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Friday, February 13, 2009

West of Bathurst 465

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This Friday-the-thirteenth comic, which deals, appropriately enough, with the beginning of the Murder Game, is dedicated to Andrew Bresnahan, who is a very nice man and certainly not as maddeningly obtuse as he is portrayed here.

Friday, February 13, 2009
Panel 1: In the Davies College common room, just before dinner--which we know because the Junior Fellows are wearing their robes--Marie approaches a young man and hands him a slip of paper.

Marie:'s your victim's name.

Andrew: Ooh...!

Panel 2: Andrew reads the slip.

Andrew: Wait a minute...I don't know this person. I need to trade.

Marie: You can't.

Panel 3: Jackie is nearby.

Andrew: Sure, I can. Yo, Jackie: wanna swap?

Marie: No, you actually can't. You'll mess up the carefully constructed circle of murder. Just listen--

Panel 4: Barbara and Rahim watch all this going down.

Barbara: How long before she starts screaming hysterically and waving a machete?

Rahim [looks at his watch]: What time is it now?

Alt-Text:  This happened for real one year; two of the participants switched victims without telling anyone. Since the participants are arranged in a single loop (A kills B kills C kills D kills A), the swap caused two mini-loops to come into existence, and the victims eventually had to be reassigned.

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