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Saturday, December 13, 2008

West of Bathurst 434

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It's ridiculously early for West of Bathurst's Annual Slice of Christmas Cynicism, but the next colour strip isn't due until December 27, so what can you do? Next year, of course, I'll have to publish the Christmas strip on the 12th...but that will be the worst it will ever get.

So...Merry (Early) Christmas. May your holidays not be anywhere near as miserable as poor Marie's always are...and if you're alone for the holiday, may you find a Rahim to keep you company.

Saturday, December 13, 2008
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we've got a parody of It's a Wonderful Life. On the left, we see--in black and white--the scene in which George Bailey ecstatically embraces his family next to the Christmas tree. However, all the characters have paused to stare, startled, at Marie and Rahim, in full colour on the right. Marie is pointing and laughing as Rahim hides a smirk behind his hand. The words "KARI MAAREN'S WEST OF BATHURST" appear in the font used on the cover of the DVD version of It's a Wonderful Life.

Panel 2: Marie and Rahim are sitting in the Puffy Couch Room in the Davies College basement, eating chips and watching a movie on the TV.

Marie: I missed the bit in the Bible where it said God was all twinkly.

Rahim: So Clarence is actually an enormous ball of flaming gas...

Panel 3:

Marie: Run, George Bailey, run!

Rahim: Self-sacrifice, George Bailey, self-sacrifice!

Panel 4:

Marie: Don't kiss her; she'll suck out your soul.

Rahim: And then you won't be able to sell it to Potter.

Panel 5:

Marie [clasps her hands dramatically]: ZUZU'S PETALS!

Rahim: Is it time to start sobbing yet? I'm getting a bit impatient.

Voice From Off Panel: Uh...

Panel 6: Marie and Rahim turn to see Stella standing behind the couch, staring at them. They both smile guiltily.

Panel 7:

Marie: We find that when one's instinctual reaction to Christmas is to curl up in a corner and scream, cynical mockery is the way to go.

Stella [climbs over the back of the couch to join them]: Sounds good to me.

Rahim [snickers]: Zuzu's petals...

Alt-Text: To be honest, I enjoy _It's a Wonderful Life_ and watch it almost every year. I do, however, think it benefits from the occasional enthusiastic heckling.

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