Shades Of Meaning

Say, in case you didn’t hear

Discussion (132) ¬

  1. Dissension

    I really like Sergeant Ralph. x3

    • KleptoKat

      Who doesn’t?

    • silverfang16

      He is quite a character.

  2. Senorpie7

    Yes!!!! I knew little spo was ready to save the day!!!!! =3

    • Dragongal

      With a bunch of sarcasm and self appreciation at the ready.

    • Draven

      I thought he’d be wrapped in scotch tape (kuz ropes are too thick)

  3. rtlstien

    looks like the ghost shrunk himself to appear less threatening

    • Senorpie7

      And thus, be able to get help from these robbers!

    • Frank

      Or is he just floating really far away?

      • rtlstien

        Good point. It’s hard to grasp the perspective of Ralph’s gaze.

      • Yehoshua

        I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    • IceKitsune

      I think it really could be either it is kind of hard to tell for sure. We’ll find out on Friday most likely though. (I still say he just tiny)

  4. AuvaAkita

    Spo to save the day!!!

  5. kingisawsome

    go spo! go spo! go S.P.O!!!!!!!!

  6. MKarrow

    Gahhh wonder what he’s saying….

  7. McFly

    Finally, a good use for your mouth. :)

    • anon_omis

      I saw what you did there

    • Dragongal

      Isn’t that from a movie? i only partly see what you did there.

  8. Senorpie7

    Did it occur to anybodythat maybe the cheetah ghost (or what ever he is) does not actuqlly like what these guys are doing, and maybe he is trying to reach out for help?

    • Yehoshua

      Exactly what I was thinking.

    • Snowmon

      I’m 90% sure that he’s a leopard.

      • Yehoshua

        I’m 90% sure that he’s a ghost with an unknown name.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Tezcatlipoca. Remember that name.

          • yehoshua

            We don’t know that for sure, even if it’s a good guess, it may be false.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It may be false, it may be true, it may be true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense.

          • Yehoshua

            Or it’s just fake in a far rarer sense and in that case, I say, let’s eat.

          • Snowmon

            Agreed, it’s every sense except “makes sense”. Let’s eat.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Hail Eris!

      • rtlstien

        More likely he’s a Jaguar.

    • Foldo

      I’m 200% sure that he’s a jaguar.

    • Dragongal

      OMG I have been saying that for the past week or so.

  9. Yehoshua

    Hurting a dog? Not only is he also gonna hear fom the inmates, he’s gonna he at from the PETA inmates!

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      not if they set them into the wild. the PETA inmates would love that.

      • Yehoshua

        Worse yet.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Would be ironic, and somewhat lucky, if these guys share a cell with “Fatty.”

      • anon_omis


        • Nohbody

          Joel’s partner from the PETA arc. He was never given a formal name, and only listed in the tags as just “PETA”. Several comments were made about his weight, so “Fatty” wound up to be a convenient handle.

          • anon_omis

            Thank you!

  10. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    do you only show the faces of human bad guys, Rick? or is that a coincidence?

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      also, you should have a tag for “human faces” just to make it easier to keep count.

      • Yehoshua

        Nefarious villains isn’t good enough for you?

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          that doesn’t include Joel, Thomas, or Celia and also include the Spot villains.

          • yehoshua

            The good guys lost parts of their faces in a trans-dimensional rift.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            That was no transdimentional rift, it was a chronsynclastic infundibulum!

          • Yehoshua

            Curse your big word usage!

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I didn’t start it!

    • IceKitsune

      He did show Earls face and Officers Bill’s face as well.

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        full face. the top of Earl’s face is always covered, and Bill’s always either wearing a helmet with a visor or sunglasses.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Bill showed up with his full face visible at the Wolves’ welcome party, he’s younger than you’d think and apparently likes his meat really rare.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I repeat. Sunglasses.

    • Rick Griffin

      Perhaps, it just made sense in this context to me

  11. SilverZeo

    Spo is n par with ShortStop and the Ewoks…

    • Leinad

      do you mean Short Round, from Indiana Jones? ’cause short stop is either a restaurant or baseball position…

  12. Snowmon

    I guess that I can understand what the braided man’s argument. Criminals can hurt humans all they want, but if they hurt a fellow animal… er… you know what I mean. Cops are universally hated, animals are universally loved. Who knows what the Ghost is thinking or trying to say.

    • silverfang16

      It’s not good from any standpoint. The penalty for hurting a police dog is as steep as hurting an officer, so they would get to deal with a much harsher sentence.

      • Snowmon

        I disagree, If you pet a police man you’ll just get thrown in jail.

        If you pet his dog you’ll get bitten, yelled at in German/Russian and thrown in jail.

        If you pet a Housepets Police Dog, “heaven” help you and pray that you’ll make it to jail.

        • silverfang16

          Disagree with what? I’m sure that in a universe comprised of talking animals the penalty would be unbelievable.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Then it’s a good thing they don’t have tanuki on the police force.

          Or do they, in Japan?

    • SilverZeo

      I think the Gost was about to say, “SILENCE!”

  13. IceKitsune

    lol The ghost is really tiny. Also Yay! Spo and for some odd reason I like the fact that in this universe if you mess with even Police Animals you are in trouble with inmates.

    • silverfang16

      It is not inaccurate in RL either.

      • IceKitsune

        Really? I know if you hurt kids your a dead man in any jail but I never heard the same for pets, let alone them doing it for police animals.

        • silverfang16

          You would be surprised how attached prisoners get to things that don’t judge them. I heard some pretty nasty stories about animal abusing prisoners while doing canine unit studies for my companion animal science course.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      the ghost appears to actually be kinda far away. not tiny.

      • IceKitsune

        No I think he just tiny since I think he would have to be very far away to look like that considering how big he was before.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          they’re in a boat, moving further away with each second.

  14. Senorpie7

    Is it just me, or is Ralph just milking that helpless look in panel 2?? :b

    • silverfang16

      Does it not work? :3

  15. Elwood Blutarsky

    It’s a sign they’re doomed…Unless their Bill, he’s too awesome to be affected by that rule.

  16. Daggy

    No wonder Fido didn’t seem too concerned in the previous comic. Always has a plan!


    • Yehoshua

      For a moment I read “plan!” as “plant”…
      He always has a plant :D

  17. Talonstripe

    And Spo temporarily saves the day!

  18. 1boredcanadian

    This can only end badly for our antagonists.
    as a side note: The book looks great!

  19. BlueAnubis

    Magic Fido! He can turn invisible to allow important things to be seen through him!

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      actually, I think Fido is slightly further up than Ralph, meaning that in panel 2, he’s slightly off panel.

  20. Firewolf

    Mouse in da House!….and so is an ancient Aztec ghost…..A new challenger approaches! Spo vs. ???

    • Frank

      Except that it’s actually a boat

  21. leaffly

    Hmm… He is either listening to the ghost or to the robbers…

    • Holly Lovegood

      Maybe both. 0_0

  22. xhunterko

    Who would you rather deal with? Tiny ghost or tiny mouse?

  23. Dansuke34

    Are they in a boat or something?

  24. gaboris

    Okay so the thugs know about the ghost and AREN’T running for their lives? … BOY talk abut hard core. XD

    Ummm… I don’ know, what’s the point of the third panel now? O_o”

  25. Hera Ledro

    So I have to say, amazing work on the background. My only real qualm is that I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be some sort of rocky outcrop that’s being lit by the villains’ lamps/torches/whatever, or if they’re in a boat of some sort (why…I don’t know. Maybe left behind by the Aztec/Mayan ghost or summat). I also like the expressions you’re giving to the characters, especially Sergeant Ralph; hooray for more characterization!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I think they’re on a boat sailing down the river.

      “Would you could you on a boat?
      Could you would you with a ghost?”

      • Mkarrow

        Then you placed upon that post
        Your knowledge of children’s books to boast!

  26. Draven

    I think these are the only people with faces, or at least the first in a while. Not counting Joel because he’s King now.

  27. Napu

    And so, multiple questions were answered instantaneously.

    • Draven

      And new questions arose with the answering of the old ones.

      • Napu

        I hate my life

  28. WingedWolfGirl

    They bad-guy keep going on like that, and the dogs will want to be sent back. XD

    Also I don’t think the ghost is tiny, guys, I think it’s just off in the distance.

  29. Grip the Wolf

    Don’t push it SPO. Especially when you are the smallest one in the group…

  30. Grip the Wolf

    I love the way that Rick uses the title attribute to make even more jokes. Also, I would like to thank Rick for indirectly helping me learn something for my class on making Web pages in HTML code. Specifically, looking at the Web page source taught me how to add mouse-over text to an image. Thank you so much, Rick!

  31. Kitch

    You just wanna show off that pretty cover, that’s why you keep putting it on the comic comments. :3

    What is that ghost doing, anyway?

    • Frank

      and its hilarious alt-text

  32. FantasticMrWolf

    Spo to the rescue! XD

  33. FerreTrip

    What Happened to the Mouse? He was hiding! Go, Spo, and your runtiness!

    Hmmm…looks like the ghost is trying to communicate.

    Well-drawn humans, Rick! Good for a comic artist to show their competence in multiple subjects once in a while. ^^

    • Rick Griffin

      It’s taken me far too long to start settling on this style of eyes when drawing cartoon humans. I think it helps a lot.

      • Tattorack

        Way to go on drawing better humans :D

      • Draven

        I have a problem drawing eyes for anything, it really is easier just to hide them in various ways.

        • Tattorack

          Practice practice practice……
          The hardest part(s) of the human body, when drawing in perspective, are the hands and feet.

  34. Magnaliscous

    I can’t help but think of Spo as a master troll…

  35. Tattorack

    Are they…. in a rowboat?

  36. illeatyourself

    So what’s with the close-up of the ghost’s mouth? Is that supposed to hint at something? Because if it is, then it’s REALLY vague…

  37. Dragongal

    Why is Ralph the only one with no mouth ties?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Because of Monday’s strip, where he had his mouth open when the ninja pirates tied them up so quickly between one panel and the next they didn’t have time to change position.

  38. Holly Lovegood

    Horray for Spo! :D

  39. Drashy


    I come here to give a simple opinion (not to be angry or anything, just want to give my comment)

    Ta very good comics, but it seems unreal that:

    1-bind and gag two dogs but only a bind him

    2-the fact that they are tied so little time … I say from the point of view of logic, if a bound and gagged people to do nothing while working, not going to let teamed up with a free hand with the which could free the others, I think is “weird” but it is my opinion nothing more

    Thank you very much for listening ^ ^ (actually read me) and I hope the next chapter

    • Frank

      I’d say it actually speaks well of Spo’s character that he didn’t leave them tied up for long.

  40. zeroslash

    I wonder what that ghost will do — besides frightening the daylights out of them.

    And for some reason, I imagined the criminal’s voices as the ones from Batman: Arkham Asylum.

  41. Argent Stonecutter

    Hey, remember the last time we had two nefarious characters, with one of them kind of reluctant and the other a hardcore baddy? And the reluctant guy got turned into a corgi?

    I think King needs a new buddy, you know…

  42. Drashy

    I mean, do not say that this evil … plus … it was obvious that the mouse was going to release, and that in the last frame of the previous comic was no longer in the dog’s head … just saying that would have been better They were exposed during this comic tied and the next to be released …