|Saturday, December 1, 2007|
|Panel 1: In
the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Frankie sits at a
table piled with books and papers, staring in despair at all the work
she has to do. Three of the books are labelled, respectively, "WEST,"
"OF," and "BATHURST." Two other books are labelled "by" and "Kari
Panel 2: In the Davies College foyer, Frankie runs across Jackie.
Jackie: Hey, Frankie...how's it going?
Frankie [smiles]: Fine, thanks.
Panel 3: Still in the foyer, she encounters a blond male Junior Fellow with a little beard.
Man: Hi...how are you?
Frankie [smiles]: I'm fine.
Panel 4: Somewhere unspecified, she walks alongside the female Junior Fellow with the long brown hair in a ponytail and the triangular glasses. I don't think I've revealed her name yet, but I'm tired of dancing around it. Her name is Reggie. So there.
Reggie: How's it going?
Frankie [not smiling]: Fine.
Panel 5: In front of a brick wall, she meets Marie and Baldwin.
Baldwin: How goes it?
Marie: How're you doing?
Frankie [definitely not smiling]: ......I'm.........fine...
Panel 6: In the basement, she comes across Casey.
Frankie [the opposite of smiling]: I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF STUPID EXAMS; HOW DO YOU THINK IT'S GOING?
Casey: I would originally have gone with "fine," but now I'm guessing possibly not.
Frankie: Sorry...politeness overload...won't happen again...
Alt-Text: Personally, I tend to throw people who are really just using "How are you?" as another way of saying "Hi" into a panic by answering the question honestly.