The Works

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  1. dragonnutds

    great comic as ever

    • dalonewolf25

      Alt-Text: All the spirits use TDS as their isp (trans dimensional services) so they can use SIM or AIM (spirit instant messaging & astral instant messaging)

      • dalonewolf25

        Great usage of common acronyms in order to link them to the comic, Rick! I lol’d at the AIM one.

        • Skykitsune

          Indeed. I still love the fourth panel “I’ll do it, but only because you somehow made bold text with a ouija board.” I LOVE that line.

          • wery1345

            lol he keeps a striaght face thwhole time

    • dalonewolf25

      Wait a minute, 11:59?

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        It comes up at ABOUT midnight. I thought that we agreed that Rick was a time god?

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          ai always though it came AT 12:00 :?

      • Frank

        Time zones… maybe…

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          It’s 10:18 where I am, but the timestamps are all in Rick-Time.

          • BeatReaktor

            Ya me too…

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

            no, seriously. What city in what state?

          • BeatReaktor

            L.A. California

          • Firewolf

            I’m a Santa Barbara county person. Hi neighbors =D

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Oh, I’m up in Seattle, WA.

            I live far away from you guys.

            : (

          • BeatReaktor

            @Val Kilmer…Seattle FTW

            I’m always down to chill with any Cali housepet fans :D

          • Argent Stonecutter

            That means I live in Rick Time!

          • Mika

            Lindsay, ON, Canada. I have to wait until one for the update

          • Inu225

            Honolulu, Hawaii. I wait until 7 ish for the update.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            the update’s 1 am were ai am :(

          • FuRrY321

            Yay! Mika! Another Ontarian! :D

            Hamilton, ON, for me. I just check the comic when I wake up to go to school… or when I get back from school.

          • PuDdy15

            yay.. what mai brotha said!^^

            Alsa Rick grat job on de comic!

          • Ilovehousepets

            Miami, FL. Join the Party Bus!

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            yah same wit puddy & furry
            ai just wait till ai get home ;)

          • dalonewolf25

            Orlando, FL, next to Disney World! Or, in this scenario, Theme Park World!

          • Alex M.

            Tampico, Tamaulipas. Coast city
            The comic update to me at 12:00

          • Inu225

            I love how we’re all from different areas of the world.
            Yet we’re all joined together by the interest of this web-comic.
            HP! Fans Unite!
            *Puts fist in the air*

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            YEAH!!! XD *puts fist in the air*

        • Frank

          Or maybe the problem is exactly as dalonewolf worded it: someone didn’t wait… a… minute.
          Or maybe there’s a server error

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Did you actually read the comic before posting that?

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        prob. not ai think it’s just another person that wants to get first :(

  2. Dissension

    Too cool, Sabrina, too cool.

  3. Val Kilmer Batman


    • Val Kilmer Batman

      (guesses other than Tarot)

    • Frank

      Great Kitsune?

      • dalonewolf25

        Pete or Zach?

        • Frank

          Wouldn’t that mean Zach’s having an out-of-body experience from the fright?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Or after-death?

            Oh Marvin, you should have read up on bunny CPR.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            ai think it’s one her gosty fwiends dat she can contact laike with ah computer :D

        • Firewolf

          My Original guess was Pete, but now…I ain’t sure.

      • GameCobra

        my thoughts exactly.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        I thought of that too, after rereading his dialogue (and based on the color of the name), but then we have to wonder how Sabrina would know about him. Remember that King wasn’t even really supposed to know before Pete could make him into an avatar.

      • IceKitsune

        I thought Kitsune right away as well but the thing is Sabrina felt the need to tell the Spook Master not to hurt Max and due to Kitsunes Benevolence rule I don’t think she would have to do that if it were him.

        So right now I’m leaning towards Pete or a new Character but there needs to be more info for me to make a solid guess.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Assuming Sabrina knows about that rule.

          • IceKitsune

            That’s true she might not but i think it would be likely since she lives with Tarot who is Dragons Avatar and she communicates with Spirits most likely on a regular basis so I would assume she knows about the game and stuff.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            If the rules state that non-avatars can’t know about the game, then Tarot might not have been allowed to tell her, though.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Are you talking about the game or The Game?

          • dalonewolf25

            What game?

          • BeatReaktor

            I just lost :(

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Ah, come on Argent! Why’d you have to go and make us all lose like that?!

          • dalonewolf25

            It’s a good thing I’ve already won the game…

      • Frank

        If I’m right, though, xhunterko owes me an appology

        • xhunterko

          I do believe I do.
          I’m also leaning towards new character.

  4. xhunterko

    Ohhh, yesss.

  5. Pseudo Faux

    Don’t you know you’re not supposed to go into the light?

    • Frank

      Whoever said that was a light? The doorway at the end of the tun– er, the corridor is pitch black. The only “light” is that creepy arm in the last panel.

  6. Alex M.

    The door it’s everything!!! x3

    • gagi

      the door can see into your mind .. the door can see into your soul !!

      • Rocket Knight boy


        hehe no!

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          ai was mad wen they stopped with it

      • WingedWolfGirl

        The door can do all that?

        • dalonewolf25

          Yup! Just step inside and you’ll see kittens being shot from catapults and pigs flying.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Thank you for making a simple door happy…

  7. dragonnutds

    wait, oh brother, i just realized that is a wigi board or however the heck you spell it. i prefered when it was off frame…

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      It was never off frame.

      It was using it’s powers of INVISIBILTY TO CASUAL GLANCE.

    • Frank

      Ouija: “Oui” is french for “yes”; “ja” is german for “yes”.
      Wigi is the nickname for Super Mario’s older brother

      • dalonewolf25

        LUIGI, my friend, yes yes yes yes yes!

      • Final Silence

        Luigi is Mario’s younger twin brother.

        • Naylorfan90

          Indeed, the younger twin brother who looks..nothing…like him…

          • Final Silence

            Sure he does. They both have the round boulbus nose, the awesome ’staches, and the matching caps. Height is relevent.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Mario and Luigi remind me of Abbot and Costello.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            I think that EVERY comedic duo reminds you of Abbot and Costello.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            No, some of them remind me of Laurel and Hardy, and some of them remind me of Shaggy and Scooby, and some remind me of Larry, Curly, and Moe.

  8. EHH

    Instant Messaging via Ouija Board. Brilliant.

  9. IceKitsune

    lol I called Sabrina scaring Max! Yay me! And go Sabrina she is being awesome. I wonder who the Spookmaster is

    • Frank

      Technically, it isn’t Sabrina; it’s a third party

      • IceKitsune

        Oh come on you know I meant by summoning something;.

        • Frank

          Oh, come on. You know these comments are full of people who are trying to be funny.

  10. KzT

    Bold Text with an Ouiji Board is easily the highlight of this comic.

    • dalonewolf25


      • gatherer818

        Your avatar is extraordinarily appropriate, and extraordinarily awesome paired with this comic :P

      • FunkyChicken


  11. ReCreate

    lol, win. xD This is now my favorite strip.

    • Firewolf

      Even better than “Paralysis of the Mouth” ?

  12. Challenger01

    I don’t mean to be the Spelling Police here… but in Panel 3, when Sabrina says “I’m not feeling to keen” it should be “I’m not feeling too keen”

    Sorry… sorry, it’s just little things like that get under my fur. :(

  13. Alex M.

    Max had a very small nap.

    • Firewolf

      I don’t think he was ever sleeping.

      • Final Silence

        Nope, I think Grape’s still doing that.

  14. Frank

    I have to agree, it really is a really good attempt to scare him

    • Frank

      typo in my e-mail address *blushes*

  15. BlueAnubis

    Cleanup, Asle Where-Max-Is-Standing,
    Cleanup, Asle Where-Max-Is-Standing,
    Thank you

    • Frank

      That’s Aisle, otherwise it sounds like a naughty insult.

      • BlueAnubis

        Blast! I knew it looked wrong. Blargh!

  16. HunkRlz

    This reminds me of the movie Event Horizon 0.O!!!

  17. Val Kilmer Batman



    (It should be “a Ouiji board”, not “an Ouiji board”. You only use “an” for words that start with a vowel sound, not based on letter. Which is why we have AN hour.)

    (that was explaining to anybody who would correct me. I know that spellcheckers go by letter)

    • dalonewolf25

      TYPO on you, my friend! Ouiji vs. Ouija

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Okay, yes, but IN MY DEFENSE(!!!), I’m on a phone and it doesn’t have Ouija in the spellchecker. And I REALLY didn’t want to scroll up and down.

        • dalonewolf25

          Also, Microsoft Word 2010 spellchecker doesn’t…

      • Frank

        Isn’t that’s the newest spelling for “Luigi”?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Usenet rule: all speeling flames must contain a spelling error,

    • John

      Ok, who summoned up the Type-O (typo?) demons…

  18. dalonewolf25

    This is the best birthday present ever! An outcome way far off from the expected! Good show!
    Also wanted to point out the ear in panel 7, the 3-D effects make it seem like the ear was never bitten off of…

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Happy Birthday!

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Tavalot, tavalot, tavalodet mobarak!

        Mobarak, mobarak, tavalodet mobarak!

        Beeyoh sham-oh ro fuut kon, keh sat soll zendeh boshee,
        beeyoh sham-oh ro fuut kon, keh sat soll zendeh boshee!

        • dalonewolf25

          *Dances to the ritual*
          Wait, what? E|:¿

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            It’s the Iranian birthday song.


            the last part says “Come blow out the candles so you become 100 years”, literally.


            Happy Happy Happy Birthday!
            Birthday Birthday Happy Birthday!

            Come blow out the candles so you live 100 years,
            come blow out the candles so you live 100 years!

          • dalonewolf25

            Yay! So I get to live 100 years if I’m lucky? E|:3

          • Argent Stonecutter


          • sonic id furreh!!!

            HAPPEH B-DAY DALONEWOLF XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alex M.

      Happy Birthday Dalone!
      Feliz Cumpleaños! ^^
      Thanks for all the corrections x3

    • BeatReaktor

      Happy Birthday! :D

    • Ryufire

      Happy Birthday Dalone! Save us some cake, and have a safe party!!! :)

      • dalonewolf25

        Well…I was gonna give you cake, but then Inu disintegrated it to bits, so…yeah…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I think, in the context of this strip, it would be remiss of me to wish you “Happy Birthday” –

    • Inu225

      Wow a lot of Birthday’s this Month.
      Last week was Val Kilmer’s B-day.

      Anyway Happy Birthday. Here’s your cake.

      • dalonewolf25

        *Disintegration occurs*
        Hey! Where’s ma cake? The cake is a lie!

        • Inu225

          The cake is not a lie!
          The cake is a pie!
          And I lied!

          Portal : D

    • Rocket Knight boy

      have a good one!

    • WingedWolfGirl

      Happy Birthday, to u and everyone born in muh favorite month!
      October Rules!!!

  19. Max Wolfe

    His eyes in the last panel just ever so bugged out like Peanut’s.

  20. HonorèDerazey

    Come play with us Max… FOREVER…

  21. Val Kilmer Batman

    “I’m always there. My perception of reality is vast and infinite. Sort of.”

    • Alex M.

      “There is much talk, and I have listened, through rock and metal and time. Now I shall talk, and you shall listen.” -Gravemind

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Yas, yas, the “sort of” pushes it to 11.

      • Alex M.

        “Time… has taught me patience! But basking in new freedom, I will know all that I possess!”-Gravemind

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Oh, bah, it’s a video game. Silly me.

          • Alex M.

            “This is not your grave, but you are welcome in it”-Gravemind

          • Leinad

            … has the flood taken over your mind, Alex?
            ’cause that’s getting a little creepy…

  22. copper

    Wow. Just awesome.

  23. Greek Geek

    Next Max is gonna have a great supernatural and otherworldly experience that will scar him forever.

    And Grape will sleep through the whole thing.

  24. thegamist


  25. BeatReaktor

    panel 6 lol..

  26. dalonewolf25

    I’ll do it, but only because you somehow made bold text on a Ouija board.

  27. lightwolf21

    Oh, Maxwell…the glowing doorway should have been the first clue to not…go…there. X3

    • dalonewolf25

      But didn’t you know? Stupidity killed the cat. Curiosity was framed!

      • Final Silence

        But experience brought it back. The last very unknown words to that phrase.

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Is Experience some kind of wizard?

          • Final Silence

            No, as in the learning experience, but for some reason at the time, I couldn’t get RPG exp. out of my head.

  28. Fuzzypaws

    I thought the house was supposed to have negative spookosity. *giggles*

    • Pokeblue

      I think it is suppose to be. I think it’s probably just because Sabrina made a spritiual call to the spookmaster.

      • Final Silence

        Or she lied.

        • Pokeblue

          Or inexperienced.

          Whatever the case though, only time will tell, right? But, that’s also still a possiblity.

  29. lightwolf21

    Spirit grabs Maxwell Avi…

  30. KimbaWLion

    I’m thinking Sabrina still has (small) feelings for Max. I predict a Grape/Sabrina jealousy arc coming on. How will Fido react?

    • dalonewolf25

      Well, let me ask you this, what if the spookmaster was really Fido?

      • Val Kilmer Batman


      • Final Silence

        Or Peanut, or Tarot, or Fido, or any creature that would love to scare Maxwell.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Fido wasn’t a real-time network, so it’s not going to be compatible with IM over Ouija.

  31. namelessone

    How did Max not see something like this coming?

  32. Falcon01

    I TOLD you to run for your lives…see what happens?

    • xhunterko

      *Gets popcorn*

      • dalonewolf25

        *sits next to xhunterko* It’s a good thing Rick will never break the fourth wall and send the ghost here…would he?

        • Falcon01

          i doubt HE would…but I might! :P

          • Final Silence

            And now I must say it… RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!

          • xhunterko

            Shh, we’re watching max get owned.

          • Final Silence

            Wait… can I join?

          • dalonewolf25

            Sure! Grab a seat next to xhunterko.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            wut about meh it looks laike fun :D

          • xhunterko

            No prob! There’s plenty of room on the couch!

          • dalonewolf25

            Seeing as there’s more space for everyone, join the couch train!

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            *Brings massive, ugly floral pattern, puke green chair to sit in*

            What? It’s comfortable!

  33. dalonewolf25

    It looks like Sabrina is grinning in Panel 4…

  34. Firewolf

    phhbbHAHAHAHA!!!! I called it! I knew it was going to get real scary like this. =D I can’t wait till Tuesday! (I’m Cali, so updates come on Tuesday) I love The expression is panel 8 =D He has that “What is this? It’s real freaky.” look =D

  35. Val Kilmer Batman

    Wow. This looks so different on my computer. I don’t think I’ve looked at this on something other than my phone in…

    A long time.

  36. Fenrir Lupara

    The last panel reminds me of the “Take On Me” Music video…

    • Argent Stonecutter


    • BeatReaktor

      I have the model synthesizer they used in that song somewhere in my closet… :D

  37. Slightly ashamed

    Ctrl+F “barbs”
    No? Nothing? Nevermind then, I won’t say it.

    • gagi


      What do you mean by that?

  38. Tendo

    Can’t stop laughing at how Sabrina is using that Ouija board, text-speak and bold and all that XD

  39. Argent Stonecutter

    Cue “Powerhouse theme”.

    Oh No, not The Works!

    (starting about 5:40)

    • xhunterko

      Or the tune from garfields holloween when the pirate ghosts show up? Will link later.

  40. Firewolf

    Did anyone notice that panels 1&5, 2&6, 3&7, and 4&8 are alike? You know, Max to Sabrina kind of alike.

  41. Argent Stonecutter

    Anyway, before I go back to bed, two more comments.

    1. I am liking Max more. He’s not as mean as I thought he was.

    2. The full “Powerhouse Theme”, I think we’ll need it by the next strip. Dum dum dum…

    • Final Silence

      No, but he probably just made a giant mess on the spot.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      There are too many YouTube links in the comments of this comic!

      I can’t listen to The Protomen AND watch your videos!

  42. Final Silence

    I Have Now Moved The Bidding Here! Want The Rules? Okay!
    The Current Prize Is Now ∞2,002,036.5 This All Ends When The Arc Does. (Although Spookmaster Makes My Buissness Very Hard Now)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      The symbol for cookie is infinity?

    • Alex M.

      Want to add more cookies to my previously bet.

    • Final Silence

      And Now The Current Prize Cookies is ∞2,502,036.5 Cookies. Any More Bets? Remember, This Ends When The Arc Ends!
      ((Will someone at least give us another 1/2 cookie. My problem with fractions of objects is kicking in and well…. it’s kinda annoying (No offense to the 1/2 cookie bidder))

      • Argent Stonecutter

        *bids π cookies, just to be irrational*

        • Argent Stonecutter

          That’s π cookies on King being the surprise guest.

          • dalonewolf25

            I bet -π+(1/2) of a cookie on the hand

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I’ll raise you π and !

          • Final Silence


          • xhunterko

            Ack, I can’t count that high! Stil, though, I think with this new development I’ll change my bet. 3 Dozen cookies and a movie size large popcorn on all of us being wrong. :)

          • dalonewolf25

            I bet over 9000!-☕-π cookies that Jasper (please correct me) the Cat WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE!!!

  43. e

    it’s the monster from “IT”! hide your loved ones!

  44. Inu225

    @ panel 8
    It’s so bright and vivid.
    What does it mean?

    Sorry. My Stupid Moment.

  45. Salenstormwing

    It could have been worst, Sabrina could have downloaded those annoying animated smiley emoticons to her board. Seeing a dancing smiley face just takes all the scary out of ghostly instant messages.

  46. Rocket Knight boy


    • Alex M.


    • BeatReaktor


    • Salenstormwing

      Zombie Goasts, Leave This Place!

    • dalonewolf25


      • Alex M.

        *Walks slowly*
        You startled the witch

        • dalonewolf25

          uhh, my bad…erase the modded comment plz, thank you…

    • xhunterko


    • dalonewolf25

      C-C-C-C-Combo Breaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Val Kilmer Batman


  47. Clairvoyant Legacy

    Don’t go into the light?

    • dalonewolf25

      No, my friend. Go to the light! It’s nice and warm and there’s a guy at the end of the tunnel waiting for you…Say hi and follow him, for it’ll be the last thing you’ll ever remember….

      • xhunterko

        The light at the end of the tunnel is a fiery pit full of demons.

  48. heraledro

    I’m of the impression that the Kitsune is going to make another appearance =D Red username from a spirit/non-corporeal being? Strikes me as a reasonable choice =D

    Besides, we saw that the Kitsune liked having fun in the “Dog Days of Summer” arc, and it’ll be nice to see him/her again (is it a he? Or a she?).

  49. Crazy-8

    oh my god….its dave’s older bro from homestuck!!!

  50. Gaboris

    Okay now I can’t separate messenger programs from a ouija board cuz of this arc… who knows maybe that’s not a bad thing. XD
    Like it how Max has come to his normal senses all of a sudden, hope he won’t have any prob with that all white hand holding him. :)

  51. Palhinuk

    But no one uses AIM any more. Most spirits use MSN (Mass-Spirit Network).

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Bah, smart ghosts use Xtra-Material Poltergeist Protocol (XMPP, also known as “Gibber”), ‘cos MSN only works right on MysterySoft Ouijaboardware.

      • Gaboris

        You guys and your acronyms… sorry it’s just too funny to make fun of it. X3

  52. Z24

    Max, it’s not an attempt if you succeed XD

  53. Bicycle Repairman

    And now, for that brief moment of sanity before the terror sets in.

    • Final Silence

      Oh, cool……… AAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  54. FunkyChicken

    So is Sabrina ON a side? Or is she just trollin’ and lollin’?

    • Housepetsfan15

      @funkychicken, Sabrina is on Maxwell’s side. She was trying to scare off Zach and Marvin.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        when? The only scary thing to happen to THEM was the Bigglesworth Ghosts. And they couldn’t even remember Zach’s name.

        • Housepetsfan15

          What do yo mean by when? Wasn’t Sabrina just summoning a being from the spirit world to scare off Zach and Marvin?

      • Final Silence

        But thats difficult to prove now since she wanted to scare Maxwell to a certain point. I just don’t know where that points end is though.

  55. FerreTrip

    Ouija board IMing. Rick Griffin, you are a GENIUS. XD

    Did someone say sanity? *whips out the Tome of Eternal Darkness, ready to cast a spell or two before he ends up meeting an overly bloody end*

    • Final Silence

      Or just the most perfect insanity. Which ever you prefer.

  56. Raxki Yamato

    OH MY GAMMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;A;

  57. Kadziet

    Man i’m like a cat x.x or more like Grape. I seem to sleep alot and I just woke up from a nice nap haha. Supposed to be a wolf but wolves can be lazy too I suppose, and btw great comic lol, and I’m not thinking it’s any of those guys you people are guessing, maybe just a spirit that Sabrina can contact cause well, when you’re psychic you can contact alot of spirits in the spirit world

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Funny, you look like a corgi.

      • Kadziet

        it’s my halloween costume XP you like?

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          *dressed as zombie, rings ship’s bell*

          I’m a Dead Ringer, get it?

    • Final Silence

      Well, do you get woken up constantly from your naps? That’ll make you more like Grape. And if you keep trying to fit in with a bunch of people that’ll make you more like a wolf.

      • Kadziet

        Well I do try and fit in lol, but I also nap alot o.o I guess I’m just a lazy wolf with a Corgi costume haha

  58. Kadziet

    hey hey! I think I noticed a typo there o.o “an Ouija board” should be “a Ouija board” right?

  59. WingedWolfGirl

    Is Sabrina outside the house?
    Doesn’t that count as leaving the house, thus, forfeiting the game for Max?

  60. thewhitedragon

    how the hell you do bold letters on a huija board anyway? o_O

  61. Z24

    There goes ANOTHER bite mark XD

    Reply if you know it’s spelled Ouija :D

    • dalonewolf25

      Of course! E’evry one knows that! E|:P
      *notices one less ear*

  62. Kujiiro

    This makes me laugh for several different reasons.

  63. Hoheh

    I see everything! Kinda.

  64. Argent Stonecutter

    This is exactly why you don’t want to bring in psychics when you’re doing a halloween dare in a spooky house.

    (you’re also not supposed to split up, goofball)

  65. Nia

    Huh, guess even spirits hate chat talk style, but can ya really blame ‘em?

  66. Mystery Ezekude

    Spirits using chat programmes? What a unique concept! I’ve never seen that before!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I like Charlie Stross’s story about the ghost that haunts a game server.

    • BeatReaktor

      Oh ya… I talk to spirits on IRC all the time…

  67. RockstarRaccoon

    …Did Sabrina just summon a dark spirit from beyond?? O!O;; I can see hilarity ensuing…

  68. anthroguy101

    I knew it.

  69. SnuggleBunn

    I wonder what Grape will think when she wakes up and Max is gone.

  70. Argent Stonecutter

    He’s not totally scared, we can still see the green of his eyes.

    But at least the arc is starting to live up to its name.

  71. Val Kilmer Batman

    “If the shadow blocks out the sun… there will be Light!

    If it stays ’till the sun is set… there will be Light!

    If the sun never shows its face again… there will be Light!

    No matter how dark the City gets…”

  72. Hoheh

    If Max loses it, that’s 2 down.

  73. Lance

    this comic is made of win. =3