A Darker Turn

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  1. Ryufire

    A darker turn indeed!!

    • dalonewolf25

      Alt-Text: What have I done to / Mister Grinch? / Is this a dagger before my eyes? / Who would have thought for that old man / to have so much blood inside / Mister Grinch?

      • Dovewolf09

        YES! Perfect Poe reference

        • Rick Griffin

          Shakespeare actually

          EDIT: Unless you mean the whole thing in general, well yes that’s also Poe, but I was thinking Macbeth

          • dalonewolf25

            So, Mr. Grinch existed before Santa Claus (Papa Noël) and Scrooge(Dickens)?

          • dalonewolf25

            So, was Mr. Grinch before Santa Claus and Mr. Scrooge?

          • Frank

            Funny you should ask. I had always thought the word “grinch” had existed since before Dr. Seuss.

            The dictionary disagrees.

          • Sleet

            Gah, Macbeth! I was wondering where I recognized that from.

          • Blaze (a.k.a. Mika)

            lol, i thought it sounded familiar…

            I had to google it though…

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            RALLY!?! :O
            ai always thought that wuz ah word that wuz always der

          • Silent Kitsune

            I love Macbeth :D

          • Argent Stonecutter

            You’re supposed to call it “The Scottish Play”.

          • ptmc2112

            To continue Argent Stonecutter…

            because it was (possibly still is) bad luck to call the play by its real name.

          • kytan

            and all the water of the sea will not be able to wash the red from these…. hands…..

            or something….

      • Serioli

        ‘Hot potato, orchestra stalls, pluck to make amends’

    • UriTzila

      Actually, it’s only considered bad luck if: 1. Your in a theater while saying it and/or 2. you are involved in a production of Macbeth… oh crud. *falls down stairs*

  2. Alex M.

    Tiger looks so happy singing :D

    • Alex M.

      *Checks the Calendar*
      December First
      So in housepets time is already christmas?

      • Frank

        No, just Christmas Season

        (it’s a one-off, you’ll notice)

      • xhunterko

        I’m guessing no. Don’t people wish you a Merry Christmas during the entire holiday season? They do right?

        *cough Merry Christmas Alex M. cough*

      • Alex M.

        Then the actually Christmas arc will begin before this one-off.

      • dalonewolf25

        Next Song:

        Paint the halls with blood of Mr. Grinch, fa la la la la, la la la la!

        • Frank

          No, no, no. That breaks the meter!

          (or is it the meter stick?)

          • Frank

            Since i know someone’s going to ask:

            meter: the rhythm of a song or poem
            meter stick: similar to a yardstick but about 3 inches longer (to reach 100 centimeters)

          • Alex M.

            Then use a Metronome and problem solved :P

          • FinalSilence

            Band Geek here!
            I have a Christmas Song for you all!
            I recommend turning the volume on your speakers down BEFORE watching the video.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Paint the halls with blood and terror
            Falla lalla la… la la la la…
            What’s this? A bomb, addressed to ‘bearer’?
            Myahahahaha… ha ha… ha ha…

          • dalonewolf25

            You, ferret, are made of win!

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            e.o…… ai think mah ears r bleeding

          • FinalSilence

            Sorry about that, just had to do it. Post the link I mean

          • Alex M.

            @silence: Lol! A big change from The Doors to a really random song :D

        • Alex M.

          In A minor!

    • Skykitsune

      Yes he does. Creepy song, but he’s happy.

  3. Tahoe

    Hey! I mentally sang the whole thing. Good show, lol

    • MrMutt

      Yeah. I did the same thing. Even with the Alt-text.

  4. Fuzzypaws

    Appropriate actually – since it’s a Christmas story, there is inevitable doom and despair in the near future! That’s just how these things work.

    I love this version of the song and I love Tiger now for singing it.

    • Frank

      When you said “appropriate actually,” I thought you meant it was appropriate for Tiger to sing it like this, rather than it being appropriate for the song to be “the grinch song”.

      Not that I’m complaining!

  5. Nickel Furlong

    Wow Tiger has some issues there!!!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      There? Tiger always has issues.

  6. Snowmon

    And here I thought I hear them all.

  7. KimbaWLion

    Tiger looks different… it must be the fact he’s using Bino expressions


  8. Frank

    This comes as quite a surprize to me… because I’ve just read on Edmund’s Quest how the author there likes “The Grinch Song”. I mean, what are the chances two webcomic artists will reference the same song the same day?

  9. Repicheep22

    I always thought Tiger was a little crazy, but…that’s just plain psychotic.

    • Rick Griffin

      Have a little heart! I wrote the silly thing

      • dalonewolf25

        Can we make the “I’m going to kill you in your sleep” a meme or is it one already? I mean, since Tiger did say this before…
        Also, you did a nice job animating Tiger this time! …and the fact that you made him “psychotically cute” in a sense!

      • Chip Uni

        *hides UNDER Marvin*

        Issa SCARY song!

    • Loki Impisi

      Naaaaaah. Tiger seems pretty legit to me!

      Then again I might not be the best judge.

  10. xhunterko

    Well, somebody has it out for the grinch. What’d he do to you?

    • Frank

      He stole christmas!

      It was so bad, only a doctor could speak of it!

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        heh :) ….. ai dunno wut to call dat X3

  11. IceKitsune

    XD wow tiger just went a bit nuts there

    • Frank

      You mean he wasn’t the least bit nuts before?

  12. dalonewolf25

    Careful Tiger! Marvin’s gonna kill you in your sleep!!!

  13. Pokeblue

    Lol, cute…Interesting song, Tiger.

  14. Falcon01

    Lol! one thing I noticed is Zach is starting to fit into the family much better….not long ago he’d probably ran in terror at a song like that from Tiger.

    • silverfang16

      He also ran from Tiger telling him he is his best friend.

  15. Frank

    Just noticed Zach’s harmonica in panel 2. Poor delusioned bunny, he was so excited!

    • Rick Griffin

      It’s a pitch pipe!

      • BeatReaktor

        TU-80 is more accurate… just saying :)

      • Frank

        Huh. I guess that explains why it looked so small

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Eagerly anticipating your Xmas avatar.

      • Frank

        ‘Might take me a while. First I need to get out of this dungeon of duedates

  16. Corodan

    The three words that I use to describe you as, and I quote:




    • shdwfox

      That made me lol, very clever.

    • Naylorfan90

      *stands and applauds*

  17. Inu225

    Wow… what a great way to start off December.
    Have yourself a very Morbid Christmas. (-_- #)

    • Frank

      “Marley was dead to begin with. Dead as a doornail”

      Morbicity has been part of Christmas for quite a while

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      I’d rather have a Patrick Swayze Christmas…actually that’s pretty morbid now too when I think about it.

  18. Ryufire

    Mr Tiger we love to see you narrate “The Tell-Tale Heart” I think… 0.o

  19. BeatReaktor

    You’d have to be crazy to do that in my neighborhood lol.

    Deck the halls wi… POP! POP! POP! Screeeetch! vrooooom!

  20. Inu225

    Any-who… How did the neighbors like the performance?

    • Frank

      I’m guessing panel 8 is Tiger not getting cookies

    • Rick Griffin

      They closed the door somewhere between panel 3 and 4

      • dalonewolf25

        Add the *slam* onomatopoeia…

        • Rick Griffin

          They closed it slowly, almost mechanically, as they were too disturbed to want to startle the crazy dog

          • Z24

            “Startle the crazy dog” Paradoxical much? XD

            I have to admit that normally is the other way around, with the carolers freaking out at the carolee. Hardly saw the other way around. Original XD

          • dalonewolf25

            See, the alt-text would’ve been better if it was this:

            “They closed the door slowly, almost mechanically, as they were too disturbed to want to startle the crazy dog”

          • dalonewolf25

            …But then we wouldn’t have the current alt-text…

      • silverfang16

        Really? I thought they were actually still there.

  21. Alex M.

    Tiger heart is full of unwashed socks.

  22. Mareks

    If someone remakes the music, I’ll sing this full force.

  23. Furr Mate

    That has got to be the coolest Grinch theme EVER….

  24. AvanWolf

    This strip probably registers Tiger for a good number of tropes. XD

    At any rate, this has been something of a lighter turn for may day after attempting how to lighten up the plot for my next novel (or possibly graphical novel), because it was getting too dark for me to want to create it, to the point I was getting depressed just thinking about it all x_x

  25. 2MK

    Do you think Tiger had a deep voice like Thurl Ravenscroft?

  26. ZerofanEX

    I think he’s having a power fantasy on that he wants to do to Bino.

    Bino has done damage on Christmas before mostly on King and almost on Peanut.
    In fact you made a Grinch reference then too.

  27. Russiarules1

    My favorite of all Holidays… Christmas. Hope I live 80 more Christmas days.
    Anyway, don’t forget about New Year! 2011…
    Just Beautiful, I wish you guys a great time wherever you live.

  28. stacy

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

    • BeatReaktor

      I’m waaaay ahead of you… :D

  29. Hopper200456

    How cute indeed.

  30. Solario the Visored

    …Huh. A Grinch reference and a Macbeth reference in the same webcomic strip. *Makes a mark on a list* Now, I just need to see a necromancer commanding an army of reanimated market-fresh chickens and I’ll have officially seen everything!

    • Kingisawsome

      So you’ve seen a MONKEY scrubbing YOUR toilet with YOUR tooth brush

      • Frank

        Once you’ve seen one animal scrubbing a toilet with your toothbrush, you’ve seen ‘em all

      • Rocket Knight boy

        So you’ve seen a man eat his own head?

  31. chrismutt

    that was the first and last door he sang at im guessing lol

  32. Firewolf

    0.0 … Tiger scares me. *backs away, nice and slow*

    • FinalSilence

      He’s really scary when he’s actually nice.

      • Firewolf

        O.O … I remember. “Marvin, now Tiger scares me even more.” lol ;-)

  33. Foxstar

    Time for Tiger’s owner to pay for more therapy sessions. And looks like Marvin and Zack will have to go out without him.

    • Frank

      This comment made my day.

  34. Rider098

    Oh man, I read that song in my head with the original narrators voice. Now I am imagining a creepy violin soundtrack in the background aaaaaand now I am totally freaked out.

    This is why I wanna read a horror story from you Rick!

    • Frank

      Uh… the original song was sung by Thurl Ravenscroft, not the narrator.

      • Rider098

        Ah, right! My bad.

        Need to remember that Google is just a new tab away.

  35. ZV

    Tiger had a rough childhood is all, it’s hard being a dog with a cat name. ;_;

  36. Profesor Rod

    Wahaha >:)

  37. FinalSilence

    Yep, that’s Tiger! Got to love how both Zach and Marvin try to get him to shut up!
    Also, can’t belive it’s already December 1st. I just remember eating a feast November 25th.
    Ah, well… Merry Christmas!

    • FinalSilence

      Forgot to post this earlier:
      The month November has come and gone
      And none of my work has begun
      The idea of a novel, scattered at my feet
      A webcomic in a process so petite.

      For those who read my introduction in the forums should know slightly of what I’m talking about, and yes, I will whine… a little.

      • kingisawsome

        speaking of poems I have one for November the 5th i forgot about until yesterday:

        Remember, Remember the 5th of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I no of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

        • kingisawsome


          “Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Such vivid verbacity vindicates my vision, vain vernacular verbigeration aside, my voluntary verbiage spreads vim and vigor in its path.

  38. Rayne

    He really has a thing for killing people in there sleep.
    He should try it when people are awake its much more satisfying.

  39. Secrettraveler

    …….I like this song……

    • Frank

      And your avatar matches perfectly! (It was accidental, wasn’t it?)

    • dalonewolf25

      Aww, who’s afraid of the dark?

  40. Argent Stonecutter

    You know, this could bring a whole new life to the tradition of caroling. I’d give ‘em cookies.

    • Z24

      Before or after shutting the door as instinctive response? XD

  41. sirbacon

    It’s as sweet as forty pies! That’s as many as four tens! And that’s terrible.


    “I’m going to kill you in your sleep Mr. Grinch” – Best line i this Whole comic. Ever.

  43. Jamie

    I can only read Tiger’s lyrics and hear it them in Thurl Ravenscroft’s voice.

  44. Kingisawsome

    Why’d he rip his caroling book?

  45. Naylorfan90

    *reads the whole song, and then looks at the camera*

    You know, for kids!

  46. Eric

    Oh man! That was so great! *I* almost died from laughter!

  47. silverfang16

    Tiger apparently has issues that go beyond eating…….poor guy. I think he and King would get along well, they both have the same outlook on life.

  48. Kurra

    Jeez Tiger have some chocolate

  49. FerreTrip

    AUGH! You aren’t even doing a very creative job with the improv, Tiger!! And you’re kinda mussing up the meter a little. And you’re going off the key–too much chromaticism. If you’re gonna be serialistic, stick to your tone row. Oh, and you’re a tiny bit sharp, too.

    But you’ll ignore me. I don’t like modern music, much, anyway. (*ba-dum-kshh!*)

  50. Yuki

    nice song… XD
    I think I’ll sing the song Christmas too.

  51. chefcheiro

    ha ha ha. i really wonder the music version goes XD

  52. FreakazoidVocaloid

    Ehehe, sadistic much? x3

  53. NexusWulf


  54. 8feet

    Hehe so much for “Improvise” Lolz;D!

  55. Captainpea

    I thought it was funny at first, but I didn’t actually laugh until I imagined these lyrics being sung in the original video…

  56. Yojimaru

    I’m sensing some misdirected aggression here…

    • Z24

      O rly? o.0

  57. madmoney

    rick that was a bit crazy
    and why did no one stop tiger

    • FinalSilence

      They tried… All failed…

      • madmoney

        ya i guess though why did tiger go crazy i mean did he think of bino


        Next story arc: Zach and Marvin learn the true meaning of beating someone with a shovel

  58. Sigma

    I love Tiger. I want him.

  59. Lycanthrope

    I like Tiger’s version best.

  60. Hoheh

    Tiger needs a “that-was-adorable-but-don’t-do-it-again” hug.

  61. JB

    Lol. xD *applaud* Tiger desires a nice treat.

  62. The game


  63. Gidget

    Did anyone else Imagine Marvin with the “The Grinch” Singer’s deep voice?

    • Frank

      Marvin yelling “Tiger” in Thurl Ravenscroft’s voice? No offense but that’s just creepy.

  64. WingedWolfGirl

    Funny, I was planning to make a Grinch joke this year…


  65. gaboris

    I knew that Tiger has SOME issues, but WOW! I’m not sure I’d be able to sleep if he’d be in the same houes as me. XD

  66. Z24

    Someone needs to make a death metal cover, like, now!

    And Grinch is green, Bino’s collar color is green, already made the thinking?

  67. Will Ross

    There is something seriously wrong with that dog…

  68. Oren Otter


  69. Clairvoyant Legacy

    Ugh, don’t remind me of Macbeth.

    Don’t get me wrong, Macbeth is awesomesauce. Just not when you have to do it 3 years in a row.

  70. Jrogenshin

    I can so tell it’s gonna be one blood bath of a christmas for Tiger when no one gives him any gifts =/ I don’t know why the owners keep putting up with his really disturbing mind XD

    • Clairvoyant Legacy

      But people like that are the most…

      … Interesting, for lack of a better word.

  71. Firewolf

    I doubt Tiger’s getting cookies for this one.

  72. The Wolf Next Door


  73. Nia

    Seems someones been hitting the caffein and egg nog early this year.

  74. mcdsnte

    I lol’d hard…poor mr. grinch ^_^

    • Firewolf

      It makes you wonder who Tiger sees as “The Grinch” 0.o

      • madmoney

        easy, bino

        • Tha Housedog

          Bino. He’s the automatic Grinch.

          • madmoney

            ya or tiger is just insane on his own

  75. captainpea

    The weather in this neighborhood is rather erratic- If I remember correctly, it was just Monday when the trees were covered with bright red leaves.

  76. Sperkle

    He sings of the truth.

    But man I want snow like that right now.

  77. CuteWolf2010

    I had snow but not THAT much… And he does speak the truth.

  78. CuteWolf2010


  79. LethalKitsuneWarrior

    This sounds like something I’d sing >:D

  80. bobert

    do you have the sheet music for that?

  81. DarkTheFox

    epic!………………………………………………nough said.

  82. Hoheh

    Tiger has interesting ways of showing his issues. I’d probably find his version catchy.