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Saturday, August 9, 2008

West of Bathurst 371

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Saturday, August 9, 2008
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we have a parody of the advertising for The Dark Knight, with Barbara as the Joker, smearing the blood used to write the words "West of Bathurst?" across her mouth in a frown (she also has the Joker's chalk-white face and blank black holes for eyes). "By Kari Maaren" appears below.

Panel 2: In the Davies College basement, Darren and Tom follow Barbara down the corridor.

Tom: Hey, Barbara, what's up?

Darren: And

Tom: Ha ha h--

Panel 3: Barbara whirls around and points at them dramatically.

Barbara: NO! Back,, thoughtless purveyors of pop culture! Back, and trouble me no more!

Panel 4: Barbara gets right into Darren's face.

Barbara: It's easy, isn't it? Popular movie...quotable line...why not just spout it mindlessly as often as possible? I mean, everyone else is doing it!

Panel 5: Darren glances at Tom in bafflement. Tom shrugs.

Barbara: Where's the context? Where's the understanding of the themes of the film, not to mention the literature that informs it? Do you even care what the line really means?

Panel 6:

Barbara: I weep for humanity...for independent thought...for critical analysis...for Batman himself. Alas! Alas! Your brainlessness has laid waste to my hopes for the world!

Panel 7:

Darren: Dude, honestly: why so freaking serious?

Barbara [walks away]: I bang my head on walls a lot; that probably helps.

Alt-Text: Aaaaargh...creepy Barbara face...can't sleep...the eyes...they're DRILLING INTO MY SOUL...*shudder*

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