Monday, April 1,
As the end of West of Bathurst approaches, I often
find myself wondering exactly what's going to happen next. I
mean, yes, there's this persistent myth that I have some sort of
plan and even actually know what I'm doing, but those of you who
believe this myth are pretty clearly deluded. Think about it:
a comic set in a relatively real place but containing a
character who may be Satan? Plots involving formal dinners
side by side with insane seven-year-long storylines ripped from the
pages of Grimms' Fairy
Tales? It should be blindingly obvious by now that I'm
just making it up as I go along.
Even more problematic is what I'm going to do after West of Bathurst has been completed.
I'm just not sure I can entirely give it up. Imagine
having to spend seven more
years developing new characters! No, that's not for
me. I've thought about it a lot, and I've decided that the
new comic will feature Marie, Casey, Rahim, Barbara, and all the
other characters from WoB.
However--and here's the twist--they will bein a
completely new situation.
Davies College was fun to play with for a while, but imagine
all the possibilities inherent in leaving it behind. The new
approach will allow me to come to terms with the old characters in
novel and exciting ways.
Here's where you come in. In today's strip, I present three
possibilities for the sequel comic, which will take place in
eithermedieval Spain, Victorian England, or
twenty-seventh-century China. All you have to do is post in
the "Comments" section, explaining which scenario you prefer and
why. I can tell you that in the medieval option, Marie will
be a lost princess raised as a shepherdess and persecuted unfairly
by the town magistrate, while Casey will be a wandering minstrel
who may (spoilers!) be the devil. In the Victorian option,
everyone will actually be super-intelligent operatives working for
the Queen, whereasthe twenty-seventh-century option will take
place in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. It will also have a
laugh track and regularly break the fourth wall.
Thank you for remaining loyal to West of Bathurst as long as you have.
It's sad that it has to end, but I do think the sequel is
going to be quite exciting.
Comics copyright Kari Maaren 2006-2013