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Saturday, February 23, 2008

West of Bathurst 287

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Dear 2007-2008 Massey College Yearbook Committee:

This comic is not for you. So far, you have been quite diligent at collecting information, and you seem to be on track for the traditional late-spring publication date. I actually owe you a write-up on the summer barbecues. I should probably get on that.

Dear 2006-2007, 2005-2006, and 2004-2005 Massey College Yearbook Committees:

This comic may be for you.



Saturday, February 23, 2008
Panel 1: In the first panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we see what appears to be the title page of a book. It reads, "WEST OF BATHURST 2008 (with luck)." Someone has scribbled "by Kari Maaren!" and a little doodle of a woman's head on the page. To the right of the book, we see Wendy, grinning, looking back towards the book, and holding a camera.

Panel 2: In the Davies College foyer, Wendy, still wielding her camera, approaches Baldwin and Fred, who are just standing around.

Wendy: Stay still...yearbook photo!

Panel 3: In an unspecified location, she approaches a man and a woman in the middle of an argument.

Wendy: Smile for the yearbook!

Panel 4: Back in the foyer, Casey is walking away from the common room with a cup of coffee in his hand, Rahim is walking towards the common room, and a young woman is heading towards the stairs to the basement. None of the three of them are communicating with each other; they're all moving in different directions.

Wendy: Yearbook photo! Everybody move together!

Panel 5: In an unspecified location, Marie and Barbara are, again, just standing there.

Wendy: Yearbook time. Pose, people!

Panel 6:

Marie: So how's the yearbook coming?

Wendy: It isn't. None of us can be bothered to work on the layout.

Panel 7:

Marie: Okay.

Wendy [shows Marie the camera]: Wouldn't this picture be great on the cover we're obviously never going to have?

Alt-Text: The yearbook involves a huge, huge amount of work for three or four people whose only reward is constant nagging and comments to the effect of, "How come you chose THAT picture of me? I've got thousands of better ones on my hard drive!"

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