Creator’s Lament
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  1. Majin-Wolf

    YeshThey are back!! :)

    • Frank

      I guess here’s where I run my algorithm from yesterday and say “Yay! Grape!”

      • Majin-Wolf

        How many strips/panels now has it been since we last seen these two together?

        • Frank

          Since November 25th. Scratch that, we didn’t actually “see” them; it’s too dark. November 23rd then. Not counting the New Years and Valentine’s day specials, we can find out by counting the number of weeks, times 3, plus 1 (November 23rd was a Monday)
          It’s been 12 weeks, so 37 strips.

          Wow! The last two arcs have been looong!

          But they were worth it.

          • Silver Dragon ordinence

            Wow! That’s to many for me. They should go on another crazy adventure with pie and other cool stuff. Totally awesome that their back though.

        • Frank

          My bad. It’s actually been 10 weeks (remember the “Peanuuuuut!” strip on December 7th?) So 31 strips. Hey, that doesn’t seem so long! It must be only a month in comic time.

          • FuRrY321

            Eh, what’re you talking about? We saw “Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich” but a few strips ago! :D

          • Silver Dragon ordinence

            NICE : D !

  2. Dissension

    This is, as I understand it, how most authors feel.

  3. Frank

    This sounds awfully familiar. Jim Davis?

    • Kamron

      In his case, I’m not sure there’s much of an idea beforehand.

      • Chip Uni

        Hey… Jim Davis is a comic genius. Nobody realized it until http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

        • Sleet

          Jim Davis helped pioneer the snarky comic protagonist before most of us could read or were even alive. He may have since lost steam and started writing out-of-date and rehashed humor, but back in the day he was quite important to the medium.

          …So, are they eating cereal or dry pet food?

  4. Kamron

    I’m afraid that Peanut’s plan, although it sounds fantastic, would get old after a while.

    It would be fun for a while, though!

  5. AceyWinters

    I was once stuck in a rut like this..

  6. 2MK

    Hey! pets don’t use utensils!

    • Batman!

      Says who?

      • HonorèDerazey

        God, mother nature, Science, Charles Darwin…

        • Nohbody

          The same folks that said regular housepets shouldn’t regularly walk around on their hind legs, and be able to talk? And let’s not even get into the whole “opposable thumbs” thing… :P

          • ShadyKitsune

            Plus it looks like they’re eating ceral. xD
            I know it’s pet kibble, but the whole utensil thing makes it look like it.

        • Foxstar

          This is a comic.

        • Spirit Studios 2010

          monkeys.

        • Kakurady

          Science would like to disagree with you.

      • Frank

        Probably Pete (see December 9, 2009)

    • Poplick

      Huh. I just realized from your comment that they’re eating their pet food from bowls with a spoon.

  7. Cerberus

    Oh come on, Peanut. Only you can capture the brilliance of your own story. Pencil to paper isn’t suppose to include a middle man.

    • Frank

      Unless that middle-man is the pencil’s lead. You should always follow the lead’s lead.

  8. GameCobra

    Seems to me Peanut is still stuck wondering where the middle road is between feedback and developing. However, he seems to want to be credited during the development stage. Of course, i’m not buying it =3

    If i were to take a guess, i would say he’s actually looking for a special kind of reviewer or audience in his case to get feedback from.

    • NobodyYouKnow

      can you say, “possible opportunity for introduction of new character to act as peanut’s biggest fan/ editor, or for a current character to fill the roll”?

      if so, try “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious pterazoophobic noephiles”
      (my comment box is a sea of red squiggly lines)

      • Justice193

        congratulations, you have just typed something that appears in only one place in the entirety of the internet, I clap for you :D

        you know the only real viable way to do this is to develop a split personality for that specific reason, like I have :P

        lets not talk about it though, unless you rally, really want step into the insanity zone p;-).

        • NobodyYouKnow

          yes, let’s

  9. HonorèDerazey

    In the first panel misread Peanut’s comments for saying, “Okay so, who is writing these stories”. For a moment Rick I thought they were on to you! They must NEVER know…

    • HonorèDerazey

      Oops! I made a typo! I meant: “In the first panel I misread Peanut’s COMMENT”. I REALLY do hate typos…

    • Legendario 777

      Me too…

    • Frank

      How did you even get a post refering to pannel 1 by its ordinal number approved? I thought that word was forbidden!

      • FuRrY321

        *ack!* Typo!

        *Dies*

      • HonorèDerazey

        Well, when I posted those two comments it said, “User comment is awaiting moderation”. Apparently, Rick approved it, so I guess it isn’t banned.

  10. Icharus

    Chow time is always the best time to think about technicalities.
    No, really.
    Also, so civil with the silverware. Nice.

  11. root

    Yeah my most least favorite sentence is, “You know what you should draw?”

    And the one that comes right after that is also my most least favorite sentence.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      And what is that?

      • BlueAnubis

        Whatever they’re telling them to draw.

        • NobodyYouKnow

          duh!
          common sense fail

    • Justice193

      what you want to draw?… that one’s my least favorite, it doesn’t allow any scope creep :P … especially when you don’t know what you want to draw yet :P

      I like it when someone follows that question with a general idea, one that I can work off of and make my own :D

  12. Asteri

    Peanut, Grape… I missed you guys… *hug*

    • Frank

      “Gah! An invisible force from an alternate reality has got me! It’s… it’s… snuggly?!”

    • FuRrY321

      So, what is that? If comic characters doing impossible things is breaking the fourth wall, is that tearing it down? Or have we possibly found a new dimension – the fifth wall!?

      • Spirit Studios 2010

        sorry, this is just dimensional hopping. It’s no different than what Nightcrawler does.

    • Justice193

      you know that just for that I want to draw a comic that entails actions that readers comment, in exactly that way… of course, the usual taboo ground wold be taboo, but it would at the very least get the readers involved XD.

  13. Argent Stonecutter

    I’d suggest just writing reviews of your work, or introductions to it, but Stanislaw Lem already did those (A Perfect Vacuum and Imaginary Magnitude) and you don’t want to be derivative.

    I’m still boggling over the feud between Lem and Philip K. Dick. Boggle. Boggle boggle.

  14. James319

    I miss those guys T_T kinda makes me wonder how Fido and King are doing ._.

    “see i have this idea, but YOU do all the work, then we split the profits” LOL thats Genius XD

  15. ndigit

    I’ve always had these thoughts too actually

  16. Spirit Studios 2010

    Too bad this has already been done before, peanut.

    • NobodyYouKnow

      like the new avatar

      • Spirit Studios 2010

        *stares down* Skxawng. Rä’ä plltxe kawng fpi Uniltìrantokx!

        • Justice193

          evil Klingon… where is my career planning teacher when I need him? he understands this stuff…

      • Spirit Studios 2010

        Wait… you were talking about the movie (which I’ve seen three times already and want to see a fourth), right?

        • NobodyYouKnow

          no

          • Spirit Studios 2010

            oh… sry ’bout what I said then… and thanks. It was actually part of a meme someone did. I only wish I could draw that well.

          • NobodyYouKnow

            cool

  17. Max Wolfe

    How come it feels like they’ve grown an older look to theirselves?

    • Frank

      It tends to be inevitable when you’re drawing: changing the look over time. Look at the first Tom and Jerry cartoons, where Tom (Jasper) was a fuzzy kitten and Jerry (Jinx) was a wide-eyed extreemly cute little mouse. Over time, with the excuse of streamlining the animation, they started seeming older. Tom became taller and slimmer and Jerry, while remaining cute, became also capable of extreemely malicious expressions, once some eyelashes and such were dropped from the drawing.

      My first theory is that everything around you in the real world ages, so if you have something you took as reference, even subconsciously, once you look at it again, you unwittingly adapt your drawing.
      My second theory is basically how the greek letters evolved into the latin alphabet: when you do the same symbol over and over again and in a rush, you start shortening certain lines, rounding out others, and adding edges where there weren’t edges before, with the purpose of conveying the symbol understandably, and still end your rush.

      • Frank

        The following post has been awaiting moderation since February 17at 9 AM. The word which caused this has been replaced with “oneth”

        It tends to be inevitable when you’re drawing: changing the look over time. Look at the oneth Tom and Jerry cartoons, where Tom (Jasper) was a fuzzy kitten and Jerry (Jinx) was a wide-eyed extreemly cute little mouse. Over time, with the excuse of streamlining the animation, they started seeming older. Tom became taller and slimmer and Jerry, while remaining cute, became also capable of extreemely malicious expressions, once some eyelashes and such were dropped from the drawing.

        My oneth theory is that everything around you in the real world ages, so if you have something you took as reference, even subconsciously, once you look at it again, you unwittingly adapt your drawing.
        My second theory is basically how the greek letters evolved into the latin alphabet: when you do the same symbol over and over again and in a rush, you start shortening certain lines, rounding out others, and adding edges where there weren’t edges before, with the purpose of conveying the symbol understandably, and still end your rush.

        • Frank

          Okay, this is getting upsetting. This comment was supposed to be a reply to Max Wolfe’s comment on February 17, 2010 at 5:48 am

          • FuRrY321

            What the heck is “oneth”?!

          • Frank

            Fifth is the ordinal for “five”. Fourth is the ordinal for “four”. The correct ordinal for “one” is a forbidden word, so I’ve used “oneth” in its place

        • Spirit Studios 2010

          That word became forbidden because of stupid people who would jump in as soon as the comic updated and type “!”, didn’t it?

          • Spirit Studios 2010

            sry, that was supposed to be “forbidden word!” but the system thought of it as a command because I put ” around it.

    • NobodyYouKnow

      well, they kinda have. animals age quicker than humans (you know, seven dog years to one year), and we haven’t seen them in a while. or it could be that you just forgot what they look like, because i don’t see it

      • jack

        i dint see it either

  18. Legendario 777

    The wait is FINALLY OVAR !!!!
    Yay !!!

  19. Salenstormwing

    BRILLIANT! Why didn’t I think of that?

  20. Argent Stonecutter

    Needs more corgis.

    • TD

      Or a pug; I don’t think we’ve had one of those yet.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        I was thinking of one particular corgi. :3

        • Frank

          Ooooh, he would probably appreciate being allowed to use a utencil ;)

          • NobodyYouKnow

            ?

          • Frank

            King!, It’s King! King is a Corgi!

          • NobodyYouKnow

            oh

        • wingedwolfgirl

          I’m thinkin’
          that your thinkin’
          Peanut needs a mind reader.
          And I think I know who.

          • NobodyYouKnow

            somebody give a straight comment!

          • Frank

            Tarot! It’s Tarot! She’s a… okay, I’ll stop now

          • FuRrY321

            I’m thinking… your drinkin’… need to get out before you start swingin’…

            Uh… totally unrelated…

          • NobodyYouKnow

            i thought she was still talking about the corgi!

    • 2MK

      And it needs more chihuahuas to.

  21. 1PlayerD

    Yay for next part

  22. zane2099

    XD LOL I have been like that before

  23. Lenn

    Oh thank god. I missed these two.

  24. BlueAnubis

    this is kind of funny. half of the audience is cheering for the return of Peanut and Grape, and the other half is saying “we need more King/Fido and Spo/Wolves/Tarot/Slow-Motion Pillow Fights/etc…”

    … although it would be awesome to see everyone in the comic having a slow-motion pillow fight…

    Rick! I have an idea for your 300th strip!!

    • Frank

      Wait, what number are we on?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Slow motion pillow fights, or strip iterated prisoner’s dilemma?

  25. icarus

    hey, it’s the onlinecomics.net forums!
    “i have a great idea, looking for artist/writer!” = every other topic.

    • NobodyYouKnow

      you know, some one up there is using the name “icharus”, and your using “icarus”

      just wanted to make sure you knew

  26. NobodyYouKnow

    this is going to sound reallllllllly of topic, but if ada is reading this, reply, because i have to ask you a question

  27. Rennis Tora

    Because if she watched over his shoulder she’d see his mistakes and how many times he rites cat girlfriend and scribbles it out…

    • ShadyKitsune

      Remember Spot (Superdog)?
      “My girlfriend who despite all appearances is not a cat!”

  28. Valerio

    peanut in 4th panel = win

    • NobodyYouKnow

      didn’t you used to have an avatar?

      • Frank

        He probably changed his e-mail address

        • FuRrY321

          Well, I’m sure he does know that Gravatar lets you change your email address….

          Right? Right? Hope you’re not stealing someone else’s name!

  29. wingedwolfgirl

    Hate to join the crowd but… Yay! Peanut and Grape r back!
    ______________________________________________________

    SIGH.
    There are so many things that could be said about this,
    But I think it can be agreed that all writers wished there’re audience ALREADY KNEW what they were talking about AHEAD OF TIME…so that there would be no confusion when they explained it on paper (or screen?).
    Not sure how to say this, but the sentence itself is an example of that. -__-

  30. Lance

    “Ideally, I would be lauded as brilliant beforehand, then someone else writes down my ideas.”

    Hey, it works for Stephen King!

  31. dragonnutds

    strange, grape is eating faster than penut

  32. Frank

    Has the inside of Peanut’s ears always been white? (panels 1 and 2)

  33. The game

    They use spoons…to eat..out of…food bowls…?

    huh…

  34. gatherer818

    Hehe, it took me a minute to realize WHY Peanut doesn’t want Grape looking over his shoulder as he writes… http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/22/whoops-my-freudian-slipped/ much?

    • The game

      lol, tat’s probably why. I was thinking it was because he’ freeze up if she was that close to him XD

      • FuRrY321

        Would his secret be out before then, or would his face turning bright, bright red give away his secret?

  35. Rukral

    Yay! It’s good to see Peanut and Grape again!

  36. pkjo

    Yes, it is good to see them again!

  37. Kitten

    Waaaaay off topic, but adorable F’nar avatar!!!

    • NobodyYouKnow

      thank you

  38. The game

    Ah!!! I just read the title of this strip and ‘lament’ was one of the words for my UIL pretest!!! (i missed it :) )

  39. NobodyYouKnow

    ok. so, everyone is like “pets don’t use spoons”, and i knew i saw them eating with with their hand at least once. so i went from the very beging until i found it. low and behold:

    but then again, that’s King
    also on my search i found this (on accident):

    go there and on the last panel, cover up everything below peanut’s colar

  40. Valerio

    it disappears from time to time >:(

    • Manix

      Well maby penuts gf psy powers getting to him?

    • Frank

      Wait, what disappears?

      • FuRrY321

        comments…

        • Manix

          i replied to the wrong person my bad=p

          • Frank

            Ironically, it still made perfect sense

  41. Indagare

    I know Peanut, put your comic on the internet! Then you can get as much commentary as you could possibly want on it.

    Of course, if you put up panels involving more obscure characters you may get people grumbling about missing the ‘main’ characters and complaining about a dull plot line, and suggesting you get back to crazy hi-jinks involving Spot and his non-cat girlfriend or Spot’s corgi sidekick instead of developing other characters or trying different plots…

    This is in no way a meta text!

  42. Argent Stonecutter

    Peanut needs to get J… King’s input on his comic. :D

    • Frank

      I can see it now. “Pets performing crimes and other evil deeds? It’s just as I’ve been saying all along: deep down, you’re all nothing but animals… no offense”

  43. Kujiiro

    Huh. I just noticed that the Story Arc tags are in alphabetical order… Why not chronological?

    • Justice193

      maybe, when he’s finally done the comic, reading it in alphabetical order will tell another story?? or tell the real story? O.o

      please hold while I have a “THAT WOULD BE INSANE” moment.

      • Kujiiro

        Suddenly, Rick starts making Alternate Reality Games…

  44. Justice193

    you know, if someone knew what you were thinking before you did anything with it, they could steal it and call it their own, right?, and if everyone you wanted to present the idea to already knew what the idea was they’d be bored of it, because it’s too expected.

  45. Kujiiro

    And my post is in the middle… weird.

    • Frank

      In case any future readers are confused, my post from February 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm (duly titled “The following post has been awaiting moderation since February 17at 9 AM. The word which caused this has been replaced with ‘oneth’”) was here before. The following posts are all in response to it, or to its replies

  46. Argent Stonecutter

    pre-second
    post-zeroth
    opposite of last

  47. Spirit Studios 2010

    and it… imagine typing Shift+, and Shift=. with “forbidden word” between them.

  48. Kujiiro

    Now that’s what I call overprotection.