great comic as ever
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)
Great usage of common acronyms in order to link them to the comic, Rick! I lol’d at the AIM one.
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.
lol he keeps a striaght face thwhole time
Wait a minute, 11:59?
It comes up at ABOUT midnight. I thought that we agreed that Rick was a time god?
ai always though it came AT 12:00
Time zones… maybe…
It’s 10:18 where I am, but the timestamps are all in Rick-Time.
Ya me too…
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
no, seriously. What city in what state?
I’m a Santa Barbara county person. Hi neighbors =D
Oh, I’m up in Seattle, WA.
I live far away from you guys.
@Val Kilmer…Seattle FTW
I’m always down to chill with any Cali housepet fans
That means I live in Rick Time!
Lindsay, ON, Canada. I have to wait until one for the update
Honolulu, Hawaii. I wait until 7 ish for the update.
the update’s 1 am were ai am
Yay! Mika! Another Ontarian!
Hamilton, ON, for me. I just check the comic when I wake up to go to school… or when I get back from school.
yay.. what mai brotha said!^^
Alsa Rick grat job on de comic!
Miami, FL. Join the Party Bus!
yah same wit puddy & furry
ai just wait till ai get home
Orlando, FL, next to Disney World! Or, in this scenario, Theme Park World!
Tampico, Tamaulipas. Coast city
The comic update to me at 12:00
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*
YEAH!!! XD *puts fist in the air*
Or maybe the problem is exactly as dalonewolf worded it: someone didn’t wait… a… minute.
Or maybe there’s a server error
Muahhahahhah! Witty pun used without notice…
Did you actually read the comic before posting that?
prob. not ai think it’s just another person that wants to get first
Too cool, Sabrina, too cool.
WHO IS THE SPOOKMASTER?
(guesses other than Tarot)
Pete or Zach?
Wouldn’t that mean Zach’s having an out-of-body experience from the fright?
Oh Marvin, you should have read up on bunny CPR.
ai think it’s one her gosty fwiends dat she can contact laike with ah computer
My Original guess was Pete, but now…I ain’t sure.
my thoughts exactly.
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.
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.
Assuming Sabrina knows about that rule.
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.
If the rules state that non-avatars can’t know about the game, then Tarot might not have been allowed to tell her, though.
Are you talking about the game or The Game?
I just lost
Ah, come on Argent! Why’d you have to go and make us all lose like that?!
It’s a good thing I’ve already won the game…
If I’m right, though, xhunterko owes me an appology
I do believe I do.
I’m also leaning towards new character.
Don’t you know you’re not supposed to go into the light?
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.
I thought the light in the hallway was leaking out around the door.
The door it’s everything!!! x3
the door can see into your mind .. the door can see into your soul !!
OH MAI GAWD AI LOVE DAT X3
ai was mad wen they stopped with it
The door can do all that?
Yup! Just step inside and you’ll see kittens being shot from catapults and pigs flying.
Thank you for making a simple door happy…
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…
It was never off frame.
It was using it’s powers of INVISIBILTY TO CASUAL GLANCE.
Ouija: “Oui” is french for “yes”; “ja” is german for “yes”.
Wigi is the nickname for Super Mario’s older brother
LUIGI, my friend, yes yes yes yes yes!
Luigi is Mario’s younger twin brother.
Indeed, the younger twin brother who looks..nothing…like him…
Sure he does. They both have the round boulbus nose, the awesome ’staches, and the matching caps. Height is relevent.
Mario and Luigi remind me of Abbot and Costello.
I think that EVERY comedic duo reminds you of Abbot and Costello.
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.
Instant Messaging via Ouija Board. Brilliant.
lol I called Sabrina scaring Max! Yay me! And go Sabrina she is being awesome. I wonder who the Spookmaster is
Technically, it isn’t Sabrina; it’s a third party
Oh come on you know I meant by summoning something;.
Oh, come on. You know these comments are full of people who are trying to be funny.
Bold Text with an Ouiji Board is easily the highlight of this comic.
Your avatar is extraordinarily appropriate, and extraordinarily awesome paired with this comic
lol, win. xD This is now my favorite strip.
Even better than “Paralysis of the Mouth” ?
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.
Maybe she didn’t drop the chatspeak after all
It’s OK as long as your not acting like a grammar nazi. =)
Nein. We spelling Nazi’s are a breed apart entirely.
Du müsst zusammenhängend shreiben!
Ich bin die apostrophenazi.
Nazis: plural of Nazi.
Nazi’s: possessive of Nazi.
I think it’s, “Ich bin eine apostrophenazi”.
Every spelling flame must contain at least one error. It’s the rule!
Max had a very small nap.
I don’t think he was ever sleeping.
Nope, I think Grape’s still doing that.
I have to agree, it really is a really good attempt to scare him
typo in my e-mail address *blushes*
Cleanup, Asle Where-Max-Is-Standing,
Cleanup, Asle Where-Max-Is-Standing,
That’s Aisle, otherwise it sounds like a naughty insult.
Blast! I knew it looked wrong. Blargh!
This reminds me of the movie Event Horizon 0.O!!!
O TEH NOES!
DERE BEE A TIEPO EN PANAL FORE!
(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)
TYPO on you, my friend! Ouiji vs. Ouija
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.
Also, Microsoft Word 2010 spellchecker doesn’t…
Isn’t that’s the newest spelling for “Luigi”?
No, it’s Weegee or Guiyi. It could also be Quiji too…
Quiji sounds squeezy
Then it can be squeegee
Usenet rule: all speeling flames must contain a spelling error,
Spell “Misspelling” correctly
That would be breaking the rules!
Ok, who summoned up the Type-O (typo?) demons…
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…
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!
*Dances to the ritual*
Wait, what? E|:¿
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!
Yay! So I get to live 100 years if I’m lucky? E|:3
HAPPEH B-DAY DALONEWOLF XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday Dalone!
Feliz Cumpleaños! ^^
Thanks for all the corrections x3
Anytime, mate! E|:3
Thanks, nice music link, btw
Thnx … My plan is to change it to a new song for every new comic
Happy Birthday Dalone! Save us some cake, and have a safe party!!!
Well…I was gonna give you cake, but then Inu disintegrated it to bits, so…yeah…
I think, in the context of this strip, it would be remiss of me to wish you “Happy Birthday” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1bqrCN3tkI
Wow a lot of Birthday’s this Month.
Last week was Val Kilmer’s B-day.
Anyway Happy Birthday. Here’s your cake.
Hey! Where’s ma cake? The cake is a lie!
The cake is not a lie!
The cake is a pie!
And I lied!
Portal : D
Awwww Flippy :,(
have a good one!
Happy Birthday, to u and everyone born in muh favorite month!
His eyes in the last panel just ever so bugged out like Peanut’s.
Come play with us Max… FOREVER…
nope, definitely a hand, not twins
The hand of cod. Or possibly mackerel. Wait. I was going to say something about twins. And psychic powers. And glowy stuff. But I forgot.
There’s something fishy about that, yes.
I was referring to the hands grabbing Max which are imminently going to pull him in so Max can “play” with them. You just have to over-analyze things like I do. =D
I did, just wanted to see your reactions, that’s all… E|:3
U BE TROLLIN’?
Of course not, my friend. I’m no more troll than this guy:
unless you had a pair of hands A-HA!
I have a pair of sixes and I’m one card short of a straight.
“I’m always there. My perception of reality is vast and infinite. Sort of.”
“There is much talk, and I have listened, through rock and metal and time. Now I shall talk, and you shall listen.” -Gravemind
Yas, yas, the “sort of” pushes it to 11.
“Time… has taught me patience! But basking in new freedom, I will know all that I possess!”-Gravemind
Oh, bah, it’s a video game. Silly me.
“This is not your grave, but you are welcome in it”-Gravemind
… has the flood taken over your mind, Alex?
’cause that’s getting a little creepy…
Wow. Just awesome.
Next Max is gonna have a great supernatural and otherworldly experience that will scar him forever.
And Grape will sleep through the whole thing.
Or be abruptly woken up yelling “Argh! Peanut! If it’s another wierd mushroom I’m gonna…”
I think that would have to happen in the evil catnip alternate universe.
*GASP* You just made me realize what was the Great Kitsune’s idol suppose to remind you of!
Wierd mushrooms are Weird!
panel 6 lol..
I’ll do it, but only because you somehow made bold text on a Ouija board.
Oh, Maxwell…the glowing doorway should have been the first clue to not…go…there. X3
But didn’t you know? Stupidity killed the cat. Curiosity was framed!
But experience brought it back. The last very unknown words to that phrase.
Is Experience some kind of wizard?
No, as in the learning experience, but for some reason at the time, I couldn’t get RPG exp. out of my head.
I thought the house was supposed to have negative spookosity. *giggles*
I think it is suppose to be. I think it’s probably just because Sabrina made a spritiual call to the spookmaster.
Or she lied.
Whatever the case though, only time will tell, right? But, that’s also still a possiblity.
Spirit grabs Maxwell Avi…http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/1829/scaredmaxwell.png
I’ll stick with space invaders thank you!
aww…I was gonna use it too…
It makes him look like he’s wearin’ a white Choir robe,
…Betcha he will b in a minute.
I’m thinking Sabrina still has (small) feelings for Max. I predict a Grape/Sabrina jealousy arc coming on. How will Fido react?
Well, let me ask you this, what if the spookmaster was really Fido?
Or Peanut, or Tarot, or Fido, or any creature that would love to scare Maxwell.
Fido wasn’t a real-time network, so it’s not going to be compatible with IM over Ouija.
How did Max not see something like this coming?
I TOLD you to run for your lives…see what happens?
*sits next to xhunterko* It’s a good thing Rick will never break the fourth wall and send the ghost here…would he?
i doubt HE would…but I might!
And now I must say it… RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!
Shh, we’re watching max get owned.
Wait… can I join?
Sure! Grab a seat next to xhunterko.
wut about meh it looks laike fun
No prob! There’s plenty of room on the couch!
Seeing as there’s more space for everyone, join the couch train!
*Brings massive, ugly floral pattern, puke green chair to sit in*
What? It’s comfortable!
It looks like Sabrina is grinning in Panel 4…
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
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.
The last panel reminds me of the “Take On Me” Music video…
I have the model synthesizer they used in that song somewhere in my closet…
No? Nothing? Nevermind then, I won’t say it.
What do you mean by that?
Can’t stop laughing at how Sabrina is using that Ouija board, text-speak and bold and all that XD
Cue “Powerhouse theme”.
Oh No, not The Works!
(starting about 5:40)
Or the tune from garfields holloween when the pirate ghosts show up? Will link later.
Garfield is evil.
Did anyone notice that panels 1&5, 2&6, 3&7, and 4&8 are alike? You know, Max to Sabrina kind of alike.
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…
No, but he probably just made a giant mess on the spot.
Rub his nose in it, that’ll teach him not to do it again.
There are too many YouTube links in the comments of this comic!
I can’t listen to The Protomen AND watch your videos!
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)
The symbol for cookie is infinity?
No, someone bidded infinite cookies.
Then the bidding is at ∞.
∞ is a constant. Prove that it is.
First, prove whether ∞ is ℵ₀ or not.
Tan-1 270° = -∞
O.o The Geometry it’s strange at times.
Some old hens can’t always hide their old age.
So they decide to place a negative age…
Want to add more cookies to my previously bet.
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))
*bids π cookies, just to be irrational*
That’s π cookies on King being the surprise guest.
I bet -π+(1/2) of a cookie on the hand
I’ll raise you π and ☕!
AHHHH!!! THE ADVANCED MATH, IT FRIED MY BRAIN!!!
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.
I bet over 9000!-☕-π cookies that Jasper (please correct me) the Cat WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE!!!
it’s the monster from “IT”! hide your loved ones!
@ panel 8
It’s so bright and vivid.
What does it mean?
Sorry. My Stupid Moment.
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.
Zombie Goasts, Leave This Place!
You startled the witch
uhh, my bad…erase the modded comment plz, thank you…
Don’t go into the light?
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….
The light at the end of the tunnel is a fiery pit full of demons.
maybe for you…
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?).
oh my god….its dave’s older bro from homestuck!!!
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.
But no one uses AIM any more. Most spirits use MSN (Mass-Spirit Network).
Bah, smart ghosts use Xtra-Material Poltergeist Protocol (XMPP, also known as “Gibber”), ‘cos MSN only works right on MysterySoft Ouijaboardware.
You guys and your acronyms… sorry it’s just too funny to make fun of it. X3
Max, it’s not an attempt if you succeed XD
And now, for that brief moment of sanity before the terror sets in.
Oh, cool……… AAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
So is Sabrina ON a side? Or is she just trollin’ and lollin’?
@funkychicken, Sabrina is on Maxwell’s side. She was trying to scare off Zach and Marvin.
when? The only scary thing to happen to THEM was the Bigglesworth Ghosts. And they couldn’t even remember Zach’s name.
What do yo mean by when? Wasn’t Sabrina just summoning a being from the spirit world to scare off Zach and Marvin?
I think she was originally going to, but she changed her mind.
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.
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*
Or just the most perfect insanity. Which ever you prefer.
OH MY GAMMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;A;
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
Funny, you look like a corgi.
it’s my halloween costume XP you like?
*dressed as zombie, rings ship’s bell*
I’m a Dead Ringer, get it?
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.
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
hey hey! I think I noticed a typo there o.o “an Ouija board” should be “a Ouija board” right?
Is Sabrina outside the house?
Doesn’t that count as leaving the house, thus, forfeiting the game for Max?
Sabrina is a recruit, not a partner. Grape is Max’s partner.
how the hell you do bold letters on a huija board anyway? o_O
TEXT like that…
It’s powered by IMAGINATION.
Oh, and that second slider…
(I bet you looked, didn’t you?)
well crap, I guess you have to have something ON the more-than-one empty lines.
Just apply a little more pressure. You can tell by the finger shift in panel 4.
There goes ANOTHER bite mark XD
Reply if you know it’s spelled Ouija
Of course! E’evry one knows that! E|:P
*notices one less ear*
This makes me laugh for several different reasons.
I see everything! Kinda.
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)
Huh, guess even spirits hate chat talk style, but can ya really blame ‘em?
Spirits using chat programmes? What a unique concept! I’ve never seen that before!
I like Charlie Stross’s story about the ghost that haunts a game server.
Oh ya… I talk to spirits on IRC all the time…
…Did Sabrina just summon a dark spirit from beyond?? O!O;; I can see hilarity ensuing…
I knew it.
I wonder what Grape will think when she wakes up and Max is gone.
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.
“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…”
If Max loses it, that’s 2 down.
this comic is made of win. =3
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