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120 comments:
Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

Squirrels!?   What can I say?

Still, can you see Tip falling for a gerbil?

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Oh, so we're going for the Even the Guys Want Him effect.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

That cow's tasted human blood!  She's a man-eater!

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

And he's a big one, too.  Um, not being a Narbonic reader, I had to go look at it to find out about Artie.  He's a GERBIL?!? Damn but he's hot.

(BTW, I am now a Narbonic reader, dammitalltohell. All of it.  AAAAAALLLLL OF IT, FROM THE BEGINNING, STARTING TONIGHT. YESSSSS. I embrace my doom.)

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Anything you can do (I can do better), Irving Berlin (Annie Get Your Gun, 1946)

I am good-looking, but you're even better
You seem to be better-looking than me
Yes I am
What a man
Yes I am
I'm a fan
Yes I am
Yes, you am
Oh, hot damn!

Any bird I could pull, you could pull faster,
You could pull faster than masterful me
Yes I could
That's no good
Yes I could
Understood
Yes I could
I'm still good, knock on wood!

Every female hottie
Wants to jump my body
Those who see me thus'll
Crave my dreads and muscle
Sex appeal's my special power
You should see me
Fresh from the shower!

I'm pretty tall but you're quite a bit taller
I kinda like being smaller than you
I'm not tall
You're a tree!
That's not all
I can be
You may be
Better-looking, and yet . . . Glad we met!

Brian McPherson (brian-m) says:

@ Ysabet

Theroretically he's human at the moment, because the transformation ray Helen used on him alters the DNA as well. (More than it was already altered to make him hyperintelligent in the first place.)

But he does change back into a gerbil from time to time, particularly when asleep. Which could make the
morning-after a bit awkward.

Rob (rrreed) says: Hmmm…
  1. Tip has previously been exposed to Captain Bram's lycanthropy virus.
  2. Antigens derived from Unity's classified non-blood substitute (SPAM! ::THWAP::) were used to treat those already afflicted with Bram's Lycanthropy, including Tip.
  3. Tissue imbued with the complete version of said classified non-blood substitute—not just antigens—has exhibited abilities outside the norm, e.g.:
      • Action independent of a central nervous system
      • Access to the cognitive abilities of ingested brains
      • Behavior inherited from the blood donor
    Passive, Unity's "blood" ain't.
  4. Viruses are wont to mutate.
  5. Artie has an an unstable genetic structure, thanks to the machinations of one Helen "Beta" Narbon…
Hmmm…
Eddddd theawsome (eddddd) says:

*head explodes*

i have no words

im still trying to get over the idea

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Pretty Woman", Roy Orbison)

Pretty Artie!  Came to rescue Tip!
Pretty Artie!  This is such a trip!
Pretty Artie ...
I can't believe it, it just can't be!
A guy who's prettier than me!
(yowza ...)

Pretty Artie!  He is quite concerned!
Pretty Artie!  Painful lessons learned!
Pretty Artie ...
He came to rescue!  He's such a stud!
He says those squirrels were out for blood!
(yikes ...)

Pretty Artie, he's so cool!
Pretty Artie says, "You fool!
They resent that humans rule, you see?"
Pretty Artie, standing there!
Pretty Artie, it's not fair!
He's a guy with better hair ... than me!

You've got those dreadlocks,
And muscles too ...
You're so much taller ...
I envy you-ou-ou!

Pretty Artie!  Getting in my face!
Pretty Artie!  Puts me in my place!
Pretty Artie ...
Don't yell at me, please ...
I freeze ...
"Cause something's giving my gut a squeeze!
As it so happens, I'm a shrink,
And as a doctor, now, I think
I need a drink!
Artie, sir, what do you think?
Would ... you join me for a drink?
O-o-oh, pretty Artie!


vicka corey (drbrain) says:

tip does have a lot of physical self-confidence, but he has been able to back it up with surprising amounts of ass-kickery when needed.

i can see where artie's beauty would boggle his mind, though :)

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: I like how Artie barely even cares. "Yes, yes, I have been genetically programmed to be hot, now what were we talking about?"
Zorah Oliver (danadavo) says:

Re the comments about Bimbos of the Death Sun from Sunday ...  Once upon a time I had an illustrated copy of Bimbos, with the drawings (I am almost positive) by Phil Foglio, or certainly in his style.  Does anyone know it it was his artistry, and where I can get another copy?  (Rat fink of a brother "borrowed" it - and LOST IT!!!!  There is no torture cruel enough ... )

Andrew Barton (andrewandkatebarton) says:

Yes, the illos were indeed by Phil Foglio.  An ex of mine bought it for this reason alone.

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

So yeah. Sweetheart's gone squishy over a cat, and Tip's being chewed out by a gerbil.

 

....Meanwhile, there's about a 30% chance that New Orleans is already burning, and about a 5% chance that everyone's been "Unified" ala Paradise, Alaska.

Rob (rrreed) says: ...and "Tonight's forecast: Dark. Continued dark throughout most of the evening, with some widely scattered light towards morning."
Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

Carl said Sunday:  "You've got to hit the "cast" tab on the comic's main page."  How do you get to the comic's main page?  This with the discussion at the bottom is all I ever see... 

Amy Fiori (amy82986) says:

@Norman:  Try www.skin-horse.com.  I believe that's the main page.

Philip Cohen (treesong2) says:

@kaygilbert: This may be your best filk yet. I love 'You could pull faster than masterful me' even though I've never encountered that use of 'pull' before.

Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

Now now, Tip....

You are a big old speciesist.

Brian McPherson (brian-m) says:

Maybe he just doesn't like being the odd one out? Quick, call in Helen. She'll solve that problem for him. (And create a few new ones in the process.)

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

What do you mean, a "few"?

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

Thanks, Amy!

That really is a much better cast page ^_^.

Apparently Tip cannot recognize a gerbil when one walks up to him in human guise and makes a pass...

Chris (khade) says:

Why do people keep saying things about the cast page? as far as I can tell, it hasn't been changed in a long time.

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

With all the sentients out there, and sentience being universal to many forms, most of them have had only friction for Tip. How nice to find another sentient who wants to give not disapproval, but acceptance... and *blush* maybe even pleasure? Not a bad find in an often harsh universe.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Something stupid," C. Carson Parks (Frank & Nancy Sinatra, The World We Knew, 1967)

I know I've never met another man quite like you yet. I'm putty in your hand
And though it took a squirrel posse for you to look at me, I know that fate had it planned
I'm flustered and aflame because I heard you say your name and now I want you, man
And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid, like "You're human"

No, it doesn't sound authentic when I call my friends transgenic, yet it really is true
But zombies, talking dogs and sentient bees did not prepare me for the likes of you!

I came to this convention and had only one intention: to get out of this town
But Cleveland looks like paradise when I look up into your eyes, so don't let me down
Believe me, I'm not speciesist. Just ask the dogs and wolves I've kissed! It's true, man
Please say I didn't spoil it all by saying something stupid, like "You're human"

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I'd say Tip's a femaleist.
Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

@Khade - http://www.skin-horse.com/cast.html

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Kay: Outstanding!  *golf clap*

(TUNE: "I'll Be Seeing You", Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal)

I'm a speciesist ...
It seems I'm human-centric ...
I feel ashamed and then sick ...
I must desist!

Yes, despite your shape,
You're not some brainy ape!
It's true, you're rodent-based ...
I feel debased, I'm crimson-faced!

I'm a speciesist ...
Though tolerant I try to be,
My conscience cannot lie to me!
(This guy is quite a sight to see!)

You're telling me that you don't care,
But still some doubts persist ...
I may think I'm being fair,
But I'm a speciesist!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

...yeah.  not that tip is necessarily 100% teh human himself at this point either.  but i do think his relief comes from the fact that somebody rescued him, not their actual species.  (he did twig to artie's status pretty quick :)

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

I wonder if Artie's being nonhuman compensates for him being better-looking, or just makes it worse?

Tip, just invite him out for a few rounds of alfalfa, and let Nature take its course.

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

@normanrt & khade: We have a cast page?

M M (mm73) says:

Look on the bright side, Tip: this could have been a whole story arc's worth of misunderstanding.  You figured it out in one strip!

Also, Artie has an excellent poker face.  Would it be speciest of me to speculate on whether that's a side effect of his heritage?

Wayne (wayne) says:

@Ed: #9 in my iTunes Top 25 played, along with Let's Get Away From It All from a 40's collection that I love.

Randy Peters (randyfrompittsburgh) says:

I am TOTALLY psyched that there is cross-over from the wonderful world of Narbonics to this strip. Welcome Artie!

And somehow, I just KNOW that Mel is involved at the highest levels of Black Ops somewhere. I'm just guessing, but...

 

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Maybe Tip just has a deeply-hidden and heretofore-unknown thing for rodents.  Hell, if one walked up to me looking like THAT, I'd develop one myself.

Hmmm... what happens in Cleveland, stays in Cleveland?

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

There are hints in the filename story that Unity's brain was cloned from Mell's DNA.

fluffy <3 (fluffy) says:

Not to mention the recent entries in Nick's LJ, which has recently been taken over by Unity, who is having some frightening moments of clarity.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

@Randy: No, Mell is the vice-presidential candidate on one of the major presidential platforms.  DUN DUN DUNNN!!

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The problem is that the new cast page isn't linked to the webcomicsnation version of the site, so if you come here to make comments, you get the old cast page.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Jeff, go update the WCN cast page. I decree that it must be so.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Yeah, I'm on it.  It would have already been done if the rassafrassin' thing would let me upload.  WCN is not talking to the computer I'm using for unknown froo froo technical reasons.  Will try a different computer tonight.  Sorry, folks.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

@channing, we just figured you were messing with us in a black-ops sort of way.  i kind of suggest you presume that the black ops have infiltrated wcn :)

the more i think about it, the more i think that artie may be arguably more human than tip from some biological (if not historical) perspectives during this strip.  not that identity politics would take account....!

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

What happens in Cleveland, washes into Lake Erie.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Ysabet: Naw, but Artie's human form was specifically created to be sexy, as part of one of Helen's gambits.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Tip, if you meet a really attractive male, will your inner blonde ditz come out? Yeah, I guess she will. :)

This scene is so from a romantic comedy movie. :)

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

As opposed to his outer blond ditz?
Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

His teeth look pretty good as well.

 

What happened to the spider-goats anyway?

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

AW, come on. I'm sure any representative of the government representatives can make it look way worse than just "specieist"

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

"Hi!  We're from the government and here to act like idiots...."

 

What a completely redundant statement.

 

Rob (rrreed) says: Between the exchange between Tip and Artie in panel two of this strip and Artie's description on the cast page, a fair bit of time has elapsed between the end of Narbonic and this point in Skin Horse. I wonder if Dave has worked the kinks out of the time travel energy source problem yet?
Rob (rrreed) says: And speaking of Artie's cast bio, we have another clue to Goldbug's identity: "…Artie passes as human, teaching elementary school and apparently sleeping with a lot of men, which is not something elementary school teachers did in my day. Even the women (emphasis mine)." Now I know this was true around seventy years ago when my grandmother started teaching elementary school (as a married woman, no less—shocking!), and a quick Internet search indicates that this probably began to change around the end of the World War II like so many other aspects of the workforce.

It's a bit of a stretch, I'll admit, but it sounds like Goldbug has been around for a while. If (s)he's human, (s)he's getting up there in age, but all bets on relative age are off where mad science (group minds, hive organisms, vita-rays, immortality elixers, genetic re-sequencing, etc.) is concerned.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

"Spider-Goat, Spider-Goat --"

"Shut up! Bloody Viking goats. I'll give you your Tooth-Grinder and Tooth-Gnasher!"

This has been a glimpse into an alternate universe where unwanted, repetitive email is known as Spider-Goat and was invented by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Monty Python.

Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

In the Wild Mass Guessing page for Doctor Who on the tvtropes wiki, I suggested that Dave had been the big bad of last year's story arc - he'd been trying to use the Doctor's universe as fuel for his time machine

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Argh, indeed.
Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

I think a meeting of Unity and Mel might well shatter time and space, although I suspect there'd be more screaming.

Name not found (codebracker) says:

I think that if Unity and Mell met, Mell would try to kill Unity, than put her back together again, and then they would become bff and raid a military warhouse.

No pun intended

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Bad Day", Daniel Powter)

Not like my usual day with the girls ...
I got dissed by a bird and then pummeled by squirrels!
Rescued by that guy standing there,
Such a great smile and such great hair!
And now my mouth keep ramblin' on!

I'm acting so stupid, it must be fatigue!
Insulted the head of the Transgenic League!
One of the founding members, too!
Putting my new designer shoe
Into my mouth, I'm ramblin' on!

Well, this isn't my day!  I'm acting the fool!
Behaving this way, absolutely uncool!
He knows who I am!  It's really a crime!
He shouldn't get slammed on the government's dime!
With patience and tact, he's doing good work,
So why must I act like a speciesist jerk?
Whatever I say ... this isn't my day!

Jay Thomason (wilder125) says:

Artie. Never able to hold a grudge for very long

 

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

looks like artie may be enjoying this!

Glenn Gorsuch (glenn) says:

Huh.  Tip's super-power seems to have some interesting quirks.  His cool deserts him just when it would be the most useful and needed...first with Tigerlily, now with Artie  Just in the spirit of scientific inquest, I'd love to see if his power reasserts itself should Artie revert to his gerbilish self (I.E. would he stop babbling and his hair fall magically into place in that case?) 

Oh, and Mark?  It's not -completely- redundant.  Sometimes we're on a break and we're not required to act like anything at all. 

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Gods, I love this comic. **glee**

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Unity and Mel meeting?

Is anyone certain that Mel (or... bits of her, anyway) isn't Unity?  We don't really know who the brain donor Anasigma used was, that I recall... and there are certain shared tendencies. ;P

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

@Rachel: Helen's comments in Narbonic plus the filename story for Skin Horse tell us that Helen sold Mell's DNA to Anasigma, who then cloned her brain to create Unity.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

i kind of thought tigerlily was tip-resistant because she's a dyke.  and i'd have expected tip to be artie-resistant because he is straight.  although i don't know tip well enough to be certain of that.  otoh, artie did *not* appear with tigerlily's funky, funky bass line...

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Tip is going to turn into a full fledged girl, isn't she? With all the hijinks that mad science/cursed springs can conjure up.

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

There he goes again, knowing what people are going to say a week in advance...

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

aww, and here i was hoping tip was going to ask if artie had plans for dinner :)

Amy Fiori (amy82986) says:

I love the description of Helen as "a mad scientist hopped up on pink wine and Pixy Stix".

Greg Mosher (noc) says:

"Saves time a these big events."

 

...not if people keep reading them aloud, it doesn't.  I think a special someone has failed their will save vs. opportunities to act smug.  (Again.)  

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

The filename for this thumbnail is artieshowingofflikeabastard.jpg.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: But what keys is he worried about losing? I can't see him daring to own a car, what with the women he associates with.
Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Getting to know you," Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II (The King and I, 1951)

Already know you!
Already know what you're thinking
Already like you
Speciesist though you may be

Already know you
My enhanced brain's a quick one
Although a sick one
Invented me

Already know you
Though babbling like a maniac
You're quite the looker
Pretty in drag and great hair

Hadn't you noticed
I'm a transgenic brainiac
So I already know just what you think
Sure, I'd love to have a drink
Let's start there

Louis Richards (lummer5000) says:

Where on the card does it answer the question,

"Briefs or Boxers?"

I don't want to know the answer, just where the answer is.

Rob (rrreed) says: It's not a mindreading trick when everyone keeps asking the same question. Now, Dave's little stunt of calculating where Artie…

::THWAPP::
::BLAM::
::SLAPPITY-SLAPPITY-SLAPPITY::
***KABOOM***


i ThiiNk I""lL gO siiitT Doownnn nOw…
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE:  "Already Gone", The Eagles)

Well, I knew what you would ask me, when we met today,
So I wrote it out on both sides of this card ...
'Cause the humans always say,
"Let me ask you, if I may ..."
And predicting when it's coming isn't hard!

CHORUS:
    'Cause I already knew ...
    What you'd say, and do ...
    I'll predict tomorrow, too ...
    High I.Q. ... woohoo ... high I.Q.!

I was recently created by a blond mad sci-en-tist,
Who was all hopped up on wine and Pixy Stix!
When I asked her to desist,
Got her knickers in a twist!
Helen, ethanol and sucrose just don't mix!
    (repeat CHORUS)

Now there's one thing left unanswered ... I won't keep you in suspense,
Curiosity is reigning in your brains!
Well, there's no need for pretense,
It's just plain ol' common sense ...
And the answer's simply, "Boxer briefs by Hanes"!
    (repeat CHORUS, fade out)

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

I suspect the answer to "boxers or briefs?" is "mu".

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Louis Richards: Oh, you know where the answer is. But are you man enough to find out? (I'm betting Tip is! :-) )
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Question 3: Does Artie have a bio-ethically enchanced post-human intellect girlfriend? And she's a brunette, right? 

Name not found (codebracker) says:

HELEN! Artie is being super-inteligent and won't stop!

Wayne (wayne) says:

To know whether it is boxers or briefs is to deny ones' own Fruit of the Loom nature.

Marni Rachmiel (marniferous) says:

Pink wine! Maybe the spam is giving me crazy marketing ideas, but i think there should be Evil Wine (TM). Only pink, only in a box, with a label like the Evil Tee shirt - all white with "evil" and the heart on the "i". Evil coffee would be too nasty to actually drink, but Evil Wine would be redeemed by its pinkness.

Marni Rachmiel (marniferous) says:

I'm loving the parallel 'odd couple/surprising attraction' theme developing between Sweetheart and a cat, and Tip and Artie...

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Oo, not just transhuman, but posthuman. Someone's getting a little full of himself just because he sometimes has thumbs.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

I have to say, reading this while I'm also going through Narbonic for the first time is an ALMIGHTY FREAKING BLAST. Dear gods, I want an 'evil' shirt. MUST BUY.

Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: :D Hasn't changed that much, has he?
This guy I know (thisguy) says:

There was a time in my life I seriously considered making up some of those cards. (For different reasons than Artie, obviously.) Getting all smug is a great (if slightly immature) way to deal with the petty annoyance of answering the same question every damn time.

There's an excellent bit of conversation about the "everyone asks the same question" thing in Douglas Adams' The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. I'd quote it, but I can't find my copy. Very funny book that I imagine most Skin Horse readers would enjoy.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

If they made a discount boxed wine based on my comics, I would finally have fulfilled all my mother's dreams for me.
vicka corey (drbrain) says:

@shaenon next con, we'll be sure to put together a box of EVIL PINK WINE :)

Cesario VIola (cesarioviola) says:

I love Artie looking away in the third panel.  Not sure why.

Eric Burns (ericburns) says:

@dvandom: But what keys is he worried about losing? I can't see him daring to own a car, what with the women he associates with.

Dude. He still has an apartment. And an office. And you need a lockable desk if you're going to teach kindergarten. And there's that safety deposit box where he keeps the antidote and the remote detonator he has to enter a new code into every thirty-five days or else various explosives go off and various nasty secrets about various evil scientists get e-mailed to the papers and authorities. How else does he keep them off his back, after all?

Amy Fiori (amy82986) says:

@ thisguy:  I know the conversation you mean.  When two of the characters meet for the first time:

Dirk:  I'm a private detective.

Kate: ...

Dirk:  Does that bother you?

Kate:  I was just trying to work out if there's something everybody says to a private detective so that I could avoid saying it.

Dirk:  No, what happens is that everybody looks very shifty for a moment, and you got that very well.

And you're right, it's a GREAT book.  I love Douglas Adams.

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Heh. Imprinting is truly hilarious sometimes.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I guess the central theme of this storyline is that birds are freaking insane.
woozy (woozy) says:

Or humanity is a state of mind.

 

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

I've met birds that thought they were human. They did NOT however attempt to chat me up. Much.

Ben N (mittfh) says:

Or, given many transgenic animals were created by mad scientists, perhaps the bird was originally human but his current form results from mad science...

Meanwhile, yet another example of Tip's sex appeal transcending both gender and species. It's just as well that both Helen and Mell are (a) not present and (b) spoken for...

(I've spent the past week reading Narbonic from start to end)

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

I choose to believe it's a human consciousness transferred into an avian body.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Has he tried a mirror?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Word", The Beatles)

As we're wal-king down the street,
There's a bird, who comes to greet!
And his thin-king seems to be
He's a hu-man just like me!
Amusing, confusing,
An absurd ... bird!

   I don't know what he thinks he's seeing,
   But he says he's a human being!

Here's a bird, who's making friends
With some ho-mo sapiens!
And he's get-ting quite annoyed
When they treat him like a boid!
He's gentle, but mental!
An absurd ... bird!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Do not let this bird get a twitter account.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

@Ben; I'm not sure how much it would matter that Helen and Mell are already "spoken for."  Tip is obviously not (personally) interested in monogamy, nor do I recall him ever showing any particular respect to it. 

On the other hand, I doubt that his power would work on Mell.  That's part of Mell's thing; nothing works on her!

(confusador) says:

@Carl: Burning Hellfire works on Mel.  You're right, I don't think Tip has it in him, more's the pity.

Kirt Dankmyer (xiombarg) says:

I really want to know Phil's story, now.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Confusador: Actually, it didn't. I guess the bird's there to make Tip look good....
Rob (rrreed) says:

Customer Phil: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.
(The owner Tip does not respond.)
Customer Phil: 'Ello, Miss?
Owner Tip: What do you mean "miss"?
Customer Phil: I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

@Carl I dont think I've seen him ever not respecting monogamy either. In fact, he got out of the way when Marcie and Chris were gonna get together.

Brian McPherson (brian-m) says:

As Tip is an experimental psychologist who works with animals (or used to before joining the army, and eventually Skin Horse), I'd sure hope he'd be familiar with the phenonemon.

But how would Artie know about his professional qualifications?

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

As the card said, Artie has a biochemically enhanced post-human intellect.   And he's probably been talking to Leo.  Or perhaps some other clients of Tip's.

Shane Wegner (shanewegner) says:

To say nothing about the damage he suffered using his body to destroy the wood block fortifications of the Pigs, with whom he is very Angry?

Carl M (the-bumper-car) says:

Maybe Artie means he knows Tip is personally familiar with the phenomenon? Do we know anybody Tip has imprinted on, or been imprinted on Tip?

...

Wait, technicaly Tip is a werewolf right? Or used to be one? And Twilight werewolves take imprinting to a whole new level of wrongness, so... *shudder*

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

What about Niue?

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says: I think Artie just thinks Tip is a transhuman who doesn't realize he(Tip) isn't human. After all, a human male would know not to wear a skirt.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Women imprint easily on Tip. All over Tip.
Name not found (codebracker) says: He must have predicted that Tip knows about it and got it wrong? Maybe Tip has a same effect on RT as Tigerlily has on tip?
Name not found (codebracker) says: Oh and BTW Artie is gay.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh dear?
Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Also, "Phenomenon" is spelled wrong in panel 2.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Shane: I see what you did there.

Just because you're aware doesn't mean you're self-aware.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Sorry to post so late in the day ... blame a combination of good weather and my wife's backyard projects.

(TUNE: "Carolina In The Morning", Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn)

Phil is just a mynah,
Though I'm hating to malign a
Fellow beast-man!
Really thinks he's hu-
Man, he's assumin' that it's true
To say the least, man!

Suffers from concussion,
Mixing up his brains,
'Cause he keeps on rushin'
At reflecting panes!

Artie now is hinting
That his friend could be imprinting
On a hu-man ...
Suffers from a lack of wit,
So look out, Tip, he's gonna hit
On you, man!

If he asks you nicely, will you go on a date?
He can pick you up tonight, be ready at eight!
Phil is just a mynah,
But he wants to wine and dine a
Fellow hu-man!

Matthew Mather (madtinkerer) says:

Guys, Artie is referring to Sweetheart. Sweetheart knows intellectually that she is a dog, but is still frustrated by Tip not considering her a real woman.

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