Stinging Telegram

And the one meant for Friday. There, all caught up.

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  1. Dissension

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    • gaboris

      Wow what happened? Were there so many bad comments? O_o”

      • Rick Griffin

        No, it’s just so people know what the general policy on comment deletion is; they’ve complained enough about it to warrant this

        • gaboris

          AH! Understood sir! :D

    • AflacMan13

      @ Dissension: I would recommend that you place this in a highly visible spot “just above” the comments thread, and make it obvious so people can read it. Posting it in the comment thread each time seems to have the effect of having at least 3 people comment on the “THESE ARE THE RULES” block and not on the comic… there by violating your rules anyway. Just saying… seems it would make for a lot less work on you too.

      • Asteri

        I was just thinking that too, maybe near the actual commenting box.
        like where it talks about the tags and stuff?

        • gaboris

          Yeah that’s a good point. But then again, that would take up alot of space. Maybe hide it with a “Commenting rules” button. Like they do with spoilers and the such, there has to be a function on that in this WordPress thingy. I guess….

          • FuRrY321

            This. Many of us DO follow the rules, anyway. It would be useful to be able to view them easily while we’re commenting, nonetheless, just in case we’re about to say something that may or may not break the rules; in that case, we can check.

          • Dissension

            If we provide only a link to the rules, people who do not follow it and are subsequently banned for some major offense will complain that the rules were not clearly posted. Likewise, most people do not read any text posted with the comic, but do read the comments. Posting this way allows for maximum visibility and likelihood of compliance.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            maybe if Rick found a way to post them within the comments section at the same time he posts the comic. new readers are more likely to listen t rules posted by the author than a moderator who they may not know is a moderator.

          • gaboris

            Welp… yes good points to all of you. Maybe later on we’ll figure out a better way to post these, but yeah admins are admins for a reason right? :)

          • Vlad the Cat

            Idea: when you wrote the comment and all, once you press ”Post Comment”, a java pop-up should.. pop up ! x3 there will be the rules and 2 buttons, as in ”i accept it” and the ”X” that will close the pop-up with out posting the comment

          • Nohbody

            Vlad, the comments section isn’t custom code specific to HP. That would require more control over the code than Rick and the mods have.

  2. IceKitsune

    uh oh King is in some trouble
    Alt Text: Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s highly likely you’re doomed

    • silverfang16

      He is doomed…oh King…

  3. TheRen

    HEY! This just suddenly popped up!

  4. Corodan

    “Oh, by the way, PETA’s after you.”

    That would be terrible to hear.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      but so awesome if the fat guy somehow escaped jail, too, and kidnapped him.

      • Aenbr

        Strange… the fat guy’s name escapes me too…

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          He never actually got one. “Fatty” seems to the fan nickname everyone uses for him. That or “Joel’s Boss.”

          • RockstarRaccoon

            The tag said his name was PETA. Maybe it’s PETA-Pete?

          • Lupus

            A nice twist would be if the fat guy turned out to be Pete in disguise.

        • The_Captain1228

          Hey you stole my old picture lol. Tarot with the green swirls. thats okay though i dont use it anymore. This comic is taking a strange turn as compared to the way it flowed in the past, but i wont complain. I just hope we get back to it being about peanut and grape sometime. In the mean time ill enjoy king and petes supernatural adventures

  5. The Game

    Wow, that was a nice little surprise!

    seriously, that just randomly popped up

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      not if you subscribe to Rick’s Twitter.

      • Frank

        Hey! I’m subscribed to Rick’s twitter!
        I just… checked it late

  6. Dissension

    Cosmic-Horror-Level News is my specialty.

    • Ninja522

      Sounds like fun. It’s not often you get to deliver such news though, which is a shame.

  7. RegularBird

    So King IS really in trouble this time ._.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Depends on who has the watch.

      • netherwolf

        Depending on who “finds” the watch.Anyway,i hope king finds it,after all it is part of his soul.

        • Leitrean

          RAMIEREZ! go get that watch!

        • Timmie

          Peanut will mostly likely find it and see if it will work.

          “Hey, the time is off, lets change the time”

    • silverfang16

      I suppose it could be worse, Pete could have gotten it!

      • Lupin the Vapour

        But now Bino might find it….

        • Ninja522

          This thought makes me think that Pete having the watch might not have been such a bad thing by comparison to what might happen.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Who would be worse than Pete?

            Rock? Thomas? Fatty?

          • Ninja522

            All reasonable thoughts, though I think Bino might be the worse. I just have this feeling that whoever finds it will cause problems for King in one way or another, whether they mean to or not.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Even Sasha, or Daisy, or Space Laser.

          • silverfang16

            It’s hard to tell what would be worse, Bino or Daisy.

  8. rtlstien

    You’re doomed! DOOMED!
    Have a good night

  9. CaptainMcMuffin

    You’re doomed. Night!

  10. yarrofox

    haha, I love how Sabrina casually states how King is doomed.

  11. Rayne

    ANd thus the entire comic has brought itself back to the beginning. Once you know about the game your forever a part of it. Very clever very clever. That’s a good 3 year set up.

    • Aenbr

      Darn it! Rayne you just made me loose the game!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        And a ferret stole your socks.

      • FuRrY321

        Great. Now The Game is on the loose.
        And I thought you had it this time!
        (Yes, I know you meant “lose”, but this is funnier.)
        And you can’t lose the game if you don’t play it~

        Somebody should tell King that.

      • WingedWolfGirl

        Actually, I’m surprised the All-Text had nothing to do with Sabrina’s stating that.

      • silverfang16

        If the game is THE GAME…..then what is UnU?

      • Vlad the Cat

        I think sabrina meant U&U , not THE GAME

  12. xhunterko

    To quote c-3po, oh wait, he already did.

  13. Asteri

    well it wasn’t going to end like
    “actually nothings wrong” *sabrina goes home* *King goes back to sleep* *end of arc*
    It’s really interesting and I’m wondering what will happen next!!

  14. lucamaster

    i simply LOVE king! ever think of emberissing him by making him dress up or sing? i would feel bad for him, but i would be too busy laghting! also, u should think about evening the scores, you know, making a somone into a cat. only because i like cats, ok, if i’m being too anoying, please disregard this, and only this message.

  15. lucamaster

    p.s. if rick ever make a sequal to “all the kings men” i can’t find it, could u please direct me or tell me there isn’t one please? thank u

    • Dissension

      There’s not one… yet.

      [link]

      • lucamaster

        aw man, thanks anyways. p.s.s. that was a fast reply!

      • lucamaster

        then do u think u can direct me to any or all the other stories he has? i know i saw one about lions in egipt (horrible speller)

  16. Avansis

    I can’t wait to see who gets hold of the watch.

    • Rocket Knight boy

      Dito, my money is on Bino

      • FuRrY321

        D:
        Great. Wonderful. Now I’ll be thinking about all the little, mischievous things that Bino can do with a watch that he found in a dumpster. Like pressing the Start/Stop button (seeing as it’s a stopwatch) repeatedly. *shudder*
        Poor King.

        • silverfang16

          That’s a good point, maybe it can freeze time for the person.

    • Frank

      With it raining like that, I don’t think any of the pets would be out. (So, maybe the raccoons?)

  17. Aenbr

    Wow, this just seriously popped up. I like the fast updates Rick! I wonder what the cosmic horror level news and the worse news is.. King will have to find that watch soon or he’ll die, and then after that, he’ll have to carry that around to wind it up or else he’ll die? Well, either way, death is eminent! Mark my words… well, actually, carve it in stone :3

    • Nia

      For some reason when I think of cosmic horror, I imagine that Dr.Who would suddenly appear and start helping the guys out.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        K-9 might be a bit more fitting :)

        • silverfang16

          Or both! Heck, let’s get the torchwood crew too.

    • Frank

      It was only while he caught up with what he couldn’t post due to the power outage.

  18. FerreTrip

    …Wait, so pets sleep fully clothed, in a sense? Cute shot of Sabrina under the newspaper in the rain. And excellent expression on King in panel 5.

    Oh, dear…Something tells me this is gonna be a loooooong…uh, period of time for King. (I doubt he’s gonna be able to stay awake long enough right now, and it’s raining…)

    • Frank

      Do you take the collars off your pets when they sleep?

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        actually, I do. but we use a choke collar and don’t want him to accidentally choke himself.

  19. FerreTrip

    And, of course, second panel’s words are win.

  20. IceKitsune

    I hope we learn what happened to Pete exactly. Judging by what Sabrina said I suspect that he was in fact arrested and thrown in jail or where ever heaven would put beings like Pete like I thought would happen. However I would like to know for sure just what happened to him.

  21. The Wolf Kin

    Heh, that’s kind of awesome. Seems like King didn’t notice that the watch was related to him (the text of his name was pretty tiny after all. Either that or he didn’t take Fate’s hint.

    I look forward to seeing where this goes.

    . . . I kind of want to know what the cosmic-horror level news is.

  22. The Moon Howler

    I told you, King (in the last comic): There will be consequences!

  23. theblackcateyes

    JAJAJ I LOVE IT, just genious, and the Sabrina expressions are gold.

  24. Elwood Blutarsky

    Okay King, this is where it gets complicated.

    • WingedWolfGirl

      win.

    • silverfang16

      NOW it gets complicated?! What was the rest of it?

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        slightly less complicated.

    • The Wolf Kin

      If this is a Doctor Who reference, then you are awesome. If not, you’re still awesome or making me think it.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        It was.

  25. gaboris

    I can’t understand what’s Kings problem, his whole worlds existence has been prooven wrong so many times that he could just go: “Meh, seen it.”. (Although I guess that wouldn’t fit his character at all so I’ll just keep my mouth shut. >.<")
    Oh and what's with the whole drama Sabrina? You can just pick that watch up at any time… you DO know where it is right? :p

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      it’s like the guys on Supernatural. they’ve seen vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, and various other supernatural beings, but they’re still shocked to learn that dragons and phoenixes exist.

  26. Hoheh

    Sasha is picking up Tarot’s doom news delivery habits. I love it! Cosmic horror level is pretty severe. This crosses into eldritch abominations and everything that entails. This is going to be interesting.

  27. Argent Stonecutter

    OK, he didn’t go back and get the watch. What a maroon. What an ultra-maroon.

    • Z24

      He will, They’ll give him THE reason…

    • Z24

      BTW, panel 5… The archetype of BSOD eyes right there…

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        it actually looks creepy with the tiny pupils being just out of view. he looks as though he has none. unless they actually got so small that they disappeared.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Of course the glowing eyes at night thing is incompatible with BSOD-eyes, ‘cos it’s the pupil that glows.

  28. Z24

    Panel 6: That was a total game lose XD

    So, King’s screwed?

    All that’s missing was: “BTW, at midnight you’ll become a were-joel”

    • gagi

      haha .. yea me too :P

    • Ninja522

      Now there’s a thought…I’m busy trying to picture what a were-joel would look like though.

  29. Tenebraearum

    You know, I find it a bit off-putting that King is being used as a pawn, is turned into a dog, etc. and, even though he’s troubled by it, he’s generally OK with it all.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      he was in jail before. why wouldn’t he be okay with being a dog?

      • Tenebraearum

        I’m pretty sure Joel would’ve expected to be in jail than to be turned into dog.

        • Thoth

          Oh, I think he’s still pretty upset about it – but the Great Kitsune and Spirit Dragon did imply they’d turn him back after the game readily enough, so it’s not a sole concern.

  30. Thoth

    So flying over the wall is indeed an unauthorized way to get into heaven – thus the “broke into” part. Either the Spirit Dragon or Tarot got the news as well; possibly because of Pete’s rather public encounter.

    Fate being a part of your soul is interesting; if it works internally, does it influence your actions, or does it somehow affect the world around you? Is it an inclination, an overall outcome, or govern a more or less limited set of specific events?

    This does, however, make it seem likely that Joel / King simply couldn’t read the name on the watch in the dark.

    • IceKitsune

      You know what Fate (in this universe) may be your instinct/intuition about things since its a piece of your soul. You know like when people say that they had a “Gut Feeling about this.” and stuff like that.

    • Frank

      There’s an asian interpretation of the soul as (i think) 7 parts, each one counting as a self-contained soul. I think that’s the kind of thing Rick’s going for here.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Aha, that’s what Pete should have done. Hire a monkey to get Joel’s fate for him!

  31. Nia

    Man where’s Dr.Who when you need him to fix such problems?

    • NykVerien

      The Doctor usually shows up just at the last minute to save the day which apparently hasn’t happened yet. But yes Dr Who is awsome!

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        time lords are unnecessary while celestial beings like Spirit are around. they have better things to do.

        • Thisi Saname

          So….. Spirit cosplaying The Doctor?

          • silverfang16

            The doctor needs no help from the spirits! He has his girl sidekick for the season.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I didn’t say the doctor needed help, I said that the spirits don’t need help yet. the doctor only goes where he is needed.

          • silverfang16

            I suppose, plus the problems that involve him usually involve the death of everyone. This may not be that bad, at least for everyone but King.

          • Dissension

            This really is not the “Doctor Who” discussion board. Please get back on topic.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I agree, though to be fair we were talking about the comic as well.

  32. MYichao

    Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing! He’s my favorite. Yay more King! :D

  33. Harclave

    Question!

    The time on the watch; Was that the correct time? Or how much time that ‘King’ has left?

    Usually some ones time appears in the form of an hour glass, so I was wondering if the watch eluded to that, representing a modern concept of the same idea, or if it really just told the time as a brilliant form illusion to keep itself hidden.

    In retrospect the fact that it has his name on it, and the fact that is a watch is reminiscent to timelords and how they would store a part of them-self in a watch to turn human and hopefully remain undetected to entities that were chasing them.

    • Frank

      It said “PM”, so I think it was the correct time. Several people have said that it isn’t how much time he has left, but there’s nothing official

      • Thropian

        well in the first scene of the watch it said 6:02 and then alter said 6:03 so if it’s time left there may be a problem

  34. ExileTala

    Oh god, no Cthulhu level news! The cosmic horrors from beyond are coming! Everyone for themselves!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      “OK what’s the cosmic horror level?” “Can’t tell you, You’re not cleared for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN.”

  35. Alphonse

    King just now feels like he is being pulled by strings?
    “Don’t be obtuse”…

    • Nohbody

      He didn’t say anything about when he started feeling that way, just that he hated the feeling.

      • Alphonse

        Says you…

        • Dissension

          The comic does not indicate when King began to feel as though he were being pulled by strings, but he does say that he hates the feeling.

  36. Shake

    “Is it Cthulhu? It’s Cthulhu, isn’t it?”

  37. netherwolf

    never insult the wolfs !

    • netherwolf

      p.s. Sabrina’s really cute in the third panel ;3

  38. Roadrunner23

    Wow… The cosmic horror level news!

  39. huntersunday

    So if he cant be obtuse can he be acute. Love this comic if some one told me every thing was real I would sit back and watch the world with popcorn

    • Keldor

      King is most certainly acute dog. I mean- wait, that’s not what you meant, is it?

      • Ninja522

        heh, nice. I agree to this, and he certainly is better as a dog then a human anyway based on how much he’s changed while still keeping parts of himself the same.

        • SilverZeo

          What about his falling out his childhood pets? You can’t really get over when your pets treat you like trash at that age. If this was anime, they would should how pointless Joel’s anger was for them for all those years by showing them a side he didn’t see/remember… but considering how he was part of PETA he may have realized that being a kid was very stressful for pets turned strays…

        • Smallville1701

          The only problem is that his best friend doesn’t know that he is the human who kidnapped him.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      That’s one angle you can take on it.

  40. Rocket Knight boy

    Good to see the comic’s back on track, this arc’s going to be good! and i don’t know if i’ve said this before but i’m still going to say it anyway, whatever your doing with the inc mr.Griffin
    i like it a lot! everything just looks…cleaner somehow, keep it up!

  41. James Sitka

    Tarot reminds me of Dr. Strange. She even has a sidekick like Dr. Strange’s Wong in Sabrina

  42. Hopper200456

    Aaaaaaannnnndddd, I now have a crush on Sabrina. xP

    • Frank

      But she only looks that way when she’s wet!

      • Hopper200456

        Nah, her fur isn’t wet. She had her magic piece of newspaper to stop all the rain. In the cosmos they sell the magic newspapers in ordinary Newspaper Boxes. But on earth they cost a fortune! Imports are expensive!

  43. Metaecho

    I think It seems a little rushed, but OH THE COSMIC HORROR I shouldnt be complaining.
    great job “:D

  44. Faokryn

    “The gryphon broke into heaven and tried to take a piece of your soul.”

    Most epic line ever.

    • Leitrean

      i thought the most epic line ever was
      “more cowbell”

    • silverfang16

      Oh, is that all? Can I go back to bed?

  45. Jennifer the Dark

    Last panel= awesome face

  46. Ozimul

    You should have kept the watch, King!!

  47. Roadrunner23

    I wonder what problem it is…
    hehe, just can’t wait next comic!!

  48. Leitrean

    cosmic-horror-level news….
    Like when we had the Twinkie shortage?

  49. Shuma Jindivi

    The dramatic expressions of King make great avatars. As usual.

    Also, Sabrina appearance instead of Tarot because of audience demand.

    • Shuma Jindivi

      And, so if they fail to find the watch it will somehow end up in the other end……is where the title come from?

      • Leitrean

        i think the title comes from the bad news she’s giving

        we’ll just have to watch what happens

        • Leitrean

          and i just realized i used this a pun in the last comic, it’s not supposed to be a pun here just to clarify

        • Shuma Jindivi

          Ah I mean the “not all dogs”……

    • silverfang16

      Shocked King is shocked.

  50. Vlad the Cat

    Shhh king, dont wake the wolves !

    …actually it doesnt matters, cormic-horror level news ? You have the full right to go crazy and panic

  51. Leitrean

    how did a newspaper keep her completely dry…or is it another No longer covered in dragon spit thing?

    • yarrofox

      She cast a magic spell on it and ran really fast?

  52. CaptainPea

    Nifty fibers there in Panel 3

  53. 2MK

    Something dosen’t make any sense in the first panel.

    Why is King in an ordinary bed? Last time, he’s in a basket.

    • IceKitsune

      Most likely the wolves bought him one later on because they wanted him to feel more human.

  54. WingedWolfGirl

    Knig, you hate being a dog and complain about doing human things?
    Ah well, everyone hates being woken in the middle of the nigh

    • Thoth

      I suspect that he keeps seeing things that any human would say obviously have to be done, and is annoyed that he’s the only one in the house who sees those things or takes care of them.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Who’s more fitting to do the human things around the house than the guy who is/was human.

  55. Frank

    And the bad news is: the watch was not water-proof

    • Leitrean

      but technically it isn’t a watch, it just chose that physical form when entering the mortal world, as a metaphor perhaps

      • Frank

        And being non-waterproof is a metaphor for the fragility of the future!

  56. Dogs Rule27

    Great… now King has to go digging in the trash for the watch. Hopefully it wasn’t trash day.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      With his luck…

  57. sperkle

    Did Sabrina’s “hair” change?

    • Dogs Rule27

      I’m not sure but it looks like her head fur is a bit more rounded than usual.

  58. silverfang16

    Well, I guess this proves King really couldn’t read them name on the watch.

    • Nohbody

      How does it prove that? Sure, he realizes that the watch wasn’t his, but nothing in the comic has said anything either way about his ability to read writing.

  59. Clairvoyant Legacy

    Awww… I just lost the game.

  60. Hera Ledro

    I’m glad we’re seeing more of Sabrina in recent arcs. Now she’s more than just Fido’s GF; she has become a much stronger contribution to the comic as a whole.

    For this arc, I think the whole thick-line thing is really working out well. Do you think you’ll keep using this style, Rick, or are you more inclined to keep this as an experiment for this arc only?

    • Rick Griffin

      I have been liking the style a lot; I think that I’ll probably be keeping it.

  61. SilverZeo

    Huh, wonder how Pete will be punished up there… unless he goes down under… I think the worse punishment yet simplest punishment is to make him watch those Merry Molodies in the new Looney Tunes SHow, the ones with Yosemite Sam as a rapping baby, Marvin in a techno dance music where he sings “La-la-la-la-li-li-loo”, and of course Fudd singing like Barry White about “Gwill-Cheese”, in manner fitting from Clock Work Orange.

    • Ninja522

      I feel I have been put under immense torture just by being informed of the existence of such things. I’m a bit sorry for Pete but he did this to himself. I get this impression though, like he’s one of those guys that’s only a real jerk when trying to win a game and only slightly jerky as his regular self yet tolerable. I hope to see more of Pete, Spirit Dragon, and Great Kitsune soon as a result of Pete’s capture.

      • SilverZeo

        Maybe he like kind of jerk like Satan from Bedazzled, he does what he does because he is REALLY is such a loser and tries too hard to impress the Big Man of All.

      • SilverZeo

        Though we can’t over look at the idea that Pete is the “Joel” of “higher order” beings…

  62. Gabu

    King is so adorable… c’mon–King shirts anyone? I hope he doesn’t go back to being human! Fox needs him!

    • Dissension

      Um. How does Fox “need” King?

      If your answer is creepy, don’t bother replying.

      • Thoth

        Hm. How about PETA dognaps Fox again (for what would be at least the third time judging by the “Oh not AGAIN!” reaction back in Joel’s original arc – http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/06/something-is-missing/ ), and Joel / King gets to jump into the drivers seat while Fox is being stuffed into the back. This leads to car-chase chaos as Joel / King attempts to steer while hang from the steering wheel and stretching out both his neck (to peer over the dashboard) and his legs (to try to reach the pedals), with all the inevitably chaotic results and questions as to where he learned to do that?

        Or maybe just for someone to talk to who isn’t so open and straightforward – or Bino.

        • Ninja522

          Oh man, I want to see your first scenario now. That sounds so funny to watch King try and drive.

  63. Mr. Random

    That’s quite okay news I guess. I mean, something in the cosmos just completely screwing up isn’t ALL bad…

    And I’m done typing that signature I typed in previous comments

    • Thropian

      “part of you soul is missing, have a nice day”
      definitely not the worst news you could get

      • SilverZeo

        Heaven doesn’t really live up to the infinite amount of time and interpretation it has ….