Quell Phone

In case you missed it last time: Dogs playing poker ON A SHIRT?!

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Discussion (150) ¬

  1. Ryu

    Mr. Itsuki, you’re the cutest well-respected Foreign Exchange Student ever! :3

    • rtlstien

      First he’s all cool
      Then he’s funny
      Then he’s cute
      Then he’s funny again

      Itsuki is one of my three favorite characters.

      • holmebrian

        hes cute when hes angry

      • Artyomthefox

        I love how he’s really kind to people.

    • Valerio

      totally THIS!

      • pb98

        poor itsuki….

        itsuki’s thoughts-i wonder if i get a bad grade for this

  2. Zaitsev

    At least the other students seem indifferent.

    • GarrisonSkunk

      Speaking of them, shouldn’t there be an “other students” tag for the two people in the background, even though they don’t have lines?

      • zeroslash

        I don’t think there needs to be tags for every single person that appears in this comic. Besides, they probably won’t appear again.

      • Rick Griffin

        I usually only give a tag if they either appear fully on-panel or have a line

        • Argent Stonecutter

          The one above his left shoulder seems furred.

          • GarrisonSkunk

            Looked to me like an Al Hirshfeld hidden NINA.

          • Argent Stonecutter


          • GarrisonSkunk

            Al Hirshfield was a brilliant characturist…he could take five flowing lines and create the most unique composition. He mainly did NY Theatre drawings for the NY Times, but did other projects as well,– when doing “Alladin” the Disney artists based Genie’s look on his unique style.

            Anyway, he put his daughter’s name Nina in the background of one of his pictures, and after that he made it his trademark to hide at least one in somewhere, a hairline, folds of clothing, etc in each of his drawings, putting in more Ninas depending on how much he personally liked the person/show he was drawing.

            Anyway, to make a long story short (too late!), the way Rick drew the hair on the person’s arm resembles the way Hirshfield used to do it.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            That’s nice, but that’s not the blue-furred creature above his *left* shoulder.

          • Frank

            Um… I think that’s just a fluffy sweater

            …which, given the time of year, makes me wonder who’s controlling the air conditioners

          • GarrisonSkunk

            Yea, I think that’s a human in a shirt…the arm is tapering in instead of out getting bigger towards the hand/paw.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Heh, I didn’t even notice them until you pointed them out.

  3. bene

    Been there before

  4. IceKitsune

    Heheh so very annoying. He looks adorable in a shirt.

  5. redwolfmatt

    beeeeeeeen theeeeeeeere

  6. kingisawsome

    the last time i will read housepets this summer

    mah summerz ovah

    • xhunterko

      Back to school with ya! MUHAHAHAHAHA!

      • Ryu

        WHY?! THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!! This stinks :(

      • Erikuto

        Sadly here too :( well i can still read it though lol

        • i like your hat

          i still got a whole month > :D

          • bene

            Same I go back in August

          • CommodoreBasic

            Back in SEPTEMBER!

        • Gamerkitty

          Ha, enjoy going back to school kiddies. Don’t forget your trapper keepers and pencils oh and best bring a shiny red apple for the teacher hehe

          • RJ

            now where can i find a nice, juicy, radioactive apple? it would be perfect.

  7. xhunterko

    Your call is important to us.

  8. Draven

    At this point, I would simply throw the phone across the room.

    • Ryu

      Or rip out the battery! lol

      • Gabe23

        that seems much more civilized

      • Tanny

        Agreed. Throwing may result in phone numbers being posted to 4chan. o.o

    • JWJ

      i would do that to but the last time i did that my phone laughed at me, my friend sent a message with hahahahahaha and when it hit the wall it read the message

      • holmebrian

        the EVIL creepy demented possessed phone! dam those manufactures

  9. GameCobra

    Itsuki – Master of the anime tear drop!

    • nyathetexascat

      LOLOLOL!! That is sooooooooo true!

    • Frank

      OMG! It’s so natural, I totally missed it!

      • bhPixelFire

        Me too!

    • GarrisonSkunk

      also the yellow starburst surprise thingy above his left ear (not sure of the official name of it).

      • i like your hat

        dont forget the smoky thing at the last panel!

        • GarrisonSkunk

          Ah…you’re right! At first I thought that was coming from the phone but it is indeed coming from his head.

          Somewhat similar to the scene in the last comic in the first Itsuki arc when people were debating whether “This is awesome!” was being said by Peanut, Grape or both together at the same time.

          I still say it was definatly just Peanut saying it.

  10. Jackalope121

    this is my phone every day at work. i hate that stupid thing *gives phone evil stare*

    • Kes

      I also hate your phone and will apply a hammer to it if I ever hear it.

  11. clickie162

    I love the way the fur pattern on his forehead changes as if they are eyebrows.

    Also, beep boop.

    • Frank

      er… they are eyebrows…. or brows at least

  12. Dontlookmenaked

    I love the Anime tear drop XD

  13. Dontlookmenaked

    And he looks awesome and adorable in panel 5,6 and 7.

    • Gabe23

      And he looks so professional in the 1st one

  14. Erikuto

    I love itsuki! Kinda reminds me of myself in a way since some of my weaboo friends call me that “cute asian kid” kinda like those little anime characters that act cute and such….in a way i guess

  15. Erikuto

    Also i had a moment like this except it was some other asian ringtone that’s funny and it went off in a store while waiting in-line at the register everyone gave me the awkward stare ._.

  16. SilverZeo

    Hmm… for a second I thought that was the theme song to an anime about the slice of life genre with talking animals where crazy stuff just happens….

  17. Gabe23

    Bad luck Itsuki

  18. RJ

    I do not want to know what vibrate is like.

    • Onemanarmy11

      You know how phones vibrate like earthquakes at school? Yeah..

      • RJ

        we talking a 10.0 or something… worse…

  19. Profesor Rod
    • Profesor Rod

      What do I win?

      • Frank


        That video is hilarious, BTW. Someone needs to add the “phone powering down” tune to it!

        • Kohaku Nightfang

          My question is why did he want a song about pancakes as a ringtone. Is he obsessed with them? My boyfriend is :P

          • Argent Stonecutter

            J-Pop Happy Dance Music isn’t supposed to make sense.

          • Kohaku Nightfang

            “Sense? What fun is there in making sense?” Gotta love that quote

        • CommodoreBasic

          Shutting down…

    • Dontlookmenaked

      I freaked when the music started.

    • FerreTrip

      I tried watching. I couldn’t get more than halfway through the second verse before I went, “Okay, I can’t watch this anymore.” And I have a very high tolerance for this kinda stuff. XD

  20. Hyal

    Itsuki is looking pretty sharp in that button up shirt and tie. Goes a ways to highlight his golden eyes, I’m thinking.

  21. Spheniscine

    I looked up those Japanese lyrics and wow… that *is* a loud song :o

  22. Hi

    I cannot get over the fact how cute he is. It’s like, no matter what he does, it’s going to be cute. I love that he is in this comic. I want him to be in it more. That’s why I totally loved it when he came back in another arc.

  23. Argent Stonecutter

    So embarrassed it makes his tie curl up like Dilbert’s.

  24. Shuma Jindivi

    ……I’ll just sit calmly and pretend as if it’s not my phone.

    • Frank

      I tried that. I got three people “getting up to ask a question” breathing on my neck within seconds, and an angry stare from the professor at his desk.

  25. Russiarules1

    Happens to everyone… almost happened to me, though!

  26. DJ Nightfire

    Oh My GOD!!! why is this song coming back to haunt me!!!? this and Pon Pon Pon. 3 months of therapy.. *rocks back and forth* 3… months…

  27. somerandomname

    I distinctly remembering tearing the battery out of my phone in response to this once.

  28. Valerio


  29. Valerio

    Now I MUST know who is the critter sitting on the right behind Itsuki!

    • Frank

      To Itsuki’s right? That looks like your average human being with an illegal Calvin-and-Hobbes-on-a-yellow-background T-shirt. Nothing out of the ordinary.

      • GarrisonSkunk

        That’s what I was thinking…ether a tiger/Hobbes tail tip or a shrimp.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        The one on our right/Itsuki’s left with the blue fur.

        • GarrisonSkunk

          I thought that was just a blue shirt….but who knows, maybe Rick has a surprise in store.

  30. Javier

    Story of my life.

    • AthiosDvK

      Ah, memories… Terrible, terrible memories… x,.,x

  31. Tommy

    LOL thats too funny!

  32. Onemanarmy11

    Every time. I feel you, bro. xD

  33. GarrisonSkunk

    And the third panel Itsuki picture becomes an avitar in ….three….two….one…..

    • Tommy

      lol i would use the 2nd to last one :3

  34. Kajex, Sorcerer Supreme

    The cell phone is obviously asking him for a pre-TEST CHALLEEEEEEEEEEEEEENGE!!!!!!!!!

  35. holmebrian

    ive seen some people with phones from other countries and they have no easy way to turn the volume down i was exactly like that when he was playing with it and i yelled at him to turn it down as it was really really loud and annoying

  36. BillyMT

    Reminded me of my old Motorola XD Usually you could solve this problem by sticking the thumb on the speaker so it muffles all the annoying noises when you’re trying to go on Silent.

    Can’t do the same nowadays because they put the speaker UNDER the battery lid! =w=;; Their makers are trying their best to make cellphones awkward!

  37. Whitekitsune

    If that happened to me, I would die of embarrassment.. On another note, I do believe there’s a blotch of color missing on Itsuki’s arm in the 4th panel.

  38. Timet

    Papancake… I would have PonPonPon

  39. D-Rock

    Maybe it’s time for a new phone. How about one that doesn’t announce everything you do?

  40. overzen

    Now back in my day….

  41. Goldfur

    Instant flashback! I briefly had a phone that made a ridiculous amount of noise for every keystroke and event. Forgot to turn it off once at a cinema and someone tried to call me. Trying to shut it up and turn it off was amazingly embarrassingly loud and prolonged.

  42. The Maverick Man

    I can’t help but think “Airman ga taosenai” when I see him

  43. bhPixelFire

    I have been there!

    And it was in high school.
    My old phone had all the buttons on the outside.
    By some stupid twist when I dropped my pensil I leaned over and the bars on the desk actually turned on my phone.

    I hated that phone.

  44. bhPixelFire

    Though that was only one instance…

    ITSUKI IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT… PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AFTER THE TONE………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    • Frank

      The wait for the tone is so long, it doesn’t even fit in the comment box!

  45. Tommy

    i love that phone. it seems like it is gona be a problem in future comics :3

  46. Duez

    Haha, I’m thankful to the use who posted the song link. I WAS thinking of the same singer, but it was that PonPonPon song, that and Pan is… bread I think? So I recalled that one anime I watched a good chunk of all about bread. I forget the name right now, but yeah.
    Anyway, gotta love those embarrassing moments. I wish this would happen more around me, I love finding people with weird ringtones, and later I can bother them all “So, you’re into that, eh?” XD

  47. *White fang*

    Oh i remember my first experience with a phone going off in class
    Students starring at me
    and the teacher over me in seconds with his handout.

  48. Z24

    On the other phone: “The number that you’re trying to call will kill you next time you see each other”

  49. Z24

    Serious-looking people look serious until their cellphone rings.

  50. Ozimul

    This is why my phone is always on vibrate.

  51. FerreTrip

    Of course Itsuki sweatdrops. And is it me, or does he look tired the first panel?

    But gah, I know how you feel, Itsuki. Why must Virgin make little tunes for turning off the phone when they know it’s usually to do it in quiet areas? (Never heard of the voice telling you that other stuff, but I wouldn’t put it past ‘em.)

    …Rick. Dash in there and add a cell phone charm. It’ll make him TOTALLY complete. X3

  52. GDA

    When this happens I just take out the battery. xD

  53. Artyomthefox

    Itsuki is working his way into my heart with each comic, but what species of animal is he?

    • GarrisonSkunk

      Tanuki/Raccoon Dog. He’s already on the TVTropes HP! Characters page with three tropes of his very own – Gratuitous Japanese, Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal and Starving Student – with more to come I’m sure.

      • Artyomthefox

        Thanks mate. Those are interesting looking animals, and thanks for pointing out TV Tropes for Housepets.

  54. Ezhno Pallaton

    This is surprisingly accurate to what silencing your phone is like. :P

  55. Wuri

    I had the same thing happen to me at a college information session… Ouch. I probably did not make a good impression on the alumni there. My facial expessions matched Itsuki’s panel to panel.

  56. Pokeblue

    Boy, oh boy, do I know how that feels. The only difference was I wasn’t allowed to pull my phone out and silence it, so when I denied the call, the person on the other end decided to try again. It was so embarrassing, and thought the teacher was gonna fail me right then and there.

    He seriously has my sympathies.

  57. illeatyourself

    Lol I’ve been in similar situations, especially ones where I wasn’t the victim. I remember once when we were praying in church and somebody’s phone started playing Darth Vader’s Theme, aka the Imperial March. I thought it was so ironic I burst out laughing afterward, also because EVERYBODY HEARD IT. And that’s a CRAPLOAD of people.

  58. gekkokid

    Ufff, i hate when that happens.

    specialy if it happens when someone say “now for a moment of silence “

  59. Kevin

    Is that “the ulfuls – Sun Sun Sun” ?

  60. kuisbright

    Awww he wears suit and tie! <3
    The expressions are priceless.

  61. kuisbright

    Kids… do not forget to turn off your cellphone during exams.

  62. GarrisonSkunk

    I keep looking at the arm hair in the upper left corner expecting there to be an Al Hirshfield NINA there :)

  63. CyberSkull

    This is The Revenge of the Son off Clippy!

  64. Raska

    for some reason, reading this strip, i was reminded of a Japanese (folk?) song that starts “Tan tan tanuki…somthing something wa…”

    It’s not ’cause he’s a tanuki, I swear

    • Erikuto

      Pom Poko? :3

      • Raska


    • Argent Stonecutter

      The one referenced on the Wikipedia page on Tanuki?

      • Raska

        I think so. I can’t remember where I heard or read about it

    • Tommy

      i belive it the japenese juice song “Popipo” ?

  65. Skaikat

    Just in case people are wondering, the song is Papan Cake by Kirarin Revolution. =P

  66. Air

    3rd panel: I know that feeling.

  67. Flyboy1945

    and THATS why I always keep my phone on silent

  68. StPyre

    poor tanuki X3

  69. Argent Stonecutter

    Now I want to hack my phone to sing “Daisy” when it powers down.

  70. Tommy

    When we next see King, he should confess the he was once Joel (i think thats the name lol) and tell everyone that he is sorry.

    • RJ

      would be the best. story arc. ever. of all time.
      (i was thinking the same thing lol)

      • RJ

        though what I was thinking is Pete decides to be annoying and change him back in his sleep and miles flips out. THEN everyone realizes what it means that king disappeared and was replaced by a criminal. I hope rick reads this b/c i think it would be awesome.

        • Tommy

          That would be awsome! :D

  71. Tommy

    Rewording my last comment)) When we next see King, he should confess that he was once joel to Fox and that he is sorry

  72. Z24

    On the other phone: “The number that you’re trying to call will kill you next time you see each other

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    • AthiosDvK

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  74. GarrisonSkunk

    Thank you.

  75. Score

    So much spaghetti.

  76. Maxwell

    I like this new character

    • Dissension

      Itsuki is not a new character, he’s been around for a while.

  77. Kiboe

    aaand this is why i rooted my phone and the bootup and boot down is just a motorola logo……of course not everyone can, but, yeah, i’ve been there.