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Housepets! Are Naked All The Time Paperback – July 7, 2011
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Griffin manages to do several things that make a strip successful. He keeps each strip fully self-contained, and at the same time keeps the arc of the story going. The characters are instantly endearing, and you very quickly care about them and the world they live in. And that is the delicate balancing act that Griffin achieves; he manages to neatly sidestep the many problems that quickly sink amateur comics. He avoids the "fanboy" approach, where the creator insists on beating the audience over the head with the nuances of their created world; he simply plays the story out, and lets the details emerge in their own time, unforced.
And his art is fun to look at. Right from the get-go, his clean lines and well-drawn perspective and anatomy tell you that he knows what he's doing, but it's really in the details; facial expressions, small environmental details, and gestures---all things crucial to a well-drawn strip---are a blast to look at, and constantly entertain.
Of course, none of this would mean anything if the strip weren't funny. And funny it is, very often on the laugh-out-loud side. The characters with their nuances and relationships are all grin-inducing, and I found myself laughing aloud at least twice a page. Occasionally, the strip is touching or even dramatic, but it is the humor that keeps the strip rolling, and keeps the viewer wanting more.
I think it says a lot about a comic artist when they put as much into their creation as Rick Griffin does, and if more artists did, then the world would be a brighter place.
On the matter of the content of the comic itself, it is excellent. It is one of the funniest comics I've read. When reading this comic on the website, it had me laughing and smiling at it's jokes around every five minutes. Not only is it funny, but when it gets serious it can be quite compelling and very interesting. I really ended up feeling for some of the characters at certain moments, and there have been many moments when I couldn't wait to see what happens next. It is obvious that Rick Griffin's main objective is to make the comic humorous, and he's definitely succeeded.
One of my favourite aspects of this comic is the artwork. Rick Griffin is an excellent artist. His ability to make his character's emote with some of the smallest changes is a testament to that, and he definitely knows how to use the medium of a comic to portray his scenes. Sometimes he'll go from one frame to another and change nothing but a single character's expression, and that one adjustment changes the entire meaning of the scene. I have great respect for Rick Griffin as an artist and his understanding of how to depict characters and their emotions.Read more ›
1. Purchase this book.
2. Leave on coffee table or commons area.
It's about half black and white and half color, just as the web-comic switches over, so does the book.
If your a fan of the comic, pick it up and support Rick, if you're new to Housepets check out the web-comic first to see if you like it: [...]
Also, HP!R Officially approves!
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Rick Griffin has an uncanny insight into the psychology and lives of house pets. This set of books is a romp!Published 5 months ago by Leonard C Hayes
I like this it's just a normal comic with anthropomorphic animals as the protagonists. It came in the mail with no damage and it seemed new.Published 6 months ago by Angus
Aside from being awesome, this kind of stuff is cool.
But if you find it too expensive, or you don't have any money, go to this website to view all of these comics:... Read more
My grand daughter was ESTATIC!.....she draws similar toons and she was so excited that I got her what she wanted all 5 of the books!Published 13 months ago by linda Duncan
This comic is of very good quality. I enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield growing up, and this is the wittiest comic I've come across since then. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marz
i like it. i wish it could be normal comic book size tho. it would fit my book shelf better if it wasPublished 21 months ago by damon hooker