#296 – working for someone

June 1st, 2009

#296 – working for someone

That’s the end of this storyline! It seemed long, but it was pretty short.

I’m very exciting to be redoing the site! Hope you like the new look.

Please be aware I’ll be making tweaks all day, so there’s no need to point out small errors you might find. We should be airtight by Tuesday or so. 😉



  1. Daryl says:

    Love the new layout. You're right, it's not a whole lot, but it's great. The skyline really kicks ass :)

  2. Harry says:

    I like how the site is like, almost a compilation of all your O.P site designs.. or the ones I remember, anyhoo. Looks great!

    Really liked this Will-centric storyline, btw :)

  3. Scott Bieser says:

    Man, talk about bursting a bubble.

  4. Trypno01 says:

    I love Gewurztraminer! I can drink a whole bottle myself and enjoy a pleasant wine drunk, totally different from being drunk off of anything else.

  5. Nick says:

    Nice to see Marigold get some spotlight time too. I think she's really come a long way as a character with this arc, she was always on the fringe of things before.

  6. Amy says:

    I just like *saying* "Gewurztraminer".

  7. srab says:

    aww, i loved this storyline! and the site looks great.

  8. Scott says:

    Can't escape the system I guess. Great arc.

  9. B Shur says:

    Love the new design, the black really makes the comic pop.

  10. Ash says:

    The new design looks fantastic!

    I sympathize with Marigold a lot after this story.

  11. ladymercury says:

    Poor Marigold, what a let down.

    Great site design! Clean, and very cool.

  12. huh says:

    i thought the whole point of this storyline was 'WILL IS NOT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BUSINESSMEN AT ALL'

    he pretends to be the dude's friends, chats him up, takes his money, takes MORE money he didn't earn, but totally ditches the guy for rock climbing

    he has a schedule, and a boss


  13. David Waltergart says:

    The next time you're exhausted after work, try a nice Gewurztraminer.

    Gewurztraminer – not just for fowl & seafood!

  14. jenni says:

    i'm finding myself confused…. why did marigold suddenly go "wtf"?

    • lew basnight says:

      Before spending the day with Will, she had enjoyed the fantasy that he was an unfettered outlaw who did whatever he liked and answered to no one. Upon seeing that his job involved pretty much the same things as anyone else's job (with increased chances of getting arrested or jumped) she is wrestling with disappointment and recognition.

      At least, I think. Maybe I'm reading it wrong.

    • Mike Leung says:

      Will did worse than flick Marigold's card into the fish tank. Her rebel boyfriend admitted even he is someone's whore. Who is there now for her to love?

  15. Scott. says:

    Gewurztraminer is great!

  16. jenna says:

    so tteokbokgi isn't gettin' any love? I adore that stuff – all gooey and spicy. Yum!

  17. Ron says:

    And here I thought Marigold was cool…

  18. David Waltergart says:

    I'm thinking of Bul-go Gee, is that in the right cuisine? Oh, wait…(refreshing page) – Thanks Ron!

    I'll try tteokbogi, sure!

    My fave Korean restaraunt shut down, but then I liked that it was so quiet (damn!).

  19. David Waltergart says:

    restaurant, Oy…

  20. MrContro says:

    I really like the new look for the website Meredith! :)

  21. Pothead says:

    More potdealer stories. Gotta love comics about pot.

  22. Matt says:

    Loooooooove tteokbogi. I just need to find a place that makes it Korean-spicy. Why do Indian restaurants give you the option of "hot" or "Indian-person hot" but not Korean restaurants?

  23. Boots says:

    haha. I hate Marigold so much. Good arc though. And sweet layout.

  24. Michelle says:

    It's a miracle! You made a layout. It looks great.

  25. Farley says:

    Great layout Marigold, it is a welcome change, out with the old and in with the new!

    Also, panel 5-7 is the face of someone whose world has been shattered.

  26. Jess Fink says:

    Hey, it looks foxy up in here!

  27. Mr. Fowl says:

    I like the new layout, but the font of the site itself–of the comments, your posting–is a bit hard to read.

    • meredith says:

      huh? Helvetica is hard to read?

      • elliott says:

        i was going to say something about the font, too. it's not that it's hard to read, per se… maybe that it's too bold? or the font is too large. in your blog part, i mean; it looks fine on the comments. but i really like the design! it reminds me of one you had a long time ago. but better!

      • Mike Leung says:

        I don't know if this is what everyone else is talking about, but I always thought when windows started supporting helvetica, it displayed it even uglier than arial. If you're obsessive about keeping your CSS lean, declaring your font-family: Arial, Helvetica as your default will display arial in windows and helvetica in mac on all occasions. (Playing around with tahoma might serve as a simpler alternative as a default font.)

      • icecreamemperor says:

        Just wanted to confirm that the font looks absolutely awful in Firefox/Windows, at least on my machine — the main body of both the blog posts and (if you look closer) the comments (the titles look fine.) I'm not much of a font nerd but it looks like it's not getting anti-aliased or something — very pixellated. I guess it could also just be an issue with my local fonts, but I'm pretty sure I have Helvetica… anyways, I am sure I will get over it.

        (The skyline is very pretty but it is taking up a truly impressive amount of vertical real-estate. The comic barely fits above the fold!)

        • Mike Leung says:

          Well, the firefox-developers obviously don't have the access to windows that the ie-developers have, so I'm not sure what you mean by a font that doesn't look awful in firefox on windows, except for fonts sized too tiny to read without planting your face in front of the monitor. (The most visible font at a tiny size being verdana.)

  28. Gilbert says:

    Yay for the site revamp. The skyline looks spiffy. It vaguely reminds me of a picture book I had as a kid called round trip, where you read it one way for a drive into the city during the day and then turned it upside down for the return trip at night:


  29. Anon_The_Third says:

    Marigold's come a long way since the Laser Tag match. Will continues to be tied for my favorite character 😀

    As for the site design, so long as it has those giant right and left arrows I love so much, I'll think it's lovely.

  30. Randall Drew says:

    Site looks nice, like the black border. NOT a big fan of the Helvetica tho. It's too spacey compared to the rest of the text on the site which is compact and flows easier. When you spaced between your lines of text. ick!

  31. Heather Ann says:

    I really like the skyline background, but thought I would let you know that the spacing is off if you view it in Firefox with AdBlock Plus running. The Project Wonderful ads get blocked, so all the content moves up higher, and then the skyline kind of runs through the content instead of sitting above it.

  32. whatwith says:

    Love the expressions in panel seven.

  33. someone says:

    noooooooooo i hate emoticons :(

  34. Scott Bieser says:

    Blocking ads from web-comics sites is like walking a check at a restaurant — it hurts the person working for you (waitress/cartoonist) a lot more than the boss (manager/advertiser). I think we need to start a campaign here.

  35. MerchManDan says:

    Poor Marigold. She really believed in the glamour of pot-dealing, and now the dream is over.

  36. Jazz says:

    It's so weird to see Tteokbokgi written out in English letters. XD

    My mom makes the best. <3

  37. Shirt says:

    Great comic I think I just read it all within a day or so.

  38. Pyrofyr says:

    Man… I thought Will was so cool being a badass pot dealer, now he's just a guy with a job, and his job is selling pot. :[

  39. David Waltergart says:

    I've found some pretty good s**t clicking on those ads, you know. Mer has obviously worked hard to get that level of quality, so please, don't be a jerk and BRAG how you can block them!

    How can you not like Nerf?

  40. Joseph T. SpiderJeru says:

    God damn everthing, but I love Will. I can't decide if I resemble him or Marek. I'm leaning towards Marek, since I'm half Polish and don't indulge in reefer anymore. Come to think of it, does Marek smoke? Can anyone help me out here?

    • DougTheHead says:

      I think being Hannah's boyfriend is equivalent to smoking 2.7 ounces a day. So there's that, plus whatever Marek chooses to inhale himself.

  41. David Ma says:

    I was about to ask "What's with Marigold's stoned expression" but then I realised that they've just finished selling pot, and Will's clearly smoking something.

  42. danineteen says:

    JUST finished reading from comic 1 all the way up to here! LOVED every single strip. Consider myself subscribed! 😛

  43. Tree of Joey Lawrenc says:

    Where is Marigold's profile in the cast page?

  44. Miranda says:

    Marigold breaks my heart in this one. Thinking she was starting to make a connection with Will, only to have that illusion shattered by what he brought up next. I can empathize. Anyway, I like the new site!

  45. Jenny says:

    I like your new layout. :) Poor Marigold.. you can never quite escape the world of a working stiff.


    And this is the BEST ending for this storyline!

    It makes me smile.


  47. panos says:

    it'd be nice to have a proper archive.. now when i miss a few weeks worth i have to go to the most recent one and keep clicking back.. getting shocks and spoilers along the way 😛 i know it's not your problem but if its not too much trouble, please consider it.

    love your work!

  48. Miciah says:

    Will's facial expressions gave me the impression that was acting and only pretending to have a boss in order to disillusion Marigold and quell her romantic (mis)conception of the drug trade.

  49. James says:

    I just started reading this. Gewurtzraminer is my favorite wine. I actually got to mention it earlier.