Reinterpreting Comics

Apologies to Scott McCloud, natch.  I love Zot and his Comics series, but come on, you don’t have to reach so much in order to fill up page space.

But seriously: Understanding Comics as a must-have, and if you want to make comics, get Making Comics (!!??!!).  It is very thorough and very enjoyable, especially if you’re a total geek like me.  (Get Reinventing comics if you want to be a completionist)

Discussion (125) ¬

  1. Challenger01

    Hand Turkey!!!

    • rWolf1991

      It has a name. It’s savaga turkey!

      • Challenger01

        That was how I used to make turkeys cause I used to be REALLY bad at art.

        • rWolf1991

          Same here. :)

          • Gaboris

            Who didn’t? XD

          • Cuckoo

            I didn’t. I don’t ever recall attempting to depict a turkey in artform.

        • Dissension

          That’s how I still draw turkeys…

          • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

            My turkeys always look like ducks, mao! -_-”

          • Lupus

            The major problem for me is: I can’t draw hands. at all. I end up with a kind of deformed afro turkey.

          • FuRrY321

            LOL, same here!!! :D

        • Frank

          My turkeys look like a beachball with legs :P

        • petitcake

          I…have never drawn a turkey…o___O I feel like I’ve missed out..

          • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

            Dun worry, nya! =3
            U can nao practice drwing one, nya! ^w^

          • petitcake

            I feel I must! :D *produces drawing implement and Drawing Hat* I doubt it’d be as awesome as that turkey though. ; 3;

        • wingedwolfgirl

          Naow I have a strange urge 2 draw a turkey
          …(might not though).

          • Lord Ral

            despite the fact that awesome turkey is awesome this comic scares enlightens and disturbs me all at once

    • kingisawsome

      isn’t that the same turkey from Peanut’s comic

      • Frank

        The Spot (superdog) comics are supposedly drawn by Peanut, so yeah it’s likely he would reuse the idea.

        • Lord Ral

          actually I think this one is relating to spot(superdog)’s undercover professer self

          • Lord Ral

            …on crack

          • Frank

            Wait, we can say “crack”?

            I, in your place, wouldn’t risk it. maybe “under the influence of”

          • HonorèDerazey

            I know this isn’t relevant to your comment, but I like your avvie. I LOVE Mustangs! =]

  2. DarkHeartsAndSuch

    wait, what happened to spot?

  3. Dissension

    Hmm, an interesting interpretation, certainly.

  4. jack


  5. IceKitsune

    Spot’s insane! (about comics) Yay insanity! (about comics)

  6. rWolf1991

    Haha! I have to go read that book now!

  7. FunkyChickenFace

    I COMPLETELY understood that!! I’m so amazed!!

    Completely and utterly a WIN.

  8. HonorèDerazey

    At 8th Panel: I WANT A HAT LIKE THAT!!!!!

    • HonorèDerazey

      BTW Rick, it sounds like you were really hyper upon making this COMIC (!!!!!!) just by analyzing the energetic tone.

      • Frank

        Nah, that’s just Scott McCloud’s general tone in his book

        • Frank

          Why Isn’t my avatar showing up?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I’m seeing a rat with a torch.

          • Frank

            Har-har. I meant on my 5:37 comment

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Oh, as god is my witness I never noticed that was you.

            Gravatars are based on a hash of your email address. You’ve got a different hash on that comment so you may have accidentally typoed it, or the comment software may have made a mistake generating the hash.

          • Frank

            Sadly, when you make a mistake in a comments post, there isn’t a way to correct it.

            Hey, Argent! Since we’re talking about avatars, I thought you might enjoy this thing I just found:

          • HonorèDerazey

            I did the same thing with my ferret. RIP Špeh =’(

  9. S

    I feel like Peanut basically captured the essence of the book!

    Although the bit about defining art may have gone a bit over his head.

  10. Ian

    I’m surprised how much better Peanut’s drawing is.
    Epic comic! :D

  11. Dr. Prower

    lol that was funny! Also, I’m actually up at 1am for an update! ^^ Never thought it would happen. Now I’m a true HP! fan!

    • Ian

      I would stay up until something like 3:00 for an update.
      I’d just get a sleeping bag, a tent, and a big sack of food and water…
      And plop that next to my computer, open iTunes and camp out for 2 days! :3
      It’s fun. ^_^

      • DarkHeartsAndSuch

        Well, there has to be a limit somewhere, right?

    • Inu225

      For me I have to wait until 7:00 pm for an update.
      That’s what you get when you live on the far-side of the timezone.

      I’m not as hardcore as you guys… But I still love HP!

    • rWolf1991

      I would stay up later for an update but for me, it’s only 10:00 that I have to wait to but I would stay up til 3:00 for an update!

  12. Snowmon

    Is it sad that I already learned all of this in Art Appreciation from my college level professor?

    Wow, Spot really is smart.

  13. Lee

    I love Scott McCloud’s series thingie. It helped so much when I was starting the comic, and it still helps now.

  14. CassidyAndBotch

    I’m going to replace “comic” with “Internet comment” and ask for government grants
    Wish me luck

  15. Gaboris

    No real idea what this strip is aboot. I only understood that it’s a sort of spoof for comic makin, but who’s McCloud exactly and what’s aboot that book of his?(Yes I know it’s a book aboot making comics, thank ya very much. XD)

    • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

      Iddemditto, nya! ?O.O?
      Ah never heard of tha book, nya… ÓwÒ

      • Gaboris

        Look at Franks link, it’s not bad i must say. :D

    • Frank

      Educate yourself:
      the “browse inside” sample is well worth it

      • Gaboris

        Hmmmm… almost looked it through, but saw that pages are left out. XD
        Thx for the link now i get it. ;)

        • Frank

          Yes, they’re the publisher. They want you to buy the book. Of course they’re going to leave pages out. Plus, it would violate the legal rights of the writer if the whole book was up.

          …Oh wait, I forgot who the writer was for a moment.

    • Shinmera

      I think I already explained to ya who it is, right? ;P

  16. Valerio

    So, I guess this is gonna be a week on the hot spot…

  17. Typhon

    Fox Mcloud? From starfox?

  18. Jadugara

    The fact that the hand-turkey is actually breathing flames at the cavemen makes this comic EXTRA-hilarious! In fact,….let me just say the winning phrase “fire-breathing-hand-turkey”…..

    There,…see? WIN!!!!

  19. Cid

    When did he get that shirt?!

  20. Lupus

    I see no one-off tag.

  21. Sono

    Lol I have read this book SO MANY TIMES for school (that’s what I get for taking the same teacher multiple times), so I found this absolutely hilarious. Thumbs up.

  22. Inu225

    Wait. Spot’s gonna educate us about comics…?
    So this comic is about comics. And this comic is within a comic.
    Therefore a comic within a comic will be about… comics.
    whose been messing with my medication?!

    • gagi

      Well, I think this is a comic in a comic about a comic about comics.

      Lets see:
      a comic (spot comic) in a comic (houspets) about a comic (understanding comics) witch is about all the comics in the world …

      yea i think that’s it … arfff

  23. AdriGummi


    Scot McCloud’s books must be obligated lecture for all those who wanna be comic artist. He’s AWESOME!

    Great strip :)

  24. Argent Stonecutter

    Great Zot!

    • Frank

      Suddenly, General Specific skids to a halt.
      General Specific: Great Scott!
      [bagpipes play]
      Great Scott: Yes?
      General Specific: Do I see what I think I see?
      Great Scott: Oh, Yes!
      General Specific: Thank you , Great Scott, that will be all.
      [bagpipes stop]

  25. The Wolf Next Door

    Education… You’ll find it anywhere… Even in cute comics like this ^^

  26. Doomwolf

    Wait a minute, Bloodgun? Has Peanut been watch “Atop the 4th wall”.

    • Doomwolf

      Oops, I meant watching.

  27. kingisawsome

    Wait so what happened to spot?

  28. psychoJoker36

    Are we safe to assume that Spot’s name will now officially be Spot McCloud, or is this a non-canon one-off?

    • psychoJoker36

      Wait, arc, I mean. Arc

    • rWolf1991

      No I don’t think his name will be Mc Cloud

  29. Typhin

    So, I have to ask… Is that censorship BY aliens, or censorship OF aliens?

  30. Salenstormwing

    *puts on his WYSIWYG t-shirt*


  31. Inu225

    I don’t know about you but I like saying the word “Juxtaposition”.
    “Juxtaposition Juxtaposition Juxtaposition!!!”

    Well… that and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.
    Try saying that three times.

    • kingisawsome


      • Frank

        Are you referencing El Chavo del Ocho?

        That, that, that! (3x): often said by El Chavo when someone takes the words out of his mouth, as he raises his hand and moves his index finger up and down, resembling a nodding motion.


        • Argent Stonecutter

          Never, never, never, never, never. (Wm Shakespeare)

        • kingisawsome

          no. he said say “THAT” three times.

          • Inu225

            Yah. I said to say that three times…
            Wait what?

          • kingisawsome

            EXACTLY! you said say “THAT” three times so I said “THAT” three times

    • Frank

      Iiiiiiits Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it lout enough, you’ll always sound precotious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

      You know, you can say it backwards, dociousaliexpiisticfragicalirupus, but that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think?

      There! “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” said three times! You never said I had to say them one after the other! Or even that I had to say them all forwards!

      • FuRrY321

        Or out loud! ;)

      • kingisawsome

        you do know backwards is the letters in the opposite side of the word so it would be: suoicodilaipxecitsiligarfilacrepus

  32. PunkJax

    First thing I thought was “Woah, Scott McCloud”

    then i was all “oh, it’s SPOT McCloud”

  33. TheBrigeedaRocks

    Oh man, I just finished reading the Scott McCloud book just the other day too!

  34. iHavezMyBirdo

    ..Evil alien censorship. :3

  35. supervanman64

    I recognized the style right away. I love McCloud’s art books. X3

  36. Argent Stonecutter

    I think Scott goes on a bit much about his infinite canvas thing on the web. Making the reader scroll all over creation is just a wee bit abusive. It’s a “funny once”.

  37. wingedwolfgirl

    Oh Sweet!
    already got McCloud’s “Making Comics” book on my wish list ;3

    ……that runner in panel 5 with the dog head = awesome XD

  38. Stevie Maxwell

    *is lost*

    BTW: congratulations to Rick and Housepets on winning the Ursa Majors Award for Best Comic Strip!

    • Valerio

      Wolves to the BBQ, cats to the (yarn)ball, all the GOD club’s dogs ready for the GREATEST STREET PARTY EVER!
      Kudos, Rick, this is SO well-deserved!

  39. Aaron

    when i draw a turkey it looks like a football XD

    • kingisawsome


  40. Dr. Prower

    Buy Spot McCloud’s book today and get your free Evil-Alien-Censorship-Protective Pyramid Helmet absolutely free!

    • Frank

      you forgot “handy” :D

    • FuRrY321

      A free Pyramid Helmet that’s free? I -must- get one! :D

    • toboe

      100% tin foil

  41. Wolf Pup TK

    I read “understanding comics” but never heard of “making comic” that Rick speaks of. Could anyone please provide a link? :3