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Saturday, December 12, 2009

West of Bathurst 616

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Hello, everyone. As you may have guessed, I'm behind on everything right now. I sincerely hope I'll be able to get Monday's comic up on, well, Monday, though I also have to mark fifteen essays and create two exams today. I am not sure what possessed me to make today's (well, yesterday's) comic so very complex to draw and colour. I may have lost my mind.

Regarding the comic: it has been so extraordinarily cold here lately (okay, yes, it's been colder, but it's kind of startling when the temperature goes from fifteen above to ten below plus windchill in the course of about a week) that this strip is actually quite plausible.

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, ice sculptures of Barbara and Marie hold up an icy sign reading, "WEST OF BATHURST BY KARI MAAREN."

Panel 2: Marie and Barbara are sitting in the Davies College common room, surrounded by Junior Fellows.

Marie: Okay, let's see them before they melt.

Panel 3: A young white man with brown hair shows Marie what looks like a small cup made out of ice as Baldwin displays an ice cylinder to Barbara.

Marie [to the young man]: Ooh, nice...a perfect teacup shape.

Barbara [to Baldwin]:
Did you use a stein?

Baldwin: Yep!

Panel 4: A young woman with dark brown hair hands Marie an ice disk.

Marie: Dinner plate?

Barbara: We could play frisbee with that.

Voice From Off Panel: Try this.

Panel 5:
Steve places what appears to be an ice cushion with a little man standing on top of it on the table.

Marie:'d you do it?

Steve: Cookie cutter on top of a Jell-o mould.

Panel 6: Marie, Barbara, and Steve stand, and Barbara holds a small, black boxy thing out to Steve.

Marie: I think we have our winner.

Barbara: Congratulations; you win a twenty-year-old space heater we found in a closet.

Steve: Ooh!

Panel 7: Sara, who has been watching in puzzlement, approaches Marie and Barbara.

Sara: This is...?

Marie: Our annual ice-sculptures-created-by-leaving-liquid-next-to-one's-single-paned-bedroom-window-all-night competition.

Barbara: I once made one shaped like an albatross.

Alt-Text: This is actually a problem at Massey. The windows are not sealed as well as they could be, and the single-paned glass becomes a the depth of a Toronto winter. I do think an ice-sculpture competition would be doable.

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