Good luck King!
well i knew he would go to her, but i should have seen that coming. dumb game.
Sasha COULD be King’s only hope to all this goofy madness that Duchess has unleashed unto him! ._.
its kinda sad
It’s VERY sad.
I think Sasha is the Kitsune, and Duchess is Pete.
Maybe Karishad is the Kitsune?
Kitsunes ARE known for being mischievous…. oh god. YOU”RE RIGHT! …we’re all doomed!
*GASP* Don’t jinx it Grip! o.o
I have to say that Grip’s avatar is exceptionally well suited to his comment.
… 0.0 I think Argent could be right… Oh my.
What have you done?! What awful, horrifying thoughts have you put in my mind?!
The only thing that does not support this idea, is the fact that Karishad is seldom seen…
… Then again, the Kitsune is seldom seen either.
I didn’t think he would go to these girls so soon though.
“Nope. Saasha is Cerberus’ avatar!”
That WOULD explain the violent tendencies…
And the erratic behavior as well. It would be hard trying to listen to three different sets of advice.
I’ve heard worse avatar ideas. Why not! ^_^
ahhh~ I love Tarot. X3
lol everyone does.
I’ll love her more when she makes the grapenut come true
Grapenut is a must
whats a grapenut?
Grapenut = Grape + (Pea)nut.
Character shipping nonsense, in other words.
Mister, please step over this nice white-hot coal floor, please…
I like Tarot better with Peanut, she has feelings for him.
Tarot came into Peanut’s life to help him out toward grape, not to steal him from her. She’s supposed to stay where she is only until Grape opens her heart to Peanut.
At which point there will probably be a shift in avatars.
Mmmm, grapenuts! … oh! You mean the OTHER grapenut! Yeah, sorry
Aww, but Tarotnut is so cute, whereas Grapenut just… I don’t know, perhaps Rick will make it work out, but right now it just doesn’t feel right. Who knows, maybe Peanut will really fall for Tarot (if I were him I would have already. I mean, come on, sure she’s the avatar of a giant spirit dragon that has a crush on him, but she can make anything real that you can imagine!).
Ahhh Grapenut, I love it so :3
sometimes I doubt that GrapeNut is going to happen.
Shame on me, Shame!
yayz for GrapeNut!!!! X3
Good luck with that King. :p
haha still no help XD
Hahaha, poor King. When *Sasha* is going to be more helpful than Tarot, you *know* things aren’t going your way.
Alt text: “wait, Tarot’s not small, she’s medium”
dang, you’re comment wasn’t here when I posted the alt text. >_< now I look dumb.
I was wondering when Rick was going to get to the “medium” joke.
Most comedians tend to go for the extra-large medium joke. This version is cuter.
Of course this reminds me of Mrs Cake (who’s a medium-small), but she looks more like her daughter Ludmilla (apart from the size).
Terry Pratchett FTW! Although Mrs. Cake is more likely to be annoyed at a god-spirit-being for bothering her that let it use her as an avatar.
She gets along OK with One Man Bucket.
I still don’t get that size joke that everyone talks about…
A “medium” is another term for someone who communes with spirits. But medium can also be used to describe someone’s size (small>medium>large>etc).
The Strip is called “Small Talk” two small dogs talking to each other, as well is idol chat pun. But the alt text not Tarot isn’t a small breed she’s medium sized breed, punning with medium as in some to channels spirits for others to talk to.
Thank you guy
I’m unfamiler with HP Insidejokes.
But I got joke, how many ShaSha do you need to change a light bulb?
I haven’t think about the anwer yet.
Why the heck did he even go to her in the first place?
What better way to fight a crazed, whip wielding dog than a giant dragon?
lol, agreed XD
Or it was the next house he saw next for help?
desperate times and desperate measures, etc
Oh also, I LOVE the shading on this comic. It’s so vibrant and realistic.
And I think Rick spends more times on drawing background than comic it self.
(what I said does not make sense at all, because background count as comic) anyway HP’s background is so detailed…
Hey, we get to see Tarot’s house for the first time! Now I wonder who her owner is.
Alt text- ” wait, Tarot’s not small, she’s medium”
hahaha~ love that one Rick. X3
I think as far as mediums go, she’s still rather small.
shes fun sized
A few fries short of a happy meal… Hehe.. Short.. :3
Oh, you and your puns, Rick!
big swing and a miss huh king. wonder how he got away from duchess? i guess them lil legs can move after all :p
well it is a life of death situation
he could of hid behind something as she ran by
Yeah but they are dogs, Sasha could have smelled him out. I think it is all too more likely adrenaline making that pup move.
Meant duchess sorry mind was loopy.
When Sasha might be more helpful your day has not gone well.
King is aware Sasha is a lot smarter than she acts, though…
Oh yes, her help worked out SO well before.
vary true and she is always amusing
Since Sahsa know Duchess anyway, To know what I mean, read this
My thoughts exactly. They know each other, so maybe Sasha can do something to salvage the situation.
The predictions that most of us made! Holey Carp! Mind. Blown.
Uhh… you do realize that Rick can see the comments, right? I think he’s messing with us.
He’s like some sort of web comic making puppet master!
Yes, I do realize that. I’m just amazed that some of us actually predicted something like this. Gold star for them! xD
It’s not pure prognostication if it’s visible to he-who-makes-the-future.
He uses ideas from the comments sometimes, I’m not shocked.
sometimes we have some good ideas
Or sometimes we are really good guessers.
Welp! Guess where we’re going next!
Tarot! You’re so very high up!
Hey Rick, remember all of us talking about the Kitsune’s avatar during the interview?
I sure do. =3
king must run fast unless he forgot about duchess because hes going to get cought cant wait to see what happens ;3
You can’t say King didn’t have a good plan. What better way to fend off a crazed dog than an enormous dragon that beats up blizzards with her mighty claws?
Something tells me Dragon would be more likely to help than Tarot (or maybe not since it’s got nothing to do with Peanut). I always figured Tarot has to keep Dragon from getting herself into trouble.
Couldn’t he get to Sasha’s doghouse unseen if he was able to shout to Tarot without Duchess hearing?
Shout out to The Kitsune.
I miss The Great Kitsune actually.
Not much for him to do with the normal storylines, he did cameo in that arc where Pete was locked up though.
But he could easily be any of the more nonchalant characters, if his demeanor during the game was any indication of his personality.
I think it will be someone less subtle than any of the Mr. Bigglesworth clan yet more subtle than Tarot and/or Sabrina.
Argent, if it were Mr. Bigglesworth, then which one?
anyone else noticed how well done the background is in this strip?
Her house looks kinda creepy in the dark! o.o
The whole STRIP is well-done in this strip.
I love when Rick uses the different lighting effects. It always ends up more brilliant than usual.
Besides, Kevin is obviously Kitsune’s avatar, just look at those red eyes!
No, it’s Daisy! How has nobody realized that yet?
That’s not how you pronounce saluki!
Imagine the irony.
While I like the irony of that idea I don’t think Fox is that in-tune with the spirit world. : /
Very good sir. You have succeeded in saying something patently rediculous. As you are no doubt aware, one of the conditions of that game is that avatars take the form of pets, for instance a dog or cat, or maybe even a ferret. I am quite human, at least the last time I checked, and am therefore most certainly disbarred from participation.
Of course, you could make the argument that Jeeves is the pet of the ferrets, but this would be technically incorrect for at least three separate legal reasons.
Incidentally, what happened to my avatar??
Being totally honest, I thought King would bump into a messenger sent to retrieve his watch/ the part of his soul and in the process would have Pete’s transformation lifted from hiim and he goes back being human again, which would only result in King (now Joel) bemoaning his fate because fort he first time in his life (except when he was a kid) he was actually happy and content, even if he was a dog. then, with a tear-streaked face he looks up and says, “Now what? I had my one chance to be happy ripped from me. What about Bailey? She was my only ray of sunshine in that miserable and confusing world of dogs and cats. I can never win!”
That said (and consequently posted) the likelihood of this actually happening is quite slim, because then Rick would be depriving his many readers from one od the most interesting and complex characters (at least in my opinion) of the whole Housepets! world. Why would Rick do that when King still has so much potential for future arcs and development? King himself is too good of a character to give up, plus why waste so much development already to just throw away the character?
BTW, this is not in response to silverfang16’s comment above on how rick uses ideas from the comments. (Quite frankly Rick, I will assume that I know nothing of your creative mind and leave it to that). These posts above (and the ones posted by Grapefan following) you could say is just my fan fiction, my own take on what might happen next. As I said below, I hope you enjoy it, though!!
Then Pete shows up and offers him a deal he can’t refuse.
wow that girl is DEDICATED ._.
and of course Duchess isn’t Kitsunes avatar, its obviously Sasha
whose gonna be the avatar duuuuh
Nuu, Daisy. So there. -_-
This may just end up being my favourote King page. That may all have to do with getting to see King’s “barely-existent tail” in phenomenal lighting, along with the dialogue.
Also, I’m still enjoying King’s ‘good’ collar. I like his normal one, but the thin simplicity of the good collar is quite nice.
This arc is still going? Huh, I was already pretty sure it would have ended last week because comical chase ‘n run ending would been fitting.
This is Rick we are talking about here, you can never be too sure of anything! lol
As long as King is still a part of it! Its all worth the read! Thanks Rick!
I miss peanunt and grape, eventhough we got best reaction from king, I still Miss ‘em. Last time we saw peaunt was first week of Feb…
Peanut and Grape were just in a arc. Housepets is about more then Peanut and Grape, you know.
Still I miss them.
eventhough it is more than Peaunt and Grape.
But imagine with me just for a moment that the previous storyline did occur: we join Joel, in the pit of despair, wishing beyond anything else that this could be reversed. He made a choice, if he could, to go back and remain as a Corgi, as King because even though his life was filled with chaos as a canine, at least he was happy. Something in the cosmos erupts, the Joel is swept away and when he comes to himself again, he is lying on his back looking up into the stars in the sky. Everything is deathly still He hears a rustle to his right and, rising up on one arm, turns to see Tarot approaching him.
“Even the underdog can win, Joel” Joel, confused for a moment, stands up and absentmindedly looks down. A cold puddle of icy water provided a view of what Joel expected to see, his own reflection, same as it always was, staring up at him cast with a background of myriad stars. He wasn’t surprised and quite frankly confused at Taror’s words.
“I didn’t win anything, just a badly bruised and broken spirit and the loss of an opportunity to be happy.” Joel said, his eyes meeting Tarot’s.
“Don’t you realize, Tarot that all these things happened without my say or consent? That ol’ jerk of a bird put me through misery after misery. When he was out of the picture, I thought things would turn around, then a piece of my soul fell out of the sky, which opened up a whole new box of fears. But then I met Bailey, and things started to turn around. I thought if I just accepted my life as a dog that everything would be good. I started to enjoy my life, for the first time since I was a kid. Then I meet this psychopath who enrolls me in this stupid dog show, and I could have said no, but I thought I would come out unscathed until she showed up at my house and chased me around the neighborhood with a pink whip and cuffs. I guess I should be grateful that I was saved by the messenger and that my soul is complete again, but I didn’t even get a say on whether I wanted to remain a dog or not…How is that fair?”
“You really think you didn’t have a choice?” Tarot responded.
“You tell me” Joel said, pointing at his reflection in the puddle. Looking down he saw himself again, but then his mouth fell open. Joel stood there, frozen to the spot, dumbfounded by what he saw. He blinked and stared in utter amazement. He was transformed again, back to that stubby legged corgi named King. “King, you won.” Tarot says. “You won the game.”
Without another word, Tarot turned and walked back through the darkness.
(See the two posts by Grapefan above in succession to get the full story)
Close by, (Too close for comfort in all actuality) King hears the shrill voice of a sleek show dog,
“Kiiiinnnnggggyyy!!”. In a split second, the short legs of the corgi spring to action, and the chase continues.
(Ah, the thrill of the chase. the show dog thought)
Even though the corgi was very doubtful about the outcome of his present situation, King could not be happier as he pumped his legs and tried to outrun the crazed duchess.
(Correction: three posts above…the three posts by Grapfan in succession, which has just become four with the addition of this post.. sorry, by the way,)
(I just hope you enjoy it
I didn’t read this and I do not intend to, but I replied since this is probably the longest comment on Housepets ever.
Well, not to find fault, but I’ve seen some posts to rival this one. Don’t judge a book by its cover, though. Do you even know what this post is about? (It actually starts with earlier posts above by Grapefan. All I have to say is give it a try. You may like it. (written with good feeling and hope)
Well….I liked it, even if it doesnt go in the comments section
I believe so.
We have a fourm if you want to write fanfiction. Please do not use the comic comment section for it.
Yes, I do feel a bit sheepish in retrospect
Poor confused king
oh puns, my 2nd favorite form of humor; right after irony
What exactly WOULD Sasha do if King got help from her?
she’d get him to clean her house.
And extra beer cans
Adorable Tarot is adorable, yet unhelpful.
Rick keeps tweaking her design, she’s gone from cute to ridiculously cute. I think the “oh deer” strip is the cutest.
Duchess …Kitsuen’s Avatar.
That would be dumb.
Nope, she’s a spirit dragon disguised as a Pomeranian!
Tarot and the Dragon are connected but different, they are teammates not one in the same.
Who says she isn’t helping? She’s may be helping in her own way, she just can’t say she’s helping.
(Play a puppetmaster for a while and you’ll understand…)
The unrevealed mysteries……….
BTW who is bigger or taller tarot or king?
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/28/that-would-be-weird/ Panel 3 shows King is slightly bigger
Why isn’t this showing up as a reply to Legendario13’s 3:59 pm comment?
Probably had a comment upstream deleted.
*GROANS at the alt text*
And HAH! One Kitsune’s Avatar theory GONE!
What are you talking about? The alt text made my day!
Wait, I just realized that king put emphasis on “would” when he mentioned Sasha. He considered her before tarot and tried to find anyone that could help other than her.
He is very desperate now.
What about Daisy? She could help!
Finally a mention of Kitsunes avatar!
I’ve been waiting for this from the moment Kitsune was presented to us
Why would the game master have a player character?
Well he could technically have an Avatar that would work as a NPC, he could have many of them just to keep an eye on everything that goes on in the game. Because usually the DM/GM plays the NPC him/her self in games If I understand right.
Well, in my DnD group there are only 3 of us. So I play the DM and a character all the time, which is fine as long as you don’t have a problem separating both roles.
Kitsune is probably playing a number of characters, like Tarot was Jeijan, Saso, and an army of angry hyenas in the Pridelands imaginatation.
^.^ Yay Tarot is back lol you gotta love her
oh i get it! “small” talk XD i see what you did there
I knew this was coming, Sasha is totally the kitsune’s avatar, final answer.
“She is well protected.” O_O
People who say that may be on to something now that I think about it!
No Sasha can’t be Kitsunes Avatar as she touched the Watch before, which Sabrina said that if her or Tarot touched it they would get in as much trouble as Pete would. So Kitsune would be in Jail (or wherever Pete is at the moment) if Sasha was his/her Avatar.
Not if she wasn’t under the influence of…oh what the heck, I STILL think she is XD it makes sense, and plus, Sasha is awesome, where’s your logic man? Awesome=avatar! X3 *derp* lol
That’s some adorable corgi tail.
poor king just a peice in the ultamate game of the universe
I don;t think anyone mentioned Grape for helping…But then again Grape did threaten him when they first met so maybe not Grape…..It’d be SOO unexpected if it was Boris they run into or maybe even Bino…..
The same happened to me,
my previous comment was a reply for Dena’s comment.
Thank you a lot Frank!
Frank your avatar fits with the comment so well, It blends so well like banana milkshake. Squik squik
Indeed frank’s avatars are amazing.
Haha “squik” haha
anybody notice differences in lighting?
mmmmm….. the light on tarots window is wider on third panel… is that?
i jsut meant lighting in general looks a little more shadowy than normal so i was just wonddering fi anybody really saw it too
Oh of course i noticed it.
I really like how he used the shadows.
I think rick practiced just that on this one.
yea its a great addition
I sense Sasha is coming back.
The solution is simple, find Colleen. Once King leads Duchess to her she will:
A) Slap some sense back into Duchess
B) Insult Duchess to the point where Duchess remember the real priority
C) Laugh and walk away with Karo
D) Become obsessed with King and chase him with the Infatuation Paddle.
There’s a high chance that D will definitly happen.
maybe, i think i would go with b would happen the most
I dont know why (maybe im sleepy) i just saw the third panel again,
and i imagine king screaming “¡ESTELA!…. ¡ESTELA!…”
King looks adorable in that first slide as always
*whew* finally caught up with the new comic
In any case, can’t wait for the next one.
Just get Grape to knock her around a bit, then she’ll stop chasing you!
Uh sorry since this isn’t related to the comic but i wanted to let you know about this:http://chrishanel.tumblr.com/post/19196576643/spread-the-word-theft-is-theft
Apparently your web comic is one of the many being stolen and sold for people to read on an android app. I don’t own a smartphone myself so i can’t personally verify it, but i really like your web-comic, so i just wanted to let people know. Keep on being awesome!
Well Thank you.
Maybe rick should check that out.
What if Duchess is Pete’s ex-girlfriend avatar?
What if Cerberus isn’t playing the game?
Oh yeah! Sorry.
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