As some readers of Sally Forth may know, Ted Forth (he of many passions, almost none practical) has recently become fascinated with what can be best described as a new study in mammal mechanics...
Turns out many readers were keen on learning more about this fascinating school of misapplied technology, only to be dismayed by the lack of any true follow-up in the strip. Such was the view from the site Something Awful, from which member Alex Kingsbury thoughtfully forwarded me the following (and kindly flattering) information:
"You might be aware that there is a long running thread [in the Something Awful Forums] that's devoted to making fun of newspaper comics. Well, in that thread we consider Sally Forth to be one of the good ones and we are all amazed that you made Sally Forth something so amazing. However, recently we were disappointed when we were promised robot monkeys and did not receive them. So we fixed that. I hope you get as much amusement out of these as we did."
And fixed it they certainly did. The first revised strip is by Something Awful Forum member "Julet Esqu":
The second is by SAF member "ukulele bastard" (a pseudonym both hardcore yet adorable):
Naturally, both have done a far better job shining a light of simian cyborgs than I ever could have done. But have no fear! The great "Robot Monkey" debate is not over yet. For reasons that sounded quite logical and legitimate during a long period of febrile nightmares, I have decided to make Ted's obsession with primate droids a running story line throughout the year, no doubt further endearing the comic to its core demographic of soccer moms and retirees. So as always with things concerning Sally's hubby, I hope you enjoy--or at least endure--the continuing madness.
Thank you, Something Awful!