This is an example of a Lucy the Octopus strip where the idea has been floating around in my head for years!

When talking about my work at Laydeez Do Comics back in 2012 I was asked about the style I chose to draw Lucy in, kind of cute and cartoony despite the subject of loneliness and bullying making the strip darker than it appears on the surface.

I think I said flippantly how weird the strip would look with realistic octopusses but thought it would be worth a try for one installment at least.  Today’s strip is the result!

Now I have a theory that Lucy’s usual cute look  may be how she tries to envisage the world in order to make it a little less threatening.  Over the next few weeks she’ll be experimenting with other ways to see herself.  It’s going to be fun!