#452 – here’s what happened

March 16th, 2011

#452 – here’s what happened

Just one more page on Friday! One more one more!

Are you in NYC? I’m going to be a part of Fireside Follies this Saturday night at 7 PM. It’s a free comics reading event featuring the members of Pizza Island, my current and totally awesome studiomates:

It’s in Brooklyn and FREE to attend! Here’s the Facebook event page if you wanna RSVP. Or go to the Fireside Follies blog!


Discussion (93)¬

  1. Kylogram says:

    I can’t believe they fell for that.

  2. shack says:

    He…he just took off his shades, only to reveal lesser shades beneath

  3. David says:

    Aren't they so sweet and understanding?

  4. nalem says:

    UGHH. All the cool stuff happens when I'm out of town.

  5. @maxofburg says:

    fuckin' G train. even when it's WORKING it sucks.

  6. The Last Unicorn says:

    I lost my innocence aboard the G train.

  7. Sarah says:

    I don't see Jack in the audience of people being explained to :/

  8. Katie says:

    Aw, that's a pleasant surprise. xD

  9. Ben says:

    It makes you wonder how many pairs of sunglasses that guy is actually wearing..

  10. orbert says:

    arc hits uncomfortably close to home. my liiiiiiife…

  11. TheResult says:

    Is that guy in the last panel trying to start a slow-clap?
    ..My god, I think he is. He is slow-clapping.

  12. Courtney says:

    This ending made me laugh so hard, I can't even begin to express the pleasure it has caused me.

  13. stjason says:

    Jeez… what was everyone expecting? This is The Guild, not the Mafia, after all.

    …Don't mess with the Coffee Mafia. You wind up at the bottom of the river tied up in a coffee can…

  14. a commentor says:

    Jane doesnt look satisfied with that answer
    or maybe just still upset about the thing with Julie

  15. nathan says:

    everything's going to be all right.

  16. Dani says:

    I can't even describe how much I adore this comic.

  17. Damien Walder says:

    No, no, no… you end up with cement in the bottom of your cup.

  18. TMBird says:

    Oh G train. Glad that I no longer rely on you and only occasionally use you to visit friends. <3

  19. cee says:

    I finally caught up to the current update of this comic! :,D I started reading this from the beginning a few weeks ago, and I don't really have anything to say except THIS IS WONDERFUL AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE.

    • Dell says:

      I am so glad that people comment when they've just caught up with the series, it happens every couple of updates or so and it's cool because you can almost watch the fanbase grow.

      • What's in a name? says:

        Damn, I should have done that, I guess. xD

        I read the whole thing in two or three days, a couple weeks ago, but didn't comment when I was caught up!

  20. Leith says:

    So rad. The real reason of course is that she had to go steady bounce some jeeps.

  21. Emm says:

    I've had no idea whats been going on this arc.

  22. hobotron says:

    hahaha, brilliant.

  23. gnugun says:

    awww, Eve must feel so much better now that she's not on the run anymore!

  24. spas says:

    there was so much buildup leading to this moment – with all the vermont guild members assembled to confront her, so this is anti-climactic. hilariously and intentionally so, obviously. but if eve is NOT going back to school, running her own cafe might be a better career path than sticking it out at the natural foods store.

  25. Toaster of Vengeance says:

    He had another pair of glasses on. That tickles me EVERYTIME someone makes that joke

  26. Shades on top of shades. This is too good. XD

  27. Catduck says:

    The Pizza Island event looks so awesome… ^_^

  28. Camool says:

    Am I the only one who feels this has gone down the drain?

  29. jenna says:

    Jane still looks pissed…

  30. Tracy Jordan says:


  31. AnonyMouse says:

    Aw, I was hoping that the answer would be more exciting. Don't get me wrong, I understand why it's anticlimatic, but I was secretly hoping that it would involve some bears or an explosion.

  32. mdenholm says:

    Pair of Sunglasses number THREE.

  33. Bruce the Great says:

    I don't think Jane and Julie will be getting together before Friday :(
    SUPER SAD. I want to go kick Jakob in the arse, he deserves it for ignoring Julie. Even if he doesn't like her, he could have TOLD HER SO, then she could be with a hot chick right now!

  34. Julia says:

    Man, I remember that time I accidentally the whole G train..

  35. danya says:

    but.. but.. jack! I wanted him to be permanent.. wheres jack?

    • Trae says:

      He was there in the last comic, which leads me to believe he's in that crowd somewhere, just not visibly. I don't think Gran would build up tension between the two and put them in bed together just to make the character vanish. Poof.

  36. Booga says:

    The Republicans are at it again, ruining perfectly good barista careers :(

  37. angelfruitcake says:

    Yet again, another excellent ending to another excellent story line.

  38. mrpeach32 says:

    This comic is hitting close to home, I the G train just this morning, and I was 15 minutes late to work.

  39. BradyDale says:

    I wish I could go to this Fireside Follies thing so badly! I'm going to Colombus for SPACE 2011 but I would be there in a 2nd.
    All of her excuses about her flakiness are really funny by the way. "And the G Train…"

  40. Heidi says:

    This is a bit off-topic, but I was wondering about the second Octopus Pie book. Will it be available again? I ordered "There Are No Stars In Brooklyn" off of Amazon, and the only other book I found was "The Brownstone Companion." The seller wanted $79 for it, but I felt a little dubious about it.

  41. mike baker says:

    "There were some things I was planning and some other things almost happened and this and that, you know?" And it broke their hearts and all was forgiven.

    Honestly, as lame as Eve's excuses are, mine are similar. So, yes, I do understand, Eve. And it breaks my heart.

    • Nick says:

      I've been in the same boat, though I have an odd suspicion that Eve is lying.

      • Dell says:

        I think that's why they're sympathetic to her. Everyone at some point lets stuff go for no good reason, whether it be friends, interests or age-old guilds. We make up excuses when really we just don't care enough to keep up with it.

        Some nice cynic zen there, as per usual, courtesy of Ms. Gran.

  42. MerchManDan says:

    ….I think the sheer anticlimax has rendered me sterile.

  43. Damien Walder says:

    Don't we all crave a higher quality of drama, even epic quality (no cliché intended) in what we do for money? Baristas, 'health' shop workers students, all seekers of the better social codification. I enjoy the dénoument(s) in your narratives – truth via fiction, without too much cruelty.

  44. Shira says:

    Someone explain "the G train" to my ignorant mind, please?

    • P_R says:

      The G train is the only NYC subway train that does not pass through Manhattan. Most of the line passes through Brooklyn, though its northern two stops are in Queens. It is notoriously inefficient and riders experience long waiting times.

    • mrpeach32 says:

      It's also extremely short for a subway train (only 6 cars instead of the usual 10) and it is affectionately(?) known as the "'G'host" train because of it's evasiveness. That said it has a rockin' lime green color scheme.

  45. Eve got a positive resolu-*head explodes*

  46. @meekgrr says:

    Aww, this is so cute.
    They're understanding/gullible

  47. joelle says:

    "Holy shit," thinks Eve in the last panel. "I have a beard fetish."

  48. Sebastian says:

    Panel 6. I don't think I've ever seen Eve make that face before.

  49. Nikki says:

    I do the exact same thing when I have to meet with a professor or TA.
    Works every time. B)

  50. Girl says:

    I'm so confused but I feel like if it were to be explained to me it would no longer be funny.

  51. MaryFilipina says:

    …I wonder how it feels to be hugged by someone with a long beard.

  52. dreujnk says:

    "…and… the G Train?" I often end my complicated explanations like this.

  53. aahahah says:

    This… must be… the most brilliant comic I've seen for this site.

  54. @CriLauren says:

    I love Jane in panels 7 and 8. I think I like her more than Jack, actually.

  55. Nicole says:

    Fantastic :3 I have hope for Ning and Jack.

  56. Vabolo says:

    Beardman has the power of invisibility.

  57. Damien Walder says:

    The opportunity for a short film based on Barista culture (The Cortado Codex?) and goofy mock-secrecy is pretty rich.
    Maybe Portlandia already tackled it. Of course, who knows how much influence Meredith Gran has had on the production of Portlandia? Maybe someday a set of the crew will catch up with her, demanding this bizarre kind of public explanation – oooh! – at a comics fest, perhaps?
    I hope this doesn't seem disrespectful of your departing Portland, MG. Maybe that will all look more useful with time – or with another Octopus Pie story. All I can say is- THANK YOU for not putting more of Olly in this chapter! Love it!

  58. chris says:

    I love blaming my problems on the G Train because everyone in Brooklyn unquestionably understands.

  59. Kevin says:


  60. Shras says:

    Stop taking off your sunglasses! Lol