#327 – took it for granted

September 7th, 2009

#327 – took it for granted

Part 1: END! Stay tuned for more.


Discussion (94)¬

  1. Shift says:

    Okay, looking good so far! Glad your new schedule's working out!

  2. Hey hey!

    I can't wait to see what's next!

  3. Oliver says:

    Dang! The pacing really changed, but I enjoyed it.

    NOW TO WAIT FOR THE SECOND PART OH MAAAAAN I need some douchbag glasses.

  4. Wykstrad says:

    I like that we're getting the huge comic dump, but it seems to me that each of these strips could stand on its own. Why not just put each strip out at the regular M/W/F intervals once you've done a whole storyline? That way, the waits between story arcs wouldn't be so long, and you'd have people hitting your site three times a week rather than once every few weeks. You could work on the next storyline while the current arc runs, and if you need more time when you run out of strips, just take more time. I'm guessing most Octopus Pie readers are the types of discerning individuals who can handle slower-paced individual strips that don't necessarily contain a punchline every day.

  5. Heather says:

    I love it! This is just what is needed after an intensive class prep day.

  6. fish1589 says:

    Gah!!! Talk about a cliffhanger… What's he gonna tell her??????????

    PS Those glasses are rad

  7. Mimi says:

    OMG–Hannah is quoting The Room! I love this strip.

  8. Michael says:

    Oh no, I just burned through all those pages and now I have to wait again

  9. Loves me some Road Runner references! Delayed update schedule was worth it for that sight gag alone!

  10. Smarmodon says:

    It seems most of the males at my school wear those glasses on a daily basis… but they're invisible.

  11. Alex says:

    Awesome! I love the new format, it was torture waiting for the update, but this was really worth it!

  12. Scott Bieser says:

    Those douchebag goggles really do work amazingly well.

  13. patinatrix says:

    I love the Tour de Fat reference, especially since it took place in my little burg this weekend. Your timing is impeccable. Cheers!

  14. Scott Bieser says:

    Oh, and btw loved the "Road Runner" moment.

  15. Dy says:

    Well worth the wait (not like I didn't check back everyday and hit up the archives anyway). Will you be changing the way you post the pages so that the when a huge chunk of storyline comes out the URLs don't still look as though they were posted on a weekly schedule? Just curious

  16. Meredith, I thank you, and Chuck Jones thanks you.

  17. BG says:


    So worth the wait. Thanks for updating! 😀 I look forward to the next part! hahahaha "tireDUMB".

    And people: ssssshhhhh. Enough with the pining for the old schedule. I like OP updated, plain and simple. At least Mer updates roughly once a month! Some people won't update for a couple years because they update in batches.

  18. Meems says:

    I got so excited when I saw your update e-mail in my inbox that I gave myself a migraine. My week has been a little less interesting and a bit more depressing without a frequent dose of The Pie, but you know what?

    You blew me out of the water. You went from "I read this a few times a week and love the crap out of it" to "Why do I get to read this for free? Did I save a rain forest or rescue a baby from a burning building in a previous life and now am repaid with this?"

  19. Harry says:

    Wow, I'm actually a little amazed at how much airier the pacing feels. Could just be this batch, of course, but it seems like you're giving the art more room to breathe since you don't have to pack so much into a single updated page. I like it!

    Congrats on the awesome book deal too!!

  20. grossgeister says:

    I really like the slow part where Eve braves The Night. Good work!

    Although I respect how you want to publish your work, I'd prefer to read you comic one page three times a week. But the pacing's great within the story. I'm looking forward to see what's coming next!

  21. michelle4jerusalem says:

    mazal tov on the book deal – you deserve it! i've seen the pbf book in airport bookshops and that is so awesome!

    i'm also happy for you if you're happy with your new way of making comics and whatnot, and since it is indeed free (though i think i might buy your random house book!) i have zero wish to complain, however…more regular updates is what i like about webcomics and they brighten my day!

  22. Katie B says:

    SWEET! Another storyline with bicycles! Great work Meredith!

  23. Jennifer says:

    I really like the new schedule! Yeah, I've got to wait a bit, but I feel like I get more out of the story this way. Glad you're doing this your own way and not taking guff from anybody : ).

    As always, thanks for sharing with us!

  24. Krimson says:

    I am going to read one part of the mega update every M/W/F, so this way I'll get the illusion of having tri-weekly Octo-Pies! (You know, after this one, because I couldn't resist.)

    Greg needs to work on his snarky comments. Practice, Gregory, practice!

  25. paul says:

    fyi: unable to browse from first comic to latest by pressing next. a couple 'next comic' links bring you to announcements instead.

    • Alice Bentley says:

      I made the very same error at first – go for the giant grey right-pointing arrow on the side of the comic instead of the tantalizing "next" text below it.

  26. danny says:

    this is awesome

  27. Paul1963 says:

    Looks great. Kind of a fast read, but then pretty much everything is a fast read for me.

  28. morgan says:

    oh shitt! cliff hanger.

  29. Peter Manges says:

    Really like this story; can't wait for part dos. Seriously, you've got the best comic on the web going – please, please, please keep it up.

  30. lil says:

    well worth the wait. thanks for reminding me of the dover boys!

  31. Almost Literally says:

    Love the arch, can't wait for the next part.

  32. Will says:

    It was worth the wait. Well done as usual Meredith. Looking forward to the thrilling conclusion.

  33. Lolita_Haze says:

    Love it! And getting an e-mail from Meredith made me feel special. :) I'm excited for the book!

  34. Scott says:

    LOOOOOOOOOOOL it's "the doucheface". perfectly represented in cartoon form

    chunk format is amazing

  35. Tek says:

    I just got back here to find like 6 new strips! Man I'm enjoying it though!

  36. Jenna says:

    I like this format.

  37. fungdark says:

    feel like ive just eanten a whole pie and am slipping into a food coma. except its an octopie coma so its twice as good. so suprised about the art, didnt think it was possible for you to take another step up from brilliant but apparantly you can. WOOT!

  38. Jon Scrivens says:

    Yay! Great update, I like the method of updating, it does work better for a longer form comic for sure.

    I hope he's not moving away :(

  39. Datsun says:

    Largely shitty week. But an e-mail from the Octopie cave and I am somewhat soothed.

    Thank you!

  40. Craig! says:

    Dude, you should sell rhyming goggles.

  41. Jess Fink says:

    Awesome to maximum extreme Meredith!!!!!

  42. Anonymous says:

    I REALLY want those goggles. Hannah is an entrepreneur genius.

  43. Madelynn says:

    Yeesss! I love this so far! I was about to die waiting for the update! haha. I need those gogglessss!

  44. Bowee says:

    We'll stay tuned for FOUR. Nah, I'll leave it to the professionals…. or amateurs with douche bag goggles.

  45. Kate says:

    So excited about the new storyline. I love what you have so far and I can't wait to read the rest. I like being able to read in chunks like this because I have such a short memory.

  46. sarcastodon says:

    Miss my daily updates, but the art looks awesome! Great job!

  47. Sara says:

    Yay! Yay!

    It's nice to have a big chunk. I love the over all feel of reading a whole arc in one sit – i can follow the story much better. I also love You Doing What You Want with your comic. It works out better for us all.

    You still get my daily trafficks – i have to stop here in my cycle to get to a somethingpositive link. You are part of my cirrrrcle.

  48. evalinth says:

    Will you marry me? xD You're amazing.

  49. lol says:

    i love the scarf and cap appearing out of nowhere. those goggles must work.

  50. kat says:

    I love that you have the scard and the flipped-up hat bill for the extra douche-y effect.

  51. Bryy says:

    I really, really liked this arc. You have a knack for making your characters real.

  52. Dominique says:

    omg. I read the entire comic in one and a half days! & it was a very wonderful comic!

  53. toomundane says:

    Wow! 8) This looks really great! The comic has now more continuity and graphic novel-style to it than before. Even though it was a pain to wait several weeks for a new comic, it was totally worth it.

  54. Andrew says:

    godDAMN Greg owns

  55. Damien says:

    You have my support for all the interesting shit you do and get done, Meredith Gran.

    I'll wait and enjoy – personally, I'd just set up a day planner program with the online updates.

    Say, anyone use a PDA out there in Kvetchland?

    Honestly. Your work is free and they make with complaints?!

    • Bryy says:


      You'd be surprised how many people actually act like complaining about free stuff makes their complaint more valid.

  56. Caramel says:

    I accidentally read the last panel first and confused the hell out of myself. 😀

  57. truffle says:

    ooohhh nooo he got the chicago job

  58. esoretal says:

    This comic makes me smile so much. Thank you! <3

  59. Mel says:

    This is the first arc I've read with the new updating schedule, and I really think it suits your comic. The scary stuff with Eve walking home was much more effective written in one sitting than over a couple of weeks.

    • Butts says:

      I'm wondering the same thing! It's been so long since I read this comic, I'm starting to forget what's happened. Either that, or we don't know yet. O:

  60. fan says:

    I just read all your comics in 1-2 days. Do I win yet? Jk I really enjoy your comic 😀 It was a nice way to spend some time :)

  61. Tim Cathcart says:

    I didn't know you lived in Portland, thats super exciting, but doesn't surprise me too much… I guess lots of cartoonists live/lived here, I'm hoping I can be one of them 😛



  63. kinley says:

    I'm confident you're don't know how to waste our precious time, Meredith, our gal

    So don't think twice about our anxious emails and constant site hits, it's alright

  64. Jacob says:

    I just spent a couple of hours reading all of these comics. excellent. I can't say it any better than the first person who commented on this particular strip. I think the thanksgiving day parade strip where Eve waves at Charlie Brown was my favorite. Keep up the good work!

  65. nichola says:

    I love your stuff and it is so cool that you cross link (it is how i found you) and keep up the good work

    a lot of my friends tell me that im definitely hannah even when i feel definitely eve! your characters are so alive and well drawn out.

    Great stuff!