Raiders Of The Lost Arc

For those coming in late, my computer has been dead for about two weeks and now that I (mostly) have it back, it feels like coming home from a war.  So here’s a comic about a dog being insanely megalomaniacal.

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Discussion (177) ¬

  1. Ryufire

    He mad!! >.>

    • Gamerkitty

      well if you just did the most awesome thing in the history or ever, and gone through some real trials over it then finding out no one was there to see it, i would be mad too lol.

      • Shen

        So, if -he- did all that, and no one saw, -you- would be mad?

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          no grammar nazism unless it is requested or otherwise indicaated to be okay with the one you are correcting(i.e. they have already partially corrected themselves.)

      • Gamerkitty

        ooooh whoopsy, yes you are correct. hmmmm, there isn’t a edit button so i will get let it as is for sentimental value. Good eye Shen.

  2. Dissension

    I can relate, Bino; I can relate.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      You’ve taken a green-eyed large bulldog by the collar and forced him into a tale of whimsy all the while living in the shadow of a much-cooler crime fighting older brother?


        Who hasn’t?

        • K

          I hasn’t…

      • StarStorm

        Sure. Doesn’t it happen to everyone?

  3. Kimba the White Lion

    That is possibly the best to come back from a broken computer. I salute you Rick!

    • The Wolf Kin

      Agreed completely.

      • Darastrixen

        Agreed! It’s been a while since I’ve had a good laugh.

    • JokkePokke

      WOOH Rick got his PC back :D

      GO RICK!

    • HentMas

      o hai there!!!

      • Kimba the White Lion

        … Don’t make me kill you.

  4. Private Elliot

    A forth wall break in Housepets!?

    What is this.

    • Tha Housedog

      Must…resist urge to…break the fifth wall… >_<

      • Anubis

        Hey! No! Last time someone did that Atlantis got destroyed!

        Back to your room, mister!

    • Rick Griffin

      This is me having fun because I’ve been frantic for two weeks

      • GameCobra


        Oh, god. you’re finally back. T_T *nuzzle-nuzzle-nuzzle*

      • Tenebraearum

        Frantic? I would think you would LOVE having 2 weeks off.

      • Leitrean

        he was probably getting a headache from all the laptop problems

      • Valerio

        Thou hast a nice sense of humor

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        I got my laptop back up and running yesterday too, so everything is as it should be ^_^

        • Frank

          Hey, no imitating Rick’s real life!

          • Dogs Rule27

            I’m being totally serious when i say this, im not imitating Rick but i just got my computer fixed finally too

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            looks like the Ricks “artist anti-tech aura” got sent through the site.

          • Mystic Wolf

            Then fix my laptop too please D:
            My screen has 2 stripes, one red and one green.

          • Hopper200456

            Sounds colorful.

      • silverfang16

        Can’t relax when you are dealing with computer repair companies. Ick!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I don’t think this strip is canon.

      He’ll probably leave it out of the book version.

      • Rick Griffin

        What, why not

        I have a very awesome idea for doing this arc now.

        • Argent Stonecutter


        • Max Wolfe

          We would probably miss the extra “Awesome” put into this arc if it wasn’t for the issue.

        • Mystic Wolf

          Yay, an awesome arc is coming out soon :D

    • Salenstormwing

      4th Wall? Where this arc is going, we don’t need any walls.

      … Wait a minute, that made no sense. Can we do this again? Preferably in 2 weeks, so we can have some sort of montage moment in the meantime?

      • Naylorfan90

        You’re awesome.

    • Frank

      Darn it, Bino! We just fixed that wall!

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Peanut’s been leaning on it to the point of breaking it lately anyway. More power to Bino, fourth-wall breaking is awesome and hopefully will gain him some fans.

    • Alexander

      Fourth wall? What fourth wall?

      • Vlad the Cat

        *points with his finger* right the- ! … Im not paying that.

  5. LegendaryHero

    Nice save, Rick.

  6. rtlstien

    Who hasn’t suffered just to get some attention?

    • huntersunday

      i agree we all take great strides to get the people to look at us
      also love rexs face in the 3rd pane

    • Mystic Wolf

      Ehm… Me ¬¬” But nice to see that Rick has his computer ready for new comics!
      > : D

    • Dogs Rule27

      Actually i havent believe it or not.

  7. IceKitsune

    lol very nice great update can’t wait for the next one this is going to be fun

    • Leitrean

      (this is the alt text btw XD)

      • Tenebraearum

        I can imagine the whimsical adventures that could come about from Bino not having a collar on… so… much… WHIMSY… *Has Whimsy attack*

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      *cue the laptop breaking again D:*

      • FuRrY321

        i… hurt you! D:<

  8. NickCrotser


  9. The Wolf Kin

    Oh, wow. This page was just the thing I needed to break me out of my “my throat is too sore” slump. Slight disappointment, tempered by the fact that Bino has to redo it because of the computer errors.

    I can not wait, this shall be awesome.

    Rick, you made the best comic possible for us to return to. I commend you. This may now be my favourite strip of the comic, and that’s saying a lot.

    • The Wolf Kin

      Also, the strip’s title is brilliant. For once in my life, I read a GOOD pun.

  10. NickCrotser

    Hey, the title for his strip is an Indy ref, kinda funny considering we JUST mentioned that in HP!R.

  11. Leitrean

    the fourth wall! it’s broken!

    • Leitrean

      speaking of which maybe add a tag for it? :3

  12. Cwain 'cat lover' lapile

    Love your work and glad your back… I love GRAPE!!!!!

    • Leitrean

      but grape isn’t in this XD

      • NickCrotser


        • Frank

          Comments are supposed to be related to the current comic
          (though if you’ve just finished reading the archive, general “So-and-so rules” comments are allowed… not that I’m saying Cwain was reading the archive right now, that would have to come from him)

          • LordWorpeltinger

            actually it is on topic.
            Comic hints at computer problems and the artist being back.

            Cwain says “Love your work and glad your back” and adds his/her favorite character is Grape.

            But I love the Strip’s in joke of the computer problems.

          • huntersunday

            i love your avatars face it works also is bino’s nose pressing into rex’s face or is that just what i am seeing

  13. Leitrean

    i don’t get it XD

  14. Russiarules1

    Wait, wasn’t Bino all shy about… ugh, nevermind -.-”
    What a complicated dog…

    • The Moon Howler

      (I am so going to be hated for saying this, but) Bino actually looks kinda cute in this one strip!

      • The Moon Howler

        Ack! Why am i saying this? i read Karloses fiction over TOO much! Someone grab my Shockgun and zap me!

        • Russiarules1

          You are not the only one, you are not the only one…

          • Mystic Wolf

            *Takes the Shockgun* Who is the first one? >: D

          • Frank


    • silverfang16

      Haven’t you got it by now? Bino will do ANYTHING for attention.

  15. Mavros

    did he just say “Magikal”?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      No, he said “magic(k)al”.

      • Mystic Wolf

        I don’t get the meaning of that, could you explain it to me, please?

        Is it about the pronuntiation?

        • Frank

          I think “magic” means parlor tricks, while “magick” means powerful, special-effects-loaded spells. So saying it was “magic(k)” means that it felt like a parlor trick, with a hint towards a powerful, special-effects-loaded spell

          • Mystic Wolf

            Oh, thank you so much!

        • Argent Stonecutter

          It’s a magic lampshade!

        • LordWorpeltinger

          Also certain words are spelled differently depending on USA or UK
          such as Color/Colour. Old English spelled magic as Magik

          • FuRrY321

            *Also certain words are spelled differently depending on USA, UK, or Canada.
            Fixed ;)

            PS I realize that Canada gets the spelling of certain words from its British roots, but saying that UK dictionary is good enough for Canada is unacceptable. For the true patriotic, at least. :P

          • FuRrY321

            Also I am not being a Grammar Nazi there, as my post itself could use some fixing.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Sort of like Quebec and France?

          • LordWorpeltinger

            I didn’t realize I forgot about Canada, but usually I use US and UK as examples since they differ the most

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Anyway, when someone writes “magic(k)al” it usually implies sarcasm. It means he’s going to make it a “magical adventure of whimsy” if it kills him. Or Rex.

          • FuRrY321

            Thanks Argent. I already got that though, I was just being nitpicky. ;)
            But thanks for getting us back on topic.

            Sent from Firefox 4.0 on Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1.

  16. Avansis


  17. Valerio

    You mean, a comic on Bino being his normal self, right, Rick?

  18. leaffly

    Wait… I don’t get it.

  19. huntersunday

    after all that stuff but now I am popula.. what it didn’t get seen now we must do it again ready the gumdrops

    but wasnt it your worst experience?
    I said READY the gumdrops!

  20. Kormiak

    I’ll admit, I never noticed that they both had the same color eyes before……..And what a frighteningly vivid shade, too! XD

    • Clairvoyant Legacy

      Actually, they’re not the same colour.

      • Frank

        I’d say they’re the same color, but not the same shade

      • Kormiak

        Ok….I can see it now. Wow, they are really clsoe to the same color, then!

    • Frank

      I hadn’t noticed until you said it!

      • FuRrY321

        Frank, do you make your own avatars?
        If so, just how many do you have? Do you have one for every expression? :o

        Also, that doesn’t look like the same colour at all, but I guess I could be wrong.
        Quick! To any paint program with the ability to use custom colouring!

  21. Argent Stonecutter

    Bino can pronounce punc(k)tuation!

  22. Jennifer the Dark

    Welcome back, Rick :3

  23. WingedWolfGirl

    Very Nice Comeback. XD
    It is ironic your computer would break down when Bino finally gets an arch.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Did you know the Romans invented the arch?

      • Frank

        It was an accident, too. They were trying to make two columns of stacked-up rocks, and they collapsed, but each one held the other’s weight, and they all went “Oh my gods!”.

        Maybe that’s what happened to Bino (colapsing rocks, I mean)

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Only because he was hiding from the dogcatcher behind an old stone wall. An old inexplicable stone wall. With limericks.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            you rang?

      • WingedWolfGirl

        Thank you grammar nazis. x_x

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Is that being a grammar or spelling nazi? And can a ferret really be a nazi? I’m pretty sure ferrets aren’t aryan, I mean, look at the color of my nose-pad.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            Hitler had black hair, so he wasn’t a true Aryan either.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Yeh, but he didn’t have brown skin. That would have been weird.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            yes, yes it would have.

  24. anon_omis

    Two words: EPIC. WIN.

  25. anon_omis

    Alt text plz!

  26. Shady Kitsune

    Bino, stop stabbing the fourth wall! Bad boy! No biscuit!

  27. E

    Run away Rex before he tries to take his angry out on you

  28. Deezy

    Hahaha, great job Rick, fourth wall breakdown, and I was a fan of Bino even without this arc, so no worries!

  29. Ray The Whimsical Lampshade

    Bino looks deranged in the last panel. Poor Rex.

  30. T-Squared

    Do a flashback arc, then.

    DO IT. >D

  31. Argent Stonecutter

    I can’t believe there’s no predictions yet.

    I predict wacky hijinks with a freelance dogcatcher working for a neighboring town who turns out to be the crooked Milton relative casing out the ferrets because it turns out he needs to steal one of Keene’s old collars to figure out the code the map is in using a key engraved on the back of the tag. He convinces Bino to help him by tempting him with a slice of the riches (and being Bino that’s not hard). Meanwhile Rex has been following and rescues Bino… who is horrified that he won’t be getting any ferret moolah, and sneaks back into the truck… but this time it turns out to be a real dogcatcher and Bino ends up in the pound. He’s finally rescued with the aid of a cat (who has to talk him into it, after all Bino’s no “cat lover”). The final tricky twist has the Milton relative being hauled off to the zoo in a bear costume… which Rick never explains.

    • Foxstar

      We have the fourms for that.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Too long? Too detailed?

      • FuRrY321

        Yeah, but for those of us who don’t have a forum account… for whatever reason… ie too lazy, or don’t want to make yet another account on yet another website/forum, which will only be visited when it’s remembered…
        The comments are our only revenue for discussion.

        • Mystic Wolf

          I am too lazy to make one and I did it! (But I still haven’t posted anything, lol)

        • Foxstar

          Can’t be helped then. If it’s about the current comic, it’s one thing, but idle chat-use the fourms.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            But it was about the current comic. o_O

          • Foxstar

            Point taken. But I was also saying in reply to the post that we have a ongoing wild predictions thread already when you asked why no one had one going yet.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Um, what? Ok, I’m completely lost, I don’t see an ongoing…

            Oh, you mean there’s one going on in the forums? Well, um, if I don’t read the forums, it’s hard for me to know that. No?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            read the forums. that solves that problem.

          • FuRrY321

            Your common sense defies our logic. >:\

  32. Whitekitsune

    While my whimsy IS ready, I gotta say, I like Bino’s snazzy new collar.

  33. silverfang16

    Ok Bino, gather fans then, do a fun arc that makes us forget all about what you have done to Peanut and King. Onward!

  34. FerreTrip

    XDD; Oh, dear…DIE, fourth wall, DIE!! X3;

    Glad to see you’re back, Rick. And, yes, I think this arc needs to be seen. Poor Bino. ^^;

  35. ReCreate

    The fourth wall is broken! :o Totally never would’ve expected that. xD

    • gaboris

      You sure that’s the 4th wall? I’d say that’s rather just the 3rd one between the actors and the director next to the stage. XD

    • Rick Griffin

      I decided to run with it when I realized a couple of my earlier comics would have been much funnier had I decided to go that route. I’m still going to limit it to specific story branches (much less, say, King’s arc than one that’s pretty much intended to be a gag vehicle)

      Don’t worry, I’m not going to be doing it to substitute for jokes, which is the general problem most of the time.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        But the out-of-character stuff is still out-of-character, right? It’s not canon that they know they’re in a comic strip.

        • Leinad

          canon or no, Rick can break the fourth wall all he likes, because it’s really freaking funny.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          And? They exist to make us laugh and they are making us laugh therefore they exist. I think.

        • gaboris

          Well to tell the truth every comic has it’s own rules about cannon. So some are more conservative and don’ use it outside of event gags(April 1. and such) and others like our Rick here sometimes mixes it in since his Houspets! universe isn’t all that stiff(there are freakin demigods and spirit worlds just to name a few :p).

          On the other hand it’s also an interestin idea to separate these two POVs by using things like “Backstage” episodes. At least that’s how I immagine my comic. :p

          P.S.: This is just MY twisted way of thinking so feel free to brand me wierd. XD

      • Leitrean

        maybe add some fourth wall breaking canon?

        add a few observers (link in an above post expaining what a fourth wall observer is)

  36. gaboris

    Megalomaniac? More like Bino is just being Bino, but I can understand him. Poor guy needs some ppl to at least NOT HATE him. More then just me I mean. XD
    As we say in Hungary “Opportunity borns the doctor.” witch is in a bit twisted way good for the birth of this strip. Nice thinking there Rick, good job. :D

    • Mystic Wolf

      Yes you are right! More than just you… xD
      Joking, I don’t hate Bino, I just… *escapes because he doesn’t know what to say*

      P.S.: *you read a note* Oh, and if I do any mistake, correct me please! I want to learn more English :D

      • gaboris

        Hehe these kinds of comments are always cute. X3

        No prob man, didn’ notice any mistakes so far(and I’m a picky one even I myself am not english) so your english works fine for us. ;)

  37. CraterXi

    Rex should have ran when he had the chance poor guy

  38. CaptainPea

    I like this, I think the drawings today are at lot more animated than usual.

    • CaptainPea

      Quelle horreur! I messed up my avatar.
      Well, anyways, about the comic, I think Bino is the most appropriate of the cast to break the fourth wall. It just seems to work.

  39. netherwolf

    at last the laptop is fixed,horay!

  40. Authur

    Oh boy. Bino’s got Green Lantern eyes again.

    • gagi


      He has always had green eyes. They are just more apparent in this close up.

      Goooo Bino !

  41. Blauiss

    i’ve noticed something. do you like George R.R Martin or something? i’ve noticed 2 of his books (game of thrones, feast of crows) in your comics so far.

  42. Dogs Rule27

    AND I IS BACK!!!!!!
    yeah yhis strip is an example of just how crazy Bino is….

  43. Dogs Rule27

    You know… if Bino was an actor he’d probebly get fired A LOT.

  44. Blaze

    Oh i get it, it’s going to be a series of flashbacks of what was going on with Bino while Ricks computer was being fixed…

  45. Blaze

    Oh, and “magic(k)al”…


  46. TigerStryk

    Yay!! the laptop is fixed, and we have the comic back!
    Now lets see into the magic(k)al story that is Bino’s arc!

  47. TigerStryk

    Also, yay! flashbacks

  48. Hoheh

    Oh, Bino…

  49. RegularBird

    I have a feeling they’re going mess up trying to recreate the arc. xD

    • Argent Stonecutter

      They’re going to confuse everyone around them because everyone else has an intact fourth wall.

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        so they didn’t break it, they phased through it.

  50. Firewolf

    Will he ever win?

  51. Leinad

    when i first read the comic, i said, “hmm, today’s guest comic looks REALLY good. it’s almost as if Rick drew it himself-”
    *scrolls down*

    then i realized i’d just called rick a guest artist and facepalmed. it was hilarious.

    • darkgloomie

      Welcome to the world of Housepets! Where even the real deal looks fake!

  52. FuRrY321

    Totally unrelated to current comic but related somewhat to previous state of comic:
    I may be fixing a computer for the first time since getting my certification. It’s one of the computers at my mom’s work, so if I get it fixed and it works in tip-top shape, maybe you should send your computer to me from now on, Rick? I won’t charge you much, honest. Though, TBH, there’s no guarantee you’ll be getting it back before I steal all your Housepets!-related secrets… :P

    • Leitrean

      this is why he wont send it to you XD

  53. TigerStryk

    I wonder what twist and turns are in store for us in this arc? I will now go ponder this question…