Meredith Gran’s OCTOPUS PIE debuted in 2007 and quickly developed a large fan base, making it one of the most popular comics on the Internet. The webcomic follows the adventures of nerdy and acerbic Eve Ning, who lives with her long-lost childhood friend (and perpetual happy stoner), Hanna, in Brooklyn. Initially published three times a week, and now posted in collected “episodes,” the stories and world of OCTOPUS PIE have developed over hundreds of strips. Now the first two years of the comic are collected in the beautiful Villard trade paperback OCTOPUS PIE: There Are No Stars In Brooklyn.
In the twilight zone between college and the adult world lies the sardonic, witty, maddening and sometimes melancholy terrain that Gran’s addictive comic OCTOPUS PIE maps with devastating, drop-dead-funny accuracy. Crazed childhood rivals, art world hipsters, Eve’s meddlesome mom, and boyfriends past and present crowd their lives. These alternately hilarious and thoughtful vignettes of twenty-something life will ring true to any reader, and sharp situational humor and crazy characters give OCTOPUS PIE a unique charm that’s hard to resist.
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Gran is influenced by her experiences in Brooklyn, where she lived until she moved to Portland, Oregon (in a neighborhood that reminds her of her old home). She’s also made a name for herself within the webcomics community, organizing the first-ever webcomics convention of its kind, Webcomics Weekend in New England. The second annual convention takes place this November.
Join your favorite webcartoonists – including LA locals and visitors from afar – for a night of fun on Sunset Boulevard!
Featuring appearances by:
Jorge Cham (Piled Higher and Deeper)
Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie)
Dave Kellett (Sheldon)
David Malki (Wondermark)
R. Stevens (Diesel Sweeties)
Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
Come for the fine drinks and stay for the even finer conversation! Get things signed! Make startling confessions!
This Thursday night at Secret Headquarters (3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026)