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Saturday, June 27, 2009

West of Bathurst 532

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This comic is dedicated to the real Jackie, as well as Janna, Ela, David, and all the other people I know who have recently convocated (I have forgotten who you are). I'm sure they can guess why.

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Jackie looks ruefully at a sign reading "West of Bathurst," with a little "by Kari Maaren" crammed in there too. Below it on the pole is another sign: "No Irresponsibility Beyond This Point."

Panel 2: In the Davies College common room, Marie approaches Jackie, who is sitting on a couch, staring into space.

Marie: Jackie? You look kind of stunned.

Jackie: I...I know.

Panel 3: Marie sits down beside Jackie.

Jackie: I convocated a few weeks ago. I was fine then...but today I was updating my CV, and it all just hit me.

Panel 4:

Jackie: I'm not a student any more! I've switched categories! It's terrifying!

Panel 5:

Jackie: Behind me lie the comforting pain, drudgery, and abuse of school; ahead of me are the unknown horrors of adulthood. I'm not ready. I don't want to grow up!

Panel 6:

Marie: How old are you?

Jackie: Twenty-eight.

Panel 7:

Marie: Yeesh...that's way too young.

Jackie: Rahim's nearly thirty-five and still in grad school. Why can't I be like him?

Alt-Text: It's a big scary world out there. I once wrote a song with that title. It was about grad school. Who's surprised? Now I am writing songs about murder. (They are for a PLAY about murder, so please don't call the cops.) I have a strange life.

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