I had totally forgotten who had the pink speech bubbles. Hooray for tags!
Alt Text: “Well now’s your chance to complain about the direction the comic’s going. Hurry! Before you start to enjoy it!”
Just because someone can see the complaints coming, doesn’t instantly nullify any reasoning people might have to make a complaint.
No, but it does telegraph my feelings on the subject!
Don’t worry, Rick. We don’t blame you for feeling that way!
Well, I don’t, anyway…
Go Rick! Show ‘em who’s DA BOSS!
If a comic panned out exactly as people wanted it to, I can imagine the plot having depth similar to that of one of the Spot (Superdog) comics.
Hey, Spot (superdog) can have depth!
(cue sound of the coyote falling into a canyon)
No, you see, Peanut hasn’t gotten the hang of depth yet. That’s why it’s all drawn strictly 2-D
When i started reading this comic, I really enjoyed it, but after some time (when Pete, King and Tarot came in the picture) I completely fell out, and now have no idea what they’re talking about in strips like this one, and when Sabrina took Peanut down to Great Kitsune, or Tarot, as far as I’m concerned, now I don’t understad a thing about it, could someone please explain what all this is about? What happened to King, who Pete and Tarot is, and so on?
We have archives for a reason. Go back and re-read though them.
Tarot is Spirit dragon’s avatar, not Great Kitsune’s. it would be weird if the great Kitsune were a dragon instead of a fox.
I call shenanigans.
i see no joel here
Fourth panel, just below the orb.
Took me some a’lookin’ to find.
aaah now i see it, thanks
i believe so.
I think this is the first time King’s last name is hinted at, actually. If you look under Joel you’ll see ‘Zechar’. Would I be correct in inducing Zechariah as the last name, or is it something else?
a quick google search will tell you that Zechar is a last name on its own
Sorry to bother you, Leitrean, but it’s been a while and I can’t recall: Was it you or Thoth who created those intricately constructed character analysis threads on the forum? Cause I lost my links and I’d like to find them again.
I do enjoy, however, all the lovely floating words.
They tickle my fancy.
I like the word essence it amused me
I’m confused by the dog/lion legs pete has. It doesn’t seem right at all…
But YAY! MORE RIDICULOUS HOUSEPETS PHILOSOPHY! These are my favorite arcs.
Gryphons have the lower body/hind legs of a lion.
He’s a gryphon
I had just never bothered to look at Pete’s legs.
… and OMG OMG OMG RICK REPLIED TO ME OMG!
don’t scream too loud you might hurt your voice box
Rick originally drew griffins with the hindquarters of real-world lions. But after all those Pridelands drawings, how can something that’s half-lion not be bipedal?
Though if you like, we can complain about that
complaining matrix engaged!
but i kid :3
it’s rick’s comic so i guess he can decide how to draw them any way he wants (even if it is anatomically wrong)
I like to imagine Pete can take on whatever form.
But yeah it makes sense to do it like this.
so does that mean that pete and the kitsune ans spirit dragon are gods or angels? they have access to heaven and can shapeshift…
Hmm, not quite; they’re inhabitants of the cosmos but don’t have those sorts of roles
i see…so they are just cosmic beings with the ability to take whatever form strikes their fancy?
Considering that wha Pete is about to do is being referred to as “Smash and Grab” methinks that perhaps heaven in this storyline may have access for cosmic beings similar to how we have to a public store or even an amusement park. And Pete is about to shoplift!
I believe they are more like cosmic fate than gods i would say. They usually can’t get actively involved unless someone was born, wished or given permission somehow.
I think they’re just three… beings with too much power on their hands and nothing better to do with it than playing D&D with the universe.
I agree with Darkgloomie they are just a bunch of Cosmic Nerds who got bored one day and decided to play a game with the Housepets Universe.
well if you refer back to the comics where all 3 of them were together, they stated that they have the ability to create universes, but choose not to. that is a very weighty power to have. i doubt they are “a bunch of cosmic nerds”.
Just because they have a lot of power does not make them any less Cosmic Nerds.
Yeah- rather than playing The Sims, they play D&D. That just makes them a different kind of nerds.
Oh god I hope Pete gets beat up by Cerberus he deserves it.
Not just beaten, but bitten, too!
epic fight scene coming up i bet.
Nah, if Cerberus is a Cerbera, then in the end it’ll be revealed she’s Pete’s ex (or current) girlfriend, and she’ll let him keep Joel’s sphere.
I find it funny that Cerberus is in heaven when he guards the gates of um the bad place I think the name is not pg but I am probably wrong
Cerberus guarded the gates of the Underworld in Greek myths, but for the Greek it wasn’t that bad a place- after all, evertbody went there after death and if they had been good in life they got to reside in the Elysian Fields, which is close to the Heavens as depicted in Christian mythology.
Methinks you should get your mythology from somewhere else than Disney movies and old tv shows.
(sorry, I don’t mean to come off strongly, it’s just that mythology is a pet peeve of mine :p)
oh I love Greek myths I said bad place instead of using the H word I should of thought about using the underworld also if you recall he guards the fifth level of the H word in the infernos
so yes I do know my myths and in all of them Cerberus never gaurded the heavens that was my main point
That’s just a depiction Dante used arbitrarily to guard the Gluttons (who, by the way, reside in the third circle, unless you count the entry where those who did not choose in life are punished and the Limbo as parts of hell proper).
But yeah, Cerberus never guarded the Heavens but that’s simply because it wasn’t considered at the time of its birth.
Plus, nobody ever said those are the Heavens. It’s just a suspicious floating city. In which Fates are stored.
Actualy , they said that that place is the heaven , ”I was fairly sure that HEAVENS have a strict politics”
Either that, or the Kitsune is referring to the “Standard Celestial Policy” that Tarot mentioned in the Snowed In! arc.
Nevermind, Rick said it’s Heaven so it’s Heaven.
What’s Cerberus doing in Heaven? I thought he was the guardian of Hades…
It says “somewhere in the cosmos”. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Heaven; just somewhere where Heaven’s policies apply
but in the first panel pete is flying towards a golden city and heaven is referred to “the golden city/ city of gold” in many religious scriptures
I’ve herd that the lost mythological city of Atlantis is made of gold,but it’s under the sea not in the air..So that shoots out my theory.
…yeeeah, but that’s “city” in the ancient conception of the word: you know, a walled group of houses in which you could hide safely from enemy attacks. This one’s main feature is skyscrapers
is New York not a city?
my point remains valid.
Where do you think “Wall Street” got its name?
I learned that from National Treasure.
As long as it doesn’t become the Black City as a result of Pete’s actions…
When he’s off-duty from his main job, he takes a shift in Heaven every now and again. When the seraphim want to go to a party…
Getting in some overtime hours by helping out in another department! With the economy the way it is, Using three chewbones/toys at a time must be expensive!
What’s Cereberus doing in heaven? Probably getting rid to rid Pete limb from limb.
A precise and accurate response.
Maybe Hades gave him a Holiday
Hades, or the underworld, is supposed to be the place where ALL the dead go. So Cerberus would be guarding Tartarus (hell), the Elysian Fields (heaven), and the Elysian Islands (the part of heaven where the great heroes reside).
I like where this is going. *giggles*
Oh, my GOD! YAY! You can’t fathom how happy I am to see this plot starting up again!
Also, Cerberus is freaky… *gulp*
I like his earrings they look AWESOME
This particular Cerberus is female.
ohhh I would have never known thanks
too bad. Earrings made buffy male way cooler!
How did you tell her gender?
start of a new arc ftw :3 and i like how rick poked fun at us for the last arc.
i’m sorry rick i like this one so far though :3
The alt-text has nothing to do with the last arc. People always complain about Magic/Cosmic Nerd based arcs every time they come up.
i just made the connection because that’s almost exactly quoting what i said about last arc XD
I made the very same connection xD
I want Cerberus. O_O
Try the pet store. I hear Echidna just had another litter, maybe you’re lucky.
You should talk to Joey, He’s got a great collection.
To anyone that complains: If you’re not use to this, try thinking of it in a similar logic as Sabrina the Teenage witch. They seem big, but it’s fun to see some characters mess with fate =)
i’ve heard of messing with fate but this is ridiculous.
Maby in the next one well see The Fates
d-… does pete have paws o.o?
Now he does
you mean Claws, he has claws not paws
but they look laike paws :3
sharp, pointy, deadly paws
nuh-uh! their’s no sharp pointyness D:
I thonk you mean the paws of the lion part of his body , rigth?
Rick has said all pawed animals are bipedal in this universe. In his first appearance, Pete was quadrupedal; therefore, by this logic, he didn’t count as a pawed animal. He is now bipedal; therefore, he now counts as a pawed animal.
he is part Bird, birds have claws not paws.
and i think your missing a basic concept here.
“all pawed animals are bipedal”, true but that does not make the statement “all bipedals are pawed animals” true.
Pete can look however he wants to look. If he wants to look like an Achaemenid winged lion, that’s his call.
Speaking of his paws/talons, is it me or does Pete’s leg look backwards in panel 2?
It’s his funky anime landing pose.
Talons. He’s talonted.
my bad, whenever you see “claws” in the above discussion please have your brain replace it with the word “talons”
Yes, he’s very talonted. :3
Feeling slow today, Frank?
What? Oh, no, it’s not that. When the comment was posted, I was on my way to campus (you know, Easter break is kinda’ over). Right now I’m just getting back from lunch
well that’s always fun XD we didn’t get an “easter break” just last friday off
I didn’t get any time off.
Some people get a secular “spring break” instead. Others have to file for it
This, like Peanut, doesn’t faze me
Peanut doesn’t faze you?
No. I meant on how Peanut is unfazed by all this mythological mumbo-jumbo. I now understand him.
Peanut himself does amuse me a bit…
*already has popcorn*
Anyone want to sit next to me?
*takes a handleful of popcorn and hands hunter a soda*
scoot over :3
*scoots, takes soda*
Thanks! No mice this time I promise.
(oh, sorry diss, just wanted to reply to leitrean there, that okay?)
I do ever so enjoy the real world applications to this arc.
All the political spin-offs and willying of the nillying.
Wonderful, do you not agree?
*sips coffee and adjusts monocle* yes quite.
COMMENCE THE WILLYING AND NILLYING
*brings lemonade and pretzels*
I’m excited and worried all at the same time. Who knows what will happen next.
*takes the popcorn and runs* IT’S MMIIIIINNNNNNEEEEE!!!!
well that wasn’t very nice
*comes back* ai’m sowwy, popcorns laike, my favorite…. ai got excited *gives the popcorn back*
*distracts sonic wif a catnip toy and steals popcorn*
*Benny Hill chase music begins*
…Or was it?
Any place left for me,i got chocolate bars and more butter for the popcorn ;3
A shame Pete is male else we’d be having a catfight! Only with no felines whatsoever!
well, gryphons are part lion, so that counts.
i dunno…it’s kinda a stretch……meh
I said The End. Back on topic, please.
Cerberus dose not look amused by Pete’s presents- I wounder where this Arc is leading ….
Down a path that hopefully will make Pete rethink his strategies
To a celestial metaphor of a hospital and Pete in the celestial metaphor of traction, I hope.
Meanwhile. Jo… King’s fate-orb gets knocked down in the fight and lost, setting Ki… Joel free of Pete’s geas (no, not the bird). And all aitch eee double hockeysticks breaks loose in Babylon Gardens.
I could see that happening (it gets damaged when its dropped and it causes havoc in Kings life) but King was already freed from Pete anyway so it wouldn’t make a difference with that part of it anyway.
Not really, Pete just can’t influence King directly- just like the other two beings. However, altering King’s fate to make him miserable enough to choose to be Pete’s avatar is probably an accepted roundaway
How? I mean he already lost King as an avatar because he basically tried to trick him into it how is it better if he screws with the guys fate to make him want it? I would say that would be worse.
He hasn’t lot him as an Avatar, it’s just that the Great Kitsune and Spirit Dragon enforced the “all Avatars must be volunteers” rule, so he can’t make King his avatar (and therefore influence the world directly) unless King wants it.
Now, if King does wishes for phenomenal cosmic powers, he may get just that.
Probably with itty-bitty living space.
But how would screwing with his fate be any less wrong then Tricking him? Its like saying destroying (or just messing with it) someones life to get him to do something (which is what Pete would be doing in this case if he messed with Joel/Kings Fate to get King to be his Avatar) is better then tricking someone into doing something through double talk like Pete did before.
He’s still got Pete’s geas on him: he’s still a dog, he still can’t say ‘Joel’, and Pete can still control his mind. Pete’s just not allowed to make any further use of that.
Like Argent said- it’s not that it’s any less wrong of him to do so, it’s just less direct. SD and GK have forbidden Pete from messing around with the “normal” world until he gets an Avatar. Messing with people’s Fates isn’t directly messing with the world, ergo Peter (who’s a creature of Chaos, remember- he’ll always be trying to bend the rules to his own side) will think it’s not breaking the rules to do so.
Also, Argent, rather that not making King say “Joel”, I think Pete just made it impossible for King to imply in whatever way his name isn’t King… or something.
Whatever the details, I suspect his geas is cooked after this.
Actually he is, as Kitsune said, “You’re Forbidden From Doing Anything More To King Or Entering The Arena Until You Have A Full Avatar.” Now how does stealing the guys Fate not count as doing something to him? Because I would really think that stealing a guys Fate in order to make him be your Avatar would count under the term of “Anything” wouldn’t you?
You know what let me put it this way: Can we agree that by doing this (stealing Joel/Kings Fate) he is breaking the rules of the game he chose to abide by?
Maybe because by tampering with his fate, he’s not doing anything to king, but to the world around him?
You know, something like
“Pete, you got pigeon droppings on King!”
“Ah, but I didn’t poop on him. The pigeon was going to poop when he flew over that place anyway, and King was bound to walk past that point at some time or another. It was just fate that King happened to walking there at that exact time.”
Plus, it’s Joel’s fate he’s stealing. That’s the kind of thinking a Rules Lawyer abides by- he was forbidden to do anything to “King”, so he goes and gets “Joel”. Nobody ever explicitly said he couldn’t do anything to King’s past self, so implicitly he can do it.
In practice, he’s breaking the rules, but, by using a sophism, he technically isn’t. That’s Munchkin for you!
Besides, we aren’t even sure that’s King’s fate he’s trying to take. Sure, Joel was king’s human name, but like him there’s bound to be thousands of other Joel (though, given this is a comic, it’s impractical to introduce multiple characters who go by the same name)
Ok I can see your point there. Its not like it really maters anyway, its highly unlikely that Pete is even going to be able to do anything with it because hes going to get beat up by Cerberus and even if he got away he would most likely be in trouble with people much higher up then Kitsune.
@darkglomie: Now I want to see the labels on orbs for the Biggelsworths’ fates!
Darkgloomie Joel and King are the same person he didn’t create a new person when he made King he just transformed Joel there would be no reason for there to be a different Fate for King because He is Joel.
yes, but the Kitsune didn’t say he couldn’t harm Joel, he said he couldn’t harm King. Same person, different names- that’s enough to go by, by munchkin standards
….You know what as I said it doesn’t really matter it unlikely hes going to get to use it for the reasons I stated above. Also no munchkin would ever want me to DM a D&D game (lucky for them I don’t play at all) If they didn’t stop after a warning I would just kick them out of the game. So if I was Kitsune Pete would be gone at this point. (Also he replaced of course so the game could keep going)
Pete’s geas is still effecting him, and it’s reasonable to postulate that it’s tied up in his fate.
I LOLed at “aich ee double-hockeysticks”
I didn’t notice that at first, I was too busy staring at geas. It took me awhile to delete the extra ’s’ that was attaching itself to the word in my brain. xD
Once I looked up “geas” on Urban Dictionary, I understood.
So that’s where Code Geass gets its name from!
Dragons, griphons and Cerberus Oh my!
Now what is he planing on doing with Joel’s (I’m guessing) Fate?
I’m concerned for King’s life or rather I’m concerned for his past life.
If Pete is about to do what I think he is, then Joel might end up to never have been born.
The plural of Cerberus should be Cerberi
(grammar nazism ftw xD)
That’s and interesting fact, except for one small detail. Is a single Ceberus ever actually alone? And if you leave the room, does the cerberus still exist, or does it/they just vanish from existence and therefore only exist because we see it?
Take that, logic! Muwahahahaha!
Schrodinger’s hellhound sort of thing?
Yes, I suppose so… but I was going more so for the Descartes approach. Nothing can be proven 100% except for that there must be a single truth behind it all.
Ah, but wouldn’t it be enough to prove that Cerberus thinks (with any of his heads)? Cognito ergo sum, remember?
It’s Cogito, not Cognito. And, if I remember right, you can only prove that you yourself exist, as there’s no way you can prove anything else but you has a thought process. For all you know, reality may be all a product of your mind, so it’s all false. The only think that’s true is your own self, because you have a thought process.
or something like that. It’s been a while since I went over that stuff, and yet it still gives me headaches.
I beg to differ:
(though you probably need to read the one immediately before to get it)
Good point, Frank, but if my memory is right (and to explain my previous comment further) I can doubt they think. I don’t have proof you, or them, or anybody else has their own thought process, their indipendent memories and personal experiences simply because I don’t have experience of any of those things- sure you can say that not knowing nitpicks about another person’s life is proof enough that they exist indipendently, but it could also be a product of my schizophrenic mind or a clever construct- for example when I’m writing an OC I tend to sweat the small stuff as it’s not what interests me of the character.
Cartesian philosophy is based on the principle that everything can be doubted. The only thing that can’t be doubted is “I think”, because by doubting that thought you are thinking already. Going off from that, thought is proof of one own’s existance, and from that there were reasons reality actually existed, but i don’t remember any atm and cartesian philosophy wasn’t my favourite in school.
Hm, interesting point you make there. Presuming the multiple heads consider themselves a single entity, then they are alone by themselves. Yet, them being a 3-in-1 kind of deal never leaves them with nobody to talk with (unless their thoughts are interconnected and therefore are a single entity in body and mind).
However, I must now correct myself. Both Cerberus and Cerberi can be used as the plural form, as Cerberus itself is- or rather, was- the name of a single creature (son of Echidna, mother of monsters, and Typhoon, the Titan) which nowadays, by pop-cultural osmosis, has become a way to refer to such a race. There never existed a race of three-headed dogs, just like there never existed a race of winged horses, women with snake for hair that can petrify people with their gaze, beasts so fearsome their gazes can kill you outright or other such things.
And yet, we’re now used to think of Pegasi, Medusas and Behemoths. I blame D&D for that.
It’s quite practical, too. You can have three way redundant processing, all three heads decide what to do, majority wins.
If I might correct somethings on my own, Behemoths just mean “giants” and the “beasts that can kill with a gaze” can very between all forms of mythological creatures.
In fact, “myth” only means false due to pop-culture osmosis. Myth actually only means “accepted as the truth”, while legend means “greater than the norm” and so forth. So for all we know all of these creatures could have existed in some form or fashion outside of one’s imagination.
For example, there are multiple headed creatures born all the time (Including two headed snakes and turtles.) and Siamese twins do exist. The legend of a Cerberus doesn’t seem so off if you think about it from that side point.
“Dying of fright” is a well known medical cause of death. But nowadays it’s always summed up as “heart problems”. Usually, these descriptions of a creature are an exaggeration of how frightening that they are.
Since Behemoth means “a giant” then this could refer to Dinosaurs, elephants, and in some cases even whales. It depends on what “myth” you’re looking at.
The word “Dragons” existed long before “Dinosaur”, so it stands to reason that perhaps there were some living dinosaurs, but were called “dragons”. Or even that earlier man found their dinosaur bones and said that they were “dragon bones”.
However, then there’s also the down side of said stories such as the authenticity of witness accounts and copycats.
Oh, man… I think way too much about these things.
I think I’m going to start using this avatar also for when certain comments give me a headache
@Snowmon: behemots means giants only in reference to the original monster (ie a huge monster so frightening looking at its face would kill you, that’s why God cursed it with horns so heavy it must look down the earth. Or something, I have to go back on my Christian myths).
While there could’ve existed some exemplars of multiple-headed dogs, in the end they still were multiple-headed dogs or snakes, not lil’ Cerberi or Hydras.
Besides, Cerberus has other characteristics, of which being 3-headed is only its most famous one. for example, it is said to have a mane of live snakes and a serpentine tail (probably hereditary of its mother), much like its two-headed brother Othros. I doubt any live animal can emulate that, thus why the creature known as Cerberus is fictional.
These stories could actually be true- it may just be an extinct subrace of dogs or something- but more likely than that they’re big, fat lies, much like when a fisher brags how the one who got away was the biggest thing ever. We can’t know for sure, we can only speculate
@Frank: sorry if we’re making your head hurt xP Perhaps we should be moving this discussion over a messenger or something xD
Something like the Housepets IRC?
I don’t really like using IRC, but if that’s the best i can do it’s ok, I guess
I try to never use Latin plurals if I can help it, I’ll stick to English thank you very much
I later corrected myself on my silly nitpick- both are correct ways to address the plural form of whatever mythical beast we’re talking about as at the time there really wasn’t any intention or need for a plural, given they were one-of-a-kind things.
So yeah, Cerberus is an accepted plural form- it’d be like referring to them by family name. You call a family the Applefield, not the Applefields because you’re referring to multiple individuals.
… Now I hope I didn’t just make an incredible grammar blunder. It’d be funny if I did
I think you still have an s at the end. Cerberuses, perhaps, if it weren’t ostensibly a unique creature.
Oh man, I already can’t wait to see what happens next! >.<
Actually, I love where this is going.
I squee’d quietly as soon as I saw Pete. I mean, c’mon, mythical creatures are awesome.
Let’s see – we have essence, personality, and fate, but what’s the other one? I can’t quite make it out.
The other one is Ideal
Where’s Bacon? i don’t see Bacon!
They had to remove it, for it threatened the very fabric of the universe.
There’s room for more labels on the left and behind the camera.
Ahh, that makes sence. I was trying to make dea or deal turn into something, but couldn’t.
I can’t wait to see if Pete picks an Avatar in this arc. I’m guessing it won’t be King, if Pete gets away with/does something to Joel’s Fate anyway. I just can’t see how that would be any different then what he did to him before (essentially just tricking him) in fact I think it would be much worse then that.
At least Joel still has a fate, that’s pretty good right. Or at least he did have a fate…
It could still be King. Joel was his human name.
But Joel and King are the same person so messing with Joels’ fate is the same as messing with Kings.
Maby Pete want’s revenge or taking King back as his pet,but one thing is for sure,it will not end well for King..
well I could see him doing this to get some kind of revenge on King (Like screw with his life and make it worse ect.) but I don’t see how he could take him back as a pet as he can’t enter Babylon Gardens (a.k.a. the Arena at least we think so) to be with him.
Well, how much can he really mess with him before everyone realizes he is breaking the rules?
Holy cow, Joel has a last name!…And apparently Pete just stole his fate or something. Bummer.
Cerberus!!!!! =D =D =D
Ah, good, good… Soon the deductions game can start up again!
*gasp* Thoth deducing nothing? Frank getting the first comment? It’s the end of the world!
(come to think of it, that would be a pretty good name for this arc)
Nah, too long. :/
Unless you meant “It’s the end of the world!”?
If so, I agree.
Ah well. It has been previously noted that spirit-domain depictions are metaphorical since neither the housepets nor the audience can comprehend that level of the strip reality directly (Presumably Rick can, but we, alas, lack Housepets Omniscience). Ergo, there’s nothing definite here to use as fodder for deductions.
Oh, I dunno, we may be able to make a deduction about a metaphore to the ground truth, although such an attempt may lead to insanity as the metaphore reforms itself in such that all our deductions remain consistant with the higher order reality. This reformation would be needed due to the nature of the low order metaphorical approximation – it simply cannot show all subtleties simultaneously, and thus must shift them in and out according to the deductive state of the viewer.
Thoth, would you be kind enough to link me to your character analysis threads?
I lost the bookmarks.
I really must get back to those. Sadly, I simply have not had the time to get back to updating that in quite awhile… Anyway, they’re over here:
I wonder if this arc will have something to do with what Spirit Dragon hinted at the end of We’re Snowed In or is it only focusing on King? This will be awesome either way, since you can’t go wrong with the cosmic d&d.
Its the U&U xD
#67th billionth edition, because SOMEONE had to have it her way
because BABY had to have it their way.
Oh, hush! They agreed to it too.
Well so much for the line from Terminator… “There is no fate but what we make”
Yeah, that doesn’t really apply when dealing with a superbeing who can bend reality to his will.
Finally more King/Joel. So his last name is Zechar huh. And please don’t let Pete get away with this. No one for any reason should toy with some else’s mind or soul or whatever he is toying with. Say what is that room anyway the characters of the lives on earth.
That could be his middle name.
Or only half of his last name
or a nickname
I knew a guy named Nick who insisted that it was his nickname, it just happened to be the same as his real name.
Or um… the initials for the rest of his name?
They’re in lowercase. I don’t think they can be initials. (also, 6 names would beat Dumbledore’s full name)
Long names are cool, like “Chiark-Gevantsa Jernau Morat Gurgeh dam Hassease” or “Rasd-Coduresa Diziet Embless Sma da’ Marenhide”.
Or, as Larry Niven liked to do, six-syllable names, such as “Harkabeeparoyln” and “Halrloprillalar”.
Don’t forget Karawesksenjajok!
I feel this has a relation to harry potter.
You are so right its the ORDER
Order of the Griffin?
Not related at all. Pete’s a Gryphon, that’s not a room of prophesys, etc.
I had the same feeling.
Ugh, I hate Pete in this Arc already
Having your fate in his hands would be a living nightmare
well he IS a jerk
Of course, it’s someone else’s fate
Ah, the difference between tragedy and comedy.
humor is the perfect mix of tragedy and comedy
If I stub my toe it’s Tragedy.
If you stub your toe it’s Comedy.
What if I stub your toe?
or if I stub my toe on your kneecap?
Joel? Mmmh… Something will shock some people in the next strip, mark my words, people.
Would you like that in stone or permanent marker?
They said “mark”, so I’m going with marker.
Then we can shred the paper later when/if they’re wrong.
You, sir, have one a pound of pancake mix.
Hmm, interesting. Let us all wonder if this Joel is actually King, as that was his original name. I look forward to the arc.
Okay, not to sound bossy or something, but there needs to a meta-strip in which Pete gets the short end of the cosmic/reality stick, sort of like a fusion of Mysterious Stranger and Looney Tunes short with Elmer/Bugs with the artist brush, and have him be in funny situations, like being forced to be in bewteen the the windows, becoming the pet of a crazy old Cthulhu goddess with a dozen other “Petes,” and ending of course with the dream -fake out deal.
Given that the 4th wall of Housepets! is pretty solid (and seeing the uproar somebody [meaningful glance] started over its apparent breaking during last arc) I doubt that’s gonna happen anytime soon.
It may, however, be material for a guest strip.
I kinda guess that, the problem is is to find an artist who read this comic, wants t follow my story without really getting paid for their work at a slight chance to have it be post…
you can always do it yourself. Nobody said it had to be good. It’s the thought that counts: nobody’s gonna complain for your efforts (though they may complain about the lack of Rick’s efforts, if it gets posted in a guest week).
you could always post it on the forum, I’m sure there’s some section for fancomics/fanarts
I just plan to bring up his quota of awardance for him, and what a better why to do that to a cosmic, reality bending being by having him a cheap comic done by internet-nerds with too much free time on their hands. I mean, who does Pete think he is, Jousha from TWEWY?
These arcs are why I read this comic. I mean… not the ONLY reason, but a big part of it. *psyched firstpump*
*complain complain complain*
Anyone else notice that “heaven” seems to resemble Atlantis from the Star Gate: Atlantis series? Just had to throw that out there…
Figures that Pete’s still messing with Joel/King – although ticking off Cerberus wouldn’t strike me as a good idea, lol. I predict a “look over there while I run away!” distraction coming up soon. XD
That might work but, he’d have to fool all three of them at once.
“Look, a distraction!”
Is that a demonic duck of some sorts?
Okay let me just make myself clear first. I don’ hate the where the story is going this IS your comic Rick… I just HATE Pete! DX
But that’s just because my sense of justice is ridiculous and I CAN’T STAND if someone abuses his/her powers… so I’m sure I’ll go MAD while reading this strip, but boy oh BOY am I gonna enjoy it! So just keep up the great work.
Cosmos’ “everything” directory, now come with “search” function. |D
Anyway, lol can’t wait to see how Pete’s going to play god, or whatever xD
goodoomot, he’s gonna badly manhandle poor king again? D:
Too late to complain. The moment I saw Rick’s rendition of Cerberus, I started to enjoy this arc too much.
Really? I honestly am kinda missing the mane made of snakes and the serpentine tail, but that may be just me.
Will, we can’t actually she what kind of tail (s)he has yet, so may yet have the serpent tail at least.
Besides, drawing all those snakes for the mane would be kinda hard on the artist now wouldn’t it? =P
Not sure the new inking works so well with landscapes. Or at least cloudscapes with celestial cities.
Well, it was a bit of a rush job. I’ve been trying to play with it where I can.
Looks pretty good to me. Of course, usually inking jobs do cuz I don’t ink my art all the time. I actually envy people who can ink without turning their piece of art into [expletive], you being one of the people I envy, Rick
Oh man,is that Cerberus on that last panel.Got to admit he looks awesome!So he’s the guardian of Joel’s faith..cool x3
She(apparently that Cerberus is a Cerbera) ’s probably the guardian of all fates…
……the two additional heads of Cerberus grow out of his, or her shoulder? That looks a little odd, but otherwise I like where this is goning. Or supernatural contents in Housepets in general.
And could someone tell me how to decide its gender……
I didn’t decide anything, it’s just Dissension said “this particular Cerberus is female”(http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/25/three-good-reasons/comment-page-1/#comment-70410) so, burdened with the knowledge he could edit all my comments to make them say “Dissension is my mastah, I’m not worthy” (I know I would, and actually did [with concession of the poster, though]) I dare not go agaisnt what he says.
Dude, I might be a little strict but I try not to be a jerk or anything
Haha, I was kidding xD Sorry, I thought it was kinda clear in my comment, but you can’t really carry the tone over the internet. I meant it in a joking way, since I doubt you or Dissension or whoever can edit the comments would actually go around and edit them to say “Rick/Dissension/whoever is my mastah, I’m not worthy” (though you’d have to admit it’d be lolworthy)
You see, Rick Griffin, unlike Pete the griffin, is not a jerk.
No offense but ur kinda overreacting. Dissension is a mod, and like most others I don’t think mods are too nice of people. There’s worse, MUCH worse, mods on other sites, those ones in particular delete your comments if you badmouth mods, kinda like you did here. Compared to them, dissension is reasonable. And I’m not trying to be a suck up, by the way
While you’re there, give Daisy her ‘personality’ orb back.
Don’t mind me, I’m going to be over here, squeeing about Cerberus & the fact that Cerberus is about to clock Pete in his smarmy beak.
Seconded! Pete needs to be reminded he’s not as omnipotent as he thinks he is, and who better to do it than someone that can bite ‘im and yell at him at the same time? =) =) =)
lol It’s Epic Arc!
Your “L” Kirby is epic.
And I agree!
Hmm… Maybe i should change my image some normal :p
Here’s how I see wednesday’s comic going speech wise:
Pete: With no one around, I can use Joel’s orb to change his past so that fate was LEADING him to being a dog! It’s perfect, and no downside.
Cerberus: You really think so, huh?
Pete: Yeah, I…….crap.
Cerberus 1: Sounds like he’s got a plan.
Cerberus 2: A man with a plan.
Cerberus 3: I think it’s a bit half baked.
Cerberus 1: Let’s ask him.
Cerberus 2: Yes, lets.
Cerberus 3: I’ll go along with that.
Cerberus 1: Excuse me.
Cerberus 2: That is to say, excuse us.
Cerberus 3: Picky picky.
Cerberus 2: Language matters!
Cerberus 1: Here we go again.
Cerberus 3: What do you mean by THAT, pray tell?
Cerberus 2: Hey, he’s getting away!
Cerberus 3: Idiots!
Cerberus 1: It was your fault, if you hadn’t started…
Cerberus 3: Middle was just being picky…
Cerberus 2: *thump* *thump* ARGUE LATER!
If that’s really how a conversation would go between Cerberus’ heads… ugh.
Frank, can I borrow your avatar for a moment?
See, this is how I imagine Cerberus: A three-headed dog with one main personality. I’m thinking along the lines of a Pierson’s puppeteer.
Though I don’t think Cerberus’ brain(s) is/are in a hump on its back…
they probably have a hive mind mentality, where the two outer heads are subservient to the center head and all work towards the same goal.
Rule of Funny says they argue.
It would be funny, but Rick had said on dA that he didn’t want to do it because it’s been done too many times.
Bah. It’s not a cliche, it’s a classic!
I’m pretty sure there’s a facepalming doggy somewhere. http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00480.htm comes pretty close
As for the hive-mind theory, if we follow Snowmon’s logic, each head is a separate consciousness, as happens with conjoined twins
I am predicting more Pete-King fun in the near future =D It’ll be nice to see them again.
That being said, I -have- been wrong before.
In MY Housepets!?
It’s more likely than you think.
So Pete is stealing someones fate….
DUH DUH DUUUHHH!!!!!
Or he’s on a wild geas chase.
I believe the saying “your life is in my hands” fits quite nicely here…
…the second slide petes foot is back to front
No, it’s the pose, he’s got his toes-uh-pawpads curled up.
I think it could also be a floor-eye-view of his landing
This is gonna be awesome.
I dont wanna tink to much about this…but , cerberus isnt the guardian of the hell?
See previous comments for adequate answers.
It still dont make sence…
(also, link to previous answer to the query, in case you didn’t see it)
I mean that dont make sence cuz , cerberus just send the spirit of the dead people , sooooo, why is him in the fate room , was him just walking and said ”Head1: hey , isnt that pete the jerk? whats is he doing whit a fate orb , what do you tink boys , let feed him whit punch?” ‘Head2,3:yea , watever”?
But I think that im think too much about this…
He doesn’t send no dead people, he’s supposed to guard the gates of the Underworld to prevent things from leaving.
Possibly, that can apply to fates too.
That, or the “heavens” is just a crude rationalisation of our mind since we can’t understand reality the same way “superior” beings like Pete and Cerberus can.
All in all, though, Cerberus is a guardian. That’s her role in this strip, no matter what she’s guarding.
BTW , if is agains their rules to grave the fate of others…WHY THE HELL THE ROOM HAVE THE SEALING OPEN?!?!?!?!?…
Because I think a bunch of locked doors in heaven sort of defeats the purpose
PS: looks like Spirit Dragon got a cameo in Sunday’s “Sinfest”.
Good point. Why lock doors in Heaven if everyone there is supposed to be a saint anyway?
Because stuff like this (see comic) could happen. Just saying.
well , you dont have to put a bunch of lockers , you just have to do, emmm , i dont know , leave every fate in the hands of their owners?!?!?! (in the point of view as a character of the comic)
buts a a point of view as the creator of the comic , maybe that way helps for some ”cosmic creatur VS mithyc creatur” jokes or more king personality development.
but is your comic , do watever you want whit it , when i get the chanse to be god , i will do it may way…really , im thinking to much about this…
Wahhhh! That word! You said it!! Does this mean we can actually say Hubba Eon Lu Lu?! (in reference to the place of course)
It means that the censor is dumb and would censor the word ‘hello’ if I put it in. Don’t abuse it please.
Well, do you want us to avoid using the word hell, for instance? Because I wouldn’t be using it out of context with the place, or as a swear word.
Guess what. “Don’t abuse it please” actually means you shouldn’t.
Heaven? Orbs of fate? Cerberus? A highly powerful villan? A dragon to help the heroes? And love squares? Its like my JRPG dream!
Maybe somebody should make a Housepets! RPG. With Rick’s permission, of course.
Though, it wouldn’t be a JRPG then. ^^;
If you get someone to redraw all the characters in strict animé style, it would be!
It doesn’t exactly have to be in an anime style. I’ve seen quite a bit of RPGs that were toony.
I don’t get it , WHY does Pete want Joel so bad, so he can role play in his body as his “avatar” in their little D&D game? The idea of his fate being destroyed for some game of super beings is incredibly disturbing.
… Like you never abused the ability to completely control your characters in a game.
To them, that’s what it is- a game. Sure, the pieces are sentient, but Pete (he’s Chaos, remember) doesn’t care and the Spirit Dragon (Order) is very mindful of what she does. The Kitsune, meanwhile, gets the popcorn and watches the soap-opera drama.
Sure, it is disturbing, but not any less or more than you ordering your Lemmings to throw themselves off a cliff or asking your Sims to light fireplaces in a room without fire alarms and while seriously stressed- you can do that, they can do that, so they will.
He wants Joel so bad so that he can play a direct role in the setting. ATM, it’s more like he’s stuck on the “Character Creation” screen, that’s bound to be annoying for anyone.
So then The Kitsune would be…..neutrality?
I must confess I have done such things to my sims, I can see the appeal for Pete. -_-
At least, that’s what I believe those three represent- they act like the three axis of alignment (to continue their D&D metaphors): Pete is a bit of a jerk and does anything for his own gain- that counts as chaotic as far as I’m concerned. The Kitsune is an arbiter and an observer- pretty neutral, isn’t it? As for Spirit Dragon… well, defining lawful isn’t easy to me but she does kinda fit there.
Also, you aren’t normal if you haven’t done such things to your sims at least once. Heck, Dwarf Fortress is somewhat based around this concept! (Remember, Losing Is Fun!)
Good theory, they do seem to fit. If this is further defined by the standards of something like DnD then it would be debatable whether Pete is chaotic or still somewhat lawful.
Nah. The point of the game is to keep them in-character and play the role. Having them do something out of character just to amuse yourself spoils the game – and is a bit pointless anyway.
Probably for the same reason you wouldn’t throw out and start over an essay you’ve been working on for hours – even if it did need it.
Oh, hey, I just read the orb’s resting spot. I can’t believe I missed the fact that it’s “Joel’s” Fate orb-y thing. I must have been a bit too thrilled at seeing Cerbie show up.
But hey, Pete’s a jerk and still trying to get King to be his avatar. WHAT A TWIST! (That was sarcasm. Pete’s really being a jerk this time.) Punch his lights out, Cerbie!
ooh… pretty cosmopolitan. It also is a bit troublesome that Pete is planning to affect Joel’s fate.
Iiinteresting. This looks like it’s gonna be a pretty nifty arc–plus some (probably long-awaited) fan love by showing King again since his subjects know how long. Pete, you are a jerk.
Though, about complaints–not many. Probably because I’m not noticing anything glaring about the new inking style and I’m too focused on “FATE” being all-caps like that and so prominent and…BIT.TRIPBIT.TRIPBIT.TRIP
…Wait…*remembers what happens in BIT.TRIP FATE*…*danger senses start to tingle*…O_O UH-OH.
(In other news, I’ve never seen Rick reply to so many comments on one comic! Cool! ^_^)
Pete now has the voice of Benjamin Linus.
*nervously* Is King gonna be Joel again?
I think King certainly hopes so.
I doubt it, why would Pete give him what he wants?
That is some fridge logic right there.
Yes, I’m a genius!
Joel: Hey! I’m back human! Yay!
Pete: so can I now take King as Avatar?
Joel: Of course! I’m not that mutt anymore, you can do whatever you want!
and thus Joel is tricked into giving ownership of his body to Pete. It could happen.
Good point actually! Pete has shown that he will use wordplay.
oh dear there’s Cerebus/Fluffy behind him LOL I has the HP one as a plushie lol
I’d like to see some Houspets! plushies…
i actually like were this is going, my birthday was 3 days ago and all i got was my hair pulled and smacked bymy sister, so it would be amazing to have my favorite character (King) in a new story as a constilation. please?
p.s. you never realy gave a good dodrope (2 legged) picture of pete’s lion legs b-4
I think “bipedal” (2 footed) is the more common term
To be honest, I hope tarot(Spirit Dragon) finds out that kitsune’s watching what pete’s doing and kickss his gryphon BUTT!
But, that’s my opinion.
Oh Look, Cerberus! YAY!!!
Some of us really don’t enjoy the Pete parts.
Some of us just want the Slice of Life shenanigans from before you added the magic and Transformations.
Some of us REALLY DON’T LIKE THE CREEPY GRIFFIN, RICK.
He is CREEPY! He is the Uncle-offering-you-candy-little-girl creepy! He is guy-trying-to-lure-you-into-his-van creepy! He is brain-raping-fate-stealing-body-twisting CREEPY.
I just want him GONE and King turned back into Joel.
I shudder every time he enters this comic because each and every time he does, he does something really disturbing.
PLEASE just wrap this up.
On a related note, and as my commentary on the above comic: I hope Cerberus rips off the parts which qualify Pete as a Griffin. His choice to which half. <3
But without Pete there would be no King!
The Game confuses me…
It’s simple. When you think of the game, you win because you’re not playing it.
I don’t think those descriptions of levels of creepy are appropriate for the PG rating of this comic.
I apologize for my harsh choice of words.
who cares if pete’s in it, this comic is amazing
The complaints dept is —————–> that way.
Rick kinda invited the complaint department over with the alt text
I like these parts…..
As do I, it’s one of the comic’s only ongoing storylines and the “what will happen” factor gets racheted up for these. Look at all the comments!
Plus every work of fiction needs a little wild action and this fits that well in ways the other characters can’t. (ex. Fido’s a cop but not exactly the wild “jump a flamming Camaro over a semi while shooting at the bad guys” kind.)
Does Fido even have a driver’s license?
I’d assume not. I also don’t think he has firearms training which just backs up he’s not that type of cop. He plays by the rules.
Well, perhaps you’ll get the best of both worlds once this arc gets up to speed. Just saying.
No I won’t.
Because you aren’t foolish enough to meet my criteria.
Because for me, the ‘best of both worlds’ is King being restored to human form, and Pete being horribly punished.
You won’t have something too horrible happen to Pete because he’s the most dangerous antagonist this strip has, and part of a huge overarching story line. (I presume)
You won’t change King back into his human form because your entire fandom wants to have his p o uppies.
But it’s fine.
I’ve vented my venom for this month, and I’ll quietly sit back and let you do your thing.
Let’s just agree that if you outright dare me to voice my complaints, I’m going to voice them.
And I intend to be just as insufferably whiny next time you do.
this is either sarcasm or trolling, i can’t decide which
But don’t worry, I’m sincere in my promise to keep my mouth shut from here on out.
What? Will he change him back to Joel in the middle of the K9 police? That would be crazy…
and an entertaining arc
PETE! So help you if you touch King and I can magically enter the comic!
I see alot of debate over the mythology of this talking pet animal universe comic. I find it amusing! XD
BUT I think the real question we all should be asking IS…
Wouldn’t that spiked collar hurt for Cerberus? Think about it… ouch.
Just messing with ya Rick! Looking forward to more Cosmos D&D shenanigans.
I’d LOVE to complain about your comic, Rick, really, I would, but I just don’t have it in me. I mean, it’s PETE!
I see Pete, This means that we’ll be seeing more from King?
i hope so!!!
Is that orb supposed to represent Joel’s fate?
Nooooooooo! Not messing with people’s fate! D=
Pete is so cute! I love him.
These are my favorites. :O The ones I eagerly get up bright and early to read every MWF.(Not that I don’t love the rest of your webcomic too.)
Oh, so now, I’m trying to imagine how cereberus talks.
Do the heads take turns?
Do they all talk at once, but mysteriously sound like one voice?
Do they all talk at once and sound like a clamor?
Do the mouths never move for speech, but you hear them anyway?
:O So many choices!
They sound like the Three Stooges. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
3 female stooges? Oh the possibilities. xD
Reminds me of Harry Potter. Lol.
Cerberus, a girl? Oh crud. =( Have you played Age of Mythology? Cerberus is a hulk of near brainless meat and teeth, and now it’s all fluffy! XP
And then Cerberus gave Pete a working over.
There was much rejoicing
HURAH! Orange soda for everyone! XD
Wait a minute… Joel…
*checks cast page*
Yes, we know. *peers*
Yay! I actually love these story arcs. Also, more King!
You know, I’m almost rooting for Pete here. Not because he’s nice (he’s a jerk) or I like gryphons (I’m more for sea-monsters tbh) or I’m fascinated by his being a jerk (which I am), but simply for the fact that everybody hates him for doing morally questionable things and tricking an ambigous character into being transformed into a cute dog.
I bet half of you people wouldn’t mind him as much if he hadn’t been the reason King is around xP
On the other hand, I think Pete would look SMASHING in leather pants.
U&U – Pridelands crossover?
took me a second to get your comment xD.
nah, I was talking about tropes. “leather pants” is the action of some people to rationalize the actions of villains simply because they’re pretty- something I’m doing, in a way. I refuse to call Pete evil on the grounds of what he did to King. A jerk? Sure, but not evil. To me he’s kind of that friend you’re not sure why you keep hanging around until he does something entartaining (usually at someone else’s expense) and makes you laugh.
However, I’m not about to go on a tirade about how “oh, he burned the orphanage because he’s just a misunderstood soul, you see it reminded him of his hard childhood, also those orphans were jerks for not worshipping the ground he tread on”. I’m not that crazy.
Well, she’s got hips (ps; VA VA VOOOOOOOOOOOOM~ <3 ), so I'm guessing the three cuties up there is a girl.
for a direct example, using Pridelands, even!
Peanut rationalized away Saso’s faults as him being a well-intentioned extremist, promptly forgetting about all the nasty stuff he did in canon, a fact which Tarot calls him on.
ugh. This was supposed to be an answer to my previous comment. Darn mobile phone.
yay more of this story plot i love pete!
Does this mean King/Joel will get a better prize at the end of the game if Pete messes with his fate?
Are we thinking of the same Pete? o.O
The Great Kitsune is the one giving out the prize at the end, not Pete.
Why not? The Great Kitsune did seem to be encouraging him to play – although that is kind of awkward when you have no idea of what the rules or goals are.
As this comic is going to be locked from comments in 15 minutes, i just want to clarify that Cerberus is NOT female, Cerberus is a MALE 3 headed hell-hound that guards the gates of hades, the earrings do NOT in any way hint at a female gender, in fact in ancient times it was very common for men of high social raking to wear earrings.
The reason we say it’s female is that this particular one is female. Rick’s said so on the forums and FA.
very well then i stand corrected
This comic has been one of the best things I look to on a daily basis. I’m glad to see Pete again, and can’t wait to see what that Cerberus is gonna do.
Well… I think… Nah
This is getting intersting
The burning question: Who or what is Joel?
Joel is a human who was turned into the corgi King. See arcs 19. A Sinister Shadow and 27. It’s A Wonderful Dog’s Life for more details.
Pete steals someone’s fate. I’ll steal pete’s fate. Just for the fun of it.
And I look forward to seeing Cerberus wallop Pete across his smart alec face. Triple headbutt, go!!!!
They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing
Just saying……. Cerberus is awfully buff for a woman…. And HOW can Pete punch a girl/woman? As a gentleman, I would never punch a woman, or ANYONE at that…. Or without good reason. And another thing, WHY does Pete want to kill King/Joel???
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