Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reader's Diary #1704- Meredith Gran: Octopus Pie (Volume 1)

Continuing with my exploration of webcomics, I was pleased to get to know the characters of Meredith Gran's Octopus Pie series, a set of millennials who live and work together in New York.

The star, however, is the grumpy one on the cover: Eve. I'm hesitant to call her the straight character as those tend to be less idiosyncratic and Eve's high cynicism doesn't really fit that description. Still, it's her slightly jaded outlook on hipsters, yuppies, stoners, technology, sexism, etc that sets the tone for the book. Indeed, as much as I liked the secondary characters, when Gran decided to revolve a few strips at the end around them I was less engaged.

There's nothing uproariously funny here but it's consistently amusing and sometimes even insightful. Stories had lasting stakes, somewhat like Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse but with perhaps less progression, and the art reminded me of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series, but with perhaps less manga influence.

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