#292 – look at these photos

May 22nd, 2009

#292 – look at these photos

Perhaps some of you can guess who these ladies are!

Also, check out this new sped-up video I made while inking a recent strip. It’s of a higher quality than my last cam-vid, I hope you enjoy it:

octopus pie #290 from Meredith Gran on Vimeo.


Discussion (57)¬

  1. Wood says:

    I don't get the "actual raccoon" thing. I blame the language barrier.

    • TR says:

      Raccoons in pictures are cute and adorable. They're fuzzy and they have tiny hands! Actual raccoons are terrifying — they have claws, sharp teeth, they're smart, and they not infrequently have rabies.

      • Wood says:

        Oh, so that wasn't a pun or anything ?

        We don't have raccoons in France.

        • DougTheHead says:

          Nope, no pun- just an actual raccoon in a New York apartment.

        • the doug head says:

          Indeed — though it is a new fad to point out that obvious thing there, the "actual" — no one would have used that adjective 20 years ago

      • ceramicatheist says:

        As someone who has actually had a pet raccoon many years ago, I must protest that they are cute and fuzzy and have tiny hands in person, too.

        (disclaimer: having any wild species as a pet is almost always a bad idea. Ours did not, however, eat anybody's face.)

      • lew basnight says:

        And thumbs! The little villains have thumbs! They are next in line to rule the earth, for real.

      • hotsauce says:

        Racoons are awesome. You know how many people in all recorded history have died of rabies received from a racoon bite? One. The risk is just a touch overblown.

      • ket says:

        Not to mention they make the MOST terrifying noise ever. Picture a very upset poodle-demon-wolverine-monkey-cat hooked up to an amplifier. I've only heard it once and never, ever want to again.

  2. kaiki says:

    I don't know who the ladies are, but I do see Manual in the 2nd to last panel =D

  3. Dishliquid says:

    The movie you're referencing made me so uncomfortable I had to stop watching.

    I used to live in a similar house after my parents kicked me out. My friend's mom had been in a car accident that damaged her brain making her, I shit you not, evil. So evil. Her husband had committed suicide in an old car on blocks in the woods behind their house.

    The house was a disaster. The pool had trees growing out of the sides, and stacks of cat-piss-soaked-magazines from the 70's onward covered every surface.

  4. Emily says:

    It's the Edies! That's so perfect.

  5. BG says:

    Ahhh pop culture references… how I never tire of them.

  6. Chi-Yun says:

    Thank you! This particular strip made my day! I love 'that movie' and I think it's one of the best documentaries about eccentric people that I've ever seen (and I'm and Errol Morris fan, so that's saying something)!

  7. danihana says:

    I have no idea what movie this is supposed to be, but I totally want to know. (I am part cat, and I'm often destroyed by my curiosity.)

  8. Scott Bieser says:

    This is what I get for spending my whole life sitting at my computer making my comics. I don't get to see many movies.

  9. Krae says:

    "Actual raccoon" may refer to the fact that raccoons are not actually supposed to be indoors, EVER. And by God that is why I love that panel.

  10. Sarah says:

    Are you a leftie too!?

  11. Alex S. says:

    Hey Meredith, what's the music you put the inking video to? Cool stuff.

    Gah, curse my shaky hands. I can never get smooth, continuous lines that way. Love the comic, thanks!

  12. Patricia says:

    It's the ladies from Grey Gardens. Littlle Edie is so sad!

  13. yes, yes. oh hello, actual factual raccoon. hi there, real skunk who's not a cat what got paint dripped all over it. howdy, opossum who appears in the daytime and isn't playing but gets the vapors FOR REAL.

  14. Unrikk says:

    A family near my town (Redneck Hell) had a "pet" raccoon which gnawed off half of their newborn baby's face one night. Raccoons may act tame, but they are always wild.

  15. wishcandy says:

    Lovin' the Grey Gardens reference. Great job capturing the personalities. And I love Will's expression in the last panel. 😉

  16. Scott says:

    haha a fistful of joints solves all

  17. aleta says:

    Hahaha, I was wondering how you were going to tie the plot line in with Little Edie's plight. Big Edie's eyes are just perfect. Well done!

  18. Ron says:

    I'm thinking Will could carry a strip of his own …

  19. Art_Usagi says:

    Whats the paper you use? I love how smooth it looks when you fill the areas with black!

    Nice video btw, lots of fun to watch.

  20. Artiste says:

    Man, I could never get through this whole movie. Also, Kudos for using Tristan Perich's 1-bit music in the drawing video!

  21. dan dunlap says:

    So in the second to last panel, did you draw the 'straight to your door' part with a fineliner because you wanted more detail in a smaller space?

  22. Cass says:

    Brownie points for Grey Gardens reference!

  23. Ashley says:

    that video was amazing! your inking skills never cease to amaze me! just wondering, what size of brush do you use?

  24. MerchManDan says:

    I was all "ARRRGH I should know what the reference is!!" and finally it clicked – "AHA!! Grey Gardens!!" – just before I got to the comments. Nice one.

  25. Randall Drew says:

    I relate to this strip as I was semi-caretaker for some elderly relatives for a year before I decided to start doing comics. Thanks for doing this one Mer!

  26. so says:

    i could never get into that movie, but i still love jackie o

  27. BG says:

    I just love her frantic desperate eyes in the last panel. I can just imagine her whispering "Thank you" clutching the joints as if they were the only thing to help her ward off the madness.

  28. Nick says:

    Wow you draw depressingly well with a brush.

  29. BigSexyJerk says:

    This one's pretty depressing.

  30. Katezila says:

    OMG Grey Gardens reference. You just won so many points.

    Did you see the fancy shmancy movie remake? (how one remakes a documentary into a hollywood film i still don't get)

  31. Cynthia says:

    Yay! That documentary is really beautiful, and you got their personalities down so well.

  32. alec says:

    Fun fact: raccoons are pretty strictly native to non-taigal North America, with the exception of a scattered few from three (3) seed populations of no more than a few dozen: (a) an American serviceman with raccoon pets in Japan; (b) an American serviceman with raccoon pets in West Germany; and (c) an East German zoo with raccoons allowed to escape during World War II.

    As a consequence you can find raccoons almost anywhere in Germany or Japan, and various other odd pockets throughout the world.

  33. Gihyou says:

    I have never commented before but I just wanted to say that "Oh! Yes, hello, actual raccoon" absolutely slayed me in a way I have not been slain often. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed that line.

  34. Mat says:

    I'm so proud I figured out the reference on my own, though really late. I've never seen the documentary/movie, but they had an article about it not too long ago in Newsweek, of all things.

  35. Mike Leung says:

    If you live long enough, the flea-bites don't itch so much.

  36. Elaine says:

    Haha great Grey Gardens reference.

  37. Lewis says:

    bahahahahaa. Its sooo perfect! I only saw a bit of the film a few weeks ago, it horrified me and I fell asleep to their endless babble. BUT BRILLIANT STUFF.

  38. kitkat111 says:

    raccoon 1, edies 0

  39. Inara says:

    Loved the Grey Gardens ref – also, thanks for the vid. You made me feel like I'm not a loser for not using a tablet for everything.

  40. Kayla says:

    Your face is so ugly! Look at that woman! That woman is supposed to be pretty! Thank God for Jerry!

  41. Alice says:

    The Marlboro Faun. Epic.

  42. Sela says:

    First time around, I did NOT see that it was a Grey Gardens ref! Hooray, Edie!

  43. scruffy says:

    i'm a lefty too, i smear my handwriting everywhere!

  44. Newbia says:

    I thought it was a reference to Little Red Riding Hood. Shows how much I know.