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|Update schedule||Ongoing Monday-Wednesday-Friday|
|Launch date||June 2, 2008|
|Genre||Comedy, General humor, slice of life|
Housepets! is an anthropomorphic webcomic by American cartoonist Rick Griffin. The comic is loosely based upon a series of sketches created in Griffin's childhood about a dog named Bino, who also appears as a supporting character in the comic as it exists today. Griffin came up with the idea of expanding his sketches into a full webcomic in 2006, drew up a few rough strips in 2007, and unveiled the comic itself on June 2, 2008. Housepets! won the Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The primary setting of Housepets! is Babylon Gardens, a suburban neighborhood somewhere within the United States (the strip itself does not specify the exact location of Babylon Gardens, although Griffin states that the Sandwich house was based upon a former residence of his in North Carolina). In the Housepets! universe, most animals are sentient. Mammals with paws are fully anthropomorphized, able to speak and walk upright; mammals with hooves (and all other animals) are non-morphic, but retain the capacity for speech. Pets live twice their normal lifespan. Animals also enjoy certain rights (for example, a police dog can arrest humans, complete with a fictional legal precedent cited), but wild animals not kept as pets have no legal status. Most pets are regarded much like surrogate children, referring to their owners as "Mom" and "Dad" as well as adopting their surnames, and may be kept by humans who opt not to have children of their own. Also, the intoxicating properties of orange soda are exaggerated.
The action of the comic revolves around the lives of the various pets living in Babylon Gardens, although many strips focus specifically upon Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, pets of the Sandwich family. Most strips adopt a "slice of life" approach, depicting pets dealing with common problems such as coping with boredom, visiting the vet, and interacting with other pets in the neighborhood.
Translation projects are highly active for Portugese, French, Italian, German, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Other translation projects, including Japanese, Spanish, Hebrew, Swedish, Dutch, Danish and Arabic, are in the works. In addition, some novelty translations, including lolspeak, Olde English, Musical, Advertising, and "Real" (all animal lines replaced with animal sound onomatopoeias) have been undertaken. There is also an unofficial-but-sanctioned project, the Refur Project, to color the original black-and-white comics that were drawn prior to Christmas 2008.
In addition to adding color effective Christmas 2008, the style of the comic was changed in March 2009 to closer reflect Rick's typical drawing style. The style was changed again in 2012, bringing it yet closer to Rick's typical drawing style, and also making some cosmetic changes to some of the characters.
- Main article: List of characters in Housepets!
- Ursa Major Award winners - GreenReaper, Flayrah (31 May 2010)
- 2010 Ursa Major Awards winners - PeterCat, Flayrah (13 May 2011)
- Award Winners 2012 on the Ursa Major Award website. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Award Winners 2013 on the Ursa Major Award website. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Award Winners 2014 on the Ursa Major Award website. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Housepets! home page
- Rick Griffin's deviantART
- Rick Griffin's FurAffinity page
- Housepets! Radio (Community Podcast)
- Housepets! Wikia
|Ursa Major Awards winners|
2000 (Confurence 12) · 2001 (ConFurence 2002) · 2002 (ConFurence 2003) · 2003 (C-ACE 2004) · 2004 (Anthrocon 2005) · 2005 (Rocket City Fur Meet 2006) · 2006 (Califur 3) · 2007 (Morphicon 2008) · 2008 (All Fur Fun 2009) · 2009 (FA: United 3) · 2010 (Morphicon 2011) · 2011 (Califur 8) · 2012 (Anthrocon 2013) · 2013 (Califur X) · 2014 (Morphicon 2015)