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Monday, July 25, 2011

West of Bathurst 911

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The fifth-anniversary panel still exists; if you want to see it, click here. It will also be available via the Archive page and the Miscellaneous page.

It should also be noted that a WoB reader who goes by the Internet moniker of Earthgirl has gone and created a brilliant West of Bathurst TV Tropes page for the comic's birthday. Go ahead and contribute if you like. Tropes are fun. And thank you very much, Earthgirl.

GREAT BIG BLURBY THING ABOUT THE WRITE-A-THON:

$666.66! As per the message below, which I don't have time to change just now, there will be an extra Casey panel presently.

Yes, it's true: $111.66 was donated just yesterday. Some explanation is probably warranted. Part of the donation was made by someone who donated before; however, PayPal apparently decided to withdraw his contribution spontaneously. He was understandably confused by this and redonated yesterday. Please be wary when using PayPal; it does weird stuff sometimes. Luckily, there are ways of donating that bypass PayPal entirely.

The other donation was for $66.66, and it came along with a note explaining that I had, in fact, now sold my soul. I cannot name the donor, as he/she seems to wish to be anonymous (as far as I know), but I can say that this person has now donated twice and has contributed a total of $170.93, meaning that he/she (I do know his/her gender, but I am being mysterious) is almost entirely responsible for commissioning seven of those extra comics. I would like to thank all the donors, but this one especially; that's some extraordinary generosity there.

SPONTANEOUS CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY: If we do happen to hit exactly $666 at any point (or, I suppose, $666.66, since that would just be cool), I shall draw a bonus colour panel involving Casey. We don't have to stop at $666; the donationmeter just has to say "666" or "666.66," however briefly. We now have exactly $30 left to go before we hit this number.

Here's another thing: Clarion doesn't give us donor contact information, but if you would like me to send you a special WoB-themed thank-you card (with Marie on the front and a doodle inside), just send your mailing address to kmaaren(at)gmail(dot)com. I may procrastinate on the thank-you cards because that is just the way I roll, but you will get yours eventually.

Incidentally, the lady who tallies the Clarion donations has called you all "rock stars," and I agree.

I am slightly less of a rock star. I did not have time for my story yesterday. Stupid, stupid marking.

Monday, July 25, 2011
Panel 1: Marie, Evil Marie, and an imaginary Casey are trapped in an enchanted forest that is clearly inside Marie's mind. Nearby, a younger version of Marie is sitting on a rock, crying.

Evil Marie [to Young Marie]: Hey, past self!

Marie: Wait...what are you doing?

Panel 2: Evil Marie approaches Young Marie.

Evil Marie: Getting this party started. Hi. We're aware you don't exist. We suspect we need to slay a metaphorical monster. Wanna help?

Panel 3: Evil Marie gets right into Young Marie's face and glares at her.

Panel 4:

Young Marie: ......Yes?

Evil Marie: Good answer.

Marie [to Casey]: I don't want to know what this means about how my psyche works.

Alt-Text: If one's alternate personality can't intimidate one's past self into helping to slay a metaphorical monster, whom CAN one's alternate personality intimidate into helping to slay a metaphorical monster?

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