#453 – i’m glad you try

March 18th, 2011

#453 – i’m glad you try

That’s the end of this story! I’m so glad because it’s totally springtime. Next week I’m going to be hard at work putting the next book together, but check back for regular updates – there’ll be something nice!

Have a good weekend, and see some of you at Fireside Follies!


Discussion (79)¬

  1. dunnright00 says:

    Heh.. Jacob's eyes. So full of hope and wonder!

  2. Anna says:


    Awww this was a great storyline. Too bad about Jack, but maybe he'll get better? :( poor eve.
    …. is that an overturned car there?

  3. Anna says:

    ohp, nvm I just saw the first one again.
    hahaha how are they planning on leaving? lol

  4. Karl says:

    So that means no more lumberjack sex, huh? :(

  5. The Urn says:

    The Apollonian Gaskets that are Jacob's eyes. Oh dear.

  6. @CriLauren says:

    I think I'm going to miss Jane most of all.

  7. Leo says:

    in the future could you bring Jane back and she…uh…digs guys? i'll sleep better knowing i still have a shot if i ever become illustrated.

    • cryptologic says:

      I feel like the -15 on the like/dislike counter signifies a heavy female presence in the Octo-pie fan base? That's harsh! If half the women on here can pine over that asshole lumber-jack (who lives in the city?) what's wrong with a little Jane-pining?

    • Leo says:

      damn, i didn't mean to be creepy, i'm simply infatuated, and i can control the pulls of my hearts about as much as i can the stars in the sky.

  8. basselikethefish says:

    nooooooo I was so digging Jack! Maybe she'll forgive him…… -sigh-

  9. Blip says:

    I'm confused… what exactly was Eve in trouble for? Leaving the guild without saying anything?

  10. StephenM3 says:

    I absolutely love that they just left the car upside-down for the entire vacation.

  11. StephenM3 says:

    Blip: pretty much, yeah. When you're in a group that considers itself a Secret Order of Utmost Import, you're not supposed to just disappear without saying a word. I suppose the assumption would be that you have betrayed them.

  12. Paige says:

    uh…I think maybe Jane made me like girls now?

  13. Louis says:

    I'll miss Jane, maybe we'll see her again…Wishful thinking, I know.
    On a side note: Jack's a prick!
    Nice arc here, nice to see Olly actually treating his employees like people for once…but next week's gonna be hell :D.

  14. Aww, Olly finally got in on the fun! He hasn't been much of a dick lately (I'm sure he'll make up for that) but I identify with his apologetic-ness during the trip and I'm happy he got to make a snowbro

  15. Why do I suspect this won't be the last we'll ever see of Jane, Jack and the Baristas? I certainly hope not anyway.

  16. AlmostLiterally says:

    At least Eve got laid. Hopefully that'll loosen her up some.

    Olly's the best. And I'm loving Jacob's four year old eyes in panel nine. About time Jacob lost his cool.

    I am going to miss Jane though. Not Jack. There ain't room enough for two beards in this comic.

  17. John Zarian says:

    I love continuity. I'm very glad the car is still flipped over. 😀

  18. Damien Walder says:

    If I ever need a storyline to introduce someone to OP, I will send them this link and caption it "THIS – JUST SO MUCH THIS".
    It's subtle, because you started out strong – but I can see how you're taking significant chances and staying true, while continuing to develop your craft.
    And while I don't mean your coffee craft – well, I wouldn't rule it out.
    What are the chances an artist doesn't like a little nicely delivered caffeine?

    Will be buying extra copies of your books (as gifts) at the TCAF – it would be a nice bonus if there would be a way to have them signed (with Manuels or something small) for the recipients. Come to think of it, I should email this, shouldn't I?


  19. What's in a name? says:

    I can live with Jack not being around, though it would be nice to see him back. The one I'll really miss is Jane. Julie needs to get her ass over Jacob and move on to sexier things!

    • @CriLauren says:

      I'm not really attached to Jack myself, either. Jane is awesome, though. I feel like Jack might have just had an appearance to help our protagonist grow a litle.

  20. Val says:

    Jack reminds me of my ex. Both hipster pricks with beards. And for some reason, both irresistible to me… sigh.

  21. Nathanael says:

    Any chance of Jack and Jane in THE FUTURE?

  22. Fayerocksmysocks says:

    Loved this one. Good way to wrap everything up although I don’t know how they are going to drive that car. Regarding previous comic, I think if a group of secret elitist coffee ninja’s or whatever they are converged on me in a mountain demanding answers I don’t think I would take it as well as Eve did. Man I love that girl.

  23. Static Air says:

    I know shippers can be annoying, but here's hoping for….Jalie?

    Shipper names are weird.

  24. Kevin says:

    i know they're in snow and all, but this ending made me warm. [more words of encouragement go here]

  25. abc says:

    Winter wrap up winter wrap up! Because the spring is here!

  26. Bruce the Great says:

    So close to being an adorable couple. I'm gonna hold a grudge against jacob forever now. I'm not even gonna capitalize his name. DISRESPECT.

    Anydangway, fantastic storyline, congrats and thank you. Can't wait for the next one!

  27. @mehblog says:

    It looks like this trip has made the team bond a little (bit more). Feel-good ending of this story. :)

  28. J. Kyle H. says:

    Jane, I'm posting this on behalf of Julie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tedB7xZB2M

  29. Jack says:

    I like the comic but I'm really disappointed by the google product placement. Octopus Pie is selling out, it's just one big advert these days.

  30. Arkadi says:

    I knew that Jane's face in the previous page was her being ashamed of her fellow guilders. Damn! I'd have loved to see her and Julie as an item, if only because that would've made her a regular character!! >_<

    Oh well, at least she got a goodbye hug.

  31. Kelsey says:

    That car's just being stubborn. Yell at it enough, and I'm sure it'll flip itself over in no time.

  32. Isadora says:

    Hm, never really liked Jack. Nice storyline though, too bad Jane is leaving ( maybe we will have some more of her soon?).
    And I love jacob's face (good idea, Bruce guy).

  33. Thorne says:

    This was the first storyline I got to read through from the beginning as it rolled out. I am SUCH a new convert. Meredith, yours is truly an extraordinary talent. I am utterly smitten with your strip, your characters, and most of all Eve. I’ve read a shit-ton of comics over the years, but never anything so darling, dear, and fun.

  34. David says:

    Out of general curiosity, do any of our comments have an effect on how the stories do turn out?

  35. Lola says:

    plleeeeeeasee Julie + Jane

  36. Arkadi says:

    One for the 'shippers! Just for the heck of it ^^

  37. MST says:

    What story arcs are going to be in the next book, Mer?

  38. Dr Denorax says:

    Am I missing something? I haven't seen a new comic in a while. I'm not ranting about HURRY UP HURRY UP! I'm just checking to see if i'm missing something. Unless Meredith is busy or something.

  39. Michael says:

    Everything ok over there? Great comic! But it's been a week since.

  40. StarCo says:

    Is Ms. Gran still alive? Can I haz Octopus Pie?

  41. Peter says:

    Not sure if this has already been mentioned – I didn’t want to read through all the comments: In panels 3 & 4, Jane’s bag suddenly becomes colored in? It’s not colored in any of the other panels. Granted, it’s a bit of a confusing perspective, especially in panel 3 (I first thought: has the left side of Jane’s outfit suddenly become dark?), so maybe coloring the bag helps us make sense of panels 3 & 4, and all of the objects therein.
    Also re panels 3 & 4: I love the subtext here :) When people of whatever gender don’t manage to woo me – nonetheless, I usually feel touched and grateful that they tried.