wow. grape did it. =o
alt text “the new extreme power drink, irrational grape”
“Now available at a 7-11 near you! Also comes in peanut butter and cookies n’ cream flavors!” *
In King size! Find your gift Tarot reading on the inside of every bottle’s label!
Hurry while supplies last!
If it’s King size is it four ounces? X3
ai believe its pronounced *rimshot* X3
I believe that’s what you’re looking for
Well, now that I think about it, it wasn’t all that hard to guess, but still, spur of the moment guessing how every aspect of the next comic would turn out? Geez. It’s insanity!
Actually, it’s called a “sting”. A rimshot is the sound of hitting the rim of a snare drum. A sting is a short roll followed by a drum chord which could include a cymbal, a snare drum (which could be a rimshot), or a bass drum… whatever the drummer has available.
THAT’S RIGHT! 4 OUNCES OF LIQUID VIOLENCE!! YOU’LL BE SCREAMING LIKE SOMEONE RAN OVER YOUR FOOT WITH A SEMI, THAT’S HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IT HAS.
You’ll be saying “Wow!” every time
Oh nooe’s! Is that a tear?
Yes, but it looks more like an angry tear (at least from the slanted eyebrow) than a genuinely sad tear.
Or a tear of betrayal she did just find out her favorite author is fake and taking credit for her pets work. Revelations like that are quite frustrating.
Man the truth does hurt big time! I wonder what she will think about humans now.
Poor Grape all she needs right now is some hot chocolate, more hugs and Peanut!
yes but it could also be a tear of pain. if you look at the slanted eyebrow and her hand to the side of her face. it rules out sadness (although she could be sad from learning that her author is fake, Blackmage835) or it could be from pain or anger….poor Grape
Peanut did warn her.
but… she’s only taking the credit because her pet wants her to… ya can’t really blame her, her pet is incredibly shy and gifted, ya can’t just let talent like that go to waste, you’ve gotta help it blossom into something more.
But Grape’s anger is totally irrational, it’s like saying a famous book about people and their journey sucks because it was written by a human.
we don’t really know if Res *really* wanted his/her owner to publish the Prideland books under her name or if the woman bullied the shy Res into thinking it so. For all we know the cat was completely fine writing this make-believe fantasy about strong lions and whatnot and the owner, sensing it could be good money, published it under her name.
Besides, even if there would’ve been no other way to see it published, would it be so much to ask to put a few words thanking her cat for “inspiration”, at the very least?
sometimes you have to be careful with what you write in the acknowledgements section, especially if the real author is trying to stay completely anonymous… besides, it’s not just the shy cat we’re dealing with here, after all, Res did say that she does the editing for “us”, implying more than one individual, so we don’t know the whole story yet. That, and Res has, like myself, an introverted personality, the key here being that Extroverts have an easy time formulating their thoughts on the fly, and don’t often slip up in conversation, while introverts take longer to formulate a response, due to their leniency towards finding the perfect answer, instead of an answer that fits, and in real conversation may mean to say something, but end up saying something else entirely because they aren’t thinking about those answers that fit, only that perfect one, and given the immediate responses that are needed in real conversation, Introverts are often left without the time to bring that perfect answer to light. This is something that is hard to overcome, as they must learn what comes naturally to everyone else; how to be extroverts in conversation, using responses that simply fit the idea they wish to portray, but once they do, they become more likely that a normal extrovert to actually come up with a perfect response on the fly, and while learning to be one, they often lose the fear of pausing to think up the proper responce, which makes them look “shy” to everyone else. *rambles on*
GEH… *they become more likely*
*as while learning to be one*
see what I mean, I should have taken the time to review my response .
That is one epic wall of text.
That’s what I like about the Internet. I can take my time to say stuff that I’d never be able to get out on the fly.
But is it a tear of anger or a tear of sadness. She maybe sad that Res, her new found friend, is being used by the human. There was something going on earlier with Res on the computer. Writing the new book on the Pridelanders???
maybe is both cause she lost her hero and is mad cause her ex-hero uses her pets…well peanut tlod her so “don’t meet your heroes”
Aww, Poor Res. Also Grape.
Also I didn’t notice this before, but I really like the design of Res’s collar.
I hope Res turns up some more 3:
Well we were sort of right and Grape screwed up big time
wait Res said that she does the editing for us meaning there is more then one writer whos the other one.
Res COULD be a Schizophrenic.
Either that or Res is a member of Anonymous.
Darn, comments deleted. )= Guess we can’t talk about the unmentionable website on here.
Rules 1 and 2 buddy, not that hard to break
Do I dare ask what Rules 1 and 2 are?
(Or are they along the lines of “Rule 1: You never talk about Rule 1.”?)
Just google Rules of the internet. Warning: Content might not be suitable for children
Anon pets? Oh that would be fun.
Oh! Oh! I know! Miss Auburn is a crazy cat lady! Res just happened to be the one whose “turn” it was to come with her to a signing.
still my bet too!
… Maybe the other one is Mrs. Auburn? =P
I kinda thout that to
I think that she/he was speaking of themselves and their owner. since the owner takes credit, she’s not just editing for Rez, she’s editing for herself. so as one of those two, “she’s editing for us.” That or Rez may see it as truly a collaborative effort, and thus she’s editing for ‘us’.
Or perhaps Res said ‘Us’ in the same way i do sometimes. Meaning just me but i thought Us sounded better than I. Or there is a second person in this….
Or Res may have a split personality. A Shy Res and a far-from-shy Res!!!
YOU WIN! OMGsh! GREAT GUESS, CONGRATS! *cough* andbymyfinallyagreeingwithyouIwininturn.
They stole Mrs Sandwich’s act!
Ah, but the question is, who did?
I believe the answer is, who doesn’t know?
It was probably Ms Arburn’s security guard.
No, the Grape tears! must not cry Grape!
Cry Grape and let slip the cats O’ war?
I felt sorry for Grape. =’( Hot Angry Tears are the worst.
(NO “she doesn’t really exist” comments)
Only rick could create something so funny and so painful at the same time
Well that’s a pretty sad way to end it… but I suspect that this may be the last of this storyline for a little while…
OH WELL TIME FOR CHRISTMAS YAY
Code Blue! We have a heart broken Grape. Someone get Peanut!
Negative, Peanut is in the Bathroom!
CODE YELLOW ~ CODE YELLOW! – BRING TAROT OUT HERE, QUICK!
You know, I just looked at panel 3 with the dialoge scrolled just out of the window. It looks like Res is getting ready to pounce.
O my Madness, I so called this… Now I wish I didn’t. Poor Grape.
So did dalonewolf:
Maybe he’ll enjoy his pyrric victory (after all, it got him 500 cookies!)
So I called Res being the writer & Dalonewolf called her heart break….
Cool I guess, as long as I get some cookies too. X3
Oh, I thought you meant you had… never mind
…yea I’m sure you did. ^^^
Also, there’s still more to be revealed, after all! Until then, I still haven’t lost my truck, 18000 cookies and a crumb, and my Jakkal…
Also, I thought you bet in Cannon D’s…
I have a tendancy to write “phirric” when I put the ‘h’ in, so I’ve grown used to leaving it out, going for the lesser of the two evils.
Well…I do. Doesn’t mean I won’t ACCEPT some cookies. The Cannon’Ds are for if I were to lose. Consider it an act of sore-loserness. ^^ XD + everyone else bet cookies. meaning since we won, we gets the cookies. NOW START SHARING or Get Cannnon’D. >:D
*Gasp!* What an inunexpected twist!
Now I’m not going to be able to forget panel 3 now every time I see Res…
…I didn’t mean for that comment to be up here, but oh well…wrong place…anywho, here’s some cookies!
*shares 100 cookies*
I only got one
and I’ve already nibbled quite a bit of it. Don’t know if you want some
CURSE YOU <…> you made that completely incomprehensible.
I was asking, geekishly, what “Cannon’D” refers to.
Use < and >. It turns into < and > when you submit.
Grapes Anger = √2
I’m sorry, that was a horrible joke.
Grape’s anger is slightly less than pi minus 2?
Max is deet
i was right, the cat was the author
You know what’s funny? Despite all the wild betting, nobody actually bet on this
I specifically remember several people predicting this last strip actually.
But nobody actually bet on it!
I believed it was too predictable to be bet on…
Facing the full force of angry Grape…paraphrasing the words of Spo “Ms. Auburn better be glad she’s not a mouse or she’d have been eaten.”
I wonder how Peanut will take the news along with a sad Grape.
Oooooh. This is an excellent time for completely making her forget Max
Quick Peanut jump in and save her from her anger and saddness!
Also Shadeol is right, Peanut loves the Books as much as grape, how will he react?
and i must add that Max doesnt seem to be taking the news badly!
Iunno, the whole jump from Grape storming off and then the car scene really leaves alot to the imagination.
Also, what was Res going to say after “I asked her to”…
well, Res didn’t want all the attention and scandal involved in writing a famous book series, but she wanted to write a famous book series. so she writes thee books, lets her owner publish and do all the hard work, and they (hopefully) split the money.
That’s one possibility.
the question is….how many times did they bounce?
if I found that my greatest hero was a dud and was taking all the credit, id be very annoyed as well.
Am I the only one that thinks Res being the real author of Pridelands is a bit too cliche and predictable? Yeah Yeah I know, the “you don’t understand, I asked her to…” line is clearly alluding to Auburn not being as mean or abusive to Res as this arc makes her out to be (so far), but still, this is something you can see coming a mile away the second Res revealed that she is his/her owner and “demands perfection”. I was hoping for something a bit more original.
Not really, it’s actually a bit of a twist because for once the ideas we were kicking around actually panned out in the comic. And actually now none of us have any idea what’s going to happen next so this is where the fun and/or drama really begins.
Could this be the first Housepets! arc to end with a cliffhanger?
I…hate…cliffhangers; it always reminds me of Pokémon…but, if it’s for the good of the comic, I’m all in!
Also, we only have 2 more updates until the Christmas comic strip…
You hate cliffhangers because they remind you of Team Rocket hanging from a cliff? Or is it the “To be continued” sign?
Miss Auburn being hurled into the sky like Team Rocket?
Miss Auburn is Blasting off Agaaaaaaaaaaaain~~~!
No, it won’t: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/02/15/plan-b/
I thought that was a happy ending. Thomas gets his treasure, the ferrets keep their millions, Miles prooves he can do his job, and Celia gets nothing for being a big censor
I think most folks suspected that Res wrote the books, but it seems that more than he does since he says “she does the editing for us”. Also Res seems to be the one to have asked her to be the public face for the group.
It’s also possible that Res was referring to him/herself and Ms. Auburn as a pair when he said that. That is to say: “She does the editing for herself and me [us].” It’s a little awkward, but it is correct grammatically, and Res is nothing if not awkward.
Very true, but the ambiguity of the statement–whether Res meant just himself and Miss Auburn or if he means himself and some other pet(s)–will allow Rick to toss in a curve-ball.
Wow…I totaly DID NOT Rxpect Rick to do this. I haven been this shocked since I read Concession!
Saw it coming.
But what I wasn’t seeing coming was the tear jerker ;___;
What you will learn, as I have learned, is that sometimes, it’s okay to see it coming
Because that way, your viewers will be shocked regardless!
Well also they only saw it coming as I spent this arc whittling down the options until there were only a few left. I’m still trying to hone in on that sweet spot between “curveball out of nowhere” and “telegraphed twist”. I know I’ve hit it a few times but that seems to make people expect just that much more.
Besides, the arc’s not over
Haha! I knew it! I knew there was more coming from this arc!
Great, now we have even more predictions in line; you just narrowed a realm of possibilities that was already there, while at the same time, distributing the possibilities almost fairly evenly that we’re forced to make it hard on ourselves to believe in just one possibility…
…did I say it right?
I hoped this arc wasn’t going to be over, I wanted to get the rest of the story. Grape cut Res off in the middle of a sentence by running off like that, and that was rude.
predicting the outcome doesn’t mean it’s bad. I honestly like predicting comics alot because it makes it fun. not that it makes me feel any better, but just to see how many people have the same opinion in the end.
Even if it’s predictable anyway, i enjoy the execution that the comic has more. you can’t predict the art as they say =P
You surprised people like me- it was something of an untwist I guess… (although I still stand by my guess that Res is a helicopter)
All we need now is Peanut telling “told you so!”. Oh man that would be so insensitive.
Peanut: I …
Grape: Don’t say it.
Peanut: I’m sorry.
[Fade to hugs]
Res IS somewhat here to stay, right? Is this going to be another King thing, ooooor something different?
oh btw, SCOUT IS SPY!
Please tell me that a cat isn’t responsible for the #1 cat-book for all cats in the history of cat-hood. That just wouldn’t make any sense!
that being said, I love how the author’s identity was revealed. The twists are only as awesome as the execution.
Thanks for putting up with us, Rick.
….So I’m taking it there shall be no coffee and cake….what a bummer.
there was a burrito of pumkin, it is close enough.
There was no cake but Grape gave that owner a slice of her mind. Just when Res was opening up, the poor cat might go back being self-conscious. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we’ll see Res. Aww Grape, she needs a cup full of Max and a dash of Peanut to cheer her up.
Luckily, she will get “a cup full of Max and a dash of Peanut to cheer her up,” knowing those two.
Grape is…uh…not a good listener, is she?
Now, all we need is a rough approximation on how old Rex is and we can begin trying to deduce how quickly peanuts comics are likely to improve.
It’s also confirmation of the old creative-pets-hiding-behind-owners speculation, but that was such an obvious route for any creative pet to take that I think it was being taken for granted anyway.
I saw most of all this coming… I Canz zee ze future, but I don;t know what is coming now…
I kind of feel bad for Grape, I know how it feels to get betrayed like that. I hate people taking other’s credit… Disloyal, lying idiots, I just can’t tolerate them.
Like always, I can’t wait for the next strip !
Anyway, Christmas is almost here, 5 MORE DAYS!!!
but Res ASKED her owner to do it. She didn’t want all the fame and scandal she knew writing a book series would bring. so she lets her owner handle it all, and they (hopefully) split the profits.
I know Res asked her for help. But … meh, I forgot.
I wonder what Peanut is doing while Max and Grape were gone…
ong .. now i feel so bad for grape … arff … this isn’t how it’s suppose to work out !! arff
Why do I get surprised at anything in this world anymore? … Oh yeah cuz it’s just genious! XD I really didn’ see THAT one coming, my old forseeing days are long over by now… never got anything right back then to begin with, but still.
But the last panel, it’s just so sweet, poor lil grape. Can’t wait for the rest of the arc. :3
Hold on, Between this comic and the one before, how did Grape figure that out? I know how everyone else figured it out (I won twenty bucks), but still I don’t see how she could have found out. Not that quickly at least.
(P.s. Does any one know where I can keep my new a herd of deer?)
It’s probably the worst possible scenario that she likely could think of now that she knows Miss Auburn is Res’s owner and that Miss Auburn expects perfection from Res. There’s also something about his facial expression and body language in panel 1 of today’s strip is indicating something which causes Grape to ask Res whether or not a cat actually wrote the books. In her statement to him, she really captures the basics of her logic: it’s a series of books that very precisely captures feline experiences, to the point that now that she knows Miss Auburn has a cat (who is, even at the book signing, typing) becomes the most logical conclusion to reach.
So Res is a girl?
I couldn’t tell…
poor Grape. i’m sure a sense of pride was hurt too being thrown out by the author you looked up for since you were a kitten
I’m pretty sure Grape was doing the chucking.
That would be hilarious =P
And would probably also get grape impounded or sued
NNNNOOOOOOOOOO! We need more Res! Also, poor Grape.
(And what was Res going to say before Grape stormed off?)
I guess we’ll see in the next few days >.>
I bet an internet that the easily embarrassed cat asked the dapper debonair human to keep it a secret because of, well, the embarrassment. Res, Res, why are you hiding in the bushes like Cyrano, letting your best friend woo the world? What will you do now Grape has blown your cover?
A better question is, who is this Cyrano’s Roxane?
The whole world.
It’s because he’s Canadian, isn’t it?
haters gonna hate…
Lemurs gotta LEEM!
*jumps off cliff*…
*onto giant fluffy pillow*
My bet? The talk with Grape makes Res realize how horrible his mistress is and moves in to the neighborhood.
Resulting in his owner coming to town with a million lawsuits, demanding her cat back (except we all know its just so she can keep the books coming. All about the monies)
And then the Milton Ferrets come in and save Res, and he gets a nice home like King.
So where are you getting the information that Miss Auburn is evil, since the comic hasn’t even hinted at that?
Why, everyone knows that a human who is a perfectionist and carries that over to their pet(s) is obviously eeeeeeevil!
Less sarcastically, assumption based on too few points of data isn’t exactly uncommon in the online world (or offline, at that, but anyway).
Yup. That and she is taking credit for her cat’s (plural or singular) work, without even saying they inspired her. Besides, its as good of a guess as any.
Oh, and proof that she is evil? Res stated that her perfectionism was making him unhappy in a previous page.
Also, my first line was sarcasm.
So everyone who makes someone unhappy is evil?
I think you’re making the all-too-common mistake of confusing “things I don’t like” for “evil”. It’s entirely possible to be a jerkwad (which is also supposition based on insufficient evidence, in this particular case) without being evil.
Whoops, clicked the wrong “reply” link.
I really like Res, such a good character to have introduced to the comic.
I hope her next ghost writer won’t be George Stark… O_______o
Lesson learned: Violence CAN solve most of your problems, but not all of them.
Also, I believe I have just won 20,030 cookies. WOOO!
Oh boy. I better start paying my debt then!
Just to quote a game: This reminds me of a story about a rabbit and his ostentatious bank account.
HEAVY WILL MAKE HAT OUT OF YOU BUNNY MAN!
I already have max’s severed head
HEAVY NO MAKE HAT< MEDIC VAS SPY AND ATE HEAVYS SANDVICH AND THEN BACKSTABBED HEAVY AND TEAM BLUE LOSSES!
I win with the power of axtinguisher.
NIEN I CAPTURED INTELEGENCE< YOU LOSE!
That does not take away the fact that I play a mean pyro
hmm…this could get interesting
this is a good arc, adding a new character to spice things up! or…something along those lines
Uh…. does nobody notice that Res started to say he didn’t mind? I mean I believe he’s being exploited but I don’t think we exactly have the whole story guys. I still feel for Grape and everything but as my father told me, judge slowly.
Judge slowly? Ya know, that’s a really great way to put it.
*stores it inside his vault-like mind for future use…with Kalvin’s permission, hopefully*
No, you don’t have my permission. You must purge it from your memory immediately through any means necessary! D:<
A good editor can be very demanding and always pushing an author to do better.
This is one of the reasons it is very difficult to edit your own work(another reason is that it is not easy to look at your own work with a fresh set of eyes).
Even with the best of intentions it would be hard to keep some of that from bleeding over into other relationships between the author and editor. I would not want to be a pet to my editor, especially one who believes strongly in deadlines.
I would suspect that the next step is for Res to show up at Grapes house to explain how Auburn is the face person because that was the only way to get the books published, and that aside from being a typical editor when it comes to the books, she is always very nice to him/them.
As a side effect this would introduce Res and Auburn to the alternate lifestyle community where pets have greater autonomy, they may even decide they want to move there…
This would be very good.
Holy cow, gang. This all suddenly reminded me of this:
Peanut’s last words here are just eerie…
*whistles x-files theme*
Rick is officially a genius. that is all.
Sad Grape is Sad…
Sheesh, Grape. Beating up Res’s owner for doing something Res asked her to do is totally a reasonable response… for someone who can talk to other people like they’re “her best friend” right away, she sure doesn’t listen well.
I was 2 fur 2 on speculations on this arc…now I wish I wasn’t
…I especially hate to see Grape cry, of all the pets… Hasn’t her life been hard enough as it is?…well, prior to being adopted into the Sandwich Home anyway.
I’m hoping this arc has a happy ending…although, the previous Christmas arc, with King, didn’t exactly have one… -_-;
I trust Rick’s judgment on this one.
What have you done Grape D:
AWWWWwwww…Poor Res, poor Grape…
How was that anger irrational? I mean, sure, she should’ve stayed put and listened to Res, but…wow.
She could have, but then she wouldn’t be Grape.
At this point, I’m sort of dreading to see what comes next. The name “Res” sets off alarm bells. “Res” is Latin for “thing” — a non-person. That’s a disturbing name for a literate person to give a pet.
the less rough translation to latin, if i’m not off my mark, is also not only a subjective for “thing” or “it”, but also was used as an insult in dismissal of a person. lovely little added touch, and wonderful foreshadowing, can’t wait to see more on this character.
Wow… just. Wow.
Res is used for the unknown value in latin math puzzles, like “X” is in modern ones.
as a sided note, can anyone tell me why my gravatar isn’t showing up?
She got some serious air.
So… is Res a guy or a girl. I’m thinking a guy, but then I remember when I first started reading HP!
Is Res a guy or a girl
Neither. Res is a cat.
HGARBRARGL! I saw it coming and it STILL hurts!
I saw it coming, I tried not to rage… but it was so hard I had to…
I vote for the game masters to punish Res’ owner in a VERY creative manner…
Nooo your anger is irrational WAIT COME BACK!
It looks like Res’ was saying he asked his owner to take credit for the work, presumably because he’s a shy introvert, and didn’t want to deal with people, as a published author would need to…
… On the other hand, maybe it’s just that no-one would publish a book that they knew was written by a cat, which (given the intelligence of animals in this setting) certainly would be a very good reason to range — just not necessarily at Res’ owner herself.
EEET IS A TEAR O_O who got the tish you now ?
I can totally hear “Freak the Freak Out” in my head when I read the title. XD
Well, when it comes down to it, is anger ever really rational? As far as reasons to be angry go, finding out that an author who was practically a personal hero to you was actually stealing credit for some other poor person’s work seems like a pretty good one, even if storming off before you got to hear the full story isn’t really the best idea…
Interesting to note is that Max has spoken to Mrs. Sandwich for the first time in this comic. I wonder how she thinks of him?
excuse me, i meant to say “What” she thinks of him. =P
POOR GRAPE!!! Q-Q I feel so sorry for her
Like no one saw this coming. I wonder how Peanut will feel.
Grape and Pridelands might need a break from each other.
It’s almost funny, but Grape went in to meet the author of her favorite book and she ended doing so.
Irrational Grape sounds exactly like an energy drink should: incomprehensible and ridiculous.
And he, err, she, err, the author turned out to be a cat like her. If it was on different terms you’d think she’d be thrilled.
suddenly that Whooduthunkit back there is looking a lot more ironic XD
Oh those carseats are just to cute sometimes >.<
Grape now needs to think before she acts, or this will happen. Hey Rick, would we possibly see or hear from Res again? And will he be put in the “Cast” section of the site?
I’m not the only one to have noticed that little “us” in there am I? who are the other animals??
One theory is that “us” means “her and I”
I Believe I Shall Close The Betting Booth! I’m Having A Hectic Time Here And Won’t Be Able To Get Around To Taking Care Of It. I’ll Tell The Final Tally And Announce Winners Once The Arc Is Over.
Also, Merry Christmas!
I won the 20,030 Cookies.
I knew Res was the author.
Where’s your god now? I’ll tell you where, he’s here helping me with all these cookies!
My god is racing through the desert on an ATV.
And that is why I’m an atheist, so he doesn’t ditch me for an ATV
Oh? I already pulled the cooke I won back out of the jar
Cookies for meh? :3 I posted on the 18th my prediction Res was author!
Tho i notice now that Argent posted a comment on it before I did.. nuuuu.. mah cookies ; _ ;
OH NO! WE HAVE A SERIOUS CASE OF BSCB DEGENERATION SYNDROME!
we need comedy, asap.
bscb is good and all, but i like funny comics to be funny and leave the drama to dramatic comics like Bittersweet Candy Bowl.
related note– poor grape T.T
And then Res was in trouble…
Let us not be so quick to assume things! it might not be what we expect.
i would who this “us” it?
So begins the attempt/initiative to free Res from his abusive, manipulative owner
No need to judge her. Yet.
If there is justice, there will be a big media brouhaha about how the cat is the actual writer. But…
I would like to see an arc in 2012 where Mrs. Sandwich joins the Olympics in hopes of winning gold in ferret shot put
God, I laughed so hard! Good thing the neighbors were hosting a full-volume party, so no one heard me
Also, glad to see Grape got her scarf back after losing it on Friday.
Res is official the cutest character. Even cuter then King, and that’s saying a LOT.
Can’t wait for the rest of this great arc!
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