In the past week, there've been some kind acknowledgments of Octopus Pie by friends and academics.
Kate Beaton wrote a lovely tribute to the series on her blog. I need not tell you how those words resonate. If you've somehow not enjoyed Kate's work yet, you are in for a treat.
Gary Tyrrell at Fleen wrote some very kind words about the series wrapping, as well. Always an encouraging voice -- thank you, Gary!
I've been receiving hundreds of notes from readers who followed along for years, and I'd like to thank you all for expressing these things to me. Many have pointed out that they were only a teenager or just beginning their 20s when they first discovered the comic, and have seen a progression in themselves over that time. It's a powerful thing to read. Again, thank you.
In more official matters, the Octopus Pie website has been archived into the first wave of Webcomics in the Library of Congress! News from WAPO about it here.
“Webcomics are an increasingly popular format utilized by contemporary creators in the field and often include material by artists not available elsewhere,” Megan Halsband, a librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division, says in a statement.
The webcomics archive includes a focus on diversity in terms of both cartoonists and characters.
“I tried to collect female creators because we don’t have a lot of them historically in the mainstream collection,” Halsband tells The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. Those creators include Allie Brosh (“Hyperbole and a Half”), Kate Beaton (“Hark! A Vagrant”), Melanie Gillman (“As the Crow Flies”), Meredith Gran (“Octopus Pie”), Lucy Knisely (“Stop Paying Attention”), Katie Cook (“Gronk”) and Noelle Stevenson (“Nimona”).
Wonderful news! And congrats to all the other cartoonists in this first wave - you can see them all here. Personally, I hope the Library plans to offer more "first wave" webcomics of the Usenet days, early Keenspot fodder, and the remains of BigPanda. I look forward to a future where academics are beaming my stories into their brains.