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Saturday, August 23, 2008

West of Bathurst 378

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Athar and Elisa are real Massey alumni; they appear here because Athar won a cameo in the strip in last spring's Massey charity auction, and he requested that Elisa appear with him.

Athar and Elisa are friends of mine, and I can state with confidence that they are both wonderful people. As far as I know, Elisa has never skipped an ER shift for the sake of a foosball tournament, andAthar has never been known to favour "dubious" TV channels. However, the bit about the Lemony Snicket books is more or less true.

This will be the final comic of the book I keep claiming I'm on the verge of creating.

Saturday, August 23, 2008
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Baldwin gazes wearily at a clapperboard reading "West of Bathurst," with "by Kari Maaren" scribbled below.

Panel 2: A young Asian woman with long black hair and glasses and a young brown man with short, messy black hair and glasses sit side by side. We can see only their heads.

Elisa: Hi...I'm Elisa.

Athar: And I'm Athar.

Elisa: We're Davies alumni.

Athar: Welcome to the college.

Panel 3:

Elisa: We've been asked to say a few words about what you might expect during your fellowship.

Athar: For instance, gowns...snuff...Latin grace...

Panel 4:

Elisa: Arcane traditions...mysterious committees...

Athar: ...And terrible, doom-laden opportunities for procrastination. There are a lot of those.

Panel 5:

Elisa: Yes. Yes, there are.

Athar: Sometimes, your neighbours lend you the works of Lemony Snicket, and you read them when you should be studying tax law.

Panel 6:

Elisa: Or you skip an ER shift for the sake of a foosball tournament.

Athar: Davies life sucks you in and then eats your soul.

Panel 7:

Elisa: In a good way.

Athar: Certainly in a good way.

Elisa: And there's plenty of free food.

Athar: To fatten you up for the soul eating.

Panel 8:

Elisa: But it's also a prestigious grad college with strange architecture, and you'll like it here.

Athar: There are two huge TVs with access to dubious channels.

Panel 9: Baldwin has been filming Elisa and Athar. Frankie, behind him, looks rather as if she would like to murder someone. Marie is behind Frankie.

Marie: Maybe you should ask them to try it again.

Baldwin: That was the twenty-seventh take.

Alt-Text: A Massey alumni video would probably end up quite like this; after all, many actual Massey conversations end up quite like this.

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