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Saturday, November 1, 2008

West of Bathurst 413

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Sorry for the relative lateness. There was marking, and then there were parties, and then I got the Turquoise Screen of Death, which seems to be my computer's special variant of the Blue Screen of Death, and I lost a bunch of work. Now I am all stressed out, but the comic is done.

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Marie and Rahim are standing in the Davies College foyer. Marie points out writer Peggy Engrove as she walks by. Beside them, on the bulletin board, is a large poster reading: "The CBC presents the 2008 DAVIES LECTURE by PEGGY ENGROVE: LAYBACK: Sweat and the Shadow Side of Stealth." The poster is also decorated with little bits of text on colourful backgrounds; they read: "TODAY!", "WEST OF BATHURST!", and "OR NOT!"

Panel 2: Rahim and Marie are sitting in a full auditorium.

Panel 3: Marie is starting to nod off.

Panel 4: Marie's eyes close.

Panel 5: Marie jerks awake, attracting Rahim's attention.

Panel 6:
Rahim watches as Marie begins to fall asleep again.

Panel 7: Marie is getting frustrated with her own sleepiness.

Panel 8: Marie pounds herself in the head with her fists.

Panel 9: Marie closes her eyes and rests her head on Rahim's shoulder.

Rahim [whispers]: Interesting subject...boring voice?

Marie [whispers]: That just about sums it up.

Alt-Text: This is the worst possible combination for a lecture. With "boring subject / boring voice," you can just go to sleep. With "boring subject / interesting voice," there's a chance the lecturer will make the subject memorable. With "interesting subject / interesting voice," everything is great. It's only the "interesting subject / boring voice" combination that is maddening, as you WANT to listen but find yourself lulled by the endless monotone of the speaker.

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