#274 – pickled surprise bars

Emerald City was amazing! Thanks for coming by, everyone! For those who pre-ordered book 3: expect to hear from me soon. (and not just 'cause I want to say hi) For all you Portlanders and nearby west-coasters, I have an exciting announcement. There will be a Book Release Party on April 16th for Octopus Pie Vol. 3 in Portland, OR at Floating World Comics! I figured this particular drawing would be appropriate for comicdom's beloved rainy town. I hope to see some of you there! I will of course be doing free signings, and will have a few of the other 2 volumes in tow as well. For all those in the rest of the world, Book 3 will be for sale and shipping online on Hanna's favorite day: April 20th. See you then!

20 thoughts on “#274 – pickled surprise bars

  1. What a coincidence! Hannah and I have the -same favorite day-.

  2. "Hanna’s favorite day: April 20th."

    Wow! That's my birthday!

  3. I absolutely love that second to last panel! Brilliant!

  4. Hey that's my birthday too!

    I knew being born on 420 would make me feel cool one day.

  5. 😀 This comic in particular reminds me of FLCL… Like how the story can go from somewhat serious to ridiculously silly. This a particularly silly arc in Octopus Pie…and I LOVE it!

  6. I am sure to adopt "Danger has 4 tiny wheels!" and use it within a fortnight as a choice bit of wit.

    What evil genius hath its wrath wrought with glue sticks uncapped?

  7. Panel 7? Priceless. =)

  8. argh! I missed your booth ?! man a sketch from you in my notebook would have been so cool!

  9. Panel two could be a shirt. Just put "Danger has four tiny wheels" above it

  10. Can someone explain the rules of this game? 😛

    1. Well there are two teams of shoppers and they answer some questions and if I recall correctly the correct answers to those questions by the shopping teams time for the real event: They tear through a supermarket and collect items for fabulous crash prizes. I don't know if they get to keep the food though.

      Also, there is this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarket_Sweep

      It was a ridiculous concept for a game show, but really, it's one of the funnest and coolest ever. Mostly because every child is expected to grow out of the urge to tear through a supermarket and that is the very object of the game.

  11. I was expecting to hear a 'crunch' in the third panel. Heh heh.

  12. "OH SNAPPLE!" made me LOL…then facepalm. Eve sneaking through the shelves was brilliant.

  13. Who's that dude in the fifth panel hiding in the shelves?

  14. @ Qwil man: that's Eve, taking Spirelli's Precious Fragrance Packets out of his cart.

    And I love how, even in the authoritarian position of Event Announcer, Julie's neediness comes through in her dialogue in the last two panels. "It's okay if everyone just ignores my bonus prize… *sniff* …I'll just go home and cry very quietly, no need for you to worry."

  15. OH NOES!! Spirelli has abducted Pac-Man!!

  16. Oh man, that second to last panel is awesome. I'd have it on a tshirt if you're ever considering new designs…

  17. Oh wow. I had to comment on this because of that 120 week old comparison to FLCL. I thought I was the ONLY one who was reminded of it by this strip. For some reason or another (maybe even because of her look) Hanna has ALWAYS reminded me of Haruko. I even imagine Hanna with pink hair, even knowing that it's blonde. It's probably the crazy was she acts though too.

  18. Rereading this storyline, I was struck by the vivid body language in the comic. Just brilliant embodiment of the exaggerated emotions of the event. I especially love panels 2, 6 and 7.

  19. "… It's cool if not. I mean, I know you guys are busy…" Wow, what a sad woman.

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