels steal potatoes by rolling them like tires down a hill. Took the taters right out of a bear-proof cabinet by tunneling under it. :)

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Suddenly, I feel more okay with my habit of shooting squirrels from my studio window when they get in the fruit trees and eat my wife's apples.

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

I blame the schools.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

We have ground-squirrel colonies here out west-- little tiny things with enormous attitudes. I can *easily* see them tagging the neighborhood, shaving gangsigns into their fur and wearing their jeans slung down around their crotches. They are Bad Ass Squirrels.

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

Squirrels are rats with (1) better hair and (2) better PR than other rats.

They are the politicians of the rodent world.

From politician to street gang thug is a very small step.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Euel: Or even Aquerna!  (http://www.crystalhall.org/

Or maybe it won't help, because they're connected to the All-Squirrel.

Ogden Wernstrom (ackthp) says:

Tip's index finger deserves what it gets for leaving the safety of the pack of fingers in rodent country.

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

First thing that popped into my mind here is that I'd want my squirrel name to by NuckingFutz.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Shane-- I now desperately wish I'd used that squirrel name.
Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

....Ladies and gentlemen, we have continuity merge.  

 

Pardon me while I go suqee my head off.

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

I have never been so happy to have called it. ARTIEEEEEE!!!

Eddddd theawsome (eddddd) says:

...ssssqueeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE..E..ee... *gasp* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

"This means something; this is important..." - Roy Neary.

Unfortunately I have no experience with the Narbonics back catalogue, so I don't know WHAT it means!

Kaesa Aurelia (kaesa) says:

OMG MY FAVORITEST GERBIL DUDE EVER.

Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

@Just Here:

Artie was a main character in Narbonic.  His appearance here means that this comic isn't just a vaguely similar universe with some of the same themes - unless Shaennon is *really* yanking our chains here, this is officially a full-blown sequel to that masterpiece.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Shaenon and Jeff, the words do not even exist to describe how much I love you right now, though Eddddd comes pretty darn close.  I'm doin' the dance of blissful exhilaration.  En pointe!!!

Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

Oh and thank you for this lovely graduation present, Shaenon. I can think of no better gift than Artie on a day celebrating higher learning! (Now I just need to hope some hot mad geneticist needs MY computer science degrees...)

Brian McPherson (brian-m) says:

Wow, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I couldn't remember who he was for a few minutes.

Bad brain, bad.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Mame," Jerry Herman (1966)

Who makes the Skin Horse fans go a-squee?  Artie!
Who is the only gerbil for me?  Artie!
Who found out he was gay just before his story ended with his strip?
Who's back, and most conveniently, picking up a cross-dresser named Tip?

Who went from cute gerbil to hot dude?  Artie!
Who stopped Tip from becoming squirrel food?  Artie!
The fans are shouting "Yaoi" as Artie offers Tip a little help
We're 'shipping Tip and Artie now
Throwing a bishi party now
Its Shaenon's birthday gift to herself!

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Oh, hey, it's the character who's a worse dancer than Dr. Lee.
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says:

ARTIE!!!!

Zarathustra's Id (zarathustrasid) says:

The circle is complete :-)

Doug Wykstra (dougthehead) says:

Shaenon, if it's true you haven't played a videogame past Super Mario Bros. 2, then I think Jeff just snuck a reference past you in this script.

Also, after I finished squee-ing about Artie showing up, I laughed at "nuts to this!" for about a minute and a half straight.

W o o d (wood) says:

CROSSOVERRRRR !

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

Arthur.  Arthur Narbon.  Transmorphic secret agent, at your sevice.

 

YEAH!

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Woohoo! Artie!

So..what's the cutest of the Narbonic cast been getting up to recently?

Rob (rrreed) says: Perhaps he's been…

Running the zoo?
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Huzzah!

 

Kevin Flynn (storybookknight) says:

'Arthur Narbon'? What happened to Nick Cricetidae, secret agent?

 

... I still approve.

Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

now we just have to wait for the Mel / unity team up. after that, we'll prolly need a new moon.

...

oh my. i just remembered something about Artie. heh. this might get interesting.

Tina (pandapounce) says:

OMG! ARTIE! 

I am so shipping those two now.

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

ZOMG Cameo! But yeah this is exactly the kind of thing RT would go to.

Gordon Douglas (albertanerd) says:

Commencing Snoopyesque happy-dance in 3...2...1...

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

ARTIE! My day is now complete.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "GTO", Ronny & The Daytonas)

Look at Artie N.!  Here he comes again!
Haven't seen him in the comic, since I don't know when!
Got a high I.Q., hunky body too!
Got designer genes,
Lookin' keen!
Glad we've seen
Artie N.!

Artie Narbon's here!  Let's all give a cheer!
Gangsta rodents saying, "Screw this, let's go get a beer!"
The Narbonic cast ... has appeared at last!
He was RT-5478,
Now he's standing tall and looking great!
All the readers ship
Him and Tip,
What a trip!
Artie N.!

Wayne (wayne) says:

Wasn't it just last week I was talking about synchronicity between Skin Horse and Narbonic?  And now Helen is talking about clone sibs?

I think it's a carefully planned conspiracy between Shaenon & Jeff.

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

The real question now is: does Tip's mojo work on gay sometimes-gerbils?

Matthew Mather (madtinkerer) says:

You guys do realize this might not be a crossover with Narbonic at all. It could be a Lil Mell crossover.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

If you're going to squee, please do so offline. I don't want to see this forum break the internet wall.

Steve J (stevej) says:

OK, for those of us who never read Narbonics, what is the story with Artie?

Kether Malkuth (kether) says:

Thinking that a main character could be too much, I only hoped for our favorite upifted gerbil journalist, Zeta Vincent.

 

However, seing Artie here is an absolutely awesome surprise ^^.

That also makes him the only character who has appeared in all three stories of the narboniverse... That the only other character with potential to do so, Mell, could appear here simply terrifies me. I'm not as positive as Owl to think that only a new moon would be needed :P

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

I am positively capering about my apartment with joy. Capering!

@stevej: The short answer is, read Narbonic. You will thank yourself (and you will also thank Shaenon). The longer-but-still-way-too-short-to-do-it-justice answer is that Artie, one of the main characters in Narbonic, is a genetically engineered superintelligent gerbil, whose DNA was eventually messed with to the point where he can now, more or less at will, turn into the guy in the black t-shirt in this strip. He also shows up in Li'l Mell, which you should also read after you finish reading Narbonic.

Jen M (jadesymb) says:

SQUEE!!!!! <3

Chris Reed (animeraider) says:

Shaenon, you and my daughter have the same birthday. This past year she started reading through my Narbonic books so I informed her of this fact. This morning, she woke me up saying "you have to read today's Skin Horse! You have to read today's Skin Horse! It's a birthday present!"

I'm sure my own "squeee" was louder and higher-pitched than hers. Yay, hooray and huzzah! The 12 year-old fangirl in us all just had an emotional moment.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

When we last met, you were the master and I was but a gerbil...

Rachel S. (masamage) says:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! <3

James Totts (neodaedalus) says:

Artie! :D

This actually made my day a lot better.

Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says:

*cue Fangirlish squee* ARTIE!!! I'm so happy.

Hey! This means this IS the same world as Narbonic! *cue more fangirlish squee*

Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says:

Hey, He's using Helen's name now. That is SO cute

Liz Butler (hypothetical_woman) says:

ARTIIIIIIIIEEEEE! SQUEEEEEE!!! OK, I have nothing actually useful to say except that.

Brian Fallstrom (alfador) says:

YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: "arthur," huh?
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Oh, and is there anything worse than two squirrels drinking a beer?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Andrew:  two squirrel drinking tequila.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Remember the "where are they now?" cast photos at the end of Narbonic? Artie was using the Narbon name there too.
This guy I know (thisguy) says:

I just got home after a long grueling performance, waiting for the bus in the rain, and was ready to call the day a loss and go to bed. Then I read the comic--shouted "YES!!!" aloud and I think I'm good for a few more hours now. :)

@elaine: Well, we know it works on gay Genetically-Engineered Super Battle Dogs...

Beach Fox (beachfox) says:

It's Artie!!!!!!

 

I had to sign up just to say that!

 

Now, the question is: Does Tips superpower work on gay gerbles, and does Artie's rocking pecs work on straight guys?

 

shipshipshipshipshipshipshipshipship

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

*head explodes*

Martin Back (mort) says:

There is a Gawd....

John Burke (johnnyb) says:

Artie! Small world, indeed.

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