More like epic fail!!
more like fail of epic porportios XD
or even one of epic *proportions*.
And once again, the English language is saved thanks to…
@Val Kilmer Batman
Nazi, not Natzi
that movie wasn’t as good as ai was hoping it would be
With a title like that, of course not.
Mewz, VKB was playing off of Brad Pitt’s horrible mispronunciation of “Nazi” in the Quentin Tarantino movie “Inglourious Basterds”.
(Really, I hope he was intentionally playing the southern hick accent bad intentionally. I have trouble imagining Tarantino, as much as I think he’s an overrated hack, letting that through by accident, nor do I want to think that Pitt is really that clueless.)
@Val Kilmer Batman
Sweet avy! “Nonsense, Wyatt, I have not yet begun to defile myself!”
“I’m dying. How are you?”
“It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds”
Erm, strike the first “intentionally” in my previous.
Ugh, for want of an edit button…
… or a delete one to let me put things in the correct place.
*pats nohbody’s shoulder* There, there. It’s all okay now.
Fail of epic porpoises?
Alright, I am glad to see somebody else who loves “Tombstone”, but I have to stop before this turns into another movie quotes thread. I feel that I must apologise for letting myself get out of hand with that, and promise to keep myself on a shorter leash.
ARGH! I keep hitting the wrong reply button!!
That first part was at Kormiak (about another fan of the movie)
I would say more like OUCH. Shaving that much hair hurts. Alot.
King rolls and gets a 1, critical failure!
He rolled a Bulbasaur.
Okay dude, you Kitsune pic is awesome.
I actually know somebody who semi-actively hunts for a die that has pokemon on it instead of numbers.
I’d love a die with bulbasaur, charmander, squirtle, pikachu, rattata and… mewtwo. It’d be like rock paper scissors. Bulbasaur beats squirtle, squirtle beats charmander, charmander beats bulbasaur, rattata fails at life and suicides, pikachu somehow destroys everything except mewtwo with thundershock, and mewtwo just pokes the others and they fly across the room.
Holy crap, I was just watching that o_____o
The Mewtwo movie, I mean. XDD;
It’s such a epic fail it’s a win!
You would have thought a gold statue of the Kitsune would be enough of a wake up call.
I have the impression that his first wake-up was in the middle of the night. It seems King fell asleep and then woke up again.
Or perhaps this is a different night. But he probably just went back to sleep after finding the statue.
Maybe this is another day? Showing that Pete really is gone for good?
But I liked Pete!!! T_T
i like spirit dragon he he <3
Pete won’t be gone for long
Ditto on Spirit Dragon!
lol who would have guessed? but why can’t they touch peanut and grape??
Someone’s obviously not paying attention to who they are now.
Heck, I don’t know who I am in the morning either!
Looks to me like he hadn’t woken up yet and was sleepwalking
1 time i wud sleep walking and woke up in my bathtub
Done that, woke up showering in the shower with the water running and naked.
auhg lucky! ai still had on all mai close
i once woke up and noticed i called 911 :s
My mother found me in the kitchen. I had walked out, grabbed a knife, and curled up in the middle of the kitchen floor.
*scratches his head*
How could the water be naked?
I had a moment like that. I thought I was dreaming, till I snapped back into reality when the water from the shower part hit me in the face.
When I was a teenager, my dad stopped me from walking out into the garage in the middle of the night. Still don’t know where I was going. o.o
One time my friend (who is a chef and skilled at that) sat straight up in bed, yelled BLUEBERRY PANCAKES and proceeded to go to the kitchen and make pancakes in his sleep.
He wins at life.
“You can’t handle the truth!”
lol, I guess he still isn’t used to being a dog! XD
Would this count as a reverse application of Semac’s law?
Quite an obscure reference there, Oren. But I think there’s no reversal:
If any of you have read the novel “City” by Clifford Semac, you know that Semac’s law say that any form which a transformee takes permanently affects the psyche. This includes the original [form].
Except his name was “Simak”.
Well, that explains why there was only one Google result apart from this page
Habits never die.
Indeed they don’t. Since Pete is a magical griffin and capable of assuming human form at will you wouldn’t think he wouldn’t actually need to shave. The fact he’d have a razor and shaving cream lying around for something like this to potentially happen just makes it funnier.
Of course the idea of a dog getting up and willingly brushing his teeth is funny in itself.
Look, a little bit of Joel is finally visible on King’s face.
Knowing Pete, he probably planted that there just to be an arse. :B
But I think you were already implying this. I don’t know. It’s 7am.
Actually.. I like to think that’s Pete’s toothbrush.
Maybe if he shaves it ALL off, he’ll turn back!
*King does it*
Oop, I guess not. Oh well! Carry on!
I thought that might be a possibility too. But if I were King I wouldn’t try it.
Poor king X3
This taught me a lot.
Dogs can shave. That’s all I got out of this.
all i got is
1)dogs can shave
2)fox cares about king for reason i do not know of
They’re friends isn’t good enough?
aaaiiii…guuueeeesss it ccccoooouuullldd beeee
It’s like I’ve been saying: They’re like brothers. Or it could be that King is less of a jerk than Bino, and therefore Fox cares about him more.
Well, being less of a jerk than Bino isn’t all that demanding an assignment. Even as badly socialized as King appears to be, I’d guess he’s up to it.
A clean shave.
A close shave
The closest shave you will ever get.
Thats what it was! My mind drew a blank.
It’s midnight. I guess it’s allowed
fer me it’s 1a.m.
rick wut country u live in anyway!?!
US or Canada, He’s on Central Standard Time, though.
go eastern! we are supirior!
Pacific! We update at 10! And it’s actually warm in Seattle now! Make peace with your gods, for the end is nigh!
Actually, I would love to live in Hawaii and come up to Seattle for the summers; I love it here but there’s really only two seasons: winter and August.
that sounds nice
EST is nice. But then, yeah, Rick updates around 1 here, so I’m usually asleep by then…
Here in Hawaii it updates at 6. :3
Don’t leave your razor…
Around with your corgi…
If he uses it…
He’ll look dorky…
its a TRAP!
Your name makes me hate you a little bit.
u hate him a little cause of his name!?! harsh much >_>
He made me looooooose.
Then tie yourself up again. Easy.
oh i get it!
Sonic ID Furreh, you don’t seem to understand that “the game” is the name of a game which, once you remember it again, you lose. Everyone just got reminded because of his name, and lost the game. See one of the earlier comics for another explanation.
I guess everyone plays, like it or not? You can’t lose if you don’t play.
THAT DOESN’T COUNT.
I mean, you DO win the game when you see that, BUT YOU HAVE TO PLAY AGAIN ANYWAY. Just like you have to play again after you lose.
The only way to win is not to play.
I think that Peanut said it best.
Argent’s corollary to WOPR’s law: once you win the game, you’re not playing it any more.
And since I was using WOPR’s law ironically before The Game was invented, I win.
oh ai remember wut it is ai just don’t think about it ;3 there problem solved
So wait, I think this solves our “What house is he currently in” dilema. Seems like he’s still at his/pete’s home.
Except that Pete’s no longer there
Or else he’s not, which is why there’s shaving cream and a razor there.
Be funny if he’s at the police officer’s house XD
why would a bed with King’s name be there!? O.O
There was a mysterious fire at the place and only the dog-bed was saved.
Well, between the dog club events and revolutionary mice with match-torches, I’d suspect that either there’s an awful lot of rebuilding going on all the time in the Housepets universe or they’ve gotten very good at fireproofing (and the dogs did a REALLY good job of starting that fire).
no one has asked this by why is the sink and all that stuff at dog level. In the comic he’s standing up and the sink is at an appropriate height for him, about 2 to 2-1/2 feet off the ground. Are we sure this is Pete’s house or has he been given one of his own? At the very least has the house been altered to suit him now that Pete can’t control him?
Insufficient data. It could be a low sink, or he could just have stepped up onto something. Hopefully we’ll get more information soon.
“Duck” tape goes quack quack and tries to bite your face off!
According to Cartoon Network, it’s a tape made from ducks. Of course, if you put that on Wikipedia, it probably won’t count as a reliable source
It’s also a brand of duct tape! Duck Tape! =D
It was actually originally called “Duck Tape” because the U.S. Army used it to waterproof munitions/explosives crates during (I think) one of the World Wars(?).
I saw something about it on some discovery channel show or another.
From what the Duct Tape Book (thank my mother’s yard-sale habits) taught me is that… BOTH are correct!
It’s called Duck Tape because it’s waterproof and used by the Army as VKB up yonder mentioned. But it’s also referred to as Duct Tape because of how often people used it when repairing duct-work.
*cues public service announcement music* The more you know.
You don’t use duct tape to repair duct work, you use metallized tape.
The metalized tape is used to seal the system; however, it is also extremely expensive and prone to degrading over time. Covering it with copious amounts of duct tape is common practice to help ensure a permanent repair.
…either that, or I spent that summer crawling around attics only to learn the *wrong* way to do AC work.
Ah poor King, he just forgot himself for a minute.
LOL That’s hilarious.
Ahh yes that joke
I guess King really forgot himself there.
Noggin bump? Orange soda? The metaphysics of the universe and its players blew his mind? All of the above?
Ah, forgot about his noggin bump, but I see the patch now. Though it looks like the swelling has gone down, that’s good.
Didn’t king have a tail? Or was getting rid of it his reward?
He never did. He’s a Welsh Corgi, so he has little to no tail.
It looks like his tail is so short and stumpy it just disappears while standing
He had a tail it was just a small one!!
Haha! King needs help with his morning routine!!
That is…. well, that is interesting…. he has a sink at his height…. or a step stool….
Either way…. cool and funny… and frankly….. shows that maybe a little more of his human mind is unlocked?
I doubt Pete would have let that habit show at all…. I wonder if that means Pete is now…. well lost some power over King?
Holy crap, that makes sense!
hes not home
Sure he is. Pete’s just gone. Speaking of which, does Pete really need the shaving cream?
Pete was planing a famous prank as punishment for disobeying him, but this one works too…
To keep the house with a sense of ‘normalicy’ in case of company.
The original word was normality. The term “normalcy” was coined by Warren G. Harding in his campaign promise in 1920, “Return to normalcy.” Normalicy is however not a word, or at least not yet and try not to add to the English language’s 4 million + word count by misspelling words.
i thought he wasn’t alowed by decree of GK
Then Pete’s better at planning in advance than we all thought!
He’s a prankster spirit. He doesn’t need to plan ahead, he just does!
Well, AmericanOtter just answered my random question of the night… “Why in 7 month’s does he still have that habit?”
I like that theory – although he could just be hung over and dropping back into old habits. I doubt that Pete has let him party much.
It’s funny. He managed to get on the stool (only required when he’s a dog) but still forget it by the time he’d finished brushing
Wow that was funny but how much longer is this arc going to be I mean I like King but where else can Rick take this?
Oh, there are quite a few places that he could take this. All of which would be very entertaining.
The first thing is meeting back up with the people of the party and try to see how much of that actually happened. Does Sasha sill want to go out with him? Will Tarot remember, explain, and/or corroborate what he learned last night? Does Grape still want to rip his limbs off?!?
grape always does
Until the end of summer?
no tail? o_o
LOL. XD This just made me chuckle. And where’s king’s tail? @_@
Good question! 0.o
I just noticed, he hasn’t had a tail for awhile, looking through the past strips…
He had a tail when he shook himelf dry after Fox’s treatment for falling down stairs
I think it might be hard to draw a stuby tail when you view the back
It’s like an animorphic version of the shaggy dog. LOL
(T_-) Except he’s been a dog for at least 7 months, habits should have died within the first week… And/or new ones made.
You never know when old habits may pop up – especially when you’re had a bit of a shock.
That reminds me every time I wake up and rush to my college… Then I remember I’m employed, and the office is on the opposite side of the city
Also, Quick! we need sleepy faced King avis! Get on them!
im partial to fox’s expression
That would make a good one too.
These past few strips have really produced a lot of avvies.
Indeed, they have, good sir.
I think mine is the best.
definitly Spirit Studios 2010’s
yeah, its pretty good too
how many double strips in a row hasx this been?
I think 6, this being number 6
not five, unless you then continueth on to the number six. Nor seven, because seven beith too many. Eight is right out…
I think he might be transitioning into double strips replacing single strips and yes I know that that was worded really badly and that I probably jinxed it. But double strips just give you that much more room for a punchline.
Who’s toothbrush/razor is he using?
Where is his tail? ‘n’
he dosnt have any of these things. the razor/toothbrush belong to pete
If Pete can shapeshift why would he need to shave. Also he has a beak therefore no teeth.
see below commet from thoth
The 12:10 comment about the “rule of funny”?
The toothbrush is probably his, considering its too small for a human. The razor is probably Pete, but this begs the question of whether Pete actually had to shave
meybeh a coverup u no to make it LOOK like a normal house
Kind of like Death’s house in Discworld. The hairbrush and razor were kind of sad.
The swing set is the saddest part, in my opinion.
The swing set is an old engineer joke, goes back to at least WWII.
Okay… I don’t deny I’d do the same thing.
Not too many deductions there – except that either (1) Pete stocked the bathroom with shaving gear (I wouldn’t think that a shapeshifter would need it, but it might be a disguise, he might be a completist, or it might have been just to see if King would start to shave himself) (2) there was some other use for a razor (possible in injury treatment in animals, but that really doesn’t seem all that likely), (3) King was at someone else’s place, (4) it’s the rule of funny acting up again, or (5) the Great Kitsune put it there (who knows? he might be the one with in-world responsible for making the fule of funny work).
I was hoping to find out if Pete was still around, but funny is good too, and a good change of pace.
And beware! There is no datum so modest that I cannot over-analyze it!
Datum = 3
and I agree with the “shapeshifter not needing it”. If I had that power, I’d either turn into someone who doesn’t need to shave, or find a way to do it simply by snapping my fingers or something.
3) maybe, but not at fox’s. his suprise indicates that he hadn’t noticed until just then, and he’d probably have seen him in the house
4) i think so
5) no way of proving
Nope! That’s why multiple possiblities instead of a theory… must have INFORMATION… INFORMATION…
Nah, the “Prisoner” routine still isn’t working.
5) Ever had the remote get up and just…walk away? Kitsune did it. Thankfully, it seems that Dragon knows all his favorite hiding spots
hah “king wut happ-don’t ask” XD
i loled hard on that one … i mean it would be kind of hard to explain hehe
Ya it would!!
ducktape DUH o_o
Curious that he’s still a dog but his tail has vanished. Perhaps another victim of the morning ritual?
*Turn alarm clock off
*Turn on light
*Check butt. Is there a tail? Cut it off.
It’s just stumpy and hard to notice.
How would checking for a tail be routine day-after-party thing to do? I have never known anybody who grew a tail after getting drunk on orange soda. And I know a surprising amount of people who get drunk on orange soda, now that I think about it…
Its always good to practice personal hygiene…
This is one of those exceptions.
Does Pete shave or something? Maybe its for his Jamie mustache. XD
hooray MB reference
im stealing that and putting it somewhere else
I’d definitely giggle if you take special care to make the fur shorter in that region of King’s face for the next couple months.
Well, the bandage is still there, if that’s any indicator of consistency.
i just thought wouldn’t the bandage just stick to his fur O-O
When you apply that sort of things on real animals, you have to shave off the fur underneath first. I don’t know if Fox would’ve remembered to do that back on the 4th of July, though.
Maybe in the HP universe it’s a dog friendly patch. :3
so thats how its spelled
Yes, it is. Don’t tell anyone, but I had to look it up.
who would i tell that didn’t hear it from you?
Ouch he’s right bro, you’re busted! Let’s get rid of the witnesses, I’ll bring the shovel.
I saw that!
That makes you a witness! After him!
You know Nobody that you are a witness as well sooooo… CATCH YERSELF!!! XD
paradox. does not compute. *bzoort* *head explodes*
What a way to start the morning. XD
1 time i woke up in my bathtub
That must’ve been funn. :3
i woke up leaning against the wall in the hall with my cat rubbing on me
I once woke up on my school bus, showered, dressed, with all of my school things, and it scared the crap out of me. I’ve set multiple alarms ever since.
I was a freshman in high school at the time.
um… i dun no how to reply to that
Old habits…wait why is there shaving cream and a razor on a sink made for and easily reached by a dog in the first place?
Rule of Funny mostly
Hez on a bench?
Step-stool, most likely
That’s just friggin’ Awesome…
Well done with yet another “WTH?” moment, Rick! =D
First the “midnight bird”, and now “dog-gone shaving.”
There were like 30 within five minutes.
im gonna track the progress and see if we can break the record because thats what happens when boredome and technology clash within my brain
our secret weapon!
(not to be abused)
Hey, we’ve got all weekend, don’t we?
It’s no fun if you break the record on purpose.
Looks like you can’t just keep posting those quotes up there after all.
Thank goodness for that. Those quote posts were spamming up the comments section for no more reason, IMO, than George Carlin’s description of a class clown: “dig me!”
i was going to do this thing. whover could find the first strip from here on out the goes well with one of those quotes and posts that quote would win. for exaple if there was a strip that involved a tornado, someone might post “we’re not in kansas anymore” i didn’t expect there would be so many though. sorry for causing such a problem
WOO! GO US!!! XD
haha .. that’s so me right now (waking up at 7an just to read a comic .. lol) hehe
wait it’s only seven where u r where r u!?! D:
Whoa… I was gonna say…
Hopefully it’ll grow back!
So long as it doesn’t interfere with Kamron’s appeal, I’m good
It happens to the best of us.
…What, you never tried to shave with a toothbrush?
It’s even funnier when you try to shave with a comb and comb with an electric shaver
Nope never happened to me… I mean I never shaved my furr by accident. XD
Aheh, this gag has been done before by TheWhiteboard. It was funny there, it’s funny here.
lol it was bound to happen. I can’t believe I never though this would come up….. or though of it in general. XD
See? That’s why I don’t shave for a week sometimes… Ummmm no I don’ have furr, I just don’ want any accidents. XP
King is a bit wierd here… I mean the way he looks, what’s with his tail, or is it hidden when stading?
BTW love these lil fillers in arcs and not just between them. Didn’ say this for a long time, but keep up the good work. ;3
Adorableness factor = 1.000.000.000.000 here!
OMG THAT’S OVER 9000 !!!!
It’s over 9 billion
i put a realy big number in, but its awaiting moderation
that special number, I alread reserved it for Peanut and Grape. One day, they’ll have to KISS, heck!
A larger number of AF than the present is in store for KingxSasha.
i doubt you know a number larger than mine!
(google and googleplex do not count)
it’s larger by 1
Infinity? (wait, that would mean that other planets would have to read Housepets too)
Hehe, back to good ol’… um, normal universe and its many mishaps. I guess finally being able to go into the bathroom again kinda has that effect.
I believe this arc has the most double strips out of all of the previous ones, I feel like I have been reading double for a long time. I’m guessing I shouldn’t get too used to it, but it was nice to get that double bonus for a while.
Rick didn’t actually confirm he was supposed to go outside.
Well, as he noted with the next strip, did anyone really expect him to devote two strips to the implied bathroom joke?
We could always take it as a threory that Pete was just harassing him at that point and avoid some messy questions.
That’s a really good cut for a first pass of the razor. Must be one of those new-fangled 8-blades.
8 blades? Now Captain Twobeard from Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life will have to grow six more beards to keep up.
Oren’s referring to this:
You know what this means? I’m not the only one reading Edmund’s Quest!
it’s da power of DA KING! Cuteness is a magnet for comments!
i would have got him the electrical blades…..
bzzzzz, O_o oops (then it looks like a clover)
so thats why dogs dont shave
I just got that book yesterday.
well, come to think of it, the first clue that King has a new owner is the razor and shaving foam. Considering that Pete can keep his appearances at will, he does NOT need such items in his bathroom…
look to 12:10 Thoth comment. its the larger one.
with his eyes closed, he could of used the shaving cream as tooth paste if he wasn’t careful.
so he put the toothpaste on his hands and rubbed it on his face?
no im saying it wouldve been funny if he did
Ah, King… several months being a corgi and you keep yet those human routines… XD
this is quite the popular comic
Especailly when the author totally rocks his world’s bases
he he… but i think grifin forgot to draw kings stubby little tail.
Yeah, I’ve noticed that little detail too.
If you look in the latest “News” post, he’s asking about how he should draw the tail from behind.
First panel I saw the face before I saw “Yawn” and thought:
Yay! That’s why I love Housepets!
Great work as always Rick.
I’ll just bet King’s tail gets drawn in by Monday.
So is King no longer Pete’s avatar? If not, any guesses on his next choice? My money is on Bino.
You know what this comic really needs? An anteater!
An anteater, grumpy ants, a crazy inventor who rides around on a stone unicycle…
How bout a chanting monk, that be cool.
I’d like to see a conversation between the chanting monk and that old guy who only speaks in limericks…
No you wouldn’t.
The Pink Panther Show?
I miss Johnny Hart
Ozy and Millie has a nerd aardvark. Does that work for you?
Wheres his tail? o.o”
Umm… He’s a welsh corgi. That’s normal.
Now I wonder about Pete…
Even welsh corgi’s have at least a stubby tail visible
Maybe it’s just because he is standing or the angle makes the tail less visible.
Maybe Rick was too lazy to draw it? xD
Rick being lazy? D: Nah, that can’t be it…
Woah my minds playing tricks on me. I was thinking i saw a tail in every King page I saw. my bad
Well… looking back at past strips, King actually have them, really short though. (panel two)
I was just thinking the same, pretty sure he normally has one.
I suspect tail-related comments should be directed to http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/16/note-about-the-comments-section/#comments
Hehe… the answer to the question no-one was asking, but should have been.
However, a different one – how come he’s got pet-size shaving foam and razor at his little sink? (Or alternatively: is he standing on a box, and why are Pete’s toiletries so small?)
I assume further messing-with-his-head by the big Gryphon
Also, Oren: good catch.
Ah, it seems someone DID beat me to that thought. =P
* “Oren and everyone above”
Breaking a habit is hard, isn’t it?
“Chewing gum. Shut up.”
First, this is going to be even MORE embarrassing when Sasha shows up for walkies.
Second, A dog’s face is just not the right shape for that to work, unless he was being outstandingly careful for someone half asleep that would be really painful.
Maybe that’s what woke him up. it wasn’t as smooth as it should be and he thought “Well duh, it’s cause i’m a dog……….waaaaaaiiit a minute,” then he actually wakes up.
what is your avatar
Looks like Sonic dressed for a Disco party
i cant tell if its 8 bit or a small part of a bigger picture. the three lines arent pixilated, though, so the were added later
Knuckles with blue hair?
Rule of funny.
Seconded. Laws of Cartoon Physics: it won’t kill or injure you, period.
Unless it’s funny or advances the plot!
THERE’S A TIGER IN THE BATHROOM!
What? No he’s not! He’s at home with Marvin and Zach!
that part at the end actually reminded me of when the Wolves first moved in.
“Is there any particular reason none of these configurations contain pants?”
oops, scratch that “particular” out of the quote
Poor king, maybe he could say he found some fleas camping there.
mai dog has fleas:(… so we shaved part of his fur he looks funny now
This now reminds me of any time Amber (of DMFA) does a strip with yawning she posts how many times she yawned drawing that panel. Rick, how many times did you yawn drawing King Yawning?
Yanno, the real question here is… why in the name of god does King have shaving mousse and a shaver around… it’s not like it’s common for pets to shave and he’s been like that for a couple of months D:
LOL Fox’s face is priceless.
“What happened, King?”
“But your face-”
“I said don’t ask!”
As my Great-great-uncle always said: Remember to check your species before staring your morning routine! he was a man full of wisdom ( and cherry pie)….
why would he give him shaving cream and a razor?
my guess is just for this reason x3
I’m guessing it’s what Pete uses when in his human form
My guess, Pete put it there just for this moment. too bad he isn’t here to enjoy it xD
Who says he isn’t? He’s not in King’s plane of existence, but he could be sitting just around a dimensional corner, snickering with glee! XD
I hate days like that. Ya wake up and get ready for school only to discover it’s Saturday… So annoying
It’s better than coming home from school, taking a nap, waking up to see the clock read “7:00″, rushing to get ready, and standing in front of your house waiting for the bus for half an hour before you check your watch and see that it’s now 7:45 PM.
God that sucked.
that’s why I gave up on standard time. I use military now
A very very cloudy day I presume?
King is going to have a bit of explaining to do…
Provided the other pets realize that it’s a razor mark.
lol giant soda can avatar
I know! its awesome eh?
My favorite avatar yet
I find myself getting up every day and checking to see if the newest comic is out yet. And this morning I find that I am resembling King quite closely. I still wish the wolves would show up more, but King is quite amusing. I wonder if the wolves could smell that King is human.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, around 12:05AM.
Central US time.
I know, but I get anxious and hope that there is an early update. Alas, it never seems that way.
It updates at 10pm for me, so I read it, go to sleep, and then get up in the morning excited about the new strip.
And then I am sad.
Black avatar? I guess that makes you my successor as “the guy with the black avatar”
Yeah, I need to dig out the picture that I had uploaded. Apparently the file became corrupted or something and is no longer saved on the website.
Things to do today: brush teeth, shave, sell statue to ferrets…
…go walkies with Sasha…
It might still be Monday.
i know King was human and all but then shouldn’t King forget about all the human things to, Pete probably should have figured that out or maybe he’s just plain mean.
by “mean” i mean that Petes basically torturing King by King still remembering all the joyous things of being human such as getting dumped by a girl he likes, having to pee in a bowl instead of going where ever you please, and the best part of being human you take all the blame if something goes wrong instead when your a pet your owner takes most of the blame.
Why bother? If Pete was going to wipe Kings mind, he might as well have started with a puppy or a potted plant. The only really likely advantage of choosing an ex-human as an Avatar would lie in those human skills and memories.
There might be some odd magical advantage of course, but there’s not enough data on how magic works in the Housepets multiverse to come up with a decent theory about that.
*doggy uncontrollable laughter at work*
Actually, I’m surprised he hadn’t done this earlier.
maybe from bino or peanut or all the other dogs in the neighborhood but probably not from fox…or maybe joey.
Awww silly King…dogs don’t shave!
Until today! XD
The rabid dog joke would’ve been too cliche.
King = High number of comments
Sasha = High number of comments
King and Sasha = Incredibly high number of comments
King and Sasha kissing, cuddling, or performing any other type of affection with each other = Server crash from too many comments
Or comments crash. Like what happened earlier.
And if this comment causes a CC, then this was reserved for Dr. Prower’s comment, comment link 36582.
Yay! It didn’t break!
then the comments were sent by snailmail. Rick drowns. Matter collapses and form a black hole.
Sasha asking King what happened to his fur = ????
Well once again, reality, for King, was introduced at the last sec. What has humanity come to when a fur thinks shaving is a necessity? XD
er don’t take ‘fur’ the wrong way. I mean it as a person, animal, o thing that naturally is covered in fur. >_> Also am I missing something, or did King never have a tail? O.o
Nope…you pretty much nailed it with ‘fur’…
Also no, the only time i’ve seen him with a tail is here:
And thats when hes shaking himself off..
Ehehe FUR ehehehe *giggles* <3
Is it just me, or is King missing his stub for a tail?
Believe it or not, I’ve done this.
Shaved your fur off?
I’m currently wondering where he is that there would be a CORGI-SIZED SINK. Maybe one last prank from Pete? He likely wouldn’t have had to use “magic” to put it there … Or maybe animals in the Housepets universe do keep up with their hygiene like so … but then why was there shaving cream and a razor? If it was some human’s sink, he should probably get a new toothbrush. XD
There’s proably a step-stool around. Didn’t you have one to reach the sink when you were a kid? (crates work too, but need to be periodically replaced)
That’s true, but it’s the right width and depth too. When I was that small, I had to lean to reach the little… water adjuster… thingies. Oh, you know what I mean!
taps, I think. The thing the water comes out of is the faucet.
No, no, no. It’s the other way around: The tap is the pipe the water comes out of (hence the name “tap water”). The faucets are the valves that you close to stop the water flow.
Faucet comes from the latin falsare (in this context, meaning to block, plug, or force not to work). Looking in the dictionary, it tells me just to use “spigot” to avoid the confusion
isnt a spiggot more like a pump?
Oh, King…Poor guy. He just got ANOTHER boo-boo. (The first has gone down a bit, though, at least.)
You know, Garfield actually did this once … King at least has the excuse of having been human before!
It was in the 80’s. They were still defining what the character was like
I think it was fairly recent — he had the huge egg-shaped eyes he has now, I remember. But it was a joke that he “forgot he was a cat.”
sorry. Mostly I was just interested in seeing who could figure it out, and you get partial credit for one of the authors.
yes, John Ringo is one of my favorite authors.
I can’t remember, but was the other author that rocket scientist guy? You know, the one that got like, 50 master’s degrees for everything related to astrophysics?
I’m not sure, but his name is Travis S. Taylor.
I couldn’t finish the only one of Travis Taylor’s books I cracked. I think I gave up in the 2nd or 3rd chapter. It was like reading all the Great Engineer parts of Skylark of Space narrated by Daniel Defoe “Swiss Family Robinson” style jammed into a couple of chapters of sheer geek-wish-fulfillment unlikely coincidences…
Yeah, Taylor writing by himself is a bit hard to take, outside of readership with a certain mindset. I think he did a lot better working with Ringo, not only in the Looking Glass series, but _Von Neuman’s War_.
(Ironically, pretty much all of the works with Ringo listed as a co-author are mostly him listed for marketroid hype, with the other listed author doing the “heavy lifting” as far as writing the story goes. For the most part, Ringo provides the outline, handles technical queries, but other than that hasn’t much input into the production process, as per discussions I’ve heard at DragonCon and on the Baen’s Bar forum set aside for Ringo, “Ringo’s Tavern”.)
I haven’t read Von Neuman’s War yet. I WILL STORM THE BASTIONS OF BARNES&NOBLE TO ACHIEVE MY QUEST, FOR I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
I think that I like the Looking Glass series better that the Legend of the Aldenata (and I only know the technical term for the series because I looked), but they are very similar.
what book are we talking about? these comments intrigue me
The Looking Glass series is by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor.
It starts with “Into The Looking Glass” (though Taylor isn’t listed as co-author in that one)
It’s really good, but it does go kind of deep into physics.
emphasis on the SCIENCE in Science fiction.
is a play on lewis carols book?
Yup, that’s the one.
It pays to read the “about the author(s)” section at the back
Yes, it does. Vorpal Blade gets EVEN HEAVIER on the Science, and while I don’t mind all that much, I do tend to read it a bit slower. It’s harder to read with your eyes crossed.
I read that whole series, then got sad after I learned it was over.
But then I perked up when I learned of Von Neuman’s War, and I read that.
But I have yet to read the rest of that series. I hate how the books are listed, it sometimes makes it hard to tell what book is in what series and what comes next.
F321, VNW is a one-off, actually. There’s a piece done by Taylor done in the general format of a government report (a somewhat tongue-in-cheek take on the reports he’s written for NASA as his non-SF writer job, complete with bureaucrat-ese) about the Von Neumann machine invasion, titled “Neighborhood Watch Final Report”. It’s purely supplemental material, and not a story in and of itself, though oddly Baen’s webscription service charges a full story price ($5).
So, wait, does that mean that VNW isn’t part of a series? (Sorry, I’m feeling tired and my brain doesn’t feel like working. That is what “one-off” means, correct?)
Right, it stands on its own, not as part of a series.
Then there is the Posleen War series (technically Legends of the Aldenata) which starts with “A Hymn Before Battle”.
I recommend both series, but only if you’re a fan of Military Science Fiction and can either handle advanced Physics and Math or get through a book by just knowing the gist of the more technical parts
sorry, that was supposed to be up under the other one, to NobodyYouKnow
I’d only recommend “legacy of the Aldenata” if you think that a US economy that is still fussing around in New Orleans could build insane nuclear tanks and giant underground cities in the Ozarks AFTER having just about everything outside the mountains destroyed by alien supertechnology. The rump of the US would look like Somalia, not Superscience Central.
Argent, a lot more than that survives the US invasions, including technology and industrial centers. The Federation’s nanomachine manufacturing and other “alien” tech doesn’t hurt, either, even sabotaged as it was by the Darhel.
If there was enough of the US left outside those redoubts they wouldn’t have needed them in the first place.
How’d we get this off-topic again? (I don’t have an account in the forums, and if I make one, I guarantee I’ll forget my password more than once.)
I love Military SF. I understand much of what they are saying, if not because I understand physics, then because I just love that kind of stuff
Argent, IIRC the Urbs were partly politicians pork barreling, and partly Darhel manipulation in their quest to create a small, subservient humanity.
It’s a little more subtle than most Ringo works, but the Darhel were pretty much an alien version of progressives (as in the political philosophy), for which Ringo has no love whatsoever.
(And that’s about as far as I’m going on that subject, this isn’t a political forum.)
I like King….*Nods* Yeap. He’s really grown on me as a character. He didn’t in the beginning, but now he really has!
I like some of John Ringo’s stuff. I really like some of it. Some bores me to tears. Some terrifies me. Some I’m afraid to look at. I won’t even link to why, but the magic word is “OH JOHN RINGO NO”.
The first Posleen book was… fun. The Bun-Bun reference was funny and awesome. But before I got to the end of the second I was bored to tears. Sorry.
Someone’s been cleaning up comments.
But seriously? What the heck is up with the comments?
What’s up with the comments is that Rick decided to delete the quote digression and only a couple of messages posted while he was deleting them survived. And since they’re responses to deleted messages they end up getting tacked on the end of the thread.
I see now, I hadn’t looked at the homepage, and thanks for clearing up why they are down at the bottom. It’s weird though.
Sorry, am i the only person who cannot see this comic strip? I can see every one before todays fine, but not todays one.
I have no idea why you can’t, but try this, a direct link to the strip. http://www.housepetscomic.com/comics/2010-07-16-morning-routine.png
You can’t see the strip because it’s not chocobo-compatible!
I SHOULD peck you to death, but that was actually funny XD And direct link fails aswell, it doesn’t matter now, i used a different browser to see it.
*Snrrk* Wow, you’d THINK he’d be used to this now…
Some habits die hard. For example, if someone can speak many languages, No matter what language they like, or where they are, when their angry, they talk in their native language above all others xD
I consider my native language to be English, but sometimes I talk in Farsi (Iranian) without thinking about it, and people look at me funny.
But that’s probably because I learned both from a young age, though I am a lot less than fluent in Farsi.
Wow, that’s even more off topic than I usually get. I think.
“Ça n’est pas vrail du tout !”
…wait a minute…
Now king needs to take some hair from Bino… or from the neighborhood dog groomer to hide that little accident…
He could always say that it’s some kind of tradition where he grew up, and then all the other pets start doing it too. Like, “Every year from __ to __ we shave a strip of our face in memory of __” or something like that.
Not from Bino. I don’t think King would want anything of Bino so close to him xD
He’d probably accept some fur if it was catnip-bombed. Then he’d keep it in a display case and proudly show it off to everyone.
maybe he should take some advice from this guy
heh king needs to meet peanut now!!!
That’s a good point. I don’t think that King has met Peanut, or the Wolves, or the Ferrets, or Tiger, or Zach, or any of the cats other than Grape.
I think that’s everyonez
dont forget joey… that would be a funny scene.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m going to be a cat tonight again, so I need to leave early”
“You can become a cat?”
“Sure, it’s easy”
“Could you turn me into a human?”
“What? What are you? some creepy psycho?”
you know i could see joey saying something like that…
actually the only way for king to become human again is to gather all 7 dragon balls and make the wish before the mighty shenron the dragon king!!!!
(sigh) i need to stop watching that.
The Dragon King has been succeeded by the Spirit Dragon, and she is too busy playing Universes and Unrealities. Please try again next millenium.
Joey: What happened to…
King: Don’t ask!
Joey: It’s OK, I did that too once.
you know joey probably would do that….
Joey wouldn’t do that. Bino might have tho, if he thought it would give him something in return xD
What? I think they meant “Joey WOULD try shaving his fur, wouldn’t he?”
Do you mean like “Bino would try to make King feel better about it if he thought he might get something from King”?
Bino would do something weird if he thought he could get something for it.
Joey would do something weird just because it was weird.
Joey more of wants to be a cat, why would he shave himself? Bino tho, might try it to like, pull a prank or something. I can’t think of a situation, but there must be one!
well he’d shave to bring out his inner cat… or should i say sphinx the hairless cat
“Joey more of wants to be a cat, why would he shave himself?”
To get a better fit with the cat outfit.
well there are hairless cats… plus joeys kinda creepy so why does he do anything he does? besides joey probably would have done something like that so he could paste cat hairs to his body to bring out his inner feline.
also, nice avatar.
And for now on dogs will shave a part of their face because of King.
oops there souldn’t be a “on” on there.
scrath that again: “on” is supposed to be up there. My bro corrected me….
This reminds me of a Garfield comic where he did the exact same thing, however this one can actually be explained.
I Did that once except im female and woke up from a dream of me being male..my face hurt sooo bad XDDD
I don’t know if it’s just me but…
The 3rd panel reminds me of a dog version of “Mr. Magoo”.
Duck Tape for the win!
If you look at it, that band-aid on his head looks big enough to cover up that missing fur patch. Maybe he would have one on there too xD
“Now hold still, let’s see if your fur has grown back in.”
“Wait, hold on- AUGH!”
“Oops… well, looks like we’ll need more duct tape.”
“Clear duct tape! For cases like these!”
XD, That’s great!
Hey! Its me when I get up!
I think that’s how every guy is when he gets up…
Not every guy. I usually roll over and fall out of bed as my wake up call on most mornings
If I wake up naturally (rare), I’m well rested. However, if I’m woken up by an external source (most of the time), I can be… forgetful. Sometimes for the whole day.
thats like my life story
i really should do more stuff
did anyone else thought the shaved part of his faced looked like a band-aid for a second. ^^;
Eat his face.
I just noticed the asterisk, used by peanut in his comics to denote that the character noticed something. Also, the tail never bothered me.
concussion + hangover = oops
And psychological shock too.
the only thing that would be funnier would be one of those things right after grape takes a bath and her fur fluffs out every where and she can hardly be recognized… or everyone just laughs at her.
Wait… doesnt he have a tail??? I honestly dont remember n.n
no he doesnt. he never has had one.
He does. It’s just so small it blends in with the color transition
See the last part of http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/16/note-about-the-comments-section
king you should have wear a summer hoodie today
bino: what happened to your face?
king: see my paw?
king: good*punches bino til he cry*
That’s not a King thing to do. King would curse at him until he cried. Grape, on the other hand would punch Bino until he cried. Or claw him to death, or beat him with a frying pan. Yeah. That sounds good! So leave the bino-punishing to Grape. She does it best.
Indeed, I agree with Muka, it would be more like
Bino: *pointing and laughing*
King & Fox: *gets angry*
Fido: Lets all try to calm down….
Joey: I like pie!
Everyone but Joey: *looks at Joey weirdly*
Grape (in the background barely seen): Freak!
…. Yeah… >.>
Tarot: What happened to your face?
King: Um… Pete…
Tarot (with green eyes): Let me see… *laugh*
And she – or the Spirit Dragon – probably would want to see if Pete is indeed leaving him alone too.
Ah yes, traditional Housepets humor…
They did say that Pete was no longer “allowed to enter the arena”. So the real Question is.. How will King survive without Pete?
Well, it looks like hes off to a razor-sharp start…
gotta love the crack in the mirror that forms when his eyes fly open…HAH! awesome work as usual! btw, I read the entire series up to two pages back in one night (8 hours) non stop….I’ve never read anything that fast! O_O
That’s actually not a crack in the mirror, it’s a thing to say that he’s suddenly fully awake, and (man this is hard to explain) he probably screamed after that. It’s like the bubbles used for when a character is “drunk”; it helps us to see the state they’re in.
It’s a comic thing.
It should’ve reflected, too!
It can’t really; it only exists as far as the readers are concerned, and so there’s nothing there in the room with King to reflect.
Yeh, if it showed in the mirror too the next panel would have the mirror King pinching him out or something. And that would break the fifth lampshade.
Unless the eyes of mirror-King went red and there was a hint of tails.
Which would also be funny, but would remove all dream-ambiguity from things, instead of just 95% of it.
Rick has played with the idea before:
haha … so awesome .. i can’t believe i forgot about that one … lol
Hey! The bump on his head is gone!
Might I add that Rick’s drawing skills are officially totally awesome, being able to just about perfectly pull off the mirror on six consecutive windows
Not so much his drawing skills, as his Photoshop/The GIMP/whatever-image-program-he-uses mastery
PHOTOSHOP: it can do anythin……. to a picture X3
No, because the reflections are definitely not the back of King’s head. He had to draw two poses for King in each panel.
I can’t believe you give rick so little credit. If you just look at the panels, you’ll see all the reflections are drawn and not edited images of the original. The angles are completely different, and rick did an awesome job at it.
I’m NOT giving Rick “so little credit”. No duh the reflections are drawn; I can see that. However, what I am most impressed with (BESIDES that) is how well he does the linearting and the shading (when he does it) and the colouring, while maintaining a nice comic-y style. For example, look at the difference in art style between this comic and the webcomic TwoKinds. (Hopefully) you’ll see what I mean.
Even the fancy new photoshop autocorrect can’t show the other side of a three dimensional object in a cartoon.
yes I KNOW THAT IT CAN”T DO THAT I WAS JUST JOKING, GOD!!!! >:(
I was referring to the parody video out there showing the photoshop auto-repair tool doing things just about as impossible.
God knows you were joking. Argent does, too.
So why are you yelling?
AI LIKE YELLING!!! XD
How are you fixed for blades, King?
Wilkinson or Gillette? Barbasol or Burma Shave?
So I take it King used to shave a lot
No, but Joel did.
Or regularly. (when he was human that is)
I. Really. Hope. Not.
*Done gritting teeth.*
Sasha: King, what happened to your…
King is totally the best character
Wow… i wonder if all the future strips will have as many comments as this. Recently comments per strip has skyrocketed. @_@ Or maybe its because recently we’ve only been having double strips?
i think all the comment were mai fault ;P
Nah, it’s your fault.
Oh wait, you just said that, didn’t you?
Okay, so I’m not the only one noticing the lack of tail, considering what Sleet said about welsh corgis having very short tails. But this just looks weird to me. It’s like waking up to find your ears gone. Idk, I just can’t handle the truth.
OHOHOHOHOHO DUCK TAPE I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE DUCK TAPE INSTEAD OF DUCT TAPE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA.. I’ll shut up now.
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