I kinda saw this coming, I guess.
And then the comic fully loads. It’s safe for me to say, WHAT THE-
So it’s safe to say that what you saw coming was the confrontation, not the transformation… ^^;
Yeah pretty much. :3
Agreed. XP Tarot turning into an enormous dragon who appears to be Pete’s higher up is like “What in the name of…”
Maybe the spirits took over tarot (GOOD SPIRITS) and are now talking to pete? since whatever she became is called the “spirit dragon”?
anyways: WHAT THE 7*(k
hey you all know this is just a hallucination caused by the vast amount of orange soda that king drank… and to think nobody is gonna believe him… hey wait we’ve seen just about every other dog in this comic arc where’s peanut?
no wait i got it grape saw the whole thing and is gonna try and convince peanut that tarot is a dragon!
Peanut: …You can turn into a dragon?!
Peanut: THAT IS SO COOL!!!
nah the spirits are only using her body as a vessle so they may take the form of said dragon.
er… no offence but *ahem*
THAT’S WHAT I SAID!!!
This is Rick remember! You have to expect the unexpected! xD Tho now I wonder what Peanut would say if he saw this… or Grape o.o
Well…Remember Grapes had some experience with Pete..
Kinda’…..With the whole dream and all….
OMG he didnt forget the fireworks (last panel)!!! X3
XD I didnt see this coming.
Pity that I can see what’s coming up soon, too…that is to say, this is probably going to end with Tarot and/or Pete wiping this encounter between them from King’s memory. I doubt Tarot would want anyone to know, after all. ^^’
Aw nuts, another thing that happens, clearly, to the readers, and none of the characters are probably going to find out.
“Hey, Tarot, Have you ever flashy-thinged me?”
oh now i get it that took me like five mins to figure out :3
Uh… what the heck just happened
So Tarot isn’t even a dog what…what is going on here I didn’t see the whole her being a dragon thing coming.
I am SO surprised and excited and stuff!
so am i
PENUTS GOIN OUT WIF A DRAGON!!! XD
EPIC! TRULY EPIC!!! 0.0
Epic? This goes beyond epic! This is… is… -head explodes from pure awesomeness-
There are a lot of secrets in Babylon Gardens!!!
Yes there is!
Yes there *are*! XD
Many secrets, including the fact that captain falcon lives there!
And Chuck Norris!!!
When i think about it, don’t Tarot and Sabrina live together? Does that mean she is a dragon too? Also, what about their owner?
AND NEXT WE’LL DISCOVER THAT PEANUT IS REALLY FROM OUTER SPACE AND TAROT HAS BEEN DATING HIM TO SEND HIM BACK TO THE MYSTICAL WORLD OF afkhdshfjh ~cough~ Yes. Yes there are.
Maybe we need a Babylon Gardener to uncover them?
Is that like a mystical hedge trimmer or something? X3
I think I saw a pair of arkenscisors somewhere around here.
Dats prooty epic… *watches the fireworks appear from your head*
It’s like, how much more awesome could this be? and the answer is none. None more awesome.
What the crud? XD
And your new avatar fits perfectly with your comment!
Tarot is AWESOME!!!!!! …. but we knew this already … but WOOOOOOOW!
Also ….. I want a highres of that first panel <.< That is seriously an amazing expression on King ^_^
And it makes me wonder if Sabrina is also a super-powerful being. After all, they seem to have the same owner, right? And Tarot IS AWESOME!! I love her even more because she’s really a Spirit Dragon!
Well, that explains a lot and yet opens the door to many more questions…
OH MY GOD
I honestly dont know what to write.
Oh wait yes I do AWESOME.
That’s what I was going to say!
Looks like pete isn’t THE most powerful mythological being in town. Cue Peanut yelling Falcoooooore!
Penut: FAALLCCOOOOOOOOR!!! XD
XD i was waitin for someone to say that
I knew tarot was gonna be in there. I just knew it.
Oh and now, this is REALLY(REALLY) getting interesting.
I knew, but I didn’t know she’d do THIS!
She’s like uber-powerful and BIGGER than Pete :O KICK HIS ***
Um. Shes bigger than Pete and still no one outside the woods notices her? Haha.
No one noticed YET.
I suspect some Grapes and possibly Peanuts are going to be a part of this supernatural-unnatural-supernatural Sandwich soon (haha, yes! >X3 )
They’ll be the lettuce and tomato part of the sandwich, like so: Tarot-Peanut-King-Grape-Pete
“…but I didn’t know she’d do [THIS]!”
And Pete thinking King’s presence would ruin the meeting.
And OMGSQUEE. Because.
Woah, Tarot’s a–
Hey, look, fireworks!
I saw those too, thanks to the alt. text! :3
Wait, if Tarot is apparently some sort of crazy, neat-looking dragon instead of a dog, does that mean that Sabrina is also not what she appears to be?
Oh man that is possible i didn’t even think of that
THAT would be interesting.
“Hey Sabrina, what’s u-WHOA! What the heck?! ”
“Oh hi Bino! If you don’t mind, I just need to kick Pete’s butt real quick.”
“But you’re a-!”
“Yes, yes, I know I’m a mystical being. Look, I’ll explain later, I’m late as it is!”
More fun with Fido I’d think.
No, Spo! Now THAT would be hilarious, bringing a background character to the fore like that!
Oh wait, I just saw what you meant.
But you see what I’m saying, right?
Could it also be that Tarot is only projecting the image of a dragon and she really is a dog? I guess we’ll have to wait and see
Thought of that. She could be imaginating things.
but pete knew who she was befor she change :3
Doesn’t mean he knows whether she’s really a dragon or just faking him out.
Did he now? Maybe what he was saying was “Nah, it can’t be you, you’re only a Pomeranian!”
Maybe he only knows her from the spirit world. Like, it’s some kine of occult internet. And nobody knows you’re really a dog. Or not.
Tarot just broke the awesome-meter there XD
You were too late. YOU’RE FIRED!
You’re not Donald Trump. You’re sued!
I AM LOST D;
No, man, don’t be Lost, they totally dropped the ball on that one.
We’ve got enough madness right nowXD
I like objection :3
Bwah, it’scool and all, but not THAT exciting… no siree, I’m not exc- *Wha? No that’s not a jackhammer just my leg going up and down… Just bare it mom it’ll go away in a few days like friday or somethin. Now let ne comment, pls don’ watch me comment mom. XP* *NOW where was I? Oh!* Not excited at all. :p (Just to make sure this was a joke. XD)
Looks like somebody had too many Orange sodas…
I think you forgot the:
HAZ NOEBODEEZ KARED TU TINK ABOWT POOR PEANUT”S REACSHUN!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
HAZ YU NO CARED ABOOT GRAMMERZ?!
NOR HAZ I KARED BOWT SPELLINGZ!!!!!
i think both of you are crazy!!
Objection, your Honor, but I think I am crazy
@ Lupus that is so cool!!!
I object to everything!!!!
Then you probably program in Java
If Peanut thinks it’s awesome how Tarot can communicate with him in his mind, wait until he sees THIS.
I think she’d break him.
Like when Peanut found out how Grape’s a girl, or in the Farm arc.
no, it was much earlier than that.
I think Carrot is listing the times Grape broke peanut, not saying one occurred at the time of the other.
Okay, I think my explanation has just made things even less clear
I think pete should expect a big surprise right between the eyes…
If this is all King hallucinating because of Orange sodas…
ooo lol… that’s entirely possible .. but i doubt it ….
would be awesome though hehe
Ooooh Snap! *snap!* Cwap… thewe goeth mah bwayn.
I was wondering if Tarot was a dragon too at first, but after close observation:
see the tag saying Spirit Dragon? and seeing the dragon being green? Me thinks that Tarot SUMMONED the Dragon, not that Tarot IS a Dragon.
Awesome to see what the spirits look like =3
Dude… Awesome avvy!
No, cuz both Tarot and the Dragon have that eye of ra thing going on, and Pete recognised her. So I think she is the dragon
Plus the title of the comic implies that Tarot transformed (a.k.a putting on her Tsk-Tsk face)
Implied,yes, but it could also be implied in the act itself. As in, The Dragon.
It’s very hard to say for sure if Tarot ‘is’ the dragon or if Tarot summoned it, but i think Tarot merely summoned the dragon in my opinion.
also look at what she says. thats definately not the personality of some summoned elder being. its definately her with the “Naughty naughty birdy”
It could be possible that Tarot hung around with the spirits too much!
Why not? Judging by the stories about quite a lot of mythical deity-figures – Zeus, Thor, Coyote, Bes, Spider, and the Monkey King come to mind – odd behavior is only to be expected.
For a horrifying thought, maybe Tarot has been in touch with hundreds or thousands of spirits, but only keeps in touch with the ones that are a lot like her…
So wait, does that mean she’s also “a bit of a jerk”?
I like the thought that she must have some authority to call Pete “naughty”, and thereby must have some power over him, even if it’s just magically depriving him of dessert.
Dessert? I thought King was more like a *small* appetizer…
No, that would be the dragon – and any other spirits Tarot might call on presuming that the “Tarot is not the same as the Dragon” theory is correct – being as spacey as Tarot.
And the horrifying thought being that Tarot could be in touch with a great many spacey spirits that casually use their supernatural powers for trivial things.
I think pete is about to become the appetizer…
There being two different tags doesn’t mean the two are unconnected. In Joel’s transformation, both “Joel” and “King” were tagged, and they’re obviously the same person, whatever the packaging of that mind.
If you look at the 4th panel, it clearly shows tarot transforming into the dragon
Well, it could be that:
1) Tarot transformed into a dragon. Major possibilities here include that she is (a) a dog who can turn into a dragon, (b) a dragon who has been disguising itself as a dog, (c) a bodiless spirit or an entity who can shapechange more or less freely or (d) acting as a host body for a spirit dragon or other entity who has reshaped her body temporarily (the classic avatar shtick).
2) Tarot is summoning a dragon or acting as a channel for the physical manifestation of a dragon in front of her. In this case, perhaps King will get his conversation with Tarot while Pete and the Dragon have an off-screen discussion (which keeps the mystery going longer).
3) Tarot is projecting or “imaginating” the image of a dragon, either in front of her or around her. Major possibilities here include it (a) being a bluff, (b) being her self-image, (c) being a vehicle for the expression of some external power source (such as a group of psychics), or (d) being a medium for a bodiless spirit to communicate through (which might explain the phrasing; the communication is being filtered through Tarot’s mind).
4) Joel/King is having a hallucination. Unsatisfying and unlikely, but – at this point – possible.
In any case, all of those are more-or-less visibly indistinguishable.
In other words, it could be physical and directly involve Tarot, physical and not directly involve Tarot, non-physical and either directly or indirectly involving Tarot, or imaginary and revolve around our current central character.
Of course, it DEFINITELY involves a picture file on a computer screen. Isn’t it nice to be certain of something?
The “Spirit Dragon” tag may be misdirection. The cast page has: “Spirit Dragon: ???”. Rick can always change tags later to say (for example) “Tarot (as dragon)”.
This is what makes a comic great!
Peanut has the coolest girlfirend ever!
Well that would explain dating Tarot when he’s never shown an interest in any other girl dogs and seemed attracted to those outside his species.
Wha..? but… he didn’t…
You make it sound like Peanut walked up to her and said “Hey, I’ve liked you for a long time, wanna go out?” But it was not even close to the other way around. Tarot showed up out of nowhere and just, well, stayed!
She’s a good doggie. She stayed, even when Peanut didn’t tell her to!
My face: O_O
Please give me a few hours to comprehend this awesomeness.
Hours taken and awesomeness comprehended.
TAROT IS A DRAGON. THAT’S……WOW. 8D
Good… gravy, how, wha? You broke my mind and brain.
Obviously it was broken fairly neatly, for you to comprehend mind and brain as two separate things
In the famous words of Ozymandias-
Ozy & Millie reference FTW! (is that the first time I’ve used FTW?)
So what you’re saying is, we need another ten years of this for our characters to be able to see it coming?
Good things come to those who wait!
I suspected there would be someone with this design, ever since I saw a serpent like figure in the cave drawings, right below the griffin design.
Gotta admit, I didn’t expect it to be Tarot.
Come on, Tarot, save King from his adorable fate!
This is so awesome! I did NOT see that coming at ALL!
I don’t think anyone did…
Or anyone who did ended up with a broken brain. X3
Ha, King at the end.
I did not see that coming. O_O
Um… so Peanut’s girlfriend is a… dragon… O.K. … and we thought Peanut/Grape would have been interspecies…
Also, how, exactly, does King wet himself if he’s not wearing any pants?
Well, if you’re bladder lets go in any state of dress, you’ve “wet yourself”, so I guess it still works.
his fur?(eww XD do not want)
That’s the thing, that doesn’t happen with dogs. The most he’d have done is splattered his paws with mud…
Real dogs don’t usually walk around on their hind legs.
or do they?
we would never know there always sneaky, *rambles on*
Real dogs can walk on two legs.
That would be indicated by the word “usually” in my original statement. Real male dogs do not normally wet themselves because their anatomy does not permit it when they’re on all fours. Standing straight up would be a different matter.
I should read carefully next time ^^;
THAT. WAS. COMPLETELY. MESSED. UP. AND. INSANE.
My head hurts! Also, Tarot = Dragon? NEAT! Though she’s cute as a dog.
I should have seen the Tarot being a supernatural being thing because se said that pete was “Kind of a jerk:, that is a comment that is made when you know somebody personally. But as far as what he did to Joel/King, he did the best thing for him. He made him see the world in a way that he was not able to. For once in his hateful life he was doing things for others out of friendship and compassion. This is a good thing for him. I just hope that Tarot does not mess him up when he is making such good progress on the road to being a better being.
i think that maybe the rules hes broken is certain aspects of what hes done. such as the costuming and the caging of king. Like king said about the inability to harness free will. maybe that was foreshadowing?
For one thing, kidnapping someone, keeping them prisoner, and forcing them to do degrading things does not a good person make.
Pete just gets off on controlling someone else, like some pet owners do, and tries to justify it by making it seem like it’s for Joel’s own good.
The only personal growth he’s experienced was because FOX was nice to him. If not for Fox, he’d still be as bitter and hateful as he had been.
Pete may have put him in that situation, but it still means all he needed was for someone to be his friend, no matter what his species is.
And most importantly, have you considered the fact that his life span has just been reduced to 1/7 of what it had been?
I don’t care how much his personality develops, you can’t justify chopping away that much of a person’s time.
Pets live twice as long in this universe, so Joel/King still has… 10 years left to live? For a dog, that’s pretty good. (Of course, for a human, that would suck.)
And now, because you’re not a certified doctor, that either means King has less than 10 years or even more!
Oh, wait, I forgot we’re not talking about cancer
I have no idea how Joel is, so I guessed 40. Human life expectancy is a little over 75 years in the US, so as a human, he has at least 35 years left to live. If his life expectancy has been reduced to half of 1/7, then it has been reduced to 10/35 of 35, which is, of course, 10.
So you see, I don’t have to be a doctor, just find a convenient way to handle the numbers.
*sigh* math. My arch-nemesis that is still easier than English XD
You’re assuming he’s been turned into a dog that’s the same corresponding age as the human, and you’re assuming linear ratios of aging, and the “seven dog years” business is folklore.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a life expectancy of 12-15 years, so double that to 24-30, and King could be anywhere on that timeline regardless of his age before he changed.
To really confuse things, a dog’s considered “adult” by one year of age. King could be as young as two!
If he’s as young as 2 and his life expectancy is 12, the “10 years left” conclusion still holds! (I know, I’m really stretching it)
Now you’re mixing Housepets age and real world lifespan.
Well, for all we really know, he’s been turned into a Housepets universe Welsh Corgi of approximately his own human age – 25-35 by my rough estimate – and might keel over at any moment.
He might also be continuing to age as a human, or – since the body is a magical transformation or creation – no longer be subject to aging at all.
It all depends on how through, thoughtful, and benign Pete has been – and there is that whole “Jerk” thing going on. After all, having Joel/King keel over dead of old age after a few months of being kicked around would certainly put an end to any personal problems he might have. It would even “teach him a (final) lesson” as a bonus.
Yes, that’s precisely the point.
Joel is human, whatever his shape is now.
There’s no way to justify giving him a life-time of 10 more years.
Well, Joel/Kings known history includes first working for the ASPCA, then winding up in jail, and then joining PETA without checking on it because it was the only animal-rights group that would let him join without a background check.
Working for animal rights after having had bad childhood experiences with animals is to his credit.
Now, he was willing to follow Fatties insane directives (while protesting) – but being easily led doesn’t necessarily make him “hateful”.
As King he’s tried to forget his troubles playing with Fox (and been ashamed of his misbehavior), lost his temper after having had a bomb go off in his face (understandable), gone back to help Sasha in the cold right after than, and built her a house. Still doing what he can. At this point, I’d put him a long ways ahead of Pete on the ethical scale.
I do have to get back to updating his dossier over on the dossier thread though. It’s over here: http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=199
So much delicious information!
And so neat and logical!
Thank you so much!
So, he basically never had willpower?
Plenty of wontpower though.
Which he powered through with Sasha’s doghouse.
BTW, what does everyone think of my avvie? I kinda lied when I said I don’t draw; I do draw A LITTLE. This was like the 1st picture I’ve drawn in 6 months.
I Like wolves, And i’d have to say it looks nice.
Is nice. Keep at it.
Now, I draw a little bit more frequently. Over at my DA, I just opened a commission contest (name’s not FuRrY321 over there, it’s DARKRISER-1080, if you’re interested).
Does that mean contestants get commissions? Or do you accept commissions from them?
Hehe, read the rules over at my page, buddy. I’m not extending the page any further for your benefit.
Check either my Journal entry to the side or the “Newest Deviations”.
Well, it goes nicely with the Ancient Akkadian. At the moment I’d lean towards the theory that Tarot is simply acting as an avatar, host, or channel. She might really just be a spirit dragon putting on an act, but the sloppily-controlled powers and the search for the remote seems like an undignified extreme to go to for that – and we do have separate character listings for the two of them.
Indeed. As far as the whole idea of Tarot being a dragon, it feels a little farfetched at the moment since i would also assume after Pete got released, the dragon wouldn’t have a need for Peanut also, unless Peanut has another role.
Presuming (and I do) that Tarot is the dragon there is always the very farfetched possibility that she actually cares for Peanut.
Also I sometimes wonder how much theories such as these entertain Rick.
OH, come on! It’s Tarot! It’s part of her character! Power to make you think you’re a 500-pound apex predator, and still able to explain her lack of timedliness with “duh”!
Now, to tackle the remote specifically, haven’t you seen the Far Side strip where the Vicious Vikings are unable to open the mayonnaise? It’s the joke that those kinds of things happen to everyone.
Ok, I’ll shut up now
You know what? I take that back. I hadn’t seen your post below saying you were just going for the most parsimonious option.
comic depth increased to full compasity!
Impossible. The comic can forever grow deeper and better! Mwahahah thats what makes it Always awesome the further it marches on.
Nuh-uh, nope. Spo hasn’t revealed his true form yet.
Wait, if the smaller they are, the bigger their true form is, what could be Spo’s true form? Godzilla?
Although that kind of would account for his attitude
Cool. I love the Dragon, Though looking at the tag’s, i just noticed this may or may not be
really tarot. Either way, a Dragon entering the story when they look as Beautiful as this,
is on the Usual Awesomeness scale.
(Unless they’re poorly used in the story, but this by NO MEANS is a poor story. Quite the
opposite, Its one of the TOP of my list of comics because of its Perpetual state of awesome.)
In addition I’d like to state that I Have never stopped reading, I just Seem to pop in to read
the comic then leave, Though sometimes i wish to give my two Cents on a Certain Page.
This is Such a Page. Thank you Rick, for a Great Comic.
Oh look, Fireworks.. *sigh* i wish i could have those Over here…
-Silenvo the Silver Dragon
PS: Awesome Scale: 9.5 of 10. [In my Opinion]
PS2: Yes I love Dragons.
Squirrel: Hells yeah!
PSP: Hells yeah.
I’m sorry, Lupus, but that’s just not good enough for most of us core and hardcore gamers. It may be the most family-friendly console, but it’s not the most friendly console.
Now, where’s that hard drive with all the ripped games on it…
Mattel Intellivision was the most dangerous console. Big. Solid. Nice grip. Indestructible. Blood washed off easily.
.. I can’t believe the Console war Came to my comment. *face palm* Oh well. I have an Xbox, Playstation 1, and Playstation 2, yet i do not play with any of them, i’m always on the computer. … Always. So… Console..war.. Phails around me. lol
This overcomes all my expectatives… AWESOME :O
P.D.: King, you’re the best, even wetting yourself XD
lol I thought he’d do that just from Pete.
Tarot isn’t wearing a collar before she goes all dragon.
She’s naked. O_o
:O GET NEKKID
EVERYBODY COME AND PARTY WITH ME
*Backs away slowly*
penuts gona be soooooo surprised when he finds out his girlfriend is a dragon.. also happy 4th of july every one
. . .
Maybe I’m still dreaming.
Take my word for it: You’re not.
Tarot’s changing to a dragon is already an avi!
At least, now we know that in the end this is gonna end good for P+G. I mean, that would be a HECK of a relationship between a dog and a DRAGON!
I adore you, Rick-sama!
Yes this is good Valerio this is good indeed
Horray, more shippers! PeanutxGrape for the WIN!
When I read you’re comment, I thought you were talking about the rating, “tis is gonna end PG”
This is so cool… What till Peanut finds out his girlfriend is a dragon! Come to think of it what till Grape finds out. HeHeHe…
Wow…the confrontation I was only half-expecting, but the transformation wasn’t even on my list of conspiracy theories. Apparently though, Tarot/Spirit-Dragon “Doesn’t date humans,” but will date dogs. One wonders how seriously to take the comment, because it seems likely, if not certain, that she could become a human if she wanted to (Pete could do it).
Whichever plan Tarot had for Peanut and Grape, she put it clear since her first apparition that she was there to protect them rather than trying to be Peanut’s girlfriend. Evidently, she stuck with Peanut because she wanted to protect him from Pete or some other menace, but she always stated that, for the common good of many creatures, Peanut and Grape had to stay together…not just as friends, methinks…
Well, the statement was “I foresaw Peanut in his hour of need and came to be his companion” – followed two pages later by a snuggle scene with little heart-emoticons. Since those are for the benefit of the reader rather than reflecting the reality of the Housepet’s world, Tarot’s feelings for Peanut are apparently equivalent to those of Max for Grape.
Tarot’s dossier is over here, although it also needs updating: http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=199&start=20
Or maybe you’re both right. She orriginally came to protect Peanut, but ended up falling for him.
That doesn’t mean I don’t still want PeanutxGrape, though. I want it BAD.
When someone turns into a dragon, anything one may have derived or speculated about her just goes out the window, doesn’t it?
And that’s what keeps this comic great.
I really shouldn’t keep talking/writing, but it just occurred to me: Tarot has never said she was dating Peanut, has she? Just helping out in “his hour[s] of need”
True, she never flat-out SAID it, but don’t you remember the comic when she was talking in Peanut’s mind?
It’s just more data. It strengthens some notions, and eliminates others. That’s the fun part.
If you look back two strips, it’s also obvious that Grape thinks they’re dating. I would assume that means some sort of visible connection… or that Grape just jumps to conclusions.
King’s luck has been really bad tonight. He has ended up all wet quite often and, on top of that, he just dropped his orange soda can! Hope it was empty…
This page, and the comic in general, is just top notch. Really exciting and yet funny. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
It was. He had it turned upside-down last strip and was peering into it to make sure there was nothing more in it.
But doesn’t the presence of a dragon constantly top up all refreshments in the area? That’s why I always invite them!
Well that’s officially awesome.
WHAT THE H….
peanut’s GF is a huge dragon
Tarot… is… a dragon… You mean this whole time I’ve been freaked out by pomeranians for no reason?
Now you should be worried that they’re going to breathe fire on you, or kidnap you and hold you in a tower. Or maybe eat you in your sleep.
MEDDLE NOT IN THE AFFAIRS OF POMERANIANS, FOR YOU ARE CRUNCHY AND TASTE GOOD WITH KETCHUP.
Meddle not in the affairs of pomeranians, for your ankles are crunchy and go good with kibble.
Wait, that’s what a western dragon might do. Tarot appears to be an eastern dragon (Chinese new year, anyone?)
…Tis the Year of the Tiger though.
Tiger would love to know about that.
Or he’d use it as justification to moydalize Bino. In his sleep. Which I wholeheartedly endorse.
The Chinese dragon, Long, breathes clouds, not fire.
I don’t think Tarot will end up breathing clouds. O.o;
Remember: If you ever find yourself in the company of a Corgi and a hungry dragon… You do not have to outrun the dragon.
No, all pomeranians transform into dragons…
You have good reason to be freaked out by them.
Oh dear. That may mean that both Chang and Pepper may return to haunt me as giant spirit dragons.
What a tweest!
No, seriously, this is definitely something…new. The status quo is forever altered.
So now what happens? Maybe Tarot locks Pete back up, but forgets that only Pete can turn King human again? Does she make him turn King back to Joel, which he does right in the middle of the party (and right in front of Fox)? Does Pete escape, leaving King wondering where to go from here?
The questions! They do nothing!
Does she turn Pete into a dog, take a human form and do the same thing to him? Or give Joel back his human form and let him have dog Pete? Whatever Rick does will be funny anyway.
What kind of form would be apropriate for Pete? What would be more humiliating? Being a chihuahua?
Griffins are half-CAT.
Your face is an objection.
Rick’s half cat?
well then, if tarot mentioning to king about being human didn’t sober him up, this did.
Just what I was thinking: all the drunk-bubbles are gone!
What if this is an illusion by Tarot like the Pridelands arc?
Shh! You’ll ruin the awsomeness!
Oh, yeh, she could be imaginating the dragon.
*jaw slams to the ground* oh… my… goodness….
So much… awesome epicness of pure drama comedy o.=.o
Quick, he’s having an awsomeness overload! Take him to the ER, stat!
No, the CR! (Comedy Room!)
Right! *Picks up Jrogenshin and runs to the CR*
We need a dosage of King and Tiger, stat! Also, bring in some of the Spot (superdog) comics for good mesure!
Your only making it worse!!!! lol
only this epic strip needs a epic song….
DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
SEE THE INVISIBLE
FIGHT THE POWER!
TOUCH THE UNTOUCHABLE
BREAK THE UNBREAKABLE
FIGHT THE POWER!
Does somebody here agree that in this strip Pete looks actually…cute?
I usually don’t go for avians. It’s a beak thing.
But yeah. Pete is looking rather pretty there. I’d snug him. ^_^
I just got a mental picture of him as a well built anthro guy in a pair of jeans and no shirt and wings on his back. *Blush, blush.*
Ooo, you naughty girl
It’s hard to think of things as cute when they’re bigger than you. But now that we’ve taken the perspective of a 10-story dragon, Pete has become pettable
I like bigger.
MOAR to hug and immerse oneself into!
But then Pete couldn’t hug ya back! D:
Oh, well. With all those feathers, I’m sure Pete would be soft enough for you not to care
“Talk to my FOOT, birdy!”
Just how old Tarot is!? 0.o
we-ell, dragons CAN live at least 2000 years…
True, 2000 years or more perhaps, but….how many boyfriends did she had in total during that long time period?!!
I’m sure she would say Peanut was the sweetest boyfriend she had in that time period. I mean, he’s a sweetie!
Peanut: Whoa…I made out with an old lady…
Who doesn’t look the least bit her age at all…
And pets live twice as long in this universe, so 4000 years! She got the Eye of Ra from the original Ra!
She didn’t get it from anybody!
Well, if you’re going by DnD life expectations for a dragon, at least. Other sources, including many so-called “historical” reports would say differently. We have no true indication of Tarot’s actual age, but it’s probably fair to guess that she’s at least as old as Pete (but we don’t know his age either).
Presuming that Tarot is the same as the Spirit Dragon – and, for that matter, that Pete isn’t actually – say – ten years old, still a child, and possibly currently talking to his mother after he escaped his magical playpen.
There really isn’t enough information to rule things like that out yet.
This just paves the way for the way for the most powerful mythical creature…
Hi I’m Daisy!
HI I’M DAISY!!!!
Hi! I’m Daisy!
*EPIC TRANSFORMATION AND GLOWING LIGHTS*
Hi! I’m Godzilla!
Hi! I’m Daisy!
*EPIC TRANSFORMATION AND GLOWING LIGHTS AND KIBBLE FLYING*
Hi! I’m SNOOORRLAAXXX!!!!!
Now imagine that voice in the voice of Snorlax from Super Smash Bros. Melee (or even Brawl, for that matter).
Makes me wonder who Tarot’s “owner” is and what’s going on in that household!
Wait…Didn’t we see Sabrina and Tarot hanging out? Doesn’t this mean that Sabrina could be somekind of animal god-thing too?!
I’m thinking Chimera….
Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lock Ness Monster turned out to be a cat or dog.
Doggie diapers needed.
I knew that if there were griffins there had to be a dragon somewhere. I waited so long for this! Tarot just bumped herself up to one of my most favorite characters in this entire comic. Yes, I am totally biased towards dragons.
Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Now I can’t help but think of Sabrina and what she knows… or maybe perhaps WHAT she really is?
Why does everyone assume that Sabrina is a mystical creature as well? Sure she has an ankh as her main symbol… and she has the same name as our favorite teenage witch… and she helped Tarot in that one comic when they accidentally released Pete… and… hm. I’m beginning to see your point.
I don’t think that it’s that far-fetched of an idea per se, but for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, I feel that her being a supernatural powerhouse wouldn’t mesh well with what we’ve seen of her so far.
Tarot may still simply be a spiritualist; providing a channel for a spirit doesn’t necessarily require much power – and somehow I can’t quite see Pete – and, by association, the Spirit Dragon – wearing a collar as a part of a disguise. That could be just personal prejudice, but it doesn’t seem to fit.
Oh, hush up. It’s not like you’re being hunted.
Y’know, this makes her stance on interspecies dating somewhat hypocritical…
Not necessarily. All she said is that she doesn’t date humans, not that she disagrees with the concept in general. A person can, for example, be perfectly fine with others liking broccoli, even if they, themselves, don’t.
Dragon x Dog isn’t interspecies?
for a gal who lived about the same lifespan as Pete, that shouldn’t be a problem at all…
I meant it wasn’t hypocritical for her to not date humans. If she said it was wrong for anyone to do so, then, yes, that would be her being a hypocrite. Heck, she didn’t even say it was wrong, just that she doesn’t.
She also didn’t say anything about “interspecies”, just one specific species. Given hypocrisy basically involves saying one thing than doing the other, since she hasn’t said anything about interspecies romances either way, that we know of, it’s kind of difficult for her to be hypocritical about it.
Tarot doesn’t date humans. Case closed. *slams briefcase*
But how will we get any more billable hours if you do that?
Sooooo Tarot is a dragon…
Poor Peanut. He’s already got a bad rep for being a cat-lover, I doubt dragon-lover is looked too kindly upon either.
are you freakin’ KIDDING?!?
Dragon-lover would make Peanut uberkool in the neighborhood! (not to mention the fact that you get a heck of a bodyguard!)
So far, “Bodyguard” has meant “Rex”, and he’s (for want of a better word) a bit of a softie
Why would you want a better word to describe Rex’s gooey caramel filling?
Peanut’s girlfriend is a dragon!? Awesome. Or is it more like Tarot can shape shift into other beings as well like Pete? Either way, my excitement is building up. Can’t wait to see what happen next.
So, wait, Pete could turn into something even bigger now? Run, King, run!
I think it’s a status thing.
It could also be from him being locked up for such a long time. That will get to you eventually, making you forget how to do certain things you once knew….
Him not being able to transform into something bigger, I mean.
Well, Pete’s size at the prison (Approximately three times Joel’s height while laying on his stomach) would seem to be considerably greater than his current size.
In the next strip, Pete’s beak is larger than King’s entire body – which doesn’t seem to be the case here, even allowing for prospective. Most likely his size as a gryphon is variable.
That’s just adjusting his size in current form. I meant actually transforming into something bigger.
Though now that I think about it, it’s possible the spirits/mythical creatures actually are limited to one species for their “true” form, i.e. Gryphon for Pete and Dragon for Tarot. When I commented I just assumed that those are the forms they chose for themselves, not actually their ‘true’ forms.
Like the fight sequence between Merlin and Mim?
Ah well, it was small that won there. Who knows? Perhaps magical beings can be as large as they want, but actually become more fragile as they enlarge – and Pete and the Dragon will get into a contest of puffing themselves up until King accidently takes out Pete by kicking his toe.
My Interesting Scale broke. No replacements.
I would like to vote this as Tarot’s “Crowing Moment of Awesomeness.” unless there is an epic battle sequence on Wednesday.
There will be a fight sequence, but we’ll never see it. Instead, the aftermath of that battle will imply how awesome everything was and how unfortunate we were for missing it.
Okay now realy what’s the connection between the eye of Ra and a dragon? A sphinks would be a bit more logical, but yeah it’s pretty cool. X3
So I must sa thing are getting interesting here (Already were interesting, but get what I mean already. X3) and not sure where this is headin, so there are three ideas in my head aboot the future.
a) Tarot and Pete fight till who knows what and Tarot wins (She’s a freakin dragon what didn ya expect? XD). Pete may or may not get locked back into his prison. Look at the next point for Kings future.
b) They all know there’s no use fighting so they’ll just talk it over and in the end there could be three things:
1: King is changed back to human and his story starts a new line. (TOO early, but the author knows best. :3)
2: Things stay the same, except that Pete treats King better.
3: King wants to stay a dog and so his memory is erased. (WAY too drastic. XP)
c) They’ll fight and at the most epic part… King’ll wake up at the foot of the stairs, he was knocked out cuz he hit his head so hard and this was all a dream. (I’m evil. X3)
d) No idea what would be if Pete would win so I’d leave that part to you guy, soooo GIMMEyourideas! XD
So Tartot doesn’t date humans, but it’s okay for a dog to date a dragon? That’s outright discrimination towards humans isn’t it? XD What if Peanut finds out? O_O”
Oh yeah forgot one possible line for the story: e) Grape shows up. (That’s cool enough just by itself. X3)
There is always option X, Gabo.
The one you never thought of.
I thought “option X” was spelling “sphinx” with an X
DOH! My bad, that should be an x. Ma bad it’s “szvinksz” in hungarian so… XP
BTW cool avatar man, long time no change right? Or I just didn’ see ya since. X)
Both actually I changed it yesterday, but haven’t been posting in the previous two weeks (more info if you click the avatar)
Wow nice blog, had no idea ya can click the picture not just the name, or is this a sort of trick? :3
Nice job on the avi, is there a comment system on that blog?
Yes. When you click “read full post” and scroll down to the bottom, there’s a comment box. You’ll probably need to create a profile; openID is the easiest and (if I remember correctly) connects to your gravatar!
And that’s “yes, there is a comment system” not “yes it is a sort of trick”
Yeah I looked around at the others and saw that their avis are also links, so I may just didn notice it before… or it’s an update. X3
Kay I’ll take a look, bro thx for the info.
I know, I never say “These are the only possible ways it could end.” only the ones that spring into my mind. I’m not so creative than our dear author. :3
At the moment, the most parsimonious answer would be that Tarot is either summoning, channeling, or acting as an avatar for said dragon. It does have a symbol, but it’s not an Eye of Ra or Horus – and that eliminates any oddity in Tarot not dating humans but dating dogs.
If the Dragon called Pete to Babylon Gardens and/or the Housepets universe (as Pete’s statements seem to imply), then that action likely had a purpose – and Pete doesn’t seem to have done anything major yet. Ergo, a battle – and especially sealing Pete up again – seems unlikely.
I’d bet on chiding – and perhaps Pete either being reminded of, or accepting, some limitations. Presumably some additional information will be revealed. With any luck King will get some better treatment and – possibly – either start to work either with or against Pete, rather than simply being towed around by him. Given his popularity, and all the possibilities for amusement that haven’t yet been exploited, I’d suspect that his position won’t change too drastically – but that’s up to the author.
A dream sequence is always possible, but they’re very hard to write in a satisfying way; that doesn’t make it impossible of course, but I’d bet against it.
If they fight and Pete wins, I’d expect Pete to start actively pushing towards whatever his big goal is, since he now knows that effective opposition may be appearing on short notice. Pete’s actual goals still remain unknown though.
Well, I for one look at the quote ‘you’ve been abusing the rules.’ What rules? I think that is the key factor to what happens next here. (Besides Rick, of course.)
I agree with you here. Rules, Maybe that’s why we was locked up the first time? Not because he was evil and kill all people and such. But he just broke a rule? Like… turning humans into dogs o.o
As for my idea of outcomes, I have:
A.) Tarot and Pete are part of some kinda mystic council with a set of rules not to interfere with humans, and Pete going against that rule, so they talk and we found out why Pete was locked up.
B.) Grape shows up, and kicks both their asses, and king’s for hitting on Tarot for good messure.
C.) (the most likely one) Rick desides this is getting too weird and goes with the “Meanwhile…” and shows Max hitting on Sabrina, Fido’s cat love o.o
C would just make PeanutxGrape shipping a bigger possibility! Go, PeanutxGrape shipping! IT WILL RULE THE COMIC! RULE I SAY! RU-
*Gets hit by a tranquilizer dart*
All good points Jiro, let’s see if we were right. :3
I don’t understand how Pete’s comments imply that he was summoned there by the dragon. Even if we assume that the dragon is just Tarot summoning, channeling, or acting as an avatar for the spirit, the same spirits warned Tarot not to release Pete. When talking to Peanut, she cautions him against the “beginning of the end” citing that “he’s kind of a jerk.” Whomever the dragon is (Tarot, a spirit, or otherwise) the smart money seems to be that he/she/it did not want Pete released. His/her/its mind may have changed since, but not when he was released.
Tarot has often spoken of the spirits, in plural. It doesn’t mean this is same spirit as the one passing the “he’s kind of a jerk” information to Tarot before, and that one doesn’t have to be the same one that gave her the prophecy from her first appearance
“Summon” can mean multiple things. When somebody is summoned to court, it doesn’t mean anything has to happen with the spirit world to get them there.
He probably just received some kind of message that said “meet me here” or something, along with an important sign to show the gravity of the summons.
Kamron has the point here Dara. Tarot/The dragon is some partner or superior of Pete and just has to deal with some issues, but we’ll just have to wait till the next strip.
Ahh, that makes more sense, thank you for the clarification.
Hope I can be more of service in the future.
It doesn’t necessarily: the meaning of “So it was you who called me here” varies with the meaning of “here” – the Housepets Universe? Babylon Gardens? The woods at the moment?
For this particular hypothesis, I was going with “the Housepets Universe”. Now, if it is just “The woods at the moment”, that brings up another set of possibilities.
It may be my fault but I can’t find the point in the summoning Pete to the “world” since he was locked away and that didn’ seem like a summoning portal or whatnot. Although I do understand your point so we’ll just have to see.
It also varies on the meaning of the word ‘call’. The word can mean ’summon forth’ but it can also be as simple as a telephone call. For all we know, Pete is in contact with all the other spirits. When he ‘has business’ it could be meetings with these other spirits. He (or they) would then ‘call the meeting to order’ – by which they just agree to meet somewhere.
Hmm…. “he’s kind of a jerk”….. That really doesn’t say he’s evil tho, just…. a bad egg. There might be more to Pete than we know, and also it could support my theory of him breaking some higher rule saying not to interfere with humans. Maybe Pete wants to help humans, in his own way, and Tarot/Spirits don’t like it, or like the way he does it?
So, Pete’s got as much of an idea of what’s going on as the rest of us
Yeah later on I had some thoughts about that channeling idea and you’re right with it… maybe since we can’t know. X3
True the “You’re going to ruin everything.” line does imply he has a plan or somethin, but the summon I’d say was rather meant for the forest.
Yeah as I said removing King would be a bad idea, but the change of rules is interesting.
The dream sequence is just a mean joke by me that I normaly shoot so don’ mind it. XD
Okay I may have figured so much out, but yeah that’s the point.
What is it with “and his memory is erased”? How is that even OK? That’d be worse than anything Pete’s done.
I know from observation that a lot of people get their priorities mixed up when it comes to transformations. :/
Say wut? That goes for me or Argent?
Yeah that’s why I said drastic, that’s bad in this case ya know. :p
What about the “he just stays a dog” option?
Yeah I know, but the whole Human in a dog body thing would just mess with all the readers… at least it would with me. XP
I don’t really see much of a distinction in the Housepets universe; they’re all basically people. So some of them are short, fuzzy, have tails, and have shorter lifespans (but learn and mature far more rapidly). There are short humans, fuzzy humans (admittedly, that’s a rare genetic problem, but it happens), people born with tails (not all that rare), and people who don’t live so long. So what? They’re all people. The Housepets ASPCA has a point.
There’s a lot more creepy stuff in the Housepets universe. Remember the trip to the farm? “You look delicious?” “I’m gonna eat your insides!”. Remember Grape eating the talking mouse? How can you eat food that talks back to you at all?
Alice, Pudding. Pudding, Alice.
And what Thoth said. Though there seem to be all kinds of weird overtones along the lines of certain current political melodramas in the USA.
And Grape is wearing a fish on her collar, but she’s a CAT.
Random comment time?
I’d say in the begining those thingies were meant to represent “cat” and “dog” for Grape and Peanut and the representing names part only came in later. :3
Cats love fish (at least that’s the stereotype), ya got a problem with that? :O
My cat certainly loved tuna!
He also liked milk, but that’s actually bad for kitties, ya know.
So it’s not so much of a stereotype then. :3
Never heard of milk being bad, but thx for the info.
Did I get it right that your cat is “in another place now”? Sorry if it’s wrong of me to ask.
No, it’s okay, I think I’m over it now.
It’s actually weird now that I barely notice he’s gone (he “passed on” last year, shortly after we moved to our current residence).
Sorry for your loss and I can understand how you feel.
I wonder what Peanut will think if he ever finds out o-o
WHAT THE CRAP SERIOUSLY
(what, did you expect intelligent commentary after that?)
(no, I expected your brain to melt.)
A griffin, dragon AND fireworks?! I’d drop my soda too. :3c
This comic was so much simpler before all the pete/king arcs, i miss it being just peanut and grape
well, actually the BEST next thing of this comic is that it can deal at best BOTH with the simple and funny storylines AND the magical drama, keeping a fine equilibrium between both.
The comic has definitely made the switch from two main characters to an ensemble cast. Even without King and Pete there’s still Bino, Sasha, Maxwell, Tiger and many more who all seem to be playing a bigger part in the action as well.
Well, things usually either grow or die. In this case, I’d pick “grow”.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! A frickin’ Keanu Reeves full of whoa’s!
Metric or Imperial?
Metric. For imperial you need to convert it into Chuck Norrises
oh my freakin gawd…
Tarot uses ‘Psychic’!
It’s Super Effective!
Tarot uses Confusion on the readers!
It’s Super-DUPER effective!
Tarot used Mindbreak!
Makes you wonder if tarot really loves peanut or if she’s just being around him to protect him and grape from the end of the world
tarot:’those with out love in their hearts will perish…”
thus she becomes peanuts girlfriend so that he will survive and save the world~!
Peanut already loved Grape. Maybe she was trying to save Grape by making her aware of it? It would be interesting if the whole “mushiness rights” was part of the plan
I didn’t really expect Tarot to be involved, I thought she just knew about this because she’s psychic.
And the reason she’s psychic has just been explained.
Maybe this power is an effect of being psychic, not a cause
Also, does anyone else think Tarot looks adorable in the third pannel? You know, in a creepy, phychic way? Ignore the floating and the green lights, I just think that looks kinda cute.
The only way that strikes me as “cute” is by associating it to “I dream of Jeannie”
..why is Tarot an Eastern Dragon?…I’m seriously confused…I can accept that she not just a dog but an EASTERN DRAGON? I would understand if she turns into something like Ra or Anubis given all the Egyptian refs that poped up around her. Heck, I would even understand a Phoenix over an eastern dragon…oh well the damage is done I guess…all we can do now is see what happens.
Why? Why not. Or are you truely willing to tell a dragon which pantheons they are and are not allowed to invoke?
She’s a Pomeranian, that’s a central European dog. Why isn’t she a Middle-Eastern or Chinese breed?
Because it’s all the more wow-ing! A Western dragon would be what you would expect. With Rick, you truly have to expect the unexpected!
In Addition to the facts: This is an alternate universe. In an alternate universe
anything, from history, to physics, and beyond, can be altered. That’s just what
Makes Comics, and Stories so awesome. They can go anywhere your
imagination can take you, and beyond.
Any chance we could see that last page as a multiscreen wallpaper? or isnt the original of sufficient resolution for that?
Pretty please with sugar ontop…
DRAGON FOR WIN!
Is it just me or has HP! gotten epic…er?
In all seriousness looking back 2 years ago when this comic started out a lot has changed. From the art style to the story arcs; HP! is constantly evolving. The drawings started out in BW and now it’s in full blown color. Stories have become deep and complex that its hard not to get drawn in. Mostly importantly the character development is just great. I never thought a character like King could come a long way from being Joel, the unlikeable character as a human, to King the most beloved character in the series.
Its great to see the growth of a series from its humble beginnings to a moment like… this.
So what do I think when I see Tarot change into a dragon? Just another reason why HP! is EPIC…er!
That’s what happens when you write a webcomic for awhile: The characters grow, they develop in all kinds of directions, and the stories just get better and better as the comic goes on.
Amen to that brother. XD
Here, Here! >_>
I have the urge to say “Of course! It all makes sense now!” about Tarot being a dragon… But I really didn’t see this coming.
You and me both, brother/sister. *Holds up knuckle for knuckle touch*
Whoa, nice surprise there! Guess birdbrain is gonna get his share of pain now >:)
…Such a Mary-Sue. >.<
And why is Tarot a Mary Sue, praytell?
Prolly ’cause she can see the future and turn into a dragon and has no overwhelming negatives to counter them out.
I’d say that, even though she has some imbalances there, she’s still entertaining enough in other things to be an ignorable Mary Sue.
Well, she’s a bit flakey.
Don’t you mean scaley? >_> hehehehe.. Ok. Bad Pun.
Who said he was talking about Tarot?
Seriously, now. I’m guessing any use of an awesome, unprecedented, and apparently out-of-universe power/knowledge gets the “Mary Sue” label. The question here is, is this out-of-universe?
Yeah, a lot of people mis-apply “Mary Sue” to basically mean “anyone who doesn’t have major trauma to overcome”. Luckily for them I can’t reach through the internet and slap them.
Pete’s black speech bubble seems a little lighter
Maybe even he is a bit frightened? He seems more capable of getting a hold of himself than King, though.
There’s always a bigger fish… or dragon…
This actually makes a great deal of sense. Remember that, in Oops I Arced, there was what looked like a giant snake under the image of the griffin: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/13/i-could-have-done-that/ Chinese Dragons look very much like snakes and if you look carefully you’ll see the ’snake’ has legs. This representation could very well be of the Spirit Dragon.
Building on this, before Pete was released, Tarot thought it would be the ‘beginning of the end’: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/23/so-cool/ but afterwards she seemed far less worried about it: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/07/home-for-christmas/ it could be that she didn’t know the Spirit Dragon would come to their aid, but was afterwards contacted by the entity and reassured.
Didn’t notice that before. Great observation.
You should take over from Thoth!
Better stated, where were you when Thoth disappeared?
I think Thoth does a fine job.
I’ve been viewing the comic, but I don’t always have time to comment. Also, until now anything I could have stated would have been speculation with no basis.
Aw, but the fun of speculation is taking a tiny fact and seeing how far you can push it out into the unknown!
And we will just have to see if Tarot does indeed have an association with Tiamat
Naming the spirits now, are we? Now this is getting interesting!
(No, naming “Ra” does not count)
There is only one god!
And he is the Sun God!
Sun God! Sun God!
Ra Ra Ra!
Oh that speculations from last december, about post five over on the Dossier thread. At the time it was simply based on dream-Peanut’s statement that the inscription on Pete’s Temple/Prison/Gate/Whatever was in Ancient Akkadian (a dubious source), the serpentine figure on the Seal/Door/Whatever, and the notion that dream-Peanut might have turned “Pazuzu” into “Pete” – which would imply a connection with Tiamat. At the time there wasn’t enough information there to support any serious speculation, but it looks like we’re getting some more – and a link with Tarot as a bonus – now.
Hurray For The Sun God, He’s Sure A Fun God, Ra! Ra! Ra!
Dang, peanut is dating a dragon
kewl, ain’t it?
Ya know, after finding that out, Peanut’s wanting to date Grape doesn’t seem so out-there, now does it?
I wanna move there now. Every day has a surprise. I’d never be bored.
Got room in that moving van for two? *Packs stuff up*
Make it three! And let’s rent a motorhome!
No thanks. It’s hard enough when pets die when they can’t talk.
My guess is that Sabrina is also a mythical creature.
Anyways: heh, that is awesome.
Hold it shadow…
…wow. Just… wow. This is definatly going to suprise Peanut.
On the other hand, if Tarot is indeed a mystical creature and cannot stay, that’ll just leave room for PeanutxGrape shipping!
Yes, I’m a PeanutxGrape shipper. Oh come on, I guarentee at least half of you are shippers of those two as well.
Present and accounted for!
Uh, I don’t think that after they’ve said “I love you” to eachother, it counts as a ship anymore.
Port authority to Pax, what is that thing you have in the water?
Pax to port authority, it’s the love boat, and you aren’t sinking it! CANNONS, FIRE AT WILL!!!
Port authority to swiss navy: The love boat is not peaceful! We’re taking fire! This is not a drill, it’s a screwdriver!
DO NOT FIRE AT WILL, HE IS MY FIRST LIEUTENANT! FIRE AT THE SEA DUCK!
*Raises paw also*
*Both of them.*
I think Peanut and Grape should be together…
Thats just me….
Crazy little me….
I agree completly with you there. You’re not crazy. It’s everyone ELSE who’s crazy! We’re the only sane ones here! MUA HA HA HA HA!!!
P+G fan right here.
hmm, this could end in a very funny way.
It just popped into my mind, the moment I realized she went all ‘You naughty naughty…’ just like Pete did with Joel.
We could end up having king back to human and Pete as his pet cat?
They don’t let you have pet cats in jail.
Mebbe he’ll have a pet mice to share his cell with. Even better!
LOL! I want to see Spo beat up Pete!
Now. THAT thought is hilarious. A lot!
valerio, i think its more fun when pete is transformed into joel, so he gets to jail, remember that the humans think he ” escaped”
and tarot can probably deal with joel/king too, so that if joel wants he can turn human too
hmmmm, just cant wait for the punnishment of pete
Hey, turning Pete into Joel is the best idea I’ve heard yet! After all, Pete also seemed to have escaped from some kind of prison which he tricked the animals into opening for him…
Vegeta! What does the scouter say about this comic’s awesome!?
IT’S OVER 9000!
if peanut saw this he wuld say “wow you can transform into a giant dragon too? thats so cool”
And I nearly wet MYself laughing at King in the last panel. XDD
Now I didn’t see that coming….
let’s see where that’ll lead to.
I literally just shouted, out loud, ‘SHE’S A DRAGON,” and squealed.
Just because the obvious doesn’t mean it’s not F’ING AWESOME.
it’s explains so much and yet so little
I told you there’d be fireworks. I didn’t expect this kind.
So Tarot is like a Shen Long after all? O.O;;
Oooh, ooh! Does she realizes wishes too? Or we have to go around the world grabbing someone’s balls for her to do that?
i wish for world peace
*goes into fetal position*
Tarot ._. is huge
hehe I think I’d of wet myself too
Suddenly, everything makes sense.
So… was Tarot a dragon all along or is she just channelling the dragon like she does with other spirits?
THIS IS SO CONFUSING I LOVE IT!
You, sir, have watched too much Shrek
And apparently, the comment I was replying to at 9:15 AM was just deleted
Don’t you just love that? [/sarcasm]
By TVTropes, Tarot either just “Took a level in Bad***” or has been “Obfuscating Stupidity” the whole time. If she really is the Spirit Dragon add in “Scaled Up.”
Remember Fisban from Dragonlance?
Well, that was unexpected. But awesome!
Thank you so much for not cliff hanging us on that transformation scene
Wait, you! I remember you… in the mountains..
But you! What is this..? o_o
Peanuts got an awesome Girlfriend…
Like Dragon and Donkey in Shrek films lol
Very much like it.
I’ll admit it… I didn’t see this coming.
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building kick! EXPLOSIOOOOON!
it’s happens to everyone king.
So does that mean..
All of Peanut’s girlfriends aren’t dogs?
maybe, but tarot is peanut’s first and only girlfriend. he would never cheap on her dog or not
Oh,No..Grape was loooonnngggg before Tarot.
I’d like to say how awesome this is.
But all the other commentators already have.
…and that’s not an adequate enough word 2 describe this awesomeness anyway. 83
I do C none have bought up references to Anime Girl Transformations though.
Anime Girl Transformations? You mean as a general concept / trope, or is there a show that’s called “Anime Girl Transformations”? (wouldn’t surprize me if there was, though)
In general …as a trope,
like Tokyo Mew mew, or Sailor moon.
…in case plpl check in this late. X|
so friggin awesome!!!
I just had a thought. Tarot’s not gonna make Pete turn King back into Joel, is she?
It makes you wonder doesn’t it. I hope King stays King!!!
1. Epic battle Between Pete and Tarot ensues.
2. Tarot wins.
3. Tarot explains the harmful results of Pete’s magical mischief, and offers to right the wrong by turning King human again.
4. We have an emotional moment where King is sad and seems to be thinking about staying a dog.
5. He suddenly breaks the moment, by saying “Yes!!! I wanna be human again!”
6. She complies, turning him human.
7. The police dogs show up and arrest him.
…Really hopeing I’m wrong.
I hope not – or at least that it wouldn’t end the arc there. That would be too depressing (and we never would find out what Pete was actually up to, which would be frustrating).
I don’t see it happening this way. I doubt someone who’s about to kick epic butt would say “naughty, naughty birdie”.
Oh, I don’t know. This comic has been full of twists before. I’d say that words don’t exactly prove actions
Clearly, your parents never spanked you
King and I are thinking along the same lines here
Pete looks cool in panel 2.
O_O Woah. I just dismissed Tarot as being psychic. I never got suspicious. I KNEW I shoulda.
I love love her now. (Yes, redundancy, blame JSRF.)
Heh…Naughty, naughty birdie. X3 GO TAROT.
I wonder what Peanut will think when he finds out…
and what if not only peanut finds out
Then it’s gonna get scary. As if it isn’t already. Who knows, this might all be part of King getting drunk off orange soda AND getting hit on the head.
“That’s so cool”?
Dragon? Dragon! Raar!
While this is interesting and Pete is awfully cute, I hope the comic doesn’t stray too far from its funny-pages roots.
This is officially THE best comic on the internet.
yay pete gets punnished, abuse YOUR powers tarot.
make pete a piece of furniture
A Couch. Then Sit. While still being a dragon. LOL. Hehehehehehehehe…
I want to see peanut’s reaction on this one!
Wow, Tarot is just … just … o.O
I agree with King … this would be so awesome if didn’t just wet myself o.o’
Is it safe to start planting the Epileptic Trees yet?
I still think that at the end of all this, King won’t remember anything – and be hung over.
(from Orange Soda? Hmm, maybe I should try some of that…)
That, or nobody believes him because he’s had too much soda.
It’s amazing what one caffeinated drink like coke or even orange soda can do to you
There’s no caffeine in orange soda, is there?
I’m willing to bet all “soft” drinks contain caffeine. Of course, Coke and Pepsi are black so it’s kind of obvious there, but if the caffeine is in the base syrup, then anything you make from it will have caffeine.
I also rarely win my bets.
Simple syrup is some kind of sugar plus water, and sometimes gum. No caffeine.
thanks, and it depends on what kind of orange soda you get. Some brands have it and some don’t
I know it’s all the way at the bottom, so it might look a little confusing here, but I wasn’t sure who to reply to.
As to the memory erased/dream thing, what I imagine could happen is:
There is a big fight we do not see ( ).
King gets knocked out.
He wakes up in the forest, not remembering what happened, only that he was drunk.
King walks back to the celebration, and re-joins Fox.
Meanwhile, we see that Dragon Tarot has a claw clamped on Pete’s beak, and they are hiding in the trees.
Yeah, that’s all I got. But there are just so possibilities, and I’m just so anxious…
I want to see everyone ride Tarot! NOW!
*in whiny kid voice*
But what if she’s slimy.
or scaley or feather-y or… ok, I’ll stop.
*gasp!* what if it isn’t Tarot?
*gasp* what if I don’t care?
Guhhhh…. Nice job Rick, your story arc has just messed with my head…………Guhhhhh……
Also, side note, I love how there are fireworks behind Tarot.
earlier people were arguing over whether Tarot was the dragon, or whether she just summoned the beast. Personally, I don’t think it matters. Either way, Pete’s about to receive either a beat down, or serious jailtime.
Or a real stern talkin’ to!
Sooo… is Sabrina a magical being to? …If she’s a unicorn I called it.
So we finally have a guess on what Sabrina may be! All Hail Lucent Lupe, the Opener of the W… wait a minute…
Ok, My Respect for her has gone up like 80 notches.
And it was good to begin with.
I can’t wait to see the rest of this!
Man your stuff is great!
…Okay, I now officially love Tarot forever, just for turning into a dragoness. *purrs* I…kinda have a thing about dragons, and she is gorgeous.
I am disappointed in Tarot. She is speciesist. She’s a dragon who’ll happily turn herself into a dog and date other dogs, but she flatly refuses to date humans. Oh really? In this particular setting, what really is the difference? She’s already going outside of her own species. Petty and shallow. Tsk tsk.
This post is not to be taken seriously.
i’m taking it that you have good thing thing to post but you don’t know what to write.
I think she was just blowing King off with that line and being typically ditzy in not thinking about how he’d take it.
So, does that mean I’m a speciest because I like apples, but not persimmons?
Really, a lot of people seem too ready to throw around negative -ist and -ism labels, here and elsewhere. I wish they would stop diluting the meaning of those words into virtual uselessness.
Actually, I think, more of an -ismist.
O_O RUN RUN RUN!
The sheer number of comments on this page is overwhelming! arff
But I suppose it just goes to show how awesome it is and tarot too.
on a Slow side note: it took me till today to figure out the connection between Tarot being psychic and those tarot cards that predict the future … I know .. I’m slow
Yes. Like a snail.
Do you also have a shell that is tough to crack? Because if you do, your -1 points return to 0 points, so you can have a clean slate!
Oh, thats neat… look at the pretty firew-OHMYGOD!!!
this…really changes the story… a lot…
My first question: WHAT WAS KING ABOUT TO RUIN!?!?!?
yes we have the to know. TELL US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wednesday please.
So far, everyone was thinking what Pete had planned was something explosive. I’m sticking with that.
But Tarot/The Spirit Dragon was the one who called Pete out there (which is why he didn’t want King to go) so his whole plan was to talk to Tarot/The Spirit Dragon
Oh, also, pete has that “aww crap…” look on his face in that last frame
did any see that tarot’s spirit dragon form speak in green bubbles
yes … we saw it … it’s pure awesomeness …arff …
I think it might be time to update the cast page.
I’m more interested at the what Pete meant by “You’re going to ruin everything!”
LONGEST. COMMENT THREAD. EVER.
455. No, wait, 456. Arg, I ruined it, didn’t I?
On the plus side, now it’s even!
And now it’s not.
Nope, sorry. The longest was when Peanut got “Mushiness rights”; 603 comments
Now if you mean the most comments since then or except for that one time; then yeah, it is the most comments.
SECOND. LONGEST. COMMENT THREAD. EVER.
NOW It’s the LONGEST. COMMENT THREAD. yadda yadda yadda.
It is the longest Weekday (or non-Friday) comment count however because ‘Just Friends’ was a weekend one.
Did you actually go back and check the comment counts on all the old ones? Or are you going by my statement that it’s the second-longest?
I’m really just going by your statement I don’t have the time to go through and check
What a Twist! Also, in before someone edits panel one to make the soda can look like a brick and places it behind King for humorous effect.
Or simply swap King’s text bubble in panel 1 for his text bubble in panel 5
Wait, wait, wait, let me get this straight. Tarot is actually a dragon…but would date a dog and has a policy against dating humans? Whaaaaa?
I thought the same XD
or she may just have the ability to summon a dragon. We don’t know yet so there is no “straight”
Whoa, never saw that coming, but now I gotta wonder, does Sabrina change too? o.o
Has been proposed above, so by its sheer number of supporters, it seems likely. So far the only actual guess as to what she changes into is a unicorn.
Well, I figured there had to be other mythics in this universe and I knew Tarot had some strangeness going on, but I didn’t quite put that two and two together! o_O
Kinda makes me wonder if anything’s up with Sabrina, since she seems to live in the same house as Tarot…
yeah your right. maybe sabrina a siren.
I NEED THE NEW ONE NOW!!!! THE SUSPENCE IS KILLING ME!!!!
Awesome plot twist! So cool, I had to make an account.
Keep up the great work Rick!
Sooo… Tarot is a dragon disguised as a Pomeranian? … Well, we’ll see how this turns out.
I like how Pete honestly looks worried in the last scene. :3
Great! this is just what peanut needs. he already has a thing for cats!
over 400 comment! yeah boy!
Over 500 now! (541 to be exact)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on here… Tarot, based on tarot cards obviously for her divination purposes, is a dragon? Something’s wrong here… You’re mixing Chinese western dragons with eastern Europe tarot cards and she even then has an Egyptian Ankh on her collar? Where the hell is this chick from!?
As far as Housepets goes, perhaps they’re all derived from some actual common source (as in: supernatural creatures who definitely exist) rather than being mythological and cultural inventions?
That, or perhaps Tarot simply has been all over the world and is purposefully mixing pieces of different cultures that stand out to her when putting together her Pomeranian persona.
Or you know, she has varied interests like most people. MST3k manta time…and who says she’s not still a Pomeranian who just has the ability to turn into or summon a giant lime green dragon.
naughty, naughty birdie! X3 lol
Fourth of July such an awesome holiday! It’s America’s independence from the British Empire. It’s the day when Jeff Goldblum saved the world by uploading Windows 95 virus to the alien’s mothership. We finally saw Tarot transform right before our very eyes, plus the look on King’s face and with the fireworks in the background. “Sigh” Good stuff!!!
and the “this would be so awesome if i didnt just wet myself”
Aaaaaaaaaand Cerberus Syndrome hits full swing….
I don’t understand…..
Tarot is a dragon who says she doesn’t date humans…. but she dates dogs?
hmm i think there would be much trouble for peanut if he broke up with her…
Well, at the moment it’s one of: is a dragon, can act as host for a dragon spirit (with either physical or illusory shapechange), can create a dragon, can create something in the form of a dragon around her, can let a dragon speak through her while providing an appropriate image, can project an illusory dragon, is some other sort of creature with both the dragon and the dog form being disguises, has temporarily traded places with a dragon or has borrowed a dragons body, is acting as the host or focus for some extenal power source that has manifested as a dragon (perhaps one of those “collective power of the council of spirits” things), or…
The list really goes on and on. At the moment, I’m still inclined towards “Tarot is really a dog” because of the relationship with Peanut, with her wearing a collar (which seems rather beneath the dignity of a major magical being), and from her observed behavior. That all could be a blind, but would really be a good one – and why bother?
First. *far too girly squee of delight for a guy* I so want to hug that dragon, no matter how little I might actually would be able to hug based on size.
Second, I’d say she’s more a mix of western and eastern. the horns are strait rather than branching like a deer’s. That is part of the traditional eastern dragon. Also she lacks whiskers, but as traditional as that is you can easily say, she’s a girl, so doesn’t have them.
Third. Dragons need pets too. Sabrina could actually be her pet cat, and it might be mentioned later that they don’t seem to have an actual owner.
Forth, it’s still hard to say if Tarot is the dragon or not, but one thing for sure is the dragon is speaking throughout the whole of the comic, so Pete might be just recognizing her spirit rather than tarot’s form. The reason is the dragon has light blue speech bubbles with black text, though that suggests Tarot might not be, who has green with black text when doing weird stuff, but is other wise normal white with black letters.
Fifth, Cerberus syndrome is only if a funny comic drifts into an endless pit of drama, and most likely despair, and the comedy leaves. The giant dragon does sorta swallow the joke, but I found king’s statement in the last panel funny. The rest of this arc, and all the preceding ones have been the same for the most part. The only exceptions I can think of replace humor with heartwarming, or the end of king’s first ark with something I can’t put a word to right now when Pete says “who said anything about turning you back?”
Finally, Awesome Rick style dragon is awesome.
That’s “Cerebus”, not “Cerberus”.
Though her being psychic already was a good explanation, I think I know why Tarot knows Pete. Let’s call it a hunch.
They’re brother and sister!
What does Pete mean by “Your going to ruin everything!”? He doesn’t seem amused or mildly annoyed by King’s disobedience (something that should have been expected by a reality warping magical being) he seems REALLY angry.
Perhaps more upset than angry? If we take the theory that Pete’s treatment of Joel is against the rules – and it certainly hasn’t been especially fair or honorable – then the simple fact of Joel/King being out of concealment when Pete knows one or more other magical beings is around might indeed spoil everything – at least for Pete.
Pete looks so cool in panel 2!
Hehe… it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Careful with that drama tag Rick, it’s awful difficult to get back in the slot, assuming you made sure to keep a firm grasp on it.
Also, unexpected awesome-scene is awesome. I don’t want my above comment to take away from that.
But how did that big dragon pack itself down into such a tiny dog? Are we talking Megatron, Haku, or just some kind of illusion?
Size doesn’t matter when magic is involved. It defies weight, mass, and possibly
some other laws that would otherwise argue in variance. Another Answer is the
dragon could be like a form from another dimension and was taken out of a portal
and put on like a suit. Really, there is no end the possibilities and ways you could ‘explain’ something like this in an Alternate reality.
i think shes a shape shifter and some seer or something wich may explain how she knows things before u think about it and wich may explain how she can shapeshift into a dog too dragon etc
Now that’s just mean
but hes so cuuuuttteee as a dogy ;D
oh woops that was meant to be a reply
danit so was that :3
auhg i is don tryin -_-’
I believe you might be suffering from floatasis
Now I remember what I was going to say when I first read the comic! It was in reference to pannel 1:
“Humans don’t yipe”
I know, sounds foolish now, but I forgot it while navigating the sea of comments
“But dogs do”
He looks like he’s just saying “yipe”.
Like Gaspode says “bark”. And “woof”. And “Woof bloody woof”.
And I guess this is where I get to REALLY say “WHAAAAA-??!!!”
Aww… poor Peanut. His girlfriend is a dragon.
Somehow I just don’t see him surviving if he ever had to meet Tarot’s parents.
So of course i go on a trip to grandmas and she doesnt have internet. so i have to wait until we come home on a thirteen hour drive. well we stop at a gas station and of course it has wifi, but my laptop doesnt hold a charge. but my brothers does and of course he goes the read this and i have bad eyesight as it is so i can only see the panels and not read what the characters are saying. so then i see tarot turning into this big dragon and my brother wont tell me what happened so i have to wait in suspense for another 6 hours and then we finally get home but then we have to unpack the car and i have to walk the dog and bring in the food so finally i get to load up my computer but its slow so i still had to wait in short today sucked!
hahaha “this would be so awsome if i didnt just wet my self” king is my favrit cherictor
king is hilarious.
“this would be so awsome if i didnt just wet my self.”
best line ever
*insert laughing here*
So let me get this straight, Tarot is that sick dragon thing? X3
That’s what I believe, although other will argue she merely summoned the dragon.
Or she’s imaginating it.
Or any of a dozen other things.
575 (COUNTING MINE IM DOING RIGHT NOW) COMMENTS THATS A NEW RECORD FOR RICK! X3
603, still standing.
and the gems of that page
the second one is so true arff
I am one of those people in this thread, but there are far fewer now than there were in that thread. The biggest majority here are definitely people commenting on the comic itself.
Which, btw, is awesome.
TRANSFORMAPOMERANIAN POWERS ENGAGE.
596… 8 to go…
And now it wins.
581 comments? This HAS to be a new record.
Oop, or not. Just checked above. Second place! Romance still wins over dragons and explosions. D:
you should read the previous comment … arff
also .. for the curious .. there are only 195 different people who commented on this page
and on the current record holding page with 603 comments, there were just 161 different people commenting
arff (i have too much time on my paws)
Amazing isn’t it how this strip has touched our very spirits!! Dragons and magic will probably win over love!!
Anyone up for BBQ griffon?
The line starts here… we just gotta get the grilling started…
Since reading this comic from the beginning, I think you all are putting waaaaay too much though into this. Tarot’s a dragon, obviously a mythical being but hey, there’s a griffin right there so, yeah. This is also a comic, things can be twisted and shaped and yes, that goes against my previous comment but I figure if Bino can survive a beating with a grease-covered frying pan, who knows what else he’ll put in.
Anywho, lets look at what we do know: King, who was human turned into dog (Irony) by Pete, giant griffin with supernatural powers, who might have gotten his power from Tarot, a somewhat innocent looking and cute Pomeranian with psychic powers, who is dating Peanut, who is really in love with Grape, for some deeper, possibly comedic, purpose AND might be a god.
Wow, this comic is pretty good.
So, Peanut’s dating a dragon? Neat. Wish I had a dragon. :\
Oh god I’m all caught up!
I had that exact same feeling about five comics ago. At least it’s not the end of the story; there’s more to come (albeit slower than our curiosity demands =p).
OVER 600 COMMENTS!
WE HAVE A NEW HOUSEPETS RECORD!
Time: 6:25 EST
the green figure in panel 4 looks a bit like the baphomet.
It makes sense now, because tarot never showed signs of having a home or an owner. (Excluding the comic before Pete escapes when she is with Sabrina).
I think she does have an owner. She’s seen in the same place with Peanut around New Year’s time.
She lives somewhere, because she’s seen sitting with Sabrina when she’s talking to Peanut telepathically.
One last thing before they close the thread: It looks like Pete as a griffin is two-toned.
I hope King doesnt get turned back into a human D:!
I’d hope not too; as a human, Joel is just another person with some emotional issues and legal problems. As King, he’s got a unique position and perspective to bring to the pets – and a selection of human background skills to use.
I’m still hoping for a scene of some emergency where King has to strap extensions to his legs to reach the pedals and drive a car – or has to use whatever-it-was he studied in college. Not only are there lots of possibilities for comedy, but there can be all kinds of embarrassing questions to avoid afterwards.
I’m surprised this strip got more comments than the one where Grape kisses Peanut. I guess more and more people are starting to read this comic (which they should be!)
My last thought on this strip is: Can Sabrina do something similar to Tarot?
600 comments… @_@ wow, just wow. This got more than that P+G one. @__@
just…wow! wonder how peanut will take to having a dragon as a GF?
I’m guessing the reaction will be similar to psychic communication reaction a few arcs back.
New strip soon! Can’t wait to see what happens to Pete!! :3
I disagree with King. This is so awesome even if he did wet himself.
I disagree with King. This is so awesome regardless of whether or not he wet himself.
Chibi Tarot in the third panel! :3
I fully DID NOT see this coming. Good on ya RickGriffin! Dragons always a plus XD and whee a paw too.
what does this mean for peanut now that we know his gf is a dragon D:
does this mean there is now room for grape to get more involved with him? :3
And then housepets jumps the shark.
Maybe Tarot will punish Pete by taking care of king. Just a thought.
It would be awesome!
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