#304 – fine swain

June 29th, 2009

#304 – fine swain

I’m back! And what’s more exciting, I’m back in a brand new studio in Portland! It’s a very charming space. I’ll post more on it later as it swiftly comes together. A big thanks to Jason, John, Erika, and Steve for filling in these past 1.3 weeks!

Due to the great expense of moving, I’m hoping to roll out some new goods & services later this week. It’s possible I will take a few commissions if there is interest.


Discussion (50)¬

  1. Kevin says:

    Hey there-

    Just got linked to here from… somewhere… and I spent the last few days after work reading the whole thing. This is an amazing comic!

    • Juliane says:

      Same as Kevin, I pretty much told myself "only one more frame" for hours on end. It's a beautiful comic and as soon as I am not living from toast and cheese anymore, I am going to get the proper comic from your "store". Thanks for this, comics like this always remind me that they really are gaphic novels and not just an array of funny pictures.

  2. darrylayo says:

    The pit stains, the hasty retreat–this is Will at his best!

  3. K says:

    He's smart to stop while he's ahead.

  4. truffle says:

    Yo those baguettes are from a dumpster, believe it.

  5. JFish says:

    I love Hanna's outfit!

  6. danineteen says:

    Poor Will. Awk-WARD.

  7. Poobert says:

    Welcome to Portland!

  8. ryan p says:

    welp :I

  9. Sebastian says:

    Aww, nooooo. Hahaha.

  10. Namsab says:

    ahahaha oh Will. You are so not obvious.

    I really, really hope Hannah does not fuck this up. The dog is way,way,way too cute to be hurt/get in danger just because she was egoistical again.

  11. Clueless says:

    panel 7 is full of funny eyes

    my favorite is Will's OMFG eyes

    the dog is a close second

  12. ladymercury says:

    The dog sounds like a wuss. Snowy. Psht.

    Aaaand Will beats a hasty retreat leaving behind a lot of baguettes filled with GOODNESS KNOWS WHAT…

    • Joachim says:

      If Snowy sounds like a wuss, it's because he's old. Old dogs need people's help to chill out every now and then.

  13. ika says:

    Yeeeaaah!:D He was joking!:D

  14. monstrosity says:

    Will's eyes in panel seven! Beautiful!

  15. Matt says:

    "You need to extend it between three and four feet. Five is WAY too much." Love it!

  16. Dell says:

    Primo baguettes hm? Yep, those baguettes get pretty primo I bet. Those the kind with a prize inside? A PRIMO prize?

  17. J4cK 0f He4rt5 says:



  18. Ron says:


    Heh heh heh heh.

  19. BG says:

    Seems like Portland's the new Brooklyn! My bf suggested we move up there a few weeks ago — mainly for all the bike friendly activism and its general coolness. It's a big craft hotspot too.. hmmmm.

    And I wonder if Will's still with that dreadlock chick… him all sweaty and dirty is not a good sign! 😉 or maybe it is.

  20. Almost Literally says:

    I wonder why Will was all sweaty and dirty. And to the above post…I hope not. Anyone else out there big Will x Eve fans? I like Park okay, but not as a boyfriend for Eve.

  21. Sabine Griffin says:

    I just sat my ass down and read this entire series. It rocked so hard. Just throwin' that out there.

  22. Scott says:

    hahahahahah WELP. that's my favorite word

  23. Dryskle says:

    Is that a Monty Python reference in the first panel?

  24. los says:

    Not that I write for the comic or anything, but the way Park is, I always view him as a past phase in Eve's life that she's trying to rekindle out of a sense of comfort but is ultimately doomed to fail for reasons of anachronism. OR…he had his time and its over, LET WILL IN! 😛

  25. John K says:

    just a question, why are dog owners such bitches about how their dogs things should be?

  26. Omega says:

    Congrats on the successful move!

  27. Katezila says:

    Oh wow. You pulled off Will's abrupt awkwardness and grumpy walk away so well. I wish Will had his own spinoff comic.

  28. Jax says:

    If the stains represent flavor, I'd love to know what deodorant Will uses. It looks very flavorful.

  29. THE Ted says:

    I would really like to finally be able to buy book one! But I want to buy all three together and have them shipped somewhere else as a gift so sending books 2 and 3 without 1 is more like an un-present.

  30. Lime says:

    I couldn't help but be reminded of Monty Python and the Holy Grail… 'Five is right out.'

  31. elliott says:

    welcome to portland, meredith! i hope you ride a bike and like pbr. just kidding! i saw a sticker on a vw van here the other day that said 'i eat hipsters' or something like that. i thought of you! you should throw a big party celebrating your move! and invite your local readers! yeah.

  32. shallot says:

    Panel six. *sob*

  33. guy says:

    i think that #4 was right that the baguettes are from a dumpster hence will's "Flavor" stains and his use of the word "primo". i also think that the next word from his panel 3 sentence was going to be "free".

  34. MerchManDan says:

    Exactly how many animals has Will had "as a kid?" Between the Quaker Parakeet and the Great German Doodlecock (?), it sounds like quite a household.

  35. Taospark says:

    Is it just me or do both Will and Marek look similar from a distance? Perhaps even…unknowingly related?

  36. Nicole says:

    Will-the-drug-dealer is my favorite character.

    His hasty escape both broke my heart and gave me hope for him and eve…

  37. fish8915 says:

    Hasn't anyone noticed Will's huge frantic looking grin in panel 6… ok ye fair enough it's mostly cut off but from what you can see it's priceless!!

  38. Decay says:

    How is no one else not freaked out by this? Hanna just told Park Eve has some kind of thing with Will. OMG

  39. Carvin says:

    It's interesting that his initial reaction was the best out of all of Eve's friends, but he had to shut it down because of who he was. Jealousy, such a silly thing.

  40. ali says:

    love the grease stains and the dog's stupid face. <3
    it's things like that that make this comic so consistently worth reading.

    as my creative writing teacher used to say, the subtle and way-believable shifts in social dynamics are the back-bone of a good story, but the pit stains are the gristle.

  41. Stacy says:

    "fine swain?"