(picture from El Goonish Shive. Click on the picture to see it within the context of the website.)
I think a talk about this party is long overdue.
When Grace's birthday party was first proposed, I didn't think much of it. Seemed like a way for El Goonish Shive to go back to its roots, in a way. Kind of a nostalgic effect. Also there was a huge build up to the actual event that just got boring after a while.
I must say, though, now that the party has started I'm starting to like it.
The problem with trying to do a comic in an older style, especially in a comic that has evolved so much as this one, is that the characters have changed. They no longer can act like they used to. Elliot in particular was much different at the beginning of the run than now.
This works. It's a nice whimsical sequence of events after the dark story that came before it, and we still have character development. What I thought was a throwaway story has turned into an important plot point. Good job.
Top 5? Why not.