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Saturday, March 8, 2008

West of Bathurst 294

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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Panel 1: On the left side of the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we see the title page of an essay that appears to be entitled "Imagery of Unmitigated Doom in Jude the Obscure." On the title page, someone has written in red pen, "West of Bathurst" (along with a tick) and "by Kari Maaren." On the right side of the panel, Barbara is sitting with her teeth clenched and her chin resting on her fist.

Barbara: Must...concentrate...

Panel 2: Barbara is sitting at a table piled high with essays. She is staring at them malevolently. Marie comes up behind her.

Marie: ...What--

Barbara [raises a finger to her lips]: Ssh.

Panel 3:

To defeat a monster, one must first study it...ascertain its strengths and weakenesses...become familiar with its form.

Panel 4:

I am contemplating a monster. It's brutal, cunning, and almost impossible to destroy. I know I'm not yet ready to fight it...

Panel 5: ...but I will be. Somehow...someday...I will be.

Panel 6: Both Marie and Barbara stare at the papers.

Panel 7:

Marie: It's a pile of essays.

Barbara [recoils in horror]: Aaugh! You named the beast! It knows we're here! Retreat!

Alt-Text: Many a hero has set out to slay the fabled Pile of Essays. Many a hero has failed.

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