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Meredith Gran on the ingredients of <i>Octopus Pie</i>: "The sort of lifestyle webcomics demand"

Webcartoonist Meredith Gran's Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn -- collecting the first few stories from the Octopus Pie webcomic -- has just hit stores, and Gran marked the occasion by speaking to CBR's Alex Dueben. Here's what I'd call the money quote:

Suddenly it struck me -- a dude weaned on the "Dueling Banjos" of the traditional North American comics scene, first superheroes and then alternative comics -- that webcomics really truly is its own beast. Now you've got a generation of cartoonists who've grown up reading them, springboarding off their artistic and business models, and incorporating the sorts of influences you really don't find in either Acme Novelty Library or Savage Dragon (to name the only two comics I was reading regularly a decade ago). "The sort of lifestyle webcomics demand" probably has a lot in common with the lifestyles demanded by newspaper strips, superheroes, altcomix, any kind of comics, but in terms of influence and output, it stands alone...

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