Boy it is hard to replicate websites in Photoshop. Enjoy this double page! I think this chapter will be a fun one.
Been there. Poor Marigold. Glad Will finally came to his senses though.
November 2010: National Webcomic Characters Break-Up Month
Yup, those first five panels are ridiculously powerful. Especially the jump from hard copy photos to digital ones. Will my hardest moments and greatest achievements be chronicled through a series of abandoned accounts on different websites?
Love the progression of marigold from teen to 20s, from polaroid to facebook.
Aww Marigold. I'm sure she looks much better without dreads anyway, it's for the best.
ok, not to be the doofus here, but I'm kind of lost on this one.
I originally interpreted the dialogue in the first 5 panels to be between… will and marigold? but then i looked back at the previous storylines and now I'm pretty sure it was will and eve's conversation outside the arcade place. but then why would it be over all those marigold pictures? and "we have to help her forget him…" who? what? when? where?
am i supposed to be this confused?
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I too can't figure out if that was the convo between Will and Eve or a later one between Will and Marigold.
Hannah's combination of facial expression + scissors in panel 9 is making me concerned for the well-being of everyone in her immediate vicinity.
Don't do it, Hannah! There's no guarantee you'll find more ghost bullets!
How much do I love that opening sequence? Answer: MILLIONS!!
MARIGOLD IS MEREDITH.
Aww, i liked her hair.
wow… Heavy =(
Yeah, well fun…
I'm kinda glad we're back to more serious storyline. I miss seeing actually character progression. And THANK GOD that thing with Marigold and Will is over now. Now I think the two of them have room to grow, separately.
Also: I love how in this strip you can see Marigold' old boyfriend's faces are removed from the pics. Like she's always going thu the same sorts of break ups, her history gets repeated, and she always is left with bad memories to try and cover up.
wow, wtf happened? last scene they were on that halloween party and now they break up all of a sudden? i don't get this
What a powerful strip. This is a great comic.
I love the website panels 🙂 great attention to detail. I can't wait to read the rest of this chapter.
High school freckle-face bookworm glasses Mar 🙂
I personally like the Mets fan / glasses / bang cut Marigold. Even tho I hate the Mets 🙂
I really liked the Polaroid -> 4×6 -> WinXP Pic Preview -> MySpace -> Facebook progression, especially with the b/f of the moment cut/blocked out of every pic. I think, sadly, the biggest laugh I got was when I had to go back & reread it to figure out what the myspace one was supposed to be, b/c I had forgotten what myspace looked like, lol. myspace is a joke all on it's own now, i guess.
Oh no…I hope she didn't find out she was single by SEEING that updated status on her facebook. That is the worst way to get dumped. Poor Marigold, I wish the couch sitter had dated her, but such things as the heart cannot be tied down (even by muffins).
Wow. This one really hit home for me.
The only problem is that, no matter how hard you try, you can never fully erase your past. (The closest thing to doing that is maybe getting some crazy amnesia.) Marigold's probably going to be really, really drunk in the next couple pages.
Also, the "We have to help her forget him", presumably Hanna saying that to Eve re: Marigold who is right there, who needs to forget Will, but it could just as easily apply to Eve, who also wants (not needs, but may think she needs) to forget Will, as well.
Nobody puts together a more real, and beautifully crafted webcomic page than Meredith Gran. Beautiful work, very powerful stuff.
Meredith, I'm so entranced by your storytelling. You have such a wonderful insight into people, and you don't even need words to express it. I can't wait to see what you do with this chapter.
man, mar's gone a long way from that one-shot character who could make soap out of ANYTHING
Meredith Gran, you are an incredible storyteller. You really have a grip on human nature, on how confusing and funny and awful it can be, all at the same time. And you put it in the form of a comic, which is just… I don't know. It's so beautiful. I recently wrote a paper on webcomics, and I cited Octopus Pie as an example of just how deep a webcomic can dig into human nature. (I got on A on it :D) Thank you for this comic, it has served as an inspiration to me since the day I found it.
Also, I just noticed how in every photo, the male she's with is always obliterated out. That is so telling of Mar's emotional past. Looks like she's never known an easy breakup.
…just when i thought a comic could no longer break my heart, it happens once again.
Two comics at once going through a messy break-up and both make me sad. I get so upset at things like this. Q_Q
who'd have thought the quiet girl knitting in the corner in this comic
would turn into such an emotionally dynamic character? I wonder which (if any) of the guys in those pictures is the nerd. The way she says "we broke up" leads me to believe that this is something she's gotten over before, and now it barely bothers her. Or maybe she just really didn't like that nerd.
This is what I have been waiting for. I was also I little confused on the dialect but I think I've pieced it together..
Man! I feel so terrible for her. But I also love the lead-up and getting to see younger versions of Marigold.
First Marten and Dora, now Marigold and Will… what the fuck?
They always say bad news comes in three's, so who's the next couple to fall apart?
Wait, no, it can't be… NOT GABE AND TYCHO!!
I feel bad for Mar, but I never really liked her being with Will in the first place. I'm glad it's over because like others have already stated, there is something between Will and Eve and I can't wait to see it come to its full climax. On a lighter note, I loved younger Hanna in the two pics lol.
Dang, that's some serious mood whiplash from the Halloween story.
Looking at all those pictures, they are of mar with a guy cut out of the frame in the last of which will is barley out of picture. I think that they are all of past relationships and it's actually the conversation between mar and will. Just my thoughts though.
Ugh. This is just so good. The structure and pacing of the opening in particular, but really the whole. This is why I missed OP so much when the updates were more sporadic and why I'm convinced this is one of the strongest webcomics publishing right now. Just really solid storytelling. Nice work, Gran
ACK! Sad face at Eve shaking and pouring tea all wrong 🙁
I'm lookin forward to see more of Marigold. I never really liked her, mainly because all I knew about her was that she liked Avatar. But man. Powerful opening to the new arc.
This is why I love comic strips as an storytelling method/art style. Dang.
marigold with glasses + bangs = the exact type of girl i used to be into in college 😀
When I realized (thanks to my much smarter fellow readers) that the conversation in the beginning was the one between Eve and Will back in "Kareoke", I think my heart just broke and threw up inside of me (in the best possible way). You know how to cut us real deep, Meredith.
Whoa, was I the only one who misread panel 10 as "Or I'll cut my self" and started freaking out?
She needs to hook up with Victor
I have just spent the past 5 hours reading from the very start, awesome comic! Adding to my favs so I can keep up to date now 🙂
Great layout, feels like I'm watching a montage from a movie.
Everyone is so sad though…..Hanna is more upset about wasting time on the dreads but still….
…I love you and this comic so much.
; _ ;
so very, very much.
I really like Will, but I hope he goes away for a while now. To get a handle on his life.
First QC, now this. It is sad breakup week in the webcomics world apparently.
omg thats just so jlshdvbqkhjvhjkjrhgbkjhktbj mih like you know i feel the comic is about love and loss forgive and forget it rocks but it tears up your heart
I have the strangest feeling that the conversation up there wasn't had by Will and Marigold but by Will and Eve.
All I can do is echo the praise for Meredith's storytelling. If hadn't met her at cons I wouldn't believe someone so young could produce such sophisticated work. I guess that's what genius is all about.
About the story itself, I just can't picture Eve saying something like, "Cause if there is, I think it would be worth changing for that." This is definitely Marigold's voice, so the conversation is between Mar and Will. HOWEVER, we could also be seeing Will's side of the conversation with Eve in strip 401. Which supports the whole theme of Eve and Mar both suffering from separation with Will, and each doing it in her own way — Mar produces all the external drama, Eve keeps it bottled up inside until something sets off an explosion.
That's my theory, anyway. Can't wait to see how this plays out.
poor marigold. will is a sweet guy, but he really has no idea what the hell he's doing, does he?
Editted 2010-09-29 comic with the text from today's inserted.
Also, hooray for my second comment on here, ever.
Wil is in a career he's not crazy about living with a friend he's outgrown but who's still a good friend, and dating a girl who's nice but not the one for him. His life is saturated with ambivalence and he's also wishing he were different. This was coming even if no one could understand it. I love the montage of excised boyfriends and the conversation outside overlaid–way to set up those brewing feelings. Meredith I'm sure you know how much better you're getting at this, but I wanted to say that the more you do the more I get to see of my life.
Oh Everest Ning, why do you do this to me?
Hot damn, Ms Gran. You are channeling the year I've had very closely with that snippet of conversation. This comic is fantastic. It kind of hurts to read.
Ctrl-F "Irfanview"… Nothing
Thumbs up Meredith/Marigold
Omg i just recently wnt throuh this 😮 it was hard i miss them and my hair is short now :/ took four hours to try and keep a little length
daaaannnnngggggg…. that's sad….. 🙁
Staten Island represent!
Break up, cut hair. A very Korean way of dealing with a break-up.
Actually, having just read the previous story (not the Halloween special) I think that dialog was what was said between eve and will.
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