lol love the last panel
Same here. It almost seems like she’s TRYING to get a reaction. XD
Seems like she just wants him to freak out, too bad it won’t happen with him.
I wonder why…
Perhaps she want’s to convince Peanut to change his mind about seeing Tarot today..or maby she’s just messing with him
or she is just surprised because most of the people she tells that to become scared
she was trying to figure out if he was really that oblivious, but just figured that he gets it all he’s just unfazeable.
he really isnt that much of an air had (he is pretty smart when need be) hes just bubbly kuz thats how he enjoys being
Alt text to first posts please !
Alt: Talking Indirectly To The Audience Comics
Thankyou very much x3
No problem :3
This may sound stupid,but what is an alt text xD
Hover your mouse over the comic. The alt text will appear.
I mean what is it..not how can you see it..
Alt-text: alternative text, some of ricks thoughts or additional things for the strip…
This is what you wanted?
Yeah 10x ;p
Alt-text: Talking Indirectly To The Audience Comics
you got beaten to the punch.
Sorry, wrong link. DX http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3339/theproof.png
very well, but you got beaten in the placement of your reply. it should have been where RegularBird posted his (or hers)
lol both links are right xD
Oh well lol, as long as it was helpful right?
yea it was. I hope the alt-text will be posted on every strip x3
omg … why did you make a screenshot before you knew you’d have to prove that you were the first to post the alt text….
I usually do post the alt-text almost immediately, but I fell asleep…
We told you guys to stop with the alt-text sillyness.
My reply is somehow at the end, or lower..
Peanut.. Silly as can be… but when it comes to simple thing, it’s THOSE that get to him… This seems strangely familiar, like I’ve done this as well… hmmmm
XD Ah, so it WAS a spiritual elevator!
And it STILL is.
an it most likely always WILL be (unless changed by magic)
Now it makes you wonder how they get to the other 5 planes… Elavator, magic circle… escalator? Warrior-Princess battle cries?
Stargate. TV set tuned to static. Magic mirror. Blue pill.
Engage the chevrons…
phone booth, Delorean, magic wardrobe.
Previously un-noticed trail leading past house with old guy who talks only in rhyme.
more specifically, Limericks, but I know what you meant.
Speaking of limericks … magic rainbow.
Use Mr.fish, jump in the batmovble….
I love Peanut
Don’ worry you’re not alone. X)
Your never alone! XD
what about his never alone?
(you meant you’re)
*hits her head into the keybord*
No, I ment “you”!
you never alone! …ever!
don’t do it!
well played, Madame ^_Q
but as a counter-attack, you meant keyBOARD.
*Runs off into the night screaming (insert non-offensive word here so it’s a complete sentence)*
haha i smell a panel 4 avatar
he’s no-…. Aww i just wanted to post that, but refreshed the page… well, posting from the phone has its minuses xD
WHY is this here ? This was supposed to be a reply to brent’s reply 12:23 …
I figured. This seems to happen a lot.
dang, I should have posted this as a reply to my comic, then replied saying it should have been to your comment.
very strange indeed..
If you had, SomeRandomeGeek, I could have ignored it. As is, I can’t.
The 4th wall has been broken. I think..
How ? I havent noticed anything
Oh nvm i see now, haha
and the fifth, and the sixth… the Seventh wall has a MAJOR crack.
Pretty sure they’ve hit passed that.
they did, but only because it slipped through the crack. the Seventh wall is surprisingly strong.
who’s Major Crack? and why is he at the seventh wall?
He’s the repairman, but he’s too late now.
the secret identity of this guy
he’s not too late to finish destroying the wall.
Awwww I loved that show so much back in the days when it was still good. Thx for the reminder Brent.
It’s what I do. I remember old shows and make any possible reference to those shows. I would either be considered an expert on watching TV, or a TV addict.
Does this Crack erase things from time and space?
This is not Dr Who. XD
Or IS it?
PRIZONER ZERO HAS ESCAPED.
He didn’t break the fourth wall, he hung a lampshade on it.
Huh… Whats a lampshade ?
It’s better than a bare bulb.
Peanut has the power to break the forth wall… take that spirits!
The might be psychic but Peanut can break that wall any time he wants.
I love it. *giggles*
*calls a construction company*
hello… It’s about Housepets… yes, the same wall.
Ruh-Roh they’re onto us!
unless it’s only an illusion of a broken wall, then they’ll overcharge us for just coming out.
and coming in
I love the second panel.
Oh SHNAP! Peanut just broke the universe in that last panel!
spirits ? dragons ? pfff we got PEANUT !
SPIRITS? DRAGONS? PEANUT? OH MY!
By the way, have I mentioned that Sabrina’s eyes look AWESOME?
I don’t think so.
No you didn’t,but i DEFINITELY second that thought!
Forth Dimensioned. >:3
Peanut is cool, man! nothing can scare him … err faze him. Andi am sure that a Good jedi knight will have no probs of defeating this eleven headed grognak (w/e that is).
Plus Sabrina being disappointed is kinda cute.
Peanut is a pretty cool guy, he breaks 4th walls and doesn’t afraid of anything.
Except of Charlie’s demise in “All dogs go to heaven”
he’s not afraid of that, he’s saddened by it.
All dogs are.
I’d agree with you about that, but WHICH death? He had at LEAST two in the first movie ALONE, and I think there might have been a third in the second one. I never watched the Christmas Movie, but if he died in that one as well I would NOT be surprised.
nope, he doesn’t else it wont be christmas movie
Sabrina is always cute ! ;3
That’s right, nothing fazes him! Unless it’s a slow motion pillow fight or a kiss from Grape. Then minds are broken and limbs are rendered immobile.
yep, i cant argue that
He’s seen worse. Remember, he lost the game.
He’s had a bad time with that for sure. This isn’t any worse.
oooh THAT game!
O right,10x for the reminder.
Plus, never have free time and chocolate covered espresso beans in the same room.
I remember that one Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
you all just lost the game…
Ferrets play a different game, it involves waiting for people to lose then stealing their socks.
Mine’s been used fo ra week straight at the gym, so… help yourself.
Ever smelled a ferret?
Thx for makin me lose The game again. I thought I’m about to win this time. XD
You can’t think you’re about to win, because that makes you lose.
Grape already tried that.
It only works on ferrets.
We did too
That’s just silly! XD
i love it when fantasy gets thrown in. *goes back to reading comics about animals and magic hats*
If anyone thought this was where we headed with this storyline last week I’d be very surprised. This has been one of the best uses I’ve ever seen of a bait-and-switch story. “It’s an ensemble piece about the cast facing a blizzard…BUT WAIT Sabrina is filling Peanut in on the Spirit Dragon plot.”
And I have to admit I’ve seen so much lampshade hanging and fourth wall leaning overa;; in a strip where they don’t break the fourth wall than I have in this one. I like it, it’s funny.
“What about breaking the 4th wall?”
Yep, hes doing it unconciously xD
did you mean subconciously, or is he actually asleep while he’s doing it?
maybe this is all just Peanuts dream….
technically peanut didnt break the fourth wall
oh really? how come
Because he’s just being indirect.
… I guess.
*runs a screwdriver over the comic*
Well I can’t Find any cracks.
Man, this lampshade is HUGE.
why’s she still holding the candle maybe its meant for other purposes than its light
or the next room is rather dark and they’ll need it.
nah, its the candle which lights up the elevator
thats a nice candle then i should say… xD
Peanut you live in a world of talking animals with a girlfriend who can project images from her head and uses the spirits to find the remote. How is the idea of multiple universes SILLY?
-Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science-fiction.
-We live in a spaceship, dear.
I’ve been telling people we live in Science Fiction since the ’70s. They just complain about not having a flying car.
I’m more annoyed at the lack of Jetpacks, tbh.
Actually we have those now too, just saw an article about it. Expensive though.
My point is that I’m surprised he doesn’t have an open mind about these things by now.
I think she’s trying to hard to get a reaction out of him. She should try not to, and see if a reaction can follow moments afterwards.
I hate when that happens.
She’ll probably have a fit. XD
Witch: Ohhhh, I have mystical powers and there’s all sorts of dangerous crazy **** that’s going to happen, impressed? Scared?
Average Person: No, just a little hungry.
That’s pretty much these two in a nutshell.
What do you think the audience comic is?
The cast of MST3000?!?
Robot Roll Call!
Cambot! Gypsy! Tom Servo! Crooooooow!
Man I love that show.
AND it was made in my home state of Minnesota! I would say that this fact cemented my love for the show, but I was already a devoted fan BEFORE finding that out, so it was really more of an aside. ^_^
WHY is it silly ??? For those who browse from mobile devices/iphones/etc such as me, its very helpful
This was supposed to be a reply to foxstar about alt-texts being posted in comments
I think it’s silly for the same reason that they had to filter for the word ‘first’ – yeah, it’s helpful, but people end up jockeying to be the one to put it up first and instead of being helpful it turns into a contest and becomes very annoying.
Not to mention all the aggravating comments it generates about who was, in fact, the first to do so
Is there any way to make it so that the alt text appears elsewhere? I suppose as a last resort you could have the first post always be the alt text, but yeeesh….
no there isnt, and we’re not making a contest or something .. its just fun ^^
actually, XKCD has a mobile friendly version in which you can see the alt-text.
How about waiting for someone to actually ask?
even then, you get a flood of people responding to that with the alt-text, and it becomes a competition anyway.
I think that would still be OK, there were only two, it’s the metadiscussion that makes it an issue.
This is rubbing right up to the fourth wall.
Painting it, perhaps?
Oh! But what color?
purple, of course. he still likes Grape.
Man,i’m so jealous…I also want to go down in a magical elevator to meet a spirit formed beast (not talking particulary about Tarot)
dam it…i overslept and missed the comments :X:X:@:@:@
Oh Peanut. Oh breaking the 4th wall.
To think she went all over the world and learned to cope with it…he just accepts it cause worrying about it causes to much stress. <.< We can allll learn from Peanut.
I wonder what the circle lead to….. Oh my gosh!!!!!! *get a cross*
1) can someone explain “the forth wall”, “lampshades”, the alt text, and the last panel?
2) when was this new strip posted? I checked at 12:00 central time and it wasn’t up.
I posted a link to lampshade hanging earlier in the thread.
1) When you watch a tv program or a stage play there are normally only three walls visible, with the camera or audience making up the ‘fourth wall’. Despite being filmed/watched, actors normally need to pretend that they don’t notice the fact that they have an audience. “Breaking the fourth wall” means the actors directly address the audience in some way.
Similarly, a “lampshade” is drawing attention to something that would normally break the suspension of disbelief needed for a good play/movie/whatever. In this case, Rick is using Peanut to draw attention to the fact that they live in a world of “slice-of-life-slash-romance-comedies about animals” and that the “fantasy multiverse nonsense” is silly. In other words you, as a reader, would likely question why there’s suddenly a mystical elevator leading to another dimension, and in fact could possibly feel alienated from the comic by it. To avoid this, Rick is pointing it out, hense “putting a lampshade on it”.
Does this help?
2) Not a clue. Rick said it might be late by a half hour or so. I was asleep. It’s up now anyway, does it really matter if it was up a half hour or so late?
I did not! I really need to delete those older posts again. I wonder if there’s a way I can set them to expire.
Ack! Sorry, I didn’t pay attention to the date stamp of the previous post.
I still don’t see how it matters, though – the comic is always regularly up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, unlike some web comics that don’t bother with a time schedule or state one and then ignore it.
Well what I think happens is that the page cache gets stuck with some people, so if it’s around the usual scheduled time they’d need to do ctrl-refresh to clear the cache for the page
im not tech savy, so i didnt know what was up. I just like being able to get in a few comments before falling asleep. otherwise i have to read a flood of comments when i get to check it at 7:00 am
that’s why I lie awake in my bed until it updates and read it on my iPod touch every Monday. Wednesday and Friday, I just check it when I wake up at 5:30.
ya but i actually LIKE sleeping!!
so do I. I sleep after I update on Monday’s, and before I do on Wednesdays and Fridays. unless I don’t have school on those days, then I just stay up so I can sleep in.
Well, Bino is annoying him, i would say Grape’s kiss is he thing that “fazes” him (forgive my misspelling if there is any)
Sprichst du englisch?
Was was das?
did you mean “Was war das?”
I didn’t mean anything by that, and i wasn’t talking/writing deutsch for years now… wait a second! Why am i even arguing this?!? … I am going to sleep now (yea i know how it sound but it is almost midnight here), so Good night fellas.
Peanut is fazed by all kinds of stuff. Look at all the times he’s BSODed.
After I read the comments I all forgot what I wanted to say, but with all the 4th wall and lampshadingstuff all that’s needed to be said is “The more you know.”
BTW I’m happy for the last line cuz I did start to feel a bit wierd. >.<"
Peanut has exactly the right attitude to life!
The last panel is so true. xD
Okay, so slice-of-life/romantic-comedies with animals is bad, but superhero comics with romantic-comedy elements and animals is okay, even though said superhero/superdog is dating a cat.
Double standards, we meet again! How’s the wife & kids?
I am not sure who you’re calling double standards on
Peanut. I think.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s reality that’s having double standards.
I’m confused now.
not to bad. i devorced her for cheating on me, but i was seeing another girl anyway.
I yelled at someone for not doing their job, but it was my job originally, I just delegated.
yelling at someone you deligated a job to for not doing said job is not a double standard, depending on the situation.
true, except that they didn’t do the exact same job you didn’t do. If you want something done right, do it yourself. or at least make sure they’re doing it or provide assistance.
Peanut will be okay. He reads those books…
At the speed of light no less.
When your Peanut, the only thing that would shock ya is someone spoiling a fantasy book.
Or Grape kissing you
It’s been done,but not a problem if it shows up again
No, his brain would then implode
nah, it will just be another braincrash
I see what you did there…
…but not over here.
OH MAI GAWD ai was right :3
it IS a magical elevator!! X3
It threatens all of the Multi-verse!
…By the way, who are you, and what are you doing in my multi-verse?
*smiling eye-roll* Oh, fourth-wall-breaking/lampshading…X3
if thats the fourth wall, what are the first 3? is “fourth” just refering to a theatrical fourth dimention?
The other three are the back and sides of the stage.
if that is still confusing, imagine a closed room. there is a wall behind you and one to either side. but wait. there isn’t one in front of you, instead, there are a bunch of people looking at you. They don’t think you know they’re there, so if you address them, you have broken the illusion of a closed room. there are only the three walls you can see, now.
…owwwww. my brain hurts
no, that’s just the feeling of a brain turned to mush and drained out the side of your head. you are now a mindless zombie under my complete control. you feel no pain, just an emptiness where it used to be.
(is anyone else reading this in this guy’s voice?
Once again, your great collection knowledge has enlighten me. Thank you, oh wise one!
and your overuse in words has made blind.
Has it been asked if, in the first panel, peanuts arms are out, or does he have his hands on his hips. What do you guys think? I can see it both ways.
On his hips, it looks like to me.
2nd that opinion
Grognak? Is that a reference to the Fallout series? X3
i don’t think i’ve mentioned this before, but Rick’s facial expressions are AMAZING. In every panel i can tell exactly what the characters are saying. i think it’s mostly the placement of eyes.
I can tell what they’re saying because of the talk bubbles.
Thanks for the advice, Sabrina… Now, WTF is a gronak?
sound like some Star Wars/Trek monster
Found out what Grognak is!
It’s must be just me…I really don’t care anything about this “lampshadeing” stuff…But I guess I enjoy how you all think this is going on…I mean, I haven’t looked-up the actually Genre categorization for this web-comic…I must be either too dense to get the subtley of the reference or am too happily oblivious to it.
Is it me, or is Sabrina’s part growing while Daisy went all Chuck Cunningham on us
she never had much of a part anyway.
You never know, Daisy might come back and prove to be a genius only pretending to be dumb. Or she may not know any english at all except for “Hi I’m Daisy!”
she will become Pete’s avatar.
that or the n-tailed fox, since they are not playing the same edition of D&D that we know, she might have an avatar
she? I thought GK was a dude
so did I. but come to think of it, it was never specified.
I saw the way he(?) acted and thought it was more masculine. plus, what are the chances of TWO female deities playing an EDRPG(Extra-Dimensional RPG).
I know females do play role playing games, but it’s rare enough to think it would be weird to have a gaming group with girls outnumbering dudes.
call it a steriotype of mine, but i always think that if character that is a fox it is usualy female. again thats just me.
your stereotype broken in one comic strip.
not to mention anime and video game characters. Tails in Sonic the Hedgehog, Shippo in Inuyasha, and the nine-tails fox in Naruto are all male.
To the first comment: those all could be female.
To the second comment: those are hedgehogs and I don’t watch anime
Reynard the Fox in French literature is male, as is the hero of the song where “he grabbed the gray goose by the neck” and “he didn’t mind the quack quack quack and the legs all dangling down-oh”. Br’er Fox is definitely a guy, as is the fox in Pinnochio.
Tails is a fox. and the comic says “the new GUY”
To Brent: I’m currently playing a group with three girls and two guys…. not as rare as you’d think in these days.
Ok guys I said it was MY stereotype, I didn’t say it was correct :p
stereotyping is wrong. we were helping to free you from its clutches.
also, I said that a majority of females is rare, not unheard of. I knew there was probably a group like that, but not many.
I’d tell you why I have that stereotype, but there are children commenting on this
I understand the stereotype. it’s just a representativeness heuristic. (that’s a judgment based on the nearest available example. I am in an advanced placement psychology class)
Tails is a two-tailed fox, Shippo is a baby Kitsune (ie fox demon), though I can’t argue about the gender of the Nine-tailed fox, as it being the personification of hatred doesn’t have a gender.
(replying to both anon and brent)
I bet Rick was debating whether or not or not to have Peanut say “furries” instead of “animals.”
xD I lol’d
No, I already know what terms I use in-comic
lol. Oh, the irony.
Peanut… Breaking the 4th wall since 2008.
June 11th, to be exact.
I don’t get that one, is explosion suposed to break it or not?
That doesn’t break the wall… that’s just pop culture references for imagination purposes… Breaking the Fourth Wall means acknowledging you are a character in a fiction piece. Such as Peanut has done above through the classic ironical statement. Really they both should have looked at the ‘camera’ for a brief pause before continuing to complete the breaking, but Rick probably ran out of space.
They’re showing the “explosion” to the audience behind the wall.
I see the wall as being a two way mirror. we can see them, but they can’t see us. occasionally, they just turn out the lights and they can see us. they didn’t break the wall with the explosion sign, they just showed us something through it.
I keep making really long comments.
I just realized Sabrina’s other ear is constantly facing the other way
Derp derp derp.
what s derp?
That question you just asked was pretty derpy.
Second panel Sabrina somehow manages to be cuter than the already cute Sabrina. Now we just need some cute Spirit Dragon and we’ve gotten a nice amount of cute in the last few months. Not counting Tarot. Does she DO uncute?
Peanut, you win 50$ for not freaking out. ^_^
ohhhh. I finally got the 4th wall thing everybody was talking about. At first, I thought it was just random
Keep trying Sabrina.You’re bound to freak him out eventually
you need a facebook page ! so i can like each thing coz there dat awesome
what O.o ?
hmm i wonder how she knew about it
knew about what?
you posted when i did!!!
To both of you, I think she/he ment “…knew that tarot was spirit dragon”
She’s Tarot’s apprentice (or equivalent).
Tarot may be the dragon’s avatar, but her powers MAY have been hers before then. Not sure if she IS the Spirit Dragon, or just the one said dragon chose to inhabit for the epic interdimensional game. If the dragon and Tarot can be considered two people, that means Tarot liking Peanut is rubbing off.
LOL. I JUST GOT IT.
The last panel is talking about the comic itself as a Slice of Life/Romantic Comedy about Animals. XD Why didn’t I catch that?
“I got that lampshade you wanted.”
“Give it to the brown dog over there.”
I’d say Peanut and Tarot would well together for the sole reason of nothing phasing Peanut….seriously, I wish Tarot good luck in finding someone else like that.
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