One Deeper

Is this whole set going to be recursive jokes? Not necessarily . . .

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  1. Challenger01

    Tiger’s drooling and he’s making me start. Tiger better quit.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      now u gots meh started durnet >.<

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        OH NOEZ rong e-mail

        • FurryNerd

          I did that yesterday! xD

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            yah ai tend 2 do it a lot

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Put your gravatar on both!

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            nut de other e-mail isn’t mai…n

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Then you’re lucky they didn’t have a gravatar. :)

    • Gaboris

      Same here, but it’s mainly cuz I just brushed my teeth.
      BTW since I make pizzas all day in summer VR pizza is not such a big thing for me. XD

  2. Kytan

    mmmm pizza!

    • James

      But wait, what’s the point of having a virtual pizza if you can’t eat it?! No point to enjoying it! D:

  3. Val Kilmer Batman

    Oh, Marvin, so easily are you deceived.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      iz… iz dat lackadaisy?

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Why yes, yes it is.

        I pobably should go with Freckle, but this seemed so much more FUN, y’know?


        • Lupus


          • Val Kilmer Batman

            I read all the way through “Lackadaisy Gallivant” in one sitting.

          • Val Kilmer Batman


          • Val Kilmer Batman

            The new radio play is done pretty well, actually:


          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Even though it does end before Freckle and… the laugh

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            it’s good but ai expected rocky’s voice to be less… more less weird u no

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Yeah. It’s never exactly how you imagine it. I’m going to have a REALLY hard time with Freckle’s voice, because I just can’t imagine him with an Irish accent.

            If they even do another one. Which I hope they do. Heck, if I had any money I’d pay them myself!

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Heck, I just realised that I don’t really think of Freckle as an adult, even though I guess he is supposed to be. And that’s kind of weird, given wha he get up to. In the first few comics where he and Rocky play “vigilante”, he seems more like a little kid to me, despite going out for the police force.

            Wow. That is a HUGE block of text. Especially on an iPhone.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            well, it was on my iphone screen when I was writing it

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            but yah ai picture him as a kid 2 not sure y it just fits u no?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            After a while picturing anyone under 30… or maybe 40… as a kid starts to become easier.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Maybe it’s just the awkwardness and the shyness.

    • Challenger01

      I have to point this out. Marvin’s face in the last panel is the look of “What did I just get myself into?”

  4. Silverpaws

    hehehe so expected from tiger

  5. Filiocht

    And I suppose The Water Park is a virtual taco stand

    • gagi

      i don’t think so .. it would be far more likely that “The water park” would be a virtual slushy machine .. or something :P

  6. IceKitsune

    lol a VR of a pizza shop named a rollercoaster

  7. Kamron

    I suggest the ferrets transfer this recursive system over to all sorts of merchandice.

  8. Val Kilmer Batman

    I don’t get the alt-text though:

    “Right next door there’s a VR machine of this VR machine and it’s right on the edge of Scanners.”

    It’s the Scanners part I don’t understand. Anybody care to enlighten me?

    • Thoth

      The only thing that comes to mind is the “Scanners” movie – unless that’s another theme name.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Oh, well I haven’t seen the movie so… now I’ll look it up!


        Wait, I’m already on the Internet…


        Okay, I’ll just go get some pizza…


        Okay, that just confused the GPS…

        TO PIZZA HUT!

        ‘Kay, got pizza… (Ba Da Da DAA!)


        Man, it’s dark in here…


        Few, that’s bett– OH GOD BATS! BATS IN MY FACE! AHHH!

        Okay, take shower, eat pizza, now what… Oh right!


        Umm… oh jeez I forgot what I was going to do on the Internet. Maybe I’ll just read webcomics or something.

        • Lupus

          Ha. That was brilliant.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Thank you, thank you very much!

            I’ll be here until you drive me out with fire and pitchforks, or at least next thursday.

      • James

        And I was standing there eating pizza while you were doing all that! lol

    • Frank

      Sounds to me like the scanners are one of those machines that create a 3D computer model by passing a laser over the surface, so the scanner they used to crate the VR world for the ride are still in the park

  9. Thoth

    Now, does the VR experience cover the inside of the ovens? Or perhaps virtual smells?

    • dalonewolf25

      no, i believe that happens when you’re using VVR glasses, not VR.

  10. 7ance

    Haha of course the pizza place and the roller coaster have their names switched.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      ai wOnder wat the taco stand is :3

      • Oren Otter

        I don’t know, but I just won a big plush dolphin at The Restrooms!

        • James

          Hmmm. What about the Funnel Cake Warehouse?

          That’s a gift shop.

          So what do they sell? Funnel Cake plushies?

          I don’t know, but I don’t think that kid was supposed to eat that stuffed doll in there.

  11. Valerio

    leave it to Tiger, to manage through the rides’ correct names :D

  12. Loki Impisi

    My head hurts……..

  13. Elijah_Blu

    Can i get virtual sardines on my virtual pizza?

  14. Littleaeris

    is the “Recusrive” typo intended ? If so, I’m not getting the intention =P

    • Inu225

      I see it too:

      • Challenger01

        One is right, in the description. The one in the actual comic is a typo. Don’t blame Rick though, I’m sure he’s just tired. Right Rick?

        • Inu225

          I don’t blame Rick.
          He’s fine.
          Besides, I’m not pefrect either.
          Nobody is.

          • Max Wolfe

            It got fixed “Recursive”.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Nobodys Perfick.

            (I have that book somewhere, now I have to go find it.)

          • James

            No bodie iz purfikt add al!

  15. sonic id furreh!!!

    OMFG ai went on a ride just laike dat one called skyventure exept me & mai family got 2 go on first befor every1 else cause mai dad used his words! ^_^

  16. sonic id furreh!!!

    weelp ai’m tired g-night mai peeps -_-

  17. IceKitsune

    Also we now know that all of this is not going to be just one off like jokes that should be interesting.

    • IceKitsune

      I mean one offs about the park (lol is sleepy)

  18. Valerio

    3rd panel
    Tiger FTW

  19. WyldKAT

    Is it me or does Marvin seem kinda like a jerk to Tiger in this one?

    Gah, I need sleep.

  20. dalonewolf25

    wait, does this mean that they’ll get virtual pizza?

    • Frank

      But they’ll have to pay real money for it!

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Except the theme park is free for one day only! Didn’t they get those vouchers or whatever?

  21. Inu225

    A VR pizza shop?
    Do they made VR pizza deliveries?
    Cuz I’m really craving a VR pizza right now.

    • dalonewolf25

      Here’s your VR delivery! Just put these glasses on and enjoy your meal. That’ll be $11.99. Oh, and I’ll need you to sign this form so that you know that we have no liability over you and if you die because of our product, note that it was at your own risk, but enough about the details. Just sign here, please!

      *Looks at small print on the contract*

      Note: Side effects include death from starvation, eye cancer, pulmonary edema, etc., but don’t worry! You won’t even read these small little details! E|:D

      • Inu225

        Thank you very much.
        *Signs then closes door*

        Hey! I didn’t order a VR supreme pizza.
        It’s a good thing I didn’t VR tip you.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Now I want REAL pizza, not this delicious steak.

      Mm… now I want VR steak.

      “I know that this steak isn’t real. My mind tells me that it is juicy, and tender, and delicious… but I know that it isn’t real. You know what? After __ years outside I’ve learned something. Ignorance is bliss.”

      paraphrased, but whatever.

      My mouth is watering.

      • Challenger01

        Good Matrix reference. You know it’s bad enough that Tiger is making me drool. You and him need to both stop or I might cause a flood!

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Drool me a river?

          No! WHAT HAVE I DONE?!

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Also, I thank you. Have you ever noticed that–NO! I WILL NOT GO OFF ON AN UNRELATED TANGENT! I WILL. NOT. DO IT.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        “I want to be rich, you know, like an actor.”
        “Whatever you want, Mr. Reagan.”

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          “Whatever you want, Mister Baggins…”

          “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Anderson, and ideas are bulletproof.”

          Sorry, but Agent Smith always worms his way into Hugo Weaver’s other movies.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            woops, that’s Hugo WeavING, not WeavER.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            MISter Baggins. It seems… that you have been living… two lives. In one, you are a popular… gentleman… of hobbiton. In the other… you are… the Ringbearer. Only one of these lives… has a future.

          • Val Kilmer Batman


            You have rendered me speechless! I can not compliment you enough! Brilliant! Exquisite! Bravo, good sir, bravo!

            I never even thought of that one!

          • Argent Stonecutter

            (bows… and steals your socks while you’re distracted)

            The funny thing is, Cypher’s real name was Reagan. And he didn’t want to remember ANYthing. And he wanted to be a politician or an actor. Who does that remind you of?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Whoops, it was “Regan”. Close enough.

  22. falcon01

    Its..a dream within a dream…with PIZZA!!

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      “Have you ever had a pizza… that you were so sure was real…”

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Reminds me of what someone said: something abou you are in a perfect dream machine, you wake up and walk out. Then you wake up, and the operator apologizes for the glitch and you walk out. How can you be sure that you really woke up?

        You eat the pizza, and then the delivery guy shows up with your pizza, which you eat. How can you be sure you’ve eaten it? Y’know, other than the feeling of fullness and stuff… *scuffs foot against floor*

        • Argent Stonecutter

          That’s why you never go into a recursive plotline without popping tonic. Just in case you get stuck in a little harmonic labyrinth after Hexachlorophene J. Goodforttune kidnaps you from the Ferris Wheel.

          • Val Kilmer Batman


            Now if only I had any idea what you were talking about at all whatsoever…

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s explained down below…

        • falcon01

          Thats easy! If I have 2 empty pizza boxes, I most likely have eaten 2 pizzas.

  23. Noir the Sable


    While you guys go do that, I’m going to try out that new horror rail ride, The Information Kiosk

    • iHavezMyBirdo

      Lol xP

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      I lol’d.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      What do you want?
      We want … information!

  24. EchoFireant

    This is why you’ll have to double check the map, even if it means taking it from your buddy :D

  25. FurryNerd

    virtual reality is only good for games. I’m saying you really cant get a thrill from VR rollercoasters, I’d rather the real thing, plus you cant eat pizza :)
    Now, about games… VR L4D anyone? :D

    • Chaos Lightspeed


      • FurryNerd

        I’d rather a thousand zombie ;3
        but I like your enthusiasm

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        You’re supposed o go offscreen! Like this:


        • sonic id furreh!!!

          or laike dis :3

          • Val Kilmer Batman


            or even like this:


            Gag, cough, splutter

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            or perhaps laike dis

  26. root

    And then they open the pizza box and inside is a little metal top that just doesn’t seem to ever stop spinning.

    • Val Kilmer Batman


      • Frank

        Either he’s referencing a video game, or he’s talking about those tiny plastic tables that hold the box top up

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          I remember when I used to put my slice on those little plastic tables and just hold on to the little tine thingies in order to eat my pizza. Good times. Whatever happened to those things, anyway?

        • root

          Or I might be talking about a recent popular movie that explored the theme of constructed realities and going, per the title of the strip, ‘one deeper’.

          • 7ance

            HHEEEYYY root you read housepets too? I know you from your comic The Dawn Chapel! (yes I’m plugging your comic for you. XD)

  27. Corodan

    This is the worst theme park ever.

    I demand a nonexistent refund.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      No! This is the BEST theme park ever! You just need to read the map.

      It’s an anti-stupid-person measure.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        I’m not saying you’re stupid, just that people who take the time to read the legend are fine. In case you were being offended. It was late.

  28. iHavezMyBirdo

    I’m still confuuuuuuused.. ._.

    • sonic id furreh!!!


  29. Hypergenesis

    I wonder if that’s one of those “five senses” VR environment.

  30. Chaos Lightspeed

    Those Ferrets went and mixed everything up. -_- of course, it all makes sense now, the food places are the rides and visa-versa!

  31. namelessone

    This is a strange, strange comic sometimes (not neccesarily a bad thing mind you)

  32. CW Tyger

    That’s the good thing about VR. There are 528491 uses for it. ^^

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Like duct tape, but more limited in scope?

  33. Val Kilmer Batman

    “Are you quesioningy logic?”

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      *questioning my*

      My kingdom for an edit button.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Oh, and also a box of oreos that never empties…

        Mmm… Oreos…

  34. Gaboris

    So to make it straight all that’s named after food is a ride and that’s named after a ride is food… TOOOOOO HARD FOR MY BRAIN TO UNDERSTAAAAAA(BAMM)!!! DX
    Gaboris-BSOD. X3

  35. CY_Law

    YAY we finally get to see one of the rides… ermm.. nevermind…

  36. Squival

    I do like these two, havent seem em in awhile
    Man that theme park would get annoyin after awhile as well :P

  37. Exranio

    Tiger and friends will be right back!

  38. e

    the bad news is he can’t eat it.

  39. Valerio

    Marvin has the most AWESOME combination of fur color/eyes color I ever saw in a cat!

    • lightwolf21

      Just noticed: the collar is the color of his eyes.

  40. Jeff

    Tiger and Friends will be right back! =P

    • Dr. Prower

      Boo commercials!

  41. Argent Stonecutter

    Except Scanners wasn’t a VR movie, it was about telepaths making people’s heads explode.

    • Dr. Prower

      Always ruining everything, someone is.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      I semi-remember Johnny Pnemonic, does that count?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Johnny Mnemonic? You make him sound like a hospital ward.

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          I said I only sort of remembered it.

          And you have to admit, it does SORT OF sound like Pneumonia. Really. It does. I promise.

  42. Dusty

    Yo dog, I heard you like Vitrual Reality so we put a VR machine in your VR machine so you can imaginate while you imaginate!

  43. Argent Stonecutter

    Will we visit the Little Harmonic Labyrinth?

    The interlude in “Gödel Escher Bach” where Hostadter indulges in recursive plotlines starts in an amusement park.

    Unfortunately it’s a poorly scanned copy and the nesting is messed up. This one you really need to read on paper.

    • Frank

      We’d need a Pushcorn stand for that!

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      this is approximately what happened to me as I read this.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Oh man, they did a wonderful job of adapting new animations to that soundtrack. Bravo! Amazing! Raspberry to the birds!

        And you need to read the whole book to appreciate that. By the time you get to that chapter you’ll be ready to take it in stride. Plus you’ll have all kinds of new ideas for recursive rides.

  44. Rags

    Wonder what the thing marked Exit is…

    • Frank

      It’s probably “the ultimate ride”!

      • Furr Mate

        Maybe it’s the fun ride.

  45. lightwolf21

    This whole “One Deeper” thing, is reminding me of Inception.

  46. WingedWolfGirl

    Ah, so they’re eating non-existent pizza?
    …in a resturant setting that isn’t there.

    • Frank

      It’s a simulation of the pizza stand next door, so technically it is there; they are the ones that are not there

  47. FlareKitsune

    Time paradox?

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Fission Mailed.

      “Hey, I got this cool looking package in the mail!”
      “Well go ahead and open it.”
      “Hell cool! It’s nuclear fission!”
      “NO! IT’S MINE!”
      *Fission device falls to ground*
      *everybody freezes*
      “Few, for a second there I thought it was going to–”

      • thegamist

        O.O …
        must go towards pretty explosion!

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Old school atomic scientists: “And I am become death, devourer of worlds.”
          The new guard of atomic scientists: “Gone fission.”

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            I see what you did there. Nice.

  48. FerreTrip

    *anime fall*

  49. PuDdY15

    hmmmm wonder if they have a VR of the Behemoth. what? is that not light enough for u marvin?

  50. NickCrotser

    Wait, I thought the theme was “Theme Parks” not “Restraunts”
    …btw, I’m getting REALLY good at drawling Peanut…

  51. Firewolf

    So um, is there any actual rides not involving food? It seems as though the theme is Theme Park “Food”. I wouldn’t have a problem with it =) but I hope the Janitors are well paid! =D

    • WingedWolfGirl

      Janitors might be the titles of the park attendants. :D

      • Firewolf

        Wow, very VERY good point. :)

  52. thegamist

    Sometimes I feel like Tiger

    - Distressed from work
    - continues brainflow to food
    - Hating my name(s)
    - Not getting along with anyone

    YAY! Marvin

    • e

      same here TG

      • thegamist

        so you should be the one who would understand me IF I PRINTED HOUSEPETS instead of WALKING AWAY VERRY SLOWLY

  53. PrivateElliot

    Testing testing 123… seems to be working. Commenting for the first time yay. I have recently became addicted to this web comic. Nice work with this.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Welcome, soldier!

    • PuDdY15

      word of advise always stick to the comic or else Rick will remove it…. u might already know that tho.

      I like pizza! ^_^

      • Frank

        “I have recently became addicted to this web comic” seems pretty well stuck to me

        • PrivateElliot

          Thanks for telling me. But i dont think i would be since Frank made a valid point.

          • PuDdY15

            i mean in the near future just incase u go completely off topic.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      HI! I would have welcomed you sooner, but I have been a bit distracted.

      Welcome to our little (perhaps not so little?) group of commenters and… and… I forgot what I was going to say. Anyways, HI!

      Also, Argent seems to be beating me to all the new people nowadays…
      Once is happenstance, Twice is coincidence, but THRICE is enemy action!
      I think this is only twice so far though.

    • WingedWolfGirl


  54. PuDdY15

    i wonder if Marvin would think the Behemoth has someth’in to do with moth’s. :)

  55. e

    marvin has that “i’ll kill you and i won’t lose a night of sleep, dude.” look on his face in the 2nd panel.

  56. Shady Kitsune

    I thought the theme of the park was Theme Parks, not Restaurants!

    • e


      • PrivateElliot

        No my dear E, it is a truth. DURRRR

        • Oren Otter

          That’s just the name of the funnel cake kiosk.

          • Frank

            so what would “Funnel cake” be?

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          E for Excitable

      • Argent Stonecutter

        “The Theme Park is a pie… shack.”

    • Firewolf

      That’s what I said =D I thought it was a theme park theme park, not a giant restaraunt…though, I’d love to see what Tiger’s seeing right now. *yum*

      • e

        he is seeing VR pizza.

        • Firewolf

          I’m sorry, but I don’t see the downside.

  57. Vv45689

    This theme park sounds great!

    • 7ance

      your avie matches your statement perfectly.

  58. LoneWolf

    Somebody saw Inception.

  59. FuRrY321

    Is there also a VR of that VR machine, as well?

    • PuDdY15

      is there also a VR of that VR of that VR of that VR? u could go on forever with that question.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        except that once the answer is no, then the line of questions must stop.

  60. RockstarRaccoon


    • Val Kilmer Batman

      The question you should be asking, Mr. Anderson, is “why NOT”.

    • Oren Otter

      Come on Rockstar, haven’t you ever wanted to go on a roller coaster with the words “First Aid Station” right in the name? Ooh. I’m getting on that one. I’ll catch up to you guys later over at the Employees Only ride.

      • WingedWolfGirl

        …But the Empoyees only Ride is only for first time visitors. :D

  61. ThisIsAName

    nice, I think this would be the most annoying theme park ever

  62. Blaketh

    LOL, this theme park is turning out to be quite a challenge.

  63. Oren Otter

    Oh how I wish I could get Sim Coaster to work. I would totally build this park! Food, rides and mind-shattering confusion? For an otter, this is paradise!

    For now, I’m going over to The Gift Shop to play on the waterslides!

  64. J.J.

    VR Pizza… hope there are no VR Anchovies… ICK.

  65. Solario the Visored


    (We’ll be right back to Tiger and Pals after these messages!) :D

  66. Chris

    This whole place needs a remap…just my 2 cents …
    “Uhm sorry Sir, where are the toilets?” “Oh right overthere.” “Thank you!…..WHAT it´s a rollercoaster?”
    Yeah, I wouldn´t like that.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Oh jeez, I hadn’t thought of that…

      Hopefully it’s clearly marked on the map.

  67. Ilovehousepets

    These comics keep getting better and better. Keep up the good work Rick =D

  68. sonic id furreh!!!


  69. e

    i bet king knows where all the rides are.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Hopefully King will show up Friday.

      • Ilovehousepets

        Me 2. Let’s just hope he doesn’t find the Soda bar
        A.k.A: “Let’s Get NAKED!!!”

        • Val Kilmer Batman


          • PrivateElliot

            ONTOPIC: Since for some reason, collars stop you from becoming neekid.
            Off i guess?: When is the comic updated. every two days at midnight or what?

          • Mavros

            Reply: Off i Guess: I think so, at least it says it is in the calender

  70. King

    someone likes pizza a little to much, well, i dont blame him

  71. Rags

    Virtual pizza. At least it isn’t fattening.