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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 3

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Meredith Gran’s Octopus Pie!


Octopus Pie is cartoonist Meredith Gran’s nifty web comic that updates in a particularly interesting fashion.

It used to be that the comic would update three times a week. Now, though, Gran waits until she finishes a “storyline” and then posts the complete storyline.

The result is basically a collection of complete short stories featuring her main characters. It’s a clever way to deliver the content of the strip, and it allows Gran more time to complete the strips without having to worry about a “three times a week” deadline.

Her website for the comic (which you can find here or by just typing in www.octopuspie.com into your browser) splits the comics up into storylines – it’s very accessible reading.

That stuff, though, is all technicalities that would be worthless if it were not for the fact that the strip itself is quite good.

The comic stars Eve, who works at an organic food store (with some wacky folks) and lives with a roommate, Hanna, in Brooklyn, New York. As you might imagine, hilarity often ensues.

The strip’s art style is evocative of Bryan Lee O’Malley, and the comic has a lot of the same over the top comedic stylings of O’Malley, along with O’Malley’s knack for developing outlandish but interesting characters whose character interactions provide the solid foundation that the wacky aspects of the strip rely on.

Most storylines are fairly long (the latest one is a fun look at what happens when Eve and Hanna visit Hanna’s folks for Christmas – there is a brilliant bit where Hanna devotes herself to a shlocky piece of 60s pop music that she enjoys ironically until she learns more about the musicians), but here is a short (four part) one…

And here is a one-off strip…

Octopus Pie is a very enjoyable comic strip.

Gran is doing a great job.


Octopus Pie is one of my favorite webcomics. She gets so much life and personality into those characters and it all feels very real and relatable. One of the most well-told comics on the web, for sure.

will have to check out the strip looks interesting

This seems pretty funny. I’ll have to check it out.

Not to be too nitpicky, but in the beer brewing strip, is the fact that it’s “DYI” instead of “DIY” some joke I’m not getting, or is it just a typo?

Ah…if only we could all be like that duck, who seeks only bread.

I figure DYI stands for “Do Yourself In” since at best she is going to poison everyone with that swill.

Thanks so much for featuring me, Brian! I’m flattered to be included in this blog series.

@jazzbo Yes, the typo is intentional and it stands for “Do Yourself In”. Julie is not the brightest crayon, but she means well.

Thanks so much for featuring me, Brian! I’m flattered to be included in this blog series.

No problema, Meredith, keep up the good work!

Meredith, that was awesome. I am now checking out your website and I really enjoyed the christmas video. Nice Peanuts Christmas Special dancing reference! Haha!

Thanks for the intro Brian. The best one yet!

I’m really loving the theme/design of your site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A number of my blog readers have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

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