#418 – single lady

Couple of things today. First off, there's a new Octopus Pie T-shirt in the Topatoco store! Check it out: I also have some less-fun (but ultimately optimistic) news about the future of Octopus Pie in book form, outlined in the post below. I'm no longer sending out books for donations, but thank you to everyone who donated on Black Friday! I'm once again amazed by your kindness. This may be my last update before I set sail for New York - if so, stay tuned for guest strips next week! I'll be back with new comics very soon.

77 thoughts on “#418 – single lady

  1. All the single lady, indeed. Poor Marigold.

    1. No kidding, I feel kinda bad for her.

  2. Aw, hell yeah, fuck Times Square. It is the single worst place in New York if you actually live there.

    1. Not if you want discounted (Off-)Broadway tickets.

  3. I didn't realise what song it was until I saw the 5th panel. Am I horrible for realising it and not focussing on poor Marigold?

    PS Shirt looks good.

    1. I still don't know what song it is. ._.

      1. It's "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion… or at least trying to be

  4. Bahaha, hoard.

    I wonder if he's actually really good at singing, and just can't remember the lyrics.

  5. Okay

    I will never be able to listen to this song again without hearing "one two times, I hoard you"

    thanks a lot

    on another note, I love Marigold's haircut, even though I was so sad about her cutting the dreads D:

    And what the hell is Eve wearing

    1. Agreed, Marigold's haircut is great, but I miss her dreads.

      People usually are wondering what exactly Eve wears. I'd find a comic that said it, but there's a few.

      1. she's wearing a cape

    2. she's wearing her carigan over her shoulders c:

  6. LOL awesome!

    Meredith, you've captured the way people interact in everyday life once again ^_^

    Good show!

  7. Ooh, you made the shirt! I'll snag one once all my Christmas shopping is done, I've been wanting it ever since you tweeted about it.

  8. Marigold should have started singing to the single ladies, obviously that's not how she is but, I was going through a break up when single ladies came out and it pretty much became my theme song! lol

  9. Poor Marigold. Also, there is no way anyone can like Bon Jovi. Not even secretly.

    1. I love Bon Jovi and am not ashamed.

      1. "Shot through the heart and you're to blame"

        1. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME God now it's stuck in my head! I will have my revenge!

          "And I'm wanted, dead or…"

        2. I See What You Did There But I Would Have Said,

          "I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

          I'm wanted dead or….."

          Gets Stuck In You Head Easier.

        3. *Your

    2. whatever man. Whoa-oh. I'm livin' on a prayer.

      1. Take my hand, and we'll make it I sweeeeeeear

    3. My cousin loves Bon Jovi to the point that she says he's her fiancé. She's been filling her room with Bon Jovi posters since we both were 10, and now we're almost 21.


  11. This haircut is sooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!

  12. Bwaaaaah

    Too funny 😀

  13. Okay, now I want to hear "Single Ladies" played on a xylophone SO BAD!

  14. Emma-Watson-Inspired-haircut? Cute.


    EXACTLY. Eve looks like she just walked outta Snow White.

  15. Poor Marigold, pooooooooooooooooooooooooooor

  16. Man if all those are guilty pleasures, what the hell am I supposed to be listening to?

    1. dude, that's what i said. since when is DEVO a guilty pleasure?!? D8

  17. I don't feel guilty about loving Lady Gaga.

  18. I immediately sang that when he said it…

  19. This comic makes me go "D'aw" on multiple levels.

  20. I really don't understand how Devo is a guilty pleasure. Okay, so it's nerdy. But I don't really see the problem.

  21. Hehehehe. That shirt is going to provoke so much defensive behavior and suppressed outrage. 😛

    With that said, Tears For Fears is NOTHING to be ashamed of!

  22. Gorgeous comic per usual, Meredith. :]

    …Was there an e-mail or something that would go out if we're one of the lucky philanthropists (It autocorrected me for writing the word for "one who donates" soo…I had to write "philanthropists" instead…>_>) who will be receiving a book?

    I am still confused. D:

    1. I won't be able to send out confirmation e-mails, unfortunately, but I'm mailing all of the books today (and maybe some on Monday). So if you donated yesterday, you'll get it soon. Thanks! 🙂

  23. I LOVE Marigold's new hair so much 🙂

    So yesterday I was flying home after visiting family for Thanksgiving and our flight attendant seriously was Eve!! She even wore her hair in the little Eve ponytail. It looked exactly like Eve in real life. I was so excited haha 🙂

    1. hahaha. I freak out whenever I see a real person who resembles a character. It's oddly reaffirming, somehow…?

  24. related to guilty pleasures, have you seen this?
    veeery telling 😀

    1. I can't believe Muse is #50! Is it because that song is on the Twilight soundtrack? D:

  25. Eve is ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN' ADORABLE in panel 2.

    Also, do want your new shirt.

    You should have it in bag form!

    1. Eve is also adorable in Panel 1.

      Eve is just generally adorable.

  26. I work at a bookstore, and most of our comic strip type books are published by Andrews McNeel Publishing. Take a look at your local Barnes & Noble in the "Cartoonist" section, and you'll see everything has the same symbol on the side. So don't give up hope! Give them a call, and see if they are interested!

  27. What? Kansas is a perfectly legitamate group! "Carry On My Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" are classics!

    Although I have to admit that it's hard to admit that some ABBA songs are quite catchy to your friends. LOVE, LOVE, DON'T WASTE YOUR EMOTION LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON MEEEEeeee…

  28. marigold looks adorable without her dreads. probably not the best time for that but… still.

  29. Is Eve wearing… a cloak? Did those… come back? Is that acceptable now?

    1. capelets are acceptable and i'm PRETTY sure that's what she's wearing? D:

  30. Nooo, Alex. Back away from the cloak. There isn't enough fruitcake flavored flavored brandy in the world to make that cloak OK.

  31. Good luck with your move.

  32. Between this and her Na'avi costume in the last storyline, I think it's safe to say that Meredith has a soft spot for James Cameron blockbusters.

  33. Goodness, do I love that man. I could probably read a short series of just him singing his mangled songs. LoveLoveLove.

    And awww, poor Meredith…

  34. Pop music is not my forte. What is the first song Xylophone Man is botching?

    1. I think it's Celine Dion – "My Heart Will Go On"

      Real lyrics:

      Love was when I loved you

      One true time I hold to

      In my life we'll always go on

      Near, far, wherever you are

      I believe that the heart does go on

      1. It's funny how the real lyrics are just as nonsensical and random as the misheard ones…

  35. I was feeling really down a couple of minutes ago, and then I read this. I spurted into laughter as soon as I got to the last panel. Wicked genius.

    I wish that man was an actual busker in my nearby city because I would totally take the speedline to see him every day.

  36. Andrew WK is awesome.

  37. I read the comic, and Lol'd at the singing dude.

    And then read it again, and Lol'd harder than the first time.

    Just awesome.

  38. Dude. Billy Joel is NOT a guilty pleasure, he is pure awesomeness. He'd kick any of your favorite artists' butts musically and lyrically. I'm stil gonna buy the shirt, tho! 😛

    1. Nah. Billy's great, but lyrically… Tom Waits. Townes Van Zandt. Jacques Brel. Damien Rice. He's just not quite at that level…

  39. Oh, Marigold. Take it from one of my guilty pleasures – you're always a woman to meeee.

  40. poor Marigold, maybe it's just the drawings but she seems to pull off super-short hair really well.

    Amazing tshirt, definitely sending a link to my parents as a hint-hint for christmas

  41. I don't feel sorry for Marigold.

    If she wanted to be with Will, she wouldn't get into stupid fights about sweaters.

    She just wants people to coddle her.


    1. Right, because people in relationships don't do stupid things EVER. People who want to stay together ALWAYS do everything JUST RIGHT.

  42. I fully own up to liking Devo, Scissor Sisters, and Meat Loaf. The only problem with liking Meat Loaf is he's kind-of a D-bag and he never writes his own music.

    1. Also, Marigold went from having gross hair to being super cute. Just sayin'.

  43. I feel bad for laughing too hard at xylophone man to feel sorry for Marigold.

  44. Nice headphones Hanna!

    lol "hoard"

  45. Ahahahaha I laughed so hard at "All of the single lady".

  46. This one got me. XD

  47. i've felt just this way before! every song makes me wanna cry.

  48. I absolutely love this busker's Engrish renditions of classic female American tunes, lmfao. I can hear the strong Asian accent already.

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