A stable gender-swap formula? Man, is that guy behind the times.
Maybe Helen’s wasn’t stable?
From what I remember, it took a single kiss to canccel the effects…
It’s possible that one of the differences between Mads and sane scientists is that the Mads aren’t as likely to share their results even when the fools are smart enough not to laugh. Perhaps *especially* when the fools are smart enough not to laugh since that clearly means they’re trying to trick you into Divulging Your Secrets! Put it this way, if you were a Spark how many of your better inventions would *you* be inclined to share? o_O
All of them.
Assuming by “share” you mean “unleash them on an unwitting public.”
“Question redacted.” seems more appropriate for this strip.
I’m suddenly reminded of Dave in “Narbonic” despondent because a falling out with Helen might mean he’d never have lesbian sex again. Umm, yeah.
These folk seem like nice enough sorts for mads.
It only just occured to me to wonder how Dave and Helen were able to have lesbian sex, if swapping bodily fluids changed the gender back.
Well, lesbians have safe sex too, you know. Dental dams, finger cots . . .
Only Dave needs to be swapped, which limits the possibilities, but doesn’t rule it out entirely.
Also, the simple gender-swap formula wasn’t their only option. They also had access to the transmogrification ray.
Also also, the gender-swap formula wasn’t Helen’s doing. It was Artie’s.
Chances are they used the ray- remember this?
“That guy” reminds me of “This guy”…
And Tip now has a new goal.
Tip’s got a lot of work ahead of him.
Chances are, Tip, like most of us transvestites, is perfectly satisfied with his gender and has few dysmorphic goals. That being said, if given the opportunity to TEMPORARILY swap genders binarily, I’d totally snatch it up (pun intended).
Allow me to direct you to the compiled filename story paragraphs 10-11 located here: http://www.ci-n.com/~jcampbel/skinhorse.txt
“Actually, you can call me –” Tip shut up. He’d only started being Tippi recently, and mostly in his head, and it occurred to him that this might not be the best opportunity to break out the new name. It’d be a heck of a thing to get kicked out for saying the wrong thing just before the final test.
Besides, he wasn’t sure about the name. He wasn’t sure about being a woman. He wasn’t sure about being a man, either, which was the whole problem. There was only one thing he could be sure about, which was that he looked fantastic. He clung to that sole certainty like a man, or possibly a woman, clutching a rock in a storm.
So would I!
I might just be a fashion star
All dressed in frilly rags
Or perhaps I’ll cross the other side
And walk around in
–Oingo Boingo, “Who Do You Want To Be Today”
Want a mint?
(TUNE: “Maria” from The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein)
How do I solve a problem like gay marriage?
How do a pair of men or women wed?
We are the ones Republicans disparage!
They’re trying to say
With whom we can play
Now that I’ve made a formula that’s stable,
We can make all the fundies flip their lids!
With people of either sex
Combining in ways complex,
Doing the stuff the G.O.P. forbids!
Oh, now that I’ve solved the problem of gay marriage,
I and my wife at last can have some kids!
Sooo, if it’s his WIFE wouldn’t he have to divorce her prior to gay-marrying her? I wouldn’t guess Massachusetts law would auto-annul a marriage in the event of a sex change.
No no no. He’s married to her, now he wants to gay marry her. They’re experimenting with bisexual monogamous bigamy.
What, you don’t think they have mad social scientists in Saint Charlie?
Oh dear God. You’re right. What had Mell wrought?
It would seem the dude is channeling Dr. Mittelmind.
But why would they only be able to have children once he had the gender swap formula? The only thing I can think of is that his wife is barren, so after getting gay married he’ll turn her into a man and then he’ll bear the children. Either that, or they just agreed to focus on work early on, and would only worry about starting a family once one of them had made a breakthrough big enough to guarantee Mad Tenure.
Stop making sense! Logic is anathema to Mad Science.
[tune: LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS]
Pic-ture your-self on a train be-neath Bos-ton
Whose guts won’t all fit in its ex-ter-nal shell
En-ter: Your ri-vals. You all have been booked
(On a) Hand-bas-ket head-ing to Hell…
Who gets the cred-it for 5-sid-ed squares
Ti-ling (the) imma-cu-late floor?
Ar-chi-tects Saar-inen, Esch-er, and Pei
In one skull.
Non-Eu-cli-di-an… St. Char-lie!
Non-Eu-cli-di-an… St. Char-lie!
Non-Eu-cli-di-an… St. Char-lie!
Love it, Cubist, but shouldn’t this be illustrated by “Nude Descending An Escalator”?
“Skin Horse on the train … with Ruby”?
Of the gazillion things to like about today’s strip, that’s my favorite.
Man, Sergio is way behind the curb. I guess he really has been responsibly hiding his genius in a bunker since elementary school.
Well, that, or he’s one of those people who can’t see past the trench coat to the sentient panda within.
From what I can see, no, actually, she DIDN’T say ‘human and otherwise,’ at any point which makes me wonder if we missed a strip in here somewhere.
Oh, wait, she did, it was just several strips back, but she also already mentioned it was an interspecies community.. I guess Sergio’s just so gobsmacked at their White Castle he didn’t mention it til now.
I home that is actually a sex-swap formula, otherwise, it’s not going to make much of a difference to the US gov.
“gay-marry” is my new favorite verb. ^^
Psst! Tip! Think you can get me a dose of that formula? I’ll make it worth your while.
If Madness is their baseline, what the heck counts as completely off the rails? (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.)
It’s a gender swap formula, not a gender changing formula. So that means he can’t gay marry his wife because she would be male. Or would he find someone else to swap with? Would that be grounds for divorce? Who would get the before-mentioned children? Why am I in a legal battle over hypothetical, fictional scenarios in a web comic? Damn you Skin-Horse, I forgot what reality looked like. (Right now it looks a lot like hot-pockets)
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