#675 – just a phone call away

I had such a great time in Charlottesville! Thanks to Kate & David of Telegraph who hosted the signing, and to everyone who came by. Your town is beautiful, and I enjoyed the barbecue biscuits. If you missed the signing but live nearby, go check out some of my art in the gallery - there are new prints as well!

36 thoughts on “#675 – just a phone call away

  1. It's interesting that the comments last time seemed to think that she was unwilling to leave her party for him but instead she's upstate! Welp.

  2. Them's is some amusing party doofi.

  3. Party people mooning the phone caller… I must say I never saw that one IRL 😛

  4. Oh man, the old double birdie over the moon. A classic.

    1. I would've put out my cigarette on his cheek.

  5. That is one strange party…

  6. The face on that guy is just "here is my butt."

  7. So who is this Aimee person? Another dealer?

    1. WELL, BERT

      Will first encountered her at the Ren Faire where he was helping Hanna sell her goods: http://www.octopuspie.com/2008-08-11/180-story-of

      Then he ran into her in the city while still with Marigold: http://www.octopuspie.com/2010-09-10/394-razor-bl

      Then later they appeared to be a long-distance not-defining-the-relationship item of sorts: http://www.octopuspie.com/2012-04-24/532-the-usua

      1. I have been thinking about the way you started this comment for the past 6 days. "WELL, BERT". The name "BERT", the capitalization of letters, and the imagery produced by the "WELL,", create a wonderful trifecta. I'm not exaggerating, trolling or being sarcastic. I have just been thinking about "WELL, BERT" so much, and I don't really know why!

    2. His girlfriend, sort of – mostly in the RenFaire storyline and from when Larry moved in.

    3. will's sort-of girlfriend

    4. BERT, OMG. I forgot this important one that should have been second to last in my list. Aimee comes to a Larry party: http://www.octopuspie.com/2011-05-28/470-whos-you

      Sorry, Bert. I am the worst links-rounder-upper ever.

      1. thank you so much, it's been some time since I read those older comics, I COMPLETELY forgot about Aimee.

    5. Someone posted a detailed catalogue of Aimee plotlines in the comments of the last comic.

      Reposting it here:

      "We first met her in the Ren Faire story: http://www.octopuspie.com/2008-07-14/169-wares/

      Then Will re-meets her around the same time Larry is introduced: http://www.octopuspie.com/2010-09-10/394-razor-bl

      Some time after he breaks up with Marigold, she's with Will at a Larry Party: http://www.octopuspie.com/2011-05-28/470-whos-you

      Another short story with her: http://www.octopuspie.com/2012-04-24/532-the-usua… "

  8. Oh long distance relationships

  9. I like the juxtaposition of Will having just left a party with bro-dudes and Aimee being at a party with bro-dudes.

    I like the last panel; if this were Chris Ware, it'd be full height and placed directly next to the entire comic. (I'm not suggesting that would be better!)

    1. If this were Chris Ware, it would be unsightly & unreadable. Thankfully, it isn't.

  10. It's just occurred to me that Will is a beleaguered but resourceful 'hero' (previous strip), struggling against monsters in a hostile and chaotic environment, while his lady-love is stuck far away in Ithaca besieged by riotous party guests. Maybe he's just one of these guys who keeps accidentally being in epic poems? We've already seen him play Gawain.

    (If this is the case, then I'm holding out for the Williad.)

    1. I dunno, I feel like the Wiliad would just be 22 strips of Will moping around refusing to help the other characters because Larry took his pot. Then Hannah puts on his clothes and tries to help, but gets beaten up, and then Will gets angry and beats everyone up and is a real asshole about it, but then someone talks to him and he is slightly less of an asshole about it. And then they bury Victor, because his name is closest to Hector.

  11. Friends, there to providing distracting support since the year dot.

  12. Uh-oh.

    Aimee wants this to be more serious than Will does.

  13. always love seeing my hometown get a mention in my favorite webcomic

  14. I'm still unclear as to whether Aimee still lives in Brooklyn and is just visiting her hometown or if she moved back to Ithica and visits Will every so often…

  15. lololol "BUSHWICK"

  16. Anyone else noticing the serious codependency going on in the top right? No judgement, it's just I've been there . . .

  17. Aimee seems like a keeper.

    1. Yeah, jesus.

  18. I wonder what Mer is doing with them characters. Even tho Will and Aimee have been going steadysh (for their sloppy and insincere way of relating) I can't help to envision Will going through some tragic hero stuff and ending up with Eve. They're so opposite in an "opposites attract" sort of way. Will is reckless and irresponsible whilst Eve is insecure and manages to hang in there with maximumum inconspicuousness, everyone thinks she's a warm little spot of stable ground in the world, albeit she's all shaky.

  19. Does anyone sort of not want Will to end up with Eve like do we think he is really bad for her in some way?

  20. This comic is unrealistic. There's no way anyone can have a full conversation over that phone that easily at a party!! hahaha

  21. I feel like Will and Aimee are kind of hanging in there but not quite right for each other. Like…she's great, but i think she's making this way more about HER and her need to 'be there' for Will than about just cheering him up when he's bummed. (I've totally been that girl, too.) & it's just…not helping.

    Also Eve & Will are like my OTP, so i'm super dee duper biased.

    Kudos to MG for writing characters that are like ourselves and our best friends and we can literally spend whole conversations analyzing them. Wow.

  22. Props to Aimee for not being easily distracted.

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