A Softer Mall
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  1. Dissension

    I’ve always been slightly afraid to use escalators. = /

    • AleyxJ

      I’ve had dreams of falling over the steep sides :x

    • spencershot4

      you just posted the first coment on purpose! the comic was out for exacty 4 seconds then you postes this!

      • Lophiiformes

        Dissension is a bot with a plot to take over the world.

      • thefirstonethere

        there are those who do wait and spam refresh, just for a chance at the first comment

      • Dissension

        I just type quickly. : )

        • thefirstonethere

          and read ^_^

        • RootsofOrigin

          Oh boy, let’s hear about how great you are.

        • thefirstonethere

          All hail dissension!

      • Foxstar

        Mods can be first post anytime they like, you know. We just usually don’t bother.

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          What, like, post before the comic is “officially” up? Or edit the posting times so you’re at the top?

          • Yehoshua

            The latter.

          • RootsofOrigin


          • Valerio

            it’s good to be the moddie!

      • Air

        As long as it isn’t a “First!” comment, I’m ok.

    • RootsofOrigin

      I’ve heard that they’re just thin plates of metal, and underneath are turning gears and such. There have been cases, apparently, where people have fallen through when too much pressure is applied onto the plates. So don’t wear high heels on an escalator. And if you really need to ride one, cling onto the rails for dear life and whimper on the ride up.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        They’re actually the dissected gullets of a strange mechanical life form, kept artificially alive with electricity and unholy lubricants.

        • RootsofOrigin

          And an offering must be made every month to quell its wrath.

    • Ashjacky

      alt-text smack bad into the security guard at the top

      • Ashjacky

        dab* not bad

    • Gamerkitty

      Yeah, if you trip you could be falling down the stairs for hours.

      • Kalicko

        I had that EXACT same dream last night… what makes it scarier is i had a FRESH cut exeactly where i got hit really hard and got a cut, which reminds me of kings storyarc

      • Score

        I warned you about stairs bro. I told you, dog.
        And cat.

  2. Xane

    Much safer than running down the up escalator!

  3. RootsofOrigin

    Typo, panel two, Rick.

    • spencershot4

      no typo that is not the theater lobby the lobby is in panel 3 in panel 2 they are showing that everyone is in the lobby and the fact that NO ONE IS ANY WERE ELSE!

      • Crackles

        I think he meant the double ‘the’

        • spencershot4

          there is no double the it says THE THEATER!

          • RootsofOrigin

            Rick probably fixed it before you read the new page.

          • spencershot4

            i read it the secomd it came out at midnight!

  4. Zaitsev

    An abandoned and locked down mall is my ideal location.

    • The face

      Yes, I hats all the people there!

    • SilentWolfXIII

      It would be a heck of a place to hold a paintball match

      • Zaitsev

        There used to be an abandoned mall in my home country that you could rent out for airsoft matches, I got friends to save up for it once, pretty awesome.

    • Neromon

      Ever played Dead Rising? NOT my ideal location…. xD

      • Zaitsev

        But Dead Rising mall is filled with walkers, which were once people so it couldn’t have been an abandoned mall.

        • Neromon

          Still, Me + Darkness + Zombies = AHH!!! xD I’d rather be on the moon without a space suit!

          • Zaitsev

            You should play Day Z at night. It’s real time day/night cycle and when it gets dark IT GETS DARK, you won’t be able to see without some sort of lighting.

    • Billy MT

      Mine’s ruined malls. As in, the white-elephant ones. BEST place to practice parkour! /o/

      …Lots of hazards too, but you know, if you’re training parkour without someone to quick-way the injured to the hospital then you’re doing something seriously wrong there.

  5. nyathetexascat

    now that free for all treadmill

  6. Cristian100n

    Peanut comes up with some of the most wierdest ideas

    • Zaitsev

      You haven’t ever thought of doing this?

      • Frank

        Yes, but without turning the stairs off first. I ended up in the hospital.

        • Frank

          I now realize he was turning the escalator back on. I feel stupid.

    • nyathetexascat

      it’s really common

    • Valerio

      not weirdest.

      • Cristian100n

        i was gunna say that too

    • Billy MT

      Been there, done that, everyone looked at me like I was a retarded. Doesn’t matter, had fun ^w^

  7. IceKitsune

    Well if the Alt-text is cannon I knew that was going to happen.

  8. thefirstonethere

    oh my gawd guys! we of the 11:50 – 12:10 (adjust according to time zones) waiting for the next housepets comic, ARE the pridelands nerds waiting in the mall!

  9. Crackles

    Already the second time Grape’s gone Ack! in this arc.

    • Ryufire


      That would suck if Grape’s tail got stuck in the moving escalator floors!

      • cheetahwolf

        i bet it wont be the last either. At least one more time when Grape get the new book. Ack!!!
        And Ryufire, how come your not first?

        • cheetahwolf

          wait? is Pridelands 2 a movie or a book?

          • Thoth

            Probably a movie. What evidence there is suggests at least one movie (Grape’s poster) but numerous already existent books.

          • Draven

            A book series that’s been made into a movie series.

          • Frank

            Could be a video game

          • Frank

            though “theater” makes it more likely it’s a movie

  10. xhunterko

    Gives new meaning to the endless runner genre game.

  11. Lophiiformes
  12. AuvaAkita

    And when the mall cop spots you, that’s when you switch to Hide-n-Seek!

    • Ryufire

      That’s when Ralph and Kevin comes in! That would be epic! :P

    • SilentWolfXIII

      Or full contact capture the flag; the flag being you in this case

      • AuvaAkita

        I would LOVE that! I am way to slippery for anyone to catch me lol

    • black fox

      My frinds and I hade a big hide and seek game I whus hidden for a month I hide in the most oves place the kicking cuberts

  13. spencershot4

    we need to start a fanclub for kansas housepet readers!

    • Gary (from RFHP!)

      I second that! =D

    • spencershot4


    • Dontlookmenaked


    • Bluewho

      Then it’s settled, I shall move to Kansas! And then to Emerald City….maybe

      • spencershot4

        actualy emerald city dont exist and theres like NOTHING to do here so I was gona make a fan club to pass time and meet other housepet fans

  14. Cristian100n

    Also i knew it! Their gunna get in trouble with security!
    but be saved by braved Grape!

  15. CrimsonFox

    I’d rather run up the up escalator! =D Or down the up… something like that x3

    • Tailz

      I myself would prefer walking up the down escalator while it’s moving :3

      • Alucai Vivorvel

        “Mommy, what’s that strange person doing?”
        “Oh, don’t worry about him, dear. He’s not going anywhere.”

  16. *White Fang*

    It would be much more fun to play hide and seek. Then peanut could give grape that priceless face again

  17. SilentWolfXIII

    Ehh, anyone can run up the down escalator. Now let’s see them try to ride a bike down the up escalator. That would be a rush ; )

    • Gary (from RFHP!)

      You’d probably be on there forever, but eventually you’d make it down the up. xD

  18. Maxwell


  19. D-Rock

    It’s not that I don’t like escalators, it’s that I have a pretty strong fear of heights. I will be honest, though, Peanut’s idea sounds fun! Until the alt-text shows up…

    • cheetahwolf

      i remember there were many escalators at Hollywood studio park that were like at a 80* angle like 10 stories high. it freak me out.

      • D-Rock

        Seriously? Thanks for the warning :) .

        • cheetahwolf

          well, it was one area with three row of them

          • D-Rock

            Well, I pretty much never leave my home in Texas. Rarely left.

  20. Maxwell

    Now they are trapped in the mall for the night.

    • RootsofOrigin

      You’re just jealous because they didn’t invite you.

      • Maxwell

        (Collapses crying and sobbing into paws).
        YOUR RIGHT!

    • Valerio

      well…all the better to end up cuddling till the morning

  21. Draven

    They should have bought a slinky so they could push it down the up escalator.

    • Gary (from RFHP!)

      And on and on it goes. When it stops, nobody knows!

      • RootsofOrigin

        Everyone wants a slinky
        You gotta get a slinky
        Slinky, slinky
        Go slinky Go!

        • Maxwell

          I love That movie.

    • spencershot4

      ever tryed pushing a slinky down stairs it dont work it makes it like 6 steps then stops!

      • Maxwell

        Some slinkies do.
        I’ve only had 1 slinky in all my life that worked good.
        Sadly my dad ran it over ),:

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          Aww, poor Max…

  22. Valerio

    OMG! How many times did I do just that!
    Ahh, sweet memories…

    • spencershot4

      i cry on escalators AND IM 13! THERE JUST THAT SCARY!

      • spencershot4

        that and im afraid of heights and think i will fall on my face and never stop falling because im falling down a up escalator!

      • Frank

        You know, there should be an elevator nearby you can use in place of those multi-floor escalators

  23. Russiarules1

    Yep, I’d totally do that.

  24. tanglestalker909

    I wonder, is it a good idea to sit on the Up escalator?

    • Maxwell

      No, Its not.

    • Crackles

      If you don’t stand up before you get to the top you might squeeze inside the escalator and come out as a pancake from the other end.

      • cheetahwolf

        have you seen final destination 4 yet?

        • Crackles

          Only the first and some part of the second. The novelty of the whole movie’s idea wore out pretty quickly..

  25. Maxwell

    im terrified of escalators now.

    When I was 7 another boy shoved me on one and I fell down them and when i reached the top again he threw me back down breaking my arm and 3 of my fingers.

  26. Tara

    Escalators have always scared me. D:

    And I’m an adult, lol.

  27. Argent Stonecutter

    Nice reference to http://www.asofterworld.com/

    • legendario13

      I get it now

    • tahrey

      I thought I was the only one who got it and scrolled all the way down here looking to see if anyone had pointed it out…

      Weird thing is I don’t even read it, it’s just distinctive :)

  28. Javier

    Awesome time of my life XDDD
    (It works as P.E. as well XD)

  29. WingedwolfGirl

    I assume the store they’re waiting on is still open …right?

    • jinxed

      The premier of the next Pridelands movie, at the theater, which is still open.

  30. DanTwelve3

    One day I did make it up the down escalator at a museum. Right into a security guard. Oh, the memories! Good thing he was just laughing and just said “don’t do that again.”
    Great strip by the way, Rick, I like the dramatic monologue in the first 3 panels.

  31. Grip the Wolf


  32. jinxed

    http://xkcd.com/954/ This is all.

    • Grip the Wolf


      • Alucai Vivorvel


        • tahrey

          ^ this

          It’s all about panel 7, and the alt-text

          • Grip the Wolf

            Okay, I’m sorry, but you have no idea how much this annoys me as a nerd. The alt-text is only displayed when the image has not loaded. In essence, it serves as a placeholder to describe what is shown in the image. The title text is what displays when you put your mouse over the image.

    • Gary (from RFHP!)


  33. TheBoss

    I’ve always been more afraid of elevators then escalators.

    • Alucai Vivorvel

      Ever been in a glass elevator? Like, the one at the CN tower?
      Talk about terrifying-!
      And what bothers me the most about elevators is that I think I’m going to drop something into the shaft through the crack between the elevator and the floor.

      • TheBoss

        I actually have been in a glass elevator, but nothing like th CN tower. It was at a mall. Im just afraid that the elevator will break down half way to getting to the floor and me being stuck in there forever.

    • tahrey

      It’s probably because when an escalator breaks, it becomes stairs.

      When an elevator breaks, it becomes either a prison, or an elaborate way of dashing you against a metal plate at 120mph.

      • TheBoss

        Yep, that’s exactly why.

  34. Wolfy

    Actually me and my sister ran up and down an escalator in macro quite a few years ago. The security guard was shall we say less than pleased. It was great fun. We got held until they called mum over. Ah the dissaproving looks we got, classic.

  35. Frostfauna

    Ah, climbing up the down escalator. Classic mall shenanigans. Well done. I hope they don’t miss their movie though.

  36. lightwolf21

    Dogs. They like to run. :3 >.> Also, I used to get yelled at my parents for doing that. Ah. :3 Last weekend. Good times…good times.

    • legendario13

      Is just like my life but from the outside


  37. Tailz

    I sense a Frank West joke coming up. :/

  38. Hauntingsound

    I see what you did there, Rick. Joey Comeau and Emily Horne would be proud.

    (You know, Probably.)

  39. Maxwell

    You may want to ride an escalator.
    Or you may want to sit in an elevator.
    But you have forgotten this peanut.
    Your a nut.
    and due to your ambition.
    you will be kicked into submission.
    For you have missed your movie.

  40. 1boredcanadian

    And then there were zombies!

  41. Draven

    Going up the down escalator you need to take the steps two at a time to make significant progress.

  42. demonbino

    o..m…housepets i love this comic

  43. Dragon.Fury

    did ANYONE notice the sub-title (literally?) “Smack dab into the Security Guard at the top”

    LOL! XD

    by the way, where can i add a picture to my comments?

    • Maxwell

      When you comment click on Get an avatar beside your name. Fill out the thing and there you go.

  44. Grip the Wolf

    Peanut has his priorities straight.

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    I’ve always wanted to do that :/

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  49. Pogiforce

    They’re going to end up missing the movie.

  50. HardCore64

    yes the ultimate mall pass time! yays! XD

  51. spencershot5

    waiting 20 min for next comic! cant wait!

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