Wander what that funny feeling is?
No but I wonder it.
Curse the spell check lol!
Did Pete really wanted this to happen? King you might be in for a big one
wait a sec, did fox just call bailey a horse?…probably what king is thinking
I keep forgetting that the attitude towards pets outside of Babylon Gardens may not be quite as happy as what’s pictured in most of the strip.
Still not 100% on board with the style, but I’m liking this page a lot more than the last. Fox looks alright, but I still think the colour separation on King feels weird.
But an excellent comic. I like King’s logic, and I adore Fox’s response to said logic.
Overall I am liking the new style. It is a huge improvement over the heavy brushed Halloween comics that had distracting backgrounds. It is still a little sloppy in some places, but he just got out of the hospital and it is a new style, so I am hoping that will clear up a bit.
My two nitpicks so far is the colour separation of king’s fur and in panel two king’s eye seems huge. In panel 1 his eyes are almost rectangular some distance between his fur. but in panel 2 he has a fat round eye taking up a lot of space.
Anyway still liking the new style and loving the direction Rick is taking the comic in. I am looking forward to seeing how a heavy shaded night time strip will look in this style.
Reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes… yay homage
Yeah, i kind of liked fox, i just think his thighs are too thin. and i totally agree about king’s colors separations
Alt text: Cheer up!
Feedback on style: What I found weirdest is the iris around the pupil. Especially where the colour is close to white, making it hardly visible. It looks good in itself, but is perhaps too detailed compared to the rest.
For the rest it looks good ^^
Yeah, I’m not too crazy on the new eye style. I liked the old eyes where the pupil was a small circle compared to the over-detailed eyes here. But whatever direction Mr. Griffin takes with this will, I’m certain, turn out wonderfully. He’s done an amazing job so far, I’m sure there is nothing to worry about.
But it would be great if the style were a bit more like the old style.
You know what as much as I have a feeling Pete is behind this (and lets face it there is about a 90% chance he is) I actually hope he isn’t and King kind of spends this whole arc paranoid about it and finds out at the end it wasn’t him.
Or was it?
More is yet to come! Lets hope King has a happy ending to all of this!
“Regardless of what happens, mortals get their happily-ever-afters”
What weird area?
Clearly, they took a wrong turn that brought them out of Babylon Gardens
darn that left turn at albequerqe
I’m not sure if the place there walking by is a weird area, or if fox meant that the conversation was starting to get weird.
He meant the conversation was getting weird, because King was implying being in an inter-species relationship.
Especially if that species is a horse…
Precisely, innocently not knowing how weird it already is for King.
The conversation threw me off for a bit! Thanks IceKitsune!
Now horses too?! Joel’s adventures get wierder by the strip!!!
Okay I see now, but it was so confusing at first.
I remember that King, as the “Dark Paladin” that he is, gets his power from Discontent, so if Pete is behind this, why would bringing his girlfriend even closer to him make him discontent? …Well… it does seem to be working… King doesn’t like how his girlfriend’s basically losing her family, even if it is to be closer to him.
Bailey could be working WITH Pete … But that is just a crazy conspiracy theory
So that would make this the winter of his discontent. I mean, look at all the snow… and why is he walking off somewhere with Fox instead of making snugglebunnies with Bailey.
Simple. Cause it’s time to go home?
I personaly think that…Pete might whant King to become to close too Bailey to leave her and become a human agen.
Precisely. Pete wants to dangle the bait in front of Joel/King, then snatch it away. That would definitely supply Pete with a surge of mana.
Maybe Pete wants King to enjoy living as a dog, so that he can threaten to turn King back human unless he agrees to become Pete’s avatar?
Has King ever left Babylon Gardens since his transformation? If he leaves will he lose his current form?
Yes, he’s already left at least once: that’s when he met Bailey.
Of course, last year should have realized that!
I thought King’s transformation could only be undone by Pete? Who knows…
Well at least we know he really cares.
at this point, the worse, worse, worse and definitely WORST thing King could do would be to talk Bailey’s owners into getting her back, honestly believing he did the right thing…before realizing having broken her heart for good.
I really don’t think there is anything he can do about that even if he wanted to try. He could maybe try to get Keene or one of the Ferrets to move them in to BG but I highly highly doubt he has that kind of influence over them.
That means it’s the most likely. Actually, the worst thing he could do involves letting slip about Joel, but he could do that as well…
Ok why would letting it slip about him being Joel be the worst thing he could do? No one (Though after the whole Watch thing Fox might, maybe) is going to ever believe him about that he will just look a bit crazy. Now PROVING he was Joel to everyone would be a bad thing (well at least with Fox for a while; Bailey likely wouldn’t care all that much since hes a dog now) but out side of Pete showing himself and telling people that; there is almost no way he can.
Don’t forget, Fox knows about the watch.
Yes I mentioned that in my post. Its the only reason that he might even suspect it would be true. Even so, Fox, at least at this point anyway, likely just suspects that King was formerly owned by Joel so he could just suspect that King is missing his former owner a bit to much or something.
King could always tell Fox he also worked for Joel and helped him find the dogs to kidnap. A twisted way to confess as much as he could and deal with the consquences.
I don’t know why he didn’t tell him that Joel was his original owner, it’s almost true.
mainly, for the same reason he didn’t tell Fox he WAS Joel
“He was my original owner, so I know what you went through, but that was MY watch, and he OWES it to me.”
excellent point there, Sir!
And if he retransforms into his old self (joel)? seems plausible.
he has that option open, but it would mean losing everything he gained so far. And there would be either the jail awaiting or a lonely life at best.
Not a great deal
But what if he’s forced, after all that’s how he turned into a dog in the first place.
no, he can’t be forced to, that’s a stated rule. In fact, he was given a choice between human and dog BECAUSE he was forced into doggyhood in the first place!
Pete wanted Joel to be a dog because he wanted an avatar full of angst and the break of rules (forced transformation) caused him to lose King as avatar in the first place as penalty.
It is possible that Pete bought the farm so that King chooses by his own will to stay a dog (even though we must still see where the angst part will come in this setup)
Well, in that case only rick griffin himself knows.
alt text: “Cheer up!”
Yay! Done it…oh it was for king…nevermind
ya know what I like about this web comic, each storyline has it’s own feel. For example: the Peanut and Grape arcs are mainly comedc and has moments that create good/sweet feels. Where as the King arcs usualy deal with more seriouse character developments and has moments that give you sentimental feels…… hey, why does my avatar icon never show up?
Yeah that’s true plus I l think everyone can all relate to each character in this comic because in some ways and sometimes more then one you just connect to the story.
What type of jacket does Fox wear?
I think its ww2bombers jacket or something like it
I’d find it funny that a husky would wear a bomber jacket, being a winter breed and all…but again, my huskies won’t miss an occasion to get all comfy on warm bed in warm room.
King really cares, just that that probably wasn’t the best way to phrase it.
i wonder if king still has any of his pagent money
Yes king life does suck sometimes but its what you make of it that counts and matters in the long run.
I’ve got a feelin’! What? What do you mean wrong context?
I’ve got a feeling, wooooooohooo, that tonight’s gonna be a good night! That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night!
…or should title be ‘I’ve got a furry feeling’? *brick’d*
I was was Thinking that it should be ” I’ve got a Fuzzy Feeling”?
Why noy Fluffy?
Sounds like someone has been listening to Reel Big Fish.
Referring to the title and the picture name, or am I wrong?
I am not liking the new style. It looks too shiny or cuddly? It’s too smooth
The background art in this scene reminds me very strongly of the Calvin & Hobbes sunday strips.
Loving the design, keep it up Rick
wow nice come back man
There goes King, being melodramatic and not enjoying his blessings (even though he is right).
And uh, that car is of a peculiar design. Fox, King and the background look great though.
I hope he keeps this up,things are coming up Housepets!!
It’d be irresponsible not to?? ‘,:I
Whoa, I just got a weird sensation in my gut when King said that(or Joel, I keep forgetting that King was a human).
Anywho, at first, I really didn’t like the style change, but after being subjected to the dangerously cute character sheets of Fox and Peanut, it instantaneously grew on me. Although I do like the style change, I don’t like the eyes(to me, they look like manga eyes. ‘Course, this is just my opinion(and why are some people not liking the way King looks now? I don’t see the difference). I also like the backgrounds since they remind me of Calvin and Hobbes(which I’m guessing was the look that Rick was aiming for). In conclusion, I see worlds of storytelling potential for the new style and I hope Rick improves it even further. Keep it up, Rick!
Just throwing this out there, they are in Florida right? If so how is it snowing? To my knowledge Florida is very hot (compared to Michigan crazy weather)
I think they’re in Michigan(of course, if that is Florida, then maybe that’s a sign of the apocalypse).
No, Babylon Gardens is not in Florida. It’s a made up place.
possibly Colorado. Anyway, near to Kansas enough to be reached by motorcycle in a day’s travel on bike.
It could have easily taken more then a day for them to get there.
I know its not really meant to be actually situated in a real world state (much like Springfield in the Simpsons) but personally I would still put them in Michigan, Indiana or Ohio.
Hmm, I don’t see Bill taking the risk of challenging the meteo and going longer than a day-to-night trip on a bike, and surely not with Fox. If he decided to take a long trip, he’d make sure to cover it within a certain forecast.
Actually you are likely right on it taking about one day at most even at the furthest State were I put them (at Ohio) it only took them around 17 hours to get to Kansas.
OK I have no idea where the Florida thing came from maybe a miss communication?
Anyway Springfield in the Simpson’s is in Washington or Wyoming Idk which but it’s out that way
Don’t look a what in the where?
the coversation is turning weird or they walked into a weird area of the city?
The new style reminds a lot of Calvin and Hobbes in the line work and shadows.
Going back a couple of strips, I noticed that the squirrel in the background wasn’t humanoid. Is that foreshadowing, y’all think?
Dissension needs no justification.
You’re confusing me.
I am wondering exactly what that “gift horse” phrase is supposed to mean. Well, why it’s used that way, anyway. I can figure out what it actually means rather easily. XD And lol this makes me laugh.
it means ‘take a gift as it is’.
I don’t want to be actually rude but I still think that this new style can even bother me. It looks so overly simplified, traditional, even childish. This new style, and specially King’s muzzle looks more like as if this isn’t drawn by Rick but as someone else, someone (perhaps more skilled than usual) fan for guest week. What happened to the great details I always loved to see?
Look at the previous cartoon:
And even as far back as this:
Even such old comic strip looks greater than the current style. I’m not sure how to put this in words… but those older strips looks even more “realistic” because of the amount of details. For me, the Housepets! were always something better than the usual cartoons, not only because of the fantastic and superior plots, sweet characters and their relationships but also because of the graphics that were done so skillfully. This new style looks so much as if it’s being downgraded from the usual high standard.
I forgot to mention about the background. I am more concerned about the characters but the background is also simplified and traditional as well (too deep and stark contrast). I loved the previous style of greater details and the effect of “realism” of backgrounds. I know it’s weird word to be used in context of art, but what I am saying is that the previous style made me to think and feel about the world of housepets. I am so greatly attached to housepets because of the fantastic details (story, characters, backgrounds, everything) as a whole and the strong emotions that affected to me from the whole. Now because of this new style, I feel like it’s going to detach me from the special bond I have got when I watched this entire serie. Because of this simplified and too “cartoony” style, it makes me feeling as if I am seeing only something else…. like as if it wouldn’t be housepets anymore but just “cartoon”. As I have read thru the entire serie, I also loved to see how greatly it developed thru the years with different styles but now this current style don’t feel anymore as development at all.
But as I said before, am still very happy to see King and Bailey back again.
This is his new style
This is the style he was aiming for since the start
The majority of us likes this style.
Please, enough of this ranting.
I’m sorry if my words are offensive. I tried to rationale my opinions (and everything I said, are only my opinions) so at least I am not trying to be mean. It’s just the way I feel and wanted to express it. That’s all.
Loving this style. Hope we see a few more strips before something finalizes.
The only thing that feels off with Kings new design is that his ears are a bit too big for me. If they were just slightly smaller, he’d look perfect.
The new design will take getting used to, tho I still kinda liked the old style better, well see.
This has the feel of a calvin and hobbes comic…
In response to illeatyourself, the phrase “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is quite simple. It is relatively easy to tell the age of a horse by looking at the wear level of their teeth. So by looking the horse in its mouth, it is implied that you are trying to determine how old the animal is. Kinda like checking a book someone bought you to see if there is a price listed next to the barcode to determine the cost of the book. If it is a gift, it should not matter what its overall worth is – hence why it is rude to ‘look a gift horse in the mouth’.
i think i liked kings design better when his color variations weren’t so defined.
okay guys, WHY are we commenting so unintentionaly harsh on the new art style JUST BECAUSE RICK ADDED LIKE 1 OR 2 LINES ON KING! I mean SERIOUSLY! You’ve been saying this since the begining of the arc, talk about something else! And as for YOU anonamous guy, it’s not “CHILDISH” to add said lines, I only stoped adding lines in color conrast at the age of 14! I know you wheren’t trying to be offensive but that just seemed like an ignorant thing to say… not trying to be a jerk bro.
The word “childish” isn’t right, I can admit that. I just can’t find suitable words. This new style is just for me a bit radical change from the previous. Perhaps if I would have never seen the comic before, it could have been fine then.
Proobably the wrong spot to post this, but I voted for the incentive and couldn’t see the picture. :< Sad day.
asgerw King <3
i just noted an error in the first panel, the back side of king’s right ear is totally white.
Pet is not a bad guy he’s more of an antihero. Now as far as king gos, nothing can rise a man to the highest highs or plung him into the deepest despairs like love.
Just read through the archives and wanted to speak my congratulations and thanks for this great story! You lasted a long time, keep on going. Thank you Rick!
Wait…NOW its getting weird?
A little saddened that this is the new style, but hey, more King! He’s my favorite. I can’t wait until Fox finds out he’s Joel (because it HAS to happen). I want to see Fox’s reaction.
New style reminds me of Sonic the hedge hog mixed with mario.
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