Not the worst excuse, either! *laughs*
Way to roll a 1 at noble carriage, champion!
“Your fanboyism is showing! It’s not in the script! No freestyling!” XD
By the way, I really hope Peanut is Saso.
Interesting. What would happen to Peanut in the “real” world if he were speared to death in the fantasy?
sir, such considerations are, at best. morbid
I was figuring he’d simply wake up and be able to see it all from the outside, or (like Grape) be assigned a new character
There’s no way I wouldn’t squee in their place
Lots of squuueeeeee! and group hug!
and Kwee too!!
On one hand, I liked Pridelands being a noodle series of sorts, but on the other hand, this arc looks like it has a lot of promise.
Oh, you mean something like this?
Well, I keep getting confused on whether it IS noodle or not.
Frank’s lack of a “oh, no, it’s totally based on this book” comment makes it more likely it is, but the fact that there IS a book series called “The Pridelands”, although with a plot that… Doesn’t exactly fit in here, makes it confusing…
this the first comic i read at midnight :p regarding the strip – no comment lol XD
I think Rick’s alt text gives my impressions of this strip well enough.
With Tarot, who needs paper bags, or a holo-deck?
But then how would the malevolent holo-deck villains take advantage of the faults in the system to periodically materialize in the real world and wreak havoc for a period of about 30 minutes to an hour before being forced back into the virtual world just in the nick of time?
Well, the spirits could decide they want a physical body, and make one of the creatures in this world stay “real” when the rest of the illusion ends.
I find it more likely that something goes wrong with the poorly tested (or even explained) powers of some dog when used for something they weren’t intended for, than some heavily used, fully-intended-for-this-use, not-exactly-experimental-anymore, proffesional holo deck.
odd how my above comment is awating moderation O.o
Yeah. Never ever refer to “1″ by its ordinal number. The server will think you’re jumping in to say “ZOMG! I HAS POSTET B4 ANYONE ELZE!”
oh wait it got approved xD
Oh god I lol’d XD
Nice gravvie! (LOL I love saying that!)
Something tells me this will not end well…
And by “wont end well” I mean that it wont end as nicely as the falling into lava thing. (-_-);
Bets on who will be crying? Place your bets!
Max because he is the Princess’ servant from the looks of it while Peanut is “Lord Parnok”.
They really seemed to be getting into their roles, so much so that I thought Tarot had really made them their characters, but then when “Lord Parnok” and “Princess Illyaya” squealed like mice (grape actually kinda does look like a mouse in Panel 4, doesn’t she?) I knew they were still just playing.
Actually, that’s Max as Parnok. Take a look at the tags.
Aw, darnit, beat by not-too-fine-print-that-nonetheless-I-can’t-see-until-someone-points-it-out-to-me yet again!
Tarot will be crying. “No! I can’t do this! I’m not strong enough to project 400 lions battling 500 hyenas!”
Oh my XD
Yay for Tarot and her awesome powers ^_^.
And then… All of pets (mostly cats) will come and join the show.
…and then it goes all Bradburian on ‘em.
Just sayin’. I’m getting worried that we might start to see things like this happen.
That is awesomesauce in the most awesome sense!! Also lions in tribal gear ftw!! <3
hey,hey,HEY! You’re being out of character, you two!
on a serious note: <3
There is NEVER a bad excuse to draw lions in tribal wear!
Haha, their dreams has finally came true. xD Aren’t we all glad Tarot appeared?
With all this reality-altering Tarot’s getting into, I wonder if Pete will take notice and decide to do something mischievous.
I have a feeling a Gryffon would look just a little out of place amid all the lions in tribal wear, don’t you think?
Tarot did not alter reality. She is projecting mental images so that single players are living the experience in ‘hyperreality surround’, but looking from outside you still would see our heroes acting and speaking in their own old furry selves
Augmented reality then?
Tarot: Oh, sorry. There’s a table there in reality. I forgot to represent it
*poing!* (five-foot rock appears out of nowhere)
“Oh, and don’t worry about the vase.”
Lol, it’s always fun to have lions drawn in tribal gear.
This just illustrates (pun intended) how we actually need a Pridelands book now…
What a brilliant excuse to draw tribal gear.
why use paper bags when we can just use mental projection :D:D:D
so… I’m guessing Peanut was the guard?
Actually, that’s just a nameless character. Peanut isn’t in this strip.
No actually, there is no “Nameless Guard” since who would act as him? Rather, Peanut is “Lord Parnok” and Max is the guard. I don’t seem to recall Max having a particularly long muzzle, do you?
Check the tags just below the strip. It says who plays who.
That’s it, in further Opera releases I’m requesting a feature that lets you highlight a specific area in specific URLs. That, or I need to put Post-it notes around my desk to remind me to read the tags before posting! Grr…
So then, could we consider Tarot to be the nameless guard? It’s her who’s doing the projection, so she probably has to control any Non-Player character.
….oooh, this doesn’t look good for the stampede scene
But you’d think that Tarot would cast herself as a girl. I mean, that’s not a huge thing to change from Peanut’s memory of the book.
Nope. My guess is Peanut will be playing a role of the Heyna.
this is just to hilarious that I’m mah,that I’m mah,That I’m A Firing Mah Lazors!!! KO MU NI TANG BANZ–BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
p.s. GOD Bless!!!
Don’t know why I did that.
Bless you too. :3
BUT I DIDN’T SNEEZE
Thanks anyway XD
Wait, what is the servile lion’s scabbard attached to? I wouldn’t think that loincloth offers enough structural support for that much weight…
Looks to me like he’s holding it with his left hand/paw (possibly through some handle/strap on the side). Why else would the fist be clenched like that?
Hey, guys, this is a mental projection. Therefore, nothing has to follow the rules of reality. For example, what about that 5-foot rock you mentioned earlier? In things like this rocks are never less than 3 feet, those are pebbles, and anything that is at least a foot taller than your main character is considered a cliff.
Oh, sorry. I meant five feet wide, not five feet tall. On the other hand, aren’t tables supposed to be taller than our main characters?
That depends. Is your name Alice and you’re looking for the white rabbit? He’s late, you know, and I wouldn’t keep the Red Queen waiting. I really wouldn’t.
I’m wondering now. Are there any hyenas in the Pridelands?
Of course there are. Spot (Superdog) saved one of the hyenas from the Pridelands at some point.
I approve of the awsomeness of this strip.
I understand why lions in tribal gear make a good argument
Lost so hard.
Just when I finished telling Rick he didn’t do enough shading!
He does shading when the lighting allows/forces him to. Remember “oops, I arced”? All those cool shadows with the flashlights/torches? (“Torch” in the british meaning of the word)
Yeah, but he doesn’t do shading in every comic. Which is fine, really, as it saves time when doing the comic, as well as providing a fresh art style as compared to comics where the shading looks like it was done in The GIMP (ie watercolours; I know because I have a drawing on DeviantART that was “shaded” in with GIMP’s pressure-sensitivity brush).
It just seems ironic, though, since I was just emailing him a few days ago complimenting him on that.
I presume Grape’s previous doubts about Tarot have all been conveniently forgotten at this point, huh?
Tarot just got a her new best friend
“got a her new best friend” is now in the Tarot/Grape reference book. You’ll have to specifically request for it to be in the Peanut/Grape and Max/Grape books, however.
Best comic ever. Tarrot also got a lot of new friends by this.
I wonder how Peanut is going to fit into all this. And I doubt he’ll appreciate the cats using Tarot for play so selfishly.
Remember, he likes Pridelands too. He had to agree to let Tarot use his memories to create this virtual reality, so I don’t think it’s entirely selfish. My only wonder is how Tarot feels about all this.
Tarot only wants to make sure that Peanut is okay with this, even if it meant (paradoxically) that Peanut will not be happy, since he wants Grape to be happy at the cost of breaking his own heart.
Yet, after all, he won’t be left out of the play since he likes PL too and will be given a role himself.
I think that a noble hyena will show up soon…
You know that’s a contradictory term, right? Hyenas are never noble. Not in Pridelands (Lion King), anyway.
No, there will be a hyena, but Peanut [Spot (Superdog)] will save the day!
awesome. roleplay is so fun.
My bets are on Peanut being Saso. XP
He’s probably now doing what grape was doing, and playing several characters at once. It’s not hard to imagine that he might somehow be controlling the guard there.
It’s probably safe to say that Peanut isn’t involved until we get “Peanut” and “Peanut as So-and-So” tags.
No, no, no! You misspelled it! It’s “Peanut as Saso“, not Peanut as So-and-so! (And So!)
last panel is priceless xD
If the pets normally don’t wear any clothes, then why do the lions? It just seems odd that the tribal animals are more modest (at least as far as clothing goes) than the pets in modern times, when most people (assuming the comic takes place in America) wouldn’t be caught dead wearing just a loincloth.
tribal gear = smexy
Even more so than complete nudity?
as a psychological mechanism, since animals walk around in the nude as a normal status, we get used to that. Certain gears such as the police/guard jackets and tribal stuff enhance our imagination as to what’s concealed under them.
Good point, and I’ll have to agree with you about that, thats the way it is with most of Rick’s art.
“A hundred lions in tribal gear make a convincing argument all on their own” http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/01/04/what-they-want-you-to-think-yadda-yadda/
Or, it could be a visual pun. Lion –> Loin
You might be onto something!
Besides, who wrote the book, and for what audience was it intended? If it was written by a human or was intended for both humans and pets, there might be bit of anthropomorphization to help relate to one of the involved parties.
The funniest thing about this comic is that I’ve been reading Max so far with a more-or-less childish voice, and as I read this I figured he would retain it through the fantasy.
If you don’t think that’s funny, imagine Arnold Schwartzenegger under the effects of helium.
OMG complete hilarity! I LOLed so hard!
Me not so hard, but I lol’ed nonetheless! XD
Oooh I’ve always loved the idea of keeping characters with their original voices!
I bet they are both just waiting for a kissing scene! xD
Tarot is the greatest. Period.
Hell who needs imagination when you have her around?
Well, you need imagination to suggest what she should project
Yeah, I know, you meant it as rhetorical, but don’t completely discount the powers of the mind just because it’s not empowered by some mystical “spirits”
I dare not imagine if she would mentally project the adventures of Spot (superdog)
Why? You’re afraid of what Spot will look like when drawn non-”crappily on purpose”?
(Peanut’s style for “Spot” was called “crappy on purpose” by Rick on April 3, 2009. http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/04/03/aka-the-non-canon-adventures-of-spot/#comment-4640)
yes, the ramifications are horrendous =p
. . . I totally saw them on their awesome character voices.. then sqeeing on their normal ones… XD;
That guard must be very young not to have a mane on his head
Yup. Tarot took pretending to a whole new level.
At least Grape isn’t trying to be Gapre with Maxwell being Petir.
Would Tarot be able to join in the RP if she’s running the projection?
Can a GM join a game when he’s running it?
Technically, yes, but it will be hard to keep it fair (though Tarrot will have an easier time than usual, as I suspect she’d be “Guard #1274″ instead of “Hero #3″ like most would)
Also, it would be hard, I suspect.
I once wrote a TLK fanfic that was only a fraction so cool, but if it magically happened I would be all SQUEEEEE myself.
I also wanna see Peanut. And a Cape Hunting Dog.. just ’cause..
Cape hunting dogs are more awesome than wolves.
considering that once grape wrote to one of the actors of the Pridelands movie that she wanted to have his kitties…
*Squeeeeeeee*! That must be their secret language! :O
You must not spend enough time around girls, particularly the giggling, squealing sort.
Or better yet, get Bewitched (the film) and fast-forward it to when the Samantha says “I don’t know why we’re doing this, but it’s so much fun!”
Please. I didn’t watch the whole movie, but I do regret watching what I did. o.O
I somehow doubt it, at least until after any fight scenes.
Who knows, perhaps Grape’s instincts actually get kicked on when some adrenaline is applied?
I hope not, though, it’d ruin my mental image of Grape as a Tomboy
I just realiced…
If this is Peanut’s memories…
And he retconned it in at least one drawing (wouldn’t be surprised if there were more that we did not see)…
Will this be the real story, or HIS story?
It’d explain why it HAD to be Peanut too, so it makes sense both in-story and meta-story >:3
Don’t forget that Grape wrote some fan-fics, too! That could really make things interesting…
Well there’s a huge moment of geekness I’ve ever seen. It’s like if a Star Wars geek woke up one day as Boba Fett.
Pridelands seems to have the same affect on its audience as the Twilight saga has on theirs… Don’t you agree?
Now that’s just insulting.
I agree! Don’t insult Pridelinds like that!
sorry sorry, I guess I made a bad comparison… ^^;
I think it’s more like Harry Potter
hey I resent that
‘Tis very insulting to compare les vampires rabâché to the totally original Lions in Loincloth of Pridelands! (No, I’m not French, and use a translator if you don’t understand what that means.)
You know, if a Twilight fan was reading that comment, he or she would’ve found that insulting too. Watch what you say, please.
Yeah, but who here is a Twilight fan? XD
But really, we kid. We’re not bashing Twilight; we’re just making fun of the people who go nuts over it.
It has the same effect on fans as Twilight, but it’s plot is not a romance from what I can tell. It’s more of an epic adventure so it actually probably deserves some of the hype. It’s hard to tell since not much of Pridelands cannon has been revealed to us.
… probably because it’s mostly used as a plot device?
I never intended to compare plots, just the amount of “geekiness” of the fans. It’s not a serious comment, just a thought that came to my mind.
I guess I learned a valuable lesson here: the power of fans is nothing to be tampered with.
I can think of a lot of people I’d rather wake up as than Boba Fett. o_O
Yeah, like Darth Vader before he was burned! XD
I agree with Grape now,
Lions in loin-cloths really are a convincing argument. :3
No, they are not. I can tell you that right now.
Also, best to keep some thoughts to yourself.
But I hadn’t actually SHARED any of my thoughts,
what are YOOU Implying Friend?
Foxstar (i believe) was referring to the twilight comment above…
No, I’m pretty sure it was a reply to something, because I remember reading that comment and it making sense, but it seems the comments get getting broken and then fixed, broken then fixed, and onandonandonandonandon….
Lions in tribal wear. Me likey.
This is gonna be a real epic arc. I wonder who Peanut is gonna be though
Peanut is soooooo gonna be Spot, and rescue Grap-Illaya from the meanie Parnok!!!
I think Tarot would either exclude them from the mental projection, thus ruining their fun, or would punish them. After all, they are playing pretend, and you never let real life, especially feelings towards one of the players, get in the way of playing.
Stupid. Reply. Service. Is. Broken. Again.
I think this arc got a WHOLE bunch Geekier!
(…coming from the dude with glasses. ¬_¬)
Yes i seriously have glasses IRL. but no one cares.
It’s funny, that’s the same sound I make when I read some of the webcomics I frequent.
share the love!
To name a few (in no particular order)
Dan and Mab’s Furry Adventures
Sonic and Pals
Sandra and Woo
You Say it First
The one with Kieri and Bwaro (the site won’t let me put it’s name)
And several others that I can’t remember without my list.
so I come back after doing some bit o’ work at school and… lions in loincloth? o.O… well, I’ll be honest, looks cool .
Grape/Illaya’s face in the last panel is mega-win! :3
The very idea!Not how royalty should behave; SUCH SCANDAL!!! *faints*
That smile alone tells us that’s Max… I wonder when and where Peanut will show up?
he must be the nameless npc…I mean guard!
I am so noob… But I just started reading this & I had to look back to get it. I thought the psychic female pup and the black cat was a couple. So I was so excited because I thought they were so cute together… But now I see it’s Grape & Lucky… I have to admit, I liked my first impression better. But this is a very cute comic & great read. I love magical adventures!
I already use an avatar for my comments. Do I have to use some other web site’s avatar? I want to use my own.
No, but you need to load up your own to the system so it will be able to be used.
Lucky? Do you mean Peanut or Max?
Rennis, Is your avatar Hobbes done in Housepets style?
methinks that’s the tiger Peanut & Grape visited douring their latest tour at the zoo. Only colored.
O.o ::Wants to read Pridelands now::
SECONDED. YES. ALL OF IT IS GOOD.
I just wonder what kind of mental strain this is on Tarot
My head asplode
Just couldnt help it XD
Come to think of it, this might be an excellent way for Peanut to live out his secret cat fantasy!
I foresee Grape spending a great deal of time with Tarot now.
It’s Joey who likes to wear catsuits and is in love with a mouse…
Peanut only likes… Certain features of cats. (Comparable to “Nekonomimi” with humans. AKA Catgirls)
Peanut still likes beinga dog. He just likes cats (as well as Tarot).
Heeeeey, hold the phone AND the mayo!
Wasn’t Peanut a big fan of the evil hyena dude? I’d half expected him to be the hyena and antagonize the lions!
He could still be…
every group of friends needs an extra!
That young male at the door reminds me of Val Kilmer in Real Genius.
Wonder where Peanut will be in this fantasy.
lols were had
With half an hour to go for tomorrow’s comic, I think it’s safe to say this is as far as the comments will go. For future reference, older comments are at:
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A wonderful excuse to be sure.
Totally random question…that may or may not have been asked before.
What is Pridelands based on?
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