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Saturday, September 5, 2009

West of Bathurst 567

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Elisa and Athar are real people; you may remember them from the colour comic of August 23, 2008. In the winter of 2008, Athar won a cameo in West of Bathurst in the annual Massey talent auction (all proceeds of which go to various charities). He asked that Elisa be included in the comic. In the winter of 2009, Elisa won the cameo. My favourite part of the auction was when she and Athar ended up in a ferocious bidding war, despite the fact that both of them were perfectly aware that if one won, I would gladly include the other as well.

Now, of course, they have become a running gag. They have therefore made it onto the character page, which has also been updated to acknowledge recent events and include Steve, Stella, Reg, and Paul.

Welcome to Massey, new Junior Fellows. May you enjoy the lecture series, and may you always feel like Harry Potter about to take on Voldemort.

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Frankie gazes, bewildered, at a clapperboard reading "West of Bathurst" and, lower down, "by Kari Maaren."

Panel 2: Elisa and Athar, the Davies alumni who ruined the Davies welcome video in 2008, are sitting in front of the usual purple background.

Elisa: Hi...I'm Elisa.

Athar: And I'm Athar.

Elisa: We're Davies alumni.

Athar: Welcome to the college.

Panel 3:

Elisa: We've been asked to say a few words about what you might expect during your fellowship.

Athar: We already did this last year, but Frankie says that video is unusable.

Panel 4:

Elisa: We're not sure why. We only told the truth.

Athar: Is it our fault that we focussed on the soul-sucking, procrastination-inducing aspects of this place?

Panel 5:

Elisa: Wouldn't anybody? wanted us to talk about lecture series?

Athar: Implicitly, we did! Lecture series are merely means to procrastination.

Panel 6:

Elisa: I especially like it when the lectures are controversial, and we get to stand outside waving placards and singing.

Athar: Too true, too true.

Panel 7:

Elisa: It makes me feel like Harry Potter about to take on Voldemort.

Athar: It makes you look like Harry Potter about to take on Voldemort.

Elisa: Ooh!

Panel 8:

Elisa: What fun you will have at Davies.

Athar: You will never get any work done, and you will curse our names.

Panel 9: Marie is watching a despairing Frankie and Baldwin film all this.

Marie: I'm beginning to think they may be toying with you.

Frankie: What was your first clue?

Alt-Text: "You want us to be serious? About DAVIES? Oh, all right, th--SHINY OBJECT!"

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