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Saturday, October 18, 2008

West of Bathurst 406

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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Barbara, against a black background, loses control of her  juggling balls. Beside her are the words "West of Bathurst" in rainbow colours. "By Kari Maaren" appears on one of the balls.

Panel 2: In Barbara's small apartment, which is distinguished by a disintegrating couch and a decorative broom hanging on the wall, Marie watches Barbara juggle.

Marie: You're doing pretty well at that now.

Barbara: Only because I practise constantly.

Panel 3:

Barbara: When I was younger, I watched my classmates learn to juggle in minutes. I couldn't manage two balls, let alone three. There was much ridicule.

Panel 4:

Barbara: It's taken me over a month to get to the point where I can juggle for more than six seconds at a time. This depresses me.

Panel 5:

Barbara: Simultaneously, I am pleased that I have finally put to rest one of the bugbears of my childhood.

Panel 6: Barbara shakes the juggling balls vigorously.

Barbara: Take that, Nancy Morrison, you stuck-up, pariah-creating swine! Look who's demonstrating physical dexterity NOW!

Panel 7:

Marie: You seem to have issues.

Barbara [juggles calmly]: Nah, I'm good.

Alt-Text: What issues? There are no issues. THERE ARE NO ISSUES AT ALL.

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