Winning By A Hair

You might notice that I used a slightly different inking style; I have been working with this for a few days and have noticed that not only is there marked improvement, it has made inking much less of a chore for me.  It probably looks a little rough right now, but I do plan on using it for at least one (upcoming) arc, to see if I can get it refined.

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Discussion (142) ¬

  1. Ryufire

    Oooh Peanut she got ya there! >.>

    • Leinad

      Alt Text: I used to have a book that was entirely about bad hair jokes. That sort of thing is abusable people.

      • Vlad the Cat

        Thanks for the alt x3 And about this new inking technique… Looks more toon-ish to me, tho the previous was kinda better, still like this one tho :3

        • ZincChloride

          Did a new ink tech start on this comic? I didn’t notice it till you said so… it looks like it’s just thicker on the ink, that’s the only difference that I can see.

          • ZincChloride

            …..also, can’t they all just SMELL where they are? XP

          • LordWorpeltinger

            Think of it this way… how do you smell an orange out when there are orange peels everywhere… the house smells like the occupants.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        That’s why HP don’t wear clothes. Imagine having full-body hat hair.

        • Frank

          How wrong is it that I actually have done so already?

          • Leitrean

            Not very, i think we’ve all had those moments

        • AflacMan13

          Ah my most secret wish… to be able to one day say I have full bodied hat hair… :P

      • JokkePokke

        Hahaha, I finally get it :D

  2. Nick Crotser

    I like it Rick, it looks nice, I look forward to seeing it evolve.

  3. IceKitsune

    lol Peanut needs to take a bit better care of him self if he wants to win.

    • IceKitsune

      Also the Inking style looks good so far Rick.

      • Leitrean

        Ink looks very good i agree

        • Skykitsune


  4. netherwolf

    lol,that’s gonna be an interesting pic Grape brushing Peanut’s fur ;3

    • LegendaryHero

      Someone needs to draw that. Please?

    • Ryufire

      I agree totally!

    • Avansis

      Oh god, yes!

    • Dogs Rule27

      I need something witty to say about this quick please!

    • The Moon Howler

      It would be absolute d’aaaaww

      • Mystic Wolf

        Me too, somebody has to do that! (check spelling activated)

        • netherwolf

          Alright.I’ll try it as a fanart ;3

    • Frank
      • Argent Stonecutter

        Cool, though you might want to rearrange the talk bubbles so Peanut’s is above Grape’s. Or cross the tails so Peanut’s is to the left.

        • Frank

          Um… Peanut’s is above Grape’s. And crossing tails is a big no-no. To put Peanut’s bubble to the left of Grape’s I’d have to make the tail round Grape’s bubble. Though I didn’t do it –not because I thought it might look awkward– but because I did those bubbles in a bit of a hurry.

          Thanks for the compliment, anyway

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s more to the right of than it’s above, so I found myself reading it in the wrong order.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Oh no it isn’t. Hum. What was I thinking of?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Never mind.

          • Frank

            “What were you thinking of?” Maybe manga

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I still find it hard to read in the right order, but that’s obviously a failing in me. You couldn’t make it higher if you tried.

          • Mystic Wolf

            I had the same problem.

      • LegendaryHero

        That looks painful. Like really, really painful. Peanut’s cheekfur getting pulled that far. I like the way you drew them though.

        • Frank

          He’s shedding, so a lot of that is loose hairs. Also, if I drew them any closer, I probably wouldn’t be able do get more than Grape’s ear

        • Leitrean

          well I for one, can’t find anything wrong with it, good show frank, i like it alot

  5. Dissension

    Sweet action! Can’t wait to see the style further developed.

    Additionally, yeah, you really should brush your fur more often, Peanut.

  6. Faved

    It does look really good =D

  7. Alphonse

    I think yes.
    Now if only dogs would brush themselves…

  8. Falcon01

    looks ok so far, will be interesting to see how well it works out in a full arc story.

  9. CalDayton

    I like it! You know if you went rougher instead of cleaner you’d be heading towards Bill Watterson territory

  10. LegendaryHero

    It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but the style looks pretty clean.

    Shedding Peanut?

    • netherwolf

      Now that Peanut is “it”,he’ll be a bit of a cheater with his super-scentpicking dog nose,and he knows pretty well Grape’s scent x3

    • Jimmy Jazz

      Although…. Grape does live in that house. her scent is everywhere.

      I doubt peanut of all dogs has a good enough nose to follow her.

    • Frank

      It’s spring. Eveyone sheds!

  11. Clunker429

    The style looks good Rick, though maybe thin it out a little bit. Love the comic bro!

    • Frank

      That’s why he says he needs to refine it

  12. Leinad

    i *thought* something looked a smidge off in this one. glad to know i’m not going crazy.
    the heavy lines really make the characters stand out better. i could get used to this!

    • LegendaryHero

      The heavy lines make it look like it belongs in a flash, but it really isn’t bad at all.

  13. Dogs Rule27

    Heh heh. That reminds me of… wait… i forgot what it reminds me of give me a sec…

    • Dogs Rule27

      Oh right! It reminds me of teh strip where Peanut tricks Grape into getting a bath.

      • Frank

        1 sec = 6 minutes?

        • Leitrean

          in housepets anything is possible

  14. Dogs Rule27

    Oh! This could be like… um… the one where Peanut tricked Grape into getting a bath but backwards so Grape tricks Peanut into getting a bath instead!

    • netherwolf

      brushing his fur is not exactly as same as taking a bath,but it did remind me of that “Grape-Trick-Bath” scene x3

  15. Kimba the White Lion

    Is it me or does grape look like she is walking really funny

    • Dogs Rule27

      Yeah it does kinda look like she’s walking funny.

    • Leitrean

      She also looks very toned and muscular in this strip.

      • Mystic Wolf

        I thought that nobody would think that! I saw that too.

        • RegularBird

          You guys aren’t the only ones.

    • Shady Kitsune

      She looks like she needs to get to the litterbox. =P

    • Frank

      She’s following Peanut’s trail, and moving forward, and trying to be silent. It’s hard to do all that and not look funny

      • Leitrean

        very true, i’ve tried….

  16. Dogs Rule27

    Is it just me or do Grape’s ears seam really big for a cat?

    • Dogs Rule27

      Maybe i should word that differently. “Do her ears seam particularly large for a cat?”

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Rick does big ears, I’ve noticed that before, there’s one picture of Fiddler and Keys dancing where it looks like they’re rabbits.

        • Leitrean

          I think it just adds to the cute factor, the more disproportionate certain feature look to a certain extent the cuter they get

      • Mr. Random

        It’s an artist’s style. When I draw cars, I tend to make them look more outrageous than they are. I posted the link as my website. Don’t worry rick, I’m not much art competition, mostly cuz I can’t do colors. :P

  17. Hoheh

    Owned. Grape made that look good.

  18. Dogs Rule27


  19. Shiranai

    I like the new ink style. It certainly makes the characters pop out more.

  20. scarletwolf

    ha, i can relate, my dog sheds like crazy. Nuttin like black fur all over the house.

  21. iHavezMyBirdo

    Makes it look more comic-like. I think it’s fine.

  22. Argent Stonecutter

    It would be so nice if my cats would brush themselves. Particularly the longhairs.

    • Frank

      Don’t cats’ tongues count as brushes?

      • Leitrean

        that could break the PG rating waaaay too easily…

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Not in the spring.

      • Aenbr

        I’d hate to imagine people using cats to brush their hair.

      • Justme

        Yep, they do count as brushes. they’re covered in many x many tiny bristles which aid in grooming and drinking as well. It’s why it feels sort of sandpapery if they lick you.

  23. Tendo

    Grape’s back looks kinda muscular here

  24. Firewolf

    Is it just me or does the comic look more heavily inked than usual?

    • Mystic Wolf

      Read the note of Rick, you will realise what happened.

  25. Jennifer the Dark

    This reminds me of my husky. You don’t have to ask if I have a dog, just look at my clothes. The two cats don’t exactly help the pet hair issue, either, but I still love my pets :D

  26. _Stu_

    That new inking style reminds me of my uses of the kabura in Manga Studio. It’s getting similar to H1X now…

  27. Cameron

    Um I thought thius arc wqas about being naked……OMG Peanuts Bath Time XD

    • tanglestalker909

      Sorry, but that arc ended last Monday

  28. Leitrean

    Well they just barely avoided a hairy situation..

    • Shady Kitsune

      Had it gone too hairy, they might have had to call the fuzz.

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        they’d have to hide in a shed.

        • Leitrean

          or risk getting their allowance cut off by their parents

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I’m sorry, was there a hair pun in there? I don’t see one.

          • Leitrean

            “cut off”

          • Shady Kitsune

            Atleast no one got their hair in a knot.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            okay sorry. I was unsure. the meaning of that pun was a bit tangled.

          • Justme

            Yeh, I kinda missed it by a close shave. But then again, it can be difficult to continuously shed puns about hair.

  29. Shady Kitsune

    The new inking style looks good, but Grape’s walking looks a little stiff…

  30. Frank

    Hiding in the towels, Peanut? are you trying to get wet?


      LOL Your avatar’s like: “Don’t make me snap my fingers in a Z formation sista”

    • Leitrean

      Looks more like flipping the bird to me….
      but i digress, didn’t he hide there last time they played hide and seek?

      • Frank

        Zoom in (if you can). It’s his index finger.

        • Leitrean

          so it is.

  31. gaboris

    Well yeah it did feel bit wierd at first, but this style is nice AND if it makes drawing easier for you it’s a double win. Just keep it up Rick, we’ll see where’s this goin. ;)
    Would’ve made much more sense to me if there was an actual trail of furr on panel 3, but still nice. :)
    … A whole book? Why the heck does someone need to make so many jokes about ONE subject? O_o”

  32. Mr. Random

    I know a lot of not-so-obvious ways to cheat at hide-and-seek, in which one shouldn’t be said cuz it may offend religious people. But this is going on the list as one of the ways.

    And I found a loophole to that: Peanut could just run around the whole house, dropping his hair everywhere THEN hiding.

  33. xhunterko

    Is it okay that I did NOT notice a difference?

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      no, it isn’t. the difference is obvious(though not bad)

    • silverfang16

      Eh, lines are a little thick. That’s all I see.

      • Leitrean

        that’s the difference, it makes the characters stand out more.

  34. Dreama

    And now part of me is wondering if animals even have fun at hide and seek when they can smell the others… but it’s their house so both their smells are everywhere… and their hair should sort of be everywhere too… um…. unless someone vacuumed right before the game… I’ll be over there.

  35. WingedWolfGirl

    lol, just follow the fur trail.

    As for the new style, it looks thick and messy. I like it.

  36. Authur

    Wow…I really like the ink style here! Nice touch!

  37. silverfang16

    I bet he hides in the same place every time anyway.

  38. Indagare

    How is this comic staying sober with so much hair of dog around?

    • Frank

      Because it’s not hair of the same dog.

      Oh wait, it is!

      • Leitrean

        because it’s all bark and no bite
        ( i knew someone was gonna make the hair of dog joke sooner or later XD)

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    Andrea, it is a great post thanks for posting it!

  40. MKarrow

    It’s a bit different style, but I think it looks sweet.

  41. FenixWong951

    Why i think theres is coming a joke of peanut taking a bath?

  42. Argent Stonecutter

    Can’t wait to see Keene in the new inking style.

  43. FerreTrip

    Huh, new inking style? Looks like the lines are more calligraphic–I like it. (It’s one of the reasons I love manga/anime–the lineart is sooo nice, and they help make things work that normally don’t as well with straight-thickness lines.) Yes, it is a little rough, but I’m sure it can become refined. (As it looks now, it does almost seem Flash-y–almost.)

    My question though, Rick, is how this is easier than the other kind. The only thing I can possibly think of is doing something with pen pressure using, like, a Wacom tablet (something I sadly cannot do with my tablet PC), and just tracing over the lines.

    Can’t wait to see how this style pans out. I remember how your last style change came out well, so here’s hoping! ^^

  44. Toboe

    Someone explain to poor, ignorant Toboe what the joke is…

    • JokkePokke

      They’re playing Hide and Seek, right, so when Grape goes looking for Peanut, she notices a fur-trail, leading to the closet, opens it and tells him to start brushing his fur more often, cause he’s sheding a lot…

      I think…

      • Toboe


  45. JokkePokke

    How old do you think Peanut and Grape are now?

    And, considering her color, is Grape a Russian Blue?

    • Dissension

      The same age they were when the comic started, that’s how old they are.