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Saturday, August 7, 2010

West of Bathurst 735

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Saturday on Thursday afternoon. The colour comics always do sort of slay me, especially when marking is happening at the same time. I have had people come up to me and go, "You know, you should do the whole strip in colour." My response is generally, "WHEN?" Besides, I've always had a fondness for black-and-white comics.

Incidentally, I forgot to add the latest marking comic to the relevant collection until just now.

Saturday, August 7, 2010
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Steve, in medieval garb, is carrying a sword and a banner reading "West of Bathurst by Kari Maaren." Baldwin, dressed in armour, is egging him on, ushering him towards Kenneth, who is wearing his usual suit as he stands with his arms crossed.

Panel 2: In the Davies College porter's lodge, Steve approaches Kenneth. He bows.

Steve: Greetings, O Guardian of the Gates.

Kenneth: What do you want, Maverick?

Panel 3: Steve pulls out a piece of paper.

Steve: I have been deputised by Mr. Baldwin Wing to read out the following statement.

Panel 4:

Steve [reads]: "Tremble before me, enemy mine! My tenure at this place is almost at an end. Soon, I shall be free of thy petty tyranny!

Panel 5:

Steve [reads]: "Thou hast been a wily opponent, but I shall have the last laugh. Since thou hast so often deprived me of keys, I shall, instead of returning mine, leave them for thee at the very top of the bell tower.

Panel 6:

Steve [reads]: "Thou shalt never guess how I manage it! The mystery will haunt thee forever! And I shall eat cake and be ever so pleased! Farewell, cursed porter of darkness! Farewell!"

Panel 7:

Kenneth: And you're making this speech three weeks before he moves out because...?

Steve: He's locked himself out of his room again. He was hoping you might be charmed.

Alt-Text: If Kenneth and Baldwin ever do have a real confrontation, you just know it's going to be in slow motion, to the accompaniment of a choir singing nonsense words in what sounds as if it should probably be Latin.

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