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When Hanna Met Eve Ning

They were five and got along with each other in the way that five year olds do, which is to say, sporadically. When they met again, it was tense, but somehow they’ve made it work for the past five years. Guys, in case I haven’t said it enough¹, Octopus Pie is terrific and I love it and Meredith Gran loves us in return, on account of she’s given us pre-Octopie character sketches to celebrate this, the five year anniversary of the strip (technically, it was on Monday).

I love how grumpy² proto-Eve looks in most of these, and how surprisingly complete Hanna is at this early stage– although there are echoes of Gran’s earlier, college-era art style³ and maybe some hints of Lilo & Stitch. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of friendship and growth for these two crazy kids and their ever-expanding circle of bros and maybe-bros, the sort that typify a heartwarming rom-com, if Hanna and Eve weren’t completely immune to that kind of shit. It’s some of the best independent comics work around, and it just keeps getting better.

On the off chance that you love webcomics and the people who make them, and you’re in the Easthampton, MA area, and you don’t already work at TopatoCo, there is an opening to work at TopatoCo. Applicants should be aware that although it is not specifically mentioned in the job posting, TopatoCo has a reputation as a work hard/play harder environment and those that cannot bring themselves to participate in irregularly-timed, spontaneously declared dance parties might not fit in with the corporate culture. Also, you may find yourself called upon to contribute to the fulfillment of special requests on packing slips, which just might overlap with the dance party thing, maybe, why not?

¹ And I pretty much say it constantly, and it still might not be enough.

² Possibly grumptastic, and in at least one case, grumplicious.

³ Take five minutes and check out her thesis animation, Polar-oid, then come back.

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