Noooo it are my birthday (I’m 25)
This kind of thing happens all the time.
Also, you’re ooooooooold, man. *slowly shakes his head*
Give him 5 more years. >_>
Happy Birthday Rick! … And good luck with “The Interview”.
‘Old’ is ALWAYS 5 more years than what you are.
Indeed happy birthday!
Well now I feel old knowing that I turn 30 in 2 days…..
Happy Birthday Rick and have fun.
Kids today have no idea what “old” is.
I know; they think turning 30 is bad. Then, when they hit 35… oh well.
30? Are you kidding me? Over 25 is OLD! ;P
Bah, been there. Did the 35 thing, too…
I think your all confused, Rick is 25 years YOUNG. there is a difference.
I’m 15, guess you’re all old! HAH!
Anyone who’s younger than my little brother is automatically young.
25 isn’t that old, now if ur around 40 or 35 THATS old
Happy Birthday and great comic.
That thing looks so cute.
Also, “You” instead of “Your” in the last panel, I think?
No, “your” is correct….
This was before the change.
Complete with stereotypically Japanese accent.
And whoa, new arc mid-week.
Happy birthday, by the way
Don’t worry, I’m not going to have him swap R’s and L’s
I hate to do this but oh well
hey nice pic what car is that looks like a fearri or however u spell it
HTT Plethore LC-750
Also- apparently wouldn’t be Japanese without a fundoshi either
Japanese Tanuki! I love him already!
Is he the first animal character to show up in pants? Sorta pants, anyway?
He’s probably the first animal character who needs them.
Good point. I’ve seen “Pom Poko,” and it’s not made for American eyes.
How did he put his pants on if he had a tail?
Depends on the artist. Some artists have pants that are slung under the tail, while others opt to have a strap that goes over the top of the tail and buttons down on the waistband.
A Tanuki? How unexpected and by unexpected I mean totally expected!
I thought pets couldn’t have jobs, go to school, or travel alone unless they are filthy rich like the ferrets.
Japan may be more progressive in that respect. After all, they are known to like cute things in unexpected places.
And there is also the fact that they are the Japanese. They do things that make the rest of the world go “wait… what?!”
There’s animals with jobs (Fido, Myles, etc) it’s just very odd to have one applying for a job in car repair. Think he’s any good with Toyotas?
Happy Birthday Rick
That mean’s Happy Birthday in Japanese.
I had to include it since you have a Japanese character in this comic
Thank you Rick!
A strip focusing on the parents? .. aside the one with FIdo’s Dad…Oh boy… if Lester was there…
It’s not tagged “One-Off”, so it’s an ARC focusing on Mr Sandwich!
And I think it’s the first arc transition without a set of one-offs in the middle.
Lester?? Have you gone mad??? He’s alreafy insufferable as it is…
Though imagine his reaction the moment he realizes that Itsuki doesn’t know all the bits of obscure Nipponese pop culture that he does. From “godlike idol” to “contemptable betrayer of the faith” in a heartbeat!
Happy 25-BD by the way…
you cant prepare for everything, some stuff you have to take it as is comes
hooray new character!
no one seems to have noticed the return of “Frank?”
and I love the Tanuki. and the fact that it’s another arc.
and happy bday.
who/what is “Frank?”
Frank is the “Director Ferret”.
Or Editor. I forget.
Frank?’s computer responsible for the loss of the original footage of The Arc Specifically About Being Naked: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/18/things-come-together/
What is he?
Sorry, that was supposed to be a different Frank
Then where is Doctor Forester?
Way down in Deep 13…
You have just won an internet! However, it is running on a Fisher Price modem, and the only device you can access it from has a box of sporks for a hard drive and the monitor is an etch a sketch. The mouse is a dead rat, and the keyboard is a strip of plywood with old rusty keys glued to it.
oh. ok then.
Frank is apparently the human equivalent of Mr. Bigglesworth.
Who? Where? What Frank?
I’m lost pls help. O_o”
I’m going to pretend it’s the same Frank anyway.
so rick his name is Itsuki
oh yeah also happy birthday!
I’m innocent! I swear!
At least “Not specifically guilty”.
That’ll be an interesting interview.
And Happy B-day, btw.
Tag changed to “other frank” XD
Wowzers O_O that’d be um….wow.
Why, this looks like a bundle of fun. A… badger, yes?
25, eh? Aren’t you a little old to be doing a webcomic?
No, no you’re not.
Whaaat never heard of those! Looked it up though, and they look adorable
In hindsight, the badger thing was a bit of a stretch with those patterns lol.
Badgers? Badgers? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgers! (had to do it)
Objection! He’s Badgering the witness!
1) live the Blazing Saddles reference.
2) oh badger
Badger? Badger? Badger? Mushroom mushroom!
Points for knowing their English name is raccoon dog, not tanuki. I cringe every time I play a Japanese game translated into English, in which raccoon dogs are called raccoons. Lately I’ve been playing Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, and I lold at the animal TV show that said “Raccoons are canids, distantly related to dogs!” I have a soft spot for raccoon dogs now, after an art project centered on them I did to raise money for a friend with cancer.
Oh yeah, obligatory Wikipedia link for people who don’t know how cute these things are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_dog
A tanuki is not a racoon! IT”S NOT A BAGER!(They look more like racoons, but they are more closely related to dogs) THEY ARE RACOON DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, but that’s one of the top things I’ll correct you on.
By the way, Donec Mr.Griffin
Gah! First a Mamizou in my Touhou and now an Itsuki in my Housepets? The tanuki are everywhere recently! D8 But seriously, he’s cute. Can’t wait to see how this pans out. On a final note, happy birthday, Rick! :3 Hope you have a good one.
Happy birthday, Rick!
And Itsuki would probably fit in well where I work. :->
(Hey, where I work had a dog as the lead build engineer for years. A tanooki wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.)
Do they even have eyebrows?
he means “wouldn’t raise anyone ELSES eyebrow”
How does a dog (IRL) become a lead build engineer?!
btw HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICK! (As it happens, my next birthday in december will make me 25 as well!)
I don’t think the other engineers would like to talk about that…
Well, he started when he was a puppy…
The dog was Rufus. When a major build happened for the Amazon website, another (therefore lower-ranked) engineer would hold Rufus’s paw to press the ENTER key and start the build.
We can thank Rufus for the pack of dogs that roam Amazon’s corridors. (I wish I were exaggerating. There’s about one dog for every two employees on my floor.)
I know, I was just trying to make a funny.
way to celebrate your fabulous 25th, Rick-sama! *cheers*
I already love the li’l guy there
(what’s Earl job BTW?)
Auto mechanic supervisor/manager.
ahhh after so many months of reading this comic I finally decided to start posting so nice to meet you all! Oh an happy b-day rick keep up the good work!!
Ladies and gentleman, we have a human birthday present!
is not possible!
but it is!
Completely serious here, I was a human birthday present.
“Happy Birthday! You’re not pregnant anymore!”… yeah.
xD same as my sister- only she was born on the wedding anniversary day.
So, your birthday is the same day as your mums? Bet you’ve had a lot of “double birthday parties” then! My birthday falls just 2 weeks short of christmas, so my birthday and christmas lists become one big list. Of course my uncle has it worse, his is the 28th december!!
WELCOME to the sect-I MEAN the club!
Happy Birthday Rick ^__^
Also, YAY more Earl!
And he’s working! This is great, he gets fleshed out and we see him on the job! Ever since I had he was an auto mechanic I had thought this would be a cool idea for an arc.
Heh well this promises to be silly, and we get to learn a bit more about the human characters it looks like which is good. Happy Birthday Rick!
When was his first name printed for the first time? I can’t recall anyone ever saying it.
I headdesk’d when I saw that his name was “Earl.”
I think the first time was when his wife mentioned it here http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/17/unspilled-milk/
I don’t think there was a time before that…
Also belated happy birthday Rick.
Happy Birthday, Rick! You are now, officially, a classic car.
Also, Itsuki is far better looking than Mario was when he dressed up like him.
Hurrah for Tanuki!
And Happy Birthday! (I have to tell four people that today? Sheesh! )
Four?! If they all got together that’d be one heck of a party!!
Lol I never knew Mr Sandwich’s first name was Earl. That amuses me. Earl Sandwich. The Earl of Sandwich XD
Wow, Really?? Happy birthday Rick!
and new character is so nice ^_^
Also I thought you’d be older than that! It’s rather surprising.
He’s got no collar, does that mean he’s naked, even if he’s wearing pants?
Is he even a Pet? I mean he could be a feral that is in the Ferrets Program
Ferals are naked, aren’t they?
Student visa; Japan may handle ‘this is how you identify a pet’ a bit differently.
Like, instead of wearing collars, they wear just an obi.
hmm that is possible
Haha totally wasn’t expecting that!!
thank you for drawing a proper tanuki and not just a generic raccoon.
They don’t really look that much like raccoons! The mask shapes tend to be way different at the very least
(Oooh! Really?! Well, Happy Birthday, Rick!)
BTW, I could probably help you with real Japanese if you need it anytime for this new character!
Waaaait…. Mr Sandwich’s name is Earl?
Ok, good pun there, I approve.
(for those who don’t know, the Earl of Sandwich is often credited with inventing… well.. the sandwich)
Yes. We’ve known this for quite some time.
I missed it somehow.
ZOMG A TANUKI WEUHEREWOIRNFIERGNDFJBGVIKCBNVJKDSBNSDBFIBENAIOFNQWDNEIOF…sorry…
I know, right?
(actually, I have no idea what you said, but I am in agreement).
Wai ! Wai !! Tanukisan ! Tanukisan !!!
never heard of a tanuki, ah well new arc! woot!
Happy Birthday Rick! Remember, if you make your definition of old something like 200 years, you will always be young (my definition of “old” is OVER 9000!). And great comic as always! I think that this would be a great way to show us more about Mr. Sandwich’s character. Have an awesome 25th birthday! I hope you enjoy it!
Happy Birthday, Rick!!! XD
And hey, a raccoon-dog, Yay!
Happy Birthday Rick!
He’s wearing something, AND he’s advanced-naked. xD
When I first saw him I thought, Badger? Looks like this is going to be fun. If this is the start of a new ark then I’ve already got some ideas of what you might do, but all of it is circumstantial. Plus, now I know that Mr. Sandwich’s first name is Earl… But what’s the difference between a “RaccoonDog” and a plain old Raccoon? (well, besides the size, Pot belly, and possible ability to transform)
Oh and, Happy Birthday Rick!
Oh, yes, if psychic powers exist then maybe shapeshifting tanuki do as well!
That could be handy when working on Japanese car engines!
At this point I’m kind of assuming all types of magical beings exist in someway in the Housepets Universe.
And by Magical Beings I mean Gods/Demons/Angels/Yokai/ect.
Yeh, but is this one a shapeshifter? It’s supposed to be an innate talent in all tanuki (as well as foxes and crows).
Crows? Never heard that one before…
IIRC, Tengu aren’t shapeshifters, there’s just a lot of different kinds. They do have offscreen teleportation, though
Real world? Racoon dogs are canids. Racoons are their own thing entirely.
i wanna say so many things in Japanese right now…but no one would listen.
I would! 8D
On a side I changed my name again.
Interesting new arc, and new characters. Also, happy birthday Rick.
Happy Birthday Rick!
I’ll be hearing the same thing in 11 days.
The EXACT same thing.
Hi my name is Rick and I’m already 25 young man, now get off my **** lawn!
ps: Great comic, hope to see more of Kitamura-san.
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Oh look, Mr.Took!
I can’t wait to see how this whole Raccoon Dog/Auto Mechanic bit is going to play out!
By the way: Happy Birthday!!!
Huh. You’re just a bit younger than me. Happy birthday, Rick.
This is certainly an unexpected direction. Wonder how this will go.
Happy Birthday Rick :3
Love the comics. Happy Birthday!!!!
lol good one. and HAPPY B_DAY RICK ^^
한국 사람들도 릭 만화 많이 좋아해요!! 생일축하해요!!
Ask Kevin or google… he knows what I am saying…
Hahah I already love the way Itsuki talks, XP
Also hope you have an awesome B-Day
An arc for Earl? Nice… very nice!
Oh man all the WACKY misunderstandings that are about to happen, it makes me smile to even think about them.
Happy Birthday! Keep up the phenomenal work :3!
BTW, this is how Itsuki there would sign his name: “北村五木”. (Kitamura Itsuki)
So true about jobs, eh…. :
I didn’t wear that to my job interview this morning.
Hippo Birdie Two Ewe Mr. Griffin! I remember when I turned 25… a year ago
Yet my curriculum vitae probably still didn’t look as promising as Mr. Kitamura here.
Wow, happy birthday Rick =) I only recently started reading your comments and they have quickly become one of my favorite reads.
Ah, don’t you hate when your own pep-talks/beliefs backfire on you D8?
Holy crud, reading this comics late at night has caused me to forget how to write D8… I wrote ‘comments’ instead of ‘comics’… Wow. And that sorta rhymed.
oldy but goody x3 happy birthdday (abit late)
Happy Birthday Rick Griffin, here’s my gift to you,
A poem I wrote when I had nothing else to do.
Many will worry what getting older will do.
But listen to this, for I know it is true.
It’s all in your head, it’s just a state of mind.
You can be as youthful as you want till the day that you die.
True age is personal, it matters only to you.
Although physical age grants you more things to do.
Just do what you love, whatever makes you smile.
I hope these kind words will be worth your while.
Happy birthday Rick, it is your special day.
May all your good times never go away.
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And happy belated birthday to you, Rick!
Can’t wait to see where this leads to.
Happy birthday, mr. griffin. :3
Happy B-day you old oldie!
Are we going to be seeing more of Mr. Kitamura in the future? He’d be a great wacky addition to the already strange troop. XD
well then, this will be a new face that will nice to see more of and Happy birthday Rick, man you are old
O.O new character!
what a nice surprise! Tanukis! <3
Happy Birthday Rick! =D I have you have an awesome day!
Why would there be copyrighted characters in this comic?
Why not, pokémon are cute.
‘Cause then Rick couldn’t include those strips in future books or other merchandise? Copyright infringement is frowned on, see.
Sorry maybe a mashup?
I see no reason that fictional characters from Nintendo would show up in this comic.
It would be cool?
Do you mean ponbon?
Why do I feel like I’ve seen this character before?
Great work as usual Rick, and I’m turning 23 in Feb o3o
>.< Can't believe I almost forgot to wish Rick a Happy Birthday! X3
Happy Birthday Rick =D Awesome comic as usual.
This arc looks to be hilariously promising. Also, happy birthday Rick! I recently turned 21 myself.
Happy Birthday Rick! and i have noidea how this arc will work out, but im shure it will be as funny as the rest of em!
A tanuki? My curiosity is piqued.
Oh, by the way: Happy birthday, Rick! *throws cheap confetti*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ALL OF US to YOU! *sign card here*
yay! happy birfday!!! also, yay, new species x3
Tanuki? Wonder if he can use a leaf to change his appearance, or are these Tanuki more… ordinary?
Sorry I didn’t get this in quick enough T_T forgot to comment yesterday…. Happy birthday Rick! I hope it went well
Happy birthday, O Great Artist/Entertainer :3
And to the office exec…. NEXT TIME, LISTEN TO YOUR ASSOCIATE. IF HE SAYS HE ISN’T DRESSED “NORMALLY” THEN LISTEN TO HIM
It pains me to say this, but… Itsuki is looking very kawaii.
On a completely related note, happy 25th birthday, Rick.
By the way, Rick, it’s “koniichiwa” and not “konnichiwa”. Just for a future reference.
But… it is ‘konnichiwa.’ *peers*
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