#312 – beating the heat

July 31st, 2009

#312 – beating the heat

You might’ve guessed that being hot is a common theme this week! I writes what I sees. If you’re really hot this week, keep in mind that Eve’s method is actually recommended. Alternatively, you can do it with an ALF towel.

A new storyline starts for really real on Monday. I’m very excited to do this one. Have a good weekend!


Discussion (80)¬

  1. ProblemBader says:

    Will is fucking CRAZY.

  2. Eponine says:

    I miss working somewhere with a gigantic walk-in fridge. :(. Those were the good ol' days.

  3. dallas says:

    I am so sad that I haven't experienced the heat of the summer- In Michigan it has only gotten as high as 80 really, which isn't enough for me to want to put myself in a bathtub of ice. I usually can just sit outside in the shade or go downstairs and it is actually not cool but COLD- to the point where I have to wear a hoodie. Michigan is weird.

  4. JFish says:

    haha Miles Davis air? Must be Birth Of The Cool. Nice touch with Marigold's AC. It's about to crush your ad boxes!

  5. Weeksy says:

    Head up to the cascades for a bit. They're cold, and hella beautiful. Portland's nice, but Oregon's nothing if you don't go see our wonderful outdoors.

  6. clarusdogcow says:

    It's been raining the last 3 weeks solid here in England. The only way you can tell it is summer is the rain is kind of warmer (=

  7. Namsab says:

    I've again realized that I love your random interlude-comics so much it's insane. You really manage to pick out interesting themes and play with them in the most hilarious way ever.

  8. Harry says:

    Hehe, the air conditioner falling is a really nice touch. It's hot here in the Philly burbs too – guess we're all gonna start paying for the (mostly) awesome July. Yes, *everyone* will pay…

    (Also… Wiiiiiiiill 😀 )

  9. Jay says:

    Is that Bart Simpson brand frozen peas?

  10. Chris D says:

    Call it a product of where I was born and where I currently live: I will never own or live in a house that doesn't have a central air conditioner! For some reason, I can stand being cold, but don't you dare let the temperature in the house get about 79 degrees.

    Your Yankee problems of heat beating are foreign to me. I just make my thermostat read 78 on really bad days and it works. That said, my electricity bills in the summer get kinda high :(

  11. hearingv0ices says:

    i just wanted to say that i loved your falling air conditioner so much

    that it broke my self imposed embargo on all commenting

  12. dartigen says:

    Actually, the best one is soaking a shirt in the sink, wringing out as much of the water as possible and putting it back on. Cools you right down, although it will up the indoor humidity levels. Where I am, in summer, there's almost negative humidity.

  13. thesavagehamster says:

    being a Brooklynite i totally sympathize here. also, the dropping A/C out of frame is maybe the single most genius piece of comicking i've ever seen. 😀

  14. deadbeatriot says:

    is that a beardless marek?!?!?!?

    also will's panel made me literally laugh out loud

  15. darrylayo says:

    The very last bit with the falloff is the tilt to your Jughead hat.

  16. Rooty Toot Toot says:

    Nothing in life or art makes me laugh harder than the falling air conditioner, so long as no one is hit/hurt below. I've seen it happen three times, once to me. Never fails to amuse. Sometimes, physical humor is best.

  17. josh says:

    I almost wish we had a bit more insane heat here in the UK. You can have some of our vengful rain if you wish.

  18. Daniel says:

    Love the falling air conditioner outside the panel gag.

  19. fish1589 says:

    bahahahahahahahahhaha… oh they're all funny for their own reasons!!

    at least you guys have summer there… it's winter over here… lame

  20. Krimson says:

    Oh my goodness, Julie can be so creepy sometimes. It's always the sweet, unassuming ones that turn out to be totally insane.

    And who would like to harvest a Will kidney? Yours for only four easy payments of $19.99!

  21. Qwil man says:

    That's a pretty damned on-model Bart Simpson!

  22. Nora says:

    Hahaha, I love it. And my reaction to heat is the same as Hanna's – DON'TTOUCHME.

    • Naktarr says:

      YES I have a clear memory of doing this once, so I saw this and cacked up. Where I am it gets up to 120, gotta love the heat. (in Australia, and I love this comic to bits because its so like my life XD)

  23. Ange says:

    Ugh, it's been at least 100 degrees here daily for the past month, I'm with you. Last time my AC died, I tried the frozen towel method Eve is employing, which does help. Consequently, though, your loved ones won't consider it a thoughtful gesture if you drape said frozen towel over their sleeping bodies, no matter how lovingly you do it.

  24. jeremythedog says:

    that air conditioner at the end is the best. it's like that little bit of movie at the end of the credits when everyone's left the theatre except you because you demand that the credit-making people didn't do all that work for nothing.

  25. MisterTheDan says:

    Hmm… saladcat. I've seen this before.. It's nothing to worry about.

  26. Kelli says:

    Thank god the poor North West cooled down today! Well, up here in WA it did, hope you are ok down there!

    Don't touch me! 😛

  27. Sam says:

    Heehee, I pity all you people everywhere else in the country. We had a couple merciless days here in the North Bay*, but for at least a week it's been pretty perfect.

    Anyway, love the comic, just thought I'd chime in on the weather.

    *That's north of the San Francisco Bay.

  28. Michael says:

    When I was a young lad at summer camp in middle Tennessee there was a natural spring with ice cold water we would sit under to cool off.

    Now I go with Will's method; the screaming is required.

  29. joe says:

    I'm with Will on this one………

  30. busk says:

    I'm in Seattle, so I totally understand this ridiculous weather. If you are on a budget, a spray bottle of water and a fan make for pretty good $25 ghetto a/c, especially when your apartment is about 20 degrees hotter that outside.

  31. Shevmo says:

    Even up here in Canada, or rather, -especially- up here in Canada (at least where I am) the summers are as brutal as our winters. Nova Scotia is fond of extremes, I tell you what. As for my favored method of cooling off, I'd have to say that I usually just consume copious amounts of iced treats. When that fails, I find an ice-cold shower to be the ticket.

    • Katz says:

      I am in Nova Scotia. At the moment, I've got two fans and an ice pack on me. I hate the weather here, seriously.

      • huxley says:

        I was in Beijing for 3 weeks so Halifax has been pretty cool overall in comparison, but Friday I went to an outdoor wedding in full tux facing a scorching sun and what must have been 100% humidity. I was longing for the simple oppressive heat of China.

  32. exjentric says:

    I enjoy dartigen's method, only I employ a pillow case for the nighttime.

    The air conditioner falling outside the panel = genius.

  33. Sif says:

    I hate that I can relate to most everything in this strip(I no longer buy Bart Simpson peas).

  34. Matt says:

    Being from the southeast US, I'm just used to really high electricity bills in the summer. When it's in the 90's with 70% humidity, there's not much else to do.

  35. Greybeaver says:

    Welcome to the extremes of summer in Oregon. LOL No, really! It is good to have you out here, sorry that the heat is a little out of control. We're looking at another 3-4 daze of the 100's out here on the east side.

  36. Jax says:

    I wish I was cat-sized so I could pass out on a salad to cool off (that is a salad right?).

  37. Kaylee says:

    I'm in Oregon too, down in the valley (the valley so low), and maaaan I wasn't used to it either. No air conditioning, spent a darn lot of time at the nice cool library.

    Just remember though, that that happens two or three days or longer at least once every summer. Keep a supply of working fans in the closet! (Mine were broken D: )

  38. John K says:

    The bed scene is how i am ALL summer.

  39. LandStander says:

    It seems to be over now, well down in the valley at least (<100!!)

  40. Anthony says:

    Its been 100+ here in tx for 50 days, I just get used to it.

  41. Almost Literally says:

    Manuel in the salad is adorable. My cat has never passed out in any type of food. But she behaves more like a dog…so…*shrug*

    Panel Six made me cry from laughter! I imagined her speaking in a crazed, monotone voice. At least they have plenty of kelp to eat.

  42. fish1589 says:

    Ye heat to that extremity kinda sucks… But it's better than winter, which it is over here in Australia

    HATE IT!!

  43. Salvar says:

    Holy crap is the entire world having a heat wave? I've been sweating like crazy lately, but I'm in *Austria*! Where there is precious little air conditioning, by the way. :(

  44. Kate says:

    Am I the only one who is content with the temperature in their region? San Diego on the coast is just perfect right now!

  45. Scott Bieser says:

    Shoulda moved to Mars, like I did.

  46. Ben says:

    Just caught up from reading from the beginning (not in one sitting, though, as some are wont to do) and just wanted to voice my intense like for this comic, and am adding it to regular reads.

    Thanks for the laughs!

  47. Sarah says:

    Haha, I love every single panel here!

    –Just a question… When does Octopus Pie update? It seems like it used to update at midnight on M/W/F, but lately I'm not sure what the schedule is… does anyone know?

  48. David Waltergart says:

    Oh dear, the OP computer suffered from heat wave of its own. Hope you'll get back on track soon, Meredith! Although if you decided to make a vacation of it, who could blame you? I hear it's hot out there in Oregon.

  49. Run says:

    Portland was CRAZY last week. First panel, second row, is a perfect replica of how I spent the mornings.

  50. justa says:

    i'm so glad the heat wave's broken, thank god.

    hey just in case you weren't aware, there's a handy place on SE 10th and main called free geek (see freegeek.org)–"community technology center". they use a mostly volunteer-run program to recycle and refurbish old computers and electronics like crazy, and to educate the public about computer building and use. if you need a new machine (or parts) on the cheap, it's where to go. also, they are totally badass.

  51. MerchManDan says:

    People, I come here (the Internet) to AVOID talking about the weather. Really.


  52. Carlos G says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Ill try the eve method one of this days :p

  53. Mcnajee says:


  54. xero says:

    wish i couls say i haven'tdone all of those…WISH i could

  55. no says:

    the bart simpson thing CLEARLY says 'dont have a cow, dude'

  56. Rezmason says:

    This is the funniest page I've ever seen. You are a master of wit.

  57. Adri says:

    LOL, I live in the valley of OR, and I remember this lovely heat wave. Panel 3 was totally my boyfriend and I those awful fucking nights.

  58. Nelg says:

    Ok, this is one year old, but it was 32°C with smog and a dew point of 22°C here yesterday. In Finland.

    I'm currently in panel 7.

  59. Kuribo says:

    Park listens to some good tunes.

  60. Foxy_Ninja says:

    All of this is me in the summer, especially Will.

  61. justme says:


  62. Leptic says:

    Best panel goes to Will. FOREVER.

  63. Munkiman says:

    Oh man I've been reading through the archives all day and laughing but the Will panel here completely cracked me up.

  64. Haper says:

    Is there a separate comic with Will in it!? If so, I must know. I love him.

  65. Dwight Cook says:

    Whatever works I guess. Personally, I'd just open window, turn on the fan, or let the a/c run for a while.