The Big One

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  1. Dissension

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    • neonsky

      Where could I find a list of the moderators? As not to infringe the rules about the moderators.

      • Hera Ledro

        While this isn’t explicitly a rule, I would assume that the rule concerning arguments/ignoring/impersonation of a moderator would implicitly extend to other people. It’s simply a matter of courtesy that you do not get into verbal fights with other members or ignore what they have to say, and impersonating them is just…well, I would expect it’s just “no”.

        The rule itself does not, in spirit and in my interpretation, apply solely to moderators and I don’t think we should act as such. It’s one thing to get into a discussion – moderators are people too, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t discuss the comic with them from opposite standpoints – but it’s a totally different thing to argue with them.

        …I suppose my point in all this is that we shouldn’t need a list of moderators, since this rule is simply a statement of courtesy that should implicitly extend to all members.

        • neonsky

          That’s a really good way to put it and makes sense to me. Thanks :P

      • Foxstar

        You can find a list of all of the mods on the fourms. Fourm mods are also comic comment mods.

    • Evil-Dog

      just out of interest is it classed as spamming to post the same post once on each comic on the day its released?

      • gatherer818

        ha, I usually stop reading the comments now at the boring rulespam, but I’m glad I looked down one more. Maybe one day I’ll come back to reading the comments, they were great back in the day…

        • Dissension

          Rules are posted so people know what they are. It’s not that rules were added, it was just decided to let everyone know what standards they’re held to.

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  2. Ryufire

    War…war never changes!! :-)

    • Tendo

      Or does it? War has changed. Did it? The answer is no. Unless it is yes. No, of course it is. It is war.

    • Blaze

      War has changed.
      It’s not about nations, or ideologies.
      It’s not even about profit, resources, or ethnicity.
      It’s an endless series of proxy battles,
      fought by mercenaries and machines.
      War, and its vast consumption of human life,
      has become a rational, well-oiled business transaction.
      War has changed.

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Oh so oh sooo true friend

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Wait that’s the same as what I said last time >:(

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          I mean it’s close to what I said

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          Storms of annoyed

          • SecretAgent000

            …Wait, storms of annoyed WHAT?
            Water Balloons?
            Nuclear Warheads?
            Video Game Nerds?

          • Lelouch Vi Brittania

            Its not that I’m annoyed about I got lost in my train of thought while reading this
            I was doing something important and then I forgot

          • Draven

            what could possibly be more important than housepets

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          Ugh nevermind

      • malinik

        yeeap just like the book war and peace only thats not what im refering to the name “war and peace” basically goes along the lines of you cant have peace without war and you cant have war without peace its esential to human life and ppl dont seem to realise that ppl are wanting peace but people stand in the way of that so in order for peace they fight until the last one comes out its simple yet brutal and complex

        • rallyjr

          i hope one day we can look past that

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Sounds like something from Richard K Morgan.

      • Yehoshua

        And yet… avatar…

        • Draven

          Which was basically Dances with Wolves but with 10′ blue people

        • Blaze

          There, happy?

      • yarrofox

        That actually reminds me of 1984 for some odd reason – the book, not the year

      • lightwolf21

        Nice. XD MGS4 FTW.

        • Blaze


          • Argent Stonecutter

            Sorry, I don’t play videogames. Missed the reference. If you liked that, might I suggest Richard K. Morgan’s novel “Market Forces”. The title is a pun and it means exactly what it says.

      • JokkePokke

        That is SO Metal Gear Solid 4

      • garbud

        so its no different

    • gaboris

      NEW VEGAS!!! :D
      Sorry I’m too much of a fan. X3
      But anyways it HAS changed as the others have already said… but it’s only fun when it’s fought with pillows or water based weapond. XD

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Thats always fun with pillows and waterguns/waterballons

  3. LegendaryHero

    The sound effects are freaking amazing

    • huntersunday

      yes and the slow mo

    • kurowolfe

      Especially in the last panel

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      I like “BGLOOP”

      • Lance

        so do I! XD

    • Draven

      Chee Chee Chee Chee Chee Chee

  4. Nikola

    I love grapes water gun. That thing looks legit. And Zach’s face in panel 1.

  5. Russiarules1

    Man, I can imagine something like “Saving Pvt. Zach” or something, heh.
    I wonder how is everything going on the dog side?

    • Russiarules1

      Or Grape going Rambo style on everyone with her water gun, or something like the dogs/cats running to the enemy lines with bombs/water balloons raining all over the place, just like WWII movies :D .
      I like WWII movies :) .
      Specially on the ones that are based in the Soviet campaign.

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        I can actually imagine that

  6. Slash the Kitsune

    Love Max’s expression in panel 4

  7. IceKitsune

    lol the look on Zachs’ face in the first panel is great. Way to go Max! Though it was him landing on the Balloon that popped it in the first place; that was still brave. Well as much as it could be seeing as its just a water balloon.

    • Doitean

      He should have grabbed it and thrown it back. It’s not like a bomb or grenade that explodes on a timed fuse. If it hits the ground and doesn’t break then it can be reused.

      • Slash the Kitsune

        Actually you can buy a thing that you can put in balloons that pops them after a certain amount of time goes by.

  8. tbird000666
  9. Valerio

    One word: AWESOME

    • huntersunday

      one word POP

      • netherwolf

        6 words:
        CHEE. CHEE.. CHEE…
        CHEE… CHEE…. CHEE…..

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          one thing that isn’t really a word: BGLOOP

          • BlueAnubis

            One long word:

  10. Lelouch Vi Brittania

    Is funny and sad at the same time

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Also sorry for repeating myself last time 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        I will not let that happen again

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          I have newfound respect for cats ,it’s not much but its a start

          • Lelouch Vi Brittania

            But I still don’t like them

          • tbird000666

            quite the amount of comments good sir

          • Lelouch Vi Brittania

            You know good sir you can ignore them
            BUT if ya want ta waste your good time then be my guest and read away
            ( ̄▽ ̄)

  11. Foxstar

    How does such a big cat fit on such a small hat?

    • Dissension

      Cats are magical.

      Also, they dislike water.

      If I were as flexible as a cat and disliked water as much as the stereotypical cat, I’d be able to fit on top of my pot/hat/helmet.

    • GameCobra

      Cats can get creative with small bowl-shaped items.

    • malinik

      its a pot but i have the same idea

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Cartoon physics.

    • Hera Ledro

      You’d be surprised what big cats can fit on xD My cat back with my mum is so big that you’d swear it needed a tiger-size bed to sleep on, but it curls up into this little 6×6 inch bed every night. And considering this is Max we’re talking about…I concur with Argent: cartoon physics apply.

  12. Kondog

    Clever and heroic Maxwell is awesome!

    • tbird000666

      grape is awesome

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Dis guy I so agree with

  13. Blaze


    • huntersunday


      • Russiarules1


        • Frank

          “I’ll be back?”

        • Nikola

          “Are you here to kill me?”
          “… … …………….. ……. … …………… … ….. ….. no, you must live.”

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          “It’s not a tumor.”

          • Nohbody


            “IT’S NOT A TUMAH!”

            Gotta put the accent on it. ;)

          • Blaze


        • BlueAnubis

          discombobulated corpse termination urbanization governmentalibation explosive montazuma’s blasting power revenge!

        • Sansash

          Do it! Do it NAOUGHW!

      • Legion

        John Connor, sorry but I just had to

  14. Celysus

    And upon landing on the water balloon, the war paint on the pot MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHED.
    Scientists thoroughly confounded, the world shocked!

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Hmm now that’s peculiar
      Hmm ponder ponder

    • Argent Stonecutter

      You are right. You have good eyes there.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Plus the stripe pattern on the pot is reversed in Panel 2. Continuity error!

      I guess they used three pots in filming the scene.

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Hmm pondering even harder。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。

      • dragonbreath007

        CUT!!!!!! Hey there, bring in the stuntcat!!!!! Great job Max!

  15. Lelouch Vi Brittania

    Here’s a question
    Who’s winning

  16. Sg.t $pike

    come on dogs we need to win this! rip maxwels other ear off!!!

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Aww man was that needed man let’s just keep this fun

      • Sg.t $pike

        oh im sorry he’s got such a appetising ear I couldn’t resist

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          I forgive ya buddy

    • malinik

      ha ha lol funny but in other comics it LOOKS like there are more dogs than cats prolly giving them the strategical advantage over the battlefield so i think the dogs might win this one…

      • Sg.t $pike

        don’t worry we will win this one *me over the radio* U.A.V online

    • Hera Ledro

      If Max’s other ear gets a bite out of it…well, Grape probably took a moment to ‘balance them out’ in the middle of battle (or on the sides). Which, I’m sure, would make a lot of people happy.

      • Sg.t $pike

        *stares at max’s other ear*

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        (; ̄ェ ̄)sighs in disbelief

      • malinik

        hey they could bite max’s other ear if he fakley dies in the combat as part of a dogtag thing… i thought it was funny

  17. huntersunday


    • Argent Stonecutter

      I always thought the Six Million Dollar sound effect was more “dunnnn dunnnn dunnn dunn…” or is that his super-vision sound-effect? (close-up on Steve Austin’s eye…)

  18. 2MK
  19. Clairvoyant Legacy

    I really like the way you drew the pouncing/falling Maxwell. Just so you know.

  20. WolfLongFellow

    WoW thats funny nooooooooooooooooooo….. pop thats it, classic ; )

  21. netherwolf

    the slow motion bit was awesome, but what does Max think he’s covering..a grenade… x3

  22. EchoFireant

    The Alt Text is just awesome :D

  23. malinik

    the orange cat looks like stripe…

    • Frank

      Exactly what I was going to say ! Maybe Peanut’s inspiration? Or there’s a fourth wall in need of repairs?

  24. Venice

    In the last panel, one of Max’s toes ir green. Just saying so you can fix it x3

    • Frank

      I was about to say, it’s the face paint that dripped, but yeah, it does look like a mistake

  25. WingedWolfGirl

    *Plays Guile’s Theme durring panels 4 through 7.*

  26. neonsky

    This comic never gets old.

  27. kurowolfe

    That was rather … anti-climatic XD
    Gotta love the slow motion sequence and everyone’s expressions.

  28. Argent Stonecutter

    Wait, where’s Zach’s diary?

    • Frank

      At home? Or maybe this page is so wet it’s illegible?

    • Rick Griffin

      It’ll be back on like Friday or something; I felt it didn’t fit for this strip

    • dragonbreath007

      There is no time for a diary when you are under attack.
      “Look at the panic in Zach’s eyes”
      This is WAR!!!

  29. Sg.t $pike

    i miss the ferrets

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Try a wider spray, or lead them a bit more.

    • Hera Ledro

      What Argent says is true, but I find that simple practice makes everything much easier.

      Though on the note of the ferrets, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were ‘funding’ such a thing or organizing it, at least. I don’t expect this is the case, but it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise. It seems like something Keene or Pit would do for fun.

  30. The Wolf Kin

    Anybody else think Max looks like a bunny in panel 6?

  31. Dragongal

    lol love Max’s face in panel one and two. SO serious lol

    • Draven

      He is at his most adorable when he is serious.

      • Legion

        i liked when he was stuck in the rain and was all pouty, he was very adorable then

  32. Salenstormwing

    I love the smell of H2O in the morning. Smells like… wet fur.

  33. Dogs Rule27

    Nice going Max now you need a dry helmet.

  34. YuMin28

    I love max !


  35. PhillDante

    I just finished reading everything from the beginning and I just love it! :D
    Looking forward to more!

    • Tides

      Agreed, I just caught up about a week ago and I love it so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I’m really curious to see where this arc is going. Rick has me itching to see the dogs in this war.

      • Frank

        But since the story is being told from Zach’s perspective, that would require Zach to get captured!

        • Dogs Rule27

          Wouldn’t that make it the second time he got captured? Well actually I guess you wouldn’t call it “Captured” considering he wasn’t actually in the water war thing in the first place.

        • Tides

          True, but he hasn’t technically agreed to fight for the cats yet (unless I missed it), so I’d guess he could be taken to the other side without being held as a prisoner or hostilities or anything like that. I guess it also depends on which dog(s) had Zach.

        • JokkePokke

          I could imagine Fox getting captured AGAIN, only by the cats this time!
          That would make my day!
          I could also imagine Joey going undercover again in his high-tech, extremely effective cat-suit.

  36. Roadrunner

    Alt Text is total hyper awesomeness
    phuhahahaha- :D

  37. FenixWong951

    That thing betwen max and zach in panel 1 is a cat?

    • Frank

      If it’s the one that gave the alarm, I wouldn’t be surprised if he/she had something on his/her ears

  38. Starcat5

    Ah, yes. The “Suicidal Bomb Disposal” myth. Mythbusters tried this out once. Turns out it works.

    • kurowolfe

      Well yeah, but the stand-in ballistic hero there is obliterated in the process.

  39. Frank

    Now Max, you need to put the pot back on your head, and get ticked off about getting wet anyway!

  40. gaboris

    DRAMA!!! :D
    It’s kinda cool and much funnier. X3

  41. Chip Uni

    A purple heart for Max!

  42. Ninja lurker

    *Looks at panel 3*

    …is that Joey in cat-form I see?

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Nope it’s a regular orange cat with facepaint

  43. AuvaAkita

    Who else notices that Maxwell’s toe is green in the last panel?

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      No it’s …..ohh now I see it haha

  44. spiritkitsune

    Wow!!!! First time i saw a slow motion in a comic XD
    What a great idea!!!

  45. Draven

    Press “RB” to throw back grenade

  46. jmillart

    Can someone say M*A*S*H

    • dragonbreath007


      • Argent Stonecutter

        The game of life is hard to play
        You’re going to lose it anyway
        So I can take or leave it as I please
        Dum dum da DUM da DUM da DUM…
        La la la… forget the words
        Something something buttered toast and cheese…

        • dragonbreath007


        • Dragongal

          Did you make that up?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Trying to remember the M*A*S*H theme.

          • yarrofox

            I guess that’s why most the M*A*S*H shows I’ve seen have someone just whistling the tune…

          • Nohbody

            The song with lyrics was somewhat less than acceptable according to TV social standards at the time.

            For the curious, the entire lyrics:

            (And during the google search I saw that apparently Marylin Manson has done a cover of the song. Haven’t listened to that cover, but if it’s anything like the butchery MM did to “Sweet Dreams”… ugh.)

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          Life is like a boat so you have to bear it even when life starts to get shaky,and ride the waves out to the endof your voyage

    • Nikola


  47. Z24


  48. T-Squared

    You know what? This is good for nothing! *shot, then tossed out the nearest airlock*

  49. xhunterko

    Well, at least that pot on the head is good for something.

    • xhunterko

      Anyone else see the star wars reference? :)

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Well now I do

    • Nohbody

      It’s not like it had anything else that was actually important to protect…

      (Okay, maybe I’m a bit of a GrapeNuts shipper… :P )

  50. Jinxed

    Oh noes, Grape is going to admire Max for being a hero.
    I personally hope that he gets blasted by Peanut during the war.

    • Russiarules1

      Oh, it’s true! I wonder if Peanut is participating in this war?

      • Frank

        “Peanut, there’s a war raging out there!”
        *Game over music plays*
        “Aw, Grape, you made me lose the war!”
        “That’s the point!”

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        I think not because he is such a peaceful dog

        • Dogs Rule27

          Well actually in the Zoo arc which is actually what it’s called he gets in a fight or an argument with a snake and gets stuck inside the snake tank. Again.

          • Lelouch Vi Brittania

            ….(; ̄ェ ̄)sigh

  51. microbuss

    LMBO next time throw it back, ya silly goose XD

  52. Profesor Rod


    Water grenade XD

  53. A random person

    I think max is a commander in this water balloon war

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Or second in command to grape

  54. Dogs Rule27

    I’d like to see Housepets! animated mostly because I didn’t know it was a slow-mo scene until it was mentioned later in the comments.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      any time a single action takes more than one panel when it really would take a couple seconds, assume it’s slow-mo.

  55. yarrofox

    Oh come on! You’re supposed to throw it back at the enemy… Still, love the chee chee chee parts

    • Legion

      Gotta love the sound effects

  56. Pax

    …wait just a minute, Zach has pads? Huh… that’s interesting.

    You know what else is interesting? That I actually noticed that.

    • Foxstar

      Save for the the hooved and the birds animals, all the pets have pads.

    • Rick Griffin

      You know what? You’re right, and I’d even drawn him before without pads. I’ll fix that.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        And you fixed the pot in frames six and seven!

        Max still has a green toe in frame 8, and the stripes on the pot are in a different order in frame 2.

  57. Legion

    Is anyone else confused as to what that is in the background of panel one, I think it’s a dog but I can’t tell

  58. silverfang16

    This is the most epic war I have ever seen.

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      This ths the fourth most epic war

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        That I’ve seen

  59. BlueAnubis

    *Sings* I would catch a baloooooon fo ya.

  60. Shady Kitsune

    Maxwell will earn a medal for that!
    He will have to design and make it himself though.

  61. JokkePokke

    What the?
    The police is joining too? I though they were supposed to keep the streets safe!
    Considering the… seriousness of the “war”, they should try and put a stop to it.
    By the way, where are they fighting? I can just imagine how it looks like from twenty yards away!

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      I’m guessing at the park cause of the bench they’re behind

  62. furry at heart


    peanut rocks whose everyone else fav animal

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Fox is my fav pet

  63. Kurra

    Dual reference win. :)

  64. Parry


  65. King me

    2319! We have a 2319! 8D

    • Legion

      Monsters Inc reference

      • Legion

        do i get a cookie for catching that

  66. Firewolf

    Does anyone else think Max looks kinda like bunny in the last few panels?

    • Dogs Rule27

      I do. I also noticed that the pan he has as a helmet fits his head rather well meaning the pan is Very small or Max’s head id rather large for a cat’s head but it’s a comic so I don’t even know why I’m commenting on that subject.

  67. Draven

    I can imagine fox or Fido shouting from the other side, something along the lines of “Fire in the hole”

  68. TheHedgehog

    Does anyone else notice Stripe(who is not a cat) next to grape?

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      THATS WHO THAT IS!!! I thought it was a average orange cat

      • TheHedgehog

        Wonder What Peanut would say if he saw her!

        • Lelouch Vi Brittania

          He would pass out

          • Lelouch Vi Brittania

            Peanut(…gasped, screamed, has blind, deaf, dumb moment ,then grape throws a bucket of water on him)

  69. Hoheh

    Drama queen! XD

  70. Hera Ledro

    Fridge Brilliance: Since this is a -water- balloon fight, the whole “all the cats being deathly scared of water” doesn’t actually seem so far-fetched/fantastical anymore. It is actually realistic in an exaggerated sense.

    …I love epiphanies xD

  71. Timmie

    All we need now is a General Paton speech.

  72. kh

    Slo mo sound effects