wow Sasha looks good today! o.o
she always does
Is she using gel to make the fur on the back of her neck stand up like that?
Have you ever seen a REALLY angry dog? That’s not gel, let me tell ya.
Sasha doesn’t look angry to me.
Sasha got angry at Bino to force him let King’s watch unattended
Sasha got upset at King when he criticized her dad anout him being a lousy owner.
Sasha happily threatened Bino to staple his eyes if he ever tried to regift her again.
Sasha was once upset for humans demeaning dogs with their cute dog shows. Duchess noticed the contradiction
She’s not angry in this strip. Her fur is standing up on the back of her head, like she’s using gel.
D’oh! I thought you were talking abot Bailey. I need to learn to read right!
I’m noticing an interesting thing about the comic’s style of late. Something about the way all the character’s look.. like.. well can’t really pin it down. But, I like it!
It’s the brand new art-style: Housepets! 3.0 (according to Rick).
Bailey knows too much!
Quick! Silence her with hugs!
Give her adress and it shall be done!
Oh and the specific location of Babylon Gardens inside the US for good measure too! And the location of the US on the planet Earth.
And the location of…
…Earth in the Sol System, and the location of the Sol System in the Milky Way Galaxy, and the location of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Universe.
If there’s anything I missed, let me know.
What’s this “Universe” thing you speak of? Where’s that?
and the location of the universe in the multiverse, and the location of the multiverse in the macroverse, and the location of the macroverse in the omniverse
Either that was a strangely lucky guess she made or she’s a genius.
Bailey looks so upbeat and inviting in the first panel.
Her expressions in the first and third panel are just priceless
I believe only Sasha can be immune to King’s joy
HI! I’M DAISY!
…Daisy’s immune to *everyone*
Sasha and Bailey in the same strip!?!?!
so you can call it a stripshow?
it’s almost as good as Sabrina and Grape meeting for the first time in a strip
Grah! Now I wanna go and check if that actually ever happened previously on this webcomic! ( The Sabrina and Grape meeting, that is).
It happens when Max challenges marvin to stay at a “haunted house”
lol I can’t wait for when she finds out shes right! I think we can all agree its going to happen eventually
I wouldn’t jump to conclusions just yet. This could be one of those bait situations where they point out the obvious, and when that moment arrives ~ yoink! Bailey found a bone just as King turned human!
Who says King is ever going to be Joel again?
Of course, that would be a pretty nasty twist, if/when the game ends and he is in a relationship and then BAM human again.
Hopefully he’ll have fessed up by then. Not that anyone would believe him. Other than Fox.
Well I mean I guess its possible it never gets out but I feel that would be a really huge waste of potential story there. (Much like if Fido and Sabrinas relationship doesn’t get out, I mean its possible it won’t, sure, but its a huge waste of a possible story line.)
And I don’t think its going to happen in this arc but even if hes turned back into Joel and she doesn’t see it happening its likely she could piece it together if she sees Joel afterwords and doesn’t see King.
The revelation would make for a great plot moment, true…but at what cost? The end of King’s canine life as a social person. No more friend, no more girlfriend, end perhaps shunned by the wolves as well.
Wouldn’t be his fully acceptance as a dog be as much important and life-changing, instead?
Considering the circumstances behind the lie and what he has done as King to redeem him self though his friendship with Fox I’m pretty sure he could easily patch stuff up with the two of them when/if it comes to that.
I mean its not like anyone (out side of Keene at this point and maybe Fox) is going to believe him if he told anyone anyway so I think they would be understanding about why he had to not tell him he was Joel, I’m sure his life would be fine if it got out.
They’re both kissing eyes closed and ‘BOOM’ Joel again!!! Bailey slowly opens her eyes and screams in surprise and shock! A human wearing his orange jail jumpsuit or naked! “Eh…hehe Bailey I….I can explain everything!” The most epic awkward moment in HP history!
King will surely have learned his lesson about what is like to be a Pet and would want to change back! If it were to come to pass!
Don’t forget the handcuffs he was wearing at the time, along with the prison suit!
Then again, this might end like Brother Bear, (/spoiler alert! )the human-turned-animal makes friends with other animals and by the time he recovers his humanity he has such a bond of friendship he let’s himself get turned into an animal again. (/spoiler end).
Maybe the wolf cubs would hunt King for REAL, then?
I think the comment section has been over this before. The only way king can turn back into joel is if he decides to. And the only way that could actually happen is if pete makes kings life as a dog so miserable that he decides to turn back into joel.
wait, did I just figure out the plot of this arc?
I think in this case it would be more likely that Pete is trying to make him miserable so he will agree to be his Avatar so he can win the U&U game. If he did it to turn him back in to Joel (which can only happen at the end of the Duel anyway) he would screw himself over in the U&U duel making it very unlikely for him to win unless he finds some one else suitable for an Avatar in the Duel.
I think basically the only alternative outcome for this is Pete tries to make him agree with him by doing this to Bailey (making her lose her house and family) but it backfires on him and makes King somehow unsuitable for an Avatar (at least in the way Pete needs him).
Since Rick said that he wants to get the Cosmic Nerds arc to a stable place I’m sure Pete will be getting an Avatar by the end of this Arc or at least one very soon if not this one.
As an addendum to my previous post I guess its possible that its a huge fake out and instead of King Pete is trying to make Bailey his Avatar now. (and like Bailey is the same type of Avatar as King) That would be another way this arc could go. Or we could be all wrong and it has nothing at all to do with Pete or the U&U game.
She’s on to him.
What’s that around Sasha’s arms?
Bracelets? Maybe? I think so…
bangles, according to the character sheet.
I say they’re magical genie armbands, to bind her to her oil lamp! (Or, knowing Sasha’s owner, beer bottle).
…for some reason, thinking of Sasha with a genie at her disposal makes me go DAWWWW
I meant to say she WAS the genie because she’s the one wearing the armbands.
Oh Bailey, you hit the nail on the head! How right you are! :3
Except he’s not a miniature human.
…Or wearing a dog suit.
Well, it’s not like King is being king of subtleties here…
HAH! I see what you did there.
Still, she didn’t hit the nail completely cuz that ain’t a suit (at least not in the traditional sense)!
I think you have to check their teeth to make sure they are human. Sasha is clever =P
Of course! Why else would they be called canines?
Ironically, dogs have relatively small canines for their size compared to other carnivores.
Still, don’t let them bite you!
I still like how Daisy look :3
But close Bailey! Close. But no cigar. Or kibble… or for cats, cat nip.
I don’t know why I typed Daisy… Weird…
*next pannel*-*outtanowhere- HI IM DAISY!
This webcomic could use a pop out of nowhere character, though there’s a certain crazy fox that kinda fills that roll from time to time…
The Sands of time have already begun to pour against King? Or not yet?….
i think so i think Baily might figure it out.
Quick! Use the dagger!
Sasha had one heck of a makeover! Also “matching grumpfaces” made me giggle.
“Grumpface…” Why is it I immediately think of the Game Grumps? I can’t remember if they actually have coined that term or not…
And oh, the irony…
Joel/King and Bailey could get really well with grumpy smurf and grumpy dwarf.
she’s onto us, GO GO GO!
it the universe calling bailey so pick up the phone (in a non-mean way)
Oh no 8(
KING, SHES ON TO YOU!!!!! REPEAT, SHES ON TO YOU!!!!! TUCK AND ROLL!!!!! TUCK AND ROLL!!!!!!
You got a bogie on your tail: QUICK, DO A BARREL ROLL!
You better hope that Bailey doesn’t run into Tarot, King.
That might actually happen, considering the door to door handout of invites o_o
Wow, she’s dangerously close.
Sasha = FTW
Oh no! Bailey knows.
OMG DID ANYONE NOTICE HOW MUCH BALIE’S FACIAL EXRESSION IN LAST PANNEL LOOKS ALOT LIKE ONE KING HAS MADE SEVERAL TIMES! ( IDK how to make links) Sasha’s right you two do have same grumpfaces!
i can only imagine how king would react if someone relayed Bailey’s suspicions to him…
Panic. That is his MO.
yes. UNIMAGINABLE panic.
It’s unimaginable! Rick can put it to paper.
I apologize. I meant to say “it’s NOT unimaginable!”
Hmm. Is Sasha’s hair different because of the art style change, or because she let it grow?
(See http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/04/10/it-was-covered-in-the-meeting/ for one of the earlier colored appearances of Sasha, and compare the two.)
My says both!
today’s dialogue = best ever in the whole comic since the beginning!
Indeed, it certainly is one the best dialogues
OMG!! LOVE Sasha’s new look!!!
Two amazing ladies (and characters) in one strip, thats awsome !
Alt text: the party may or may not be collarless, we’re not sure, be prepared
(btw, the alt text is all in caps lock)
If you’re going to post it, you may as well get it right:
THE PARTY MAY OR MAY NOT BE COLLARLESS, WE’RE NOT SURE, BE PREPARED
Thanks, I’ll take that in mind next time
The coloring on Sasha’s face seems to be off on that last panel there. Also that wonky stray line going through her eye. Her new design is pretty cool though!
That’s Sasha’s hair, through which her eye may be seen.
Aside the metaphisical LARPers and sapient, talking animals, transparent hair is one of the constants of the housepets! universe. Magic, everyone, magic!
Anyone else find it funny how King seems to be the character everyone wants to see? HP started off with Peanut and Grape as the leading characters with Joel as the supposedly forgettable villain… Now that we’ve seen so much of King, we can’t get enough of him. XP
“… and sometimes I get to ride in the car with my head out the window!”
So, I figured Sasha’s acceptance of her mean owner was all about her being dingy, or maybe Stockholm syndrome, but apparently that’s just a dog thing.
Its basically like real life Dog loyalty. The thing is when you place it on Sapient anthropomorphic animals like these its just really comes across as Stockholm Syndrome, its kind of something you need to ignore with suspension of disbelief or it become really creepy and sad.
Is it colder in Babylon Gardens than it was out on the farm? Why does Bailey need a jacket?
Its part of the redesign of the comic.
She shaved her torso just so she could use a sweater!
I KNEW IT PPL R STILL SUSPICIOUS ABOUT HIM!
Y does Sasha look so much like a diva now?
Oh Sasha, you are too cute for your own good. The same goes for Bailey’s smartness.
Bailey’s too smart for KING’s own good
At least King isn’t a dog in a cat suit… wait….
King, better watch out. Bailey is on to you!
To IceKitsune , Marco , and secret :
In the strip from the link below Pete said that he didn’t say he would change King/Joel back.
Yeah I remember that and Kitsune later said that it could only happen at the end of the duel. I know hes not going to be turned back into a human I was pointing out (since Secret was saying that could be what Pete was doing) that it would be detrimental to Pete winning the U&U game to do so.
besides, the thing about King having to decide being human or a dog only applied to his soul. As Sabrina told him, he was stuck in a limbo in-between.
Since he also still has his fate with him in the form of a pocketwatch (or still should, I believe?) it’s likely that the matter is still unresolved; until he decides to act like a dog or a human, his fate will be ambigous.
That’s my take anyway.
What confuses is: Does everyone in the housepets! universe (or multiverse?) have their souls splintered in two: One inside their bodies and one in a cosmical storage room?
Does the pocketwatch count as a horrocrux? O.0
i love grape and sasha their should be a strip with grape, bailey, sasha, tatrot, sabrina, and daisy talking behind the boy’s back also he could do a reverse the very next panel with the boys talking about the girls
You, my friend, I thank for spelling Tarot’s name wrong ’cause now I got a spark of inspiration for a character name.
Sasha has a cutie mark?
I was wondering about that myself. Has Sasha always had that heart on her um.. cute behind?
As you could see by voting for the comic at TopWebComics in the not-too-distant past, Sasha’s redesign includes a heart-shaped fur pattern on one of her hips – it is expressly stated not to be a “cutie mark.”
I didn’t think it was. But I voted for something else so I wouldn’t know.
Bailey knows more than she thinks. I can imagine that when King finally gets outed as human, she’d be like “Am I the only one /not/ entirely surprised by this?”
What if Bailey is ANOTHER human-turned-pet? Unlikely? Definitely yes! But possible? Also yes, I think. From what I gather, according to the rules of the U&U game, players can change humans into animals if the human gives permission. Perhaps Pete changed another human into a Bailey and will soon try to use her as a way of convincing JoeKing to become his Avatar? Or maybe Dragon found a lonely lady and changed her into Bailey, and will try to convince JoeKing to Not become Pete’s avatar? (A sort of conditional gift, regardless who did the changing)
Seems like that would make sense in the HP world… A player of the U&U game finds some lonely world and promises a boyfriend IF she agrees to become a pet. Another rule of the agreement would be that as Bailey, the lady would be given a backstory as a dog, and would have to stick to that backstory when around other pets.
This tangent story could also alleviate some of JoeKing’s stress. What’s wrong with one human/dog dating another human/dog?
…and then we discover that the WHOLE Housepets! universe pet population consists of reincarnated humans…
Like in that cartoon where the punchline is the dog saying “I’m just another little boy having a dream”?
Hoo, boy! Argent of the Stonecutter clan took me back to my childhood! (Wait, does a very young adult still counts as having lost his chilhood?).
Maybe He will return to human. Bailey will be upset about him lying and run home crying. dog/dragon girl will come over and talk with Bailey. Bailey will come to see how much he loves her.
Soon after He will walk into his home and find a human girl laying on the floor. It will be clear that the girl is Bailey.
WOW, Sasha’s redesign! EPIC! Love the cutie mark heart on her hip. The bangles are a nice touch, too!
Sasha’s new design is cute, and fitting her personality.
I worry though about King and Bailey. She’s talking poorly about him behind his back. This is their first real fight as a couple. I hope they pull through.
oh, that’s a law of nature: two boys talking about their common aquaintance will deviate the dialogue on unPG matters.
Two girls talking about their common aquaintance will start backstabbing their victim.
This may be the first incident documented in the comic. That doesn’t mean they’ve never fought before. In fact, Bailey’s line implies otherwise. “He likes to spread the joy.” ;p
This comment makes me wonder, has it been three in-universe years since Joel got turned into a dog as well?
Gee Bailey, I wonder what makes you think that?
Bailey: “Hey, show me your teeth.”
King: “Huh, OK, whu foah…?”
Bailey: “Sasha suggested I check them to see if you’re a human…”
… Has Sasha always had a heart on her butt?
No, it would seem Rick started adding it on her when he made the change to the comics design.
I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
Or words to that effect. Sasha is anything but ordinary; she marches to the beat of a different drummer.
And let us not forget the dialogue at the end of Pete’s trial before Bahamut, where Dragon mentioned how happy King was in his current relationship and Pete walked away laughing evilly. This will not end well if the Gryphon has ANYTHING to say in the matter, and the wheels are already turning…
I like Sashas shoulder blades and back line. Rick is getting more nuanced in his drawing of anatomy. That, plus Bailey has been drawn very consistantly so far. Go Rick.
The practice I’ve had making character sheets has helped immensely
before seeing this strip
after seeing ths strip xD
I honestly don’t think that King’s ever going to be turned back to human. I mean, The one who started it all was told he can’t influence kings life anymore. So the chances of King being returned to his normal self is kind of slim. To be honest though, I could probably see this playing out to where he tells her the truth, and she thinks he’s kidding, or something along those lines.
Isn’t Bailey a husky? Why is she using winter clothes then?
And see-through bangs? Those look quite solid in panel 1.
That shading looks good in the background, but it looks like sludge on near objects.
It’s still a cute little strip. Sasha’s mark, it’s lovely.
Hey rick how come sasha looks so much like a diva now?
Hey rick thanks 4 making these comics 4 everyone 2 enjoy and i was wondering if u have a facebook account?
Hey Rick so sry about u having crohn’s disease i think u can rest easily every1 will definetily understand if u recently had surgery and got some intestines removed u can take a year if u need it must have been rly painful during the surgery hope u hav a great recovery. >.< O.o
love the hoodie!
I have been trying to get used to the new style it wasn’t quite jiving with me yet, then I saw Sasha in the first panel and fell in love with her new style ^^
Seriously, this is one of my favorite comics
Kings girlfriend is closer then she thinks
Hey Rick just wondering if ur feeling any better since ur surgery. Please get well soon i dont want u dying on all of us we r all in love with ur comic i dont think any1 could continue ur special artstyle.
Hey Dissension does Rick have a social website account?
You know, if you wanna talk to Rick, you’ll get your chance to meet him face to face at Rocket City Furmeet in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, between the 14th and 16th of june of 2013! I’m not 100% sure, but there’s a rumor (made up by me) that Rick will let his fans tear a fistfull of his hair each as a souvenir. For more info, check here: http://www.flayrah.com/4426/rcfm-2013-launch-mission-postponed-goh-info
Alright RCFM, I gave you face time, now where’s mah money?!
…you’re new to the comic, am I right?
Someone’s newness bears no relevance to the conversation. As you’ve asked several times, even after your comments were deleted, I am officially requesting you stop. If you wish to discuss something other than the comic, please use the [forums].
Rick has a Twitter account: @rickswriting
no collar party? Then it will be a ADVANCED nakedness party LMAO
Sorry, Rick but that one comic you did with that was UBER funny ROFL
Censor bars Gallore for everybody!
Matching grumpfaces huh? I don’t see how that can happen just because two people start dating, but that makes me laugh! XD
King had better watch out.
Well, Bailey said MINIATURE, so she’s suspecting something wrong, he’s a miniature corgi, not a miniature human.
LoL Matching grumpfaces!
Pete has been around as early as this strip: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/19/sylvan-glen/
Bailey’s facial expressions are hilarious XD
she knows to much!
Careful King! she knows your secret…
oh wait… even though he IS human, his body is still a dog. He can pass that test with an A+, I bet he has pretty good breath for a dog considering he takes care of himself like a human.
Not necessarily, since most humans nowadays aren’t very fit…
He was a pretty out of shape looking fellow when we saw him do the kidnapping, after all.
He wasn’t THAT out of shape. Although, compared to his partner in crime, almost ANYONE would look fit…
What laundry does Sasha have to do anyway?
Her owners laundry, thats what.
Right when Bailey said that, King felt a disturbance in the Force, but wasn’t really sure why.
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