Dream By The Fire
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  1. BluFox

    I adore the shading. Awesome.

    • Tha Housedog

      Alt text: Hey, who wouldn’t treat king like one of their puppies? (except for the last panel)

      • BluFox

        Why must someone post a copy of the Alt text every update?

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          for those using a device on which they cannot mouse over, such as an iPhone.

          • Rayne

            However for some reason when its in the comments it feels like the alt text has no purpose.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            agreed. It’s practical, but it just feels weird seeing it in the comments while you can read it. the iPhone should have a way to read alt text.

          • Frank

            But… but I was looking for the alt text to make a joke about it!

            …you guys made me forget what I was going to say

          • ZincChloride

            what is alt text anyway?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            hold your mouse cursor over the comic and read the words that come up.

          • Snow

            also the alt text dont work for the wii i use :p

      • pet_panda

        but she might do that to her puppies to, every once in a while

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          yes, but they have wolf cub bodies and not frail Welsh corgi bodies.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            if they were frail like King, she would restrain herself.


            It would still be very very funny.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


    • iHavezMyBirdo

      So do I.

  2. rtlstien

    A mother’s love is truly beautiful… and sometimes scary

    • Valerio

      a mother’s love is truly beautiful indeed…
      It’s a female’s love for her soap that is scary :D

      • anon_omis

        OH! Thats the mother? NOW this makes sence!

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Yeah, the tags can help if you’re ever confused. I didn’t really get it at first, but then I saw the Lucretia tag.

          • Snow

            she looks very manly in the last pannel

  3. Dissension

    Wolf snuggles. Awesome.

    • Valerio

      So this, yuz!

    • anon_omis

      I was going to call this a “bear huge” but I think we have to call it a “wolf huge”

    • Naylorfan90

      Super awesome!

  4. dalonewolf25

    *gasp* It’s Lucretia!

    • dalonewolf25

      Her appearance is so rare, that’s why it’s so shocking…also, she looks like Fox in the last panel, by the way…

      • Snowmon

        So she’s a “Fox”y lady, huh? :)
        Yeah, bad puns are my specialty.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          someone call T-squared’s steamroller.

        • SamBlob

          …and Hendrix fanaticism is mine.

          “I wanna take you home,
          I won’t do you no wrong, no,
          You got to be all mine, all mine:
          Foxey Lady!”
          (massive guitar playing)

      • Nitrosparxx

        Jeez it’s been about two years since she made an appearence!

        • RegularBird

          Man I can’t even believe that, but it’s true..

  5. xhunterko

    Crunchies? Anyone?

  6. Private Elliot

    Oh that Lucretia! Well, King is around their size, so it makes sense.

    • gaboris

      Wait what? How’s he her size? I thought King was the size of the cubs. O_o”

      • String Petoun Ping

        King is smaller that some of the cubs. Some cubs are roughly the size of peanut, some are a little smaller and King is around the size of the smallest cub. Lucretia should look bigger, particuliary in the first panels.

        • gaboris

          Yeah somethin like that. Thx for the extra info. :D

  7. Zaneko

    How dare they stand between me and my soaps? JUST WHO THE HELL DO THEY THINK I AM!

    • Snow

      a zucchini?

  8. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    I don’t see the problem in thinking a power outage is a disaster. IT IS A DISASTER!!!

    • anon_omis

      ROFLMAO ROFLMAO agrreed

  9. IceKitsune

    I love the last panel she misses her stories

    • gaboris

      Soapoperas: The wonders of modern life. Can’t live with them, but if ANYTHING stops you from seeing them that thing is a goner for sure. XD

    • Nohbody

      Wonder if Rick is a fan of old George Carlin. He had a segment in one of his early albums (I forget which, off the top of my head) talking about daytime TV of the 70s (when the concert was performed), and how women called soap operas “my story”. I think it was mentioned in his routine on the seven words you can never use on television (nor in the comments for the comic, so I won’t link it, but search Youtube for “carlin seven words”), but I’m not sure.

      • Nohbody

        Needless to say, being Carlin (if one that’s not as much a jerk as later in his career) and given the subject, it’s very much NSFW.

  10. T-Squared

    Well, at least he doesn’t have to worry about his back becoming stiff. :D


    *beaned with a snow-covered steamroller*

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      some one needs to clean the snow off of that steamroller. then maybe it would move fast enough to prevent the puns.

      • T-Squared

        Well, you never know when a good chiropractic back-cracking will make you feel better.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          I think King is experiencing one of the times in which a back-cracking is unwelcome.

      • anon_omis

        Im going to sound like a complete nuby, but what do you mean by “steamroller”?

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent
          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent
          • anon_omis

            NO I know WHAT a steamroller is!!!! Im asking what do you mean when its used in THI context!!!

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            okay, I believe T-Squared just means the steamroller is punishing him for making bad jokes by rolling over him(or her, you can’t be sure on the internet).

          • anon_omis

            Got it

  11. Alex M.

    Muscles at last panel.

  12. zero159

    Poor King.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      “When in doubt, hurt the corgi”.

      • silverfang16

        Stop taking Pete’s lines!

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Actually, that was Tad Stones, discussing one of the principles of the Aladdin TV show: “When in doubt, hurt the bird”. People loved seeing Iago get smushed. There’s usually a character like that (Iago in Aladdin, Batty Koda in Ferngully). Sometimes it’s even the lead (Darkwing Duck, Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, wait a second… there’s a trend here…).

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            You know, that’s because almost nobody likes Iago. By that logic, we should be hurting Lester instead.

            You know, I could live with that. I could definitely live with that.

            (Of course, Bino works too, but Lester is more recent. Actually, I don’t think we’ve seen Bino in a while. Argh, I’ve neatly derailed my train of thought and driven it off into the eastern sunset.)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            No, people do like Iago. Iago started out a bad guy, but he’s trying to be a good guy, and he doesn’t always succeed… he’s flawed… but he’s a sympathetic character for all that.

            Mozenrath wasn’t nearly as sympathetic, at least until the end of his arc, but they never got a laugh out of seeing him get hurt.

          • silverfang16

            I actually do like Iago.

          • Val Kilmer Batman


            Most people I know didn’t like him, which is why I said almost nobody.


  13. KzT

    Soap Operas do scary things to people.

  14. Snowmon

    Well, who wouldn’t want to hug a helpless little cutie like King.

  15. Elwood Blutarsky

    Yet another reason was it’s good NOT to be King.

    • Snowmon

      I wouldn’t mind. There’s an old legend in Rome about their founders being raised by a she wolf. This could be a sign that king will do great things. Then again, Ceaser was famous for being stabbed in the back.

      • anon_omis

        first of all, that wasnt cease (dont remeber they guys *plural* names were). and second, does anyone see how that is a hilarious contradition to the saying “its good to be king”?

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          so is every time someone makes an attempt at taking the life of a real life king.

        • darkgloomie

          it’s Caesar btw (I’d know, I had to study it in Latin)

          also, as OotS suggests. up until you die you’ll live a good life (duh), so why bother? If you’re an evil overlord, you’ll become stuff of legends, if you were a good ruler, you’ll become still stuff of legends, so it’s a win-win situation.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            i said real life king. no king in the human world thinks the way Tarquin does. besides, he’s officially a general, and if he were openly the ruler, he’d be an Emperor.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            we should also provide a link.

        • Snowmon

          It’s not a contradiction to being king. Just a mild unpleasantly of who King could become.

          Kind of like, it’s good to be king, until they bring out the torches and pitchforks. For Ceaser it was a knife (despite he was a great leader), for the founders of Rome it was their brother’s hand, and for King it very well may be Lucreta’s love of soap.

        • SamBlob

          Romulus and Remus.

          They eventually became enemies and Romulus killed Remus.

          • HentMas

            and wasnt the god Juno??

            i´m sure i just played that in Assasins Creed Brotherhood

      • Argent Stonecutter

        I thought he was stabbed in the pretty much everything.

        • Naylorfan90


      • Chip Uni

        It’s a good thing that neither Romulus nor Remus were Julius Caesar…

  16. sonic id furreh!!!

    oh king… u lucky lil’ doggy X3!

  17. Goforit

    Ahh, intergenerational integration. I’m sure King would rather not have this at the moment…

  18. ctcmjh

    Yay King! Yay Lucretia! Yay arms that get much more muscular when they squeeze corgi’s!

  19. GameCobra

    *crunch* @_@

  20. supervanman64

    That’s adorable X3
    (well, until the spine-breaking. Poor King)

  21. Celysus

    Oh, I thought that WAS fox, dang. Well there goes all my fun.

    • anon_omis

      didnt the puppies refference give you a hint, or the fact that King NEVER lived with Fox?

      • Snow

        remember this though

        wolf: cant let you do that fox

  22. ArtemisVulpes

    Lucretia is looking cute and fluffy in this one. ^_^ She seems kind of ditzy at times, but I think that is more just ignorance of the modern world.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      I noticed how cute and fluffy she looked in the first panel. she kind of reminded me of Sasha there.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Ha! That’s what I thought! Really threw me off ’til I saw the tags.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          well i didn’t think it actually WAS Sasha. The colors are completely different.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            no, but she looked so similar, just in the excited expression. I got confused.

  23. Russiarules1

    Reminds me of my mum, hahahahahahaha!
    Good times… well, kinda. Thanks to that I used to miss House M.D. X’( I missed many, many, many episodes…
    What’s a Soap Opera? All I can imagine is a bar of soap in a huge opera stage singing “Figaro” or something.

    • dalonewolf25


      • Russiarules1

        Yep, definitely everything makes sense and reminds me even more of those days without House M.D, that doc is AWESOME!
        And thanks for telling me, DaLoneWolf25.
        Hehehehehe, soap quartet in “Dirty Situation”. I still can’t stop thinking of cleaning materials singing all kinds of stuff.

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Get that pail out of here! I don’t want to see your smut!

          (Cookies for the reference? I may not be able to get back to you soon. Of course, I may be here all day. Depends. :^P )

          • Val Kilmer Batman


            Here’s a hint:

            What pumpkin? You are fairly sure that there has never been, and will never be, a pumpkin right there.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            NONE of you read MSPaintAdventures?

            I am dissapoint.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Soap Opera is a low budget TV series. The name came about because the first soap operas were created in the era when a TV show usually had a single primary commercial sponsor, and these kinds of TV shows tended to be sponsored by companies selling household products.

  24. dalonewolf25

    Dreams can tell stories too, y’know…

    • Valerio

      your avatar is supreme!

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        ai think ai should’v gottin it >_>

        • anon_omis

          how the hell do you get an avitar?!?!?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            click get avatar next to your name, sign up, upload a picture you have, crop it, and you’re done.

          • anon_omis


          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            glad to be of service.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            it may take a little while to register the change.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            the email is case-sensitive, so if it’s not showing up that might be why.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        I think this one is pretty awesome.

        • Val Kilmer Batman


  25. Valerio

    Cute. Awesome. Epic.
    All in one.
    Ah, wolves… *dreamy sigh*

  26. Radio Viewer

    Crunch? .__.

    Ouch! I am concerned about King.

  27. Nitrosparxx

    Looks like She’s she’s starting to think more like a human now!

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


      • Naylorfan90


        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


  28. Tha Housedog

    Oh, TV ruined Lucretia. This proves it…soap operas are dangerous to Kings everywhere!

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      soap operas are dangerous to MEN everywhere.

    • Elwoof Blutarsky

      Queens tend to like them though if Elizabeth II is anything to go by.

  29. dalonewolf25

    Careful, guys, stay away from Lucretia! You wouldn’t like it when she’s angry!

  30. quiran

    lesson learned: do not give wolves tv, it reverses the wild effect.
    addicted wolves are more dangerous than wild wolves

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      only during the commercials and power outages. any other time, you just need to stand where they would be unable to see the TV.

  31. RegularBird

    And all of a sudden she’s buff.

    • Elwoof Blutarsky

      Rule of funny…plus she is a wolf and anthro at that. Killing a deer with her bare paws and eating it is probably her favorite hobby.

    • Rick Griffin

      She’s a wolf, and she’s flexing

  32. Corodan

    Due to me seeing them together so often, I thought she was Fox without the scarf and tag.

    • RegularBird

      That’s what I thought too.

      • ReCreate


    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      actually, I thought that at first glance, too. then I thought “wait, King doesn’t live with fox, he lives with the wolves. oh, that’s Lucretia.”

      • anon_omis

        after i realize it wasnt Fox, then i thought it was one of the pups, then i thought it was the male wolf (forgot name). I didnt realize it was Lucretia until i read the comments

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          his name is Miles.

    • dalonewolf25

      Silly peeps, you just hafta look at the eyes, that’s how I recognized her so quickly…
      …as you can see, there’s a greater and darker fill in the eyes….

      • RegularBird

        But this was from first sight so you know.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          most of us realized it was too feminine to be fox as soon as we looked a little longer.

        • anon_omis

          your avitars are perfect for this conversation

      • Frank

        Aren’t you supposed to always look at the eyes first? If there’s one thing I remember from art class its that people always look at the eyes first

    • silverfang16

      For a second I did too.

    • Scientist

      From the shade of fur color, I figured it had to be a wolf; either a pup or Lucretia. Then I saw the eyelashes, plus “my pups” in the speech bubble.

  33. ReCreate

    King’s knowledge from being a human. I wonder if this would make others eventually find out he used to be a human somehow. O.o

    Also, first panel is cute. i wonder if someone will use it as their avatars

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      look a few comments up, someone already has.

    • Aquablast

      Heheh, I am sure the other pets/animals are only thinking “whoa! King is really smart!” XD

      And yeah, the first panel is really cute!

    • Frank

      Well, Peanut knew the fireplace could work without electricity…

      …and he’s pretty smart…

      …is it too far a leap of logic to think that he also knows how to turn it on?

  34. Jennifer the Dark

    Isn’t anybody excited that KING IS BACK!?!?!

    • RegularBird

      I guess.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      the joy of seeing Lucretia is over shadowing the joy of seeing King because we haven’t seen her in years.

    • Argent Stonecutter


    • WingedWolfGirl

      No, too busy admiring Lucretia. XD

  35. Profesor Rod

    Lucretia is showing some muscle there, isn’t she?

  36. Avansis

    Whoah, didn’t even remember she had blue eyes it’s been so long since we saw her last time. Once again, shading looks really good, love it. <3

    • Elwoof Blutarsky

      It’s a very nice glow effect.

  37. anon_omis

    ah :) i missed story arcs

  38. netherwolf

    She’s kinda cute.Reminds me of King and Sasha when they were snuggling outside in the snow.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


    • RegularBird


    • anon_omis

      Are any of the characters NOT cute?

    • Val Kilmer Batman



      • RegularBird


        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Sasha, she is my favorite.

          I don’t remember you, so you probably came after I started to drift away from 100 comments per page.

          • RegularBird

            I’ve read the whole comic but I never commented before.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I was in that same boat at the beginning of this week, but I had only read the entire archives last week.

          • RegularBird

            Started reading this late 09.

          • netherwolf

            I was also new and after reading the entire comic archives and i started commenting after the guestweek,btw i didn’t expect to have so many replys on my comment :D :D

          • RegularBird

            I blame myself for not remembering Sasha for a good couple of minutes and replying with “wat”. That might of made this have so many replies. lol

          • gaboris

            @netherwolf: We all have our great moments in commenting so almost everyone gets his(her) turn, so it’s no surprise… plus mentioning King and Sasha in the same comment is bound to have a torrent of comments anyhow. XD

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          Lucretia in the first panel reminds us of Sasha.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            sorry, didn’t notice that this was a reply to a comment, but apparently, neither did you or you wouldn’t be confused as to why Val mentioned Sasha.

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        not the perfect avatar, but I think i’ll stay away from the whole rapid-switch-multiple-accounts for now. I’m still getting rehabilitated.

    • gaboris

      Yeah that was a cute moment just like this… except breaking the back part. X)

  39. Val Kilmer Batman

    It’s weird to see all the new faces here! Hello, I’m back, not sure for how long.

    I kind of miss the ones who don’t comment anymore, though.

    Also, squidfletchers. For those of you who may remember. ;P


    • gaboris

      Hoy again man. Good to see ya again. :D
      Sorry can’t remember what squidfletchers are. XP

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Nice to see you too!

        The Squidfletcher Incident…

        Me and Hypergenesis got into a conversation–probably about a hundred comments–completely off topic about taking squids and using them to make arrows.

        Then the Wrath of Mod came down upon us.

        • gaboris

          Oh… now THAT had to hurt! XP
          Good you’re back on your paws again. ;)

    • Ryufire

      It’s good see ya again VK Batman! We haven’t seen you since last year! :D

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Hey there!

        I got busy, but I’ve been trying to keep current, though I haven’t been reading the comments much.

        Glad to be back, even if I don’t know for how long.

    • Naylorfan90

      *pokes and offers a fresh Oreo cookie* Welcome back Val, very nice to see ya again. ^__^

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        YAY COOKIES!

        Like I said, it’s nice to see old faces–even the hidden ones.


        • anon_omis

          I saw what you did there

    • anon_omis

      Im new to commenting, what happened to you?

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Oh, I used to comment A LOT, along with a few others. It’s one of the reasons there are comics with 900 comments on them: Me, Hypergenesis, and some others. Mostly I remember the Squidfletcher Incident– the moral of which is to not go too far off topic.

        Anyway, school happened. Running Start Student here, and for Fall Quarter I took German and Peer Mentoring (tutoring someone, basically) at my high school and Precalculus AND English 101 at the college. What with bussing, homework, and exhaustion, I didn’t have time to get on here much.

        *pant* I talk too much!

        • anon_omis

          thats whats going to happen to me next year

          • gaboris

            and that’s what I’m just about to leave behind me, just with collage not highschool. XD

            I already miss it. X(

        • WingedWolfGirl

          Wull Welcome Back! :3

  40. cesarinthewhitedragon

    this is downright adorable!, love the “indirect” lucretia brand wolf hug on king! XD
    and yes, poor cable guys who dares to interrupt a lady’s joy on soapoperas.

    • anon_omis

      it wasnt the cable guy, its old man winter. besides, its the electric co.’s problem to fix

      • Val Kilmer Batman


        Sorry, my little brother is 4. I can’t help it.

        • anon_omis


  41. Ryufire

    Lucretia!?!?! I havent seen her in ages. I’m more happy to see her than King! I think the glow effects blends in very well! But poor King owiee!

    Wow this many comments in less than two hours?

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      we have nothing better to do than wait and comment.

      • netherwolf

        have to agree with that

      • silverfang16

        Yea really.

    • RegularBird

      True dat.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      King always gets the comments. He’s earned ‘em.

      • silverfang16

        He has had a rotten time!

        • Ryufire

          Indeed! But King was able to pull through the hardest, most weirdest moments over the last two years since his transformation caused by Pete and he’s handling it pretty well. A normal person would go crazy.

          King We still love ya don’t ever change back to a human your awesome as a Corgi!

          • anon_omis

            agreed on the “go crazy” part. I probably would have jumped into a frozen river a year ago

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Normal person? You see any normal people here?

          • silverfang16

            Normal is a paraphrase.

          • anon_omis

            @Argent Stonecutter: I saw what you did there

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        He may get the comments, but he never gets the girl. I mean, he tries, and then the girl just brushes him off! “I don’t date humans, that would be weird.” Well you know what I say to that? I say wh–*BUG-EYES*

        Yay for past-blast!

        • silverfang16

          Tarot is taken! Besides, he knows she is an avatar anyway.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            He didn’t know either at the time.

  42. James Sitka

    I think I know what king likes least about being a corgi: the shortness. It’s not enough that he had to be turned into a dog, he had to become a short dog

    • Nohbody

      Were she a human of similar size, though, he’d have a nice head rest… ;)

      (And that’s as far as I’m going, on that line of thought. I kinda like not being banned. :P )

  43. gaboris

    Heh it’s so nice reading the comments and seeing how we all love Lucretia, kinda shows how similar we are no matter where we live right? :3
    BTW at first I thought she was one of the cubs who got older or somethin, cuz…. well just look at her! Personally I can’t compare her to her old self aaand to tell the truth that’s not a prob she looks perfect, much more feminine. :)
    BTW yeah poor King is gettin the “Hug of missed soapoperas”, that’s no easy thing to endure as you can see. XD

  44. Nyrufa

    And on that day when the power went out, the cable company was suddenly attacked by a pack of crazy wolves!

  45. silverfang16

    Kingy! Glad to see life working out there!

  46. Frank

    Something I just thought about: Is King appearing today because it’s Dr. King’s day? Or are we going to see how all the other characters manage the power outage?

    BTW, Happy Martin Luther King day, everyone

    • Val Kilmer Batman


      I hadn’t even thought of that!

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        also, Happy MLK Jr. Day!

  47. Clairvoyant Legacy

    Hey, it’s him again.

    What ever happened to that other colouring style that was tested? The brief test at the amusement (?) park?

    • Frank

      I think we need to wait for another sunset for it to reappear, just like we had to rait for it to be dark again for shading to reappear

  48. The Wolf Kin

    King, adorable as always. I want to snuggle him like that. Lucky Lucretia.

    • Ryufire

      I want’s a King plushy! :)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I think you’d be better snuggling him like this…

  49. potemkin1925

    Well-intentioned criticism.
    In the third panel, why is King’s lower part of his mouth cut out? It’s not kinda nice to look at it, if the characters are nicely positioned in every other panel.

    Keep up the good work, Rick! Excellent comic. ;)

    • Hera Ledro

      It’s not; you can see the lines, but the colour does almost meld into Lucretia’s fur.

      • potemkin1925

        Are we looking at the same panel? O_O

        I’m talking about this:

        The lower part of his mouth is out of (in a movie term) the shot . And I don’t see any possible interference to King’s lower part of the mouth because of Lucretia’s arm. Her arm is the closest to him on his left cheek.
        Even if his lower mouth is not seen properly, because of her arm, I don’t see the reason why that part of the body would be out of the panel in the first place. It’s a head. It’s not always nice to look at an image where one part of a man’s (in this case, of an animal) head is chopped of.

        If today’s comic was drawn completely by ignoring the basics of planning and positioning a character(s) in a room for a shot, for a good noticeable reason, then I wouldn’t take notice. The reason why I’m mentioning this, is because the other three panels were so nicely done, and looking at the third panel made me think that it was out of place in today’s comic.
        I don’t have a problem with the idea behind the third panel, it’s excellent. A little bit more down would be excellent, so that it can match the other panels.
        I hope Rick that you don’t take this personal, this criticism is completely well intended. An artist to an artist. :)

        • Argent Stonecutter

          He’s looking down more in that panel.

        • Foxstar

          He’s looking down. Is that a issue?

        • anon_omis

          wall of text, did not read. but i see what you mean, its just out of frame

    • Frank

      It’s one of those rules of cartooning: you don’t move the camera from one panel to the next; it throws readers off.

      Of course you could ask why the camera is so high when King is so short, but I’m guessing Rick is trying to ensure only the humans get their faces covered by their speech bubbles

  50. Hera Ledro

    Very nice, but I’m surprised nobody else has commented on Lucretia’s new, ’shapely’ figure. If we compare it to her appearance in “The Visitor” arc, it’s less boxy now and more curvy. It’s an intriguing change, since it anthropomorphicizes her even more in contrast to Miles and Daryl. And if I recall correctly, she was the one who emphasized that their life sucked as ferals.

    Basically this is an English Major’s observation to the work of another English Major. It’s a well-done strip, and has plenty of new connotations behind it to keep it interesting.

  51. LupisLight

    Great to see Lucretia again! ^_^

    She raises an interesting issue what with the power outage and everything. Talk about a generational gap. I can imagine the pack being told about this tradition of going camping in the summer, and the adults feeling the same way.

    I laughed at the comment about her missing her stories. If you think wild animals becoming dependent on human food was bad, just wait – now they’re becoming dependent on our soap operas as well! :D

  52. SamBlob

    One might think King would be in danger if Miles were to see him all cuddled up with Lucretia…

    …were it not for the fact that he’s in danger right now because Lucretia is crushing him….

    • phantomBR

      It would be something like:
      “Miles: -Honey I’m hom…
      WHAT THE **** IS GOING ON HERE ???
      King: – M-Miles this is not what you”re thinking.

      Cop: – You have the right to remain silent and…
      Miles: -I will kill him.
      Cop:- You’ve already did that.”

  53. Salenstormwing

    Never get between a lady and her stories. EVER.

    Also, King & Lucretia by fireplace light. Awwww.

  54. Naylorfan90

    Woah, the shading effects in this comic are incredible! Awesome job Mr. Rick!

    Also, yay for King and Lucretia returning!!! :D


    Miss my stories? Reminds me an awful lot of an awful ex (Seriously she had “her stories”, what kind of 15 year old girl has stories?).

    • Foxstar

      Soaps. Days of our Lives, stuff like that.

  56. phantomBR

    Very good one, Lucretia looks much more feminine in this comic than in
    her first appearances. And the last pannel is very funny.

  57. CaptainPea

    There’s always Mary Worth.

  58. The Wolf Next Door

    She is just an adorable mother! :3

  59. madmoney

    yay kings back

  60. Argent Stonecutter

    So, Wednesday, whose house will we be seeing?

    • Frank

      Sasha’s! I can’t explain it, but after this, I absolutely must se Sasha

      • anon_omis

        why not the ferrets? they WOULD be making tunnels

        • Argent Stonecutter


        • Clairvoyant Legacy

          Well, technically, this is the ferret’s house. They’re just not in the scene at the moment.

          • anon_omis

            i ment the big house they inherited

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            WHICH big house they inherited? All these are pretty big compared to my old apartment!


          • anon_omis

            the one where joey got hurt at trying to win that prize that Dazie won

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            Joey got laughed at, Bino got hurt.

          • anon_omis

            i keep getting those too mixed up. probably because we have not seen Bino in a while

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            probably doesn’t help that they look so similar.

          • anon_omis

            ya that too, arent they and Fido all actual brothers?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            yes they are.

          • anon_omis

            At least I remembered something

  61. FerreTrip

    Awesome shading. And it’s nice to see King and one of the wolves again. I love how you gave her some muscle in the last panel to emphasize things, too. X3 And please tell me I’m not the only one who finds panels 1 and 3 adorable (1 because of Lucretia’s expression).

  62. Frank

    Now that I think of it, this is the second time in less than 30 days that Rick puts a female character saying “so help me…”

    Anything happening in your life that has made you suddenly taken such a liking to this phrase? A woman scorned perhaps?

  63. Spirit Studios 2010

    Even with the sickening *CRUNCH* I’d still be happy there. . . until Miles came in and asserted his authority as Alpha. Then I’d start singing Lynard Skynard.

    • Espemon333

      Lynyrd Skynyrd. Just the thought of playing Free Bird on Guitar Hero makes my arms ache…

    • Nohbody

      King would be so lucky as to be “starin’ straight down a .44″, if Miles were to get it in his head King was making a move on his mate.

      Fortunately, Miles is apparently smarter than your average sitcom male, who has the approximate IQ of tapioca pudding. :P

  64. Espemon333

    6. in 15 hours, there have been at least 6 avatars made from this comic.

  65. Ookami

    Cutest. Miles. EVER.

    • Tha Housedog

      That’s Lucretia. Check the tags.

      • Ookami

        Oh, well still cute as anything x3
        I could still see Miles acting like that.. :3

        • Chaplin, A PERSON WHO COMMENTS

          wtf? Miles is a man, he doesn’t watch soap operas >:(

          (Man, wolf, whatever)

          • anon_omis

            well, Miles is new to the whole “human” thing, so he might have gotten addicted

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            I did think it would be hilarious for Miles to be into the soaps.

            Besides, gender stereotyping much? Men can like “chick” shows too!


          • anon_omis

            you confessing to something?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            frankly, Dark Shadows was an alright soap opera. mainly because the vampire was neither completely devoid of emotion, nor was he sparkly. the stepping stone between Dracula and Twilight.

  66. Z24

    King’s trapped inside a house with wolves… Oh boy…

  67. GameCobra

    Whatever stories Lucertia watches, for King’s sake he better hope she doesn’t get hooked to the opening theme of said show.


  68. anon_omis

    what media do you use, Rick?

  69. WingedWolfGirl

    Wolve just don’t understand personal space, do they? :D

  70. Authur

    Please tell me there will be a “sequel strip” to this! This scene is so great! I actually love it when characters develop in this fashion. ^_^

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Could be. There were four strips with Grape and Peanut in this arc, there might be more strips with King. But I suspect not, this strip has a feeling of completion. I’m anticipating another arc of one-offs.

      • Z24

        If King survives for the next strip. If I was trapped in a house of wolves, I’d pray either food wont’ end or a full moon rises…

  71. Z-Zman


  72. Hoheh

    Fox has stories? That’s kind of cool.

    • Hoheh

      Fail. Miles.

      • Hoheh

        Fail again. Lucretia.

        • anon_omis


          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


          • anon_omis


          • Critter Rhode

            Noah: Right! Am I on Candid Camera?

  73. Z-Zman

    noah: But Lord, what if I don’t m—*drown*

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


      • anon_omis

        That statement, in and of it self, is an arc of win, except for the fact that Chuck Noris caused the Big Bang.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          That was the original chuck Norris. He became God and creates new Chuck Norrises as serves his purposes.

          • anon_omis

            Ah! right, I forgot about that. Fail on my part

  74. fraggingfox

    Seems like it would be a good idea to get a DVR box for Lucretia so she can record her stories … and so King can keep his spine.

  75. darkgloomie

    wolves will be wolves… with soap operas

  76. Aishling

    Yeah, the shading is actually quite good. you deserve a golden star.

  77. Timmie

    We need more appearances by the wolves.

    Like the wolf cubs bring home a pet. Lets see, what would a wild animal bring home as a pet….

    • anon_omis

      a human? mabye an elephant from the zoo

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Don’t they have King for that?

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        I was going to say that, but I didn’t

  78. Asteri

    the eyelashes man, they make all the differences :)
    Good to see Lucretia XD (and King too :D )

  79. Hopper200456

    Awwwwww…..That be’ one cute wolfie!
    I wunt a hug after King!!!
    *Looks at last panel*

  80. lightwolf21

    *Ships King and Lucretia*

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Make sure Miles is outta earshot before you say something like that.

    • Espemon333

      Please, in the name of all that is corn tell me you’re joking.

      • lightwolf21

        Oh, you must not have heard of me, before… ;3

      • lightwolf21

        Yes, I kid… XD I do like to ship-tease the unusual pairings, though. ;3

    • anon_omis

      what do you mean? (sorry if i sound like an idiot, but im new to this stuff)

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        to “ship” means to put two characters into a relationship together in one’s head. (four answers, I’m on a roll)

        • anon_omis

          well mabye its becaues your the only one on when i comment, or the only one that feels like educating us simpletins

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            yes, because I like to feel smarter than everyone. I know I’m not, but sometimes it’s fun to pretend.

          • anon_omis

            agreed, thats why i dont take many advanced classes

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I take a lot of advanced classes, but I still feel smart in most of them (AP US History made me feel dumb for the first time in my life.)

  81. crazyBalto

    It’s great to see that Lucretia is back =D

  82. Argent Stonecutter
    • anon_omis


      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        King is living with wolves and the cubs probably act very similarly to these kids.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          this is the third time this comic that I’ve answered a question of yours.

          • anon_omis

            ok, NOW that makes sence, and thanks for the answers! :D

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            glad to help.

  83. Pogiforce

    Lucretia looks barely older than a puppy herself in this strip.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      a lot of women like looking young.

  84. Critter Rhode

    When I read this, this other web comic scene popped into my head.

    It also took a couple of min. *and reading the comments* to figure out who that was.

    • anon_omis


  85. logicFox

    meh in the first panel you can kinda tell it was lucretia

  86. Ghostless

    Note to self ……NEVER get between housewives and their soap operas

    • anon_omis

      you JUST figured that out?!?!?!

      • Ghostless

        Hmm, let me paraphrase that …… never get between a feral lupine housewife that can break spines like toothpicks unconsciously and their soap operas.

        • anon_omis

          ok, i had the same revelation

  87. Alechsa

    The last panel would be SO much funnier if it wasn’t the female wolf…..

  88. Jakkal

    I really hope for them that the chimney is cleared! Or they will die because of CO-intox…

  89. Firewolf

    I was going to ask “Why does he have eyelashes?” and then it hit me. XD

    Tihs is one of my favorites. {-)

  90. I Am...

    Lucretia –

    1st Panel: looks like the pups
    2nd + 3rd Panels: her normal self
    4th: looks like the dad.

    …not sure what else to say…Appearance Issues? >.>