Printers Are Tools Of The Living

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  1. Ryufire

    Whoa what just happened? 0.o

    • Erkhyan

      I think the ghost just used the symbol to teleport the whole boat into the police station. That’s what I understood, though.

      • Erkhyan

        The Alt Text also implies it:

        « I hope you have a permit to park that thing »

      • Kitch

        They’re about to Drop a Boat on Terrance. :(

        • AflacMan13

          Pretty sure it is just an inflatable dinghy. That is what it looks like anyway… a big one but a dinghy none the less.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Looks like it’s made of wood to me.

          • cesarinthewhitedragon

            it really seems to be made of wood, look at panel 1

    • DaGermanShepherd

      Teoxihuitl used the symbol Kevin drew to teleport them to another symbol. He teleported the whole ship there. Well, the important thing is that they would’ve gotten away with it, had it not been for those meddling K-9’s, and their pesky mouse too!

      • Ryufire

        *Eats Scooby Snacks* Thanks Erkhyan and Shepherd it all makes sense now! ^-^ Rich and glory down the toilet and into jail! >.> Sucks for those nefarious villains! :p

  2. DaGermanShepherd

    Oh boy…don’t look up.
    This was SO worth staying up til 3:30am.

    • AleyxJ


    • Senorpie7

      I had to get some sleep, I have a long day today.
      On the bright side, this arc is great!!

  3. Barker

    “We’ve solved part of the mystery of that symbol with absolutely no correlation to… anything.”
    “So we need to cross reference the information through random databases until we come up with an source?”
    “Nah, let’s just wait until the unit comes back with a lead from the investigation.”
    “Speak of the devil!”

    • DaGermanShepherd

      Why do I have a feeling we’re going to have one less member of the K-9 unit in 3…2…1….?

      • Nohbody

        If you mean Terrence (the one in the last panel looking up at the boat), no he’s not directly underneath it, but further in the panel background. Look at the guy standing with him, they’re both too small to be as close to the webcomic’s audience as the boat.

        • Tensa Zangetsu

          Oh thank goodness! I was worried for a moment.

  4. Erkhyan

    I gotta love Teo’s smirk there! (I can call him Teo, right? “Teoxihuitl” is a bit tricky to remember…)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      If you can’t remember an easy name like Teoxihutl you’re never going to pass Mesoamerican History!

      I was gonna say, he looks like the ocelotl that’s swallowed the tototzintli!

      • Eagle0600

        Or be able to play Scion for that matter, where you have to know who, for instance, “Tetzcatlipoca” is off the top of your head.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I’ll see your Tezcatlipca and raise you Huitzilpocthli

          • darkgloomie

            I’ll see your meso-american mythology, and raise you Trivia, goddess of crossroads!

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Pawn to King Bishop Four.

          • darkgloomie

            Pawn to promition in Queen in e8. Check

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Counter-check, some tasteful frills, maybe a nice gingham…

          • T-Squared

            xipalcaflkiazoaaaaaahhhh…. *collapses into conniptions from all the Aztec names*

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Yay! I always win at Calvinball!

          • rallyjr

            game set match?

          • MKarrow

            But it’s not Thursday, Argent!

      • Erkhyan

        I’ll blame it on selective memory. After all, I live in a country that’s had kings with names such as Andrianampoinimerina (formerly Imboasalama) or *chokes* Andriatsimitoviaminandriandehibe.

  5. AuvaAkita

    Yay for Teleportation Symbols!!!

  6. Thoth

    Well, that’s impressive, useful, and relatively easily-worked magic. Coupled with that history course, the relatively easy acceptance of psychic powers, known haunts, the lack of apparent upset over Pete’s disappearing house, the lack of human interest in Tarot and Sabrina, and other factors… I begin to wonder whether or not “finding a good magician” in the Housepets universe is a bit like “Finding a skilled engineer” – uncommon in the population and expensive to hire, but available and reasonably well-known.

    Maybe King actually has good reason to worry about the police finding him on the lam as a dog, believing in the situation, and re-arresting him.

    • Rick Griffin

      Actually I think I am going with the explanation that magic remains rare because it tends to be quite finicky and selective, instead of being broadly-applicable. Most “mainstream” application of it is limited to psychic powers, which I am sorry to say to almost everyone who has tried to make a joke of it, only moves at the speed of light.

      • Thoth

        Hm… Presuming that non-humans tend to be poor at considering “consequences”, we can neatly tie up their drop in status; the industrial revolution maimed human workers at a great rate while eliminating many jobs that didn’t require working with clunky, dangerous, machinery. Animal workers would have needed replacing so often that they wouldn’t even be worth training. Thus animals would slowly drop from “near equals” to “dependents”, and – with no prospect of growing out of that, and in a period when children were widely treated as property – to property in general.

        Magic, being less generally useful, would be supplanted by reliable engineering, but remain a part of the general consciousness – and an occasional hobby for both humans and pets, producing a fairly modern world with occasional weirdness that no one pays all that much attention to.

        Of course now that most machinery includes all kinds of fail-safes, and office jobs are coming to dominate, the time is ripe for animal rights movements to start taking them out of the “property” category again.

        • Daniel

          Is this… some sort of politcal statement?

          • Thoth

            Well, I suspect that for most it falls under “discussion of the setting”.

            Now, if you happen to actually physically live in or visit the Housepets setting and/or are capable of substantially influencing events there, I suppose it could be regarded as political. That might deprive the Housepets ASPCA of it’s “charitable organization” status though.

  7. Keldor

    Teehee, I can’t help but notice that in the fifth panel we can see the human’s eyes, but Teoxihuitl is cut off. XD

  8. gaboris

    Heh at first I mistook that last panel for a kind of ripped page. Like the guy tore the symbol in half and that somehow caused a rip in the fabric of (comic) time ‘n space… yeah I kinda went overboard with this idea, but still… A boat’s been teleported by two drawings on paper so I guess I’m JUST as sane as the story. XD

  9. AleyxJ

    Actually, honestly, full sized dogs (especially powerful ones like Dobermans and German Shepards) would have quite a good chance, even with stronger people. In this case, I doubt those guys would last a few seconds.

    • Indagare

      On our world, yes. On *their* world? Humans might be much more powerful.

    • Thoth

      Well, that is presuming that the bipedal animals in the Housepets universe haven’t made many of the same biophysical compromises that humans have. The few strength comparisons we’ve seen – such as during the visit to the vets – haven’t exactly been encouraging.

  10. IceKitsune

    lol that’s going to be the worlds strangest police report ever.

    • AuvaAkita

      I have a feeling this investigation is going to be off the record.

  11. 1boredcanadian

    HOORAH! Plot device!

    • Frank

      except that you can’t turn it off!

  12. Salenstormwing

    I’m on a boat! In the middle of a police stati… wait, that’s not how the song goes.

  13. Senorpie7

    Is it just me, or has anyone noticed how differently Ralph is being drawn lately? I think it looks good though!

    • WingedWolfGirl

      Looks older, he’s maturing. :)

    • darkgloomie

      Winter fur maybe?

      I bet somebody expected m to go th obvious approach here ;p

  14. WingedWolfGirl

    Robber’s Boat.
    Outa Friggin’ Nowhere.

  15. T-Squared

    Crash in 3…2…1… :D

  16. Grip the Wolf

    NOW you’re thinking with portals, Kevin! And, for once, not with tackling…

    • darkgloomie

      You simpleton! Don’t you see what he has done? He tackled the space-time continuum!

      Tch. People these days…

      • Grip the Wolf

        I wish that I could tackle the space-time continuum…

        • rallyjr

          But if u do that you might end up somewhere that has not internet and then we wouldn’t get anymore of your comments

  17. Grip the Wolf

    Also, since when do criminals care about doing things the LEGAL WAY? *Is referring to the mouse-over text*

  18. FalconMage

    Oh Kevin…

  19. SiLahi

    So the dialogue seems pretty messed up

    • Air

      I noticed, too. When the guy says “Well, I’m not.”, it seems out of place.

      • Napu

        Yeah that one seems like a flat out mistake

        • Dissension

          I don’t see why.

          Nefarious Villain: “You just back off! We’re not above throwing you overboard right now! Well, I’m not.”

          He initially says his cohorts would be willing to go along with him in throwing the doggies outta the boat. Then he backpedals (understandably, since at least one of them seems to have reservations about harming the K-9 Unit members).

          • rallyjr

            i think that “throwing you overboard” was directed at the guy from two panels earlier; it looks like he noticed that they were free after he said it

          • Napu

            I see now.
            Sorry about that

  20. McFly

    The search should’t be too difficult now. :)

  21. T-Squared

    Oh wait! I was right! It WAS a teleporter! 8D

  22. Rivus

    I’m surprised that kevin thought of it.

  23. Pooldawg

    Fido just got facepalmed. Lol.

    • Napu

      I’m thinking you should change your avatar

      • Napu

        Completely up to you of course but it won’t be easy trying to tell us apart also you should be original cause no one likes biters

      • Napu

        Oh crap never mind. My computer is going crazy right now and it’s making everyone have the wrong avatars

  24. silverfang16

    Fido has been so quiet the past few pages!

    • Frank

      Spo has been quiet in the past few pages!

      • McFly

        Now THAT’S rare.

      • silverfang16

        Good point.

    • Senorpie7

      I did notice that as well. I suppose that Fido is really not important to the plot of the arc at this point, other than him just being there. I am sure we will get some peeps out of him by the end of this.
      To be honest, Ralph and Kevin to not get much time on the comic, so this is a much needed arc featuring them. I honestly forgot about them a little bit lately, before this arc of course.
      Speaking of time on the comic, it looks like we are in for a lot of of Terrance coming up here =D

      • silverfang16

        You’re right, Kevin and Ralph need some spotlight time for a change! ^_^

  25. dreamingcat0226

    love the grin in the fifth panel X3

  26. Draven

    I would carry a symbol thing around with me just so the ghost has a friend.

  27. FerreTrip

    (*re-looks at the comic, notices the spirit’s smirk* Noice.)

    So, does this mean Kevin just earned the nickname “Quick-Draw”?

  28. Dawg

    Haha face palm!

  29. McFly

    Umm…why does it seem that the villain with the braids is oblivious to the fact that a ghost is behind his partner?

    • McFly

      Matter of fact, forget I asked.

  30. ace5762

    Oh my god, we can see human faces now.

  31. Draven

    Haha. Big boat, little pip.

    • Krebs830

      Lol! I guess “KA-BOOM!” was too predictable.

    • Chakat Firepaw

      No no no.

      It’s Blackjack that had the boat dropped on her. Which makes more sense, as referencing Security fits more than the Stable Dweller.

  32. GentleCorgy's#7COMBO

    Nice shout out illeatyourself, it goes perfect with your avatar pic.
    So would the K-9 squad keep this new skill to solve future crimes or is this just a one time deal?

  33. Vladimir Zharkov

    That ghost sure likes sneaking up behind people.

  34. darkgloomie

    Tht thing is, as pointed out above, most likely the boat.

    The villian asked Kevin what he was talking about because the only other teleportation symbol he knew of was in the cave (remember, the one in the truck was smudged and thus most likely useless, plus it’d be awkard to teleport a boat inside a truck).

  35. 1boredcanadian

    I hate to be the one that does this but……I’M ON A BOAT!

  36. cookiesGOOD4u

    Hey, wait a minute! The shading implies that the light is coming from underneath them.
    Since when do boats give off light?! I want a boat like that. O.o
    It’s like…glowing in the darkness….

  37. Holly Lovegood


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  38. Onemanarmy11

    pip! xD Ohhhh that must be awkward.

  39. Firewolf

    OOOOH! =D I get it! *angels sing* the symbol is a teleport! Shweet =3 Like cookies and pudding!