Go go gadget Targeted Advertising!
Alt-Text “That’s an ice cream shop . . . I think”
So does that mean that they’ll have to pass by a theme park made out of ice cream in hopes of a great escape to the Pet Palace or be sucked into the depths of frozen delights?
The Great Scoop? Right beside Pet Palace? We can only hope…
Is it moral to advertise to cats? Probably, they are probably finicky enough to know what they want.
Couldn’t be worse than advertising to kids, I’d imagine. At least with cats, you can distract them with string.
Go go gadget Ball O’ Yarn!
So THAT’S the secret to cat advertising!
Who wants this string? Does Kitty want this string?
Then COME ON DOWN to “Less for More”, your one-stop shop for expensive pet products.
“I used to think cats were finicky eaters, but they will eat ANYTHING. They can’t keep most of it down, but they WILL eat ANYTHING.” –Jeff Foxworthy
I resent that actually…
The whole issue of advertising targeted to pets opens up quite can of worms. Especially for our bird friends! New, improved, with 35% more worms per can!
LOL I’d buy one
wait, are the worms also intelligent in this world?
As is demonstrated by the farm arc, that’s not necessarily an issue.
And you DO look delicious.
Citty Cibble now? XD The C’s are getting all the fun XD
Now that’s just krazy.
Krazy like a kat eating cibble.
or krazy laike ah dog usin nip ;D
It’d go over like a ton of bricks.
Speaking of which.
See, this is why I hate commercials
The cake(comercial) is a lie!!
Because it is a spy! because IT IS A PIE!! (comercial)
a Tf2 player? yay
Team fortress 2 FTW!
Do you have a steam by any chance?
no i don’t sorry xbox guy lol
Aren’t all commercials basically an elaborate lie? I mean, how often do you get a hamburger that looks like the one in the commecial?
So, do we finally get to see the author of the Prideland’s books? (And watch Grape totally go fangirl on us?)
Not that we haven’t already
I suppose you can’t discount the massive portion of the pet population we saw at the release of the last book, either. (So we might expect them totally go fanmob on us!)
– (Being something we actually haven’t seen yet! Could be entertaining!)
Toymatix = Tomates D:
Also good marketing work there, Unconvincing Santa.
lol at Grapes reaction. More brand name that start the wrong letter.
Haha(and why does grape leave the tv on when she sleeps?
Just in case they randomly announce the book signing of her favorite series.
Of course! =D
She falls asleep watching TV. Even humans do it, and they don’t have the mad sleeping skillz of cat.
Yep. Although- cats’ mad stoopid sleeping skillz be so mad stoopid they be noddin off at the beginning of whatever and still wake up when stuff gets real like this straight up Pridelands stuff.
Stuuuff, son! Hardcore.
I can imagine the third panel with a “glass shattering” sound accompanying it.
Grape + New Pridelands book = Her at the front of the line with a bunch of knocked out cats lying behind her
Max, and possibly Peanut will be joining her
And maybe Tarot, she might have read them by now or at least thought about reading them then looked into the future to the point by which she has already read them.
Didn’t Tarot say that kind of thing wouldn’t work, she would try and see the future of her reading the book, but then never will because it never will happen… someone help me out here… I hate explaining things…
I think it would be more along the lines of;
A: She would see herself reading them, in which case she would read them because of the obvious.
B: She would see herself not reading them, in which case the conclusion would come up that she saw her reaction of not liking the books in the first paradox, thus creating infinite paradox’s that lead her to believe she does not like the books.
…If this is at all comprehend-able.
It is conceivable, but only through use of rather excessive mental acrobatics, which is (as NykVarien says below) apparently extremely aggravating to the spirits.
Although, I’m not entirely sure Tarot’s powers are actually spiritual at all. She is, after all, that extra-dimensional dragon’s avatar in Babylon Gardens. I guess that doesn’t necessitate her invoking her dragon powers in that she could just choose an avatar with inherent ability if she wanted… I guess.
The rules regarding the matter are a little obscure, but I digress. It does create a paradox, because having read the books through precognition largely eliminates one’s motivation to actually read them… UNLESS one is preconceiving the future as it can be expected to form at the time of the vision! In such a case, having not read the books with intention to read them alludes to a future wherein one follows through on such intentions. Post-prediction, however- where both the motivation and intention is all but nullified- the psychic is not likely to precognate of the same future she had previously.
It’s all just as ridiculous as the next theory, but maybe that’s what pisses off the spirits: Our cheating butts always changing our answers when we receive a hint. Messing with the natural order!
FREAKING corporeals. >:(
I think she said that she could do that but “the spirits really don’t like that”.
Cos they don’t get experience points if she doesn’t.
And everyone knows how important those XP points are!
I hope maybe our bookworm Fox shows up in this arc…I miss him.
Nah, I remember him and Bino talking about how much they “hated” the Pridelands series. So I doubt it.
And then they admitted to liking it.
Rex did. Bino and Fox admitted to liking some of it. Like it was a total load… an excuse for a series… except for that one part, and that one character… and that other part, all those were awesome. The rest? Blagh!
Or something to that effect.
but we should definately expect some Peanut intervention!
My vote goes to Peanut having a fight with Grape over who gets to read it first. Again.
or peanut gets his signed but grape is too late to get hers signed for some unforseable reason lol
sweet, we get to find out who the writer is!
But we already know what she looks like, see?
*shows empty hands*
…I got nothin’…
Am I the only one who was under the impression only Babylonian Gardens had anthropomorphic pets? I know it has been said that pets are the same elsewhere, but I finally realized now
No. You’re forgetting the Barnyard cats. |3
And that dog, Rufus I think his name was.
And the “indian” coyotes in the History of the World story.
I believe the non-canon record states that only ‘pawed(?)’ animals (cats, dogs, rodents, lagomorphs… uh… orders of similar inherent anthropomorphism) will share the form. Also, the court case mentioned in the A Sinister Shadow arc implies that the phenomenon is widespread, at least in the United States (or North America, the New World at large, or both the Old and New world and whichever other world(s) dare to be seen with them… at large) to the point of divergent judicial practice and notable cultural impact.
‘Course, its likely to be just as legitimate a phenomenon as, say… air. In such a world, I mean.
Punkin Latte Mochaccino Burrito… Santa got my letter!
Urgh… I think my stomach may have preemptively put its metaphoric foot down and said ‘No, I don’t care if it’s fictional, we’re NOT eating that..’
So it has no pumpkin, mocha or cappuccino in it; that leaves latte and… burrito…?
So, a coffee burrito then?
A milk burrito, yesno?
Well, that’s the secret to wake her up!
Without her tearing out your throat! (Just don’t lie about it)
Just change “Grape” to “Pridelands” XD
Ol’ capitalism at its finest!
I would love to send a letter to unconvincing Santa.
CoD: Black Ops – Got it!
12 month membership of XBox Live – Wanted
Sweater – Wanted
Some Russian stuff – Wanted
Come on Santa, I want my presents! or Tiger will hunt you down like he did to The Grinch…
Happy Holidays, 20 more days for Chrismas!
Why would you ask Santa? 2 words for you bro… Snatch and RUN! I used to do it all the time.
D8 Such a bad influence! Lying to people like that…THAT’S THREE WORDS!
I just noticed that the sofa arm is lineless except for the third panel…
(i just typed that didn’t i? *hides in a corner*)
That’s it. I’m renaming next year’s Con Suite at MFF to “WHODATHUNKIT” in your honor as guest of…well…honor.
*shouting* BRING OUT YOUR HALF NAKED LION POSTERS! BRING OUT YOUR HALF NAKED LION POSTERS!
*starts to bring his half-naked lion poster out, but then stops*
Wait…why do I have this…
oh srry dat’s mine *takes poster and walks away*
*steals Poster, and runs away*
*Benny Hill Theme plays*
*Sticks out foot, tripping runners*
LOL May I ask where’d you pick up the “Whodathunkit?” For I have been using “Thunk it” on the IRC and forums and etc.
I thought it was a joke at Wataburger. Maybe I’m wrong… only saw those things at one place.
I was just thinking (hoping) that it may have been more then a coincidence that I’m the only in the world I ever knew to use the words “whodathunkit” and then saw it on here. lol
I’ve heard of whodathunkit before, …somewhere.
I’ve used whodathunkit for at least 30 years, but I don’t recall where I got it from.
Neither do I. I guess some people are just born with it! =D
“thunk” is in the dictionary: As onomatopeia, it’s existed since 1947. To mean “had thought” apparently comes from ALGOL 60 (yes, the programming language), where it’s bascially a precompiled memory address, because the compile already “thunk” about where that datum ought to be.
As for when we went go from “thunk” to “whodathunk”, I have no idea. I started hearing “whodathunk” in 2002 in the school hallway, but if Argent says it’s been around for thirty years, I’m taking his word for it.
I can’t believe I missed this one:
“Who’d have thunk it of ‘im?”
– W. S. B. Mathews, 1895. You read that right. Eighteen ninety-five!
This means “who’d have thunk it” is older than “thunk” itself! (Whodathunkit, however, remains a mystery)
Also, “went go” should be “went”, and “compile” should be “compiler”. Here I am, making fun of the inventors of ALGOL 60 for using, and I quote, “thunk, which is the past tense of ‘think’ at two in the morning,” and I can’t even do it in proper grammar
So basically, to sum it up, you said (AGH! Smart Person talk! censor!) which means that some people just inherit the “Who’d have thunk it?” phrase?
We do inherit our dialects from those who raise us. Even if you live in, say, New England; if you are raised by a family from the northwest, you’ll sound like a north-westerner.
Me, I have the northwest accent, but I do use terms like “quarter ’till/past” (quarter past five=5:15) and call soft drinks “soda” and not “pop”.
As for thunk, I believe my family has used it for generations, albeit rarely. Whodathought is virtually synonymous, and sees far more use with us.
haha that woke her up. I think that is a win for clever adverts.
I was wondering how they’d drag Grape into Christmas. A new Pridelands book signed by the author definitely works.
Finally I Got A New Stand! The Bets Are Open! This Time It’ll Be On Which Pets Will Be There And What You Think The Author Looks Like Or Is!
Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
I bet 25 cookies that it will be Grape’s mom’s long lost relative…
I also bet a cookie crumb that I broke something…
I meant to say it’s not christmas yet….
I thought you meant we couldn’t be merry yet
That, and this particular subdivision isn’t zoned for commercial use.
When you do open, do it further down the comments, or under a neighboring strip… or on the forums. Then you can take bets!
I bet that every cat will be there, and that dog that dresses up like one (I don’t know his name)
Joey, Fido and Bino’s youngest brother
How many cookies?
CRAP I don’t have any cookies, all I have are these useless 24k Gold bars!
“SO, Saint Peter asked the Rich Merchant… ‘Why did you haul a bag full of paving stones up here’?”
A commercial pointed at housepets… NOW I’ve seen everything. Of course in the HP universe that must be normal. XD
I’m not good in understanding commercials, but this is a good trick.
lol at grape
“Tired of feeling naked this holiday?”=> Wait, it’s a channel for animals? O_o
Well, there’s networks such as Lifetime… Spike… Food… Evangelical World Television… etc… Why not have a channel for animals?
It could be called… Animal, uh…
“now that your cat is paying attention” defintly the best line of the strip xD
Which will definately include Max’s attention…
I just want to say that I love your gravatar. :3
New Pridelands book? Oh yeah, I get the feeling I know what all the cats are getting this Christmas.
Oh, the irony of Escape Cops in a great escape movie…
MOOOOOOM! MY EYE POPPED OUT AGAIN! (XD)
Panel 2. Her eye snaps open wide. Very, very wide.
Or Panel 3, even, I see.
-”Hold still… good. All better.
Now, what made it pop out in the first place?”
“Well, there was this commercial that said the auth– *GASP!* OMYGAWDMISSAUBURNISCOMINGTOSIGNBOOKSINEEDTOBUYNEWCOPIESOFEVERYONEOFTHEMEVENTHOUGHIALREADYHAVETHEMINSOFTCOVERANDHARDCOVERANDEVERYCOMPANIONSOONLYFRESHPRINTTOUCHESTHEMAGICALHANDSOF–” *pop*
-…*sigh* “Hold still.”
When reading it, I can’t help but pronounce the “Canine Cibble” and “Citty Cibble” as “Canine Sibble” and “Sitty Sibble.” It disturbs me slightly to read it as “Kibble.”
I am too familiar with spelling.
I think it was on purpose to parody the usage of K instead of C, when in fact, some k’s modify the pronunciation of a word that starts with C as well…
Ex. City -> Kity (which sounds like Kitty)
Such as in… MORTAL KOMBAT!!!
I knew that, I just felt I must post that.
Oh, Grape X3
Ive been saying it for years now….SHE IS SOO CUTE!!!!!
wut does the txt bubble under dey other txt buuble say ?
It says MOOOOM!
oh…. ai wunder haow ai didn’t see dat
Forgive me, I know this is going to come out wrong… But what the heck is up with your spelling? o.O
You’re not the first to ask.
I believe (but I’m not entirely sure- could be wrong) the answer given for Aerix’s type was exactly this:
“Ah sez it az Ah like it, nya! >:3
And iz not speikin’ iz typin’. ;p”
Approximately: “I say what I wish to say in the fashion I prefer above any other. [This may bother you, but I stand by what I have said and will not substitute my preference for another.]
If we were speaking to one another, things might be different, but we aren’t; we are typing. [You may not have considered this, but despite how I may look and/or act, I do maintain a grasp on English allowing me to discern the two.]
If I’m not mistaken, Sonic Id shares this philosophy.
P.S.: I am fluent, but do no render regular translation services due to radical differences between this and traditional English dialects. For example, emotes such as ‘mischievous cat’ and ‘winking tongue’ can have as many as SEVEN distinct meanings, depending on the context in which they are used! To say nothing of how they interact with each other! Luckily, there weren’t any conflicts… this time.
Go figure Pridelands. Catches her attention.
So are like no humans into this book or something. I mean when they released it at the store long ago there was only loads of cats.
There was at least one human kid.
I couldn’t think of a better strip to welcome me back to the internet. Always good to see Housepets! is still going strong while I wrestle with a broken registry.
I remember- somebody predicted this visitation after the last Pridelands arc. Surely, it would have been an example of downright creative irresponsibility not to open this particular can of worms!
You’re my first Christmas miracle, Rick! Much love! ^_^
Has anyone noticed Aerix kinda… disappeared? It’s kind of weird for me…
And Valerio, and ValKilmerBatman.
Where did all these people go? It’s just weird for me… They’ve been here since I started…
They’ve been swallowed by Shub Internet, the Beast of a thousand Processes, Eater of Avatars, Father of Lag,
You forgot ennuiman and lackadaisicalking
Phnglui mgwlnafth Cthulhu SQL Server Wghnagl Fhtagn.
There all lost..
Its my fault….
Im the one who created the suspenseful time travel fan fic!
So? Rent a delorian and bring them back
Do you know how much those things cost?!?!?
$750 first day
$500 per day
Plus shipping costs and expenses.
Sides’ I could just use my TARDIS!
Bohnams auctioned off an original Tardis for a little over £10,000.
Valerio posts in the fourms. No idea on the others.
I had a big test today. Maybe they do too.
*trying something for the sillies*
Welcome to Barlliad!!
The pub at the centre of the comic!
For your enjoyment there’s a bar, where the furreist bartender in the comic(not me, I dunno who he is the ferrets haven’t said his name) will mix any drink in the world -except- a Frying Pan In The Face smoothie (something about his brother and childhood trauma) so don’t bother asking.
There’s a pudding-wrestling ring in the back, and a pinball machine with a broken coin box. The pool table is always racked and if you need some catnip, lift the table leg to the north, if you can find north.
If you choose to imbibe, the standard denomination is the ‘Pun’, though you can run a tab for a good while if you don’t find it that punny. The bartender suggests an Orange Soda, but these days that’s near impossible to find.
*a post for posting any silly, nonsensical, meme-filled, and trivial posts, enjoy)
We have a fourm for stuff like this. Use that. The comment thread is not for this.
Oops. Oh well, I thought that since it was a pretty common thing in the comments, why not collect it all in one place? But ahem, this is not the pub your looking for. *waves hand, pub dissapears in an smoky explosion, which left many shiny things in it’s wake*
Awww man… I didn’t get to order my Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster…
I wanna go to the mall, where we always end up wasting tons of money just so I can get a few scribbles in the front of that book I’m so fanatic about even though there will be tons of other copies, also having the writer’s signature, thus making it not valuable in 10 years!!!
Hey! My mom went through the trouble of getting my favorite authors signature in one of his books… not nice… of you…
Now, if only my mom could hook me up with a Deathnote replica… and mom, if your reading this, I love you!
“Yeah, like, I’m from Bob’s Fish Mart.”
“I’m from the ocean”
“Ahhh the ocean… AAHHH he hasn’t been properly decontaminated yet!”
How dare they try to sell what everyone wants!
The author’s a cat. I’m calling it now.
Or better yet, a dog.
DOOD a dog would be HILARIOUS I hope it’s a dog!
Want to make a bet on that?
Cookies only, please.
True fan reaction works a lot like that sometimes.
What are you a true fan of?
Various webcomics, probably. That was smart marketing, though.
Hey! Instead of lurking the comments why dont you read this! Good time killer?
This isnt a ad….
This is one of those things where it’s so funny it cannot be explained to someone who does not get it at first. Either you get it and it makes your day, or you’re sitting in front of your computer thinking “I don’t get it D=”
…but of course no one here is thinking that. Housepets! readers are all generally intelligent, just because they read this comic. This comic is magical. I hope Rick is proud of himself =D
I know what your name is from. ELLIOT
That TV got Grape: Hook. Line. Sinker.
‘nough said. ^^
No It’s NOT ‘nough said! There is more! >=O ….somewhere.
Uh… what do you do after that? Get a net? This is Grape we’re talking about. That honestly doesn’t seem like a good idea
Man, you are logical smarticle person aren’t you?
See, now I’m starting to think that Pridelands is a comment on the ghastly phenomenon that is Twilight. Both seem to target pre-pubescent to pubescent cats (Twilight targets figurative cats while Pridelands ACTUALLY targets cats), and both have a fanbase that seems rather exclusive (Peanut being the exception to this exclusivity).
Spectacular introduction to the arc, but it’s spelled “guarranteed”, not “guarunteed”.
It’s pretty much any big-media best-seller series. Twilight has only been going on for five years, but didn’t become big until about two years ago. Before that it was Harry Potter (started 1998, became “big” about 2002) and before that it was… dunno… Pokémon? (started 1996-98, became big 1999-2000)
Hmm… maybe the real problem is what literature had to become to wrestle the audience back from TV and video games.
Nah, I think it targets a few actual cats. *cough*cougars*cough*
PRIDELANDS?! WHERE?! WRRRROOOOOOOOM!
Reminds me of when the last Harry Potter book went out and people went nuts for the openning nights
Pshaw. Harry Potter doesn’t have lions in tribal gear.
God, I laughed for five mintes solid! My classmates must think I’m a nutcase
…more than they did before, that is
Useless Advertise is Useless XD
Adjective Noun is adjective
And the mall security gets practice in herding cats.
Odds are most of us have seen it.
BUT, because it is both relevant and ever-amusing:
You want to herd cats? Learn from the real deal.
I guest noticed that she’s like me when I hear that Russtle T Davies is coming for a DVD signing….I can still dream…
Oh my fur and whiskers… So many throwbacks…
“Arc” the Harold, angels sing! =D
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