#291 – frugal haze

May 20th, 2009

#291 – frugal haze

It takes a special kind of character to properly address the public. Sorry for the semi-4th-wall-break. I generally don’t like them either.


Discussion (22)¬

  1. kaiki says:

    I don't even viewing it as breaking the 4th wall. I see that character as talking out into space about getting high, because he is that messed up.

  2. George says:

    I guess dirt weed's better than no weed. :)

  3. MerchManDan says:

    Heh, now even Will has to deal with cash-strapped customers, unconcerned with quality. 😀

    And, like Marigold, I too am thinking of quitting my job – even though doing so would be foolish, bordering on lunacy.

  4. BG says:

    "Who that?" I love that line.

  5. "In these uncertain times" I can't afford the good hookers.

  6. Kate says:

    Panel # 8 = story of my life right now

  7. Rob S. says:

    I thought it was a PSA: "…and that's One to Grow On!"

  8. Seann says:

    In these uncertain times, we cant afford a 4th wall.

  9. Mike Leung says:

    With the acknowledged distaste for breaking the fourth wall used to frame the rejection of the premium marijuana, and this storyline being kicked-off by Marigold sitting disappointed as her rejected air-scenter was freshening her cigarette smoke, there seems to be a theme of the banality inherent in progress. Sort of like a Lou Reed song. The shopping contest was sort of like that too. Maybe this whole strip is like that.

    • Melonby says:

      In my eyes, the basic theme of Octopus Pie is the (mostly unsuccessful) struggle to not have your youthful dreams and ideals crushed by the grind of adult life. It's totally deep!

  10. Nate Fakes says:


  11. Elvear says:

    What are you talking about? When used tastefully and appropriately: fourth wall breaks are hilarious! Much like in this strip :D. I also have to say that the Transcendentalist pun in the last strip made my day!

  12. nothings says:

    The (presumably) fourth-wall breaking of "Blam! Topical" in 206 (Rock Iguana) is one of my favorite moments in the strip.

  13. THE Ted says:

    Any idea if Book 1 is shipping with books 2 and 3 yet?

  14. Randall Drew says:

    Hooray for addressing the readers! There are very similar sentiments up here in VT as well.

  15. Mcnajee says:

    "MARIGOLD! GET THE FUCK UP HERE" is my favorite line. made me laugh bunches

  16. Bryy says:

    I think, of all the appropriate times to break the fourth wall, you did it in a wonderful way.

  17. garek says:

    Reminds me of the old freak brothers poster.

  18. Victor says:

    Hmmm….I've always enjoyed the destruction of the 4th wall. It just makes me feel like the characters are more real and I feel more involved in what's going on. It's like giving a head nod to a passing stranger. All the great Steven Spielberg cartoons of the early 90's did it and I loved every moment. Perhaps it's just a since of nostalgia for me =/